BILLBOARD: How Asia-Born, U.S.-Based Women Are Ushering In a New Big Band Era, Featuring MEG OKURA!

April 5, 2019Features, Press Reel

Dan Ouellette, Billboard The Harlem-based violinist Meg Okura, who leads her 10-piece Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, says that when growing up in Japan, she experienced egalitarian support where her creativity was celebrated. “We were encouraged to embrace anything we’d choose,” she says. “We were free to explore jazz as an art form deeply rooted … Read More

VIDEO PREMIERE: Jazziz Premieres the Lead Single off KENNER’s “8Ball City” – Album Due Out May 23, 2019!

April 5, 2019Premiere, Press Reel

Matt Micucci, JAZZIZ Israeli-born keyboardist, producer and composer Kenner will release his debut album, 8Ball City, on May 23. Born out of a difficult time in Kenner’s life, one in which he experienced the painful end of an important relationship and the death of his grandfather, the album took several years to make, and while it was … Read More

LEAD STORY: Textura Reviews & Interviews Steve Haines!

April 5, 2019Interviews, Press Reel, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura REVIEW: Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra: Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra Justin Time Records Many albums impress; a scant few dazzle. This extraordinary set by Steve Haines is one such instance, a recording so special one hardly knows where to begin. A few details first: he’s a Canadian-born double … Read More

REVIEW: Ben Winkelman Trio’s “Balance” Reviewed by DownBeat

April 3, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Ed Enright, DownBeat With the release of his sixth album as a leader, Australian-born, New York-based pianist Ben Winkelman continues to develop his concept of a piano trio whose primary artistic goal is to strike a balance between composition and improvisation. Bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire—both of whom never had played with … Read More

REVIEW: All About Jazz Reviews Greg Ward’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood”

April 3, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz On this CD saxophonist Greg Ward presents a new group, Rogue Parade, which features a front line with two guitarists, Matt Gold and Dave Miller, alongside Ward’s alto. Such a configuration, combined with the graffiti-covered walls on the CD cover, suggests this band might work the slippery, interlocking street-funk path explored by Steve Coleman‘s groups with … Read More

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE: Andrew Gilbert Previews Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini’s Show at The Sound Room!

April 2, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Classical Voice Ian Faquini and Natalie Cressman | April 6 Brasilia-born Berkeley guitarist/vocalist Ian Faquini is a composer of inordinately sad and beautiful melodies, building on the supremely sophisticated sound of his mentor, legendary Brazilian songwriter Guinga. In San Francisco-reared trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman he’s found an ideal muse and musical partner who can … Read More

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

April 2, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

John Frederick Moore, Jazziz Greg Ward’s last album, Touch My Beloved’s Thought, used Charles Mingus’ classic The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady as a jumping-off point. The record was a standout of 2016, showcasing the alto saxophonist’s creativity as composer and bandleader. This time around Ward finds inspiration from within, tapping his own eclectic sensibility to produce … Read More