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Ben Street

Street studied at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with Miroslav Vitous and Dave Holland. Moved to New York City in 1991. He has performed and toured with Danilo Perez, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Roswell Rudd, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, David Sanchez, James Moody, Mark Turner, Frank Foster, Clark Terry, Junior Cook, Charles Davis, Sam Rivers, Clifford Jordan, Billy Harper, Buddy Montgomery and Jimmy Scott. Ben's selected discography includes work with Kurt Rosenwinkel - The Next Step, The Enemies of Energy and Heartcore (Verve); Danilo Perez - Til Then (Verve), Live at the Jazz Showcase(Artist Share); David Sanchez - Coral (Sony Music) Ed Simon - La Bikina (Mythology); Anthony Coleman - Morenica (Tzadic), Shawn Colvin - Holiday Songs and Lullabies (Columbia); Cyndi Lauper - At Last (Epic); Ethan Iverson, Jorge Rossy, Chris Cheek - Guilty (Fresh Sound); Barney Mcall - Widening Circles (MJC); Ben Monder Trio - Dust (Arabesque); Space Cowboys - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Warner Bros.)

Liberty

Label: Contagious Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ran; Faith leap; Kwooked Stweet; The Lost and Found; At Least 37th Cousins; Loosy Goosy; Tarifa; Rhyming History; Planting Flowers; The Sound Goddess; Wil's Way.

Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard

Label: Contagious Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD 1: Smoking Gun; Tarifa; Ran; Contagious; Radio-Active Earworm; Faith Leap; Lesson One. CD 2: Loosy Goosy; Planting Flowers; JFK International; You Are Me Blues; The Beginning Of An Endless Happy Monday; Blakonian Groove.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dayna Stephens Quartet: Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York City's Village Vanguard has a history. Founded by Max Gordon in 1935 and, after his passing in 1989, operated by his wife Lorraine until her death in 2018, the venue became famous for launching jazz careers and hosting the recordings of more than a hundred jazz albums, including saxophonist Sonny Rollins' A Night At ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Andrew Cyrille Quartet at Village Vanguard

Read "Andrew Cyrille Quartet at Village Vanguard" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Andrew Cyrille Quartet Village Vanguard New York, NY August 21, 2020 Drummer/composer/bandleader Andrew Cyrille opened this livestream from the venerable Village Vanguard jazz club speaking about the oddness of playing to an empty room, noting the absence of applause at the end of numbers. Or booing: “I've been booed, too" he ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Summer 2020

Read "Summer 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed or that deserve special attention. Claus Waidtløw The Game Self Produced 2020 A saxophonist who, over the last 3 decades, has recorded and toured with a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Aaron Parks: Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man

Read "Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Back with his second effort under the Little Big moniker, Aaron Parks stretches out the concepts that had been established on the group's debut recording and presents an even tighter display of original jazz meets pop blended instrumentals. As on predecessor Little Big (Ropeadope Records, 2018), each bar and every measure of each track have been ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Pt. 3: The International Women in Jazz Organization

Read "Women in Jazz, Pt. 3: The International Women in Jazz Organization" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In part 1 and part 2 of the Women in Jazz series, we looked at the historical marginalization of women in jazz from Lil Hardin Armstrong and Blanch Calloway in the 1920s to Tia Fuller in 2019. Part 2 focused on several prominent pioneering artists including the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Marian McPartland, and Melba ...

Beginning June 13, Streaming Live At The Village Vanguard

Beginning June 13, Streaming Live At The Village Vanguard

Streaming Live at the Village Vanguard Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons beginning June 13 On February 22, 2020 the Village Vanguard, the world’s oldest continuously operated jazz club, marked its 85th year in the basement at 178 7th Avenue South in New York City. On March 16th the club closed its doors indefinitely. On Saturday, June ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dayna Stephens Trio: Liberty

Read "Liberty" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Ben Street and drummer Eric Harland, together with two handfuls of original compositions, make Liberty a hip and bopping success. Who needs chords, when three voices and tones are able to interact so seamlessly and easily with one another--carefully planting ideas, picking them up and elegantly developing them over the continuing stream ...


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