The New Music Monday highlights will include the following recordings and more, be sure to tune in on Monday, September 6 at noon with host Arturo Gómez.
Carlos Henriquez: “The South Bronx Story”
For over 15 years Carlos has been the bass player for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, He has also become one of their principal arrangers and has brought the “Spanish tinge” to the big band, an element missing prior to Henriquez’s arrival. Carlos was born and raised in the South Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven listening to the great sounds of salsa and jazz on the radio. For his second release as a leader Henriquez pays homage to the “Borough of Music” as the Bronx is often called due to its long history of innovative music styles and amazing musicians that hail from the Boogie Down Bronx.
Helen Sung with Harlem Quartet: “Quartet+”
The prolific pianist and composer originally from Houston has become a force in the NYC jazz scene since her arrival in the early 2000s. Helen is a graduate of the famous Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and has just been honored as a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow . In addition to her extensive jazz talents, Sung is classically trained and this new recording fulfills her long time ambition to mix jazz and classical with a string quartet. Helen recruited her long time friend, violinist Regina Carter to arrange and conduct the Harlem Quartet string ensemble to accompany Helen Sung’s quartet to produce this gem of a recording.
Andy Farber and His Orchestra: “early blue evening”
The bandleader’s second big band recording and fourth as a leader features nine originals and two Farber-arranged standards, including a take on the standard “How Am I To Know” with vocalist Catherine Russell. Andy is a native son of Long Island who grew up in a musical household, his father is a jazz drummer and his mother a pianist. Farber is a graduate of the prestigious Julliard School of Music. Andy’s new recording is a splendid collection of swing and blues themed music sure to please even the most discerning ears.
Every Monday starting at Noon, I debut the latest arrivals to the KUVO Jazz library, many of them are played ahead of their official release date. In addition to the music, I’ll provide a few tidbits about the artist in particular if it’s a new or up and coming artist.
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