Joe Montague

Joe Montague

"If you are a jazz musician at a concert and all you see in the audience are jazz saxophone geeks and nobody else, then there is something wrong. You have missed the point," says Marcus Strickland an accomplished tenor and soprano saxophonist and composer. "There should be doctors, lawyers and beauticians there. There should be people from all walks of life. Life is much grander than just jazz music," he concludes.

Strickland was making the comments during our conversation at the end of Octob …

When Grammy Award winning composer, bandleader and pianist Maria Schneider invites you to tour with her, you seize the opportunity and that is exactly what Argentine vocalist, musician and composer Sofia Koutsovitis did. The native of Buenos Aires now living in New York City recently concluded a European tour with Schneider. Concerts were performed in Portugal, Spain, Austria, France and Switzerland. Koutsovitis who is a highly skilled vocalist had a unique performance role with Schneider’s o …

It is not very often that you have an opportunity to speak with a music icon as celebrated as Roger Kellaway and it is even less often that you get to talk to him on his birthday (67th). I had the opportunity to do both recently and found the pianist/composer to be one of the more congenial people that I have spoken to inside or outside of the music industry. Kellaway took time to reflect about the relationships he has forged, time spent in the late sixties as the arranger and pianist f …

"I am very vulnerable, very fragile and sometimes just very human. Overall, we are talking about the human condition and I think about things like that. Why are we here in the first place? It isn’t to be separate. Music is a way of connecting with people and a way of connecting with me. I can’t sing about great pain with any kind of truth unless I have had great pain. I am willing to reveal that part of myself to people. This music allows me to do that. I am willing to do that. I …

29.01.2011

Bob Reynolds

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Tenor saxophonist Bob Reynolds will be touring with John Mayer early in 2007. The two Berklee alumni have kept in touch over the years and although Reynolds has played the Monterey Jazz Festival, toured Japan and performed at the Kennedy Center, the upcoming gig with one of the music industry’s hottest young stars have to rate at the top of the list.

Reynolds says the admiration for Mayer runs much deeper than the hit songs he has punched out, "He is somebody I respect beyond his musi …

Jazz Review wants to thank Ann Hampton Callaway, Cyrus Chestnut, Brenda Earle and Sherrie Maricle for taking time to share with us their Christmas memories and plans.

Where did you spend Christmas growing up and what special memories do you have of that time?

Ann Hampton Callaway:

No one does Christmas like Chicago, with great white lights everywhere and snow swirling in the wind. It’s like you live in a holiday snow globe.

I love …

Rory Partin is a renaissance man in the world of big band swing music. Although he wasn’t born when many of the standards that appear on his new CD The Very Thought of You were first written, he sings them with the same charm that made Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Nat King Cole household names.

One of the premier crooners in music, the Louisiana born Partin is the lead vocalist and bandleader of the Rory Partin Band. Listeners will enjoy his smooth rich vocals on favorite tun …

29.01.2011

Adi Braun

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Whether she is singing in front of an audience, on a CD or talking to you, Adi Braun has a sensuality that drips from every note and leaves you hanging on every word. "I think we all sing about love," she says. However, Braun is much more than lusty vocals, she is a very good jazz singer who is quickly making inroads both in North America and Europe.

Braun’s Rules of the Game album is filled with love stories from some of the best songwriters past and present. She provides a beautifu …

Take a space age sounding name like Galactic, mix in musical influences from Mardi Gras Indians and Professor Longhair, add some great honest sounding organic jazz tunes and you gain some insight into the music of drummer Stanton Moore and the influences that infuse his tunes.

Moore combines a career as the drummer for Galactic with a burgeoning solo career that just saw him release his third project under his own name. The CD is simply titled Stanton Moore III. At the time of ou …

"I like to be able to walk inside sound and touch this or that element," says Brazilian singer Cibelle from her home in London, England. "I have this song, then this world starts growing inside of my head and I start painting that song out. I embrace that poem with sounds that, let’s say, helps this poem reach where it has to go," she says. Her multi-layered songs are as much a product of the many facets of her personality as they are of continuous mixing of the tracks until she arrives at a …