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Samir Zarif

Tenor & soprano saxophonist, vocalist and composer, Samir Zarif began his professional career in New Orleans. Originally from Houston, Texas, when Zarif moved to New Orleans, he first began performing regularly in the Jason Marsalis Quintet as well as with many other musicians including Ellis Marsalis and Nicholas Payton. Before leaving New Orleans, Samir Zarif also became a pioneering member of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) and soon after, recorded the orchestra’s debut CD, “Strange Fruit,” released on Basin Street Records. After departing from New Orleans to live in New York, Samir Zarif attended the Manhattan School of Music where he helped form The Paislies, a sextet that went on to tour throughout the U.S

Lagos Pepper Soup

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Even Now Prayer; Lagos Pepper Soup; The Hero’s Journey; Soki; Ma Foya; Brighter Day; Shadows Fade; Home True; Bola’s Song; Mivakpola; Leye’s Dance; Grace.

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Upcoming Appearances From Pianist Ryan Slatko To Feature Music From His Debut Album "First Impressions"

Upcoming Appearances From Pianist Ryan Slatko To Feature Music From His Debut Album "First Impressions"

Following his performance and musical direction in the world premiere of LIGHTS OUT: Nat King Cole! that debuted in Pennsylvania late last year, pianist Ryan Slatko is beginning the New Year with a series of shows in support of his latest release, First Impressions. Slatko, who is a native of Florida and recent graduate of New ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ric Molina Group: @Dreamland

Read "@Dreamland" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The Ric Molina Group's debut, @Dreamland, is a far cry from some of their leader's other gigs as a veteran New York guitarist who has performed in the pit orchestra for the Broadway hit Wicked or composed and recorded underscores for the iconic PBS children's television program The Electric Company. While the target audience is undoubtedly ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Maria Neckam: Unison

Read "Unison" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Vienna native and New York-based vocalist, composer and lyricist Maria Neckam is one of those rare artists whose work is accessible without being ordinary, and cerebral without being abstruse. Her third release as a leader, Unison, has both artistic originality and commercial appeal and may be the magnum opus of her short career so far.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Maria Neckam: Unison

Read "Unison" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Sophisticated pop, art song and modern jazz don't often get along, but vocalist Maria Neckam is the tie that binds them. The Austrian-born, New York-based Neckam turned plenty of heads with Deeper (Sunnyside, 2010), which featured her entrancing soprano and showcased her strong songwriting skills; she returns with an equally engaging program on her sophomore outing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hans Glawischnig: Jahira

Read "Jahira" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The tonal riches of Hans Glawischnig's Jahira are so prodigious that the album feels like a devastatingly beautiful canvas that remains constantly wet and therefore changing and shape-shifting. Glawischnig has always given notice of his propensity for colors as he held together the bottom--and sometimes the top--register of the harmonics of many breathtaking musical charts. Now ...

Starting Point

Label: Mythology Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Circle Of Truth; Dancing In A Garden Of Dead Roses; Letter To The Brothers; Precocious Nation; The Old Man's Box; The Story Of "The Old Man's Box"; Interlude To Life; Fear & Deception; This Life; Keep The Faith.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lars Dietrich: Stand Alone

Read "Stand Alone" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Genuine solo albums are hard to come by. For far too many musicians, a solo album is simply one where none of the collaborators get their names on the front cover. The real thing can have many benefits for the soloist--no other musicians to pay, no awkward clashes of egos, no breaking up over musical differences. ...

Take Five With Lars Dietrich

Read "Take Five With Lars Dietrich" reviewed by Lars Dietrich

Meet Lars Dietrich: Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Lars was introduced to the saxophone at the age of 10. After performing a duo TV show with famed jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, Dietrich decided to pursue a career in music. At the age of fifteen he got accepted to study saxophone at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 2005 ...


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