Showing posts from April, 2018

Sam Javitch Quartet - People and Places; Seven Tracks of Jazz Artistry From the Piano Playing Composer and Band Leader

Photo courtesy of Sam Javitch Sam Javitch is a jazz musician and composer who has just released his second album People and Places . The New York City native has been performing jazz since the age of eleven. Sam attended the NYU School for Improvised Music, earned an Honors Bachelor degree in Jazz from William Paterson University, and a Masters in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He has studied with a host of notable jazz pianists including Mulgrew Miller, and he has performed at a wide array of New York area venues. “I learned how much effort and perseverance it takes to turn a musical idea into a reality. There isn’t some button you can push or a lever to pull, but when it’s done, it is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world.” In 2014, Javitch released his debut recording, Train to Nowhere , which included six original solo piano compositions. People and Places , his sophomore album, represents his debut as a band leader. The album contains seven ne

Svetlana and The Delancey Trio, Golden Gates, Philadelphia, 4/4/2018; Svetlana Sounded Superb in Her Philadelphia Debut

For their Philadelphia debut, Svetlana and The Delancey Trio played a beautiful set at Golden Gates on the evening of Wednesday, April 4th. The ten song set consisted of jazz and swing standards, which were often extended by solos from the excellent band. Instead of The Delancey Five, Svetlana's road band consisted of two musicians from NYC, Willerm Delisfort on piano and Henry Conerway III on drums, and one from Philadelphia, Nimrod Speaks on upright bass. The show opened with the band playing "Dolphin Dance," an instrumental composition by Herbie Hancock. After introductions, Svetlana sang a delightful "Just Squeeze Me" written by Duke Ellington. Watch "Honeysuckle Rose" Setlist: Click linked titles to watch 01 Dolphin Dance 02 Just Squeeze Me 03 Everybody Loves My Baby (Waller) 04 If I Give My Heart To You (Jacobs, Crane, Brewster) 05 Lady Be Good (Gershwin & Gershwin) 06 You Are Like A Song [in Russian] (Rosner) 07 I Can'