The jazz masters’ first album of entirely original material pushes music lovers to dance. At its heart, That’s It! is a memory trick, managing to sound both familiar and fresh. But this is more than a live performance by a hot band.
Every release by the great pianist Chucho Valdés digs deeper into the common roots of jazz and Cuban music. A tight collection of songs that span the entire Cuban musical landscape and beyond, Border-Free explores unexpected musical connections.
Tony DeSare has earned a reputation as one of New York’s hottest young singer/pianists. Whether performing classic standards or sophisticated original compositions, DeSare possesses a cool vocal tone with swinging piano accompaniment. Hear an interview and performance.
The Fourth of July is coming, so we wave the jazz flag with music transcribed from Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens — quintet and septet recordings from the late 1920s — and a new Grammy-winning arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
Montreal is a city of two cultures: French and English, usually commingling, sometimes colliding. The Montreal International Jazz Festival — Canada’s grandest music event of the year — props up the city’s elite Francophones. Here are five French or Quebecois artists featured this year.
As a Japanese expatriate in Berlin, jazz pianist Aki Takase has an outsider’s perspective on jazz and insider wisdom that comes from careful study. Her new album of Duke Ellington tunes reflects influences such as Thelonious Monk and Arnold Schoenberg, as well.
Sandoval’s struggles in Cuba have given him the drive to succeed, while helping others learn from jazz. The trumpeter and pianist performs his original tunes “Surena” and “Romantico,” as well as Johnny Green’s “Body and Soul.”