Cheryl Barnes has recorded a program that exemplifies who she is as an artist. Listen To This takes the acclaimed jazz vocalist in all the musical directions her spirit and voice have lead her throughout the years as a performer. Produced by Rahn Coleman (who also arranged several tracks), Cheryl is accompanied by a coterie of stellar musicians including orchestrator John Beasley, saxophonists Brandon Fields, Pete Christlieb and Rickey Woodard, Rickey Minor on bass, and pianist Phillip Cabasso, among others.
The program consists of 12 great songs written by an assortment of composers including John Hammond, Mark Winkler, and Joni… Continue reading
At age 26, Marquis Hill is already a well-known name on the Chicago Jazz Scene. After retrieving a Bachelor degree in Music Education/Jazz Studies, and studying privately at Northern Illinois University, he started performing heavily in Chicago.
He has performed with artist such as: Dee Alexander, Tito Carrillo, Bobby Broom, Willie Pickens, Ron Perrillo, Victor Garcia, Benny Golson, Antonio Hart, Rodney Whitaker, Steve Turre , Ernest Dawkins, Maurice Brown, Corey Wilkes, Willerm Delisfort, Brian Lynch and many others. He has toured the U.S and abroad with many different artist and groups; Sirens of Sound, The Delisfort Project, Chicago 12, Bebop… Continue reading
Xiu Xiu’s NINA, an homage to the late icon Nina Simone featuring covers of her music, is out today, Dec. 3, via Graveface Records. Joining Xiu Xiu founder Jamie Stuart (vocals) is the band’s longtime collaborator Ches Smith and his group These Arches, featuring Tim Berne (alto sax), Tony Malaby (tenor sax).
This being Xiu Xiu, of course, Stewart’s tribute album is far from a collection of straight covers. Rather, he and long-time collaborator Ches Smith — “the only person I know who could understand this in his heart and also handle the technical side of fearlessly reorienting such wonderful… Continue reading
Geri Allen’s new album, Grand River Crossings: Motown and Motor City Inspirations is Allen’s fourth for the label and third in a trilogy of solo recordings beginning with the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship project, Flying Toward the Sound, followed by her spiritual Christmas exploration, A Child is Born in 2011, and culminating this year with Grand River Crossings.
Named for the main thoroughfare in her hometown of Detroit, Grand River Crossings is a highly personal reflection on an influential time and place in America—a cultural crossroads—with Motown at the center of it all.
Allen’s first recollection of exposure to the Motown… Continue reading
Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. With an illustrious career spanning five decades and 12 Grammy® Awards including the 2007 Album Of The Year for ‘River: The Joni Letters’, he continues to amaze audiences.
There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock. As the immortal Miles Davis said in his autobiography, “Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven’t heard anybody yet who has come after him.”
Rex Shepherd has been playing guitar and writing music for more than 35 years. It is his quest to continually seek out new avenues of musical expression and to always push the envelope of what is generally expected of a guitar player. With an immediately recognizable voice due to his angular approach to the instrument, Shepherd constructs expressive melodic lines that form the basis of his compositions and improvisations.
Combining elements of jazz improvisation and harmony with an approach to guitar playing heavily influenced by players such as jazz great Jim Hall, rock legend Robin Trower, avant garde genius Fred… Continue reading
Steppin’ Out includes 16 songs, including a contemporary version of Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” a video for which has just been released. The music has an undeniable charm coupled with an energetic and intricate dance routine choreographed by the Emmy® award-winning team from So You Think You Can Dance, Napoleon & Tabitha D’umo, creating a magical pied piper-like scene.
The video features musicians Lani Hall, Bill Cantos, Hussain Jiffry, Michael Shapiro and dancer Vincent Noiseux alongside corps dancers like Kherington Payne and others from So You Think You Can Dance USA, America’s Best Dance Crew, Dancing with the… Continue reading
Masterful session from Tim Warfield 20 years into the biz, the flame burns bright as ever, Tim blows hot, Tim blows cool, Tim goes ballistic, Tim Warfield never sounded better!
“Jazz Masters Unlimited”. A master saxophonist with over 20 years of experience on the jazz scene, Tim has developed into one of the most individual saxophone stylists working today. With a smooth and unmistakable tone,Tim is equally adept at uptempo burners, midtempo swing, crooning soft balladry, and stomping the blues. Tim has a string of seven recordings as a leader.
His 1995 debut recording “A Cool Blue” was selected as… Continue reading
J-Town Beat, marks the 19th recording by the Grammy-nominated group, Hiroshima. With numerous gold records and nearing four million in world-wide record sales, this truly unique American ensemble embarks on a musical journey filled with colorful rhythms and melodies that evoke jazz, blues, R&B, Latin, pop—and their trademark blend of east and west.
“J-Town refers to Japan Town USA,” notes leader Dan Kuramoto, “it’s a microcosm of all the multi-cultural communities that make America the most diverse country in the world, and how better to reflect that than in music?”
Opening with “RED BUDDHA,” an exotic romp through Japanese Obon… Continue reading