FEATURE: Sumitra’s ‘Bittersweet’ Featured by India Abroad

October 20, 2019Features, Press Reel

By: Staff Writer, India Abroad Multidimensional artist Sumitra Nanjundan, known only by her first name, last month released “Bittersweet,” her fourth album, which includes seven of her original songs. Produced by her husband Alex Machacek, “Bittersweet” also features a song adapted from the corpus of Béla Bartók, and personalized interpretations of the American songbook standard … Read More

PHOTO FLASH: Broadwayworld Recaps John Minnock’s 54 Below Performance

October 18, 2019Features, Press Reel

On Friday, September 20th, fan-favorite jazz vocalist John Minnock presented an encore performance at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Once again, Minnock was joined by NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Dave Liebman and his stellar band consisting of pianist Enrique Haneine, bassist Carlos Mena and drummer Pablo Eluchans. Feinstein’s/54 Below was filled to the brim with an attentive and … Read More

FEATURE: Brian Lynch’s ‘The Omni-American Book Club’ Featured by ABC.net.au

October 16, 2019Features, Press Reel

By: Mal Stanley, Abc.net.au Dive into a new big band record this week from trumpet player and composer Brian Lynch. The American musician joins a host of heavyweight players on ‘The Omni-American Book Club’ – featuring tunes that connect his love of literature to music. On The Omni-American Book Club (subtitled ‘My Journey Through Literature In Music’), Brian … Read More

VIDEO PREMIERE: WBGO Premieres “Chaye Shukariye’’ from Oran Etkin’s ‘Finding Friends Far From Home: A Journey With Clara Net’

October 16, 2019Features, Premiere

By: Nate Chinen, WBGO Over the last decade, Oran Etkin has garnered sizeable acclaim as a clarinetist and composer, for music that few would characterize as child’s play. But Etkin has also made a serious subspecialty out of music for kids — with Timbalooloo, an educational program encompassing classes, workshops, and albums like Finding Friends Far From … Read More

FEATURE: Makar Mashitsyn’s ‘Jazz Animals’ Featured by Jazziz

October 9, 2019Features, Press Reel

By: Matt Micucci, Jazziz Russian-born, New York City-based saxophonist/composer Makar Kashitsyn released his debut album, Jazz Animals, last week, on October 4, via Rainy Day Records – the Saint Petersburg label that aims to change the global perception of modern Russian music in the global music landscape. The album showcases the 19-year-old prodigy’s huge sound, … Read More

FEATURE: The Aquarian Weekly Features Svetlana

October 2, 2019Features, Press Reel

by Mike Greenblatt, the Aquarian Weekly There is a scene in the 2015 movie Brooklyn wherein an immigrant named Ellis Lacey (played by Saoirse Ronan) steps off the boat from Ireland in her new world of New York City. Her eyes are filled with wonder and her right hand tightly grips her one piece of luggage. When … Read More

FEATURE: Wallace Roney Featured by Downbeat.com

October 1, 2019Features, Reviews

How Wallace Roney Taught His Young Ensemble to ‘Trust the Music’ by John Murph, Downbeat Without overhauling his sound, trumpeter Wallace Roney’s music remains fresh, and his latest disc, Blue Dawn–Blue Lights evidences its quintessential vivacity. Full piece here.

FEATURE: “What’s New” Off of Ben Wolfe’s ‘Fatherhood’ Featured on Rhythm Planet’s Autumn Serenade

September 30, 2019Features, Press Reel

By: Tom Schnabel, KCRW This week’s music mix ushers in the fall season with songs from France, Lebanon, Jamaica, Estonia, Pakistan, Niger, Brazil, and more. The playlist begins with one of Yves Montand’s versions of “Les Feuilles Mortes,” the French original of what became the popular “Autumn Leaves.” The French version is more somber and nostalgic than the … Read More

FEATURE: Wallace Roney’s ‘Blue Dawn – Blue Nights’ Featured by Jazzit Jazz Magazine

September 30, 2019Features, Press Reel

By: Eugenio Mirti, Jazzit The new album by the Philadelphia trumpeter HighNote announces the release of “Blue Dawn-Blue Nights“, Wallace Roney‘s new album; the trumpeter is accompanied by Emilio Modeste (sax), Oscar Williams II (piano), Paul Cuffari (bass), Kojo Odu Roney (drums), Quitin Zoto (guitar) and Lenny White (drums). The disc contains eight original songs … Read More