LA-based alto saxophonist Danny Janklow is quickly making a name for himself. In August 2012, he won First Place at the Detroit International Jazz Festival Saxophone Competition and in 2013, he was chosen as one of fifteen semi-finalists to compete in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. The 27 year old just released his debut album Elevation earlier this month featuring pianists Eric Reed and John Beasley, keyboardist Sam Barsh, vibraphonist Nick Mancini, bassists Ben Williams and Benjamin Shepherd, and drummer Jonathan Pinson. Check out the video for “Bad Reception” off the album filmed live at Blue Whale. You can purchase Elevation on Amazon or on iTunes.
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.