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Some artists might consider a musical theater role portraying a legend like Frank Sinatra to be A potential career killer because of the comparisons to Ol’ Blue Eyes, and then the prospect of not being able to get out from under that shadow and assert your own individuality as a singer. That, however, is not the situation with Jonathan Poretz, a jazz vocalist hailing from the San Francisco area who has spent almost two years depicting Sinatra in the production of Dick Feeney and Sandy Hackett …

On February 6, it was announced that Johannes Linstead one of Canada’s top guitarists was nominated for the nation’s top music prize a Juno Award. The Junos are Canada’s equivalent of a Grammy and Linstead’s guitarra Latina CD Café Tropical is being recognized in the Instrumental Album Of The Year category.

When contacted Linstead had this to say about his nomination, "I was thrilled when they announced my name for the nomination. However, what made it even more speci …

One would be tempted to refer to Andy Middleton and Sheila Cooper as the dynamic duo. During the late summer of 2006, the couple moved from Gotham City (New York City) to Austria with their seven-year old daughter, Calli. They write masterful compositions, Middleton is an accomplished tenor/soprano saxophone player and Cooper is a critically acclaimed vocalist and alto saxophonist.

Just a few days before celebrating their first Christmas in Vienna, Middleton took time to speak with me …

29.01.2011

Lauren Wood

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Most people associate Lauren Wood with her song "Fallen" from the soundtrack of the movie Pretty Woman. The soundtrack sold eighteen million copies. In many ways the hit song, which rocked European charts as well as those in North America, overshadows the many other successes that this superbly talented singer/songwriter/producer has enjoyed.

Wood’s most recent album Love, Death & Customer Service is her eighth album and second self-produced record released under her own label, Bad …

Can less ever be more? Well, according to jazz guitarist and composer, Anthony Wilson the answer can sometimes be yes. He spoke about the necessity of learning to become an uncomplicated writer while discussing his Power of Nine CD featuring the Anthony Wilson Nonet.

"I think what separates this CD (Power Of Nine) from anything I did before is I am trying a little less hard. As I grow up and become a bit more comfortable with my own voice and what I have to contribute …

"If you are a jazz musician at a concert and all you see in the audience are jazz saxophone geeks and nobody else, then there is something wrong. You have missed the point," says Marcus Strickland an accomplished tenor and soprano saxophonist and composer. "There should be doctors, lawyers and beauticians there. There should be people from all walks of life. Life is much grander than just jazz music," he concludes.

Strickland was making the comments during our conversation at the end of Octob …

When Grammy Award winning composer, bandleader and pianist Maria Schneider invites you to tour with her, you seize the opportunity and that is exactly what Argentine vocalist, musician and composer Sofia Koutsovitis did. The native of Buenos Aires now living in New York City recently concluded a European tour with Schneider. Concerts were performed in Portugal, Spain, Austria, France and Switzerland. Koutsovitis who is a highly skilled vocalist had a unique performance role with Schneider’s o …

It is not very often that you have an opportunity to speak with a music icon as celebrated as Roger Kellaway and it is even less often that you get to talk to him on his birthday (67th). I had the opportunity to do both recently and found the pianist/composer to be one of the more congenial people that I have spoken to inside or outside of the music industry. Kellaway took time to reflect about the relationships he has forged, time spent in the late sixties as the arranger and pianist f …

"I am very vulnerable, very fragile and sometimes just very human. Overall, we are talking about the human condition and I think about things like that. Why are we here in the first place? It isn’t to be separate. Music is a way of connecting with people and a way of connecting with me. I can’t sing about great pain with any kind of truth unless I have had great pain. I am willing to reveal that part of myself to people. This music allows me to do that. I am willing to do that. I …

29.01.2011

Bob Reynolds

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Tenor saxophonist Bob Reynolds will be touring with John Mayer early in 2007. The two Berklee alumni have kept in touch over the years and although Reynolds has played the Monterey Jazz Festival, toured Japan and performed at the Kennedy Center, the upcoming gig with one of the music industry’s hottest young stars have to rate at the top of the list.

Reynolds says the admiration for Mayer runs much deeper than the hit songs he has punched out, "He is somebody I respect beyond his musi …