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NWP welcomes Lake Street Dive! Celebs like Katie Curic and Francis Mcdormand recently tweeted out her love for this jazz band. Today you get to them them! Hailing from such disparate locales as Tennessee (Price), Iowa (Kearney), Minneapolis (Olson), and Philadelphia (Calabrese), Lake Street Dive first gathered in a room together when they were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory. “Mr. McDuck assembled the four of us, said we were now Lake Street Dive, and we were a ‘free country’ band,” Bridget Kearney remembers. “He wrote this on a chalkboard in the ensemble room that we had our first rehearsal in. We intended to play country music in an improvised, avant-garde style – like Loretta Lynn meets Ornette Coleman. It sounded terrible! But the combination of people and personalities actually made a lot of sense and we had a great time being around each other and making music together.”
Lake Street Dive makes the most of pop music virtues: solid, evocative song craft; propulsive grooves; and Price’s disarming, forthright vocals. However, it’s a personal strain of pop that is refracted through the band members’ rich backgrounds: a sinewy Motown bass line is reborn with woody heft on Kearney’s upright, Calabrese’s drumming mixes timekeeping with more adventurous jazz-inflected outbursts, McDuck’s nimble trumpet is an unexpectedly warm counterpoint to Price’s singing. It all makes for a sound with familiar roots, but with a slant that is entirely their own. Lake Street Dive’s eventual artistic breakthrough came not without struggle, and still surprises original instigator Mike “McDuck” www.lakestreetdive.com
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Over the years, Arlington Jones had distinguished himself as a successful independent artist, pianist, composer and producer under his label Zamaria Records. We see how the efforts of the hard work pay off with his latest "Groove." With the help of many incredible friends, Arlington once again brings an awesome sound. Arlington says the "Groove" is coming, I say it's here! Join us for a cool jazz conversation with pianist extraordinaire Arlington Jones
Seattle Latin/Jazz artist Elspeth Savani combines her love of Cuban, Mexican and Brazilian music together to make some amazing Latin Jazz fusion.
Praise for Singer Elspeth Savani:
"Her Latin jazz exploration of mostly original compositions, might surprise some. What shouldn't be a surprise is the high degree of artistry that Savani continues to weave into her work. Flights of Mind / Pensamiento En Vuelo is a relaxed gem of a session, made possible with the help of pianist Julio Jáuregui, trombonist Chris Stover, bassist Jeff Norwood, percussionists Jeff Busch and Tom Bergersen and others. Savani's lovely, soothing voice -- at times with just a hint of melancholy -- is just what the doctor ordered. She sings in Spanish, English, and, on Portas, Portuguese. This one, folks, is a much needed respite from the daily grind.
Very highly recommended. – Descarga, September 2011
"The band is swinging...but never overshadowing the beauty of Savani's voice..."
-O's Place Jazz Magazine, September 2011.
“…a spot-on-key singer who interprets nine tunes flawlessly in
Spanish, Portuguese and English…” - Jazz Society of Oregon, August 2011.
“You really have to applaud this kind of ingenuity. She sings, she swings and the set cooks. Who’d have thought civil rights jazz could ever sound like this? Wild stuff.”
– Midwest Jazz Review, July 2011.
Offering up a fresh and exhilarating vibe with his full length debut Nothing Between Us, trumpeter and composer Sam Hankins draws on a powerhouse resume as a music educator and R&B/jazz sideman that includes multiple awards as a middle school Band Director and performances with numerous legendary artists, including Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Dells, The Impressions, Aretha Franklin and the Glenn Miller Big Band
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