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29.01.2011

Gina Sincilia

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Imagine being just twenty-two years old and having your debut CD rocket to the # 1 position on Bluesville, a channel on the XM Satellite radio network. Well that is just what happened to the incredibly talented Gina Sicilia, a Philadelphian who has been causing ears to perk up and radio DJs to spin her CD Allow Me To Confess.

Sicilia has already received international critical acclaim from those in the music industry and drawn high marks from legendary bluesman Bob Margol …

Bobby Sanabria is a bandleader, a composer, an incredible drummer and most of all an individual who believes in giving back to the community and the jazz art form that he truly feels grateful to be a part of. He was inspired as a young man growing up in the Bronx of New York City when he watched the legendary Puerto Rican bandleader and percussionist Tito Puente perform a free concert in his neighborhood. Never forgetting that experience, and the fire that it lit within him, Sanabria has by h …

29.01.2011

j.dee

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Jazz saxophonist j.dee is one man you do not want to refer to as funky. He will also object if you say his music is smooth. So what is it with this cat from LA anyway? The sax man who is better known for his production and songwriting skills will tell you that his music is tippin’ on the edge of funk, and that just happens to be the name of his current CD.

"What I wanted to try and do is to be a little funkier than the mainstream smooth jazz artists are, but still be smooth jazz. I th …

Violist and violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch is a rarity in the world of music, as she has the ability to combine the abilities to create sophisticated compositions with strong elements of classical music, with her fondness for improvisation that reflects her love of jazz music. Earlier the gifted composer/musician united with pianist/harmonium player Myra Meldford and released Heart Mountain, a CD that may best be described as chamber jazz. We spoke to Kalmanovitch earlier in the summer to gain …

29.01.2011

Candy Dulfer

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Many labels have been applied to the music performed by Dutch alto saxophonist Candy Dulfer, including, smooth jazz and funk, but it is perhaps the superlatives that her fans use to describe her music that is most accurate, words like, unbelievable, wonderful, incredible and awesome.

Speaking to me on the phone from the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where she was performing, Dulfer said, "I just make albums that I like, and if smooth (jazz) radio picks it up, then it is a gre …

29.01.2011

Rob Fried

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To say that jazz bassist/composer Rob Fried thinks outside the box, and that his music is complex, would be enormous understatements. To say that his songs on the current album Wind Song leave you feeling relaxed and immersed in their many moods would be a truer statement. Unlike so many sophisticated writers whose music is wonderful but sometimes leave the listener mentally and emotionally exhausted, Fried seems to have a knack for creating music, that despite pushing the envelope, pr …

29.01.2011

Nils

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Smooth jazz guitarist Nils is one of those nice guys in the music industry that is enjoying one of those ‘lived happily ever after’ lives after experiencing near disaster earlier in his music career. His first attempt at releasing a CD occurred in 1998 with the Blue Planet CD, but the label that had signed him declared bankruptcy, without doing any promotion or marketing of him or his album.

"I got stuck with a $3,000 band bill because the label support just fell flat. The CDs …

29.01.2011

Sara Gazarek

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Richard Dreyfuss received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Glenn Holland, a musician/composer turned high school music teacher, in the wonderful film Mr. Holland’s Opus. Holland is forced into retirement when the school board cuts funding for his department. Near the end of the movie, there is a warm scene that always prompts tears from yours truly, as his colleagues and former students present him with a surprise gift. They have gathered in the school’s auditorium to pay tribute …

29.01.2011

Morrie Louden

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"To me, the most amazing thing as a writer is to get a concept in your mind, have it come out through your fingers, find it on the piano, write it down, play it, have someone else hear the melody, and get that same thought and same feeling that I had originally. That is the ultimate reward as a writer," says the personable, upright bassist and composer, Morrie Louden.

Louden, who is the proud owner of an almost three hundred-year old Pietro Rogeri upright acoustic bass, describes how songs of …

Although his composition skills and his ability to master the tenor and soprano saxophones move him to the head of the class, Wayne Escoffery still relishes those opportunities to perform as a sideman with the ensembles of other leading musicians. It would be easy for a man with his stature in jazz music to become caught up with his own significant accomplishments, yet one never gets the impression from talking with Escofferey that he dwells on what has been, but instead, spends more time thinki …