Peter Westbrook

Peter Westbrook

Here's another one for the Great-Music-That-Might-Go-Unnoticed department. Bassist Nilson Matta is not exactly a household name but he is a musician's musician. Originally …
I have written quite frequently now about artists who would be better known if they lived in New York or Los Angeles. There is no better case-in-point than guitarist Steve …
Since appearing on the scene in the 1990s, Sheryl Bailey has become of the most highly-rated young guitarists in jazz, with five CDs, two books, and an assistant professors…
There is no doubt that jazz in Europe is alive and well. Indeed, musicians in different parts of Europe have not only shown that they can compete with the best American mus…
Here is a recording from an overlooked jazz master. Alto saxophonist and flutist James Spaulding has had a long and distinguished career that has seen him work with artists…
The third release by pianist/composer Amy Stephens provides further confirmation that jazz has matured sufficiently as an art form to serve as a vehicle for very different,…
Alex Brown is an up-and-coming young musician from the Maryland area currently attending the New England Conservatory. A pianist, composer and violinist, Alex has already c…
The Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) has its own annual awards, the "Wammies," and this year the Wammie for both jazz ensemble and jazz recording went to veteran pi…
Everyone raves about Romero Lubambo, particularly guitarists. He has been described by the late Herbie Mann as "the best Brazilian guitarist there is," and by Jazziz…
When Jimmy Heath was the recipient of the 2003 NEA Jazz Masters award he had a good use for the cash grant that accompanies the honor. Best known as a tenor saxophon…