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 new century. To this point, the jazz...

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 Heart” featuring vocalist Hilary...

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 homage to the influential guitarist with...

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 signature songs, but until now the rest of...

Petra Van Nuis & Dennis Luxion

Petra Van Nuis & Dennis Luxion By Doug Ramsey, Rifftides Singer van Nuis and pianist Luxion may not be household names outside of Chicago, but their taste and wide range of musicianship have them perennially in demand in the Windy City. In thirteen ballads dealing with after-hours life and culture,...

Lynn Stanley-Toasts Julie London

Fans and critics are saying: “Outstanding Sound” “Incredible!” “This will become one of you favorite albums.” Lyn Stanley’s London Calling…A Toast To Julie London as she reimagines 17 classic songs Award-winning, internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Lyn Stanley...

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