Joe Montague

Joe Montague

29.01.2011

Ingrid Jensen

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Trumpet virtuoso Ingrid Jensen and I both dissolved into laughter as she responded to my question concerning how much of a role she played in the production of her new CD At Sea. "I paid for it all," she says and then there is this big pause. Jensen continues, "There would have been no product had I not opened up my bank account." Again we both start to laugh.

With At Sea Jensen is flying solo. She became her own label, producer and bandleader. She had great help from hubby Jon …

29.01.2011

L Z Love

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

LZ Love is no stranger to those in the music industry, but she may not be a household name in Texas. That is about to change. Living in Austin Texas by way of San Francisco, she has her Mojo working. LZ's album "My Higher Ground" will be in the stores on Valentine's Day, and there could not be a more fitting release date for this woman with the soulful and passionate vocals. I caught up to her between gigs and we talked about the album, an upcoming movie appearance and a television special.

"The thing I like about jazz is risk. I love how it can go so much in your favor when you find a place in music that hasn't occurred before. It doesn't matter if you are eighty years old or twenty for a moment in time you can experience that wonderful feeling again, (the reason) why you first learned music," says jazz producer and artist Charlie Peacock from his home in Nashville.

When you speak to Peacock, the word that immediately comes to mind is cerebral. In his music and the world …

29.01.2011

Tim Coffman

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Tim Coffman, producer, songwriter and musician, has been around the music scene since the early sixties and like most fine wines, he is getting better with age. His CD Nonstop to Paris has been ripping up the Jazz charts in Europe for the past year. Beach and Guitar (2004) and Music from Beach Boulevard (2005) created an entirely new musical genre when he married a combination of retro and modern surf music to the sound of a Hawaiian steel guitar. While one might be hard …

Deanna Witkowski has red hair, grew up in the western half of New York State and Pennsylvania. Nothing unusual there, but then you come to the part where she plays a style of jazz that is heavily influenced with Latin vibes. Whoa, where did that come from? We could make this into a story that says Witkowski had designs on being a famous Latin artist from the time she was a little girl, but the truth is, at least in the beginning, it was more a fluke.

She recalls, "I was in gradua …

29.01.2011

Poncho Sanchez

Published in Concert Reviews
His new CD is titled Raise Your Hand, and the members of the audience at Demitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle Washington did just that on Friday, December 28th, as they were feeling the Latin vibes of percussionist Poncho Sanchez and his band. Although Jazz Alley does not have a dance floor, that did not stop the crowd from getting up and doing the mambo, salsa and cha cha in the aisles.

The evening was an experience that those in attendance will not soon forget, as Sanchez kicked off his

29.01.2011

Michael Kaeshammer

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From the moment that Michael Kaeshammer took to the stage at the Center in Vancouver for the Performing Arts, on the evening of December 13th, you knew this was going to be a fun and entertaining evening, filled with great music. Kaeshammer possesses uncanny stage presence, an abundance of charisma-oh and did we happen to mention that he is a superb pianist, with great jazz vocals.

The grand piano was turned at an angle giving his audience a clear view of Kaeshammer, as his fingers da

29.01.2011

Sophie Milman

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From the moment that Sophie Milman hit the stage at the Center in Vancouver for the Performing Arts, on Canada’s west coast, December 13th, you knew she was into her music. As she started to sing the first few lines of "Spring Fever," her body swayed to the music. Earlier this fall, Milman received high marks from New York City critics after her performances at the Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, one of North America’s premier jazz venues. Vancouver was the last stop on her western Cana
29.01.2011

Patrick Yandall

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When you meet smooth jazz / blues guitarist Patrick Yandall offstage, he is quiet, gracious and congenial, but when he straps on his guitar he adopts a different persona, that of a master of blistering guitar licks whose fingers dance nimbly over the frets on the neck of his guitar. Yandall is also capable of taking a more laid-back approach to his music, as he did while performing his song "Fade To Black," at Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge in San Diego on October 7th. The song sandwiches a swin

29.01.2011

Karrin Allyson

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Breathtaking might be a word one could use to describe Karrin Allyson’s performance at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle Washington on Saturday September 22nd. You could just as easily use the adjectives, sassy, sexy and magnificent to characterize her show. Wearing a persimmon colored dress with black trim, Allyson, backed by a seasoned group of musicians, which included, acoustic bass player Jeff Johnson, drummer Todd Strait, Steve Nelson on the vibraphone and electric guitar player Rod Fle

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