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Greta Matassa – Portrait

Greta Matassa has made choices in her career that have sacrificed some visibility in exchange for lifestyle. Yet the Seattle based vocal artist has established herself firmly as one of America’s finest singers, and one of the best that jazz has to offer in the...

Charles Ruggiero and Hilary Gardner Play The Bird And The Bee

If you’ve encountered drummer Charles Ruggiero‘s debut, Boom Bang, Boom Bang!(Rondette Jazz, 2014), you might’ve seen this coming. There, in the penultimate spot on the playlist, is a cover of The Bird and the Bee’s “I’m A Broken...

Claire Martin & Jim Mullen pay tribute to Wes Mongomery

Claire Martin and Jim Mullen have recorded a tribute to the iconic guitarist Wes Montgomery, who passed away 50 years ago at the age of 45 (1923-1968). On BUMPIN, the two award-winning English jazz musicians team up with Danish drummer Kristian Leths Trio to pay...

Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron

Vocalist Vanessa Rubin honors Tadd Dameron with an album that highlights his compositional genius. By Martin Johnson, The Wall Street Journal The great composer and arranger Tadd Dameron (1917-1965) wrote “If You Could See Me Now,” one of Sarah Vaughan’s...
recent from New Brazilian Music Bossanaire – Holiday
Bossanaire – Holiday This is the second offering from the talented Portland based jazz vocal group.   Bossanaire artfully mines the rich tradition of bossa nova popularized  by Jobim, Sergio Mendes  and Gilberto/Getz.  Don’t be fooled by the title of their latest release. It is not a seasonal/Christmas album.  It is...
recent from Great Jazz Singers Sachal Vasandani – Shadow Train
Sachal Vasandani – Shadow Train Vocalist Sachal Vasandani has proven himself to be the king of “not-so-standard standards.” His ability to interpret, and breathe life into underutilized lyrics have made him a standout in the jazz scene. Shadow Train is Sachal, once again, doing what he does best. The killer band just adds to his...
recent from Other New Releases of Interest Jimmy Webb – Finally in Front of His Own Hit Parade by Stephen Holden (New York Times)
Jimmy Webb – Finally in Front of His Own Hit Parade by Stephen Holden (New York Times) IS it possible for a musician to emerge unscathed from the kind of early success enjoyed by the singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb? In the late 1960s, when he was barely 21, Mr. Webb was showered with Grammys for writing the Glen Campbell hits “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,”...