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The Artistry Of highlights, reflects, and celebrates. It mixes and shares language from different artistic disciplines; a musician is a poet; a singer’s voice is described as colorful, and an artist stuns and blinds your senses with the brilliance of their creative energy and expression.

Listen for The Artistry Of - Wednesday evenings in the third hour of Dinner Jazz on JAZZ.FM91.

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The Artistry of ... Jane Monheit

AO Jane Monheit

Jane Monheit has been connected to as many as five different labels. A journey more about the labels than who she is. Defining herself and her sound for her is easy. It’s rooted in her love and respect for the artistry of Ella Fitzgerald. Monheit credits Fitzgerald as her main influence. The introduction came at an early age thanks to her musician father. Of Fitzgerald she says: “What I really got from Ella is her warmth, her charm, the joy she puts in her music,”. Her latest recording reflects this; it’s called Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald. Her tenth studio album it’s the first on her own label, Emerald City Records. I think the essence of liberty in life and art is in the being able to live as defined by you. Imagine the feeling of self-pride and freedom if asked, ‘so who are you?’, and you simply gesture to yourself and leave it proudly at that. Jane tells genuine stories. Speaking to this and about maturing artistry these are her thoughts words on how interpretation changes: “…You live and you go through a lot. Most of these songs are about love and loss – that’s something we’re all experiencing in its different forms. It just changes as you grow and age, and that’s a beautiful thing,”

The Artistry of ... Grant Green

AO Grant Green:

Guitar player Grant Green played from the heart. The recording output lasted a decade from 1961 to 71 and it was extensive, with most of it on Blue Note. Listening to, and playing along with, the records of Charlie Parker was what plugged Green in. The styles he played were as diverse as the artists he played with. His is a fluid mix of the best of Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Jobim, and James Brown, to the infectious soulful music of the O’Jay’s and The Ohio Players. This quote may sum up the artistry of Grant Green best: Giovanni Russonello of The New York Times has said, "Grant Green’s guitar style is one of jazz’s simple pleasures."

The Artistry of ... Tomasz Stanko

AO Tomasz Stanko:

It is a music that spans the globe traveling on bridges of melody, riffs , and turns and emotion. Expression and unbridled creativity make it fly from artist to artist, fan to fan and land as inspiration that has no end to its effects upon and stirrings within. That magic of hearing the music from a treasured recording or broadcast; then to be able to experience hearing and then the seeing and hearing in a live setting. The sharing of the music through great listening posts and venues like internationally broadcast radio programming and the famous US State Department cultural tours; these sources touched and ignited sparks in the impressionable ears of so many all over the world. One of these inspired artists of the world is trumpet player and bandleader Tomasz Stanko. His story includes his coming of age in Communist Poland, and being impressed by the ways jazz expressed a message of freedom. The sensibilities of the music as it expresses liberty are the threads of the artistic weave of his music.

The Artistry of ... Whitney Ross-Barris

AO Whitney Ross-Barris

There is only the deepest of merit in the professed respect for the roots of an artform. Respect for a sound, style, and the practice of an art. Throw into this mix an influencers’ list as rounded and iconic as these names, Chet Baker, Tom Waits, Louis Armstrong, Anita O’Day, Mel Tormé, Marvin Gaye, Oscar Peterson; then further stir up the ante with a background in theater and you’re in for the spirited original artistry of Whitney Ross-Barris.

She puts it all nicely this way, “We owe a lot to the granddaddies and mammas of jazz songwriting,… So, I try to approach standards with respect and really learn how they’re written, note for note, word for word, comma for comma. Only then do I allow myself to open them up for interpretation…”. The extra short blurb version of her website’s bio options sums her up this way – I like the way it cross plays with enjoyment of food and theater - In a sentence it says, “Whitney Ross-Barris whirls up an eclectic vocal jazz puree and lays it down on a bed of whimsical and theatrical pilaf”.

The Artistry of ... Gary Peacock

AO Gary Peacock:

His has been a life as deeply soulful and diverse as the breadth of his body of work and the diversity of players he has shared the stage and studio with. He served in the military overseas in Germany and when he completed his service he moved to the Pacific coast and worked with a variety of star players like Barney Kessel, Bud Shank, Paul Bley and Art Pepper. He left the West Coast for New York and caught up with Bill Evans and Miles Davis with whom he subbed in for Ron Carter. A period in Japan was spent in the study of Zen philosophy. The time with Jarrett and DeJohnette is a jewel of more contemporary jazz history. There is a healthy library of tracks recorded by the trio. Most recently he toured with his own trio including Marc Copland and Joey Baron. The creativity is as vibrant as the energy of an active mind. That describes Peacock perfectly.

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