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Samantha Sidley Releases Stirring Solo Vocal Cover Of Childhood Favorite 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' Ahead Of February Residency At New York's The Green Room 42

Samantha Sidley Releases Stirring Solo Vocal Cover Of Childhood Favorite 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' Ahead Of February Residency At New York's The Green Room 42

Los Angeles-based queer jazz vocalist Samantha Sidley will arrive in NYC for a three-night residency at The Green Room 42 supper club, just west of Broadway. To celebrate the occasion, Sidley has recorded a stirring vocal-only performance of one of her favorite childhood songs, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow," the signature song from the iconic film, “The Wizard of Oz". Scroll down to hear Sidley's cover of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and to view the video for “I Can't Listen" from ...

Franco Ambrosetti In Splendid Company

Franco Ambrosetti In Splendid Company

The Swiss trumpeter and flugelhornist assembles a group of contemporaries to play his compositions and a couple of cherished standard songs. Ambrosetti’s fluid improvisations, sometimes with a Miles Davis bent, are consistently impressive. So, too, is the work of the star-filled rhythm section of pianist Uri Caine, guitarist John Scofield, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Among the highlights are Ambrosetti’s “Silli’s Waltz,” named for his wife. Although one may usually think of Scofield as an earthy player, his ...

Saxophonist-Composer Benjamin Boone Collaborates With Accra-Based Ghana Jazz Collective On New Album "Joy," Due March 20

Saxophonist-Composer Benjamin Boone Collaborates With Accra-Based Ghana Jazz Collective On New Album "Joy," Due March 20

Saxophonist-composer Benjamin Boone’s “The Poetry of Jazz," a visionary collaboration with U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, was praised in leading musical and literary publications, featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and voted the #3 Best Album of 2018 in DownBeat’s 83rd annual Readers Poll. Boone documents an equally compelling collaboration, this time from his year as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Ghana, on his newest project “Joy," set for a March 20th release on Origin Records. This album, the fifth ...

AP Project with Arcangelo Pezzella Release 'Out Of The Blue.' Available at Bandcamp.

AP Project with Arcangelo Pezzella Release 'Out Of The Blue.' Available at Bandcamp.

Out Of The Blue from AP Project is not an usual jazz record nor it tries to imitate the legendary records that we all know and love. It is an experiment; a strong effort to find common ground between disparate styles and yet an ode to jazz tradition with a modern vibe. The AP Project has mixed and served a cocktail with almost eight different flavours coming from different traditions in an exquisite manner. When listening to Out Of The ...

Legendary Singer Martha Wash Releases New Album 'Love & Conflict.' Available Now!

Legendary Singer Martha Wash Releases New Album 'Love & Conflict.' Available Now!

The highly anticipated album Love & Conflict by Martha Wash is out now worldwide on Purple Rose Records. This exciting and unusual production, recorded in Canada, marks the singer’s first foray into a fascinating hybrid of blues-rock and R&B/jazz. Martha Wash tends to be the voice everyone recognizes. She is the powerful vocalist behind such classic dance hits as “It’s Raining Men,” “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” and “Carry On.” With the January 6, 2020, release of her ...

Scott Yanow Reviews Tony Adamo's Latest Single 'Did Mark Murphy Believe in UFOs?'

Scott Yanow Reviews Tony Adamo's Latest Single 'Did Mark Murphy Believe in UFOs?'

Tony Adamo “Did Mark Murphy Believe in UFOS?" Ropeadope The hippest of the spoken word artists and a fine singer too, Tony Adamo has long championed jazz. His recordings, which feature him improvising lyrics over a funky jazz rhythm section, have included tributes to such greats as Joe Henderson, Eddie Gale, Sun Ra, Eddie Harris, Mike Clark, and Art Blakey plus B.B. King and James Brown. Following on the success of his Ropeadope debut Was Out ...

Roberto Magris: Sun Stone

Roberto Magris: Sun Stone

Roberto Magris is an Italian jazz pianist with a fondness for drama. His albums always explode in stormy excitement and robust flavor. His latest release, Sun Stone, was recorded with his sextet at the Hit Factory in Miami in 2017 and features Shareef Clayton (tp), Ira Sullivan (as,sop,fl), Mark Colby (ts), Roberto Magris (p), Jamie Ousley (b) and Rodolfo Zuniga (d). It's finally out now. All of the songs are by Roberto, except Innamorati a Milano, a beautiful, romantic Italian ...

Buddy Rich: Final Recording

Buddy Rich: Final Recording

In 1983, I saw Buddy Rich and his big band at a long-gone New York club called Wednesday's on East 86th Street. I recall a mid-week gig and that the place was a disco on the weekends. The only table available was the one directly in front of Rich's bass drum. We took it. People had avoided the table as if it had been placed amid Hell's Angels at a rock festival. Sitting there, your teeth were sure to rattle ...


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