By Piotr Orlov, AFROPUNK Originally, AFROPUNK’s purpose in premiering “Om Shanti,” saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin’s collaboration with Georgia Anne Muldrow and Meshell Ndegeocello on a cover of Alice Coltrane’s spiritual anthem, was not meant to be topical. At least not in the way that it now might seem on this Friday the 13th. Coltrane’s “Om Shanti” … Read More
By Georg W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Tenor vocalist JD Walter mixes piano arias with Jean-Michel Pilc, Julius Rodriguez, Orrin Evans, Taylor Eigsti, Marc Cary and Jim Ridl alon with support by some cameo guests on this intimate, personal and heartfelt release. He’s earnest, clear and classy with Eigsti on his own “Dressed In A Song” … 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.
By Michael Jeffers, Chicago Jazz Magazine Pianist Orrin Evans previews his upcoming weekend performances at the legendary Green Mill Jazz Club with Chicago Jazz Magazine founder Mike Jeffers on this week’s “Chicago Jazz Audio Experience” podcast! Listen to the full interview here.
By Matt Micucci, Jazziz Swedish-native, New York City-based flutist/composer Elsa Nilsson translates the language of political movement to music on her third album as a leader. Hindsight was released on February 21 and it is a direct reaction to the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as the issues that have manifested … Read More
Carolina Calvache presenta su segunda producción discográfica Vida Profunda, Este matrimonio entre la poesía y la música estará bajo el sello Sunnyside Records. El lanzamiento de esta producción será este próximo 29 de Mayo del 2020. La pianista, compositora y arreglista Carolina Calvache se complace en anunciar el lanzamiento de su segundo disco Vida Profunda, … Read More
By Jim Hynes, Making A Scene This is a comeback for jazz vocalist JD Walter, the unexpected kind. With a reputation for being somewhat eccentric, adventurous, and the so-called “progressive electronic vocalist,” Walter returns from a life-threatening heart condition and surgeries on his heart and vocal cords to deliver an intimate album of mostly acoustic … Read More
By Doug Hall, WICN Public Radio When you think about video game themes, the word “Jazz” does not easily come to mind. However, on March 1st at the Berklee Performance Center, Charlie Rosen, “gamer,” multi-instrumentalist and orchestral composer/arranger brought the two together with his 30+ piece Jazz orchestra, the 8-Bit Big Band. He wowed an … Read More
By Steve Provizer, The Arts Fuse Jazz doesn’t have many éminences grise. Either a musician’s influence is widely acknowledged, as in, for example, Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, or a reputation is maintained by way of a subtler stylistic bleed-through, which is common. There are differences of opinion about the importance of pianist Lennie Tristano. … Read More
By Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoir’s Blog The Pacific Mambo Orchestra is a Latin flavored orchestra full of celebration and celebrity. Now in their tenth year, PMO finally gained well-overdue recognition in 2013, when their crowd-funded, self-titled, debut album took home the GRAMMY for Best Tropical Latin Album. No newcomer to the big band circuit, … Read More