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29.01.2011

Eberhard Weber

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Eberhard Weber has long been acknowledged as a genius in the field of music. He invented the electric bass and added a fifth string to the instrument. His compositions like those of Chick Corea defy being described as entirely jazz, are influenced by classical, but belong to a genre beyond description. Weber speaking to me from his home in southern France, while recuperating from the effects of a stroke, spoke candidly and passionately about jazz music, but in a manner, that easily leaves its …
29.01.2011

Dee Lucas

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Atlanta, Georgia might be known for being the home of the major league baseball team, The Braves, but bravery does not only run in the veins of the city’s sports teams. It is also found in Atlanta's denizen, Dee Lucas, who began playing the saxophone at the ripe age of 28 and bravely took steps to be active in contemporary smooth jazz music. He highlights, "I am considered a self-taught musician. Once I purchased my first sax at the age 28, I began to see …
29.01.2011

Ray Chew

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A bandleader, versatile keyboardist, judicial negotiator, and devoted family man all describe Ray Chew equally. As the Music Director for NBC’s TV show The Singing Bee, Chew balances these duties with his numerous other projects that include being the Music Director for NBC’s TV series Showtime At the Apollo and managing Chew Entertainment Production alongside with his wife Vivian. "My wife and partner Vivian Scott Chew are veterans of the business with the understa …
With half a century of music making under his belt, Bud Shank is a survivor and a legend. To merely label him as a player of the West Coast/Cool school is to deny oneself the full measure of a multi-faceted artist. Still touring and recording, he takes time out of his schedule to talk to me about his artistic legacy. Jazz Review: Your family was not musical, what were the circumstances of your initially being bitten by the jazz bug? Were they su …
29.01.2011

Mark Hollingsworth

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Woodwind instrumentalist, Mark Hollingsworth has one of the most outrageous and thrilling journeys that you may ever read about as narrated by him. Hollingsworth goes into depth about how he came into his own musicality after being a studio musician for a litany of recording artists from rock ‘n’ roll’s Alice Cooper and U2 to smooth crooners like Tom Jones and Luther Vandross. Hollingsworth latest solo album Chasing The Sun is the follow up to his debut album On Th …
29.01.2011

Les Sabler

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The old saying, "Three times a charm," may be true for some things. But, for Les Sabler, his fourth album is a masterpiece. Braving deep waters with classic hits like Aretha Franklin’s "Daydreaming" and Peabo Bryson’s "Can You Stop The Rain,’ then adding a marvelous collection of originals, offering plenty of textures and moods, Sabler definitely will be on the map with his latest release, Sweet Drive. Adding a group of all-star musicians and singers to this already exciting album, alo …
29.01.2011

Frank Gratkowski

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Free jazz saxophonist Frank Gratkowski portrays himself as an improvisational musician whose best material comes out when he is most vulnerable, performing live and being on the spot searching inside himself and feeling his way around the chords on his saxophone. "Actually most of my recordings are live recordings," he remarks, "and I think I'm more open in a live situation than in the studio. Solo music, for example, I can’t do in the studio at all. I need an audience to focus and tr …
29.01.2011

Airborne

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The six-man and one-woman contemporary jazz/world music ensemble Airborne, who call the heart of New Haven, Connecticut their home, are setting course for a tour in support of their latest release Turbulence from Tilt Records. Formed in 1988, Airborne is comprised of seven musicians who respect each others individuality and musical diversity which ranges from Latin, African, and Caribbean influences to R&B, soul, Gospel, and smooth jazz palates. Core members Thomas Borino o …
29.01.2011

Karrin Allyson

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Jazz vocalist, musician, arranger and composer, Karrin Allyson (pronounced Cãr in) is one of those artists who can do it all. She can sing sassy, sensually, belt out a standard or coo a romantic love song. When she is not singing at the front of the stage, Allyson approaches the piano with the confident air, expectation, and professionalism that one has come to associate with other jazz greats, such as Diana Krall and Chick Corea. Allyson, who is fluent in French and sings beautifully in Port …
29.01.2011

Blake Aaron

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To say that guitarist Blake Aaron is a funky guy would be a gross understatement, and to try to apply just one label to his special brand of music would not be accurate either, as his new CD Desire clearly demonstrates. The album has received rave reviews, including in this publication, and has been charting spectacularly since it was released earlier this year. Currently Desire sits in the number one spot on the Indie Charts, a position that it has occupied for five straight we …
29.01.2011

Shari Chaskin

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"I guess I am like an actor in a role, if I can relate to a song, then I put myself in the writer’s shoes. I try to deliver it as though I am the writer (of the song) and I try to get the story told. During the couple of years that I was with Les Miserables (she performed on stages throughout Canada and the United States), the director kept telling us, ‘This is a story, and people are paying to come to hear this story. If you don’t believe what you are singing, then the audience will feel…
29.01.2011

Chieli Minucci

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Mention Chieli Minucci and Special EFX in jazz circles, and you’ll incite big round smiles from ear to ear on the faces of your audience. The poly-versed guitarist who formed the world fusion group Special EFX with the late drummer George Jinda in the early ‘80s has been keeping busy with composing scores for numerous side projects and touring with his band Special EFX which presently consists of drummer Lionel Cordew, bassist Jerry Brooks, keyboardist Jay Rowe, backup vocalist/percussionist …
29.01.2011

Gian Sicilia

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Imagine being just twenty-two years old and having your debut CD rocket to the # 1 position on Bluesville, a channel on the XM Satellite radio network. Well that is just what happened to the incredibly talented Gina Sicilia, a Philadelphian who has been causing ears to perk up and radio DJs to spin her CD Allow Me To Confess. Sicilia has already received international critical acclaim from those in the music industry and drawn high marks from legendary bluesman Bob Margol …
29.01.2011

Jeanette Lindstrom

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Swedish diva Jeanette Lindstrom is the kind of person you like more every time you talk to her, watch her perform, or as in my case, correspond with her during the course of writing this article. Her fans’ love for Lindstrom was obvious when a couple of months ago. I had the opportunity to attend one of her concerts in Vancouver, Canada. Lindstrom is a gifted singer and songwriter who exudes warmth when she talks to her audience, evokes strong emotions with her passionate vocals, and …
29.01.2011

Justin Young

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One listen to Justin Young’s swirling maze of saxophone designs on his debut album On The Way mixed by Paul Brown and you are hooked. He has the fluent skills of Kenny G. and bold diversity that is indicative of Andrew Neu. Every track on the album has its own calling card and chord expressions while maintaining a smooth jazz coda. Young proclaims, "I am a person that likes variety. That's why I play soprano, alto and tenor saxophone because they are different voices! Why just …
29.01.2011

Gina Sincilia

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Imagine being just twenty-two years old and having your debut CD rocket to the # 1 position on Bluesville, a channel on the XM Satellite radio network. Well that is just what happened to the incredibly talented Gina Sicilia, a Philadelphian who has been causing ears to perk up and radio DJs to spin her CD Allow Me To Confess. Sicilia has already received international critical acclaim from those in the music industry and drawn high marks from legendary bluesman Bob Margol …
29.01.2011

Dwayne Kerr

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Nu-soul singer Erykah Badu says about flutist Dwayne Kerr, "As I watch my friend in amazement, the high tones and the trills become part of me, helping me to grow on stage. I don’t know which is sweeter, his tone or his soul." Who is this man that has made such an impression on Erykah Badu you might be asking yourself? He is actually a very humble person raised in Central Islip, Long Island, family-oriented, and earnestly inspired by passages from the Bible. As a flutist he expresses, …
29.01.2011

Kirk Whalum

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For over 30 years, sax man Kirk Whalum has been in the forefront of the modern era of jazz. During that time, he has earned seven Grammy nominations, recorded numerous number one albums and had a number one smooth jazz hit last year with his version of Luther Vandross' "Give Me The Reason" from his The Babyface Songbook release. Whalum continues to bridge urban music styles with his new release Roundtrip. Roundtrip looks at all areas of Whalum's career, yesterday, today a …
29.01.2011

Richard Elliot

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It had to happen! Hot horns, mellow tunes, master musicians and lots of soul, after years of performing together, trumpeter Rick Braun and sax man, Richard Elliot along with co-producers Jeff Lorber, Rex Rideout and Philippe Saisse have produced a slamming, jamming scorcher, showcasing talents of all the artists, commanding attention of their listeners, thrilling their fans with this summer’s great hit, R n R As he rushed back from a gig in Detroit, Richard Elliot was kind eno …
29.01.2011

Kendra Shank

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Abbey Lincoln once stated "When everything is finished in a world, the people go to look for what the artists leave. It's the only thing that we have really in this world -- is an ability to express ourselves and say, ‘I was here.’" Today, through the words, mind and soul of Abbey Lincoln, comes those same feelings from vocalist/philosopher/educator, and hopefully soon to be composer, Kendra Shank. Kendra Shank is here with all the passion and insight of a most seasoned classic jazz p …