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Dionne, Tomasz and Buddy

Dionne, Tomasz and Buddy

This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Dionne Warwick for my “House Call" column in the Mansion section. There's nothing like picking up the ringing phone and hearing, “Mr. Myers? Dionne Warwick." Dionne's voice is unmistakable—like a long wooden match being drawn slowly and seductively across a flint. We talked about childhood and growing ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Courtney Pine: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Read "Courtney Pine: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" reviewed by David Burke

Courtney Pine didn't pick up his beloved tenor saxophone for more than a decade, until an album exploring the black British experience demanded it. The multi-instrumentalist eschewed the horn on the likes of Europa, House of Legends and Song (The Ballad Book), his two-hander with pianist Zoe Rahman.

“I spoke to Sonny Rollins about ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave Stryker: Strykin’ Ahead

Read "Strykin’ Ahead" reviewed by John Kelman

Having just turned sixty this year, it's still quite remarkable that Dave Stryker--a musician who, unfortunately and unfairly, fits into the category of “one of the best guitarists most have never heard"--has released well over thirty albums as a leader/co-leader (including his Stryker/Slagle Band, with saxophonist Steve Slagle, and Latin-informed Trio Mundo) in a little more ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Videos: Back Women Cross Over

Videos: Back Women Cross Over

African-American women came into their own in the early 1960s as solo pop singers. Long pegged as jazz or R&B recording artists in the '50s or members of girl groups in the early '60s, African-American women began to cross over to the pop charts thanks largely to exposure on major record labels, runs at supper clubs ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Stephanie Jordan Begins Residency At Jazz Live Hyatt As Featured Artist

Stephanie Jordan Begins Residency At Jazz Live Hyatt As Featured Artist

Join Jazz Live at Hyatt every Friday and Saturday beginning on Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4, 2017 as they present Stephanie Jordan as the featured performer for a year-long engagement at Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The Stephanie Jordan Ensemble will do two sets nightly performing jazz standards made popular from the likes of Abbey Lincoln, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Beat Funktion: Olympus

Read "Olympus" reviewed by Geannine Reid

The seventies brought many things: bell-bottoms, Lee Majors, Farrah Fawcett, Disco, Nixon and Carter, The Godfather, the Ramones; Billie Jean King and Phyllis Schlafly to NOW and the ERA; from the Energy Crisis to Roe v. Wade. The Seventies is an incisively provocative and commonly misunderstood era. Is it an eminently forgettable period in our American ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart

Read "Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Even for a musician who has been playing and singing since age six, Paul Jost has just come through one exceptional year.

First, he released his debut with The Jost Project, Can't Find My Way Home (2013, Dot.Time Records), featuring the leader on vocals, harmonica and guitar, with drummer Charlie Patierno, double bassist Kevin ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rigmor Gustafsson: When You Make Me Smile

Read "When You Make Me Smile" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il primo aggettivo che viene in mente ascoltando il nuovo disco di Rigmor Gustafsson è “seducente."
Tredici brani, scritti quasi tutti dalla cantante svedese, che si sviluppano secondo i modelli del jazz vocale anni cinquanta/sessanta: un paio di blues, molte ballad, una bossa nova, qualche episodio soul, un classico del pop. In Italia è ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Granddaughter Of Legendary Dionne Warwick, Cheyenne Elliott To Release Narada Michael Walden Produced Singles And An Ep In 2015

Granddaughter Of Legendary Dionne Warwick, Cheyenne Elliott To Release Narada Michael Walden Produced Singles And An Ep In 2015

New York, NY – A brand new star has appeared on the US music scene; her name is Cheyenne Elliott. Cheyenne is the granddaughter of iconic singer Dionne Warwick, and a cousin of the late superstar Whitney Houston. In early 2014, producer Narada Michael Walden discovered her exemplary vocal talent and invited her out to Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, California, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio: We're Back

Read "We're Back" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer Gerry Gibbs must be in a “strike while the iron is hot" mode. Less than a year after his very successful Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio (Whaling City Sound, 2013), featuring Ron Carter on bass and Kenny Barron on piano, he has reconvened with those jazz legends for a second go around. This time, with ...