Drummer Louis Hayes, who joined Horace Silver's band at age 19 in the mid 1950's, pays tribute to Silver on this collection of classic tunes, with a band featuring Steve Nelson, Josh Evans, Abraham Burton, Dezron Douglas, and David Bryant, and special guest singer Gregory Porter.
The West Coast ensemble Octobop grooves on tunes by Henry Mancini, Shorty Rogers, Johnny Mandel and others in Very Early. Starting with the cool West Coast Jazz from California in the 1950s and reaching out to do so much more, Octobop has always strived to create music that is listenable, accessible, and at times, humorous.
Santa Monica, California singer-songwriter Lesley Kernochan's new CD, A Calm Sun, features all original material is a country/folk vein, and a band of many of the best musicians on the L.A. scene.
Delano Lewis talks about growing up in Kansas, his career, and how education changed his life in this motivational autobiography, It All Begins with Self.