January 21, 2021
Woman in Jazz & Blues

Woman in Jazz & Blues

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Interview with Finnish blues singer/guitarist Erja Lyytinen: voted #2 on Total Guitar’s “10 World’s Best Guitarists Now” poll. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views ...
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In the 2019 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, five of the top 10 new releases were recordings led or co-led by women artists — a startling 50%. In ...
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Posi-Tone Records unveils a carefully curated presentation of “New Faces” and keeps the musical message focused “Straight Forward.” This album is certainly not just another blowing date. This ...
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Carmen Lundy began her professional career as a jazz vocalist and composer when there were very few young, gifted and aspiring jazz vocalists on the horizon. Three decades ...
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Jazz interview with Jazz pianist Cheryl Ann Spencer. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – Let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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Jazzmeia Horn, “Where We Are” The title of Jazzmeia Horn’s new single, “Where We Are,” refers to more than a physical location. Conceived during the painful uncertainty of ...
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More Than Anther Day is the latest instrumental jazz release from composer/pianist/producer, Lisa Kristine Hilton. Hilton and her band mates: Rudy Royston on drums, and Luques Curtis on ...
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When James Brown sang his “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” in 1966, he might also have the world of jazz guitar in mind. Because until a few ...
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Billie Holiday’s tumultuous life story surely has been told more often, and in more ways, than that of any other female jazz singer. Books, films, plays, articles – ...
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Jazz interview with jazz singer Roya Naldi. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested in ...
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On February 28, 1978, pianist Mary Lou Williams was at Les Mouches, a restaurant and cabaret on New York’s 11th Avenue and 26th Street. She was joined by ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist Madison Lea Scott. 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 Helle Henning. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested in ...
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Jazz interview with jazz vocalist Carol Welsman. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested in ...
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Jazz interview with jazz violoncelloist Elisabeth Coudoux. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested in ...
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Award-winning Canadian jazz contrabassist, singer, and composer Brandi Disterheft and her Trio have unveiled their new single, “Surfboard” along with a video for the release. Featuring the legendary ...
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More than a quarter of a century ago Stefan Kisielewski wrote that “devoting one’s life to creative work treated with ardent intentness as the most important matter, as ...
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Diana Krall reunited with Tommy LiPuma, the producer who worked with her for the first decade-and-a-half of her career, for Turn Up The Quiet, a 2017 album that ...
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Tomeka Reid intended to introduce herself to the Bay Area. The most acclaimed jazz cellist of her generation, Reid joined Mills College’s faculty last fall, the latest illustrious ...
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Drummer Andrew Cyrille and vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant are among the 2020 Doris Duke Artists, joining six other artists from the fields of theater and contemporary dance.  The ...
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1938, a young woman stands playing in the centre of the screen, confident and beautiful. In a long white dress, cinched at the waist, she walks around the ...
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Jazz Has Always Been Protest Music. Can It Meet This Moment? Over the past 50 years, the music has become entrenched in academic institutions. As a result, it’s ...
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Interview with powerhouse bassist and front woman Lisa Mann: mastering everything from rock to rhythm and blues. How has the Blues and Counterculture influenced your views of the ...
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The young London jazz saxophonist Nubya Garcia is a sought-after representative of her instrument. Her debut album “Source” lives from her curiosity. “Holidays? Ha! ”Nubya Garcia can only ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Monika Herzig. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – How do you prepare before your performances to help you maintain ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and vocalist Laila Biali. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you ...
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Is it classical or jazz now? The pianist Johanna Summer makes me dizzy with happiness. From the innermost to the extreme. It was just beginning, the corona lockdown ...
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Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura (The NatSat Duo) launch their project Pentas with this album, their 7th as a duo, with compositions from each musician ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist Nuphar Fey. 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 keyboardist Emie Rioux-Roussel. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Despite living much of her life in the UK, the jazz musician became a victim of the hostile environment policy. She talks about her fight to remain – ...
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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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An easygoing, straightahead venture, Another Place is a fitting title for Karen Sharp’s latest effort. The U.K. saxophonist, a member of the Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra, has pared ...
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Initially from St. Thomas but now based in Toronto, Canada, saxophonist, composer and educator Sophia Smith has formed her own modern jazz ensemble, The Sophia Smith Quartet, showcasing ...
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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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Young but multifaceted: jazz pianist Johanna Summer is one of the great hopes of German jazz. Munich is a good place for her, in 2018 she won the ...
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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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The first thing we hear from Esperanza Spalding in this set, recorded at the Village Vanguard in 2018, is an appreciative grunt during Fred Hersch’s oblique introduction to ...
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With the jazz landscape so heavily populated with piano trios, one priority for proponents might have to with finding ways to differentiate their outfits from others. That doesn’t ...
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Jackie, Amy, and Sherrie are the closest of friends and kindred musical spirits. They recognize their musical selves in each other, and that amazing and powerful force opens ...
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Many can surely recall the sunny, childlike fervor and bounce chasing a butterfly. Whether it was the park behind the projects or a rolling, rural vista, a feeling ...
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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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Drummer Alvester Garnett joined MacArthur “genius” violinist Regina Carter’s band in 1998. It was purely professional at first, but it soon grew into a romantic relationship; the couple ...
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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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Music of renewal, reassurance and reminiscence. Laurin Talese, “I Like You, You’re Nice” Blossom Dearie composed the music for “I Like You, You’re Nice,” a song that first appeared on ...
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Trombonist Haruka Kikuchi takes to livestreaming to beat the ban on live shows. A city known for its live music, the COVID-19 outbreak has hit New Orleans hard. ...
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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 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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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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Many of us have recently spent an inordinate amount of time experiencing live music through our screens. The Livestream Hub from WBGO was created in response to this moment. ...
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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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Here is some brand-new music with the lift we all need. Gilfema, “Têkê” Several weeks ago, before it was considered a rare privilege to experience live music in ...
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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 Spread the love     1    1     1  ...
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Seiko is basically influenced those styles with her favorite MPB (Música Pops of Brazil) even if this is basically one of Jazz album. She played and arranged these ...
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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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The great jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald made many kinds of wonderful records during her brilliant career, including charming duets with Louis Armstrong, classy collaborations with Duke Ellington and ...
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Chimes of Freedom, Lynne Arriales 15th album as a leader, was recorded in Belgium for release by Challenge Records International. Lynne is joined by renowned musicians, Dutch bassist/co-producer ...
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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 vocalist Rebecca Kilgore. 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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