Susan Frances

Susan Frances

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 …

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 …