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Born 2 October 1951, in Wallsend, north-east England, Gordon Sumner's life started to change the evening a fellow musician in the Phoenix Jazzmen caught sight of his black and yellow striped sweater and decided to re-christen him Sting. Sting paid his early dues playing bass with local outfits The Newcastle Big Band, The Phoenix Jazzmen, Earthrise and Last Exit, the latter of which featured his first efforts at song writing. Last Exit were big in the North East, but their jazz fusion was doomed to fail when punk rock exploded onto the music scene in 1976. Stewart Copeland, drummer with Curved Air, saw Last Exit on a visit to Newcastle and while the music did nothing for him he did recognise the potential and charisma of the bass player


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Take Five with Singer-Songwriter Arnab Sengupta

Read "Take Five with Singer-Songwriter Arnab Sengupta" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Arnab Sengupta Arnab Sengupta is a contemporary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Bangalore, India. Growing up in the eastern cities of India, Arnab has absorbed a plethora of diverse musical styles, both local and international, and has diligently pursued the study and performance of contemporary music for over 30 years, while arriving at his ...


Article: Live Review

Lisa Fischer And Grand Baton At Freight & Salvage

Read "Lisa Fischer And Grand Baton At Freight & Salvage" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Lisa Fischer And Grand Baton Freight & Salvage Berkeley CA Friday July 28 2023 Acclaimed versatile vocalist and Grammy winner Lisa Fischer (Tina Turner, Rolling Stones) graced the spacious Freight & Salvage in jny: Berkeley's downtown Arts District for multiple weekend performances. The Minnesota native received superb support from her long ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Laila Biali is taking requests

Read "Laila Biali is taking requests" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Singer, pianist and songwriter Laila Biali recently released Your Requests (ACT Music), built around a collection of songs from the Great American Songbook that were requested by her fans. After a string of projects of her original songs and more contemporary covers, the album was a departure for her. After spending years living in ...


Article: Album Review

Greg Satterthwaite: Savannah Blue

Read "Savannah Blue" reviewed by Dave Linn

Greg Satterthwaite was born in Jamaica and moved with his family to the US when he was five. After earning a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami, followed by a Master of Arts in Commercial Music from Florida Atlantic University and finally his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas ...


Article: Album Review

Kings of Strings: Live in Belgrade

Read "Live in Belgrade" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Initiated by the Guitar Art Festival in Serbia in 2012, Kings of Strings was a project that brought together three exceptional guitarists: Vlatko Stefanovski, Tommy Emmanuel and Stochelo Rosenberg.. At the festival, and on a string of tour dates throughout Europe, they showcased their abilities and talents in exceptional performances. The Guitar Art Festival is a ...


Article: Album Review

Billy Childs: The Winds of Change

Read "The Winds of Change" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Billy Childs, one of the most critically acclaimed pianists in modern jazz, is in high demand as a modern classical composer. He has played and composed music ranging from orchestral to chamber works to contemporary small ensemble jazz. This has brought him five Grammy awards to date. Starting as a pianist in his native ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dominic Miller

Read "Dominic Miller" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Today, the Spotlight shines On guitarist Dominic Miller, a musician unique in his ability to fit in and contribute as a sideman, but also to step up as a band leader.Dominic may be best known as guitarist--and in his own words, “Lieutenant"--for Sting, a position he has filled for over 30 years, but he ...


Article: Album Review

Dominic Miller: Vagabond

Read "Vagabond" reviewed by Cary Tenenbaum

The third album by guitarist Dominic Miller echoes the melodic, moody, romantic sounds of a Sting album without lyrics or singing. What we hear is the instrumental interplay of Miller with pianist Jacob Karlzon, bassist Nicolas Fiszman and drummer Ziv Ravitz. The comparison is not surprising as Miller has played with Sting for the last 30 ...


Article: Live Review

Emilie-Claire Barlow At Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club

Read "Emilie-Claire Barlow At Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Emilie-Claire Barlow Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club Denver, Colorado April 5, 2023 The most prominent feature of Emilie Claire Barlow's music is its pure happiness. Disneyland bills itself as “The Happiest Place on Earth." But Barlow has the Imagineers beat and she does that without focus groups or prepackaged commercial products. ...


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