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Interviews

Jazz’s best journalists ask questions and jazz’s best artists answer them.

Janis Siegel: Answering the Calling of Vocal Jazz

At first glimpse, this petite songbird easily blends into almost any scene comfortably, always aware of her surroundings, quietly observing. You wouldn’t know you’re chatting with one of the most recognizable voices in vocal jazz/pop history. She sings with laser precision when softly purring a classic ballad. When it’s time to rock in her upper … Read More “Janis Siegel: Answering the Calling of Vocal Jazz”

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Talking More Music with George Benson

We were very excited when Marcus Miller agreed to visit George Benson in his Arizona home and interview him for the cover story of the July/August issue of JazzTimes. We knew that the two musicians shared plenty of history and sensibility as contemporary jazz players with both chops and commercial success. We expected a freewheeling and … Read More “Talking More Music with George Benson”

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Nicki Parrott: It’s Possible to Sing and Play the Bass

Bassist Nicki Parrott is truly a musician’s musician. Except that she also sings. Although she came a little late to the vocals game, she’s become an accomplished singer, both as a recording artist and as a performer. Her latest album, New York to Paris, is her eighth for Arbors Records and beautifully showcases her unique voice … Read More “Nicki Parrott: It’s Possible to Sing and Play the Bass”

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Chuck Redd: Real Good Vibes

The term “journeyman” often gets used in a pejorative way to describe veteran jazz musicians of a certain age, like they’re perennial sidemen or sidewomen and not capable of headlining concerts or festivals. However, in the case of drummer/vibist Chuck Redd, the term well describes his life in music, in part because he still journeys … Read More “Chuck Redd: Real Good Vibes”

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Inside Stanley Nelson, Jr.’s New Miles Davis Documentary

How do you sum up the life and career of Miles Davis in just under two hours? That was the challenge that noted documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Jr. faced with his latest project, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and later screened at the Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore … Read More “Inside Stanley Nelson, Jr.’s New Miles Davis Documentary”

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Branford Marsalis’ Secret

“I’m ready when you are.” Branford Marsalis does not waste time. In the handful of minutes since we shook hands in the lobby of his New York hotel, the saxophonist has marched into the adjacent restaurant, picked a window table, and ordered coffee and a pastry. He’s still looking at his cellphone, scrolling for last-minute … Read More “Branford Marsalis’ Secret”

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Matthew Shipp and Simplicity Itself

When describing the career arc of pianist Matthew Shipp, “prolific” is the definitive understatement. Now pushing 60, this longtime downtown New York City force has a staggering oeuvre as leader, co-leader, and collaborator. Yet his mission—to reinvent jazz piano—has remained constant. You can hear that on Signature, Shipp’s debut recording for the legendary ESP-Disk’ with … Read More “Matthew Shipp and Simplicity Itself”

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