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In my exploration for a new artist-entrepreneur, my friend Kari (who is a pundit of independent performer’s) set my course to a unique and vibrant siren that swings with a pioneering eloquence. Adorning a smile that would light up the Broadway skyline and a revolutionary instinct that is tenacious by nature, flutist Ragan Whiteside entered unplugged, into my compilation of uncut diamonds. With ease and assured conviction, I can state Ragan has fashioned a masterful unveiling spin, branded Cla …
29.01.2011

Carol Duboc

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"The concept began when I started looking for a special Valentine’s song. I realized there weren’t many out there so I wrote my own." Wow, what an easy way for a conversation to begin, straight forward and right to the point. Carol Duboc is a seasoned and experienced songwriter/arranger/pianist/vocalist and all around music professional. Talking about her fourth CD release, Songs for Lovers, Ms. Duboc goes on to say that "My Valentine" sparked the inspiration to do a project …
29.01.2011

Raya Yarbrough

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"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

Jack Sheldon

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Jack Sheldon, a beacon for some 60 years on the West Coast jazz scene, is having a very good year. At 76, the celebrated trumpet player, vocalist, bandleader and TV personality, is the subject of a new documentary film, while his jazz career continues to accelerate. He was there when the so-called West Coast Jazz, a cooled-down version of hard bop was born. He calls himself a "survivor" from the period. "Only a few of us are left. Bud Shank is another," he says. Jack and alto sax player Shank …
29.01.2011

Dee Brown

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On the surface, the electric guitar and God aim to inspire two polarized behaviors from people. The electric guitar is typically idolized for being loud and wild, unlike the soft billowing resonance of the violins which people associate with angels, God’s choir made in the image of himself. But smooth jazz guitarist/arranger/composer Dee Brown shows us that the guitar makes a vital contribution to choirs made in the image of God, and that the electric guitar inspires love equal to that of a …
29.01.2011

Bradley Leighton

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The sub-contra bass flute, otherwise known as the Big Flute in orchestras, has the low registers of a bass guitar and a glossy squirming comparable to the oboe and woodwinds of its ilk. It is the type of instrument that you would expect a savvy flutist like Bradley Leighton to be attracted to, and sure enough, he owns one. Leighton purchased the 5th in a series of sub-contra bass flutes made by J. Hogenhuis of The Netherlands. Leighton mainly plays the sub-contra bass flute for demonstrations, b …
29.01.2011

Victor Wooten

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Victor Wooten is a powerhouse jazz bassist out of Nashville Tennessee, who graciously discusses his music, latest recordings, new book and his philosophy and life as a musician. JazzReview: I’ve listen to several of your music recordings and this recording is different Victor Wooten: Yes. JazzReview: Very spiritual, almost mysterious, although I’ve heard the diversity in your music, the funk, jazz, blues, pop, soul, world and gospel music. How did this …
Creating an eclectic cocktail with the swamp tradition of New Orleans and the suave sophistication of New York, John Ellis has created a cocktail of pure attitude on his new release, Dance Like There's No Tomorrow. Though geographically hundreds of miles separate the cities, an undefeatable spirit joins them. Both cities have faced recent catastrophes but both are coming back intact, licking their wounds, but healing and going forward in spite of their losses. Pla …
29.01.2011

Ellen Honert

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Echoing the element of traditional with diverse vocalization, Amsterdam’s Ellen Honert has hit the vocal jazz scene heavy with promise! When I first spun the diabolically seductive tones of "Blue" from Ms. Honert’s debut release from Mill Station Records, Breath of the Soul, thoughts of a majestic romance came to mind. Ms. Honert seems to possess assured ingenuity along with an unclouded foresight; exposing ones past emotions with her vocal allure. Crisp in delivery, precise in harmoni …
With a lung capacity as mighty as the woolly-mammoth, saxophonist Virginia Mayhew shows that life is unpredictable, but always worth the challenges. Her battle with breast cancer put a halt to her recordings in 2005, although she released Sandan Shuffle in 2006 with her quartet. She tells, "I actually recorded Sandan Shuffle right before I discovered I had breast cancer. I did a short tour, then started the chemo." She is back in 2008 not only with a new solo …
29.01.2011

Kem Owens

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Adekemi Owens, known professionally and affectionately to music fans as "Kem," has come a long way from Nashville, Tennessee to his current hometown of Detroit, Michigan. So, one figures that is why this musical genius has written and performed songs that could be considered as Jazz, R&B, Soul or Adult Contemporary. This Detroit native with Nigerian roots has overcome some hurdles in his life, but through perseverance, is living the true American dream of success.
One wonders if Jimi Hendrix had the blues students of today in mind when he said, "Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel." However, when the self-invented wild child of blues, Debbie Davies, hits the stage, it all makes sense! From my first "plug-n-play" of Davies in my studio at a small stick in New England, Davies' manipulation and passion of the strings ignited the station populace. The Duchess of Blues was loose and out of control. Every lick had fever pitch. It was the blu …
29.01.2011

Ana-Isabel Ordonez

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The film documentary A Touch of Noir put together by Dr. Ana-Isabel Ordonez and François Olivieri pays homage to film noir, which is based on the dramatic look portrayed in German Expressionism and cinematography. Ordonez and Olivieri add a new dimensional to its presentation with live improvised music played by avant-garde musicians during the showing of these films in select theaters throughout the USA and Europe. Film noir is a form of filmmaking that accentuates the drama of human …
29.01.2011

Kat Parra

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Sephardic jazz is the voice of the Spanish Jews, whom singer-songwriter Kat Parra has a special bond with as a descendent of this spirited community. This is the music that moves her and inspires her to reach into her soul and find her voice, which resounds stunningly on her latest release Azucar de Amor. The melodies have an ethnic feel which combines influences of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Peruvian, South American folklore, Sephardic music of the Spanish Jews, and some Brazilian standards whi …
29.01.2011

East Bay Soul

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"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 great Sonny Rollins is gearing up for an ambitious touring season which will take him from the West Coast (April 3 at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall and April 5 at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Southern California)then East for appearances at Kennedy Center, April 18, and Morristown, N.J., April 26. In May he will play in Japan, Korea and Singapore. After resting in June, his sextet will travel to France and Italy in July, returning in August to play three U.S. Festivals. Cat …
29.01.2011

Dena DeRose

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Pianist, singer, composer, and arranger, Dena DeRose is a natural when it comes to bringing out jazz music’s warm resonance and emotive punctuations, garnishing classic and modern standards that she plays. She never seems to run out of ideas to put into words and music, and reflects, "Inspiration for writing music comes in many, many forms for me. Whether it be personal experience, listening to other musicians, learning a new musical technique as in a theoretical approach to harmony or rhythm …
Bassist Gerald Veasely has been making strategic moves throughout his career. His newest CD is called Your Move, referring to the game of chess. He says, jazz is known for the fact that it has a lot of improvisation and a lot of thinking on your feet in the moment. There's a multiplicity of moves you can make within a chess game. Certainly on stage or in the studio or rehearsing your music if it's jazz related, they're so many options that you have. That's part of the fun, just figurin …
29.01.2011

Pamela Hines

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As one journey’s down the ivory keys of a piano one stroke at a time, each note is an attitude, however, when harmonies are in union with others they become a relationship soon to develop a story, the author is the musician and the beneficiary is the fan. Simple concept, but not so simple to orchestrate So let me familiarize you with one of jazz’s grand ivory authors Ms. Pamela Hines! From the cunningly complex arrangement of "Return" to the ever-evolving emotions of "Very" this unclas …
29.01.2011

Taeko Fukao

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Taeko Fukao, a name widely known now, but in the very near future, artiste Taeko the talent, will be synonymous with harmonic ingenuity and inventive musicality. Taeko has unearthed emotional jazz both in performance and concept. Talents are hidden beneath this Japanese born musical philosopher with a range that is refreshingly crisp. Taeko also has a gift of putting fear aside and acting on logic and direction. Asked if she found scatting difficult as many do, Taeko just expressed it as "n …