By Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone The first jazz festival of the quarantine era will take place next week. An impressive lineup of A-list names in the genre will come together virtually for Live From Our Living Rooms, an online music festival and fundraiser. Guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist Chick Corea, bassist Christian McBride, vocalist Becca Stevens … Read More
By Stephen Mosher, Broadway World On 44th Street, just off of 8th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, there lies a Shangri-La for the lovers of jazz. In recent memory, that place that was born some 70 years ago developed a broader vision to bring inside of its’ walls musical artists of other genres, opening another room … Read More
By Eric Snider, Jazziz Magazine At first, alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin was ambivalent about recording a Coltrane tribute album, but ultimately pulled the trigger knowing that her concept was materially different than the scores of Coltrane projects that preceded hers. Pursuance (Ropeadope Records) honors and interprets the music of both Alice and John Coltrane — with … Read More
By WGBH The Curtis Brothers grew up in Winsor, Connecticut. These gentlemen studied in Boston at the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music. Zaccai and Luques perform with many of the grand musicians and bands of jazz such as Donald Harrison, Eddie Palmeiri and Cindy Blackman Santana. Listen to this feature here.
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By Paul Rauch, Seattle Jazz Scene Elsa Nilsson Band- Tue Mar 17, 8 PM/ Seamonster Elsa Nilsson is a Swedish born, New York based flautist who spent some time in Seattle attending Cornish College of the Arts. She is touring in support of her new release, Hindsight (Bumblebee Collective, 2020), an album of original compositions … Read More
By The Jazz Page On his 11th release as a frontman, trumpeter and composer Darren Barrett explores the innovations of electronic music. Mr. Steiner is a colorful tribute to EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) and EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) founder and pioneer Nyle Steiner. Barrett applies NuEVI, a new version of the EVI produced by Berglund … Read More
By Matt Micucci, Jazziz Alterations finds vocalist Robin McKelle delving into the catalog of some of the most celebrated women of songs. The LP features interpretations of music written or associated with a diverse range of artists – including Amy Winehouse, Dolly Parton, Adele, Billie Holiday – through the lens of jazz, plus one original … Read More
By Justin Kantor, SoulTracks (February 11, 2020) Robin McKelle has spent the past two decades exploring the vast vocal terrains of jazz, soul, and the American songbook. On her ninth album, Alterations, the internationally renowned singer-songwriter delves into the works of female greats ranging from Billie Holiday to Janis Joplin and Dolly Parton. The first … Read More
By Matt Micucci, Jazziz Dressed in a Song is vocalist J.D. Walter’s first release since recovering from a life-threatening heart condition and surgeries on his vocal cords. A three-year-in-the-making project, this album is a collection of duets with six of jazz’s most inventive pianists and improvisers: Jim Ridl, Orrin Evans, Jean-Michel Pilc, Marc Cary, Taylor … Read More