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Debbie Burke

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The latest on GLISSANDO: A Story of Love, Lust and Jazz

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Plumbing the Silky Depths – Vocals with Nicolas Bearde

Picture-painting comes easily to Nicolas Bearde. Listening to “Lush Life,” for example, puts you in the center of the emotional agony of an out-of-grasp love. The ups and downs and mid-tones of Bearde’s vocal range are applied with authenticity; in... Continue Reading →

Phenomenal Fidelity: Yotam Ben-Or on Harmonica

Composer, harmonica player and percussionist Yotam Ben-Or is an explorer of sorts, having very little formal training but giving himself over to a great, big love affair with the harmonica. His inquisitiveness has reaped heaps, as he’s got the chops... Continue Reading →

Language of Romance Exquisitely Expressed by Ron Bernard

Backed by a luscious, smooth guitar, singer/songwriter Ron Bernard croons with emotion and sizzle in “It’s Impossible.” His classy and classic interpretations of the Great American Songbook on his new CD “Timeless” make for a sweet, romantic experience. Unique phrasing... Continue Reading →

Soaring in the Clouds: A Masterful French Horn with Bob Watt

A solo debut that taps on the shoulder of many genres is the latest outstanding contribution by the Assistant Principal French horn player for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bob Watt. His symphonic career has spanned nearly four decades, and he... Continue Reading →

Jazzabilly – Where Kalen Henry Meets Nat King Cole

Fledgling jazz artist Kalen Henry gives fresh and unique voicings to the classics by the unforgettable Nat King Cole. With a new CD called “Not Forgotten,” each track is hand-picked to show her colorful range and innate sense of timing.... Continue Reading →

A Tenor in New Places – The Moves & Grooves of Ivan Baryshnikov

From Moscow to the Netherlands to New York City, Ivan Baryshnikov has embraced travel as a way to expand his repertoire and new ways of thinking about music. On the new CD “Journey” from his quartet, the song “Beehive” is... Continue Reading →

The Sun Peeks Through It – Music by Victor Samalot

Bounce and spirit fit together like a jigsaw puzzle on guitarist Victor Samalot’s new CD, “Esperanza.” Under his skilled fingertips, the strings sing with a richness; notes are light on their feet and the pulse glides forward. The song “Café... Continue Reading →

MV on the Verge of Jazz from Within

In “Enjoy the Silence,” vocalist MV (Marie-Verinoque) of MV Jazz is paired with two guitarists who create lovely, folk-inspired music. Though MV sings with a social conscience, her phrasing also glistens with a jazz sensibility. One prime example is “Why... Continue Reading →

As the Compass Spins: Multi-Directional Jazz with Viktor Haraszti

A newly released project that delivers the jazz experience from every conceivable angle – literally – is what Viktor Haraszti calls "jazz meets virtual reality." He has publicly launched the platform, ViO 360, with his first song “Haiku,” inspired by... Continue Reading →

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