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Bird Dogs and Licorice Sticks

Read "Bird Dogs and Licorice Sticks" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Sam Sadigursky is a special guest for this go-round, and the talk ranges from his pledge of fidelity to the clarinet, to his experiences in Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, to his lengthy tour of duty in a big time Broadway production, to his thoughts about bass-clarinet specialist Jason Stein. After he escapes the bastards' clutches, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Conversation with Violinist Meg Okura

Read "A Conversation with Violinist Meg Okura" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Meg Okura is a distinguished violinist/composer who has been decorated with several awards. Her latest album, Ima Ima, is a collection of well thought out and very well executed compositions that stem out of her role as a mother. Join Meg and I as we talk about composing, motherhood, David Bowie, and other somewhat related things. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

JAZZTOPAD 2018

Read "JAZZTOPAD 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazztopad Festival Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music National Forum of Music, Club Mleczarnia November 21-25, 2018 Jazztopad is the annual Jazz Festival of Poland's Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. Wroclaw, a vibrant, hip, internationally oriented city that never sleeps, has character, lots of peculiar neighborhoods, populated by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Jamie Baum Septet: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

Far from prolific, Jamie Baum has recorded just four albums in the past decade. However, each recording has clearly been created because the flutist was inspired to contribute something new. Bridges is presented as six songs separated equally by the three part “Honoring Nepal: The Shiva Suite." This almost cinematic 20-minute centerpiece composition is an expansive ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

Read "Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

“Ima, You Don’t Look Jewish,” A Three-year Old Said To Her Mother.

“Ima, You Don’t Look Jewish,” A Three-year Old Said To Her Mother.

On Mother’s Day, Meg Okura, who converted to Judaism four years ago, will release Ima Ima, featuring trumpeter Tom Harrell and guitarist Rez Abbasi. Ima Ima (mom in Hebrew and now in Japanese) will be her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble's fourth album, showcasing extensive works composed since her pregnancy, for 10-piece chamber jazz ensemble. She ...

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Matt Holman: The Tenth Muse

Read "The Tenth Muse" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

New York City-based trumpeter and composer Matt Holman cut his teeth performing and recording with distinguished musicians such as Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck, and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society before displaying his personal aesthetic of atmospheric chamber jazz with his debut album When Flooded in 2013. More recently, Holman found inspiration scouring the annals of history, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dan Blake: The Digging

Read "The Digging" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Saxophonist Dan Blake is one of those musicians who are always on a quest to expand their musical horizons, to assimilate into his music any and all of his life experiences, musical or not. As both a player and a composer, Blake demonstrates an intensity coupled with a very fertile and searching mind. Aside from his ...

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Red Piano Records To Release The Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: "Monk Dreams, Hallucinations And Nightmares"

Red Piano Records To Release The Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: "Monk Dreams, Hallucinations And Nightmares"

RED PIANO RECORDS TO RELEASE THE FRANK CARLBERG LARGE ENSEMBLE: Monk Dreams, Hallucinations And Nightmares Available February 10, 2017 The Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble is: Kirk Knuffke, John Carlson, Dave Smith, Jonathan Powell- trumpets; Alan Ferber, Brian Drye, Chris Washburn, Max Seeigel- trombones; John O'Gallagher, Jeremy Udden, Sam Sadigursky, Adam ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sam Sadigursky: Follow The Stick

Read "Follow The Stick" reviewed by Budd Kopman

After spending nearly ten years with the four Words Project albums (see here, here and here for three of them), reedman and multi-instrumentalist Sam Sadigursky has decided to concentrate on clarinet, returning to purely instrumental music with Follow The Stick. Starting initially with a trio comprised of pianist Bobby Avey (who work with Dave ...


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