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MUSICIAN Born:

Brandon Tomasello

Brandon Tomasello was introduced to the performing arts at a young age. In the year 2000 , when the charter school boom in Philadelphia began its ascent, young Brandon entered the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School as a third grade student. Even in the school’s first year in existence, it enabled Brandon’s unique voice a place to be discovered. While he had always been naturally talented, Brandon’s love affair with music began when he was in the fourth grade. There was nothing unordinary when Brandon came home from school one particular spring day. As he entered his home, his grandmother was busy fixing dinner and was enjoying music as she worked

MUSICIAN Born:

Carlos Dias

The Brazilian-born, Manhattan-based singer, actor, and model Carlos Dias has led a remarkably eclectic international career. He has appeared in many of Brazil’s highest-rated novelas (soap operas) and musical productions imported from Broadway; sung pop-jazz at top New York venues; worked as an acrobatic dancer; and recorded several CDs of dance music and American standards. Born in São Paulo, Carlos graduated in 1998 from Teatro Escola (Theater School) Macunaíma, a center for artistic experimentation and freedom of expression. In his hometown he attended Escola Wolf Maya, another respected acting school; studied film acting at Studio Fátima Toledo; and joined the theater company Teatro Amador Produções Artísticas (TAPA)

The Ken Peplowski Big Band: Sunrise

Read "Sunrise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Many contemporary big bands are all about “breaking new ground" and “exploring new pathways." Not this one. Ace clarinetist Ken Peplowski, who has performed and recorded with myriad large ensembles, at home and abroad, but has seldom led one--although he did record one other big-band album, Last Swing of the Century (Concord Jazz, 1999)--simply wants to ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Incendio: The Fire Within

Read "Incendio: The Fire Within" reviewed by Jim Worsley

If sophisticated, richly dense, multi-layered instrumental music is your thing, then you may already be a fan of the critically acclaimed band Incendio.

Co-founded in 2000 by guitarist Jim Stubblefield, bassist Liza Carbe, and guitarist JP Durand, Incendio boldly blends a plethora of genres. Jazz, flamenco, rock, Latin, Spanish, world, classical, pop, Middle-Eastern, and Celtic, ...

Steve Khan: Public Access / Headline / Crossings

Read "Public Access / Headline / Crossings" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a great couple of years for Steve Khan fans who are (relatively) new to the guitarist's work, especially his early releases, thanks to UK-based BGO Records. First, his '70s-era trio of fusion-centric LPs on Columbia Records, 1977's Tightrope, 1978's The Blue Man and 1979's Arrows, were remastered and reissued in a 2015 two-CD set, ...

Seven woMEN 2018 – Part III

Read "Seven woMEN 2018 – Part III" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Look what creeped into my monthly column... and herein exist end-of-the-year-recordings...(you decide which ones).

Ben Paterson
That Old Feeling
Cellar Live Records
2018

Everything about pianist/vocalist Ben Paterson's Cellar Live release, That Old Feeling is delightful. This recording is a beautiful throwback, with just a touch of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head Island - Roundup

Read "Live From The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head Island - Roundup" reviewed by Martin McFie

Joe Gransden & Kenny Banks
The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
February 2, 2018

Joe Gransden returned to The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head-Jazz Island February second and third, accompanied by pianist/composer Kenny Banks. Gransden is well-known on the island for his sixteen-piece big band performances, but there was a special ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

Read "Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Abby Lee: Born to Sing

Read "Abby Lee: Born to Sing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The early development of jazz singers tells us a lot about them. Often, they struggle until they are finally recognized. Jimmy Scott was unknown for many years. Billie Holiday took whatever jobs she could get until she made her first recordings. Ella Fitzgerald's childhood was uprooted and traumatic, and music helped her find her way to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tierney Sutton Band at the Newman Center

Read "Tierney Sutton Band at the Newman Center" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Tierney Sutton Band
Newman Center
Denver, Colorado
January 11, 2018

The Tierney Sutton Band has been known for some time as a unit that takes jazz standards and runs them through its magical musical box and something very, very different emerges. Usually, the results are somewhat recognizable, other times the ...