Joe Montague

Joe Montague

Eberhard Weber has long been acknowledged as a genius in the field of music. He invented the electric bass and added a fifth string to the instrument. His compositions like those of Chick Corea defy being described as entirely jazz, are influenced by classical, but belong to a genre beyond description. Weber speaking to me from his home in southern France, while recuperating from the effects of a stroke, spoke candidly and passionately about jazz music, but in a manner, that easily leaves its …

29.01.2011

Blake Aaron

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

To say that guitarist Blake Aaron is a funky guy would be a gross understatement, and to try to apply just one label to his special brand of music would not be accurate either, as his new CD Desire clearly demonstrates. The album has received rave reviews, including in this publication, and has been charting spectacularly since it was released earlier this year. Currently Desire sits in the number one spot on the Indie Charts, a position that it has occupied for five straight we …

29.01.2011

Shari Chaskin

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"I guess I am like an actor in a role, if I can relate to a song, then I put myself in the writer’s shoes. I try to deliver it as though I am the writer (of the song) and I try to get the story told. During the couple of years that I was with Les Miserables (she performed on stages throughout Canada and the United States), the director kept telling us, ‘This is a story, and people are paying to come to hear this story. If you don’t believe what you are singing, then the audience will feel tha …

29.01.2011

Gian Sicilia

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Imagine being just twenty-two years old and having your debut CD rocket to the # 1 position on Bluesville, a channel on the XM Satellite radio network. Well that is just what happened to the incredibly talented Gina Sicilia, a Philadelphian who has been causing ears to perk up and radio DJs to spin her CD Allow Me To Confess.

Sicilia has already received international critical acclaim from those in the music industry and drawn high marks from legendary bluesman Bob Margol …

Swedish diva Jeanette Lindstrom is the kind of person you like more every time you talk to her, watch her perform, or as in my case, correspond with her during the course of writing this article. Her fans’ love for Lindstrom was obvious when a couple of months ago. I had the opportunity to attend one of her concerts in Vancouver, Canada.

Lindstrom is a gifted singer and songwriter who exudes warmth when she talks to her audience, evokes strong emotions with her passionate vocals, and …

29.01.2011

Gina Sincilia

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Imagine being just twenty-two years old and having your debut CD rocket to the # 1 position on Bluesville, a channel on the XM Satellite radio network. Well that is just what happened to the incredibly talented Gina Sicilia, a Philadelphian who has been causing ears to perk up and radio DJs to spin her CD Allow Me To Confess.

Sicilia has already received international critical acclaim from those in the music industry and drawn high marks from legendary bluesman Bob Margol …

Bobby Sanabria is a bandleader, a composer, an incredible drummer and most of all an individual who believes in giving back to the community and the jazz art form that he truly feels grateful to be a part of. He was inspired as a young man growing up in the Bronx of New York City when he watched the legendary Puerto Rican bandleader and percussionist Tito Puente perform a free concert in his neighborhood. Never forgetting that experience, and the fire that it lit within him, Sanabria has by h …

29.01.2011

j.dee

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Jazz saxophonist j.dee is one man you do not want to refer to as funky. He will also object if you say his music is smooth. So what is it with this cat from LA anyway? The sax man who is better known for his production and songwriting skills will tell you that his music is tippin’ on the edge of funk, and that just happens to be the name of his current CD.

"What I wanted to try and do is to be a little funkier than the mainstream smooth jazz artists are, but still be smooth jazz. I th …

Violist and violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch is a rarity in the world of music, as she has the ability to combine the abilities to create sophisticated compositions with strong elements of classical music, with her fondness for improvisation that reflects her love of jazz music. Earlier the gifted composer/musician united with pianist/harmonium player Myra Meldford and released Heart Mountain, a CD that may best be described as chamber jazz. We spoke to Kalmanovitch earlier in the summer to gain …

29.01.2011

Candy Dulfer

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Many labels have been applied to the music performed by Dutch alto saxophonist Candy Dulfer, including, smooth jazz and funk, but it is perhaps the superlatives that her fans use to describe her music that is most accurate, words like, unbelievable, wonderful, incredible and awesome.

Speaking to me on the phone from the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where she was performing, Dulfer said, "I just make albums that I like, and if smooth (jazz) radio picks it up, then it is a gre …