Samantha Boshnack

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Pre-order Nellie Bly Project

Pre-order Nellie Bly Project! You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released, on August 18, 2017

Sam Boshnack Quintet’s second album, Nelly Bly Project (Artists Recording Collective) is an illustrative and evocative musical portrait of a hero that Boshnack has admired since a young age. Bly was a 19th-century daredevil feminist and journalist who worked within extreme confines to achieve great things for both the subjects she covered (including mental health and prison facilities), and for women in her field.  The album moves between the narrative and abstract, creating an imaginative world that channels Bly’s groundbreaking spirit.

“Fresh, smart, and bold describe Samantha Boshnack’s Nellie Bly Project. Inspired by the pioneer female American reporter from the late 1800s, Boshnack weaves significant quotes by the journalist into a shifting musical tapestry. Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochran) defined a true woman as “innocent, unaffected, and frank.” While Boshnack’s sound embodies more life experience than what could be described as innocent, listeners will hear an unaffected and frank approach to writing, improvising, and recording…. Boshnack’s music stretches and sings with refreshing strength.” – Steve Griggs, Earshot Jazz.  Read full review.

Samantha Boshnack trumpet & vocal
Beth Fleenor clarinet & bass clarinet
Alex Chadsey piano & keyboards
Isaac Castillo upright & electric bass
Max Wood drums
Valerie Holt and Anne Mathews vocals (tracks 1 & 3)
Anne Whitfield spoken vocals (tracks 2 & 4)

Recorded by Floyd Reitsma at Studio Litho, Seattle, WA
Mixed by Evan Schiller at zulusound, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering, Seattle, WA

Album artwork by Steven Arntson
Album design by Anne Mathews


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Live Concert Recording on Jazz Northwest

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June’s Art of Jazz concert at the Seattle Art Museum featured Sam Boshnack Quintet playing Boshnack’s original music. The concert was recorded for radio and highlights aired on Jazz Northwest on Sunday June 18 on 88.5 KNKX, this archived recording is available to stream at http://knkx.org/post/original-music-sam-boshnack-quintet

Included in this concert were selections from Exploding Syndrome and her latest recording, Nellie Bly Project.

The Sam Boshnack Quintet at The Seattle Art Museum included Sam Boshnack, trumpet, James Falzone, clarinets, Alex Chadsey, piano and keyboards, Isaac Castillo, bass and Max Wood, drums.   James Falzone heads the Cornish College Music Department and appeared as a special guest, substituting for regular clarinetist Beth Fleenor.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KNKX and is heard Sundays at 2 p.m. Pacific.  Thanks to the Seattle Art Museum and Earshot Jazz for presenting the series throughout the year.  

 


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Nellie Bly Project CD Celebration

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duende libre and Sam Boshnack Quintet Double CD Release Show

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A celebration of two exciting new releases – duende libre’s self-titled debut album and Sam Boshnack Quintet’s Nelly Bly Project.  At this bold and engaging performance, expect to hear innovative compositions rooted in the jazz tradition with an ear to everything from contemporary chamber music to salsa to American rock, delivered with heartfelt conviction. Although each band possesses its own unique aesthetic, they find common ground in their shared passion for creating original music that melds eclectic sounds and styles with fiery improvisation.

 


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Sam Boshnack Quintet on KNKX

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On April 11, 2017 Sam Boshnack Quintet had the privilege of performing live at KNKX studios for radio broadcast.

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“Growing up in upstate New York, you might expect a young jazz talent to head for the Big Apple, the legendary “jazz center of the world,” but trumpeter Samantha Boshnack came to Seattle. She’ll tell you it was a great decision.

Sam is a dedicated composer as well as player, and she told us about working with her large ensemble, the B’shnorchestra, that working with those she admires as players and people is what she loves about jazz.

Live in the KNKX studios, it was obvious that her band loves playing her music with her.

Complex, multi-faceted movements are her specialty, and after three extended tunes our studio audience felt like we’d been on an epic journey. One word that kept coming up was “cinematic,” and one piece – “Seventy-Two Days” from her soon-to-be-released Nellie Bly Project album – sounded like a short film about the dynamic journalist, inventor and daredevil feminist from a century ago.”


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Sam Boshnack Quintet Happenings

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Sam Boshnack Quintet will be making our Tula’s debut – I hope you can join us.
     April 14 – 7:30 pm
     2214 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
     $18
     For reservations please call 206-443-4221 or email reservations@tulas.com with the following info: reservation date, time, number in party, last name for reservation, and your phone number.


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B’shnorkestra Global Concertos CD Release

B’shnorkestra is thrilled to announce the release of it’s second album – Global Concertos.

This recording was recorded live on May 9, 2015 by Tom Fallat and Paurl Walsh, mixed by Evan Schiller and mastered by Ed Brooks.

You can now purchase the CD on cdbabyAmazon iTunes and Bandcamp

B’shnorkestra was nominated for both Album of the Year (for Global Concertos) and Acoustic Jazz Ensemble in Earshot’s Golden Ear Awards.  These awards recognize the accomplishments of Seattle jazz artists over the previous year.

“Under the direction of Joshua Kohl, B’shnorkestra provides both compositional brilliance, and improvisational latitude… notions of freedom and spiritual unity are beautifully expressed by Boshnack’s modal transitions providing a musical landscape not “fragmented” by cultural bias.” – Paul Rauch/All of About Jazz.  Read More

“A sense of boundless – and borderless – creative improvisation infuses Boshnack’s cinematic compositions; her musical feat cannot be overlooked or overplayed.” – Halynn Blanchard/Earshot Jazz – Read More

“What you will find and hear in these five extended original compositions (from live performances, by the way) is a well-formed and well-thought out set of modern “chamber music”… but, it’s not boring, or plodding, or any of those terms that are often associated with the genre…. It was the wonderfully upbeat “Concerto for Talking Drum” that got my vote for personal favorite… you will hear Gypsy caravans, Hollywood horns and some of the most energetic up-front percussion that’s ever been recorded.  I give Samantha and her “B’shnorkestra” a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99.”  – Dick Metcalf/Improvijazzation – Read More

Composer / band leader / trumpeter Samantha Boshnack gained *my* attention for her first release with this 14 piece big band, entitled “Go To Orange”, which came out of nowhere and hugely impressed me with its maturity. This is the somewhat different (more world music influences) but equally poised follow up and it is another excellent unclassifiable-but-still-jazz release. Highly recommended! – Wayside Music – Read More

Global Concertos Live, is a sprawling map of World musics cohered to meld into nearly avant-garde expositions rooted in firm historical roots. I say “nearly” as it’s evident avant-gardery wasn’t her full intent, but the result of the global transcosmopolitan blended with folk refrains and divers other elements puts the five long offerings here somewhere between what the Zoho label has been so prodigious in emitting and a neoclassical wrinkle no one has yet coined a genre term for. – Mark Tucker/VERITA VAMPIRUS CD REVIEW

Global Concertos is five Boshnack compositions, each showcasing a guest soloist’s instrument and tradition: Thione Diop – West African talking drum, Christos Govetas – Greek clarinet, Srivani Jade – North Indian vocals, Julio Jauregui – Latin American piano and Thomas Marriott – American jazz trumpet. In Global Concertos each artist brings their individual voice to the B’shnorkestra to create a new “all world” sound.

B’shnorkestra:  Samantha Boshnack (trumpet/composer),  Chris Credit & Kevin Nortness (woodwinds), Alex Guy & Paris Hurley (violin), Brianna Atwell (viola), Maria Scherer Wilson & Daniel Mullikin (cello), Tim Carey & Carmen Rothwell (bass), Adam Kozie & Greg Campbell (drums/percussion), Ivan Galvez (congas/percussion), Joshua Kohl (conductor)


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Alchemy Sound Project’s Debut CD “Further Explorations,” has been named by DownBeat Magazine as one of the top records of 2016.

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Alchemy Sound Project’s 2016 release Further Explorations presents innovative compositions and virtuoso performances by five jazz composer-performers, each a highly advanced improviser in their own right. The synergy of this collective, enhanced by two guest performers, produces music that is fascinating, raw and honest.

While the group’s configuration and roots serve as a continuation of the jazz tradition, the members also compose orchestral works, film scores, chamber music and solo pieces for various ensembles and projects across the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. Music education, support for the arts and expansion of cultural self-awareness and empowerment are important themes for this group.

Alchemy Project composers are Sumi Tonooka (piano), Erica Lindsay (tenor saxophone) Salim Washington (tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute, bass clarinet & oboe), David Arend (acoustic bass) and Samantha Boshnack (trumpet & flugelhorn). In addition to these composers the band features Max Wood (drums) and Willem De Koch (trombone).

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For more information go to http://www.alchemysoundproject.com