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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

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.

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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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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.

Article: Radio

New Vocal Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Dave Grusin, Kenny Barron, Brandee Younger And More

Read "New Vocal Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Dave Grusin, Kenny Barron, Brandee Younger And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Judy Wexler, Angela Wrigley and Tanya Dennis, with birthday shoutouts to honorable men Dave Grusin and Kenny Barron, as well as harpist Brandee Younger and vocalists Madeline Eastman, Aubrey Johnson, Allison Adams Tucker, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music. ...

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Article: Interview

Ulysses Owens: Big Band, Big Sound

Read "Ulysses Owens: Big Band, Big Sound" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Some jazz drummers, as remarkable as they may be and as successful as their careers are, just aren't suited to drive a big band. It's not for every percussionist. But every big band needs a good one or the effort will fall short. A ship needs a rudder. Ulysses Owens Jr., who started beating out rhythms ...

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Article: Radio

New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts to Clora Bryant, Peggy Lee, Dee Dee Bridgewater and More

Read "New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts to Clora Bryant, Peggy Lee, Dee Dee Bridgewater and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new singles from The Baylor Project, the Requinte Trio and Ann Hampton Callaway, plus new releases from Le Perez and Meredith d'Ambrosio with birthday shoutouts to Clora Bryant, Peggy Lee, Yissy Garcia, Samantha Boshnack, Mala Waldron, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Adison Evans and Lynne Arriale, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the ...

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Article: Radio

Betcha By Golly Wow - New Releases From Nnenna Freelon, Aubrey Logan, Rosa Passos and More

Read "Betcha By Golly Wow - New Releases From Nnenna Freelon, Aubrey Logan, Rosa Passos  and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents a boatload of new releases from vocalists Nnenna Freelon, Aubrey Logan, Dara Tucker, Rosa Passos and Jonathan Karrant, organist Kendall Carter, and the Alchemy Song Project with birthday shoutouts to pianists Brittany Anjou, Yoko Miwa, guitarist Sheryl Bailey, flutist Jan Leder, and vocalist Carmen Souza, among others. Thanks for listening and please support ...

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Article: Radio

New Albums From Posi-Tone, 577 Records, And Circum-Disc

Read "New Albums From Posi-Tone, 577 Records, And Circum-Disc" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Mostly new albums this time around with new featured releases from Posi-Tone, the prolific 577 Records, and French imprint Circum-Disc. There's a variety of jazz forms included with some fascinating new approaches to the music.Playlist Alexa Tarantino “Rootless Ruthlessness" from Firefly (Positone) 00:00 Banausoi “Aeneas Tacticus" from Imagines (circum-disc) 07:46 Dom Minasi “Sucker's Paradise" ...

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Article: Album Review

Ulysses Owens Jr. Big Band: Soul Conversations

Read "Soul Conversations" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.'s Big Band comes out swinging on its debut recording, Soul Conversations, thundering through Michael Dease's incendiary arrangement of the Dizzy Gillespie/John Lewis flame-thrower, “Two Bass Hit." For more such heat, however, the listener must move forward to Track 5, John Coltrane's impulsive “Giant Steps," thence to Track 9 for Charles Turner III's ...


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