Joe Montague

Joe Montague

When I received in the mail a copy of young Canadian jazz singer Larra Skye’s CD The World Disappears, I was happy to see that the impact she has in her live perf…
Second Movement’s self-titled CD is truly a fresh sounding and understated album boasting great instrumental funk jazz music. Lead by Thomas Shaw’s keyboard wor…
Music From Beach Boulevard once again highlights the musical genius of San Diego based producer/artist Tim Coffman, not to be confused with Chicago's trombonist b…
It seems like I waited forever for Julie Hardy to release her new CD The Wish, an album released under the banner of World Culture Music, an artist collective rec…
29.01.2011

Randy Brecker

Published in News Story

I walked into the green room at the Triple Door in Seattle, Washington last November, and there he was, with his trademark hat on his head, his Sean Connery like beard, dressed in blue jeans, and sitting on a chair in the center of the room. In some ways it was a little like being ushered into a room with royalty. Grammy Award winner Randy Brecker seemed a little bit wary of the journalist who was about to pepper him with questions, that he probably presumed he had heard hundreds or perhaps t …

"To me jazz is like a sponge of culture, you squeeze it out and you get new jazz," singer/songwriter Raya Yarbrough tells me during our recent conversation, "I disagree with people when they say that jazz needs to be preserved and frozen in (time). I think that dead things need to be preserved, and jazz is not dead, it is very alive. Jazz is changing because it is meant to change. People didn’t think that bebop would ever work and it did. Every step of the way, every time that jazz has morphed, …
29.01.2011

East Bay Soul

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

"I think that we can pull from all of our lives’ experiences and our music. That’s where this is going to come from. It is going to be seasoned. It is going to be like a fine bottle of wine. We are going to uncork it and let it breathe," says one of the world’s premier smooth jazz trumpeters Greg Adams, as he and R&B singer, Lenny Williams, both former members of Tower Of Power, sat in with me for a conversation about their new band East Bay Soul.

East Bay Soul is to smooth jazz m …

Jazz vocalist and composer Carolyn Leonhart has always been surrounded by gifted artists. Her father Jay Leonhart is a highly respected acoustic double bass player, her mother was a talented singer, who left a promising professional career to focus on raising her family, and her husband Wayne Escoffery, besides being a very talented tenor saxophonist, is considered to be one of jazz music’s most insightful composers and arrangers. In addition, a few months ago Leonhart came off of an extensiv …

29.01.2011

Sophie Milman

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

"I am interested in singing songs that move me, in a way that moves people," says Sophie Milman, a twenty-four year old jazz singer from Toronto, Canada, whose current CD Make Someone Happy, soared to the # 4 spot on Billboard’s jazz charts.

With emotionally deep, evocative vocals, combined with poise and confidence that suggests a much more seasoned artist, Sophie Milman has tantalized North American audiences, with songs such as producer Steve Mackinnon’s "Something In …

29.01.2011

Lauren White

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Lauren White is a name that you should probably commit to memory, because the twenty-one year old jazz singer from Dallas, Texas, possesses an abundance of talent, a great attitude, and is one of the most polite people you will ever talk to, qualities which will serve her well in the music industry. Earlier this year White released her debut CD, At Last, an album that has three original tunes, several standards that were popular, long before she was born, and tunes by more modern …