Vinyl Watch: Michael Stephenson and Alexander Claffy, Michael Stephenson Meets the Alexander Claffy Trio – Jazziz

October 30, 2021New Release, Press Reel

By Matt Micucci, Jazziz On their first recorded full-length collaboration, longtime friends vocalist Michael Stephenson and bassist Alexander Claffy offer their renditions of wide-ranging material from 20th-century American composers, including staples by Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Nat “King” Cole and beyond. Michael Stephenson Meets the Alexander Claffy Trio, released on vinyl this month, also marks … Read More

REVIEW: Samara Joy – Hi-Fi News

October 29, 2021Press Reel, Reviews

By Steve Harris, Hi-Fi  News Samara fittingly scooped the Sarah Vaughan vocal award in 2019, having studied Sarah (along with Billie, Ella, and Nat King Cole) at SUNY Purchase. Still only 21, she recorded this set of standards under the aegis of Matt Pierson, noted producer of Brad Mehldau and Sophie Milman. She’s backed by … Read More

NEW RELEASE: Pianist Steven Feifke and Trumpeter and Vocalist Benny Benack III Collaborate on Holiday Record SEASON’S SWINGIN’ GREETINGS due out November 19, 2021 via Cellar Music Group

October 25, 2021New Release, Press Releases

Cellar Music Group Announces November 19, 2021 Release of Season’s Swingin’ Greetings – A Spirited Big Band Holiday Celebration Featuring Renowned Trumpeter and Vocalist Benny Benack III with Acclaimed Pianist, Arranger and Big Band Leader Steven Feifke “There’s an attractive mixture of sincerity and humor to be found in the way this crew addresses the … Read More