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I spoke with trumpeter Christian Scott from his place in New York City on May 2006. He was preparing for gigs in Boston and St. Louis. He just got the news that he’d been booked at this year’s JVC Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, August 11-13. His new release on Concord Records is entitled Rewind That. JazzReview: What brought you to Berklee [School of Music in Boston]? Christian Scott: The main reason I attended Berklee was because I wanted to go to …
29.01.2011

Tony Terry

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Tony Terry's silky smooth R&B/Jazz vocals and his Adonis-like looks have often left many a woman swooning over his love songs. It was therefore very fitting that this personable crooner was once cast as Prince Charming in the stage production of Sisterella. The thirty-two year old Terry's career was kick started in the late eighties when he had the audacity to suggest to a band that they replace their lead singer with him. "My recording career started when I was pretty much at a cr …
29.01.2011

Youman Wilder

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After performing In New York, Africa and Europe, Wilder has been hailed as the next big thing.He just performed with hip-hop singer "Case" who he blew off the stage, and then turned the Montreal Jazz Festival on it's ear's with the best concerts in 10 year's of the legendary Jazz Festival. Montreal has been a hotbed for singers and musicians. Youman Wilder has made Montreal a home away from home. He has sold out several show's and is dating Montreal model/actress Kia Shoremakin. …
29.01.2011

Lori Perry

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Lori Perry grew up in Bakersfield, California, listening to Spanish, Gospel and Country music. Yet today, Lori Perry is best known as the soulful passionate lady of Jazz and R&B who has recorded with the likes of Brian Culbertson, Cher, Elton John and George Michael. Along with her three sisters Carol, Darlene and Sharon, Lori Perry comprised Perri one of the most talented Jazz vocal ensembles to grace the airwaves during the eighties. In 1986 Perri provided the backup vocals for Anita …
29.01.2011

Benny Golson

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A while ago I started interviewing and writing about George Russell and I fell in love with his latest album New York N.Y., which was originally released on Decca. The line up of musicians on the album is absolutely incredible so I decided that I would try to speak with as many of the musicians who had played on the album as I could. One of the musicians I was fortunate enough to speak with was Benny Golson. At the time I first spoke withBenny GolsonI wasn’t using a tape recorde …
29.01.2011

Grant Geissman

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Guitarist Grant Geissman, who played a classic solo on Chuck Mangione's Feel So Good, is standing up against smooth jazz radio programmers. He says they are just like people who want to colorize old movies. However, he says, "It's worse than that because it's saying 'we like this part of your movie, but we don't like this part, so we're going to chop that out and then we'll go back to the last half of your movie.' It's kind of like that what they are doing at radio because they're saying …
I first heard Michel Camilo play with his trio at Founder’s Hall, which is located in the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. When the opportunity to interview him presented itself, I was thrilled. As I started doing my research on this pianist/composer, I was awe struck by his accomplishments. There are amazing musicians playing jazz piano today, but Michel does so much more. He plays classical and jazz, he interprets the masters and creates works which have in turn become cl …
29.01.2011

Chick Corea

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His musical genius never in doubt, his opinions never dull and with his creativity seemingly getting ever sharper Jazz composer/pianist Chick Corea took a few minutes out from an ambitious tour schedule to talk to me about his newest creation The Ultimate Adventure CD and a program that he has created for Vienna Austria's celebration of Mozart's 250th birthday. The program will be presented this July. About the Mozart piece he says, "The fact that they chose an American Jazz musician t …
29.01.2011

Oscar Castro-Neves

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It is very difficult to try and place Oscar Castro-Neves in any one category, but the nice thing about it is you don't have to. Guitarist, composer, arranger, singer and producer, Castro-Neves fits in all places all at once. This is very readily on display on his new recording All One on Mack Avenue records. When I spoke to him recently, he said that at first he started out with a long list of songs to choose from and that he slowly made his way through the list and mana …
29.01.2011

Victor Fields

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Victor Fields sings really, really well with a voice that covers a double range from baritone through tenor, and a very skillfully developed delivery. I put VICTOR, Mr. Fields latest release on Regina Records, on the office CD player and all of my office mates really dug it. They even let me play it again, which isn’t usual for many of the jazz albums that I play. VICTOR is a collection of ten songs with a jazzy, soulful R & B sound. Back in my single days …
29.01.2011

Jay Beckenstein

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Nearly thirty years into performing, Spyro Gyra is still at the top of their game and still known as jazz fusion’s most original group. While other groups are ready to retire, Spyro Gyra is ready to keep on "keepin’ on" with a wealth of creative talents, adding young, fresh performers as they go. Sure, this group has a signature sound, but nothing is ever the same as they aspire to push their individual creativity. No wonder their original fan base is still with them-by the millions around th …
29.01.2011

Susie Arioli

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On the new album, "Learn to Smile Again," from the Susie Arioli band, there is a sound--a sound that you do not usually hear on recordings. It's faint, but there. What is it you ask? Perhaps it's something that should have been taken off the final product. The sound is breathing--Susie Arioli's breathing to be exact, and it's there because it's supposed to be. In fact, the band asked to have it left there. "There was a guy we had worked with on this recording that …
Ladysmith Black Mambazo has released a joyous and habit-forming album of South African scapula singing called the LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, which is part of the "Heads Up Africa Series" on the Heads Up International Label. Heads Up International is a division of Telarc International Corp. When LONG WALK TO FREEDOM arrived I first read through the beautiful sixteen-page booklet of notes that accompanies it. There are many pictures of the group and even in a still shot Ladysmit …
29.01.2011

Lisa Hilton

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Lisa Hilton is the candelabrum affixed atop jazz with that everlasting twinkle of class. From the early days to her present spin "My Favorite Things," Ms. Hilton’s gift has that touch and feel of true jazz. Amongst the clutter and nonsense of the industry lie many gems of which she shines brighter than most. The arrangements are fresh, selections thoughtfully designed, and presentation impeccable. Ms Hilton is the next generation of iconic pleasure in the world of jazz! Her career propels war …
29.01.2011

Ingrid Jensen

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Trumpet virtuoso Ingrid Jensen and I both dissolved into laughter as she responded to my question concerning how much of a role she played in the production of her new CD At Sea. "I paid for it all," she says and then there is this big pause. Jensen continues, "There would have been no product had I not opened up my bank account." Again we both start to laugh. With At Sea Jensen is flying solo. She became her own label, producer and bandleader. She had great help from hubby Jon …
29.01.2011

L Z Love

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LZ Love is no stranger to those in the music industry, but she may not be a household name in Texas. That is about to change. Living in Austin Texas by way of San Francisco, she has her Mojo working. LZ's album "My Higher Ground" will be in the stores on Valentine's Day, and there could not be a more fitting release date for this woman with the soulful and passionate vocals. I caught up to her between gigs and we talked about the album, an upcoming movie appearance and a television special.
29.01.2011

Charlie Peacock

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"The thing I like about jazz is risk. I love how it can go so much in your favor when you find a place in music that hasn't occurred before. It doesn't matter if you are eighty years old or twenty for a moment in time you can experience that wonderful feeling again, (the reason) why you first learned music," says jazz producer and artist Charlie Peacock from his home in Nashville. When you speak to Peacock, the word that immediately comes to mind is cerebral. In his music and the world …
29.01.2011

Tim Coffman

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Tim Coffman, producer, songwriter and musician, has been around the music scene since the early sixties and like most fine wines, he is getting better with age. His CD Nonstop to Paris has been ripping up the Jazz charts in Europe for the past year. Beach and Guitar (2004) and Music from Beach Boulevard (2005) created an entirely new musical genre when he married a combination of retro and modern surf music to the sound of a Hawaiian steel guitar. While one might be hard …
29.01.2011

John Levy

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John Levy will be awarded the A. B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy for a career of Management at the IAJE Convention at the New York Hilton on January 14, 2006. Natalie Bernard has been referring jazz performers to me for potential interviews, internet exposure and the potential for some additional gigs from her roster of talent for some time now. There are people she represents such as Jane Getz, and Harold Land Jr. who are truly remarkable musicians. I will if I can alway …
29.01.2011

Deanna Witkowski

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Deanna Witkowski has red hair, grew up in the western half of New York State and Pennsylvania. Nothing unusual there, but then you come to the part where she plays a style of jazz that is heavily influenced with Latin vibes. Whoa, where did that come from? We could make this into a story that says Witkowski had designs on being a famous Latin artist from the time she was a little girl, but the truth is, at least in the beginning, it was more a fluke. She recalls, "I was in gradua …