After her fifth consecutive appearance on Downbeat’s Rising Star Alto Saxophone list, Sharel Cassity is back with a new album, and further proof of her star power.Her third release as a leader, Manhattan Romance (Venus Records Japan) finds Cassity taking on timeless songs and a timeless theme: Love. Somewhere Over The Rainbow takes on a fresh, insurgent dance like quality that emotes a sense of both longing and joy.
August 24, 2014
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I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.