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Susan Frances

Susan Frances

29.01.2011

Darrell Katz

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The Same Thing, the new release by composer/musician Darrell Katz and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra utilizes Katz’s skills as a leader, a musician, and an educator. He explains how the music for the recording came together.

Jazzreview: What inspired the music for The Same Thing? Where did these songs come from?

Katz: The material on The Same Thing, except for the title track by Willie Dixon which was arranged …

29.01.2011

De'Nate

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Luck, some people have it and others will do anything to acquire it. People in the eastern hemisphere of this planet believe that you are either born with it or not, whereas western hemisphere cultures believe that you can make it. The new NuGroove Records discovery, De’Nate, formed by multi-instrumentalist Nate Harasim and sultry vocalist Deborah Connors, are a combination of both.

It is fate that brought these two talented artists together as NuGroove Records President, David Chackler sugge …

Chris Greene describes his quartet and their music with a few phrases that takes audiences into the heart of the band, "We’re a small band of only four members. We don’t require a large light show, pre-recorded tracks or a super fancy PA system to give a good show. Each one of the members of the band is proficient in multiple musical styles, and each is among the best in the city at their respective instruments. However, this would all be for naught if we didn’t play together as a unit or w …

Singer, songwriter and bass player Glynis John Martin (aka Black Ice) delivers a familiar sounding R&B/smooth soul mixture on his self-titled debut release, Black Ice, which recalls of Motown artists like Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye. Martin’s familiar sound might be partly due to the fact that he was exposed to Motown’s music from having been born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the incubator for Motown’s artists; or maybe it is based in the fact that he has played as a sidema …

Who are The Klezmatics? Filmmaker Erik Greenberg Anjou takes audiences into the microcosm of this group in his new documentary film, The Klezmatics: On Sacred Ground, set for a 2009 release. The Klezmatics, whose name is derived from the term "klezmer," which is a traditional style of dance music practiced by a sect of Eastern European Jews that date back to the 15th century, was originally formed in 1986 in New York City’s East Village. The group has undergone many changes in their li …

Songwriting is a very personal experience for an artist. Oftentimes, it exposes the artist’s vulnerabilities to everyone in the room during the recording process. How else can a belter like the late Roy Orbison be able to give people chills up and down their spines when they listen to his recording of "Crying," or feel the wounds in country legend Johnny Cash’s voice when he sang, "Ring of Fire?" Stevie Holland’s voice emotes a similar passionate elegance only with female timbres. Luckily for …

29.01.2011

Jamie Baum

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Like the way the captain of a ship transports passengers from one place to the next, flutist Jamie Baum does the same creating a sonic journey that transports listeners through the multiple frames of her travels. Her melodic doodles and improvisations are made with a purpose in mind, documenting the different ways in which instruments can change in midstream, make contact with each other, blending and entwining. Her latest release Solace from Sunnyside Records delivers her most recent …

The piano is a extension of Markus Gottschlich’s personality as truly as the trumpet was a conduit for Dizzy Gillespie’s voice, and the guitar is another appendage that Eric Clapton was born with so natural in his hands. Nobody could imagine either Gillespie or Clapton without their instruments, which is something that both men have in common with Gottschlich. The piano became Gottschlich’s voice when he was a little boy and his connection with the piano continues to grow stron …

29.01.2011

Gail Jhonson

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Gail Jhonson is a lady who knows what she likes and how she wants it done. As a solo R&B/funk keyboardist, such abilities have served her well to establish herself as a neo-soul artist and enable her to release her latest CD Pearls, which features collaborations with Marion Meadows, Paul Brown, and Norman Brown. Jhonson has also established herself as the Music Director for Norman Brown’s SummerStorm concert series and for a number of gospel musicals and stage prod …

29.01.2011

Jeff Barone

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Jazz guitarist/composer Jeff Barone hits his stride on his second release Open Up, the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album Crazy Talk. Barone found his voice early on, not as a turquoise gem in a strand of white pearls, but as a link that unifies the strand and aids and abets in making the piece into a harmonious collective. Barone views his role as a guitarist from the standpoint of being every musician’s colleague. Even when it came to recording his solo albums, he …