MICHAEL MESSER: Slide guitarist, singer and songwriter interview

From our archives ….. “Michael Messer recently toured the UK with Louisiana Red  – “A collaboration of two great musicians from totally different backgrounds, brought together through a passion for playing blues slide guitar and many years of mutual admiration for each others’ work”. I had the privilege of interviewing Michael on tour at Bury […]

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MO FOSTER: ….. ‘back in February 2016, I put together a band of the finest players for a gig at the Pizza Express Jazz Club’ …..

NB: The above is just one of Mo’s extensive instrument collection. It has no relevance to the post below; we just happened to like the image. Yes, it is ‘effectively an EB3 and an SG on one body’ says Mo. Anyway, moving on ….. Mo tells us ….. I had been a fan of Gil […]

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Early Blues Interview Russell “Hitman” Alexander, singer / guitarist / songwriter:

“For twenty years, The Hitman Blues Band has been rocking the New York area with their searing brand of blues/rock, drawing favourable comparisons to Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, and Kenny Wayne Sheppard along the way. Led by founding member, guitarist/singer Russell “Hitman” Alexander, the band has made various personnel changes along the way, but Alexander […]

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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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RANDY WILSON: interview: ‘African music is for the world’

The great jazz pianist talks about racism, discovering Africa and the power of music to change lives Please click HERE to continue ===//=== Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email […]

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Q&A: Yusuf Islam

Born in London, Yusuf Islam, 66, began his career as Cat Stevens and became a star in the 1970s with songs such as Morning Has Broken and Moonshadow. In 1977, he converted to Islam and left the music business to concentrate on his family and charity work. He began recording again in 2006; his latest […]

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Gareth Malone has built a career coaxing emotion out of nervous performers. So why is the nation’s favourite choirmaster so eager to brush away his own feelings?

Cole Moreton finds out! Is Gareth Malone really as nice as people think? He’ll happily coax a weeping military wife or a distressed shop keeper into singing through the tears, but when was the last time he put himself on the line and sang in public? “I had to choose the music for the funeral […]

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Interview / Upper Mississippi Blues Musician Crankshaft:

From a long while ago …. Alex Larson has been performing under his alias “Crankshaft” for almost four years now. His stylized alter ego is a fascinating extension of his Midwest upbringing, which combines his love for primitive musical forms (blues, punk, surf rock), with his adoration for classic automobiles. Although he has devoted himself […]

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PERCY HEARTH: A rememberance of …..

R. J Deluke writes ….. This article was originally published at All About Jazz in May 2005. Percy Heath could play the hell out of that big contrabass. Played it for more than half a century. With Bird and Miles and Diz and ‘Trane and Brownie and the venerable Modern Jazz Quartet and on and […]

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An Interview with Blues/Roots/Americana artist Natasha James: Blues is more than just a style of music:

NATASHA JAMES is known for taking Roots music styles, turning them on their head, combining them, and coming out with tunes that are completely unique but totally familiar (Music Connection, Aug 2008) at the same time. On her debut album, BAD JUDGEMENTS, she had the pleasure of working and recording with old friend and monster […]

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WALTER TROUT: The Craig Hunter Ross interview

To many, Walter Trout is a contemporary guitar legend and his guitar prowess, prolific recordings and non-stop tour schedule provide more than ample evidence to support the claim. As member of Canned Heat and having spent several years with John Mayall’s BluesBreakers, Trout has also supported numerous masterful musicians throughout his several decades on the […]

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Joe Bonamassa Interview from 2010 – by Trevor Hodgett

Due to popular demand, and straight off the back of a sold-out London Hammersmith Apollo concert in front of 5,000 people, critically acclaimed blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will embark on a nationwide UK tour in October. Here’s an online exclusive – an archive interview with Joe from issue #83 in November 2008. Asking the questions – Trevor […]

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NINA SIMONE: What Happened, Miss Simone? Episode #1 of 5

29 days left to listen: Inspired by the Oscar-nominated TV documentary, Alan Light’s biography draws on Nina Simone’s early diaries, rare interviews, childhood journals and input from her daughter Lisa Simone Kelly to paint a picture of the classically-trained pianist who became a soul legend, a leading civil rights activist and one of the most […]

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