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Chad Lefkowitz-Brown

At 27-years-old, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown is already a renowned jazz saxophonist and international recording artist. He is currently a member of the multi Grammy award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and he has made internationally televised appearances with pop icons like Taylor Swift, Don Henley and Phillip Phillips. Chad has toured across the globe as a soloist and with many esteemed jazz artists, including Arturo O’Farrill and Clarence Penn. A native of Elmira, New York, Chad established himself as a jazz prodigy at age 11, performing throughout New York State under the mentorship of local jazz hero, George Reed, who was known for backing legends like Teddy Wilson, Buddy Tate, and Marian McPartland. Chad went on to pursue a formal education in the arts at the Brubeck Institute, a prestigious fellowship program created by jazz legend Dave Brubeck

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Makar Kashitsyn: Jazz Animals

Read "Jazz Animals" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Straight outta St. Petersburg, Rainy Days Records has done a splendid job of documenting some of the strongest emerging voices in Russian jazz, starting with drummer Sasha Mashin's superb Outsidethebox in 2018. Mashin's debut release belied his youth with an assured poise and dynamic vision, and here we have yet another wonderful first outing: alto saxophonist ...

Jazz Animals

Label: Rainy Days Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Jazz Animals; Going to Ekaterinburg; Confession; Song for Chad; Our Song; Time to Forget; Phone Call.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dan Shout: In With a Shout

Read "Dan Shout: In With a Shout" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

While it might be a cliché to say it, one can expect the unexpected when listening to the music of Dan Shout. An exceptional saxophonist and composer, the Cape Town-based artist has also built a sterling track record of creating highly distinctive and exciting albums. While he initially made a splash in 2012 with ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

The Ballard Jazz Festival returns with its 16th edition, May 16-19, in Seattle's historic Ballard neighborhood. Clarence Penn & Penn Station, a New York ensemble that includes pianist Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura, will headline the festival's Mainstage Concert. Swedish trumpeter Oskar Stenmark will open the concert, which in turn celebrates the ...

Onward

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Chad Lefkowitz-Brown: piano; Steven Feifke: piano; Raviv Markovitz: bass; Jimmy MacBride: drums.

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown: Onward

Read "Onward" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Hot jazz saxophonists sharing the stage and/or recording booth with pop artists: Wayne Shorter collaborating with Joni Mitchell; Donny McCaslin breathing fire with David Bowie; and now, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown touring the world with Taylor Swift. Onward, Lefkowitz-Brown's sophomore CD release as a leader, touches on pop music with a robust reading of Stevie Wonder's “Isn't She ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tyler Kaneshiro: Amber of the Moment

Read "Amber of the Moment" reviewed by Dave Wayne

First impressions mean everything. Amber of the Moment, trumpeter / composer Tyler Kaneshiro's debut album opens with a cloying cover of Bjork's “Who Is It." While nicely rendered, and suitably arranged, Kaneshiro's version plays it safe, replacing all of the oddness of the original with slick nu-jazz gloss. The cover of Bon Iver's “Holocene" fares better, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Isaac Darche: Team & Variations

Read "Team & Variations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While guitarist Isaac Darche is clearly a fan of punny titles, his music is no joke. On Team & Variations--the follow-up to the California-bred, New York-based guitarist's debut, Boom-Baptism (BJU Records, 2012)--Darche digs deep, delivering five stimulating originals and three classics that focus in on his dexterous finger work, tight arrangements, and kinship with his contemporaries. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Quentin Angus: Perception

Read "Perception" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Australia boasts an embarrassment of great jazz musicians, an increasing number of whom have made their way to jny:New York in recent years to broaden their horizons. Guitarist Quentin Angus is one such notable Aussie talent. Here Angus follows up his promising debut, Retrieval Structure (Self Produced, 2011) with another assured work that highlights his tasteful ...


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