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Content by tag "Christos Rafalides"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Thana Alexa: Ode to Heroes

Read "Ode to Heroes" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Che abbia talento è evidente. Con Ode to Heroes Thana Alexa impone la sua presenza nel panorama internazionale del canto jazz, presentando un album significativo per livello di partner coinvolti e qualità artistica. Non accade tutti i giorni che una giovane vocalist proveniente dall'Europa (la Croazia in questo caso) debutti con un lavoro presentato da Joe ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language

Read "Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

On the surface it's not so easy to spot the common thread unifying the greater fabric of Joe Locke's work. Since arriving in New York City in 1981, and emerging as a notable leader on record in the early '90s, this much-vaunted vibraphonist has developed into a protean performer and composer. Duo sessions with pianists Frank ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Thana Alexa: Singer And Instrument

Read "Thana Alexa: Singer And Instrument" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Music started tugging at the sleeve at the age of three for Thana Alexa, a New York based singer who began making music there as a violinist, moved to Croatia where she discovered jazz, and returned as a singer poised to sweep into a successful career.

It started with the piano--kind of. Her tinkering ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist Thana Alexa Immortalizes Personal and Musical Influences on Path to Self-Discovery with Debut Album, "Ode To Heroes"

Vocalist Thana Alexa Immortalizes Personal and Musical Influences on Path to Self-Discovery with Debut Album, "Ode To Heroes"

Available March 10 via Jazz Village Album Features Collaborations with Antonio Sanchez, Donny McCaslin, and Scott Colley "Ode To Heroes is an impressive collection of ambitious music beautifully pulled together by the powerful vocals of Thana Alexa that gives it all continuity. Alexa's music is challenging, but her use of the musicians and her voice makes everything sound ...

Henry Mancini: Music for Peter Gunn

Read "Henry Mancini: Music for Peter Gunn" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Who could ever forget the assertive, pulse-quickening theme from Peter Gunn, the urbane TV detective series that ran from 1958-61, with its jazz-centered score by the incomparable Henry Mancini. In case you are one of those who has (forgotten the theme, that is), you can now savor it anew (with much more music from the show), ...

NEWS: EVENT

Good Vibes To Take Place At First Annual Vibraphone Congress In Asbury Park, NJ

Good Vibes To Take Place At First Annual Vibraphone Congress In Asbury Park, NJ

Vibraphonist Tony Miceli has been making a big splash with his recent international gigs, recordings, master classes, workshops, and internet vibes website, and on-line classes with many of the great contemporary vibes players. A dedicated musician, he seems intent on bringing to the vibraphone the kind of visibility and instructional opportunities that are more common for ...

NEWS: EVENT

Old Lyme Inn / New Destination For Jazz --The Side Door Jazz Club

By Reed Hadley Take the A train to Harlem, then take Metro North to Connecticut Here's a question...What is the perfect jazz weekend plan in NY/CT? Let's start by checking out the happenings in the normal haunts in midtown and then head uptown and jam at the hot jazz spots. Then, let's pop over to the Park ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Joe Locke Quartet with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra: Wish Upon a Star

Read "The Joe Locke Quartet with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra: Wish Upon a Star" reviewed by John Kelman

When Joe Locke signed with Motéma Records in 2012, the vibraphonist was finally allowed an opportunity to more freely explore a broader range of interests, bolstered by the comfort of his affiliation with a label known for its strong artist support. His first release for the label, Signing (2012), was the long overdue follow-up to The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Manhattan Vibes: Blue November

Read "Blue November" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Manhattan Vibes is a spot-on double entendre, referencing the vibraphone focal point that is Christos Rafalides and the hustle and bustle of the world's busiest city, which manifests itself in the group's music. Rafalides, who hails from Kozani, Greece and adopted New York as his new home, waited more than a decade to make a follow-up ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Petros Klampanis

Read "Take Five With Petros Klampanis" reviewed by Petros Klampanis

Meet Petros Klampanis: Bassist, composer, and arranger Petros Klampanis grew up on the Zakynthos Island in Greece, a place with a very rich musical heritage, where Italian and Balkan music traditions melt together.

This music amalgam was Petros' first major influence and seed of inspiration to pick up the piano and guitar, and start singing ...


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