Donna Kimura

Donna Kimura

Marilyn Harris’ Round Trip stands out because it features a big band sound and spirit but with fresh, original songs. The vocalist has writing credits on 10 of the d…
No one brings to life the New Orleans sound better than Dr. John. In case anyone forgot, he reminds us with his fine Blue Note release Mercenary, which was recorded …
Janine Gilbert-Carter is a journeyman jazz singer who does everything well. She delivers the goods even if it is without the fanfare given to lesser singers. Like many o…
Pianist and composer Manuel Valera caught listeners’ attention in 2004 with the release of his debut, Forma Nueva. His star continues to rise with Melancolia,…
Geoffrey Armes has created a song cycle around the life of Noor Inayat Khan, daughter of American Amina Begum and Hazrat Inayat Khan, an Indian Sufi musician. Noor was a Br…
Guitarist and composer John Stein recorded Concerto Internacional de Jazz in a studio in Sao Paulo midway through a Brazilian tour in 2005. Stein’s sixth album is…
The cover of Norman Hedman’s new CD, Garden of Forbidden Fruit, features a bold, colorful illustration of a woman in a lush tropical setting, but there’s an unexpect…
Vocalist and percussionist Corina Bartra throws a little bit of everything she knows and likes in her latest effort, Bambu Sun. The bilingual affair features Afro-Pe…
Tom Lellis brings his many talents, moods, and interests to his latest release, Avenue of the Americas. The 11-track CD is a mix of original compositions, reworke…
On From the Heart, pianist and composer Hilario Duran showcases his new 20-piece Latin Jazz Big Band. The ten-song disc is a vibrant release that recalls the semi…