Video interview: Drummer/Composer E.J. Strickland

The most obvious job of a drummer is to provide the beat and keep the band swingin’ or bumpin’ in time. Just doing that is harder than it may seem, but the elite and legendary do it so well we might not realize really how much more they’re doing. Often nestled behind the vocalists or... Continue Reading →

Video Interview: Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw

When you see or hear the work of amazing artists - those who have garnered acclaim from audiences, their peers and the cognoscenti that herald them - it can be hard to believe there is room or for that matter, desire to grow. Perhaps that is what makes a talented individual great. To harness a... Continue Reading →

Video interview: WBGO Afternoon Jazz host, Keanna Faircloth

“Grown folks music.” It’s a phrase proudly used more and more these days to describe styles of music that are otherwise deemed commercially irrelevant if not embraced by the hotbed demographic of 18 - 34 year olds. Thankfully, there is life after thirty-four and that moniker proclaims, “Hey, we’re here too and you young’ uns... Continue Reading →

Video interview: Photographer Kreshonna Keane

For most of us 2020 is a year we’d very much like to forget happened even though there’s still just a little less than half of it to go. Specifics to support this are likely not necessary. But in the midst of all the mayhem, tragedy and uncertainty, there are many who believe, are examples... Continue Reading →

It really is fair to say that all artists are storytellers. No matter the medium they are sharing what’s on their minds.  Sharing things they’ve seen or felt; things that have had an impact on them and maybe even you. Sometime those stories are emotionally charged and tragic. And sometimes they’re light-hearted and flat-out funny.... Continue Reading →

Video Interview: Singer/Songwriter Chantae Cann

There are things that no matter what seem to always bring a smile to your face - A fond memory, dancing with your sweetheart or the eyes of that brand new fluffy puppy you just got.  You might also add to that list, a voice. In particular the voice of accomplished songstress and songwriter, Chantae Cann. ... Continue Reading →

The provocative, fiery sound and style of singer, songwriter and bassist, Shelley Nicole has through the years become trademark for the talented artist through her own work with band BlaKbüshe and the revered Burnt Sugar Arkestra. She’s bringing it hard as ever on her anticipated new project, I Am American, produced by guitar beast and... Continue Reading →

Acclaimed guitarist Mark Whitfield was enthusiastically introduced onto the jazz scene in the early nineties as part of a then new wave of “young lions”;  An esteemed, impressive and packed class opting for the more swing based, traditional form of the idiom. The Berklee College of Music grad went on to produced a string of lauded... Continue Reading →

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