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TINKER BARFIELD
RANDY BRECKER
OSCAR CASTRO-NEVES
CHARLES CALELLO
FREDDY COLE
KENNY COLMAN
JOHN DI MARTINO
THE EBONY HILLBILLIES
BRENT FISCHER
DR. CLARE FISCHER
BASHIRI JOHNSON
JANN KLOSE
CHUCK LOEB
JON MICHAELS
CHIELI MINUCCI
PHIL PERRY
GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI
GLENN ZOTTOLA


Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
TINKER BARFIELD
R&B BASSIST GREAT
https://www.facebook.com/keospmusic
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 8/1/10 - 8/7/10
playlist at end


OL:
We'd like to Welcome the incredible
Tinker Barfield
R&B Bassist extraordinaire, Composer, Arranger & much more, to the
OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly
feature as our  Special Guest Artist!  Welcome Tinker,
and thank you for giving us & all of the OL site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the... Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
for the entire week of 8/1/10.

OL:
Once again, thank you and welcome...

Tinker Barfield:
You're Welcome,
and thank you for having me on OL.

OL:
We'd like to start right off...your recent Radio Appearance on WBAI, which by courtesy of WBAI, our OL Viewers can listen right here, as you're being interviewed about your
long-standing career in the Music Business, spanning over a period of over 30 years. working as a Professional Bassist in so many different genres of music,
with so many superstars...

OL:
Tinker, if You can please share with us,
the many colors of your career in the
OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly series,
starting with your years in the Legendary Luther Vandross Band and the on-stage memories and miles covered during that magical time of Luther...?

Tinker Barfield:
I have the most wonderful and vivid memories of my time with Luther, who was an extraordinary artist! We laughed together, cried together, were disappointed together. We went through all the emotions of family. Luther hand picked everyone in his organization and it was quite an ensemble. Serious bus and truck tour!

Tinker Barfield:
And it progressively grew from one year to the next.

OL:
How did you come to join the
Luther
Vandross Band?

Tinker Barfield:
I got a call from Marcus Miller who was doing everything! He was working with Miles and couldn't do the tour. Nat Adderley Jr. was the MD for LV and they suggested to Luther to call me.  Luther agreed! Marcus called,
and I said, Yesssssssssssss!

OL:
What was it like working with Mr. Vandross?

Tinker Barfield:
Awesome! You learn so much on so many levels.

OL:
In the recording sessions with Luther,
what was his process approach on how he liked to record his tracks?

Tinker Barfield:
After deciding what he was going to record, he'd lay the rhythm tracks first. Depending on the song, he might sing, he might not. As the tracks grew he would add what he thought it needed to take it to the next level. If something wasn't quite right, or it needed something different,
he'd make that adjustment.
And the results speak for themselves.

OL:
In recording your bass tracks with Luther;
did your playing style approach differ from performing on his 'live shows with the band?

Tinker Barfield:
Yes! It was different. Playing live and recording in the studio are different. However, you can record a song with a live feel to it, like I've just recorded with
 "My Lover's Arms," or you can record a song with what I call a studio feel,
which is what I did on "I Miss You Mama."

OL:
What is your favorite Luther Vandross recording?

Tinker Barfield:
There's so many to choose from! Even if my life depended on it, It would be difficult.
 'So  Amazing', 'A House Is Not A Home',
'If This World Were Mine', 'Superstar', 'Dance With My Father',
'Anyone Who Had A Heart'
...

OL:
As a long-standing member of the LV Band,
if You can share with us, one of your
favorite memories with the other
Band members, while on tour?

Tinker Barfield:
After one of the concerts,
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album

was all the rage.
Luther had dancers on that tour. All the guys were gathered together in the dressing room. Someone started singing Thriller and we all fell into place and starting doing the choreography! It was Amazing!

OL:
When you first picked up the bass and started playing, what was that moment like,
and was that always your first instrument?

Tinker Barfield:
It was a spiritual connection when I picked up the bass for the first time.
It was the instrument for me to express me.
My uncle brought me my first bass. My father wanted me to play guitar! And he provided a ton of guitars for me to choose from.
Couldn't play it for beans!

OL:
What's your favorite choice of bass instrument that you play with, now?

Tinker Barfield:
I've always liked the Fender Jazz Bass,
and still do!
I have a 1969 model that I love!

OL:
When you're on the road, how many bass instruments do You to take with you?

Tinker Barfield:
One! However, if I'm touring for a few months, then I'll take two or three.
It all depends on who I'm working with.

OL:
After being the Man on the Bass, the musical back-bone for so many, as WBAI Radio Host  Esther Armah echoes, you're now paused to add yet another exciting new chapter in your music career, but this time you're in the spotlight, front and center, as Tinker B., along with your group Lu-Fuki, officially known as, Tinker B. & Lu-Fuki. We know who Tinker B. is, so tell us about the origin name of Lu-Fuki, and what it means to You to now step out as the front man of your own group?

Tinker Barfield:
The name Lu-Fuki came from Alfa! She heard the term in a conversation she had with a college student. She mentioned it to me and
I loved it. The meaning of the name speaks about most of the musicians I know. We've been around for sometime and come from a deep place.  This experience of being front man is exhilarating! I'm absolutely loving it! With a little nerves on the side!

OL:
What genre or genres of music will
Tinker B. & Lu-Fuki
concentrate on mostly?

Tinker Barfield:
I come from a foundation of R&B and Funk!
I love all kinds of music. However, Duke and Miles said it best, "There's only two kinds of music. Good and Bad!"
I say, You can feel it or you can't!

OL:
You have 2 CD Singles out under the name of Tinker B. & Lu-Fuki "MY LOVER'S ARMS" and
"I MISS YOU MAMA." Just from the mp3 samplers we can listen to right here,
these are stellar tracks.

OL:
Starting with "My Lover's Arms" as your first release, featuring A REUNION,  all 3 Singers formerly of the famed Disco Group CHIC... What was it like to have your wife
Alfa Anderson,
along with Luci Martin & Norma Jean Wright,
to have all 3 singing on your original track?

Tinker Barfield:
It was a Blast! We had soooooo much fun.
I thank them very much for doing it;
giving of themselves... all out!
 It is history! They haven't worked together
since the days of Chic.

OL:
The track "My Lover's Arms" has a nice R&B dance shuffle feel to it. The hook is great and from the jump,
is infectious to the listening ear.

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as Bassist Tinker Barfield shares some liner notes on the making of "MY LOVER'S ARMS" and the entire Musicians cast on this track.

OL:
Thank you very much Tinker,
for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, as we conclude this OL Interview 1 of 7 segment?

Tinker Barfield:
Whatever you do! However you do it.
If it works for you and doesn't destroy,
 but builds, DO IT!
The world cannot exist without music.
You are needed! You are necessary!

OL:
Thank you Tinker Barfield.
We'll see You tomorrow!
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly! ...
Where there's a lot more to come with our Special Guest Artist of the week
R&B Bassist Great Tinker Barfield.

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OL:
Welcome Back, Tinker. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 2 of our 7 day Interview for
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.

Thank you once again.
From where we last left off... Tell us about the making of your CD Single release of
"MY LOVER'S ARMS" in the Studio:  

Tinker Barfield:
A good time was had by all. The session started around 11:00 am. We used a great studio in Union City, NJ named Kaleidoscope Sound. The studio was recommended to me by my good friend and brother Steve Kroon. We cut the rhythm tracks first. Alfa sang lead while we cut the tracks.
That's a common practice.
You get the feel of the
vocalist and the track breaths. All the players move with the vibe of the vocalist.
I love cutting this way! When the tracks are done, we book the vocal session. Alfa and I do the vocal arrangements together,
but she conducts the vocal session.
She's a master at this! After the vocals,
if there's any additional sweetening,
we do that. 

Tinker Barfield:
Then it goes to the mix master:
Butch Jones @ Beat Haven

in Brooklyn, NY.
Butch does all of my mixing and mastering.
He's the best!

OL:
You have your wife Alfa Anderson,
formerly of CHIC, doing lead vocals on this track. If you will, can you take us through that process of how you both worked together on this track?  

Tinker Barfield:
I was working on the track.
I put the groove down and had a verse and a chorus. I told Alfa I thought this would be a good song for her, Luci and Norma.
She agreed and went to work writing the second verse and shaping the song to fit her style. Once that was done, we layed the demo, listened to it and she called
Norma
and Luci.

OL:
And joining Alfa on this track, once again, Luci Martin and Norma Jean Wright,
but this time officially as the group,
A REUNION.
What a historic moment that must have been in the studio, for the former Singers of CHIC to get back together again. Take us there with that...

Tinker Barfield:
These women had so much fun doing this project together, they decided to cut a CD of their own! To be continued!

OL:
And to top it off, this great cast of Musicians on the "My Lover's Arms" track, speaks for itself, but still we'd like you to tell us about your recording sessions with each of them...

Tinker Barfield:
 The session was wonderful. Great vibe,
alot of energy, a very high level of musicianship! Lu-Fuki through and through!  But how could it not be with the likes of
Nat Adderley Jr.
on Piano,
Pete Cannarozzi
on Keys,
Dave Chun
on Guitar,
Bernard Davis
on Drums.  

Tinker Barfield:
With a section like this you can't go wrong! No matter what you do,
it's gonna turn out great!
Much love to all of my brothers.  

OL:
In general,
do your prefer to record your tracks 'live'?

Tinker Barfield:
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!
And did I mention, Yes!  

OL:
Hip-Hop and much of the new music today,
is vibing off of sampling early 'live' recordings classics of yesterday.
How do you feel about that?

Tinker Barfield:
The musicians from my generation have a problem with this.
I had a problem with this in the beginning.  

Tinker Barfield:
However, these youngsters taught me a great deal from what they've accomplished.
We forget when Rock & Roll was first introduced. There was a mighty backlash!
Ask someone who went to Church if you were allowed to bring a guitar into Church at one time. When Be-Bop was introduced,
it wasn't accepted either.  

Tinker Barfield:
Even though some will say, in those cases there was live instrumentation, melody, harmony and rhythm. This generation used the tools that were available to them to create a force that was undeniable!
I think that's Awesome!

OL:
As one of the Music Industry's top Bassists
in demand for recording and touring;
when songwriting, do you write your music while on the road, and what's the best type of setting for you?

Tinker Barfield:
It varies from day to day. It all depends on the mood I'm in. For me there is no 
best setting. However, If I'm in a certain location, it does tend to influence the mood of the song. When in Brazil, the mood is festive. When in California,
the mood is laid back.
When in Japan, the mood is gracious.  

OL:
On many R&B and Pop hits, there's not a music lover who hasn't heard at least one of your bass tracks hitting the airwaves.
Who do you listen to?  

Tinker Barfield:
I have soooo many Bassists that I like; and for different reasons. Chuck Rainy is one of my favorites. James Jamison, Ron Carter,
Will Lee, Bernard Edwards, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Esperanza Spalding, Sting, Paul McCartney,
and Flea...
just to name a few.  

OL:
Tinker, as you're releasing some of the new tracks singles from your upcoming
Tinker B. & LuFuki CD Release,
we see that
Video-taped recording sessions are featured. The world of Video, how do you like it?

Tinker Barfield:
I love the world of Video. You get a chance to perform and have it captured. As well you get a chance to observe others practicing
Lu-Fuki!
  

OL:
Thank you, Tinker. You're the best.
We look forward tomorrow in Part 3 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview,
as Bassist Tinker Barfield takes us along, onstage on his long-standing tours with the one and only
Songwriting Legends Ashford & Simpson

OL:
Thank you very much Tinker,
for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, as we conclude this OL Interview 2 of 7 segment?  

Tinker Barfield:
As Muhammed Ali said,
 "Do something! Shake up the World!"
  
OL:
Thank you Tinker Barfield.
We'll see you tomorrow!
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!
...
Where there's a lot more to come
with our Special Guest Artist of the week
R&B Bassist Great Tinker Barfield.

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OL:
Welcome Back, Tinker. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 3 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again.
On the OL Concert Watch...
 We got a chance to see you in action, On-stage at the Ashford & Simpson Concert at the Tarrytown Music Hall last year! What a show that was.
We could see that you were having a great time on-stage, You All sounded great! 

Tinker Barfield:
Thank you. It was fun! It's a joy and a privilege to work with Ashford & Simpson. They are truly the "Dynamic Duo!"
I always have a good time working
with them.  

OL:
You've been a part of the Ashford & Simpson Band for a number of years.How do you feel that this Legendary Songwriting team influenced the world of R&B music as a whole?

Tinker Barfield:
 I feel wonderful about it. They are very deserving! Just look at the body of material that they penned! Just to name a few: 'You're All I need',
'Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing',
'Reach Out and Touch',
 'Your Precious Love',
'Ain't No Mountain High Enough',
'Solid As A Rock', 'I'm Every Woman'.
 How could you not be
influenced and inspired!

OL:
Well said Tinker,
and how enriched we all are,
with these great songs of a lifetime!

OL:
As it would be wonderfully difficult, just as it was in the 1st segment of this Interview about Luther Vandross recordings, because there are so many great songs that they have written together, we'll ask you anyway,
on this segment as well;
What is your favorite
Ashford & Simpson
song?  

Tinker Barfield:
Again, there's soooooo many great ones. However, these are a few of my favorites. 'Gimme Something Real',
'Somebody Told a LIe', 'Sell the House', 'Nobody Knows the Inside',
'I Don't Need No Doctor',
all the songs from the previous question.
THEY JUST HAVE THE JUICE!

OL:
Ashford & Simpson Concerts, sometimes performing at many outdoor Ampi-Theaters worldwide... As part of the huge audiences, OL has seen both outdoor and indoor Theater Ashford & Simpson Concerts. Either way,
a pretty incredible show, with all of their classic R&B hits. Not only do they perform songs written for other great Artists,
but highlight of course their own soul hits
and superstar Singing Duo.  

OL:
 Happily Tinker, you have said that
Ashford & Simpson
are your mentors and a major influence. If you can bring full circle as to how their influence relates to your own Solo Career and how You and your wife Alfa, make music together for all the world
 to hear?

Tinker Barfield:
The aesthetic of Nick and Val, the work ethic, the lyrical content, the music,
the look, the production! They have so much going for them in so many ways. I draw from their experience and make them mine.
Add my twist to it and you've got,
Tinker B. & Lu-Fuki!
The fact that they've been together all these years is an influence. Even Luther was influenced by
Ashford and Simpson.
  

Tinker Barfield:
With Alfa and I, there is no set way that we do anything! It depends on what we're looking to achieve at that particular moment. Late night, early morning,
Florida, Texas, New York, it doesn't matter. We are very open with each other.
If she doesn't like something, she tells me.
If I don't like something, I tell her. Everything, from soup to nuts! 

OL:
Thank you very much Tinker, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
OL Interview
3 of 7 segment?

Tinker Barfield:
You are the next Great Music Trend!
Explore the Possibilities!

OL:
Thank you, Tinker. We look forward tomorrow in Part 4 of this 7 part
Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview
,
as Bassist Tinker Barfield gives us a One-liner Interview on  the next segment.
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!
...

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OL:
Welcome Back, Tinker. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 4 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we introduce a 'one word'  Interview question to You, Tinker, and if you can you please playback a Oneliner Commentary Note for the OL Visitors,
that would be cool!
Okay here we go!

OL:
Sound?
Tinker Barfield:
Ubiquitous

OL:
Sunset?
Tinker Barfield:
Awe-inspiring 

OL:
Soul?
Tinker Barfield:
Heartbeat

OL:
Song?
Tinker Barfield:
Emotion

OL:
Mystery?
Tinker Barfield:
Intrigue

OL:
Laughter?
Tinker Barfield:
Joy 

OL:
Spin?
Tinker Barfield:
Movement

OL:
Bring?
Tinker Barfield:
Evoke 

OL:
Give?
Tinker Barfield:
Heart

OL:
Take?
Tinker Barfield:
One 

OL:
Thank you very much Tinker, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
OL Interview 4 of 7 segment?

Tinker Barfield:
Lu-Fuki!

OL:
Thank you, Tinker. We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part
 Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview
,
as Bassist Tinker Barfield takes us
All Around The World in One day...
To his favorite places and venues to play, while on tour... on the next segment.
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!
...

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OL:
Welcome Back, Tinker. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 5 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we get to go with You, Tinker, Around The World in One Day...!
Tour Locations and all!

OL:
With all of the great Superstars you've toured with all over the world, what would be the number one tour location that would
stand-out the most to You and why?  

Tinker Barfield:
Nice, France! The south of France is absolutely gorgeous! The scenery is breath taking. There's a laid back kind of openness there. The food is good, too.
  
OL:
How do the audiences in the states in general, differ from audiences abroad,
or do they differ at all?

Tinker Barfield:
When audiences in the states as well as abroad like something, they like it! The difference is the loyalty. I find that the audiences abroad are much more faithful and supportive of the artist they like. 

OL:
You must have some photo collection from your years of touring.
Do you have a favorite pix?

Tinker Barfield:
No, I don't have an extensive collection of photos. I actually got alot of the photos
 I have from Steve Kroon. He took a 747 full of pictures on all the tours we've done together for years! Since digital cameras came into being,
I've started taking more photos.
There is one photo that comes to mind and that is a photo of Luther with the musicians in his band. It was a nice moment and a great picture! Side note:
Steve Kroon
has that photo. 

OL:
The traveling Musician that you are, do you find that just the mere process of touring has changed in the way that you tour today? Like the length of a tour and how you travel?  

Tinker Barfield:
Back then, when we went on tour, we went on tour! We were gone for months at a time. We had itineraries that lasted 6 months to a year! Sometimes longer. Today's tours consist of a lot less dates. There are very good reasons for that. Travel has always been the same. It depends on the artist you're working with. That determines the mode of travel.  Tour Bus, Commercial Airliner, Private Jet, Car, Limo, it all depends on who the artist is! 

OL:
What's the tour location
that you've played a lot in?

Tinker Barfield:
I've toured the US mostly. From Maine to California. I've pretty much been there over and over and even over again!
 And I've loved every minute of it. 

OL:
We're all very much looking forward to seeing 'Tinker B. & Lu-Fuki' touring shows, here in New York and abroad. Will you be touring right after the release of your upcoming new CD Release?

Tinker Barfield:
When the full CD is completed,
we are planning on touring.
People can visit the website for all tour information and updates.  

OL:
Thank you very much Tinker, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
OL
Interview 5 of 7 segment?

Tinker Barfield:
Miles once told one of his musicians, SPACE!  

OL:
Thank you, Tinker. We look forward tomorrow in Part 6 of this 7 part
Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview
, as Bassist Tinker Barfield takes the OL viewers even deeper into the liner notes of his career and wish list ...on  the next segment.
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!
...

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OL:
Welcome Back, Tinker.
It's nice to have You on again, this being
Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.

We're at the segment Interview feature,
as we learn about other key parts of your illustrious career! 

OL:
What Artist, preceding your lifetime would you like to have met and/or worked with?
  
Tinker Barfield:
I would loved to have met Duke Ellington and Louie Armstong. I would have loved to play with Jimmy Hendrix!
 Even though he's of my generation.

OL:
Tinker, if you had to pick one song that would describe You,
What song would that be and why?

Tinker Barfield:
Ashford and Simpson's Gimme Something Real!  This is what I look for in life! 

OL:
Are there any Artists that you'd like to work with, now or in the near future?  

Tinker Barfield:
At this stage of it, it's more about collaboration. I'd love to collaborate on something with Martha Redbone,
Alicia keys
and it would just be awesome to do something with Ashford and Simpson. 

OL:
What advice would you give the
beginning young Bass Player,
on getting started in the Music Business? 

Tinker Barfield:
 It all depends on what the young bass player's objective is. If he/she just wants to play bass for the musicality of it, take courses, play with bands, jam with people; then you will learn what you like most and where you wanna be. If you want to make money, become an entrepreneur!

OL:
Your Career credits include recording music for Films. Would writing music for film be another layer of your career for You?

Tinker Barfield:
Absolutely! I would love to score for films.
I love what John Williams, Danny Elfman and Terrance Blanchard among others have done in and for films. 

OL:
What's your favorite Film?

Tinker Barfield:
Right Now, the Book of Eli!  

OL:
Your impressive career credits also extend to playing on Broadway.
Tell us about your experience in playing in the orchestra pit?  

Tinker Barfield:
It was a whole lot of fun! Playing in the pit, you don't get to see the audience, so you can sometimes dress the way you want.
You are lead by a conductor, which is great. So you have to watch for cues.
You have all these instruments
surrounding you  

Tinker Barfield:
 playing all this wonderful music.
And until you learn the music, you must read your part. It keeps you totally engaged!
Loved it! It's an experience I think every musician should have. It teaches you a great deal about arrangements also.

OL:
In the Broadway Orchestra pit, how does accompanying a full cast in a Musical, compare with a 'live' show,
superstar performance?  

Tinker Barfield:
For me it's not a matter of comparison,
It's a matter of preference. Each requires a different technique and skill set.
I love playing for a live audience. The energy, the emotion, the spontaneity!
The art of performance! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!  

OL:
What genre of new music
are you writing now, as we speak?

Tinker Barfield:
Lu-Fuki! What else!  

OL:
Thank you very much Tinker, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
 OL Interview 6 of 7 segment?

Tinker Barfield:
Give all to everything you choose to do!
What comes back to you is what you give!  

OL:
Thank you, Tinker. We look forward tomorrow in Part 7 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview,
as Bassist Tinker Barfield gives us his closing music liner notes on R&B Music Today!
...as OL concludes the Interview with this great Artist ..on  the next segment.
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!
...

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OL:
Welcome Back, Tinker. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 7 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. As we have reached the closing segment of this Interview feature, OL would first like to thank You, Tinker, for giving such and enlightening and informative Interview  Its been fun hanging out with You for the week...!  

Tinker Barfield:
You're welcome. Thank you for featuring me on OL's Oceanliner Notes. Its been fun for me too and interesting. Loved some of the questions that where asked. Caused me to visit Lu-Fuki!   

OL:
We wish you much continued success in your illustrious career, Tinker. For this Interview, if you will, please give us your closing liner note  thoughts on R&B Music today and your closing music commentary quote?
Thank you.
  
Tinker Barfield:
R&B music today has a different flavor!
It's not Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Betty Wright,
Johnny Taylor, Wilson Pickett...
It's Usher, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Rhianna... and the younger groups duplicating these artists.
When I listen to radio, to their credit,
it's stated very clearly.

Tinker Barfield:
Today's R&B! I love to see generational creativity. If you do not allow someone to be creative and innovative with what they're doing, then why be! We all have creative license given by a higher authority.
That license comes with responsibility. Someone is always watching and emulating what you do. So be responsible and do the best you can in everything that you do,
bring Lu-Fuki!!!!!!  

OL:
There are those that with the career that R&B Bassist great, Tinker Barfield has...
which spanned over 30 years, could feel a lifetime of career accomplishments of having worked with so many in the music business, and be happy with that. But if you're in the mindset like Tinker Barfield, as he himself summed it up in one word,
earlier in this OL Interview..."Movement."
So on that note, we very much look for Tinker Barfield to 'move' us with many more notes, songs, tracks, performances & spirit...sharing his talents with the world,
the ultimate musical experience!  

OL:
Thank you, to R&B Bassist Tinker Barfield, And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

Playlist samples:
R&B Bassist Great
TINKER BARFIELD
1. My Lover's Arms  - CD Single
2. I Miss You Mama - CD Single
3. Money Power - 'It Is What It Is' CD - Tinker B. & Lu-Fuki
4. WBAI NY Radio Show Appearance -  Radio Host: Esther Armah 7/22/10 Radio Interview



OL Quote Pick of the
Guest Artist's Interview!

"Give all to everything you choose to do! What comes back to you is what you give!"

...Tinker Barfield



OL Quote Pick of the Guest Artist's Interview!
"Just my own life's experiences. Good and bad, up and down...
I write music at all sorts of times. I believe the energy comes from keeping that channel open, combined with just showing up to do the work.
It's like eating good food - you want more as you start. Why?  Because it just tastes so good! (like pizza...)"
...Chieli Minucci



Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
CHIELI MINUCCI
FAMED SMOOTH JAZZ GUITARIST
www.chielimusic.com
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 8/8/10 - 8/14/10
playlist at end

OL:
We'd like to Welcome the dynamic
Chieli Minucci, Grammy Winning Guitarist and Composer
  & much more, to the
OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly
feature
as our Special Guest Artist!

OL:
Welcome Chieli, and thank you for giving us and all of the OL Site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,  for the entire week of August 8, 2010. Once again, thank you and welcome...  

Chieli Minucci:
It's good to be here.  Thank you! 

OL:
Your latest CD release "Without You," with your one and only Special EFX smooth jazz famed Group, is eclectically terrific and performed to a beautiful frenzied perfection of so many blending sounds of jazz and funk, Chieli!  

OL:
You & Special EFX [Band Members:
Lionel Cordew
- drums
 Jerry Brooks - bass
Jay Rowe
- keyboards, piano
 Philip Hamilton - percussion...]
for years, have been wowing music lovers, worldwide, with something there for everyone...  

OL:
As we listen to some of the highlighted tracks samples from the "Without You" double disc CD set, tell us Chieli, how long have you been working on this latest project?  

Chieli Minucci:
Well, I started formulating the idea back in 2009.  The band performed a lot and there was a lot of musical inspiration floating around, so I took the guys into the studio in the fall of 2009 and recorded the first 6 songs.  All in all it was about 6 months of work, start to finish.....

OL:
For the Chieli Minucci & Special EFX fans, which are endless; there is a story time-line CD Booklet inside the "Without You" double disc CD, where You take the reader on the Groups' beginning journey to 25 years later. What an extensive and impressive documenting you have provided for the audience.  

OL:
 During the course of this 7 Day Interview, we look forward to pulling highlights from this wonderful CD Booklet. Meanwhile, let us in on the making of the "You Make Me Blue" track that you composed?  

Chieli Minucci:
Glad you seem to like that one! 
 It's a remake / re-arrangement of an older tune, called "You Make Me Smile" from way back in the early 90's!  This new CD has 5 remakes, as well as 16 new compositions. 
I have a wonderful violinist,
Alan Grubman,
on this track..  

Chieli Minucci:
The idea was to do a funky, bluesy song with a strong melody and feature the sound of the guitar blended in with the violin.  This song sounds great when we perform it live in concert!  

OL:
The fusion of R&B and Smooth Jazz on this track is clear that You like to mix it up,
and successfully so. What's the style of music that you listened to mostly as a youngster?
  
Chieli Minucci:
 At first it was a mix of rock and R & B, right off the radio (WABC, WMCA), back in the days when all styles were aired on the same station... (the original Top 40!)  Also, I was heavily influenced by the songs from the Woodstock LP that came out in 1969.
 Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Mountain,
Ten Years After...
& many others.  I liked the rhythm grooves, and I liked the amazing guitar playing I heard.  Mostly I was attracted to the raw energy of that music.
  
OL:
What was the first song that you heard,
that said to You
Hey, I want to play the Guitar like that?

Chieli Minucci:
There are many songs that got to me! Probably "Too Many Fish in the Sea" by the Marvelletes?  It wasn't their...
The Young Rascals..?
  I don't remember so far back too well, but I somehow remember a blazing fuzzbox guitar solo on it. 
Also, "Younger Girl" by the Critters...
"I'm Going Home"
by Ten Years After.    

Chieli Minucci:
That was an insane air-guitar song for me! 
I thought it was my destiny to try to actually play that!  There were many others... Cream's, "Sunshine of Your Love,"
Jimi Hendrix', "Isabella"
from the Woodstock 2 LP... many more..  

OL:
Chieli, your very original multi-dimensional extraordinary Guitar playing style, allows you to cross over to many genres of music.
What is your favorite genre of music,
or your top favorites?  

Chieli Minucci:
I like so many kinds of music, but if I had to nail it down; probably 'progressive rock', which is everything from English based pop (Genesis, Procol Harum, Yes) to fusion rock jazz (Chick Corea's, Return to Forever, Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra)...
but deep down inside it is the Beatles
who won my heart very early on. 
No one comes close...  

OL:
On the track, "Love's Lost In Translation," you feature EFX Band Member Phil Hamilton on Vocals, which as a whole, this track has a true crossover Adult Contemporary appeal. Was that the direction for this song?   

Chieli Minucci:
I was trying to create an exotic, 'foreign' vibe, with a lyric depicting a tragic sentiment of a desperately hopeless love.  Philip's voice and delivery were right on it!  We've never recorded a song like this before.
  
OL:
 A wonderful common thread runs throughout the overall sound of your recordings; and that is that your writing style is always exploring new ways to render the music. It allows the listener to dream while listening. What place do you tap into in getting this effect,
when writing music?

Chieli Minucci:
Just my own life's experiences. Good and bad, up and down.. I write music at all sorts of times.  I believe the energy comes from keeping that channel open, combined with just showing up to do the work.  It's like eating good food - you want more as you start.  Why?  Because it just tastes so good!  (like pizza...)

OL:
When you first picked up the guitar and started playing, what was that moment like?

Chieli Minucci:
I don't really remember! It was when I was about 6. Ha-ha!  It was an acoustic guitar...
I remember that.  I do remember my fascination with electric guitars and cars from age 7 though!  Those Gibson and Fender catalogues were often seen in my hands...
  
OL:
What's your favorite choice of guitar instrument that you play with, now?

Chieli Minucci:
 For live concerts I almost always use the same 2 instruments - a 1984 Pensa-Suhr custom electric solid body, and a 1985 Gibson Chet-Atkins acoustic solid body.  I have a large guitar collection so I have a nice variety of acoustics and electrics for recordings.  

OL:
When You & Special EFX are in concert mode, you have over 25 years of music to choose from, what goes into picking what's on your 'live' concert set list?  

Chieli Minucci:
A combination of what sounds best for the guys in the band, combined with some consideration of what the fans might like to hear, as well as an offering of some
new material.     

OL:
Let's talk about the Band Members of
Special EFX...Jerry Brooks on Bass?
  
Chieli Minucci:
I met Jerry a long time ago.  He's a lovely guy, very spiritual, and humorous as well!
 His musicianship is top-notch...one of the funkiest bassists in NYC, and with the most amazing chops, has played with a long list of stars - Destiny's Child, Chaka Khan...
many others.  

OL:
Lionel Cordew on Drums?

Chieli Minucci:
Jerry's perfect rhythm keeping partner.  Lionel's been on our CDs and on tour with us for over 15 years.  A superb, A-list NYC drummer!  A real friend in my life.  Has played with Mike Stern, Jeff Lorber,
Cassandra Wilson...
many, many others.

OL:
Jay Rowe on Piano / Keyboards?

Chieli Minucci:
The busiest guy you'll ever meet, Jay plays constantly, whether with us, or in-between, with his own band, or Ken Navarro,
Marion Meadows, The Sax pack...
others..  I've never met anyone with such a vast musical vocabulary!  

OL:
Philip Hamilton on Percussion / Vocals?

Chieli Minucci:
Philip is a recording artist unto himself. 
He's got a unique voice in this industry...
a special approach to writing music.
 I compare his voice to a mellow cello, melodious and rich in texture.  Like all the other guys, he's been part of this group for over 15 years. 

Chieli Minucci:
 He's also been seen and heard with his own group, Voices,
as well as the Pat Metheny band,
many others..  

OL:
The touring shows must indeed be special. How does it feel when you're introducing new recorded music to a 'live' audience for the very first time?  

Chieli Minucci:
Nerve-wracking!  Ha!  No, but exciting!
 It's just like when I was a teenager, watching their reactions, plus trying to get the song played well!   

OL:
Thank you Chieli. We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, as Smooth Jazz Guitarist...Chieli Minucci shares more liner notes on the making of the Chieli Minucci & Special EFX "WITHOUT YOU" CD,
and also his solo CD "SWEET ON YOU."
Thank you very much Chieli, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Chieli,
is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the OL viewers, as we conclude this Interview 1 of 7 segment?  

Chieli Minucci:
Only that I hope this new music lifts you,
and inspires you!  It's a gift in my life to share what was freely passed through me, to you! 

OL:
Thank you Chieli. We'll see you tomorrow!
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Chieli. It's good to hang out with You again, this being Part 2 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again.
From where we last left off... Before we delve into more of the deep and eclectic sounds on your latest Chieli Minucci & Special EFX "WITHOUT YOU" CD & other classic tracks recorded throughout your career...on this segment,
let's go back to where it all started for You...coming from a musical Family, with your Father, Ulpio Minucci, Composer of the famed classics like "Felicia" and
"A Thousand Thoughts of You,"
as sung by the great Nat "King" Cole. Music seemed like a natural path for You. Tell us of your Dad's influence on You as a young Musician?  

Chieli Minucci:
  I grew up in a home full of music, melody, and song.  From the time I can remember
 I can still see my father sitting at the piano, pondering over a musical phrase he was writing.  It was as if I knew where he would go with his melodies so carefully was
I listening, even though I might've been playing with toys, or whatever
a little kid does.  

Chieli Minucci:
I really believe that I learned about writing music from this early experience.  Later on my father encouraged me to write freely, uncensored, with abandon - for no other purpose than to simply explore creativity.
 To my amazement this open attitude has been with me ever since.  

OL:
Would you say that your Dad's music played a key role in your creative openness to all kinds of music, as it relates to You being both a composer and a performer?  

Chieli Minucci:
Absolutely!  Underneath it all lies a strong foundation in songwriting and compositional form.  My father wasn't a performer in the same way that I have become, but his influences translated to the stage for me anyway.  To be able, and willing, to merely get up on a stage and play my instrument, improvise music, group-create with the other musicians - this is a kind of freedom that is the direct result of my early childhood experiences observing my father openly writing music all the time. 
(That piano was right in the middle
of the living room!).  

OL:
What is your favorite composition of your Dad's original works?  

Chieli Minucci:
I am prejudiced, what can I say?  I'm his son after all and am a big fan! There are many.  But I do love "Love is Always Young," which I eventually recorded & released myself
(On 'Got It Goin' On').  Also,
"Did I Thank You For Being My Woman"
(unreleased)  and his most well known song, "Domani"...a classic!

OL:
You started working as a Professional Musician, as early as a young teenager, paying your dues, working with a NY Band called 'Taurus' ...gigging all over the New York area...from local bars, to parties, and even to Italian Cruise Ship gigs. Take us back there for a moment, if you will?  

Chieli Minucci:
Just for a moment?  Ha-ha!  Those were the greatest times ever!  Taurus was the local neighborhood teen band and we played 'top 40 music', plus originals.  The other guitarist's father had a position with Italian Lines Crusies (big ships then - the Michaelangelo, The Leonardo da Vinci,
The Raffaelo)
and secured us jobs performing on them during the holidays from school.

Chieli Minucci:
These were every-night gigs, about 4 hours of music... So between the ages of 14 & 17 I'd already played on 7 cruises, as well as many, many bars, clubs, and dances.  I developed a real appetite for music and travel, as well as a few other things.  Those were the days!!  

OL:
Chieli, You had the best of both worlds.
First jumping right into your gigs, performing with the 'Taurus' Band and then also taking You and your guitar on the road, enriching your music skills at
Ithaca College, NY
.
What role did College play in your
 musical growth?  

Chieli Minucci:
A big role.  I majored in classical guitar that first year, as well as studied all the musical disciplines - theory, solfeggio, music history, arranging, composition, etc...It was fantastic.  There were many opportunities to perfomer in and out of school.  

Chieli Minucci:
Ithaca had about 40 bars downtown and around.  By the time I'd been there a few years, I was playing 4x/week.  And the new kinds of music I was exposed to were really different for me - jazz, fusion, even acoustic guitar-based music.

OL:
After College...coming back to the Big Apple, you started right off, performing with various bands in NYC Clubs and landed gigs with many superstars, like working with
Legend Eartha Kitt
for 2 years.
What was it like working with Eartha,
and how did you get the gig?  

Chieli Minucci:
I was called in by her musical director,
Tom Spahn,
a pianist.  I think I was about 24 or 25 at the time...right before I co-founded Special EFX with George Jinda.  Eartha was a lovely woman to work with.  Easy going, fun, hilarious even, and what a talent!
  What an attitude! 
The band was excellent -
all NYC players.  Most of the music was 'cabare'' style, which is reminiscent of Broadway in presentation.  I was asked to play the guitar parts as if I was the orchestra.  

Chieli Minucci:
The MD was very detailed in his demands for musicality.  I learned a lot with this act.  Also, many of our shows were for large gay audiences.  I never realized that Eartha was the diva of the divas!  Ha-ha!  I'll never forget 'Titanic Night' at Studio 54 in NYC! 
We were 5 straight young musicians with suits and bow ties performing in a devil's lair of writhing, oiled men!  The smell of 'poppers' everywhere, I was lucky to escape to the limo ride home with my life...
(and my purity!).

OL:
And speaking of working with top singing Stars, although we all know You Chieli, as the great Guitarist that you are, but also as a songwriter and performer, you've worked with your share of  Pop Vocal Superstars such as... Celine Dion, Lionel Richie,
Jennifer Lopez, Jewel
& Marc Anthony,
to name a few. Wow, share some of that magic with us, Chieli?  

Chieli Minucci:
The gigs I did with these superstars all emanated from one recording session I did for the late  Arif Mardin. 
It was a Chaka Khan session. 
I had a nice acoustic solo on
"Your Love Is All I Know."
  That opened up other doors, eventually getting me work with producer Rick Wake, who produced many of the artists you listed.  At first they were all recording sessions, playing electric and acoustic guitars on all sort of songs.

Chieli Minucci:
Usually the artists themselves would not be present at these 'tracking' sessions. Only once, Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) hung out as we recorded a song of his for
Marc Anthony.
  Eventually I was asked to perform onstage with Celine Dion (youtube.com/watch?v=phoMkCx6BxI)
on the David Letterman show.  And later on, with Jewel.  Definitely a thrilling diversion for a jazz-fusion lover like me!  But music is music, and when you play the guitar,
you learn to play it all!  

OL:
When writing music for Pop tracks; is your process approach different from when you're writing music for Special EFX?  

Chieli Minucci:
Not really.   It's all the same in the end - melodies, chords, rhythms.  I guess that the arrangements vary, as do the instrumentation, but the basic idea of creation, of composition, is approached the same way. It's like having a blank canvas with an endless collection of paint colors to choose from....  

OL:
And how special it was also to be nominated for the Contemporary Jazz Group for Special EFX, as your band first formed in 1982. If you can please share with the new audience, the shining CD that brought you this
Grammy Nomination?  

Chieli Minucci:
"Modern Manners" was our 2nd release, our first USA release on the then-new
(GRP Records),
and we were nominated for mixing/engineering.  Not surprising, because although we were unknown at the time, our engineer, Paul Wickliffe,
was (and still is) one of the best audio engineers around.  I was his co-pilot, although I was technically the producer of that CD.  The nomination came as a complete surprise at the time.  Attending the award ceremony was pretty thrilling!

OL:
Thank you very much Chieli, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
2 of 7 segment?

Chieli Minucci:
Only that I hope you are all given the gift of peace, health, and happiness today! 
Thank you!  

OL:
Thank you Chieli. We'll see you tomorrow!
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Chieli. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 3 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again.
Back to your latest CD Projects
 "WITHOUT YOU" with Special EFX and a favorite of ours, among others,
"SWEET ON YOU,"
one of your solo CD's.   

OL:
 We also love "The Night Is Ours," a refreshing signature track on the
"WITHOUT YOU"
CD, as it first appeared on your 1982 "Sambuca Nights" CD... and now in your latest CD Booklet liner notes, you say that... 'this is Special EFX at its purest'.   

OL:
So over the years of performing this song 'live', naturally you've added more melody to it to arrive full circle with it?  

Chieli Minucci:
The new version of this piece has been partially rewritten.  The entire intro section is a spinoff of the material I added to it long ago for live performance purposes.  so it's high intensity now!  I believe it is the quintessential Special EFX composition - 
melodic, percussive, improvisational, and...'world' sounding, particularly with Philip's vocalese.  

OL:
Across the board, the Chieli Minucci & Special EFX tracks are so well mixed, given all of the wonderful sounds that come together in your music, Chieli. What's your mixing process and at what point do you know when the mix is 'in the can' and the track is ready for the world?  

Chieli Minucci:
In the can, eh?  Ha-ha..  I like that!
  I've been working with the same mix engineer for all these years. 
Paul Wickliffe,
ex-owner of the famous Skyline Studios in NYC,
has been my co-pilot all along. 
In a general way here's how it works -
Paul
mixes each song as he hears them. 
I will make adjustments until we both agree on the ideas.  It's pretty simple,
provided we both agree,
which we obviously do!  

Chieli Minucci:
We use pro-Tools nowadays, although the technical method for mixing has changed over the years.  First good old 2" tape, then ADATs, and now, all hard-drive digital.  If you compare the LPs to the CDs, to the mp3s, you can hear it's all consistent.  That's because the creative/production team has been the same for the entire 25+ years!  

OL:
Your "SWEET ON YOU" Solo CD is really spectacular! As hot the Summer has been, your "Endless Summer" track is just what music lovers need for pretty much for any season. This track is a staple of Smooth Jazz in itself, cool, light upbeat and fun!  

OL:
...and yet another dimension of your cool playing style, gives the track a cool breeze ease. Is this one of your favorites on your solo CD.   

Chieli Minucci:
Absolutely!  It is a kind of 'signature song' for me.  Once, some years ago when my father was still alive, he commented (in his impassioned Italian-accented style) how the song was, "....so you...this melody is yours...no one has written music like this..."  

Chieli Minucci:
 I told him I'd always wanted to hear that sort of compliment from him, all my life,
but now that he was finally saying it,
I didn't believe him!  Ha-ha!

OL:
What is the overall style, or sound on your Solo Projects that you reach for most in your music and is your recording approach different from that of your Group Projects?  

Chieli Minucci:
At first I tried to emphasize more guitar-oriented arrangements for my solo projects.  I wanted to feature a side of my guitar playing that was more aggressive.  In the end I only wrote and recorded what I was feeling at the time, so in fact both solo and group projects are very similar, at least to my ears. The recording process is actually the same for both solo and group projects.  

OL:
Your writing style is so versatile, eclectic and very original. Who are some of your favorite Songwriters, or Composers?  

Chieli Minucci:
There are so many!  Lennon & McCartney, Cole Porter, George Gershwin,
Chick Corea, Pat Metheny,
Igor Stravinsky, Gustav Mahler,
Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel,
Elton John, John McLaughlin,

& many more...  

OL:
Thank you very much Chieli, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, as we conclude this OL Interview 3 of 7 segment?

Chieli Minucci:
Well, after thinking about how eclectic my own tastes in listening... I can only wish the same pleasure for others... Variety is the spice of life!  There's no doubt in my mind!

OL:
Thank you Chieli. We'll see you tomorrow!
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Chieli. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 4 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we introduce a 'one word'  Interview question to You, Chieli, and if you can please playback a One-word Commentary Note for the OL Visitors, that would be special! Okay, here we go!

OL:
Cool?
Chieli Minucci:
Totally!

OL:
Blue?
Chieli Minucci:
Sad! 

OL:
Passion?
Chieli Minucci:
Love!

OL:
Stage?
Chieli Minucci:
Excitement!

OL:
Travel?
Chieli Minucci:
More!

OL:
String?
Chieli Minucci:
Guitar 

OL:
Notes?
Chieli Minucci:
Many

OL:
For?
Chieli Minucci:
Real 

OL:
Rhythm?
Chieli Minucci:
Blues

OL:
Success?
Chieli Minucci:
Gratitude 

OL:
Thank you very much Chieli, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview 4 of 7 segment?

Chieli Minucci:
Wonderful! (one word only, remember?)

OL:
Thank you, Chieli. We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as Smooth Jazz Guitarist Chieli Minucci takes us All Around The World in One day...To his favorite places and venues to play, while on tour & the various Guest fellow Artists that he's performed with...on  the next segment.
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!
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OL:
Welcome Back, Chieli. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 5 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we get to go with You, Chieli, Around The World in One Day...!
Tour Locations & performing 'live' with other Guest Artists on your shows!  

OL:
Chieli, literally, this week of the
 OL Interview, you're off to do some 'live' show in Norway. How exciting!
Where in Norway, are you playing?  

Chieli Minucci:
It's in a western coastal city called Haugesund (where I am right now, actually, typing this!)  On the map it's directly across the sea from the UK.   

OL:
In general, what is the audience vibe like across the waters, when you're performing?

Chieli Minucci:
They're as enthusiastic as the American crowds!  The large number of music and art fans here came specifically to
enjoy the music!  

OL:
On many of the Jazz Festivals in the States this summer, you've teamed up with other Guest Artists...Violinst Karen Briggs, Keyboardist Lao Tizer & many others.
What a great line-up,
it must be quite a show? 

Chieli Minucci:
Yes!  The TIZER band is very high-energy.
 We also perform some of my own music,
as well as Karen's and of course, Lao's.
 Lao
has been developing his sound steadily and it's really a lot of fun to shape the music's presentation and to
perform together.
  
OL:
And also on your "WITHOUT YOU" Chieli Minucci & Special EFX CD, you feature
Lao Tizer
Karen Briggs on a few tracks? 

Chieli Minucci:
Lao performed acoustic grand piano on "Bacchanalia" & "Afterglow," really pretty, delicate playing!   Karen was on the super-high-energy, "Wonderboy," as well as
"Lakeside."
  Total raw violin energy! 

OL:
Tell us Chieli, what so far, is one of the most exciting 'live' shows you've ever performed on, to this date?  

Chieli Minucci:
Perhaps our show a few years ago in Santiago, Chile.  It was a huge crowd, in the middle of the city, in a big park. 
They treated us as if we were rock stars or something. It was totally unexpected!
  We didn't realize that we'd become
so popular there.  

OL:
What is your favorite track, or your top favorite tracks on your "WITHOUT YOU" CD?  

Chieli Minucci:
Probably the opener, "Quivering." It's just a new kind of piece for me, and it really shows the new direction of some of the writing on the CD.  Also, "Lakeside," which was co-written by pianist Ben Carinci. To me, this is classic Special EFX, a world piece with vocals and plenty of improvising, as well as Karen's violin additions!  

OL:
Thank you very much Chieli, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
5 of 7 segment?  

Chieli Minucci:
Just that I wish everyone reading this a joyful day, and to share that happiness with others!  

OL:
Thank you, Chieli. We look forward tomorrow in Part 6 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as we cover some highlights of Smooth Jazz Guitarist Chieli Minucci's extensive career in Radio, Television & Film. ..on  the next segment.
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!
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OL:
Welcome Back, Chieli. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, as we get your take on the various media's of Radio, Film and Television,
as it relates to your career!

OL:
In the days of the famed CD101.9 Smooth Jazz NY Radio Station, there was a nice mixture of Smooth Jazz and R&B. Do you feel that it played a role in the art of crossover music appeal in Radio airplay formats?
  
Chieli Minucci:
Absolutely!  At first most of these types of stations (at first called NAC for New Adult Contemporary) played a wide variety of music that was generally supposed to appeal to a certain age group.  You'd hear everything from instrumental music to vocals.  It was a kind of 'adult' top 40, but it had jazz mixed in!  It's everything from Special EFX to Kenny G, from Chick Corea (yes, even his music!!) to Spyro Gyra, from Sade to
Bobby Caldwell,
even some Grateful Dead was thrown in on a few stations! These were the best of times because it opened the door for many band, including my own, to play in cities that normally would have only known about us had we toured there first. 
Radio airplay made ALL the difference
for many years. 

OL:
Congratulations on the music of Chieli & Special EFX, being a part of the music rotation airplay on CD101.9. In general,
how does it feel when you hear your music being played on the Radio?  

Chieli Minucci:
It's very flattering.  I still get a thrill from it, even though there isn't music network jazz radio left in the USA... 

OL:
Are there any Artists that you'd like to work with now, or in the near future?  

Chieli Minucci:
Sure.  I've always admired the music of Genesis, or even Billy Joel.  In classic rock/pop there are some great guitar parts to play!  In jazz I've always admired pianist/composer Chick Corea, as well as saxophonist Kenny Garrett.  Those would be great seats to land at some point. 

OL:
What advice would you give the beginning young Guitarist,
on getting started in the Music Business? 

Chieli Minucci:
First, study and learn your instrument... develop a repertoire of good music to play.  then get out there and play at gigs as often as possible. Play, play, play!  Be heard and seen as often as possible.  There's no better way to connect with people.  

OL:
You've written music for Television Shows from 'Good Morning America' to 'Access Hollywood', as a result, receiving your share of Emmy Nominations and winning three. Congratulations! Also contributing music to the 'Bowfinger' and 'Legally Blonde' soundtracks.   

OL:
When writing music for Television and Film media's, do the Producers give you a blueprint or idea of the type of music they need, or is it an open canvas for your creative songwriting dimensions?  

Chieli Minucci:
In my story it was more of an open canvas.
 I supplied many, many 'cues' to the producers, who then picked what worked best.  In the instances you listed there was no sync-to-picture work involved.  This is common nowadays.  Many movies and TV shows use 'music beds' as backdrops to the visual action, as opposed to custom-written synchronized music.      

OL:
What's your favorite Film?

Chieli Minucci:
You mean, films...?  The Godfather (series), Big Fish, The Matrix...& many more.
 Movies are one of my side hobbies.  

OL:
What music are you working on, now?  

Chieli Minucci:
I just completed a 30-song acoustic guitar-only project. In addition my percussionist/vocalist from Special EFX, Philip Hamilton, brought me a project which we're presently collaborating on.  It's a modern dance video created by NYC choreographer Gabrielle Lansner, which we're scoring original music to, fully synchronized to video.
 I love this sort of work.  

OL:
Thank you very much Chieli, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
 6 of 7 segment?  

Chieli Minucci:
Back to your question about advice for young musicians and composers.  Just keep that 'channel' open, and try to experience as much as possible to stimulate the creative process - healthy living,
traveling, sharing ideas with others - these are the basis for creating good music.
 It's working for me, and if I can do it, believe me, you can, too!  

OL:
Thank you, Chieli. We look forward tomorrow in Part 7 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as Smooth Jazz Guitarist Chieli Minucci gives us his closing music liner notes on Jazz Fusion Today!...as
OL
concludes the Interview with this extraordinary Artist ..on  the next segment. And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!
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OL:
Welcome Back, Chieli. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 7 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. As we have reached the closing segment of this Interview feature, OL would first like to thank You, Chieli, for going the distance with us this week, on many highlights of your long-standing and exciting music career. It's been great interviewing You for the week...!  

Chieli Minucci:
 It's been a pleasure, thank YOU!   

OL:
Keep the music going, Chieli, for a long time to come. We love it! For this Interview, if you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts on Jazz Fusion today and your closing music commentary quote? Thank you.  

Chieli Minucci:
Jazz 'fusion' means many things nowadays.  Where once it perhaps exclusively referred to what Miles Davis was doing in the 1960's,
 or what John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, Chick Corea's
'Return to Forever',
or even
Weather Report
(and many, many more...) were playing today, it really refers to a multitude of varied artists who are enjoying the vast possibilites of combinations of music styles.  

Chieli Minucci:
There is a whole wave of Beatle-bred writers who've mixed pop with Jazz, as well as a new generation of classically trained players who've mixed their stylings with Jazz forms.  It's really endless.  If you're a real music aficionado, like me, there's been no better time than right now for variety.  

OL:
There are so many dimensions to this wonderful Artist's career, that it would take an entire series to just tap into the musical world of Guitarist Chieli Minucci...  

OL:
For over 25 years of music to focus in on...
& for the music he has yet to write and perform, both Solo and with Special EFX, there are no limits with Chieli,
and we here at OL and abroad,  
look forward to the music that lies ahead before him and are all grateful that he  has always shared his music with us! From all of your Solo CD's..."Sweet On You," 
"Night Grooves,"... "Got It Goin' On," "Travels,"
to the "East of the Sun."
All the best to You, Chieli...from east to west & everywhere else!

OL:
Thank you, to Smooth Jazz Guitarist
Chieli Minucci,
And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

Famed
Smooth Jazz Guitarist
CHIELI MINUCCI

ALL TRACK SAMPLES FROM THE 'WITHOUT YOU' CD - CHIELI MINUCCI & SPECIAL EFX
1. The Night Is Ours
2. You Make Me Blue
3. Prelude
4. Love
's Lost In Translation
5. July
6. Afterglow
7. Hushabye
8. Wonderboy
9. Electraglide
10. Man With A Drum
11. Twilight

Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
PHIL PERRY THE SINGER
R&B SOUL SMOOTH JAZZ LEGEND
www.reverbnation/philperry
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 8/15/10 - 8/21/10
playlist at end

OL:
We'd like to Welcome the one and only
Phil Perry, R&B Soul Singer Living Legend,
of his celebrated CD's 'Ready For Love', 'Magic' 'One Heart One Love',
'My Book Of Love', 'The Heart Of A Man', 'The Gift Of Love', 'Pure Pleasure'
&
so much more, to the OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature as our Special Guest Artist!

OL:
Welcome Phil, and thank you for giving us
and all of the OL Site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the
Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
for the entire week of August 15, 2010.
Once again, thank you and welcome...  

Phil Perry:
Thank you for extending the invitation!  

OL:
Our excitement of having You on this
OL Interview,
can barely be contained,
Mr. Perry.
But then, we can't help it.
You are R&B Soul Royalty; so let us first honor and say 'Thank You', Phil Perry,
for filling so many hearts with love and joy, worldwide for so long.
Simply first, how are You?   

Phil Perry:
I'm well.  I've been doing some isolated dates with Norman Brown, writing some new material with Barry Eastmond and
Garry Brown,
so I'm staying busy. 
I did an engagement recently in San Francisco in the Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko,
 as part of the Angela Bofill Experience,
with Maysa Leak and Dave Valentin; and that was a lot of fun. In fact, on October 8th,
I'll join Angela and Maysa again in New York City for another Angela Bofill Experience
on a cruise ship.     

OL:
You've been wowing Audiences worldwide and setting the Record Industry on fire for over 40 + years. As the OL Viewers follow You, yet on another venture, can You please Phil, take us back to your beginning roots
as a Professional Singer?   

Phil Perry:
 My roots in music are firmly planted in R&B.
 I grew up in the MidWest in East St. Louis, Illinois, and I was very fortunate to be exposed to lots of different styles of music. Then after becoming a member of the Montclairs, I was thrust into composition and arranging responsibilities at an early age.
So I guess it was a wonderful beginning.  

OL:
With a such a naturally gifted, soulful and powerful voice like yours, it's very clear,
that you were born to sing and uplift so many, from the very start. Who was your very first audience to ever witness this
for themselves?  

Phil Perry:
Other than my immediate family,
I'd have to say my first audience was the good people who came to midnight mass,
at St. Elizabeths Church.  When I was about 8 or 9 years old, one of the older boys in the choir couldn't sing and so I got the opportunity to sing the lead.   

Phil Perry:
When my Grandmother heard my voice,
she stood up and turned around to face me because the boys choir was in the rear of the church, and by the end of the song, the whole congregation had joined her and stood up.  My first solo performance at mass got a standing ovation!

OL:
 Before your illustrious Solo Career began, You sang lead with the Vocal Group,
The Montclairs.
Can you take us back there for a moment and your memories with them?

Phil Perry:
It was a time for lots of proving of myself. There were lots of challenges.
Rehearsals were very intense because some of the members worked, so the schedule was very unpredictable.  It gave me the opportunity to write and arrange, so it was a great tutorial, but the group dynamic was difficult for all of us.  Multiple personalities,
and different opinions and thoughts about goals...was difficult. It was where things began, but it wasn't meant to be where they ended. Overall, I can't imagine how I would have wound up on the road I have traveled on without the Montclairs. In spite of the challenges it presented to me, I can't think of a better start for my lifes' work.  

OL:
In addition to your great song originals that we all enjoy today (and we'll talk much about all throughout the Interview this week),
You were also writing music during your days with the Montclairs and had such hits in the 70's as "Dreamin's Out of Season" and
"Begging's Hard to Do."
In general, how
do you feel Phil, about the new
Radio Formats today, compared to when you first started out with the Montclairs?   

Phil Perry:
When I started out, radio was community based, so you'd hear local D.J.'s playing the music which was being requested by the folks right there in the community.  There was greater support for local groups and singers, and of course, since there was a line of division between 'black and white' radio, soul/R&B music was greatly supported by black people.

Phil Perry:
Groups were popular and people could go to a local theater and see fabulous stage shows featuring those groups.  Radio was more supportive and responsive to the people
back then, as well.  

Phil Perry:
As we moved more into the mainstream,
 we began to change the names of the genre, and we got away from the words 'soul' and 'R&B'... and even though I have a jazz style,
I am still very comfortable with the R&B/Soul label, because that's what I sing. Those are the roots I cultivated musically.  Jazz is Jazz, and I can sing and write classic Jazz standards, too; but where in radio nowadays would that be heard?  

Phil Perry:
Smooth Jazz is like instrumental R&B, primarily musicians, with very few singers mixed in.  But when you say R&B or Soul, you immediately think of Singers.
'Know what I mean?
But nowadays, it all falls under the category of Smooth Jazz, and that can be somewhat confusing to those of us from the Old School.  Fortunately, satellite formats are allowing people to have more choices, and that has been great for me and
others in my genre, since you seldom hear artists li'e us on the radio anymore.
I can remember a time when I was being repeatedly criticized for not being radio friendly, even though I have recorded digitally since my first solo album. While managers wanted me to change my style,
I never did.  My style is the same as its always been, from way back when I was a teen.
They can call it what they want. As long as
I have the chops, as an Artist, I will always be who I am, singing what I sing, how I sing, and for the reason I sing; to keep romantic music alive.  It's simply what I do, and it seems that folks really like it.

OL:
We couldn't agree more, Phil...
From Illinois to California, You made that move, and as recording for Capitol Records, the rest is, as we say "L.A. History"!
It didn't take long for You to become one of the most sought after Singers in the Record Industry; recording all kinds of wonderful Vocal tracks on endless numbers of A-list Recording Artists' and Entertainers' Albums, even to this day. Can you share with us Phil, your dynamic Recording Vocal Technique, when you're doing background vocals
 in the Studio?  

Phil Perry:
I like the sound of textured background vocals, so I lie to stack different interpretations of the same part.
 Once I feel what I hear, I stack accordingly.  

OL:
Though there are so many to choose from, can you please for us, Phil, rattle off some of your favorite Recording Sessions, when you've recorded with other Artists?  

Phil Perry:
I really enjoyed the ensemble productions like George Duke's FAME session,
Lee Ritenour
and the GRP All-Stars
LIVE AT THE COCONUT GROVE.

When Don Grusin invited me to join
THE HANG
project, it actually pulled me out of my post 911 depression, because I had been scheduled to sing two concerts at the WTC that day, during the lunch hour, just as
I had for many the years before that day.
My 5th album MAGIC was also being released that day. Needless to say, the album was forgotten while the country grieved. 
I grieved as well, because I performed many shows there, and there were special people who worked in those Towers, who always came down to hear me.

Phil Perry:
It was rough and something happened to my spirit and so I didn't record for over 5 years after the attack. Then THE HANG came along and pulled me out of my funk, and from that point on, I was cool. It's a great project,
and everyone should check it out.
  
Phil Perry:
Recording the FOREPLAY LIVE IN SESSION along with Chaka Khan and Philip Bailey,
was also memorable, and from the number of hits on YouTube, I guess others agree as well. I had worked with Chaka before on Quincy Jones THE DUDE album, when I sang background on the duet she sang with
Ray Charles - "I'll Be Good To You."

Phil Perry:
Sometimes I think the reason I didn't reach my stride as a soloist earlier is because
I really didn't mind being in the background,
or part of an ensemble. It took my wife a long time to convince me that I had
solo artist potential.  

OL:
In the world of Smooth Jazz, one of OL's favorites is your Guest recording on Guitarist Lee Ritenour's "Earth Run" Album, on the track, "If I'm Dreaming (Don't Wake Me)," with that Earth Wind & Fire, flavor.
 A great recording.
 What was that session like? 

Phil Perry:
Maurice White had already pre-recorded a scratch lead vocal so I just matched his vocal.  It was easy.  

OL:
And now, as no surprise, pretty much expected by all of your many fans worldwide, your Solo Career, Phil, has taken off so nicely over the years, and has been soaring in the air ever since. Starting with
"The Heart Of The Man"
CD, on the
Capitol Records
label. Your own cover of Aretha Franklin's "Call Me" is brilliant.
How did you come to pick that song
for this album?  

Phil Perry:
Aretha Franklin's 1st single on Arista as a song I had written with Chuck Jackson called "United Together." That same album also featured three other songs I'd written with Chuck (Together Again,
Take Me With You & School Days).
   

Phil Perry:
"Call Me" was my way of thanking Aretha for giving me that once in a lifetime opportunity. It's really a huge blessing to have the
Queen of Soul
record four of your songs!   

OL:
On "The Heart Of The Man" CD, you're also covering Producer David Foster's Pop Ballad classic "The Best of Me," as he also an Arranger on this CD.
What was it like to work with him?  

Phil Perry:
Well, David wasn't in the studio when
I recorded the vocal on 'The Best of Me',
but later I had the good fortune of traveling to Japan with him and
Lee Ritenour.
 
His musicality blew me away, and it was quite an experience to perform with him in a 'Live' setting.   

OL:
Phil, as we travel through all of your great Discography of all of your CD's, throughout this week; we'd like to ask You for each CD, what was your shining inspiration to record,
 'The Heart Of The Man' and what was your favorite track on this CD?  

Phil Perry:
The Heart of the Man was my 'coming out' as a solo artist. Something I had never even thought of before (really!), but my wife Lillian and Bobby Colomby, who signed me to Capitol, saw the Artist in me.  Of all the songs on the album, I like 'Say Anything'
the most, because she sang background on it,
and the song was/is...
where our relationship has been for the last 25 years. 'Say anything you want to me, but don't say goodbye' That's a heavy lyric Robbie Nevel wrote, and it describes our 'staying power' as a couple.  

OL:
Thank you Phil. We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, as R&B Soul Legend Singer...
Phil Perry,
shares more liner notes on the making of his latest CD Singles.  

OL:
Thank you very much Phil, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Phil. It's good to be in touch with You again, this being Part 2 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes
 Weekly Series.
Thank you once again.  

OL:
First off, we'd like to congratulate You,
Mr. Perry,
on your nomination as
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 2010 by the AMERICAN SMOOTH JAZZ AWARDS.
 

OL:
 We are all excited for You, as your stellar Career, is honored as well, in the Jazz world, for sharing with us, the gift of your tremendous Voice and Talents...Congratulations!  

Phil Perry:
Thank you!  I consider it an honor to be nominated, and in the company of such fine vocalists and musicians.  

OL:
Phil, as we listen this week to the rotation of some of your greatest hits throughout your Career; in all honesty, it was hard for us to pick from so many hits and then present them in this Interview as sample clips. We just didn't want to leave out anything, because there are so many wonderful vocal surprises and endless moments of great explosive emotion, that you thrill the listeners' hearts with, from beginning to end. Your latest Solo CD READY FOR LOVE on Shanachie Records, is so passionate. For All true romantics at heart... Signature Phil Perry The Singer!
You co-wrote much of the material with Chris "Big Dog" Davis on this project.
 What was the songwriting process like?

Phil Perry:
Well, Chris would play the track and give me the hook that he was hearing.  The melodies were always present, so at certain places I'd alter them a bit, for more of a vocal feel. 
In the recording process, I like to start with the background vocals, to create a bed, and establish melody.  Seems to build faster that way, especially when I co-compose.

OL:
When picking material for your albums in general, do You try out different combinations of songs and sit with them for awhile, or do you prefer to add new songs, building the album slowly?
  
Phil Perry:
That depends on the direction of the project...where to add vulnerability...
when to be passionate...where to be understated.  All these key elements are only determined by the material and the artist.  I've recorded both ways,
and enjoyed both approaches.

OL:
The track 'Shine On Me' on the
"Ready For Love"
CD, has a nice mid-tempo easy flow feel it...and we believe that all of the ladies will agree, that your vocals on this track have a seductive laid-back hook, especially in the choruses.  

OL:
As we all know & love that element of surprise on your lead vocals, in general,
so when you record a song, do you have a set vocal arrangement in how the background vocals should play out?

Phil Perry:
Hooks (titles) should always be reinforced!  As every hook is different, so must every approach to every song be.  There are always more than one way to accomplish your goals.  

OL:
On your cool cover version Bacharach & David's classic, 'Walk On By', has a new cutting edge slow funk-type arrangement, that almost dictates the hypnotic lower register of your voice. So with your multi-octive voice and wonderful range, what goes into picking the perfect key for You, Phil?

Phil Perry:
It's more the perfect Groove than the perfect Key!  The loop created in the rhythm track helps to lock the lead vocal into the groove.  I'm a believer in locking into the groove. 
The key will take care of itself,
depending on the melody.  

OL:
Do You have a favorite track on your
 "Ready For Love" CD?

Phil Perry:
'Shelter of Your Heart' is my favorite, 'cause it reminds me that Love should be a sanctuary of tranquility.

OL:
Much of the songs you sing go right to the heart of the matter; uncovering mysteries and dances, with all of love's twists and turns, that is... Not only is the gift in your voice, but your ability to tell the listener exactly who the character is, in a song such as the opening track, "I'm Sorry,"
 
on your ONE HEART, ONE LOVE CD. With a fantastic string intro, the song arrangement is about the space that You need to sing and plead your case to your love, and then it builds and climaxes from there, simply asking to be 'forgiven'. How important is it, Phil,
to also be able to show one's
vulnerability in a song?

Phil Perry:
The vulnerability of a vocal performance is the peak of believability the listener has. 
I'd have to say that it's the MOST important characteristic in the performance.

OL:
When a new song is presented to You for the first time, what's the first thing that you look for when listening to a new song?

Phil Perry:
I look for MYSELF in a song.  I look for ME. 
I have to hear a life experience that I can relate to...something that I can maybe bring a personal insight to.

OL:
Thank you very much Phil, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
2 of 7 segment?

Phil Perry:
I'd just like to compliment you on your choice of songs for this series of interviews.  As I was listening to the playlist on the page, I was reminded just how good those songs really are.   

Phil Perry:
 You might not understand this, but I am as amazed at what comes out of me,
as everyone else.  I look at 'that guy' singing and I think... he's pretty darn good!

OL:
Thank you Phil. We look forward tomorrow in Part 3 of this 7 part
Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
as R&B Soul Legend Singer... Phil Perry, shares more liner notes on his treasured
'Live Shows & Recordings.  

OL:
Thank you very much Phil, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Phil. It's good to be in your company again, this being Part 3 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again.
Not just your Peers, but when the Fans are included in the mix of supporting You in nomination for the 'Best Male Vocalist'
for the AMERICAN SMOOTH JAZZ AWARDS,
that makes it all the more special...  

Phil Perry:
 I appreciate the votes of confidence from the people who listen to my music,
because they have no political agenda. 
They just want to see me get some recognition after all these years. 
It's really very humbling because it represents the grassroots, and not the music moguls who have different agendas.  

OL:
"THE HEART OF THE MAN," the first of your celebrated Solo CD's..this one on the
Blue Note/Capitol  Label...
You have an
all-star cast of top L.A. based Musicians on this, Phil, where You first lift off on the
up-beat
dance-styled opening track "Amazing Love." How 'Amazing' did it feel to go Solo,
after years of building your Career as a Background Session Singer?
Before you share that with us, 
we would All like to thank your wife, Lillian, for taking the time to 'convince You,
Mr. Perry,
of your Solo potential',
as you mentioned earlier in this Interview. So, Thank You Mrs. Perry!...
And for help making this OL Interview happen!...a true blessing indeed...

OL:
Yes! we're back to You Phil...how did it feel to step out in front for the first time,
as a Solo Artist?  

Phil Perry:
Nervous...Anxious...Excited.
 The first time I did a solo show at a club in Santa Monica in December of 1985,
I was so nervous, that I had to ask my wife, Lillian, to join me and sing with me in the show.  I couldn't go on stage alone. 
So with a month old baby in her arms (Joseph) she and I sang a duet,
 a Whitney Houston song
('You Give Good Love').
     

Phil Perry:
Then she left the stage to go breast feed our son, and there I was alone on the stage for the first time.  Once I sang the first solo,
it was easy, and each time it became easier and easier.  She was a blessing because
I didn't think of myself as a solo artist...
I was a group guy...a background singer...
a studio rat. And although she later came back to sing her own solo in the show - (Minnie Riperton's ''Perfect Angel' with the baby in her arms).  I was still not sure
 if I could continue, but she has been
 my cheerleader since I met her.
 I know it sounds crazy, but I just couldn't do it alone that night.  You must remember that up to that point,
I had never done a show SOLO.  

OL:
Again, the Musicians appearing on your first CD "THE HEART OF THE MAN":
from CeCe Winans (vocals); 
to Paul Jackson, Lee Ritenour (guitar);
Ernie Watts, Dave Koz
(saxophone);
Don Grusin
(piano, synthesizer);
Gerald Veasley
(bass);
Jeff Porcaro, Carlos Vega
(drums);
to Brenda Russell, (background vocals). Producers including Barry Eastmond...
 Truly, You must have
had a blast, Phil?  

Phil Perry:
Lilly reminded me that it was a very stressful time recording those early albums,
especially the first one.
 We had two youngsters ages 4 and 2,
and one on the way.  I had to work with multiple producers and personalities. 
I had to be gone on promotional tours with little pay and sometimes no income at all.

Phil Perry:
I couldn't make myself available for the recording sessions, which she and I had made a living doing together. The work gradually began to dry up.  I was managed by people who had another major artist, and who kept me on the bench, and only sent me out when a sub was needed for the other act. 
There was always the pressure on me to loose weight, get a toupe' - be a pretty boy...lol!
I was told over and over that I wasn't
'radio friendly' and that I needed to tone down my performances.
 I'm surprised I even got a record deal (thanks to Bobby Colomby), or that the projects came out as well as they did.
 But Heart of the Man was, by far,
my most difficult project.

OL:
As with a new Solo CD,
how long after its release did you start touring with your solo material?  

Phil Perry:
Dave Koz and I were signed around the same time on Capitol Records, and when our albums came out, we were put on tour together in 1991 or so. I can't remember,
which one took us on the road. It was so successful that we did another tour the next year.  One thing that came out of it,
besides the strong respect and love Dave and I have for one another, was the Koz & Perry LIVE AT THE STRAND DVD and album.
 We recorded it in Redondo Beach, the very week my single CALL ME hit #1 on the
R&B charts.
It was a very exciting time for us with our young family; which had by that time grown to three kids, with the birth of Little Philip.   

OL:
Where was your first tour stop?  

Phil Perry:
Oh, we were in San Francisco, D.C., Chicago, Dallas, and New York. I can't remember all of the places...but Lill keeps all of the itineraries, so you might want to ask her.  She's the official Phil Perry biographer!    

OL:
And today, as You continue to perform 'live' to sold-out shows all over the world. As hard as it may be, since you have so many to choose from... share with us, one of your favorite concerts [looking back], that you performed at and just said  'Wow',
I had the best time ever?
 

Phil Perry:
I am a blessed man for there are so many times I've said those words.  I seem to enjoy the LIVE performances caught on tape or DVD as I get older. YouTube blows me away, because my whole career seems to have been captured throughout the years.
The ones that come to mind are not my own concerts necessarily,  

Phil Perry:
but rather the ones where I am with
'the cats', like the ones with Lee Ritenour, George Duke, or Don & Dave Grusin.
That's where I have fun. 
The GRP All-Stars LIVE IN SESSION DVD
was great because there were so many great musicians on those gigs, and more than that, they were friends that
 I had so much fun with off stage.   

OL:
Producer Legend Quincy Jones invited You to perform at The SuperJam Tour in the early 80's and then he introduced You to work with Singer Entertainer Paul Anka for several years as well.

OL:
The one and only "Q" has played a role in many successful Artists' Careers, including Yours. Can you share with us, your story of when You first met and worked with the incredible Quincy Jones?  

Phil Perry:
Rehearsing for the SuperFests was incredible, just to be a part of an ensemble in which every member was a Heavy Weight on their instrument demanded my dedication, and all of my best effort.  "Q" gave me a shot at movie scores and from that I was able to join the Screen Actors Guild.   

Phil Perry:
He allowed me many opportunities that have now become legendary; like singing background for Chaka Khan and Ray Charles on 'I'll Be Good to You' (The Dude album).  Actually, Q introduced me to
Lee Ritenour,
and my good friend
James Ingram
introduced me to Q. 
(James, Howard Hewett
and I had
recorded backgrounds together,
including the vocals on Carl Carlton's
'Bad Mamma Jamma'). Michele Colombier
is the man who introduced me to Paul Anka who I worked with for 2 years.  Man! It seems like a lifetime ago...like a dream...
but I did it.  It really happened.
 In short, those were experiences
that I will cherish forever.  

OL:
Thank you very much Phil, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
3 of 7 segment?  

Phil Perry:
I'd just like to say that I never thought more highly of myself than I should, because there are a lot of people out there who can sing.  I'm just a guy who does what I do. But this is ALL I do.  I can't do anything except this.
I never thought of myself as somebody who would EVER be considered a Star (much to Lilly's frustration since we
had four children and bills), but I'm just wired differently.  I think at some point GOD decided that I needed a cheerleader, and he brought me someone who would hang in there with me, even though she didn't really understand why I was so content with being under the radar.  She and I got married after knowing each other less than four months, and no one thought we would last. I guess it helps that she knew the business and had been on the road with great singers.
She understood and loved the hustle,
and if you're going to last in this business, you really need someone who believes that you've got 'a million dollar voice'.
Someday, maybe before it's all over,
or maybe after I'm gone,
we'll get that million!  

OL:
Thank you Phil. We look forward tomorrow in Part 4 of this 7 part
Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
as R&B Soul Legend Singer...Phil Perry,
shares a One-Word Playback for the OL Viewers.

OL:
Thank you very much Phil, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Phil. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 4 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we introduce a 'One Word' Interview question to You, Phil, and if you can please playback a One-word Commentary Note for the OL Visitors, that would be a mind blowah!! Okay, here we go!

OL:
Togetherness?
Phil Perry:
UNDERSTANDING

OL:
Flight?
Phil Perry:
WORK 

OL:
Love?
Phil Perry:
LILLIAN

OL:
Microphone?
Phil Perry:
TOOL

OL:
Song?
Phil Perry:
SANCTUARY

OL:
Wish?
Phil Perry:
PEACE 

OL:
Educate?
Phil Perry:
VITAL

OL:
Soul?
Phil Perry:
GOD'S 

OL:
Dance?
Phil Perry:
SLOW

OL:
Eyes?
Phil Perry:
INFORMATIONAL 

OL:
Thank you very much Phil, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
OL Interview 4 of 7 segment?. 

Phil Perry:
I wrote and sang a song a while back called 'MUSIC PRAYER FOR PEACE' for the great saxophonist, Ernie Watts. It was featured on his Grammy Award winning MUSICAN album (1985/QWEST Records), along with two others I composed. 

Phil Perry:
For some reason, this 4th segment of the Interview made me think of that song, because it has a special message.  Ernie plays the mess out of it, but the lyrics are a music commentary in and of itself, and this might be something that the readers will enjoy.

OL:
Thank you, Phil. We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as Phil Perry The Singer covers collaborations, concerts.& more cool stuff!...on  the next segment.
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

OL:
Thank you very much Phil, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Phil. It's good to hang out with you again, this being Part 5 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again.
The "PURE PLEASURE" CD, released in 1994, on the MCA Record Label,
has you collaborating with Keyboardist extraordinaire George Duke, on the cover  and his arrangement of the Spinners classic
 "Love Don't Love Nobody." This song seemed like it was just meant for You to put your own stamp on it. Is this one of those songs that You've always wanted to cover since first hearing it?

Phil Perry:
 Yes, I always loved that song.
 I always wanted to cover it because
Phillipe Winn's
singing style taught me alot about vocal control.

OL:
Who was on your turntable growing up? 

Phil Perry:
Ray Charles, Johnny Hartman,
Billy Eckstine, Arthur Prysock,
Johnny Mathis, Nat "King" Cole
...
my Mom liked crooners. 

OL:
Who do You like to listen to now,
 when You have time?  

Phil Perry:
 I like to listen to my wife, Lill,
 singing around the house.
The sound soothes me.  

OL:
Your collaborations are pretty awesome,
too! From the legendary 'Whispers'...
and most recently with the incredible
Melba Moore
on The Gift of Love" Duet CD. You sound great together! Did you both decide together on what material to sing?  

Phil Perry:
Shanachie Records pulled some classic material from the Motown vault;
"Ashford & Simpson,"
and other assorted selections, which completed the recording.  

OL:
Respectively , since You've worked with so many Artists in your Career, Phil,
the follow-up question might be...
Who would you like to work with,
that you haven't worked with yet?  

Phil Perry:
The Clark Sisters, Tamia,
Chrisette Michelle, Kenny Lattimore...
and my daughter Paloma.

OL:
Having had the ultimate 'Pure Pleasure' experience of seeing You 'live' in Concert many times; You perform like nobody's business, Phil, mesmerizing the crowd with your Voice and Stage Presence.
You love your fans, don't You? It shows...

Phil Perry:
Without Fans, your sound has no ears.

OL:
Thank you, Phil. We look forward tomorrow to Part 6 of 7, Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as Phil Perry The Singer covers collaborations, concerts, & more cool stuff!...on  the next segment.
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Phil. a new day with You, this being Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.

Thank you once again. As promised to our
OL Viewers
...everyone has their favorites on all of your CD's...   

OL:
What we want to know is, which ones are yours? for "The Heart Of The Man,"
 
you told us earlier, 'Say Anything'.
So now let's visit the other CD's,
as You just spin off a one-liner song title
for each CD. Thank You, Phil...Here we go!

OL:
"PURE PLEASURE"
CD?

Phil Perry:
'Angel of the Night' and
'When It Comes To Love'

OL:
"ONE HEART, ONE LOVE" CD?  

Phil Perry:
'Heart of My Heart' and
'A Postcard in Winter'  

OL:
"MY BOOK OF LOVE" CD?  

Phil Perry:
'My Book of Love' ... the title song  

OL:
"MAGIC" CD?

Phil Perry:
'Perfect Island Night'

OL:
"CLASSIC LOVE SONGS" CD?

Phil Perry:
'Hello'...the Lionel Richie song.

OL:
"MIGHTY LOVE" CD?

Phil Perry:
'Wildflower'

OL:
"READY FOR LOVE" CD?

Phil Perry:
'Desire'  

OL:
Thank you, Phil. We look forward tomorrow to Part 7 of 7, Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as Phil Perry The Singer covers collaborations, concerts, & more cool stuff!...on  the next segment.
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

OL:
Thank you very much Phil, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Phil. It's been so cool having you on this week! We're at Part 7,
the conclusion of this Interview for
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series...
and Oceanlight Records would like to
thank You, Phil, for sharing your heart, mind, voice, music, and soul, with All of the
OL Viewers!
It's been fantastic
interviewing You for the week...!  

Phil Perry:
The pleasure is all mine.
Thank you for inviting me.  

OL:
Phil, You are truly a living Legend and your endless talents are truly a Mind Blowah to us all! For this Interview, if you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts
on where the state of R&B and Adult Contemporary Music Crossover is today,
 and your closing music commentary quote for the up and coming Singers of the world? Thank you.

Phil Perry:
The state of the music business is questionable at best.  As the digital radio scene has changed, the places where people expose their music has also changed,
and this has required that artists change their way of doing business.  

Phil Perry:
 The retail outlets have disappeared,
and some artists still scramble to find alternative means for selling their music.  Many of them still do things the old way,
with middle men, managers, publicists, etc.  

Phil Perry:
I've been fortunate to have a wife who saw these new trends coming, and convinced me of the importance of having direct contact with my fans, by establishing a presence in cyberspace with a web site.  I was one of the first artists who had a website,
and I can remember some of my peers 
being perplexed as to why I eliminated the manager piece, but really it was about the old school Mom & Pop concept for us. 
No one has ever taken care of my business,
as well as my wife. 
After my heart attack back in October,
there was a buzz that I had died on stage,
so immediately she had to go to work to dispel that rumor through the use of the website and various social networks. 
It's as if God allowed me to survive in this business long enough to be able to take advantage of the new technologies.
Do you know what I mean? I was born to be an artist for such a time as this, because I've recently gained more recognition through social networking,
 resulting in the explosive growth of my fan base on the internet.  So while things have changed from the old way of doing business using teams of middle men, results have been greater using the new ways.  Lill saw this long before I did, and I trusted her with it, and here I am - still standing.
Every day, dozens of new fans are contacting me, discovering my music for the first time, asking where they can get an album that might be over 20 or 30 years old, assuming it's a new release.  It really blows my mind.
And then there are the newly grown fans who listened to me subliminally when they were kids living with their folks.  They didn't know my name, but they knew my voice.
 I call those the 'a-ha' moments.  They didn't know it was Phil Perry singing. My name wasn't a household word, but now they do, and they've become fans for life.
 It's truly a blessing.     

Phil Perry:
GOD did not forget about me, even though the music business did.  So my advice for new singers is to just hang in there, because everything will change, and your time will come.  Everyone has their season to bring forth the fruit of their labor. 
If you're in Music for Life,
then give your Life to the Music.    

OL:
There are Singers and then there are SINGERS!... Phil Perry The Singer, has shown us how it should really be done, just by being himself. He said he would change his singing style for no one. It's a blessing for music lovers all around the world, that he didn't!

OL:
Thank you, to Phil Perry The Singer, and thank you All for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

Famed
R&B Soul
Smooth Jazz Legend
PHIL PERRY
THE SINGER

1. Shine On Me - Ready For Love CD
2. I'm Sorry - One Heart, One Love CD
3. Walk On By - Ready For Love CD
4. Heart Of My Heart - My Book Of Love CD
5. Perfect Island Night - Magic CD
6. Wildflower - A Mighty Love CD
7. I Want You - The Classic Love Songs CD
8. If Only You Knew - Pure Pleasure CD
9. Montclair Medley - The Montclairs

OL Quote Pick of the Guest Artist's Interview!

"The vulnerability of a vocal performance is the peak of believability the listener has.
I'd have to say that it's the MOST important characteristic in the performance."

...Phil Perry The Singer


Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
KENNY COLMAN
THE ROMANTIC SINGER
https://www.facebook.com/kenny.colman.37
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 8/22/10 - 8/28/10
playlist at end

OL:
We'd like to Welcome The Romantic Singer, Kenny Colman, of the famed "Dreamscape" CD on Justin Time Records.. a fabulous recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra...Johnny Mandel Conductor,
with rave reviews! As none better said than Grammy Producer David Foster, himself, "the whole world should know his talent."

OL:
And on that note once again... we'd like to extend a very warm welcome to our
Special Guest Artist Kenny Colman to the
 OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series!

OL:
Welcome Kenny, and thank you for giving us and all of the OL Site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the
Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
for the entire week of August 29, 2010.
Once again, thank you and welcome... 

Kenny Colman:
Thanks for thinking of me and I will answer the questions the best I can!

OL:
Your "Dreamscape" CD is truly a work of art! Everyone should have this CD in their collection. Downloads are nice, but it doesn't replace what could easily be in all music lovers' hands, the real feel... for all romantics to treasure, and this CD without a doubt, is one to treasure forever...

Kenny Colman:
When I was in the CTS Studios in London with the Philharmonic Orchestra,
Toots Theilmans
and Johnny Mandel; gorgeous arrangements, and singing the Bergmans' lyrics.  I said to myself, this is overwhelming, what am I doing here? I said to myself, I earned it and I was ready!

Kenny Colman:
I had three months of Mexican sun, singing at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, rested and my chops were never better.  This was my moment, and I sang with every bit of life experience
I could take from the dues one endures from the very hard business.
 It was a magical time!

OL:
As always, we're sure that the new
OL Viewers
would like to know where our Special Guest Artist is from. You were raised in Winnipeg and Vancouver, Canada and a serious hockey player, we understand?

Kenny Colman:
Growing up in Winnipeg, I loved for the first fourteen years of my life, it was beautiful.
 Our parents came from Europe. We are the children of  immigrants. We never knew we were poor because there was always love and music and friends and loving Parents who showered us with an abundance of love.
 I was a typical sports crazy young boy as were my buddies growing up
 in Winnipeg, Canada.

Kenny Colman:
 I loved the cold wind on my face and the snowy streets, and with my hockey stick in my hands I fell in love with hockey and going thru puberty I loved the gals!
 My peers and I grew up listening to the sounds of Count Bassie Band,
the Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw,
Stan Kenton
and the great crooners of the day like Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan,
Mel Torme, Frankie Laine,
and Ella and Carmen
and Shirley Horn.

Kenny Colman:
That was the music I loved and danced to  with my teenage crushes.  When I was fourteen I moved to Vancouver. It was there in Vancouver that my zest for hockey continued. Went back to Winnipeg when
I was seventeen and was signed
to a Detroit Red Wings contract
for the best junior prospects in Canada
 
for their farm teams.
 It was a great accomplishment
and I continued to play until I was
 around twenty two - twenty three.

OL:
Early on...being surrounded by the great
Big Band sounds and influenced by the songs of Porter, Ellington and Mercer...
when growing up, when was the first moment You knew that You would become a
Singer for the rest of your life? 

Kenny Colman:
For me, while I loved music, I had no dreams of being a singer. I did not know. 
I was playing hockey in western Canada
and I did not know what I was going to do with my life.  I was not into school, it was not my forte.
 After a game that we lost in the playoffs,
 the sports announcer asked me what I was going to do with my life. 

OL:
Your entrance into the Music Industry as a Professional is quite interesting. You first started off as a Disc Jockey in
Vancouver, Canada?

Kenny Colman:
I wanted to get a job with Radio. I was twenty two years old, and full of chutzpa [meaning a driven disposition].  I got a job in radio and this is when I fell into the world of music and jazz and great singers. I discovered I could sing along with the singers and I used to sing over their records.  I still did not make any commitment to singing; this was my beginning to realize I had talent
 to pursue this.

OL:
Okay, and then You went on to work as a DJ in beautiful Bermuda as well. Tell us about the music scene there at the time?

Kenny Colman:
Well after that first gig in radio, I went from various cities in Canada and still did not make any commitment to singing, I was working in radio.  I then got a radio gig in Bermuda and TV gig too.  I was doing my morning thing as a DJ and singing over records, I was the mystery voice,
 but nobody cared.    

Kenny Colman:
Each and every weekend,
I hung out at the Leopard Club,
 where there was a jazz theme. I used to sit in and I was very nervous, and that's where
I had my first drink of scotch on the rocks to get my liquid courage to get up to sing. 
I found myself saying I think this is what
 I what to do with my life, suffer and the search was on for gigs.   

OL:
Not long after, You made your travels to the great Big Apple at the look-up invite of
Game Show Mogul Bill Todman
and his wife Fran, who you met in Bermuda. Coming to New York, where making the rounds at
Jazz Clubs can be an all night thing...
but actually Kenny,   

OL:
You started out in NYC as a Casting Creator for "Play Your Hunch," where the show's host was Merv Griffin, who in his own words said of You, "the most tenacious and talented man I know."...
what a great start, Kenny...

Kenny Colman:
During my stay in Bermuda, I met TV Producers Bill Todman and his wife,
 of Goodson-Todman Productions. He said, "If you come to New York, look me up."
 I took him up on it and I got a job on
NBC television, a game show called
'Play Your Hunch'.
  Merv Griffin was the host. Merv was very instrumental in my career, knowing that deep inside,
 that I really wanted to sing.   

Kenny Colman:
It was there in New York, in the late fifties and early sixties, where I hung out in every jazz club that you indicated.  I sat in whenever, wherever I could, paying my dues learning my craft.  There was no overnight American Idol shows; you had to pay your dues. I love the jazz scene in New York and lived the jazz scene. 

OL:
How long were You on that gig and what was it like working with
Legend Show Host Merv Griffin?

Kenny Colman:
I spent about a year with Merv on NBC.  Regarding Merv, he went from the game show to having his own talk show.  It was there,
he showed his belief in my talent, that he gave me many gigs on his TV talk show and also even though I did seven or eight
Merv Griffin
shows;
it was a nice moment when Redd Foxx took me on Merv's show and introduced me to Merv's audience. Merv was a good guy and especially Redd was beautiful to me.   

OL:
Now we go to your musical Professional launch. You began to sit in on jams at places like The Half Note, The Five Spot and The Village Vanguard... and then one night, as fate would have it, none other than 'Sassy' herself, the one and only
Legendary Jazz Singer Sarah Vaughan,

happened to be in the audience and was so impressed by your performance, it was actually she, who got You your first Pro Gig... It doesn't get any better than that, does it?

Kenny Colman:
Yes, this was 1960 at the
Page Three Jazz Club.
I sat in with the
Ray Starling Trio
and in the foyer
Tiny Tim
was singing in the lounge. 
I swung a few tunes and I was called over to Sarah's table and was introduced to her husband CB Atkins who managed the talents of Abby Lincoln, Max Roach,
Randy Westin, Roland Hanna
and they signed me to a
managerial contract.   

Kenny Colman:
They had me working on my material and getting me ready for gigs.  Johnny Hartman was also one of their clients and he and
I became good pals.
Johnny Hartman
got me my first gig at the Spring Valley Inn, in New Jersey.
That was my kick start pre my first pro gig at the Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas.

OL:
Where was your first professional Gig as a Singer and how did it feel singing under the marquee of your own name,
headlining your own show?

Kenny Colman:
My first gig was a warm up to Las Vegas at the Thunderbird Hotel on the bill with
Harry James Orchestra
for three weeks.
The next three weeks on the bill with
Lionel Hampton
and the rat pack romping thru the casino was
Sinatra, Sammy, Dino,

and Joey Bishop.  
They were on their way to make
Joe E. Lewis
and Vic Damone create havoc and then later everyone went on to the Sahara to listen to Don Rickles
and Louie Prima and I followed them. 
Little did I know Frank Sinatra would be such an integral part of my career; as did
Don Rickles.

I just opened for Don Rickles
this past April 30th and May 1st.     

OL:
Your Career as a Singer was taking off,
as You were opening then for
Comedian Lenny Bruce in Atlantic City,

and also performing on
Legend Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show,"
 
at which point, the Agents and Managers were as they say now, 'blowing up your phone', [smile] to work with You?  

Kenny Colman:
Being on Johnny Carson Show was great,
 and I was with Epic Records. What happened is what happened, with all singers of my era. "The day the music stopped for us" was the Beatles, Rolling Stones the Animals, Dave Clark Five and jazz was a hidden commodity and Rock and Roll arrived. 

Kenny Colman:
The kids sang to the simplest lyrics and the simplest back beat and our music was put to the boondocks.  Till the advent of the
Harry Connicks,
and the Bublés arrived on the scene bringing the jazz crooner
back into the fold not a dinosaur no more.  

OL:
In general, Careers in Show Business have their high's and low's, their long runs and their short runs. What is that magic Kenny, inside You, that makes You one of the true survivors in this business?

Kenny Colman:
You have to be a good masochist, you have to be able to in spite of the rain splashing on your face and the winds against you and the landlords telling you how great you sing and they also add "don't forget; if you don't pay the rent on Monday, you have to move out on Tuesday!"  In reality, I knew that I could be the best I could be. I had the passion and the drive, and as Frank Sinatra called me the warrior, and Freddy Heiniken called me the bull dog.

Kenny Colman:
I just hung in there as I still do, always hanging tough and looking for gigs.  This CD "Dreamscape" was good enough to have the accolades of the icon of the century.
 Mr. S and the top Record Producer fifteen Grammy award winner David Foster and Johnny Mandel and Steven Sondheim and so many others have shown me great respect.  All I need is a million more like you OL,
and I could go on vacation.
"I gave my life for a song."
 My advice to other singers;
have a plan B.   

OL:
Kenny, all throughout this week, we look forward to visiting all of the stages and moments of your great Show Biz Career. ...And for the early stages of your Professional Singing Career,
what was the first show that You performed in, and saw another Star in the Audience that night, who came to see You, and it just blew You away too see them in the Audience?

Kenny Colman:
Without question, it would have to be
Frank Sinatra.
He heard me in '68 the first time at Jillies in Palm Springs and he always kept saying to me keep singing and his words were always "marvelous, marvelous!"

Kenny Colman:
Then eight years later,
after I paid some dues in 1976,
 I had a gig at Dominic's in Palm Springs.
 I walked in, and there was Frank,
Jimmy Van Heusen
and Barbara, Jilly,
and Leo Durocher and Pat Henry;
 and during my performance Frank started talking to me and he asked me to
join the table. I did. He asked me
 what's happening in my life. I said...
looking for gigs, as rock and roll is everywhere
and he said,
"
Jilly will call you in two weeks"...
and two weeks to the day,     
Jilly
called and he invited me to
Las Vegas Ceasers Palace...
 and from that point on,
Jilly
and Frank arranged many, many wonderful gigs for me.
 I would say meeting him,
 he was all class, all the way...
warm and caring and understanding,
 and there will never be another Frank.  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview 1 of 7 segment?

Kenny Colman:
Ha, do you want another 33 paragraphs? Seriously speaking, I could have never done any of this without the love and care and patience of the many jazz musicians.
I had the honor and privilege from
 Joe Parnello, Miles Black, Tony Foster, Mundell Lowe, Tony Scott, Brad Turner,
and my best friend in show business
I ever had,
Harry "Sweets" Edison. 
  

Kenny Colman:
It warms my heart to have your respect for my talent and for the production of "Dreamscape" and your continued interest in my career.  I wish you everything I wish for myself, tough biz showbiz.  Would I do it all again?... hmmmmm, yup but I would learn the second half of showbiz "the biz part."  God bless, thanks.  

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where  this Romantic Singer, Kenny Colman...
talks about the making of the famed "Dreamscape" CD & all of the major players in this monumental 18 songs Production, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra & the great Johnny Mandel as the Conductor!    

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Kenny. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 2 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we go right into the
"Dreamscape" sessions!

OL:
First Kenny, for our OL Viewers, we're going to list the full cast of the wonderful Musicians, Conductors and key players in the "Dreamscape" CD Production. That being said, for our viewers, we'll ask You to tell us of your first recording session on this project and where was it recorded?  

Kenny Colman:
Well, when it was decided by Mr Heineken (Freddy), after choosing me to record this CD and with this ab opportunity, he flew me to Holland. I was at that time,
following Lowes Monte Carlo. I was booked at a Jazz club in Paris Pullman Hotel,
with the Bernard great trio on my days off. 

Kenny Colman:
I went to Holland to meet with the great arranger and Conductor Dick Baaker, who arranged most of "Dreamscape,"
and Ruud Jacobs.
They met me and heard me sing
and told Freddy he made a good choice,
and  a deal was made.    

Kenny Colman:
 I came back to Vancouver with a deal with Mr Heineken and Cinison Productions,
Dick Baaker
and Ruud Jacobs,
great bass player.. ..we spoke back and forth and they chose the original songs by Heineken, Pamela Philip Owens and
Denise Rich.
The very talented Denise Rich, who has won Grammys and Latin Grammys;
a very high-end woman, too. She a very high end woman, who got behind me whenever
I performed in NYC.

Kenny Colman:
She helped me fill the room as she did at the Tavern on the Green. A fab woman,
 as is PP Owen, a prolific writer... and
Dick Baaker...
to my joy the great legendary Johnny Mandel called me in Vancouver and we spoke about his new song's he had written, like "I Wish I'd Met You,"    
and "I Won't Believe My Eye's" and
"Where Do You Start?"
At the time, only Michael Feinstein had recorded
 "Where Do You Start?"... I was the first to records those great songs.. Johnny wanted me to do  "I Won't Believe My Eyes" as a slow ballad...  I suggested we do it in a sexy moving Latin bossa feel, he agreed and it came off terrific.  

Kenny Colman:
All 3 were nailed, I feel. The Philharmonic Orchestra applauded the charts and KC after session for Johnny and for Dick, too...
it was so fab! That was my first session of
12 songs. They agreed that I come back to London at CTS Studios, and add some more familiar standards like "Laura" and
"Stardust," "Angel Eyes"
and so on...  

Kenny Colman:
Now, we had 18 songs and "Dreamscape" was done, and Frank Sinatra gave us the title "Dreamscape" for the great quote for us,
(me and Freddy). He was a friend of FS and before he signed me, called FS and said he was interested in recording me, and what did FS think. Well, FS put me away solid...
 and KC recorded this great CD... I just wish that Freddy would have marketed it,
 like his beer eh? 
Oh man, I am rambling on and on,  sorry...

OL:
Respectively Mr. Colman, what You call rambling, we here at OL call it a great Interview for our OL Viewers! So ramble on!...You've traveled far in your Career,
take a bow...

OL:
 Not only were You recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, but to have Legend Conductor Johnny Mandel at the helm on various tracks, must have been so special. What was it like working with this well-loved Composer?  

Kenny Colman:
When I fist met Johnny in London at the Hotel, I'd see this kinda not too tall man,   very unassuming, and so down to earth. I was in a singers heaven having loved his compositions all my career... he treated me with great respect as his quote for "Dreamscape" sure indicated with his very kind moving words.  

Kenny Colman:
He said, "This CD will bring you KC world wide respect and attention..." Well, I sure tried, and still do. He was a very warm low key'd gracious guy...
an honour to sing his songs, for sure...  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview 2 of 7 segment?

Kenny Colman:
The joy and the feeling one gets as a singer and musician,   when he is surrounded by great musicians as in a trio gig with ace players,  the feel, the love, the passion, that 4 people can achieve and the  audience too, while they can't play or sing they do  hear what we are trying to obtain.

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 3 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where  this Romantic Singer, Kenny Colman... transports us to his London recording sessions... also the Guest Artist... the great Toots Thielemanns sessions & more!   

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Kenny. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 3 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Okay let's go!... We're contiuing the liner notes on the "Dreamscape" sessions!

OL:
Then we come to the stellar performances on this CD, by none other than Mr. Toots Thielemanns himself,
on the Harmonica. His solo on
"Days of Wine and Roses,"

alone is enough to make the earth's axis
momentarily stop spinning, just to listen to
his melancholy and mesmerizing playing
style, that we've enjoyed for years
and years. When did You know that
Toots
would be on this project
and how did it feel to work with all of
these top Musicians?

Kenny Colman:
Toots, he recorded his solos at a session while I was in Canada. It was disappointing not to be there, so that he could have played  around me with a jazz togetherness, as he played around me... we did do a 'live' TV show, where I sang over the track of
"Days of Wine and Roses."   

Kenny Colman:
He then played 'live' with me singing.
We then did the ending side by side, on his famous TV show in Holland. My website of performances, more emotional of a
 "live" jazz feel. He was all class at the
TV Show... 

OL:
So You were flown over to London to record this CD, by courtesy of Dutch Beer Baron Freddy Heineken, who Produced "Dreamscape"?

Kenny Colman:
Yes, first class and limos and all the trimmings; he was most cordial and very funny, always doing shtick. I liked him a lot.
 I would ask him to promote the CD. He would say, "I am in the beer biz, not show biz." Sadly "Dreamscape" never got the marketing like Bublé, for sure.  

Kenny Colman:
I gave it my all to get it heard, and still do at this moment. Bublé knows every song on my CD, as when I run into him at time's in Vancouver, as he lives right next to me...
A few buildings away.  
  
Kenny Colman:
He was always singing to me Freddy's song, "You Again."  A good guy, he received what every artist can only dream of, a team marketing headed by the talented wizard of Oz! David Foster and timing and demographics and time marches on...  

OL:
How did You feel when You first walked into the recording studio and it came down to just You and the Mic?  

Kenny Colman:
 I was ready, and it was beautiful, when I heard the arrangements, I  was in music heaven, I said, "I made it" !!... So beautiful the charts like "When Joanna Loved Me," by Dick Baaker, my favourite cut on the CD... and "I Wish I'd Met You,"  it tore my heart to pieces..  

Kenny Colman:
 I was ready after so many duesville nights; to be by the mic and the music . All I had to do was sing and be honest to the lyrics,
 and sing.... I sure did. Great moments ...and to see the Producers Dick, Ruud and Freddy smile from ear to ear, I knew I nailed it! ...and what happened?  

OL:
The song repertoire on "Dreamscape" is so well thought out... a nice diversity of the standard classics, with sophisticated and refreshing arrangements. Who picked the material?  

Kenny Colman:
We all did! I suggested "Laura," "Angel Eyes" and "I Couldn't Live Without You," my closing number in my show... a power song my audience loves... I think in retrospect, we should have maybe done more covers, maybe too sophisticated, eh? 
Unfamiliar tunes maybe?
  Well, it is darn good,
l let the chips fall where they may...
 I am proud of "Dreamscape."  

Kenny Colman:
Those who know, know and those who don't, never will ...we know eh? "Sweets" Edison, whom I loved and respected, said to me once; "Kenny, you have that wonderful music with you, and it speaks and says it all.
 You don't ever have to audition any more and prove yourself...
 it will take you to heaven and back."
Thank's Harry...   

OL:
Before we go Kenny... It's pretty safe to say that anyone who's ever listened and loved a love song in their lifetime, surely has heard at least one, if not many beautiful lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman.   

OL:
On the track "So Many Stars," what did it mean to You, singing their beautiful words to Brazil's great Sergio Mendes' unforgettable musical gem, which this song should be considered as the 8th wonders of the world...?  

Kenny Colman:
Yes, I first listened to Sassy sing it, she did it with a Brazilian group, so great, Sarah at her best... I loved  the song and when I first heard "So Many Stars" at CTS Studio for the first time and a young guy said he wrote the chart. I was in another space, it sounded so beautiful, I could not wait to sing it.  

Kenny Colman:
Jurre Hoestraa's arrangement and the Bergmans' great lyric..so tender the chart and the words. Wow, I  am reliving it right now this moment. You sure ask wonderful questions OL thanks for caring..... wish the landlord cared as much... ha !  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview 3 of 7 segment?  

Kenny Colman:
All in one place, for the love of it,  is like making love. The high one gets when we are all on the same page, the "ZONE"...  that is why we do it. Not for the money, but for the love and joy and the "feel" when it is all "ONE"... together with the players and the audience, with one to a symphony.
 The magic can happen.  

Kenny Colman:
Again, that is why we do it.. is the addiction  you have felt once.. it is our drug, the sounds of music we all hear differently.. the way I hear it.
  Thanks OL, from Kenny:

OL:
Thank you Kenny. We look forward tomorrow in Part 4 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, as The Romantic Singer Kenny Colman shares a One-Word Playback for the OL Viewers. 

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Kenny. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 4 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we introduce a 'one word'  Interview question to You, Kenny, and if you can you please playback a One-word Commentary Note for the OL Visitors, that would be super! Okay, here we go!  

OL:
Wind?
Kenny Colman:
WINNIPEG

OL:
Major?
Kenny Colman:
MINOR 

OL:
Minor?
Kenny Colman:
MAJOUR

OL:
Drive?
Kenny Colman:
RIVIERA

OL:
Rainbow?
Kenny Colman:
GOD

OL:
Look?
Kenny Colman:
SEE 

OL:
Tender?
Kenny Colman:
TACTILE

OL:
Crescendo?
Kenny Colman:
JAZZ

OL:
Maybe?
Kenny Colman:
DEFINITE

OL:
Tomorrow?
Kenny Colman:
MIRACLE 

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview 4 of 7 segment?

Kenny Colman:
I wish that with the passion and love and dedication and sacrifices that  we all have endure on this journey of songs and melodies that we can say we gave it a hell-of-a ride...  We all win, because we did what we loved.  

Kenny Colman:
For the love of the song: "win, lose or draw"... for me, "respect"... and  I hope that I have given some of the world that what I loved, to sing, and  I hope I made this  something special to those who have
 heard me all these years from deep inside myself to them.

Kenny Colman:
Like I said I GAVE MY LIFE FOR A SONG...albeit, My wise OL Dad said, "Kenny: "LESS TALENT, MORE MAZOL"...

OL:
Thank you, Kenny. We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as The Romantic Singer Kenny Colman takes us to his "Straight Ahead" CD!...on  the next segment. And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


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OL:
Welcome Back, Kenny. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 5 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Let's go to your equally as wonderful "Straight Ahead" Album, again, on the Justin Time Records Label!  

OL:
Kenny, You have some really nice,
maybe more jazzy material and arrangements on this CD set?

Kenny Colman:
Well, "Dreamscape" was a mammoth production. It's more dreamy warm laid back of classy classics and new tunes.
Jim West
the owner of
Justin Time Records,

who released DScape, said let us do more swingin' side of KC and SAhead was more in line; with my " live" performance.

Kenny Colman:
Quite a few were just kicked off and we just swung hard, as in
"Come Rain or Come Shine,"
with the legandary Houston Person on tenor, wailing away... "Sweet Pumpkin" was a favorite of mine. When I worked on the  bill with the great Gloria Lynne, she and Bill Henderson sang the heck out of it. Mine was OK...
there are some very nice ballads.  

OL:
You also even have a duet with Jazz Singer Ranee Lee on "Dream Dancing." Tell us about your recording session with her?

Kenny Colman:
I first heard the song by Mel Torme,
who nailed it with George Shearing.
Then David Foster called me in 1999 to sing it for the sound track of the movie,
"Come Dance With Me".
.. DF sent me the track, and DF did not use it...
some other singer was juiced
in a session singer.

Kenny Colman:
I then recorded it with Miles Black; and I laid down the track with my vocal and
Ranee Lee,
who is a pal, and one if not the best singer in CANADA!  RL sang the track that I laid down in Vancouver. Ranee did hers in Montreal; there is talk we may do a duet CD... She is a great Singer.

OL:
As you know, we're featuring a couple of tracks from the "Straight Ahead" CD during this Interview. Your cover of
"Last Tango In Paris,"
is hauntingly beautiful. Do you feel that mood approach is everything, depending on the song?

Kenny Colman:
"Last Tango In Paris" and I are old pals.
 I heard Andy Williams sing it beautifully, as he has a high range and great chops.
People should not forget his wonderful voice... such a great Gato Barbieri tune;
and Cory Previn wrote such a fabulous lyric.  

Kenny Colman:
 I loved the song... I sang it on the
Midnite Special on NBC in 1974,
it was great...
 Steve Martin was on the show.
Greg Allman...
I think Miles Black wrote a very sensuous chart and his solo was terrific. A very rangy song, but I think I did a pretty good reading of that great tune. "We don't exist,
we are nothing but shadow and mist..."
 Wow, what lyrics...  

OL:
What was your favorite song to record on this CD?


Kenny Colman:
"Last Tango In Paris,"
"Why Should I Care?"...,

if only my voice was up front more,
"What Are You Doing
The Rest Of Your Life?"
was one take...

OL:
Miles Black on piano, was also the
Musical Director
on the "Straight Ahead" Album. What nice work on the "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life" track that we're also featuring in this Interview.
How were these sessions different from your
"Dreamscape" Sessions?
 

Kenny Colman:
DREAMSCAPE; if it would have been given promotionals and marketed by
Freddy Heineken,
it was my chance for all that I worked so hard to achieve. If it could have been heard by millions and those who did enjoy my performance and bought my CD, there were close to 50 thousand!

Kenny Colman:
If only Mr. Heineken would have pushed it like his beer, as he said to me once when
 I asked him...Why he does not promote it like his beer? he said:
"Kenny, I am in the beer biz,
 not show biz."
...However, it was the best of KC and totally different than SA...  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
 5 of 7 segment?


OL:
Thank you Kenny. We look forward tomorrow in Part 6 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, as The Romantic Singer Kenny Colman shares with us, just a few of his favorite musical things.  

Kenny Colman:
I think I have said enough that those who know... know and those who don't will never know...you do "OL" thx for caring and your respect, God bless all of those who are out there... paying their dues so that they can be heard...never give up. I am still out there...same old dream... thx Kenny  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Kenny. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, as we get to ask You some more fun stuff of a few of your favorite musical things!

OL:
If You had to pick one song that would describe You best, what song would that be?

Kenny Colman:
"When Joanna Loved Me"

OL:
What's on your turntable now... who do You like to listen to out there today?

Kenny Colman:
Mary J. Blige

OL:
If You were to do a follow-up to the
"Dreamscape" CD, what would be the first song that You would pick?

Kenny Colman:
"You and I"

OL:
What advice do You have for the new generation of Crooners out there?

Kenny Colman:
Plan B and  find your own style. don't try to do FS, or Billie...
'cause  nobody is ever going to do it better...

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
 6 of 7 segment?

Kenny Colman:
Think of where you wanna be by 50,
and if you don't, ok, be in show biz.
Don't forget Plan B.
There are rainy days out there...

OL:
Thank you Kenny. We look forward tomorrow in Part 7 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, as The Romantic Singer Kenny Colman gives us his closing liner notes on where Romantic music is today.  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Kenny. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 7 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. As we have come to the closing segment of this Interview feature,
OL
would first like to thank You Kenny,
for your real eloquence in sharing your own Show Biz story & Career highlights with us this entire week.
It's been great interviewing You...!

Kenny Colman:
Thanks so very much, I know my answers were long, it is very difficult to sum up a life's work in such a short time..I do hope what I have said will give some younger singers out there an idea of the reality of a show biz career.

Kenny Colman:
You gotta have the passion, and talent would help.. you must pay your dues...
no American Idol winners...
life experiences, like the legends of Jazz... from 40's, 50's Sassy Billie, Carmen Ella, Frank, Jimmy Scott, Johnny Hartman...

Kenny Colman:
You pay your dues and you will be a better singer when you're ready for that break... but I know the passion and driven ways...
we love to sing the great songs,
so sing away...

OL:
Your time spent with OL is truly a treasure, Mr. Colman.  For this Interview, if you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts on what Romantic Music is to You today,
and your closing music commentary quote?
Thank you.

Kenny Colman:
I very much appreciate your interest in what
 I have to say... I believe I have said it all from my vantage point... I guess in closing...
have your passion up front; your integrity and respect for the musicians who have carried you with their studies and experience,
that we all need by our side.
The singers need the jazz players,
so treat them well, ...I made some errors recently -re: musicians. It was not my doing, but I am responsible... so be responsible and always take care of Business, and don't forget the last half of SHOW BIZ  "BIZ BIZ," thanks ...For the love of the song ...Kenny

OL:
If by any chance; for all of you music lovers out there in the universe, especially romantic music lovers, remember
This Romantic Singer
Kenny Colman
and his "Dreamscape" Album, romantic music at its best!  With a smoky and intimate Singer such as this, one can surely know that this is both rare and real!
His "Dreamscape" CD with Conductor Johnny Mandel & the London Philharmonic Orchestra, is one of those 'candlelit nights for two... of a nice glass of wine, music & romance albums'... and deserves to be visited and revisited! A Singer like
Kenny Colman,
these days, can still be tomorrow's days, as great Singers and great music will always stand the test of time,
no matter what the latest music trends are! True talent is timeless and without trend!  

OL:
Thank you, to Romantic Singer Kenny Colman, and thank you All for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


DREAMSCAPE
PRODUCTION
David Anthony Photography, Cover Photo  /  Dick Bakker Arranger, Conductor, Producer  /  Kenny Colman Liner Notes  /  Leonard Feather Liner Notes  /  Jurre Haanstra Arranger  /  Alvin Hankerson Composer  /  Herman Hupfeld Composer 
DREAMSCAPE
PRODUCTION [cont'd]:
Ruud Jacobs Producer  /  London Philharmonic Orchestra Orchestra  /  Johnny Mandel Arranger, Conductor  /  Reid Morris Design  /  Nat Peck Assembly  /  Toots Thielemans /  Harmonica  /  Martina Witteveen Organizer


Playlist samples: The Romantic Singer
KENNY COLMAN

1. Last Tango In Paris - Straight Ahead CD
2. I Won't Believe My Eyes - Dreamscape CD
3. I Wish I'd Met You - Dreamscape CD
4. You Again - Dreamscape CD
5. So Many Stars - Dreamscape CD
6. Laura - Dreamscape CD
7. Days of Wine and Roses - Dreamscape CD
8. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life - Straight Ahead CD

OL Quote Pick of the Guest Artist's Interview!

"Find your own style. Don't try to do Frank Sinatra or Billie, 'cause nobody is ever going to do it better..."

...Kenny Colman

Remembering DR. CLARE FISCHER (1928-2012)
commentary below after Original Interview

Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
DR. CLARE FISCHER
AMERICAN COMPOSER ARRANGER LEGEND (1928-2012)
www.clarefischer.com
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 8/29/10 - 9/5/10
playlist at end

OL:
We'd like to Welcome American Composer Arranger, Dr. Clare Fischer, the great Band Leader & Musician, who for over 50 years,
 has composed, performed, orchestrated & arranged some of the most brilliant recordings...Strings & Orchestration to the Stars!...from Michael Jackson, to Prince,
to Natalie Cole to Chaka Khan,
to Earl Klugh, to Michael Franks & so many more! For us to try and mention them all in this Interview... we would never actually get to Interviewing Dr. Fischer, this multi-talented Artist and his multifacted celebrated Career! So on that note, we'd liked to get started and welcome Dr. Clare Fischer to the OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature, as our Special Guest Artist!

OL:
Welcome Clare, and thank you for giving us and all of the OL Site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the
Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,

for the entire week of August 22, 2010.
Once again, thank you and welcome...

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Always a pleasure to be in the company of such a knowledgeable interviewer.

OL:
To para-phrase somewhat, the famous song.."Where Do I Begin"...but in this case..."Where Do We Begin," to tell the story of how great a love can be?"...
Clare, your love for music is so broad and eclectic, but simply 'great' music, whether it's Jazz, Pop, Classical, Brazilian, Latin, or all of the above. Can you share with us, your beginning love affair with music?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I discovered music on my own.
  My Parents were amateur musicians;
Father playing banjo and singing in barber shop quartets, Mother playing piano for silent movies and tap dance classes.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
My first interest was piano then cello.
 By the age of 9, I was listening to Bach, Shostakovich, Bartok, Duke, Strayhorn and Meade Lux Lewis.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
All of this variety was equally unintelligable to my parents.  I had encouragement, however, from my high school band director, Glen Litton, who gave me free harmony lessons in exchange for my playing any instrument in the orchestra he was short of.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I would be issued an instrument, a fingering chart and the part and would then prepare it for the next concert.  This provided valuable orchestration experience.

OL:
As a native of Durand, Michigan, you studied and received your Masters Degree in Composition from Michigan State.
Our question is...before entering College, what was your very first original composition and the style of music?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I'm 81 now and rely on my wife and son to help me remember.  The earliest piece I can recall was "Requiem for a Friend,"
written for a classmate who died of a burst appendix when I was 13.  This was an orchestral piece.  My original goal in life was to compose for orchestras.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
My wife of 17 years now, Donna Fischer, played in the high school orchestra with me and we were sweethearts all those years.  Unfortunately, her mother refused to let us get married after high school because I was a Jazz musician.  43 years later we met up at a high school reunion and have been inseparable since.

OL:
Clare, You have such a broad catalog of the music that you've worked on over the years. What was the first style of music that inspired You the most?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I am an equal mix of legit and street training.  At the same time I was composing for orchestras, I was also working as a pianist in jazz clubs in... Grand Rapids, Detroit,
 New York, Los Angeles
and elsewhere.
 My jazz influences can be heard in my orchestral writing and vice-versa.  

OL:
With your Jazz roots going back to the days of "The Hi-Lo's," as a pianist-conductor for 5 years... and not long after,
 began arranging for Jazz Legend,
Dizzy Gillespie's,
 "A Portrait of Duke Ellington."

As destiny would have its way,
how did you come upon these gigs?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I was working with Donald Byrd in Detroit and shared the stage with the Hi-Lo's one night.  Soon after I became their musical director and arranger.  Many of my early arrangements for them remain uncredited.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
People would call for years afterward asking me if, because I was their Bandleader,
I knew who wrote this or that for the Hi-Lo's, only to find out they were already speaking with the arranger.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I met Cal Tjader the same way, by sharing a stage one night in California while working with the Hi-Lo's. I think Dizzy had heard something I had written and decided to have me write for his album.  This was another case where I was originally uncredited.

OL:
With your experience as both a Jazz and Classical Artist, what are the similarites and differences, if any, in the way that you approach your musical performances,
as a Pianist?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
First of all, let me make one distinction:
I write Orchestral music, not Classical, which is a style of music from the 18th century utilizing a strict set of harmonic practices, none of which apply to how
 I treat harmony.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
As far as my approach to Piano; harmony is my primary concern, regardless of style. 
This is why I later switched to playing
Fender Rhodes
and then finally
Digital Keyboards.
When I play a beautiful voicing on the Piano,
the sound begins to die away immediately, whereas the electric keyboards give me the sustain to fully appreciate aurally each harmony.  My other concern is to put emotion into everything I play, regardless of the style.  It is the feeling that counts.

OL:
Clare, as your Career ascended, going back from the 50's & beyond... we come to a magical  chapter of your days working with Latin Jazz Vibist Legend Cal Tjader.
What was that experience like?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I was originally exposed to Latin music through my college roommates. 
After working with many of the Latino Bands in the barrios of L.A. in the late 50's, I went on tour in South America and brought back the Samba and Bossa Nova with me to use
 in my recordings.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Cal knew of me as a writer and had me arrange and compose for many of his albums, including West Side Story. From there it was a natural progression to work with him as a musician.  He was keenly aware of my capabilities and thus was very easy to write for and play with.   

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I also enjoyed working with
Poncho Sanchez
in Cal's Band,
 and used him as the Congero for my own Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Group
(originally known as
Clare Fischer
and Salsa Picante).

OL:
Your original compositions, namely, "Pensativa" and "Morning" have such distinct melodic lines throughout each piece, which leaves endless freedom for how the music can be interoperated in so many different styles. In general, when you write music, do you have a particular style in mind for the way you want the music to turn out?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
No, I just have a melodic continence that translates many ways.  I do not enjoy, however, when others try to rewrite or otherwise editorialize my melodies for their own versions.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
An arrangement, no matter how different, clever or unusual compared to the original, should always contain the proper melody.  Otherwise it is really a derivative work and should have a different title.

OL:
On Jazz Legend Trumpeter Donald Byrd's cover of your "Morning" track,
the style is pure funk in all of its delight... whereas on your own original recording, it has a nice laid-back Latin arrangement, with the keyboards woodwind type sounds,
taking a clear lead.

OL:
Two great recordings!  That's what is so great about your composing, its wonderful freedom, and yet keeping the melody beautiful and distinct. What we all want to know Clare, is where does this come from?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I've been composing since roughly age 11 and believe that good composition should always present many opportunities for treatment.
 I have lyrics for 'Morning' in English, Spanish and Portuguese.  The English version was recorded on my first vocal album and the Spanish and Portuguese versions
will be on the next one, which my Son,
 Brent Fischer, is currently producing for me and will be released soon.  I also have a full orchestra version done with my group accompanied by the
Netherlands' Metropole Orchestra.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
By the way, others have recorded 'Morning' with their own unauthorized Spanish and Portuguese lyrics over the years.  Trying to claim my rights as composer to choose my own lyric has been like trying to eradicate a cancer that is supplanting my
original intentions.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Lyrics to all my songs, as well as the printed music and CDs of course, are available at www.clarefischer.com

OL:
All this week, we will be covering every color on the palette of your illustrious Career, Clare. A simple, or not so simple question to You... What do You enjoy doing the most... composing, arranging, performing 'live', recording, or all of the above?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
All of the above.  Each is a vital part of the total musical experience.  Don't forget also improvising, which is spontaneous composition based on knowledge,
experience and feeling.

OL:
Before we even get to the 'genius string arrangements' that you are also well-known for, Clare... In addition to Michael Jackson and the other Artists mentioned at the top of this segment 1 of the Interview, and for the those new fans out there, we'd like to mention more of your Strings & Orchestration to the Stars arrangements,

OL:
for all of these great Artists...
Paul McCartney, Spike Lee
["Do The Right Thing" Soundtrack], João Gilberto,
Robert Palmer, Paul McCartney,
The Jacksons, Paula Abdul,
Brian McKnight, Regina Belle,
Norman Whitfield, Branford Marsalis,
Tori Amos
& many others...

Dr. Clare Fischer:
My son Brent actually wrote the
Michael Jackson
orchestra arrangement for "This Is It," even though we are both credited on the CD.  I'm just getting too old to deal with quick deadlines anymore. 
I did write an arrangement for the Jackson 5 in the 70's however.  

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Brent has been absolutely invaluable to me for 30 years now (that's right, he started working for me in 1980).  At first, he assisted me with my writing projects and played bass in my group.  Later he became my
co-arranger, general manager, contractor, touring organizer and now he directs all of my Bands... The Clare Fischer Big Band,
The Clare Fischer Clarinet Choir,
The Clare Fischer Jazz Corps
and my
Latin Jazz Group.
  In addition, he is preparing my entire library - 65 years of my written output-to be archived.  Finally, he has absorbed my style so intimately that
I have had him ghost write orchestral arrangements for me.  Besides Jackson,
he has written beautiful arrangements for
Al Jarreau, Usher, Prince
and many others on my behalf, besides having a successful career in his own right, arranging for Artists such as Eric Benet, Vanessa Williams and Kirk Franklin.  What a joy it has been to share music with my Son in my life.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I do have other credits myself besides those listed above: Tony Toni Tone, Atlantic Starr, Najee, Diane Schurr, The DeBarges and John Pizzarelli. Interesting note about all the arrangements for Prince over the last 25 years: most of them remain unreleased.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
One other point: I prefer to call them 'Orchestral' rather than 'String' arrangements, because many of them include brass, woodwinds and percussion.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
By the way, I was never fully paid by
Mr. Whitfield
for the work I did for him.

OL:
When presented with a song to add strings orchestration to, what is the first stage of that process, as you're building your arrangements to enhance the recording?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
The first step is a transcription.  Many Artists do not read or write music, so they would send us a tape or CD and it would be up to Brent to hear and then write out what they played.  He has tremendous ears and gave me everything from chord voicings, guitar solos,
background vocal parts and drum fills to explanations about the grooves and style characteristics.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I liken the process of writing an orchestral arrangement to pre-existing vocal and rhythm tracks to that of piecing together a jigsaw puzzle.  Every part must fit in a complementary way so as to support, rather than overshadow, what's already been done by the Artist.

OL:
We understand that some of your classical influences include... Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Bartok and Berg, to name a few. Do you feel that your Classical roots play a supporting role in the way you approach your string arrangements in general? 

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Just as much as my Jazz roots do. 
There is no separating them.

OL:
Thank you very much Clare, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
1 of 7 segment?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
It has been said by some that I am difficult to categorize and I say why bother.  Harmony is universal to all styles.  It is the harmonic voicing that counts first and foremost.  In this way, what I do transcends categories and
I am perfectly happy with that.  

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we cover more on American Composer Arranger...Clare Fischer's Strings & Orchestration to the Stars... and his impressive Solo Recordings,
Discography and Grammy Awards!

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Thank You!  

OL:
Thank you very much Clare, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Clare It's good to have You back on again, this being Part 2 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again, Dr. Fischer.

OL:
You've written some great music, which over the years has become staple standards in the Jazz and Adult Contemporary worlds. We'd like to highlight some of your greatest Solo CD Projects & cover how Afro-Cuban, Brazilian & Latin music overall,
has influenced your own musical travels...
on this segment. Who are some of the Artists that You first listened to, of these
aforementioned genres?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
That was so long ago.  I just remember listening to the many records my latino
roommates played while in college and then playing with all the bands in the barrios of L.A. later. Some people I do remember enjoying working with, or listening to are Jobim, Moacir Santos, Cachao,
Helio Delmiro
and Cesar Camargo Mariano.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
When I was in South America in the early 60's, I also remember my good friend
Walter Thiers
introduced me to many fine musicians.  At one point I met
Charlie Palmieri,
whom I had always admired.  We discussed recording together but he died before it got any further. 
That is why I wrote the song C.P.,
as a tribute to him.

OL:
Your beautiful standard classic "Pensativa," first recorded on your "So Danco Samba" Album in 1964 says it all, when it comes to your love for the Bossa Nova. On that set, you also cover the music of
Antonio Carlos Jobim,

Brazil's great Composer Legend and
throughout the years later, you've performed and recorded his music in tribute, on various CD's with various Artists. Did You ever get to meet Mr. Jobim ever in your Career?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Yes, but I don't remember the exact circumstances - I think it was in a recording studio.  It was a very emotional experience for me every time I would go to Rio to perform after he had died.  I would always dedicate a song to him at the concerts.

OL:
Your "Pensativa" original classic...
[meaning pensive]. Was that, and is that a place You like to be in, when writing music, or do You like different colors of emotion to arrive at a certain musical destination?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Pensativa means pensive woman and that's what the lyrics are about.
Regarding emotions, I just write music.  Sometimes there are definite moods associated with that but not always. 
I have written songs for many of my friends, family, and animals,
that I've had as pets as well.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Because you're dealing with long term experiences here, there is no one single emotion attached, but rather a totality of  feelings.  A song I write as an homage to someone who has died, however, often acts as a catharsis for me in dealing with the pain of loss.

OL:
Clare, You have such a broad catalog of the music that you've worked on over the years. What was the first style of music that inspired You the most?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Orchestral, from Bach to Shostakovich.

OL:
"Pensativa" and your other original classic "Morning," has been covered by so many Artists, worldwide. What cover recordings of your songs, standout to You?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Cor Bakker, a former student of mine,
and Bert van den Brink, both of whom are brilliant pianists from Holland, released an entire CD of my music arranged for 2 pianos and it's just amazing to listen to.  Besides that, I've also enjoyed my music being played by Rob McConnell and Steve Khan.
Richard Stoltzman
has comissioned several works from me,
including Roland Vazquez,
Nestor Torres
and
French Artist Pierre Bertrand.

OL:
On to your "America The Beautiful" CD. Here, You cover some of the great American Jazz Standards on Solo Piano, including...
'On a Clear Day', 'A Time for Love',
 'Here's That Rainy Day',
'The Shadow of Your Smile'.
Whenever You record Solo Piano, do You like to play as much as You can on a session, or do You like to record each track on different sessions?  

Dr. Clare Fischer:
As much as possible, for two reasons:
 1) If I'm enjoying a flow on a particular day, I want to keep going and take advantage of it and 2) It's more economical.
 Few people have the luxury of only
 recording a little bit, after incurring
the expense of booking a studio.

OL:
What is your favorite track on your,
 "America The Beautiful" CD?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
The title track, naturally.

OL:
Thank you very much Dr. Fischer, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
2 of 7 segment?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I feel my fluency in Spanish and Portuguese helped me to absorb more fully the cultural and historical concepts relating to
Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian music. 
It also made it more fun to hang out with all of those great musicians!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 3 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we focus on the American Composer Arranger...Dr. Clare Fischer's Strings & Orchestrations to the Stars...!

OL:
Thank you very much Dr. Clare Fischer,
for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Clare... It's good to be with You again, this being Part 3 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again, Dr. Fischer.

OL:
On this Interview segment, Clare, we'd like to travel to some of your brilliant Strings & Orchestrations to the Stars. First stop:
The Jacksons' "Destiny" Album,
namely the beautiful ballad with Michael Jackson on lead vocals, called, "Push Me Away."

OL:
Your string arrangements on this track,
as we listen to here, on this Interview are truly magnificent, to say the least.
Please tell us Clare, how you came onto working on this project?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
You're asking an 81 year old man to remember something that happened over 30 years ago!  I remember much from my youth, my Son Brent remembers much from the time he started working for me and my Wife Donna remembers our personal affairs since we've been married.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Unfortunately, the Jackson project falls in between. Aside from that, I just remember that this was one of many calls that came in from either record companies, or producers during this whole time period.

OL:
If you can please finish this sentence:
 The session[s] on 'Push Me Away' were...

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Brent, who was 14 at the time, does recall the comments I made to him when coming home from the session: they absolutely loved the arrangement and were so impressed with one of the violin lines at the end of the bridge they changed their guitar part to play the same notes.

OL:
On the classic 'Soul Train' Television  Show in the early 80's, the 'King of Pop',
Michael Jackson,
performed the song on 'Soul Train' and has said that
'Push Me Away' was one of his favorite songs. He must have been thrilled when he heard the finishing touches on the track,
with your strings soaring so warmly and beautifully!

OL:
Your strings on this song, is just as much the star, as is Michael on this track.
This of course, is not even a question... 
it's more like a worldwide witnessed revelation of your orchestral work, but still, we'd love to know what you have to say about working with this much loved
Legend, Michael Jackson?
  

Dr. Clare Fischer:
The work environment was comfortable, professional; it was very easy to get things accomplished.  It was the same way when Brent and I met him at Neverland Ranch in 2003.  We discussed and then immediately began preparations for a
big orchestral project.   

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Unfortunately, Jackson's legal troubles at the time caused the project to be abandoned. At least we got one more chance to work for him when Brent arranged the orchestra for "This Is It."  I had so much fun sitting in the control room with the producers watching him conduct the session.
 Just as I have consulted with him over the years, he consulted with me on this project and decided to use many of my favorite instruments: besides strings, he had valved bugles (magnificent sound) and all of the lesser used lower woodwinds.  It is the use of these unusual instruments which help to bring a unique color to orchestrations.  

OL:
So much of music we hear today is digitally recorded, whereby the Singer just comes in afterwards, to lay down their Vocal tracks. When you were working on the Unforgettable: With Love Natalie Cole Album, with all of it's string and orchestral glory, do you feel that recording 'live' music makes a difference in the way that a
Singer records?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
No.  A great performer can make a great take no matter what condition the tracks are in.  Just like an actor filming in front of a blue screen, imagination and talent fit the pieces of the puzzle together.

OL:
Speaking of the best of that 'live' symphonic sound, we also love what You did on
Earl Klugh "Crazy For You" Album.

When it comes to instrumental music, with such as Acoustic Guitar Legend 
Mr.Earl Klugh
on lead;
did the band record their track first, or was it all recorded 'live' with the complete string orchestra and what was your favorite track to work on this album?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Almost every orchestra session takes place after basic tracks have been recorded.  That's why some in the industry refer to this as "sweetening," a term I dislike. 
My arrangements are written to be an integral part of the song.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I can remember that, in the 60's when technology hadn't progressed very far, most of the orchestra projects I did were with everyone in the room and sometimes even with just a few overhead microphones.  Brent does remember a few other sessions where everything was recorded at the
same time:   

Dr. Clare Fischer:
1) He and I both arranged for
Vanessa Williams
in 1992 and she was there with her rhythm section next to the strings. 2) The arrangement I wrote for Najee in 1996 was recorded with him in the room.

OL:
Dr. Fischer, there are so many Artists that you've worked with that we'd like to ask about, but we want to save the rest of this Interview to spotlight more of your celebrated original compositions and
Grammy Awards. So on that note,
for this segment, we'll highlight a couple more of your Strings and Orchestration to the Stars. Simply put, can You tell us about working on Smooth Jazz Singer
Michael Franks' "One Bad Habit?"
  

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I wish I could remember.  I know the session must have gone well, because I do remember very clearly the few times when a Producer and I did not see eye to eye.

OL:
Okay let's jump to the one and only Prince... "Musicology" and
"Sign 'O' the Times."
What was that like, work on his recordings?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Prince is a smart man; he gives me the freedom to do what I do.  In the mid 80's, when we first worked together, there was a short phone meeting and then the tapes were sent.  I wrote the arrangements, set the recording date, and at the last minute,
Prince
had something come up which precluded him being there.  He was so thrilled with the results that he decided it was best that he always stay away.  We have worked that way for some 25 years now.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Prince is an adventurous writer, though most of his heaviest stuff remains unreleased.  There were times in the 90's when Brent would have to transcribe track by track from the 24 or 48 track tapes because the sound was so thick. 
Someday a CD entitled
 "Dr. Clare Fischer Arranges Prince"
 should be released.

OL:
Thank you very much Clare, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
3 of 7 segment?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
It's funny how things work out in the music industry.  To this day, I have never met Prince. Brent and I wrote the arrangement for Prince's 2004 Grammy appearance with Beyonce.  We were all there at Staples Center.  Brent met Prince, discussed details with him and even performed in the orchestra, playing percussion.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Prince, however, did not want to "jinx" (his word) our relationship by seeing me face to face.  I heard years ago from his assistant that, as he was handed an album I had won a Grammy for, he turned away and said "just put in on so I can listen.  I have this image of what Dr. Clare Fischer looks like in my head and I don't want to change it."

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 4 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we get to spotlight on American Composer Conductor Dr. Clare Fischer's One-Word Playback, for the OL Viewers.

OL:
Thank you very much Dr. Clare Fischer,
for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Dr. Fischer. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 4 of our 7 day Interview for
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.

OL:
We're at the segment Interview feature, where we introduce a 'one word'  Interview question to You, Clare, and if you can you please playback a One-word Commentary Note for the OL Visitors, that would be great! Okay, here we go!

OL:
Feeling?
Dr. Clare Fischer:
Performing.

OL:
Group?
Dr. Clare Fischer:
Many!

OL:
Conducting?
Dr. Clare Fischer:
Emotion.

OL:
Family?
Dr. Clare Fischer:
Love.

OL:
Soar?
Dr. Clare Fischer:
Strings.

OL:
Color?
Dr. Clare Fischer:
Instrumentation.

OL:
Child?
Dr. Clare Fischer:
Inspiration.

OL:
Bossa?
Dr. Clare Fischer:
Yes!

OL:
Home?
Dr. Clare Fischer:
Keyboards.

OL:
Water?
Dr. Clare Fischer:
Drink!

OL:
Thank you very much Clare, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
 OL Interview 4 of 7 segment?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Of all the ways in which harmonies can be beautifully expressed, my favorite sonorities are voices, strings and clarinets in that order.

OL:
Thank you, Clare. We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as we spotlight
Dr. Clare Fischer's
Grammys & his Shows Around The World!...on  the next segment.

OL:
Thank you very much Dr. Clare Fischer,
for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Clare... It's good to be with You again, this being Part 5 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again, Dr. Fischer.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
My pleasure!

OL:
Let's go right to the Grammys! Your first Grammy, Clare, on the "Salsa Picante"
 
1978 Album... featured your classic hits such as 'Bachi', and 'Morning' & more great Salsa originals... On the recording set you had Musicians: Alex Acuña, David Acuña,
Peter Riso, Poncho Sanchez &
Rick Zunigar,

with You of course on the spotlight;
playing Organ, Piano & Keyboards.
Tell us about your recording sessions
with all of these guys?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
David Troncoso also played on that album.  It did not win a grammy though.
 I have been nominated quite a few times,
and my Wife and Son
keep track of these things. 
The Grammy Award was for Best Latin Recording in 1981.  The song was,
 "Guajira Pa' La Jeva" from the first
2+2 album.

OL:
When you were writing the music for your
 "Salsa Picante" Album, you focused in on salsa styled music. Throughout the course of your Career, you've incorporated a good share of salsa music, [this well-loved music], into your recordings. When you played this set for the first time 'live',
what was that like?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I've always said that I don't play Latin music; I use it to my own ends.  What I mean by that is, while I have studied the historical contexts and played in some fine Latin groups, what I do is really a synthesis of
 many elements.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
When it came time to start my own group,
I used many of the same musicians I had already been playing with; people such as Poncho Sanchez and Alex Acuna. 
I had also been playing my own material with Cal Tjader as well.  In that way it was a very natural progression to form
Salsa Picante.

OL:
Your next Grammy in 1986 was for your "Free Fall" Album. ...featuring
 "Clare Fischer & The Latin Jazz Sextet." Everyone knows the excitement of seeing an Artist win their first Grammy...  So how did it feel to win yet another one?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I was never given the grammy. 
They only gave them to the singers
 in my group.
 Can you imagine Duke Ellington's sax section winning an award without the band leader himself being recognized? 
That's what happened to me.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I composed and arranged the song,
rehearsed the band, coached the singers to perform exactly as I needed to fulfill my vision and produced the album.  Then one of my singers pulls a political stunt to make it look as if 2 + 2 was a separate group in its own right, even though that group had never performed or recorded without being under my direction.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
When I wrote for The Singers Unlimited,
it was clearly a vocal group that stood on its own.  Everyone who is familiar with my writing for 2 + 2 knows that the vocalists function as part of a larger whole,
like a string section in an orchestra.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Shortly after the grammy incident,
I decided to call the group
Clare Fischer and Friends
so there wouldn't be any further confusion about who's band it was.  Later, I also changed Salsa Picante to the Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Group
for similar reasons.

OL:
What's your favorite song on your
 Award Winning "Free Fall" Album?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
That's a very difficult question.
  Nobody loves a composition more than the composer.  In that respect I have strong feelings for each piece, even the arrangements of songs by others because the treatment was so different from the original.  The few that I'm proudest of because they took so much work to bring to fruition are:
 "The Night We Called It A Day" and
 "The Quiet Side."  

OL:
Let's see, to name a few... You play masterfully the Piano, Clarinet, Organ, & Keyboards. Are there any other hidden treasure Instruments that has always intrigued You...
that you might want to pick up playing?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
As I mentioned before, I have played nearly every instrument in the orchestra at some point in my life so I would know how to write idiomatically for each one.  I even spent time playing all of the valved bugles before writing for my Jazz Corps,
a thirty piece big band incorporating the aforementioned with french horns and winds.
Besides that, I have performed with my big band playing various saxes
(including sopranino) and Eb valve trombone, plus played cello on some of my recordings.

OL:
Speaking of hidden treasures, your Son Brent, has collected into a Songbook, a group of your unrecorded material over the years. They are published now and can be viewed closely at your site as well.
Did you ever perform any of these songs 'live' with your band?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Brent is finishing up editing volume 3 of my songbooks for our publisher, Advance Music. Each volume contains some unrecorded material but that will change soon.
 Brent has also been systematically identifying everything in my library that needs to be recorded and has made significant progress towards achieving
that goal.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I have also asked him to arrange some of my songs.  The last Clarinet Choir CD,
"A Family Affair,"
contains some of Brent's arrangements and compositions.
Shortly, a new vocal CD will be released.  Brent is also busy producing big band and orchestral CDs for me, all with mostly new (meaning never recorded) material.

OL:
Dr. Fischer, You've performed all over the world! If you can share with us, your varying experiences going from performing with various Jazz Bands to
Symphony Orchestra Concerts?  

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I have performed with some great musicians around the world and realize that my music is demanding both technically and conceptually.  I appreciate all of the effort that these people put into preparing performances.  Of course,
I realize some of them felt intimidated to be in front of me, especially when I'm standing on a conductor's podium wearing my
"Tune It or Die"
sweatshirt.  But that was never my intention.  I just wanted their utmost attention to detail.

OL:
Thank you very much Clare, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
5 of 7 segment?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
If I could pick my favorite musicians from around the world and assemble them into one group that would really be something!

OL:
Thank you, Clare. We look forward tomorrow in Part 6 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as we spotlight
Dr. Clare Fischer's
World Tours, & his new found musical treasures & more!...
on  the next segment.

OL:
Thank you very much Dr. Clare Fischer, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist!
We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Clare... It's good to be with You again, this being Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again, Dr. Fischer.

OL:
Dr. Fischer, your Concert Tours throughout your travels have been quite extensive... from Paris to Finland, to Norway and so much more. What would be some of the Concert Halls that you've played in, whether it be with a Symphony, a Jazz line-up,
or Solo Piano Concert, as far as great acoustics, stages  and atmosphere,
that are your favorite places to play?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
-The Kolner Philharmonie concert hall in Cologne, Germany
-Carnegie Hall
-I performed once in a Castle in Dubrovnik, Croatia - beautiful sound
Also many fine concert halls in Holland

OL:
To date, what was your favorite location to tour as a Professional?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I would have to say Holland, Germany and France.  The audiences there are so appreciative and I have many friends.

OL:
In your leisure time, what music,
or Artists are you listening to currently?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I am very proud of my former students,
many of whom have gone on to successful careers in their own countries.  I constantly receive CDs from them and it is just a joy to hear them all.  I also have many friends that are doing wonderful things out there and
I enjoy their CDs as well.

OL:
In a world that's become so automatic for ready instant results in life's everyday journey... What advice do You have for the today's Students of composition,
 arranging and conducting?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Just write.  By doing, one gains experience.

OL:
We know this next question is somewhat unfair, [because we ourselves, would be
hard-pressed to pick our favorite of your musical works, Dr. Clare Fischer],
but we have to ask... what is your absolute favorite of your originals?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
My favorite song is always the next one!  Past works that I am especially proud of are my orchestral works on "After the Rain."

OL:
Thank you very much Clare, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
6 of 7 segment?

Dr. Clare Fischer:
For those of you who have been writing for a while now, re-visit your old pieces.
 One day, years ago when I was in my fifties, I was looking at pieces I had written in College.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Brent urged me to record one that he particularly liked and that became the title track of my "Starbright" album.  You never know where your next inspiration will
come from.

OL:
Thank you, Clare. We look forward tomorrow in Part 7 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as American Composer Conductor Dr. Clare Fischer shares with us his closing music liner notes on where 'live' music is Today!...as OL concludes the Interview with this extraordinary Artist
..on the next segment. And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

OL:
Thank you very much Dr. Clare Fischer,
for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Dr. Fischer. Its been so wonderful having you on this week!
We're at Part 7, the conclusion of this Interview for
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series...
and Oceanlight Records would like to
thank You, Clare, for sharing your incredible musical and life's journey...with all of the
 OL Viewers!
Its been such an honor interviewing You for the week...!

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Same here, thank you.

OL:
Dr. Clare Fischer, we know that it's
 A Family Affair for You and your super talented Son Arranger Musician
Brent Fischer.
Brent,
we look forward to Interviewing You about your soaring Career and all of the awesome works that you have Produced,
and are building yourself.

OL:
So thank You Brent, for making possible this Interview with your Dad, Dr. Clare Fischer,
a true genius!
For this last Interview segment, Dr. Clare Fischer... if you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts on where You feel 'live' music is today in a digital music world? Thank you.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
You'll have to speak to Brent about digital music.  I write, record and perform as
I always have and leave technology
to the engineers.

OL:
Thank you, yes we certainly are looking forward to Interviewing your Son
Brent Fischer,
about his own incredible Career as a Musician, Conductor and Arranger. It's no doubt A Family Affair...
we can't wait!
Looking forward to it in the near future...

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I am continually amazed at how studio technology is making it possible for people with little talent to become popular while at the same time many professional studio musicians now are so incredibly skilled they need less and less technology to make
great recordings.   

Dr. Clare Fischer:
The training and experience of today's professional musician builds upon all the strides made by earlier generations.
 That's what makes listening to them live
an absolute joy.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
The musicians that Brent assembles for me at sessions, or concerts are always superb. 
He is one of the few that hire based on capability rather than political game playing.  Because of that, I can rest assured that what I have written will sound the way I want.
 That's of the utmost importance to a Composer.

Dr. Clare Fischer:
I want to leave you with an anecdote
I've enjoyed telling for decades now:
Famed composer Cesar Franck returned home from the premier of his latest symphony bristling with joy. 
His wife asked him,
 "Why are you so happy?"  

Dr. Clare Fischer:
Did the audience love it?" to which he replied "No, not really."  She then asked "Did the musicians enjoy playing it?" and he shook his head "No." Finally, she said,
 "Well then, what's the grin on your face about?" He replied, "It sounded exactly as I had imagined in my head when I was writing it!"

OL:
Dr. Clare Fischer has shared with the universe his most amazing musical talents and gems, that have both enhanced and enriched many lives and music lovers, worldwide.

OL:
We just have this feeling that his music will be around forever and ever! Thank you,
to Dr. Clare Fischer, and thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!
...For All OL Visitors...
Thank You.

OL:
Thank you Dr. Clare Fischer,
it has been so wonderful to Interview You!.
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!
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Remembering DR. CLARE FISCHER (1928-2012)
Oceanlight Records Remembering and honoring this great Legend of Composing and Arranging! for so many...American Composer Arranger LegendDr. Clare Fischer(1928-2012)This Original Interview with Dr. Clare Fischer in 2010, stands out as one of the most precious, and yet awesome Interviews of OL's Oceanlinernotes Weekly Series. To encompass & travel through the vast musical works of Dr. Fischer,it would take a lifetime...And this is exactly what Dr. Clare Fischer gave to the world,a lifetime of his music, his vision, his gifts...And to Oceanlight Records, a truly wonderful Interview...We treasure every note and word that you haveshared with us, Dr. Fischer...We'll hear You in the Strings & will see You in the Stars! As with all of our Interviews, You are reading the Artists' own direct thoughts & travels about their illustrious Careers.We hope that our OL Readers can enjoy and treasure their words of life and music, just as we do here at OL...

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American Composer
Arranger Legend
DR. CLARE FISCHER

1. Delirio
Dr. Clare Fischer string arrangements
(C
ésar Portillo), arr. Jorge Calandrelli
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. Fina (Clare Fischer 'Rememberances' CD) - Dr. Clare Fischer: Composer, Primary Artist, Producer, Synthesizer
3. Push Me Away (The Jacksons 'Destiny' CD) - Dr. Clare Fischer: Arranger, String Arrangements
4. The Very hought Of You (Natalie Cole 'Unforgettable: With Love' CD) - Dr. Clare Fischer: Arranger, Piano, Rhythm Arrangements
5. Morning (Clare Fischer 'Salsa Picante' CD) - Dr. Clare Fischer: Composer, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Primary Artist
6. Xapuri (Clare Fischer 'Rememberances' CD) - Dr. Clare Fischer: Composer, Primary Artist, Producer, Synthesizer
7. Inside You (The Michael Franks Anthology: 'The Art of Love' CD) - Dr. Clare Fischer: Conductor, String Arrangements
8. Coco B. (Clare Fischer 'Rememberances' CD) - Dr. Clare Fischer: Composer, Primary Artist, Producer, Synthesizer
9. Crazy Bird (Clare Fischer & Salsa Picante 'Crazy Bird' CD) - Dr. Clare Fischer: Composer, Liner Notes, Organ, Performer, Piano (Electric), Primary Artist
10. Bachi (Clare Fischer 'Salsa Picante' CD) - Dr. Clare Fischer: Composer, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Primary Artist
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1. Crazy For You (Earl Klugh 'Crazy for You' CD) - Dr. Clare Fischer: Conductor, String Arrangements
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2. Pensativa (Clare Fischer 'So Danco Samba' CD) - Dr. Clare Fischer: Composer, Keyboards, Piano, Primary Artist


OL Quote Pick of the Guest Artist's Interview!

"My favorite song is always the next one!
Past works that I am especially proud of are my orchestral works on,
"After the Rain"

...Dr. Clare Fischer



Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
JON MICHAELS
NASHVILLE SINGER SONGWRITER
www.jonmichaelsmusic.com
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 9/5/10 - 9/11/10
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OL:
We'd like to Welcome Singer Songwriter,
Jon Michaels,
of the famed "STONES,"
 "I AM WHO I AM" CD's
& his latest new celebrated CD Release "I HEAR A CLOCK!"
Jon Michaels,
a featured Performing Musician on the popular CHRISTINA COOKS TV Show on the Create Nationwide Network, comes on aboard the OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly as our invited Special Guest Artist!

OL:
Welcome Jon, and thank you for giving us and all of the OL Site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, for the entire week of September 5, 2010. Once again,
thank you and welcome...  

Jon Michaels:
I'm honored.

OL:
Jon, as we talk about your songs and CDs throughout this Interview, let us first say that You are such a gifted Songwriter and the stories in your songs, really resonate with so many listeners, worldwide, in such a
down-to-earth way, in that people can naturally relate to a lot of the stories in your songs, taking it all in... When songwriting,
do You draw much from your own life's experiences and/or surroundings?

Jon Michaels:
Most definitely! I find the truth to be the best subject to write about. Whether funny or serious, whatever is on your mind is probably on others minds too.

OL:
For the most part, do You already have a concept or storyline in mind, or do you sometimes let the music take You to the lyrics of the story?

Jon Michaels:
All the above. Before moving to Nashville, when I wrote songs, I was flying by the seat of my pants. After Nashville, it became a "craft" and something I wanted to be
(and get) good at. I hear people talk about songs they wrote in 15mins.
For me, very rarely will that happen.

Jon Michaels:
If I get onto something, I want to work at it and make it as good as it can be. I rewrite a lot. Especially if it is a serious song, I want to put my heart and soul into.

OL:
We know that the great
Country Music Capital of the world...
Nashville, Tennessee,
has been home to You since, 1992, however you're actually from the L.A. Suburb of North Hollywood, California?

Jon Michaels:
Born and raised in LA. I used to scoff at Nashville until I took a week's vacation and realized it was Graduate School for songwriting. Every corner on every street you could find a guitar pull. Everybody sharing and writing songs. Nothing like it in L. A.
So, I left the city of angels and made
music city my home.  

OL:
Jon, we understand that Singer Songwriting Legends Jim Croce and Harry Chapin,
are true inspirations to You... with both being two of the great storytellers in a song, how much did You draw from that in your own original songwriting style?

Jon Michaels:
The first 45 I ever purchased was I'll have to say, "I Love You In A Song" by
Jim Croce.
 
I just loved the simplicity and the feel of that song. I use to fall asleep listening to those singers and pretend it was me up on stage singing those songs. The pride I felt in my dreams of writing and singing such sweet and moving songs. I was just a kid, but I really connected to those songs and performers.   

OL:
While honing your craft in music back on the L.A. scene, You were also a
Professional Investment Broker?

Jon Michaels:
I was not a top 40 singer or a session player, so I had many day jobs. In my late 20s,
I decided that if I was going to have a "day" gig, I would try to make as much $$ as
I could. I found a job in the classifieds for an investment broker.  I showed up for the interview and told them I could sell ice to an Eskimo. They believed me and sponsored me to get my investment license.

Jon Michaels:
After 12 weeks of training, I hit the streets finding people to buy what they wanted me to sell. So, that was the beginning of my investment career. That lasted till I moved to Nashville in the early 90s.

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PART 2 OF 7
OL:
The road from L.A. Night Clubs to
The Row in Nashville,
must have been a defining moment in your life, Jon.
When did You know that music would be
your life's work and profession?

Jon Michaels:
I felt I had something to offer as early as my Jr. High School days. I remember entering my High School talent show and won! I was bitten from that moment on. I wrote a song called "I'm Gonna Miss You." I don't remember it now, but I know it was a real sappy piece of songwriting for a 16 year old.  My old High School year book was, "remember us when you get famous."
I guess you could say that was the
defining moment.

OL:
What type of music sets did You perform in your L.A. Night Clubs Shows?

Jon Michaels:
I was a singer songwriter... so you would find me at the Troubadour,
Madame Wongs,
At My Place, The Central,
Hennessey's Tavern in Hermosa Beach

and places like that.
I was always showcasing my own material,
so I frequented the
singer songwriter haunts.

OL:
When arriving in Nashville, what was your first club to play in and did your music set change when You started upon the
Nashville Night Club scene?

Jon Michaels:
The first club in Nashville was a place called Bogies - a hotel lounge. They hosted an "open mic" and that is how I got started.  When I actually moved to Nashville, I was 32, so I had some chops by that time.   People started hearing me and inviting me to other writer's nights and into other circles. 

OL:
Jon, your solo acoustic performances on the TV Show 'Christina Cooks' are really so special and heartwarming. When doing 'live' shows with your band, whether on the TV Show or in a performance venue, where's that special place that You go to in keeping that overall intimacy in your performances for your Audiences?

Jon Michaels:
You know,  It really depends on the energy of the room. Believe me, it is very hard to win over a crowd doing nothing but original material. If the crowd is with me, and I am feeling the love, I go to that place where
I went in my childhood dreams. 

Jon Michaels:
That place where you could hear a pin drop and you know the crowd is hanging on every word.  When the magic is happening, there's no holding back. I like to connect with my audience, tell them stories and make them feel what I am feeling as I am singing the songs. Other times, I have found myself thinking about making a tuna fish sandwich and not really into the moment.  I once heard Billy Joel say that he sometimes thinks about what he is going to eat after the show while singing songs. So, I knew I was not crazy.

OL:
Ha ha, a tunafish sandwich?... that's a good one, Jon... and from afar to the great Billy Joel is sharing his culinary moments, too!  Okay, let's start with your "Stones" CD, Jon. Seeing You perform your song,
 "The Gift of Forgiveness"
on the
'Christina Cooks' TV Show...

we've seen You perform many a witty, humorous and beautiful songs on this show, and so it was this song, that spoke volumes to many. What inspired You to write a great song like this?

Jon Michaels:
Thank you for your kind words about that song. In my opinion,  "Stones" is the "crown jewel"  in my crown of jewels. To be more specific, I remember I was offered an opportunity to co-write with one of Nashville's most successful tunes smith-
Gary Burr.
  I was so excited and wanted to have an idea that was worthy of his time
and our talents.
 
Jon Michaels:
I truly believed in my heart Gary and I would write a great song.  One morning, while taking a shower, I was thinking of ideas and "Stones" popped into my head.  Specifically, the line "From the cradle to the grave, our lives are paved with stones."  I remember jumping out of the shower and writing that down and listing all the stones we encounter. Birth stones, grave stones, mile stones you name it. I was so excited and could not wait till our writing appointment.  The night before we were to meet, Gary called me very apologetic that he was not feeling well and wanted to reschedule our writing appointment. He said he wanted to be at his best to write with me.  Well, that reschedule would not be for another year.  

Jon Michaels:
I remember having another appointment with another very successful writer named
Kim Tribble
and I called Kim and ran the idea by him. He was very excited to write that idea with me. I also decided that I wanted to invite another wonderful writer
into the song by the name of
Jimbeau Hinson.
 Jimbeau
is a wonderful lyricist and I felt he
would bring a certain magic to the song.

Jon Michaels:
Well, we all got together a few days later and talked about the magic, it was a session I will never forget. In hindsight, Gary's not feeling well was the best thing to happen for that song, as the magic came from other sources. Still Gary and I wrote what has become my biggest requested song of all time,
"I Hear A Clock."
Everything turned out
 as it should have.  

OL:
Thank you very much Jon, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
1&2 of 7 segment?

Jon Michaels:
Feel free to listen to my music and contact me directly at Jon@jonmichaelsmusic.com to share any questions you might have.
I would be happy to hear from you.

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Parts 3&4 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where  we highlight Singer Songwriter Jon Michaels'... celebrated songs from his CDs & feature his latest CD "I Hear A Clock!"

OL:
Thank you very much Jon, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


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OL:
Welcome Back, Jon. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 3 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we highlight the stories behind some of your hit songs!

OL:
The title track song "I Hear A Clock,"
 of your latest CD... which You co-wrote with Songwriter Gary Burr... there's a great line in the chorus hook of your lyrics, saying... "It's not just the woman who runs out of time, I hear a clock ticking, too." from a Gentleman's perspective, you're simply saying that time waits for no one?  

Jon Michaels:
 Well, not necessarily... time waits for no
one; more men have desires about having children, too. At least the ones that are willing to admit it.  "I hear a Clock" is having a problem getting recorded. A lot of men, especially in country music, have issues with making that kind of statement.

Jon Michaels:
I think they're missing the boat on this subject. I believe  a lot of people would relate. It's just finding that someone who can pull it off. If the attention I get is any indication on how that song will be received, it will be a big hit with both sexes.   

OL:
On the credits listed in this song,
"I Hear A Clock," [Produced by Yourself, Wayne Baird and Bob McGilpin],

it's interesting that You concentrated on just your vocals on this track and let the other equally distinguished Musicians support Your vocal performance. Does this approach allow You to look at your vocal performance from a different angle?  

Jon Michaels:
I am not sure what you mean by that.
 I played 90% of all the acoustic tracks. I like to take a lot of time to get the vocals just right. The right time of the day, the right lighting, the right mic and the right take.

Jon Michaels:
It sounds crazy, but you're looking for the "magic" in each line.  Sometimes I will sing a certain line several times and take
the best one.

OL:
Your recording sessions on the
 "I Hear A Clock" CD... Can you tell us about working with the Musicians on this Production?

Jon Michaels:
Lots of great people on the "I Hear A Clock" project. Bob McGilpin played no role on this project. Ray Herndon and Wayne Baird were my main co-producers.  Ray (besides being one of my closest friends) flew in from Phoenix to help me produce the music part of the CD.

Jon Michaels:
We worked together on the "Acoustic" direction. Ray Herndon was one of the lead players in the band McBride and the Ride and also is a member  of the Lyle Lovett Band.  Wayne was a wonderful vocal coach as well as a great editor and mixer.
Some of the great players included: 
Kim Parent
(bg vocalist for Faith Hill), Jonathan Yudkin (played and arranged all the strings and has played with
Beth Nielson Chapman, SHeDAISY,
Rascal Flatts,
just to name a few)
Jelly Roll Johnson,
who played harmonica on "Lonely Man," who has performed with hundreds of artists, from Kenny Rogers
to Peter Cetera of Chicago.
So, the quality was all "A" Players.

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PART 4 OF 7
OL:
On many of your compositions, Jon, it's clear that your love of Family Life is a big part of the real magic that goes into your music. That's always a wonderful thing.
Do You feel, Jon, that we need more of these storylines in today's music in general,
no matter the type of music?

Jon Michaels:
I wouldn't say that however, Personally,
I feel music today is less than what it was when I was growing up and what it could be.  I don't feel there are too many Billy Joels, Harry Chapins & Lennon, and McCartney's out there.

Jon Michaels:
With the advent of reality TV and Youtube;  becoming a "household name," isn't what it used to be.  I strongly believe the true "timeless" songs were written  in the
20th century.

OL:
When You're in the recording studio, what's your preferred process? Do You like to record your vocals and guitar tracks 'live' with the entire band, or lay down the instrumental tracks and record your vocals separately?

Jon Michaels:
I've done it several ways. My "Stones" CD was recorded totally "Live" from the down beat to the last "thank you and good night"   ..."I hear a Clock" was recorded in the studio virtually one track at a time. I like the "live feel," but there is way to much pressure to get it right on the first take.
 If there is "Magic" in the room,
there is no duplicating it in the studio.
Still, you can do so much in the studio and experiment with different instruments, productions and that has its advantages.
I think every musician worth his weight should record a project live. It will separate the men from the boys. 

OL:
We also love the track "Fallen" on the
"I Hear A Clock" CD,
that we're also featuring during this Interview.
The arrangement on this track has a nice poignant feel, with an additional touch of strings, which makes for a great wedding song favorite. While producing this track, did You already have a set instrumentation in mind? 

Jon Michaels:
I wanted a vintage J.T. feel and wanted simplicity. I think I got that with the track.
I played the opening and just let the others compliment it and not over do it. It happens to be one of my favorites as well.

OL:
Your chord changes in general are always refreshing to listen to, especially in the bridge of "Fallen." Do You concentrate more on the melody or the chord changes,
when writing your music?

Jon Michaels:
I concentrate on both. I personally believe that if you have magnificent lyric and a boring melody, you have a boring song. Whereas, if you have a tremendous melody (or groove) and have a mediocre lyric, you can still have a hit.

Jon Michaels:
I defy any of your readers to tell me the lyrics to "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress."  
I rest my case.  So, yes, for my taste, my melodies need to be as strong, if not stronger than the lyrics. 

OL:
What would be your favorite track, or top favorite tracks from your
 "I Hear A Clock" CD?

Jon Michaels:
That is asking someone to acknowledge their favorite children.  But since you asked;  "Lonely Man,"...
"New Shade of Blue,"...
  "Clock,"...  "Fallen,"...
 "Until We Meet Again"...
and "I'll Be There For You,"...
 to name a few.

OL:
Thank you very much Jon, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
3&4 of 7 segment?

Jon Michaels:
Can you tell me about your readers
and subscribers?

OL:
Thanks for asking Jon. We're happy to share that not only do we have thousands of
OL Viewers, worldwide,
who visit the
OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series
everyday, but we also have our OL Associates like the NY Worthies Magazine [<www.worthies.com>], tuning in on our invited Guest Artists Interviews. ...And here's Owner and Publisher of Worthies Magazine, Mike Macagnone...

Mike Macagnone:
Gezzzz...with Harry, Cat, and a few others out of the mix, it is refreshing to hear a new voice in the grove.  Don't get me wrong,
I have always been a fan of the two mentioned as well as the likes of
James Taylor, Don Mclean
and always waiting to hear form them with a new song
to sing with.

Mike Macagnone:
Our music from the late 60's through the 70's has been the basic fabric for shaping our thoughts through the path we follow in our lives. So refreshing to hear a new voice in the few that are active today, Jon...
In particular the lyrics you sing are relevant to someone like myself.  The music is the way I am conformable with. In a way that brings things home for a moment or two.  

Mike Macagnone:
In particular your voice and character shine in the lines of... "It's not just a woman who runs out of time, I hear a clock ticking too!"
 So very, very true for so many of us Jon.
Thanks again, Jon, I have enjoyed listening to you and your music, sir.  I wish you much success in all your music endeavors Jon,
and I am looking forward to hearing more. 
 Michael Macagnone...Publisher
Worthies Magazine
  

OL:
Thank You very much Mike and Jon. We look forward tomorrow in Parts 5&6 of this 7 of our Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where  we highlight
Singer Songwriter Jon Michaels'...

favorite moments performing on the 'Christina Cooks' TV Show & more...

OL:
Thank you very much Jon, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Jon. It's nice to have You on again, this  being Part 5 of  our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. In  this segment,  let's cover some of your special highlighted performances and  moments on the 'Christina Cooks' TV Show!

OL:
What was your first song and performance like on  the 'Christina Cooks' TV  Show?

Jon Michaels:
 Nervous. PBS is a staple for all of us and with all the camera crew and the 'live' (don't mess it up attitude) you can say I was tightly wound up.  My first song I believed was "Stones," but honestly, I can't remember.
 I know that as the series progressed, I got more relaxed and the songs came off more
at ease.

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PART 6 OF 7
OL:
Where is the television show filmed?   

Jon Michaels:
Philadelphia and New Jersey.
The first season was at someone's home and the 2nd was at a warehouse.  I did one season for Christina Cooks at Whole Foods in Princeton, NJ. That series only airs on the Comcast Network. 

OL:
Thank you very much Jon, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow on Part 7 of 7! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Jon. It's nice to have You on again, this  being Part 7 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. As  we have come
to the closing segment of this Interview feature, OL would first  like to thank You, Jon, for being super cool and
very informative at the same  time. Your natural gift of Song is truly a gift to us All!

Jon Michaels:
I appreciate your reaching out to me for this opportunity.

OL:
As we're sure that our OL Viewers will be following more or your successful Career, Mr. Michaels... For this  Interview, if you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts on where  true Songwriting is to today, and your closing music commentary quote?  Thank you.

Jon Michaels:
Personally I feel  a real affection with the songs of the 50s, 60s 70s.  Those were some amazing eras for songs.  The newer stuff,  not so much.  If a song can be sung with just a guitar, vocal, or piano vocal and move you, it's a great song. Remember that!

Jon Michaels:
Again, thank you for this wonderful opportunity to share my thoughts with your audience.

OL:
They say that there's nothing like a ticking clock to tell us what time it is, but a great song, coming from a gifted Songwriter like Jon Michaels, can do just the same, if not even more...

OL:
In today's recording world where sounding great is only a button away, it's nice to know that the simple act of singing, performing and writing a song that has some of life's real lessons in the lyrics and the uncluttered melodies that can make even a new-born smile, can still exist. Thanks Jon Michaels, for hearing that clock ticking, too...  

OL:
And thank you All for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


Playlist samples:
Nashville
Singer Songwriter
JON MICHAELS

ORIGINALS:
1. I Hear A Clock
2. Gift of Forgiveness
3. Fallen
4. I Am Who I Am



OL Quote Pick of the Guest Artist's Interview!

Personally I feel  a real affection with the songs of the 50s, 60s 70s.  Those were some amazing eras for songs.  The newer stuff,  not so much. If a song can be sung just guitar vocal or piano vocal and move you, it's a great song.
Remember that!"

...Jon Michaels

OL Quote Pick of the
Guest Artist's Interview!

"I would be happy to do whatever I can to further a better understanding of the roots and the goals of our little musical expedition. Rique (Re-kay), The Ebony Hillbillies."
Henrique Prince



OL Quote Pick of the
Guest Artist's Interview!

"I don't think you have enough time for me to tell you all the people that have influenced me. I grew up with Negro Spirituals, Jazz, blues, Old time, R&B, and Latin Music."
Gloria Gassaway


OL Quote Pick of the
Guest Artist's Interview!

"It is amazing to see how people from all cultures respond with smiles and joy to the music we play. It makes no difference where they come from, their age, economic or social background."
Newman Taylor Baker


OL Quote Pick of the
Guest Artist's Interview!

"The blues is forever, and music in general to me is still the medium for communication. Singing and dancing never hurt (nobody)."
...William Salter


OL Quote Pick of the
Guest Artist's Interview!

"Ya'll come and see us."
Norris Bennett







Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
THE EBONY HILLBILLIES
THE ONLY NYC BASED BLACK STRING BAND...
www.theebonyhillbillies.com
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 9/12/10 - 9/18/10
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OL:
We'd like to Welcome the Founder & BandLeader of The Ebony Hillbillies, Henrique Prince, to the  OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature as our Special Guest Artist for Part 1 of 7 of this week's Interview. We will be interviewing each of the members of The Ebony Hillbillies this week.  Harlem, New York's and Jamaica's Henrique Prince, the self-taught famed Violinist...founded The Ebony Hillbillies, with a unique group of celebrated Musicians, including Bill Salter, Gloria Thomas Gassaway, Newman Taylor, Norris Bennett...  This wonderous New York City Only Black String Band, has performed all over...from Lincoln Center to the one and only Carnegie Hall, NYC... and numerous National Television appearances, including "Good Morning America."  The bluegrass sound that embodies the best in American Music and its rich history... We would like to welcome Henrique Prince, and the entire Group Members of The Ebony Hillbillies. Welcome to the OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature as our Special Guest Artists!

OL:
Welcome Henrique, to the OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature as our Special Guest Artist!

Henrique Prince
:
Thank you so much for your interest,
and beautiful efforts towards
The Ebony Hillbillies
.

OL:
Henrique Prince...
born in Harlem in New York City...
 Henrique
is a self taught Violinist.
He taught himself classical as well as folk styles and later studied with
Charles Meacham
in Northern California.
He has played with such diverse musical groups as
The Sun Ra Arkestra,
The Saturday Night Live Band

& many others...

OL:
Henrique Prince has also toured Europe and has appeared on television programs from New York to San Francisco, and has taught in many public and private schools
in New York.

OL:
Henrique started The Ebony Hillbillies in order to play old time string band music much like it was in the days when it lived among the people. They have toured and played in many festivals and concert halls nationally and in Canada.

OL:
For our OL Viewers, we decided to ask
Mr. Prince
to indulge us with his wonderful story about The Ebony Hillbillies, its origin and musical and cultural purpose... for the entire moment of this Interview segment 1. It's all yours Henrique....

Henrique Prince:
We are essentially an "Old time,"
String Band.
That is to say that the collection of instruments that comprise the ensemble,  are elements of an older orchestration in American music. 
The washboard player greatly pre-dates the use of traps or a so called drum kit. 
The Banjo and violin combination harkens back to the oldest of all musical ensembles in African-American or indeed any
American music.

Henrique Prince:
Beyond this, some of the very subject matter and themes of the music are ancient in terms of African-American folklore. 
The Pateroller's,
for example were what the night riding slave patroller's were called by African's in the New world, in the days of plantation slavery.  Education was such that Black people could not yet "Roll their r's," hence the unusual and tribal pronunciation Patter roller's.

Henrique Prince
:
Because of the predominance of
Irish Americans
who took, or were forced to take these jobs as patrollers, and because of the excess exuberance and relish that many of them exhibited in the execution of their duties,  The "Cluck Ol' Hen, is another early example of what is now called old time music.  The "frailing" style of Banjo used here, is deeply and very directly connected to the "Claw-hammer," style of playing that comes from African Lute playing.

OL:
Thank you very much Henrique, for sharing with us, that excellent capsule of music history, which is an integral part of the American Music Culture. Thank You for coming on as our Special Guest Artist for today. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview 1 of 7 segment?

Henrique Prince
:
I would be happy to do whatever I can to further a better understanding of the roots and the goals of our little musical expedition. Rique (Re-kay), The Ebony Hillbillies.

OL:
Thank you very much, Henrique! It's a pleasure to spend this week with You and your treasured Band Members of The Ebony Hillbillies.We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, inviting  Bassist & Grammy Winning Songwriter William [Bill] Salter.

Respectively The Ebony Hillbillies' Henrique Prince, Founder & BandLeader, will be back on OL later in the week, and we will also be interviewing the other Group Members of The Ebony Hillbillies on the following OL Segments of this week's Interview.

OL:
Thank you very much Henrique, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you all tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


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OL:
We'd like to Welcome Bassist & Grammy Winning Songwriter William [Bill] Salter, having co-written such hits as,
"Where Is The Love,"
"Just The Two Of Us"
...this celebrated Bassist of so much more... And now performing with New York City's famed Ebony Hillbillies abroad
& throughout the country.

OL:
Bill, welcome to the OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature, part 2...
 
as our Special Guest Artist!

Bill Salter
:
This is Bill Salter of The Ebony Hillbillies, thanking Oceanlight Records for this opportunity.

OL:
Bill, your Solo Career goes back to the days of the great Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway pop hit "Where Is The Love,"
that You co-wrote with
Songwriting partner, Ralph MacDonald.
What a great song and classic recording.
Can You take us back to that
magical moment when
You
and Ralph penned this pop classic?

Bill Salter
:
Having recently joined Harry Belafonte as bassist, Ralph and I had just finished writing songs for Harry's album,
"Don't Stop The Carnival." Mr. MacDonald
came to me with several song titles.
I composed a concept and melody,
and Ralph and I created the story together.

OL:
What was it like to first hear
Roberta Flack
and Donny Hathaway
sing Yours and Ralph's song,
and tell us about the recording session?

Bill Salter
:
In 1969, we officially established
Antisia Music Publishing Co.,
Ralph
was on a
recording date with Roberta and Donny. They needed some more material.
"Where Is The Love"
was one of the songs they selected. (Oh Happy Day).

OL:
Working with Percussionist great
 Ralph MacDonald on many projects, including co-writing the hit song,
"Just The Two Of Us,"
recorded by
Singer Bill Withers,
must be a really
special moment in your Career, Bill.
How did You and Ralph first come to
work together?

Bill Salter
:
Again, Ralph came with a title. Actually at that time, BWIA Airlines was using that phrase representing Trinidad & Tobago. Again Ralph and I came together working with Mr. Belafonte.

OL:
Also, as the consummate and extraordinary Bassist that You've always been, on many recordings over the years... for major record labels such as RCA, Atlantic Records & Capital Records, to name a few...
and recording with superstars like
Bette Midler, Harry Belafonte
and the list goes on... Bill can You highlight for the
OL Viewers,
some of your favorite recording sessions throughout your Career?

Bill Salter
:
Recording and performing with
Singer Miriam Makeba
from South Africa,
was the most exciting Period in my Life.
My travels through Africa and Europe were so inspiring, I`m sure this had a profound effect on my development as a songwriter.
My composition of "When I`ve Passed On," Recorded by Ms. Makeba, was performed at a Christmas by special request in 1995.

OL:
Bill... You won a Grammy in 1981 for
Bill Withers'
recording of
"Just The Two Of Us,"

having co-written with
Percussionist Ralph MacDonald &
Singer Bill Withers.
If You will please set the stage for us that day in the studio, when all three of You were creating this song?

Bill Salter
:
Actually "Just The Two Of Us" was already complete, but when Bill Withers decided to make it his own, He got no argument from us.

OL:
So now Bill, You've arrived at another chapter in Your Career Travels, with
The Ebony Hillbillies
. How did You come to work with Founder 'Henrique' Prince,
in this very unique NYC Based one-of-a-kind Musical String Group, consisting of fiddle, banjo, washboard and bass fiddle instruments... crossing over to audiences in pop, country, bluegrass, folk, jazz
and beyond?

Bill Salter
:
I met Rique while looking for a washtub bass. When my attempts to return it failed,
I began to realize I was being drawn into this Ebony Hillbillies experience, as I listened to and heard about
(the lies my Teacher told me).

OL:
We have to say Bill... You must be having a blast as an Ebony Hillbillies Bassist member?

Bill Salter
:
I fully accept my calling to this group.
I am proud to be part of a situation that enlightens people about their true history, and  how our music has developed since the first slave ships arrived in America.

OL
:
Thank you very much Bill, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
2 of 7 segment?

Bill Salter
:
Since music is the greatest communicater
in the world, as a composer,
the message is in my songs!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 3 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, inviting the very talented lady of the group
Singer Gloria Thomas Gassaway
on the next segment!
Respectively The Ebony Hillbillies'
 Henrique Prince, Founder
& BandLeader,
will be back on OL later in the week and we will also the other groups Members of
The Ebony Hillhenriqueies
on the following
OL
Segments of this week's Interview

OL:
Thank you very much Bill, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
We'd like to Welcome the very talented Gloria Thomas Gassaway, the show-stopping Singer of The Ebony Hillbillies. Welcome to the OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature as our Special Guest Artist for Part 3 of 7 of this week's Interview, Gloria!

Gloria Gassaway:
Thank You so much for having me.

OL:
Gloria, The Ebony Hillbillies just had a great weekend of shows just last week in the
New York City
area. From what we know,
You really put on quite a performance while on stage, just working the Audiences wherever You perform. What's the inside joy to your magic that comes out on stage and touches everyone?

Gloria Gassaway:
My Father said to me, "If your bringing your spirit and love on stage,
You will touch your Audience."

OL:
So You're a Brooklyn Native and went to the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music?

Gloria Gassaway:
Yes I did.

OL:
When did You first join The Ebony Hillbillies?

Gloria Gassaway:
I have been an Ebony Hillbillies Member from the very beginning. I have been wearing many hats in this band for many years.

OL:
So we understand that You've been blessed to come from a Musical Family, who hail from Columbia, South Carolina. If You will please tell us Gloria, about growing up in a house full of music?

Gloria Gassaway:
Oh Yeah... I grew up in a house with Nineteen siblings and my Mom and Dad played music. Mr. Thomas had his own singing group called the Thomas Singers; by the way, there were two groups of the Thomas Singers.
The other group had Seventeen singers  and they were my cousins...
Oh Yeah It was a party!

OL:
What's it like to perform with all of these great Musicians in The Ebony Hillbillies Group on stage?

Gloria Gassaway:
It's wonderful! It's like church!

OL:
What are some of your favorite songs to perform on the music set of
The Ebony Hillbillies
' Shows?

Gloria Gassaway:
BIG FAT DADDY just give me the Blues!

OL:
As a Singer,
who are some of your musical influences?

Gloria Gassaway:
I don't think you have enough time for me to tell you all the people that have influenced me. I grew up with Negro Spirituals, Jazz, blues, Old time,  R&B, and Latin Music.

Gloria Gassaway:
If I have to name a few...
Gloria Lynn, James Brown, Barry Harris, Curtis Mayfield,
Tina Turner, Tito Puente, Ella Fitzgerald,  Howling Wolf, Bessie Smith,
Algia Mae Hinton,
Memphis Minnie,
and all of Motown.

OL:
So what's upcoming for
Gloria Thomas Gassaway,
on your Performance Calendar?

Gloria Gassaway:
Looking forward to working with some of the Blues cats that are around.
 San Francisco, Washington DC.,
 
and Virginia

OL:
Thank you Gloria. We look forward tomorrow in Part 4 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, as Group Member Percussionist Newman Taylor Baker of
"The Ebony Hillbillies," comes on board!

OL:
Thank you very much to
Singer Gloria Thomas Gassaway,

for coming on as one of our
Special Guest Artist members of
The Ebony Hillbillies
. We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


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OL:
We'd like to Welcome Washboard Player and celebrated Percussionist, Newman Taylor Baker,  of The Ebony Hillbillies. Welcome to the OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature as our Special Guest Artist for Part 4 of 7 of this week's Interview, Newman!

Newman Taylor Baker:
Thank you very much for inviting me.

OL:
The Washboard Instrument is so unique and intriguing. Can You tell us Newman, about the history of this instrument  and the key role that it plays in blues and bluegrass music?

Newman Taylor Baker:
The washboard is another example of the ingenuity of the African people, who survived the Middle Passage. It was a tool 
 
used to wash their master's and their own clothes. After incidents like the revolt of slaves in Stono, S.C.,

Newman Taylor Baker:
where a slave used a snare drum to communicate to slaves on his and surrounding plantations, resulting in a revolt and slaves escaping as far south as the
Florida Everglades.
Many whites were killed during that escape. So, drums were not allowed in a slave's possession. The slaves turned to other objects for percussion such as spoons, bones, pots & pans,
 and the washboard.

OL:
Newman, in addition to
The Ebony Hillbillies,
You've performed with quite an impressive line of Jazz Superstars, including Pianist, McCoy Tyner, Saxophonist great Joe Henderson, and another Pianist great Ahmad Jamal, to name a few.
How does your playing approach differ when working in both the Jazz and Blues worlds?

Newman Taylor Baker:
Playing the washboard has been a magical and mystical experience. I had not played the washboard until I substituted for my friend, Dave Gibson, at the Times Square location. It happened that I had a washboard that
I received from
Evelyn Blakey,

the oldest daughter of the great
Drummer Art Blakey,

the leader of Art Blakey and the
Jazz Messengers.
I found the washboard as
I was helping clean and empty her apartment after she passed.

Newman Taylor Baker:
I showed up with Evelyn's washboard and a stand to clamp the washboard on. The clamp didn't work and I ended up having to play it in my lap. I used expended 12 gauge shotgun shells, given me by Dave, on my fingers following the U. S. African tradition in most of the South... With the band. I had no rehearsal, didn't know the tunes, but played anyway. Suddenly, I started creating sounds that I had never made before.
The Ancestors were coming through me,
and I just watched my hands do things they had never done before. Everyone really liked what I was doing and said they've never heard washboard played that way. I found that if I got out of the way and trusted,
the music happened. It was very different from the drum set, where I had spent years of practicing, training my hands and mind.
On the drum set, I played what I practiced.

Newman Taylor Baker:
On the washboard I just played what was revealed to me. Now after six months I become familiar with what my hands
are doing, but I still get out of the way
and trust. It has taught me a new approach
to the drum set.

OL:
You're a Native of Petersburg, Virginia. When did You first come to New York
as a Performer?

Newman Taylor Baker:
My first gigs in New York came around 1978 when I appeared at Sweet Basil with
The Monnette Sudler Quartet,
and with Charlie Rouse and Cinnamon Flower in several venues including
The Newport Jazz  Festival
in New York
 
and The Kool Jazz Festival.
 
I was living in Philadelphia
and made the 2 hr. commute frequently.

OL:
Over the years, You've also expanded your talents to Teaching as well, Newman... thereby receiving several awards, including the "America's Teacher Award." Congratulations. How does it feel to be able to give back, to the up and coming young Musician Students?

Newman Taylor Baker:
I grew up on the campus of
Virginia State College
and received my first drum at 2 yrs. old. Learning about music & playing drums from
Dr. Undine Smith Moore,
R. F. Nathaniel Gatlin,
Dr. Thomas C. Bridge
of the music Faculty, and from every drummer or performing artist on campus. My Parents were on the Faculty, and highly regarded as talented Teachers.
I feel that I carry on that tradition by sharing my experience teaching others.

Newman Taylor Baker:
My teaching includes kindergarten to graduate school; professionals to beginners; public & private schools, general community members who think they have no musical talent. I particularly enjoy seeing people discover abilities that they didn't know they had. I teach in women's prisons as a member of The Avodah Dance Ensemble, where I play percussion and am composer in residence.
 I also work with Mickey D & Friends.

OL:
What's it like to perform with all of these great Musicians in The Ebony Hillbillies Group on stage?

Newman Taylor Baker:
It is great fun and very fulfilling. It is amazing to see how people from all cultures respond with smiles and joy to the music we play.
It makes no difference where they come from, their age, economic or social background. It is a great privilege to be a vehicle for joy, love, inspiration, and dance.
I believe that I am fulfilling my purpose for being here when I play this music.

OL:
What are some of your favorite songs to perform on the music set of
The Ebony Hillbillies
' Shows?

Newman Taylor Baker:
After six months I still don't know the names of most of the songs we play. But one I remember is "Broke Legged Chicken." I also like the songs Gloria sings like,
 "Big Fat Mama."


OL:
As a Musician,
who are some of your musical influences?

Newman Taylor Baker:
I have been influenced by almost every musician I have heard. I find that I can learn what to do, or what not to do from any musician. If you want some names, in addition to those named previously, there is: Dave Hoggard... when he was a student at Virginia. State U, John Baker
and Joe Bonner playing together in Richmond, VA.
Sam Rivers, Billy Harper, Billy Hart,
Billy Bang, Leroy Jenkins,
Henry Threadgill, Saul Goodman,
Tony Williams, Max Roach, Louis Hayes, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner,
Ahmad Jamal, Joe Henderson, Al Dailey, Joe Ford, Kamau Adelifu,
 Reggie Workman, Segovia,
 Aaron Copeland, Keith Copeland,
John Vanore, Johnny Lynch,
Cullen Knight,
and on and on and on. It's not really fair for me to mention names because there so many. Much more than I have time or space to name.

OL:
Newman, at this point in your Career, working with all of these wonderful Musicians, including The Ebony Hillbillies,
do You feel that You've come full circle,
or are there other projects that You'd like to add to your already impressive bio?

Newman Taylor Baker:
There is still a lot more to be done. 
Sept. 28th, the release of my debut CD "Drum-Suite-Life." It is my solo drum set project "Singin' Drums," which honors the drum set as the drum of U.S. African culture. The suite contains pieces inspired by Negro Spirituals, blues, New Orleans second line, jazz, classical, avant garde, and hand drums. I am developing a multi-media presentation to tell the story of the drum set as it represents the power, love, creativity, and intelligence of U.S. African culture.  

OL:
Thank you very much to Percussionist NewmanTaylor Baker, for coming on as one of our Special Guest Artist member of
The Ebony Hillbillies
. Newman, is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the OL viewers, as we conclude this Interview 4 of 7 segment?

Newman Taylor Baker:
It was a pleasure and I thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings about The Ebony Hillbillies, my music,
and my culture.

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
 We'd like to Welcome Banjo and Guitar Vocalist Norris Bennett,  of
The Ebony Hillbillies
. Welcome to the
OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature
as our Special Guest Artist for Part 5 of 7 of this week's Interview, Norris!

Norris Bennett: Hi!

OL:
Norris You were born in Ocala, Florida, but was raised in the northern snows of Buffalo, New York. What kind of music were You surrounded by as a youngster?

Norris Bennett:
Blues, Country, Western and Hillbilly music.

OL:
As a Solo world-traveled Musician, performing throughout the Netherlands, Belgium,
The Middle East,
which would be your principle instrument to perform with, since You are so well-versed in the Banjo and Guitar instruments?  

Norris Bennett:
Banjo and Guitar were the main instruments, but I also performed on Mountain Dulcimer  and Autoharp.

OL:
Norris, Your many accolades received as a Dulcimer Player and Teacher, worldwide... for those who'd like to know more about being a Dulcimer Player, can You tell our
OL
Viewers more about that?

Norris Bennett:
There are two principle styles on Mountain Dulcimer.  One style is primarily a rhythmic style used for vocal accompaniment, the other is a note selecting melodic style. 
I learned to specialize in the former, but could play the more melodic style when necessary.

OL:
What was it like to record the
"Freedom" Album
for Bear Records,
a record label in Germany?

Norris Bennett:
It was a lot of fun. We recorded most of it in a farm house in Bremen, Germany.  We did it without individual tracks; all of the Musicians together, until we got what we wanted.

OL:
What's it like to perform with all of these great Musicians in
The Ebony Hillbillies
Group on stage?

Norris Bennett:
Now, that is really a lot of fun, and a learning experience.

OL:
What are some of your favorite songs to perform on the music set of
The Ebony Hillbillies
' Shows?

Norris Bennett:
I like both "Ways of the World," an American folk instrumental with obvious Celtic or Scottish roots, and "Altamont," another American tune rooted more firmly in actual American music.  Those are both instrumentals, on the vocal side I like "Shenandoah," and "June Apple,"
even "Hard Times."

OL:
 As a Musician, who are some of your
musical influences?

Norris Bennett:
I like the Banjo playing and singing of
Roscoe Holcombe
and Clarence Ashley,
and on the Blues side Mississippi John Hurt,
and Fred McDowell.

OL:
Norris, out of all of the wonderful places You've performed; what to date, has been your favorite location?

Norris Bennett:
I haven't been "THERE," yet.

OL:
 Thank you Norris. We look forward tomorrow in Part 6 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, as a variety of questions for the entire Group, we'll jump around from member to member of
The Ebony Hillbillies!

Thank you very much Norris, for coming on as one of our Special Guest Artist member of The Ebony Hillbillies. Norris, is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the OL viewers, as we conclude this Interview 5 of 7 segment?

Norris Bennett:
"Ya'll come and see us."

OL:
 Thank you, Norris, you were great.
We'll see you tomorrow!
 And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, to Bassist and Grammy-Winning Songwriter Bill Salter, a member of The Ebony Hillbillies. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. As we have come to your closing Liner Notes of this Interview feature, OL would first like to thank You, Bill, for sharing your time with the OL Viewers, and for help bringing us All such wonderful music and friends in your magical Career. Yes, You truly are Mr. Magic!
 
Bill Salter
:
Well thank you, and let me say thank you to you and the show. This has been a real pleasurable experience.

OL:
As we're sure that our OL Viewers will be following more or your musical steps, Bill... For this Interview, if you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts on anything that You'd like to say from your, and your closing music commentary quote? Thank you.
 
Bill Salter
:
I plan to sing and play my guitar, featuring some of my lesser known compositions. Hopefully I will be able to find the venues for my act. As for the EHB`s, wherever they go,
I go and vice versa. The blues is forever, and music in general to me is still the medium for communication. Singing and dancing never hurt (nobody).

OL:
It is with these Grammy-Winning Songs, that we find to be much more than that, as great as awards are and have their historic purpose..., the music that
Artist William Salter
has brought to the world, & also on longstanding Songwriting Partnership with Songwriting Partner Percussionist great, Ralph MacDonald & other noted Artists & featuring Bill's works on... well let us indulge in just a few where Bill's magic is found on the albums of ... Tony Bennett, Jimmy Buffett,
Sadao Watanabe, Gato Barbieri,
Helen Reddy, Rod Stewart,
Freddie Hubbard, Miriam Makeba,
Letta Mbulu, Patti Austin,
Johnny Mathis...
it's just endless folks...
& may it always be that way. Thanks for the music Bill & your contribution as a member of
The Ebony Hillbillies
... OL.

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OL:
 Welcome Back!  We're at Part 7, the conclusion of this Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series... 
OL
would first like to thank You, Henrique, for sharing the music & cultural history of The Ebony Hillbilies with the OL Viewers, and for letting us in on the Group's worldwide acclaim and treasures of one of the last
Black String Bands
in the U.S.!

OL:
 All this week, we've had the pleasure of getting to know the members of
The Ebony Hillbillies
. Thank You to All 
in the group: Gloria Thomas Gassaway, Newman Taylor Baker, Bill Salter,
Norris Bennett
and paramountly to Henrique Prince, himself, who's endless dedication and his own extraordinary Violin playing; and bringing with this Group, most preciously, a part of the American African Culture & Music History, from the deep South to the soaring North and all around the world, giving show-stopping perfomances of blues, bluegrass, folk music & so much more, with thousands of heartfelt fans from all walks of life! The Ebony Hillbillies music and performances, spanning from the streets of New York City, to Carnegie Hall,
to 'Good Morning America' Television Show. Thank You Henrique and ALL of the members of The Ebony Hillbillies...

OL:
Thank you, to Violinist and Founder of
The Ebony Hillbillies,
Henrique Prince,
and thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

Playlist samples:
The Only NYC Based Black  String Band...
THE EBONY HILLBILLIES

1. THE EBONY HILLBILLIES
[Track]
Paterola'lgetcha - Barefoot And Flying CD
(live@clearwater-uncut)
2. Ebony Hillibillies Member BILL SALTER
Bassist & Grammy-Winning
Co-Songwriter with Ralph MacDonald
Where Is The Love?
        [Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway]



OL Quote Pick of the Guest Artist's Interview!

Remember how much good music is out there that you've not heard yet."

...Jann Klose

Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
JANN KLOSE
POP ROCK SINGER SONGWRITER
www.jannklose.com
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 9/19/10 - 9/25/10

playlist at end

OL:
We'd like to Welcome Pop Singer/Songwriter Jann Klose, who's CD, REVERIE has received worldwide acclaim on over 125 radio stations, including Sirius XM Radio in the U.S., the BBC in the U.K.  Hits on the album include,
"Give In To This Life," "Doing Time,"
"Hold Me Down"
and "Beautiful Dream."  

OL:
And his live shows are equally fantastic.  Jann also has a new music video,
 "Doing Time," which is a hit on youtube,
and a new digital EP, "SACRIFICE."

OL:
Welcome Jann, and thank you for giving us and all of the OL Site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, for the entire week of Sept. 19, 2010.
Once again, thank you and welcome... 

Jann Klose:
Thank you for having me!

OL:
Jann, You were born in Mannheim, Germany and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa?

Jann Klose:
Indeed I was.

OL:
What a diverse background you had growing up. What kind of music were you exposed to, growing up in various parts of Africa. We understand you were able to see a lot of the world, much credit to your family's
love of travel?

Jann Klose:
Yes, a lot of African music as a small child. My family and I got to see a lot of Eastern and Southern Africa... As a baby I "climbed" Mt. Kilimanjaro in Northern Tanzania...
On my Dad's back!

OL:
What came first for you,
Singing or the Guitar...
or did the two meet as one?

Jann Klose:
Singing... I was making up songs and stories pretty early on. Then came a cheap Casio keyboard and the nylon string acoustic guitar. I eventually moved to piano and a Martin Guitar.

OL:
You first came to the United States on a Student Exchange Program to Cleveland, Ohio. Can you tell us about your first time performing in the States and who did you study with?

Jann Klose:
First performances were with the High School Show Choir... Later on, I studied voice with David Gooding in Cleveland, and sang with the Cleveland Opera Chorus... and various other ensembles in Northeast Ohio. My first band was made up almost entirely from guys/gals from Youngstown, Ohio.

OL:
What lessons in music and stage performance did you bring back, Jann, after returning  to Hamburg, Germany from the
Cleveland, Ohio Exchange Program?

Jann Klose:
My first time back was really filled with impressions of American and English music.
I had heard bits and pieces growing up. During my stay I found out who the artists were that I had always loved and where they
came from.

OL:
As we travel through all of the wonderful stages of your career, Jann, and of course all of the great stuff that's happening to you now, tell us what it was like, recording your first album ENOUGH SAID and where was the Studio?

Jann Klose:
Again, Youngstown, Ohio... A place called Ampreon Recorder. Not sure if they're still around, but we did record to a
2 inch tape... Reel to reel.
It was a great learning experience.

OL:
Jann, your voice and singing style have a nice direct and emotive soaring sound naturally made for the Pop/Rock style music that you sing... You have also performed with Broadway Touring Companies, in the award-winning shows of "Jekyll & Hyde" and
"Jesus Christ Superstar."
Tell us about this theatrical part of your career, Jann?

Jann Klose:
After I moved to NYC, I needed to find work as a singer. I ended up going to audition after audition, and got cast pretty quickly, in a regional production of the "Who's Tommy."
It ran for a week at NJ Performing Arts Center. Then I was on the road for most of the next year. Learned a lot about being a traveling artist. I got very good at
traveling 'light'.

OL:
You incorporate an assortment of musical styles in the overall sound of your recordings.
Who are some of your favorite Artists that have influenced you with their own eclectic musical performances?

Jann Klose:
A lot of different styles of music. I think the late 60s, early 70s folk movement as well as Motown had a pretty big impact on me. Even though I grew up with 80's/90's pop radio...

OL:
Having been a performing Artist in New York for the last ten years, how do You feel, Jann, your music has evolved?

Jann Klose:
More than anything I feel I've become more and more confident in myself and my art. That's made all the difference.

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
1 of 7 segment?

Jann Klose:
Remember how much good music is out there that you've not heard yet!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we cover the making of Jann Klose's celebrated REVERIE CD & more...!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

OL:
Welcome Back, Jann. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 2 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again. As we listen to your stellar tracks during this OL Interview, your CD REVERIE, has a real nice flow and mixture of tempo and style. Tell us the story behind the title name of this CD?

Jann Klose:
Thanks ... I was looking for a title that embodied the idea of the dream state. REVERIE was a perfect fit. It felt like it covered more than just the first track,
but rather the entire album.

OL:
The song, "The Beginning" is a cool track, with your vocals soaring at the top of the tune, and then it rocks out mostly as an instrumental. We notice that this track is that last track on your REVERIE CD.
Was this a forethought, the starting of a new beginning for your next CD?

Jann Klose:
Well, it is the most fitting spot for the tune since it varies stylistically from all other tracks on the album. It also creates a full circle... an album feeling that I always appreciate when I listen to a full record.
I wrote the song a long time ago and had been playing it for years. People kept asking me to record it.

OL:
We also like the "Doing Time" track. If we may say, your music is very original, and yet this track reminds one of a kind of Beatles melancholy sound, which is never a bad thing to be likened to. What was your vision and influence for writing this song.

Jann Klose:
I came up with the melody while visiting Berlin, Germany a few years ago.
 The accordion adds a nice touch.
That's Lars Potteiger, who also plays piano on that track. We also made a music video for this song which can be seen on my YouTube page... It's a shot in stop-motion which goes along well with the  'stuck in the moment' feel of the tune.

OL:
What would be your favorite track, or top favorite tracks on your REVERIE CD?

Jann Klose:
Like them all! Am I allowed to like them all?

OL:
Without a doubt, Jann. We like them all, too!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, as we conclude this OL Interview 2 of 7 segment?

Jann Klose:
Thanks for lending me your ears!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 3 of this 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we cover Jann Klose's 'live' show
 line-up & more...!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Jann. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 3 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again. Jann, in general, after you've recorded all of your material for a new CD, what are the key factors that help you in deciding the song order?

Jann Klose:
Song to song dynamic, both lyrically and musically.

OL:
Tell us about the Musicians that You work with on your 'live' shows?

Jann Klose:
I play live with the same band that's on the record. I love this group. They're my friends, too. There's Chris Marolf on upright bass.
He just took up the Kora (a West African harp) and the banjo.
 Lars, I've already mentioned above.

Jann Klose:
They both have significant others who've joined the band... Leah Potteiger on violin and Megan Marolf on oboe. Both of them can cover a lot of the other string and even some horn parts from the studio recording.

OL:
Some Artists like to give out a playlist of the songs they are performing on their 'live shows. Is that something You do for your 'live' shows?

Jann Klose:
I don't... People usually call out tunes or ask me what they want to hear in an email or on Facebook, etc. That gives me a pretty good ideas what's liked.

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
 3 of 7 segment?

Jann Klose:
Thank you

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:Welcome Back, Jann. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 4 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we introduce a 'one word'  Interview question to You, Jann, and if you can you please playback a One-word Commentary Note for the OL Visitors, that would be interesting! Okay, let's take off!

OL:
Far?
Jann Klose:
Never too far!

OL:
Changes?
Jann Klose:
Need to happen.

OL:
Audience?
Jann Klose:
Should be as ecstatic as the band!

OL:
Constant?
Jann Klose:
Few things are.

OL:
Rock?
Jann Klose:
Try to be your own.

OL:
Simmer?
Jann Klose:
I like to cook.

OL:
Band?
Jann Klose:
I've got the best band in the world!

OL:
Book?
Jann Klose:
Still thinking about Siddartha. 

OL:
Opera?
Jann Klose:
Verdi and Mozart.. Talk about Rock!

OL:
About?
Jann Klose:
It's about time I get to my next email!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
4 of 7 segment?

Jann Klose:
Thanks.

OL:
Thank you, Jann. We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as Pop Rock Singer Songwriter Jann Klose takes us to his favorite places and venues to tour with his Band & more..on the next segment. And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Jann. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 5 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we get to go with You, Jann,
on your favorite places and venues to tour with your Band & more...!

OL:
Jann, we understand that You did a TV appearance ("Alive With Clive") recently in Westchester County, New York.
How did You like that?

Jann Klose:
TV is usually fun. I enjoy doing it. Radio is great, too... But, it's more intimate.
You're (obviously) more exposed when there's a camera and bright lights on you.

OL:
When touring worldwide,
what are some of your favorite tour locations
to tour with your Band?

Jann Klose:
I enjoy touring a lot. A great show and an engaged audience is my favorite place to be... Doesn't really matter where. I like an audience that's not shy and let's me know how they feel.

OL:
Okay Jann, give us a crowd that surprised You during one of your 'live' shows,
and in what way?

Jann Klose:
I love an audience that will song along, even before I ask them to... When opening for
The Strawbs,
that was always the case.
They like to sing along.

OL:
What would you say that so far, Jann would be your top show-stopping tune from your repertoire, that gets the Audience
every time?

Jann Klose:
Well, there's "Hold Me Down,"
"Mother Said, Father Said"

and a new song called "Still."
Those have been good for us!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
5 of 7 segment?

Jann Klose:
I'd love for people to check out our music video for "Doing Time." We worked really hard at it and think it came out great.
It's on YouTube!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 6 of this 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we find out about a few of Jann's favorite things!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Jann. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we get to know a few of your
favorite things!

OL:
Who are some of the Artists that You listen to today on your iPod?

Jann Klose:
Don't have an iPod but have music on my BlackBerry and use my CD player in my car. Also just got a record player! So, I've been buying albums! Got some classics, CSN, Prince, Joni Mitchell... Been loving
The Shins, Sufjan Stevens

and some Cee Lo.

OL:
When listening to music in general, Jann,
do You like downloading tracks a lot,
or would You prefer to have the CD in
your hands?

Jann Klose:
Either way is fine with me.

OL:
Having performed with Broadway Musical Touring Companies, yourself, Jann...
To date, what would be your favorite Broadway Show that you've seen or would like to see?

Jann Klose:
First one I saw, was...
 The Who's "Tommy,"
happens to be the first one
I was in, too.

OL:
Tell us about the story behind your track "The Sacrifice"?

Jann Klose:
It's about regret. The regret of losing someone, but it being out of one's control.

OL:
If You could only pick one song of yours that would say who You are best, Jann,
which of your songs would that be?

Jann Klose:
Don't you know you you're not supposed to ask that kind of question? Why, all of them of course! I'm kidding. I usually like the most recent song that I've written.

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
6 of 7 segment?

Jann Klose:
Thank You, once again!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 7 of this 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where Singer Songwriter Jann Klose, gives us his closing commentary on where Pop Rock Music is Today!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Jann. It's nice to rock out with You just one more time, this being Part 7 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. As we have reached the closing segment of this Interview feature, OL would first like to thank You, Jann, for your wonderful Interview in-between your shows for the past week. It's been so interesting interviewing You for this past week...great fun!

Jann Klose:
Thanks! I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I appreciate your patience.

OL:
No problem, Jann. We appreciate your giving OL and All of our OL Viewers this sparkling Interview on your great new music and your career. For this Interview, Jann, if you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts on "Pop Rock Music Today" and your closing music commentary quote? Thank you.

Jann Klose:
Hmm... Music today, Pop Music... It's so many things because there's a much larger body of music available to the general public. It's sometimes harder to find because labels tend to push the same stuff.

Jann Klose:
They're not able to take the kind of risks they used to. But not all of them are like that. There's always exceptions. It's good to be around people who are music fanatics since they will turn you on to something you won't hear on the radio.

OL:
Well said, Jann... and in closing, about this super gifted Singer Songwriter Jann Klose, we here at OL would like to add that it is very rare that Singer Songwriters today, especially in the Pop Music World, come to their Audiences by just sheer honesty and integrity in their music and lyrics... and not to mention just plain ol' hard work, performing, performing and performing!

OL:
Singer Songwriter Pop Rock Artist Jann Klose, is just one of the rarest of Artists to help bring his very natural, innovative and world-traveled music style back to full circle once again. keeping it raw, real and full of emotional energy for Pop Music lovers and all. So thanks, Jann for Doing Time with us here at OL, and keep writing great music, just like in The Beginning!

OL:
Thank you, to Pop Rock Singer Songwriter Jann Klose, and thank you All for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

Playlist Samples:
Famed
Pop Rock
Singer Songwriter
JANN KLOSE

1. The Beginning - Reverie CD
2. All These Rivers - Reverie CD
3. Doing Time - Reverie CD
4. It's Not The Way - Black Box EP
5. This Sacrifice - Sacrifice EP
6. Give In To This Life - Reverie CD
7. Beautiful Dream - Reverie CD

Remembering OSCAR CASTRO-NEVES (1940-2013)
commentary below after Original Interview

Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
OSCAR CASTRO-NEVES
BRAZILIAN GUITARIST GREAT (1940-2013)
https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/oscarcastroneves
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 10/10/10 - 10/16/10
playlist at end

OL:
We'd like to Welcome the brilliant
Brazilian Guitarist Composer & Arranger, Legend Oscar Castro-Neves,
a major contributing pioneer, first bringing worldwide attention to the beginning wave of the
Bossa Nova movement...
along with friend & Legend Composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto and a few other fellow Brazilian Musicians,
who played a key role in the beautiful
Bossa Nova music-styled phenomenon!

OL:
Before working with the famed
Sergio Mendes' Brazil '66 Group
that swept the  U.S. off of its feet,
where Oscar Castro-Neves was the featured guitarist, music director & vocal coach for Mendes for many years. As we travel from the beginning in Brazil...
Oscar Castro-Neves

performed with his three brothers in Brazil...
Pianist Mário, Bassist Iko
& Drummer Léo, at the tender age of just sixteen.
And then working with greats, from
Vinicius de Moraes,
to Dorival Caymmi & then crossing over to the U.S. waters,
working with Jazz Legends... 
from Stan Getz, to Dizzy Gillespie,
Lalo Schifrin Trio,
the Laurindo de Almeida Quartet...
and so many others that we here at OL,
will be covering this week 
during Oscar's Interview!

OL:
Welcome Oscar, and thank you for giving us and all of the OL Site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,  for the entire week of October 10, 2010. We here at OL have been waiting to Interview You for a long time, Oscar...
so we'd like to thank You for the opportunity to do so and we look forward to spotlighting all of the colors of your illustrious Career, that continues to shine brighter than ever, throughout the many years of your sharing with the world, your magic, music and mastery! On behalf of all of our OL Viewers, once again, thank you and welcome Oscar!

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Hello, it is nice to be here and to have this opportunity to chat a little bit.

OL:
Oscar, for our OL Readers, we'd like to take them on a journey, starting from the very beginning, where You were born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tell us of your childhood memories growing up in Rio, and when you first came to know and love music?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
 We were a big family, six brothers and a sister.  I am one of triplets. So, growing up was a lot of fun, the house always full of friends and family, 'specially around holidays.

OL:
Your first instrument was the 'cavaquinho', the small Brazilian guitar used in such traditional styles as Choro. Tell us about the introduction to You of this instrument,
and who taught You?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I come from a musical family full of amateur musicians: my mother played a little guitar, an uncle played cello, an aunt was a soprano singer, and most special, another uncle that taught me really hip chords on the guitar.
 And I fell in love with harmonic structures. The cavaquinho was the first instrument
(when I was about 6 years old)
because it was small enough
for my little hands.

OL:
You started performing with your brothers at an  early age. So, it seems like You certainly grew up in a Musical Family. What was it like playing in a band with your brothers?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
It was great. It was another link in what united us. My eldest brother played piano, the second eldest the drums; one of the triplets a little flute and the other the bass.

OL:
You recorded your first song called, 
"Chora Tua Tristeza,"

at the tender age of sixteen?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I was at a friend's house, a musical reunion. Everybody was playing his or her songs.
When I did mine, there was a singer there,
Alaide Costa
who told me she was recording her album and asked if she could record that song. It was an instant hit. I was lucky. Alaide became a close friend and throughout the years we did a lot of music together.

OL:
From beginning with playing the 'cavaquinho' instrument, You also mastered the Piano and of natural legendary progression to the Classical Guitar Instrument. When You wrote your first song, what instrument did you use, to write it with?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I actually wrote the first half in a bus, going to visit my friend Luvercy Fiorini, who wrote the lyrics. As I got to his place I got the guitar and finished the song.

OL:
Oscar, as it is now a classic, your first recorded song, "Chora Tua Tristeza,"
became a national hit in Brazil and generated over fifty covers recorded by various artists. What was it like to hear your music in general, celebrated by so many Artists'
cover versions of your song?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
What a feeling. First of all, going to the studio and hearing it orchestrated for the first time... rhythm section, strings horns, the works. The guitar player in the orchestra was Badden Powell,
who also became a good friend.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
A month after it was released, I woke up one morning and the milkman was passing my window, singing the song. I ran outside in my pajamas yelling; You're singing my song, You're singing my song...
The guy, not really believing me,
 looked at me with a funny face and said; "Yeahhhhh..."
I'll never forget it.

OL:
While building the foundation of your Career in your native Brazil, Oscar, you also worked with Dorival [Dori] Caymmi, the godfather of Bahian-rooted Afro-Brazilian sounds,
 an ongoing collaboration that has lasted even to this day... Tell us of how you first came to work together with your friend, Brazilian Legend Vocalist & Composer,
Dori Caymmi
in Brazil?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
First of all...  Dorival Caymmi is all that you said. Dori Caymmi is his son, also an incredible composer and arranger. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.  ...Dorival lived across the street and Dori used to come to my apartment. He was 3 years younger, and 
at that age, when you are that young it makes a lot of difference.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
He is a very dear friend. Regarding Dorival, we first worked together in a show produced by Aloyso Oiveira, featuring
Dorival Caymmi, Vinicus de Moraes,

the vocal group "Quarteto em Cy" and my band. I also was the musical director.
The show ran for a year.

OL:
And we come to the time that You first met fellow Brazilian,
Legend Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Tell us about that and what it meant to You, yourself Oscar,  to be one of founding pioneers of the great Bossa Nova phenomenon that captured the whole world?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I met Jobim when I was 16. My brother Mario found his name in the phone book (isn't that so simple?) and called him... "Hi Tom
(his nickname),
this is Mario Castro-Neves." Tom said, 
"Yeah, I know you guys, what is it?"
 Mario said... "We have a garage with a piano, would you like to come, have a beer and make some music?" He said, 
"Give me an hour."
He came and became a friend and in the years to come we worked many times together.

OL:
As we start to travel to the U.S. in the next segment of this week's Interview,
of when You first came to the U.S.,
tell us Oscar, for our new OL Viewers,
in general, simply... What is the musical magic behind the Bossa Nova and what does it mean to You on the most deepest depth of the soul?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
First, like the golden age of American Music, the music of the Bossa Nova repertoire is music of the highest caliber, poetically, musically and harmonically.
Timeless, Perennial.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Second, when João Gilberto created this rhythm with his guitar, He decanted all the myriad of rhythm figures of the samba into a minimalist synthesis that not only captivated Brazil but also allowed the music to travel.

OL:
Thank you very much Oscar, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
 1 of 7 segment?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Thanks for this opportunity,
and I look forward to our conversations.

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
where Brazilian great Guitarist Composer & Arranger Oscar Castro-Neves comes to the U.S. for the first time... on the path of his phenomenal musical journey & more...!   Thank you Oscar. We'll see you tomorrow!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back to renowned Brazilian Jazz Guitarist, Composer & Arranger
Oscar Castro-Neves,

this being Part 2 of our 7 day Interview for
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.

OL:
Welcome back Oscar, and thanks again for sharing some of your time with OL this week. Tell us about your first music project that brought You from the shores of Brazil
 to the shores of the U.S.?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Sidney Frey, owner of Audio Fidelity Records had recorded an album with me in Rio. Later, together with Show magazine he produced the first Bossa Nova Concert at Carnegie Hall, November 21, 1962
and he invited me to be on the show.

OL:
Oscar, let's cover your beginning tours
with your Quartet and who was on the set?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I was playing piano, my identical twin brother, Iko (Antonio Carlos) Castro Neves on bass, Henry Wilcox on guitar and
Roberto Pontes
on drums,
replacing my brother Leo Castro Neves.

OL:
How did You come to work with Jazz greats Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
After the Carnegie Hall concert, Sidney Frey promoted
a mini tour with the
Dizzy Gillespie Quintet,
the Stan Getz Quartet, The L.A. Jazz Quartet;
with Laurindo Almeida
on guitar,
Ray Brown
on bass,
Bud Shank
on sax,
and Shelley Manne on drums,
the Lalo Schiffrin Trio,
and my quartet.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I remember we played the Forum in
Los Angeles
and the Masonic Auditorium in Los Angeles. I felt humble and excited to be working with those great musicians
and personal idols.

OL:
 In working with Legend Guitarist
Laurindo Almeida...
what experience and growth did You draw from working with one of Brazil's most celebrated Musician?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Laurindo was wonderful, with a great sense of humor. He was encouraging, giving me great insight in the recording world of
Los Angeles.
Later we did an album together,  Laurindo Almeida,
"The Best Of Everything"

which I arranged.

OL:
Oscar, also your working with
Composer great Lalo Schifrin.

Tell us about that?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Lalo was already very famous,
having worked and arranged for
Dizzy's Gillespiana Orchestra.
We worked together in 1962, on an album with
Brazilian guitarist Luiz Bonfá.
He is a marvelous composer and conductor
and a wonderful gentleman.

OL:
Your Guitar, Orchestral, and
Vocal arrangements are signature
and legendary, Oscar, not to mention your magical compositions, themselves.
In highlighting your song,  "Pensando" from your BRAZILIAN SCANDALS CD, which we feature during this Interview...
in the ever-steady and supporting
rhythm guitar track,
that keeps your beautiful lead guitar melody floating on air, is really something, with the strings soaring in the background.
When writing music, what do You concentrate on most,
the chord changes, or the melody?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Every piece, song, every arrangement you write brings different propositions. You try to be at service for the task at hand. If you are working with a singer, you try to create the best frame for her or his voice.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
 If it is music for a film, your job is to service the director's vision. I love intricate, sophisticated harmonies,
like Ravel or Debussy. Whether you are writing in country, or pop style, you have to "speak"
in that idiom. Like learning several languages. I am still learning,
I will die a student.

OL:
Speaking of arranging, how can we not cover your extraordinary time with the Sergio Mendes Brasil '66 Group. Clearly this was one of the defining moments when the
bossa nova took the world by storm...
and Oscar, you were a special part of that.

OL:
Tell us of your beginning years of working with Sergio Mendes and the great front Singers in the group, Lani Hall,
Gracinha Leporace
& Karen Philipp
on Herb Alpert's A&M Label?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I learned a lot working with Sergio.
He not only is a fantastic musician but a great producer and arranger himself.
Look at the longevity of his career.
A&M
at that time was a great big family.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
It was great hanging out a lot with everyone in the band and the other artist on the label. Gracinha, I knew from Brazil, having arranged her first three albums in Rio... very dear to me.

OL:
Oscar, there's so much ground to cover on your impressive music career, we look forward to just rattling off some of the key names of the many great Artists that you've worked with. In the meanwhile,
as we close for this segment...
tell us about the 1962 historic
Carnegie Hall Bossa Nova Festival
that you were a part of and some of the great highlights in your career, that it led to?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I guess I already said something about that. But, looking back at the Carnegie Hall,
I was very busy backstage, writing last minutes charts to accompany all the friends that came from Brazil without back up... Bonfá, Menescal, Jobim,
Agostinho dos Santos, Carlos Lyra

and the others.
I did not have awareness of where I was.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Today I look back and say wow, my first gig in the USA was at Carnegie Hall. This is a snapshot of that evening:
after Luiz Bonfá
and Agostinho dos Santos
(the singing voice of Orpheus in the film "Black Orpheus")
performed "Manhã de Carnaval.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
You can also see me at the piano,
my twin brother Iko at the bass,
Roberto Pontes
at the drums, and
behind Agostinho, my guitar player,
Henry Wilcox
(Brazilian,
 in spite of having an English name).

OL:
Thank you very much Oscar, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
2 of 7 segment?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Just a note to say that if the journey was a good one, I am still traveling.

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 3 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we travel to the world of  Brazilian great Guitarist Composer & Arranger
Oscar Castro-Neves'

Film Orchestrations, Big Band moments
& more !

OL:
And thank you all for visiting
 OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


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OL:
Welcome Back Oscar, glad to be here again with You at OL, this being Part 3 of our 7 day Interview for
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Hello again.

OL:
Oscar, how did it feel when the great Antonio Carlos Jobim included your song, "Morrer de Amor" (with Luverci Fiorini)
on his 1966 album "Tom Jobim Apresenta"?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Actually, this album was produced by
Aloysio Oliveira,
famous producer, composer, lyricist and record company owner in Brazil. Aloysio, among many things was Carmen Miranda's music director and had worked with Walt Disney in the USA.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
After Carmen died, he returned to Brasil as A&R for EMI Odeon and later founded "Elenco," a recording company responsible for releasing an incredible pioneering catalog of Bossa Nova albums in Brazil. I am sure he had a hand also in choosing the songs. I learned to be a producer with him. I miss him. I miss Jobim.

OL:
Your 1962 "Big Band Bossa Nova -
Oscar Castro-Neves and his Orchestra"
Album,
you no doubt covered some of Jobim's classics, along with your own original songs. What Studio did You record this album with,  while working with your Orchestra, and tell us about the sessions?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
We used Columbia Records Studio, in Rio. The repertoire was chosen in collaboration with Sidney Frey, who was releasing the album on his Audio Fidelity label. I had my quartet as rhythm session, enlarged with: 2 more percussion players, and a small horn section, trumpet, trombone and 3 saxes.
 I just found some old photos and, among them some of those sessions.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
You learn from everybody. I grew up listening to all kinds of music: Ravel, Debussy, Brazilian popular music,
Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker,
Dizzy, Mancini,
Nelson Riddle, Chet Baker,
Michel Legrand,
Elvis,
everybody and everything.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
You hope you digest all this and after a while something comes out that is your own expression  ...an Oscar Castro-Neves filter.
I think that the love of chords made me discover that the orchestra was a BIG instrument,
with a enormous palette of colors.

OL:
Your Film Scoring credits include:
 "Blame It On Rio," and also the
 Michael Caine
co-starring with Steve Martin
comedy movie vehicle,
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,"
 [Composer Miles Goodman],
 to  name a few...
Your musical works and orchestration, especially these two films, Oscar,
are absolutely wonderful. Can You take us there for a moment, when working on orchestrations and arrangements for films
in general?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Like I said before, when you work on films, your job is to service the director's vision. You are successful to the extent that your contribution to the whole helps framing that vision. I also like the double challenge,
 that is writing for film.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
First you work to enhance the drama,
the laughter, or the romance of the image. Second, you have to navigate the world of frames, seconds and all that is necessary to synchronize the music to the moving images. It is a lot of fun.

OL:
In the film "Blame It On Rio," You are seen playing Guitar on the beach in the film.
Tell us about filming that scene?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Stanley Donen, the director was enjoying the music I was writing and said he would like to have me do a quick appearance on screen. We rehearsed first, and I was to have a little monkey on my shoulder.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
During all of the rehearsals, and camera blocking, the monkey stayed very calmly on my shoulder, while I played my guitar.
Right at the moment the camera started,
she got afraid and jumped out.
So, she is not there in the shot.

OL:
Thanks for sharing that filming moment with us Oscar, that's great. Now on another note; if You can tell us about working with Saxophonist Paul Winter and recording with him on his "Brazilian Days" CD on his own 'Living Music'  Record Label?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Paul is a dear old friend. We met in the sixties in Rio and have been collaborating for many years. This album reflects the love Paul has for Brazilian music and his involvement with the culture and history of Brazil.
It features compositions from many of the composers of the Bossa nova era.

OL:
Okay, your next CD that we're highlighting, "MARACUJA"... On this set, as on all of your recordings, Oscar, you're in great musical company... to name a few: Ernie Watts,
Don Grusin
and the cool Phil Perry,
who we just had the pleasure of Interviewing recently here at OL.

OL:
We wish we could name the entire cast,
but tell us Oscar, about the highlight moments of making this recording set, which include the very romantic track,
"Love In The Afternoon,"
among others and the title track "Maracuja" of the CD?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Well, I am a romantic. The title of the song "Love in the Afternoon" comes from a 1957 Billy Wilder Film, with Gary Cooper,
Audrey Hepburn
and Maurice Chevalier.
It is just a wonderful film. "Maracujá" is the Brazilian name for the Passion Fruit.
So, you can see, everything connects.

OL:
Thank you very much Oscar, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
3 of 7 segment?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I am a lucky individual, being able to make my living with something I love. It is a privilege. For me, there is no Sunday or Monday. Everyday is good.
 I am a happy person.

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 4 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where Oscar Castro Neves gives us a one-word playback on OL's weekly one-word commentary segment of this Interview...
so stay tuned and enjoy!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Oscar. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 4 of our 7 day Interview for
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.

OL:
We're at the segment Interview feature, where we introduce a 'one word'  Interview question to You, Oscar, and if you can you please playback a One-word Commentary Note for the OL Visitors, that would be a treasure! Okay, Oscar it's all yours!

OL:
Brazil?
Oscar Castro-Neves:
Sensual

OL:
Smiling?
Oscar Castro-Neves:
Yes

OL:
Record?
Oscar Castro-Neves:
always

OL:
Arrange?
Oscar Castro-Neves:
color

OL:
Miss?
Oscar Castro-Neves:
Lorraine

OL:
Samba?
Oscar Castro-Neves:

double sensual

OL:
Nova?
Oscar Castro-Neves:
Bossa

OL:
Heart?
Oscar Castro-Neves:
Romance

OL:
Cafe?
Oscar Castro-Neves:
Now

OL:
Orchestrate?
Oscar Castro-Neves:
Life

OL:
Thank you very much Oscar, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview 4 of 7 segment?

Oscar Castro-Neves:

Bye

OL:
Thank you, Oscar. We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as Guitarist great,
Oscar Castro-Neves
talks about some of his recording sessions, 'live' concerts and gives us all a look inside the magic of his legendary and beautiful signature chord progressions & colors. that are always present in his music...

OL:
And thank you all for visiting
 OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back to celebrated
Brazilian Jazz Guitarist, Composer & Arranger Oscar Castro-Neves,
this being
Part 5 of our 7 day Interview for
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.
Welcome back Oscar,
it's a pleasure to have You on again.

OL:
Your signature in-the-pocket rhythmic guitar-playing style, is truly a gem to the listening ear... moving from chord to chord, with such grace and beauty, an art unto itself.
What moves You Oscar, to create this dynamic effect on your recordings in general?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Thank you for your kind words. Harmony is also a question of flow, how one chord connects with the next, and its relationship with the one that came before. I try to make those connections as smooth as I can.

OL:
Prior to recording for Mack Ave Records,
You did some recordings for JVC Record Label, including your
MORE THAN YESTERDAY CD.
And in between you have also the wonderful
TROPICAL HEART
on the
'Samson Music'
Label.

OL:
Tell us about recording the track, "Souvenirs," as You from time to time, feature Vocals on your tracks... on this one, Singer Bunny Hull?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
TROPICAL HEART was first released on
JVC Records. Bunny Hull
is a Grammy award winner, songwriter, singer, producer and long time friend. We got together to write "Souvenirs" and the demo was so good, we just went to the studio and repeated the experience. I love her lyrics and her singing.

OL:
Okay Oscar, there are so many, but let us rattle off just some of your performing credits with these great Artists...
Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson,
Al Jarreau, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Toots Thielemans, Terence Blanchard, Dionne Warwick, Ivan Lins, Jon Lucien,
Luiz Bonfá, Yo-Yo Ma, Herbie Hancock,
Gal Costa, Harry Belafonte, Shirley Horn 
and Quincy Jones... All of this musical magic happening in your career can only be a wonderful thing... as with no surprise,
your career continues to  soar Oscar.
We ask...
Is this all so wonderfully overwhelming?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Life has been good to me. I grew up in Brazil, listening to albums that had to be imported from the USA. It took sometimes 1 or 2 months to get the album. Then me and my brothers and friends would go home and listen to all those great musicians and follow their performances and improvisations.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Guess what? Some of those became studio colleagues and friends. As I said before,
life has been good to me.

OL:
Yes Oscar, how true... life surely had been good! ...and also to the many music lovers out there, who have been touched
by your music!
Thank you!

OL:
As a music director, You directed for seven years, "A Night of Brazilian Music" at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, which boasted a regular attendance of over 14,000 people. Take us back there for a night and tell us about your performance run there?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
The first concert we had at the Bowl, featured Toots Thielemans'
"Brazil Project,"

an album Miles Goodman
and I had produced for Private Music. Together with Toots, we had my band plus Ivan Lins, Eliane Elias, Dori Caymmi, João Bosco
and cameo appearances
by Terence Blanchard and Mark Isham. And that was only the first half. The second half featured
Antonio Carlos Jobim
and his band.

OL:
In your touring travels, You also composed and conducted the musical revue
"Brazilian Scandals"
in Paris, France and has overseen music productions for theatre in
Los Angeles.
Tell us about
Oscar Castro-Neves
performing in the great city of Paris and the audiences there?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I love Paris, its culture, and its beauty. Traveling in Europe is always a wonderful experience. As the French say,
"Vive la difference."
I love our differences. The change in language, points of view, history and traditions.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Music is a universal language. It does not need translation. It goes straight to the heart. And I think Brazilian music in general and Bossa Nova in particular, have been Brazil's best ambassadors.

OL:
Well said, Oscar! ...On your PLAYFUL HEART CD for Mack Avenue Records, You are doing more covers than originals, but great recording just the same...
such as one our our favorites:
 "Lorry's Swing/Autumn Leaves" medley...,
which really starts off with just percussion and then gradually brings in the rest of the instruments, which once again, showcases your awesome rhythmic guitar and song arrangements. This track pleasantly surprises the listener with such an uptempo version of Autumn Leaves. Was that always your direction on this track?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
If you pay attention, the first melody, "Lorry's Swing" becomes "Autumn Leaves" counterpoint in the second half. The two melodies are superimposed. The melody of "Autumn Leaves" is sung at half speed with the counterpoint twice as fast.

OL:
An awesome arrangement indeed...
Oscar,
what set of guitars are you using mostly today in your performances?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I use a wonderful acoustic guitar, hand made for me by Keith Vizcarra
in Santa Fe,
and also a solid body nylon string guitar
made by Frank Krocker,
 
of Frame Works, in Germany.
Both have an RMC pickup made by
Richard McClish,
from Berkley, CA.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
The pickups not only have a fantastic sound,   but also allow me to trigger sounds from my Mac and my synths. I use La Bella strings exclusively for many years.
They are the best.

OL:
Thank you very much Oscar, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
5 of 7 segment?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I was very fortunate to get involved with computers and music since they invented MIDI. I think my knowledge of traditional orchestration made my computer work better sounding. But the acquired knowledge of the new technology kept me and my music young. I am still learning. And studying.

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in
Part 6 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where Oscar Castro-Neves shares a few moments about working with his friends and great Artists such as
Brazilian Pianist/Singer Eliane Elias,
the celebrated
& renowned Cellist Yo-Yo Ma,
...also sharing his treasured memories of working with
Brazil's Legend Singer Elis Regina
& more...!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back Oscar, it's nice to have You back on again, this being Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. On your ALL FOR ONE CD recorded for Mack Avenue Records,
You include the beautiful original song,

OL:
"Morrer de Amor (I Live to Love You)"
that you co-wrote with Fiorini, Luvercy/Ray Gilbert. Outside of your solo songwriting, does your writing approach change when
co-writing with other Musicians?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
It all depends on the task at hand. What is the song about? What style? What rhythm? What tempo? When you collaborate, those decisions are shared
and that is part of the fun.

OL:
When we spoke recently, You mentioned that You will be once again working with fellow Brazilian Vocalist/Pianist great Eliane Elias. Tell us about your years in working with her?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Eliane is a wonderful musician. She has great technique and touché, lyrical when needed, fierce when necessary. We usually work with what we call the dream band, she on piano, her husband Marc Johnson on bass,
Paulo Braga
on drums and me on guitar.
It is great personal and musical pleasure.
We have a lot of fun together.

OL:
In addition to the Artists mentioned earlier in this week's Interview, the many Vocalists that you've worked with, including Djavan, Manhantan Transfer, Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, Diane Schuur,
Stevie Wonder
& so many others...
seems endless... Tell us of your time working with the late Elis Regina, one of Brazil's most celebrated and treasured Singers?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Ah, what a singer and what an artist.
She was incredible on stage. A few years ago they released a special re-issue of the album she did with Jobim, "Elis and Tom." Mysteriously, on one of the tracks the piano and the guitar track had disappeared.
Cesar Camargo Mariano,
the great pianist arranger, her ex-husband and I,
together with the original mixes, re-created the parts we had played 30 years before.
 Had that happened with Jobim or Elis voices or with Luizão's bass, that would be impossible to redo. They were gone.

OL:
Oscar, you've been a long-time L.A. based Artist for a while now... When traveling back  home, to the beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, what classics do you like to play, when performing there?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
:
There are two old songs of mine that are evergreen in Brazil; "Onde está você" and "Morrer de Amor." Every time I perform there, those are perennial requests.

OL:
Tell us about working with
Yo-Yo Ma?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
That was one of the most satisfying experiences I had. Not just Yo-Yo's incredible artistry but also the wonderful individual he is. The project was to record the music of  Piazzolla, who I had met in 1967.
Putting Yo-Yo together with the musicians of Astor original group was a magical moment.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
But we also had the participation of the Assad Brothers who added their own kind of magic into the mix. Being a witness of so much art is something that you never forget. A lot of camaraderie, friendship and joy were   recorded on the album, together with the great music.

OL:
What so far,
 has been your favorite place to tour?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
That's difficult to say. Each place has its own attributes and present new challenges and discoveries. I guess people make the difference. Every place is more memorable because of human interaction than for its geography.

OL:
As we're coming near the end of this week's Interview Oscar, tell us what's next and upcoming in your music projects?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I'm just finishing some recording with a French artist Hugues Auffray. Next week I will be recording with Eliane Elias for her new album. After that I have some recording in Los Angeles and a few concerts, including a concert/master class in Nashville.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
After a break for the holidays, I will be starting pre-production of a French-Brazilian collaboration album.

OL:
Thank you very much Oscar, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
OL
Interview 6 of 7 segment?

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I just want to thank Oceanlight for your warm hospitality. I had a good time
re-visiting some old memories.

OL:
Thank You, Oscar... It's truly a treasure to have this time for OL to chat with You and to have great moments Interviewing You, Oscar, in depth. We wish You all the best and much continued success!

OL:
In the closing segment of this week's Interview, part 6 of this 7 part
Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
Brazilian Guitarist great
Oscar Castro-Neves

will give his closing commentary on where Brazilian Jazz is today! Thank you Oscar. We'll see you tomorrow!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Oscar. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 7 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. As we have reached the closing segment of this Interview feature,

OL:
OL would first like to thank You, Oscar,
for sharing your endless joy of music with all of our OL Viewers. The sheer beauty and breadth of Your sound of music is more than sound... It's more like a wonderful lingering breeze of extraordinary talent and light,
of which we All treasure!
 Thank You, Oscar.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Thank you... Our conversation was like getting together to share a Brazilian coffee, talking about life and friends, looking back enjoying life. It was a pleasure.

OL:
Around the world in one lifetime, won't do for an Artist like You! So for now Oscar,
thanks for the great Brazilian coffee Cafe Conversation during this Interview.
It was double the pleasure for all of us here at OL. If you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts on Brazilian Jazz today and your closing music commentary quote? Thank you.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
I think the wealth of any country starts with health and education. If we are able to provide that, maybe we will learn to respect our neighbors, and wars will be a thing of the past, and art will thrive.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
Music is a great metaphor for human relationships. Take, for example a string quartet: the first violin, the highest voice, will carry the melody, but not always. Suddenly its role will be to play a counterpoint line, or nothing at all.
The cello, the lowest voice, will support the group with its lines. But it may,
 at any moment, take the lead,
and become the soloist, or be silent and let the rest of the group take over.
The constantly evolving dynamic of the group is a fragile entity. If you speak too loudly or too softly or at the wrong moment, you suffer, the group suffers and most important, the music suffers.

Oscar Castro-Neves:
The world we live in is also a fragile entity. We are all together and must learn to respect ourselves with the same respect for our neighbor and for the community at large.
If we persistently work with compassion,
and resolve to sustain this delicate balance, our world will benefit. We are all one, one really big orchestra trying to find the perfect harmony. May the Muse help us create
 a truly joyful planet.

OL:
Surely, the joy inside of this
Brazilian Guitarist great
Oscar Castro-Neves

radiates all through his music, rendering a universal love of how all things work together... Music at it's best, comes in all kinds of music... but there's only one
Oscar Castro-Neves.
He said earlier in this Interview that "Brazilian music in general and Bossa Nova in particular have been Brazil's best ambassadors."

OL:
We here at OL, would like to also say that Mr. Castro-Neves is one of the most distinguish-worthy conduits and musical messengers of Brazil's great gift to the world, the Bossa Nova and so much more. Thank You Oscar, for spending some time with us at OL, and for your priceless musical contribution to the world of music, stage, film and Life!

OL:
Thank you, to Brazilian Guitarist great
Oscar Castro-Neves,
and thank you All for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!
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Remembering OSCAR CASTRO-NEVES (1940-2013)
Oceanlight Records Remembering and honoring this great Legend of Brazil... Guitarist great Oscar Castro-Neves (1940-2013)This Original Interview with Mr. Castro-Neves in 2010, will forever be one of the most treasured & beloved Interviews of OL's Oceanlinernotes Weekly Series. We are proud to have been a part of sharing some conversational moments with one of the Original pioneers of the Bossa Nova movement. We will miss you, Oscar...but the world will forever have your music and your Playful Heart!Mr. Castro-Neves, There Will Never Be Another You! As with all of our Interviews, You are reading the Artists' own direct thoughts & travels about their illustrious Careers. We hope that our OL Readers can enjoy and treasure their words of life and music, just as we do here at OL...


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Playlist samples:
Brazo;oam Guitarist
OSCAR CASTRO-NEVES

. New Hope - Tropical Heart CD
2. Lorry's Swing / Autumn Leaves - Playful Heart CD
3. Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 20 - All One CD
4. N
ão Me Diga Adeus (featuring Luciana Souza) - All One CD
5. Ipanema Afternoon - Brazilian Scandals CD
6. Chora Tua Tristeza - Big Band Bossa Nova CD
7. J.S. Bach: Air on a G String - Oscar! CD
8. Souvenirs - Tropical Heart CD
9. Lapinha - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 CD
10. Return to Rio - Brazilian Scandals CD
11. Pensando - Brazilian Scandals CD
12. There Will Never Be Another You - All One CD



OL Quote Pick of the Guest Artist's Interview!

"Music is a universal  language. It does not need  translation. It goes straight  to the heart. And I think Brazilian music in general and Bossa Nova in  particular, have been  Brazil's best ambassadors."Oscar Castro-Neves




Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
AZIZA
CELEBRATED SINGER SONGWRITER POET & AUTHOR
www.facebook.com/aziza.miller
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 10/17/10 - 10/23/10playlist at end


OL:
We'd like to Welcome the divinely and super-talented diva herself,  Aziza Miller!...
the lady and her music, has graced the music industry with such classics as 'La Costa', recorded by Natalie Cole, that went platinum!...  and also since recorded by various artists such as jazz pianists Ahmad Jamal, Jorge Dalto & guitarist
Phil Upchurch,
to name a few...

OL:
Aziza... (formerly known as Linda Williams) recorded it on her new acclaimed & celebrated JAZZSOETRY Vol.1 CD! ...Aziza's worldwide touring performances...from the Landmark Hall in Yokohama, Japan, to the Stirling Castle in Scotland...the Plymouth Jazz Festival in Tobego Bay with Natalie Cole,  to the Barbados Jazz Festival, the Jazz Cafe in London.. also at the Comedy Store with Whoopi Goldberg,
& back to the east coast famed Night Clubs...Blues Alley Supper Club in DC... Boston's Club 939, and in her own backyard, New York City itself, at  Ashford and Simpson's famed Sugar Bar, & all through the country. For this week, as we enter the musical world of Aziza, you simply have to see this extraordinary Artist in concert!
She and her JazzSoetry Quintet will
knock you out!

OL:
Aziza, a mentor & inspiration to
Singer Entertainer Alicia Keys
& many others...if ever there was a myth of one having too much talent, then Aziza continues to dispel that myth, just by sharing all of the dimensions of her own glorious talents... & saying, "Diva's don't apologize!"

OL:
With that said, we here at OL would like to say...Welcome Aziza, and thank you for giving us and all of the OL Site Visitors,
for what will be a 7-part Interview on the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,  for the entire week of October 17, 2010.

OL:
We look forward to covering all of the highlights of your Career as Composer, Pianist, Poet, JazzSoetrist, Author, Music Publisher and Educator. On behalf of all of our OL Viewers, once again, thank you and welcome Aziza! For our OL Visitors, let's go back to the very first song that you listened to as a child, that started it all for You & your love of music?

Aziza:
"Never Never Land" from Peter Pan and "Broken Hearted Melody,"
sung by Sarah Vaughan.

OL:
You were born and raised in New York City...what part?

Aziza:
I was born in Harlem and raised in the
South Bronx.

OL:
What was some of the music that you grew up with in your Family and Community, and when did You know that the music you heard as a youngster, would give to You, a lifetime of love of music?

Aziza:
Jazz, Blues, R&B, Funk, Soul, Latin, Latin Jazz, Classical and Church music.

OL:
You started playing the piano at the age of 8 years old. Tell us of your memories on what it was like to sit at the piano and play for the first time?

Aziza:
I felt as if I found a place to temporarily escape into another world which challenged, awakened and provided companionship for a shy personality and improved my self-esteem because it showed me how it is possible to feel beautiful in a spiritual way.

OL:
Growing up, You went on to attend the legendary High School of Music & Art in NYC, which is known for not only its major curriculum on providing a complete education for the Arts in general, but also focusing and providing opportunities for young Artists' to perform 'live', preparing them for the professional world. What were your own experiences as a Student there, Aziza, and what skills did you draw from this period, that you carry with You to this day as a Performer?

Aziza:
I was taught how to perform with dynamics and expression. I also learned how to sight sing and sight read and write melodic and rhythmic dictation after hearing it played, and learned to appreciate as well as play Baroque, classical, romantic,
and impressionistic music. I played the oboe in the orchestra in the All City High School Band during my high school years at
Music and Art.

OL:
Aziza... your love of not just Jazz...
but mixing it up with some really great R&B Soul & Funk originals, truly shines through on your JAZZSOETRY CD. Congratulations on a producing yet another classic well of originals, for all of the music lovers
out there.

OL:
As we will be traveling all throughout this week, talking about all of the tracks on your hit CD, new book & more..., tell us about the overall concept of JAZZSOETRY and what this project means for You?

Aziza:
JazzSoetry, is a musical art form which combines some of the basic elements of Jazz improvisation, the driving rhythmic and melodic patterns of repetitive Soulful grooves with poetry. I call myself a JazzSoetrist and a Splinger, rather than a singer because
I combine singing with speaking.

OL:
First off, on this JAZZSOETRY CD Vol. 1... your track "J to the A", that we're featuring among other great tracks of yours during this week's Interview, Aziza... You packaged nicely, your cool poetry rap, educating those on the history and love of Jazz, as it's floating on a nice funk groove. Tell us about writing this track?

Aziza:
I was inspired to write this track when
I discovered that my music students hardly knew a thing about the origin and history of jazz, or the innovators and creators of this art form who paved the way for the rest of us not only here in America, but worldwide to continue the Jazz legacy.

OL:
What was the song that you first penned, Aziza and who had the first listen to it?

Aziza:
The first song that I penned was called "Daddy's Little Girl". My Dad was the first person to listen to it.

OL:
Also, as we here at OL, had the pleasure of seeing You perform 'live' in NYC, let us first say that your shows are truly electrifying! The Audience was in awe of your 'live' stage presentation of great music, voice & your magical mastery of the piano, playing with your great band!.

OL:
What prep work goes into the making of an "Aziza" 'live' show?

Aziza:
I personally prep through writing, arranging, listening, prayer, practice and allowing room for growth. Much of what I do 'live' comes from the electricity I feel coming at me from the audience, and I respond to it. It's fuel for me. 'Live' cannot be rehearsed. Rehearsal is for Form. 'Live' is for Real!!

OL:
Thank you very much Aziza, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where Composer Pianist Entertainer Aziza tells us about her great collaborations with some of the best in the Music Industry and more on her latest CD... JAZZSOETRY! Thank you Aziza.
We'll see you tomorrow!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


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OL:
Welcome Back, Aziza. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 2 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Aziza, on this set, let's talk about some of your extraordinary collaborations that are now a legendary and magical part of your Music Career.

OL:
You joined Grammy Artist Natalie Cole in 1975 and became her pianist and Musical Director for 5 years. Tell us about how
 You first started working with Natalie?

Aziza:
There was an audition being held at Westbeth and it was suggested to me by a pianist who had heard me play, that I make that audition. He informed me that he had gotten the initial call to make that audition to be Natalie Cole's pianist;
however he said he was not interested in going on tour so he called me and said why don't you go for it? So I did and the rest
is history.

OL:
Aziza, during your time as Natalie Cole's M.D.; did You find the music scene out in the L.A. area in general, different from the Night Club music scene in the NYC area?

Aziza:
During my time as Natalie Cole's M.D.;
we worked practically non-stop and I was rarely in L.A. long enough to really check out the night club music scene. Being on the road as her M.D.; and pianist kept me extremely busy. It was a MAJOR responsibility.

OL:
Your beautifully penned "La Costa" classic,
of which Natalie collaborated with You 
on the lyrics to your music... Can You take us back to the moment of when You knew that You had just written a real gem of a hit song?

Aziza:
I knew it when Natalie asked me if she could write a lyric to it, after I had written the music and let her hear it, while we were on the road, and when the record label decided to put it on the B side of the 45 rpm single, which was a song called, "Our Love."

OL:
In your tours with Natalie, as her Musical Director, what would You say, Aziza, would be a special musical highlight for You, during a Natalie Cole show?

Aziza:
When I made my debut as Natalie's Orchestra Conductor in New York City at the Winter garden Theater in November on my birthday no less, and Herbie Hancock was there giving me words of encouragement and confidence before I went on stage that night.

Aziza:
I will never forget it. This for many reasons was a very special highlight for me.

OL:
What a great moment indeed, coming from Mr. Hancock himself, Aziza! Now on to your collaboration with another great Jazz giant.. Pianist Ahmad Jamal. Not only did Mr. Jamal record his own version of your music of
 'La Costa', but You also wrote the lyrics to
4 of Ahmad Jamal's recorded compositions on his own CD, including the songs...,
"Picture Perfect,"... "Whisperings,"...
"My Latin,"... "It's Only a Flower"...
Tell us about your experience in working with Mr. Jamal and how this collaboration with him came about?

Aziza:
Ahmad and I were introduced to each other by bassist and arranger
Richard Evans,
whom I also wrote a song for called Capricorn Rising, under
the name Linda Williams back in the day. Ahmad called me up and asked me if I would consider penning lyrics to four of his songs.

Aziza:
 What an honor. I said yes. He sent the music which was of course melodically and harmonically beautiful and quite inspiring to create a lyrical storyline to. Before writing,
I asked him to tell me what was the motivation for him behind each song.

OL:
What elements of Ahmad Jamal's legendary and beautiful playing style influenced You the most, as a master Pianist yourself?

Aziza:
His use of dynamics, harmonic colors, space and live performance spontaneity.

OL:
On your track "Never," in your lyrics for your own composition, you go full circle in your story line... the person first expressing the hopes and dreams, [and sometimes the up's and down's], of finding true love,
but then it happens when one least expects it. In your songwriting, do the compositions that You complete, also sometimes surprise You with new elements of emotion
at the end?

Aziza:
Sometimes.

OL:
What would be your most autobiographical song that you've written to date?

Aziza:
I am growing and ever changing so I can't answer that with a definitive. But I can tell you that my songs are my babies and each plays an important role as representatives of the various ages, stages and pages of my life.

OL:
Thank you very much Aziza, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
2 of 7 segment?

Aziza:
Stay on the path.

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 3 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where Composer Pianist Entertainer Aziza shows us a new dimension of her amazing Career as an Author of her new book, "Divanary" and shares with us, her gifts as a mentor and Teacher, to another superstar, Alicia Keys!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!



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OL:
Welcome Back, Aziza. Thanks for spending some time with us at OL, this being Part 3 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Aziza, for our OL Readers, who will surely want to know about another amazing dimension of your Career.

OL:
First, a congratulations to You, Aziza...,
tell us about 'Aziza... the Author" and the debut penning of your "Divanary,
a dictionary for Divas!"
Book?

Aziza:
I had this idea about writing a book which would look at Divas in a positive light and celebrate Divas in the various ages, stages and pages of their divinely Divalicious lives. It took about 7 years to get it together. Originally I started out with creating
a language for fun and entertainment called Divaleeze.

Aziza:
Then my ideas expanded into Diva-breviations, poetry, songs, Q & A , a Diva oath, pledge, Anthem, Divaisms and Proverbs for Diva.

OL:
What a great concept... An actual dictionary for all of the Diva ladies out there. What was your approach on documenting this?...
From A-Z, or did You start collecting Diva-word definitions over a period of time and experiences, as they presented themselves?

Aziza:
It was a combination of both. I love working with words as you can probably tell from my JazzSoetry V1 & V2 lyric writing, so this was fun for me. I went through the dictionary and I also created some of my own words.
For example a Diva between the ages of birth and 5 yrs of age is called a Divarina.

Aziza:
A Diva between the ages of 6 and 12 yrs of age is a Divarella. A teen Diva is a
Divateena.
A D.I.T is a Diva In Training.
A Diva hater is called a DivaRilla!  A Diva who is a new inductee into the Divahood Community is a Divanouveau. 

OL:
For all of the Diva ladies... can You pick a few excerpts from your Book,
and tell us Aziza, what makes one
a true Diva?

Aziza:
"Diva is a title reserved and deserved being served to those whose skills can support such a claim, thereby earning them the right to wear the name...Diva!"

Aziza:
Divaism #2: Carry the Divanary with you at all times just in case you must refer to it for the purposes of straightening someone out with a quickness!...

Aziza:
Divaism #14: Be you and know that no one can do what you do; how you do what you do when you do it... Divaism #16: Give it,
love it, live it, see it, free it, be it!

Aziza:
 Diva Proverb: "Compliments are like breath fresheners...We all could use one sometimes."... A Diva Proverb:
"Don't be jealous, be zealous!"...

Aziza:
A Poetic excerpt, "Diva is attractive, active, inter-active, real. In flats, sneakers, flip flops or heels. In a school, on the street, on the job or at home, in a synagogue, a church a crowd or alone. In the park, on the beach, on her bike, on the phone.
Living her dream and making it her own."...

OL:
Speaking of Diva to Divas...As a Music Educator yourself, there's one special young Diva, who you have mentored and taught over the years...the very talented Singer / Songwriter, Alicia Keys. How proud You must be of her. The world surely knows of
Alicia Keys
the superstar,
and now also as a new Mom.

OL:
Tell us a little bit about Alicia Keys,
as your former student?

Aziza:
She was loved and admired by all who knew her. She was the kind of student that every teacher dreams of teaching. She was self-motivated, talented, passionate and driven.

OL:
Nov. 2007 on GMA You appeared with
Alicia Keys,
signaling a great reunion. What went through Your mind and heart, during that time of the show?

Aziza:
I was of course very proud of her and I was extremely touched when she told the millions of viewers that I was the teacher who taught her everything she knows in regards to music.

OL:
Without a doubt, present company and all of the above excluded, Aziza..., in this new world recording technology, that can make anyone sound great on a track, where do You see the Music Industry is today, regarding the gifted Singer/Songwriter Performers like Yourself?

OL:
Alicia Keys, Norah Jones & many other others in this atmosphere, who just want to tell their story through music, 'live' and naturally?

Aziza:
I would like to see more of the naturally gifted singer/songwriter performers getting more opportunities to be heard and seen in movies and television, live concerts, interviews and radio.

Aziza:
There are many super talented writers who never get the opportunity for broader exposure of their music and this is unfortunate.

OL:
Who would be some of your favorite Artists that You listen to today?

Aziza:
Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige

OL:
As we're highlighting this "Diva" segment, Aziza... give us one word in your new "Divanary" Book that would describe You best?

Aziza:
Originality

OL:
Thank you very much Aziza, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
3 of 7 segment?

Aziza:
Divas...
hear the bass line in your mind at all times!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 4 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where Composer Pianist Entertainer AZIZA gives us a one-word playback on OL's weekly one-word commentary segment of this Interview...so stay in the moment and enjoy!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!



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OL:
Welcome Back, Aziza. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 4 of
our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.

OL:
 We're at the segment Interview feature, where we introduce a 'one word' Interview
question to You, Aziza, and if you can you please playback a One-word Commentary Note for the OL Visitors, that would be very 'Divanary'!

OL:
Piano?
Aziza:
partner

OL:
Wonderment?
Aziza:
joy

OL:
Coast?
Aziza:
east

OL:
Don't?
Aziza:
why not?

OL:
Jazz?
Aziza:
history

OL:
Show?
Aziza:
live

OL:
Gift?
Aziza:
special

OL:
Dad?
Aziza:
friend

OL:
Poetry?
Aziza:
spiritual

OL:
Diva?
Aziza:
misunderstood

OL:
Thank you very much Aziza, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. We look forward soon, to Part 5 of this 7 part
Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
where we get to know a little about some of Composer Pianist Entertainer Aziza's Favorite musical things! Thank you Aziza.

OL:
And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!



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OL:
OL giving a welcome back.. to Composer Pianist Entertainer Aziza, this being Part 5 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Welcome back Aziza, it's wonderful to have You on again. What projects are You working on, now?

Aziza:
1. Promoting and hopefully selling a lot of my merchandise...JazzSoetry V2 & V1 on www.cdbaby.com/cd/aziza12 and my book The Divanary, a dictionary for Divas! Available to order through my web site https://www.facebook.com/aziza.miller

Aziza:
2. Akua Dixon and I are also preparing for a live show together on Nov. 6 at Sistas Place. Show times are 9 and 10:30 pm. Located at 456 Nostrand Ave, corner of Jefferson Ave.
in Bklyn. Alex Alexander is the drummer and Calvin Jones is the bass player for the evening. They are both amazing musicians.

Aziza:
3. I am also holding open auditions on the afternoon of Nov. 6 from 4-6pm for Divas between the ages of 6 and 25 years of age for my next Divas Don't Apologize show.
This show will be the 3rd one I have produced and it will be held at the Abrons Arts Center,
located at 466 Grand St. on Dec. 17.
Details will be posted on my web site https://www.facebook.com/aziza.miller as it becomes available. And 4. I continue to teach piano, part-time.

OL:
That's really wonderful, Aziza...
You're a busy Artist and we look forward to many more great things to come from You... Here's wishing You all the best! Now Aziza, who would be the Artists on your list, that You would like to work with in the future?

Aziza:
Whoever the universe has allowed to appear in my view and connect with me. Sometimes we think we know until circmstances and opportunities we never dreamed of teach and show us otherwise. So I prefer not to say at this time.

OL:
We can certainly appreciate that... Aziza.. with your extensive Touring and Night Club experience throughout your Career, as a Performer, give us the pro's & con's, if any, of performing in large venues, compared to more intimate Night Club settings?

Aziza:
They are opposites and they both have something very real to offer. However, I think since my music is largely intimate it fits perfectly into a large but intimate venue of say 100, 000 fans!!

OL:
We got a chance to visit your website at https://www.facebook.com/aziza.miller, with links to your 'live' show video at Ashford & Simpson's famed Sugar Bar Night Club in NYC, which was great.
How does it feel in general, to perform where there's so much inspiration by the Owner's themselves, Valerie Simpson & Nicholas Ashford, two of R&B's Songwriting and Performing Legends?

Aziza:
It is a tremendously great & nurturing feeling that is difficult to put into words, but I will try by saying that It's like flying in the sky without a plane, yet you feel safe! I love performing at
Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar!

OL:
Thank you very much Aziza, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
5 of 7 segment?

Aziza:
Only that I hope those who read this interview will check out & support my music and my book!'

OL:
We look to Part 6 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we get to cover more of  Composer Pianist Entertainer AZIZA's JAZZSOETRY CD Tracks & more!!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back to the Diva herself, Composer Pianist Entertainer Aziza, this being Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Welcome back Aziza, it's nice to have You on again. Aziza, your "Party People" song on your JAZZSOETRY Vol. 2 CD,
makes for a great dance track.
When You perform this song 'live', it must really get the crowd going and wanting to party even more. Is this a staple song that You perform in your 'live' shows often?

Aziza:
No, it is not a staple song anymore. I do not perform that song so much now because it has been 3 years, however when it first came out in 2007 on the vol.1 cd, yes we played it a lot. I am very excited about my new JazzSoetry V2 project because
I am speaking about some real issues and messages that are important to me because
I went through stuff that led me to write & express what I did, and for those who like to listen to words and messages, I am hoping they can get" what I be 'splingin' 'bout!

OL:
Aziza, tell us about one of your favorite highlighted moments, while working with the Guys in your band?

Aziza:
Can't really think of one of my favorite highlighted moments at this time...sorry!
 But there have been quite a few good moments. I think it comes across in some of the various videos posted on youtube.com and reverbnation.com

OL:
What keyboards are you using in your 'live' performances and studio recordings?

Aziza:
I am a Yamaha endorsed artist.

OL:
Another one of your hits, over the years, became a favorite disco classic called, "Elevate Our Minds", recorded on your CITY LIVING Album and covered on several labels, including RCA Records and the Sony Records Label. Not only does it have a great lyrical message, but a nice latin-styled influence.
Tell us of your love of latin rhythms
in general?

Aziza:
Where I grew up in the South Bronx, there were a lot of Latin and Caribbean influences all around me and I took a liking to it because I liked to dance when I was growing up,
 and rhythms and poly rhythms always fascinated me and still do.

Aziza:
The first latin band I worked in was that of Bassist Alex Blake's Father. I loved those days! Alex Sr. taught me how to play montunos, boleros, etc..on piano. And when
I was in the studio recording
Elevate Our Minds
for my City Living Album,

Aziza:
I remember calling him up on the phone, asking him how to say Elevate Our Minds in spanish, and I used it in the song!
Eleva La mente!!
Thank you Mr. Blake Sr.!!

OL:
When you're sitting down at the piano, writing music... what moves You first,
the music or the lyrics...,
or both in the same moment?

Aziza:
Sometimes it is the lyrical hook and sometimes it is the music. Sometimes it's just a mood I am feeling. There have been times when I wake up with a melody or lyrical idea in my mind.

Aziza:
There have been times when I have been driving, or walking down the street and an idea will happen. I always try and remember to carry my digital recorder with me cause you just never know!

Aziza:
I never force it. If I am not feeling anything, it won't happen. When you're a student and you're learning how to write; there are times, in order to get that passing grade in class,

Aziza:
that you have to force yourself to come up with something quick, but that is not the case here any more, thank goodness. Some folks can commercially create under pressure and demands..I can not. Mine is strictly based on inspiration.

Aziza:
I don't think about the money, I think about the message. Not enough solid and meaningful messages in much of today's music. This is my opinion. So as for me, I know the money will come. Songs I wrote
30 years ago prove that to be true!

OL:
How true indeed, Aziza...well said!
Thank you very much Aziza, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
6 of 7 segment?

Aziza:
Don't follow your dream, live it!'

OL:
We look to Part 7 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where Composer Pianist Entertainer AZIZA gives us her closing music commentary on where
Urban Jazz is today...

OL:
And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!



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OL:
Welcome Back, Aziza. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 7 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. As we have reached the closing segment of this Interview feature, OL would first like to thank You, Aziza, for showing us All that true talent and grace,
really do co-exist, with a wonderful longevity is timeless.. and your Artistry and Music is truly awe-inspiring to so many, and Yes!...
to all of the Diva's out there, of all walks of life! Thank You, Aziza and all the best to You!

Aziza:
It has been my pleasure. I have enjoyed your questions and I am honored to be included in your roster of artists who've been interviewed and featured on your fantastic web site.
All the best to you and I hope to see you soon at one of our shows.

OL:
Thank you very much, Aziza, for spending some of your time with OL and all of our
OL Readers...
enlightening us all with your Artistry and vision! ...In closing of this Interview, if you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts on where
Urban Jazz
is today and your closing music commentary quote?
Thank you.

Aziza:
Urban jazz and where it is today? I think it is evolving, and giving musicians such as myself, the opportunity for self expression. Urban jazz, in my opinion,gives other musicians and writers, like myself a 'voice' in this otherwise closed industry. There are all kinds of people in this world and we need variety in music.

Aziza:
Music is a great metaphor for human relationships. Take for example a string quartet: The first violin, the highest voice, will carry the melody, but not always. Suddenly its role will be to play a counterpoint line, or nothing at all.
The cello, the lowest voice, will support the group with its lines. But it may, at any moment, take the lead.

Aziza:
The same handful of musicians and singers and composers is not going to fulfill the demands and needs of the people.
I remember how Sly Stone said it best when he penned the phrase- "Different strokes, for different folks and so on and so on and scooby dooby dooby"...

Aziza:
My own personal quote that I like a lot says- "I can't be you and you can't be me, but that's okay 'cause I don't wanna be anyone else and neither should you. Accept me as
I am and for you the same I'll do."

Aziza:
I can appreciate and respect any artist, or style of music be it the so-called straight ahead traditional jazz, just as much as I do the urban Jazz players. If it FEELS good,
it's all right!

Aziza:
Jazzsoetry V2 and Jazzsoetry Vol.1 are at www.cdbaby.com/cd/aziza12
And Divanaries can be ordered by contacting me at aziza@
divasdontapologize.com

Aziza:
Nov. 6 is my next upcoming show with Akua Dixon, Calvin Jones and Alex Alexander @ Sistas Place in Bed-Stuy. Bk. Come by the Sugar Bar Tues nights are Blues nights and open mic hosted by Nick Ashford. Great fun!!

Aziza:
Thank you for this feature, it is the most classy one I have ever done!

OL:
Thank you, Aziza, for giving us here at OL, your very classy and in-depth Interview.
It is often said  that 'good things come to those who wait'... Well, we're very glad that we've waited to catch up and spend a week or so, with a great Artist like You, Aziza and got to listen to your wonderful music...!

OL:
Any Diva, or anyone that writes and performs great music like this, will never have to apologize to be recognized. Your humanity and talents shines through! Thank you, to Composer, Pianist, Poet, JazzSoetrist, Author, Music Publisher, and Educator AZIZA, and thank you All for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly...!



Playlist samples: Singer Songwriter Author
AZIZA
1. The classic
"L
a Costa"
(written by Aziza (Linda Williams) and Natalie Cole

More Aizia originals:
2. Never
3.  "J to the A"
4. Party People
5. Eleven 27
6. Time



OL Quote Pick of the
Guest Artist's Interview!

"My own personal quote that I like a lot says " I can't be you and you can't be me, but that's okay 'cause I don't wanna be anyone else and neither should you. Accept me as I am and for you the same I'll do."
...Aziza




OL Quote Pick of the
Guest Artist's Interview!

"Buy the record baby!' but these days it is important to buy music and not download it for free.
We need to pay artists for their hard work...
it's not easy to play an instrument and compose music!"

...Randy Brecker





Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
RANDY BRECKER
AMERICAN TRUMPETER GREAT
www.randybrecker.com
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 10/31/10 - 11/6/10
Playlist at end

OL:
We'd like to Welcome the master
Trumpeter great Randy Brecker!
It would be nearly impossible to create a capsule for all that Mr. Brecker has encompassed as one of the Music Industry's most respected and sought after Musicians...
Frankly, why would we ever want to do that?

OL:
Catching Mr. Brecker on the fly this coming week for all of the OL Readers and music lovers everywhere, OL is honored to chat awhile with Mr. Randy Brecker, as we travel through his remarkable contribution to the music world,  shaping the sound of Jazz,
R&B and Rock for more than four decades...
from the famed Blood, Sweat & Tears Group, to the The Brecker Brothers to Randy's endless recording credits including appearances on Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, David Sanborn tracks & so many more [it's a long list, folks, but we promise to get to Interview Randy in a moment]...
Randy's
own celebrated Solo CD's include...

OL:
the Grammy Winning Best Contemporary Jazz
"Randy Brecker In Brasil"
CD, the
 "Some Skunk Funk" CD with his brother
Legend Saxophonist Michael Brecker,

which also won a Grammy... & more in
between, with his latest CD
"RANDY BRECKER Nostalgic Journey:
Tykocin Jazz Suite" -
The Music Of Wlodek Pawlik.

OL:
Welcome Randy, and thank you for giving us and all of the OL Site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the
Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
  for the entire week of October 31, 2010. It's great having You here for all of our OL Viewers, once again, thank you and welcome Randy! How are You?

Randy Brecker:
Doing fine and have been very busy with a variety of things, knock on wood!

OL:
Randy, you're a Philadelphia native who grew up gigging on the music scene in your hometown. Take us to that very night with the first band that You worked with?

Randy Brecker:
Well, it was a long time ago, so I don't remember the very first gig, but I sat in at a private party with the great tenor and baritone saxophonist Billy Root and he started hiring me for gigs.

Randy Brecker:
Also Lew Tabackin (with whom I just played with at Dizzy's in NYC last week as members of the Newport All Stars, and I played in a Youth Band together fronted by
Jimmy DePriest.
Also the great unheralded alto saxophonist Clarence "C" Sharpe let me sit in with him quite frequently.

Randy Brecker:
All these great musicians lived in Philly,
plus there was American Bandstand being
broadcast from downtown Philly.
Dick Clark
was really a jazz fan and he
scoured South Philly for singing talent like
Frankie Avalon (Avalona)
who was a good
jazz trumpet player, and went to High School
with Lew Tabackin.
Also Bobby Rydell who was a good jazz
drummer...I'd back these guys up in
Wildwood
clubs down the shore in the
summer, but the root of it all was jazz...
same with Gamble and Huff later on...

OL:
You come from a very musical Family.
Your Dad was a Pianist... what was the music that your Father exposed You and your brother Michael to, and how did he influence You with his own playing approach, though different instruments?

Randy Brecker:
Bebop and trumpet players like
Clifford Brown,
who was playing around quite a bit in the Philly area, and Miles, Dizzy and Chet. We had a family band. Mike, who was playing clarinet, but never really took to it at the time; doubled on drums and vibes as did I. And my sister Emily played bass. We were cookin' and Dad showed us a lot of tunes.

OL:
In this wonderful musical nurturing at such an early age Randy, can you share with us,
the first time the Trumpet was introduced to You and how you felt when You first played it?

Randy Brecker:
It was in the 3rd grade and I was 8.
Our small school only had trumpets or clarinets available so I grabbed the trumpet. Mike 3 years later didn't want to play the same instrument,
so he got stuck with the clarinet,
 but not for long! The trumpet hurt my lips and 50 years later it still hurts my lip,
but I still love the sound of the TRUMPET
in any setting!

OL:
Here here, Randy! Yes indeed,
In any setting, we love your sound!

OL:
Your musical background is so full of many colors. All through attending
 Indiana University and continuing on early in your Career, You've played with various Jazz Groups and Soul Bands,
including Booker T. and the MGs.
Tell us about your days in working with
Booker T.
?

Randy Brecker:
Well, Booker or "T" as we called him, was playing trombone in the IU Jazz Band with me and getting a degree in music composition.
He decided to form a band at school so we played together on weekends for my freshman and sophomore years.

Randy Brecker:
It was a great way to learn the soul repertoire, much of which I already knew from playing in blues bands in Philly, plus I could drive around campus with him in his large white Caddy convertible!

OL:
Randy, in our special time with You this week, we'd like to cover as much as we can on the ever-shining highlights of your Career.
So tell us about your joining the classic Jazz-Rock Band Blood, Sweat & Tears on the,
"Child is Father to the Man"
debut Album during the rock-edged 60's, and working with the other band members?

Randy Brecker:
Well, it was an eye opening experience.
Instead of small jazz clubs we were playing at
concert halls like the Fillmore West double-
billing with bands like
Steve Winwood
and Traffic, or Cream,
or even Elton John's first US date
in Boston.

Randy Brecker:
Learned a lot from recording the album as far as how to produce rock records. The other core band members were very experienced musicians and businessmen and they knew how to take it to the next level. Many of us still stay in touch. I really dig those guys.

OL:
Over the years and looking back, what would be one of your favorite
Blood, Sweat & Tears
songs?

Randy Brecker:
'I Can't Quit Her' by Al Kooper.

OL:
As a BS&T Band Member, that was about the time when You first moved to New York City. Tell us Randy, about the first gig that You landed when arriving on the New York
music scene?

Randy Brecker:
The first steady gigs were with a soul band called the Soul Seachers or something. 
We played 5 sets a day/night at the Metropole for go-go girls. Then Clark Terry, Mel Lewis and Duke Pearson called,
so I started working in their big bands.

Randy Brecker:
Then Blood Sweat & Tears,
then Horace Silver.
Was doing a lot of sitting in and jam sessions
so word got around..it was a smaller scene
back then..before Jazz Ed. There were also
many rehearsal bands where one got to know
other players. I was doing something musical
every day. Larry Coryell and the
Free Spirits, Dave Liebman, Lenny White,
I could go on and on... Jan Hammer,
Gene Perla,
as soon as I think of a memory,
another one pops up, it was an extraordinary
time. Then you could go hear Miles,
and Trane, and Sonny, Bill Evans...
matinees at the Vanguard. Exciting!
Freddie Hubbard
and Joe Henderson,
Stanley Turrentine, Art Blakey...
on and on...

OL:
Having also worked with the
Clark Terry Big Band,
the Thad Jones/
Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra,

and the Duke Pearson Big Band...
to name a few...
this added yet another dimension
to your Career,
 with the best of both worlds Rock and Jazz...
showing your great range as a Musician.
What do You like best Randy, about playing
your Trumpet in various musical styles?

Randy Brecker:
I love musical variety as long as the bands are first rate, and it keeps my overall playing fresh and exciting.

OL:
Thank you very much Randy, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
1 of 7 segment?

Randy Brecker:
As Peter Wolf of the J Geils Band used to say onstage:
"Buy the Records Baby!"

OL:
Thank You much Randy, we'll ditto that!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we get to cover Trumpeter Great Randy Brecker's NOSTALGIC JOURNEY CD & more! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back to American Trumpeter great Randy Brecker. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 2 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again, Randy.

OL:
As we're featuring some of your phenomenal tracks recorded throughout the years...
Tell us about the making of your celebrated CD "NOSTAGLIC JOURNEY Tykocin
Jazz Suite" The Music Of Wlodek Pawlik...

You recorded this project with the
Wlodek Pawlik Trio & Symphony
at the Podlasie Opera and
Philharmonic Concert Hall, Bialystok?

Randy Brecker:
Wlodek was an old friend and wonderful pianist and film composer- the best in Poland. When Mike was ill, he took it upon himself to look for bone marrow donors of Eastern European descent and found the area of Poland where our family was from:
Tykocin (mother's maiden name Tecosky).
So after Mike passed, Wlodek wrote a piece dedicated to him and the holocaust and celebrating my homecoming and yes we recorded it in one day at the concert hall!

OL:
The title track, "Nostalgic Journey" and
 "No Words" have a very melancholy far-away pensive feel to it... and equally pleasurable, providing a nice supporting space for your Trumpet tracks to soar melodically and freely. What is the story behind the "Nostalgic Journey" composition?

Randy Brecker:
I think you described it well. It chronicles my long journey back home and all the hardships my countrymen had to endure during WWII.

OL:
With all of the various recording scenarios that take place in your Career, from working with Rock, Jazz & Soul Bands; tell us about what it's like recording with
a Symphony Orchestra?

Randy Brecker:
It was a thrill to hear the strings and they were first class players...soulful!

OL:
As we travel through the highlights of your Discography, Randy... Let's go to your Grammy-winning CD "SOME SKUNK FUNK," and what it meant to You to work with your much loved brother,
Legend Saxophonist Michael Brecker,

all those years as The Brecker Brothers?

Randy Brecker:
Well, it was like having another appendage...we had a 6th sense together about music phrasing and form.
We never had to talk about those things,
and I was so proud of what he accomplished in his life-we all miss him dearly.
we miss his music dearly, too.

OL:
We miss Michael, too, Randy... and he gave us all his magic and music to cherish, forever ...Tell us about the special song that You hold dear to your heart, to this day, that You and Michael recorded together?

Randy Brecker:
I suppose that would be the classic
 'Some Skunk Funk'...
we played that tune every night and the audience liked to have us play it 'as fast as is humanly possible!'
 I still play it on my gigs.

OL:
Thank you very much Randy, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, as we conclude this OL Interview
2 of 7 segment?

Randy Brecker:
Buy the Records Baby!

OL:
Thank You again Randy,
 we'll ditto that, always!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 3 of this 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we get to cover Trumpeter Great Randy Brecker's Recording credits with so many Music Superstars & more! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back Randy! It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 3 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Let's highlight some of your noted recording credits as one of the Music Industry's premier Trumpeters...

OL:
You've worked with... Frank Zappa,
Eric Clapton, James Brown,
Herbie Hancock, Luther Vandross,
Jeff Lorber, James Taylor, Luiz Bonfa, Hubert Laws, Horace Silver, Lena Horne, Average White Band, Bob James,
Ringo Starr, Parliament, Gato Barbieri, Chaka Khan,
Elton John, the chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra...
Randy,
respectfully, we'll need another website to round off to date,
just your recording credits alone...

OL:
If possible, though we're sure there are so many special recording moments that You've experienced as a Guest Artist...
tell us about some of your favorite
recording sessions, Randy?

Randy Brecker:
Well, the sessions where the artists were there and helped in the creative process stand out..Paul Simon,
the Steely Dan Cats, George Clinton
with Bootsy and Maceo,
Fred Wesley, Bernie Worrell
-we were paid
by 'Thang Inc' and of course the
Sinatra/Quincy
date stands out...
Frank
sang 'live' and every take was perfect.
Laura Nyro
once asked me to do a solo that
was 'orange'.
Walter Becker
of Steely Dan, asked me not
to use any 'retrograde inversions' (I didn't
know what they were) Most sessions tho'...
in and out.

Randy Brecker:
Once I was writing a lot for Arif Mardin,
 so he handed me a bunch of lead sheets
and cassettes, from which I was supposed to write some horn charts. I asked who was going to be singing; that it would help me to know with the writing of the chart...

Randy Brecker:
he said: "well maybe Aretha, maybe Carly, or Bette or maybe Ringo Starr! -oh I don't know-we'll figure that out later!"

OL:
Who are some of your musical influences?

Randy Brecker:
Clifford Brown, Dizzy, Miles,
Charlie Parker, Monk, Art Blakey,
Geo Clinton
and James Brown...
There are a thousand others too..

OL:
Now to your acclaimed Solo CD
"RANDY IN BRASIL", Ruriá Duprat, Producer...
featuring some of Brazil's most noted Musicians, including Guitarist
Ricardo Silveira
& many more...
We love the entire CD,
 and would like to ask You about recording your very mystical and beautiful "Sambop" original, and the fusing of the musical styles on this track?

Randy Brecker:
Well, that tune fit perfectly on the CD,
and it had never been recorded before...
although it was a little more jazz oriented,
I knew these expert players could
interpret it well.

OL:
On your "Randy In Brasil" CD, you also have a nice mixture of original compositions by Djavan, Gilberto Gil, João Bosco,
Gilson Peranzetta
and also none other than
 Ivan Lins.

Randy Brecker:
What went into picking this incredible music and sketching these great arrangements.
Ruria
wrote the arrangements, and was the producer. They sent me around 50 tunes to choose from and I whittled it down to
12 or so. Ruria was an expert in every sense, and a great trumpet coach.

OL:
Randy, we love that You as a Musician and all of your versatility as an amazing Trumpeter, can bring your provocative, pure and yet exciting Trumpet sound all into focus;
no matter the musical setting...

OL:
Simply, for the up and coming horn players out there, who You continue to influence, how do You do it?...
and what advice would You have for them?

Randy Brecker:
Listen as much as you can to all the divergent styles and see how they all fit together in the chronology of things...there's a world of music out there and 'soul' is universal!

OL:
Thank you very much Randy, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, as we conclude this
OL Interview 3 of 7 segment?

Randy Brecker:
jus' Buy the Records Baby!

OL:
Thank You again Randy,
another ditto on that!

OL:
We look forward to Part 4 of this 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where  Trumpeter Great Randy Brecker gives us a one-word playback on OL's weekly one-word commentary segment of this Interview...
so stay tuned for more...!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Randy. Thanks for spending this time with us again, this being
Part 4 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.
We're at the segment Interview feature, where we introduce a 'one word'

OL:
Interview question to You, Randy,
and if you can you please playback a
One-word
Commentary Note for the
OL Visitors,
that would be super-Bop!

OL:
Funk?
Randy Brecker:
Dance

OL:
Free?
Randy Brecker:
Dance

OL:
Brass?
Randy Brecker:
Blow!

OL:
Immeasurable?
Randy Brecker:
Music!

OL:
Philadelphia?
Randy Brecker:
Growth!

OL:
Balance?
Randy Brecker:
Family!

OL:
Tribute?
Randy Brecker:
Jazz!

OL:
Melody?
Randy Brecker:
Breath/Emotion!

OL:
Europe?
Randy Brecker:
Gigs!

OL:
Make?
Randy Brecker:
Sounds!

OL:
Thank you very much Randy, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview 4 of 7 segment?

Randy Brecker
Buy the Records Baby!!

OL:
Thank you, Randy. We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview,as we get to highlight some of Randy Brecker's 'live' shows and the Artists that he's worked with & more...

OL:
And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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OL:
Welcome Back Randy! It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 5 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Some of your recent 'live' shows include working with our good friend Smooth Jazz Keyboardist Jason Miles on the Music of Grover Washington, Jr.
at the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival.
Tell us about working with Jason Miles on this great tribute to Grover at this Festival?

Randy Brecker:
Wow, this was a great event and Jason
put together a fantastic show. Grover would have loved it. Jason is a passionate musician who always comes up with projects that are worthwhile and well organized.

Randy Brecker:
He's an old friend, and I always
enjoy working with him.
My wife Ada Rovatti also played
some killer sax solos on the gig!

OL:
Your world tours and 'live' show include appearances as a Guest Artists, working with colleagues and Top Musicians like
 Chuck Loeb/Mitch Forman's
'Metro Special Edition',
 the Kenny Werner Quintet,

and extended tours in Japan
and Europe as a special guest with the
Mike Stern Quartet.
In general Randy,
what do You feel goes into making a successful Tour; when it comes to choosing what's on your own playlist when headlining?

Randy Brecker:
You have to give the audience a great show; whatever that entails and be flexible enough to change things in mid-stream, if you think the audience might want to hear
this or that selection.

Randy Brecker:
Of course all the Music has to be first rate
and you might want to incorporate
"the hits"...people always want to
hear those. Plus, just have
a good time!

OL:
Okay, here's the scenario...
On a rare night that You might have off,
who would You like to see 'live' in Concert, that You haven't seen before?

Randy Brecker:
Well, last week I went to hear
Kenny Werner
and the
Brussels Jazz Orchestra 2x,
 at Dizzy's Club in Lincoln Center,
 
and would have gone more,
 if I had had the time.
It was amazing.

Randy Brecker:
I'm proud to say I'm on a soon to be released Kenny Werner Quintet CD that was recorded 'live' at the Blue Note NYC,
 and will be released early next year.

OL:
Congrats on that, Randy!...
Japan
is one of the top Jazz Touring Mecca's for Musicians all over the world. Tell us about your shows when performing there,
and what You like most about touring
 in Japan?

Randy Brecker:
Well Japan is a beautiful country and
county-side. The cities are all advanced technologically and there are
 many, many, many fans!

OL:
Randy... with the Trumpet as your primary Instrument, you are also often featured playing the Flugelhorn as well...

OL:
Tell us about the sound characteristic differences between the two Instruments and what makes You choose one or the other,
on a particular track or performance?

Randy Brecker:
Well, it's a feeling thing...
at the last second I might hear the sound of the flugel rather than trumpet..
the sound is more mellow and blends better with certain instruments like the guitar.
It's also easier to be lyrical.

OL:
Thank you very much Randy, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, as we conclude this OL Interview
5 of 7 segment?

Randy Brecker:
Well, as usual..."Buy the Records Baby!"

OL:
Thank You again, Randy!

OL:
We look forward to Part 6 of this 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we cover more of Trumpeter Great Randy Brecker's recorded tracks and favorite things!

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OL:
Welcome Back to Trumpeter great
Randy Brecker!
It's great to have You on again, this being Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.
We would be missing something,

OL:
if we here at OL didn't thank You for your Special Guest Appearance on the instrumental OL Bossa Nova track
"Island Winds"
from the session at our favorite Recording Studio...
Bennett Studios in NJ...
where the track is also featured in the WEDDING BROS. Screen Media Films' Romantic Comedy, starring Dan Fogler,
Jon Polito
& others.
You sound simply great, Randy!...thank you!

OL:
In your years of extensive Film Soundtrack credits Randy, which include the original soundtracks of "Fame" and also working on "The Wiz" original soundtrack, Produced by Legend Quincy Jones, just to highlight...

OL:
Can You share with us your memories on being a part of Film industry's Chart-topping Soundtracks of the 70's and 80's?

Randy Brecker:
Well, it was fun to work with "Q", but I was
doing a lot of sessions every day so they just
blended into the mix..in one door and out the
other to tell you the truth. They were fun to
do, but paid less than jingles...
that's what we wanted to book...
get those residuals!

OL:
Speaking of Films, what would be one of your favorite films to watch to this day?

Randy Brecker:
"Tender Mercies" starring Robert Duvall.
It's all about Music and Redemption.

OL:
Randy, your original compositions are just as extensive as your outstanding recording credits...from the swingin' "Bangalore" on your debut "Score" Album on the Blue Note Records Label. to "The Sleaze Factor,"
(featuring David Sanborn on Sax) on your Grammy-winning  "INTO THE SUN" CD on the Concord Jazz Label... to name a few...
take us to your writing process when working on new music in general?

Randy Brecker:
Well, Bill Evans just asked the same question
earlier today! It's like putting a giant puzzle
together, so I don't have a prescribed
method. sometimes I have a beat,
other times a bass groove.
other times a melody...
just wrote something last night that started
as a funky drum loop but ended
as a samba...so you never know!
It's fun to get a tune together in your head
and then get it out and into the computer
using just your imagination and ears.

OL:
On your track "The Hottest Man" on your "Into The Sun" CD, there's a wonderful moment of an early recording of your Dad, Pianist Bobby Brecker. Tell us about his excitement of knowing that You and your brother Michael would follow in his footsteps?

Randy Brecker:
Dad was a great musician in his own right. Wonderful pianist, singer, and songwriter.
He was thrilled when Mike and I started to get our names around since he came from immigrant parents and to had choose another 
 full-time occupation and played music as a local musician in Philly only part time.
He wrote that tune for me,
 'The Hottest Man In Town'
when I was
 2 weeks old and in it prophesied that I'd be a musician and horn player,
 so it was all preordained!

OL:
Tell us about your  guest solo work on:
"The Avatar Sessions:
 The Music of Tim Hagans,"
which also features  Tim Hagans, Peter Erskine,
Dave Liebman, The Norrbotten Big Band

and more?

OL:
As we're nearing the end of this
Interview segment... What new projects are coming down the road for You, Randy?

Randy Brecker:
Tim Wrote a tune for me (rather us!) called 'Boooo!' as in Boogaloo! It was fun to record it and Tim's record is a classic and deserves much recognition. He's a fantastic writer too and Peter swung his a__ off!

Randy Brecker:
I have a great project 'in the can' that will be out next year on the Half Note Label. I'm featured with the wonderful Danish Radio Orchestra doing 2 of my compositions and other well known tunes like 'Cry Me a River' and 'Round Midnight', expertly arranged by the great Vince Mendoza and other amazing writers in the band...this is probably the most accessible thing I've ever done,
and I'm looking forward to its release...
lot of ballads and beautiful strings.

Randy Brecker:
Then the next project will be more funk oriented, and will most likely be
recorded at the Blue Note NY,
 so keep an eye out for these!!

OL:
That sounds great, we look forward to checking out your new recordings in the future... and thank you very much Randy,
for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, as we conclude this OL Interview 6 of 7 segment?

Randy Brecker:
Buy the Records Baby!

OL:
Surely!... Thank You again, Randy!

OL:
In the closing segment of this week's Interview, part 7 of this 7 part
 Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,

American Trumpeter great Randy Brecker
will give his closing commentary on where Instrumental Music is today!
 Thank you Randy. We'll see you, again!

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OL:
Welcome Back, Randy. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 7 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We can't thank You enough for stopping by here at OL for all of our many
 OL Readers...!

OL:
if just for a special shining moment for the week, its really been an absolute pleasure to chat with You about you, Randy!

Randy Brecker:
Yes a great week...thanks for having me!

OL:
American Trumpeter great Randy Brecker... of countless and some of the most important and award-winning acclaimed recordings ever in the musical worlds of Jazz, R&B and Rock, crossing over as one of the Industry's most versatile and revered Musicians on the planet.

OL:
Randy, in closing of this Interview,
 if you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts on where Instrumental Music is today and your closing music
commentary quote? Thank you.

Randy Brecker:
Well, I think instrumental music in the hands of musicians is in the greatest shape its ever been, due to the many educational programs out there these days..there are more musicians than ever before, who just play and write fantastic music.
 Also it's a global phenomenon.

Randy Brecker:
Also women are making amazing
contributions on every instrument and in
composition...so as far as pure music is
concerned; things are great...
now we just have to get people interested
to listen to music without a singer,
 but with all these great instrumentalists
out there; that will happen! and
BUY ALL THEIR RECORDS BABY!!

This has been a 'facetious comment' all week,  
 imitating singer Peter Wolf of J.Geils Band
who in the middle of a tune would do a split
and on the way up he'd point to the audience
and intone, 'buy the record baby!'
These days, it is important to buy music
and not download it for free.
We need to pay artists for their hard
work...it's not easy to play an instrument
and compose music!

OL:
American Trumpeter great Randy Brecker has been hard at work for a number of years.. past, present and respectfully we say that all of those who have been enlightened by
Mr. Brecker's
spectacular Artistry,
can only expect more to come in the future! And it is naturally so, that his words and thoughts throughout this OL Interview,
to say the very least, give insight and uplift us all, as equally as his music has
always done...

OL:
With that said...we'd like to bring this
OL Interview
with Mr. Randy Brecker to
full circle... and let his very instrumental beauty, speak for itself...with
"No Words"...
but still, we here at OL
can't echo it enough...Randy's own echo,
 on Rocker Peter Wolf's words...
"Buy The Records Baby!"

OL:
Thank you, to American Trumpeter great Randy Brecker, and thank you All for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

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American Trumpeter Great
RANDY BRECKER

1. Pedro Brasil - Randy In Brasil CD
2. Toe To Toe - Toe To Toe CD
3. I've Been Through This Before - Hanging In The City CD
4. I Can't Quit Her - Child Is Father to the Man CD
5. Some Skunk Funk - Some Skunk Funk CD (live)
6. The Sleaze Factor - Into The Sun CD
7. Sambop - Randy In Brasil CD
8. No Words..., for trumpet, jazz trio & orchestra -
Nostalgic Journey: Tykocin Jazz Suite CD
9. Island Winds - SWEETHEARTS Multi-Artist Pop Hits CD






Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
FREDDY COLE
GRAMMY JAZZ VOCALIST LEGEND
http://freddycolemusic.com/
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 11/28/10 - 12/4/10
playlist at end

OL:
We'd like to Welcome the
incomparable and elegant Grammy-winning Vocalist and consummate Pianist 
Mr. Freddy Cole!
...of his multi-acclaimed Solo CD's...to name a few from...
"Rio de Janeiro Blue,"
to 
"Le Grand Freddy,"
to
"In the Name of Love,"
to his
"This Love of Mine,"
 "Because Of You,"
  "Music Maestro Please,"
"Love Makes The Changes"
...
and his latest "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B" celebrated CD.
Freddy Cole,
the romantic Jazz Vocalist shimmers and shines with the utmost of legendary recordings in his Career...
including his Special Guest Appearance on the track, "I'm Not Alone (Anjo De Mim)"
from the "A Love Affair:
The Music Of Ivan Lins"
CD on
Telarc Records,
Produced brilliantly by Keyboardist extraordinaire
Jason Miles.

OL:
In this OL Interview,
we would introduce that Mr. Cole,
coming from the musical dynasty,
that of his Brother Legend Nat "King" Cole, and Uncle of the dynamic Singer
Natalie Cole,
would also be a wonderful highlight during this Interview,
but make no mistake about it,
as Mr. Freddy Cole performs in his song,
"I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me"
... And respectfully, we couldn't agree more. With that said....we'd like to welcome
Mr. Cole
to OL.... and thank you, Mr. Cole, for giving us and all of the OL Site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
for the entire week of November 28, 2010 &
a bonus week of Dec. 5th as well. It's truly terrific having You here for all of our
OL Viewers...
thank you and welcome... You've just celebrated a birthday last month.
Happy Birthday!

Freddy Cole:
Yeah, how about that! I made one more...
& thank you for having me.

OL:
Thank You, Mr. Cole.
We finally got You here onboard OL,
as we know You've just returned from an onboard Jazz Cruise Tour in Florida.
So we'd like to thank You for taking the time out for our OL Visitors, for what has been well worth the wait.

OL:
Okay, let's get started... Mr. Cole,
let's go back to your musical beginnings & your hometown...
You were born Lionel Frederick Cole,
to Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole.
the youngest sibling of musicians
in your Family?

Freddy Cole:
Yes, that's right.

OL:
Freddy, with music all around You,
growing up in Chicago,
You couldn't help but be influenced.
You started playing the piano at age 5?

Freddy Cole:
Yes, somewhere in there,
around 5 or 6 years old. I started banging around you know, as kids would do.
 But that was just about the age, yeah.

OL:
We ask this question, as some Artists would like to recall & share... Do You remember the first song that You played on the piano?

Freddy Cole:
I can't hardly remember my name, now...
[Mr. Cole laughing]...
No, I remember the first... if You want to call it a major solo or something that I did. When I was going from Elementary School to Junior High School,
I sang 'The Lord's Prayer'. That was my first endeavor at performing. The first job that
I got paid for, I made $25,
and I thought I was rich!

OL:
Wonderful... Not only did You come from a musical Family dynasty, but also throughout your youth, the Cole Family home had its share of distinguished visitors, such as...
Duke Ellington, Count Basie,
Lionel Hampton,
Fletcher Henderson
and many other
world-renowned Artists?

Freddy Cole:
Well, that was the 'Who's Who' of
Show Business...
but to me, at my age,
at that time, I wasn't in awe of any of them you know, they were good friends of my Brother's. They would be in Chicago,
doing a Gig or something. They'd come by the house and get a meal, or come by and they would be hanging out, you know, with my Brothers and what have you...

OL:
So what You're saying,
is that they were just part of the Family?

Freddy Cole:
Yes, as far as I'm concerned. And when I got older and would start traveling within
New York,
I'd credit these individuals,
you know,  like Sonny Greer, Milt Hinton... people of that stature, they kept me on the straightened path you know... in line as you would say, in New York.
That City can overwhelm you.

OL:
Yes, for sure. But your great Artist friends took You under their wings, so-to-speak?

Freddy Cole:
A lot of people come there with great talent and great aspirations and had to leave.

OL:
Respectfully Mr. Cole, You definitely were no less than the great Artists and talent that You were surrounded by. New York loves a great talent like yours to this day.
With music as a way of life for You...
tell us Freddy, about your love for Football and how this almost became your profession, later on in your youth?

Freddy Cole:
Well, you know, I had aspirations.
I use to play a lot of Football in High School and all like that. In fact, I was an All-State Football Player and I was in line to receive several Scholarships to play ball,
but I got hurt and so that was the end of that. But I still love the game...
I really love the game of Football.

OL:
You told us that You were just watching the Monday Night Football recently.
Did your team win? Who's your team?

Freddy Cole:
Oh yeah, I watched Michael Vick,
they took care of the Redskins last night. That was amazing!

OL:
Tell us about the influence that your Parents had on You, Freddy,
as it relates to your music Career, now?

Freddy Cole:
Well, you know that's an easy question to answer. My Parents supported all of us, because you know, all of us are Musicians. My Father used to say that 'Every tub has it's own bottom... You sit on yours and let your Brothers sit on theirs' ... You do what you gotta do. So that's been my way of living throughout, so far...

OL:
Well said... During this week, we here at OL, look forward to covering many highlights of the great longevity and many accolades of your Career, Freddy... tell us about the influence that Jazz Singer
Legend Mr. Billy Eckstine
had on You
as an Artist?

Freddy Cole:
Well, first of all, Mr. B. was a
wonderful person and a great
 Entertainer you know, he was a hell of an Entertainer... and he was actually our first Balladeer. He broke through and he had a style that was very different and he was a very fine Musician.
There's so many accolades that you can put on him, but like a song he used to sing, called..."If I never sing another song...
or take another bow...I've had my fame,
you know my name..."
And that's just what Billy Eckstine was...
"I Am A Singer"
...that was the name of the song...

OL:
That's a wonderful tribute Mr. Cole.
Your latest CD "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B"
is truly a heartfelt musical gem.

Freddy Cole:
Thank you.

OL:
Tell us about the beautiful and quiet opening acoustic-styled track,
"Tender is the Night"
on the
"Freddy Sings Mr. B"
CD?

Freddy Cole:
Well, you know, once you do a record date, you've got a lot of things to worry about. Sequencing of them is very difficult,
and we all just took our shot at doing it....
and that song ended up being the one that opens the CD.

OL:
It's beautiful! We just love the way it opens with that very soft acoustic sound that
You're so synonymous with.

Freddy Cole:
Yeah, the Musicians on that CD...
including Randy, Curtis,
 Houston, di Martino &
Elias...
We just had fun.
We finished the CD one session ahead
of time, because we didn't need as
much time as they booked.
We went in and took care of business;
we were prepared when we went in.

OL:
How long were You working on this CD, "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B?"

Freddy Cole:
We did that in two days.
But like I said, we were preparing
while we were on the road.
Arranger and Guitarist
Randy Napoleon

and I were sitting up half the night,
you know, most nights after we
got off from work,
we were in Japan,
we working on a lot of those songs.
So when we got to the record date,
we just passed the stuff out
 and everything was good.

OL:
We wish You all the best with this CD,
Mr. Cole.
We want to see You take home many Grammy's.

Freddy Cole:
I hope so.

OL:
What would be your favorite song on this
Billy Eckstine tribute CD?
Would that be a fair question to ask?

Freddy Cole:
That's a fair question to ask, but at different times, different ones have been my favorite.  He did so many wonderful songs,
and that was the real fun about
doing this album.
We had a chance to look at so many great songs, the material was there.
But I'm kind of torn between this one tune, called "Portrait" and "Pretty One."
But the "Cottage For Sale,"  you can't take a back seat to it. So it would be very difficult for me to pick just one and stay with it.

OL:
Yes, but You highlighted some of your favorites and that's great. It's always good to know what goes on in Artist's mind, in terms of what they would like to perform.

Freddy Cole:
Yeah... the one that we're getting the
most reaction from is "Jelly Jelly."

OL:
Thank you very much Mr. Cole,
for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
OL
Interview 1 of 7 segment?

Freddy Cole:
Everybody's gotta have a touch of the Blues!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we get to talk about Grammy Vocalist Legend Freddy Cole coming to the Big Apple, playing at the Birdland & more...!
Thank you Mr. Cole.
We'll see you tomorrow!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


OL:
Hello OL Visitors.. we'd like to welcome back the one and only Grammy-winning Vocalist Entertainer, Mr. Freddy Cole!... to today's Part 2 of 7 Interview, where we travel with
Mr. Cole,
behind the scenes of what goes into some of his 'live' shows and the makings of his classic recordings & more...
so here we go!

OL:
Hello once again, Mr. Cole...
You will be performing in New York, soon?

Freddy Cole:
Yeah, we'll be in there at Birdland
on December 21 through the 25th.

OL:
We're getting some tickets this week,
we can't wait to see that show!

Freddy Cole:
Well, okay!

OL:
Speaking of touring,
What are some of your places to tour,
Mr. Cole?

Freddy Cole:
Ah  well, I've been doing it so long. You do have
favorite places. We always get a kick out of playing Paris. One year, we played all of the major Capitals in the world...
Paris, London, New York,
Los Angeles, Rio, Tokyo...

Freddy Cole:
You know, we played all of those places in the same year. But you know, we do a lot of International travel. So it's quite exciting,
in the most part. Right now, the only thing that I'm not so crazy about the traveling, is the security stuff you have to go through.

Freddy Cole:
Sitting in the Airports 3 and 4 hours, you know
changing planes, especially over there in Europe, it becomes a drag, but this is what we do. So I tell the guys often, I said,
 "Well, you wanted to be a
Musician, so here we are."

OL:
That's par for the course, right?

Freddy Cole:
[Mr. Cole, laughing] That's right!
Be careful what you wish for!

OL:
Ah, that's right... Now speaking of 'course',
we understand that You like to play a little Golf there, in between your shows?

Freddy Cole:
Yeah, I love to play, you know, but I'm not playing very well, not like I used to. But that's a case of 'you have to practice some and get a chance to get out and play'... and I haven't taken the opportunity,
like I normally would have...
I use to play 2 or 3 days a week,
maybe 4. But now, I'm lucky to get out
and play golf, once or twice a month.
But I still have fun, I've got a group of guys that I play with and we have a lot of fun.

OL:
That's great, Mr. Cole. It's always good to have fun in between your shows too, right?

Freddy Cole:
Oh yeah

OL:
And now, speaking of shows, we did get a chance to see You a few years back,
when You performed at the Carnegie Hall,
Ivan Lins Tribute?

Freddy Cole:
Oh yeah, that was a good show.

OL:
It was wonderful and we have to tell You,
 Mr. Cole... when You came on stage
[to paraphrase one of your featured Songs during this OL Interview],
 
'You Could Hear A Pin Drop'.
It was absolutely beautiful,
when you sang 'I'm Not Alone'...

Freddy Cole:
Yes, that one of Ivan's good tunes.
That was a good record.

OL:
We notice that You do sing a lot of
Bossa Nova styled music in your Repertoire?

Freddy Cole:
Yes, I'm very fond of Brazilian Music.
It's one of my favorite types of music
in the world. Very touching.
It reaches out and touches someone...
Brazilian Singers, I think, have a knack for that.
They just reach out and touch you,
 and grab you.

OL:
For sure, Mr. Cole. You definitely take it, embrace it and make it your own...
We wanted to ask You about your recording of
'This Love Of Mine'.
Do You perform this song in a lot of your shows?

Freddy Cole:
You know, I haven't done it for a while,
but it's a real good song.
Frank Sinatra
was one of the writers
of that song.
And that was a good CD also.
Fathead Newman
was on that date.

OL:
That's right...

Freddy Cole:
Yeah...

OL:
As for Singer Songwriters...
Do You like to write a lot of your own material, or do You more so cover the Standards
and some of the new material of the
new songs?

Freddy Cole:
Well, I used to write a lot, but no, I don't put much time in it at all,
because I appreciate a song for what it is.

OL:
Thank you very much Mr. Cole, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
OL Interview
2 of 7 segment?

Freddy Cole:
Whether I write the song, or
whoever writes it...
it doesn't matter to me.
As long as it's good material!

OL:
We look forward to Part 3 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we get to highlight Grammy Vocalist Legend
Freddy Cole's
many award-winning
and celebrated CD's & more...!
Thank you, Freddy!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


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OL:
Hello OL Visitors.. we'd like to welcome back the one and only Grammy-winning Vocalist Entertainer, Mr. Freddy Cole!... to today's Part 2 of 7 Interview, where we travel with
Mr. Cole,
behind the scenes of what goes into some of his 'live' shows and the makings of his classic recordings & more...
so here we go!

OL:
Hello once again, Mr. Cole...
You will be performing in New York, soon?

Freddy Cole:
Yeah, we'll be in there at Birdland
on December 21 through the 25th.

OL:
We're getting some tickets this week,
we can't wait to see that show!

Freddy Cole:
Well, okay!

OL:
Speaking of touring,
What are some of your places to tour,
Mr. Cole?

Freddy Cole:
Ah  well, I've been doing it so long. You do have
favorite places. We always get a kick out of playing Paris. One year, we played all of the major Capitals in the world...
Paris, London, New York,
Los Angeles, Rio, Tokyo...

Freddy Cole:
You know, we played all of those places in the same year. But you know, we do a lot of International travel. So it's quite exciting,
in the most part. Right now, the only thing that I'm not so crazy about the traveling, is the security stuff you have to go through.

Freddy Cole:
Sitting in the Airports 3 and 4 hours, you know
changing planes, especially over there in Europe, it becomes a drag, but this is what we do. So I tell the guys often, I said,
 "Well, you wanted to be a
Musician, so here we are."

OL:
That's par for the course, right?

Freddy Cole:
[Mr. Cole, laughing] That's right!
Be careful what you wish for!

OL:
Ah, that's right... Now speaking of 'course',
we understand that You like to play a little Golf there, in between your shows?

Freddy Cole:
Yeah, I love to play, you know, but I'm not playing very well, not like I used to. But that's a case of 'you have to practice some and get a chance to get out and play'... and I haven't taken the opportunity,
like I normally would have...
I use to play 2 or 3 days a week,
maybe 4. But now, I'm lucky to get out
and play golf, once or twice a month.
But I still have fun, I've got a group of guys that I play with and we have a lot of fun.

OL:
That's great, Mr. Cole. It's always good to have fun in between your shows too, right?

Freddy Cole:
Oh yeah

OL:
And now, speaking of shows, we did get a chance to see You a few years back,
when You performed at the Carnegie Hall,
Ivan Lins Tribute?

Freddy Cole:
Oh yeah, that was a good show.

OL:
It was wonderful and we have to tell You,
 Mr. Cole... when You came on stage
[to paraphrase one of your featured Songs during this OL Interview],
 
'You Could Hear A Pin Drop'.
It was absolutely beautiful,
when you sang 'I'm Not Alone'...

Freddy Cole:
Yes, that one of Ivan's good tunes.
That was a good record.

OL:
We notice that You do sing a lot of
Bossa Nova styled music in your Repertoire?

Freddy Cole:
Yes, I'm very fond of Brazilian Music.
It's one of my favorite types of music
in the world. Very touching.
It reaches out and touches someone...
Brazilian Singers, I think, have a knack for that.
They just reach out and touch you,
 and grab you.

OL:
For sure, Mr. Cole. You definitely take it, embrace it and make it your own...
We wanted to ask You about your recording of
'This Love Of Mine'.
Do You perform this song in a lot of your shows?

Freddy Cole:
You know, I haven't done it for a while,
but it's a real good song.
Frank Sinatra
was one of the writers
of that song.
And that was a good CD also.
Fathead Newman
was on that date.

OL:
That's right...

Freddy Cole:
Yeah...

OL:
As for Singer Songwriters...
Do You like to write a lot of your own material, or do You more so cover the Standards
and some of the new material of the
new songs?

Freddy Cole:
Well, I used to write a lot, but no, I don't put much time in it at all,
because I appreciate a song for what it is.

OL:
Thank you very much Mr. Cole, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
OL Interview
2 of 7 segment?

Freddy Cole:
Whether I write the song, or
whoever writes it...
it doesn't matter to me.
As long as it's good material!

OL:
We look forward to Part 3 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we get to highlight Grammy Vocalist Legend
Freddy Cole's
many award-winning
and celebrated CD's & more...!
Thank you, Freddy!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


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OL:
Hello OL Visitors... we'd like to welcome back the Legendary Balladeer himself,
Mr. Freddy Cole!...
to today's Part 3 of 7 Interview on this day of Dec. 5, 2010, where we talk Family and Recording Session talk with Freddy Cole!

OL:
Now Mr. Cole, we had a chance to
work with You, right here on
 Oceanlight Records, recording at
Bennett Studios
in New Jersey,
as You recorded what is now the theme song, "Timeless Dance",
now featured on the Screen Media Films WEDDING BROS., now on DVD. You brought in on the session, to join with some of our other booked celebrated Musicians, such as
"Mr. Magic's"
Songwriting Legend and Bassist  Bill Salter, Ashford & Simpson touring Guitarist Dave Chun, adding your wonderful
Jazz Pianist
with You, John di Martino.

OL:
Also on 'Timeless Dance',
at an earlier session, the treasured
Brazilian Percussionist Café DaSilva
and string players Nioka Workman
and Marlene Rice on the
Brown/Kreuter
Produced Original.

Freddy Cole:
Yes, John and I have been real good friends for a number of years, and I use him every chance I get... and he's also on those dates you just mentioned earlier in this interview,
 "This Love Of Mine,"
Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B",
you know...

Freddy Cole:
John's a real fine Musician and Arranger.
 He just has a touch for playing behind Singers.

OL:
A beautiful touch on the piano...
John
has indeed! We truly enjoyed working with him and look forward to more sessions!

Freddy Cole:
I could play... but it's so much simpler if you've got somebody's that's right there and you can just devote yourself to doing one thing, Singing.

OL:
And that's what we loved about the session,
Mr. Cole.
You basically said,
"Look, I'm here to Sing!",
We know that You're a consummate Pianist as well, but we agree, when You're recording, You want to just concentrate on your voice.

Freddy Cole:
That's so right! It's very important.

OL:
And that's exactly what you did. It made the theme song, which is featured all throughout the WEDDING BROS. Film, starring Dan Fogler, Brendon Sexton III, Jon Polito,
Patti D'Arbanville
& others. So thank you so much, Mr. Cole for being a part of that.

Freddy Cole:
Wonderful!

OL:
Okay moving onward, we would be missing a special moment Mr. Cole, if we didn't give a warm tribute to your Brother, the Legendary and beloved Singer, Nat "King" Cole and to Your wonderful Niece, the incredible Singer Natalie Cole. This is a Family Affair,
the Coles...

Freddy Cole:
Thank you! Oh yes! Well, you know all of my Brothers were Musicians. ...And my Brother, Ike, was a very fine Musician as well. He's deceased also. And my older Brother,
Eddie...
in fact, I heard something on satellite the other day about him,
I was just really shocked.

Freddy Cole:
They went back and dug up some of Eddie's old music. He was a beautiful and fantastic Piano Player, he and his Wife had a group called, "The Two Hot Coles." And both of them played piano and sang...
they're very entertaining.

OL:
Wow, we'll have to check that out!

Freddy Cole:
My Brother, Nat used to play in Eddie's band, when he started out, you know... and then You spoke about my Niece, Natalie Cole...
well she's doing very well, since she has been recovering from her operation.

OL:
Mr. Cole, we send out our prayers to
Natalie.
We're big fans of your Niece.
A few years back, we saw her show at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
It's clear to see that this wonderful thing
called 'Music', runs in the
Cole Family Dynasty
,
and naturally, with much love...

OL:
All of You...a major inspiration to many Singers... as You, Nat & your entire Family are, Mr. Cole. ...And it's so wonderful to see that Natalie has come through that.

Freddy Cole:
Yes, she's doing very well.

OL:
We want to see her back on the road,
singing again, like her Uncle.

Freddy Cole:
[Mr. Cole, laughing happily & as always in great spirits!]

OL:
And we want to see You two Sing together. When might that happen?

Freddy Cole:
I don't know. You know, it's been talked about. You know how those things are. If it happens,
it happens.

OL:
Well, if and when it does, we have a feeling that the many in the music world will be listening closely, for that moment of that magical musical union! And for sure,
right here at OL!

OL:
Thank you very much Mr. Cole, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
3 of 7 segment?

Freddy Cole:
Thank you for having me on the Oceanlight Records "Timeless Dance" Recording Session...

OL:
It was an honor to have You on the session at Bennett Studios, Mr. Cole! You made "Timesless Dance" a classic theme song, not only for the WEDDING BROS. Film, but without a doubt for Oceanlight Records... after your session, having made the Brown/Kreuter penned Song your own, with your elegant voice, and presence...
Thank You!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow 12/6/10,
in Part 4 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where Freddy Cole gives us a one-word playback on OL's weekly one-word commentary segment of this Interview...
so stay tuned and enjoy!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


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OL:
Welcome Back, Freddy. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 4 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.

We're at the segment Interview feature, where we introduce a 'one word'  Interview question to You, Freddy, and if you can please playback a One-word Commentary Note for the OL Visitors, that would be great! Okay,
Mr. Cole
you're up for the swing!

OL:
Joy?
Freddy Cole:
   Crystal... My daughter's name is Crystal Joy.

OL:
That's wonderful... okay, next word... 'Golf'?
Freddy Cole:
Tiger Woods

OL:
Star?
Freddy Cole:
Michael Vick

OL:
Chicago?
Freddy Cole:
My Home Town

OL:
Comfort?
Freddy Cole:
Joe Comfort...
 He used to play bass with my Brother.

OL:
Band?
Freddy Cole:

 Freddy Cole Quartet

OL:
Piano?
Freddy Cole:
Nat Cole

OL:
Charm?
Freddy Cole:
Freddy Cole

OL:
Football?
Freddy Cole:
The Atlanta Falcons

OL:
Family?
Freddy Cole:
Beautiful

OL:
Wonderful, and thank you very much Freddy, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
OL Interview 4 of 7 segment?

Freddy Cole:

  You've got to feel the Audience out...
You've got to get that feeling.

OL:
Thank you, Mr. Cole. We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as Vocalist great, Freddy Cole talks 'live' Shows talk with OL...

OL:
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


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OL:
Hello OL Visitors... we'd like to welcome back Mr. Freddy Cole!... to Part 5 of 7 Interview, with moments on his Song picks for some of Grammy Vocalist Freddy Cole's most celebrated CD's & much more!

OL:
Mr. Cole, who were some of the Artists that You listened to, as your Career took off?

Freddy Cole:
Well you know, I'm a big Billie Holiday fan.
Also Billy Eckstine... and even some of the new Artists out there, I enjoy. But I'm not as attached as I once was to some of the older establishments.
I try to enjoy whomever I'm listening to.

OL:
Okay... speaking of enjoyment, we love your rendition of 'Gentle Rain' which is on the
 "Because Of You" CD tribute to the great
 Tony Bennett! We see that You really do love the Brazilian sound?

Freddy Cole:
Thank you.. oh yes, that's a great song by
Luiz Bonfá
& Matt Dubey.

OL:
Also your tribute CD "Le Grand Freddy" to the great Composer, Michel Legrand?

Freddy Cole:
Yeah, that CD was a lot of fun doing also... with Mike Renzi and those guys, yeah...

OL:
We like the choices that You make in picking the music, Mr. Cole. Do You get a list of songs and pick the best ones for You, or do You sit back in advance and think about the songs that You'd like to sing?

Freddy Cole:
I try to get an idea of what I'm trying to present. Then I try to choose songs within that frame, and which ones would be the best to do. It's a lot of fun, as they say... but it's my choice at the end, you know... 
Todd Barkan
and I work together, often...

Freddy Cole:
and he knows the way I think and I know the way that he thinks. So he'll just bring me some songs, or will suggest them to me. If I like it...
I like it. If I don't, then we move on to
something else.

OL:
Okay... It's always interesting to know how an Artist puts their albums together. How do You like YouTube, Mr. Cole... in note, your 'live' performance at the piano, singing your song, 'I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me'?

Freddy Cole:
Well, I'm not really in love with YouTube.
 Some videos don't catch you at your best.
 You know what I mean?

OL:
Yes, we totally understand. Some of them are good and some of them are not so good.

Freddy Cole:
One time, we were performing in Paris,
and I looked up and you know, it just wasn't cool. But I've seen a couple of other things of mine that were okay, but it's just not fair.

OL:
We see your point, Mr. Cole. You never know how a performance will be captured.

Freddy Cole:
Yes, and then on top of that,
the Musicians don't get paid.

OL:
Ah, the bottom line, that's right. Well,
the Internet had changed much in the
Music Industry and in general.

OL:
Thank you very much Mr. Cole, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
OL
Interview 5 of 7 segment?

Freddy Cole:
Like our friend, 'Watching You, Watching me' [Mr. Cole laughing, as always, with a great sense of humor!]

OL:
We look forward to Part 6 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, highlighting
what's next on Grammy Vocalist Legend Freddy Cole's touring schedule, as he talks also about the Crooners of tomorrow!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


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OL:
Welcome back, Mr. Cole!...  it's nice to have You back on again, this being Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.

OL:
What's up for You in the coming New Year 2011, Mr. Cole?

Freddy Cole:
Well, we're going to be very busy, starting in January, back over in Europe. And then we come off of that and we do a Jazz Cruise,
the first week in February and right after that, we're at Dizzy's Coca Cola Jazz Club in
New York,
on February 8th.

OL:
You're back in New York in February, great!

Freddy Cole:
Then following there, we're doing the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockville, Maryland. And then we go right out to the West Coast and doing something in Los Angeles and outside of Seattle, Washington.

Freddy Cole:
We go into Japan, over in March. So as the old saying that goes "January and February,
we can March on through!"

OL:
We like that, Mr. Cole...
We have to remember that one, that's great!

Freddy Cole:
Yeah...Rogers used to say that.

OL:
Thanks for sharing your Tour Itenerary with us, Mr. Cole. Everyone should see You in Concert at least once in their lifetime. As we are nearing the end of this week's OL Interview, certainly not talking with You, again...

OL:
We'd like to ask You on what advice would You give for the up and coming Crooners today,
who want to follow in Your footsteps?

Freddy Cole:
Well you know, like one of those lines in that song, 'Give your all, or not at all!' Just do the best that you can, and don't get hung up in a lot of unnecessary talk about who can sing, or who can play... who can't do this, or who can't do that. That's wasted energy.

OL:
Thank you very much Mr. Cole, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
OL
Interview 6 of 7 segment?

Freddy Cole:
You take care of yourself, because you could be so busy about worrying about somebody else and you'll miss your blessing!

OL:
In the closing segment of this week's Interview, part 6 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, Grammy Vocalist Legend Freddy Cole's will give his closing commentary on where 'Live Music' is today for Balladeers!
Thank you Freddy. We'll see you soon!

OL:
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


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OL:
Welcome Back, Freddy! It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 7 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series.
As we have come to the closing segment of this 2 week Special Interview feature,
OL
would first like to thank You, Freddy, for giving OL a wonderful Interview and for spending some of your time with us, in between Your touring. We shall always cherish these special moments Interviewing You, Mr. Cole.
If you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts on where 'Live Music'
is today for Balladeers?
Thank you.

Freddy Cole:
Well you know, music is just like you're buying a pair of shoes. Some people like brown shoes, some people like black shoes. Some like sandals and what have you...
But it should be to your personal taste.
If you like it, then it's alright with me.

Freddy Cole:
I'm very, very happy that things are going well for OL, and I look to see you all in New York at my concert. Until then, tell your listeners to keep hope alive and keep Jazz Alive!

OL:
A whisper here, a whisper there...
and its never been whispered so musicially, softly and elegantly by Vocalist Legend
Mr. Freddy Cole,
himself. To be on this beautiful planet, at the same time,
while the synergy of Freddy Cole's Voice travels throughout the Universe and into our hearts, well that's a blessing in itself!

OL:
Mr. Freddy Cole...
one of the most down-to-earth Singers that we've ever heard, and yet his sound reaches far beyond any rainbow colors of magic and mystery! One of our great Balladeers, ever! Thank You Freddy, for spending some time with us at OL.
We wish for You... timeless peace, love,
Music and lots of golf!

OL:
Thank you, to Grammy Vocalist great Freddy Cole, and thank you All for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


Playlist samples:
Grammy Jazz Legend
FREDDY COLE

1. I'm Not Alone (Anjo de Mim) -  Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins CD
2. Rio de Janeiro Blue - Rio de Janeiro Blue CD
3. I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me - I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me CD
4. Invitation - Rio de Janeiro Blue CD
5. This Love of Mine - This Love of Mine CD
6. The Gentle Rain - (Because of You CD)
7. Jelly Jelly - (Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B)
8. Portrait - (Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B)
9. You Could Hear A Pin Drop - (Music Maestro Please)
10. I Will Wait For You - (Le Grand Freddy)
11. Timeless Dance (Sweethearts - Multi-Artist Pop Hits CD)





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