By Nia I’man Smith, Black Grooves Within the musical canon of the genre traditionally known as “jazz,” Chicago’s legacy as birthplace or training ground for some of the genre’s most innovative and technically adept trumpeters is solidified by musicians such as Ray Nance, Louis Armstrong, Lester Bowie, Marquis Hill, and Corey Wilkes. With his stellar … Read More
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By Jim Hynes, Making A Scene Canadian jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky delivers his first album in more than two decades with This Song is New. A master guitarist known for his pianistic voicings and virtuosic skill, Lofsky is considered one of Canada’s great musical treasures. Read more here.
Saxophonist Tim Mayer’s New Album Keeper of the Flame is Due Out June 4 via D-Clef Records D-Clef Records is proud to present the June 4, 2021 release of Keeper of the Flame, a new album from stalwart saxophonist and composer Tim Mayer and his octet, featuring bassist Rodney Whitaker, drummer Ulysses Owens, and Emmet Cohen … Read More
By Jonathan Blackman, Occhi Magazine Jihye Lee is a name that is quickly turning heads in the world of Jazz large ensemble writing. It’s a tale that neither herself nor many would have managed when she declared herself a jazz composition major at Berklee College of Music in 2011 after starting as a pop indie … Read More
Rising Vocalist Samara Joy to Release Self-Titled Debut on July 9, 2021 via Whirlwind Recordings The winner of the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition is backed by the Pasquale Grasso Trio on this major debut Samara Joy is a singing star in the ascendancy. The young vocalist attracted attention in 2019 after winning the … Read More
By Joe Bebco, The Syncopated Times Reedsman Evan Arntzen is ready to make a splash in the jazz world with his third release as leader, a gem of an album on the award winning Dot Time Records. Catherine Russell has been releasing her Grammy nominated albums on the label and I would love to see … Read More
By Jack Bowers, All About Jazz Korean-born composer Jihye Lee is a musician who knows her own mind, whether it be relentless, unshakable, revived, dissatisfied or Daring, as on her second recording for Motema Records. Read more here.
By Mike Farmer, bebop spoken here n interesting debut album by St Louis-born trumpeter Marques Carroll was recorded on August 14-16 2020 at Palisade Studios in Chicago, a city that has produced many fine and influential jazz musicians. Carroll composed and arranged all eight tunes and his melodic thoughtful approach, together with his superb sound, … Read More
By Jim Hynes, Making A Scene As his debut received an enthusiastic endorsement from saxophone great Joe Lovano, that might be all the encouragement that the budding newcomer Daniele Germani needs. Indeed, A Congregation of Folks introduces a riveting and spirited voice on the alto saxophone, and an intriguing, unique composer. Read more here.