April 3, 2020

Thana Alexa is one of the Jazz Goddesses – passionate, a master in her vocal craft, and political. Simply, a woman after my own heart – and someone to look up to!

I remember first seeing a live recording of her vocalizing at lightning speed next to a saxophone for her h...

March 8, 2020

Three years ago, on International Women’s Day, NPR’s jazz writer Michelle Mercer published an analysis of a sexist exchange between two of the major male talents in the jazz world — Robert Glasper and Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus.

In an interview with Iverson on his po...

February 24, 2020

Miss Adele M. Wilding is also the Winner of the 2005 BWA Nina Simone Award (London, UK). I'm very excited to jump into this blog with her. Visit the link at the bottom of the article if you wish to register for her Masterclass!

Official Website: www.adelemwilding.bandzo...

November 29, 2019

1. What's your favourite thing about leading a band? 

How can I pick just one thing?! Getting to work in-depth with great musicians who help me turn my vision into a reality has been wonderful. In addition to that, the support and enthusiasm that many members of the com...

November 13, 2019

Ingrid and I had the pleasure of meeting previously at Jodi Proznick's Girls Jazz Day at the VSO School of Music this past summer, and I was really digging her solos and improvisation during the faculty concert. Ingrid has this tendency to play super tasty stuff all th...

November 7, 2019

Have you ever gone to see a big band show in Vancouver and counted how many women were on the stage? I do, every time, and the most I have ever seen was six. Six women in a band of eighteen - that’s one third of the band - might seem like a low number, but if you’re a...

November 5, 2019

As the Sister Jazz Orchestra is poised to make its debut November 17th, headlining the West Coast Big Band Festival, I had the chance to catch up with some of the amazing musicians who will be making up the ensemble to talk about practice routines, gear, and why they c...

November 4, 2019

1. How did you get into music?

a. I think I was born into music. Since I was a child I just was a musician. My son is like that now. He embodies music in every way, in every interaction he has with the world.

I can’t imagine myself existing without music and I see that i...

October 25, 2019

1. How did you get into music/jazz? Any defining moments?

I was fortunate to have attended a really wonderful high school in Seattle that happened to have an internationally acclaimed jazz program. The director, Scott Brown, led the jazz band and the jazz choir, and was...

June 6, 2019

1. Tell us a little about what made you go into jazz music - was there a pivotal memory for you?

I remember being in Grade 10 and being in the band room at lunch playing what little piano, which was a song I had lifted from Super Smash Bros. I'm a big nerd, and am also...

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