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Béla Fleck isn't just a banjo virtuoso, he's a walking advertisement for the versatility of his instrument. And since 2011, with the premiere of his concerto "The Impostor," Fleck has been combining the banjo's distinctive sound with that of a symphony orchestra. Interview by Joshua Kosman for SFGATE
After opening with one of his own compositions, “Back to Basics,” Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra provided a musical history lesson on the Festival. If all history lessons were this entertaining, a lot of people would never leave school. Review by Andy Smith for THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL.
On September 16, 2014, the highly anticipated tribute album, by Ann Hampton Callaway, From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project, will be released. “Over the years, I have been creating a legacy series about artists who have inspired me and Sarah is a critical missing piece that I’ve wanted to explore,” shares Callaway.
heartsoulblood is evidence of the positive effects serious touring can have on a group, even one full of accomplished musicians such as Royal Southern Brotherhood. Review by Meghan Roos for BLUES ROCK REVIEW
“I never expected this to become such a thing when we started,” Metheny wrote of the Unity Band. “I don’t know that any of us did – it has evolved really organically, and everyone has pushed a lot of things to the side to do this." Interview by Marcus Crowder for THE SACRAMENTO BEE.
"Putting one's own stamp on such Sarah Vaughan classics as 'Misty' and 'Send in the Clowns,' is a feat that few should attempt and only the very elite can accomplish. The passion and depth Ann brings to her performances of these great songs is astounding!" Preview by BROADWAY WORLD
The grooves are extra tight, the rhythmic bounce hypnotic, the improvisation forays inspired, and the energy's like the rush of a passing train. Article by Glenn BurnSilver for the PHOENIX NEW TIMES.
A bit of video from the Trio's first night at the Cotton Club in Japan.
There’s a disarming spirit of generosity in the musicianship of Julian Lage, and a keener sense of judicious withholding. A guitarist with roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical and country music, he has spent most of his life bathed in a bright, expectant light. Concert Review by Nate Chinen for THE NEW YORK TIMES
They seemed to be playing at a different venue altogether. Somewhere closer to heaven than to Bonn. Review by 3SONGSBONN.