Travis Rogers

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06/23/16    Albums

"Ellington Suite" by Ed Neumeister Breathes Fresh Life into Strayhorn and the Duke

“Suite Ellington” (PAO Records PAO11290) was originally done for Ellington’s 100th birthday in 1999. The work was brought back to life for a 2010 tour and the live recording is what has now been presented to us. An additional track, “The Single Pedal of...


06/16/16    Albums

Will Goble Entices Us to "Consider the Blues"

Consider the Blues is bassist and composer/arranger Will Goble’s second release as a leader. This album (Origin/OA2 22132) was written in 2015 with this very line-up in mind. Goble had performed with them in 2013 and “knew immediately that I wanted to record...


06/16/16    Albums

Daniel Bennett Group's "Sinking Houseboat Confusion" is Riveting!

Trying to unravel the various influences and genres of Daniel Bennett Group’s Sinking Houseboat Confusion (Manhattan Daylight Media 016) is like attempting to follow the bloodline of the Plantagenets. Listen again and again (as you will) and you will hear...


06/16/16    Albums

Listening to Michika Fukumori is "Quality Time"

Michika Fukumori has a way about her piano playing that is almost vocal. So expressive and lyrical, the piano becomes—in the truest sense—her voice. Since coming to the U.S. from her home in Mie, Japan, Michika has performed at the finest clubs and with...


06/05/16    Albums

Megumi Yonezawa's Debut is "A Result of the Colors"

Megumi Yonezawa was born in Hokkaido, Japan, and graduated from Berklee School of Music where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance and Jazz Composition. She has proven herself on recordings by vibraphonist Michael Pinto, violinist Meg Okura...


06/05/16    Albums

"Portraits and Places" by Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra is a Wonder

Scott Reeves has written and recorded for the hottest big bands and has taught at the finest Jazz schools including Julliard and, currently, at the City University of New York (CUNY). His textbooks on Jazz improvisation are required reading everywhere. After...


06/05/16    Albums

Fabrizio Sotti Shows a New Side of "Forty"

Fabrizio Sotti is nothing if not versatile and innovative, crossing cultural and categorical lines with the grace and ease of a ballet dancer. Her performed with Whitney Houston and Tupac, Randy Brecker and John Patitucci. And any Jazz cat who performs with...


06/05/16    Albums

Jocelyn Michelle Declares "It's Time to Play!"

When I think of great Hammond B-3 players, I think of Joey DeFrancesco and George Colligan. Now a new player emerges on the organ scene in the person of Jocelyn Michelle. Taken under the wing of Tony Monaco’s Chicken Coop Records label, Michelle studied...


05/29/16    Albums

Jackie Gage sings her "Siren Songs"

Siren Songs is the perfect title for Jackie Gage’s debut album as she definitely has the voice to stop any sailor on any voyage. Released on First Orbit Sounds Music (FOSM 262), Siren Songs is a charming mix of originals and standards. Those standards were...


05/29/16    Albums

The Moons of Myriad3

Myriad3 has been working together for over five years and the musical relationship has deepened to the point where their current album Moons (ALMA Record ACD52062) became an inevitability. It is a phenomenally creative and interactive conversation between...


05/29/16    Albums

Zane Rodulfo Takes Us Down His Own "Pathways"

Drummer Zane Rodulfo has released his debut EP Pathways bringing to life his own compositions based in the musical traditions of Trinidad. With a playing time just over 33 minutes, Pathways still manages to give a broad spectrum of the rhythms and melodies...


05/27/16    Albums

Lauren White Brings Jazz and Noir "Out of the Past"

I always loved film noir with the smooth gangsters and crime bosses, the usually broke but noble detectives and those gorgeous women who get you in trouble or got you killed but were, ultimately, to die for, anyway. I loved it when Jon Anderson wrote...


05/27/16    Albums

"Back Home" by Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra

Back Home (MAMA Records MAA1050) is Socrates Garcia’s debut album and it filled with the “Latin Jazz with a Dominican tinge” that one would hope to find on this great Dominican composer’s album. It has been called “a musical journey back to his roots” and...


05/27/16    Albums

Daria Takes Us Down to "Strawberry Fields Forever"

I’m glad Daria called the album Strawberry Fields Forever; Songs by the Beatles (OA2 Records 22129). That subtitle offers Daria some creative latitude to reinterpret as she sees fit and desires to do. That is to say, she does not sing the Beatles’ classics...


05/22/16    Albums

Darren English Speaks of "Imagine Nation"

Imagine Nation (Hot Shoe Records HSR109) is the debut album of Darren English, a young South African trumpet player who is a force and a voice to be heard and understood. In the liner notes, he quotes Nelson Mandela—“It is music and dancing that makes...


05/22/16    Albums

Louis Heriveaux Has a "Traidic Episode"...and Lives to Tell the Tale.

Pianist Louis Heriveaux has been an acclaimed sideman for years. Now, with his debut album, Triadic Episode (Hot Shoe Records HSR110), he steps into the bandleader role and is joined by Curtis Lundy on bass and Terreon Gully on drums. His influences...

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About Travis Rogers


Travis Rogers joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 29, 2012