Don Williamson

Don Williamson

29.01.2011

Ray Bryant

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Ray Bryant has been playing jazz for over 50 years, and during that time he has accompanied jazz legends like Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Lester Young. In addition, Bryant achieved wider popular recognition during the 1960’s with some of his most widely recognized songs like "Cubano Chant" and "Slow Freight."

Born into a musical family, Bryant is the uncle of the Eubanks brothers, although the haven’t had the opportunity to perform together. At this stage of his career, …

In many cases, the percussionist is the unsung hero of many groups. While the horn players or singers capture the spotlight, in many cases the entire mood of a concert, and particularly of some tunes, would be entirely different without the assistance of a percussionist. In many cases, even today, it is difficult to study to be a percussionist, and many of the best known and most successful percussionists have taken up the challenge of playing percussion by the love of the instruments and the lo …
29.01.2011

Adam Nussbaum

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
As one of the under-recognized jazz artists who has appeared with a multitude of musicians in a multitude of contexts since the 1970’s, Adam Nussbaum continues to add drive and textures to the groups in which he performs. Most recently, he played in Steve Swallow’s quintet, not to mention Nussbaum’s own group with Jerry Bergonzi and Dan Wall.

But Nussbaum has performed with a veritable who’s who of jazz musicians, including Gil Evans, Dave Liebman, John Scofield, Bill Evans, Bobby Watson, Ar …

29.01.2011

Jon Faddis

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
There has been a guiding light in Jon Faddis' musical career: Dizzy Gillespie. So much so that most listeners can his Gillespie's unmistakable influence on Faddis' style. Very few trumpeters can play Gillespie's works with the same degree of articulation, range and fire. But Faddis can. Having met Gillespie when he was but 12 years old, Faddis was with him when he died as well.

If you talk to other musicians who have played with Gillespie, you find that his influence on all of his friends wa …

A Milwaukee native, David Hazeltine has arrived not once, but twice, on the New York jazz scene. Each time, he has advanced his career by earning the respect of singers and musicians as a supreme accompanist. And with the release of a string of CD’s that he has led, Hazeltine has established himself as one of the more articulate and technically adept pianists.

Ordinarily known for his straight-ahead acoustic piano work, Hazeltine is expanding his horizons by working now on a Hammond B-3 orga …

Piano player Satoko Fujii has defied conventions throughout her career as she has sought to find her own voice among the wide variety of musical influences she has received--and sought out. Having studied classical piano throughout her childhood, Fujii finally reached the point in her development where she found it most important to become introspective and discover, first, her true identity, and then the musical expression of her self. Once she developed confidence in her musical beliefs, she r …
Every once in a while, it’s interesting, and gratifying, to interview an artist who seems to be on the verge of discovery by the larger listening public. Such a person is Kaïssa Doumbé.

Since she is known professionally and to her devoted listeners as Kaïssa, many people don’t even know her last name. Furthermore, American audiences may not even be able to understand the words she sings. But they do know that she reaches out to embrace universal topics that instinctively touch her them with …

Nnenna Freelon’s profile has been on the rise among jazz listeners, as well as among the general listening public. Part of the reason may lie in the integrity that she projects through her music and her choice of songs. Another part of her growing popularity may lie in her interest in the universal themes all people share, such as spirituality, mutual respect and human growth, both physical and emotional.

In addition, Freelon’s appearance with Take 6 during the 2001 Grammy Awards’ program ge …

Bill Charlap has been quietly and conscientiously paying his dues for years, accompanying the likes of Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Carol Sloane, Tony Bennett and Gerry Mulligan. With an unpretentious, swinging style that combines intricate delicacies with personalized interpretation, Charlap has shown respect for the origins of the materials he plays--that of the composers themselves.

That makes sense when you consider that Charlap’s father was a composer himself. Moose Charlap wrote the scores …

Stacey Kent’s ability to get into the heart of a song-and into the hearts of her listeners is slowly becoming evident, not only among jazz enthusiasts, but also among the general listening public. Defying the sometimes stultifying need to categorize music, Kent instead places the emphasis of her music upon its ultimate objective: touching a place of inexpressible meaning within her listeners’ consciousness.

Ironically, Stacey Kent found her initial success in England, even though she grew up …