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Lyric Fury, The Adventurous Octet Led By Pianist/Composer Cynthia Hilts, Debuts On Record January 13

Lyric Fury, The Adventurous Octet Led By Pianist/Composer Cynthia Hilts, Debuts On Record January 13

Twenty years ago, Brooklyn-based pianist/composer Cynthia Hilts was seeking to form a band “that sounds like a celestial collision of Mingus and Debussy” as a vehicle for her brisk, striking originals. Her avant-meets-mainstream writing, as the band name Lyric Fury suggests, is demanding and defined by powerful contrasts. Hilts and her octet have been honing a ...

Sonny and Horace: 1959

Sonny and Horace: 1959

On Thursday, March 5, 1959, the Sonny Rollins Trio and the Horace Silver Quintet were in Zurich on a joint European tour. Interestingly, Sonny and Silver were at different points in their careers. Silver had yet to crest and would record the fiery Blowin' the Blues Away in August before riding his funk piano style into ...

Bay Area Vocalist Sandy Cressman Reaffirms Her Deep Connections With Brazilian Music On New CD "Entre Amigos"

Bay Area Vocalist Sandy Cressman Reaffirms Her Deep Connections With Brazilian Music On New CD "Entre Amigos"

As founder and leader of the group Homenagem Brasileira, San Francisco-based vocalist/educator Sandy Cressman has had many opportunities over the last 20-plus years to forge creative partnerships with like-minded musicians from the Bay to Brazil. Her entrancing new album, Entre Amigos, which will be released on February 3 by her Cressman Music imprint, marks the culmination ...

The Lost Bobby Scott

The Lost Bobby Scott

If I could sing and accompany myself on piano, I'd want to sound like Bobby Scott. The pianist and singer-songwriter (1937-1990) started out in the early 1950s as a superb jazz pianist and composer-arranger (Bethlehem, Verve, ABC-Paramount), shifting to pop-rock and R&B in the early 1960s (Mercury and Atlantic) before switching to pop and jazz (Columbia) ...

NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston To Release New 2-CD Set, "The African Nubian Suite," On His African Rhythms Label, Jan. 20

NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston To Release New 2-CD Set, "The African Nubian Suite," On His African Rhythms Label, Jan. 20

NEA Jazz Master, iconic pianist/composer, and still-vital jazz elder Randy Weston, at 90, remains a powerful force in jazz. Currently serving as artist-in-residence at Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York; celebrated earlier this month at Harvard University, which has acquired his archive; and named a United States Artists (USA) Fellow last week, ...

Artie Shaw: Pied Piper

Artie Shaw: Pied Piper

On a Sunday afternoon in July 1946, CBS's Columbia Workshop broadcast The Pied Piper of Hamelin, featuring a story adaptation and music by Artie Shaw. The national radio show broadcast from Columbia Square in Hollywood was aimed at young kids home from school. Weeks later, Shaw's label, Musicraft, brought together Shaw and the broadcast's ensemble to ...

Jazz Fusion Orchestra Bandzilla Feat. Guest Appearances By Randy Brecker & Leo Sayer To Release Long-awaited Second Album "Bandzilla Rises!!!"

Jazz Fusion Orchestra Bandzilla Feat. Guest Appearances By Randy Brecker & Leo Sayer To Release Long-awaited Second Album "Bandzilla Rises!!!"

What happens when a group of top studio musicians get together in their free time? A unique mixture of sophisticated composition, passionate improvisation, scathing social commentary and biting humor, BANDZILLA play furious funk, sleazy soul, punk jazz and heartfelt ballads. Led by acclaimed composer/arranger/guitarist Richard Niles, the 25-piece jazz-fusion orchestra was originally formed in the studio ...

Saxophonist Ayumi Ishito Releases Debut Album, "View From A Little Cave"

Saxophonist Ayumi Ishito Releases Debut Album, "View From A Little Cave"

On Friday, December 16, the saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Ayumi Ishito will release her debut studio endeavor, an album entitled View From A Little Cave. The new collection of songs, entirely composed by Ishito, will be available on all major digital music platforms. Furthermore, a record release show is tentatively scheduled for New York City in ...

Count Basie: High Voltage

Count Basie: High Voltage

Over the course of five years, Chico O'Farrill arranged part or all of 11 Count Basie albums—from Basie Meets Bond in 1965 to High Voltage in 1970. Born in Havana, O'Farrill attended a military academy from 1936 to 1940 in Georgia where he began playing trumpet. He returned to Cuba after graduation and concentrated on arranging. ...

Trumpeter Terell Stafford Releases "Forgive and Forget" on Herb Harris Music

Trumpeter Terell Stafford Releases "Forgive and Forget" on Herb Harris Music

Herb Harris Music is happy to announce the release of a new album from trumpeter Terell Stafford. Forgive and Forget and is the second installment of a series of recordings dubbed “Jazzmasters Unlimited". A master jazz trumpeter with over 20 years of experience, Stafford has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, ...


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