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  • Big Bad Wolf 07.12.17

    Warren Wolf, though raised in West Baltimore, doesn’t play his hometown all that often. As one of today’s most in-demand jazz musicians, you’re much more likely to find him gigging around the globe than tuning up in Timonium, or some such place. But he’s happy to be here tonight. 

  • John Beasley, Bearing New “Evidence,” Announces His ‘MONK’estra Vol. 2’ 07.12.17

    MONK’estra, Vol. 1 was released on Mack Avenue last year, garnering two Grammy nominations and critical acclaim. In the wake of that release, Beasley took the band on tour, before returning to the studio to make MONK’estra, Vol. 2.

  • Funk, fatherhood and Motown meet at the intersection of Jackiem Joyner’s sax-powered “Main Street Be 07.05.17

    "Main Street Beat" was originally intended to be a funk record, but became more with R&B, contemporary jazz and pop nuances seeping into the mix. The grooves - many of which are infused with the soul power of a muscular sax section laid down in layers by Joyner. 

  • THE PULSE OF ENTERTAINMENT: EMBRACE JACKIEM JOYNER’S ‘TRINITY’; ROBERT E. PERSON RELEASES SINGLE 07.02.17

    “My daughter really inspired me,” said Soul/Jazz saxophonist Jackiem Joyner about his new album “Main Street Beat” (June 30, 2017 release), which first single “Trinity” is named after his daughter. “It was my first time writing with her in the studio. She loves to sing to the TV.”

  • Guest DJ Raul Midón’s Eclectic Influences Make Perfect Sense 06.29.17

    Bad Ass And Blind continues his streak of records that cross boundaries with ease and head-turning musicality. And, since Midón brought along so much great music that we didn't have time to cover it all in the show, you can read on for an extended playlist that includes all of his picks.

  • Jackiem Joyner - Main Street Beat (advance review) 06.20.17

    Jackiem Joyner is proof that life continues even amid all the other projects that human pride considers to be important work. Joyner is a musician – a saxophonist - by trade, so making music, performing in concerts and cutting albums is how Joyner feeds his family. That family grew between the release of Joyner last album, Evolve, and the upcoming debut of his new album Main Street Beat at the end of June.

  • Raul Midón - Bad Ass and Blind 06.12.17

    Title track “Badass and Blind” kicks off the album energetically, chocked full of funky vibes. By far the most risqué moment of the album, Raul Midón showcases his flawless set of singing pipes, as well as dropping some bars—rap bars. 

  • Take Five: New Music From Raul Midón, Aaron Parks, Amir ElSaffar, Adam Rogers and Barbara Morrison 06.12.17

    On Bad Ass and Blind, his wryly titled new album, Raul Midón serves a new batch of songs in his personalized hybrid style, pushing musicianship to the foreground.

  • REVIEWS, RINGER OF THE WEEK Kevin Eubanks: East West Time Line 06.08.17

    Guitarist Kevin Eubanks is gifted with sublime talents on both electric and nylon acoustic guitar. He splits the album up divided between two bands, the first half with Orrin Evans/p-key, Dave Holland/b, Nicholas Payton/tp and Jeff “Tain” Watts/dr and the second half teaming Rene Camacho/b, MinoCinelu/perc, Bill Pierce/ts and Marvin “Smitty” Smith.

  • The Artistry of Billy Childs on “Rebirth” 06.07.17

    By now it’s evident that the pianist/arranger/composer Billy Childs can compose gorgeous music. Just listen some of his past repertoire.”Into the Light “ the 2006 Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Composition. “The Path Among the Trees,” a cinematically beautiful composition and the 2011 Grammy Award winner for Best Instrumental Composition. 

  • The 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2017 (So Far) 05.23.17

    #8 Jimmy Greene, Flowers: Beautiful Life, Volume 2 (Mack Avenue) Tenor sax great Jimmy Greene continues to be a beacon of strength as he channels his grief of losing a child to gun violence into some of the most vibrant, lyrical jazz coming out of America today.

  • CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT’S TIMELESS JAZZ 05.22.17

    Only a few years into her career, the singer has absorbed the music’s history and made it her own. "...it was clear right away that the hype was justified. She sang with perfect intonation, elastic rhythm, an operatic range from thick lows to silky highs."