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Dana Leong

Described as crafting "lines of sublime lyric content" (Chicago Tribune), and "sizzling, highly stylized solos" (Philadelphia Inquirer), Dana Leong started his impressive career with the rare skill of commanding both the cello and trombone. He has held roles as both a performer and composer with top artists including: the 2006 Grammy-nominated jazz chamber trio led by Paquito D'Rivera (where he fills a chair frequented by Yo-Yo Ma); the 2007 Grammy-nominated Dafnis Prieto Absolute Quintet; and has worked with Ray Charles, Diddy, Kanye West, Wynton Marsalis, Yoko Ono, and more. Following his successful debut release Leaving New York (featuring Grammy Award winners Christian McBride and Paquito D'Rivera), Dana recently completed his latest recording Anthems of Life. As bandleader/composer, Dana heads The Dana Leong Band featuring Dana (cello/trombone/laptop), Aviv Cohen (drums), Jason Lindner (keyboards), and MC Baba Israel (rap vocals)

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Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Color of My Circumference I; The Density of the 19th Century; Terminal City; Rentals; Security; DeGaulle; TLC; Three Lotto Stories; The Color of My Circumference II; Iraqi Businessman; Taking Back the Airplane; The Color of My Circumference III; In What Language; Asylum; The Color of My Circumference IV; Plastic Bag.

Picture in Black and White

Label: Noa Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Kothbiro; Ayub Ogada; Contemplation (Ancestors); A Taste of Honey; Dancing Girl/Where the Streets Have No Name; Ana Maria’s Song; Child of Love; Picture in Black and White; You Don’t Have to Believe; Reynardine; Siren Song; Lonely Woman; Nothing Will Be As It Was.

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Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part X

Read "Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part X" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Lucia Jackson You and the Night and the Music Roni Music 2018 To a precious few, much talent is given, particularly the young of age, like New York City —native Lucia Jackson, who, at the age of 26 has already distinguished herself as an accomplished dancer and model. Now Jackson emerges ...

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Tessa Souter: Picture in Black and White

Read "Picture in Black and White" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

New York-based vocalist Tessa Souter is becoming treasured among jazz fans and musicians alike. Equally effective in clubs, in concert and on her several fine recordings, she combines the sonority, vocal range and discipline of a classical contralto with subtle and sultry jazz inflections. Everything she sings is well thought out and in good taste. She ...

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I nuovi orchestratori - 2: Kyle Saulnier - Rob Mazurek

Read "I nuovi orchestratori - 2: Kyle Saulnier - Rob Mazurek" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Parliamo ancora di orchestre e arrangiatori [per leggere la prima puntata di questo approfondimento -clicca qui. Tralasciando per il momento di considerare i contributi più innovativi della scena europea (tra cui spiccano la Vienna Art Orchestra e l'Italian Instabile Orchestra) dopo la stagione del Free la ricerca d'avanguardia statunitense non si è fermata. Purtroppo ...

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2013 DC Jazz Festival: Washington, DC, June 5-15, 2013

Read "2013 DC Jazz Festival: Washington, DC, June 5-15, 2013" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

2013 DC Jazz FestivalWashington, DCJune 5-15, 2013Every summer, the DC Jazz Festival shines a spotlight on Washington, D.C.'s expanding music scene, having grown in parallel with the increased number of jazz clubs, venues, and musicians the nation's capital now harbors. The relationship has been mutually reinforcing. The festival created a ...

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Newport Jazz Festival: Newport, RI, August 4-5, 2012

Read "Newport Jazz Festival: Newport, RI, August 4-5, 2012" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Newport Jazz FestivalFort Adams State ParkNewport, RIAugust 4-5, 2012Having a celebration for the 70th birthday of an amazing musician--drummer Jack DeJohnette--was an outstanding feature of this year's Newport Jazz Festival. The drummer was featured in two sets in a single day (Saturday), first with a band he has been ...

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Miguel Zenon / Laurent Coq: Rayuela

Read "Rayuela" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Inspired by Julio Cortáza's sweeping and influential novel, Rayuela (Pantheon, 1963), pianist Laurent Coq and saxophonist Miguel Zenón transform parts of the Argentinean writer's famous work into a memorable jazz release. Written in Spanish, and published in 1963, the title literally means “Hopscotch." The text has been described as an “introspective stream-of-consciousness" and a “masterpiece of ...

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Joel Harrison 7: Search

Read "Search" reviewed by Troy Collins

For over a decade, Joel Harrison has been steadily expanding his palette as a composer, although his penchant for unorthodox instrumental combinations and multicultural folk forms encompass only one facet of his inclusive aesthetic. Harrison's most recent efforts have borrowed heavily from Western neo-classical tenets; The Wheel (Innova, 2008) included an expansive five movement suite for ...


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