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Adam Birnbaum

Adam Birnbaum is emerging as one of the top young voices in jazz piano. After receiving an Artist's Diploma from Juilliard as a member of the inaugural class in Jazz Studies in 2003, Mr. Birnbaum went on to win the American Jazz Piano Competition in May 2004 to become the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter fellow in Jazz. In October, 2006, Mr. Birnbaum received the first ever "special honor" prize at the Martial Solal Competition in Paris. An active performer, Mr. Birnbaum has performed in venues such as the Indianapolis Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center Jazz Club, NPR Jazz Christmas 2004, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, Viva Musica Festival in Bratislava, as well as at jazz clubs such as Birdland, Blues Alley, The Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the Kitano Hotel and the Zinc Bar



Label: CMFR
Released: 2024
Track listing: Prelude in C major; Prelude in D minor; Prelude in D-flat major; Prelude in E minor; Prelude in E major; Prelude in C- sharp minor; Prelude in E-flat minor; Prelude in G major; Prelude in B-flat minor; Prelude in F major 03:45; Prelude in C minor.


Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Pianist Esteban Castro

Read "Introducing Pianist Esteban Castro" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Esteban Castro's parents gave him a toy piano when he was three years old. “I would just kind of gravitate toward it a lot," he recalled. “When I was four, they rented a piano and started getting me lessons. I got into jazz because I would ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

JoVia Armstrong, Adam Birnbaum and Vincent Hsu

Read "JoVia Armstrong, Adam Birnbaum and Vincent Hsu" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This particular show is a bit on the quiet side, but it still features several varied jazz performers including JoVia Armstrong, Ralph Towner, Vincent Hsu, Dave Brubeck, and Adam Birnbaum. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jeremy Monteiro, Marshall Gilkes & Ulysses Owens Jr.

Read "Jeremy Monteiro, Marshall Gilkes & Ulysses Owens Jr." reviewed by Joe Dimino

From a jazz star in the modern world, we begin the 839th Episode of Neon Jazz with Ulysses Owens Jr. and music from his latest album A New Beat. From there, we get into a host of new cats putting out new music with the likes of Noah Becker, Kristen Edkins, Charles Chen and Myles Wright. ...


Dynamic Maximum Tension

Label: Nonesuch Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Dymaxion; All In; Ebonite; Last Waltz for Levon; Wingèd Beasts; Your Enemies Are Asleep; Codebreaker; Ferromagnetic; Single-Cell Jitterbug; Tensile Curves; Mae West: Advice.


Up Swing

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Edges; Baubles, Bangles, and Beads; Stand Up!; Time to Shine; Groundwork; Healing the Heart; Don't Blame Me; The Manhattaners; My Way; Rocks, Lime; Cupbearers.



Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Snowbound; My Favorite Things; Solstice; Blue Xmas; What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?; Sleigh Ride; A Child is Born; The Christmas Song; I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm


Article: Album Review

Robert Edwards: Up Swing

Read "Up Swing" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran trombonist, educator and bandleader Robert Edwards is a fixture of New York City jazz scene, performing in many of the jazz venues in the city and, as of this writing, becoming the newest member of the famed Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Edwards fronts a marvelous quintet that has been performing regularly at Smalls Jazz Club for ...

Article: Album Review

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Dynamic Maximum Tension

Read "Dynamic Maximum Tension" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Precursore nel 2009 (con l'innovativo Infernal Machines) del nuovo rinascimento orchestrale nel jazz, Darcy James Argue approda all'etichetta Nonesuch e pubblica il nuovo album in studio: un doppio CD realizzato con i consueti partner della Secret Society più l'aggiunta della cantante Cecile McLorin Salvant e della violinista Sara Caswell. A differenza degli ultimi ...


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