Susan Frances

Susan Frances

People generally have a preconceived idea about how classic jazz music should sound, relying on reference points like the soft timbres of Peggy Lee, the swift scat shuffles of Ella Fitzgerald, or the refined grooves of Duke Ellington, but singer/pianist/composer Daniela Schächter plays classic jazz without adhering to anyone else’s rules but her own. Schächter personalizes jazz music to fit her own voicing and make-up. She admits, "I wasn’t concerned" about making music that appea …

29.01.2011

Martha J

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It’s common for aspiring artists to hear that they could be an international star from agents and people in the press, but in the case of singer/ guitarist/ arranger/ teacher Martha J, those folks are not just weaving tall-tales. Martha J has the goods and the chops to become much more than a local attraction in her native land of Milan, Italy. The lass has a set of pipes that can appeal to the denizens of Australia’s outback just as assuredly as she can reel in crowds for a conce …

29.01.2011

Irene Atman

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Jazz music is like catnip to Irene Atman, when she rubs her vocals all around its creamy lathers and emits sensual purrs as if the music is an aphrodisiac that she cannot resist. Jazz calls to Atman like bees swarm to honey, barnacles attach to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, or lightning strikes are drawn to metal. She admits that her attraction to jazz music stems from, "The rhythm, the harmonics and the freedom to make up your own ideas ..and playing with people doing the same thing. …

Composer/keyboardist/saxophonist/singer/producer Jason Peterson ("JP") DeLaire comes from a very musical family whose roots are firmly planted in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His family is to Minneapolis-soul what the Rockefeller’s are to the financial world, the Barrymore’s to the acting world, and the Kennedy’s to the world of politics. His uncle, Paul Peterson, was a member of the dance-funk group, The Time and played in Prince’s 1985 movie, Purple Rain. DeLaire shares about h …

29.01.2011

Jon Burr

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Bassist, composer, producer, arranger, and bandleader Jon Burr has learned to not only be an astute musician, but also to be an astute diplomat when it comes to dealing with other musicians, and bringing out the best from them. His latest release is a CD/DVD set entitled Just Can’t Wait that features live footage of him on the upright bass, performing with his band for a special show at the Birdland in New York City. Accompanying Burr on the recording are vocalists Hilary K …

The third solo release from singer-songwriter Rondi Charleston was a challenge to make as well as a celebration of her life. She entreats audiences with a CD/DVD set entitled In My Life, produced by Suzi Reynolds and featuring a number of jazz standards, classic pop tunes, and two original tracks, "Ancient Steps" and "Telescope," both inspired by her daughter, Emma who sings background vocals on "Telescope." The bonus DVD contains footage taken from her show, "Live at Lincoln Center Prese …

Milwaukee born and New York City-based singer, Andrew Suvalsky has a voice that strums pizzazz in his scat-streaks and chic-bluesy intonations in his crooning. His vocals caress the follicles of the tympanic membrane with the buffed shimmies of Ella Fitzgerald, the crisp indentations of Mel Torme, and the debonair flare of Dean Martin. His latest release, A World That Swings from LML Music Label, takes audiences on an adventure through the realm of old-fashioned swing with a number of …

29.01.2011

Meryl Romer

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The life of jazz vocalist Meryl Romer would inspire the staunchest pessimist to believe that dreams are possible. Albeit, they manifest at their own pace, but they know intuitively when to come to fruition. All their maker needs to do is simply have the guts to believe in them.

Meryl Romer is proof that not everything has to be accomplished by the time one turns 20 years olds, like releasing her debut recording So Sure and becoming a world famous singer. Romer’s journey begins i …

29.01.2011

Seamus Blake

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Aspiring artists can take music lessons and they can learn from other musicians, but nothing can prepare them to be live performers, which is what makes saxophonist Seamus Blake special. Normally, musicians build their reputations based on their recorded works, but Blake’s reputation is solidly built on his live performances, which captured the attention of John Scofield early in Blake’s pursuit of becoming a professional saxophone player.

Blake recounts, "I met John Scofield when he …

29.01.2011

Margie Notte

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There is only one avenue that someone with jazz singer Marge Notte’s natural born gifts can pursue. With a face that radiates warmth as brightly as actress Marisa Tomei and a register that permeates of passion in every cell so emblematic of Eydie Gorme, Margie Notte has no choice but to seek a life in show biz. Her debut album, Just You, Just Me & Friends was recorded live in April 2008 at Cecil’s, the jazz club owned by drummer Cecil Brooks III that is located in West Orange, New …