What’s Not To Love with Cécile McLorin Salvant?

CecileMcLorinSalvant_byMarkFittonModern Jazz speaks many languages, but at age 25, nobody is more fluent that Cécile McLorin Salvant. With a show-stopping, Grammy-nominated debut record under her belt and a sophomore release on the horizon, it seems the sky is the limit for this classy, acclaimed virtuoso.

Salvant was swept from the warm stage lights of small Jazz clubs and placed under the world’s spotlight when her debut album, WomanChild, was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Critically, the album earned rave reviews from some of Jazz’s most decorated journalists. The sudden success of this much-deserving musician beckoned one big question: who is Cécile McLorin Salvant?


Freeloader Friday: Myrkur, Futurebirds & More

781676352821Alright, Freeloaders. This week, we’re gonna be short, sweet and to the point with these releases. And then it’s vacay mode! So let’s get to it.

The very rad woman that is Myrkur (aka Amalie Bruun) released a slew of kick-ass Metal tracks this week in light of the massively fantastical album she’s dropping next week. The one that appeared in PaperMag, though, is probably my fave — plus, the article goes into her Classical music nerd-isms and that killer scream of hers. This Icelandic princess is not one to be messed with and if you take a listen to this brutally intense banger of a track, you’ll understand why.


SXSW ’16 PanelPicker: Let the Voting Begin

sxsw-600x379It’s getting to be that time again… time to prep for the annual SXSW shenanigans! In industry-speak, the Austin, TX conference is just around the corner, (believe it or not!) and to get things started, we need your help generating excitement for our panels! Read on for more details, give ’em all your thumbs up in the SXSW PanelPicker portal, and if they get picked, we hope to see you front and center at SXSW ’16.


Get (Re)acquainted with Xanadu Records

XanaduEarlier this summer, The Orchard, in conjunction with Elemental Music, announced the first six releases in a series of twenty-five Xanadu Master Edition reissues from the vaults of the acclaimed Jazz label founded in 1975 by legendary producer and photographer Don Schlitten.

One of these initial titles, From The Attic Of My Mind, a 1978 release from jazz flautist Sam Most, was recently profiled by jazz critic Kevin Whitehead on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Whitehead notes that Most, who played and recorded with giants like Tommy Dorsey, Herbie Mann, Joe Farrell, and Lalo Schifrin, might not have been a huge star, but he was “the first flute modernist” whose “breathy, punchy sound pointed the way for other flutists” including the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk. He is supported here by pianist Kenny Barron [Stan Getz, Ron Carter], bassist George Mraz [Oscar Peterson, Joe Lovano], drummer Walter Bolden [Gerry Mulligan, Horace Silver] and percussionist Warren Smith [Composers Workshop Ensemble, Sam Rivers]. The other titles in this initial batch are no less fascinating.  (more…)

Welcome, Bryan!

BryanRobertsIntroducing Bryan Roberts, Coordinator, Business Affairs

Hi I’m Bryan, the new Business Affairs Coordinator. I interned here a few summers ago and now I’m back for a full-time situation. I graduated from Colgate University two years ago with a major in Economics and a minor in Music, and worked as a litigation paralegal from graduation until now. Based on my first couple of weeks, working at The Orchard is far better than being a paralegal.