Beatrice Richardson

Beatrice Richardson

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 …

29.01.2011

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 …

Rueben Wilson is a jazz musician with an uncommonly beautiful, energetic sound and elegant ideas. In his latest CD "Organ Blues," featuring Wilson on B-3, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie-drums, Grant Green, Jr.-guitar and Melvin Butler-tenor sax, Wilson plunges into an intense, high-strung "Blues for McDuff" that keeps the listener bouncing their head as the music is transformed into something altogether new, altogether his. Rueben Wilson has in reserve, a wealth of new melodic ideas and startling shift …
Thelonious Monk once said, "Jazz and freedom go hand in hand." There are many ways to approach this tradition; some combine new sounds and meaning, and some find fulfillment in opening up the past and present to the future. Still, others make their own music according to their own light. All these, in their different ways, are what keep jazz going.

The band Maroon is bursting into the jazz scene with vocalist Hillary Maroon and keyboardist Benny Lackner. Like the great big band singers of th …

The music called jazz has undergone many changes in its relatively brief, but surprisingly rich history. Yet all of it, from old New Orleans to new Free Jazz, belongs to one musical family.

Some people forge special links with the past, recasting aspects of it in new and personal molds. Others reach forward for new modes of expression, new combinations of music and meanings. Julian Owens threw a lifeline on a string of music, showing others how to grasp it and navigate it beyond all obstacle …

All music derives from song, the voice, being the first instrument of all, and jazz is no exception. Jazz Musicians seek their own sound, a distinctive quality, a recognizable character, a voice, with much the same meaning as that given to it by poets.

So, its not surprising that Janis Siegel one of the most distinctly compelling jazz singers on the scene, with a quality that can’t be bought or borrowed, faked, or sold.

Start with Carole King and Gerry Goffins’ "Go Away Little Boy." Add …

A famous trumpeter once said, "The first thing we must keep in mind about a musician is that the music he plays is a reflection of his true self." His music may not be what you, the listener, think he is, but truly, he can no more escape himself through his playing than we can escape the contingent world in which we are placed.

A good example is Mike Longo; His music reflects his true character. Listening to his music tells you he is uninhibited, outgoing, gregarious, funny, and at the same …