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Karl Stober

Karl Stober

Some write and compose with the perception of global conquests. Others visualize the shores of exotic islands as they create them with passionate melodies. This is the way we dream. However, for Omar Akram it’s a reality engraved into his memories, which has molded and developed his character, craft and style.

As a son of a United Nations diplomat, he grew up focused and educated, not only by the pages of an educational structure, but by life travels themselves culture to cu …

Filipino native Charmaine Clamor is making an impact wherever she performs, quickly finding her name on numerous marquees across the globe. Wherever this young and sultry jazz siren blankets her voice, heads turn to embrace her signature elegance. Ms Clamor not only vocalizes emotions, she sculpts memories with her hypnotic presence in sync with her sensual injection of jazz melodies.

The jazz scribes po …

More than any instrument, the piano is the constant conductor of musical memoirs. The emotion of any one keystroke ignites the mood by maintaining equilibrium with its ivory expressions. Pianists are plentiful, however, few have the charismatic flair and compositional manifestation as does Alex Clements, to attain such a task. From studio performances to the silver screen, Alex demonstrates the fine art of innovative artistry and feel with his craft.

With the 2007 release of "W …

29.01.2011

Kendra Shank

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Abbey Lincoln once stated "When everything is finished in a world, the people go to look for what the artists leave. It's the only thing that we have really in this world -- is an ability to express ourselves and say, ‘I was here.’"

Today, through the words, mind and soul of Abbey Lincoln, comes those same feelings from vocalist/philosopher/educator, and hopefully soon to be composer, Kendra Shank. Kendra Shank is here with all the passion and insight of a most seasoned classic jazz p …

29.01.2011

Jane Stuart

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
"My mother took me to a Broadway show when I was about seven years old. I remember very vividly the moment I looked at the performance that I could do that! I can and will do it. That was the start."

From the Moser Starlights stage at age five, to her off Broadway performance of "Curley McDimple," the stage has been home to Jane Stuart. Jane cherished the theatre, but there was still a vacancy inside, a need that burned daily with desire. Jane knew what the fire was stoked by; it was the heat …

29.01.2011

James Lloyd

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Cool is as cool sounds and that is still true over three decades of the contemporary phenomena known as Pieces of A Dream, a jack hammer of hits with sweet sounds filtering through every jazz venue here and abroad. With that said, it was my pleasure to sit and discover the heart of this machine--this personality and creative elixir, Pillow Talk, that has poured out once more from Heads Up Records.

Keyboardist James Lloyd took a moment to reflect on many of his thoughts over the year …

29.01.2011

Lisa Hilton

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Lisa Hilton is the candelabrum affixed atop jazz with that everlasting twinkle of class. From the early days to her present spin "My Favorite Things," Ms. Hilton’s gift has that touch and feel of true jazz. Amongst the clutter and nonsense of the industry lie many gems of which she shines brighter than most. The arrangements are fresh, selections thoughtfully designed, and presentation impeccable. Ms Hilton is the next generation of iconic pleasure in the world of jazz!

Her career propels war …

29.01.2011

Jane Monheit

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Back in the quaint town of North Hampton, Massachusetts is where I first experienced the sparkle of Jane Monheit, and her lyrical tone and expressions on stage. Almost angelic in nature, this initial encounter captured my total awareness. An eclectic feel in sound and method that redefines the jazz vocalist stereotype and perception. Opinions aside, Ms. Monheit’s energy and talent is foremost in the jazz industry.

Ms. Monheit’s fifth studio album, The Season (Epic Records cat. 97221 …

29.01.2011

Lisa Bell

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Inspiration, a incident on which ideas are chiseled. Diversity enters when maturity mixes with confidence, however, innovation only evolves when all the other variables of the talented source are allowed to nurture into a spirit. Creativity is not bought, sold, or birthed with the vocalizing of a note. It just comes from within, requiring no explanation for its existence. Such is the growth of vocalist Lisa Bell and her journey thus far.

Ms. Bell is a jazz artist who never turn …

29.01.2011

Keely Smith

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Effervescent always, however graceful to a fault, the life and times of Keely Smith has taken many directions and side streets. From her 1948 introduction of future partner, animated artiste of lyrical brass Louis Prima--to her current jewel box sensation Vegas 58: Today, Keely Smith never compromised her opinions, feelings, and unique demeanor. At 73, she is still Vegas, still flamboyant, still the icon of class entertainment to those who embrace the moments and city she aided in sculpting. …