Rod Melancon is young singer/songwriter in the Americana genre. He's from the Cajun lowlands of Louisiana, but is now based in Los Angeles. He has just released his second album, Parish Lines, produced by guitarist Brian Whelan of the Dwight Yoakum band. He's a storyteller in the tradition of Bruce Springsteen and Hank Williams with the energy of a young Elvis, and the attitude of James Dean. His songs convey the drama in the close-knit community where he was raised, and he has an uncanny knack for evoking honesty, tenderness, melancholy, and raw emotions with his voice.
Oz Noy is a NYC based guitarist who began his professional career in his native Israel at the age of thirteen. He emmigrated to the United States in the 1990s and has become a fixture in the NYC jazz scene, although he blurs the lines with jazz, blues, funk, and rock. He’s just released a new album with a slew of great players.
Nathan East is a premiere session musician, perhaps best known as Eric Clapton’s favorite bass player. He also played on Michael Jackson's "Bad," Daft Punk’s recent Grammy winning album, and is a founding member of Fourplay. His debut self-titled album will be released March 25, 2014. Alan Bryson caught up with him during a break as he was rehearsing with Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder for the Grammy awards. The interview also features audio clips from the album.
In remembrance of Ronny Jordan who passed away in January of 2014 at the age of 51, we present this extensive interview first published in January of 2013. Ronny Jordan is a winner of Gibson Guitar’s award for Best Jazz Guitarist, he’s been nominated for a Grammy award, and is a jazz artist who has made it to the pop charts. He’s known as one of the earliest and most successful jazz artists to draw upon the energy and vitality of hip hop.
Part three focuses in on his latest project with Gary Husband on piano and Alex Machecek on electric guitar. He also discusses his work with Billy Cobham.
Part two of a three part interview with drummer and keyboardist Gary Husband. He speaks at length about John McLaughlin, and talks about working with Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, Wayne Krantz, Jimmy Herring, Mike Stern, Steve Hackett, Steve Topping, Neil Taylor, and more.
Part one of a three part interview with drummer and keyboardist Gary Husband. In this segment he speaks of his formative years, talks at length of his decades-long relationship with Allan Holdsworth, discusses Jack Bruce and Gary Moore, and he speaks about his solo piano recordings.
Jonathan Batiste is a graduate of the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts with a masters degree from Julliard in jazz and classical piano. But don’t let the elite degrees fool you, as a native of New Orleans, Batiste is equally at home making music in the streets or on the concert stage.
His band named "Stay Human", do just that. They've recently released their breakout album entitled "Social Music". It’s music without borders or labels, pure integrity.
Alan Bryson spoke with Batiste in San Francisco in the middle of his tour. Listen for a sampling from Social Music at the end of the interview.
He first gained attention as the "next big thing" in instrumental rock with his impressive guitar skills. On his just released album "YEP" on the Magna Carta label, he puts his singer/songwriter skills on display, backed up by the legendary Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Allman Brothers), and Matt Abts and Andy Hess of Govt. Mule. This album draws on rock, blues, country, and even some heavy metal vituosity.
Flutist Anne Drummond was born and raised in Seattle, where she attended the same high school as Qunicy Jones and Jimi Hendrix. At age 18 she arrived in New York to study piano at the Manhattan School of Music. She quickly made the transition to working musician when she brought her flute to class and was recruited by her piano instructor, the legendary Kenny Barron, to join his band. She ended up out front on tour and played on several of his albums. She also tour and recorded with the sensational vibraphonist Stehpon Harris. I first learned of her through her impressive work with Matthias Bublath. She’s a lot of fun to talak to, and an impressive talent.
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