Sheldon T. Nunn

Sheldon T. Nunn

When you think of something as small, medium or large, the immediate thought process describes something to wear, eat or the relative size of an object or person. Seldom wo…
Although it has been over twenty years since the release of Richard Sussman's dynamic album Free Fall, the recording continues to generate excitement even by today's standa…
I have to say this uncategorically, "Reliance" is one of the best recordings I have heard by a new group in quite some time. The name of this dynamic trio is Intuit Ensembl…
The hardest thing for any contemporary jazz musician to do these days is to rise above mediocrity in a sea of smooth jazz wannabees, especially as a saxophone player. Paul …
Getting down to the nitty-gritty of vocal jazz can often be a daunting proposition, when the emphasis on the human voice is not a priority by most jazz standards. Seldom is…
I am truly pleased to be introduced to the lovely sounds of Kitty Margolis. Announcing the release of her latest CD 'Left Coast Life,' she continues her reputation as a sav…
Trying to get an interview with Maxine Todd, Program Director at Houston's new smooth jazz radio station almost proved to be a lesson in futility. To her credit, the lady has been busy launching 95.7 The Wave since November 2002. In fact, bringing the format to the city is a big deal, seeing as how Houston has been without a commercial jazz station since 1997. Numerous attempts have been made to program jazz in the city over the last 25 years, but to date four of them have failed t …
In November 2002, a Houston icon was unceremoniously escorted off the radiowaves. KIKK 95.7-FM had been a country & western musical treasure for more than a quarter of a century. As the station left the airwaves, it was replaced by an upstart of sorts, KHJZ 95.7-FM, otherwise known as "The Wave." The transition did not sit well with die-hard KIKK listeners, especially after they realized what the new format would be, "Smooth Jazz." A sonic boom reaching meteoric heigh …

In 1958, Alvin Ailey, famed American dancer and choreographer founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which has since become one of the world’s most revered modern dance organizations. The premise behind Ailey’s conceptualized idea was to draw upon his "blood memories" of his native Texas, while conveying those ideas elaborately in a modern dance setting. He drew upon the music that included gospel, jazz, spiritual influences and the blues as a source of inspirati …

For more than 40 years, Carlos Augusto Alves Santana has pushed the envelope of rock guitar by melding blues, jazz fusion, R&B and salsa into a level of creativity that has been seldom paralleled by any other musician of his generation. As a Grammy Award-winning musician and Latin-rock guitarist, Santana has epitomized the sound of music by blending the elements of varying styles into one unique component. His approach to his craft is well known and documented; yet even by today’s …