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Going Up: Story Elevation by Leonisa Ardizzone

Multi-instrumentalist Leonisa Ardizzone believes in a world with fluid musical boundaries; that’s why in her latest release “All in Good Time” she delicately re-threads a Go-Go’s staple (“Our Lips are Sealed”) and adds new coloration to The Smiths’ “Girl Afraid.”... Continue Reading →

Nuanced Fusion from the Warren Galea Trio

  Having traveled countless miles from the island of Malta to Brooklyn, guitarist Warren Galea gained an appreciation for contrasting time signatures: not only in the pace of life but in his music. Mixing meters and different rhythmic elements in... Continue Reading →

Glissing from Sweetness to Swing

Trained very young on classical music for violin, the UK’s John Pearce slid over to the jazz side in college. He’s never denied his roots; a deep-seated appreciation for classical composition crops up in his playing even today in his... Continue Reading →

Gaining Entrance: Ricky Parrell Celebrates the “Keys to My Life”

  Picture sax player Ricky Parrell bobbing and weaving on his bike throughout the boulevard-width streets right outside Washington DC. When it’s time for a breather he locks up his bike. The key he uses? It’s become fodder for his... Continue Reading →

Tasty Jazz Jams for Our Times

Just released! An exploration of the indies and the icons of the jazz community in a compilation of interviews with amazing musicians around the globe. Please check it out and post a review here http://bit.ly/GLISSANDO if you are so inclined.... Continue Reading →

Everything Looks Like a Hammer?

When you’re pianist Neil Alexander and your band is named NAIL, you’ve already got a sense of irony. Playful, raw and energetic, NAIL’s music defies category. There's jazz influences, fusion, funk and more. Being tender is not foreign territory either:... Continue Reading →

Nikolai Teich Embraces the Language of American Jazz and Gives Something Back in Return

With sensitivity and poise, Nikolai Teich (originally from Austria and Bulgaria) shapes and releases his moods through the piano. Snippets of coloration from his roots leak through, employing minor keys with micro/halftone flourishes to evoke primeval folk dances; but just... Continue Reading →

Giving Voice to Seraphim – Pianist Silvio Caroli

Silvio Caroli is a pianist and teacher of jazz, and while his students might enjoy his accessibility and wonderful personality, they are extraordinarily fortunate to be learning music from one of the best. Caroli’s intense lyricism, fully absorbed pacing and... Continue Reading →

Joe Policastro Trio Mixes Covers and Originals with Attitude: “Nothing Here Belongs”

Loving those mid-range tones from guitar and high-hat highs in the track “No Idea” from the Joe Policastro Trio; but there’s also something refreshing in bassist Policastro’s prominent, melodic noodlings that gives the upright a much-deserved seat at the table.... Continue Reading →

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