Tag Archives: Jazz Singers

Kurt Elling & Danilo Pérez Share the Secrets of Their First Collaboration (JazzTimes, May 2020)

“Despite being at the crest of a 25-year career, during which he has been called ‘the standout male jazz vocalist of our time’ by the New York Times, among many other awards and accolades, he is modest about his achievements and self-critical to a fault. At one point in our conversation he blurts out, ‘Man, I sure wish I could sing better.’” My cover story from the May 2020 JazzTimes.


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“Cyrille Aimee is Moving On” (Jazz Times, December 2019)

The delightful jazz singer Cyrille Aimée has some fascinating stories, including a few about her friend @Stephensondheim, whose songs she boldly and brilliantly reinvents on her recent album, “Move On – A Sondheim Adventure.” Here is my December JazzTimes cover story on her.

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João Gilberto, the Voice of Bossa Nova, Dies at 88 (DownBeat)

“Look at the wind tearing out the trees’ hair … .”

“But trees don’t have hair, João,” said the psychologist.

“And some people have no poetry in their souls,” he replied.

For my DownBeat obit on the genius João Gilberto, I spoke with Eliane Elias and the legendary Wanda Sá.

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Tomorrow in Freeport: The Great Jazz Singers – “From Satchmo to Billie”


If you’re free on Sunday afternoon, 2/5/17, join me for a look back at The Great Jazz Singers (Part 1) – From Satchmo to Lady Day. I’ll be speaking – and playing killer film clips – at the Freeport Memorial Library on Merrick Road at 2:30 pm, and it’s free.

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These Cats Can Sing!

These cats sing their asses off! I’ll be telling their story in an article to be posted shortly at DownBeat.com.  The new album, The Royal Bopsters Project features guest appearances by vocal jazz legends Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross (two-thirds of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan and Bob Dorough. Can’t wait to hear them live at Birdland this week!

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“Bobby McFerrin – Lyrical and Spiritual” – DownBeat, July 2013

Bobby McFerrin at sound check, Adelphi University. Photo by Adam McCullough

Bobby McFerrin at sound check, Adelphi University. Photo by Adam McCullough

After years of singing mostly songs without words, or in improvised languages of his own invention, Bobby McFerrin has returned to singing the type of songs in which the lyrics are as essential as the music, with words that express his deepest yearnings: spirituals. In my interview with McFerrin, he talks about his early career and influences, why he considers himself a “folk” musician, and the process of creating his new album spirityouall.

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“Free to Be Jane Monheit” – DownBeat, June 2013

Monheit photo from DB, hires1

“Free to be Jane Monheit” – DownBeat, June 2013

Jane Monheit, one of the most accomplished jazz singers of her generation, no longer strives for perfection. Here’s my article from the June 2013 DownBeat.

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