Susan Frances

Susan Frances

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 …

29.01.2011

David Boswell

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At a young age, David Boswell saw the potential that the guitar has to act as a tool to channel his thoughts and moods into melodic patterns and sonic forms. Effortlessly, his energy impacted the tides that moved around him, and affected people in ways that other artists music had affected him as a youth. He discloses, "I got into the Beatles and Johnny Cash at the age of 8, and it was at that time that I knew I wanted to be a guitar player. When I was 12 or 13 and started playing with other …

29.01.2011

Miles Stiebel

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Jazz music for contemporary times is what violinist Miles Stiebel provides to audiences in his second solo album Excellent Distraction. Produced by Bob Dawson who has worked on numerous Grammy nominated projects, and mastered by Ted Jensen, a Grammy-winning engineer with Norah Jones, Excellent Distraction achieves what Stiebel envisioned, which he describes on his website, "When I write music, I want to create an inviting and hummable melody, and set it to a catchy and hopefully in …
29.01.2011

Deborah Latz

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Deborah Latz’s new album Lifeline opens her up more personally in front of audiences than ever before. The depth of her vocals and the mood of the music reel audiences into her life in a way that her past experiences as a stage actress/singer and her training, which included Afro/Haitian classes with Madonna in attendance, never gave her the opportunity to unleash. Many artists strive to reach a personal best, and Lifeline is one of Deborah Latz’s own as she taps int …

29.01.2011

Rob Mosher

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Rob Mosher is one of those musicians that make you ask yourself, "Where did he come from?" Born in Canada and trained on reed instruments such as the saxophone, and later on oboe and English horn, Mosher began writing music in 2003 after studying jazz performance at the University of Toronto. He recalls, "I've always had to figure things out for myself, so I guess I've learned to compose and play by just doing it. We're our own best teachers."

He has recorded and performed with a numbe …

As a singer, songwriter and piano player, Patricia Barber reflects, "Music chooses her musicians. You know at an early age if you have a talent for music. If you do, it’s such an incredible gift it would be impossible for any reason to turn away from it."

It is obvious to the viewer that Patricia Barber was built to make beautiful music just by watching her perform with her band live in the video clips that she furnishes on her Website. Seeing her play live with her band, Neal Alger, M …