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NEWS: FESTIVAL

Iconic Composer And Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith Presents 2nd Annual CREATE Festival April 7-8 In New Haven, CT

Iconic Composer And Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith  Presents 2nd Annual CREATE Festival April 7-8 In New Haven, CT

“A trumpeter and composer of penetrating insight.” —Nate Chinen, The New York Times Legendary composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith presents the Second Annual CREATE Festival in New Haven, CT, a two-day celebration and exploration of his inventive and unclassifiable music that will feature world or US premiere performances of four new suites. Taking place Saturday, April ...

NEWS: EVENT

Marcus Anderson And Special Guest JJ Sansaverino Up Close And Personal Smooth Jazz Affair

Marcus Anderson And Special Guest JJ Sansaverino Up Close And Personal Smooth Jazz Affair

ACT Jams Productions presents an Up Close and Personal Smooth Jazz Affair featuring Billboard Artists Marcus Anderson and JJ Sansaverino on Friday, November 10 in the Palace Theater Orchestra Lobby located at 100 East Main Street. The artists are joined by band members Steve Clarke (bass), Dexter Pettaway Sr. (drums), and Sean Uliasz (keys). The show is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Wadada Leo Smith At Firehouse 12

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Wadada Leo Smith
Firehouse 12 Create Festival
New Haven, Connecticut
April 8-9, 2017

It is rare to experience the arc of a prolific artist's work while they are still active, and in the case of Wadada Leo Smith, to witness it at the simultaneous height of creative power ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Wadada Leo Smith Presents The Create Festival, April 8 & 9, 2017 In New Haven

Wadada Leo Smith Presents The Create Festival, April 8 & 9, 2017 In New Haven

Visionary composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith presents the first-ever CREATE Festival, a two-day celebration and exploration of his inventive and unclassifiable music that will feature classic works alongside world premiere performances. Taking place Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, 2017 at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street, New Haven, Connecticut, the festival will include performances ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Rising Saxophonist Mike Casey Releases Debut Album "The Sound Of Surprise: Live At The Side Door”

Rising Saxophonist Mike Casey Releases Debut Album  "The Sound Of Surprise: Live At The Side Door”

Saxophonist and composer Mike Casey is proud to announce the February 7, 2017 release of his debut album The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door. Splitting his time between alto and tenor saxophone, Casey and his longtime trio present a fresh approach to the chordless saxophone trio format over the course of seven first-takes. ...

NEWS: EVENT

Soulful Sounds Of Christmas Featuring Will Downing & Najee at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT

Soulful Sounds Of Christmas Featuring Will Downing & Najee at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT

Usher in the spirit of the holiday season with Soulful Sounds Of Christmas featuring Will Downing & Najee presented by ACT Jams Productions on December 16 at the Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office at 203-346-2000 or online here. Following the concert, guests ...

Kris Allen: Beloved

Read "Beloved" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You have to love how a sommelier might describe a certain wine. It has “a jammy taste with a sweet attack, leather, tobacco, and very muscular with integrated wood." Listening to saxophonist Kris Allen's Beloved reminds us that jazz listeners use similar terms to describe the music they're hearing. Allen's alto saxophone is flavored with hints ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Wynton Marsalis Quintet at The Palace Theater

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Wynton Marsalis Quintet
The Palace Theater
Stamford, CT
April 30, 2016

There are expectations baked into a live performance from the caliber of a Wynton Marsalis. An artist who has won a Pulitzer Prize for Music, nine GRAMMY awards, serves as the Director of Jazz studies at Juilliard and is actively ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Jimmy Greene: Beautiful Life

Read "Jimmy Greene: Beautiful Life" reviewed by John Wesley Reed Jr.

“Love Wins," says Jimmy Greene, Saxophonist, Newtown, Connecticut.

Inspired by his daughter, Ana, Beautiful Life is emotionally fulfilling towards remembrance of all things for the love of Ana.

The children's choir made up of Ana's and her brother, Isaiah's friends from when the family lived in Canada, exemplifies the spirit of joy ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

June Bisantz: It's Always You: June Bisantz Sings Chet Baker Vol. 2

Read "It's Always You: June Bisantz Sings Chet Baker Vol. 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Vocalist June Bisantz pays tribute to the singing of legendary trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker on this collection of standards associated with him. Along with collaborators pianist Alex Nakhimovsky and guitarist Norman Johnson (plus a number of other musicians), the group achieves its goal by emulation rather than imitation. Bisantz captures Baker's soft, intimate vocal sound, the key ...