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Posts from the ‘Q&A’ Category

15
Mar
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Q&A: Kenny Garrett

I had the pleasure of working with saxophonist Kenny Garrett during the early years of Jazz Online which included interviewing him several times as well as producing two exciting live video sessions with his quartet at Oakland’s famed jazz club and Japanese restaurant Yoshi’s. Read moreRead more

13
Jan
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The Art of Visual Improvisation

While I was working with Brian Blade for his release Mama Rosa a few years back, I was introduced to a visual artist named Adam CK Vollick. Adam filmed Brian while he was recording segments of his album and the raw footage that I saw was just amazing. It was unlike anything I had seen before or even shot myself. Adam’s footage consisted of these long continuous shots which just followed Brian and the music. Read moreRead more

7
Dec
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Q&A: Taylor Eigsti

I first heard of pianist Taylor Eigsti many years ago through a good friend of mine, Bud Spangler. Bud produced Taylor’s album Resonance in 2003 and could not get over the talent of this New York born, Bay Area bred artist. Taylor is a dynamic player and composer and has since been maturing into one of the finest pianists in jazz. Read moreRead more

15
Nov
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Q&A: Avishai Cohen

From the first time I saw Avishai Cohen play with Chick Corea’s Sextet in the late 90’s, I have always believed that he is one of the most dynamic and entertaining jazz artists on the scene. Read moreRead more

11
Oct
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Q&A: Chris Conner

When I was in high school, I worked nearly every weekend for my neighbor Dan doing a variety of household jobs like painting and landscaping. Although I made a few bucks, the bigger payout was hanging out with Dan every Saturday. We were certainly an odd couple – me at 15 and he in his late 50‘s – and he was a real character. What I loved about him was that he had a crude sense of humor and liked meaty Italian deli sandwiches and beer, but he also just loved jazz especially big band and cool 1950‘s stuff. Read moreRead more

13
Sep
Les McCann

Q&A: Les McCann

From the first time I heard the song “Compared To What,” I fell in love with the piano playing and singing of Les McCann. His bold, soulful and groovy style just feels good. Whether he is playing the keyboards or singing, Les always delivers a creative musical expression guaranteed to get your fingers snappin’, foot tappin’ and your booty shakin’. Read moreRead more

18
Aug
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Q&A: Branford Marsalis

Celebrated and versatile saxophonist and jazz personality Branford Marsalis always delivers an impact filled musical statement. Whether he is performing solo or leading his stellar quartet, playing with Sting or doing a hip-hop thing, Branford is on a very short list of artists who can authentically adapt his musical voice and bring a jazz sensibility to any context. Read moreRead more

3
Aug
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Q&A: Jean-Luc Ponty

I have started a new daily routine in my office by blindly selecting a CD from the over filled shelves to listen to throughout the day. Yesterday, I selected a 2-CD set from violinist Jean-Luc Ponty titled Le Voyage-The Jean-Luc Ponty Anthology Read moreRead more

19
Jul
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Q&A: Andy Summers

Andy Summers has largely charted his own course as one of the most popular and successful musicians of the past 30 years. Best known as the innovative guitarist behind The Police, Andy has since produced a body of work that stands on its own. Read moreRead more

12
Jul
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Q&A: Russell Malone

The great guitarist answers a handful of our questions in the Q&A. Read moreRead more

15
Apr
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Q&A: Ron Blake

The versatile saxophonist Ron Blake has been an impressive and steady fixture in jazz over the past decade. He has worked with notables Art Farmer, Christian McBride and Roy Hargrove and for the past few years has been a member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live Band. Read moreRead more