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 →

Michael Leonhart and JSWISS prompt a “BLACKOUT” and provide the “light” on their new single

Accomplished rapper and hip hop artist, JSWISS joins Grammy - winning trumpeter, producer, arranger and composer, Michael Leonhart to deliver “BLACKOUT,” the stellar first single from their upcoming duo project, "The Alchemy EP", dropping January 2021.  On the track, JSWISS continues to establish his place amongst the game’s elite lyricists as he delivers an inspiring... Continue Reading →

Tomás Doncker is a mirror to the times we live

“An artist’s main job is to reflect his or her time. That’s the job. With any luck we can actually, per chance, illuminate, shine a light, strike a match, curse the darkness. Thats if we’re lucky . . .” Those words came from Tomás Doncker just over three years ago during our interview with him... Continue Reading →

Songtress Chandanie ponders societal gender mores on “Make We Whole”

"What are the possibilities when we’re not confined by a little box called gender? What does that wholeness look like?” Maryland - born singer/songwriter Chandanie poses that question when talking about the inspiration for her new single, “Make We Whole,” which features long time collaborator and acclaimed emcee, JSWISS. She further submits about the ideology... Continue Reading →

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