In its eighth week at radio, Nick Finzer's The Chase is still climbing the JazzWeek Airplay charts, breaking into the top 10 at #6 this week. Recently back from dates in Australia the first half of September, he can be seen performing around New York through the fall.
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.
Her first on Origin and the first featuring all original compositions is featured in a write-up in the New York Times.
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!
New York Times' Nate Chinen called George Colligan's Origin Records debut, "One of the finer piano trio albums of 2013."
Also nominated were a couple of other Origin family members on recent projects for other labels - Kim Richmond and Chris Walden. Congratulations to all of them, and don't miss the Grammy Awards telecast, Sunday, January 26th.
Corey Christiansen's newest recording, Lone Prairie, is now available on vinyl in addition to CD and digital. KIOS radio has called it, "a richly satisfying experience where guitarist Corey Christiansen makes the strongest statement of his career this far."
Pick up your copy today direct from Origin Records (which is cheaper than Amazon.com).