Presenting Jazz Backstage

As an aspiring young jazz musician, I spent most of my waking hours either practicing my instrument or listening intensely to albums and jazz radio.  It was my passion as well my music education and the single most cherished memory of my teenage years.  Often when I listened to the music, I would try and…

By The Jazz Messenger February 18, 2011 Off

Brad Mehldau – The Art of Solo Piano

Virtuosic pianist Brad Melhdau first made his mark in the jazz world in 1995 with his debut recording Introducing Brad Mehldau and then in the classical arena in 2006 with his release Love Sublime with vocalist Renee Fleming.  Mehldau is a dazzling and brilliant player who maintains one of the finest trios in all of…

By The Jazz Messenger February 15, 2011 Off

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…

By The Jazz Messenger January 13, 2011 Off