Joe Montague

Joe Montague

Although Vinny Valentino is a guitar virtuoso, his talent with six strings often overshadows his insight and genius as a composer. "I think that it is very difficult in our world to wear many different hats and for people to be accepting of those different hats. If you are a guitar player, you are not really thought of as a great composer," says Valentino. He continues the thought with, "(Take) Pat Metheny, nobody really thinks of Pat as a great composer. Well, I guess some people do, but …
It was Cyndi Lauper who rode the pop tune "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" in the early eighties, but Chicago born songstress, Ann Hampton Callaway, is one of New York City's bright lights in 2006, and she is the one having all the fun. The lady with the effervescent personality and fabulous vocals often refers to herself as a lover.

"I was just born to be a lover," says Callaway. "I think that sense of love immediately draws people in. I am so glad that I can sing because all of that stuf …

29.01.2011

Reuben Rogers

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"There is something about when you are so close and people can almost touch you. It is another feeling and that is the way I like it," Reuben Rogers says in replying to my question about the type of venue that best suits him as an artist. The highly acclaimed bassist who earlier this year debuted his self-titled solo project continues, "(So close) that they can hear you breathe. I like to be able to look down and see the reaction of the person to the soloist, and to the energy of the song that t …
If you are a fan of jazz music and you haven't heard of Wycliffe Gordon, you have to get dialed in now! You have probably heard people make statements about other artists such as, "It is almost like he/she makes that instrument talk." Well Gordon does indeed give a human voice to his Edwards 500 bore trombone and he has a lot of fun doing it.

With songs like "Shhhh!!!!" from his most recent release, Cone's Coup from the Criss Cross label and "Take Your Cake Back" from the previously …

29.01.2011

Monika H.

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Monika Heidemann, or Monika H as she prefers to be called, joins Julie Hardy and Brenda Earle as part of the new wave of very talented contemporary Jazz singer/composers coming out of New York City. One couldn't hope for a more resounding endorsement than she received from highly respected Dominique Eade: "Monika always had her ear pointed in a different direction; she wasn't going for the beaten path and she stayed true to the sound she was after. She's smart, hip and has a great sense …

John Lee Hooker Jr. comes across as being wary of journalists and a little bit surly, but he warms up quickly when you get around to talking about his fans. The bluesman is a phenomenal singer/songwriter who has paid his dues on both the music scene and in life.

Hooker discussed with me is upcoming September tour of Spain, Switzerland and Germany to promote his most recent release Cold As Ice. At the time, he was in the midst of traveling across the United States for the same re …

29.01.2011

Sheila Cooper

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Saxophonist, singer and composer Sheila Cooper began life in Toronto, Canada, studying to play the piano at first, and then later, the french horn. But it was not until she began playing the saxophone that she felt more at ease making music with the instrument keys. Her skills as a saxophonist netted her a grant from the Canada Arts Council as a young musician to study jazz in New York City. It was in New York City that she met jazz saxophonist Andy Middleton whom she married two years before jo …
29.01.2011

Tony Terry

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Tony Terry's silky smooth R&B/Jazz vocals and his Adonis-like looks have often left many a woman swooning over his love songs. It was therefore very fitting that this personable crooner was once cast as Prince Charming in the stage production of Sisterella.

The thirty-two year old Terry's career was kick started in the late eighties when he had the audacity to suggest to a band that they replace their lead singer with him. "My recording career started when I was pretty much at a cr …

29.01.2011

Lori Perry

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Lori Perry grew up in Bakersfield, California, listening to Spanish, Gospel and Country music. Yet today, Lori Perry is best known as the soulful passionate lady of Jazz and R&B who has recorded with the likes of Brian Culbertson, Cher, Elton John and George Michael. Along with her three sisters Carol, Darlene and Sharon, Lori Perry comprised Perri one of the most talented Jazz vocal ensembles to grace the airwaves during the eighties. In 1986 Perri provided the backup vocals for Anita …
29.01.2011

Chick Corea

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His musical genius never in doubt, his opinions never dull and with his creativity seemingly getting ever sharper Jazz composer/pianist Chick Corea took a few minutes out from an ambitious tour schedule to talk to me about his newest creation The Ultimate Adventure CD and a program that he has created for Vienna Austria's celebration of Mozart's 250th birthday. The program will be presented this July.

About the Mozart piece he says, "The fact that they chose an American Jazz musician t …