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Master Drummer Jason Harnell Breaks New Ground With Experimental CD And Multimedia Experience, Total Harnage

Master Drummer Jason Harnell Breaks New Ground With Experimental CD And Multimedia Experience, Total Harnage

When Jason Harnell was six years old, his father, Grammy winning composer and arranger Joe Harnell, invited Louie Bellson to their house to hear the budding prodigy play. After playing a 15-minute solo, the legendary drummer handed the sticks to Jason and said, “Your turn.” When Jason finished, an impressed Bellson gave the boy his drum ...

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Vocalist Kelley Suttenfield Reimagines Neil Young On When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young

Vocalist Kelley Suttenfield Reimagines Neil Young On When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young

Kelley Suttenfield is a versatile jazz singer with a warm, intimate voice that’s perfect for her newest project, When We Were Young – Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young (September 13, 2019). The album includes some of Neil Young’s most famous songs, as well as a couple of tunes written but never performed by him. Tackling songs ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nicolas Bearde: I Remember You: The Music Of Nat King Cole

Read "I Remember You: The Music Of Nat King Cole" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In 2019, Cole is king. Feted on record by John Pizzarelli, celebrated with a new seven CD set of his early work from Resonance Records, and praised and reappraised from numerous journalistic angles, Nathaniel Adams Coles--better known as Nat King Cole--is receiving the posthumous plaudits he so richly deserves in this, his centennial year. Now, adding ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Ryndak & Tom Lockwood: Gratitude

Read "Gratitude" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

There's poignancy about the titles of the selections on this fine album that generates reflection. Perhaps that was the intention of the two composers, Rob Ryndak and Tom Lockwood. However, the music of Gratitude—all original, highly textural—solidifies this supposition.

Incorporating a crew of fine Chicago-area musicians along with guest trumpeter Brian Lynch, Ryndak ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Patrice Jegou Wins Independent Music Award (IMA) For Best A Cappella Song

Patrice Jegou Wins Independent Music Award (IMA) For Best A Cappella Song

Vocalist Patrice Jégou wins Independent Music Award for Best A Cappella Song “Lover Come Back To Me” featuring Take 6’s Mark Kibble & Alvin Chea from her new album, If It Ain't Love. Patrice Jegou (pronounced Zhay-goo), who released her critically acclaimed second album earlier this year, If It Ain't Love, won in the Independent Music Award’s ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lauren White: Life in the Modern World

Read "Life in the Modern World" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Vocalist, actress, producer.... Lauren White does it all. And, as befits a Renaissance artist, she not only excels, but also explores the unique, the compelling and the substantive. With Life in the Modern World she and her team of Los Angeles aces do precisely that, delivering 11 fine selections, most lesser-known, but each a certified gem. ...

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On Her 5th CD, 'Crowded Heart,' Vocalist Judy Wexler Presents New Jazz Standards For The 21st Century

On Her 5th CD, 'Crowded Heart,' Vocalist Judy Wexler Presents New Jazz Standards For The 21st Century

On Crowded Heart, vocalist Judy Wexler presents an anthology of ten jazz compositions by current songwriters that she feels deserve a place in the “new jazz standards repertoire.” Arranged by piano great Alan Pasqua and featuring a band that comprises some of the finest, first-call musicians in Southern California, these tunes are the perfect vehicle for ...

Ernest Turner: My Americana

Read "My Americana" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Ernest Turner could have gone after the Great American Songbook--Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Lerner and Loewe--a repertoire he has learned well. Instead, on My Americana, he turns toward the sounds that reflect how he grew up, music taken from the African-American experience, with tunes from Thelonious Monk, Kenny Kirkland, Stevie Wonder and Fats Waller, along ...

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Tierney Sutton Band: ScreenPlay

Read "ScreenPlay" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A cinematic sweep has long been present in the music of the Tierney Sutton Band, but never before have the stories been so vivid and the colors as striking. With ScreenPlay this long-running group adopts and adapts material from the silver screen, creating high art that's spellbinding and eminently listenable.

In the past, ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Producer Barbara Brighton Awarded Jazz Hero 2019 By Jazz Journalists Association

Producer Barbara Brighton Awarded Jazz Hero 2019 By Jazz Journalists Association

In a ceremony taking place on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's (LACMA) Friday Night Jazz Series, Barbara Brighton will be presented with the Jazz Hero Award, given by the Jazz Journalists Association and presented by jazz journalist Kirk Silsbee and 2016 Jazz Hero Edythe Bronston. Barbara Brighton’s lifelong love of ...