CHRISTOPHER MERZ and SHORTER STORIES
During the week of the late great Wayne Shorter's 90th birthday, Chris Merz and his band of some of Iowa's best jazz musicians celebrate the life and music of one of the most celebrated saxophonist/composers with their new recording project, NEW JUJU.
During an extended interview, we discuss with Chris: his creative interpretations of nine of Wayne Shorter's compositions, the attributes of his band mates, and his perpetual attraction to Shorter's music and improvisations.
LEVI TEMPLE - WHAT ONCE WAS
Trombonist and composer, Levi Temple has just composed, recorded,
and released his debut jazz album, WHAT ONCE WAS, and it’s quite an accomplishment.
RYAN BRAKE - SOLIPSIS
The debut recording of the Endeavour Jazz Orchestra New Zealand features the music of Dr. Ryan Brake. Solipsis was Ryan's master's degree jazz composition project and features some of the most outstanding jazz artists as soloists: Alex Sipiagin, Dick Oatts, Francisco Torres, John Escreet, and John Riley.
NICK GRANVILLE - ReAMPED
New Zealand's first call studio and jazz guitar player met up in Los Angeles with two of Aotearoa's most successful expat jazz musicians, bassist Benjamin J. Shepherd and drummer Dylan Elise to collaborate on a set of newly composed tunes. This album is a true group collaboration by three outstanding Kiwi artists.