Whether you are attending a locally-based concert or a large national production, festivals play an important role in our jazz community. Although often not as intimate as a jazz club, they provide a place for both musician and the listener to come together as one.
The Jazz Review asked funk saxophonist Donn Bynum to share with us his favorite portable listening device. For fans of Motown, Bynum has toured with mega names to include the Commodores, Bootsy Collins and Brothers Johnson. From vinyl to digital, Bynum has witnessed the changing face of music today.
The trumpet can be a beautiful instrument that carries both soul and power. Finding the right teacher for trumpet lessons will have a significant influence on a young musician’s future. We asked several professional trumpet players for their advice.
Heather Ramsey, vocalist and CEO of The Midwest School of Voice, honored to be releasing her second CD with "Peace Like a River." Her soulful vocal style and poignant interpretations of holiday classics are a reflection of her diverse influences in music. Renowned pianist, arranger, composer and author Dr. Monika Herzig adds her unique spin to these festive tunes to showcase Ramsey's ability to sing many styles.
Keyboardist Alan Hewitt will be performing with The Moody Blues on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, October 13, 2011 in support of the band’s Precious Cargo Tour throughout Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The band will be playing one of their many hits on the show.
Alan is the keyboardist for the iconic band and has a long list of credentials of his own. According to Guy Arnston from the Illinois Entertainer in a review of Hewitt’s “Retroactive” CD, “Hewitt has crafted an award-winning L.A.-based career playing for and with bands like Earth Wind and Fire, Warrant and currently The Moody Blues.”
Do you enjoy rocking out to the radio and can't stop tapping to the beat? If you've ever thought about learning to play the drums, we're here to help. The Jazz Review asked the pros for a bit of advice on how to find the right instructor to get you started with drum lessons. "Having a good drum set teacher is a great thing. He or she can open your musical eyes to hitherto unknown sonic horizons and should be able to help you achieve your musical goals more quickly and efficiently," said Philip May, a 30-year teaching veteran (Greenwood Drum Studio - Sudbury, Ontario, Canada)
From Ella Fitzgerald to Nat King Cole, vocalists have played an important role in jazz history. With just a few notes, they can make us cry or rejoice. The lyrics they sing reflect the human experience in a way no other jazz instrument can. It may seem odd that we refer to the voice as a jazz instrument. However, it is an exact interpretation that reflects the highly trained and specialized field of vocal studies. Just like any other instrumentalist, a jazz singer must become a master of her craft and learn how to properly utilize the gift which has been given.
Are you getting ready for a night of jazz music but are unsure of what to wear? Looking great and having a good time has never been easier. We asked a couple of our jazzy friends for advice. Here is what they had to say: "My idea of Jazz fashion for a night on the town is a look of edgy elegance, keeping it classy and sophisticated with the right balance of sass and sex appeal. Statement high heels, and one bold (leopard print) or "bling" accessory can make your look pop. Hair can make or break ones overall look. Start with a great haircut, one that reflects your personality and can be styled to change with your moods. Makeup - natural, clean and simple accentuating one feature, eyes or lips," said vocalist Lisa McClowry, who is also a frequent collaborator with Jim Peterik (Grammy award-winner, Oscar nominee for "Eye Of The Tiger," writer of "The Search Is Over," "Hold On Loosely," and "Vehicle")
Jazz collectibles is a personal experience that produces a euphoric state of bliss for many. The decision on what to collect is an intimate reflection of the person's soul. Just like there are many forms of jazz, there are many different types of things to collect. "Jazz music is not unlike any other forms of interest. In order to be well grounded in that interest one should collect pieces of that interest in order to form a basis for that interest. If you decide to take up cigar smoking you will want to sample a variety of cigars and begin collecting the ones you like. The same is true with Jazz music. There are probably more forms of Jazz than any other type of music. A collection should reflect those forms that interest and intrigue your ears ... The basis for a collection should be fun and creative," said Al Hall, Owl Studios CEO (Indianapolis, IN).