Catching Up With

Less formal than our standard interviews with a focus on an artist's recent recording project or tour.


The Andy Ostwald Trio: A Field Guide

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Field Guide (Digital Victrola, 2022) is the impressive debut album by the Andy Ostwald Trio. The album consists of inspired interpretations of tunes spanning five decades. From Jimmy Van Heusen to Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett to Abdullah Ibrahim, we are treated to a variety of jazz styles, adapted for piano, bass, and drums. Plus one original composition by pianist and band leader, Ostwald. Ostwald is a San Francisco Bay Area-based musician who performs as a soloist, band ...


Nate Smith: A Drummer's Life

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Nate Smith can't sit down! After headlining with two of his bands at the 2022 Newport Jazz Festival, The Fearless Flyers and Nate Smith + Kinfolk he is off to New York for a one week run at the Blue Note followed by jny: Los Angeles, Europe and then back to the United States where he is on the road for the rest of the year. For the past 20 years Smith has worked with the biggest names in jazz, ...


Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career

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Guitarist Will Bernard doesn't consider himself a “regular" jazz player. He says this occurred to him when he was being asked to play on some recording sessions in New York. “In New York, I've been doing some recording—I did three records for PosiTone, which is more of a jazz label. They're actually based in L.A., but they record mostly in New York. He was calling me in to do jazz sessions, and I think, 'I'm not ...


Denis Gäbel: A Deeper Meaning

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This year, the hr-Bigband welcomes star guests including Nils Landgren, Camille Thurman and John Beasley. It also welcomes a new lead tenor saxophonist: Denis Gäbel. In an interview with All About Jazz, he shares his thoughts about playing with this historic and highly-regarded German big band. Denis Gäbel grew up in a showbiz family. His brother Colin is a TV presenter and his brother Tom is a singer--but it was his saxophone-playing mother who inspired him to try ...


Lynne Arriale: A Suite Of Hope In Chaotic Times

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Pianist/composer Lynne Arriale's The Lights Are Always On (Challenge Records, 2022) is a suite of compositions that reflects on the tumultuous period of history we live in. Through the chaos, though, she offers a message on hope and the indomitable nature of the human spirit. “The theme of the album was inspired by an interview that I heard with Dr. Prakash Gatta, who is a physician who was treating COVID patients," Arriale explains. She had been struck, in ...


Naama Gheber's Detours Lead Straight To Jazz Career

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There is no “normal" journey to becoming an established, professional musician. Every path is different; each story one of a kind. But some are perhaps more different than most. Naama Gheber's surely ranks among those in the “more different" category: not many jazz singers began their adult years by serving as an intelligence analyst in the Israeli air force. Both born and raised in Be'er Sheva, Israel, she fell in love with jazz not ...


Alberto Pibiri: Living His Jazz Dreamlife

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Alberto Pibiri is strongly influenced by Oscar Peterson as well as earlier virtuoso pianists, but has his own style. Happily, his lifelong goal was to settle here in the United States, but his kind of talent would shine and stand out anywhere. All About Jazz: Just where in Italy are you from? Alberto Pibiri: I'm from south Sardinia, the beautiful island below Corsica. My home town is called Cagliari. AAJ: When did you begin ...


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