Asha Brodie

Asha Brodie

29.01.2011

Alex Bugnon

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Listen to Switzerland-born, piano virtuoso Alex Bugnon, and it is clear that he possesses the gift of making the kind of music that is timeless. Even today, people are still singing praises of his 1991 compilation called 107 Degrees in the Shade, a CD that has spawned the breezy title track and, of course, the soulful R&B tinged "So In Love." This time around, Bugnon has stepped back a bit from the crossover Jazz/R&B flavor to accommodate the acoustically laden Going Home

Forget what you heard, Wynton Marsalis is still one of the widely accomplished jazz musicians of our day and the hottest ticket in the game. With a busy schedule recording CDs, playing at jazz venues both here and abroad and serving as a musical director at the Lincoln Center and not to mention playing Daddy to three boys, Wynton still finds time for his fans. The musician showed how grateful he was to his fans when he turned his Facebook page into a Q and A forum so that his fans could ge …

On or off stage, Al Jarreau exudes a jovial and positive spirit that is highly contagious. For over five decades, Al Jarreau has been known for his golden voice and his unique scatting styles throughout different genres, which include pop, jazz and R&B. He combines all three genres beautifully on his yuletide recording titled Christmas, a plethora of holiday favorites complete with all the Jarreau-izms that we have come to love.

Set for an October release, this co …

29.01.2011

Incognito

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Take a casual listen to Incognito’s latest CD, Tales from the Beach, and be prepared for a musical excursion that showcases a blend of infectious influences from various exotic cities in the world. On this new CD, Incognito, led by founder and front man Jean Paul "Bluey" Maunick, is keeping the music cohesive as always, with beats steep in jazz that are vibrant by nature and mellow when they want to be.

Incognito’s sound is unique, a sound that has set the bar since the late …

Jazz musician Najee is known as a legend in the contemporary jazz arena. He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards in his time and his CDs have garnered frequent airplay since he debuted back in 1988.

With all these accomplishments Najee still manages to keep a sense of humility which is admirable.

He recently released his second jazz CD under the Head's Up label called "Rising Sun", a jam packed musical session that is diverse with everything from Latin-tinged music, to ball …

A little bit of R&B and funk is good for the soul, but when it's peppered with smooth jazz textures, then you've got some of the best feel-good sounds around.

The seven member group of the Urban Jazz Coalition (UJC) is a group that displays the musical hybrid and they are really "bringing it" on with their latest CD Down to Get Up.

On this 12 track CD, I can basically handpick a few tracks that are indeed chart-topping candidates. Now that's what I'm talking about! …

Legendary Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis' pensive look on his album and CD jackets were always interpreted by the media as dark, mysterious and any other adjectives like the aforementioned that you can think about.

But talking to his nephew Vincent Wilburn, Jr. recently, he paints a different picture. "Uncle Miles was very humorous and was not the "prince of darkness" that people perceived him to be. Matter of fact, he hated it when they called him that. He wasn't recluse or dark either. He had a …

If you were one to look up the definition of the phrase "musician's musician", chances are you will see Andy Narell's picture next to it. In fact, a few years ago, this writer had an interview with R&B singer Phil Perry who admitted that he was an Andy Narell fan and raved about the fact that he had some of Narell's music in his collection. Truly, Mr. Perry is not alone on being sold on Narell's music.

Indeed, Andy Narell is bubbling over with talent and a passion for pan-jazz musi …

Wayne Wallace is an extremely busy musician. With the release of his two CDs a few weeks ago, The Reckless Search for Beauty and Dedication, the Latin and straight ahead jazz trombonist still finds the time to wear the hats of composer, arranger and educator. And as if that were not enough, he has added CEO to his title as the person behind the burgeoning Patois recording label.

Wayne Wallace is truly a musical connoisseur who has sampled varied musical gen …

The Marsalis name has always been synonymous with Jazz music and some good ole’ Nawlings sound. Those Marsalis boys -- Wynton, Branford, Jason and Delfeayo have followed in the footsteps of patriarch Ellis for a sound that is uniquely theirs.


Delfeayo plays the trombone. It's an instrument he admits he has had a love affair with for years.
"It suits my personality. It’s mellow and suits me fine and I feel as if I’m connected to it in some way.
"It’s great to be a trombone," M …

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