Being musicians first and foremost, the urge to find opportunities outside of the comfort zone and to always say "yes" is, for better or worse, in our DNA. The label is the most obvious result of that. - John Bishop
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It wasn't until trombonist/alto flugelhornist Scott Reeves moved to New York City in 1999 that he began to compose and arrange at the level he'd always envisioned.
"I'm either a late bloomer or a slow learner," he joked after the May 12 release concert for Without A Trace (Origin), his second big band album, at Smalls. Or maybe he's the best kind of bandleader—one who's learned how to do it all.
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from Step Tempest:
Honestly, I have been returning to listen to the latest album from singer and songwriter Jeff Baker since it arrived at the beginning of 2018. "Phrases" (Oa2 Records) is a 76-minute program that, on initial listens, struck me as a series of vignettes on love and loss as if Baker was working his way through a dark time.
from Downbeat Magazine:
Danny Green's longstanding trio with fellow San Diego residents Justin Grinnell (bass) and Julien Cantelm (drums) was founded in 2010. One Day It Will (OA2), Green's fifth album as a leader, was released in late April and features his troupe supported by a batch of strings.
The pianist recently spoke to DownBeat about his connection to classical and Latin music, and how that's influenced his work in the jazz world.
The story of a Harvard-educated Orthodontist giving it all up to become a singular jazz vocalist was enough for an editor at Oprah's "O" Magazine, who immediately got on the phone with our own Gail Pettis.