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

Celebrating CTI Records’ 40th Anniversary – Part 1

Contributed by guest blogger Doug Payne (Sound Insights) In February 1970, producer Creed Taylor launched the CTI Records label. He’d already spent several years in a production deal with A&M Records, producing a variety of jazz, jazz-pop and Brazilian-styled records, crafting significant hits for Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Antonio Carlos Jobim and others.

By The Jazz Messenger April 14, 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