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Drum Maestro Akira Tana Puts A Gorgeous Spin On The Brazilian Songbook With JAZZaNOVA

Drum Maestro Akira Tana  Puts A Gorgeous Spin On The Brazilian Songbook With JAZZaNOVA

AKIRA TANA didn’t have to go looking for Brazilian music as a young musician. An elite jazz drummer since the mid-1970s, he’s been immersed in the verdant hothouse of Brazil’s surging rhythms and sensuous melodies his entire career. His new album JAZZaNOVA, which is slated for release by Vega on March 1, 2018, reflects an abiding ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Sunday at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Read "Sunday at the Monterey Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

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Sunday was a spectacularly beautiful day in Monterey which was just perfect for the 12-hour marathon of music. The closing day of the Jazz Festival included a stellar lineup of great jazz artists including Joe Lovano, Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Brad Mehldau, Regina Carter and the closing ...

Alicyn Yaffee: Someone Else

Read "Someone Else" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dyspeptic in my late 50s, in a fit of self-pity, I have said, “Youth is wasted on the young." That is so much sour grapes on my part given to a questionably-misspent youth. What I wish for the young, sadly tilting at Mother Nature's windmills, is to remain young forever. I certainly wish this for vocalist/guitarist/composer ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Female Vocals 2017 I – Cynthia Hilts, Judith Nijland, Andrea Claburn, Sandy Cressman, Lisa Biales

Read "Female Vocals 2017 I – Cynthia Hilts, Judith Nijland, Andrea Claburn, Sandy Cressman, Lisa Biales" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Take a day off and the recordings pile up and bury you. Female jazz vocals continue to dominate recordings with no indication on letting up. Most these recordings are very good and deserve recognition. So here is my picayune effort to address a few of them.

Cynthia Hilts
Lyric Fury

NEWS: RECORDING

Bay Area Vocalist Sandy Cressman Reaffirms Her Deep Connections With Brazilian Music On New CD "Entre Amigos"

Bay Area Vocalist Sandy Cressman Reaffirms Her Deep Connections With Brazilian Music On New CD "Entre Amigos"

As founder and leader of the group Homenagem Brasileira, San Francisco-based vocalist/educator Sandy Cressman has had many opportunities over the last 20-plus years to forge creative partnerships with like-minded musicians from the Bay to Brazil. Her entrancing new album, Entre Amigos, which will be released on February 3 by her Cressman Music imprint, marks the culmination ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fred Randolph: Song Without Singing

Read "Song Without Singing" reviewed by Edward Blanco

In demand San Francisco Bay Area-based educator, composer and bassist Fred Randolph unveils his third album as leader, Songs Without Singing containing ten innovative originals and one cover tune recorded with his working quintet and other Bay Area musicians. A fixture in San Francisco's vibrant jazz scene and a member of Orquesta Dharma, the Melanthium Ensemble ...

Ray Obiedo: There Goes That

Read "There Goes That" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Noted guitarist Ray Obiedo's There Goes That (Rhythmus Records) is his first album since 1999's Modern World (Domo Records). Over his 4 decades plus career, Obeido has worked with an impressive Who's Who List of musicians including: Herbie Hancock, Bobbi Humphrey, George Duke, The Whispers, Brenda Russell, Pete Escovedo, Grover Washington, Jr., The Rippingtons and Lou ...

Natalie Cressman & Secret Garden: Unfolding

Read "Unfolding" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Imagine what it would be like to grow up in a household in which both parents are exceptional jazz musicians, a childhood completely immersed in live music and performance. Natalie Cressman, daughter of vocalist Sandy Cressman and trombonist Jeff Cressman, has had just such an upbringing, and her debut album Unfolding indicates that she is making ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

The Jazz Hang: Sandy Cressman and Homage to Brazil

Sandy Cressman is a San Francisco jazz vocalist, who has devoted the majority of her career to the study and performance of Brazilian music. This Saturday, Sandy will be appearing at along with the Jovino Santos Neto Trio and together they will perform her Homage to Brazil- a musical journey through the world of Brazilian jazz ...