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Vocalist Gregory Porter is featured in the March 2012 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine. This 64-page edition also features an interviews with drummer Chico Hamilton, saxophonist and woodwind player Yusef Lateef by Ken Weiss plus vocalist Carmen Lundy, drummer and music industry executive Rick Drumm Detailed CD Reviews include Gerald Wilson and Sachal Vasandani in a Mack Avenue Records roundup, in addition to review of recordings by Lynn Arriale, John Basile, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Jacquemin, Rick Lawn, Gregory Porter, Wallace Roney, Mark Sherman, Gary Smulyan, Sun Ra, Anthony Wilson and Emily Wolf. Comprehensive monthly calendar and event listings for the number one jazz market in the world - New York - span 16 pages. Jazz Inside Magazine, published monthly is available in print and as a digital download.
The March 2012 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine (64 pages), available free in print (at 200 locations around the New York metro area), by paid subscription for jazz fans, and as a down-loadable digital edition --- designed for jazz lovers worldwide - features vocalist Gregory Porter. This issue also includes interviews with vocalist Carmen Lundy, drummer and industry executive Rick Drumm, drummers Chico Hamilton, Vladimir Tarasov (Part 2), and saxophonist Yusef Lateef.
the interview with Gregory Porter, the vocalist states: “I just kind of
have a philosophy that I can only be me. If what I am is not good
enough for somebody then I really am OK with that. I really just want to be thoughtful, soulful and reasonable with this music.”
Mr. Porter discusses his perspective on improvisation “For me staying open to my environment helps inform the improvisation of my lyric and note choices. Comfort with the band is also key for me. Improvisation for a vocalist can be as exciting as a dance.”
In the interview with Carmen Lundy, she discusses sources of inspiration and approaches to composing. "Sources of inspiration are based in real life experience and true emotions - loneliness, suffering, loss, joy, sadness, finding love, being in love, the meaning of freedom. Fantasy."
Drummer Chico Hamilton has an upcoming monthly performance at DROM in
New York. In the interview with Ken Weiss, the 90-something artist
discussed his commercial jingle company. His business acumen enabled him
to create music while avoiding the life of a scuffling jazz musician.
"I got a call to do a Spring cigarette commercial while I was in England
and I came back here to do it. It was when cigarettes were on the air. I
wrote the music (sings ‘Spring is better’), I produced it, I recorded
it and I published it and I think it came to nearly about $35,000. I
just stayed right here and got into the business with Chico Hamilton
Productions. I went on to make commercials for Volkswagen and a zillion
others. That’s how I built my house."
In this part two of the interview with Drummer Vladimir Tarasov (part one in in the July 2011 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine), he says: “I love the sound of the drum, the sound of the inside of the drum. That’s what’s good about drums, not the sound itself, but the spiritual space is very important for me. I love emptiness because it is like the [Edvard] Munch painting, they have sound inside.”
Saxophonist and multi-reed artist Yusef Lateef was an integral member of the Cannonball Adderley Sextet in the 1960s, and recorded a number of albums as a leader for Prestige and Atlantic in the 1950s and 1960s. He commented: ‘Style is the death of creativity.’ There’s no such thing as style, it’s the way a person plays. Like Charlie Parker, if you look at his music as a style, you’ve missed the boat. It’s the way he conceived to play which was unique for him.”
Drummer Rick Drumm is also the President of J. D'Addario musical instrument company. He faced a life threatening illness not long ago. He talks about how music played an integral part in his recovery. He also shares his perspectives about business. "“…it’s very important to carefully select business partners that can add value to you as an artist. I’ve seen far too many artists overpay for managers that bring very little value and they end up doing most of the
promotion work themselves.”
Performance reviews include the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert, which took place at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater January 10, 2012; Branford Marsalis Duos with Harry Connick, Jr. & Joey Calderazzo in the Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center; the Festival of New Trumpet Music at the Jazz Standard; Chucho Valdes &
The Afro-Cuban Messengers at the McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, New Jersey, January 20, 2012.
CD Reviews include Gerald Wilson and Sachal Vasandani in a Mack Avenue Records roundup, in addition to reviews of recordings by Lynn Arriale, John Basile, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Jacquemin, Rick Lawn, Gregory Porter, Wallace Roney, Mark Sherman, Gary Smulyan, Sun Ra, Anthony Wilson and Emily Wolf. Comprehensive monthly calendar and event listings for the number one jazz market in the world - New York - span 16 pages. Jazz Inside Magazine, published monthly is available in print and as a digital download.
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