Have a listen to the impressive title track of new Frida Kahlo-inspired quartet album Visions by saxophonist Melissa Aldana which is out in May on the Motéma label. With her are pianist Sam Harris, bassist Pablo Menares, drummer Tommy Crane, plus new Blue Note signing Joel Ross on vibes. 

A new name gets a big break on Blue Note with the singing of Chicago-born New York-based vibraphonist Joel Ross. 

With playing credits already gained with the likes of Makaya McCraven and as a member of Marquis Hill’s band Ross will debut for Blue Note with his album KingMaker, a track of which is above, in early-May.

Ross began on drums as a young child later switching to vibes. He has completed a two-year fellowship with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in California.

Georgia Mancio
Singer Georgia Mancio has a new album out called Finding Home co-produced with pianist and composer Kate Williams to be released by KW Jazz on 1 June.
This the singer’s seventh album features Kate’s group Four Plus Three (a string quartet + piano trio) plus guest guitarist John Williams, and features co-written originals plus reworked standards from Chile, Brazil and the Great American Songbook.
Tour dates coming up are: 5 April Foundling Museum, London 3 May Underground Theatre, Northampton 14 May Watermill Jazz 15 May 606 Club, London 31 May Isle Of Wight Jazz Weekend 7 June Calstock Arts Centre 8 June Owermoigne Village Hall, Dorchester 9 June Colchester Arts Centre 29 June Salvation Army, Thornton Heath 7 July Frome Festival 13 July Bolton Abbey, Skipton.

Listen above to pre-order tracks from Cables, Snarky Puppy multi-instrumentalist Bill Laurance’s latest album, an entirely solo recording with Bill playing every instrument. Dates coming up include: 28 March The Stables, Milton Keynes; 29 March Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; 30 March Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden; 3 April Music Room, Philharmonic Hall Liverpool; 4 April Leeds College of Music; 5 April The Stoller Hall, Manchester; and 6 April Sage, Gateshead.