Jazzmeia Horn Takes Charge

I like to fantasize about using a time machine to catch early concerts by jazz legends of the past. Every once in a while, a young talent emerges that has me searching their crowd for curious time-traveling jazz fans from the future. Jazzmeia Horn is certainly worthy of such a

In The Hands Of Christian Sands

Talking before our live session with pianist Christian Sands and his trio, I told him his former boss, bassist Christian McBride, formed his New Jawn without a pianist because Sands is irreplaceable. He laughed out loud and said, “I like the way you think!” After hearing his phenomenal trio in

Modern Jazz Rock With Seattle’s SmackTalk

The two-sax quintet SmackTalk is well trained for jazz, but their music is more than that. Much more. Performing live in the KNKX studios, the band’s energy, and a good deal of their sound was reminiscent of the indie rock that filled nightclubs in Seattle 20 years ago, filtered through

The Modern Soul Of Kandace Springs

Growing up a jazz fan in the country music capital of the world, Nashville native Kandace Springs has never fit comfortably into any single musical category. Today, that’s just the way she likes it, and we do, too. The singer, songwriter and pianist has just released her second album. Indigo is a