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Alexa Tarantino

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Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. Alexa’s “lovely, ardent way of improvising,” and “sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered straight-ahead jazz [compositions]” (Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times) establish her individual voice which shines through as a dynamic performer and educator. Tarantino was recently named one of the “Top 5 Alto Saxophonists of 2019” by the JazzTimes Critics’ Poll. Her debut album, Winds of Change, peaked at #15 on the JazzWeek Charts and landed at #79 for JazzWeek’s Top 100 records of 2019. Tarantino’s performance highlights include prestigious venues such as Jazz in Marciac Festival (with Wynton Marsalis and the Young Stars of Jazz), Umbria Jazz Festival (with Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project), the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Hollywood Bowl (with Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra), the Rockport Jazz Festival (Alexa Tarantino Quintet), Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (with LSAT, Earth, Wind & Fire and others)

Album

Ghost Song

Label: Nonesuch Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Wuthering Heights; Optimistic Voices / No Love Dying; Ghost Song ; Obligation; Until; I Lost My Mind; Moon Song; Trail Mix; The World Is Mean; Dead Poplar; Thunderclouds; Unquiet Grave.

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Swings Broadway

Label: Diva Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Heart; Pure Imagination; The Man I Love; With Every Breath I Take; The Sound of Music; Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’; Seventy-Six Trombones; Love Who You Love; Get Me to the Church on Time.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm - Celebrating Foremother Valaida Snow Plus New Releases From Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet & More

Read "High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm - Celebrating Foremother Valaida Snow Plus New Releases From Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet (featuring Elsa Nilsson, Tina Raymond, Dawn Clement and Emma Dayhuff , Randy Napoleon and As Is with birthday shoutouts to trumpeter Valaida Snow, guitarist Memphis Minnie, saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, vocalists Dakota Staton, Ann Hampton Callaway, Ian Shaw, and Amanda Eckery, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Princeton University Jazz Festival Set for April 27-30, 2022

Princeton University Jazz Festival Set for April 27-30, 2022

Jazz at Princeton University, helmed by acclaimed saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, announces the return of the Princeton University Jazz Festival. Presented in conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month, the event, which takes place Wednesday, April 27 – Saturday, April 30, features guest artists guitarist Gilad Hekselman, and saxophonists Seamus Blake, Tony Malaby and Alexa Tarantino performing with Princeton ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz And Poetry Plus Notable 2021 Releases, Part 2

Read "Jazz And Poetry Plus Notable 2021 Releases, Part 2" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Dee Bell and The Greenaway Group featuring vocalist Carla Cook, with a focus in the second hour on the heady combination of Jazz with spoken word featuring recent recordings by Sara Serpa, Jazzmeia Horn, a preview single from Javon Jackson's latest album plus part 2 of a look back to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases And Exploring Shorter

Read "New Releases And Exploring Shorter" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show we feature new releases from Matías Formica, Nori Tani, Carn Davidson 9, Ayumi Tanaka, GNP and Edward Simon. There are also tracks from Posi-Tone Records new compilation which celebrates the music of Wayne Shorter. Playlist Matías Formica Trios “Inexorable" from Hastio y Paranoia (Numeral) 00:00 Nori Tani “Portrait in Black ...

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Firefly

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Spider's Dance; Mindful Moments; Move Of The Spirit; Iris; Daybreak; Surge Fughetta; Surge Capacity; La Donna Nel Giardino; Rootless Ruthlessness; Lady Day; Vilet Sky; The Firefly Code.

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Kinetic

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Kinetic; Unveiling of a Mirror; The Sphinx; Until the Real Thing Comes Along; Word Travels Fast; Wollongong; Nica's Dream; On the Street Where You Live; Midnight Beat; Closure.

Album

Soul Conversations

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Two Bass Hit; London Towne; Beardom X; Red Chair; Giant Steps; Language of Flowers; Human Nature; Girl Talk; Harlem Harlem Harlem; Soul Conversations.


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