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    The Artistry of... Sarah Vaughan

    Written by John Devenish

    She could sing like she had the weight of a lifetime on her shoulders. She was affectionately known as both "Sassy" and "The Divine One," My father always called her the Divine Miss Sarah Vaughan.

    The Artistry of... Denzal Sinclaire

    Written by John Devenish

    He sounds like he is right beside you. Like if you turned the music would be coming from right there…Warm and full, emotional, reserved and direct. All of these words are what he does with his voice. The color is the color of the soul and everything he sings becomes his soul music – his soul’s music. There is a strong ownership – He sounds like that. That’s the way to describe it really. It is new and engaging.

    The Artistry of... George Shearing

    Written by John Devenish

    This piano player, band leader and composer arranger was born blind – Stevie Wonder has said he’s never seen being blind as a disadvantage.

    The Artistry of... Brad Mehldau

    Written by John Devenish

    A true champion of the ensemble, sensitive to the players around him he plays with instead of in front and that is about sharing. He does that so well. His music is a mash up of classical training and popular music influence which could not be ignored considering his age and the world around him. Whether it’s his own or arrangements, carefully done to preserve the context of the original, he is in focus. Soulful, playful, intricate, complex and always accessible…the essence of an artist who shares effortlessly.

    The Artistry of... Marcus Roberts

    Written by John Devenish

    Marcus Roberts lost his site when he was five in 1968. He has so much appreciation, love and respect for his parents, especially his mother... also blind. He speaks of his parents intolerance of self-pity and credits them with the embracing of problems to find solutions … this attracted him to jazz. The music has always made him feel better—more confident—and it put him in touch with great musicians who also overcame a legacy of adversities: Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington & Louis Armstrong among others…

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