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New Music Friday (JAM edition) Brian Bromberg, Nick Finzer; Wolff, Clark & Dorsey

Brian Bromberg pays tribute to legendary Bassist Scott LaFaro on new trio album
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Brian Bromberg pays tribute to legendary Bassist Scott LaFaro on new trio album

For Jazz Appreciation Month, here’s a fresh look at new albums from well established musicians honoring Jazz legends – proving that their music and legacy is influential still to this day.

Wolff, Clark & Dorsey, A Letter to Bill Evans

The longtime rhythm duo Leon Lee Dorsey (Bass) and Mike Clark (Drums) pay tribute to Jazz pianist Bill Evans on their seventh studio project, with pianist Michael Wolff rounding out the trio. No strangers to tribute albums, their recent 2020 release was an ode to The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In Letter to Bill Evans, Wolff displays the same attention to details and rhythm on the piano just as Evans did.

Brian Bromberg, Lafaro

Bassist Brian Bromberg returns to the scene with his latest album: a tribute to legendary Bassist, Scott Lafaro. Keeping in theme with Bill Evans, Lafaro’s most known for his partnership with pianist which ended way too soon when Lafaro passed from an automobile accident at 25. Much like pianist Michael Wolff, Bromberg was able to capture the spirit of Lafaro on this new album which features renditions of Solar & Waltz for Debby featuring the trio of Tom Zink (Piano) and Charles Ruggiero (Drums).

Nick Finzer, Legacy: A Centennial Celebration of JJ Johnson

Celebrating Trombone master JJ Johnson on what would’ve been his 100th year, fellow trombonist Nick Finzer pays tribute to Johnson on his new album, Legacy. The album also features past players who’ve performed with Johnson, including pianist Renne Rosnes, bassists Rufus Reid, and drummer Victor Lewis.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Terae Stefon looks to make his mark on an ever changing city. A Graduate of Franklin High School, he then attended Saint Martin’s University, majoring in English and Journalism. Terae found his way into radio by volunteering at local community radio stations HollowEarth and RainierAvenue Radio in Seattle and then at Total Traffic, keeping the region moving as a traffic reporter and producer.