Nathan East is a premiere session musician, perhaps best known as Eric Clapton’s favorite bass player. He also played on Michael Jackson's "Bad," Daft Punk’s recent Grammy winning album, and is a founding member of Fourplay. His debut self-titled album will be released March 25, 2014. Alan Bryson caught up with him during a break as he was rehearsing with Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder for the Grammy awards. The interview also features audio clips from the album.
In remembrance of Ronny Jordan who passed away in January of 2014 at the age of 51, we present this extensive interview first published in January of 2013. Ronny Jordan is a winner of Gibson Guitar’s award for Best Jazz Guitarist, he’s been nominated for a Grammy award, and is a jazz artist who has made it to the pop charts. He’s known as one of the earliest and most successful jazz artists to draw upon the energy and vitality of hip hop.
Part three focuses in on his latest project with Gary Husband on piano and Alex Machecek on electric guitar. He also discusses his work with Billy Cobham.
Part two of a three part interview with drummer and keyboardist Gary Husband. He speaks at length about John McLaughlin, and talks about working with Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, Wayne Krantz, Jimmy Herring, Mike Stern, Steve Hackett, Steve Topping, Neil Taylor, and more.
Part one of a three part interview with drummer and keyboardist Gary Husband. In this segment he speaks of his formative years, talks at length of his decades-long relationship with Allan Holdsworth, discusses Jack Bruce and Gary Moore, and he speaks about his solo piano recordings.
Jonathan Batiste is a graduate of the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts with a masters degree from Julliard in jazz and classical piano. But don’t let the elite degrees fool you, as a native of New Orleans, Batiste is equally at home making music in the streets or on the concert stage.
His band named "Stay Human", do just that. They've recently released their breakout album entitled "Social Music". It’s music without borders or labels, pure integrity.
Alan Bryson spoke with Batiste in San Francisco in the middle of his tour. Listen for a sampling from Social Music at the end of the interview.
He first gained attention as the "next big thing" in instrumental rock with his impressive guitar skills. On his just released album "YEP" on the Magna Carta label, he puts his singer/songwriter skills on display, backed up by the legendary Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Allman Brothers), and Matt Abts and Andy Hess of Govt. Mule. This album draws on rock, blues, country, and even some heavy metal vituosity.
Flutist Anne Drummond was born and raised in Seattle, where she attended the same high school as Qunicy Jones and Jimi Hendrix. At age 18 she arrived in New York to study piano at the Manhattan School of Music. She quickly made the transition to working musician when she brought her flute to class and was recruited by her piano instructor, the legendary Kenny Barron, to join his band. She ended up out front on tour and played on several of his albums. She also tour and recorded with the sensational vibraphonist Stehpon Harris. I first learned of her through her impressive work with Matthias Bublath. She’s a lot of fun to talak to, and an impressive talent.
Ray Russell is a session ace from London. He's just released his first album on the Abstract Logix label, known for high energy fusion with attitude. If you are the kind of music lover who studies album credits, you might know Ray from his work with Tina Turner, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Paul McCartney, and Robert Plant. Jazz fans might know him from the group RMS and his work with the Gil Evans. If you’re a James Bond fan, he played on several soundtracks, from Live & Let Die to Thunderball and many others.
Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Devon Allman is fresh off a tour of Australia with his Grammy nominated band, Royal Southern Brotherhood, and he’s also just released his first album under his own name. During the interview you’ll hear samples from the album which combines rock energy with mature themes, and demonstrates a gift for melody and way with words. As the son of Gregg Allman and the nephew of Duane Allman, comparisons are inevitable, but with this album Devon proves he is a musical force be with reckoned with on his own terms I caught Devon as he was literally on the road, and the interview might give you the feeling that you’re along for the ride.
Scott Sharrard is New York based guitarist, singer & songwriter. For the past several years has been the guitarist for the Gregg Allman Band. Glide Magazine called him Gregg Allman’s secret weapon, but the secret's been out for a while. Levon Helm was an early and enthusiastic mentor, and even Dr. John extended a helpful hand along the way.
Etienne Mbappe is a Paris based bass player, originally from Cameroon. He began his musical career in Paris in the 80s, playing with the leading names on the African music scene. He was part of Ultramarine, a groundbreaking world music fusion band, and was eventually recruited by the jazz legend Joe Zawinul to join his band, and later by another music icon, John McLaughlin, with whom he still tours and records. This year he joined Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, and Michael Landau in a new super group — The Ringers.
Alex Machacek is an Austrian born jazz fusion guitarist who has been based in Los Angeles for nearly a decade. This hour long interview touches upon his training, development, influences and approach, with samples from his latest recording, FAT (short for Fabulous Austrian Trio.)
John Kelman is an accomplished music writer, and also the Managing Editor of All About Jazz. When he was 11 years old and taking guitar lessons in Ottawa, John’s instructor encouraged him to go to a local coffeehouse to see the guitarist Lenny Breau perform. Several more times over the years John saw him live, and on one occassion his guitar instructor, who knew Lenny, actually introduced him to Lenny Breau before a show.