Vocalist Tony Z’s New Album: Standing Ovations

Vocalist Tony Ziesat explains that his latest album, with pianist Stef Scaggiari, is titled Standing Ovations! because its nine songs “have struck a resonant chord in audiences during my live performances over the years.” Many of those performances took place at Germano’s, the Little Italy restaurant which often featured jazz and which, like so many others, did not survive the Covid pandemic. | Read more>> Read more

Flutist Andrea Brachfeld with Worthy Brothers Feb. 18

For the past several years bassist and saxophonist Eric Worthy has been one of the most active jam session players in town. Aside from using jam sessions to “practice and play around with things I’m working on that would be too risky for a ‘real’ performance,” as Worthy expresses it, jam sessions have also been a valuable tool for him to meet future band mates. | Read more>> Read more

Member Profile – Maurice St. Pierre

Music lover, scholar, father of drummer Mark St. Pierre –By Bob Jacobson “I play no instrument,” says Maurice St. Pierre, BJA member since 2013, yet music has clearly played a major role in his life. As a youth in British Guiana (which gained independence as Guyana in 1966), he saw a wide range of American artists – Johnny Mathis, Louis Armstrong, Chubby Checker, Cab Calloway, Marian Anderson – and calypsonians from the Caribbean, notably The Mighty Sparrow. | Read more>> Read more

Interview with 15 year old jazz pianist Will Kibel

On March 25, 2020 long-time BJA member and professional woodwind player Seth Kibel live-streamed a concert from his basement with his son Will on piano.  This was my first time hearing Will, who did an impressive job accompanying his father and soloing through a wide-ranging repertoire of jazz standards and two of Seth’s originals, including a klezmer tune. | Read more>> Read more