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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jay Thomas: We Always Knew

Read "Jay Thomas: We Always Knew" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Legacy is a fleeting notion. It is incomprehensible in real time when a career hits high points, when certain doors open to quantitative opportunity. Jay Thomas can tell you a thing or two about that, based on his own personal experience as a jazz artist over half a century. His story includes playing on the Seattle ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor

Read "Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Marcus Miller is most often described as a jazz, funk, soul, fusion, and R&B bassist. As much as that is accurate, it is a description that falls well short of the mark. Miller is a high-end musical sponge who manages to incorporate today's cultures and rhythms into his compositions, layered within the framework of sound he ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Till Brönner / Dieter Ilg: Nightfall

Read "Nightfall" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Trumpeter Till Brönner is widely lauded in his native Germany and throughout Europe. He has had broad success not only as a jazz composer and musician but also in film music, pop and country genres. Brönner has recorded eighteen albums as a leader and worked with Monty Alexander, Dave Brubeck, Al Foster, Joachim Kühn, Nils Landgren, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival
Downtown Detroit
Detroit, Michigan
August 31-September 3, 2018

Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Randy Brecker & Mats Holmquist with the UMO Jazz Orchestra: Together

Read "Together" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here's a productive cross-border alliance if ever there was one: American trumpeter Randy Brecker, Swedish composer / arranger Mats Holmquist and Finland's superb UMO Jazz Orchestra, Together for the first time in a recording studio. The versatile Brecker is the featured soloist throughout, while Holmquist wrote five of the album's engaging songs and arranged all of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD On BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD On BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

Randy Waldman's career spans more than 40 years, and he’s performed and toured with many of the biggest names in the jazz, pop and R&B worlds. His work can be heard on hundreds of movies, television shows, and albums. Randy has been Barbra Streisand's pianist and musical director for over 30 years and is featured on many ...

Nils Landgren: Unbreakable

Read "Unbreakable" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The very first album released by German progressive label ACT Records (in 1994) was by the Funk Unit led by trombone master Nils Landgren, recorded Live in Stockholm that summer with Maceo Parker as special guest. Other Funk Unit releases for ACT Records include Paint It Blue (1996), the trombonist's tribute to composer/saxophonist Cannonball Adderley with ...

Take Five with Isaiah Stewart

Read "Take Five with Isaiah Stewart" reviewed by Isaiah Stewart

About Isaiah Stewart

Since the release of his debut album Life Games in 2000, Isaiah Stewart has emerged as a unique indy voice in contemporary urban jazz-funk. Seeking to carry on classic “old school" jazz/R&B traditions, the versatile drummer's hard-grooving yet fluid music has led to a total of five albums and nearly 10 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Multi-Grammy Artists Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato And Tom Scott Featured On New Album By Drummer Isaiah Stewart

Multi-Grammy Artists Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato And Tom Scott Featured On New Album By Drummer Isaiah Stewart

Jazz-funk drummer and worldwide recording artist Isaiah Stewart announces the release of his fifth album Summer Beat, which features trumpeter Randy Brecker, keyboardist Eumir Deodato and saxophonist Tom Scott. Summer Beat is currently available at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon and all other popular online retail and music-streaming services worldwide. About Randy Brecker One of the most respected musicians in the ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Isaiah Stewart

MORE THAN 7.6 MILLION LISTENERS WORLDWIDE Isaiah Stewart is a professional ASCAP recording artist whose albums – SUMMER BEAT (featuring Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato, Tom Scott), THRILL RIDE (featuring Jamie Glaser), GROOVE GARDEN, URBAN PLAYGROUND and LIFE GAMES – deliver explosive all-original music that unites the worlds of funk, jazz, soul, hip-hop and rock into one powerful musical experience. Since releasing his debut album 18 years ago, Isaiah Stewart's music has been streamed and downloaded by over 7.6 million listeners worldwide. MADONNA & EMINEM...REALLY? Isaiah's global popularity as a recording artist initially exploded August 2001 when "Midtown Funk," the hit jazz/funk song from LIFE GAMES, hit #15 on MP3.com's overall Top 40, beating out tracks from popular artists such as Eminem, Madonna, Linkin Park, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, The Offspring and Sum 41. At the time, MP3.com was the world's No