Coming up in January is the long-awaited debut release from this New York City swing band, and already the press is pouring in. Leader, vocalist and composer Svetlana Shmulyian has a fascinating life story which is covered in this interview.
Check it out and then buy a pre-release copy of Night At The Speakeasy now!
Lots of great airplay coming in for Origin and OA2 titles over the last several months, with Nick Finzer's The Chase (still in the Top 60 after 7 months at radio and 16 weeks in the Top 40!) leading the way. Ben Paterson's organ trio debut, For Once In My Life has been in the Top 60 for 2 months, and more recently, Tom Collier 's Across the Bridge with Bill Frisell and Larry Coryell, shot up into the Top 50 in it's 2nd week at radio and is getting widespread play across the country.
David Friesen and Glen Moore, two of the more influential bassists in jazz, recently teamed for a tour through Europe concluding with their 3rd duo recording over the last 40 years. Add the decade between their initial meeting up in Seattle in the '60s before their first recording, 1977's In Concert (Vanguard), and the total time they've been working together comes to 50 years. Named for the two-humped camel native to the steppes of central Asia, Bactrian offers ample new proof that these old friends continue to take great glee in surprising and challenging each other, their listeners, and themselves. Street date is November 20th, but look for it on sale here at the beginning of October.
Seattle vocalist Gail Pettis recently completed her second stellar tour of Russia over the last year. Playing to sold-out houses throughout central Russia, Pettis is developing material for her third recording in time for her next tour in Spring 2016.
With the amazing reception Laurie Antonioli received for her 2014 release, Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light: Music of Joni Mitchell, (including from Joni herself!), she decided to follow up with something entirely different. Rekindling a duo relationship she's carried on with master pianist Richie Beirach over the last 25 years, Varuna reveals the exhilarating musical empathy they've developed over that time. As Stereoplay magazine said about their last collaboration, "The delicacies created by (Beirach and Antonioli) are simply extraordinary." Varuna hits stores on September 18th.
Baritone saxophonist, composer and OA2 Records artist Aaron Lington was selected as a "2015 Silicon Valley Artist Laureate" by the arts organization Silicon Valley Creates.
He was recognized in the "Off Stage" category which celebrates his achievements as a composer and arranger.
This is the 25th year of the Silicon Valley Artist Laureate program and places Lington among 140 of the best artists in Silicon Valley from the last quarter century.
Gail Pettis is featured in October's MORE Magazine. Gail is profiled under the heading "Freeing Your Inner Artist" in the issue that's available on every newsstand in the country, now!
Paul Tynan has won the East Coast Music Award (ECMA) for jazz recording of the year for Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Three, from the ensemble he co-leads with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Aaron Lington.
The awards were handed out in Charlottetown, PEI on April 6.
"Needless to say I am extremely excited about winning the 2014 ECMA jazz recording of the year award," says Tynan, who also played a showcase at the ECMAs.
Episode #30 of Origin Records Online Radio is no online at YouTube.
On May 19th 2013, the Metropole Orkest will be presenting a concert in Amsterdam celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Ballads." The performance will feature renowned tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano. The orchestra will be conducted by OA2 Records artist Daniel Jamieson, and they will be premiering his reimagined arrangements of these classic standards. In addition to the "Ballads" program, they will be performing arrangements by Jim McNeely, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner and Billy Strayhorn.
Check out, Sudden Appearance, Daniel's debut release on OA2 Records.
New York trumpeter Liam Sillery received a 5-star review for his fourth and most recent release from OA2 Records. Phenomenology made a strong showing on the radio charts earlier this year, and is available now from our website. Don't miss this exciting record Downbeat's Chris Robinson states, "Is so natural, that only one word can be used to describe it: perfect."
Read the full review - here.