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Grace Kelly

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As Grace Kelly defiantly reminds us on The Other One, a standout number from her upcoming Album, Trying To Figure It Out, she’s not looking to be like anyone else. “Got my own thing,” she sings over the song’s urban, trance-like groove. Although the singer and saxophone player has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike as a jazz musician, the track’s exhilarating chorus, haunting keyboard hook and brittle electro edge show an artist interested only in playing what she loves labels be damned. While a current Kelly concert might delight jazz purists with Great American Songbook standards, it could just as easily inspire mainstream listeners with Gracei-fied takes on the likes of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, Coldplay’s Magic or Sia’s Chandelier. But whatever the style, the 23-year-old seven-time winner of the Downbeat critics poll (as a rising star in the alto sax category) spices up the sound with the lyrical and soulful phrasing of her instrument

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News: Performance / Tour

Pianist/Composer Jesse Fischer Announces West Coast And London Dates

Pianist/Composer Jesse Fischer Announces West Coast And London Dates

Brooklyn-based pianist to follow up successful Jazz Road tour of the Midwest in 2021 with three West Coast dates and a London headline debut, performing music from Resilience (2020) and Flipped II (2018). Performance dates will coincide with the release of em>Resilience (Recharged), a newly remixed and reimagined version of the title track of Resilience, with ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring—and likely recording—career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

Album

Unpinnable Butterflies

Label: sonaBLAST!
Released: 2021
Track listing: You; Everybody; Santa Maria (feat. JT Nero & Allison Russell); Revolutionary at the Vestibule (feat. Perla Batalla); Burden Down (feat. Grace Kelly); Sell Me the Morning (feat. Jessica Childress); All That I Know (feat. Perla Batalla & Maria Ahn); Sweet Loretta (feat. Kate Tucker); Good Kings (feat. Danny Clinch); Cracks in the Architecture; Let's Not Wage War (We'll Just Write Poetry); Radio Ocean (feat. Grace Kelly); Roses (feat. Perla Batalla)

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Radio Ocean

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Label: sonaBLAST!
Released: 2021
Duration: 05:31

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News: Recording

Renowned Filmmaker/Composer Gabriel Judet-Weinshel Debuts 'Unpinnable Butterflies' Music Project (Due Sept. 24 Via Sonablast!)

Renowned Filmmaker/Composer Gabriel Judet-Weinshel Debuts 'Unpinnable Butterflies' Music Project (Due Sept. 24 Via Sonablast!)

Unpinnable Butterflies is the overarching project name for songwriter and film composer Gabriel Judet-Weinshel. When Grammy-nominated producer and composer Scott Healy (American Steel, Ricky Martin, Phoebe Snow) first heard a collection of Gabriel’s demos and agreed to produce the songwriter’s first record for indie imprint sonaBLAST! Records, Gabriel found himself again surrounded by musical luminaries, as ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday

Read "Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the birthdays of Jazz Masters Carla Bley in the first hour and Betty Carter in the second, plus new releases from Ruben Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquestra, Rebecca Kilgore and the Keith Brown Trio. Other birthday shoutouts include Virginia Mayhew, Karin Krog, Nadje Noordhuis, Kate Reid and Grace Kelly, among others. Thanks ...

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Article: Film Review

Angela's Ring: An Opera Revue of the European Debt Crisis

Read "Angela's Ring: An Opera Revue of the European Debt Crisis" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Kabir Sehgal, Marie Incontrera, et al. Angela's Ring Tiger Turn 2021 Opera, we are told, has long been political, and not just since Verdi and Wagner. What would West End musical theater be without Les Mis? Or drama without Barbara Garson's 1966 play, Macbird? Yes, even economics makes a token appearance ...

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News: Recording

A New Jazz Opera From Kabir Sehgal And Marie Incontrera, 'Angela's Ring,' Explores The European Debt Crisis

A New Jazz Opera From Kabir Sehgal And Marie Incontrera, 'Angela's Ring,' Explores The European Debt Crisis

The mere thought of a jazz opera based on the European debt crisis might be enough to send potential listeners running for the exits, but Angela's Ring, a new work co-composed by bassist Kabir Sehgal and pianist Marie Incontrera, is an entertaining and enlightening view of recent history perfectly set to a unique hybrid genre. Uniting ...

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Article: Album Review

The 8-Bit Big Band: Backwards Compatible

Read "Backwards Compatible" reviewed by Jack Bowers


It's about time a big band turned its gaze to and focused its attention on the many memorable songs and melodies spawned by—video games? While it's true these make-believe themes may brook no comparison to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter or even Neil Diamond, they are at least Backwards Compatible. And ...


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