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). Read more
I can’t believe it. Sitting next to me on stage at B&N are Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Glen Moore, and Mark Turner. OREGON! If I made a list of groups that totally inspired me to pursue a career in music, OREGON would definitely be on the short list, along with Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Return to Forever to name a few. Read more
I’ve known George since 1984 when I was one of his students standing on an endless line of saxophonists descending on his teaching studio. At that time, I would have never have considered that over twenty years later, George would be teaching for me as a member of my NYU Jazz faculty. Read more
During the entire interview with Christian, he was holding an unlit cigar between his fingers. Come to think of it, as I ushered him through B&N, a security guard spotted the same cigar, and before he said a word, Christian responded, don’t worry, it’s not lit. Read more
I have never met anyone like or vaguely resembling this guy. He is a whole other ball of wax, or should I say ball of energy? Working with him on my faculty as well as within my group Combo Nuvo, Lenny approaches everything through a skewed angle. From his unique approach to playing the saxophone as well as five hundred other instruments, he also possesses humbleness with regard to his craft until he puts his lips to his horn and quickly takes no prisoners on the bandstand.
All I can say about having the opportunity to interview Mr. DeJohnette is “WOW, what a tremendous honor.” Truly one of my favorite musicians on the planet, and “I” get to interview him. As I began listing the musicians that he has worked with, Coltrane, Rollins, Evans, Jarrett, Miles, Monk, Freddie, Herbie, and on and on, I thought to myself, how can this be true? Read more
Talk about jazz royalty! Every time I meet Mr. Golson, his level of sophistication and calm repose continues to awe me. Wearing his heart on his sleeve, Benny always appears to be invincible. Never in my wildest dreams had I consider meeting, or even befriend such musicians as I have through opportunities in NYC like hosting the B&H Jazz Series. Read more
I first came in contact with Chico about 15 years ago while teaching at the New School but never spoke to him for years since I didn’t know how to make a connection. Well, it turns out that Chico made the connection with me. One day while I was sitting in an office typing away at my laptop, out of the blue, Chico popped his head in the door asking, “Do you know how to work one of those things?” Read more