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Spike Wilner On Playing For Listeners

Spike Wilner On Playing For Listeners

Spike Wilner is a pianist who operates two jazz clubs in jny: New York City with his partners Chris Borden and Lee Kostrinsky. Smalls and Mezzrow are within a short walk of one another in Greenwich Village. They present familiar artists like Lew Tabackin, Frank Lacy, Pete Malinverni, Johnny O'Neal and Wilner himself, as well as ...

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Interview: Andy Waddell

Interview:  Andy Waddell

Q: How do you feel you have developed creatively with your new album, Alive? A: This is an honest trip. It came like Sunday boredom, almost baptismal, a dip in the river after a week’s bend. I've been writing and creating my own music for a long time, but everything on this album came from a ...

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Interview: Damjan Krajacic

Interview: Damjan Krajacic

Q: When did you start playing the flute? Did your family already know you had an interest in music? A: I was a bit late coming to the flute, at 19. My main instrument was electric bass, and I dabbled into classical guitar and piano a bit prior to that. Once I entered college, I was ...

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Interview: Irma Curry (Part 2)

Interview: Irma Curry (Part 2)

Irma Curry was a big band singer at a time when most big bands were shifting to the blues and the college dance circuit. Despite the trend, Irma developed a style all her own and stuck with it, with an emphasis on romantic ballads that she delivered with enormous feeling. In some respects, she had been ...

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Interview: Irma Curry (Part 1)

Interview: Irma Curry (Part 1)

Irma Curry may not be a familiar name to you, but in the early 1950s she was a star vocalist in Lionel Hampton's band. In 1962, she recorded a superb album for Columbia called Love Is a Necessary Evil. The band arranged by Al Cohn and conducted by  Don Elliot including Hal McKusick (as), Barry Galbraith and ...

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Interview: Slovak Bass Icon Juraj Griglak

Interview: Slovak Bass Icon Juraj Griglak

Q: When did you learn to play the bass? A: My father chose for me to play classical upright bass; he was a clarinetist in symphony orchestra. I went to conservatory for six years and then four years at university. After finishing my studies, I started playing in the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and have been playing ...

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One Of Hawaii's Finest Jazz Artists: Jr Volcano Choy

One Of Hawaii's Finest Jazz Artists: Jr Volcano Choy

Q: I'm sure you receive this question numerous times. Your name - where did you get it? A: Almost 30 years ago, I was on a road tour for Columbia Records. After one of our performances, a music critic who was present mentioned that the “trumpet soloist” blew like an “erupting volcano” and so the other ...

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Bill Evans and Carol Stevens

Bill Evans and Carol Stevens

Back in January 2014, I interviewed singer Carol Stevens (here and here), who recorded That Satin Doll for Atlantic in 1957. In 1959, she appeared in a TV pilot for a show called After Hours, featuring  Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge among other top New York jazz musicians. At one point during my interview, I asked ...

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Interview: Multi-Instrumentalist Paul Stafford

Interview: Multi-Instrumentalist Paul Stafford

Q: You received your first drum kit at the age of five. Did your family already know you had an interest in music? A: I would say yes. The drum kit was purchased based on the constant beating on shoe boxes. My mindset was drumming as one would do in a school marching band. Although not ...

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Why Lesley Gore Mattered

Why Lesley Gore Mattered

Lesley Gore, who died on February 16 of lung cancer at age 68, was best known for her hit, It's My Party, which went to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and R&B charts in 1963. But the teen singer stood for much more than adolescent anguish and the right to bawl at one's own bash. Gore ...


 

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