John Beasley Compares 1950s/’60s Social Struggles & Thelonious Monk’s Subsequent Artistic Response to Current Culture on MONK’estra, Vol. 2
If one were to have access to a time machine and could go back to see legendary bandleader Thelonious Monk in concert during the 1950s and ’60s, you’d likely see him so compelled by the music that he would retreat from his piano mid-performance and conduct his band, no matter how small or large, through an impassioned dance.
Johnny O’Neal Set to Release First Studio Album
in 15 Years: In the Moment, Available October 6
via Smoke Sessions Records
While every great jazz musician knows the value of spontaneity, few understand the true value of being in the moment quite like Johnny O’Neal. A rising star in the early 1980s, O’Neal left New York after a mugging in 1986.
Christian McBride Big Band Follows Up
GRAMMY® Award-Winning Debut with
Sophomore Release, Bringin’ It
Iconic bassist Christian McBride has been doing what the title of his upcoming big band album implores for years: Bringin’ It. This highly anticipated release, which follows the Christian McBride Big Band’s 2011 Grammy® Award-winning debut, The Good Feeling, puts his status and skills as an all-around entertainer on full display.
Nigerian Vocalist Douyé Honors Her Lifelong
Promise to her Father on Daddy Said So
After two successful and well-received classic R&B albums, singer Douyé is on a career path that has taken an unexpected but ultimately logical turn. Douyé (pronounced Doe-Yay) has re-emerged as a very talented jazz singer on her impressive new recording Daddy Said So.
Seminal Pianist Harold Mabern Assembles
Multi-Generational Band Featuring Longtime Collaborators
and Former Students on To Love and Be Loved
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn,” Eden Ahbez wrote in “Nature Boy,” his classic song, “is just to love and be loved in return.” That may not be something that pianist Harold Mabern has taught in the classroom during his decades as an influential educator, but it’s certainly a lesson that he’s passed on time and again by example.
Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds
Group Includes Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper,
Kamasi Washington, Marlon Williams, Robert “Sput” Searight, Rose Gold, & more
The Pollyseeds is a collaborative group of A-list producers, musicians, and creators including Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Robert “Sput” Searight, Rose Gold, Trevor Lawrence Jr, Craig Brockman, and more.
Visionary Pianist Uri Caine Joins Forces with The Lutosławski Quartet on New Release, Space Kiss – Available June 23 via 816Music
When worlds collide the results can be cataclysmic, but Uri Caine makes the stars align in thrilling and harmonious fashion on his latest merger of jazz and classical music, Space Kiss.