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Michael O'Brien . Bassist. Composer. Educator Michael O'Brien studied bass under Anthony Cox, and West African and Haitian percussion under Marc Anderson. Michael has been performing and composing for over a decade with such notables as Gene Pitney, Dave King, Jeff Kashiwa, Todd Reynolds, Wessel Anderson, David Binney, The Jazz Mandolin Project, Joel Harrison, Marty Haugin, Peter Ostroushko, Christian Howes, John Van Ohlen, Hod O'Brien, Stephanie Nakasian, Dan Weiss, Marc Giuliana, Roseanna Vitro, Daniel Kelly, Marc Anderson, Mary Ellen Childs, Bruce Henry, Laura Caviani, Electropolis, Clay Moore, Daniel Alexander Jones, J

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Article: Live Review

Steve Sandberg Trio at Soapbox Gallery

Read "Steve Sandberg Trio at Soapbox Gallery" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Steve Sandberg Trio Soapbox Gallery Brooklyn, NY January 30, 2021 Pianist/composer Steve Sandberg presented a concert of his World Classical Music Project from Brooklyn's Soapbox Gallery, along with bassist Michael O'Brien and drummer Rudy Royston. It's a fascinating concept: Sandberg combines his love of the classical piano repertoire with new compositions ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New in 2019 - An Eclectic Mix

Read "New in 2019 - An Eclectic Mix" reviewed by Bob Osborne


An eclectic mix of recent releases covering a wide variety of styles and influences. Playlist Sarathy Korwar “Mumbay (feat. MC Mawali)" from More Arriving (Leaf) 00:00 Chris Lomheim, Michael O'Brien, Jay Epstein “Blue Talisman" from Triage (Shifting Paradigm) 06:00 Marc Copland “Gary" from Gary (Illusions Music) 14:00 Mark Dresser Seven “Black Arthur's Bounce ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Lomheim - Michael O'Brien - Jay Epstein: Triage

Read "Triage" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Triage refers to the process of weeding-out, deciding about what gets eliminated, on the one hand, and what stays, on the other. In the context of this album, its title can be interpreted as the process these three musicians have gone through during the course of over twenty years of collaborating, captured on the eleven original ...

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Article: Album Review

Steve Sandberg Quartet: Alaya

Read "Alaya" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The best word to sum up pianist Steve Sandberg's work is expansive. If his own performance history doesn't make that point clearly enough--he's hobnobbed with Brazilian music royalty like the Gilberto clan, made his mark on the salsa world by working with artists like Ruben Blades and Celia Cruz, touched down time and again in the ...

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Article: Album Review

Daniela Schächter: Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen

Read "Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Italian pianist and singer Daniela Schachter goes into the “songbook" genre on this CD, doing lively spins on the work of songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen, a man responsible for more hits than I realized. I knew he had written several songs for Frank Sinatra but until seeing them here, I hadn't realized he also had a ...

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Article: Album Review

Daniela Schachter: Vanheusenism: A Tribute To Jimmy Van Heusen

Read "Vanheusenism: A Tribute To Jimmy Van Heusen" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Anybody who's ever adoringly listened to a large number of Frank Sinatra's hits or Bing Crosby's classics is a fan of Jimmy Van Heusen's work, even if they're not familiar with his name. Van Heusen, working alone or with top notch lyricists like Sammy Cahn or Johnny Burke, penned some of the greatest songs of the ...

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Article: Album Review

Daniela Schächter: Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen

Read "Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


For the first time, Italian-born vocalist and pianist Daniela Schächter devotes her fourth album to a single songwriter: Jimmy Van Heusen. Even a cursory glance at the song list will show that to be no limitation, as these are some of the most enduring classics in the Great American Songbook. Van Heusen had a long association ...

Article: Album Review

Kyoko Oyobe: Happy Silence

Read "Happy Silence" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Molto attiva nei club di New York, la pianista giapponese guida da un paio d'anni un quartetto che in questo CD è nella formazione originaria, con Steve Wilson, Michael O'Brien e Matt Wilson. Dal 2014 a oggi ha avuto modo di compiere un tour in Giappone con Chris Speed ospite e il suo attuale organico è ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Michelle Walker Sings Live @ The 55 Bar On July 24th 7pm

Michelle Walker Sings Live @ The 55 Bar On July 24th 7pm

New York, NY - Critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Michelle Walker will perform the early set on Thursday July 24, 2014 at one of New York City’s most established and loved music watering-hole stages, The 55 BAR. Her sets will consist of originals, new and old standards with her refreshing and engaging arrangements starting promptly at 7:00pm. ...


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