Saturday, August 31, 2019

BELGIUM: Alex Koo, Mark Turner & Ralph Alessi -Appleblueseagreen (2019)

Dreamy, storytelling ambient music, immersed in a warm bath of piano, tenor saxophone and trumpet. 

Alex Koo - piano, compositions, keys and drums 
Mark Turner - tenor saxophone 
Ralph Alessi - trumpet 

RECORDED at Oktaven Audio NY by Ryan Streber and Dolan Studio NY by Yi-Wen Lai-Tremewan 
MIXED by Dré Pallemaerts and Alex Koo (track 1) 
MASTERED by Darius van Helfteren 
ARTWORK by Max Philippi 
PRODUCED by Alex Koo 

APPLEBLUESEAGREEN (a literal translation of the Flemish word 'appelblauwzeegroen') is a color with an ambiguous personality. It WANDERS LONELY somewhere in between the DUNES of green and blue. The now GHOSTLY origins of this expression are unclear and its meaning has changed in the MARCH of time. 

BUT APPLES ARE GREEN. THE SEA IS BLUE. Perhaps if the BODILY parts would have been MIRRORED, it could have changed the course of its PILOT. Fortunately, even though the composition of the word has been resting in a DORMANT state, by no means are we planning for its FUNERAL.

APPLEBLUESEAGREEN is a shifting FLUID, offering FREEDOM within imaginary WALLS. We each look at its PARADE with a different GAZE. 

Friday, August 30, 2019

USA: The Quiet Temple- The Quiet Temple(2019)

The Quiet Temple is an amorphous musical collective put together by Rich Machin and Duke Garwood, with a rolling cast of players assembled from the likes of Soulsavers, Spiritualized, Stereolab and Julian Cope.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

USA::@quanticmusic Quantic- Atlantic Oscillations (2019)

Atlantic Oscillations’ marks the return of world-renowned British producer Quantic with his most cohesive and intricate album to date. Bringing together new players and concepts with a dance orientated sound that has enchanted fans and tastemakers across the world for nearly two decades, it showcases Will “Quantic” Holland’s artistry and rare ability to intertwine the electronic with the orchestral.

The LP is the first Quantic album under his main solo moniker since 2014’s critically acclaimed ‘Magnetica’, and in the interim the prolific artist has raised the stakes with further highly praised side projects including The Western Transient, Flowering Inferno, Quantic & Nidia Góngora and Quantic y Los Míticos del Ritmo. He has also relocated to Brooklyn, built his new recording studio ‘Selva’ and taken a bi-monthly residency at New York club space ‘Good Room’, where much of this release was tried and tested. These recordings, journeys and projects have all played a role in the creation of ‘Atlantic Oscillations’; “This record feels like it grew naturally as I grew to know New York”, Holland muses “I had started the record with electronic sketches in Ableton but soon found that with my new studio setup I was able to record everything with live musicians”.

Taking its name from such a formidable weather force, the release aptly brings together Holland’s global travels and the musical influences developed along the way. While “Atlantic Oscillations” has its roots in Brooklyn, “September Blues” was inspired by Quantic’s first long tour across the states. The west African feels of “Motivic Retrograde” sit alongside the simple Marimba Motif of “La Refexión”, inspired by time spent in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Written by the Colombian vocalist “Tierra Mama ft. Nidia Góngora” continues the journey along the Pacific coast, exploring the magical and often mystical elements of the Colombian mangrove, with its title translating to mean “Mother Earth”. Góngora features alongside other familiar Quantic collaborators, Alice Russell and multi-instrumentalist Sly5thAve, alongside New York based vocalist Denitia.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

NORWAY: Ketil Bjornstad – Rainbow Sessions – New Edition (Grappa 2019)

All music by Ketil Bjørnstad, except "In The Bleak Midwinter" by Harold Edwind Darke, "Spring Breeze" by Deng Yu-Hsian, "The Source" by Halfdan Kjerulf, "Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2" by Johannes Brahms and "Miserere" by Gregorio Allegri.

Ketil Bjørnstad celebrates 50 years as a musician and artist in 2019

Bjørnstad’s 50th anniversary as an artist kicks off with a reissue of “Rainbow Sessions”, earlier released as a limited edition in 2006. This is Ketil Bjørnstad’s homage to the world known Rainbow Studios and the Steinway grand piano. When studio owner and sound guru Jan Erik Kongshaug in 2004 was moving the studio to a new location, the idea to make the last to record in the old studio and the first to play in the new, was born. Two solo piano albums were planned, at the time it turned into three, and for this release evolves into four. This celebratory edition consists of five different Rainbow sessions recorded in the period 2013-2017, which Bjørnstad has put together into a fourth bonus CD. Everything is presented in a new, wonderful design, accompanied by newly written liner notes by Bjørnstad.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

USA: #jazz Daniel Meron-Embracing Wild(2019)

Daniel Meron | Embracing Wild

Melodic and expressive indie jazz with influences of African, Central American and Israeli Music. Piano, bass, drums, and occasional soulful vocals. NYC based artists.

Israeli born, NYC-based pianist and composer Daniel Meron is proud to announce the August 2nd release of his upcoming album “Embracing Wild” on Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Records. On his fourth record as a band leader, Meron exposes a clear musical identity, a sound that is both adventurous and intimate. Returning to his favorite band setting, Daniel Meron delivers a mature and concise message on Embracing Wild, one that is fueled by spontaneity and playfulness. The album features drummer Felix Lecaros (Chile), bassist Pablo Menares (Chile), and vocalist Kéren-Or Tayar (US/Israel). Together, these artists deliver wonderfully impactful performances of Meron’s unique compositions which tie together themes, rhythms and other musical elements from an array of countries, regions and cultures.

Upon listening to Embracing Wild, one notices the celebration of global influences that graces each track on the album. Pulsating rhythms of North Africa, the Middle East and Central America are interwoven with expressive melodies, and lyrics both in English and Hebrew. Meron remarks “The last few years brought a lot of introspection as well as traveling around the world. I got so inspired by realizing that no matter how different people may seem, it’s always possible to find common language, and for me that is usually when magic and music happens. It also made me believe that with a little attention we can find a way to connect with anyone and care for everyone.” Embracing Wild serves to explore that very connection.

“Darkness and Light”, features vocalist Kéren singing in Hebrew. “I was stuck with the lyrics for a while and almost gave up on recording this tune,” the composer stated “ when my wife suggested I try writing in Hebrew instead of English. The moment I opened my mind to the idea the song came out, making me realize how strongly the essence of my mother tongue is still ingrained in me.” Beginning with a repeated bass ostinato from Menares, Kéren’s voice lilts gently over the warm, sultry familiar sound of a fender rhodes played with Meron’s expert touch. The result is a piece dedicated to the desire to quiet the mind and enjoy the natural progression of life. The intent of the track seems to transcend language, as it is beautifully portrayed by the energy of the performance, and easily understood by even those not fluent in Hebrew.

The album’s title track “Embracing Wild” opens with a lyrical melody that is simmering over a North African beat, only to be countered by a contrasting and grim classical theme. The hopeful melody eventually prevails, sending Meron into a dynamic solo. This musical juxtaposition outlines a central theme of the album-- the duality that exists in everyday life. Lyrically, the album partakes in a discussion between various counterparts, such as the dream-state versus reality, the spirit versus the material, nature versus humankind, and darkness versus light. In understanding and celebrating these contrasting elements, both musically and lyrically, Meron taps into something both deeply spiritual and deeply human.

The record concludes with two trio tracks, “Jolly Beggar” which demonstrates Meron’s stunning facility soloing in a swing context as well, and the driving-clave of afro-cuban-esque “Limonada.” These tunes offer a dynamic new sound to the classic piano trio context, coupling Meron’s deep knowledge and appreciation of tradition with his desire to push the music into new dimensions. The composer ends the album with these two tracks in hopes that they enhance the feeling of a universal soul, a reminder that desire, love, longing and joy are sentiments shared by all beings, no matter their origin.

By inviting the listener into his personal world of experiences and emotions, Daniel Meron awakens their own deepest desires and most sincere feelings with his music. A skillful improviser, Meron finds a way to feature his unique playing style in brilliant compositions that are both sophisticated and lyrical, rich with influences from jazz, his homeland of Israel, and other folk traditions.

More information about Daniel Meron:
Growing up in Israel, Daniel started learning piano at the age of eight, gradually shifting his focus from classical music to pop, blues, and eventually jazz. Meron served as a chief musical director in the Israeli Army Performance Troupes, and later received a scholarship to study at the Rimon School of Jazz. During that time Daniel performed at renowned Israeli venues such as the Levontin 7, Shablul Jazz, Givataim Theater, as well as on national television. He was a finalist in the Rimon Jazz Competition, and participated in the Costa Rica Jazz Festival. In 2007 Daniel moved to the US to begin his studies at Berklee College of Music. He was the winner of multiple scholarships and awards, and studied with masters such as Danilo Perez, Hal Crook and Joe Lovano. During this time, Meron led his own group in performances in Boston and Israel, and was a finalist at the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. Along with his activities as composer, arranger and bandleader, Daniel continues to perform as a sideman in multiple bands such as Zoo Berries, Rubycon, and the Arnan Raz Quintet.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

USA: #jazz #augiehaas Augie Haas Dream A Little Dream CD Release Party Wednesday, September 4th Birdland Theater Shows 7 & 9:45 PM

Augie Haas
Dream A Little Dream
CD Release Party  
Wednesday, September 4th  
Birdland Theater
315 West 44th St
New York, NY 10036

(212) 581-3080
Shows 7 & 9:45 pm
Tickets & Info

Joined by a lush string section and a versatile rhythm section, Haas brings out the beauty and joy of the songs both instrumentally and vocally 

Augie Haas is best known as a well-respected trumpeter, educator and composer. His most recent recording, Dream A Little Dream, is a change of pace. It balances jazz and doo-wop standards, featuring eight vocal tracks and three instrumentals. Haas displays an impressive range on trumpet as well as an effective voice that does justice to the lyrics that he interprets.

Joined by a 15-piece string section directed and arranged by Andrew Neesley, and a rhythm section that includes pianist Carmen Staaf, Augie Haas clearly had fun performing some of his favorite songs.

Among the set’s highlights are “Dream A Little Dream,” the swing era standard “Goody Goody,” a rich version of “Georgia On My Mind,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” and a sweetly sung “Earth Angel.” Also included is a mellow instrumental version of “Blackbird” (which has some prominent piano from Staaf), a soulful “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “Stand By Me,” “Ooh Child,” “Stay,” and a surprising version of “Love Me Tender” that becomes a medium-tempo romp.

Augie Haas was born and raised in Milwaukee, earning degrees from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of the Performing Arts and the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Conservatory. Since settling in New York, he has been part of many big bands including those of Harry Connick Jr, Maria Schneider and Ryan Truesdell (the Gil Evans Project) plus the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Birdland Big Band. He has also worked with the orchestras of many Broadway shows. Haas has recorded with Schneider, Truesdell, the Frank Derrick orchestra, the South Nine Ensemble, the South Florida Jazz Orchestra in a trumpet summit in which he was joined by seven other trumpeters (including Wayne Bergeron, Brian Lynch and Greg Gisbert), and the John Vanore Orchestra.

In addition, Augie Haas has now led six albums for his Playtime Music label (The Llama, Doing It Augie Style, Baby Jazz, Endless, Have We Met plus Dream A Little Dream) and written the influential book Build Your Range for both trumpet and trombone.

The release of Dream A Little Dream casts new light on Augie Haas as an appealing singer in addition to his impressive trumpet playing and will appeal to a wide audience.

Available From: •Amazon •CDBaby •iTunes

Dream a Little Dream of Me – 4:17
Blackbird – 3:31
Goody Goody – 2:32
Georgia on My Mind – 5:04
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – 3:27
I Only Have Eyes For You – 3:57
Love Me Tender – 3:04
Stand By Me – 3:55
Earth Angel – 4:32
Ooh Child – 4:37
Stay – 4:06

Augie Haas Dream A Little Dream
Playtime Music LLC) Street Date: August 30, 2019

Augie Haas - trumpet & vocals; Carmen Staaf - piano/organ; Jared Schonig - drums/percussion;  Dick Sarpola - upright bass & double bass; Suzanne Ornstein - Concertmaster – violin; Janey Choi -violin; Sasha Margolis – violin; Katie Kresek -violin; Kiwon Nahm – violin; Sean Carney - violin ;Kiku Enomoto – violin;  Naho Parrini – violin; Joel Lambdin – violin; Eddy Malave – viola;  Jason Mellow – viola; Chris Souza – viola;  Robert Burkhart – cello; Eliot Bailen - cello

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USA: #jazz @lynstanleyjazz The Sultry Swing Singer Lyn Stanley Releases Her Most Adventurous Project “London With A Twist – Live At Bernie’s”

The Sultry Swing Singer Lyn Stanley Releases Her Most Adventurous Project
“London With A Twist – Live At Bernie’s”
A Direct To Disc Live To Metal Lacquer Recording With Superb Recording Quality That Was Performed Live With Instantaneous Mixing And No Editing.

Her second Julie London tribute album features the singer on a dozen standards with her Jazz Mavericks, an all-star quintet with guitarist John Chiodini, and pianists Otmaro Ruiz and Mike Lang.
Lyn Stanley has had a remarkable career in music. With the late pianist Paul Smith and singer-vocal coach Annette Warren as her mentors, she began her career out of nowhere in 2010. Her debut recording Lost In Romance ranked in the top 100 albums played by American radio stations and, virtually by herself, she has built up a large worldwide following (particularly among audiophiles) and released such popular albums as Potions {from the 50s}, Interludes, The Moonlight Sessions Volumes One and Two, and the Julie London Project, all of which have been big sellers. She was awarded Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year for 2018 by Saul Levine, programmer for KKJZ-FM, Los Angeles' top jazz radio station.

Her secret, beyond her unique sultry voice and her impeccable taste in picking out gems from the Great American Songbook, has been her planning and attention to details. Whether it is the packaging, the sound quality, the material, the arrangements, the always-danceable tempos, the top-notch musicians or the producer, Lyn always goes first class.

Following up on the success of her Julie London Project, Lyn Stanley decided to take a chance and record London With A Twist as a direct-to-disc album. Direct-to-disc recording is a process that bypasses the use of magnetic tape, recording audio directly onto an analog disc. The sound quality is impeccable but it can be a very difficult process that requires nerves of steel. There is no opportunity to “fix” mistakes later on, to change the balance, use overdubbing, or to do any editing. The music is recorded live, one song after another. If a mistake is made, either the entire process stops or the musicians continue playing. While all recordings prior to the Lp’s debut in 1949 were direct-to-disc, since 78s usually only held around three minutes of music, stopping and doing a second take was easy. When Lps, which held 15-20 minutes of music, took over, most recordings were made utilizing magnetic tape and engineers could repair any mishaps. In the 1970s and ‘80s a handful of direct-to-disc albums were made for the audiophile market who wanted much better sound quality. While some of those projects were successful, because the musicians had to play nonstop until a side of an Lp was filled, much of the time they played it safe to avoid last-minute mistakes.

On London With A Twist, the exact opposite occurs. Utilizing her Jazz Mavericks, an all-star group consisting of guitarist John Chiodini, either Otmaro Ruiz or Mike Lang on piano, bassist Chuck Berghofer, drummer Aaron Serfaty, and percussionist Luis Conte, Lyn Stanley sounds relaxed and swinging. The singer has found that the most rewarding performances occur when she and her musicians create music spontaneously, not using any written-out arrangements. That way all of the players own the music and the results are creative, looser and joyful, sounding like a late-night set performed purely for the fun of it. And with this release, Lyn Stanley has become one of only five singers who have created a direct-to-disc vocal album containing at least three songs and 12 minutes of music; London With A Twist has over 43 minutes.

Among the dozen selections on London With A Twist are such standards as “Route 66,” “Blue Moon,” ‘Goody Goody,” ‘Bye Bye Blackbird” and “Body And Soul.” Adding variety are two offbeat choices, Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac,” that one could imagine Julie London interpreting in a similar fashion.

Lyn Stanley’s interpretations of these classic songs do justice to the melodies and the lyrics. She and her Jazz Mavericks create fearless performances during a swinging set that audiophiles and lovers of high-quality music will treasure.
 Lyn Stanley's Favorite Takes London With A Twist Live At Bernie's (ATM 3108) Street Date: June 30, 2019
Lyn Stanley, vocals; Otmaro Ruiz, piano; Mike Lang, piano; Chuck Berghofer, bass; Aaron Serfaty, drums; John Chiodini, guitar; Luis Conte, percussion
UPC Code: 672713983095

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Over 40,00 albums sold-  Audiophile reference recordings-and thousands more in downloads and streaming
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Saturday, August 24, 2019

USA: #Kaballah Accidental Orchestra Sept 20 at Westbeth

 QABBALA::ENTANGLEMENT--twelve compositions inspired by the 
Kaballah and quantum physics
 Four movements:  Binah, Hesed, Pa'Had, Tiphereth.
8:00 PM
Westbeth Community Room 
155 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014
Donation: $15 

Photo by Arnold Hinton

Watch Accidental Orchestra Perform Yesod
Michael Moss' Accidental Orchestra performs the second of three installments of Qabbala::Entanglement on the autumnal equinox, September 20, 2019. Qabbala::Entanglement is a twelve movement suite inspired by Michael Moss's long study of Eastern mythology, physics, and Jungian analytic psychology. Using improvisation over an extended compositional structure Moss uses each of the 12 movements to express a sephira or "limb" of the Tree of Life.

The Accidental Orchestra is a cross between a big band and an orchestra. It is jazz from the 21st century standing on and extending the tradition.  "Moss' astute penchant for melding the outside parameters of jazz with imaginative compositions and a wide-ranging improvisational platform delivers the knockout punch (Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz, June 7, 2018)."

The Accidental Orchestra is comprised of a pool of the most exciting improvising artists on the New York scene: Jason Kao Hwang, Rosi Hertlein, Melanie Dyer, Leonor Falcon, Carol Buck, Lenny Mims, Brian Groder, Waldron Mahdi Ricks, Libby Schwartz, Peter Zummo, Steve Swell, JD Parran, Elliot Levin, Michael Lytle, Ras Moshe Burnett, Dave Sewelson, Steve Cohn, Dom Minasi, Chien Chien Lu, Ken Filiano, Bob Meyer, Warren Smith, Michael Wimberly.

Michael Moss released the Accidental Orchestra's first cd, HELIX, in 2018 on 4th Stream Records with two compositions--The Old One and C# or Bb. HELIX had the honor of being voted one of the best albums of 2018 by Avant Music News, received enthusiastic world-wide reviews which may be found at and can be downloaded at Hearnow

Vimeo:  HELIX:  C# or Bb


QABALLAH::ENTANGLEMENT is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). LMCC empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan and beyond.

USA: #jazz #guitar The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Competition

Herbie Hancock Institute
International Jazz Guitar Competition 
To Take Place December 2-3 in Washington, D.C.

Applications Due By October 11, 2019
The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Competition will be presented on December 2-3 in Washington, D.C. Open to musicians age 30 and under from across the globe, this year’s competition will shine a spotlight on the guitar.

For over three decades, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Competition played a pivotal role in identifying and empowering the next generation of jazz musicians, educators, and influencers. Building upon this important legacy, the newly minted Hancock Institute Competition represents a changing of the guard for one of the jazz world’s most renowned institutions.

The Semifinals of the 2019 Guitar Competition will be held on Monday, December 2nd, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Smithsonian Institution. The semifinalists will compete before an all-star panel of judges including jazz guitarists Stanley JordanRussell MalonePat MethenyChico PinheiroLee Ritenour and John Scofield. Each semifinalist will perform for 15 minutes accompanied by a professional rhythm section.

From this group, the judges will select three finalists who will perform in the final round at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday evening, December 3rd. At stake is more than $150,000 in scholarships and prizes, including a $30,000 first place scholarship and guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group; a $15,000 second place scholarship; and a $10,000 third place scholarship.

According to Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock, whose career epitomizes the ideals of the jazz tradition and innovation, “We look forward to discovering and hearing from the next generation of young jazz guitarists, with their innovative styles and unique approach to the music. We are particularly excited to pay homage to the guitar, which has a rich and colorful history that continues to play a pivotal role in the development of jazz. I have no doubt that this year’s Competition will show that the future of this instrument, and of our music, is in good hands.”

The application for the 2019 Guitar Competition can be found All materials must be submitted no later than Friday, October 11, 2019. Please submit any questions to Leonard Brown or by phone at +1 (202) 364-7272. 

Friday, August 23, 2019

USA: New York Voices Celebrate 30 Years of Singing Together with "Reminiscing in Tempo" (Aug. 16, Origin Records)

New York Voices
Celebrate 30 Years of Singing Together
With "Reminiscing in Tempo,"
Set for Release August 16 by Origin Records
Anniversary Album Features Originals,
Works by Iconic Jazz Composers,
Pop and Classical Selections,
With a Vocal Quartet Lineup Unchanged Since 1994


July 25, 2019

Thirty years after they began, the members of the vocal jazz quartet New York Voices remain undimmed in their commitment to making music together -- a commitment they celebrate with Reminiscing in Tempo, set for an August 16 release on Origin Records. Produced by Elliot Scheiner, the album reaffirms NYV's position in the elite of vocal jazz with an ambitious program of originals, standards, rediscovered jazz gems, tunes by Ivan Lins and the Beatles, and two pieces by 19th-century Cuban classical composer Ignacio Cervantes.
Reminiscing in Tempo features New York Voices' long-lived lineup, with alto Lauren Kinhan, who joined the band in 1992, alongside original members Peter Eldridge (baritone), Darmon Meader (tenor), and Kim Nazarian (soprano). (Originally a quintet, NYV solidified as a four-piece with the departure of Caprice Fox in 1994.) "We're just a big family at this point," Meader says.
Meader is the band's musical director and primary arranger, but all four of the Voices contribute arrangements, ideas, and compositions. "We really try to make sure that the four of us, as a four-headed artist and individually, get as much creative expression as you can garner from the ensemble," says Kinhan. While the stunning, virtuosic "Round, Round, Round (Blue Rondo à la Turk)" mostly comprises Meader's arrangement of Dave Brubeck's classic (with Al Jarreau's lyrics), Kinhan wrote its central vocalese section based on sections of Brubeck and Paul Desmond's original 1959 solos. Meader and Eldridge cowrote the arrangement of Fred Hersch's "A Dance for Me," while Nazarian suggested (and contributed ideas for) the Duke Ellington title track, which features lyrics by Mel Tormé. NYV also perform two original compositions, with Meader penning "Moments in a Mirror" and Kinhan and Eldridge joining forces for "The Forecast Is Sunny."
The album also honors the band's inspirations outside of jazz. The Beatles get the NYV treatment with the a cappella closer "In My Life"; their friend and sometime muse, Brazilian singer-songwriter Ivan Lins, is honored with "Answered Prayers (É De Deus)," with a beautiful English lyric by Eldridge. In addition, they enter new territory with their explorations of Cervantes' syncopated classical works "Los Tres Golpes" and "Invitación." "There are still some firsts on this record for New York Voices," Nazarian enthuses, "and after 31 years, I think that's pretty amazing!"
New York Voices
Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader, Kim Nazarian.
New York Voices began in the mid-1980s at Ithaca College, when Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian, and Darmon Meader came together in the school's vocal jazz ensemble. Director Dave Riley included all three of them, as well as Caprice Fox, in an ensemble he'd been invited to bring on a tour of European jazz festivals. It went over so well that they decided to stay together and become a professional ensemble, moving to New York City in 1988. There they met Sara Krieger, who became the fifth member of the band Riley had named "New York Voices."
Krieger left the band in 1991, to be replaced by Lauren Kinhan. After two more years as a quintet, Fox moved on to other things in 1994, leaving the band in the quartet formation in which it would continue. With the dawn of the 21st century, NYV increased its currency in the jazz world via collaborations with institutions such as the Count Basie OrchestraPaquito D'Rivera, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. They also launched a jazz education initiative, inaugurating its Vocal Jazz Camp for aspiring jazz singers in 2008.
With Reminiscing in Tempo -- their first non-holiday album under their own power in over a decade -- New York Voices show their energy and inspiration to be unfaded, and their chops and taste only improved in their longevity. "It's four grown-up people who are content in themselves," says Eldridge. "It's somewhere between a fine wine and an old married couple."
New York Voices will be performing in the coming months at the following venues: 8/3 Dalton Center Recital Hall/WMU, Kalamazoo, Mi; 8/14 Hollywood Bowl (with Ivan Lins), Los Angeles; 8/15 MIM, Phoenix, AZ; 8/17 St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church, Watervliet, NY; 8/30MODEON, Marktoberdorf, Germany; 9/14 The Great Hall, Needham, MA; 11/8-9 Cuesta Vocal Jazz Festival, San Luis Obispo, CA; 11/10 Yoshi's, Oakland; 11/12-13 Jazz Alley, Seattle; 11/17William Paterson U., Wayne, NJ; 12/1 Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Playa del Carmen, Mexico; 12/5 Arizona Musicfest, Scottsdale, AZ; 12/6 The Sheen Center, NYC; 12/13-15 Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.  
Photography: Sandrine Lee  
New York Voices: Reminiscing in Tempo
New York Voices: Reminiscing in Tempo
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