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When Life Gives You Lemons: Gordon Brown’s Big Pandemic Pivot

When Life Gives You Lemons: Gordon Brown’s Big Pandemic Pivot

Gordon Brown photo by David McGraw. “The pandemic has been devastating to me as a musician,” saxophonist Gordon Brown doesn’t sugarcoat. “I know, through talking to others that I’m not alone.” Brown’s saxophone has been in its case for much of the last year because of...
Catching Up With Samantha Boshnack: Working Through Discomfort

Catching Up With Samantha Boshnack: Working Through Discomfort

Samantha Boshnack photo by Chris Credit. Trumpeter and composer Samantha Boshnack had just returned from playing the Winter Jazzfest in New York with her group Seismic Belt, covering the volcanic material from her 2019 release Live in Santa Monica. The pandemic was...
Duende Libre Spread Joy, Inspire Movement

Duende Libre Spread Joy, Inspire Movement

Duende Libre with Jeff Busch, Farko Dosumov, Chava Mirel, Frank Anderson, and Alex Chadsey photo by Olli Tumelius By Jonathan Shipley In the age of COVID-19 is it okay to say that an album is infectious? I hesitate, but then, Duende Libre’s lat­est IS infectious. It...
Randy Halberstadt’s Winding Road

Randy Halberstadt’s Winding Road

Randy Halberstadt photo by Steve Korn. Randy Halberstadt’s path through music has zigged and zagged. In his 2001 book Metaphors for the Musician: Perspectives from a Jazz Pianist, Halberstadt wrote, “As I review the past thirty years, it occurs to me that my musical...
Shifting Winds for The Westerlies

Shifting Winds for The Westerlies

Willem De Koch, Chloe Rowlands, Riley Mulherkar, Andy Clausen photo by Shervin Lainez By Tara Peters The past few months have brought shifting winds for The Westerlies, the Seattle-bred, NYC-based brass quartet. Formed in 2011 by childhood friends, trombonists Andy...

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