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Katie Alvarez

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Listening to the opening moments of Resonance, the Bop City debut of piano whirlwind Taylor Eigsti, is scary enough -- those incendiary octaves that ignite "Got a Match" into a postbop firestorm.

Imagine, though, what it was like to experience this intensity first-hand when this surreally gifted player, all of ten or eleven years old, blew me off the bandstand.

I remember Eigsti as an amiable kid, dark-haired and smiling, as a friend introduced us and asked if he could sit in. Getti …

If you grew up listening to Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, and your mother was once a singer who fronted local big bands around Los Angeles, what else? You just gotta do it; especially if you’re given the rare, textured voice that belongs to LM Pagano.

On Azalea, the extraordinary Bop City debut CD of vocalist LM Pagano, you can discern the influences of those legends she grew up with. And much more: Pagano is a unique song stylist who carries the torch of lyrical …

In his 25 years in the recording industry Juewett Bostick, (pronounced Ju wet, and affectionately called "JU" by family and close friends) has recorded, composed, produced and/or performed with such industry luminaries as Bobby Brown, Vanessa Williams, Barry White, Johnny Gill, Gary Bartz, Norman Connors, The Temptations, Sister Sledge, Grover Washington, Hubert Laws, Nancy Wilson, Norman Brown, Thelma Houston, Tisha Campbell and Eartha Kitt, to mention a few. He has been professionally assoc …

Looking back over the last fifty years of jazz it is clear that few musicians have had a greater impact on the contemporary mainstream than Horace Silver. The hard bop style that Silver pioneered in the '50s is now dominant, played not only by holdovers from an earlier generation, but also by fuzzy-cheeked musicians who had yet to be born when the music fell out of critical favor in the '60s and '70s. One of the most individual and distinctive pianists in jazz, Horace Silver is also a prolific c …