Following his worldwide reunion tour with Return To Forever in 2008 and separate trio tours in 2009 â€” one with Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, the other with pianist Hiromi with Clarke â€” Lenny White was primed to put out his own recording, his first as a leader in 10 [...]Read more >>
On March 16, Mack Avenue Records released Tia Fullerâ€™s fine sophomore effort, Decisive Steps, a 10-track affair that nicely documents the alto/soprano saxophonistâ€™s continuing maturation. Says Fuller, â€śItâ€™s a continuation of Healing Space [her 2007 debut for the label], evolving from a stationary place of healing to steps of action. [...]Read more >>
From Friday, March 19 through Sunday, March 21, the Hot Club of Detroit (pictured above) will present their seventh annual Detroit Django Reinhardt Festival. Featuring special guests, guitarist Howard Alden and clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, the festival will celebrate Reinhardt’s centennial to Detroit and Cleveland â€” two cities that Reinhardt himself [...]Read more >>
Famed New Orleans jazz saxophonist and Berklee alum Donald Harrison (left), featured in When the Levees Broke â€” and who has played with Miles Davis and mentored the Notorious B.I.G., among others â€” gave a special New Orleans-style blessing to Berklee’s new Africana Studies center recently. The room is a [...]Read more >>
Puppet Mischief is New York-based saxophonist John Ellisâ€™ sixth release as a leader and second with his New Orleans-based Double Wide band, which includes organist Brian Coogan, sousaphonist Matt Perrine and drummer Jason Marsalis. Itâ€™s an intriguing, often infectious nine-track release that mixes the brass-band and uniquely syncopated sounds of [...]Read more >>
The MacDowell Colony, the nationâ€™s leading artist residency program, will present it 51st Edward MacDowell Medal to composer and saxophonist Sonny Rollins on Sunday, August 15. The MacDowell Medal has been awarded annually since 1960 to individuals whoâ€™ve made outstanding contributions to their fields, and this year marks the first [...]Read more >>
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