Janine Coveney

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December 2007    Features

Queen Latifah: Nature of A Singer

In the late ’80s, rap records were about recording over a beatbox rhythm and a musical loop with a repeated chorus. “I wanted to sing to it, I wanted more music in it, and I wanted more melody. I wanted more harmony, and not too many people were doing anything...

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May 2007    Features

Patti Austin: Lady Be Good

Everything about veteran vocalist Patti Austin seems larger than life. Once you’ve seen, heard or met Austin, you don’t soon forget her. Her sense of humor is outsized, her personal presence powerful, her frequent laughter infectious, her opinions unshakeable...

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December 2006    Features

Al Jarreau and George Benson: A Long Time Coming

Oddly, these two giants of crossover jazz had only crossed paths in the studio once before. The pair speaks with Janine Coveney about their recent encounter and how it rejuvenated each artist’s creative process.

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October 2006    Features

Come Sail with Me: Artists Take the Helm of Jazz Cruises

From Marcus Miller to Russell Malone and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, many of today’s artists love playing captain for cruise ships full of jazz fans. Janine Coveney reports on this most exotic way to experience live jazz.

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July/August 2006    Artist Profiles

Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight: Motown Goes Songbook

Count Motown legends Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight among the proliferation of artists recording jazz standards these days. The two take slightly different approaches to the music that influenced them: the one-time Miracle leader recorded live with a...

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June 2006    Features

Gordon Goodwin: The Phat Boys Are Back

For Gordon Goodwin, bigger is better. The leader of the 18-member Big Phat Band brings humor and swing to his offbeat arrangements of jazz, pop and R&B songs. Janine Coveney talks with Goodwin about reaching younger musicians and the challenges of keeping...

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January/February 2006    Books

Growing Up With Jazz: Twenty-Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives And Careers
W. Royal Stokes

A veteran jazz writer and radio host, W. Royal Stokes delivers an examination of the lives of jazz artists, this time focusing on early musical roots, backgrounds and inspirations. As with his previous books, 2002's Living the Jazz Life and 1993's New Orleans...

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12/05/05    Concerts

Cayman Jazz Fest 2006

The Caribbean has become the literal hot spot for a wave of new jazz festivals, where visitors can enjoy the sun, sand and sea along with the strains of familiar jazz, pop and soul music. Add to that list the Cayman Jazz Festival, which this year mounted...

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December 2005    News

Kansas City Jazz: K.C. Royal

On September 11th, 2005, Kansas City, Mo., officially claimed its legacy as the incubator of America's only indigenous music form, jazz. In a ceremony attended by Mayor Kay Barnes and other state legislators and civic and business leaders, the city once...

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November 2005    At Home

Poncho Sanchez

On rare days off in Southern California, Poncho Sanchez enjoys relaxing with vintage music in his second-floor den. It's a long, bright room with an electric keyboard, three hand-painted Remo conga drums and various percussion pieces (guiro, caxixi, bongos...

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June 2005    Features

Paul Taylor: Pleasure Seeker

Hot off the “Groovin’ for Grover” tour, the soprano and alto saxophonist talks to Janine Coveney about his latest CD.

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November 2004    News

Jeff Hamilton: Capitol Drums

Jeff Hamilton has just returned from touring Scandinavia with the Clayton- Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. At the Musician's Union hall in Hollywood for a CHJO rehearsal, the drummer is calm, cool and collected. If he's jet-lagged, he's not copping to it. Recently...

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October 2004    At Home

Doc Powell

Guitarist Doc Powell's home studio, in the back of his modest Pasadena ranch house, is soundproofed with thick velvet drapes that cover the windows and dramatically curtain the entire back wall. Curtains also hang in swags along the ceiling. Track lights...

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September 2004    Hearsay

Frayne Lewis

Producer, and songwriter Frayne Lewis plays the bass guitar. But if listeners expect a bass-centered instrumental experience on his debut album, Frayne (OmTown), they've got another thing coming. "At home, yeah, I'll play bass all day, but for a whole album...

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September 2004    At Home

Monica Mancini

Vocalist Monica Mancini has found balance in her life, and she's not afraid to say so. "I love my life. I have absolutely nothing to complain about and someone should slap my face if I ever start bitching about anything," she says with a candor that manages...

July/August 2004    Hearsay

Eric Darius

With his first nationally distributed CD, Night On The Town (Higher Octave), 21-year-old alto and tenor saxophonist Eric Darius will show listeners worldwide what those around the Tampa Bay area already know: The University of South Florida student has the...

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About Janine Coveney

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After multitasking throughout her career as a columnist for Billboard, an editor at Essence, an interviewer for VH1 and a product manager at Arista Records, Coveney now holds down a head writer spot at LAUNCH Radio Networks and freelances elsewhere.