Travis Rogers

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05/15/16    Albums

Carlos Vega Punches "Bird's Ticket"

Carlos Vega, saxophonist and composer, was well-established in the Latin music scene of Miami and a student of Jazz when he made the move to Chicago in 2005. Having played with Arturo Sandoval and Tito Puente, he found a happy convergence of all his musical...


05/15/16    Albums

"Return of the East-West Trumpet Summit" by Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott

With the astounding success of their 2010 release East-West Trumpet Summit, Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott are at it again with Return of the East-West Trumpet Summit (Origin 82707). It recalls the great duets like Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw and it is...


05/15/16    Albums

Danny Green Trio Offers "Altered Narratives"

Altered Narratives is Danny Green’s fourth album, his second on the OA2 label (OA2 22128). His exemplary trio (Justin Grinnell on bass and Julien Cantelm on drums) have explored Brazilian themes and have captivated the West Coast Jazz scene with their tight...


05/13/16    Albums

Chris Klaxton Presents a "Collage"

The loss of one dear ripples through our lives and our art in in relentless waves. It affects us forever and all we can do is grapple with the loss through remembrance and thought. We cannot explain but we can, at least, explore. This is the scene with...


05/13/16    Albums

Carrera Quinta Plays "Big Band"... And They Do It Well.

Carrera Quinta is the musical brainchild of Colombian composers Javier Pérez Sandoval (guitar) and Francy Montalvo (piano). The original motivation of the group was the marriage of modern Jazz with rich Colombian traditional themes. In 2015, the band decided...


05/12/16    Albums

Christian Winther Shows How to "Take Refuge in Sound"

Beginning with 2011’s From the Sound Up and following up with 2013’s Two People, Winther has released albums of creativity and reverence (Two People featured the music of Billy Strayhorn). Now, with Refuge in Sound (Sound Perspective Music SPM1001), Winther...


05/12/16    Albums

The Tony Lustig Quintet is "Taking Flight"

Enter Tony Lustig. He is a Detroit native and studied at Michigan State University before moving on to Julliard. His move to New York City put him in touch (and in the line-up) with the big guys: Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride and more. His sound has...


05/12/16    Albums

"Live in New York" by Takeshi Asai

Takeshi Asai is a brilliant composer and performer but his skills at arranging at equally brilliant. His trio recordings and his duet recording have been extremely well-received. I have immensely enjoyed every album of his that I have heard. Now he releases...


05/08/16    Albums

Dick Sisto/Steve Allee Quartet Play in "Earth Tones"

Dick Sisto and Steve Allee have been performing together and apart for decades. Cannonball Adderley called vibraphonist Dick Sisto an “excellent player” and Rufus Reid called pianist Steve Allee “world class.”


05/08/16    Albums

"Musings" of a Young, Brilliant Mind by the Christopher Zuar Orchestra

Delightfully often, and this gives me great hope for the future of our beloved Jazz, there are recordings that grab you from the opening measures and refuse to let you go. Musings, the debut album from Christopher Zuar Orchestra, is just such an album.


05/08/16    Albums

Sari Kessler Knows and Shows How To "Do Right"

I appreciate people who walk away from established careers to follow after Jazz. When the Master beckons, you leave your nets and follow the call. Just like Sari Kessler. She was a clinical psychologist with a successful practice and Jazz called. Thank the...


05/08/16    Community Articles

50 Years of the Eau Claire Jazz Festival...and Jimmy Heath

This past weekend in Wisconsin, April 20-21, the Eau Claire Jazz Festival celebrated 50 years of bringing together Jazz artists, instructors and students to participate, learn and enjoy together. The events began early on Friday morning and concluding very...


04/15/16    Albums

Adison Evans Debuts with "Hero"

Adison Evans exploded onto the Pop stage when she appeared—baritone and alto saxophones at the ready—with Beyoncé at the 2013 Super Bowl. After her time at Julliard (where she came to know the members of her band), she embarked on the current multi-year...


04/15/16    Albums

Steve Wiest and Phröntrange Take "The High Road"

Steve Wiest and Phröntrange have just released The High Road on the Blujazz label (BJ3438) and it is on fire. Even with trombonist Wiest being the only horn player, the effect is like hearing the elephant troop, from Disney’s The Jungle Book, on LSD. They...


04/14/16    Albums

Eli Degibri and the Emotions of "Cliff Hangin'"

Eli Degibri has been making music for a long time with a long list of Jazz stars. And he is not even forty years-old yet. He graduated the Thelonious Monk Institute at the age of 19 and was noticed and recruited by Herbie Hancock for a world tour. Eli was...


04/14/16    Albums

Paul Green Brings an Offering of "Music Coming Together"

Paul Green has already achieved recognition in the Classical world, serving as first clarinetist with the Palm Beach Symphony and Florida Grand Opera. He is also well-known in the Klezmer tradition and has gained fame in that music style. But Green also...

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About Travis Rogers


Travis Rogers joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 29, 2012