Joe Montague

Joe Montague

Jazz Review wants to thank Ann Hampton Callaway, Cyrus Chestnut, Brenda Earle and Sherrie Maricle for taking time to share with us their Christmas memories and plans.

Where did you spend Christmas growing up and what special memories do you have of that time?

Ann Hampton Callaway:

No one does Christmas like Chicago, with great white lights everywhere and snow swirling in the wind. It’s like you live in a holiday snow globe.

I love …

Rory Partin is a renaissance man in the world of big band swing music. Although he wasn’t born when many of the standards that appear on his new CD The Very Thought of You were first written, he sings them with the same charm that made Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Nat King Cole household names.

One of the premier crooners in music, the Louisiana born Partin is the lead vocalist and bandleader of the Rory Partin Band. Listeners will enjoy his smooth rich vocals on favorite tun …


Adi Braun

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Whether she is singing in front of an audience, on a CD or talking to you, Adi Braun has a sensuality that drips from every note and leaves you hanging on every word. "I think we all sing about love," she says. However, Braun is much more than lusty vocals, she is a very good jazz singer who is quickly making inroads both in North America and Europe.

Braun’s Rules of the Game album is filled with love stories from some of the best songwriters past and present. She provides a beautifu …

Take a space age sounding name like Galactic, mix in musical influences from Mardi Gras Indians and Professor Longhair, add some great honest sounding organic jazz tunes and you gain some insight into the music of drummer Stanton Moore and the influences that infuse his tunes.

Moore combines a career as the drummer for Galactic with a burgeoning solo career that just saw him release his third project under his own name. The CD is simply titled Stanton Moore III. At the time of ou …

"I like to be able to walk inside sound and touch this or that element," says Brazilian singer Cibelle from her home in London, England. "I have this song, then this world starts growing inside of my head and I start painting that song out. I embrace that poem with sounds that, let’s say, helps this poem reach where it has to go," she says. Her multi-layered songs are as much a product of the many facets of her personality as they are of continuous mixing of the tracks until she arrives at a …

The Book of Love opens with Cheryl Bentyne’s creamy smooth vocals cooing:

"You don’t know the one that dreams of you at night,

and longs to kiss your lips, longs to hold you tight.

To you I’m just a friend.

That’s all I’ve ever been,

But you don’t know me."

During the month of November, Bentyne and her label Telarc Records are releasing the CD The Book of Love and if you …

"We are living with an attitude of gratitude and we perform that way," says Sherrie Maricle the bandleader for The Diva Jazz Orchestra and drummer with her quintet Five Play based out of New York City. Maricle is one of the most delightful and talented people that I have spoken to. She is engaging and genuinely grateful for the opportunities that have come her way. Early in her career, she kept overcoming obstacles placed in her way because she is a woman musician in jazz music. Her talent simpl …

If you are a film producer and are looking for someone to write the score for your next blockbuster movie-Hello! The one thing Yaron Gershovsky hasn’t done and would still like to do is write the score for a major motion picture. Gershovsky’s impressive resume includes the Manhattan Transfer, working on several major Broadway productions including Swing and City of Angels as well as producing numerous CDs for artists including his own. Gershovsky isn’t out there advertisi …


Ellen Johnson

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"I don’t paint, so I guess in my music I try to paint (using) words and sounds. People have made mention that with this CD (These Days) they hear all these subtleties and nuances. I do that on purpose because I am not just trying to sing a song, I am trying to add colors to it with my voice," says Ellen Johnson from her home on the west coast.

The well spoken Johnson continues to talk about her passion for music, "If you walk out in nature and look at beautiful scenery, it’s no …


John Lee

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Some of the finest brass players in the world blow a spirited welcome on the opening and title track to Dizzy’s Business. Eighteen musicians including guest Roy Hargrove appear on this wonderful CD. Slide Hampton directs and Roberta Gambarini blesses our ears with her wonderful vocals. It is impossible to list all of the great musicians who comprise the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, but let’s tease you with a few names--Randy Brecker (trumpet), James Moody (tenor saxophone/flute/voca …