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Jay Buchanan

Articles by Jay Buchanan

brilliant corners  -  [ May/June 2017: Buster Williams (Festival Edition) ]

Gregory Porter

With a voice that’s smooth like cherry wine and a personality bursting with charisma, Gregory Porter has been winning over the hearts of audiences across the globe. After high school, Porter injured his shoulder and was forced to give up a full football scholarship. His mother, one of his biggest influences, passed away shortly after […]

March/April 2017: Neil Watson  -  [ you won’t forget me ]

Al Jarreau (1940-2017)

I was saddened to hear that the great Al Jarreau passed away on February 12. Al was a prolific writer and performer with a strong gospel and R&B flavour to his music. His music consistently pushed the envelope for music as a whole, infusing elements such as vocal percussion and spoken word seamlessly. His live […]

dreamscapes  -  [ May/June 2016: Kamasi Washington (Festival Edition) ]

Jamie Cullum

It’s not easy establishing yourself as a jazz vocalist. You have to know the lineage of the art form, find your spot in a changing jazz scene, and develop your own sound and style. Among the up-and-comers, British vocalist-pianist Jamie Cullum stands out on my to-see list. His charisma and style compliment his badass piano […]

January/February 2016: Seamus Blake  -  [ you won’t forget me ]

Mark Murphy (1932–2015)

When I first heard Mark Murphy’s rendition of “You Go to My Head,” the lead track on Songs for the Geese, I remember being in absolute awe of his unique style and completely free rhythmic phrasing. His nimble voice jumps from low gravelly tones to soaring high falsetto with ease, leaving behind a trademark sound […]

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