Norm Breest

Norm Breest

29.01.2011

Shilts

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
The group Down to the Bone has always been in the forefront of breaking the smooth jazz mold. One of the group's signature personnel is saxophonist Paul "Shilts" Weimar, who is the group's longest running member. After working nine years with Down to the Bone, Shilts is breaking out with his own style of music in a solo project called HeadBoppin'.

Not only has Shilts been playing sax with Down to the Bone for nine years, he has been playing sax since he was ten years old. He says, W

The group Down to the Bone has always been in the forefront of breaking the smooth jazz mold. One of the group's signature personnel is saxophonist Paul "Shilts" Weimar, who is the group's longest running member. After working nine years with Down to the Bone, Shilts is breaking out with his own style of music in a solo project called HeadBoppin'.

Not only has Shilts been playing sax with Down to the Bone for nine years, he has been playing sax since he was ten years old. He says,

29.01.2011

Nick Colionne

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Nick Colionne has become a guitarist that is setting the pace in smooth jazz diversity. His style is all together different than many other guitarists, even though he respects the abilities of his mentors. He knows that in today's world of music where it's not only how you play, but the way you present yourself to the audience, you must project the best positive attitude you can to show the audience what you're made of.

Not only does Colionne perform for audiences around the world, he also he …

Guitarist Grant Geissman, who played a classic solo on Chuck Mangione's Feel So Good, is standing up against smooth jazz radio programmers. He says they are just like people who want to colorize old movies. However, he says, "It's worse than that because it's saying 'we like this part of your movie, but we don't like this part, so we're going to chop that out and then we'll go back to the last half of your movie.' It's kind of like that what they are doing at radio because they're saying …

So Strong’ is a combination of things. The whole album is saying where I am and what’s going on in my life. That’s the Message - Jonathan Butler.

JazzReview: Your new CD ‘So Strong’ is an amazing compilation of hope, inspiration, joy and romance.

Jonathan Butler: Thank you. You said that so well. I love the way it came together. All I wanted to do was to play something that sounded good and which had this flavor be …

29.01.2011

David Benoit

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David Benoit is a very busy guy these days. He recently released his first all-orchestral CD, produced a tribute to the first Charlie Brown TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas and is getting ready for a Christmas tour with saxophonist Dave Koz. With everything the composer/conductor/instrumentalist has done, he is most proud of his classical-based CD called Orchestral Stories.

Benoit's orchestral CD was a labor of love for him, but there were two things that he had problems wit …

Multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson is one of the premier performers in smooth jazz. His shows are primarily upbeat in nature and the audience senses the energy that Culbertson brings to his performance. He says, That's kind of what I like to do. The albums are one thing and you go out and see a live performance and it's a whole other energy going on. People seem to like it. However, if it wasn't for one special person in his life, Culbertson wouldn't be the kind of performer he is t …
It had to happen! Hot horns, mellow tunes, master musicians and lots of soul, after years of performing together, trumpeter Rick Braun and sax man, Richard Elliot along with co-producers Jeff Lorber, Rex Rideout and Philippe Saisse have produced a slamming, jamming scorcher, showcasing talents of all the artists, commanding attention of their listeners, thrilling their fans with this summer’s great hit, R n R

As he rushed back from a gig in Detroit, Richard Elliot was kind eno …

29.01.2011

Sakesho

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A group that has been around for just around two years is making a mark on the music scene to bring the best of the French Caribbean to listeners around the world. Sakesho, pronounced sah KAY show, is presenting to audiences the style of beguine music, which is intensely syncopated and polyrhythmic. This style of music has fascinated steelpan drummer Andy Narell, who for many years has always looked at many styles of world beat music. The group combines beguine with calypso beats, Afro-Cuban …

29.01.2011

O2L

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What do two members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra do between Christmas seasons? They fuse jazz, blues, rock and electronic music into a blend that is distinctive. Pianist Jane Mangini and guitarist Al Pitrelli, who studied with legendary jazz guitarist John Scofield and has performed with such artists as Celine Dion, Taylor Dayne and Alice Cooper, come together to make up the group O2L. Together as both musicians and a married couple, Mangini and Pitrelli have come up with a sound that has …