Beatrice Richardson

Beatrice Richardson

Jessica Molaskey has performed with the " First Family of Cool" - John, Bucky and Martin Pizzarelli, at venues around the world from Feinstein’s at the Regency in New York City to the Montreal Jazz Festival. Jessica has also been featured at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub, Rainbow & Stars and with orchestras, and in concert venues across the country.

As Pentimento put a jazzy new twist on popular songs of the 1920s and 1930s, now Jessica sashays into the …

With a lung capacity as mighty as the woolly-mammoth, saxophonist Virginia Mayhew shows that life is unpredictable, but always worth the challenges. Her battle with breast cancer put a halt to her recordings in 2005, although she released Sandan Shuffle in 2006 with her quartet. She tells, "I actually recorded Sandan Shuffle right before I discovered I had breast cancer. I did a short tour, then started the chemo."

She is back in 2008 not only with a new solo …


Lloyd Gregory

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
"Music is comprised of traditions, even when mixed with innovations," Gregory says, "so of course, every musician is building upon sounds that came before. I admire and respect those jazz guitarists and I learned a lot from them. But my influences also include early soul innovators like Curtis Mayfield, many of the guitarists in the various Motown artists’ bands and like Ike Turner. Going further, I have been inspired by rock and rollers from Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley through Hendrix, to Eddie …

Doc Powell

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Doc Powell is a guitarist who started as a session musician and worked on projects ranging from radio and TV commercials, to movie soundtracks and live studio recording. During that time, he performed with such other session musicians like bassist/producer Marcus Miller, drummer Yogi Horton and pianist Kenny Kirkland. Powell was in demand at the time and says his upbringing has been the reason why he was very versatile. "Being a studio musician, there is no way you could make it without being ab …

Freddy Cole

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Freddy Cole has been called the Prince of Song. He has an exhilarating voice with a richness that truly opens the mystery of love.

In The Name of Love, Cole’s exciting new album of contemporary music on the Telarc label, is filled with just such mystery. Cole gets romantic with the unique interpretations of eleven celebrated love songs, including Boz Scaggs' Harbor Lights, Smokey Robinson's "Just to See Her and Van Morrison's Have I Told You Lately. Supported by …

Each year at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Mary Lou Williams Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to one of the most extraordinary female jazz performers in the world. This year the prestigious honor will be awarded to the elegant jazz pianist, composer and vocalist Barbara Carroll.

I recently had the opportunity to speak to Ms. Carroll about the award she will be receiving.

JazzReview: Let's begin with you being called "The First Lady Jazz Pianist." That is certai …

Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner, Van Morrison, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker showed jazz audiences what jazz is and isn’t. Babtunde Lea’s "Soul Pools" summoned the spirit of these jazz greats and other world music luminaries and created the most innovative, fresh and soulful searching music ever.

I had the pleasure of speaking to the inspirational Babatunde Lea recently, a musician who brings out the best in his bands, his music and himself.

Jazzreview: I haven’t heard music as dynamic wit …


Flora Purim

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
One way to address the question of women's roles in jazz would be to talk about those with the highest profiles, women who have made records. These women are generally vocalist, such as Ella Fitzgerald or Billy Holiday whose contributions to jazz are widely acknowledged.

One of these women known for her distinctive style and immediately recognizable musical approach is Flora Purim. Blending Brazilian roots with her impressive jazz and classical skills, Flora Purim's astonishing voice has wove …

Jazz is American art form and an international phenomenon! Jazz is not the result of choosing a tune, but an idea that is created first in the mind, inspired by one’s passion and willed next in playing music! Jazz music is not found in websites or books, or even written down on sheet music; it is in the act of creating the form itself that we truly find jazz music.

Women in jazz have been marginalized, exoticized or ignored as significant contributors to the history of the music. As a step t …

"Time and change are constants in the universe. They are also constants in our everyday life. Time goes on. Change is inevitable. Both are sayings used on any given day and in a variety of settings.

When I first discovered vocal jazz, I believed that I was born too late. I should have been hanging out with Joe Williams in Chicago, trading rhymes with Jon Hendericks, singing all night in a Kansas City jam session; swinging and singing with Big Joe Turner or shouting with Jimmy Rushing. As I g …