Don Williamson

Don Williamson

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 …


Kenny Barron

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Kenny Barron seems to have built his career incrementally--through hard work, recording a vast number of albums as a leader and sideman, by extensive touring, unending dedication to the creative potential of jazz piano, years of work as a jazz educator, and through decades of experience with some of jazz' leading legends.

The result is Barron has deservedly attained recognition, especially within the past decade, as one of the most highly regarded jazz pianists of his generation. He is …

Jazz Moves Columbus

Published in Concert Reviews
The Columbus Jazz Orchestra has developed a comprehensive plan to "raise the bar" and become a premier arts organization with the Columbus, Ohio community, as well as a premier jazz orchestra on a national basis. As one of the few full-time jazz orchestras in the United States, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra tapped trumpeter Byron Stripling as artistic director to inspire the organization to rise to a higher level, both artistically and financially. For the CJO has been profitable for most o
One of the busiest drummers in jazz, and one of its most important, Jack DeJohnette appears to be even busier than usual in 2005. DeJohnette is involved in a number of high-profile projects, including significantly the launch of his own record label, Golden Beams, which will release two percussion-based albums in April. And of course, he continues to tour worldwide with the Keith Jarrett Trio, as he has for more than 20 years. DeJohnette has premiered his own quartet that includes Danilo
You’ve got to forgive me. I didn’t take notes during the Hammond B-3 summit in Columbus, Ohio because I went there solely to enjoy the music. But if you can spare a few minutes to read this, I’ve got to tell you what happened.

Local jazz organist Tony Monaco continued his mission of bringing to Columbus the B-3 masters of the previous generation...actually, the greatest generation of jazz organ innovators. Perhaps Monaco is fulfilling a wish to perform side by side with them. Perhaps


Politically Correct

Published in Concert Reviews
On October 16, Barry Manilow came to Columbus, Ohio with his politics of feelgoodism.

The U.S. presidential election is scheduled to take place just two weeks after the concert, and the bitter national debate is causing stress in a great number of ways. However, Manilow proved himself to be politically prescient, and he probably wasn’t even aware of it.

Stopping freeway traffic on his way to and from the same venue, George W. Bush also had performed in Nationwide Arena several weeks prio