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Reggie Quinerly | New York Nowhere

April 2, 2021 / No Comments / Tags: Antoine Drye, John Chin, John Ellis, Reggie Quinerly, Sean Conly

New York Nowhere is drummer-composer Reggie Quinerly’s fourth recording and reflective farewell to New York City, where he lived from 1999 to 2020. The musical departure features a swinging and contemplative collection of original compositions by Quinnerly. The wonderful musical moments ...

Henry Robinett Quartet | Then Again

April 1, 2021 / No Comments / Tags: Chris Symer, Henry Robinett, Joe Gilman, Michael Stephans

Then Again from the Henry Robinett is a substantive follow-up to his previous recording. This effort finds the guitarist and his quartet taking on a new menu of tunes made famous by some jazz luminaries. The set includes tunes by Jimmy Green, Cole Porter, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Jimmy Van ...

Clifton Davis | Never Can Say Goodbye

March 3, 2021 / No Comments

Clifton Davis’ many accomplishments include writing “Never Can Say Goodbye,” made famous by The Jackson 5 and recorded by dozens of other artists. After a long career, the singer, songwriter, actor, and minister has released his debut jazz recording Never Can Say Goodbye.

The Brianna Thomas Band | Everybody Knows

March 3, 2021 / No Comments / Tags: Brianna Thomas, Conun Pappas, Fernando Saci, Kyle Poole, Marvin Sewell, Ryan Berg

Brianna Thomas continues to ascend as one of the powerful and engaging voices on the music scene today. Everybody Knows, Thomas’ second recording shows even more depth and range as a singer. The singer and the songs are wonderfully inventive on this effort produced by Grammy-winning ...

Max Haymer | Whirlwind: Live at Sam First

February 18, 2021 / No Comments / Tags: Dan Schnelle, David Robaire, Max Haymer

Pianist Max Haymer delivers a truly great collection of music on this live effort. Whirlwind recorded at live at LA’s Sam First club, features Haymer’s trio with David Robaire on bass and Dan Schnelle on drums. The set is a mix of standards, but leans heavily towards Haymer’s ...

Blue Bird Inn in Detroit spared from demolition after historic designation

Blue Bird Inn in Detroit spared from demolition after historic designation

January 7, 2021 / No Comments

One of the most fabled sites in Detroit music is off the endangered list. The long-abandoned Blue Bird Inn — a vital nerve center for homegrown jazz and visiting artists during the heyday of bebop — has been formally designated a Historic District by the city of Detroit. Read More

GoFundMe Campaign Launched to Help Save Birdland Jazz Club

GoFundMe Campaign Launched to Help Save Birdland Jazz Club

January 4, 2021 / No Comments

Yet another one of New York’s most beloved venues is in danger of closing for good. Birdland Jazz Club, a staple of the New York City jazz community since 1949, needs help with the debt it has found itself in due to the health crisis. A GoFundMe campaign was launched by Tom ...

Jarrett Cherner & Sarah Elizabeth Charles | Tone

December 21, 2020 / No Comments / Tags: Jarrett Cherner, Sarah Elizabeth Charles,

Tone is a deeply engrossing, intimate recording from pianist Jarrett Cherner and vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles. Although the recording process began some time before, the effort was completed remotely as Covid-19 disrupted in-person gathering. The collaboration does not suffer for the ...

The Peter Leitch New Life Orchestra | New Life

The Peter Leitch New Life Orchestra | New Life

November 25, 2020 / No Comments / Tags: Dave Pietro, Dennis James, Duane Eubanks, Joe Strasser, Matt Haviland, Max Siegel, Peter Leitch, Peter Zak, Phil Robson, Steve Wilson, Tim Harrison, Yoshi Waki

Composer and conductor Peter Leitch leads his New Life Orchestra on this double-album collection of outstanding compositions and performances.  New Life centers almost exclusively around Leitch’s fantastic writing and orchestration in this wonderful production. The effort features some ...

Benjamin Boone | The Poets Are Gathering

November 24, 2020 / No Comments / Tags: Benjamin Boone

Saxophonist Benjamin Boone fuses jazz with spoken words in a collection of pieces speaking to the challenges of our times. The project features the musical talents joined with some truly outstanding poets and words delivered to impacting effect. Incredible work.