Dom Moio [drummer who occasionally plays with Diorio] I love him. Dominic is just incredible, a big leaguer. He lives in Arizona. He teaches at the University of Arizona and plays around that area. Dominic and I have some things in the making. He can cook that Italian foodyou go over to his house, you'll walk away with about three pounds on you.
It's not part of my bag. I've tried a chorus a couple of times, but I lose something of my own sound. It works great for a lot of people. I was listening to Mike Stern yesterday. I thought he sounded great, exceptional. All those electronics work for him. Same thing with Sco [John Scofield]. The minute you hear it you know it's him. I think maybe Pat Metheny, toothe early Pat. I think he's playing a lot clearer now. I'm a staunch jazz musician from the old school.
Antonio Carlos Jobim
My interest is in the beautiful melodies that come from the culture. I recorded a beautiful album, To Jobim with Love. When I play Brazilian tunes I swing 'emI just go straight ahead. Every now and then it's OK to do a Latin tune, but it seems limited. The bossa nova for me gets boring. It's the same kind of rhythm over and overespecially American bossa nova. It's not jazzthe harmonies are limited, and if you put a bossa nova rhythm on a piece it stays in the same place all the time. I don't even know the "right" bossa nova rhythmI'm always thinking about swinging.
Stateside (new trio CD)
We have a business here, my son and I, my wife and his wife. There's a web site for people to order my products. We decided to do a play along (Timeless Standards) with [bassist] Bob Magnusson and [drummer] Jim Plank. While we were recording it I realized, I've got these great players here. I might as well just play somelet's do an album. We called them back the next day and did it. We just said, "You know this tune?" "Yeah." "OKthis key." We just went for it. Usually it was one take; two at the most.
I'm writing a book to simplify jazz. I've been teaching this system around the world the last couple of years, and I've had a lot of resultsa big light goes on. I'm thinking about developing a course in jazz. You write for the lessons every week or every month. I want to do another album with the trio from Stateside. Hod and I thought about doing an album together, possibly this summer. I have another friend, Bob Mover. He plays alto, and I've known him since he was a kid. He's coming out this summer, and we're talking about doing something. I'm thinking about doing an acoustic guitar albummaybe with just bass or solo. Those are all in the making. I don't know what's coming first. I got interrupted when I got sick, but that's OK.
I think guitar players should try to find which way they want to go and commit to it. I see people trying to do too many things. Each style takes a great commitment.
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.