This summer, trombonist/singer/composer Emily Asher had planned on touring with her band Garden Party, in support of the group’s newest album If I Were a Window. She released the album to the public last month, right in the middle of 2020’s global pandemic. COVID-19 disrupted the traditional path for promoting…

Alan Paul (left) with The Manhattan Transfer at the Chautauqua Instituion, Aug 2019

The Manhattan Transfer is the most successful vocal jazz group in music history. The 29 albums released by the quartet have sold in the millions. They’ve won 11 Grammys and countless other awards, even topped the Downbeat and Playboy jazz polls for a decade straight. TMT continues travelling all over…

One can’t imagine the vintage music scene today without the influence of Don Neely, the founder of the long-running Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. The California-based bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer has more than 40 years of musical experience playing tunes from the 1920s and 1930s. He expanded the audience for…

March 17th marked the 100th birthday of the late Nathaniel Adams Coles, aka Nat “King” Cole, and guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli isn’t letting that important milestone go without calling attention to the influential and popular jazz and pop pianist-singer. For the occasion, Pizzarelli recorded For Centennial Reason: 100 Year Salute to…

When New York City pianist-singer Bobby Short died in 2005, Steve Ross, the “crown prince of cabaret” as the New York Times dubbed him, became its king. Ross, 79, still wears that crown, even though his kingdom has dramatically changed from the days when every bar had a piano and…

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