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Interview/Preview: Marcos Valle at Birdland

Interview/Preview: Marcos Valle at Birdland

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Next week, if you are in New York, you will have a rare opportunity to see and hear a genuine bossa nova legend from Rio de Janeiro. After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Marcos Valle is performing again at Birdland, from September 13 to 17. Marcos is the composer of So Nice (Summer Samba), The Face I Love, Crickets Sing For Anamaria, If You Went Away, The Answer, Chup Chup I Got Away, She Told Me She Told ...

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Interview: Brian Charette on 'Jackpot'

Interview: Brian Charette on 'Jackpot'

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Brian Charette knows his way around an organ. He began playing a Hammond M3 in high school but didn't graduate to the B3 until he moved to New York at age 20. While gigging in the city, he was schooled by Brother Jack McDuff in Harlem at Showman's Jazz Club. Brian also knows how to write soul-jazz. His new album, Jackpot, is terrific. It features Brian on organ backed by Cory Weeds on tenor saxophone, Ed Cherry on guitar and ...

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Interview: Deb Rasmussen on 'Unspoken'

Interview: Deb Rasmussen on 'Unspoken'

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Deb Rasmussen is a singer from Calgary, Alberta, whose day job is in agricultural economics. But her occupation is hardly the stuff of milking cows and feeding chickens. This is big-league stuff. When I reached out to her initially, Deb was on her way to Mongolia to help the country maximize the potential of its land for food and clothing. So how does someone with this background switch gears and turn to jazz singing. As you'll soon learn, these two ...

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Interview: Mike Stern

Interview: Mike Stern

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

The arrival of rock guitarists on TV shows, at concerts and on the radio in the mid-1960s and the emergence of the artist-controlled rock album in the late ‘60s led to a seismic change in jazz. Many young budding jazz musicians found themselves admirers of pop-rock and rock—or at least the larger incomes those forms generated and the increased attention by young audiences and the media. The result of these dual allegiances—to jazz and rock—produced a hybrid that became known ...

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Interview: Al Di Meola on 'Saturday Night in SF'

Interview: Al Di Meola on 'Saturday Night in SF'

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

As legendary jazz albums go, Friday Night in San Francisco is a cult classic. Recorded live at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre on December 5, 1980, the album was released in 1981 and featured three superb guitarists—Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía. All three played acoustic models. In some respects, the album's popularity at the time demonstrated that jazz fusion had run its course and that fans had aged and were ready for a change. The album also ...

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Interview: Vicki Burns on 'Lottus Blossom Days'

Interview: Vicki Burns on 'Lottus Blossom Days'

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Last October, I received an email from vocalist Vicki Burns: Hello Marc. I'm not sure if you remember me. I wrote you years ago and asked if you'd consider reviewing a live album I did in 2008, Vicki Burns: Live at Anna’s Jazz Island. You wrote back with some excellent advice that I took to heart. You said I had a great voice but the standards I was singing were really over done and that I needed to find ...

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Interview: Dave Stryker, 'As We Are'

Interview: Dave Stryker, 'As We Are'

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

If there was an upside to the pre-vaccine pandemic of 2020-2021, it's that creative artists had solitary time to think about the road forward. For guitarist Dave Stryker, that period of confinement resulted in As We Are (Strikezone), a fascinating new album recorded in January 2022, featuring a jazz quartet backed by an inventive string quartet. The group includes Dave Stryker on guitar, Julian Shore on piano, John Patitucci on bass, Brian Blade on drums, Sara Caswell on violin (with ...

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Interview: Michael Abene

Interview: Michael Abene

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Michael Abene has always been a double threat. In addition to being a gorgeous pianist and accompanist, he's a towering arranger of big bands, orchestras, singers and instrumental ensembles. Fans of Maynard Ferguson are probably most familiar with his piano playing and arrangements for the band's recordings for Roulette and Mainstream in the 1960s. These days, Michael has been keeping busy, as you'll soon read. I recently caught up with Michael for a JazzWax interview after writing about him in ...


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