Joe Montague

Joe Montague

29.01.2011

Poncho Sanchez

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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

29.01.2011

Winard Harper Sextet

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Drummer extraordinaire Winard Harper led his jazz band the Winard Harper Sextet through two hours of great music, that featured standards and original compositions-and that was just the first set. Playing before an appreciative audience at West Broadway’s The Jazz Cellar in Vancouver, the sextet was nothing short of marvelous, and after each solo performance, the patrons applauded them. At other times, the audience broke into spontaneous applause to spur their new found heroes onto even great

Denmark’s Christina and Carsten Dahl make sweet music together-in more than one way, for the couple are a dynamic jazz duo, and they are also husband and wife. Denmark’s first couple of jazz possesses a love for one another that is evident on stage, yet it does not come across as syrupy. Their respect for one another as musicians one would assume would contain an element of bias, but they handle this too with class and professionalism.

On Saturday, August 11, the Dahl’s performed at F

29.01.2011

Jeanette Lindstrom

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Swedish jazz diva Jeanette Lindstrom opened her first set at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre on the evening of August 10, with "Always," an R&B flavored tune, that served up reminders of Taylor Dane’s song "I’ll Always Love You." Guitarist Peter Nylander, who heads up the Jazz Guitar Department at the Royal Conservatory in Stockholm, Sweden, wove his magic on some smooth and seamless chord changes, while trumpeter Staffan Svensson’s muted horn filled the room with warm, mellow melodies. <
29.01.2011

Amanda Tosoff

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I learned a new definition for breathless on August 5th. Breathless, at least in my vocabulary can now be defined as twenty-three year old Vancouver jazz pianist Amanda Tosoff who performed at The Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club on West Broadway in Vancouver, Canada. Tosoff played to a standing room only crowd, who responded throughout the evening with spontaneous demonstrations of appreciation. A more seasoned and perhaps less humble musician would have realized that as her final set came to

29.01.2011

David Gogo

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Canadian blues rocker David Gogo opened his set at Vancouver’s Yale Hotel on Granville Street with his massive hit "Skeleton Key," which found a home on the airwaves and in the hearts of numerous blues fans in the United States and Canada. His fans certainly cannot complain about getting their money’s worth as Gogo is one of the hardest working musicians that I have witnessed. Like a man possessed, he worked at a feverish pace for ninety minutes (and later returned for a second set). His chor