The Baylor Project Covered in the Temple News

April 11, 2017Features

Former lacrosse player and husband make music: ‘This is what we were born to do’ Former lacrosse player Jean Baylor and her husband Marcus released their album in February. by Evan Easterling, Temple News Former lacrosse player Jean Baylor and her husband Marcus make music together. COURTESY DENEKA PENISTON Jean Baylor graduated from Temple in … Read More

Jazz Weekly Features Jeff “Siege” Siegel’s “King of Xhosa”

March 23, 2017Features

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Jeff “Siege” Siegel uses his drums and percussion to team up with Erica Lindsay/ts, Francesca Tanksley/p, Rich Syracuse/b, Feya Faku/fh and Fred Berryhill/pec for a collection of originals that mix African exoticism and folk sounds with vintage modal jazz. Clicking tongues and tribal percussion bookend the remaining 11 songs, which … Read More

Jazz Weekly Features Rachel Therrien’s “Pensamiento”

March 23, 2017Features

by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Rachel Therrien plays trumpet and composes most of the material here for a collection of Latin passions, dances and serenades. Along with 5, count ‘em, 5 percussionists, you get Ramon Berrocal/dr, Javier Pinto/b, Carlos Peralta/g, Holman Alvarez/p, Jacobo Velez/sax, Mauro Castillo/tb and Santiago Jimenez/tres sharing in creating a mood … Read More

Acquarian Weekly Features Mike Casey in their “Rant N’ Roll”

March 8, 2017Features

by Mike Greenblatt, Acquarian Weekly In the grand tradition of a trio—sax, bass, drums—with no chords, just the way the legendary Sonny Rollins pioneered it, comesMike Casey’s selfreleased The Sound Of Surprise: Live At The Side Door, seven first-takes of Casey alternating between his alto and tenor saxophones in his native Connecticut with bassistMatt Dwonszyk … Read More

Downbeat Magazine has a Q&A session with Brandee Younger

March 3, 2017Features

by Shannon J. Effinger, Downbeat Jazz harpist Brandee Younger is shining a much-needed light on her long-overlooked instrument. In the process, she’s illuminating a world of jazz harp history. A graduate of The Hartt School of Music, in Hartford, Connecticut, this native New Yorker has become a fixture in the current jazz scene, working with … Read More