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Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches To Play Record Release Concert At DROM NYC On June 14 With Emmy-Nominated Actor Rob Morrow

Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches To Play Record Release Concert At DROM NYC On June 14 With Emmy-Nominated Actor Rob Morrow

Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches are likely the only band today infusing elements of Gullah-Geechee and world rhythms with folk traditions, Americana, New Orleans influences, and 1920s jazz. The forthcoming sophomore album, Get Us Out Of Fearland , due June 15, builds upon the multicultural exuberance that made the band’s debut, Very Next Thing, a transcendent breath of fresh air. ...

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Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist Nick Russo Assembles NYC All-Stars For Jalopy Theatre Concert On Sunday October 29

Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist Nick Russo Assembles NYC All-Stars For Jalopy Theatre Concert On Sunday October 29

Special Guests Include: Ari Hoenig (Drums), Miles Griffith (Voice), Greg Glassman (Trumpet) Nathan Peck (Bass), Pandit Samir Chatterjee (Tabla), Dan Aran (Drums) Opening Set by Roots, Folk, Americana, Bluegrass Collective, Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches Armed with an “impressive debut recording, broad in scope, deep in concept and eminently listenable,” guitarist/banjoist Nick Russo burst onto the scene eleven ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Brian Kastan "Roll The Dice On Life" New Fusion Double Album

Brian Kastan "Roll The Dice On Life" New Fusion Double Album

WITH ROLL THE DICE ON LIFE, GUITARIST BRIAN KASTAN OPENS A WINDOW INTO HIS MUSICAL SOUL Full Of Raw Energy, This Dynamic, Guitar-Driven Double Album Features Vocals By Miles Griffith "Think Zappa 21st Century… Brian's Guitar is Just Killer."—Dick Metcalf Jazz-Fusion guitarist, Brian Kastan introduces his newest CD, Roll the Dice on Life. This double album showcases dynamic original ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

I Nuovi Protagonisti dell'Orchestrazione - 1: Darcy James Argue - Ryan Truesdell - Orrin Evans

Read "I Nuovi Protagonisti dell'Orchestrazione - 1: Darcy James Argue - Ryan Truesdell - Orrin Evans" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo la morte di Gil Evans e Thad Jones nella seconda metà degli anni ottanta e la progressiva uscita di scena di George Russell, il ruolo del compositore/orchestratore nel jazz ha sofferto di un gap generazionale. Meno marcato di quanto è apparso pubblicamente ma comunque consistente. Anche se negli anni novanta già operavano figure del calibro ...

Art Lillard's Heavenly Band: Reasons to Be Thankful

Read "Reasons to Be Thankful" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although drummer Art Lillard's Heavenly Band makes its home about as far from heaven as one could plausibly roam--New York City, to be precise--the music it produces on Reasons to Be Thankful (recorded in 2000 and released six years later) evokes at times an empyrean vibe, thanks in part to blissful arrangements by Lillard and guitarist ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Kosi

Read "Take Five With Kosi" reviewed by Akosua Gyebi

Meet Akosua Gyebi:

I am a songwriter born and raised in New York City.

Instrument(s):

Vocalist.

Teachers and/or influences?

Salim Washington, Katchie (Katchie) Cartwright, Miles Griffith, Abbey Lincoln, Jill Scott, Gregory Porter, and Nina Simone.

Your sound and approach to music:

I've ...

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Jazz at Lincoln Center to Release "WeBop"

Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) will release WeBop: A Family Jazz Party, a CD featuring kid-tested and approved music on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. The recording brings the very best of JALC's WeBop classes in NYC home to families worldwide. Critically-acclaimed drummer and music director Matt Wilson leads an intergenerational band of celebrated jazz musicians, including ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Griffith-Stevens Quartet: Only Love

Read "Only Love" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Miles Griffith è un vocalist afro-americano, oggi docente al Queens College, che opera professionalmente dalla fine degli anni settanta ed ha all'attivo alcuni dischi e numerose collaborazioni (la più nota è la partecipazione nel 1994 al progetto di Wynton Marsalis Blood on the Fields). Attenti a non equivocare. Griffith non è affatto un tradizionalista e mostra uno stile ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Radam Schwartz: Songs for the Soul

Read "Songs for the Soul" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Hammond B3 organist/pianist Radam Schwartz has an impressive discography, appearing on over 35 albums of primarily instrumental music as both a sideman and leader. Songs for the Soul is a departure from past recordings in that it reveals his most extensive association with the vocal side of jazz to date. For this unique endeavor, Schwartz combines ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Gigging: John Ellis's "The Ice Siren"

Gigging: John Ellis's "The Ice Siren"

Melding jazz with other idioms is a risky endeavor, one that often ends in a depletion of the music's greatest virtues. Much of the jazz-fusion of the 1970s synthesized the worst of jazz and the worst of rock into a watered-down sound. This can be pleasant enough, but how many of the genre's albums have the ...