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Interview: Stephanie Nakasian

Interview: Stephanie Nakasian

I came upon Stephanie Nakasian in 2009, shortly after the released of Stephanie Nakasian: Lullaby in Rhythm, A Tribute to June Christy (V.S.O.P.). Few singers were paying much attention to Christy then, and Stephanie did a wonderful job. While she didn't try to channel Christy, she did have a fine sense of Christy's dry exuberance and ...

Anthony Weller + Herb Pomeroy

Anthony Weller + Herb Pomeroy

Boston trumpeter and educator Herb Pomeroy was known largely for his big band work as a leader and sideman. But in the early 2000s, Pomeroy led a gorgeous, romantic working trio consisting of Pomeroy on trumpet, Anthony Weller on guitar and David Landoni on bass. The group recorded three albums—two live and one in the studio. ...

Interview: Chuck Israels

Interview: Chuck Israels

Bassist Chuck Israels is probably best known for his work in the Bill Evans Trio between 1961 and 1966—a golden, delicate period for Evans. But Chuck also played with Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton, Hampton, Hawes, Dave Pike, Gerry Mulligan and many other jazz greats. Chuck also has had a vast playing and recording career ...

Jane Hall: Song in My Heart

Jane Hall: Song in My Heart

Jane Hall's first and only album, With a Song in My Heart, was released in 2017. The album was recorded in the 1980s as a gift to her husband, the great jazz guitarist Jim Hall. I first heard about the recording a couple of weeks ago, when Devra Hall Levy, Jim and Jane's daughter, told me ...

Interview: Miles Davis, 1984

Interview: Miles Davis, 1984

While Miles Davis was on tour in Baltimore in 1984, he agreed to appear on a daytime cable talk show called Cityline. For whatever reason, the hosts didn't bother to do a stitch of research and admitted as much to Davis. One of the hosts even asks Davis if he played with Charlie Parker. Astonished by ...

Industry Giant Brian Eno Talks Music, Global Politics

Industry Giant Brian Eno Talks Music, Global Politics

Few creative forces in the music industry are held in as high esteem as Brian Eno, noted for not only his musical contributions but also his work as a producer, writer, and thinker in the music business. Here he sat down to discuss his innovative musical work, as well as his involvement in global political affairs. ...

6 Major Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Fast Company Profile

6 Major Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Fast Company Profile

Fast Company has published the first in depth interview with Daniel Ek in three years and the first behind the scenes look at the world's biggest streaming service since it went public. While there are no big reveals, it offers a well sourced portrait of a company deeply committed to and quite capable of truly transforming ...

Interview: Chubby Jackson

Interview: Chubby Jackson

Bassist Chubby Jackson is largely forgotten now, but in his prime he was one of the most dynamic band leaders in the late 1940s and '50s. For example, in 1949, his band featured Norman Faye, Al Porcino and Charlie Walp (tp); Mario Daone and Rob Swope (tb); Frank Socolow (as); Ray Turner and Al Epstein (ts); ...

Django Festival Allstars

Django Festival Allstars

One of the best kept secrets in jazz is the Django Festival Allstars. Formed in 2002, they recapture the joyous and nostalgic sound of gypsy jazz made popular in jny: Paris by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli just before World War II. It's infectious music, and once you hear it, you get caught up in the ...

Interview 2018: Marcos Valle

Interview 2018: Marcos Valle

Next week, the legendary bossa nova pianist, singer and composer Marcos Valle will make his only New York appearance this year at Birdland. Joining him will be singer Paula Morelenbaum and cellist Jacques Morelenbaum. They toured with Antonio Carlos Jobim between 1984 and 1994. The BossaBrasil spectacular at Birdland—from May 29 to June 2—is being produced ...