Take Five with Lynn Veronneau
CDs you are listening to now:
Mineevery day of course! I love African music and I got Henry Dikonge playing several times a day. The lush vocals and beautiful mix of genres and languages just captures me. Pink Martini is never too far from the CD player either. They are a source of inspiration. I also love anything Richard Bona does as well.
Desert Island picks:
Bobby McFerrinhis music is beautiful and smart. It fills the senses.
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
I think jazz today is playful and intricate. I think it's more fun than ever to be involved in jazz. Non-traditional players are welcomed into the playing field and contribute a great deal to a renewal of energy. I think there's lost of space and appetite for vocalist too and so much to explore, discover, and transform.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Keep it alive and growing, informal, and present. Outreach programs, festivals, and teaching are a must. For us musicians to be educated, stay relevant, involved, and in touch with other genres.
What is in the near future?
Our gorgeous album Joie de Vivre has just been released in May 2011. We're promoting the CD with a series of concerts in the US, UK and Canada. I'e also just recorded a children's album in French to be released by the end of the year.
I'm a musician and a mother.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
I would be doing children's music.