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NEWS: EVENT

In Touch Entertainment Launches West Coast Jazz Series—New York's Vocal Mania Program Extends To Los Angeles

In Touch Entertainment Launches West Coast Jazz Series—New York's Vocal Mania Program Extends To Los Angeles

This month, In Touch Entertainment is launching a monthly vocal-centric jazz program in Los Angeles, a sister to the hugely successful Vocal Mania series started in New York this spring. The first West Coast event, co-hosted by acclaimed vocalists Denise Donatelli and Paulette McWilliams will take place on June 29 and feature jazz singer Kenny Washington. On ...

Anat Cohen/Fred Hersch: Live In Healdsburg

Read "Live In Healdsburg" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When you think of these two lauded artists, duo encounters aren't the first thing likely to come to mind. Pianist Fred Hersch spends most of his time toggling between solo and trio work, and it's almost impossible to keep up with the size and/or scope of clarinetist Anat Cohen's varied pursuits. But that's not to say ...

Peter Eldridge: Disappearing Day

Read "Disappearing Day" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Pianist, songwriter and Grammy Award-winning singer Peter Eldridge unveils his fifth solo album with Disappearing Day, presenting a varied mix of styles from jazz and alternative to a country-tinged piece, on seven original tunes and five covers offering arrangements from Paul McCartney, Leonard Bernstein to Frank Sinatra. This is not your typical jazz vocal album where ...

Peter Eldridge: Disappearing Day

Read "Disappearing Day" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It wouldn't necessarily be inaccurate to refer to Peter Eldridge as a “singer-songwriter," but that tag definitely does not fit him. Such a label just undercuts the creative brilliance behind his music, diminishing the beauty, truth, strength, wit, and compassion in his work. The man is far more than a simple spinner of songs. His is ...

Christopher Zuar Orchestra: Musings

Read "Musings" reviewed by Budd Kopman

There is no doubt that composer Christopher Zuar's debut recording Musings is an impressive achievement. The sheer overall sonic brilliance and obvious control of the instrumental forces at hand signal a talent to be reckoned with.

Not even thirty at the time of the recording, Zuar's music is surprisingly mature and well conceived. The ...

Will Vinson: Perfectly Out Of Place

Read "Perfectly Out Of Place" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Perfectly Out Of Place--the sixth album from saxophonist Will Vinson--is a marvel of compositional design, textural beauty, and musicality. It's both in keeping with his previous work and several steps beyond and above.

While Vinson is essentially sticking with his favored quintet format on this one, he's expanded his sonic palette by adding ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Internationally Renowned Vocalist Dominique Eade Performs Recital Featuring Original Music And Songs By Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Dylan And More

Internationally Renowned Vocalist Dominique Eade  Performs Recital Featuring Original Music And Songs By Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Dylan And More

Internationally renowned vocalist/composer Dominique Eade is joined by pianists Jed Wilson and Ran Blake, oud player Kenan Adnawi and setar player Nima Janmohammadi in a faculty recital melding Eade’s original music with songs by Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Dylan and more. The concert takes place at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson To Release "Perfectly Out Of Place"

Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson To Release "Perfectly Out Of Place"

Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson to Release Perfectly Out of Place. Available May 6, 2016 on 5Passion. Featuring: Will Vinson (alto & soprano saxophones, synthesizers), Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizers), Matt Penman (bass), Jeff Ballard (drums), Jo Lawry (vocal), Jamey Haddad (additional percussion on “Skyrider") & The Mivos Quartet (Olivia De Prato, Joshua Modney: violins, Victor Lowrie: viola, ...

Christopher Zuar Orchestra: Musings

Read "Musings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When a composer / arranger who hasn't yet turned thirty can enlist the caliber of musicians who are present and accounted for on Musings, the inescapable assumption is that something special is afoot. Upon listening, that appraisal proves to be quite accurate, as young Christopher Zuar (twenty-seven when this debut album was recorded) presents seven of ...

Christopher Zuar Orchestra: Musings

Read "Musings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If you open the packaging for this album, you'll encounter a picture of Christopher Zuar that initially seems to touch on a theme of isolation. Shadows and light play against the wall behind him, but it's Zuar himself, sitting and staring into the distance over his piano, that really draws the eyes in. After looking at ...