Bio Info Born: Cincinnati, Ohio Type of show: Middle-of-the-road modern and contemporary jazz. Years living on the Space Coast: 17 Early music influence: Wolf Man Jack Favorite artists: Lee Konitz, Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Chet Baker
On November 1st and 2nd, the nation's top ten young jazz pianists competed for over $10,000.00 in prizes in Gleason Performing Arts Center on the Florida Tech campus in the first EVER American Jazz Pianist Competition. Here are interviews and performances from the 5 finalists.
Gill Scott Chapman, 24, NJ - “ Being involved with the AJPC will help to accelerate my musical career, while also helping me to achieve some of the lofty goals I have set for myself in the process.”
This Monday, October 20, at 7 p.m., Dave Fries will present an in-depth interview with Jeremy Siskind on A Taste of Jazz. Siskind is winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Competition, a second-place finisher in the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, a two-time finalist for the American Pianist Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship, and a two-time time second-place finisher at the Phillips Jazz Competition.
Singer/songwriter Maddy Winer will join me next Monday on A Taste of Jazz. Winer toured as a headliner in the stage show “North Carolina Is My Home,” written by and starring Loonix McGlohon and Charles Kuralt, which NPR aired as a television special.
Performing contemporary selections from the Great American Songbook she has become known for her effortless interpretation of jazz styling and has developed a loyal following.
Consummate Canadian jazz and Latin flutist Bill McBirnie has released a new album (his sixth) which departs, in a significant way, from all three of his previously acclaimed acoustic jazz projects (Mercy with Robi Botos; Paco Paco with Bernie Senensky; and Nature Boy with Mark Eisenman). On Find Your Place, Bill has placed the flute in a very unlikely setting—as part of an organ trio!
Dave Fries of A Taste of Jazz's favorite albums of 2013, listed in no particular order:
Dave Bennett's Don't Be That Way
Dave Bennett shows that his skills and interests go far beyond that of channeling any of his stylistic predecessors like Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain, Artie Shaw, et al. Once a member of the original Hot Club Detroit, Bennett stays within the mainstream repertoire, covering several go Goodman’s most famous records. This album blazes its own path with Dave’s clarinet skills while still paying tribute to his mentors.