Jazz Perspectives

Jazz Perspective: Carmen Lundy

Oct 6, 2014
Flickr User Zuleykha Murtazayeva

Carmen Lundy is a triple threat: she sings, she plays multiple instruments, and she is a composer. She has just released her 14th album, "Soul to Soul," a collection of songs that draw on blues and gospel influences. Producer Reese Erlich brings us this “Jazz Perspective” about Lundy’s unique song-writing style.

Jazz Perspectives: Wayne Wallace

Jul 29, 2013
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San Francisco trombonist and composer Wayne Wallace began his career performing with musicians such as Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind and Fire. He now fuses elements of R&B and jazz with a variety of Latin music styles.

Jazz Perspective: Catherine Russell

Jun 12, 2013

Vocalist Catherine Russell performs a great mix of jazz, blues, and soul. The daughter of two famous jazz musicians, Russell draws on her swing era jazz roots to create a distinctive style.

Some of Catherine Russell's earliest memories are of visiting Louis Armstrong's house in Queens, New York. Her father Luis Russell and her mother Carline Ray were both prominent jazz musicians in the 1930s and 40s. She remembers what happened when Satchmo Armstrong picked her up as a child.

Jazz Perspectives: Angelique Kidjo

Nov 15, 2012

Angelique Kidjo was born in the West African country of Benin. She grew up listening to traditional music but was soon influenced by American rhythm and blues singers and jazz artists. She started composing at age 10, writing about political topics starting at a very early age.

Jazz Perspectives: Archie Shepp

Oct 11, 2012

Saxophonist Archie Shepp is a legend. His career goes back nearly 50 years, including playing on John Coltrane’s iconic album, A Love Supreme. Today Shepp mixes jazz, blues and other influences into what he calls “African American Music.”  Shepp plays tonight, October 11th, at Yoshi's in Oakland at 8pm and 10pm.

Jazz Perspectives: Jane Monheit

Aug 9, 2012
Jane Monheit

Jane Monheit has had a successful career as a jazz vocalist for over 10 years. As she reached her 30's, she has had to juggle raising a child with the stress of performing on the road. In this Jazz Perspective, Reese Erlich asks her about her 2010 CD, "Home," and her life at home.

Jazz Perspectives: 'Sweet' Sue Terry

Jun 26, 2012
Dan Demetriad

Great Jazz musicians have their own distinct tone. “Sweet” Sue Terry has developed a wonderful open tone with her own style. Terry, who plays saxophone, flute, and clarinet, says that developing your own tone is a work in progress. Most musicians start by listening to someone they really admire and try to recreate that tone. It’s a little like imitating a foreign accent. You listen to someone from another country speaking English, and then try to imitate that with your own voice. She explains: