Category: Q&A

Q&A: Donny McCaslin

One of my favorite tenor sax players is Donny McCaslin. I recall my childhood friend bassist Larry Grenadier telling me about him in the mid 80‘s. It was around that time that Donny and Larry were both members of the Gary Burton Quintet. Shortly thereafter, Donny joined Steps Ahead taking over the sax chair from…

By The Jazz Messenger June 14, 2011 Off

Q&A: Cuong Vu

Cuong Vu has been one of the most creative musicians in jazz since the late 1990’s. I remember first hearing his album Bound in 2000 and being blown away by the sheer scale of the music featured on that recording. His later album called Come Play With Me was even better. In 2003, I remember…

By The Jazz Messenger May 25, 2011 Off

Q&A: Kurt Elling

I remember when Kurt Elling came onto the scene back in the 1990’s and he really stood out. The sound of his voice, phrasing and repertoire was refreshing and unique. He’s been steadily refining his craft and on his latest album The Gate, Kurt continues to raise the bar.

By The Jazz Messenger April 19, 2011 Off

Q&A: Dave Schroeder

By day, Dave Schroeder is the Director of New York University’s Steinhardt Jazz Studies program and by night, he is the leader and one of the featured instrumentalists of the New York City based eclectic group Combo Nuvo (a group comprised of some of Schroeder’s esteemed NYU faculty).

By The Jazz Messenger April 11, 2011 Off