Category: Q&A

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…

By The Jazz Messenger October 11, 2010 Off

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…

By The Jazz Messenger September 13, 2010 Off

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…

By The Jazz Messenger August 18, 2010 Off

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

By The Jazz Messenger August 3, 2010 Off