Articles by R.J. DeLuke

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Rickie Lee Jones: Peg Leg’s Granddaughter Rises Above

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Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour, the memoir of the eminent Rickie Lee Jones, is not a collection of stories about the famous singer who sprouted from the hippie era under the radar before blazing like a shooting star across the American sky with her self-titled debut album that contained the megahit “Chuck E's in Love." Of course, Jones is that person and that story of a meteoric rise, quickly surpassing friends like Tom Waits in ...

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Samara Joy: Ascension Into Jazz

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When Samara Joy performs, she takes her place, stands confidently and sings. Immediately the strength and richness of her voice—which is natural—grabs the attention of the listener. There are no gyrations. It's refreshing that a young artist doesn't see the need for unnecessary vocal gymnastics. Too often, those can miss the mark. Her style has a certain clarity and directness of emotion. She's only 21 and graduated just this May from SUNY Purchase, a state college north of ...

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John Pizzarelli: The Metheny Project

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Guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli has been a road warrior in a long career spanning some five decades. He's known for following in the footsteps of his father, the great jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, as a champion of the Great American Songbook working with classic jazz musicians and singers. He eventually became one of those singers that keeps classic works alive: a crooner, at times, who can also play music from well beyond the swing era. He cuts it as ...

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Joe Lovano: Finding New Adventures

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The loss of gig and the accompanying income stream, caused by the insidious and evil coronavirus, has hurt musicians across all genres. It has separated them from friends and band mates, from projects and from going to special places—physically and artistically. Coping with it is the order of the day. It has created some dark moments and also shed light on the characteristic of resiliency that dwells in the human spirit. Creativity, the hallmark of jazz, has kept ...

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Roxana Amed: More To Be Heard

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Relaxed and casual, speaking via Zoom from her mother's home in jny: Buenos Aires, singer Roxana Amed--of the smoky, sultry voice and soulful delivery--reflected on where her musical path has taken her. A native of that city, she moved to jny: Miami in 2013 when her spouse had been offered a good job. Acclimating to the new surroundings, she had some doubt as to whether she would continue her career as a wonderful singer of jazz and Latin-tinged ...

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Franco Ambrosetti: Busy Businessman, Exquisite Artist

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Franco Ambrosetti, a horn player from Switzerland, has a unique perspective on music and art. Because his vantage point is different than many musicians, having held the position as CEO of a significant company in Europe. He plays trumpet and flugelhorn with a rich tone and an approach that has matured over time, shifting from a propensity to blaze through bebop runs to a more thoughtful approach where the listener is taken on a smoother ride--not less meaningful, but different. ...

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Janis Mann: Authentic And In The Moment

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Janis Mann, a singer now based on the west coast, had made it a practice before the pandemic to periodically travel back east for gigs in the New York City area, of which she is a native. Mann still wants that, but she's waiting for the right time. Making music is a necessity for this artist. Time--not gigs--is what musicians have had on their hands over the last year. Some have occupied it by teaching or writing. All ...


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