Fans of the seminal Allen Toussaint will be happy to hear that the groove – if not the gap created by his passing – gets filled by vocalist-drummer Jamison Ross on his new CD, All for One, released in January 2018. He covers Toussaint's "A Mellow Good Time" to kick off the before wading into originals he co-wrote with Richard Lollar and covers of several others. This is only the second full-length album for the 2012 Thelonious Monk Competition winner. The drumming is steady yet funky and the vocals are naturally soulful and mellow. The Jacksonville native found musical calling in his grandfather’s church, the studied jazz at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and was featured in documentary CHOPS, which followed his high school ensemble to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Festival competition. His first release, was Jamison, in 2015. Here are samples from his second, and first, releases, respectively: A MELLOW GOOD TIME • WAY DOWN IN FLORIDA
Southern California composer-musician-singer-actor Jane Lui is one of the treasures found in the world premiere of Lauren Yee's Cambodian Rock Band, at South Coast Repertory March 4-25, 2018. On several albums going back a decade, she entertains a wide range of musical interests, from her own songwriting, to covers of Hall and Oates' "I Can't Go For That," as well as intimate ear-burrowing reimaginings of Dietrich's "Falling in Love Again," Piaf's "La Vie En Rose," and an alpine-melting version of "Edelweiss" make her a must for any Listening Booth. For more, Visit her website.