Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander Monty Alexander played at the club 12/07/18 and 12/08/18 In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring the worlds of American Jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. How did you come to play the … Read more

Gary Smulyan

Gary Smulyan

Gary Smulyan Played at the club 11/09/18 and 11/10/18 Gary Smulyan is a jazz musician who plays baritone saxophone. He leads a trio with bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Kenny Washington. Smulyan has played with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and its previous incarnation, the Mel Lewis Big Band. How did you come to play the … Read more

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Al Foster

Al Foster

Al Foster Played at the club 11/09/18 and 11/10/18 Al Foster (born January 18, 1944) is an American jazz drummer. He was born in Richmond, Virginia, grew up in New York and began playing drums at the age of 13. How did you come to play the drums? At three years old, I was banging … Read more

John Patitucci

John Patitucci

John Patitucci Played at the club 11/09/18 and 11/10/18 John Patitucci is an American jazz bassist and composer born in New York, NY, December 22, 1959. When he was 12, he bought his first bass and decided on his career. He won his fourth Grammy Award on February 10, 2019. How did you come to play … Read more

Christian Sands Trio

Christian Sands

Christian Sands Trio The Christian Sands Trio (Christian Sands, Russell Hall, Jerome Jennings) played at the club 11/23/18 and 11/24/18 Christian Sylvester Sands, born May 22, 1989, is an American jazz pianist. He grew up in Connecticut and started taking piano lessons already at the age of four. Read our previous interview with Christian Sands, … Read more

Tim Armacost

Tim Armacost

Tim Armacost Tim Armacost, Gary Smulyan, John Patitucci and Al Foster played at the club 11/09/18 and 11/10/18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9_Elj6JWE8 After a life of travel and discovery on three continents, Grammy nominated saxophonist Tim Armacost has established himself as one of the most important improvisers on the New York scene today. Tim, how did you come … Read more

Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell Catherine Russell played at the club 11/30/18 and 12/01/18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PC_n04kElQ Catherine Russell is an American vocalist. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director, and her mother, the late Carline Ray, held degrees from both Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music. I know you came from a musical … Read more

George Coleman

George Coleman

George Coleman Played at the club 11/2/18 and 11/3/18​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQNj1cABJgI George Edward Coleman is an American jazz saxophonist known for his work with Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock in the 1960s. In 2015, he was named an NEA Jazz Master. How did you come to play the sax? In 1950, I think I first picked … Read more

Larry Willis

Larry Willis 10/26/18 & 10/27/18 Salina: How did you come to be such an amazing pianist?  Larry Willis: There was a piano in the house, and I had an older brother who was classically trained. I started out as a singer. I was a voice major at the High School of Music and Art and … Read more

Ravi Coltrane

Ravi Coltrane 10/19/18 & 10/20/18 Salina: How did you come to play the saxophone? Ravi Coltrane: My parents were musicians. Music was all around my house growing up and I always loved art and always loved creative pursuits. I was a big fan of photography when I was very, very young. Also a big fan … Read more

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