Growing up in Denver, Rudy and Shamie Royston dreamed about moving to a jazz hub like New York. After a few welcome delays to teach and raise a family, they're beginning to pursue careers as performing musicians.
Facing no interest from record labels, jazz bassist Mimi Jones made two albums under her own imprint. Along the way, she signed two "amazing, bad-ass" musicians — who also happen to be black female instrumentalists.
Sixty years ago, a jazz pianist found himself in much the same bittersweet position as a rapper did on Sunday night. Surely proud of their hard work, they also sensed that their privilege as white musicians had something to do with their new success.
One's seen the world with countless jazz, country and other artists. He'll be releasing his new album on a new label owned by his big brother and fellow percussionist. The Shreveport, La. siblings talk growing up together and the lessons of gospel master Brady Blade Sr.
It'll take at least three guys to move Larry Goldings' instrument of choice into a basement jazz club. But it also lets the keyboardist explore all his control freak tendencies. He explains the appeal of the legendary electric organ, a staple of gospel and soul music.
Growing up in Chile, Melissa Aldana insisted on playing in clubs and transcribed solos like mad — as her father did before her. Now, at 24, she's won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for young musicians, and her youthful dedication is beginning to pay off.
It's vanilla, but that's not really the point. In a short interview, the saxophonist explains why his band returns to a certain palate-cleansing, dairy-titled tune so often — and discusses his connection to its composer, trumpeter and long-time collaborator Ralph Alessi.