Jazz Interviews

An Interview with Fabrizio Sotti: Jazz Guitarist, Producer, Songwriter

An Interview with Fabrizio Sotti: Jazz Guitarist, Producer, Songwriter

Posted May 13, 2013 at 3:28 am | One comment

New York-based jazz guitarist, Fabrizio Sotti, embodies these aspects of the new musician as well as anyone. From his work as a bebop and straightahead jazz guitarist, his career as a session musician

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Kyle Eastwood, Larry Coryell and Sons – A Magical Guitar Night at The Blue Note

Kyle Eastwood, Larry Coryell and Sons – A Magical Guitar Night at The Blue Note

Posted May 5, 2013 at 4:10 am | No comments

New York City, March 28 2013 – The jazz bassist I was headed to interview at The Blue Note was Kyle Eastwood, actor Clint Eastwood’s son—so fathers and sons were on my mind. What a fitting surprise, therefore, to learn that Kyle was sharing the bill with jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell and his two gifted guitarist sons, Murali and Julian.

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Legendary Jazz Guitarist Kenny Burrell On Guitar Forms

Legendary Jazz Guitarist Kenny Burrell On Guitar Forms

Posted April 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm | One comment

Having released over 30 groundbreaking albums under his own name in addition to appearing on literally hundreds more as a sideman, the legendary jazz guitarist, Kenny Burrell, is one of the most influential musicians of the past century.

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Stochelo  Rosenberg Talks about Django Rheinhardt and Gypsy Jazz

Stochelo Rosenberg Talks about Django Rheinhardt and Gypsy Jazz

Posted June 12, 2012 at 9:19 am | One comment

I was considering calling this interview, “Stalking Stochelo Rosenberg”. The much sought after guitarist was in Montreal to play a concert at the Place des Artes Theatre in Montreal and I’d been hunting him down.

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Tommy Emmanuel Interview: The Olympics And Christmas Music

Tommy Emmanuel Interview: The Olympics And Christmas Music

Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm | No comments

With a career that spans five decades and multiple genres, it’s no surprise that guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is respected by players and music fans the world over. His unique finger style technique of playing with all ten fingers has dazzled and amazed even legends, so much so that Emmanuel was presented with the “Certified Guitar Player Award” by the great Chet Atkins, an honor earned by only four other guitarists before Atkins’ death in 2001.

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Gerry Beaudoin Interview: “American Idol? Jazz is our contribution to the world.”

Gerry Beaudoin Interview: “American Idol? Jazz is our contribution to the world.”

Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:29 am | 2 comments

Hailing from Boston, Gerry Beaudoin first took up the guitar at the age of 10 and has since evolved into one of the finest jazz guitarists and music arrangers in the country. He is the recipient of the 1992 National Association of Independent Record Producers award for best jazz recording, 1994 Cadence Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for his CD Sentimental Christmas, as well as a submission for a 1998 Grammy nomination.

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Greg Howe Interview: “You Can’t Want To Be Successful”

Greg Howe Interview: “You Can’t Want To Be Successful”

Posted October 24, 2011 at 10:55 am | No comments

Greg Howe is an amazing guitar virtuoso who has become one of the most in-demand performers, clinicians, guitar teacher, studio and touring musicians on the scene today. Howe has performed with musicians such as Michael Jackson, Enrique Iglesias, N’Sync, Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers, Stu Hamm among many others. In this interview we talk about Howe’s music, jazz influences in his music, his touring with different pop stars as well as Howe’s thoughts on Allan Holdsworth, success and teaching individuality.

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Jim Hall Interview: Julian Lage Is The New Jazz Guitar Guard

Jim Hall Interview: Julian Lage Is The New Jazz Guitar Guard

Posted October 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm | 3 comments

In my early development as a guitarist, I had aspirations to play as well as Jim Hall one day. Jim Hall and Ron Carter’s Alone Together is one of the main records that inspired me to learn how to play jazz guitar, and his melodic inventiveness maintains my attention even until this day. I saw him perform at the National Guitar Workshop this past summer, and his playing did not cease to surprise me.

In this interview with one of the most influential jazz guitarists alive today, we discuss his duet recording with Ron Carter as well as many other things. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did!

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John Benitez Talks New Album, New Label, Helping Music Flow

John Benitez Talks New Album, New Label, Helping Music Flow

Posted August 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm | One comment

I first heard and saw John Benitez perform with the Richie Flores Sextet during the 2011 Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico. Benitez’s enthusiasm, charisma and personality were felt subtly through his performance with this ensemble. Benitez contributed a sense of truthfulness to the performance that many young performers are in search for today.

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Sheryl Bailey Interview: Part Of The Family

Sheryl Bailey Interview: Part Of The Family

Posted June 24, 2011 at 10:17 am | No comments

Jazz, like many genres of music, is defined by its classifications. Is this artist a Beboper? Is this artist a Modern Jazz performer? Do they play Modal Jazz, or Latin Jazz, or Fusion? It seems that everyone from record companies to festivals to radio stations to fans are constantly trying to figure out how to categorize artists and their musical output. This is a great way to help fans figure out if they will like a new artist, being able to compare them to an artist they already know, but it also leads to problems because some artists just don’t seem to fit into any one category of classification with their music.

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