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MUSICIAN Born:

Forrest Young

Forrest became known as “The Emergency Drummer” in the late 90s* while studying jazz at VCU. He’s earned three Emmy Awards for his session work on separate PBS documentaries, along with Frank Coleman and VGO Productions. Forrest's band will be headlining the RVA Jazz Festival this summer with his band, The WWAY. Along with Chris Whiteman (D-Angelo) on guitar, Jonah Kane West on organ, and Dane Alderson (Yellowjackets, Bob Mintzer Big Band) on bass. Forrest is also a visual artist whose Lyric Portraits can be seen at ArtThruZ.com. *When your band’s regular rhythmist is out sick..

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Ryan Blotnick Releases New Album, The Officical Score For The Netflix Documentary, Knock Down The House

Guitarist Ryan Blotnick Releases New Album, The Officical Score For The Netflix Documentary, Knock Down The House

Remixed tracks feature members of Grizzly Bear, Glass Ghost, The Band's Visit, and Lou Reed's former musical director Jane Scarpantoni Guitarist Ryan Blotnick’s work has been widely praised by critics, from Nate Chinen of the NY Times, who said of his 2012 Release, Solo, Volume 1, “He's not afraid of starkness or silence, and he knows how ...

Pericopes

“WONDERFUL, DIVERSE MUSIC PLAYED FLAWLESSLY.”
 DAVE LIEBMAN (SAXOPHONE LEGEND) “THREE EXCELLENT MUSICIANS.”
 ENRICO RAVA (ECM ARTIST) “ALL THE SONGS EXHIBIT POWER AND INTENTION.”
 DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE (USA) “THE TRIO WORKS PERFECTLY.”
 MUSICA JAZZ (IT) Pericopes is a contemporary jazz project initiated in 2007 by pianist Alessandro Sgobbio and saxophonist Emiliano Vernizzi. One would best describe their style as ‘New Jazz’, with roots in the European tradition, Afro-American music, and improvisation, and an affinity for melody and compositional structure. Pericopes has already participated in many important jazz festivals in Europe – the Umbria Jazz Festival (Perugia, Italy), Parma Jazz Frontiere (Parma, Italy), Jazz Pas Grave and Unesco International Jazz Day (Paris, France), BurgJazz (Münster, Germany), presenting their acclaimed double-debut CD The Double Side

MUSICIAN Born:

Eric Pan

Pianist and musical artist Eric Pan creates novel and transportive experiences for audiences, incorporating musical performance, improvisation, collaboration, and immersive storytelling. This year, he recorded a three-volume album of original music, titled “Travel Poems” — an unconventional debut album containing not only piano and Fender Rhodes solo, duo, and trio compositions, but also soundscapes to expand their narrative possibilities. The Travel Poems live show elevates this concept further, with interwoven live storytelling in the service of delivering audiences to a variety of environments. He has played jazz piano in New York City for over a decade, sharing stages with Jeff Hamilton, Roy Hargrove, and John Patitucci

MUSICIAN Born:

Paolo Russo bandoneon

PAOLO RUSSO - pianist, bandoneonist and composer Welcome to Paolo Russo’s unique music universe: a journey across Italian flavours, classical tones, Nordic landscapes, free improvisations, with a distant echo of Argentinean tango. Born in Pescara (Italy) in 1969, he lives in Copenhagen (Denmark) since 1996. He started his studies with the cembalist Chiara Tiboni and graduated at “Conservatorio L. D’Annunzio” in Pescara, in 1993 (teacher: Rachele Marchegiani). In 2002, he graduated at the prestigious Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen. During the past 21 years, he developed a very intense music activity, with performances all around Europe, as well as Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Japan, Faroe Islands, Thailand, Tanzania, Mozambique, Algeria, Russia, USA, Greenland and Cuba

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Arturo Sandoval: Scoring Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule”

Read "Arturo Sandoval: Scoring Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule”" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Trumpet legend and 10-time Grammy winner, Arturo Sandoval was recently personally selected by Hollywood legend--and noted musician and composer--Clint Eastwood to compose the soundtrack for Eastwood's eagerly-awaited and newly released motion picture, The Mule. Both the film and soundtrack have received rave reviews. The Maestro joined All About Jazz to discuss the project.

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MUSICIAN Born:

Brandon Vetrano

Coming out of the progressive Studio Composition program at the renowned Purchase Conservatory of Music, Brandon is known for his experimental, ethereal soundscape compositions that pique the ears, mind and soul. In addition to his compositional work, Brandon leads and performs in several Jazz ensembles in the New York area. He can be seen regularly performing with his own acclaimed Gypsy Jazz group throughout the country, The Bailsmen, and leads the eclectic Atlas Duo in addition to being a regular member of Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers, Bedlam Swing, Jazzingaro, Hot Club of Flatbush and many more

NEWS: RECORDING

"Funny Face" 60th Anniversary Celebrated With Deluxe, Expanded Version Of Soundtrack via Verve Records/UMe

"Funny Face" 60th Anniversary Celebrated With Deluxe, Expanded Version Of Soundtrack via Verve Records/UMe

60th ANNIVERSARY OF “FUNNY FACE” CELEBRATED WITH DELUXE, EXPANDED VERSION OF SOUNDTRACK FROM CLASSIC FILM STARRING FRED ASTAIRE AND AUDREY HEPBURN ORIGINAL 13 SELECTIONS ARE FULLY RESTORED AND AUGMENTED BY EIGHT PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED BONUS TRACKS To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the classic Audrey Hepburn/Fred Astaire musical film, “Funny Face,” Verve Records/UMe is releasing an expanded ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

As the years progressed in the 1950s, a growing number of movies began to feature jazz-flavored scores. Film music's shift to a more contemporary feel was being expressed in virtually all areas of art and design. Starting roughly mid-decade, sleek modernism took hold in architecture, car design, home furnishings and even office furniture as prefabrication, glass, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mats Gustafsson/dieb13/Martin Siewert: Fake The Facts: Soundtrack

Read "Soundtrack" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Stripped to its core, music is communication. It is the accompaniment to life's movie. The first fabulists, our cavemen ancestors probably invented music by imitating the sounds of nature, such as bird calls, wolf howls, and the patter of rain on the cave's entrance. The pleasure delivered by that experience caused several members of the cavemen's ...