Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

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 …
29.01.2011

Don Braden

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
One car ride with tenor saxophonist Don Braden is like a trip around the world. Within an hour of dropping off his instruments for repairs and locating our destination for a chat, we talked about finding spirituality in The Big Apple, the presence of God in the music industry, his four-year old Lexus, our disappointment in the present political administration, the insane traffic jam in mid-town we were caught in, and the Braden family fish. What he exemplifies is the attitude of some of today’s …
29.01.2011

Grace Notes

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Comedian Bill Cosby said, "Ours is a youth culture, and like a golf tournament, we honor only low scores." There seems to be a young prodigy born every minute and a record label circling in search of its next savior to record. Barely a release or two are issued and their careers are deflated due to insufficient sales and the loss of appeal. But, there are those young artists that open up and blossom in their own time with a vigor to experience jazz and the power of its many elements.

Alto sax …

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

Misha Piatigorsky

Published in Concert Reviews
It was a full night around town guitarist John Abercrombie at Birdland, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane at the Blue Note, guitarist Pat Metheny with pianist Brad Mehldau at Carnegie Hall, guitarist Bill Frisell at the Village Vanguard and jazz performances were of the pickin’. Waiting at the front doors of the Iridium Jazz Club was a couple who hadn’t seen pianist Misha Piatigorsky for a few years. "He used to give my husband piano lessons," said the woman of the couple. Gregory Piatigorsky, Misha’s f
Like a picture pulled from a photo album, guitarist Pat Metheny looked the same as he did in 1977 the last time he appeared at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in downtown Poughkeepsie. He still wears his hair long and he still dresses in casual attire faded jeans, knit top and sneakers. Pianist Brad Mehldau had a more scholarly look, sporting a corduroy jacket, as both artists walked onto the Bardavon stage before a sold-out Tuesday night audience. They’ve been touring for almost a month, presenti
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