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December 4, 2019

If the only way you’ve ever experienced legendary poet T.S. Elliot’s verses set to music is “Cats,” allow the beautiful, Astrud Gilberto styled Hungarian jazz singer Rozina Patkai take you into the darker, haunting realms with her ambient and hypnotic musical adaptatio...

December 4, 2019

Though the DIVA Jazz Orchestra only began officially affiliating with the MCG Jazz label for the 2014 release of A Swingin’ Life, the hard and soulfully swinging all-female ensemble boasts a lengthy and fascinating history that extends back nearly 30 years.

The inspirat...

December 4, 2019

It’s probably a good bet that master jazz guitarist and all-around Renaissance Man John Basile played his share of Christmas music while touring throughout his lengthy career with everyone from Count Basie and Peggy Lee to Rosemary Clooney and Michael Brecker. And sure...

December 4, 2019

From the get go on her latest, perfectly titled album Stronger Now, pianist/composer Carol Albert takes us on a soaring, optimistic journey reflective of the own spiritual/emotional breakthroughs she has made in the wake of great personal loss. She sets the gorgeous, s...

December 4, 2019

Throughout his illustrious career as a sideman, veteran percussionist amped up the grooves behind everyone from The Manhattan Transfer and Aretha Franklin to Tania Maria. Yet the release of his multi-dimensional musical experience Latin Lounge – much too rhythmically e...

December 4, 2019

Four years after making her recording debut with an original holiday track, NYC jazz singer, songwriter and performer puts an exclamation point (this time with a bow!) on another groundbreaking year with her sensual and stylish, hip yet retro twist on the Eartha Kitt o...

November 24, 2019

In my review (sparkling, naturally) of the Rob Mullins Trio’s 2018 album, I marveled at the way he so seamlessly integrated swinging arrangements of “Sleigh Ride” and “Winter Wonderland” amidst a lengthy, otherwise-non-Christmassy set. Before explaining the cool story...

November 24, 2019

For adventurous music fans, it happens every year when the holidays roll around. When we make our holiday playlists, we want some of our tried and true favorites – but after a while, the constant loop of those wears thin and we find ourselves on the hunt for fresh voic...

November 11, 2019

Lots of relationships break up because the partners are too busy in the frenetic modern to spend much time developing deeper connections and intimacy. Yet that’s not the kind of “Busy” the brilliantly rootsy, modern folk/soul Toronto based pop/rock singer/songwriter Ma...

November 9, 2019

Legendary lyricist Sammy Cahn once wrote about the holiday season, “It’s that time of year when the world falls in love…” Blessedly for contemporary jazz fans, that means more than simply getting cozy by the fire, hearing sleigh bells ring, dashing through the snow and...

November 9, 2019

It’s not often that a debut album not only introduces us to a fab new emerging vocal and songwriting talent, but also the crackling, steel guitar vibes of two bands that should have been on our radar long before. So while we’re immersing in the sensual/seductive yet pl...

November 9, 2019

There’s something about the uke, isn’t there? Somehow, this tiny stringed instrument we fondly associate with Hawaii found its way to Lorena Leigh at a dark moment when she was living in NYC, going to dance school at Alvin Ailey and healing from injuries. Drawing from...

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