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Ben Feldman

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Ben Feldman is New York bassist and composer from Seattle, WA. He started playing music at age 13, and he quickly began working as a professional bassist, playing with Seattle luminaries including Jay Thomas, Mark Taylor, Dawn Clement, Johnaye Kendrick, Bill Anschell and many others. He has performed with the 2017 Grammy Jazz band and 2017 Vail Jazz band, as well as nationally recognized musicians Stefon Harris, Sullivan Fortner, Regina Carter, Matt Wilson, Dave Liebman, and Joey Alexander. He is also recognized for his work as a composer and arranger. He currently attends Manhattan School of Music and is a student of Ron Carter and Buster Williams.

Album

Earthshine

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: XD; Tuesday Wednesday; In Front of the Mirror; Behind the Mirror; Searchlight; About Time; Song for Jovino; Reflecting; Earthshine.

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Article: Album Review

Meridian Odyssey: Earthshine

Read "Earthshine" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Meridian Odyssey is a sextet comprising young musicians from the improbable jazz territory of Big Lake, Alaska, and Earthshine is their second recording together, with trumpeter Noah Halpern having been added to the quintet since the ensemble's 2021 debut album, Second Wave. On Earthshine, there are nine original compositions by members of the group, two of ...

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Song of the Day

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 06:13

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Second Wave

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Interlake; F Minus; Quarantine Blues; Looking Ahead; NT; For Antongiulio; Second Wave.

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Article: Album Review

Meridian Odyssey: Second Wave

Read "Second Wave" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Seattle's Origin Records opened 2021 on a hopeful, turning-of-the-page note with Second Wave, by the group Meridian Odyssey. The band comprised five young (twenty-something) Seattle-ites who took advantage of the time on their collective hands, and the low air fares resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, to journey to Alaska, where guitarist Martin Budde's father—a pilot—owns an ...

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Song of the Day

Interlake

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 8:26

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Article: Profile

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Xavier Lecouturier

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Xavier Lecouturier" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The city of jny: Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and '30s. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in ...

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Article: Album Review

Xavier Lecouturier: Carrier

Read "Carrier" reviewed by Paul Rauch


21 year old drummer and composer Xavier Lecouturier seems like he's been around for a while. There is a maturity about his playing one witnesses on the bandstand, a lack of fear of moving and directing flow, of steering time in waves of variance. The fact of the matter is, he hasn't been here long at ...

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News: Festival

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

The Ballard Jazz Festival returns with its 16th edition, May 16-19, in Seattle's historic Ballard neighborhood. Clarence Penn & Penn Station, a New York ensemble that includes pianist Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura, will headline the festival's Mainstage Concert. Swedish trumpeter Oskar Stenmark will open the concert, which in turn celebrates the ...


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