July 1, 2020
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Jazz interview with jazz guitarist Shelley King. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking certain ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer John Di Martino. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Angel Zaberski. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Niels Lan Doky. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what ...
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Interview with Canada-based pianist/singer Michael Kaeshammer: Boogie On The Blues Highway How has the Blues and Jazz Counterculture influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve ...
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Jazz interview with jazz bassist Daniel Toledo. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz composer, arranger, guitarist, vocalist Joel Harrison. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist Bartosz Hadala. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz vibraphonist Chris Dingman. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Silvio Amato. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Interview with UK guitarist Chantel McGregor – the Blues came first, but rock and pop was always waiting on the corner. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture ...
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Jazz interview with jazz trumpeter Marvin Frey. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz trumpeter and vocalist Susana Santos Silva. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what ...
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Jazz interview with jazz guitarist Aron Namenwirth. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz vibraphonist Warren Wolf. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Interview with Wayne Nicholson & John Campbelljohn – The Canadian duo keeps the legend of Elmore James alive! How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views ...
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Jazz Interview with jazz pianist and composer George Kontrafouris. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Jazz interview with jazz saxophonist Sam Gendel. An interview by email in writing. There are also such fools who appear to be the bad musicians, to be burned. ...
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Jazz interview with jazz bassist​ ​Stephen Menold. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Interview with UK guitarist, Norman Beaker: An ambassador of British blues around the Europe with new album on his belt. How has the Blues n’ Rock Counterculture influenced ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist, keyboardist and vocalist Grégory Privat. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Jazz interview with jazz fluteist Elsa Nilsson. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer David Kikoski. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Michael Wolff. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Interview with multiple Blues Music Award winner Doug MacLeod – superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals. How has the Blues and Roots Counterculture influenced your views of ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Carole Nelson. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what ...
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Jazz interview with jazz vocalist Denise Leslie. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz guitarist Antonio Colangelo. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz drummer, percussionist and vocalist Ferenc Nemeth. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what ...
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Interview with Mexican versatile saxophonist Evelyn Rubio: Crossing Blues & Soul Borders. How has the Blues, Soul and Rock counterculture influenced your views of the world and the ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Ahmad Jamal. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – How to prevent disparate influences from coloring what you’re doing? Ahmad ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and vocalist Lilli Lewis. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Jazz interview with jazz keyboardist Simon Oslender. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Interview with Mark Wenner: The Nighthawks are travelin’ that blues highway once again on their new CD, “Tryin’ To Get To You”. How has the Blues n’ Rock music influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken? Like they used to say about the Navy, join and see the world. My music has gotten me to quite a few places, 49 states in the US (not Alaska) and a dozen countries including most of Northern Europe and Japan as well as the Caribbean. What do you learn about yourself from the Blues people and culture? What does the blues mean to you? Blues people are as varied as all people: a lot of really nice people and a few real assholes. I found the Blues element in most American roots music to be the most appealing part. It has been the soundtrack to most of my life. How do you describe your songbook, sound and music philosophy? Where does your creative drive come from? ...
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Jazz interview with jazz guitarist Marcus Halver and saxophonist Oliver Wendt. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and ...
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Jazz interview with jazz trumpeter and vocalist Frederik Köster. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Jazz interview with jazz saxophonist Bernd Suchland. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz saxophonist Doug Stone. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz guitarist and oudist Gordon Grdina. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Interview with Jim Gustin and Truth Jones, firmly establish themselves in the southern California blues scene and share some of the wisdom they have gained on the journey. ...
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Jazz Interview with jazz pianist and composer Engin Ozsahin. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Massimo Faraò. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Interview with Victor Wainwright: music representing virtually every corner of the roots music world – new album MEMPHIS LOUD, will be released on APRIL 24. How has the American Roots Music (and Counterculture of) influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken? American Roots Music and it’s subculture has provided me with opportunities to meet some of the finest examples of human beings this world has to offer. It’s also opened my eyes to both simple and complex everyday realities, that then often become masterfully written stories and songs, delivered both by my colleagues and outstanding songwriters across the globe. How do you describe your sound, music philosophy and songbook? Where does your creative drive come from? ...
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Jazz interview with jazz contrabassist and composer Eva Kess. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Jazz interview with jazz trumpeter Daimon Brunton. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with Jazz saxophonist Frederic Borey. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking certain ...
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Jazz interview with jazz trumpeter Carlo Nardozza. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Interview with powerhouse vocalist Hurricane Ruth: new album “GOOD LIFE” will be released on APRIL 17, deeply rooted in traditional blues, but make no mistake, she can rock the house. How has the Blues, Country and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken? They’ve been the soundtrack to my life. They’ve had a profound impact on who I am. I’ve always been a rebel. How do you describe Hurricane Ruth sound, music philosophy and songbook? Where does your creative drive come from? The music I write and perform is a combination of the music I grew up listening to: blues, honky tonk, outlaw, rock, soul/funk, jazz, Dixieland, and big band. I cut my musical teeth on all of these genres. Each one impacted me both creatively, as a songwriter, and stylistically, as a performer. I prefer to crossover many musical boundaries. My creative drive comes from stories/comments from family, friends, and society. It also comes from rhythms and melodies that I hear. Something will resonate with me or sparks in my mind and I have to immediately write it down or sing it into my phone. Are there any memories from “Good Life” studio sessions which you’d like to share? What touched (emotionally) you? Recording the song, Good Life, was very difficult for me. The song is based on a conversation I had with my mother about a year before she passed away. I asked her many deep and pointed questions about her life, what she would have done differently, and if she feared her “judgment day”. During the first pass of recording my vocals, I started thinking about my mom and her passing. I was overcome with emotion. Needless to say, I had to take a break and regroup emotionally before I continued recording my vocal. Which acquaintances have been the most important experiences? What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? I’ve been very blessed to have met some incredible people at my shows. They have become my friends. I’ve received great advice from many different sources. There are a couple of gems that stay with me. My mom told me to, “Fight for your dreams and do what you love.” My dad, who was a fantastic drummer and musician, told me, “Every time you step on a stage, give it your absolute best. Never take it for granted.” Willie Dixon told me, “Hurricane Ruth! That name fits you. Never get rid of it. It’ll serve you well.” What do you miss most nowadays from the blues of past? What are your hopes and fears for the future of? I miss the rawness and simplicity of the blues of the past. No trendy labels or boxes(blues rock, country blues, soul blues, gospel blues, etc.) to try and explain what it was. It was simply, the blues. My hope is that it will continue to evolve and grow. What does to be a female artist in a “Man’s World” as James Brown says? What is the status of women in Blues? It is the 21st century, right? It’s unfortunate that we still have to discuss this subject, and yet; here we are. Yes, women still have to elbow their way in for a seat at the music table. Yes, women still hear this comment from festival talent buyers, “Thanks for your interest, but I already have my one female act. I’ll keep you in mind for next year.” Yes, women’s music still is played less frequently on radio stations. Yes, there are still fewer female talent buyers, female owned booking agencies, and female owned management agencies. What are some of the most important lessons you have learned from your experience in music paths? There will always be people who don’t like you or your music. Persevere through the criticism and harsh critique. Diligently practice your craft. Be true to yourself. What is the impact of American Roots music on the socio-cultural implications? How do you want it to affect people? Without American Roots music, there would be no blues music. The blues has given birth to many different genres. It all comes from the same DNA, the same lineage. We are all the same, in that sense. Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really want to go for a whole day? I would love to time travel back to 1967 to the Monterey Pop Festival. I would love to seeJanis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Otis Redding perform. I would also like to time travel back to 1965 Chicago, IL to hear Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, and Muddy Waters in one big jam session. I’d love to sit down at a big table with them, have a couple of drinks, and just listen to them talk. Interview by Michael Limnios ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist Kristjan Randalu. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz drummer Tony Irving. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz vocalist, arranger, composer, professor, producer Tish Oney. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s ...
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Interview with Canadian prolific songwriter/guitarist Adam Karch: his music embodies the spirit of Americana, a hybrid acoustic blues that consists of precise fingerpicking. How has the Blues and Roots music influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken? The Blues and Roots music have kept me grounded and focused on the simple things in life like good music. It’s a sort of music that stays true to itself and as there is always new music coming out you can still sort of rely on what feeling good blues and Roots music gives you (for me I mean.) I wish I lived in the 40’s and 50’s where things were still a little more simpler and music was appreciated for its simplicity and message. I’ve been introduced too many people and experiences from playing music. It has set me free and gave me meaning to what it’s like to become 100% yourself which I’m still working on. How do you describe your sound, music philosophy and songbook? Where does your creative drive come from? The music is essentially guitar and vocals, a very intimate sound where the vocals blend like an extra guitar string. No effects just a rich plug and play kind of sound. As for songwriting, I’m the type who will think about a melody in my head for months and then finally everything will come out within an hour. I’m not the most prolific songwriter but when the idea comes it eventually transforms into a song which I can call my own. Another way I write song is by recovering popular songs and we visiting them with and putting my twist on them as if I wrote them they come completely my song essentially. What do you love most from a solo acoustic performance? What is the hardest part and what are the secrets of? ...
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Jazz interview with jazz bassist, composer, arranger, producer, author, educator Joseph Patrick Moore. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew ...
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Jazz interview with jazz trumpeter Win Pongsakorn. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Laurent Coulondre. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, do you know where you’re going? Is it ...
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Jazz interview with jazz trumpeter and cornettist Thimo Niesterok. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, do you know where you’re going? Is it ...
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Interview with Canadian vocalist Sass Jordan: a pioneer of powerful, gritty female-fronted rock and blues performer released her album “Rebel Moon Blues”. How has the Blues and Rock ...
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Jazz interview with jazz trumpeter Sefi Zisling. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazz interview with jazz keyboardist Ronaldo Rodrigues. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking ...
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Interview with Canadian acoustic duo Rott’n Dan & Lightnin’ Willy: A music journey through the American south and the first half of the 20th Century, a time capsule ...
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