Don Braden

[Originally published in June, 2019] Sometimes in music, especially jazz, we call a particularly ambitious new album “a project,” especially when the music is something more, the perfect vehicle to deliver an impactful story. With 400: An African American Musical Portrait, bassist Avery Sharpe hasn’t just released a new album—he’s unveiled a serious project.

November 2, 2019. Guitarist, composer and arranger Peter Hand already had a lot of big band experience under his belt when he launched The Peter Hand Big Band in 2005, and it shows. The players were well-known, and the song selection was perfect for them.