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Interview: Georgia Mancio

Interview: Georgia Mancio

Back in July, I posted on singer Georgia Mancio's exquisite new album, Songbook. On the album, Georgia was joined by pianist Alan Broadbent, who wrote all of the songs and invited Georgia to write each song's lyric. In the days that followed my post, many of you wrote asking to know more about her. Recently I ...

Mrs. Johnny "Hammond" Smith

Mrs. Johnny "Hammond" Smith

It's unclear who gave Johnny “Hammond" Smith his middle name. In all likelihood, it was Smith himself, to distinguish himself from Johnny Smith, the well-known jazz guitarist. “Hammond" Smith was born in Louisville, Ky., in 1933 and began recording on the organ in the late 1950s just after working as singer Nancy Wilson's early club accompanist. ...

Donald Fagen & the Nightflyers

Donald Fagen & the Nightflyers

Donald Fagen loves jazz. Since 1972, his songs co-written with Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker have been laced with jazz references and chord voicings. The same goes for Donald's four solo albums. Jazz greats such as Wayne Shorter, Phil Woods and Pete Christlieb, to name just a few, have been featured on Steely Dan and Donald's ...

What Music Publishers Look For In An Artist [INTERVIEW]

What Music Publishers Look For In An Artist [INTERVIEW]

In this interview, CEO and co-owner of the indie publishing/artist development company Big Yellow Dog Music, discusses how she got involved with music publishing and how the industry has changed, as well as offering some advice on sync writing and become a career songwriter. Guest post by Rick Goetz of MusicConsultant Carla Wallace is the co-owner ...

Interview: Aaron Diehl

Interview: Aaron Diehl

Pianist Aaron Diehl has a way of making you think about what you're hearing. This happens on the ballads Single Petal of a Rose and Blue Nude from his The Bespoke Man's Narrative (2013). But Aaron also can make you think when turning up the heat with staggering command, as he does on Uranus and Broadway ...

Dave Pell (1925-2017)

Dave Pell (1925-2017)

Dave Pell, a Los Angeles tenor saxophonist who was instrumental in promoting the West Coast's contrapuntal jazz sound that emerged in the early 1950s through his leadership of his many octets and who owned one of Lester Young's two saxophones, died May 8. He was 92. Dave was a dear and remarkably upbeat and cheery friend. ...

Interview: Denny Zeitlin

Interview: Denny Zeitlin

This week, San Francisco pianist Denny Zeitlin will make one of his rare appearances in New York. Starting Wednesday, April 19, and running through Saturday, April 22, Denny will be at the Mezzrow Jazz Club at 163 W. 10th St. On the first two nights, he'll play solo. On the second two nights he'll be accompanied ...

Interview: Roger Kellaway

Interview: Roger Kellaway

On Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., pianists Roger Kellaway and Peter Beets will be appearing together as a duet at New York's Sheen Center as part of producer Pat Philips' Jazz on Bleecker Street concert series. They will be performing The Many Moods of McCartney. For more information and to buy tickets, go here. The ...

Interview: Jan Persson

Interview: Jan Persson

Back in May, I posted on a Bill Evans Trio rehearsal in Denmark in 1966 that was captured on tape for TV broadcast. In the TV studio that day was Evans on piano; Eddie Gomez on bass; Alex Riel, a Danish drummer; cameramen; and a director. There also was a photographer. His name was Jan Persson. ...

Interview: Meredith d'Ambrosio

Interview: Meredith d'Ambrosio

Yesterday I was listening to Meredith d'Ambrosio accompany herself on piano while singing Love Is a Simple Thing. The song appears on her sterling album Another Time (1981), which is one of my favorites of hers. Meredith and I have emailed for years, since she loves JazzWax and I love her voice and piano. As I ...


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