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Jay Sawyer

Born in Grand Rapids, MI, Jay Sawyer has studied jazz drumming with several outstanding and well-respected jazz artists. Among them, the great Billy Hart, Tim Froncek, Keith Hall and Dana Hall. Each nurtured his passion and skill for the art of jazz percussion. As a student at Western Michigan University, Jay performed with the well-known WMU Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Nonet under the direction of Professors Trent Kynaston and Scott Cowan. These groups toured extensively and participated in several well-known jazz festivals that include the Notre Dame, Elmhurst and Detroit Jazz Festivals. Jay continued his studies as Graduate Assistant to Dana Hall while at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Branches Vol. 1

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Moonlight In Vermont; Three Magic Charms; The Revenge Of The Rabbit; Return To The Moon - Intro; Return To The Moon; Konomichi.


Frozen In Time

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Work Ahead; Hearts and Spades; Brooklyn Folk Song; Frozen in Time; Hymnal for Those in Need; Adversity; Something Like a Storm; Soliloquy in F Minor; A Shifting State.


Article: Album Review

Nicholas Brust: Frozen In Time

Read "Frozen In Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Want to hear somebody who means business? Just listen to Nicholas Brust deftly drive through Frozen In Time's opener, “Work Ahead." That initial offering on this, the alto saxophonist's full-length debut, explores the travails and triumphs of breaking into the jazz world in New York. Judging by the way Brust burns, flows and blows the doors ...


News: Performance / Tour

Kristen Lee Sergeant Releases 'Song Sessions: From Alone To Together' - A Jazz Singer's Throwback For Today - Sept. 2 - Featuring Ted Nash!

Kristen Lee Sergeant Releases 'Song Sessions:  From Alone To Together' - A Jazz Singer's Throwback For Today - Sept. 2 - Featuring Ted Nash!

Song Sessions: From Alone to Together is being premiered in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's Facebook Page on September 2nd at 7pm EST. Jazz vocalist and songwriter Kristen Lee Sergeant has chosen to do something unique in the time of COVID, apart from the cascade of streaming shows: ...



Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: People Look Like Tanks; Bots; Anthem; Miss Ann; A Soothing, Melancholy Breeze; Green; Anthem (reprise); Secrets; Lithe.

Article: Album Review

Jason Yeager- Randal Despommier: All At Onceness

Read "All At Onceness" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Lavoro fondamentalmente cameristico che fa incontrare il jazz con la classica, aggiungendovi alcuni originali, All At Onceness è cofirmato da due artisti dell'area newyorchese, il pianista Jason Yeager e il sassofonista contralto Randal Despommier, ai quali in metà dei brani si aggiungono altri musicisti per formare organici diversi. Il programma prevede un brano a ...


Article: Album Review

Kristen Lee Sergeant: Smolder

Read "Smolder" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Sometimes it takes an entire album, or even a few, to appreciate an artist's depth. But in the case of vocalist Kristen Lee Sergeant, you can get there in a song. Her morphing take on '80s new wave outfit Spandau Ballet's “True," revealing a theatrical streak and some pure and pliable pipes, does the job and ...


Article: Album Review

Yvonnick Prene: Wonderful World

Read "Wonderful World" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Before arriving in jny:New York in 2007, jny:Paris-born harmonica player Yvonnick Prené had already gained schooling of the practical kind, touring and recording with pianists Laurent Cugny and Yaron Herman, and trumpeter Alex Tassel. Prené hit the ground running in the States, winning several scholarships that enabled him to study with saxophonist Lee Konitz, bassist John ...


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