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Alexa Tarantino: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino is an indefatigable spirit, plain and simple. In the past two years alone she's worked with everybody from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant, held down the lead alto chair in The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, co-led the fiery LSAT quintet with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian, directed her self-founded Rockport Jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Benny Benack III: A Lot Of Livin' To Do

Read "A Lot Of Livin' To Do" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Benny Benack III does it all. A trumpeter, vocalist, writer and arranger with a swaggering soul and the chops to back up the panache, he's clearly done his fair share of living already. He may be young—only at the tail end of his twenties, believe it or not—but he seriously has his act together in every ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Alicia Olatuja talks about her "Intuition"

Read "Alicia Olatuja talks about her "Intuition"" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

As an artist, Alicia Olatuja is distinguished by her graceful presence and her fine-tuned and soulful vocals. Her latest album, Intuition: Songs from the Minds of Women, is a collection of classic songs written by female composers. The album features David Rosenthal on guitar, Billy Childs on piano, Ulysses Owens Jr. on drums, Dayna Stephens on ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Ulysses Owens Jr. At The Jazz Corner

Read "Ulysses Owens Jr. At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie

Ulysses Owens Jr.The Jazz Corner Songs of Love Hilton Head Island, South CarolinaFebruary 15-16, 2019 It was a pleasure to hear a group of skillful, energetic, and highly-educated young musicians at Hilton Head Island's Jazz Corner, led by master musician and two-time Grammy winner (including one for his work with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Performance And Visual Artist Diane Hoffman To Release Third Album Do I Love You Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring A Dynamic Ensemble

Performance And Visual Artist Diane Hoffman To Release Third Album Do I Love You Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring A Dynamic Ensemble

Vocalist and visual artist Diane Hoffman will release her third album entitled Do I Love You on October 9, 2018. On the recording, Hoffman once again chose to feature drummer/percussionist Ulysses Owens, Jr. with whom she previously worked and, who for this project, produced and assembled a formidable ensemble that includes Billy Test, piano; Jacob Kelberman, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Justin Varnes & Ulysses Owens Jr at The Jazz Corner

Read "Justin Varnes & Ulysses Owens Jr at The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie

Justin Varnes / Ulysses Owens Jr. The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC September 21-22, 2018 The special relationship between jazz drummers and bass players could never have been more obvious than on two consecutive weekends at The Jazz Corner in September 2018. Holding down the rhythm and bass line together, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Umbria Jazz 2016

Read "Umbria Jazz 2016" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz 2016 Perugia, varie sedi 8-17.07.2016 Sul numero di maggio di Downbeat vengono riportati in sintesi i calendari dei più importanti jazz festival estivi dell'intero globo. È facile constatare che i programmi degli appuntamenti europei di maggior richiamo sono spesso analoghi a quello di Umbria Jazz, basandosi su una serie ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Elio Villafranca at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 16-17 & More!

Elio Villafranca at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 16-17 & More!

ELIO VILLAFRANCA UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Cuban Pianist Presents Cinqué-Suite of the Caribbean April 16 & April 17 (LIVE WEBCAST) Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Cinqué-Suite of the Caribbean debuted in The Appel Room in 2015 and was one of the top concerts of the 2014-15 season. Cuban pianist and composer Elio Villafranca ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brianna Thomas: You Must Believe In Love

Read "You Must Believe In Love" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Brianna Thomas is the complete package. Through this music she exhibits emotional depth, to-die-for scat skills, incredible pitch control and shading, strong songwriting skills, intuitively elastic phrasing, soulful bearing, and great range. And all this on a debut album. You Must Believe In Love finds the Illinois-born, New York-based Thomas spreading her wings ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Ulysses Owens Jr.: Of Odysseys And Evolution

Read "Ulysses Owens Jr.: Of Odysseys And Evolution" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The back panel of drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.'s Onward & Upward is adorned with a telling quote from spiritual teacher/writer Ernest Holmes. His statement, that “evolution is proof of an irresistible urge which pushes everything onward and upward," could be applied to myriad topics, but it truly captures the essence of jazz drumming through time; it ...


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