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Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

February 2007 - There are too few words available to describe musical performances in a fresh way, especially one as ethereal as given by the Ganelin Trio Priority. Their s…
"Never judge a man's actions until you know his motives." (Anonymous). Zvonimir Tot (z-VON-e-mere TOTE) made the moves from his home of Vojvodina (the northern province of …
September 2006 - It’s disappointing to know there are those who are satisfied with viewing a musical performance from their computer’s 12-inch screen. Obviously, proximity …
Tenor saxophonist, Gene Ammons, is one of the main entries into bop and swing. He encased the buoyant, breathy resonance and sentimentality of Coleman Hawkins and the threa…
29.01.2011

Delfeayo Marsalis

Published in News Story
September 2006 - Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis has his first recording out in a decade. Released on September 12, Minions Dominion is on Troubadour Jass Records and features the last recorded works of drummer Elvin Jones. In the time that they spent together, Marsalis received the wisdom and digested the history that Jones quietly imparted. It comes through in his music and in the work he does with young people; a family trait, it seems. In the liner notes to Minions Dominion, Marsa …
29.01.2011

Sonny Rollins

Published in News Story
Luckily, it wasn’t cold enough to not feel circulation in our feet waiting outside the Consulate General of Sweden New York. Our hands were warm enough to shake the ones of the man who got us inside early.

Composer Steve Reich looked like the consummate New Yorker baseball cap, three-quarter length jacket with the upturned collar to guard against the chilly air and sensible walking shoes. Yet the difference in him was that he was all smiles.

This was his night, along with jazz icon tenor s …

29.01.2011

Gilad Barkan

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Musicians who immigrate to the United States come with not only their instruments, but also a firm hold on their distinct heritage. Some of these émigré immix swatches of their native music with jazz and weave a multi-textured body of work. Pianist Gilad Barkan, who’s lived in this country since he was fifteen and presently resides in Boston, MA, was born in England and raised in Israel. His Live Sessions (New Step Music), a two-disc release, gives him the opportunity to point his co …
29.01.2011

Brian Groder

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
January 2007 - It is uncomforting to hear that there are ensemble directors today who question the validity of using improvisation as a criterion for adjudicating young jazz students in competition. This démodé mindset hampers the progression and expression of players and the music - and what for? If players aren’t emboldened to unleash their inner creative spirit, then why do this thing called jazz? (Or whatever you’d like to call it.)

New York-based trumpeter and composer Brian Grode …

Whenever she performs on stage Esperanza Spalding is hard to miss. Her signature Afro hairstyle and big upright bass gets the attention every time and although it's not so common to see a female play bass, it is even less common when the bass is an upright. However, Esperanza Spalding would not have it any other way.

"People are so used to seeing big guys play it (the upright bass) but in the environment that I grew up in there were other women playing upright bass. M …

29.01.2011

Marc Cary

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Think back to keyboardist Marc Cary’s first four releases. His debut as a leader, 1994’s Cary On (enja) immediately demanded our attention with its clarity and imprint of his emerging style and presence. His next two for Arabesque Recordings - 1996’s Listen, containing the beautifully bluesy "Conditional Statement" by flutist Y.C. Laws, and 1998’s The Antidote, an entrancing collection of compositions that lift the spirit gently off the ground - brought him more into our foc …
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