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Susan Frances

Susan Frances

29.01.2011

Wayne Wallace

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Trombonist Wayne Wallace has released the second installment in his trilogy, making each disc a compact microcosm of Latin-jazz, funk, R&B, soul, and tribal music and forming harmonious unions on each. This second disc in this series entitled The Nature Of The Beat, features Melecio Magdaluyo and Ron Stallings on saxophones, Frank Martin on piano and synthesizer, and Louis Fasman on trumpet to mention only a few musicians that give Wa …

29.01.2011

Richard Hart

Published in Artist Biographies

Born on November 12, 1955, Richard Hart began pursuing his destiny of becoming a contemporary fusion guitarist while growing up in the balmy ambiance of Southern California. Raised by his mother and grandmother, Hart’s upbringing was cultivated by their tutelage and encouragement which nourished his imagination and channeled his creative energies into making music. His mother was a soprano singer in the church choir and played the piano while his grandmother was a retired school teacher. They …

29.01.2011

Jeff Golub

Published in Artist Biographies

Jeff Golub was born on April 15, 1955 in Copley, Ohio just outside of Akron. It was growing up in Ohio where he first started listening to the blues rock artists of that time like Cream and Led Zeppelin and deeply affected by jazz improvisational players like Wes Montgomery. These musical influences would greatly impact his ideals and impressions about what music should be like. His fan worshipping inspired him to want to play the guitar and he began his ascension into becoming an axeman whil …

29.01.2011

Frank Macchia

Published in Artist Biographies

Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Frank Macchia started on the clarinet at the age of 10 years old. Soon afterwards he began taking lessons to play the bassoon, saxophone, and flute. By the age of 14, he took his playing a step further by studying composition, thereby enabling him to write jazz and classic pieces for his high school band, plus he composed scores for orchestras and local jazz ensembles. He referred to these jazz ensembles as "casual" bands that he rehearsed with at …

Despite his long-standing identification with Christmas, Bing Crosby was a jazz performer at his core. Brought into a high school jazz-dance band because he was a drummer, his vocal stylings quickly emerged as the best in the group. When the group disbanded, Crosby continued singing. His earliest experience was singing in a duo in his hometown of Spokane, WA, and then later as part of a trio with The Rhythm Boys and with "The King Of Jazz," the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which allowed Bing to s …

29.01.2011

Mark Saltman

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

The duo of bassist Mark Saltman and keyboardist William Knowles makes music that finds optimism through the crackles made by life’s sorrow and despair. Saltman draws inspiration for his compositions from such tragedies as the devastation of New Orleans after being hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the scars left by The Holocaust which prompted the title track for the duo’s latest CD, Yesterday’s Man. Accompanied by vocalist Lori Williams-Chisholm, Yesterday’s Man is club-roo …

29.01.2011

Rob Tardik

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

When guitarist Rob Tardik sets his mind on a project, it is as good as done. He can corral a band of musicians and accomplish his task with the expediency and astute calculations which Martha Stewart applies when she is rounding up a crew to plant a new garden. Both Tardik and Stewart understand the need for everyone to be on the same page and stay focused on their single-minded objective. For Tardik, his objective was to make a follow up record to his debut album Without Words. He tel …

Sometimes the greatest challenge for a singer is taking the leap into making a debut album. The exposure opens them up to receive public scrutiny and global adulation. For the artist, it is always impossible to predict how the public will react. Luckily for singer-songwriter Kelley Suttenfield, she has the vocal chops to attract hordes of people, the charisma to make a lasting impression on their minds, and a passionate delivery that can penetrate their hearts.

Suttenfield’s mix of int …

It is very easy to assume that every track on Ellynne Plotnick’s new album, Life Is Beautiful is a cover of a jazz standard created by one of the Gershwins or Cole Porter or Johnny Mercer. The songs have the smooth flowing lines relatable to Porter, the graceful swells often attributed to the Gershwins, and an alluring orchestration liken to Johnny Mercer. Although it may seem to most folks that the jazz artists of yesteryear cornered the market on melodic beauty, Plotnick shows that s …

Music has been known to soothe broken hearts, to tame wild animals, and to tell stories through sonic imagery. Filmmaker, writer, producer, and Ruby Flower Records executive Ana-Isabel Ordonez is a conceptual artist who utilizes the talents of avant-garde musicians to give her films another dimension that penetrates the listeners emotions beyond the visuals and narrations. She brought the two mediums of film and music together in her two previous projects, A Touch Of Noir and Shades …