Those bitter Midwestern winters we love to gripe about have indirectly given us one of modern folk music’s greatest treasures in Katie Dahl, a singer/songwriter and masterful storytelling poet who caps her first decade as a recording artist with Wildwood – a powerfully compelling collection of modern and historical, personal reflections and heartfelt, colorful family stories branching from the Minnesota native’s beloved adopted ancestral home region of Door County, Wisconsin.
Quickly evolving from contemporary jazz reviewers’ prediction that he would be “The Next” to the breakthrough reality that he’s “The Now,” composer, producer and bass and keyboard virtuoso Blair Bryant is making a powerful impact on the contemporary urban jazz scene with his second full length album Cerulean Blue. Practically the minute the collection was released, he became one of the genre’s breakthrough artists of the late 2010s, with its first single, the buoyant, funky a
One of the great urban jazz success stories of the past few years, Andre Cavor’s 2017 debut album Road Trip and its compelling Darren Rahn-produced title track set the versatile, Cleveland based saxophonist/composer on an incredible, self-fulfilling journey that included substantial airplay on SiriusXM’s Watercolors and a hit on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart. With the release of his latest “Stay With Me Tonight” – easily one of the sexiest, most sensual genre offering
This may come as a surprise to many fans of smooth jazz, but numerous artists, promoters and publicists who work with the music that fits into that radio format shy away from using that term. For whatever reason, they feel it has a stigma that limits their creative horizons, so they prefer “contemporary instrumental” (the official Grammy category), “urban jazz” “contemporary urban jazz,” “rhythm and jazz,” etc. As she releases Listen to This, her first official foray into thi
Especially when it comes to new age solo piano music, we often talk about the great holistic healing powers of music in easing pain/burden and speaking health, joy and positivity to the body, heart, soul and mind. Often these powers are spoken of in a general or metaphorical context, but for the extraordinary composer/pianist Holly Jones, it’s much more literal. The Kentucky bred, Oklahoma based artist’s recording career – which began with her 2003 debut album Traveler and re
Even with all the music, past and present swirling around us at all times, do you ever feel like you’ve missed the boat? Like, REALLY missed it, as in getting wind of one of the coolest, most jangly, bluesy, rollicking and free-spirited bands you’ve ever heard 30 YEARS after they released their first album? Yep, that’s the visceral mixed sensation of self-lashing and euphoria I got when I started listening to Diesel Park West, a classic meets alt-rock band of MTV and major la
Believe it or not, while Neil Young has enjoyed an extraordinarily influential 50-plus year career, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer only scored two Top 40 hits in his career. This lack of pop radio overexposure ensures that just about every song veteran East Coast jazz interpreter Kelley Suttenfield mines from his extraordinarily deep catalog on her warm, richly textured album When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young sounds vibrant, fresh and exciting,
Exactly one week after the Hollywood Bowl was lit up with the sway of multi-colored light sabers, waved by little kids, their parents and grandparents alike in honor of legendary film composer John Williams, everyone who ventured out to see the living, breathing swirl of spirited melodic energy that is Barry Manilow was greeted with green glow sticks on their seats. With no dramatic, imperial battles to be fought, the thousands of adoring “Fanilows” and those who accompanied
Although the presentation was billed The Drop: Avril Lavigne, the timing of the lively hour-plus presentation at the Grammy Museum with the eight-time Juno Award winning, eight time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter coincided more with her upcoming 15-city comeback tour in support of Head Above Water than the release of the album itself. Out since February, the collection – her first since her self-titled Top 5 Billboard Album in 2013 – draws some of its inspiration from her
Active and brilliant as ever at the young age of 87, five-time Oscar winning (out of an astounding 51 nominations) and 24-time Grammy winning film composer and world-renowned conductor John Williams is nothing short of a timeless American treasure. We can’t imagine the multi-generational “Star Wars” films, our decades of Steven Spielberg blockbusters (from “Jaws” and “E.T.” to “Jurassic Park”), the Harry Potter series or classics like “Superman” without his triumphant scores.
A true musical citizen of the world, French born, NYC based vocal stylist Chloe Perrier has one goal every time she and her French Heart Jazz Band take the stage at clubs throughout Manhattan - to make people happy and transport them away from the chaos and stress of life in the modern world. Drawing from influences like Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, the singer uses her velvety voice, spellbinding style and charming accent to transform any room she plays
Now in its 11th year, the Grammy Museum continues its commitment to reminding us about the power of music to bring joy and enlightenment to the world with its best gift to the community and fans of artists in all genres. It’s the opportunity to sit in the intimate space of the 200 seat Clive Davis Theatre and be close to legends, icons and up and coming movers and shakers as they are interviewed by industry luminaries – or, in the case of “A Conversation with The O’Jays, Gram