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Michael Mayo began forging his musical identity long before he hit the stage. The son of two successful musicians, the Los Angeles native grew up just a little more than 20 feet from the likes of Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder. This proximity helped Mayo create a musical path centered around the innovative elements of R&B and Jazz. After receiving his Bachelor’s from the New England Conservatory of Music, Mayo attended the acclaimed Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, only the third vocalist to be accepted into the 20-year-old program, where he learned from Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Luciana Souza

High Heart

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: High Heart; Burning Bright; Kindly; Less; Drawn Away; Fearsome; Darling;

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ben Wendel: High Heart

Read "High Heart" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

If Ben Wendel's fifth outing as a leader High Heart shows anything, it's that the saxophonist is ever advancing. While this may seem a fait accompli for a card-carrying member of the shapeshifting collective Kneebody, Wendel's worthy solo efforts have been notably more in a traditionally-sounding vein and thus his innovations were perhaps a bit less ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kneebody: Chapters

Read "Chapters" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Chapters è il nono disco in studio degli americani Kneebody, il quartetto fondato nel 2001 fra le aule della Eastman School of Music di Rochester dagli allora studenti Adam Benjamin, Ben Wendel, Shane Endsley e Kaveh Rastegar, a cui si aggiunse successivamente Nate Wood. A tre anni dal solido Anti-Hero, un disco rassicurante nella misura in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Becca Stevens on releasing new music in a pandemic

Read "Becca Stevens on releasing new music in a pandemic" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Singer and songwriter Becca Stevens has the ability to make you feel like you know her even when you only know her work. Here she talks about “dancing with the critical voice," looking for silver linings, “the whole money thing" and a newly born pack of baby ducks out her window. Plus she discusses her new ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Thana Alexa, Sirintip and Owen Broder: Beaming Live Jazz From Their Living Rooms To Yours

Read "Thana Alexa, Sirintip and Owen Broder: Beaming Live Jazz From Their Living Rooms To Yours" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz was in a unique position to help promote and broadcast the Live From Our Living Rooms Festival & Fundraiser to our readers from April 1-7, 2020 as we presented select performances over the seven days. Similar to the NEA Jazz Masters concert we broadcasted last April, I felt a personal connection to the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Live From Our Living Rooms: An Online Music Festival and Fundraiser Runs April 1st through April 7th

Live From Our Living Rooms: An Online Music Festival and Fundraiser Runs April 1st through April 7th

All proceeds will provide emergency relief to New York City musicians whose freelance careers have been impacted by COVID-19. Presented by Sirintip, Thana Alexa, Owen Broder and nonprofit partner, MusicTalks Work for NYC’s musicians has come to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic as performances have been cancelled and venues have closed indefinitely. Live From ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kneebody: Chapters

Read "Chapters" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Chapters--the title of Kneebody's 2019 release--has a certain appropriateness, as it definitely marks several new ones for the band. One being that lyric-oriented songs account for nearly half of the material on the album. Technically, vocals are nothing new to Kneebody. The band included one track with vocals on their 2002 proto-Kneebody album Wendel. Its 2009 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Julian Shore: Which Way Now?

Read "Which Way Now?" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If the jazz world decided to elect a single questioning phrase to sum up its craft, this album title would be a great candidate. With three words and a single punctuation mark, the very heart of jazz--a music of infinite decision(s), not indecision, as some may (mis)read that--is laid out for all to see. Those who ...


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