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    The Artistry Of... Eric Dolphy

    Written by John Devenish

    I am afraid of Eric Dolphy. Maybe and mostly because he wasn’t afraid of anything. That’s what his music making sounded like to me. He made voices come out of his clarinet and flute and saxophone that sounded like things the most soulful singers wished their voices could do. He went from wild flights of cascading and flying notes to gentle flurries and then the most tender loving lines. Like all the levels of crying…all the levels of feeling. From the pain to the reeling - to the reflection and then the telling of the tale.

    The Artistry of... Nat King Cole

    Written by John Devenish

    He sounds as though he’s been visiting, that we all are in the midst of a casual, gentle conversation. The artistry of Nat King Cole is the way he seems to make it all seem selfless and for you. He wants his listener to hear what he has to say, play and sing. You just feel that. So much senseless adversity and challenge and hardship.   However, through all that was against him Nat found and used grace & charm as ways to face it all head on, rise above, and with finesse, make it seem insignificant and small.

    The Artistry of... Nina Simone

    Nina Simone, I had an auntie who often wore her hair up in a scarf the same way as you often see Nina Simone in pictures. I thought she was the epitome of everything afro in those days before African American was the name of use. Dashikis and African artifacts and statues around her apartment made me feel like I had entered a room of some kind of cultural holiness.

    The Artistry of... Joe Lovano

    Written by Terry McElligott

    Saxophone man and composer Joe Lovano credits his father, Tony "Big T” Lovano, for starting him off as a player and band leader. As you might expect, it has paid off over the decades. Joe’s first encounters playing the saxophone were at age six. Imagine: small kid, large instrument, and music lessons.

    The Artistry of... Monty Alexander

    Written by John Devenish

    Monty Alexanderr floats like a jazzed up tropical butterfly and swings like no other. He is sometimes the whole band and other times as sweet as a most sugary confection from the land of his birth, Jamaica. The spicing with Caribbean rhythms and the staples of all-American jazz make the experience of listening to him as musically diverse as the out of one, many diaspora he is so much a part of… Like the melange of cuisines that come from the Caribbean to the appreciation and play with music that is true to the region Alexander’s artistry is what world music is all about.

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