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Category Archives: Jazz
Michael Pedicin is a master jazz saxophonist whose expression and subtly is a wonder to behold. After four decades as a sideman and bandleader, his latest CD, "Ballads …searching for peace," fulfills his lifelong dream – a recording of jazz … Continue reading
Sachal Vasandani is a gifted jazz singer and arranger. On "Hi-Fly" he mixes original and classic compositions rendered with poise, heart and emotional intensity against a backdrop of innovative musicianship and performances. Vasandani pushes the envelope in surprising and pleasing … Continue reading
Noted vocalist Julia Fordham met actor Paul Reiser in 1994, but it wasn’t until running into each other at a film debut that Reiser, a classically trained pianist and composer, suggested writing together. The result is their recording, "Unusual Suspects," … Continue reading
Fans of piano jazz know Jessica Williams. Her latest recording, "Touch," showcases the gifted pianist exploring new directions in a live solo setting. In recent years, Williams has been drawn to sparse, heartfelt renderings of her own songs and standards … Continue reading
"The Visitor" is a career milestone for Afro-Latin composer and bandleader Roland Vazquez. Blessed with grant support, Vazquez assembled a 19-piece all-star big band, rescored compositions and created a magical recording that draws on a lifetime of writing and performing. … Continue reading