Arturo Sandoval afterparty? Jazzmanian Devil soon covers Coltrane with Allman Bro. Jaimoe.
Previously a member of the Cuban jazz juggernaut Irakere, trumpeter and pianist Arturo Sandoval defected to the U.S. while on tour with his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie. In 2000, that life story turned into a TV movie, For Love or Country. A 10-time Grammy winner and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, the 65-year-old Latin ritmo ambassador is still a fire-breathing trumpeter and a beautifully lyrical pianist.– Jay Trachtenberg
From a Sinatra vocal bravado to his trademark skinny-tied suit, the Walkmen’s former frontman remains the poster boy for the retro revival of his band’s 13 favored years. Shortly after their announcement in 2013 of an “extreme hiatus,” the D.C.-reared singer dropped his debut solo effort, last year’s Black Hours, which further homes in on that Sixties inspiration. The Brooklyn dweller’s inaugural disc ebbs the New Yorkers’ garage-punk angst and ups Leithauser’s pop panache and lyrical POV.– Neph Basedow
Starlings, TN, the dulcimer-focused alternative string band that formed in Nashville 15 years ago, then reassembled locally in 2011, are calling it quits. Chief songwriter Steven Stubblefield reports that life has taken the quartet in different directions, himself destined for family life in Louisiana while fellow founder Tim Bryan heads to Wisconsin. Guitarist Bryan Robison reports a new local project in the works and bassist Mitchell Vandenberg continues to tour with Carson McHone.– Kevin Curtin
Georgia punkabilly transplant.