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I was born in 1981, and have lived around the world due to my family being part of the Baha'i Faith. I graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2003, and have been living and playing in Northern California since.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I realized there was no other way to achieve my musical goals than to have music be my primary focus on a daily basis.
Your sound and approach to music:
It really just comes down to beauty. I feel music is a rich, nuanced medium that can be a multitude of worthwhile things, but what interests me is the creation and realization of sounds that through the power of attraction uplift and inspire the human heart.
My goal as a player is to create the music that I would personally find the most beautiful.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
At First Glance, at least in part because it's the only recording in my discography. Hahaha.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
Well, what I am striving to contribute is a genuine and unique voice. As to whether that contribution is in fact being made is a subjective matter!
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
Honestly? Kind of weird and self-indulgent. I mean, virtuosity and complexity and innovation are all wonderful things but it sure seems that they tend to become ends unto themselves. Parallels in society in general are sure easy to find, so maybe this question has less to do with jazz as an isolated entity than the human condition as a whole.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Artistic honesty, humility and hard work, as well as a general shift in values on the part of humanity.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com