SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Sept. 27th, pianist and singer-songwriter Cassandra Kubinski will celebrate the release of her latest album, The Saratoga Sessions EP, with a special performance at Caffe Lena. The fiery performer, using her soulful voice, interesting arrangements, and thought-provoking lyrics, is bound to deliver a fantastic night of music for those in attendance. […]
The groove is so compelling. As I enter the front door, I automatically move to the beat. It’s jazz pianist Joe Cartwright and the band. Cartwright is known around the city as Jazz Royalty. So’s the drummer, Doug Auwarter, and young bassist, Ben Leifer is well on his way. The curly-gray-haired Mikole Kaar was on tenor sax and flute, just in from California. We’re about to find out how lucky we are to have him. He’s here to stay. There’s excitement and energy in the room. Audience members, bowing
Abram Kreeger reports for slippedisc.com from Miami: Tuesday evening in Miami, lightning struck when pianist Asiya Korepanova was in the middle of performing the complete Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux at the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ. A total power outage followed less than 15 minutes into the program. In complete darkness, Korepanova continued her performance
The Liverpool pianist Paul Lewis has been appointed chair of the jury of the 2025 Van Cliburn Competition. The complete panel reads: Paul Lewis, jury chairman (Ireland/UK), Rico Gulda (Austria), Andreas Haefliger (Switzerland), Mari Kodama (Japan/US), Gabriela Montero (Venezuela/US), Jon Nakamatsu (US), Lise de la Salle (France), Yevgeny Sudbin (UK), and Wu Han (China Taiwan/US).
In the latest of our series where musicians consider idols, or formative influences, Liam Noble writes about his favourite tracks by pianist Don Pullen (1941-1995). Liam writes: Don Pullen changed my life. He turned everything upside down. I had started playing with tenor saxophonist John Burgess whilst I was still at University, and he was…