REVIEW: Teodross Avery’s ‘Harlem Stories: The Music Of Thelonious Monk’ – Downbeat

January 14, 2021Uncategorized

by John Murph, Downbeat Saxophonist Teodross Avery’s latest disc, Harlem Stories: The Music Of Thelonious Monk (WJ3), is both a homecoming and tribute. Monk’s music entered Avery’s life in the 1980s, when he was a teenager. While growing up in California’s Bay Area, he was already checking out jazz through either his father’s album collection or through … Read More

FEATURE: Mariel Bildsten Delivers Sturdy ‘Backbone’ – Downbeat

January 13, 2021Features, Press Reel, Uncategorized

By Stephanie Jones, Downbeat Trombonist Mariel Bildsten began developing ideas for her debut album in 2019, aiming to reflect different dimensions of her artistry, particularly her skills as an arranger. “I’m not super interested in just playing tunes for the tune’s sake,” said Bildsten, referencing the impetus for crafting Backbone (Outside In). Read this feature … Read More