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Musician/composer Marcos Varela began his musical career at the age of 17. He started playing the bass in his native Houston, TX while attending the highly acclaimed High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, a school which has been attended by many greats in music and art today. Some alumni include Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Beyonce Knowles, Brian-Micheal Cox, Eric Harland, Chris Dave, Matt Mullenweg (wordpress inventor) and many more. Inspired by such talented mentors and peers this led Marcos to want to pursue a career in music. Marcos quickly gained recognition in the Houston jazz scene and by the age of 18 was one of the top honorees of the NFAA International Jazz award and a IAJE Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Star fellow

BLUEPRINTS Figure Two: NEW DESIGNS

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Passion Dance East to West Shipmates A Cidade do Vento Looking Out Windows Simone The Musicianer Beatrice Keppard’s Kerchief (Live)

Seven Angels

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Bet; Nightwatch; Ladybird; Whelmed; Intro To Pearls; Pearls of the Tartar; A Shade of Jade; Seven Angels; Signal Changes; cloud_down; Everything I Love.

Some Hidden Treasure

Label: Innova Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Some Hidden Treasure; Clouds; Soul; Just Step Back.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Lake: Seven Angels

Read "Seven Angels" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Compelling is the first word that comes to mind in describing John Lake's debut record as a leader. Eight Lake originals, adjoined by three reimagined tunes from the past, comprise Seven Angels. A seasoned studio musician and sideman, Lake knew his time had come. He is joined by five stellar musicians who collectively build a liquid ...

Take Five with Markus Rutz

Read "Take Five with Markus Rutz" reviewed by Markus Rutz

Meet Markus Rutz Markus Rutz plays trumpet with bluesy, soulful style and a tone that has been called gorgeous. He composes music from his home base in jny: Chicago, Illinois where he also performs modern jazz. As described by Downbeat's J.D. Considine, with his “big, dark tone and a fluid ease to his phrasing," trumpet player, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alicia Waller and The Excursion: Some Hidden Treasure

Read "Some Hidden Treasure" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Una giovane cantante entra con autorità nell'universo vocale d'impronta soul/jazz ma in modo originale rispetto a quanto accade nell'affollato panorama di questi anni. Alicia Waller è infatti una soprano lirica laureata alla Gallatin School for Individualized Study della New York University. Ha ottenuto vari riconoscimenti e questo E.P. è il suo debutto. Lei ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lauren Lee: Windowsill

Read "Windowsill" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Lauren Lee is a talented pianist and composer, and a singer with a flexibility and sense of adventure in her voice which give her music a light, optimistic feel, although repeated listening reveals it has surprising depth and complexity. She brings elements of art song into the realm of pop-jazz as if she were Meredith Monk ...

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Trumpeter Markus Rutz Album Release Concert at PianoForte Studios in Chicago set for October 11th

Trumpeter Markus Rutz Album Release Concert at PianoForte Studios in Chicago set for October 11th

Blueprints – Figure One: Frameworks reveals the heart of an artist and his appreciation for the influences that surround him. Tickets for this exclusive 7:30pm event are available now and directly from Pianoforte Studios. Pianoforte Studios 1335 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 ph. (312) 291-0000 Brice Winston is featured ...

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Listeners' Favorites

Read "Listeners' Favorites" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Time for tunes that moved you from Shows 361-370. Our concerts in Baton Rouge clearly resonated with you. Many of the most commented upon tracks featured artists that performed in Baton Rouge this Winter and Spring. Works for me. Just because you may be out-of-town shouldn't phase you though. We tally all of our listener comments ...


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