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Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band: Our Father Who Art Blakey

Read "Our Father Who Art Blakey" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Who is Russian-born trumpeter Valery Ponomarev's favorite musician? A clue may be found in the title of Ponomarev's first CD as leader of his New York City-based big band: Our Father Who Art Blakey. The first jazz recording he heard while still in Russia, Ponomarev recalls, was Blakey's Jazz Messengers with trumpeter Lee Morgan playing pianist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

B.J. Jansen: Ronin

Read "Ronin" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Baritone saxophonist B.J. Jansen demonstrates his versatility as a composer and performer on Ronin, his third release as a leader. The nine originals that comprise the album cover a gamut of styles while remaining firmly in the jazz mainstream.

On the boppish “Manhattan Trane'in" for instance Jansen wields his horn with agility as he ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Baritone Saxophone Artist, B.J. Jansen Interviewed On WHCR 90.3FM "The Voice Of Harlem"

Baritone Saxophone Artist, B.J. Jansen Interviewed On WHCR 90.3FM "The Voice Of Harlem"

Baritone Saxophone Artist, B.J. Jansen was interviewed on WHCR 90.3FM “The Voice of Harlem", January 5th, 2014 by Lamon Fenner on Lamon's Jazz Break @ 8. Jansen discusses his first new release in nearly two years, a new quartet album entitled, RONIN. He talks with Lamon about the deeper and more philosophical aspects of his new release, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Baritone Saxophonist, B.J. Jansen Releases, "Ronin, The Masterless Samurai"

Baritone Saxophonist, B.J. Jansen Releases, "Ronin, The Masterless Samurai"

His first new release in nearly two years, B.J. Jansen returns with a new quartet album Ronin. Ronin hits the streets March 4th, 2014 and features; Mamiko Watanabe on piano, Mike Boone on bass, Amanda Ruzza on bass, Chris Beck on drums and Dorota Piotrowska on drums. During the feudal period in Japan (1185-1868), a Ronin was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Amanda Ruzza Band: New York, NY, November 8, 2012

Read "Amanda Ruzza Band: New York, NY, November 8, 2012" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Amanda Ruzza Band
Zinc Bar
New York, NY
November 8, 2012

Brazilian-born bassist Amanda Ruzza took the stage at Greenwich Village's Zinc Bar, backed by a solid band--drummer Mauricio Zotarelli, electric guitarist Alex Nolan, pianist Mamiko Watanabe, trombonist Chris Stover and tenor/soprano saxophonist Ben Flocks--about which the bandleader jokingly referred as “a nice band with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Amanda Ruzza: This Is What Happened

Read "This Is What Happened" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Brazilian-born Amanda Ruzza began playing bass guitar when she was 12 years old, developing a mastery for the instrument, moving to New York City and, since then, playing a variety of styles of music with such groups as Global Noize and the Chris Stover's Caetano Veloso Project. This Is What Happened is the young artist's debut, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mamiko Watanabe at Fat Cat's, NYC

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Mamiko Watanabe
Fat Cat Club
New York City, New York
November 7, 2007
Mamiko Watanabe is a wonderful jazz pianist, who is simply fun to watch in performance. She is a little woman--probably no more than 98 pounds but certainly 98 pounds of dynamite! It was Lyn Christie, a string ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mamiko Watanabe: One After Another

Read "One After Another" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

With the release of One After Another, add Mamiko Watanabe to the list of talented jazz pianists that have come out of Japan in recent years. Watanabe composed all of the songs on this impressive debut and they show a strong, fully developed hard bop sensibility. Watanabe's composing MO is to start off a song with ...