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Steven Feifke

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Heralded a “masterful pianist” by JAZZIZ Magazine, award-winning Yamaha Performing Artist, bandleader and composer Steven Feifke is one of the most in-demand artists of his generation. A two-time semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition, Feifke has been featured on stages around the world alongside premiere artists including Steve Tyrell, Randy Brecker, Chad LB and Veronica Swift, with an impressive performance history at recognized venues like the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Times Square and Rockefeller Center. International tours across Europe, Africa and Asia along with an extensive discography of over 30 albums all before turning 30 have established Feifke’s name as a global presence in jazz. Feifke is an internationally recognized arranger and orchestrator, and has written commissioned works for notables like the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra featuring Sean Jones and John Faddis, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with Ken Peplowski, the Malmo Big Band with Katie Thiroux, and the New Generation Festival with Orchestra Senzaspine and Dominick Farinacci

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Article: Album Review

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra: Swings Broadway

Read "Swings Broadway" reviewed by Jack Bowers


At the ripe old age of thirty (closer to a hundred in big-band years), the superlative New York-based, all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra remains as frisky as a newborn colt, swinging up, down and around Broadway with abandon on its thirteenth album, a brisk and colorful tribute to the Great White Way that shines brightly from start ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hard Sledding

Read "Hard Sledding" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Like musicians in every genre, jazzers can't resist the lure of making Christmas and/or holiday themed albums from time to time. Some of the efforts turn into timeless classics. But let's be real—most of 'em don't. We talk about two recent efforts, an oddity from the 'ninties, and one of Capitol records many repackaging of their ...

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Quartet Sessions

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Mack the Knife; Caravan; My Foolish Heart; Green Chimneys; Watermelon Man; All in Love Is Fair; Let’s Cool One; All the Things You Are; My One and Only Love; Tenor Madness; Yesterday.

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Kinetic

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Kinetic; Unveiling of a Mirror; The Sphinx; Until the Real Thing Comes Along; Word Travels Fast; Wollongong; Nica's Dream; On the Street Where You Live; Midnight Beat; Closure.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases by Alexis Cole, Nicole Henry, Carol Albert Plus A Birthday Celebration for Joni Mitchell

Read "New Releases by Alexis Cole, Nicole Henry, Carol Albert Plus A Birthday Celebration for Joni Mitchell" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Alexis Cole, Nicole Henry, pianist Carol Albert, and a piano/organ collaboration of Jeremy Monteiro & Alberto Marsico, with birthday shoutouts to Joni Mitchell, Betty Bryant, Carmen Lundy, Kurt Elling, Anne Sajdera, Amanda Tosoff and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music ...

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Article: Interview

Steven Feifke: Kinetic

Read "Steven Feifke: Kinetic" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In terms of physics, kinetic energy is described as a force or power which a body or object possesses by virtue of being in motion. With reference to the aptly named debut from the Steven Feifke Big Band, that ideal is fully applicable. Kinetic, recorded in early 2019 and released in April of 2021, capitalizes on ...

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Life Is A Groove: Celebrating Nancy King, Fathers Day and Summer Solstice

Read "Life Is A Groove: Celebrating Nancy King, Fathers Day and Summer Solstice" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The Fathers Day broadcast includes new releases from trumpeter Sarah Wilson, vocalist Kayle Brecher and pianist Dave Bass, with birthday shoutouts to Nancy King, Daryl Sherman, Carol Robbins, Jaimie Branch, Lolly Allen and Alicia Olatuja, among others. Also a few music collaborations of jazz fathers with their children. Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...

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New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from the Steven Feifke Big Band, the Alpha Rhythm Kings, Nicki Parrott, Esperanza Spalding, Chien Chien Lu, Norah Jones and the Art of Time Ensemble with birthday shoutouts to Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn, Connie Crothers, and Mary Ann McSweeney, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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The Sphinx

Featuring the music of Steven Feifke
Duration: 7:06

"The Sphinx" is the latest offering from the Steven Feifke Big Band, and one of the standout tracks on their fiery new release "Kinetic" (available on Outside in Music). While 'Kinetic' formally introduces the multi- talented Steven Feifke, chances are you're already acquainted - he has appeared on over 30 albums all before turning 30 years old. The award-winning pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader and newly minted Yamaha Performing Artist shines brightly on his big band debut, and especially on "The Sphinx", featuring saxophonist Lucas Pino.

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