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  • ‘American Idol’ vet John Beasley salutes Thelonoius Monk with MONK’estra 08.17.17

    “I like the word ‘playfulness,’ because I’ve been saying ‘humorous’ and playful is more accurate,” said Beasley, who was not yet a teenager when he got hooked on Monk.

  • CD Review | Christian Sands “Reach” 08.14.17

    New York based pianist Christian Sands at the ripe old age of 28 has already built a large discography both as a leader and sideman. His latest release “Reach” is his début release on Mack Avenue sees Sands “stretching into exciting progressive territory.“

  • Newport Jazz Festival Begins a New Era, With History as a Guide 08.08.17

    Christian McBride’s big band had just finished a bustling rendition of “The Shade of the Cedar Tree” on the main stage of the Newport Jazz Festival here on Saturday afternoon when the bandleader felt compelled to speak.

  • JACKIEM JOYNER’S ‘MAIN STREET BEAT’ INSPIRED BY MOTOWN & BABY 08.04.17

    Jackiem Joyner has spent a lot of time on airplanes the last few months, paving the way for the arrival of his sixth release, Main Street Beat, a steamrolling saxophone set he produced, now available from Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Records.

  • Grammy-Award Winning Artist Cecile McLorin Salvant Is Deeply Rooted in Music 07.26.17

    Jazz singer/songwriter Cecile McLorin Salvant is an artist that is on the rise! At 28, Salvant is truly making her name for herself in the music industry. She is an artist that reminds people why good music is still alive.

  • Beasley’s MONK’estra Takes Thelonious’ Tunes on Wild Ride 07.25.17

    From the Afro-Cuban re-imagining of “Epistrophy” to a lively rap version of “Brake’s Sake,” Thelonious Monk’s classic tunes were taken for a wild ride by pianist-bandleader John Beasley’s 15-piece MONK’estra big band at the opening night of the North Sea Jazz Festival.

  • 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.