Jazz Backstage: Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau won the Grammy® for Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1977 for the album Look To The Rainbow. The album’s success placed Al on the map as the leading jazz singer of the day. One of the album’s many highlights was Al’s brilliant vocal interpretation of the Paul Desmond classic “Take Five.” This track…

By The Jazz Messenger October 18, 2011 Off

Q&A: Eliot Zigmund

I feel fortunate to be old enough to have grown up in a time where listening to the radio and buying albums was one of the activities you looked forward to. Each week my friends and I ventured into San Francisco and hit the Tower Records store on Columbia and Bay Street with hopes of…

By The Jazz Messenger October 4, 2011 Off

Sonic Payton

Shooting Nicholas Payton’s Sonic Trance band @ Yoshi’s in Oakland back in the day was truly a blast and a highlight of the many video shoots that we produced from the mid 1990’s into the mid 2000’s. On this evening, we had three cameras and a 32 track audio truck parked right outside to capture…

By The Jazz Messenger September 26, 2011 Off

Q&A: Regina Carter

Detroit native and virtuosic violinist Regina Carter is always in demand. Whether she is accompanying artists such as Faith Evans or Mary J. Blige or guesting with jazz alum Cassandra Wilson or Tom Harrell or putting out her own distinct recordings, the one thing that always remains a constant with Regina’s work is that she…

By The Jazz Messenger September 14, 2011 Off