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The portrayal of the cowboy exemplifies the American tradition of freedom. Life was simpler in the days of the West. There weren’t any bottom lines or corporate gurus to please. The only rules were to live honestly and with courage. All a cowboy needed was a trusted horse, a good gun and wide-open spaces to roam. Although the barbed wire fence ended this chapter in American history, the spirit of the cowboy remains in the fabric of the American life.

Some might say that jazz musicians are a …

29.01.2011

Patti Wicks

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Although Patti Wicks has performed in New York over the years with various jazz notables, it wasn’t until landing in Florida that things really began to happen. With the release of her first CD in 1998, suddenly everybody was buzzing about Wicks’ superb piano textures and smoky emotional vocals. This gained her recognition in various jazz circles leading to her upcoming July 29, 2003 release, "Love Locked Out," an exquisite selection of rare ballads from the Great American Songbook, on the disti …
29.01.2011

Kenny Rankin

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Some vocalists merely sing the words to a song, but when you hear an extraordinary artist like Kenny Rankin pour out life’s emotions through words and music, the experience is long remembered. Singer, songwriter and accomplished guitarist, Rankin has the ability to keep listeners spellbound while he weaves a certain magic to a variety of songs straight from his heart.

Now after three and a half decades of memorable recording history, Rankin enters into an exciting new chapter with his debut …

For jazz guitarist Steve Herberman, playing music isn’t about copying the masters, but learning from them and developing one’s own style of creative expression. Throughout his teaching career, he has encouraged students to familiarize themselves with the roots of jazz, to respect its masters, and to learn from its large repertoire based in American, Brazilian and World cultures. Jazz is a form of music that has evolved from the multitude of cultures out there, and to know them is to know its …

29.01.2011

Tom Schuman

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
As the pianist/keyboardist for Spyro Gyra for 27 years, Tom Schuman is following his personal inspiration in producing his latest solo effort, "Into Your Heart," a revealing insight into the man and artist who with faith, talent, and the support of a loving family, has come to the realization that beautiful music is the expression of a happy soul.

Schuman’s debut release on his own label is filled with persuasive, original compositions, ones that will move you to thought, love, happiness and …

29.01.2011

Harvie S.

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Bassist, Harvie S, formerly known as "Harvie Swartz," doesn’t need to begin convincing anyone of his multi-talented musicianship. As a leader, composer, and sideman for a stellar list of legendary Jazz artists over the years, Harvie is presently creating something new and exciting.

"New Beginning" the second album of Harvie’s latest project, "Eye Contact," displays the versatility and harmonic complexity of his compositions influenced by Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms. But wait, just when you …

29.01.2011

Beegie Adair

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Capture if you will a moment in your life when the mood, music, and a scene from a particular movie engraved a moment in your memory bank. Likelihood is that the film you were watching with your significant other close by your side, would be instantly recalled when you hear that familiar theme. We all have those experiences at one time or another and it is dedicated artists like Beegie Adair that bring them back to life, note by note. Whether by jewel box or performance, Ms. Adair feels what you …

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The Pat Metheny Group, which is actually touring after having taken a break for four years, is not only one of the longest existing but also one of the most successful existing jazz groups ever. It is distinguished by not having lost its identity as a result of popularity. Some have concluded that the group's success points at an inferior concept, a low profile music, but whenever these critics are asked just to count the beat of a randomly chosen piece of the group's repe …

Pianist and composer, Michel Camilo, is a prominent figure in the Latin jazz scene. With a rich knowledge of both classical and jazz, Michel has the fire and excitement of Tito Puente and the sophistication of Bill Evans.

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Michel showed an early interest in music, composing his first song at the age of five. It is no wonder that Michel became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra at age 16. His musical studies were not limited to the 13 years h …

New York City was the attraction that tenor/soprano saxophonist, Marcus Strickland, was drawn to like a magnet. Relocating from his hometown in Miami, Florida, New York dangled the proverbial jazz carrot that would further his musical education and place him smack-dab in the heart of America’s jazz scene. Since moving there in 1997, Strickland has be seen at notable jazz spots around town, like the evening I saw him at the Blue Note playing with Tom Harrell. Marcus immediately caught my attentio …