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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New music from Melbourne Australia, and old favourites

Read "New music from Melbourne Australia, and old favourites" reviewed by Len Davis


New releases from Andy Sugg Group Grand & Union featuring Brett Williams (piano and keyboards), Alex Claffy (bass) and Jonathan Barber (drums); plus, Alex Machacek, Canadian Band Metalwood and Tom Coster. Playlist Andy Sugg Group “Seeing Things" from Grand & Union(Self Produced) 00:00 Alex Machacek"Out of Pappenheim" from Sic (Abstract Logix) 07:33 Metalwood"Steeplejack" from ...

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Article: Album Review

Kristiana Roemer: House of Mirrors

Read "House of Mirrors" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Kristiana Roemer is a young German singer whose voice has a lilt and plush texture reminiscent of Annette Peacock. On this, her first album, she uses her intriguing sound in the service of both conventional jazz tunes and floating, airy pieces which border on art songs. Most of the material here is her own writing, though ...

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Article: Album Review

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown: Quartet Sessions

Read "Quartet Sessions" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Quartet Sessions (there are two of them) mark the eighth recording as leader by New York-based tenor saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, an heir-apparent to an acclaimed dynasty of hard-boppers whose monarchs include Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Gene Ammons, Charlie Rouse, Hank Mobley, Sonny Rollins and their peers, and embraces such contemporaries as Eric Alexander, Don Menza ...

Album

Fearless

Label: Relsha Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Whimsy; Fearless; North Street; Road to Dukhan; Surrender; Ballad for Roy; The Very Thought of You; Not a Samba; Last Minute.

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Article: Album Review

Sharel Cassity: Fearless

Read "Fearless" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Offering her fifth album as leader, saxophonist Sharel Cassity unveils an aptly titled collection of originals and a couple of standards in an album of special significance and meaning in her life, as she confronted a personal health issue that threatened to silence her musical voice forever. This project is not only about producing a delicious ...

Musician

Alexander Claffy

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19 year old Claffy hails from the greater Philadelphia area, starting first with Electric and then Upright Bass. His father being a bandleader, and his mother a singer, he was exposed to music early on. Claffy continues to study under the legendary Mike Boone, and bassists Gregg August, Peter Paulsen, and soon with bassist Dwayne Burno. Now attending the New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music, he has played around the NYC/Philly area with the likes of Pianists Orrin Evans and George Burton, drummers Justin Faulkner, Wayne Smith Jr., and horn players such as Duane Eubanks and Ben Flocks.

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Ten Artists: June 2019

Read "Ten Artists: June 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Polly Gibbons All I Can Do Resonance Records 2019 Polly Gibbons's 2017 Resonance release, Is It Me...? was positively received by All About Jazz and other outlets when it appeared. That recording featured a crack trio augmented with soloists, establishing Gibbons as a sensitive yet muscular interpreter of the American ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Upcoming Appearances From Pianist Ryan Slatko To Feature Music From His Debut Album "First Impressions"

Upcoming Appearances From Pianist Ryan Slatko To Feature Music From His Debut Album "First Impressions"

Following his performance and musical direction in the world premiere of LIGHTS OUT: Nat King Cole! that debuted in Pennsylvania late last year, pianist Ryan Slatko is beginning the New Year with a series of shows in support of his latest release, First Impressions. Slatko, who is a native of Florida and recent graduate of New ...

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Article: Album Review

Benny Benack III: One of a Kind

Read "One of a Kind" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Although he's got fine chops as a trumpeter, Benny Benack III also has serious ambition as a vocalist, as demonstrated on his first record as a leader, One of a Kind. It takes a good deal of self-confidence to pull off such a feat, and to his credit Benack does an admirable job of it. When ...

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Article: Interview

David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward

Read "David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


It's late morning on Sunday, January 17, 2016--a wintry New York day that will later see snow--and much of Brooklyn seems to be in a state of hibernation or hiding. There are few signs of life on the streets, but there's no shortage of action in the basement of the former Public School 9 Annex. That's ...


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