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Vardan Ovsepian is an Armenia-born pianist/composer and a Fresh Sound New Talent recording artist. Born in 1975, Vardan started playing piano at the age of five. After completing his basic piano training, he went on to study at the Melikyan Music College, majoring in Music Theory, and in 1992, entered the Yerevan State Conservatory majoring in Classical Composition. Inspired by the music of Chopin, Liszt, Bach and solo piano works of Keith Jarrett, Vardan strived to compose and perform solo piano music. In 1994, he was presented an opportunity to focus on his piano work when he was accepted to the Estonian Music Academy to study Contemporary Composition. In 1995, following his strong interest and passion for jazz and improvised music Vardan moved to Finland, to attend the Helsinki Jazz Conservatory

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Article: Album Review

Sooäär-Yaralyan-Ounaskari: Goodbye July

Read "Goodbye July" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Estonian guitarist Jaak Sooäär, Finnish drummer Markku Ounaskari and Armenian bassist Ara Yaralyan first joined ranks in 2016, though all three have been active across the Baltic jazz scenes since the 1990s. Sooäär has collaborated with veterans such as Anders Jormin, Han Bennink and Vladimir Tarasov, Ounaskari with Arve Henriksen and Tore Brunborg, while Yaralyan has ...

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Article: Album Review

Peter Erskine New Trio: In Praise of Shadows

Read "In Praise of Shadows" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Expecting the delicately brooding pastel hues of his piano trio recordings for ECM Records, my socks were pleasantly knocked off from the git-go by Peter Erskine's New Trio. In Praise of Shadows opens with a slyly sweet, reggae-infused rendition of “Sukiyaki," a Japanese folk tune that became a surprise novelty hit for Kyu Sakamoto back in ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Trios – Free Nelson Mandoomjazz, Organic Trio, Ben Rosenblum, Peter Erskine; Julia Hulsmann

Read "Trios – Free Nelson Mandoomjazz, Organic Trio, Ben Rosenblum, Peter Erskine; Julia Hulsmann" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Jazz Trios. A variety of flavors... Free Nelson Mandoom Jazz The Organ Grinder RareNoise Records 2016 Free Nelson Mandoomjazz is not exactly your posterchild for traditional jazz trios, nominally comprised of wind player Rebecca Sneddon, bassist Colin Stewart and drummer Paul Archibald. <em>Organ Grinder</em> is a recording ...

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News: Recording

Guitar Virtuoso Gustavo Assis-Brasil Releases New Album - "Chromatic Dialogues"

Guitar Virtuoso Gustavo Assis-Brasil Releases New Album - &quot;Chromatic Dialogues&quot;

Much to the anticipation of guitarists worldwide, guitar virtuoso Gustavo Assis-Brasil has released a new album Chromatic Dialogues! The tracks were conceived and recorded in jny: Boston, jny: Los Angeles, and jny: Pittsburgh during the Fall of 2015, and brought to Grammy winner engineer Dave Darlington for mixing and mastering at Bass Hit Studios, jny: New ...

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Article: Interview

Sara Serpa: A Musical Journey

Read "Sara Serpa: A Musical Journey" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Vocalist and composer Sara Serpa is one of the most original and innovative musicians to emerge since the turn of the century. She has already made an indelible mark on the modern music scene in the span of a mere four years. Her unique style of vocalese allows her to utilize the full range of her ...

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Article: Live Review

Angel City Jazz Festival: Hollywood, CA, Oct. 5, 2012

Read "Angel City Jazz Festival: Hollywood, CA, Oct. 5, 2012" reviewed by Chuck Koton


Angel City Jazz FestivalJohn Anson Ford AmphitheaterHollywood, CAOctober 7, 2012A bright, golden sun, cobalt sky and cool breeze welcomed Southland jazz lovers to the friendly confines of the John Anson Ford Amphitheater for the fifth annual Angel City Jazz Festival. Eagerly anticipated by serious and passionate jazz aficionados, the festival's founder, ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Jazz Singer/Songwriters Part I: Louise Van Aarsen and Rebecka Larsdotter

Read "Jazz Singer/Songwriters Part I: Louise Van Aarsen and Rebecka Larsdotter" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


We can only hear “My Funny Valentine" so many times presented in so many manners. Writer Scott Yanow, in his book The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide (Backbeat Books, 2008), called for a moratorium on singers recording this and several other songs because, like “Stairway to Heaven" and “Freebird" (for those from behind the Cotton Curtain), ...

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Take Five With Alan Blackman

Read "Take Five With Alan Blackman" reviewed by Alan Blackman


Meet Alan Blackman: Baltimore-based pianist and award-winning composer Alan Blackman and his ensembles have performed at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, and many festivals and venues from San Francisco to New York. Recent performances have been with Donny McCaslin, Vardan Ovsepian, Ferenc Nemeth, Mike Pope, Warren Wolf, Tim Green, Alex Norris, and Sunna Gunnlaugs, ...

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News: Recording

Pianist Alan Blackman Releases "Alone Together - The 2 Piano Project"

Pianist Alan Blackman Releases &quot;Alone Together - The 2 Piano Project&quot;

Announcing the release of exciting new album from Baltimore pianist Alan Blackman. Four years ago he started a two piano series at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland as a way to bring in some of his favorite pianists and explore this unique format. This recording features two tracks by four different piano players; Vardan Ovsepian, ...


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