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George Gee Celebrates Van Alexander Centennial In Los Angeles on July 12th

George Gee Celebrates Van Alexander Centennial In Los Angeles on July 12th

The George See Swing Orchestra, one of New York’s premiere dance bands, returns to the world famous Maxwell Demille’s Cicada Club at the Oviat Building in downtown jny: Los Angeles for an evening of swing music and dancing honoring the great Chick Webb / Savoy Ballroom music man, Van Alexander (composer of the Ella Fitzgerald hit song “A Tisket A ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart

Read "Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Even for a musician who has been playing and singing since age six, Paul Jost has just come through one exceptional year.

First, he released his debut with The Jost Project, Can't Find My Way Home (2013, Dot.Time Records), featuring the leader on vocals, harmonica and guitar, with drummer Charlie Patierno, double bassist Kevin ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Bill Rotella, Son Of Frank Sinatra Songwriter Johnny Rotella, Reflects On Their Careers

Q: When did you decide to enter the music field? A: I didn’t consider music as anything other than “fun” until I was in college. While in college I started jamming with friends and a got a taste of the stage, studio and the road. I began thinking about songwriting and performing more seriously at that point. Q: ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Maud Hixson: Studying Scores and Moving Forward

Read "Maud Hixson: Studying Scores and Moving Forward" reviewed by David Bittinger

Maud Hixson has built an accomplished career as a performer and recording artist out of unlikely circumstances. She grew up far from the capitals of jazz and vocal music, in the Twin Cities area. Doris Day's performance in the Ruth Etting biopic “Love Me Or Leave Me" served as a primary inspiration for a young Maud ...

Johanna Graham: Don't Let Me Be Lonely

Read "Johanna Graham: Don't Let Me Be Lonely" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

Say their names: Kate Bush, Lordes, Johanna Graham. There's a common thread between these women--a need for drama, designed lyrics and a refreshingly diminished thirst for quick-fix mass appeal, which makes them seem lacking in the lust-for-fame department. What do they have to prove to anyone? The lyrics they write and sing have lived-in depth, their ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Fresh Sound Records and the Legacy of Recorded Jazz

Read "Fresh Sound Records and the Legacy of Recorded Jazz" reviewed by Bruce Klauber

If the importance and the contributions of jazz are measured by its recorded legacy, then Fresh Sound Records--and its founder, Jordi Pujol--must be duly recognized for rescuing a legacy that might otherwise be lost or nearly impossible to find, and for making it available to the public.

Specifically, this legacy includes recorded works by saxophonist ...

Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams For Beginners

Read "Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams For Beginners" reviewed by Skip Heller

Fifty years after his death, Ernie Kovacs is de rigueur. Mainstream, even. His angular, imaginative approach to humor was impossible to imitate, but his influence on television-specifically television comedy-is intractable. He's the Thelonious Monk of the small screen. And just trying to play in a Monkish style always points out that Monk is Monk and nobody ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chris McNulty: A Siren From Down Under

Read "Chris McNulty: A Siren From Down Under" reviewed by Ludwig vanTrikt

Chris McNulty emigrated to New York City, from her native home in Melbourne, Australia, in 1988. Since then she's released five recordings, with Waltz For Debby (Discovery, 1991) first introducing the Australian singer to American audiences. On that record, she wrote what would ultimately become the official, published lyrics to Miles Davis' classic “Blue in Green." ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Lazsar Music released "From Vegas With Love" from singer-songwriter Sarah Montes

Lazsar Music released "From Vegas With Love" from singer-songwriter Sarah Montes

From Vegas With Love, re-establishes a musical sound reminiscent of the 1940's and 50's suggesting similarities to Cole Porter, Peggy Lee, Doris Day Louis Armstrong and Glen Miller; combined with cosmopolitan lyrics that are delightfully amusing, engaging, emotionally intimate and some times spicy with persuasive feminine charm. The songs themselves are candid and mature. Sarah's voice ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dana Lauren: New York, May 22, 2011

Read "Dana Lauren: New York, May 22, 2011" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Dana Lauren
Metropolitan Room
New York, NY
May 22, 2011
Sunday night shows are a tough sell to the average music fan. Weekend gatherings, housework and Saturday evening soirees often take their toll and sour people from making their way out to hear live music on a Sunday evening, but diehard ...