FEATURE: 10 Songs By The 8-Bit Big Band – JAZZIZ Magazine

April 1, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Matt Micucci, JAZZIZ The 8-Bit Big Band, under the direction of 29-year old multi-talented bandleader/composer Charlie Rosen, is redefining the concept of a modern big band. This 33-piece ensemble specializes in original “big band” arrangements of music from some of the world’s most popular video games – and since its inception, it has become … Read More

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.