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Jay Rattman


Jay Rattman, a multi-instrumentalist improvisor and composer in New York City, has performed at Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Coachella Festival, in addition to appearing on NPR's Sound of Young America, WNYC's Soundcheck, The Late Show, and The Tonight Show. A recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, Rattman holds bachelors and masters degrees from Manhattan School of Music, which presented him with the William H. Borden award for outstanding accomplishment in jazz. In demand in settings as diverse as traditional jazz, klezmer, big bands, free improvisations, creative jazz, and classical chamber music, he has performed or recorded with artists as disparate as Bob Dorough, Feist, Nellie McKay, Stefon Harris, and the José Limón Dance Company


Live at the Ear Inn

Label: Arbors Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Sleep; I’m Coming Virginia; No One Else But You; Indian Summer; Vignette; I Double Dare You; Back O’ Town Blues.


In the Towns

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: In the Towns; No Pancake so Thin; Late for Supper; Lonesome Shorty; (The Title of This Song May Be Long, but It Is Still Not as Long as) The Arc of the Moral Universe; Water Gap Tune; Anachronistic Stomp; The Ballad of Juan Manuel; Small Town Rodeo Clown; The Song Is Ended (but the Melody Lingers On).


Article: Album Review

Jon-Erik Kellso and the EarRegulars: Live at the Ear Inn

Read "Live at the Ear Inn" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso and his EarRegulars had been performing every Sunday night for more than sixteen years at New York City's historic Ear Inn, Kellso reasoned it was time that one of their concerts should be recorded to share more broadly the fun and enthusiasm that animates every session. Once the ties had been bound, ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Jon De Lucia

Read "Take Five with Jon De Lucia" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Jon De Lucia Jon De Lucia is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, clarinetist and composer. Originally from Quincy, MA, he moved to New York City in 2005.Since then he has performed in the US and internationally at the Burlington Discover Jazz Fest, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and the Tamana-shi Jazz Festival in Japan. In New York he ...


Article: Album Review

Count Basie: Late Night Basie

Read "Late Night Basie" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Late Night Basie: great idea. Three tracks by the Basie Orchestra and four by other assorted groups: not-so-great idea. Enlisting Jazzmeia Horn to scat on the Basie classic “One O'Clock Jump": rather pointless. Compressing seven numbers (eight, actually) into a meager twenty-four--or perhaps more like twenty-eight--minutes (including a “bonus" track): head-scratching. Mind you, the other ensembles ...


Article: Album Review

Jay Rattman: In the Towns

Read "In the Towns" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Jay Rattman may not exactly be a household name to some jazz listeners and saxophone hounds. Perhaps he should be. Busy, literate, and creative, Rattman is that rare player who makes one think. In a juxtaposition of styles, genres, and horns, New York-based Rattman, could be accused of what was termed “formalism" in the good old ...


Both Are True

Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Climbing On Mirrors; Duo 1; Both Are True; Rebonds; Coral; And It Rolled Right Down; Foggy Valley; Duo 2; Reverses.


Article: Interview

Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself

Read "Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

To follow the recordings of Cape Town-based vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire is to watch an artist evolve right in front of your eyes. With her 2012 debut Freedom Flight, Schrire demonstrated a supple soprano vocal technique and a knack for intelligent arrangements of unusual repertoire choices. Following it up the next year with ...


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