AMS Artists, which exclusively represents some of the best jazz musicians working today, is named after its founder Anna M. Sala, who has had quite an interesting career. In her twenties she made a name for herself as one of the best ballerinas in the US, being chosen to represent her country at the International Dance Competition in Moscow. After retiring from ballet in her late twenties, she transitioned into booking and management particularly for jazz artists. Over the years she has worked with Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, J. J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Billy Higgins, and Dave Holland.
Robin Eubanks is a long time member of the San Fransisco Jazz Collective and faculty member at my former school, Oberlin. He has just released an album with the help of crowdfunding platform Artistshare. It is called KLassik Rock and it is exactly what it sounds like… You heard correctly. A classic rock album by a contemporary jazz trombonist. And it is outrageously good.
Speaking of the SF collective, Ravi Coltrane will be visiting their home at the SF Jazz Center this week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of his father’s most iconic albums, A Love Supreme. Nicholas Payton will be there as well on the 13th.