Karl Stober

Karl Stober

29.01.2011

James Lloyd

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Cool is as cool sounds and that is still true over three decades of the contemporary phenomena known as Pieces of A Dream, a jack hammer of hits with sweet sounds filtering through every jazz venue here and abroad. With that said, it was my pleasure to sit and discover the heart of this machine--this personality and creative elixir, Pillow Talk, that has poured out once more from Heads Up Records.

Keyboardist James Lloyd took a moment to reflect on many of his thoughts over the year …

29.01.2011

Lisa Hilton

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Lisa Hilton is the candelabrum affixed atop jazz with that everlasting twinkle of class. From the early days to her present spin "My Favorite Things," Ms. Hilton’s gift has that touch and feel of true jazz. Amongst the clutter and nonsense of the industry lie many gems of which she shines brighter than most. The arrangements are fresh, selections thoughtfully designed, and presentation impeccable. Ms Hilton is the next generation of iconic pleasure in the world of jazz!

Her career propels war …

29.01.2011

Jane Monheit

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Back in the quaint town of North Hampton, Massachusetts is where I first experienced the sparkle of Jane Monheit, and her lyrical tone and expressions on stage. Almost angelic in nature, this initial encounter captured my total awareness. An eclectic feel in sound and method that redefines the jazz vocalist stereotype and perception. Opinions aside, Ms. Monheit’s energy and talent is foremost in the jazz industry.

Ms. Monheit’s fifth studio album, The Season (Epic Records cat. 97221 …

29.01.2011

Lisa Bell

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Inspiration, a incident on which ideas are chiseled. Diversity enters when maturity mixes with confidence, however, innovation only evolves when all the other variables of the talented source are allowed to nurture into a spirit. Creativity is not bought, sold, or birthed with the vocalizing of a note. It just comes from within, requiring no explanation for its existence. Such is the growth of vocalist Lisa Bell and her journey thus far.

Ms. Bell is a jazz artist who never turn …

29.01.2011

Keely Smith

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Effervescent always, however graceful to a fault, the life and times of Keely Smith has taken many directions and side streets. From her 1948 introduction of future partner, animated artiste of lyrical brass Louis Prima--to her current jewel box sensation Vegas 58: Today, Keely Smith never compromised her opinions, feelings, and unique demeanor. At 73, she is still Vegas, still flamboyant, still the icon of class entertainment to those who embrace the moments and city she aided in sculpting. …

29.01.2011

Judy Wexler

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At times it has been stated, "Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking, but a full-on metamorphosis." When a career takes this road, the words are just as powerful. Keeping that in mind, just sit and spin awhile with jazz vocalist Judy Wexler.

Former actress, Ms. Wexler followed that pulsating romantic, called a heart, and launched a whole new dimension to sound studios unexplored. With the int …

An epiphany in thought is by all standards an event many of us embrace. It changes the axis of our lives and many times our inner direction. In music, this is a welcome occurrence. It opens a new dimension and purpose to one’s gift-a crossroads to a legacy.

For singer/songwriter/musician Julie Lavender, "Never Felt the Sun" may be the defining moment of just that, her epiphany. Released by Covenant Records, this project is a mirror into the mind, soul and talents of one very fresh, but …

29.01.2011

Matt Bianco

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Two decades have passed and three lives have traveled very different paths, sometimes touching upon the past, whether by song or a brief recall of a faint memory. However, fans do not forget. They just anticipate the resurrection of a new beginning in hopes of past musical magic becoming restored. Hope is not a strategy, just a forgone wish gambled upon. But in this case, this gamble paid three to one, for hope won out. Ladies and gentlemen, Matt Bianco is back in studio.

Matt Bianco, in part …

David Bailey once articulated, "It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography, everything is so ordinary, it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary."

Jazz today has many facets with which to experience the genre, the music, the history, and the characters. However, through the lens of Barcelona native and photographer, Lourdes Delgado, we see the roots and lifestyl …

29.01.2011

String Planet

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
In this industry of cookie cutter manufacturing of talent, it is ultimately stimulating to touch upon artists who take innovation to the edge. Contemplating the thought of new sounds and techniques, and creating the vision by way of risk, is a dynamic undertaking. Novi Novog and Larry Tuttle took the path of risk and engaged their talent to give birth to String Planet-s delightful experience in strings with each cut unique in its own right.

In this new world of jazz that Novog and Tuttle hav …