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Debbie Burke

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Heard and Loved: Zoey Tess’s New Single “Late Night Thoughts”

Always a sucker for a fat sax and a hot beat, I took a listen to the new single from vocalist Zoey Tess and I was not disappointed. Tess wields a strong and assertive voice with beautiful tone and phrasing... Continue Reading →

Spreading Wings Wide: “In Flight” with Gabe Terracciano

Just released in January: original compositions by violinist Gabe Terracciano on a CD called “In Flight” from label Red Piano Records. These are six ear-pleasing tracks strong on melody, sweetness and snazz. How did you come to start playing violin... Continue Reading →

Vibraphonist Christian Tamburr Stirred by Giants of Humanity in “The Awakening”

As art moves us, the ripple effects can cause the creation of new art; so has composer and vibraphonist Christian Tamburr been inspired by the larger-than-life sculptures of artist Seward Johnson. Tamburr’s new CD that riffs off these massive works... Continue Reading →

Christian DeMesones Expands the Universe with “They Call Me Big New York”

“They Call Me Big New York” is the newest CD by Brooklyn-born guitarist Christian DeMesones (featured earlier here). If you want to know why he’s called that, it’s because of his big personality and heart, and an approach to music... Continue Reading →

The Grit, the Growl and the Low Down – Rich Willey’s Creative Burst

Bandleader, composer, arranger, trumpeter and a guy who found an important place for 34 strings in his latest oeuvre, Rich Willey has just completed a new CD that brims with depth, texture and amazing walls of jazz. “Down and Dirty”... Continue Reading →

Stretching into the Dappled Light: “Green Sapphire” with Artur Bayramgalin

A reedy mournfulness gives way to outstretched arms seeking to capture the light in a new CD “Green Sapphire” from Canadian guitarist Artur Bayramgalin. The title track (inspired by a dream about his father) journeys comfortably as a mood piece... Continue Reading →

Re-up on Shubh Saran: “Becoming”

"Becoming” is 2020’s answer to fresh sounds coming from Shubh Saran & Friends. The EP has five outstanding tracks that paint bold and sweet emotions with extremely creative chord modulations (the title track). “Storm” is a beautiful mass of entangled... Continue Reading →

Fingers Fly, Solos Soar – Teymur Phell Turns Up “Master Volume”

Excitement rolls in like a drum from the very opening of Teymur Phell’s first-ever release titled “Master Volume.” In this generously portioned album of all-original songs, Phell has assembled a sparkling group of artists who mesh their different flavors together... Continue Reading →

Play Honestly. Be Kind. It’s Jam of the Week from Farnell Newton!

Indie and newbie musicians alike can flex their chops and get honest critiquing from their peers on a Facebook page devoted to jazz artists working their craft. Called “Jam of the Week” or JOTW, it’s run by trumpet player Farnell... Continue Reading →

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