By Matt Micucci, JAZZIZ The Week in Jazz is your roundup of new and noteworthy stories from the jazz world. It’s a one-stop destination for the music news you need to know. Let’s take it from the top. Read this full article here.
By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine Freedom, thusly named for the appreciation of different cultures, is the debut album from trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator, Dr. Javier Nero. Inspired by his multi-cultural ancestry, and amidst the current politically-charged times, Nero has found his sense of freedom in blending jazz with elements of folk, Americana and blues in … Read More
By Jim Hynes, Making A Scene Saxophonist, composer and music educator Dave Pietro convenes a septet for Hypersphere. Pietro explores themes of love, interconnectedness, truth and prayer on its eight tracks. Read this full review here.
By Paul Rauch, Downbeat You may not know the name Dave Pietro offhand, but it is likely, if you are a jazz fan of any sort, that you have heard him play. As a saxophone/woodwind artist, composer, educator, sideman, and bandleader, he has performed across a broad spectrum of projects since his becoming a mainstay on … Read More
By Bill Milkowski, Downbeat Jonathan Barber’s star has been on the rise since his auspicious 2018 debut, Vision Ahead, and a 2019 tour in Pat Metheny’s trio. Read this full review here.
By Matt Micucci, JAZZIZ An exploration of the creative freedoms of the trio format; a top jazz vocalist’s return to original songwriting; the third installment of a four-part musical polymath’s magnum opus. All this and more on the list of ten albums out this month that you need to know about. Read the full article … Read More
By Bobby Reed, Downbeat Nicole Zuraitis is accustomed to playing some of the finest rooms in New York, including Birdland and the 55 Bar. Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, the Grammy-nominated singer and pianist had planned to have an album-release show at the Blue Note to celebrate the launch of her fourth disc, All Wandering … Read More
By Chris Barton, Downbeat Jazz vocals are, at their most basic level, a blend of music and poetry. With the arrangements on just her second album, Vida Profunda, pianist Carolina Calvache explores that truth to lovely effect, inspired by the words from a weighty roster of poets. Read this full review here.
By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine Pianist/producer/composer Jesse Fischer with nine new originals explores the connections between groove-based modern jazz, music of the African diaspora, and Fischer’s own Jewish heritage on Resilience. Read this full review here.
By Downbeat Commissioned by reedist Dave Liebman and supported through grants from the New England Conservatory, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The American Turkish Society, Mehmet Sanlikol’s The Rise Up: Stories Of Strife, Struggle And Inspiration spans continents, culture and genre. Check this premiere here.