Reflections with Larry Graham

Since his introduction in 1966 with Sly & the Family Stone, bassist Larry Graham has become one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. His innovative style of bass playing impacted not only his contemporaries, but has had major effect on every electric bassist to follow. From his success as a member of … Continue reading

Reflections Of Marvin Gaye: April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984

In April 2005 the Oakland, California based art collective SOUL SALON 10 celebrated the 66th birthday of one of the most important music figures of the 20th century, Marvin Gaye, with a visually stimulating interpretation of his life and music through the art exhibit TROUBLE MAN which displayed at the African American Museum and Library … Continue reading

Reflections with Stefon Harris

Since his 1998 Blue Note recording debut as a leader,  A CLOUD OF RED DUST, vibraphonist Stefon Harris has been heralded as “one of the most important young artists in Jazz”. While continuing to honor the trail laid before him by masters such as Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson, Stefon has been blazing … Continue reading

Reflections with ZaDell: Zoe & Dave Ellis

One of the most noteworthy recordings of the past few years is Zoe Ellis LIVE at ANNA’S JAZZ ISLAND, an intricate blend of Jazzy melodies and funky grooves which not only captures the smoldering  passion of Zoe’s soul stirring vocals, but also marks the producing debut of Dave Ellis, renowned saxophonist and Zoe’s big brother. … Continue reading

Reflections with N’Dambi

Although she’s not a newcomer to the music scene there are still many who are just becoming familiar with vocalist / songwriter N’Dambi. Garnering critical acclaim from her 3 independently released recordings N’Dambi has also developed an enthusiastic and supportive fan base that’s sure to grow with the release of her new recording PINK ELEPHANT … Continue reading

Reflections of Don Cherry: An Adventure in Sound

In memory of music innovator Don Cherry: born November 18, 1936 Transitioned: October 19, 1995… The following is from an interview / conversation that I was honored to share with one of music’s truly creative sources in 1994. The interview was originally published in the August 1994 issue of Jazz Now Magazine. Don’s soulful creativity can … Continue reading

Reflections with Kev Choice

One of the most dynamic musicians today is pianist/emcee/bandleader Kev Choice who combines the dexterity of his masterful piano skills with Hip Hop aesthetic to create a signature sound that moves the body and mind. Recently I had the pleasure to speak with Kev about his views on various aspects of the music, artist responsibility, … Continue reading