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April 2011

April 2011

NEA Jazz Master, saxophonist and woodwind master James Moody (1925-2010), known for his identifiable sound, and among many other accomplishments, his improvised solo that is the inspiration for "Moody's Mood For Love" is featured in the April 2011 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine. This 64-page edition also features pianists Marcus Roberts, Fred Hersch, the Annual Vocal Lovers Celebration including interviews with Jerry Costanzo, Cynthia Holiday, Dorothy Leigh, Amy London, Rene Marie, Anne Mironchik, Antoinette Montague, Gregory Porter and Taeko, plus CD reviews and articles to delight your jazz palette.

The April 2011 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine (64 pages), available free in print and as a down-loadable digital edition, and designed for jazz lovers worldwide - features the late NEA Jazz Master and legendary saxophonist James Moody in a never-previously published interview. This issue also includes interviews with pianists Marcus Roberts, Fred Hersch and the Annual Vocal Lovers’ Celebration including conversations with an array of vocalists: Jerry Costanzo, Cynthia Holiday, Dorothy Leigh, Amy London, Rene Marie, Anne Mironchik, Antoinette Montague, Gregory Porter and Taeko plus CD reviews and articles to delight your jazz palette.

In the interview with James Moody, he discusses Dizzy Gillespie, racism, the music business, his time in the U.S. Air Force, UFOs and more. An additional interview with Bill Sorin, whose IPO Records recorded and released Moody's recordings over the last few years sheds additional light on the master.

Marcus Roberts talks about his upcoming performance at Jazz At Lincoln Center whose theme is a tribute to Earl "Fatha" Hines and Bud Powell. “[Bud Powell] was very close with Thelonious Monk. They weren’t in competition. They were just two geniuses who loved music and knew what the other was about.”

Bob Gish interviews pianist Fred Hersch in advance of his performance at the Jazz Standard. "Jazz can be hip cats playing hip sh*t for hip cats and it can kind of fold in on itself. I do work with young musicians. I’m always trying to get them to consider who they want to be listening to this music and consider how they’re communicating what they want to communicate.”

In the Vocal Lovers Celebration Jerry Costanzo talks about connecting with the audience: “First piece of advice that I remember someone telling me is ‘if you’re nervous before you do a show or walk on the bandstand, just know that the audience wants to like you.’ It works every time.”

Amy London
has toured with Tom Browne, performed for three years in the Broadway hit City Of Angels, and created the vocal department at New School. She commented on the responsibility to their audience that performers have. “After the first year, it was difficult to get excited about doing the same thing night after night. The main thing that kept me going was the idea that people had paid a lot of money for their tickets, and it was my job to give them the best performance I could. It was a great experience regarding the work ethic of being a working performer.

Vocalist Cynthia Holiday talks about balance in life. “I have learned how not to pursue the ‘Big Dream’ but rather, relish in the journey. I am very clear about what’s important in this life and I recharge my batteries daily.”

Among the many observations Rene Marie shared in her interview is this one on developing one's identity and focus. “We would rather accept someone else’s viewpoint of who we are, where we belong and how much we can accomplish than to go out and do the damn thing, already, and thereby define ourselves.’ It is fear that stops us every time.”

Anne Mironchik, pianist and vocalist, addresses the issue of being tenacious in one's pursuit. “Honestly, it’s easy to get discouraged and then whine about it in interviews. New York is an expensive city and the music landscape can cater more to revenue than excellence. But, like the brilliant Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern wrote and Fred Astaire sang, ‘pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again.’”

Vocalist Antoinette Montague will be the headliner at the International WOmen in Jazz festival at St. Peter's in April. “I learned that people need constant connection, even
though we have busied ourselves away from humans and connect on line. So, when people come out to hear our music, keeping their interest, giving them something that speaks to them and touches them is my constant lesson

Motema recording artist and recent Grammy nominee Gregory Porter shares a bit of wisdom that his mother passed along to him and that keeps him in balance. “My mother’s mantra to me was ‘humble yourself and you’ll be exalted - exalt yourself and you’ll be debased.’”

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The CD Spotlight section highlights releases by Jason Adasiewicz, Ambrose Akinmusire, Pablo Aslan, T.K. Blue, Dave Chamberlain, Roger Davidson, David Finck, N. Glenn Davis, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Michael Feinberg, Dave Grusin, Dorothy Leigh, BD Lenz, Amy London, Mook Loxley, Joe Magnarelli, Susie Meissner.

This month, in Apple Chorus, Ira Gitler talks about Bird With Strings at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Ute Lemper and new recordings that have struck his fancy.

Comprehensive monthly calendar and event listings for the number one jazz market in the world - New York - span 16 pages.

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