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July 2011

Hiromi, pianist, vocalist, composer is featured in the July 2011 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine. This 64-page edition also features the Piano Lovers Celebration including interviews with John Beasley, Larry Goldings, Frank Kimbrough, Richard Sussman and Sumi Tonooka, plus the second part of the Summer Jazz festival Guide, along with performance reviews, CD reviews, articles to delight your jazz palette, and 16 pages of New York jazz activities.

The July 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 pianist, vocalist composer Hiromi. This issue also includes interviews with trumpeter Christian Scott, drummer Vladimir Tarasov by Ken Weiss, guitarist and owner of the jazz club, Sasa's Lounge. This issue also includes the Annual Piano Lovers’ Celebration including conversations with an array of pianists: John Beasley, Larry Goldings, Frank Kimbrough, Richard Sussman and Sumi Tonooka. There are also ample CD reviews to delight your jazz palette.

In the interview with Hiromi, by Eric Harabadian, she discusses her new recording, Voice, her busy schedule, and her philosophies.  Hiromi stated: “…..what I really love most about music is that it really purifies all emotions. Humans have emotions that are called ‘negative’ like anger, sadness, and jealousy. All these emotions, when it comes to music, become positive. …… It’s interesting, they wanna hear songs with anger and they want to experience the emotion that they’ve been through. But they don’t want to experience the angry events.
Music really has the power to make emotions beautiful.”

Pianist John Beasley talks about his career as a studio musician and the understandings he gleaned during his work with such legends as Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard. With his typical humility, he discussed his learning experiences with these masters. Freddie Hubbard would start each evening's first set with the composition "Byrdlike" at some impossibly fast tempo: “No matter how good you f elt you played on one song, on the next song he would just totally blast you — and
you’d be back to being humbled again.” 

Larry Goldings was equally humble in discussing his development, working with John Scofield, pop legend James Taylor, and notably guitarist Jim Hall. Goldings commented: “Hearing [Jim Hall] play in such an egoless way, and approach improvisation and accompanying, just as much texturally as musically ... influenced me … the way he is so thoughtful as a musician and so humble in terms of the role that he plays in an ensemble.”

With an air of gratitude about his career, his 25+ years in the New York area, and with a very grounded perspective, pianist Frank Kimbrough offered this in his interview. "…..recordings are not the most important thing in life. What’s important is who you touch – Ornette [Coleman] said it very well – ‘There are many ways to receive, but only one way to give, and that’s in person.’”

Richard Sussman plays piano, teaches composition at Manhattan School of Music, and writes music for jingles and TV. He emphasized the importance of tapping into your intuition. “I think the important thing for any artist is to learn to trust your own instincts and follow your heart. Be careful about taking advice from someone who may have a
very different agenda from yours….”

Musicians now have so many tools to develop amazing technical skills in the practice room, at a young age. All of the techniques and ways of developing the skill of improvisation in jazz have been laid out like scriptures over the last 40 years since the codification began pervading the educational arena.
In light of that, pianist and composer Sumi Tonooka echoed the importance of what Charlie Parker alluded to years ago. "Bird" commented that developing one's voice and music is directly related to the idea that "you play your life." That's what adds character to the art. Sumi said: “I believe as artists we draw on the richness of our lives and what and who we are and bring that to our expression.”

Arnold Strickland is a guitarist and co-owner of Sasa's Lounge, a new jazz venue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Arnold commented: “I believe it is very important to maintain your integrity and stay grounded no matter how successful you become in life. As my Mom told me, “Don’t forget where you come from!”

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Performance Reviews by Nora McCarthy and Shannon Effinger include coverage of Rondi Charleston, Marcus Goldhaber, A Night In Treme with the DOnald Harrison Jr. Quintet, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band, Pan Jazz Festival and Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz May 2011 concert, "Remembering Hank Jones."

The CD Reviews section includes coverage of recordings by
Howard Alden, Bruce Arnold, Brian Conigliaro, Bob Gluck, Dick Griffin, Roland Hanna, Scott Hamilton, Monika Herzig, Jonathan Kreisberg, Dave Lalama, Brian Landrus, Vince Lewis, Mook Loxley, Jean Michel-Pilc, Bobby Sanabria, Sara Serpa, and Roseanna Vitro.

This month, in Apple Chorus, Ira Gitler talks about pianist Gene DinNovi a Brooklyn native who emerged during the bop era, played with Chubby Jackson;s big band, moved to Hollywood for a career as a composer and is now an octogenarian in Toronto, where he has returned to his roots, playing bebop piano.

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

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