Dog Adrift is a new group from New York City, led by Mike Quoma and featuring members of The Unsacred Hearts, Balthrop, Alabama, Dean and Britta, and more. Musically, as Travis points out in the interview, they land somewhere in Chicago/Thrill Jockey territory, playing complex, jazz-derived instrumental songs that wind their wind through tempos, genres, and emotions. Most importantly, the band asks Travis the big question: what's the story behind that great Serious Business jingle?
A union of mainstream taste and marginal spectacle, Day has written for the likes of Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Missy Elliot, Diddy, and Big Daddy Kane. In 2013 her focus now shifts to her solo work.
The Pint-Sized Cocktail Orchestra is a jazz collective from New York City. Comprised of a group of friends who are veterans of other musical groups and backgrounds, they came together through a shared appreciation for jazz. With multi-instrumentalist Bob Parins (seen recently playing with the likes of Vetiver, Josh Mease, the Fruit Bats, etc.) at the helm, the group is clearly dedicated to classic jazz and the pursuit of a good time. Travis sat down with P.S.C.O. to discuss their style and stature, while the band explained the double entendre nature of their name.
After the Rodeo may be the best delicacy out of Vermont since Ben & Jerry’s.
Why immigration reform isn't Obama's biggest failure and why no one should expect the DREAM Act to pass by 2016.
A little bit of everything today, including jazz, electronic, alt-country, pop and funk. News on Barefoot Manner who’s finally coming out from hiding!
Thought-provoking, determined and fashionably astute, meet this Seattle-based collective of jazz musicians.
Flappers and gents of all stripes made their way to Governors Island in New York on August 18th to get their Gatsby on for Michael Arenella and the Dreamland Orchestra's 7th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. Revellers spent the day dancing, drinking, and participating in several activities including a pie-making competition. Month In Review's Chaz Mannenheim joined in on the festivities and spoke to several people about the era.
French Bassist Diego Imbert leading The Diego Imbert Quartet on one of his concerts in Paris, France at New Morning, recorded on October 27th 2011.
Texas may be known for a lot of things, but derivative African culture is not typically one. Unless, of course, you consider Hard Proof, an Austin-based collective of ten musicians.
Flappers and gents get their Gatsby on at the annual Governor's Island picnic.
New York City’s Smalls Jazz Club spotlighted the Melissa Aldana Quartet last year. Melissa is one of the most exciting sax players around New York City, originally from Santiago, Chile. You can find her album “Free Fall” on her website For feedback please e-mail me at: 00:00 Live Jazz Hole with DJ Linus 00:57 Free Fall – The Melissa Aldana Quartet 11:38 L-Line – The Melissa Aldana Quartet 21:17 Live Jazz Hole with DJ Linus 22:29 Ellemeno – The Melissa Aldana Quartet 33:37 Pasos – Melissa Aldana 40:46 Live Jazz Hole with DJ Linus 41:42 Broadway Junction – Melissa Aldana 47:12 Finish Personnel: Melissa Aldana (tenor saxophone) Gordon Au (trumpet) Pablo Menares (bass) Ross Pederson (drums) Melissa Aldana – ‘Pasos’ & ‘Broadway Junction’ Album: Free Fall Melissa Aldana (ts), Michael Palma (p), Lyles West (b) and Ralph Peterson Jr. (d) All compositions by Melissa Aldana, except “Ellemeno” by Gordon Au All tunes except ‘Pasos’ & ‘Broadway Junction’ recorded live at Smalls Jazz Club, New York, NY on April 3rd 2011. Melissa Aldana December 7th 2012, Smalls Jazz Club – New York, NY
Olympic sprint trainer (and jazz aficionado) Brooks Johnson on the similarities between art and athletics.
Get to know these Irish/Malaysian siblings who meld elements of folk, dub, jazz, soul and ska.
Noah and the MegaFauna is an eccentric ensemble that sounds like a jazz-infused version of Devotchka. Influenced by “gypsy jazz” pioneer Django Reinhardt, the Los Angeles-based band features sharp blaring horns, big swinging rhythm guitar, frontman Noah Lit’s chilling, pained vocals, and an overall eerie and brooding, yet carnival-esque vibe. Their concept album, Anthems For A Stateless Nation, is a modern-day take on the Noah’s Ark story.
While reggae at his core, this rising Jamaican artist-nouveau manages to mesh elements of classic hip hop into his island jazz, giving beat to the off-rhythms, and a spin to the rocksteady roots of his bloom.