By Brian Zimmerman, JAZZIZ Andy Garcia is an Oscar-nominated actor and director who has appeared in such films as The Godfather Part III and Ocean’s 11. He was Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated for his titular role in For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. Richard Baratta is a film producer whose … Read More
By Frank Griffith, London Jazz News Alto saxophonist Charles McPherson‘s distinctive musical personality is rooted in bebop, bluesiness with a bouncy and vibrant gait. It slithers and weaves – making it an effective complement for dance. Jazz Dance Suites was inspired by and dedicated to his daughter, Camille, a soloist in the San Diego Ballet. … Read More
By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine In the past month, much has been abuzz about Charlie Parker’s centennial birthday. Arguably one of Bird’s foremost disciples in carrying on the bebop tradition has been alto saxophonist and composer Charles McPherson, now an octogenarian. Read about this review here.
By Kevin Johnson, No Treble Orlando le Fleming has followed up his 2017 album Romantic Funk with a new release that pays homage to the “high-intensity fusion of the 1980’s.” Romantic Funk: The Unfamiliar contains eight original compositions performed by a bevy of talent. Read this article here.
By Richard Seiden, The Georgetowner This year’s DC Jazz Festival will live-stream 20 concerts over five days starting on Sept. 24. The performances, interviews and other festival content can be viewed for free at Fans.live or on Facebook. Read this article here.
By Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader When the word “academic” is applied to jazz, it’s not necessarily a compliment. But these three players, all of whom teach at universities, make music that could keep you at school till the sun comes up. Read this review here.
By Jeff Tamarkin, JazzTimes “Peterson is savvy enough to ensure that the proceedings never get dull, and he changes things up often enough throughout the program’s course to keep reminding the listener of Blakey’s influence while staying firmly rooted in the present.” Read the full review here.
By Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz Leslie Beukelman is a singer from Chicago with an endearingly small and youthful lilt to her voice that sets the tone for the gentle, heartfelt feel of her music. On this release she performs a mixture of standards and original songs that shows how well she can handle both … Read More
by Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz For vibraphonist Chien Chien Lu, the path to jazz wasn’t direct. She rode a contemporary classical percussion track into her twenties in her native Taiwan, but, as it turned out, that drive was less about reaching a destination than it was about the act of discovery: A growing desire for … Read More
By Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs’s Blog Well, the last day of summer was Tuesday, September 22nd. The weather will begin to cool off now, as Autumn shakes her head and stirs the winds. Read this reviews here.