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CHRIS JASPER: The interview…

Cincinnati-born CHRIS JASPER was, of course, a key member of the Isley Brothers in their pomp. From there he enjoyed considerable success with Isley-Jasper-Isley ….Chris’ keyboard, vocal, song writing and production skills working beautifully...
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Over Here To Tempt Us – The Temptations’ Otis Williams On His Love Affair With The UK, Norman Whitfield, And Singing With President Barack Obama

         “Life is good – I woke up this morning!” So says 78-year-old Otis Williams, accompanying his quip with a hearty, self-deprecating chuckle. As the last surviving original member of the legendary...
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ALTERATIONS… the ROBIN McKELLE interview

Listeners to the more savvy soul and jazz stations over the Christmas period would have heard a new, gorgeous version of Joni Mitchell’s ‘The River’ from soul/jazz chanteuse ROBIN McKELLE. Not a Christmas song,...

Underground Disco Diva Donna McGhee Talks About Her Classic LP, The Fatback Band And … Heavy Breathing

For people of a certain age, the word “disco” is synonymous with the image of a white-suited John Travolta strutting his stuff in the blockbuster movie Saturday Night Fever while the hirsute, shiny-toothed Bee...
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Singer Vanessa Rubin Talks About Life, Jazz, and Tadd Dameron. “Over time, you live, and you have stories to tell,” she says.

        “Life happens while you’re a jazz singer,” laughs Vanessa Rubin, explaining her long absence from the world of recording. For those mystified by her sudden disappearance back at the dawn...

João Gilberto: The Shy, Quiet Genius Behind Bossa Nova

The late singer, guitarist and songwriter helped to ignite bossa nova’s quiet revolution in the 1960s. João Gilberto was catapulted to international fame in the early 1960s as one of the principal architects of...

Protest Songs – Keb’ Mo’ On Immigration, Donald Trump, and Glastonbury

        Though he comes across as a softly-spoken man who laughs a lot, is self-effacing,  and knows the value of humility,  there’s a core of inner steel that gives folk-blues troubadour Keb’ Mo’ a...

Shining Star: Philip Bailey On His New Solo Album, Earth, Wind & Fire, And Playing Golf.

      Sonically unique, Philip Bailey‘s celestial falsetto voice, with its unmistakable haunting quality has been a key component of Earth, Wind & Fire’s sound for  47 years now. For a long time it...

Blow By Blow – Maceo Parker on James Brown, George Clinton, And Love

     “It’s kind of like spin the bottle,” laughs veteran funk saxophonist Maceo Parker, “and wherever it lands, it lands.” He’s attempting to describe how he decides what to serve up in terms of...