Apr 16, 2019
Kassa Overall will tell you, “I love being the first thing of a thing. It’s one of my favorite things.”
Kassa will also tell you that grew up in the cut. Between two kinds of music. Between two neighborhoods, in Seattle, that were “actually divided and separated”. He related more to the black neighborhood that...
Mar 12, 2019
Guitarist Cory Wong wants you to know that “smooth-jazz” is not a dirty word. At least not as he sees it. That’s why he started referring to himself as the “millennial smooth jazz ambassador”.
Cory comes from Minneapolis and got his start working with many of the great Minneapolis funk musicians who worked...
Feb 19, 2019
Jacques Schwarz-Bart says that he never fit neatly into any one
category. He says, “I knew early on in my life that I could not go
down a regular path. It would be hard for other human beings to
totally accept me the way I am.”
From the very start, Jacques’ life was unusual. Born in the Caribbean island of...
Feb 5, 2019
How does pianist Aaron Parks describe himself? “A bit odd. I play piano, write songs, and take pictures of doors with my phone.”
Raised on a small island near Seattle, Washington, Aaron found himself hungry for more creative and intellectual stimulation than his immediate surroundings could offer. He enrolled in...
Jan 18, 2019
Kenny Werner might try to talk you out of becoming a jazz musician. “Please don’t become a jazz musician just because you think you should. That’s like saying you think you should become a typewriter salesman. Nobody needs you. I would do everything I could to talk them out of it and if they couldn’t be talked...