New this month:
AL HOOD ON THE CLIFFORD BROWN JAZZ TRUMPET CONSORTIUM
Al Hood is one of the world’s foremost experts on Clifford Brown. He was a researcher for Nick Catalano’s biography “Clifford Brown: The Life and Art of the Legendary Jazz Trumpeter” (Oxford), and is presently writing his own book on Brown’s music and legacy. Along with fellow trumpeters Brad Goode, Terell Stafford and Greg Gisbert, he will present the first annual Clifford Brown Jazz Trumpet Consortium in Wilmington, Delaware from June 15-18, 2015. Thomas Cunniffe spoke with Hood about Brown and the upcoming event.
Previous interviews (arranged by last name of subject):
LAURIE ANTONIOLI: INNOVATION AND MINDFULNESS
Laurie Antonioli is the very definition of a jazz singer. As director of one of the Jazzschool Institute, Antonioli continues to expand the possibilities of jazz singing. In this exclusive interview, Antonioli talks with Jazz History Online's Ellen Johnson about her influences and goals.
THE JAMES CARTER INTERVIEW
THEO BLECKMANN: THE MAD GENIUS OF VOCAL JAZZ
Bleckmann is one of the most innovative jazz vocalists on the current
scene. He has explored a wide range of music from Charles Ives to Kate
Bush. In this exclusive interview with Jazz History Online's Ellen
Johnson, Bleckmann discusses his many collaborations and his use of
electronics. Includes a bonus live video of "This Woman's Work" from Bleckmann's new Kate Bush album.
Saxophonist James Carter has been part
of the New York jazz scene for over 20 years. His imaginative,
risk-taking style has brought both fans and detractors,
but the energetic spirit of his playing has brought some of those
detractors over to his side. Carter discusses that and tells about the
creation and recording of a new saxophone concerto with Jazz History
Online's Marissa Dodge.
GIRL-ON-GIRL HARMONY: A CHAT WITH DUCHESS
is an exciting new vocal trio based in New York City. While Melissa
Stylianou, Hilary Gardner and Amy Cervini all have notable careers as
solo artists, they clearly love making music together. Shortly before
the group celebrated the release of their debut CD, Thomas Cunniffe
chatted with the group about their repertoire, inspirations and goals.
MUSIC AS IT'S MEANT TO BE PLAYED: THE BRENT FISCHER INTERVIEW
Clare Fischer has been an influential
jazz arranger for over 50 years. Now his son Brent is helping him
preserve his legacy for the ages. Brent talks to Marissa Dodge about
this labor of love, involving recording, archiving, and "tag-team
arranging" his father's music.
EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF VOCAL JAZZ WITH KERRY MARSH AND JULIA DOLLISON
In the spring of 2010, vocal jazz fans were treated to a pair of amazing
recordings: "Vocabularies" by Bobby McFerrin (arranged by Roger Treece)
and "The Music of Maria Schneider" by Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison.
Marsh and Dollison are better known in educational circles than to the
jazz public, but their recordings continue to astound listeners. In this
exclusive Jazz History Online interview, Thomas Cunniffe talks to Marsh
and Dollison about the Schneider album, their quartet Vertical Voices
and the future of vocal jazz.