BIGYUKI is summoning angels with 2099

Keyboardist and artist BIGYUKI has been described as “NYC’S musical secret weapon.”  For many prominent artists and musicians, as the saying goes, ‘that cat is out of the bag’ and to further expand it, is running rampant all over the place to parts way beyond the city’s borders. The talented musician, who hails from Japan... Continue Reading →

JSWISS and Michael Leonhart offer stunning, “DEFEAT” as a soundtrack for triumph.

"Only he who gives up is defeated/ The defeated are those who never fail / You don’t take the opportunity to lose / You don’t get the opportunity to win.”  Accomplished rapper JSWISS passionately proclaims those words over the horn and string-driven climax of "Defeat", the single from he and Grammy-winning, producer, composer and trumpeter... Continue Reading →

Jeff Bradshaw knows what makes you Stronger

The year 2020. No one could have envisioned what it had in store when it arrived, but oh boy, most of us the world over are looking forward to seeing it leave. However, it won’t matter if we earnestly move into 2021 and change hasn’t begun to happen - If we’re not wiser, more knowledgeable... Continue Reading →

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 →

SIMPLY JAZZ on I SPY SOUL: Drummer ART TAYLOR

Eloquent, affable and a true gentleman. The significance of legendary drummer, composer, bandleader, Art Taylor's influence and contribution to so so many amazing jazz gems and the sound of the scene itself during, in particular, the 1950’s and 60’s just can not be overstated.  He masterfully kept the time for a who’s who of jazz... Continue Reading →

THE SOUL SEEN: Singer, songwriter, and producer KEM

The Soul Seen retrospective revisits the 2003 interview with Soul/R&B artist Kem from the segment WATCH CLOSELY that featured emerging artists to keep an eye on. This catches the popular artist as he moved from successful independent artist to making the decision to sign with legendary major Motown records and offers an insightful look at... 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 →

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