Revered by The Washington Post as “successfully translating the musical pulse of his era into jazz,” acclaimed bassist Ben Williams delivers his sophomore release, “Coming of Age.” Continuing to implore the common elements of jazz, hip-hop, rock and soul, the young bandleader embarks on a bolder journey on this CD with more music by his own hand and a reflection of his new outlook as a seasoned musician. Williams has secured a masterful selection of special guests on the project including renowned trumpeter Christian Scott and vibraphonist Stefon Harris
Guitarist Andrew DiRuzza holds an undergraduate degree in jazz performance from the University of Massachusetts as well as a Masters in jazz performance and composition from the University of Iowa. A featured performer at the Iowa City Jazz Festival the last two years, DiRuzza currently teaches at Augustana College in Rock Island. His newest CD, “Shapes and Analogies,” is a combination of both traditional and contemporary jazz styles and forms. His quintet features other familiar players from the Eastern Iowa jazz scene including bassist Blake Shaw, keyboardist Michael Jarvey, saxophonist Robert Espe and drummer Marcelo Cardoso.
Also this week, trombonist Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band showcase Latin jazz instrumental versions of 1960s and ‘70s classic rock songs by Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and others on “Low Ridin’”; keyboardist and vocalist Ben Sidran unveils his 31st recording as a leader, “Blue Camus”; and guitarist Matt Panayides features a program of his original compositions on his second disc as leader, “Conduits.”