Interviews

13th annual St. Lucia Jazz Festival

BET Jazz Presents the 13th annual St. Lucia Jazz FestivalMay 7th -16th, 2004 Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Kenny G, Ashanti, Joe, Billy Taylor, James Carter, Maynard Ferguson, Marlena Shaw, Floetry and Others Scheduled to Perform. BET Jazz, The Jazz Channel and the St. Lucia Tourist Board will present a stellar and diversified lineup for the 13th […]

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2010 Portland Jazz Festival Lineup

  2010 Portland Jazz Festival Mingus Big Band, Dave Holland, Pharoah Sanders to Headline Feb 21-28, 2010 The 2010 Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presented by US Bank will be held February 21-28 with jazz outreach programming in area schools and community centers on Monday through Friday, February 21-26, leading up to a series […]

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A Chat with Tim Hauser of the Manhattan Transfer

A Chat with Tim Hauserof the Manhattan Transfer by Paula Edelstein It’s been more than thirty years since Tim Hauser worked as a marketing executive and New York cabby with dreams of creating a vocal group. One night in 1972, Hauser’s taxi fare was an aspiring singer named Laurel Masse, who was familiar with Jukin’ […]

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A Word With David Benoit – The Benoit/Freeman Project

Inside the Benoit/Freeman ProjectA Word With David Benoit by Paula Edelstein P.E.: Congratulations and best wishes on The Benoit Freeman Project 2 and your signing with Peak Records! You and Russ Freeman have a lot of history together – most notably you’re great friends, you were a charter member of The Rippingtons, and your reunion […]

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Ahmad Jamal – Then and Now – DVD

Ahmad JamalThen and Now – DVD Eugene Holley, Jr. Ever since he burst on the scene in Chicago when he formed his first trio in 1951, the Pittsburgh-born, 74 year-old pianist/bandleader Ahmad Jamal has, in Duke Ellington’s terms been, “beyond category.” His spare and surprising piano style — once described as “syncopated silence” — is […]

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Al Jarreau – Accentuate The Positive

Al Jarreau Accentuate The Positive(GRP – 2004) by Carmen Miller Al says that this CD “is quite different than any other that I have recorded.” After listening to Accentuate the Positive I think that you’ll agree that this is a fresh CD by the old vocal master. All of the songs were recorded in the […]

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Al Jarreau – Accentuating The Positive – An Interview

Al JarreauAccentuates the Positive by S.H. Watkins Sr. Al Jarreau has a new CD, and it’s an all jazz album… the first he’s ever done. Getting ready for the interview, I visited his web site for some insight and information that I might not have. While browsing I ran upon a line where he asks […]

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Al Jarreau – Talking about the Future

Talking about the Future Al Jarreau by Mark Ruffin Just days before five-time Grammy-award winning singer Al Jarreau was scheduled to begin his world tour, he had to have emergency back surgery. The interruption of his musical activities was widely reported, if not somewhat sensationalized, in the national media, but the medical procedure performed is […]

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Alexander Zonjic Interview

A Conversation WithAlexander Zonjic by Baldwin “Smitty” Smith Alexander Zonjic is an incredible flautist, and he’s certainly one of the more industrious musicians in the format. He has a great new CD that came out a couple of months ago and he’s recording for Heads Up records. Smitty: Hey Alex how are you my man? […]

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An Interview with Al DiMeola

The Grande Passion of Al DiMeola by Paula Edelstein Sit back and relax with the gloriously lush music of Al Di Meola and his acoustic group, World Sinfonia. The guitarist extraordinaire offers an event with the ring of history-in-the-making on THE GRANDE PASSION and it is perfect. Accompanied by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by […]

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An Interview with Al Jarreau

Conversation with Al Jarreau by Mark Ruffin. In his long career, the style of singer Al Jarreau has usually defied description. He has scaled the top of the pop charts, been celebrated as an original jazz stylist, and has even won a Grammy in the R&B category. “You could add schizophrenic to that,” the singer […]

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An Interview with Alphonse Mouzon – Dancing to a Different Drummer

Dancing to a Different Drummer An Interview with Alphonse Mouzon by Paula Edelstein Alphonse Mouzon is the founding drummer of the great group, Weather Report, the Chairman and CEO of his own label, Tenacious Records, a composer, arranger, master musician and man for all seasons! It just doesn’t get any better than this. As one […]

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An Interview with Anthony Wilson

A Word With Anthony Wilson by Fred Jung I consider Anthony Wilson to be a friend by virtue of the fact that he is a gentle soul. Anyone who has met the guitarist can vouch to that. But his composer hand is also very strong and he is certain to be a force. All that […]

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An Interview with Arturo Sandoval

A Moment With Arturo Sandoval by Mark Ruffin On the early morning that JazzUSA bothered Arturo Sandoval for this month’s interview, the man was hard at work. From the moment his wife picked up the phone at their Miami home, the receiver was filled with lush symphonic music with Arturo’s trumpet piercing the top range. […]

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An Interview with Avishai Cohen

We talk basics with Avishai Cohen by Fred Jung There comes a time in every man’s life and I’ve had many of them, but I’m sure Avishai Cohen has not. Another fine product of the Smalls breeding ground, Cohen has slowly been getting his share of the love, as he should because his modest character […]

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An Interview with Avishai Cohen – 2000

Colors: Hearing is Believing A Talk with Avishai Cohen by Paula Edelstein The aesthetic association between sound and color was first rationalized by the philosopher John Locke in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding sometime in the 1600s and the color hearing of Avishai Cohen on his latest Stretch Records release asserts its authenticity. He unites […]

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An Interview with Ben Allison

Fred Jung InterviewsBen Allison I am always humbled by the courage of musicians in our music. The sheer amount of energy they put into practicing and mastering their respective instruments has me in awe on most days. So it is always a personal honor for me to be a spectator as they fight valiantly in […]

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An Interview with Benny Golson

An Interview with Benny Golson A Conversation with the Great Benny Golson by Paula Edelstein One of the most successful talents on the Arkadia Jazz label is without doubt the phenomenal Dr. Benny Golson. The tenor saxophonist, composer, lyricist, arranger, educator and jazz icon, holds the distinction of being the only living jazz legend to […]

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An Interview with Bob Dorough

An Interview with Bob Dorough by Matthew S. Robinson In the 1970’s, millions of sugar-wired American kids were joined every Saturday morning by friends like Mother Invention, Conjunction Junction and a hopeful piece of legislation simply known as Bill. In three-minute animated predecessors to the modern music video, these colorful characters instructed their young fans […]

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An Interview with Branford Marsalis

A taste of the truth from Branford Marsalis by Mark Ruffin JazzUSA: How did it start and why did you want to start a record company? Branford: That was some shit that I was thinking about for a long time. Kevin Eubanks and I used to discuss it all the time. Kevin was really not […]

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An Interview with Dave Binney

An Interview withDave Binney by Fred Jung With so many records being released each year, a small, indie jazz label’s release is not even going to make a ripple. So it’s a noble, often unrewarding task to operate one. I was curious as to why a person would venture into such an uphill battle, and […]

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An Interview with Dave Holland

An Interview withDave HollandBy Fred Jung Haling from England, Dave Holland has become one of the premier bassists of our time. Having worked as the replacement to Ron Carter in Miles Davis’s group (Holland recorded Bitches Brew with Davis), Holland has a liberal pliability to his music and his playing, seemingly able to fit comfortably […]

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An Interview with David Liebman

In His Own Words… A conversation withDavid Liebman by Fred Jung I always lament about the fact that society as a whole is so prone to labeling and categorizing everything and everyone. And jazz is not exempt from such things. So it has been a wonderful journey to walk alongside one of the heavies of […]

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An Interview With David Murray

David Murray Talks June 16, 1997Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, Il [Click Here To Jump To The Story Continuation Point] JazzUSA ‘Zine: Collaboration seems to be a big part of what you do, is this something you do purposely? DM: Being able to have the opportunity to get some energy off somebody else and at the same […]

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An Interview with David S. Ware

An Interview WithDavid S. Wareby Fred Jung Who is David S. Ware? Some would say he’s the undisputed “King of Free Jazz”. Some would say he’s pound for pound the finest tenor in jazz. And still others may not even categorize what Ware plays as jazz. Whatever your opinions of Ware’s music are, there is […]

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An Interview with David Samuels

David Samuels Talks about Caribbean Jazz Project by Mark Ruffin Mallet player David Samuels has settled comfortably into life after Spyro-Gyra. He’s released sterling solo albums and formed the group Caribbean Jazz Project. The fourth album from the group, Paraiso, is easily their best, according to JazzUSA’s Mark Ruffin, who sat down with Samuels for […]

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An Interview with Dee Dee Bridgewater

An Interview withDee Dee Bridgewater October 1997 By Mark Ruffin The first time I had ever heard of D.D. Bridgewater was as a young musician back in the very early 70’s while I was still in high school in suburban Chicago. The word among high school jazz bands was that the University of Illinois had […]

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An Interview with Doug Carn

Doug Carn ReturnsAn Interview by Mark Ruffin For those of you out there who swore never to give up those vinyl records until all your cult favorites are on cd. Well if Doug and Jean Carn and the rest of the roster of the late 60’a and early 70’s jazz label Black Jazz, were among […]

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An Interview with Eric Alexander

A Moment withEric Alexander by Fred Jung Eric Alexander might be better known for his second placing to Joshua Redman in the Thelonious Monk Competition, but that should soon change as soon as the public gets wind of his new Milestone debut, “Man With a Horn.” I sat down with Eric and we spoke about […]

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An Interview with Eric Essix

Eric Essix is Southbound by Paula Edelstein SOUTHBOUND by guitarist Eric Essix is ever so smooth! Eleven great songs that Eric plays take you through the essence of the South. Songs which represent the birth of the blues to the sound of soul convey the feelings, the flavors, and the glorious beauty of the Southern […]

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An Interview with Eric Reed

A Conversation with Eric Reed by Fred Jung If Mulgrew Miller is one of the walk-ons in jazz, Eric Reed is one of the blue chippers. But whereas Miller’s playing is legendary among his peers, Reed has had more than his share of bumps in his road of life. He spoke candidly with me about […]

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An Interview with Ernie Watts

A Conversation withErnie Watts Fred Jung I first met Ernie Watts at the House of Blues during the ’97 Verve Jazzfest tour. He was playing with Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, of which Watts has been a part of since the mid-’80s. Through the years, I have had the privilege of seeing Watts in a variety […]

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An Interview with Jeff Lorber

An Interview With Jeff Lorber by S. H. Watkins, Sr. Jeff Lorber is unquestionably one of the architects of the jazz-fusion sound. His bands spawned such future stars as saxman Kenny G. and songstress Karyn White. The directions taken by Lorber and his music influenced the fusion jazz movement; at a time when jazz music […]

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An Interview with Joe Lovano

An Interview withJoe Lovanoby Fred Jung Never comfortable with standing still or retreating backwards, reedman Joe Lovano has been in constant pursuit to develop and perfect his own voice and his own music, to give the audience variety and to avoid stereotypes and conventional categories. He has become the tenor saxophonist of our time and […]

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An Interview with John Pizzarelli

“LET THERE BE LOVE” says John Pizzarelli By Paula Edelstein The young and gifted Sinatra-style singer and guitarist showcases his golden tenor on 15 great songs collected for LET THERE BE LOVE. As with our generation, John Pizzarelli grew up hearing plenty of great pop songs, great jazz, Tin Pan Alley and Great American Songbook […]

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An Interview with John Scofield – ‘A-Go-Go’

John ScofieldTalks about ‘A-Go-Go’ with Mark Ruffin In a large music library surrounded by just about every kind of music, guitarist John Scofield looks like, to quote George Clinton, a sex maniac in a whorehouse with a credit card. Well, maybe a bit more subdued than that, but the 47 year-old musician, in a conversation […]

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An Interview with Karrin Allyson

A Moment with Karrin Allyson by Paula Edelstein Feeling blue is truly one of the great human equalizers—it’s an undeniable element of life that everyone either has, or will, experience at some point in time. Choosing to embrace that fact head-on, critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson decided not only to celebrate, but also revel […]

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An Interview with Ken Burns

An Interview with filmmaker Ken Burns by Dick Bogle “African-Americans, the only people to be enslaved in the history of our ostensibly free nation, turned their frustrations into the freest music on the planet,” so says the esteemed film maker, Ken Burns. “Jazz,” the latest Burns film exploration of the American fabric is a 17 […]

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An Interview with Kirk Whalum

Talking With Kirk Whalum by Mark Ruffin The titles of both of Kirk Whalum’s new albums, Unconditional and The Staff, say a lot about the make up of the 42 year-old musician. The popular saxophonist is currently touring the country in a package with bassist Waymon Tisdale and the group Kombo. “I bear witness to […]

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An Interview with Kirk Whalum – Dancing to a Different Drummer

The ‘Unconditional’ Essence of Kirk Whalum by Paula Edelstein The world fell in love with Kirk Whalum when he wailed his trademark saxophone stylings on Whitney Houston’s smash hit, “I Will Always Love You,” and his legions of fans still hold their breath when he picks up his Guardala and takes center stage. The heartfelt […]

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An Interview with Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling At The Crossroads by Mark Ruffin Honesty is a word Kurt Elling uses a lot when trying to describe his success. The 30 year-old singer feels that as his mid-five figures records sales have progressed with each release since his 1995 debut Close Your Eyes, so has his level of sincerity in the […]

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An Interview With Lee Ritenour

An Interview With Lee Ritenour June 28, 1997i.e. Music Studioby Mark Ruffin [Click Here To Jump To The Story Continuation Point] JazzUSA ‘Zine: How’s the little one?RIT: Little Wes is fantastic. He’s on his way to New York. He’s been in Brazil with my wife. Carmen is down there working on a project. JazzUSA ‘Zine: […]

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An Interview with Lee Ritenour

Tributes and More Tributes Lee Ritenour by Mark Ruffin It would be easy to assume that Lee Ritenour came up with the idea of his “A Twist of Marley” tribute album as a sequel to his highly successful “A Twist of Jobim,” from 1997. That Jobim tribute band didn’t tour, but Ritenour is touring with […]

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An Interview with Lester Bowie

A talk with Lester Bowie by Fred Jung Hard-line traditionalists frown on Lester Bowie. He doesn’t neatly fit into any cute categories and he is as anti-establishment as you will get. After all, Bowie is a card carrying member of the AACM, making him one of only a handful of musicians who are doing anything […]

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An Interview with Lonnie Plaxico

About Melange and More Lonnie Plaxico by Mark Ruffin If someone were to write a book about the evolution of the bass in contemporary jazz over the last quarter a century, there would have to be a chapter totally devoted to Chicago. A few pages would be devoted to Lonnie Plaxico who has a brand […]

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An Interview with Maceo Parker

Dial Maceo Parker Interview with a legend by Paula Edelstein JazzUSA.Com had the chance to DIAL M-A-C-E-O and did just that! He answered and here’s the scoop!! Enjoy this funkshun…because you and your computer are just about to add the “funky function” key for the one and only Maceo Parker. He needs no introduction! JazzUSA: […]

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An Interview with Maggie Brown

Vocalizing with Maggie Brown by Mark Ruffin In the chemical reaction created during an explosion, the sound it makes is the last thing to occur. Such is the state of the career of Chicago vocalist Maggie Brown- she’s already blown up; we just haven’t heard the boom. The big bang will probably happen after the […]

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An Interview with Marcelo Zarvos

A Self-Portrait of the Young Master A Moment with Marcelo Zarvos by Paula Edelstein Marcelo Zarvos possesses many traits but he is best known for the beautiful music he creates, plays and arranges. The fact that he is young, gifted and smart comes as no surprise to those that have collaborated with Marcelo or to […]

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An Interview with Marcus Miller

Speaking on M2 and More with Marcus Miller by Mark Ruffin Without the benefit of hardly any air play, “M-Squared,” the new album by bassist Marcus Miller is currently riding high at the top of the jazz sales chart. The 42 year-old musician will be playing selections from the release, with a crack band, on […]

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An Interview with Marion Meadows

Finding PleasureAn Interview WithMarion Meadows by Mark Ruffin So you’re tired of your local smooth jazz station applying the same old aural wallpaper? Well, according to saxophonist Marion Meadows, so are most contemporary jazz musicians. After four albums on RCA, Marion Meadows has signed with Discovery records and comes forth with his new album Pleasure. In […]

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An Interview with Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp The Blue Series and NEW ORBITby Paula Edelstein Matthew Shipp is the curator and Artistic Director of The Blue Series, a stellar artistic endeavor currently available on Thirsty Ear Recordings. Throughout the year 2000, Matt launched and produced the series’ debut, PASTORAL COMPOSURE, and the series’ subsequent releases PAINTER’S SPRING by The William […]

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An Interview with Matthias Lupri

Deep Vibes… An Interview with Matthias Lupri by Paula Edelstein Chartmaker Jazz is currently distributing the eclectic sounds of Matthias Lupri on Birdleg Records and no jazz mind-set is spared on his second release entitled, SHADOW OF THE VIBE. Matthias reaches deep to the soul and strokes many of the moods that we usually reserve […]

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An Interview with McCoy Tyner

An Interview withMcCoy Tyner by Mark Ruffin Simply put, McCoy Tyner is one of the best piano players in the world. His new album, “McCoy Tyner And The Latin All-Star” features Dave Valentin, Steve Turre, Giovanni Hildalgo and a host of musicians. JazzUSA: McCoy, why did you choose a Latin theme for your latest album? […]

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An Interview with Mel Brown

An Interview With Mel Brown by S. H. Watkins, Sr. Mel Brown is one of the most versatile and skilled drummers in the world. With a resume that includes tours with the likes of The Supremes, The Temptations, Diana Ross and Teddy Edwards; recordings with the likes of The Beatles; Marvin Gaye, and Leroy Vinnegar; […]

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An Interview with Michael Brecker

We Have A Talk With Michael Brecker by Mark Ruffin Tenor sax legend Michael Brecker has a new album out titled ,”The Nearness of You,´ It is a ballad album featuring gorgeous work by Herbie Hancock and pop vocalist James Taylor. Brecker, of course, is just as good a friend of pop musicians as he […]

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An Interview with Michael Wolff

Flexing His Creative Thoughts… Michael Wolff by Paula Edelstein “I use my head for the science, my hands for the craft and my heart for the emotion, to create the music of IMPURE THOUGHTS.”~ Michael Wolff When my colleague, John Barrett of JazzUSA.Com reviewed Michael Wolff’s Impure Thoughts back in October 2000, I thought to […]

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An Interview with Mike Stern

A Few Words with Mike Stern by Fred Jung George Costanza used to scream and moan on SEINFELD that when the two Georges (commitment and independent) should meet, commitment George would kill independent George. In some ways, I have felt that if an artist crosses between genres of music, he or she is tempting fate. […]

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An Interview with Miki Howard

A Word With Songstress Miki Howard by S. H. Watkins, Sr. Miki Howard is probably best known for her stint with the pop/R&B group Side Effect, but jazz runs deep in her blood. Raised in Chicago, her mother was a member of the renowned gospel group ‘The Caravans’ and her father a member of ‘The […]

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An Interview with Miriam Makeba

A Conversation With Miriam Makeba by Struan Douglas This month one of the great women, songstresses and mothers of Africa – Miriam Makeba releases her first album in many years – Homelands. Like a snake evoking the passion of the ancestors, like a spiritual guru possessed with the beauty of her own voice – the […]

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An Interview with Monty Alexander

Having a word withMonty Alexander by Mark Ruffin Bob Marley and Oscar Peterson will be crossing paths this whole spring in the person of the amazing pianist Monty Alexander. He’ll be touring with his trio promoting his new album “Goin Yard.” “Oscar Peterson will say ‘why don’t you cut your hair, man,” Alexander said laughing […]

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An Interview with Moses Molelekwa

Moses Molelekwa – An Interview by Struan Douglas South African music is hot. It’s always been hot. And yet where are the compilation albums that capture the passion and depth of contemporary South african sounds in an honest, authentic and representative way? Right now there is a wealth of brilliant South African music avilable. And […]

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An Interview with Nancy Wilson

Speaking with the Legendary Nancy Wilson by Mark Ruffin Nancy Wilson has been christened with a few monikers in her long career. Fancy Nancy and the Baby are the ones that immediately come to mind. However, the adjectives used to describe the music of this savvy show business vet stretches on ad infinitum. But ask […]

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An Interview with Norman Conners

Speaking with Norman Conners by Mark Ruffin. Drummer Norman Connors is enjoying his biggest hit album in nearly 20 years, with the star-studded release “Eternity,” which features Norman Brown and Marion Meadows, both of whom were discovered by Connors. The man has built a career discovering musicians, but in the 70’s her was on a […]

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An Interview with Patti Austin

A Moment With Patti Austin by Mark Ruffin “It is such an interesting time for anybody making a record who is 18 or part of boy group,” vocalist Patti Austin deadpanned when discussing ageism in the record business. Surprisingly, Warner Brothers, one of the worst corporate offenders of ageism in jazz and pop music, has […]

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An Interview with Phil Upchurch

Telling the Truth… Phil Upchurch by Mark Ruffin When Phil Upchurch was 20 years-old, he had a top 40 hit titled, “You Can’t Sit Down,” but he says he wasn’t secure enough when he first toured under his name. 40 years later, the guitarist has released his 21st album, “Tell The Truth,” and is widely […]

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An Interview with Philip Bailey

A Conversation WithPhilip Bailey by Mark Ruffin Thirty years ago, when the Ramsey Lewis Trio was one of the hottest jazz acts in the country, the drummer gave Lewis the news that he was leaving. “He told me he was going to start a band with his brother that mixed magic and inspirational messages with […]

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An Interview with Poncho Sanchez

A Conversation withPoncho Sanchez Mark Ruffin Fate has been very kind to percussionist Pancho Sanchez, especially in January. It was New Year’s Eve, 1974 when he made his big-time professional musician with legendary vibraphonist Cal Tjader. It was in January 1979 when Sanchez made his first recording under his own name. And this January, Poncho […]

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An Interview with Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey Lewis Speaks by Mark Ruffin Publishers’ Note: Although JazzUSA hosts Ramsey Lewis’ home page, it had nothing to do with our decision to interview him and review his new release. We chose to do so because we think that Ramsey Lewis is one of the world’s Jazz greats, and the album is smoking.  ‘Nuff […]

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An Interview with Regina Carter

A Conversation with violinistRegina Carter by Mark Ruffin The hottest jazz violinist to come along since Jean Luc-Ponty is a classically trained young woman from Detroit whose career is on the rise with her second solo album and her first for Verve Records, “Rhythms Of The Heart.” Since leaving the all-female quintet Straight Ahead, Carter […]

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An Interview with Steve Turre

Steve TurreTalks about Lotus Flower and more… by Fred Jung It’s funny that in all the conversations, chit-chats, fireside talks, and the like, I’ve never spoken at length with a trombonist outside of Ray Anderson, so when the opportunity arose to converse with Steve Turre, I couldn’t believe my good fortune. I had seen Steve […]

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An Interview with Steve Turre 2001

Speaking of Rahsaan withSteve Turre by Mark Ruffin At about the same time that Steve Turre began a series of concerts this year celebrating the music of the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the good people at Label M re-issued Here Comes The Whistleman. That 1965 recording was Kirk’s debut for Atlantic Records and is available […]

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An Interview with T.K. Blue

T. K. BLUE Unique Sounds and Ideas by Paula Edelstein Multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, T.K. Blue (Talib Kibwe) has gathered together an ensemble to perform five original compositions and great covers of compositions by Denzel Best, Charles Mingus, Benny Carter and John Coltrane on his second release for Arkadia Jazz entitled EYES OF THE ELDERS. […]

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An Interview with Terrence Blanchard

Terrence BlanchardHollywood Jazzman by Mark Ruffin Trumpeter Terrence Blanchard was mixing his new album at Avatar studios in New York City when he took a few minutes to talk to Jazzusa.com. The 37 year old composer is currently living in two worlds, that of a leader of a band that tours and records regularly, and […]

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An Interview with Thara Memory

An Interview With Thara Memory by Dick Bogle The Joe Tex blues band arrived in Portland by bus in late 1969, but when it was time to leave, one band member decided stay in the city of roses. Trumpeter Thara Memory had fallen in love with Portland, its’ clean streets, racial harmony and friendly folk […]

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An Interview with Ticklah – Polydemic

A Polydemic Interview withTicklah by Mark Ruffin We reviewed the new Ticklah Album ‘Polydemic‘ in our December, 1998 Issue. Recently our ace reporter, Mark Ruffin was in touch with the multi-talented musician VIA long distance. Here’s what Ticklah had to say. Ed. JazzUSA: So, how are you? Ticklah: Very good, couldn’t be happier. JazzUSA: I […]

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An Interview with Von Freeman

The Philosophy and Life Work of Earl LeVon (Von) Freeman as told to Phyllis A. Lodge August 22, 1988 The Interview begins in the middle of the conversation with Von speaking. Von refers to any of the local musicians who frequent his sessions as his “horses”. It is a term of endearment… VF: One of […]

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An Interview with Will Downing

An Interview with Will Downing By Mark Ruffin Will Downing’s mother had just learned she was pregnant with him in Brooklyn on March 7, 1963 when the late Chicago vocalist Johnny Hartman and legendary saxophonist John Coltrane stepped into a New Jersey studio to produce one of the classic and most romantic albums in jazz […]

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An Interview with Yulara

An Interview with Yulara by Paula Edelstein “What we have in mind with FUTURE TRIBE is to go to the one place that everybody carries within themselves. We believe that the whole external universe is also found within us all. There’s one planet, and this one planet is called Yulara. On this one planet is […]

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Ari Brown – Live At The Green Mill – DVD

Ari BrownLive At The Green Mill – DVD Delmark – 2007 In reviews of Ari’s first two Delmark albums, Ultimate Frontier and Venus, writers often used phrases like “overwhelming emotional immediacy” (Down Beat), “rare depth of feeling” (Jazziz) and “raw emotion and ferocity” (JazzTimes). Chicago based saxophonist and composer Ari Brown performs here at the […]

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Art Ported Dies in Freak Accident

Art Porter Dies in Freak Accident By Mark Ruffin – 12/02/1996 Today guitarist Alan Burroughs returns home to Chicago after a long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, one for which he will forever give thanks. He was the lone survivor in the tragic boating accident last weekend in Thailand that claimed the life of saxophonist Art Porter. […]

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Babatundé Lea – Soul Pools

Summoning the Spirit of RhythmBabatundé Lea by Paula Edelstein SOUL POOLS is Babatunde Lea’s fourth brilliant recording as a leader and label debut for the brand new Motema Records label. Released this month, this remarkable program features Mr. Lea leading a stellar lineup of jazz and world music luminaries on eleven outstanding songs. Fueling the […]

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Ben Sidran – Cien Noches

Ben SidranCien Noches Nardis Music – 2008 This is Ben Sidran’s first Hammond B3 organ project. It’s an instrument he has played for forty years, and occasionally (as on his recent radio-friendly CD Nick’s Bump) featured on recordings. But CIEN NOCHES — the title refers to the fact that over a period of ten years […]

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Bob James Interview 2004

Let’s Take It From The Top An Interview with Bob James by Paula Edelstein When you think of Bob James’ song repertoire, your thoughts will probably take you from one end of the musical spectrum to the other. From television and motion picture themes, to traditional styles of jazz to contemporary smooth grooves – he’s […]

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Bob Mintzer Interview

Bob MintzerSpeaks about “Peace ‘Round” by Paula Edelstein A round begins with the statement of a theme by a single voice. As the theme is passed from one voice to the next, what began as a solitary voice grows into a rich chorus. It is through song that many of our most cherished traditions are […]

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Carol Duboc Interview

Talking With All OfCarol Duboc by Baldwin “Smitty” Smith Well it is my pleasure to speak for the first time with this incredible musician and singer. She’s fresh off the hit movie Be Cool, starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Cedric The Entertainer, Danny De Vito, and The Rock. A great supporting role for her in […]

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Charles Earland – Hitting a new peak

Charles Earland Hitting a new peak By Sidney Bechet-Mandela Organist Charles Earland recently played a lively set with his band at a high school. Afterwards there was a question and answer period and a student, who Earland had noticed showed a lot of enthusiasm during the set, praised the music, but then asked, “when are […]

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Cyrus Chestnut Discusses: You Are My Sunshine

Cyrus Chestnut Discusses: You Are My Sunshine by Paula Edelstein “…I believe music is about life. It is not about theories, or devices, it’s not about doing something to cross over. I hope those who listen can experience the feelings of hope, love and joy that have gone into it.” – Cyrus Chestnut He’s been […]

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Dave Brubeck – Private Brubeck Remembers

Dave Brubeck Private Brubeck Remembers(Telarc – 2004) by Paula Edelstein Over 100,000 US servicemen and women were killed in World War II and over 900,000 more perished in the Civil War, World War I, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf War, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and now Iraq. When will it end? Dave Brubeck, now a veteran on two […]

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Dave Grusin – West Side Story

DaveGrusinPresents West Side Story Jonathan Butler, Gloria Estefan & Jon Secada Are Among Special Guest Stars on this Phil Ramone Production. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Landmark Show Box-Office smash West Side Story Academy and Grammy award winning musician/ composer/ arranger Dave Grusin and Grammy and Emmy Award winning producer Phil Ramone have collaborated […]

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David ‘Fathead’ Newman – An Interview

“Fathead” Newman Keeps Growing by Matthew S. Robinson Named good-naturedly by a high school music teacher who realized that the music-memorizing Newman had been “reading” his sheet music upside down, David “Fathead” Newman began his career in Texas with the legendary Buster Smith before being discovered by the equally legendary Ray Charles. Over the course […]

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David Liebman – The Elements: Water

David Liebman The Elements: Water by J. Barrett It’s an old idea with new ambition. In 1973, Joe Henderson made an album called THE ELEMENTS. With a varied palette and impressive density, Henderson took 40 minutes to paint the sounds of earth, air, fire, and water. A quarter century later, Dave Liebman has the same […]

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Denise Jordan Walker – Candid Jazz and Conversations

Denise Jordan WalkerCandid Jazz and Conversations Recently we had a chance to speak with former Smooth Jazz radio announcer from WNUA radio in Chicago Denise Jordan Walker. Denise has launched a new national jazz entertainment series called “Candid Jazz and Conversations with Denise Jordan Walker”. We tracked her down and got her to sit still […]

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Dianne Reeves –

Dianne Reeves Christmas Time Is Here (Blue Note – 2004) by D. Kevin McNeir Some musicians who haven’t come up with a new recording in a while have been known to slap something onto vinyl or compact disc given the new changes in technology, just before the Christmas season begins. Perhaps they figure that with […]

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Earl Klugh – The Spice of Life

Earl KlughThe Spice of Life Koch – 2008 In a recording career of over three decades, master guitarist EARL KLUGH has been lauded first as a prodigy and groundbreaker, then a defining figure, and ultimately, as one of the true statesmen of contemporary jazz. With THE SPICE OF LIFE, his second album for the independent […]

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Editorial – Reclaiming the Spirit of Jazz

Reclaiming the Spirit of Jazz by Phyllis Lodge For those of you who may think this piece is too long, go and talk to bassist Percy Heath. He lit this fire back in January at the IAJE Conference in Long Beach, California. I simply took my cue from it and ran. As I confessed back […]

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Eric Person Interview

The Making of Big Sur and MoreTalking with Eric Person by Paula Edelstein Eric Person and Meta Four have recorded an astounding set played at the 7th Annual Big Sur Jazz Festival in 2002. The scenic venue not only is one of the most beautiful settings on earth but the music emanating from this outstanding […]

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Euge Groove Interview

Groovin’ with Euge Groove by Baldwin “Smitty” Smith Alright, what can I say about this cat? He’s one of the best in your face sax players in the business, formerly of the Mighty Horns of Tower Power. Great new album out, I’m talking about Narada Jazz recording artist Mr. Euge Groove. Euge: Wow what an […]

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Head’s Up International

Seeing is Believing multi-media zone #1 Heads Up International, Ltd. Upon loading this CD, my first thought was that this was going to be another boring promotional multimedia CD. I was almost right..It was promotional, but definitely not boring. In addition to the usual marketing hype, this CD demonstrates a new and exciting medium for […]

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How to Draw a Bunny

How to Draw a Bunny The Ray Johnson Story (Boston Museum of Fine Arts – April 2, 2004) by Matthew Robinson The late Ray Johnson has been hailed as New York’s most famous unknown artist. A friend and colleague of Andy Warhol, John Cage, Jasper Johns, and many others, Johnson died mysteriously, both in form […]

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Jazz loses Zachary Breaux and Tony Williams

Jazz Loses Two Great ArtistsBy Antoine Marx Two jazz musicians, who both found themselves in the middle of revolutions within the genre, past away due to cardiac arrest almost within a week of each other. The ironies and similarities abound in both the lives and deaths of master drummer Tony Williams and guitarist Zachary Breaux. […]

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Josh Roseman Interview

No Bones About ItJosh Roseman is making a name by tooting his own horn by Matthew S. Robinson Name: Josh Roseman Age: 34 Gig: Trombonist Growing up in a musical family, Josh Roseman had plenty of inspiration. Josh¹s cousin Ed was an accomplished composer and musician, and his father was an amateur musician who gave […]

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June Kuromoto (Hiroshima) Interview

June Kuromoto of Hiroshima Talks About The Spirit of the Season by Paula Edelstein Hiroshima is an award-winning ensemble that has continuously experienced and shared their creativity with the world for the past twenty years. With Spirit of the Season, their second release on Heads Up International, the group offers their perspective on the holiday […]

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Kirk Whalum Interview

  Kirk Whalum Interview – Roundtrip, Family and The Future We caught up with Kirk while he was on tour and got him to talk about his great new CD “Roundtrip”, his musical history, the very talented Whalum family and the future. Have a Listen as we talk to Kirk Whalum. Realmedia Windows Media   […]

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Kirk Whalum Interview – 08-2007

Kirk Whalum Roundtrip, Family and The Future by S.H. Watkins, Sr. We caught up with Kirk while he was on tour and got him to talk about his great new CD “Roundtrip”, his musical history, the Whalum family and the future. Have a Listen as Kirk Whalum talks. Realmedia Windows Media Click for more JazzUSA […]

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Kirk Whalum Interview 2002

From smooth jazz to bebop Kickin’ it with Kirk Whalum by Mark Ruffin There are certain smooth jazz musicians who’ve never thought about playing straight ahead jazz, or what is also known as bebop. Then there are some smooth jazzers like guitarist Norman Brown, saxophonist Kirk Whalum and trumpeter Rick Braun, who, at the start […]

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Kora Awards 2001

If there was a defining moment at this year’s Kora awards it was when Coumba Gowlo raised her kora award above her shoulders and sang in her textured, high pitched, soaring and elegant voice – ‘Senegal, Senegal – oh Senegal.” A moving moment for nationalism, Pan-Africanism and beauty – and that surely is what the […]

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Lester Bowie Retrospective

Lester Bowie A Retrospective [ Based on an Interview conducted in New York, 1988 ] by Phyllis A. Lodge Trumpeter/composer Lester Bowie was born in Frederick, Maryland on October 11, 1941, and was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Bowie was five years old when he discovered the trumpet. Bowie very firmly informed me that: “I […]

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Live – Kirk Whalum Interview

Kirk Whalum – Roundtrip, Family and The Future Visit the Kirk Whalum web site. We caught up with the prolific saxman while he was on tour in California. He agreed to spend a few minures talking about his great new CD “Roundtrip“, his musical history, the Whalum family and the future. by S.H. Watkins, Sr. […]

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Live – Ledisi Interview

Visit the Ledisi web site. Ledisi – Been Here All The Time While travelling from coast to coast performing and promoting her new CD “Lost and Found“, the lovely and talented Ledisi took time to talk to us about her career and her music. by S.H. Watkins, Sr. Realmedia Windows Media

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Live – Will Downing Interview – 11/2007

Will Downing – Back In The Groove Most people know that for nearly two decades Will Downing has been laying down an ultra smooth sound, first as a backup singer (for almost everyone in the business) then later as a solo artist. What they don’t know is that in January 2007 the smooth crooner came […]

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Marcus Miller – Master of all Trades – DVD

Marcus MillerMaster of all Trades – DVD Koch – 2005S. H. Watkins, Sr. Wow! Marcus Miller is arguable one of the best electric bassists in the world and you need only get a few minutes into this CD to see why. Few performers can stand with bass in hand and pop it like Marcus Miller […]

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Marcus Miller Interview

The Ozell Tapes and MoreA Conversation with Marcus Miller by Paula Edelstein Marcus Miller needs no introduction. The world-class bassist is just about known to everyone who’s into bass players and their music. If they aren’t then they should be! Miller’s amazing bass playing technique is being copied by legions of excited protégé’s and who […]

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Marilyn Scott Interview 2004

A Nightcap ConversationWith Marilyn Scott by S.H. Watkins, Sr. Marilyn Scott is a classic song stylist with a deep love for jazz, blues, soul, timeless melodies and lyrics. Over the course of seven previous recordings Marilyn Scott has established herself as one of contemporary music’s premiere singer/songwriters. She’s carried on this tradition with her new […]

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Marilyn Scott Sings The Stories Behind The Songs / Nightcap

Singing The Stories Behind The SongsMarilyn Scott speaks about ‘Nightcap’ by Paula Edelstein P.E.: Congratulations on NIGHTCAP Marilyn! What a stellar celebration of the Great American Songbook. Marilyn, when did you first fall in love with these unforgettable songs? Match a classic song stylist with a deep love for jazz, blues, soul, timeless melodies and […]

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Matt Marshak – This Time Around

Matt Marshak This Time Around (Nuance Music Group – 2004) by Val Vaccaro Currently, Long-Island native guitarist, vocalist, composer and producer Matt Marshak is one of the best-kept secrets in smooth jazz and in the music world – but not for long. Matt Marshak was named “Best New Smooth Jazz Artist in New York” when […]

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Matt Savage – Welcome Home

Matt SavageWelcome Home 2010 – Savage Records My next album, Welcome Home, will be released November 9, 2010, with a CD release concert at the Regattabar in Boston on the 10th (plus a big radio interview on WICN on the 8th!) Recorded in Brooklyn, NY at Systems Two Recording Studio in July 2010, Welcome Home […]

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Matt Savage – Welcome Home

My next album, Welcome Home, will be released November 9, 2010, with a CD release concert at the Regattabar in Boston on the 10th (plus a big radio interview on WICN on the 8th!)Recorded in Brooklyn, NY at Systems Two Recording Studio in July 2010, Welcome Home features the legendary Bobby Watson on alto sax, […]

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Mercy, Mercy, Me

Mercy, Mercy, Me The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye – Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas Books) by Yugen Fardan Rashad He left behind a legion of fans. An adoring public. A family to mourn the loss. Questions about his personal demons and spiritual life linger to this day. Self destructive drug use and […]

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Mercy, Mercy, Me – The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye

Mercy, Mercy, MeThe Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye Michael Eric Dyson – (Basic Civitas Books)Yugen Fardan Rashad He left behind a legion of fans. An adoring public. A family to mourn the loss. Questions about his personal demons and spiritual life linger to this day. Self destructive drug use and philandering ways with […]

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Michael Manson Interview

  Bass-ic Jazz with Michael Manson by Mark Ruffin   Over the last 40 years, bass players from Chicago have had incredible success at reaching national and international status. This is true in pop music, but especially in jazz. No matter if it’s smooth, contemporary, avant-garde or straight-ahead jazz, improvised music seems to be best […]

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Mike Phillips Interview

Mike Phillipsthe Uncommon Denominator by Baldwin “Smitty” Smith We are welcoming back one of the most prolific and charismatic sax players in the business. He’s got a great new record out called Uncommon Denominator, you know him from his debut album You Have Reached Mike Phillips, please welcome the incomparable sax player, Hidden Beach recording […]

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Mindi Abair Interview

Just ‘Come As You Are’Speaking With Mindi Abair by Baldwin “Smitty” Smith After the release of her debut CD in the spring of 2003, It Just Happens That Way, I would venture to say that she’s been on the road for about 85 percent of the time. And somehow she’s manage to release another great […]

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Moses Khumalo

An Interview WithMoses Khumalo by Iain Harris Moses is the brilliant young sax player whose flair and voice made him a fixture in the late Moses Molelekwa’s band. I first met Moses when he was fifteen. The Institute for the Advancement of Journalism was hosting an innovative radio documentary course, and had invited Finnish Radio’s […]

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Moxie – Interview and Performance Review

Moxie Chicks Three ladies of Manhattan transfer to Les Zygomates by Matthew S. Robinson On April 6, a hot new girl group hit Boston, bringing the sweet sounds of the Big Apple to Beantown. The group was called Moxie, and with good reason, for these three ladies combined enough spirit, spunk and expertise to fill […]

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Najee – A Point of View Interview

Najee is one of contemporary jazz’s true pioneers. Creating a fresh and pulsating “rhythm and jazz” dynamic in the early days of the smooth jazz format, the versatile saxophonist—whose first two recordings, 1986’s Grammy nominated NAJEE’S THEME and 1988’s DAY BY DAY, went platinum—inspired the whole urban vibe that took over the instrumental world throughout […]

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Nancy King – King on the Road

King on the Road Nancy King by S. H. Watkins, Sr. I had the opportunity to sit in on An Interview with Nancy King last month and it became evident why she is such a soulful singer. She has a wonderful acceptance of life and her place in the scheme of things that allows her […]

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Nelson Rangell Interview

Talking Music WithNelson Rangell by Baldwin “Smitty” Smith One of the hippest sax players in this business and fresh out of the studio with a great new CD that’s called My American Songbook Vol. 1. we take a minute out to talk with Koch Records recording artist, Mr. Nelson Rangell. NR: How are you Sir […]

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Nestor Torres Interview 2004

Nestor Torres Lets The Music Speak by Paula Edelstein Jazz flautist and Latin Grammy Award winner Nestor Torres has been captivating audiences with his sexy, sensual mix of Latin, jazz, and pop sounds for more than 15 years. With SIN PALABRAS, the handsome, charismatic Torres is well on his way to claim another major share […]

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Nicholas Payton Interview

A Word WithNicholas Payton by Paula Edelstein Nicholas Payton shares his secrets of sonic influence with an amazing suite that he has titled Sonic Trance. This masterful 18-track program is meant to be listened to in its entirety in order to enjoy and comprehend the full effect of each composition. However, knowledgeable music lovers are […]

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Nick Colionne Interview

Smooth Jazz Guitarist RisingSpeaking With Nick Colionne by S.H. Watkins, Sr. I first heard Nick Colionne a few years ago after the benefit concert for Art porter’s kids in Chicago. We all went to the Metropole to kick it with the performers, and a guy named Nick Colionne was playing the club. He was jammin’ […]

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Nick Colionne Interview 2005

Nick ColionneJazz Guitar Chicago Style by Baldwin “Smitty” Smith Joining us is a fantastic guitarist and vocalist who’s got a great new CD out called Just Come On In. I’m talking about Three Keys recording artist, Mr. Nick Colionne. What’s up Nick? NickC: Nothing’s happening with me…just stayin’ in the groove! Smitty: Yes, well you’re […]

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Norman Brown Interview

Chillin’ with Norman Brown by Mark Ruffin When the smooth jazz super group, BWB, tour this spring, guitarist Norman Brown will send more than a few females readers of swooning. In addition to highlighting tunes from the group’s debut, Groovin’ the guitarist performs tracks from his Grammy-award winning album, Just Chillin. The nearly two hour […]

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Norman Connors – Eternity

Eternity Norman Conners (Right Stuff – 2000) by Stephen H. Watkins, Sr. I’m a Norman Connors fan from way-back, and producer/drummer Connors has not had an album since his 1996 ‘Easy Livin’, so it was with some excitement that I put this CD on. Happily, this is a strong comeback featuring an all-star cast including […]

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Oscar Peterson – Music in the Key of Oscar – DVD

Oscar PetersonMusic in the Key of Oscar – DVD VIEW VideoS. H. Watkins, Sr. Oscar Peterson is one of the greatest pianists in the history of Jazz. From his early days as Montreal’s teenage boogie-woogie sensation through his meteoric rise to international celebrity, Peterson has wowed audiences far and wide with his mastery of the […]

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Pamela York – Lay Down This World

Pamela offers the listener an exciting journey with Lay Down This World: Hymns and Spirituals, a beautiful collection of sacred music which precedes the 20th century. Each melody has been reharmonized and reinvented into a modern context. Whether playing the ancient Celtic melody of “Be Thou My Vision,” Martin Luther’s famous Reformation hymn, “A Mighty […]

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Patrice Rushen: A Modern Day Renaissance Woman

Speaking With Patrice Rushen: A Modern Day Renaissance Woman by Paula Edelstein With great songs such as “Forget Me Not,” “I Do,” “My Heart, Your Heart” among her solid repertoire of original compositions, Patrice Rushen is “Anything But Ordinary.” You need only to give one special listen to her exceptional collaborations with some of the […]

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Paul Taylor Interview

A Word With Paul Taylor by Paula Edelstein I first heard Paul Taylor play at the Old Pasadena Jazz Festival some years ago on a hot summer day when his debut for Peak Records was ruling the charts. He played a very smooth set and had the audience in the palm of his hands. At […]

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Phil Freeman – New York is Now! The New Wave of Free Jazz

New York is Now! The New Wave of Free Jazz. Phil Freeman(The Telegraph Company – 2001) by John Barrett Phil Freeman has a mission, one he thinks could change – even save – jazz as we know it. He was a fan of punk rock who took a liking to free-jazz – he heard in […]

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Phil Ramone – Discusses the making of Genius Loves Company

Phil Ramone DiscussesThe Making of Genius Loves Company The Last Recording of Ray Charles by Paula Edelstein Genius Loves Company was completed only months before the legendary Ray Charles passed away. A giant among his musical peers and one of the most versatile musicians that ever lived, Ray Charles’ last days were spent recording some […]

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Phil Woods – A Life In E Flat – DVD

Phil WoodsA Life In E Flat – DVD JazzedMedia – 2005Ricky Miller Phil Woods amazing career has spanned over 50 years, during which he has established himself as one of the leading jazz alto saxophone players in the bebop music idiom. Joined by his “Little Big Band” (Brian Lynch, Bill Charlap, Steve Gilmore and Bill […]

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Philip Bailey – An Interview

A Conversation WithPhilip Bailey by Mark Ruffin Earth, Wind and Fire front man Phillip Bailey has been making solo albums since the early 80’s. Of course, the most successful, was the classic rock oriented “Chinese Wall,” featuring the Top 10 duet with Phil Collins, “Easy Lover.” But Bailey also has recorded solo r&b efforts, and […]

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Ralph Ellison – Next

Ralph Ellison’sVisible Century by Eugene Holley, Jr. In 1952 Ralph Ellison, published his first novel, Invisible Man. The book told the story of a nameless black man’s racist, bewildering and terrifying journey from the south to the north toward self-identity. It moved beyond the black protest fiction of Richard Wright’s 1940 work, Native Son,and it […]

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Ray McCarty – Mood swing

Ray McCarty and his six-string Mood Swing by Paula Edelstein When Ray McCarty and Russ Ferrante of The Yellowjackets were touring and recording together in Northern California, Ray’s musicality and his ability to play a diversity of styles on his guitar, came together in full view of his musical peers. His playing inspired Russ to […]

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Regina Carter Interview – Queen Of The Jazz Violin 2006

Regina Carter has explored the world with music. Her virtuosic performances and standard of excellence has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of fans around the world whether in a jazz ensemble, orchestra or individual setting. With her keen intelligence, strong social conscience and her phenomenal success as the first African American to ever […]

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Speaking with Darrell Grant

A Word With Pianist Darrell Grant by S. H. Watkins, Sr. 10:00 a.m. at Portland State University is a time filled with hubbub and motion. Students scamper to and from and around their daily classes and lives. I cross campus and descend to the basement level of Lincoln Hall. Less commotion here, mostly groups of […]

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Stanley Clark and Friends – Night School – DVD

Stanley Clark and FriendsNight School – DVD Koch – 2005Sounds of Timeless Jazz This totally hip DVD documents the 3rd Annual Concert for The Scholarship Fund at the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Recorded in October 2002, bassist Stanley Clarke shares the stage with some of the world’s best known musicians in performances you’re […]

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Terence Blanchard: Contemporary Cat: A Biography

Contemporary CatA Biography of Terence BlanchardAnthony Magro(Scarecrow Press – 2003) by Mark Ruffin In the new biography of trumpeter Terence Blanchard, a claim is made that he is one of the most important jazz musicians from the last quarter century. Part of the evidence that is laid out in Contemporary Cat, (Scarecrow Press) by Anthony […]

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Terry Callier – Reluctant Musician

By Mark Ruffin, Jazz Editor Five years ago, in the U.S., you couldn’t find an album by Terry Callier on vinyl, let alone cd and that was fine with Terry Callier, he could take it or leave it. Since that time there’s been two import releases and an unearthed concert from the early 80’s. And […]

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The 1997 JazzTimes Convention

Jazz Summit: November 5 – 8 The 1997 JazzTimes Convention, Hosted by JazzTimes Magazine at the New Jersey Meadowlands, focuses on the State of today’s Jazz Industry. Virtually every aspect of the jazz world will be addressed, evaluated and debated at the 1997 JazzTimes Convention, November 5 – 8, which takes place at the ITT […]

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The Future of Jazz? – Gloom and Doom…

Duke, Q and Metheny – Voices from the IAJE Regarding the Future of Jazz… by Mark Ruffin Anyone who watched Ken Burns’ massive documentary Jazz last month knows that at one point in our history, jazz music accounted for more than 70% of records sold in this country. After single handedly saving the record business […]

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The Idea of North – The Sum of Us

The Idea of NorthThe Sum of Us(Magnetic Records – 2001) by S.H. Watkins, Sr. The first thing you notice is that there are NO instruments. The Idea of North’s 2nd CD, The Sum of Us contains 11 tracks of the group’s unique and memorable a cappella sound, highlighted with some very funky and intricate vocal […]

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The Life and Music of Jean Luc Ponty

An Interview: The Life and Music of Jean Luc Ponty by Paula Edelstein Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Ponty was […]

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The Marsalis Family – A Jazz Celebration

The Marsalis Family A Jazz Celebration PBS, Feb. 20, 2003 by Eugene Holley, Jr. Jazz is a family-friendly music, as evidenced by the artistry of the Adderleys of Florida, The Montgomerys of Indiana and the Jones brothers of Michigan. In 1981, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and saxophonist Branford Marsalis burst on the scene as the young […]

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Toni Redd Interview

Toni ReddComing Straight From The Heart by Baldwin “Smitty” Smith It is my pleasure to welcome a friend and one of my favorite singers on this planet. She has such a great voice; a wonderful new cd called Straight From The Heart and let me assure you that it is just that. Smitty: Hi Toni, […]

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Ubuyile – Jazz comes home

UbuyileJazz comes home By Gwen Ansell “Jazz music will never die,” affirms trumpeter Johnny Mekoa, “because it’s the people’s music and you can’t keep it down.” Perhaps only in the US and South Africa has jazz ever had that popular character. It was one of the common strands inspiring the 8-part radio series “Ubuyile/Jazz Coming […]

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Wayne Shorter – An Interview

A Conversation WithWayne Shorter by S. H. Watkins, Sr. JazzUSA: Hi Wayne, how are you? WS: Ok how you doing? JazzUSA: Great, and congratulations on the CD ‘Footprints Live‘, I understand this is your first live recording ever? WS: Yeah… well, the only other live recording I was involved in was when we had Weather […]

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Will Downing – After Tonight

Will Downing After Tonight (Peak – 2007) Suffice it to say that after nearly two decades of remarkable recordings and performances around the globe, Will Downing is recognized as the premier male vocalist for the embodiment of his singular, sensuous blend of R&B, jazz and pop. Yet 2007 marks the release of what is unquestionably […]

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