By Dee Dee McNeil, L.A. Jazz Scene The Spanish Harlem Orchestra blends Latin fire, sparkling, percussive energy and traditional jazz in a multi-colored spotlight. The leader of this Grammy Award winning congregation is Oscar Hernandez. Read this full feature here.
By Ayana Contreras, Downbeat Sarah Elizabeth Charles’ heritage manifests itself in her music in ways that both surprise and delight her. Read this full feature here.
By Christopher Porter, HOUR Detroit azz pianist Andy Milne has had a very busy two and a half years. In 2017, the Toronto-area native was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had surgery. In 2018, he recorded the album The Seasons of Being with his band Dapp Theory; it was the same year he took the … Read More
This powerful contemporary jazz big band blast through a stunning track from their acclaimed debut release The Big dig! Band are set to release their debut studio album, Still I Rise on 10 July 2020, under the direction of trumpeter, composer, and arranger Derrick Gardner. Big dig! Band is a classic jazz orchestra – featuring top-notch saxophone, trombone, and trumpet … Read More
By Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune Savvy listeners already know that Chicago pianist-composer Cohan has a well-honed gift for writing long-form jazz compositions. It reaches a high point in “Originations,” Read the full article here.
By Matt Silver, WRTI 90.1 uly 6, 2020. Trained in jazz and forged in funk, alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin grew up hooked on Coltrane—Alice Coltrane. A friend introduced her to the music of John’s second wife, and she became enthralled. It wasn’t until some time later that Benjamin learned who John Coltrane was and that … Read More
By Matt Micucci, JAZZIZ The Week in Jazz is your roundup of new and noteworthy stories from the jazz world. It’s a one-stop destination for the music news you need to know. Read this full article here.
By Matt Micucci, JAZZIZ Count Basie Orchestra alumnus, trumpeter Derrick Gardner, debuts a spectacular classic jazz orchestra of his own on Still I Rise. Read the full article here.
By Robert Rodi, New City Music Bassist Matt Ulery is another ubiquitous figure on the jazz scene. He’s led several groups while bringing his distinctive voice and sensibility to collaborations with fellow luminaries such as Makaya McCraven and Marquis Hill, and to new-music ensembles including Eighth Blackbird and Axiom Brass. Read the full review here. … Read More
Saint Petersburg Music Label Rainy Days Records Strives to Showcase Russian Jazz Musicians to the United States and Beyond XJAZZ Online Speical – Rainy Days Records (Featuring Sasha Mashin, Makar Kashitsyn, Makar Novikov) Hot Culture in the City: Makar Novikov Trio (Live @ Smena) Rainy Days Records is a Saint Petersburg-based record label that … Read More