FEATURE: A Swinging Traditionalist & Sower Of Rapport: Steven Feifke – GRAMMYS.com

April 26, 2021Features, Press Reel

By Morgan Enos, Grammy.com While the previous four composers either weave between genres or disregard them entirely, Feifke proudly wears his primary influences on his sleeve: Thad Jones and Bob Brookmeyer. “I’m certainly inspired by both of those people very deeply,” he says. “I also love Maria Schneider and Jim McNeely and all those cats.” Read more here.    

FEATURE: An Idiosyncratic, Personal & Intrepid Storyteller: Jihye Lee – GRAMMY.com

April 26, 2021Features, Press Reel

By Morgan Enos, Grammy.com There’s a reason Shorter’s famous “I dare you” quote comes up. Those three words galvanized Jihye Lee. As evidenced by track titles like “Relentless Mind,” “Unshakeable Mind,” and “Struggle Gives You Strength,” the composer’s new album, 2021’s Daring Mind(opens in a new tab), is all about personal transformation from within. Read more … Read More

NEW RELEASE: Award-Winning Singer Lauren Henderson Honors Heritage on New Album MUSA, due out June 11th, 2021 via Brontosaurus Records

April 23, 2021New Release, Press Releases

Award-winning singer, composer and bilingual lyricist Lauren Henderson honors her cultural and musical heritages with release of Musa, due out June 11th, 2021 via Brontosaurus Records Acclaimed vocalist-composer and lyricist Lauren Henderson returns with her most personal gesture to date. A multilingual rumination on themes of love and longing, Musa explores existing connections — and … Read More

REVIEWS: Ulysses Owens Jr., Berta Moreno, Ted Nash & Glenn Close – Musical Memoirs

April 21, 2021Press Reel, Reviews

by Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs In her latest Musical Memoirs post, McNeil reviews several new LLP releases, including Ulysses Owens Jr. Big Band’s Soul Conversations, Berta Moreno’s Tumaini, and the Ted Nash/Glenn Close collaboration Transformation. Soul Conversations: “Ulysses Owens Jr. takes a mind-blowing solo excursion on his trap drums.  I appreciate his power, his creativity … Read More

FEATURE INTERVIEW: “The Pulse” Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with Dara Tucker – wbgo

April 21, 2021Features, Interviews, Press Reel

by Keanna Faircloth, The Pulse On this episode of The Pulse, host and WBGO Afternoon Jazz radio personality, Keanna Faircloth, celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month talking with vocalist, pianist and composer, Dara Tucker. The award-winning artist has crafted an engaging style weaving a tapestry of acoustic jazz, soul and more for her angelic voice on her several projects including the latest single, “Secret O’ Life” from … Read More