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29.01.2011

Rondi Charleston

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The third solo release from singer-songwriter Rondi Charleston was a challenge to make as well as a celebration of her life. She entreats audiences with a CD/DVD set entitled In My Life, produced by Suzi Reynolds and featuring a number of jazz standards, classic pop tunes, and two original tracks, "Ancient Steps" and "Telescope," both inspired by her daughter, Emma who sings background vocals on "Telescope." The bonus DVD contains footage taken from her show, "Live at Lincoln Center Prese …
29.01.2011

Andrew Suvalsky

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Milwaukee born and New York City-based singer, Andrew Suvalsky has a voice that strums pizzazz in his scat-streaks and chic-bluesy intonations in his crooning. His vocals caress the follicles of the tympanic membrane with the buffed shimmies of Ella Fitzgerald, the crisp indentations of Mel Torme, and the debonair flare of Dean Martin. His latest release, A World That Swings from LML Music Label, takes audiences on an adventure through the realm of old-fashioned swing with a number of …
29.01.2011

Chuck Loeb

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Chuck Loeb does it all - guitarist, performer, arranger, composer, producer, teacher, and novelist. To highlight just a few of his accomplishments, he has written themes for CNN, The New York Yankees, the Knicks, has played on Number 1 hit recordings and movie soundtracks, taught at Berklee College of Music, University of Southern California, and the University of Tenerife, Spain, produced recordings by Spyro Gyra, and Bob James, and composed and recorded a number of his own CDs. As C …
29.01.2011

Eric Revis

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Grammy winner Eric Revis knows what he desires and how he prefers it done. As a bass instrumentalist and composer, such power have assisted him fully to establish himself as a high skilled musician and enable him to release his latest CD Laughters Necklace of Tears, which features collaborations with Orrin Evans, Gerald Cleaver, John Ellis, Stacy Dillard andOz Noy. He remarks that jazz found him when he started off playing electric bass in funk …
29.01.2011

Melody Gardot

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Melody Gardot likes nice shoes. The well-traveled jazz singer has on occasion traded in a pair while visiting a new city. "I’ll let go of whatever shoes I’m wearing and I’ll buy a new pair," she says. "It’s almost as if to transfer my journey." Gardot’s travels continue with the April release of My One And Only Thrill, the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Worrisome Heart. The new CD further makes the case that Gardot is one of the freshest faces in music. Her arse …
29.01.2011

Meryl Romer

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The life of jazz vocalist Meryl Romer would inspire the staunchest pessimist to believe that dreams are possible. Albeit, they manifest at their own pace, but they know intuitively when to come to fruition. All their maker needs to do is simply have the guts to believe in them. Meryl Romer is proof that not everything has to be accomplished by the time one turns 20 years olds, like releasing her debut recording So Sure and becoming a world famous singer. Romer’s journey begins i …
29.01.2011

John Scofield

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It is a rare artist that can explore more than one kind of music with true fluency, virtuosity and sincerity. Guitarist John Scofield can, and he's proven it once again with Piety Street - a powerful collection of Gospel renditions. Born in Ohio, 26 December 1951, and raised in Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players. An early introduction to jazz guitar records sparked a lifelong love of jazz. Scofield atte …
The first thing you need to know about Steve Haines is that the man knows how to swing. Both in his writing and his playing, the bassist and bandleader is a hurricane of forward motion, pushing his band into upper atmosphere, and lucky for us all, they deliver. On his new disc Stickadiboom, Haines’ working combo is joined by living legend Jimmy Cobb on drums, he of the long tenure with Miles Davis, and the sole surviving musician who played on Kind of Blue. Rob Smith plays trumpet …
Keyboardist Joe Sample and singer Randy Crawford have been together for a long time. Sample worked on Crawford's debut album Everything Must Change back in 1976 and Crawford helped The Crusaders, to which Sample was a member, create a smooth jazz classic with her treatment of the title track of their 1979 albumStreet Life. She says, Joe Sample is a wonderful musician and a wonderful person. I kind of wanted to work with him before I ever met him because I was familiar with their …
The diversity of the artists mind, multifarious at times, offers such an intricate story to unfold in totality, often causing great intrigue. One constant exists though in is this brief yet profound statement it always is "subject to change." In speaking with guitarist/composer/educator Bill Hart, I found a sturdy foundation with cemented principles, driven frequently by his deep passions. Strings often take the form of a gentle instrument of sound, with diverse languages and moods. Mr. Hart …
29.01.2011

Paul Jackson, Jr.

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No wonder fans are scrambling to get a copy of Paul Jackson, Jr.’s latest recording, Lay It Back. It seems every project Jackson becomes involved with becomes a top hit, including his work on Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, along with Jackson’s own #1 hit single with his version of Motown’s "It’s A Shame," and his own previous album, Still Small Voice. Yes, every musician has his or her own voice-something unique that tells fans, "thi …
A lot of musicians make a record to show off their skill, promote themselves, make a pile of dough. While promotion and profit probably were not completely out of mind when vocalist Tierney Sutton cut her latest disc, Desire, her mode of operation resulted in something more. As with their previous album, 2007’s On the Other Side, the Tierney Sutton Band brought to Burbank’s NRG Studios their sterling chops, a carefully selected set culled from the Great American Songbook, and an …
29.01.2011

Darren Rahn

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One would think that saxophonist Darren Rahn would need a rolodex just to keep account of all of the hats that he has worn playing the roles of solo artist, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, music programmer, and his latest addition, a member of Nu Groove Records smooth R&B/soul group, De’Nate’, fronted by keyboardist/programmer Nate Harasim and the beautiful siren Deborah Connors on lead vocals. Rahn stepped forward as a solo artist in 2007 with the release of his debut record, …
29.01.2011

Seamus Blake

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Aspiring artists can take music lessons and they can learn from other musicians, but nothing can prepare them to be live performers, which is what makes saxophonist Seamus Blake special. Normally, musicians build their reputations based on their recorded works, but Blake’s reputation is solidly built on his live performances, which captured the attention of John Scofield early in Blake’s pursuit of becoming a professional saxophone player. Blake recounts, "I met John Scofield when he …
29.01.2011

Margie Notte

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There is only one avenue that someone with jazz singer Marge Notte’s natural born gifts can pursue. With a face that radiates warmth as brightly as actress Marisa Tomei and a register that permeates of passion in every cell so emblematic of Eydie Gorme, Margie Notte has no choice but to seek a life in show biz. Her debut album, Just You, Just Me & Friends was recorded live in April 2008 at Cecil’s, the jazz club owned by drummer Cecil Brooks III that is located in West Orange, New …
29.01.2011

David Boswell

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At a young age, David Boswell saw the potential that the guitar has to act as a tool to channel his thoughts and moods into melodic patterns and sonic forms. Effortlessly, his energy impacted the tides that moved around him, and affected people in ways that other artists music had affected him as a youth. He discloses, "I got into the Beatles and Johnny Cash at the age of 8, and it was at that time that I knew I wanted to be a guitar player. When I was 12 or 13 and started playing with other …
Kenny G is an artist of international acclaim. He was the one who helped bring the smooth jazz format for radio into the forefront with his first smash hit Songbird. That came from his 1986 CD Duotones, which brought three other songs that established him as the genre's favorite and the way for other people to get to know the music. He continued to record fresh music for the next 12 years, with one holiday album recorded in 1994. In 1999, Kenny G recorded Classics in the Key …
In the deepest of canals within the undercrust of music’s landscape, global lore is unearthed with the romantic direction of the conductor’s notes and imagination. Whether it’s the memories of past influences, or the fantasies one lives as a child, the stories of our youth address one's most cherished experiences. Composer Al Conti took his experiences in time and expressed them within music sheets. Sounds which mirror the fantasy of the tales unearthed by the Middle Eastern storyteller and t …
Jazz described as music beginning in the 20th century and subsequently developing through various increasingly complex styles, generally marked by intricate, propulsive rhythms, a polyphonic ensemble playing, improvisatory, virtuosic solos, melodic freedom, and a harmonic idiom ranging from simple diatonicism through chromaticism to atonality. With a clearly open description of meaning why are there so many industry professionals using the words "this is not jazz" then?? Case in …
With a long list of credentials to validate their considerable talent, Incognito has retained a massive fan base from their "not-to-be-missed" live shows. For Bluey, it’s a chance to get close to his audience. It’s not about playing the tune just to get audience applause. It’s about communicating, making sure people get it. It’s knowing that everyone shares a strong feeling of wanting to be together and experience a little utopia, something that’s not there in our daily lives. I had th …