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Coalescence: Coalescence 2

Read "Coalescence 2" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Coalescence is a suitably titled ensemble from New York City, its namesake rings true. Each member is a seasoned player in his own right, playing in various ensembles, but together they congeal and offer a coalesced sound. Their debut offering Coalescence (Self-Produced, 2013) gathered together like-minded friends. In 2018, Coalescence recorded their second album Coalescence 2 ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Jay Clayton’s ScatLab—A Vocal Jazz Workout

Read "Jay Clayton’s ScatLab—A Vocal Jazz Workout" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

For the last decade, free-bop vocalist Jay Clayton has been conducting regular “scat labs" out of the Manhattan teaching space that she shares with NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. In ScatLab, jazz singers of all levels of experience meet up to trade twos and fours, riff on traditional blues heads, and improvise on well-known songbook tunes. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sam Dillon: Out in the Open

Read "Out in the Open" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One thing that must be said for Cory Weeds, the head man at Canada's Cellar Live Records: he knows talent when he sees and hears it. Tenor saxophonist Sam Dillon, who leads an excellent quartet on Out in the Open, his debut recording for Cellar Live, is a case in point. While Dillon is essentially unknown ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Performance And Visual Artist Diane Hoffman To Release Third Album Do I Love You Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring A Dynamic Ensemble

Performance And Visual Artist Diane Hoffman To Release Third Album Do I Love You Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring A Dynamic Ensemble

Vocalist and visual artist Diane Hoffman will release her third album entitled Do I Love You on October 9, 2018. On the recording, Hoffman once again chose to feature drummer/percussionist Ulysses Owens, Jr. with whom she previously worked and, who for this project, produced and assembled a formidable ensemble that includes Billy Test, piano; Jacob Kelberman, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Chihiro Yamanaka At San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (Aug. 8) & Don Quixote's (Aug. 6)

Chihiro Yamanaka At San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (Aug. 8) & Don Quixote's (Aug. 6)

The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio will perform August 8, 2015 at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest in jny: San Jose, CA, and will precede the festival appearance with an August 6 concert at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA. The trio, led by jazz pianist/composer Chihiro Yamanaka, a Blue Note Records recording artist, features bassist ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Blues Alley In Washington, DC, March 30

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Blues Alley In Washington, DC, March 30

The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio will perform March 30, 2015 at Blues Alley in jny: Washington, DC. The trio, led by jazz pianist/composer Chihiro Yamanaka, a Universal Music/Blue Note recording artist, features bassist Yoshi Waki and drummer John Davis. Ms. Yamanaka’s performance, part of Blues Alley’s Japanese Jazz Series, marks her return to Blues Alley after her ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Dizzy's In New York City, March 9

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Dizzy's In New York City, March 9

The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio will perform March 9, 2015 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York, NY. The trio, led by jazz pianist/composer Chihiro Yamanaka, a Universal Music/Blue Note recording artist, features bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Kush Abadey. Ms. Yamanaka’s group will perform two sets, at 7:30 PM and 9:30 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kenny Shanker: Action City

Read "Action City" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Saxophonist Kenny Shanker was eight years post-graduation before recording his debut album, Steppin' Up, which took another two years to get its 2011 release on Posi-tone records. So admirers of the New York based musician could be forgiven for not expecting album number two quite so soon. But here it is, Action City: released just 17 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra: I Go Humble

Read "I Go Humble" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Until this new CD crossed the threshold, the name Bjork was no more than that within these precincts. As it turns out, Bjork is a she, an Icelandic singer / songwriter whose given name is Bjork Gudmundsdottir. Apparently, saxophonist / arranger Travis Sullivan is an avowed enthusiast, as he has not only named his big band ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio, March 28 At Kuumbwa Jazz Center In Santa Cruz, Ca

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio, March 28 At Kuumbwa Jazz Center In Santa Cruz, Ca

The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio will perform March 28 at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA. The concert marks the Kuumbwa debut and first multi-city west coast tour by Chihiro, a Universal Music recording artist and influential jazz pianist and composer whose high-energy live performances have inspired comparisons to such modern greats as Herbie Hancock and ...


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