Simon Rentner, WBGO Today’s show unfolds in two parts. First Joe Lovano shares his appreciation of fellow tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, whom he first learning about his while growing up in Cleveland, OH. (Lovano expressed his appreciation many years later with an original blues, “Big Ben.”) Then we’ll take you to the 2018 Montreal Jazz Festival … Read More
Ron Schepper, Textura Review: In 2012, bassist Adi Meyerson emigrated to New York from Jerusalem to further her studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Six years on from that life-changing move, her debut album Where We Stand draws heavily for inspiration from her adopted home, where she continues to establish herself as a … Read More
Arleen Mukoko, Bronx Net Spanish Harlem Orchestra performs at Summer Stage.
Lorens Chuno, Doing Jazz Podcast On her new album, Where We Stand, bassist and composer, ADI MEYERSON presents a classic yet personal interpretation of her original compositions. Join Adi and Lorens as she talks about Nina Simone, Rice and Beans, Israel, and other unrelated but musical themes. (music credit: ‘Where We Stand’, ‘Eunice’, ‘TNT’, ‘Rice … Read More
Kevin Johnson, No Treble Bassist/composer Adi Meyerson has taken the opportunity of her debut album to take a musical snapshot of her life. Where We Stand is a testament to her time as a working bassist in New York City as well as our times. “Music is a way of telling one’s life story and that’s what I try … Read More
Ken Micallef, Modern Drummer Vision Ahead is not your typical young-gun-goes-for-the-jugular release. Thoughtful and expansive, informed by shimmering drumming and memorable compositions, it’s thoroughly modern in its jazz conception and attitude, and finds the twenty-eight-year-old Jonathan Barber surrounding himself with former classmates from the Hartt School in Connecticut performing his material on eight of the album’s twelve … Read More
Tom Schnabel, KCRW I’ve followed the career of Oscar Hernández for over 30 years, beginning with his work as pianist and arranger for Rubén Blades’s brilliant and still-timely album Buscando America (Searching for America). Fifteen years ago, the Bronx-born Hernández founded the 13-piece outfit known as the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO), an incredible tropical Latin big band which has won two Grammy … Read More
Robin Lloyd, Jazz Caliente (KNKX) The Spanish Harlem Orchestra returns to Seattle’s Jazz Alley June 21-24. It’s their 15th anniversary tour, and a celebration of the release of their latest CD Anniversary. I caught up with bandleader Oscar Hernández by phone, and we talked about his early days as musician and arranger in New York, … Read More
Lorens Chuno, Doing Jazz Podcast On his debut album, Vision Ahead, Jonathan Barber delivers some very well executed original compositions. These songs have introspective origins and help shape the current path of his music group also called Vision Ahead. Join Jonathan and Lorens as he talks about Hartford, jam sessions, living in New York and … Read More
PRI’s The World with host Marco Werman – Listen Here.