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August 14, 2018

Sarah McKenzie

After enchanting jazz fans with her 2015 Impulse! Records debut, We Could Be Lovers, Sarah McKenzie returns with the sensational follow-up, Paris in the Rain. Like before, the 28-year-old, Melbourne, Australia-born singer, pianist, composer and arranger teams with the acclaimed Brian Bacchus – who has produced classics for such stars as Norah Jones, Lizz Wright, and Gregory Porter – to deliver a gripping program of jazz classics and originals – all of which present McKenzie’s incredible musicality in glamorous glory. McKenzie moved to Paris last year after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The album’s snazzy title track is her love letter to the City of Light. The fanciful lyrics find her alternating effortlessly between French and English as she rejoices in the city’s […]
August 7, 2018

YISSY & Bandancha

Yissy Garcia–a composer and drummer- is one of the most powerful artists of this new generation of Cuban musicians. There is a lot of groove in her drumsticks, and a lot of creative impulse in her. At the age of 30, the important things for her are rhythm and the way emotions are trapped by the sound language, as if the drums were just an extension of her body. The important things are ambiguity, the fusion between tradition and avant-garde, her ways of blurring the boundaries of Latin jazz, electronics, funk, R & B, Afro-Cuban music. Yissy –a daughter of percussionist Bernardo García, founder of Irakere and Arturo Sandoval’s band- was born on May 29th, 1987 in Cayo Hueso, a slum in Havana that has […]
July 24, 2018

Dayramir Gonzalez

With a decade of experience and success in the international jazz community, Havana native Dayramir Gonzalez is ready to take New York City by storm. His innovative style, energetic performances, and impressive musical scholarship have gained him recognition and awards many artists only dream of. But Gonzalez is looking forward, to his next decade, and is prepared to make it even better than the last. Gonzalez was born in the humble Havana neighborhood of Cerro, during what is referred to in Cuba as “the special period” and known as one of the toughest economic times in Cuba’s history. Although the island severely lacked many of the basic necessities, it continued to support and promote musical education on the island. Gonzalez’s young life centered on music. […]
July 17, 2018

Bossa PDX

Led by pianist/vocalist Kerry Politzer, the Portland-based Bossa PDX performs lovingly transcribed arrangements of Gilberto Gil, Roberto Menescal, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Joao Donato, and Tom Jobim compositions, among others. The group also plays a selection of upbeat Brazilian jazz tunes. Bossa PDX’s instrumentation includes vocals, piano, sax, flute, guitar, bass, and percussion. The Portland Mercury calls the group “pleasantly propulsive.” Bossa PDX can be seen performing around Portland, Salem and Eugene at venues like The Jazz Station, Wilf’s, Christo’s, and others. More info at www.bossapdx.com
June 20, 2018

Thumbscrew

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). Ms. Halvorson is best known for her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, her solo guitar project, Meltframe, and most recently her latest quintet project, Code Girl with Ambrose Akinmusire, Amirtha Kidambi, Michael Formanek and Tomas Fujiwara. She has several other projects as a bandleader including a quintet, septet and octet. Collaborative projects include a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew (with Michael Formanek and Tomas Fujiwara) and Secret Keeper (with Stephan Crump). Ms. Halvorson is also an […]
June 16, 2018

Marius Neset

Still only 29 years of age, Neset is successfully hitting the international stage, and being talked about as a big tenor in a lineage that extends from the post-bop Americans from Michael Brecker, Chris Potter through to fellow Norwegian Jan Garbarek.
June 15, 2018

“Broken Shadows” – The Music of Ornette Coleman, Julius Hemphill, & Dewey Redman

Broken Shadows is a quartet of kindred spirits communing over shared loves and common inspirations, radiating not only homage but aspiration – to make music with deep roots reach out into the present moment, alive and attuned and moving through our air now. These four musicians hailing from the urban northern half of America – Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson and Dave King – have banded together to reinterpret the timeless sounds conjured by great men from the rural South and heartland of the country: Ornette Coleman, Julius Hemphill, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden. These iconic figures created an ever-resonant avant-garde out of the folk-art influences of their early surroundings, a canon that comprises the hard blues and deep lament, keening celebration and hollering protest. […]
June 14, 2018

Soweto Kinch (Late Show)

Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip-hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic.
June 14, 2018

Soweto Kinch (Early Show)

Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip-hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic.
June 13, 2018

Jeff Parker & The New Breed

Best known as a multi-instrumentalist member of Tortoise and a pillar of the Chicago jazz and experimental music scene Jeff Parker has been incomparably prolific over the last 20+ years while merely producing 5 albums as a “lead artist” (just 2 since 2005, including 2016’s dup recording with Rob Mazurek on Rogue Art). “Lead artist” is in quotes here because though his name is seldom seen in marquees, his distinctive guitar sound has been essential to every project he’s been part of. It was in that sense that at International Anthem came to work with Parker during the production of Makaya McCraven’s In The Moment, an album which ultimately showcased said essentialness (of Parker’s “sideman” sound) on 9 of its 19 tracks. Iver the course […]