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Harvie S.

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Bassist, Harvie S, formerly known as "Harvie Swartz," doesn’t need to begin convincing anyone of his multi-talented musicianship. As a leader, composer, and sideman for a stellar list of legendary Jazz artists over the years, Harvie is presently creating something new and exciting.

"New Beginning" the second album of Harvie’s latest project, "Eye Contact," displays the versatility and harmonic complexity of his compositions influenced by Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms. But wait, just when you …


Beegie Adair

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Capture if you will a moment in your life when the mood, music, and a scene from a particular movie engraved a moment in your memory bank. Likelihood is that the film you were watching with your significant other close by your side, would be instantly recalled when you hear that familiar theme. We all have those experiences at one time or another and it is dedicated artists like Beegie Adair that bring them back to life, note by note. Whether by jewel box or performance, Ms. Adair feels what you …

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The Pat Metheny Group, which is actually touring after having taken a break for four years, is not only one of the longest existing but also one of the most successful existing jazz groups ever. It is distinguished by not having lost its identity as a result of popularity. Some have concluded that the group's success points at an inferior concept, a low profile music, but whenever these critics are asked just to count the beat of a randomly chosen piece of the group's repe …

Pianist and composer, Michel Camilo, is a prominent figure in the Latin jazz scene. With a rich knowledge of both classical and jazz, Michel has the fire and excitement of Tito Puente and the sophistication of Bill Evans.

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Michel showed an early interest in music, composing his first song at the age of five. It is no wonder that Michel became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra at age 16. His musical studies were not limited to the 13 years h …

New York City was the attraction that tenor/soprano saxophonist, Marcus Strickland, was drawn to like a magnet. Relocating from his hometown in Miami, Florida, New York dangled the proverbial jazz carrot that would further his musical education and place him smack-dab in the heart of America’s jazz scene. Since moving there in 1997, Strickland has be seen at notable jazz spots around town, like the evening I saw him at the Blue Note playing with Tom Harrell. Marcus immediately caught my attentio …
For many, Nancy Wilson will always be thought of as a jazz singer, breaking onto the scene after sitting in on a gig of Cannonball Adderley’s in the late fifties in Columbus, Ohio. John Levy, Nancy’s career-long manager, was also Adderley’s manager, thus leading the way to Nancy securing a recording contract with Capitol at age 22 and a fond association with Levy throughout her outstanding career. "John is one of the nicest people in the business and the greatest thing is that we are still toget …

Allan Harris

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Allan Harris has an impressive musical pedigree. His mother was a classical pianist. His aunt was an opera singer turned blues performer who welcomed famed music producer Clarence Williams and jazz great Louis Armstrong to the household as dinner guests. Allan has sung the standards of the foremost jazz vocalists and performed with jazz orchestras throughout the world. His performances have been hailed as artistic, emotionally expressive and technically sound. Through his performances with Tommy …

For the past few months it has been my pleasure to attend several blues shows at the downtown Delta Chelsea’s Monarchs Pub. The Delta has done something that no other major hotel chain in Canada has dared to do which is to offer world-class live blues shows every Thursday evening, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

One of the two major attractions to these great blues nights, is the always entertaining, Juno Award-winning blues guitarist Jack de Keyzer. His performances have always been


Swinging with soul

Published in Concert Reviews
On Sunday, May 17th, piano maestro Marcus Roberts performed at the The Dakota Jazz Club. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, the Dakota is one the best clubs in the Twin Cities to visit for live jazz. Showcasing the talents of nationally renowned jazz pianist, Marcus Roberts, is just one example to their commitment to the culture and jazz community.

Roberts opened the set with a Jelly Roll Morton tune entitled "New Orleans Blues " which he played in double octaves up and down the pi

Ever since its opening in 2001, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, has developed a unique program that, in their words, "fully integrates the University's academic performing arts departments into its programming. This commitment to creative collaboration, uncommon among university presenters . . ." includes programs for the departments of music, theater, and dance, bringing in performers for workshops and seminars, as well as for their performa