New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave. His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
Law school creates more than a few challenges. There are hours upon hours of studying, grueling hours interning at law firms, and financial bills that need to find a way to get paid. For many law students the adversity is…
Grammy-award winning pianist Chick Corea released Duet, a 2-CD live performance with up-and-coming virtuosic Japanese pianist Hiromi, this week via Concord Records.
Originally released in Japan in 2007 on Universal, Duet became the top-selling jazz album of the year. The 12-track, 2-CD release marks Chick Corea’s first recorded piano duet album since 1978’s An Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert.
Singer-songwriter-pianist Peter Cincotti released East Of Angel Town this week via Warner Bros.
East Of Angel Town marks 25-year-old Cincotti’s first work of all original material, and explores musical styles that blend pop, rock, blues, funk and jazz. Cincotti’s percussive piano playing and rich vocals infuse each song with a startling energy.
The realization of East Of Angel Town began when Cincotti teamed up with noted producer and 14-
The new album from sax legend and Grammy Lifetime Achievement award winner Benny Golson hits stores this week via Concord Jazz (CD & digital).
New Time, New ‘Tet is Golson’s first new studio recording in five years and elaborates the traditional jazztet concept; combining Golson’s new compositions with standard jazz repertoire. The album features classics like Thelonious Monk’s "Epistrophy," Sonny Rollins’ "Airegin," and Grammy-winning
Released this week via Blue Note / EMI in celebration of the 50th anniversary of bossa nova, the New York-based Eliane Elias pays tribute to the music of her homeland on her 21st recording, Bossa Nova Stories; a sublime 14-song collection that captures the cool and alluring spirit of bossa nova.
Recorded at London’s historic Abbey Road Studios, the album features seven tracks with full orchestration beautifully arranged and conducted by Rob Ma
Blue Note Records released Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records this week to commemorate the label’s 70th anniversary. The eight-song collection features classic Blue Note repertoire re-envisioned by The Blue Note 7, an all-start tribute band comprised of current jazz luminaries.
The all-star septet includes pianist, musical director and current Blue Note recording artist Bill Charlap with trumpeter Nicholas Payton, tenor saxophonist
Today Blue Note Records celebrates its 70th birthday. The label was born on January 6, 1939 when a young jazz fan named Alfred Lion recorded two of his favorite boogie-woogie pianists at a New York studio. That first session (Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis - The First Day) proved to be the start of an illustrious history that continues to this day.
Over the course of its seven decades in business, Blue Note has recorded virtually every major figure i
Uber songwriter / producer and 15-time Grammy winner David Foster assembled an all-star lineup for Hit Man: David Foster and Friends, released this November via 143 / Reprise (Warner Bros.).
The stunning collection of artists performed a one-night only show in Las Vegas last spring, which honored his hugely successful four-decade career. The result is the CD / DVD Hit Man: David Foster and Friends, with stand-out performances by Kenny G
A cappella 10-piece Straight No Chaser have just released their Atlantic Records debut, Holiday Spirits, a captivating collection of 14 classic and original Christmas songs. The group is offering fans a free mp3 featuring two new tracks from the album.
Originally formed a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the group reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon after their 1998 performance of "The 12 Days of Christmas" became a Y
Filmed at the 2008 Newport Jazz Festival, the DVD features the performance, plus a behind-the-scenes look at his preparation for the festival. Christian assembled an all-star band for this performance, which i