I’ve just published my new e-book – a selection of some of my favourite interviews. There are new essays and context-notes around each interview and the range of subjects takes in not just musicians but two pro-wrestlers, a filmmaker and a comedian. There are 15 conversations documented from living legends (Joan Baez, Ry Cooder, Mavis […]
Cassandra Wilson performed one of the best gigs I’ll ever see – it was back in 2013, part of Wellington’s Jazz Festival. And I’ve just remembered that I spoke to her on the phone ahead of that trip. So there might be a few dated references here and there – but with that knowledge, that […]
Various Artists: Ella 100: Live at the Apollo! Concord Jazz In 1934 a 17-year old unknown by the name of Ella Fitzgerald took the stage at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. It was Amateur Night and that nervous first performance launched a career; she’d barely need that surname after.
Welcome to episode 65 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, Yeastie Boys and Le Petite Chocolat. This conversation is me chatting with the Artistic Director of the NZ Festival and Wellington Jazz Festival, Shelagh Magadza.
Dee Dee Bridgewater & Irvin Mayfield with The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Opera House, Wellington Jazz Festival Thursday, June 4 It’s going to be pretty tough to beat the opening night concert at Wellington’s 2015 Jazz Festival. It’s tough enough to try to put some of it into words. Where to begin? Well Ms Bridgewater […]
Valerie June Pushin’ Against A Stone Concord Records Okay, so she doesn’t have the jazz chops – nor the deep blues – of Cassandra Wilson but I like where Valerie June is heading here; I like that she doesn’t ever stick to one genre and milk it. You can’t quite know where this album is going […]
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more soulful, hypnotic, enchanting and controlled performance. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more engaging, magnetic live-inside-each-song performance. Cassandra Wilson embodied each song, controlled the band through her movements, every hip-shake, every slow grind, every shoulder-shrug; if she wasn’t issuing the sound as conduit then she reacted […]
Cassandra Wilson Opera House, Wellington Jazz Festival Friday, June 7 I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more soulful, hypnotic, enchanting and controlled performance. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more engaging, magnetic live-inside-each-song performance. Cassandra Wilson embodies each song, controls the band through her movements, every hip-shake, every slow grind, every shoulder-shrug; if […]