PHOTO FLASH: Broadwayworld Recaps John Minnock’s 54 Below Performance

October 18, 2019Features, Press Reel

On Friday, September 20th, fan-favorite jazz vocalist John Minnock presented an encore performance at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Once again, Minnock was joined by NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Dave Liebman and his stellar band consisting of pianist Enrique Haneine, bassist Carlos Mena and drummer Pablo Eluchans. Feinstein’s/54 Below was filled to the brim with an attentive and … Read More

REVIEW: Chris Madsen’s ‘Bonfire’ Reviewed by Making a Scene

October 18, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Jim Hynes, Making a Scene Saxophonist and band leader Chris Madsen leads his Chicago-based quartet on Bonfire, and album of eight originals, stretching nearly an hour. These compositions have been a long time in the making but allow for plenty of improvisation and interplay. Befitting the album title, there are plenty of moments when the … Read More

REVIEW: Curtis Nowosad’s New Self-Titled Release Reviewed by Jazz Journal

October 17, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Barry Witherden, Jazz Journal Canadian-born but based in Harlem since 2013, Curtis has played in the bands of Philip Harper, Craig Harris, Braxton Cook and Marc Cary. He has released two well-received previous albums under his own leadership, The Skeptic & The Cynic and the award-winning Dialectics, both recorded in his home-town, Winnipeg. The former album consisted … Read More

REVIEW: Matt Ulery’s ‘Delicate Charms’ Reviewed by Step Tempest

October 17, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Richard Kamins, Step Tempest Bassist, composer, orchestrator, and arranger Matt Ulery has been a busy member of the Chicago music scene since arriving two decades.  He studied at both Roosevelt University and Depaul University and played professionally with the likes of Patricia Barber, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and trumpeter Marcus Hill.  he first recorded as a leader in … Read More

REVIEW: Sam Newsome’s ‘Chaos Theory’ Reviewed by O’s Place

October 16, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Sam Newsome is a world-class jazz saxophonist, educator, composer and experimentalist. Chaos Theory is his latest endeavor, a solo effort that includes a variation of his soprano sax, inserting a rubber tube between the horn and mouthpiece extending the range and character of the horn. Newsome’s take on free … Read More