A renowned Jazz and classical trumpeter, a brilliant pianist, a stellar composer and arranger – a fine vocalist in his own right, a bandleader, and a tenured university professor of music. Arturo has won four Grammy awards, six Billboard awards, and an Emmy, this for his scoring of the HBO movie based on his life “For [...]


"Jazz Monthly Feature Interview" ANDY WASSERMAN Our guest here today is Andy Wasserman, a gifted composer, arranger, musician who has received exceptional reviews by critics and the Jazz world alike, has truly arrived and can take his place as one of the premier performers in the music industry. Jazz Monthly: Andy, you play excellent piano. [...]

JUMAANE SMITH – I Only Have Eyes For You

"Jazz Monthly Feature Interview" JUMAANE SMITH From traveling the world with Michael Bublé to playing the Grammy Awards show with Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers, Jumaane Smith has collaborated with the best of the best… Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, Natalie Cole, Wynton Marsalis, Diddy, Chris Botti, Ravi Coltrane... the list is endless. His debut release “I Only [...]


 "Jazz Monthly Feature Interview" Carmen Lundy Since launching her career in New York with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra in the late 70s, Miami born vocalist and songwriter Carmen Lundy has been a groundbreaking, multi-faceted force of musical nature. In addition to recording 14 solo albums (starting with 1985’s Good Morning Kiss, which was [...]


"Jazz Monthly Feature Interview" RICHARD LEO JOHNSON Richard Leo Johnson is a true pioneer in acoustic guitar.  A passionate and spontaneous player, he is often compared to such masters as Bruce Cockburn, John Fahey, Michael Hedges, Burt Jansch, Adrian Legg, Leo Kottke, Steve Tibbetts, and Ralph Towner. But Johnson’s style, characterized by complexity, exciting energy, and compellingly unfamiliar harmonies [...]


"Jazz Monthly Feature Interview" DENNIS ANGEL Ask any 100 contemporary jazz trumpeters to name their chief influences, and it’s a good bet over 90 will mention the same two legendary words: Miles Davis. Dennis Angel, rapidly emerging in the genre as an independent and versatile force on trumpet and flugelhorn with a number of radio [...]

FREDA PAYNE – Come Back To Me Love

"Jazz Monthly Feature Interview" FREDA PAYNE While Freda Payne will always be associated with “Band of Gold,” the million selling 1970 hit single that established her as a major R&B/pop star, the Detroit born and raised singer has a powerful foundational history in jazz, dating back to her performances with The Jimmy Wilkins Big Band [...]

GREG CHAMBERS – Can’t Help Myself

"Jazz Monthly Feature Interview" GREG CHAMBERS Multi-instrumentalist Greg Chambers is a classical woodwind performer and instructor who is also highly versed in contemporary jazz. San Francisco Bay based Chambers plays various saxophones, flute, and keyboards. He also composes, and even does some backing vocals on his projects. Chambers’ albums have charted on the Top 50 Chart, [...]


"Jazz Monthly Feature Interview" MOLLY RINGWALD In the midst of a recent performance before a packed house at the Los Angeles club Rockwell celebrating the release of her debut jazz album Except Sometimes, Molly Ringwald addressed the issue on everyone’s mind: “I bet you’re wondering what I’ve been up to since making those John Hughes movies in the 80s.” [...]

Jazz Monthly Feature Interview Dominick Farinacci

Twelve years after Wynton Marsalis invited Julliard bound Cleveland high school student Dominick Farinacci to be a special guest on the PBS Broadcast “Live From Lincoln Center: A Tribute To Louis Armstrong,” the 29 year old trumpeter--now a world class musician with seven recordings and countless U.S. tours and international appearances to his credit—is still [...]

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