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Pianist/composer/bandleader Oscar Peterson, one of the most popular jazz artists in history, died on Sunday, December 23, 2007, at his home in Mississauga , Ontario , outside Toronto . He was 82.

Peterson recorded with most of the jazz greats over the years. He played alongside giants like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and Nat King Cole.

Peterson was born on …

Michel Petrucciani’s music should be listened to and listened to. It must be understood, and that’s not the word either, rather felt through the heart. "Listen to that," is all that can be said about his compositions, at least by those who really hear it.

Michel attempted to reconcile the idea of capturing a moment of feeling and his supposition that all music contains a harmony of colors expressing his artistic nature. His method of composition captured the necessities of both philosophies. …

When I was twenty-one, I fell in love with a sound. That sound, a romantic harmonic-engaging rhythm that swept across the United States like the plague in 1962, still lingers near my heart. I close my eyes and remember driving up the coast from Los Angeles in my boyfriend's fire-engine red, classic '52 Jag, wind blowing my hair, sun against my face and Jobim's songs playing against the sound of the surf. That was in 1968, and the bossa nova (new wrinkle, new wave) movement was in its heyday. It …
29.01.2011

Mark Murphy

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
When Mark Murphy hit the jazz scene back in 1956, it was immediately obvious that he had what no one else had going for them: a very hip and remarkable way of interpreting a song, and a range and timing he optimized with every note, mesmerizing his listeners.

Although Murphy confesses it took time to find his niche, many will disagree. Once you became turned on to Murphy’s remarkable style, you bought every single recording you could lay your hands on. Those who didn’t, now find t …

Keter Betts is not only a great bass player; he is a pretty fine philosopher. Of course, when you have six decades of influential jazz performances under your belt, you learn a thing or two along the way. "There are six billion people in the world and ironically there are no two fingerprints alike," said Keter. "You are one in 6 billion," he continued. "Take what you are, and who you are, and make a difference in the world."

Keter has lived by that philosophy and is a firm believer that your …

At 26 years of age, Rick Washbrook found his own voice and songs. It was 1985, and in his mid-twenties, Rick’s natural story telling ability and contemporary song writing foretold he was someone who would definitely hit the charts. Building his ever growing fan base in Ontario, Canada his fans have not forgotten his debut album, Summer Roads, and today, Washbrook is more recognized for his virtuoso guitar playing.

From 1985 to 1986, four of the top songs from …

When an artist produces an incredibly superior album, it is not only the result of exceptional talent coming together in the performance thereof, but from a passion deep within that inspires remarkable results. Such is the case with David Klein’s latest CD, "My Marilyn," a stunning jazz tribute to Marilyn Monroe.

Begin with the passion, combine the remarkable talents of David Klein-tenor sax, Mulgrew Miller-piano, Ira Coleman-bass, Marcello Pellitteri-drums and Miriam Klein-vocals, then exqu …

Plaintive, wistful, romantic, sentimental, sad, gentle, calm/peaceful, joyous, refined/mannered, poignant, sensual, laid-back/mellow, intimate, stylish, elegant, earnest, soothing these are words that have been used to fittingly describe Diana Krall’s music.

Diana Krall popped on the scene in 1993 with her first CD "Steppin’ Out," (Justin Time), followed by a string of Grammy award nominations and platinum sales with her following albums. It was magic from the beginning. Krall could do no wr …

Holland's Lils Mackintosh won this year's prestigious National Edison Jazz Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2000 for her latest CD "Black Girl," a tribute album to Huddie Ledbetter, better known as "Leadbelly." The Edison Jazz Awards can be compared to the American Grammy awards and Lils did an outstanding job with her modern interpretation of the songs of this legendary Louisiana blues singer.

Album producer and tenor sax player, Hans Dulfer said in the liner notes, "Making this al …
Carol Sloane is not only a nifty lady, but also a fabulous singer who can be counted among the great jazz vocalists of her time. Her albums are all first-rate and there isn't a bad one in the bunch. I like that! How many artists produce album after album, with only a few of them counting as highly rated? Carol has 15 marvelous albums to her credit and has appeared on numerous other albums that are equally as wonderful. I recommend at least one of her albums as a "must-have" for your jazz collect …
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