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Michael Kanan

Michael Kanan hails from Boston, Massachusetts where he first began to play the piano at age 7. He started improvising at the keyboard early on, and by age 10 he was listening to jazz. His first instructor was pianist Harvey Diamond, a student of jazz innovator Lennie Tristano. During his years at Boston College, Michael had the opportunity to perform with several jazz greats including Tal Farlow, Lee Konitz, Al Cohn, and Alan Dawson. After graduating college and doing some freelance work around Boston, he moved to New York in 1991 to study with another Tristano student, the pianist Sal Mosca. He established himself in New York, playing and recording with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, and Jorge Rossy, among others


Beautiful Moons Ago

Label: Big Modern Music
Released: 2024
Track listing: Did I Remember; June Night; You Say You Care; That Ole Devil Called Love; Messin’ Around; So Far So Good; Day Dream / You Stepped Out Of A Dream; With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair; Let’s Begin/ I’m Beginning To See The Light; Beautiful Moons Ago; They All Laughed; I Walk A Little Faster.

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You Say You Care

Label: Big Modern Music
Released: 2024
Duration: 3:32


Article: Album Review

The Gabrielle Stravelli Trio: Beautiful Moons Ago

Read "Beautiful Moons Ago" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In a world where heavily crafted narratives, thematic tie-ins and pointed productions are increasingly becoming the norm, it's a breath of fresh air to encounter a first-rate recording that's focused on music rather than messaging. Now that's not to say that vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli's longstanding trio with pianist Michael Kanan and bassist Pat O'Leary is without ...


News: Recording

Gabrielle Stravelli Trio Appear At Birdland on May 6th - New Release 'Beautiful Moons Ago' Streets on May 3rd

Gabrielle Stravelli Trio Appear At Birdland on May 6th - New Release 'Beautiful Moons Ago' Streets on May 3rd

Acclaimed vocalist & songwriter Gabrielle Stravelli blends musical traditions with a modern, genre-bending sensibility. Her fifth release, Beautiful Moons Ago is her first to feature her trio with pianist Michael Kanan and bassist Pat O'Leary. Over twelve years of collaborating, the trio has developed a deep musical connection that allows for great spontaneity in their performances. ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Vocalist Angelina Kolobukhova

Read "Take Five with Vocalist Angelina Kolobukhova" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Angelina Kolobukhova Angelina Kolobukhova was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. She started playing classical piano when she was five and singing when she was nine. She was introduced to jazz music by her early mentor Veronika Yanovskaya and, under her guidance, she performed jazz and popular music in Minsk and in Europe at competitions, ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Kurt Rosenwinkel & Bill Charlap: Higher Standards

Read "Kurt Rosenwinkel & Bill Charlap: Higher Standards" reviewed by Chris May

On March 23, 2023, in the run up to Record Store Day, Elemental Records released on vinyl two Criss Cross albums from 1998 which have previously been available only as CDs. Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel's 2-LP Intuit and pianist Bill Charlap's All Through The Night come in sturdy gatefold sleeves and are pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl. ...


Come What May

Label: Club44
Released: 2021
Track listing: I Believe in You; When A Woman Loves A Man; Let's Take A Walk Around The Block; Lush Life; Let's Face the Music And Dance; Samba de Aviao; The Nearness of You; On The Sunny Side of the Street/Get Happy;The Man That Got Away; My Funny Valentine


Article: Interview

Murray Brothers: A Law Unto Themselves

Read "Murray Brothers: A Law Unto Themselves" reviewed by Ian Patterson

They are two of the most promising jazz musicians to have emerged from Ireland in some years. Bassist Conor Murray and twin brother Micheal Murray (alto saxophone) grew up with Irish traditional music in the small, Gaeltacht—Gaelic-speaking—town of Falcarragh, in County Donegal. Both discovered jazz in their early teens and have been regulars at the annual ...


Article: Album Review

Sam Braysher Trio: Dance Little Lady, Dance Little Man

Read "Dance Little Lady, Dance Little Man" reviewed by Thomas Fletcher

It was back in 2017 when we were first introduced to Sam Braysher with his debut release Golden Earrings (Fresh Sound New Talent), performed alongside pianist, Michael Kanan and featuring a collection of reinterpreted songs from the Great American Songbook. Braysher is now following his own footsteps by releasing a trio album with a similar theme. ...


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