REVIEW: Audiophile Audition Reviews Meg Okura’s “Ima Ima”

April 1, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Doug Simpson, Audiophile Audition There are many thematic elements to Ima Ima, the 57-minute, seven-track album from Meg Okura & the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble. The title has two meanings. Ima is Hebrew for mom. In Japanese Ima can be defined as now or the present time. Other topics in Ima Ima comprise womanhood and motherhood; large-scale … Read More

REVIEW: JazzTimes Reviews Greg Ward’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood”

April 1, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

David Whiteis, JazzTimes If, as critic Larry Kart has postulated, jazz is “a form of self-enactment in sound,” then this “enactment” must become ambiguous, even contradictory, as the very concept of “self” in our culture becomes increasingly fluid and ineffable. Case in point: Stomping Off from Greenwood’s opener, “Metropolis,” which melds influences and identities with shape-shifting … Read More

Ben Winkelman Kicks Off His “Balance” Tour!

March 29, 2019Event Announcement, Press Reel, Press Releases

Award-winning jazz pianist and composer Ben Winkelman will be embarking on an extensive spring tour which will take him to Stony Brook NY, Washington DC, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland OH, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  Winkelman’s Philadelphia show will feature bass player Desmond White and drummer Obed Calvaire and  the remaining dates … Read More

PREVIEW: Hot House Features Sivan Arbel Ahead of April 3 Performance at Nublu

March 28, 2019Features, Press Reel

by Stephanie Jones, Hot House Layered performances featuring original compositions, percussive explorations and invitational dance breaks are part of singer-composer Sivan Arbel’s mission to challenge preconceptions and unite a community of artists and listeners. Her lyrics, both in Hebrew and in English, often reflect glimpses into the human condition, and she navigates odd meter sections … Read More

REVIEW: Ellen Rowe Octet’s “Momentum- Portraits of Women in Motion” Reviewed by Shepherd Express

March 28, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Blaine Schultz, Shepherd Express Pianist/composer Ellen Rowe and band offer a CD of challenging, heady and enjoyable jazz. These are musicians at the top of their game, utilizing deep grooves and sophisticated arrangements. The opening cut, “Ain’t I A Woman,” takes a slow powerful momentum and builds to trombone, sax and bass solos. Janelle … Read More

BROADWAY WORLD: John Minnock And Dave Liebman Hit the Stage At Feinstein’s/54 Below

March 28, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

BroadwayWorld On Saturday, March 16th, new-breed vocalist John Minnock joined forces with NEA Jazz Master and Grammy-nominee Dave Liebman to perform selections from “Right Around the Corner”, John’s new album, at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Pianist Enrique Hanenine, bassist Carlos Mena and drummer Pablo Eluchans filled out the ensemble. Minnock’s new “gay ahead jazz album” presents LGBTQ … Read More

REVIEW: Brent Birckead’s Debut Gets a 5/5 Review from UK Vibe!

March 28, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Imran Mirza, UK Vibe Released through Revive Music Group, saxophonist Brent Birckhead unveils his debut solo project ‘BIRCKHEAD’. The multi-award winning musician, who can boast the accolades of being named best blues/pop/rock soloist and outstanding instrumental jazz soloist by Downbeat Magazine, and Best Alto Saxophonist by the Washington City Paper, can also cite years as a touring … Read More