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Debbie Burke

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Jazz as Connective Tissue with Vocalist Paul Jost

Telling the audience of his pain, love, joy and optimism comes naturally to singer/songwriter Paul Jost. His method of conveying emotion is personal and gut-based. Take his new CD “Simple Life,” named for the introspective philosophy many of us build... Continue Reading →

The Universe is Expanding – It’s Starting with “We Are The Orchestra”

Daniel Bennett took the sax and his imagination and pivoted. The result is a unique collection of music that builds layer upon layer of woodwinds (sax, flute, clarinet and oboe) with Mark Cocheo’s guitar and its stringed brethren (mandolin, banjo)... Continue Reading →

Cape Town Welcomes Back Its Original Son of Jazz

In the days of apartheid in South Africa, jazz was happening, but there was little hope in reaching its full potential; much of it went unnoticed, disrespected and certainly uncelebrated. Today, the founder of Cape Town’s i-Sound Studios, Leonardo Fortuin,... Continue Reading →

“Coalescence 2” Takes Being In Tandem to New Levels

A new CD born from collaboration and camaraderie has just been released by five stellar New York City musicians, including Kenny Shanker on saxophones; Mike Eckroth on piano; Daisuke Abe on guitar; Yoshi Waki on bass and Brian Fishler on... Continue Reading →

Flutter Float Dig and Grind – The Cello’s Versatility with Peter Hudler

The cello can be plaintive or playful, deep or ethereal; it just depends on who’s doing the coaxing. Peter Hudler of Austria is the Geppetto of this supremely beautiful instrument, and the good news is that he makes it come... Continue Reading →

Blazing a New Trail: Indian Harmonies from Shubh Saran

He didn’t intentionally set out to form a septet, but seven is the lucky number in Shubh Saran’s new EP called HADD (the title is an acronym for "Hypersensitive Agency Detection Device" which is a reference to ascribing everyday occurrences... Continue Reading →

Illuminating Jazz with Steve Mynett

Consider this shot of Houston Person, up close and very personal; an intimate portrait that radiates heat right off the page, communicating the iconic master’s artistic passion. Steve Mynett is behind the lens of a career full of such splendid... Continue Reading →

Romantic Immersion on new CD “Blue Cat” from Dimitri K

  Dimitri K has mastered – very easily, it seems – the smooth groove on piano and guitar. He proves his prowess with the new instrumental release “Blue Cat.” The song “I Saw Her” is the ultimate definition of romance,... Continue Reading →

Masterful Rivulets: The Andrew Rathbun Quintet

In “Character Study,” Canadian-born sax player (now stateside) Andrew Rathbun leads a serious quintet that cooks a multi-course meal and serves it jumping around, ladling mind-blowing flavors on every plate. While his lone sax thoughtfully breathes an undeniably gorgeous melody... Continue Reading →

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