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NEWS: FESTIVAL

West Michigan's Free Weekend-Long Jazz Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

West Michigan's Free Weekend-Long Jazz Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation has announced the performance lineup for the fifth annual festival being held Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eleven diverse acts are on tap for West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. The performance lineup: Saturday night headliner / main headline act: Cindy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cindy Bradley: Bliss

Read "Bliss" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Everything you need to know about Cindy Bradley's new album Bliss is right there on the CD jacket photo. Her blonde hair is coiffed, she strikes a stern, yet accommodating stance with no smile, but a hint of cleavage, her right thumb hooked around a belt loop and her left grasping her trumpet.

Looks ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Inspired Sax With A Hip-Hop Lean

Inspired Sax With A Hip-Hop Lean

Sam Rucker urges “Be True 2 Who U R” ahead of the June 3 release of “Tell You Something” Williamsburg, Virginia: Hip-hop producer turned contemporary jazz saxophonist Sam Rucker has something to say. Blending jazz, hip-hop, soul and gospel, he communicates through inspirational instrumentals that meaningfully resonate with listeners. Nearly three years in the making, his sophomore ...

NEWS: EVENT

Ty's Take: 2012-2013 Jammin' At The Gem Talent And Dates

Ty's Take: 2012-2013 Jammin' At The Gem Talent And Dates

The Jammin’ at the Gem Concert Series is back again with five stellar performances lined up. This season kicks off on September 29th with Chick Corea and Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet. Corea is one of the most well renown and respected composers in all of music and has received over fifty Grammy nominations during his illustrious career. Burton is ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jessy J And Cindy Bradley To Appear At Music Venue Near O'Hare

Jessy J And Cindy Bradley To Appear At Music Venue Near O'Hare

At the heart of the stylish InterContinental Chicago O’Hare is an intimate live music venue that’s been touted by press and fans alike as one of the best in Chicagoland. The Montrose Room is where music lovers unite every weekend for the popular ‘Up Close’ series, a showcase of everything from Grammy winners to cutting-edge local ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

2012 Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival Entertainment Line Up

The West Bend Sunrise Rotary Foundation, Inc., producers of the annual Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival (KMJF), announced that the line up for the 2012 festival, which will take place along the banks of the upper Milwaukee River at Riverside Park in West Bend, Wis., Sept. 7—Sept. 8, is set.

Tickets for the 2012 KMJF are now ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cindy Bradley: Unscripted

Read "Unscripted" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Every now and then a musician gets bold and breaks the mold. Cindy Bradley's Unscripted is the sound of an artist just going for it. The nearly eight-minute “Prelude/Massive Transit/Interlude" suite that kicks off the album is like a rush of cool air to the face on a hot summer day. It's fast, furious and funky, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: The Very Best of Christmas

Read "The Very Best of Christmas" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Christmas albums are the Valentine's Day and Halloween cards of the recording industry: a simple and short-term product that is featured for public consumption for a limited time and then put away until next year. There's no rule that says you can't listen to and enjoy an album of holiday-themed music whenever the urge strikes. It ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Trumpeter Cindy Bradley Interviewed at AAJ

Trumpeter Cindy Bradley Interviewed at AAJ

Cindy Bradley first picked up the trumpet in the fourth grade and hasn't put it down since. She learned the importance of professionalism early on, playing at the age of 12 in a Buffalo area jazz band. Bradley would go on to earn a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College and a Master's degree ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Cindy Bradley: Ready to Bloom

Read "Cindy Bradley:  Ready to Bloom" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Cindy Bradley first picked up the trumpet in the fourth grade and hasn't put it down since. She learned the importance of professionalism early on, playing at the age of 12 in a Buffalo area jazz band. Bradley would go on to earn a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College and a Master's degree ...