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Nico Kanakaris

The link between jazz, blues and soul

About Me

My musical journey began as a kid with four brothers and one sister. Music was all over our house, especially The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Deep Purple. Emerson, Lake and Palmer triggered my curiosity for jazz, courtesy of Keith Emerson's improvisations which created a bridge between blues and jazz thanks to his interest for both classical music and jazz, in particular Oscar Peterson, Jack McDuff, etc. Over six years ago, I started my radio show, entitled Bluenotes, where I too want to build bridges between jazz, blues and soul. I like to cover the whole spectrum, because all these genres are closely related.

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because it is the natural progress after you have enjoyed pop, soul and blues. I was first exposed to jazz through Keith Emerson intense solos in his 1974 live album "Welcome Back My Friends" with Emerson Lake & Palmer. I met Toots Thielemans. My advice to new listeners is don't force jazz--choose the style you can listen to easily first.

My Favorites

  1. Oliver Nelson- "The Blues and the Abstract Truth"
  2. B.B. King - "Live at the Regal"
  3. George Benson - "Give Me the Night"