Trombone Shorty

The 35th Annual Tri C Jazz Festival Reaches New Heights

Marcus Miller This year marked the 35th Anniversary of the Tri C Jazz Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, and I must say it was a great start to the summer for the Rock and Roll City. The organizers of the event went big this year, really big! By incorporating the classic …


iRock Jazz LIVE! with Saxophonist Mindi Abair

Mindi Abair is one of the most dynamic performers on the music scene today. In addition to her acclaimed solo work, she was the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, jammed with Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman and joined rock legends …


iRock Jazz LIVE! with Water Seed’s Lou Hill

What do you call a musical gumbo that recalls the ancestral strut and joie de vivre of the New Orleans’ Tremé, the drama and ecstasy of the church’s wailing floor, and the suited-up sophistication of jazz threaded with the party funk of Parliament? What do you name sounds that hail …


Mike Bass Ballard: Trombone Shorty’s Bassist

Jazz greats like Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, or Charlie Parker; or you can stand and listen to a trumpet player blowing sweet sounds out of the doors of the famous musical venue,Preservation Hall in the French Quarter. Louisiana’s rich history for musical talent is known world-wide and that part of …


Being Told That We’re “Not Jazz” is The Highest Compliment

I remember hearing Bitches Brew for the first time. I was new to the Jazz scene and it seemed appropriate to first navigate Miles Davis. Up to this point in my travels, I had made stops at Kind of Blue, ‘Around Midnight,’ and Sketches of Spain, but the moment I …

Andy Allo

CD Review – Andy Allo’s “Superconductor”

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Andy Allo is an up-and-coming artist on the music scene. Allo, the protégé of funk legend Prince, has a truly unique and refreshing sound. With her new album Superconductor out this November, Allo graciously offers the music community with a diverse, sonic collage. Allo is both …