Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Through My Lens: Newport Jazz Festival - Day Three

Orrin Evans

Day 3 of the Newport Jazz Festival kept the crowd happy with a lot of fun sets and ended with an energetic set by The Roots. This is what it looked like. (For the complete Newport Jazz Festival photo gallery click HERE.)

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Tim Berne's Snakeoil

Cyrille Aimée

Theo Croker

Jason Moran: Fats Waller Dance Party

The Philadelphia Experiment


Sean Jones Quintet

(Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, John Scofield)

The Roots

You can see what Day 1 looked like HERE and what Day 2 looked like HERE.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers...In Theaters, September 12

Hitting theaters on September 12th, for one night only, is May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers. The documentary, directed and produced by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, is an intimate look at North Carolina band The Avett Brothers.

The band, led by brothers Scott and Seth Avett, allow cameras into their world to document the making of their album True Sadness as well as their home lives. If you expect to see behind the scenes drama or sibling wars, you've come to the wrong place. The brothers display a genuine affection for each other. If you're looking for a 'making of an album' type documentary, again wrong place. Yes, they make an album during the course of the film, but to me, it's more of an aside. This film is about family...blood and chosen. It's about friendships. It's about down to earth people who happen to create music and share it with the world.

In the film, producer Rick Rubin mentions a history of families not getting along in bands. You don't get that with the Avett's. The brothers, opposites, get on well. Scott Avett goes from full-tilt, look at me, let me entertain you mode to reflective awe...something we get to witness as he's looking at his daughter on her sixth birthday. On the flip side, Seth Avett displays a more low-key, easygoing personality with a healthy admiration of his big brother. I suspect it's their respect and understanding of their opposite natures that make them work so well together. They seem to act as each others grounding wire. We get to see photos and hear audio of the brothers as children. We hear stories of how protective Scott was (and probably still is) of his little brother while also being a typical big brother. It's interesting watching them write together. You don't see battling egos. They're partners that flow well together. They bounce ideas off each other and at times, one picks up where the other left off with a natural ease ending with shared looks of reverence.

We get a glimpse into core member Bob Crawford's world as well. He gives you a sense of unwavering calm. It's with him that you really get a sense of the chosen family aspect of the group. When the band members speak of Bob and his daughter's illness you can hear the love and loyalty in their voices.
The core group has surrounded themselves with a team of chosen family and longtime friends that has helped them go from small stages (I first saw them on the smallest stage at a festival) to arenas and Grammy nominations. They have a wealth of strength and support at home that allows and encourages the work lives they've chosen.

Proud papa Jim Avett I think sums it up best, 'I'd like these guys even if they weren't my sons.' While he was speaking on the music, I think it fits for them as people. You walk away from this film with a smile. They're just a likable group of people who for 104 minutes makes you feel like a part of the family.

You don't need to be a fan of The Avett Brothers to enjoy May It Last. You just need to appreciate music and passion.

Oh, and Seth's "C-Sections and Railway Trestles" song is stuck in my head on a loop.

The Avett Brothers released True Sadness, in June 2016. You can pick it up HERE.

About The Film
Filmed with extraordinary access over more than two years, MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS is a deeply intimate and revealing look at the Grammy Award-nominated North Carolina band fronted by Seth and Scott Avett. Directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio chart the Avett Brothers' decade-and-a-half rise, while chronicling their 2016 collaboration with famed producer Rick Rubin on the critically-acclaimed album “True Sadness,” released on American Recordings/Republic Records. Using the recording process as a backdrop, the film depicts a lifelong creative partnership put to the test as band members undergo marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness, and the challenges of the music business. More than just a concert documentary, MAY IT LAST is a meditation on family, love, and the passage of time.

Oscilloscope Laboratories presents

An Apatow production In association with RadicalMedia
A film by Judd Apatow & Michael Bonfiglio
Director of Photography Jonathan Furmanski Sound Recordist Brad Bergbom
Additional Camera Michael Richard Martin Edited by Paul Little
Executive Producers Jon Kamen Dave O’Connor Justin Wilkes
Produced and Directed by Judd Apatow & Michael Bonfiglio

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Through My Lens: Newport Jazz Festival - Day Two

Rhiannon Giddens

Lots of good music on day two of the Newport Jazz Festival. This is what it looked like. (See slide shows below for complete gallery or click HERE.)

Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo & Monk
Avishai Cohen

Uri Caine Trio

Vijay Iyer Sextet
Mark Shim

Christian McBride Big Band

DJ Logic's Project Logic
Mono Neon

Rhiannon Giddens

Benny Golson Quartet

Flying Toward The Sound: For Geri, With Love
Terri Lyne Carrington

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Antonio Sanchez & Migration

Henry Threadgill Zooid

You can see what Day One looked like HERE.

Stay tuned for Day 3...

NJF: Day 2

NJF: Day 2

Monday, August 14, 2017

Saint Motel To Play Brooklyn Steel, November 16

 Thursday, November 16
319 Frost Street
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 7:30PM / Show: 8:30PM

Saint Motel released their latest album, saintmotelevision, in October of 2016. You can pick it up HERE.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Through My Lens: Newport Jazz Festival - Day One

Futureman of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

The 2017 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management took place August 4 - 6, 2017 in Newport, RI. This is what it looked like. (See slide shows below for complete gallery or click HERE.)

Fort Adams State Park

Jimmy Greene Quartet

  Amir ElSaffar's Rivers of Sound Orchestra

Naturally 7

George Burton Quintet

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith

Maceo Parker

Leslie Odom, Jr.

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

Joey DeFrancesco + The People

Rodriguez Brothers

International Tennis Hall of Fame

Rhiannon Giddens

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Stay tuned for Day 2 & Day 3...

NJF: Day 1

NJF: Day 1

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sonia Stein To Release New EP + Video

Sonia Stein is set to release her new EP, One Of Those Things, on August 16 via Marathon Artists. The EP was produced by Liam Howe.

Check out the video for "Suit Me Best" from the upcoming release below.

You can pre-order One Of Those Things, HERE.


  • One Of Those Things
  • Lotta U
  • Suit Me Best
  • Sixes & Sevens 

McClain Sullivan To Play Rockwood Music Hall, August 25

Friday, August 25
185 Orchard Street
New York, NY
Doors: 9:45PM / Show: 10PM

McClain Sullivan released her album Rachel in October 2015. You can pick it up HERE.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys To Play Rockwood Music Hall, August 18

Friday, August 18
196 Allen Street
New York, NY
Doors: 7:30PM / Show: 8PM

Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae To Release New Album, August 4

Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae are set to release their new album Tell Me True, tomorrow, August 4. The album was produced by Dan Knobler.  Check out the track "Songbird" from the album below.

Tell Me True was recorded at Chisel's own Refuge Foundation For the Arts- a 33,000 square-foot, 80 year old monastery and artist retreat that houses a recording studio, 50+ bedrooms, performance spaces and even a radio station in his hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin.

You can get your hands on Tell Me True, HERE.

Track List
  • Songbird
  • Spend It All
  • Hard Leaving Love
  • Deeper Love
  • Tell Me True
  • Southern Arms
  • Lose Our Way
  • Guess I Never Knew You
  • Songbird Interlude
  • Just Pleasing You
  • Be Well Beyond Your Years
  • Rhodes Interlude

Video: Garbage - "No Horses"

Check out "No Horses" from Garbage. The video was directed by Scott Stuckey. You can pick the single up HERE

All of Garbage's profits from sales and streaming of the single will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross through the end of 2018.