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Ana Gasteyer is a comedy queen and a mom that I want to be best friends with. And she just put out a super fun and humorous jazz song and video! Her video, “One Mint Julep,” is a black and white sassy nightclub party directed by The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone. Her new video features friends and fellow comedians Jon Glaser, John Lutz, Samantha Bee and more! If you aren’t already in love with the SNL and Broadway babe, from her Martha ... Read More
There is still no word about the fate of the Nina Simone biopic that premiered at Cannes this year despite controversy and criticism. But don’t stop feelin’ good, because there is another way to bask in the legacy of the fine, honest, powerful singer and activist. Verve Records will release a tribute album November 10 that features ten contemporary artists conjuring Simone’s ghost through her music. One of those artists is the lovely Lianne La ... Read More
I’m not going to pretend that I’m just a regular person with a working knowledge of Jeff Goldblum’s mainstream oeuvre who happened to be lucky enough to catch the actor playing some jazz music with his band on Tuesday night. I should be honest with you, reader, because me seeing Jeff Goldblum play some jazz music with his band on Tuesday night is proof of the principle that I maybe just invented that if you put something out there into The ... Read More
Some weeks back, I found myself at & Lovers in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The show’s line-up consisted of two openers (Lips and James Tillman) followed by the band Throw Vision. I made my way down there to chat with Throw Vision – a band that hails from Brooklyn and consists of four players: Tiff O who is lead vox and guitar; Taja Cheek on keys, vox, bass, synth, and guitar; Dan Kleederman on lead guitar, bass, and vox,; and Alex Goldberg on ... Read More
San Francisco-based band Be Calm Honcho makes easy, breezy indie-pop that’ll make you anxious for hazy summer, and saying “fuck you” to all that work you should be doing.  At times, the quartet echoes sounds of classic blues bands, with guitarist Alex’s jazzy solos and lead singer Shannon’s powerhouse vocals, that channel the smoldering, mystical stylings of Alex Winston. It's a wonderfully dynamic sound that you have to hear for ... Read More
As a several year veteran of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (which, for those in the know, is the dubious lovechild of Burning Man and Coachella), I now feel able to offer advice on that fraught annual conundrum: should I go to _____ music festival? Your friends are probably going. Kirsten Stewart is probably going. And above all things, a newly reunited OutKast might be going – and if anything in this world is worth braving foul weather, crowds, noise, ... Read More
Rose Windows is much more than a “psychedelic” rock band. This septet fuses folk, jazz, and blues to craft a sound that shows off the Seattleites’ penchant for weird-wave instrumentation and haunting group harmonies. Rabia Qazi provides soaring, soulful vocals alongside Veronica Dye who plays one mean flute. Their debut LP The Sun Dogs was released in June on ultimate indie label Sub Pop, and features some strange, epic ballads reminiscent of ‘60s and ... Read More
It is a match made in heaven. Seriously. The new single "Q.U.E.E.N."  from Janelle Monae, featuring Erykah Badu, has us dancing up a storm. This is the first track released from her upcoming album. The album is entitled The Electric Lady and it is funky, slinky, jazzy and cinematic. The single features Monae's signature velvet vocals and an infectious energy. Add Erykah Badu doing what she does best, throwing down a flawless and effortless ... Read More
Today, it's easy to take female jazz musicians for granted. When they’re up on stage doing their groove thang or you’re rocking out to an album, you may not be aware of what females had to go through just to have the right to play jazz.   This is where director Judy Chaikin steps in with her new documentary The Girls In The Band.  Intern Melissa called up the inspirational director to discuss her latest work and life as a lady in the ... Read More
                                           Little Maeby’s all grown up and she’s getting into the music business. Tobias would be so proud! Tomorrow night, BUST cover girl and Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat is making her jazz singing debut at Littlefield. The Brooklyn show also includes the adorable girl group Supercute! singing ... Read More
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