At 27, bandleader Trombone Shorty is already an icon in his hometown. So he’s giving back: Through his own foundation, the “supafunkrock” brass player is nurturing even younger talent in local schools.
The saxophonist, 24, came to the U.S. from Chile with little money and less command of English. But she did have some serious ability at the saxophone, which has now found footing in the New York scene. She visits her alma mater to perform with her international band.
Growing up in Chile, Melissa Aldana insisted on playing in clubs and transcribed solos like mad — as her father did before her. Now, at 24, she’s won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for young musicians, and her youthful dedication is beginning to pay off.
Talent, dedication, a skill at adapting classical dances to jazz formats — these are some of Sung’s musical and personal qualities that make her one to watch and listen to. Hear a set from the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.
It’s vanilla, but that’s not really the point. In a short interview, the saxophonist explains why his band returns to a certain palate-cleansing, dairy-titled tune so often — and discusses his connection to its composer, trumpeter and long-time collaborator Ralph Alessi.
At the age of 78, jazz drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath is still displaying his aptitude for making songs swing while keeping them firmly in time. Critic Tom Moon reviews Tootie’s Tempo, Heath’s collaboration with two younger jazz players.
A cosmopolitan entertainer and authentic folklorist, the singing Cuban percussionist has lined up a program where timba, four-part harmony and The Jackson 5 butt heads. The result is a dance party as accomplished as it is hard to resist.