James Brandon Lewis Voted Rising Star Winner In 2020 Downbeat Critic’s Poll

James Brandon Lewis, since leaving his hometown of Buffalo, has risen in the jazz world as an emerging saxophonist of note. Lewis is usually noted for his ability to reach into the past of influences by Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman while crafting a unique improvisational sound that is modern and futuristic. In […]

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Downbeat Announce 68th Annual Critic’s Poll Winners

The 68th Annual Downbeat Critic’s Poll was announced on July 6 and one of the big winners was bandleader, drummer, a civil advocate Terri Lynne Carrington. Carrington made history by becoming the first female instrumentalist to win the prestigious Jazz Artist of the year category. Additionally, her recent album release, Waiting Game, received the most […]

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Jazz Pianist and 15-Time GRAMMY® Nominee, Fred Hersch, To Perform Daily Live Mini-Concerts

Fred Hersch is one of the most prominent pianists in jazz today. Receiving 15 GRAMMY® Nominations (7 for Best Album, 6 for Best Solo, 2 for Best Composition) over the course of his musical career. During our time of a national emergency and the COVID-19 public health crisis, Hersch is committing to providing daily mini-concerts […]

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Rising Star Jazz Vocalist Veronica Swift To Release New Album “Confessions” In August 2019

Jazz vocalist Veronica Swift, recently named Rising Star by Downbeat Magazine 67th Annual Critic’s Poll, is set to release a new album. The album will feature The Benny Green Trio and The Emmet Cohen Trio. Distributed by Mack Avenue Records, the collection of oft-overlooked songs will be available on August 30th, 2019. At just 25 […]

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Downbeat Announces Results of 2018 Critics Poll And What It Means To Buffalo

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Downbeat announced the winners of its 66th Annual DownBeat International Critics Poll on June 26th.  The critics poll is a tabulation of votes from 142 jazz critics.  Jazz critics came from the worlds of radio, print, digital, and blogs.  Pianist Vijay Iyer, vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, flutist Nicole Mitchell, trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, orchestra leader Maria Schneider and […]

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