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Monica India Johnson

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Gerald Veasley, who started playing bass at the age of 12, has been into music for a very long time. He remembers the first record he ever bought, Curtis Mayfield's We're a Winner. He says Mayfield had this beautiful voice that was somewhat fragile, but yet there was a power in it at the same time. After his father died while he was going to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, he used music to help him through his loss and found solace. He says, when my father died, …
29.01.2011

Jimmy Roberts

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Forget about beans and cornbread! Growing up on a steady diet of Maceo Parker, Stanley Turrentine, and Junior Walker, nourished the soulfulness of saxophonist Jimmy Roberts. This Suffolk, Virginia native heaped his plate with healthy portions of R&B jazz, and rock, and after more than three decades, Jimmy Roberts still hungers for the taste of good music.

Roberts paid his musical dues in the backwoods of Virginia, later moving to Toronto, and eventually Los Angeles. Etta James, Sade, Bonnie …

A tall glass of cool water, when the sun is shining bright, is always a welcome treat, much like the new "Sensual Journey" CD from the tall glass of cool named Will Downing. The vocalist, who has been wowing us for well over a decade, has just released album number nine, and did not forget the kitchen sink, or the star power of producers like Ronnie Foster, Lee Ritenour, Rex Rideout, Ronnie Garrett, and Kashif, among others. The sum of all the names of these superstar producers and musicians add …

29.01.2011

Walter Bell

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Recently when typing away on my computer, I slipped in flutist Walter Bell and the LJU’s (Latin Jazz Unit) "In Three Places at Once," CD and heard something wonderful. Yes, "Something Wonderful," the Rodgers and Hammerstein composition whimsically and beautifully sung by Ruth Naomi Floyd. More to the point, the something wonderful I heard was a mesmerizing and spontaneous expression of some very standard standards. Bell injects his trademark Latin Sounds on this CD with "So What," "Killer Joe," …
If you want the "regular" with a side of cookie-cutter smooth jazz sorry, that’s one thing bassist David Dyson won’t serve you! The main ingredient this young talent pours in all of his work is a large dose of musical integrity. Sure integrity might feel good to the soul, but does it pay the rent? Well, it has been for over a decade as Dyson has worked with a range of artists including the legendary Chico Freeman, Walter Beasley, Pieces of a Dream, Me’shell N’degeocello and The New Kid …
Although, the average jazz listener might not recognize her name, pianist, producer and bandleader, Lesette Wilson, is a highly respected artist in the music business. Names like Me’lissa Morgan, Tom Browne and Genobia Jeter have all relied on her songwriting and producing talents. Other artists including Chaka Khan, Billy Ocean, Noel Pointer, Bobbi Humphrey and Stanley Turrentine have depended on her as a keyboardist and musical director for their concert tours.

Still unfamiliar? Well, mayb …