BEST OF 2019 – Setting Rays of Summer Chosen by East Bay Express

December 2, 2019Features, Press Reel

By Andrew Gilbert, East Bay Express Setting Rays of Summer At its best MPB (musica popular brasileira) is an inordinately gorgeous tradition that’s both deeply rooted and expansively cosmopolitan. It might seem strange that one of the year’s best MPB albums is a Bay Area production, but the extraordinary duo of San Francisco-reared trombonist/vocalist Natalie … Read More

FEATURE: Track by Track: Darren Barrett, “Mr. Steiner” by JAZZIZ

November 27, 2019Features, Press Reel

By Matt Micucci, JAZZIZ Trumpeter/composer/multi-instrumentalist Darren Barrett released his new album, Mr. Steiner, on November 8 via his label, dB Studios. This nine-track collection finds Barrett exploring the innovations of studio musician/electronic musical instrument inventor Nyle Steiner who, among other things, invented brass-style electronic synthesizers in the ’60s and ’70s known as Electronic Valve Instrument … Read More

FEATURE: Wallace Roney “La Trompeta Heredada de Miles Davis”

November 26, 2019Features, Press Reel

By Willy Lopéz, Cultura Overdose Verdadero, cierto, efectivo, acendrado, fiel, verídico, limpio, puro, genuino, indiscutible y autentico. Así es el jazz de Wallace Roney. Así lo define él, media sonrisa, mirada a su trompeta, coge aire y bum…una tonelada de voz rasgada y profunda sella un fraseo a loMiles Davis…TRUE. Un eco en los camerinos … Read More

Feature: Dot Time Records’ Legends series new release – Louis Armstrong Live in Europe by London Jazz News

November 21, 2019Features, Interviews, Press Reel

By Leah Williams, London Jazz News  Launched in 2015, the Dot Time Records Legends series has so far given the world a whole range of incredible, unreleased music from greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ben Webster and Wolfgang Lackerschmid with Chet Baker. There have been four Louis Armstrong releases to date with the latest – … Read More

FEATURE: Roxy Coss Spotlight on Jazz Women by KCRW

November 19, 2019Features, Press Reel

By Tom Schnabel, KCRW Back in the big band era, women on the bandstand played their roles as “girl singers,” not instrumentalists. Ella Fitzgerald got her start with the Chick Webb Orchestra. Sarah Vaughan worked with the Joe Moony Orchestra. During the 1950s and 60s, a number of women playing jazz-type instruments trailblazed the scene—trumpeter … Read More

INTERVIEW: Willard Jenkins Talks to T.K. Blue

November 16, 2019Features, Interviews, Press Reel

by Willard Jenkins, Open Sky The joyous alto and saxophone and flute sound of T.K. Blue (aka Talib Kibwe) has been part of my consciousness for many moons. Before we even met his sound was a subliminal presence. The first time I actually encountered his passionate horns was an 80s era duo performance with Randy Weston at Sweet … Read More