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Jay Leonhart: Don't You Wish

Read "Don't You Wish" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

After experimenting with other instruments, a phase described in the title track, “Don't You Wish," Jay Leonhart locked onto the bass at the age of 13. Later inspired and mentored by the legendary Ray Brown, he began his stellar career which included playing with icons Duke Ellington, Judy Garland, Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, and ...

Jane Monheit and her Muses...

Read "Jane Monheit and her Muses..." reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

When vocalist Jane Monheit blew the music community's hair back with her debut recording Never Never Land (N-Coded Music) in 2000, she was 22-years old, beautiful, sensual, soon-to-be-married and talented with chops to spare. By 2016, Monheit had released nine additional studio recordings, including the well-received Come Dream With Me (N-Coded Music, 2001) and Surrender (Concord, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stacey & Alan: A Love Like Ours

Read "A Love Like Ours" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Alan Schulman holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Arranging & Composition from Howard University. The guitarist was born in Cincinnati and has appeared on numerous jazz recordings by among others Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Anita Baker and Michael Feinstein. Stacey Schulman (yes they are married) is a native New Yorker who has been singing professionally since ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

Bing Crosby documentary ‘Rediscovers’ enigmatic crooner

Bing Crosby documentary ‘Rediscovers’ enigmatic crooner

If Bing Crosby seems like a voice from a long-forgotten era, it’s because in many ways he is. As cabaret star Michael Feinstein laments, “No one dreamed he’d fade.” Except maybe the four sons from his first marriage, two of whom committed suicide and two who died of natural causes. Crosby’s stern parenting, which included corporal punishment, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nicky Schrire: On Songs, Spaces And Places

Read "Nicky Schrire: On Songs, Spaces And Places" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What defines power? That's a tough question to answer in general, and an even harder one to figure out when it comes to the world of music. For in music, a whisper may carry greater weight than a roar, an honest gesture can outdo a demonstration of brute strength and technique, and a direct message to ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Anne-Marie Murray

Q: When did you begin to sing? Was your family musically active? Describe the environment in which you were raised. A: I began to sing in a golden childhood by the ocean in Newfoundland. My parents were singers in the choir and teachers of literature so I heard songs and poetry all the time. My mother's ancestors ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chris McNulty: A Siren From Down Under

Read "Chris McNulty: A Siren From Down Under" reviewed by Ludwig vanTrikt

Chris McNulty emigrated to New York City, from her native home in Melbourne, Australia, in 1988. Since then she's released five recordings, with Waltz For Debby (Discovery, 1991) first introducing the Australian singer to American audiences. On that record, she wrote what would ultimately become the official, published lyrics to Miles Davis' classic “Blue in Green." ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Tommy Vig

Read "Take Five With Tommy Vig" reviewed by Tommy Vig

Meet Tommy Vig:
Born to a musical family in Budapest, Tommy Vig was internationally recognized as a child prodigy by the age of six, playing drums with his father, clarinetist Gyorgy Vig. His sense of improvisation, rhythm and energy at that young age made him unique, and he performed live concerts on radio, at ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's Off To Jazz We Go . . .

Read "Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's Off To Jazz We Go . . ." reviewed by Jack Bowers

Just west of Albuquerque, across the Rio Grande River, lies the picturesque village of Corrales (population around 7,500). Among its residents (and natural resources) is world-renowned jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew. With a musician of his caliber within arm's reach, it would have been imprudent not to call upon him to take part in the village's Music ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Eddie Vedder: Ukulele Songs

Read "Eddie Vedder: Ukulele Songs" reviewed by Kevin Davis

Eddie Vedder
Ukulele Songs
Monkey Wrench
2011

The ballad “More Than You Know" was written by Vincent Youmans, Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu in 1929, a souvenir from a long gone era that a romantic might be tempted to posit represented “simpler times." Insofar as it's unlikely that anyone reading this ...