Jazz meets Shakespeare in Delfeayo Marsalis’ latest release Sweet Thunder. With this CD, the classically-trained trombonist of the renowned Marsalis family decided to produce a modern version of the Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn 12-part suite, Such Sweet Thunder. Although not considered to be the Duke’s most famous album, it is nonetheless a classic work that has drawn much...
Chie Imaizumi’s latest CD, A Time of New Beginnings, is one of the most original jazz recordings I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in quite some time. This native of Japan is a very in-demand copyist, conductor, composer and arranger for good reason – her music is honest and pure-hearted, blending culture, big band writing and American jazz...
Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich speaks at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami on January 27, 2012. UPI/Michael Bush If there is one song politicians love to use, it is Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.” For some reason, politicians like to imagine themselves as Rocky and love to use the...
During a fundraising appearance at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY on Thursday night, President Obama showed off his vocal talents, singing a little bit from Al Green’s 1972 hit, “Let’s Stay Together.” Adding to the fun was the fact that the Rev. Al Green was actually among the crowd of 1,400 supporters. According to ABC News, Obama...
Contemporary jazz fans rejoice! If you’re looking for a live recording of jams and standards, then you should definitely check out the Walt Weiskopf Quartet’s album Live (Koger Hall, Univ. of South Carolina). Tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf has been hailed by many as this generation’s John Coltrane. His signature style and passion for his art has captivated fans throughout the...
Decades ago, The Jeff Lorber Fusion pioneered the smooth jazz genre. We hear this style of music often throughout our day from segments on The Weather Channel to background music and adult contemporary radio. Now, the band returns to the niche they helped popularize with their much-anticipated release, Galaxy. The album features 11 original tracks. This includes new arrangements for...
If you’re looking to escape to the Caribbean for a while, then you should definitely listen to Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet’s current release, To Hear From There. (Quite an appropriate and clever title, don’t you think?) Wayne Wallace is a five-time Grammy nominee whose skills transcend all musical genres. He’s worked with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind...
Irish artist, Dave Rooney, has one of the most amazing raw voices my ears have ever experienced. Truly, listening to this folk artist has created a milestone in my life. The way Rooney explores the depth of his voice and uses it to convey the emotions hidden in his lyrics is a talent within itself, not to mention he can...
Here’s your daily news wrap for Friday, October 28: Usher was attacked by a woman for parking in a handicap spot. Amy Winehouse’s death report has been released. Kelly Clarkson denies the insistent gay rumors on The View. Marie Osmond was rushed to a hospital in Las Vegas, but has since been released. Nikki Reed and Jackson Rathbone bring Breaking Dawn to Madrid. Is Frances...
Pop star Lady Gaga has been a vocal supporter for President Barack Obama, who is currently doing a West Coast trip to drum up support for his new jobs bill. Sunday night, Gaga attended a fundraiser for the President near San Jose. USA Today reports that she did not perform, only attending as a paying guest and...