Joe Montague

Joe Montague

Some actors learn how to sing and occasionally dance so they can land a plumb role on Broadway or another big stage, but this is the story of an actress who decided to turn to singing and we are the lucky ones. Melissa Stylianou is an incredibly gifted jazz vocalist who arrived in New York City from Toronto, Canada in 2005.

Her effortless reading of Sting’s "Tea In The Sahara" (Bachelorette-2001) is elegant, her interpretation of Lennon and McCartney’s "Blackbird" (Sliding D …

29.01.2011

Scott Tarulli

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Every once in awhile, a jewel goes undiscovered and gathers dust. Fortunately for me while surfing the internet one night in December, I discovered the music of New England guitarist Scott Tarulli. The teacher from the Berklee College of Music has released two albums to date, his studio project Transitions and the fall 2004 live recording September In Boston: Live, performed at the Abbey Lounge.

Spectacular keyboard player Dennis Hughes, bassist Jordan Scanella and d …

Jazz bass guitar player and composer Michael Manson was relaxed and in a jovial mood as he spoke to me from his home in Chicago, shortly after returning from a gig as a feature guest artist on the Brian Culbertson jazz cruise.

"Brian and I are old friends and I had a great time playing. As musicians we don’t get a chance to hang out as much as we really want to but this cruise afforded us the opportunity (to be together) for a whole week," says the man who has blown audiences and the …

"Bands come and go. I just try to do my best for the audience whether it is a live show or a recording. You are only as good as your last thing, your last project or your last show. You want to leave people with wanting to talk about you and having good things to say so they will come back to see the next show or buy the next CD," says Greg Adams who certainly needs no introduction to jazz fans. Adams was speaking to me from his home in Los Angeles on this Tuesday morning.

The trumpet …

A camera is following blues artist Eric Bibb as he moves among the shops on Paris, France’s Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau and that is how the CD Diamond Days begins. Acting upon a last minute suggestion from a cinematographer friend, Bibb is filmed with a camcorder while he visits what he refers to as one of his "favorite haunts," a luthier shop, RF Charle Instruments de Musique à Cordes.

"There was something about the spontaneity of the whole thing that I felt enticed with, a cert …

Some artists might consider a musical theater role portraying a legend like Frank Sinatra to be A potential career killer because of the comparisons to Ol’ Blue Eyes, and then the prospect of not being able to get out from under that shadow and assert your own individuality as a singer. That, however, is not the situation with Jonathan Poretz, a jazz vocalist hailing from the San Francisco area who has spent almost two years depicting Sinatra in the production of Dick Feeney and Sandy Hackett …

On February 6, it was announced that Johannes Linstead one of Canada’s top guitarists was nominated for the nation’s top music prize a Juno Award. The Junos are Canada’s equivalent of a Grammy and Linstead’s guitarra Latina CD Café Tropical is being recognized in the Instrumental Album Of The Year category.

When contacted Linstead had this to say about his nomination, "I was thrilled when they announced my name for the nomination. However, what made it even more speci …

One would be tempted to refer to Andy Middleton and Sheila Cooper as the dynamic duo. During the late summer of 2006, the couple moved from Gotham City (New York City) to Austria with their seven-year old daughter, Calli. They write masterful compositions, Middleton is an accomplished tenor/soprano saxophone player and Cooper is a critically acclaimed vocalist and alto saxophonist.

Just a few days before celebrating their first Christmas in Vienna, Middleton took time to speak with me …

29.01.2011

Lauren Wood

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Most people associate Lauren Wood with her song "Fallen" from the soundtrack of the movie Pretty Woman. The soundtrack sold eighteen million copies. In many ways the hit song, which rocked European charts as well as those in North America, overshadows the many other successes that this superbly talented singer/songwriter/producer has enjoyed.

Wood’s most recent album Love, Death & Customer Service is her eighth album and second self-produced record released under her own label, Bad …

Can less ever be more? Well, according to jazz guitarist and composer, Anthony Wilson the answer can sometimes be yes. He spoke about the necessity of learning to become an uncomplicated writer while discussing his Power of Nine CD featuring the Anthony Wilson Nonet.

"I think what separates this CD (Power Of Nine) from anything I did before is I am trying a little less hard. As I grow up and become a bit more comfortable with my own voice and what I have to contribute …