By Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs Blog “Chad McCullough’s trumpet is soothing, like a spiritual balm. From the first mellow notes blowing from his horn on McCullough’s original composition, “November Lake,” I am intoxicated by his sound. This is the Chicago-based musician’s 8th album as a bandleader.” Read the full album reviews of McCullough’s Forward and … Read More
By Michael’s Jazz Blog Many albums have been released in the last few months so I thought it might be time to present again a list of my favorites. Read more here.
By Rob Shepherd, PostGenre Memorial day weekend 1921 started just like any other day in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. One of the wealthiest communities in America, this segment of the city was such an economic powerhouse it would be dubbed “Black Wall Street.” By the end of the weekend, the prosperous region would … Read More
By Paige Hulsey, NEWS4 St. Louis There is a special St. Louis connection to tonight’s show! St. Louis native, Marcus Baylor, of The Baylor Project is nominated for “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for “Sit on Down.” Check this interview here.
By Morgan Enos, JazzTimes One of the most beguiling ambient tracks you’ll ever hear—one worthy of Eno, Fripp, or Glass—is buried in the soundtrack to the SNES video game Donkey Kong Country. “It feels so romantic and melancholy and grand,” saxophonist Grace Kelly tells JazzTimes of “Aquatic Ambiance,” a piece of music packaged in cartoon ape imagery … Read More
By Chris Spector, Midwest Record “It’s always fun to catch the debut of a sure fingered new talent that’s on the rise. This Italian sax man has a firm grip on modern jazz and knows how to make his blows. Leading a crew that’s right in step, this is highest order listening jazz that works … Read More
by Chris May, All About Jazz “It’s always important to understand the culture of our ancestors. But our minds have to be set on the future. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, they were thinking of the future.. People say it is important to follow the elders, but one of the things they forget to … Read More
By Mike Jurkovic, All About Jazz Listening to bandleader/composer Jihye Lee and her mic-drop orchestra is like watching your life flash before your eyes. You see it all: All the richness of spirit one can attain. All the sadness one can espouse. All the waltzing mischief to which one can aspire. Read more here. … Read More
By Matt Micucci, JAZZIZ Remember record stores? Remember the thrill of turning your friends on to new music by swapping vinyl and CDs? Yeah, we do too. That’s why we’re rebooting that tradition for the digital age with our “Crate Digging” video series, in which we’ll search through crates of our memories to bring you … Read More
By Kevin C. Johnson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Marcus Baylor’s reaction to the Baylor Project earning another Grammy nomination this year was anything but understated. Read more here.