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Alisa Gurova Implements Belly Dancing Techniques In Jazz Performance

Alisa Gurova Implements Belly Dancing Techniques In Jazz Performance

As a performer of tribal dance, Ms. Alisa Gurova has showcased her work internationally from festivals in Italy (the Umrah Festival and Tribal Trip); the Czech Republic (Let's Dance Festival); her native Ukraine (several festivals in cities across the country); and Russia (Gala Show).  She has been a unique marvel in the dance world as she ...


Steve Lipman: The Singin' Dentist Balances Healing With Frank Sinatra

When the Dream Academy sang, “Like Sinatra in a younger day," in their wind-swept '80s hit, “Life in a Northern Town," they could easily have been describing jazz singer Steve Lipman. Looking and sounding like Ol' Blue Eyes himself, Lipman mesmerizes with his warm crooning on his latest album, Ridin' the Beat. But what's fascinating about ...


Interview With Jazz Pianist Tal Cohen

Q: What made you decide to become a pianist? Did you receive any formal training? A: I always liked the piano. At first I played xylophone but wasn't very good at it, unfortunately, so my mum suggested the piano. I immediately said yes because it meant I wouldn’t need to carry the xylophone to lessons anymore. ...


Interview: Australian Blues Guitarist Gus Mckay

Q: Where did the interest in music originate from? A: I have always had a love of music from as early as I can remember.Both sides of the family were musical; not professional, but keen and passionate. Q: Were your parents supportive of your musical ambitions? A: My parents supported me in the form of lessons ...


Portugal’s Fado Em Si Bemol Return With Sizzling New Release

Portugal’s Fado em Si Bemol is among the country’s most electrifying jazz acts. Part of what makes the group so appealing to audiences is the infectious and brightly lit way they are able to unite different musical styles. On the surface, Fado em Si Bemol fuse together jazz and world music; beneath that, the band is ...


Dancing On The Wide-eyed Edge With Pianist Leslie Sharp

Q: How would you describe your new album, Dancing on the Wide-Eyed Edge?  A: If you forgive my quoting myself, I use these words: warmly re-visited, uniquely re-constructed, and virtuosically refreshed songs from the days of swing and jazz, a delightfully eclectic collection. This was truly what I experienced while envisioning the project and during the ...


Harry Watters: Out Of A Dream - Love Songs

Read "Out Of A Dream - Love Songs" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Harry Watters is a youthful slide trombonist who offers a welcome remembrance of the golden days of bebop and afterwards, when J.J. Johnson set the standards for the instrument. These nine tracks exhibit his impressive range and fleetness, and the listener will quickly think of the many qualified 'bone players who have been recording over the ...


Harry Watters: Out of a Dream: Love Songs

Read "Out of a Dream: Love Songs" reviewed by Jim Santella

Released last month, just in time for Valentine's Day, Harry Watters' collection of love songs rings true and faithful to the cause. He improvises over each trusted melody and fashions its meaning to suit his needs. A thorough background in both traditional and modern jazz has prepared the trombonist well. He served as graduate ...


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