REVIEW: Kurt Elling At Birdland By Broadway World

January 15, 2020Birdland, Press Reel

By Chris Struck, Broadway World Birdland Jazz Club, NYC, January 9th, 2020 Kurt Elling: a name synonymous with jazz. He remains as much a luminary of the art form this year as last when I saw him pick up the mic on the same stage. His CDs from decades past are the sounds that should … Read More

FEATURE: PopMatters Premiere Svetlana’s “Moonlight” Video

January 13, 2020Premiere, Press Reel

By Jedd Beaudoin, PopMatters Svetlana‘s 2019 LP Night at the Movies pays tribute to some of the Russian-born musicians favorite music from the silver screen, including “Moonlight”, which appeared in the 1995 picture Sabrina. The tune was written by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, and John T. Williams. “Film and music both express a fleeting beauty; … Read More

REVIEW: Svetlana: Night At The Movies Reviewed by All About Jazz

January 13, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz Russian-American singer-composer Svetlana (she has a last name, Schmulyian, but prefers the monomoniker) is onto something. Her debut recording, Night at the Speakeasy(OA2 Records, 2016) with her self-appointed Delancey Five, was a structured affair which concentrated on the music of the “Jazz Age” (save for the Beach Boys’ … Read More

FEATURE: Lakecia Benjamin’s Featured by The Week In Jazz – Jazziz

January 13, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Matt Micucci, Jazziz Lakecia Benjamin Celebrates Alice and John Coltrane in Upcoming Album:Saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin celebrates the legacy of Alice and John Coltrane on her upcoming album Pursuance: The Coltranes. The album finds her leading a cross-generational ensemble of over 40 jazz musicians, including Ron Carter, Gary Bartz, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Meshell … Read More

FEATURE: Josean Jacobo & Tumbao – Exploring a Dominican Love Song / KNKX

January 10, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Robin Lloyd, KNKX This week on Saturday’s Jazz Caliente, we’ll hear Dominican pianist Josean Jacobo and his group Tumbao play an instrumental version of “Aunque Me Cueste La Vida,” a ballad written by prolific Dominican songwriter Luis Kalaff and made popular by singer Alberto Beltran. Here’s a little background: The Singer: Alberto Beltran’s singing career … Read More