REVIEW: Thana Alexa and Lakecia Benjamin reviewed by Step Tempest

April 1, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Richard Kamins, Step Tempest The dynamic young alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is steadily maturing into one of the more exciting musicians on the contemporary scene.  Ms. Benjamin, born in New York City, attended the Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and went on to the New School. Vocalist, composer, educator, and producer … Read More

WBGO: Thana Alexa featured on The Checkout

April 1, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Simon Rentner, The Checkout Thana Alexa had it all mapped out. Her new album, ONA, was set to launch her solo career to new heights. She was featured — with her husband, drummer Antonio Sánchez — on the cover of DownBeat magazine. Then the coronavirus put her nationwide tour on hold, along with countless other … Read More

FEATURE: Gabriel Chakarji featured by Downbeat

April 1, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Stephanie Jones, Downbeat Inside Bronx Music House, standing lamps bloom like roses. Percussion instruments hang like ivy on the walls. A stone’s throw from Yankee Stadium, the apartment and practice space provides emerging artists a place to shed and session together—and now, a place to quarantine. Read the full feature here.

REVIEW: Step Tempest Reviews Chicago Yestet’s NOT THERE YET

March 31, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

by Richard Kamins, Step Tempest The Chicago Yestet, the brainchild of trombonist and composer Joel Adams, a veteran of the Woody Herman Orchestra as well as the Chicago music scene, is a unique large ensemble.  The band, in existence for a dozen years, includes three saxophones, two trumpets, two trombones, guitar, bass, drums, a vocalist plus a … Read More

REVIEW: Yvonnick Prene Reviewed in Musical Memoirs

March 30, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs This is a captivating album that features Mr. Prené’s harmonica mastery and showcases his composer skills. He is featured along with Brian Charette on Hammond B3 organ and Jordan Young on drums. It’s the 5th release from this acclaimed musician and celebrates the Frenchman’s well-spent time in New York … Read More