By Darry Yokley, Occhi Magazine I’ve had the privilege of playing with the great Ralph Peterson on a few occasions, and every time was an unforgettable experience. So much energy, artistry, knowledge, and history come through when he sits behind the drums that one cannot help but be drawn into his presence. I learned so … Read More
By Jason Crane, The Jazz Session Pianist Andy Milne has just released his first trio album, The ReMission (Sunnyside Records, 2020), featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Clarence Penn. In this interview, Milne talks about finally deciding to make a trio record; how the album coincided with both his fight against cancer and a new … Read More
By Jason Crane, The Jazz Session Guitarist Eric Hofbauer recently released Book of Fire (Creative Nation Music, 2020), the second in what will be a five-album series centered on the five aspects of the Chinese philosophy wu xing. In this interview, Hofbauer talks about the first two albums in the series; how he and bassist … Read More
By Shae Fontana, Bleu Bop Aubrey Johnson’s debut album, Unraveled, marks the jazz vocalist’s arrival as a composer, arranger, and bandleader. Johnson is joined by a group of amazing musicians: pianist Chris Ziemba, drummer Jeremy Noller, and bassist Matt Aronoff, all of whom she met during a session. Adding striking orchestral textures are Tomoko Omura … Read More
Ally J Steel, Jazz Revelations Pursuance: The Coltranes is the latest project from the charismatic New York-based saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin. For the record, Lakecia surrounded herself with a collection of jazz masters and jazz nobility, such as Ron Carter, Gary Bartz and Dee Bridgewater (to name a few), and united them under the mystical music … Read More
By Jay Daniels, Simply Timeless This week, Jay Daniels bring you a recent interview featuring vocalist Lauren Henderson and pianist Sullivan Fortner. Their 5th release together, The Songbook Session, is set to be released on April 24th. But the story of Lauren Henderson and Sullivan Fortner doesn’t begin there. During this interview, you’re going to … Read More
By Michael Ricci, All About Jazz Kabir Sehgal has a history of championing meaningful causes for jazz. His wildly impressive background includes five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards as a producer. He is also the New York Times and Wall Street Journalbestselling author of fourteen books including Jazzocracy: Jazz, Democracy, and the Creation … Read More
By Mathieu Perez, Jazz Hot Read the full interview in French here.
By Ron Schepper, Textura FIVE QUESTIONS WITH LAKECIA BENJAMIN As career-defining moments go, it would be difficult to imagine one surpassing Pursuance: The Coltranes, Lakecia Benjamin’s masterful tribute to Alice and John Coltrane. Co-produced by Reggie Workman, the recording augments the leader on alto saxophone with a stunning, cross-generational array of musicians, from Workman and … Read More
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.