By Keanna Faircloth, WBGO Lakecia Benjamin stepped out on faith to produce her latest work. So much so that she exhausted her savings to bring it to fruition. Listen to the full interview here.
By Michael Jeffers, Chicago Jazz Magazine Pianist Orrin Evans previews his upcoming weekend performances at the legendary Green Mill Jazz Club with Chicago Jazz Magazine founder Mike Jeffers on this week’s “Chicago Jazz Audio Experience” podcast! Listen to the full interview here.
By Jean-Paul, Talking Flutes Extra The new female “Springsteen flutist?!” “I’m not interested in being put in a performance box. We have to have a relationship with rhythm which is not just the melody…” In ‘Talking Flutes Extra’ this week Jean-Paul speaks with new York based Elsa Nilsson about her new album ‘Hindsight’ which is … Read More
By Michael Limnios, Blues GR “Musicians have the power and responsibility to educate, encourage change and inspire. With our words and out voice, we have an opportunity to make a difference. Music can make change and changes peoples ideas and mind. It’s so powerful.” Robin McKelle: The Lady & Her Music A savvy songwriter and … Read More
By Diti Kohli, The Boston Globe Love video games? Love jazz music? One widely acclaimed big band that combines the two is slated to stop by town next month. The 8-Bit Big Band plays tunes from popular video games like “Legend of Zelda” and “Super Mario Bros.” With 33 members and a handful of special … Read More
By Ron Schepper, Textura TEN QUESTIONS WITH ELSA NILSSON Like many, Elsa Nilsson experienced a visceral reaction to the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as to the many other disconcerting issues that arose in its wake. Rather than let herself be incapacitated by what she saw happening, the Gothenburg-born, New York … Read More
By Stephen Mosher, Broadway World Jamie deRoy can’t sit still. With her career as a Broadway producer in full swing and a slew of Tony awards on her mantle, she isn’t content to just sit around the house. Jamie deRoy can be found out around town any night of the week, seeing a show and … Read More
By Bill B. Soul and Jazz and Funk Listeners to the more savvy soul and jazz stations over the Christmas period would have heard a new, gorgeous version of Joni Mitchell’s ‘The River’ from soul/jazz chanteuse ROBIN McKELLE. Not a Christmas song, per se, it does reference the festival and the sentiment, the sad tenderness … Read More
By Charles L. Latimer, I Dig Jazz Blue Dawn-Blue Nights is your 21st album as a leader. What’s the key to consistently making great recordings? As long as I’m living, as long as I hear music in my head, I’ve got to get it out, and that’s the key. Just be true to hearing the … Read More
By Troy Collins, Point of Departure Known for sweeping lyricism, expressive emotionalism, and unconventional structures, Chicago-based bassist, composer, and bandleader Matt Ulery has established a recognizable sound. Ulery’s music is informed by the entire spectrum of jazz, classical, rock, pop, and folk music from the Americas, the Balkans, and other European regions. For the past … Read More