Category: In Focus

Conya Doss – A sign of things to come

We first met Conya Doss while in New York City for an in-store performance at the iconic Macy’s Herald Square to promote her debut CD, A Poem About Ms.Doss back in 2002. Touting a pretty good memory during a recent talk with the talented Ms.Doss about that time, she affably reminisces, “Oh my God! You’re ...

Sarah Elizabeth Charles – the shape of things to come is Free of Form

It is probably fitting to consider gifted vocalist, composer and producer Sarah Elizabeth Charles what once upon a time or perhaps even still, by the standards of many discerning folks, to be a quintessential artist - An immensely skilled and creative individual. One that is driven by their own inner voice and curiosity, but who ...

Sly5thAve is far from “Invisible”

Multi-Instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer, Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II or as many now call him, Sly5thAve is another of the young, highly trained musicians blasting genre boxes apart and winningly fusing an eclectic assortment of influences with jazz as a bedrock to the excitement of a legion of desirous listeners.   The Texas born, New ...

Samir Zarif as FKAjazz is a “Stereotype Threat.”

Saxophonist/Producer Samir Zarif aka FKAjazz represents a hefty number of young, talented artists and musicians whose palettes, influences and paths, although heavily draped by the imperial musical idiom that is Jazz, also count Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop and more as pivotal to their overall stylistic outlook. https://youtu.be/0A8uPNA868U Jazz cats being moved by popular music of the ...

In Focus: James “Biscuit” Rouse

If your belief has been that drummers ONLY keep time, well for starters you may not truly understand how crucial that is to the vibe of a successful song or live performance. When you check the impressive resume of James “Biscuit” Rouse it’s pretty clear he’s quite adept at setting the “pocket” just right based on the array ...

In Focus: Killiam Shakespeare

Cheesesteaks, Rocky, and the Liberty Bell aside, the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA is chock full of rich history that rivals if not surpasses many other cities in the good old U.S. of A and that includes its phenomenal legacy of soulful music and incredible artists. It flaunts luminaries and pioneers like Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, ...

In Focus: Actress Sandra Daley-Sharif

It would be accurate to describe Sandra Daley-Sharif as a Renaissance woman for sure. The Jamaican-born, New York raised creative geyser wears a number of “hats” stylishly, proudly, impressively and effectively. Once a burgeoning and successful fashion designer with notable stints, amongst others, producing her own line and working for the wrap–dress icon, Diane Von ...