JUDY COLLINS: Wildflower on the Path to Serenity

“Coming through storms: that’s how the singer Judy Collins describes the basic narrative of her original songs.  “Kvetch, kvetch, kvetch, gratitude, gratitude, gratitude: isn’t it a wonderful world? she laughingly explained over tea at her spacious, homey apartment with a river view on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. “That’s really how they go. I […]

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ART HOYLE: Interview

In his own words…Art Hoyle: “Art Hoyle received his first trumpet on his eighth birthday in rural Oklahoma. He began playing in clubs and ballrooms at the age of fifteen in Gary, Indiana. After a four-year stint in bands in the U.S. Air Force, Hoyle joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1956. From 1957 to […]

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John Daversa: Bursting Out of LA – Interview by R. J Deluke

Seen in the hallways at California State University in Northridge, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he teaches big band arranging, jazz history and other music courses, John Daversa might be seen with his goatee, and dense, dark and curly hair, parted in the middle, and correctly sense he might be involved in one of […]

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Joélle Harvey: Interview with the soprano

A native of Bolivar, New York, Joélle Harvey was the First Prize winner of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition in 2011. In October 2012, she sang the role of Susanna in the Glyndebourne Festival Tour’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; San Franciscans may well remember her as Zerlina with the Merola Opera […]

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JOE LOVANO: A Far Out Fugue

Originally posted April 2011 Robert Baird writes ….. Whistling ductwork, whirring fans, murmuring pipes—along with being jazz’s most storied location, a living shrine to the memories of Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and so many others, Manhattan’s Village Vanguard, on Seventh Avenue South, was, on this winter’s night, the Das Boot of jazz. In every corner, […]

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Albert “Tootie” Heath: Class Personified

allaboutjazz Albert “Tootie” Heath is among the drummers who lived—and thrived—during what many call the golden age of jazz, the ’40s, ’50, early ’60s. He’s enjoyed the fruits of a varied and historic career, but never stayed put. Just kept working. He admires the musicians of today and the direction of jazz. The Philadelphia native […]

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GLENN GOULD: He called this ‘the greatest song cycle ever written

  “Glenn Gould called it ‘the greatest song cycle ever written’, entitling his notes on the two versions of Paul Hindemith’s masterpiece ‘A Tale of Two Marienlebens’. Stravinsky had already insinuated ‘Last Year at Marienleben’. And my pupils recently produced a better wordplay: asked what the name meant, they shyly volunteered ‘Married Life…?’ Copies of […]

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David Lyttle: Facing All The Music

Ian Patterson (all about jazz) writes ….. In times when independent musicians have to function as one-person business enterprises most musicians show more than one face. David Lyttle, drummer par excellence from Waringstown, Northern Ireland, wears more faces than most. Musician, songwriter, record label owner, producer, interviewer and talent scout—Lyttle has built a solid reputation […]

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