iRock Jazz LIVE! with Singer Somi

Few contemporary albums bare as particular a narrative as The Lagos Music Salon. The new album by the superb chanteuse Somi, finds her breaking new ground with a hybrid style of music that organically integrates the essence of jazz and soul with the musical depth of her African heritage. “It’s the first …


CD REVIEW: Zara McFarlane – If You Knew Her (Brownswood)

Zara McFarlane performs at Queen Elizabeth Hall Photo by Andy Sheppard British vocalist Zara McFarlane is part of the new-jazz/soul movement which became prominent in the UK during the 90’s. However, while her peers followed in the steps of such Brit soul/jazz groups as Brand New Heavies and Incognito, McFarlane …


iRock Jazz LIVE! with Music Journalist A. Scott Galloway

A. Scott Galloway is a 20+ years veteran writer and music journalist with experience in print and radio. My specialty niche is liner note essays for over 300 music CD reissues of classic albums and compilations, several of which I produced. My work was commissioned by the companies Rhino/WEA, Universal, Sony …


Meshell Ndegeocello: In A League of Her Own

Fresh off the release of her critically acclaimed album Weather, Meshell Ndegeocello is celebrating a new release, Pour une âme souveraine (“For a sovereign soul”). The album, the tenth studio project for Ndegeocello, is a dedication to fellow musician Nina Simone. Guests on the album include Sinead O’Connor, Lizz Wright, …


Christian McBride: Music for the People

Christian McBride is a trailblazer. Having been in the music game for over 20 years he has played alongside legendary greats such as Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Sting and has arranged for Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Natalie Cole and a host of other artists and musicians. …

Gary Bartz-Music is Just Music

“Music Is Just Music” Gary Bartz

The Beginnings Legendary saxophonist and composer Gary Bartz was born in Baltimore, Maryland during the 1940’s. His father worked on a railroad and also worked part time at a local jazz club, later purchasing the night club, “North End Lounge”. He felt fortunate to visit many jazz clubs in the …