Vocalist Alison Wedding‘s most recent album is This Dance (Ground Up Records, 2012). In this interview, Wedding talks about writing songs and how much a writer reveals; her years singing in Australia; improvisation versus interpretation; and her recent experience singing with Bobby McFerrin. Learn more at alisonwedding.com and follow her on Twitter at @alisonwedding.
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Saxophonist Brian Landrus is a bandleader and the creative force behind the upcoming 92Y Soul Jazz Festival. His most recent album with his band Kaleidoscope is Mirage (BlueLand Records, 2013). In this interview, Landrus talks about the festival, which features Esperanza Spalding, DJ Logic and Joey Defrancesco, along with Kaleidoscope. He also discusses his career, from his early years in Las Vegas playing with Motown giants to his move to the East Coast to explore both experimental and groove-based music. Learn more at brianlandrus.com and follow him on Twitter on @brianlandrus.
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Baritone saxophonist Shirantha Beddage’s latest album is Identity (Addo Records, 2012). In this interview, Beddage talks about searching for his identity as a musician and as an educator; his years in New York and Georgia and how they shaped his current sound; the institutionalization of jazz in the university system; and the Toronto jazz scene. Learn more at shiranthabeddage.com and follow him on Twitter at @beddagemusic.
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Saxophonist Jeff Lederer’s latest recording is Swing ‘N Dix (Little i music, 2013), an album that looks back at his early days playing music inspired by trad jazz. The album features Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Bob Stewart on tuba and Matt Wilson on drums. In this interview, Lederer talks about that early band and how it introduced him to collective improvisation; how a shared love of Albert Ayler brought he and Matt Wilson together; and his fascination with the Shakers, both musically and anthropologically. Learn more at littleimusic.com and follow him on Twitter at @littleimusic.
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