The Royal Bopsters - Party of Four - Motéma Music

The Royal Bopsters to Release Party of Four, their sophomore album, out on Motéma, November 13th with very special guests Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough & Christian McBride. A master class in the art of vocal jazz and vocalese, Party of Four demonstrates the dazzling possibilities of four voices coming together as one. Bopsters Amy LondonDylan PramukPete McGuinness, and the late Holli Ross (to whom the album is dedicated) are joined by guest lead vocalists, NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan (91 years young) who delivers a delightful rendition of “Lucky to Be Me” and NEA Jazz Master, the late Bob DoroughParty of Four displays the group’s stunning facility to swing deeply and sing passionately while navigating incredibly precise four-part harmonies.

JACELYN- Dovetailing - JACELYN Inc.

Canadian singer-songwriter, actor and entrepreneur, Jacelyn is best known for her sultry jazz vocals and music that is a melange of the classic and elemental sounds of jazz, blue-eyed soul, and pop, which offers a dynamic and refreshing contemporary twist. A versatile artist and actor, Jacelyn has spent the last decade taking chances which has led her to successes one after another. Her Kickstarter campaign for Dovetailing reached its goal of $30, 000 in just 16 hours and became #1 in the world out of close to 60, 000 music campaigns. It was also featured in the top 5 Jazz campaigns ever to exist on the crowdfunding site alongside Quincy Jones and Paula Cole. Jacelyn was able to bring in some amazing musical minds to support the creation of Dovetailing. She brought in internationally recognized and critically acclaimed pianist and composer Amina Figarova to co-produce the album and worked with two-time Grammy-award winning audio engineer Max Ross from Systems Two in New York City. Dovetailing is out now.

Javon Jackson - Déjà Vu - Solid Jackson Records

A true keeper of the flame, tenor saxophonist and former Jazz Messenger Javon Jackson continues to champion the tradition with his spirited interpretations of some well-known standards on Deja Vu. Fronting the same band of pianist Jeremy Manasia, drummer McClenty Hunter and venerable bassist David Williams, Jackson delivers in the same self-assured manner that has marked his playing with icons like Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Charlie Haden and Elvin Jones. While putting a highly personal take on such timeless and essential vehicles as “Autumn in New York,” “Limehouse Blues” and “My Shining Hour,” Jackson and his accomplished crew also deliver fresh takes on tunes by Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Thelonious Monk and the late Jimmy Heath, who passed away just before the official release of Deja Vu. The lone Jackson original composition on the project is “T.J.”, a dedication to his father.

Jana Herzen and Charnett Moffett - 'Round The World - Motéma Music

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and Motéma label founder Jana Herzen and renowned bassist Charnett Moffett are true jazz legends in their own right. Yet their latest collaboration ‘Round The World so artfully blends soul sensitivity and originality in its acoustic arrangements, it could just as easily be considered alt-pop or modern folk. The collection is a spirited, twist and turn filled extension of the duo’s 12-year creative partnership that includes an initial duo project in 2012 and touring together. Intuitive in their breezy yet sometimes off the beaten path arrangements, they blend graceful and jaunty re-imaginings of classics by The Beatles, Men at Work, Kermit the Frog, Roberta Flack and Maria Muldaur with heartfelt, easy grooving originals that fit snugly and seamlessly amidst the more familiar fare. Quirky, smart, and sophisticated, the virtuosic duo finishes each other’s musical sentences, setting a dreamy vibe evoking Saturday nights around a warm fireplace with a glass of wine and an old friend.

Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science - Waiting Game - Motéma Music

Galvanized by seismic changes in the social and political landscape, Grammy® Award-winning drummer, producer, and activist Terri Lyne Carrington formed the multi-ethnic, multi-generation Social Science group, to confront a wide-spectrum of crucial social justice issues. Released in November 2019, this powerful soundtrack for a movement includes Bells (Ring Loudly) ft. Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Trapped In The American Dream ft. Kassa Overall which powerfully expressed the underlying cauldron of public emotion and outrage that soon led to the international BLM uprising after of the brutal killing of George Floyd. Waiting Game is one of the most talked-about and culturally trenchant jazz albums of the year.

The Marc Devine Trio - The Late Set - ITI Music

Step into one of NYC’s great jazz clubs and catch a set with pianist Marc Devine and his Trio. This live recording captures an energetic and swinging set of jazz standards and classics showcasing the trio including two members from the jazz great, Junior Mance Trio – Hide Tanaka on bass and Jackie Williams at the drums. Bluesy and inventive playing by the Marc Devine Trio make for an electrifying set of music performing live at the famous Mezzrow on ITI Records. The entire performance of two sets has been recorded and is available here: The Late Set

Nicholas Brust - Frozen In Time - Fresh Sound

Heralded as a premiere saxophonist of his generation, Nicholas Brust has established his voice in the world of modern jazz. He has found his niche as a bandleader and composer, taking advantage of the numerous textures and combinations available in small-group improvised music, from duo to sextet. Joining him on his debut full-length album, Frozen in Time,are Ben Eunson (guitar), Tuomo Uusitalo (piano), Josh Allen (bass), and Jay Sawyer (drums). The album features exclusively original material composed by Nicholas and released on Fresh Sound Records.

Chien Chien Lu - The Path - Chien Chien Music

Chien Chien Lu is a jazz vibraphonist, contemporary percussionist, and composer from Taiwan. She recorded on trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s latest record “Jeremy Pelt The Artist” and toured with the band to France, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, and UK. Chien Chien has recently stepped forth as a composer and leader with her own quartet.  Chien Chien Lu had her first exposure to music when she started learning the piano at the age of six. At the age of ten, she developed a passion for percussion.  In 2014, Chien Chien was awarded as “Emerging Young Artist” for her work with her marimba duo. Chien Chien graduated from Taipei National University of the Art with a master’s degree in classical music in 2015. After that, she came to the USA to study Jazz in Philadelphia with vibraphonist Tony Miceli.

Markus Rutz - Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs - Origin/OA2

An album of passion, balladry, moods and foot tapping groove, Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs is the second volume of new music by trumpeter and composer Markus Rutz. Figure Two picks up at present in the present of the musical journey for Markus. With Figure One Markus made a deliberate decision to honor the others in his life that have influenced and provided guidance for him to outline his life. This second volume looks to the future from right now into paths ahead (New Designs). Joining Markus again is his friend Brice Winston, the immense talent on tenor and soprano saxophone.

Yola Nash - Touched By Love - Yola Nash

With her personal experiences in love serving as muse for her songs that cover an array of human emotions, Nash began writing for Touched By Love five years ago. It’s the jazz singer-songwriter’s second album, an intimate six-song acoustic set that she produced with Grammy-winning jazz pianist Edsel Gomez (Dee Dee Bridgewater) serving as musical director. After achieving a Billboard No. 1 most added for her adult contemporary single “I Wanna Be Loved By You,” from her debut album, she struggled to find her sound and direction for her sophomore outing. She turned to composers Dr. Graham Keir (guitar) and Dr. Octavio Vazquez (piano) to help create and develop her musical vision. Gomez tailored a warm and elegant instrumental soundscape around the award-winning jazz chanteuse’s sensual, breathy vocals that emit longing, fragility, heartache, hope and bliss, guiding Nash to cozy acoustic jazz settings. Grammy-winning percussionist Luisito Quintero (Chick Corea) and bassist Dave Baron (Herbie Hancock) anchor the rhythmic grooves while Grammy-nominated accordionist Alex Meixner adds vital ambiance that fosters organic Polish-European accents, making Touched By Love a multicultural listening experience.