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Pianist, composer and NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston is featured in the February 2011 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine. This 64-page edition also features interviews with pianist Roger Davidson, trumpeter Joe Magnarelli and others, plus CD reviews and articles to delight your jazz palette.
Weston, immensely humble, commented: “...some of the most fantastic minds I’ve met in my life, whether it’s in science or music or mathematics, have been great because when they reached a certain level, they knew how much they did not know.”
On his experiences in Africa: “I don’t go there [Africa] as somebody’s superior. I don’t go there as somebody from the West who has pretty clothes and education. I go there as a very humble African, coming back to my place of origin,
and I spend my time with the older people – elders.”
Roger Davidson talks at length about his experiences and challenges as an independent artist, his classical and jazz interests, his introduction to jazz through his childhood neighbor, Helen Keane who was pianist Bill Evans' long-time manager, as well as his latest recording, Brazilian Love Song, on Soundbrush Records.
Davidson comments on the essential aspect of creating music from one's heart and soul. "The most important thing to me in music either as a player or as a composer, is to create music from the heart that is played or composed or written with total sincerity ... Music gets across because it comes from a place of true feeling … Too much music, including a lot of jazz, is too cerebral.”
Bassist Robert Hurst was in the house band on The Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno during the 1990s, played and recorded with Wynton and Branford Marsalis' bands, leads his own group, and is Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at University of Michigan. He talks about his experiences as a performer, composer and educator, his new recordings, and a purity of purpose in his development..
“[Jeff Watts and I] would do that [go to jam sessions] a couple times a week. It wasn’t really to make a name. It was just because we were really, really trying to learn how to play. That’s always been more my concern than career-type stuff. I think now with younger musicians, it’s a different attitude.”
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This issue also features interviews with indie artists Matt Savage (piano), Sara Serpa (vocals), Bill O'Connell (piano), Thomson Kneeland (bass) and Jovino santos Neto (piano).
Neto talks about music as a universal language: “I have recorded with people who are so widely different in their personalities and their musicality and their approach to music ... it’s really something to say about the power of music as a language communication. I can walk into a place and there is a person that you barely know, and suddenly you trade a few words and you start to play the music and boom. Suddenly you have such a deep connection.”
The featured venue is Feinstein's At The Loews Regency in New York. It now has a late night jazz series - and is doing everything right. Drummer, composer and Diva Big Band leader Sherrie Maricle discusses the stellar lineup of artists, the elegant room, superb acoustics, a specially crafted late night menu and all around affordable prices.
The CD Spotlight section highlights releases by Dan Adler, Andy Atwill, Jane Ira Bloom, Shauli Einav, Bob Gluck, RObert Hurst, Joe Lovano, Jovino Santos Neto, Jeremy Pelt, Suzanne Pittson, Mike Ponella, Dave Stryker, Mamiko Watanabe, Mark Weinstein
This month, in Apple Chorus, Ira Gitler talks about his experiences with and memories of the late Billy Taylor - Pianist, Composer, Educator, TV Band Leader, Show Host, and much more. Ira also discusses the tribute to Bucky Pizzarelli at the 92nd Street Y.
Comprehensive monthly calendar and event listings for the number one jazz market in the world - New York - span 16 pages.
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