Category Archives: MUSIC

INTERVIEW WITH SASS JORDAN

By Anita Malhotra Toronto-based rock singer Sass Jordan’s earthy vocals and powerful lyrics have rocked North American ears ever since she released her debut album Tell Somebody in 1988. Recipient of a 1989 Juno award for Most Promising Female Vocalist … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH EMILIE-CLAIRE BARLOW

By Anita Malhotra Growing up in a family of professional musicians, Toronto-based singer and arranger Emilie-Claire Barlow sang in commercials as a child and went on to release her debut album in 1998 at the age of 22. She followed … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH THOMAS LAUDERDALE (PINK MARTINI)

By Anita Malhotra Few people can say they have appeared as a soloist with a major symphony orchestra, aspired to be mayor, founded a band whose albums have sold more than three million copies, and worn a cocktail dress in … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH EMIL VIKLICKÝ

By Anita Malhotra Often described as the “Patriarch of Czech jazz piano,” pianist and composer Emil Viklický was born in 1948 in Olomouc, Moravia and later moved to Prague. Although his formal training was in mathematics, in the ‘70s he … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH KENNY WERNER

By Anita Malhotra Brooklyn-born jazz pianist, composer and educator Kenny Werner studied piano at the Manhattan School of Music and jazz improvisation at the Berklee Institute. Greatly influenced by the Boston piano teacher Madame Chaloff and the Brazilian concert pianist … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH BRUCE COCKBURN

By Anita Malhotra In his 45-year career as a guitarist and singer-songwriter, Ottawa-born Bruce Cockburn has produced 31 albums of passionate, evocative songs based on his personal experiences and his observations while travelling, often in war-torn countries and in a … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH BRIA SKONBERG

By Anita Malhotra Born in 1983 in Chilliwack, British Columbia, trumpet player, singer and composer Bria Skonberg has been featured as a bandleader and guest artist at more than 50 jazz festivals in North America, Europe, China and Japan. In … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH NATALIE MACMASTER

By Anita Malhotra A consummate Celtic fiddler with an exuberant stage presence, Natalie MacMaster has been playing the music of her beloved homeland, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, since the age of nine. She released her debut album at age … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH JOEY DEFRANCESCO

By Anita Malhotra Born and raised in Philadelphia, jazz organist and trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco first burst on to the jazz scene in 1988 when, as a 17-year-old, he released his first album with Columbia Records. He followed this with a … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH BILL FRISELL

By Anita Malhotra Seattle-based electric guitarist and composer Bill Frisell is revered in jazz circles for his unique sound and approach to the electric guitar – often compared to that of trumpeter Miles Davis. He is equally known for his … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH JASON MARSALIS

By Anita Malhotra Born in 1977, drummer, vibraphonist and composer Jason Marsalis is the youngest member of the renowned Marsalis family of New Orleans jazz musicians, which includes his father Ellis Marsalis, Jr., and his brothers Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH LUCIEN BARBARIN

By Anita Malhotra Trombonist and singer Lucien Barbarin stands out in the New Orleans traditional jazz scene not only for his superlative technique, soulful playing and showmanship but also for his far-reaching national and international career. A member of Harry … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH CONRAD TAO

By Anita Malhotra At the age of 18, Conrad Tao has already forged three remarkable music careers. Born in Illinois in 1994, Tao began playing the piano when he was just 1 1/2, gave his first recital at age four, and … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH JACK DE KEYZER

By Anita Malhotra Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter Jack de Keyzer has been performing, recording and composing the blues for more than three decades. Along the way he has released eight albums and received a host of awards, including two … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH COLIN MACK

By Anita Malhotra Ottawa-based composer Colin Mack’s evocative pieces for piano, chamber ensemble, orchestra and voice have been broadcast and distributed by CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, Galaxie and the National Film Board. On July 11, 2011, a concert dedicated to his … Continue reading

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