She & Him
Zooey Deschanel sings many forlorn lyrics in She & Him, but the weight of these words somehow don’t threaten to sink the buoyant music that Matt Ward makes behind her.
It’s a delicate balance, says Deschanel.
“I’m so happy,” she says about her mindset when performing the songs onstage. “But I like the feeling of melancholy and happy at the same time. I think that is interesting. I think both Matt and I are always trying to cultivate that juxtaposition, because I think if you get too one-note it loses interest and it becomes consumable.”
That tension is what gives life to the duo’s new “Volume Two.” The first single, “In the Sun,” bounces with Wilco piano on top of a trotting rhythm, but she sings about how the object of her desire has no interest in her. Still, there’s something romantic enough in this approach that one she and him had a She & Him wedding.
“A couple came to our show in Oakland who had just gotten married and they were like, ‘We fell in love to your first record,’” marvels Deschanel.
Soul singer Maxwell
Soul singer Maxwell has got to be feeling like Norm from the old TV series “Cheers.” Like the sitcom character, fans are welcoming him back with open arms. It’s been more than a year since he delivered his latest Grammy-winning album, “BLACKsummers’night” and he’s still selling out shows. In fact, his recent leg (with Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Melonie Fiona swapping opener duties) has now moved up to arenas.
But fame is not the primary focus for the New York-bred soul man. “I do what I do for the music, not because of the fame,” he says. “So to come back and have that be the primary celebration is great. What more can you ask for?”
It’s been eight years since your last project. Were you worried that people weren’t going to be able to connect with you in this “tabloid news” climate?
Yeah. You always worry. Every artist is afraid that their next song is the last song that people will care about. That’s the evil of the beast. But that worry means that I care. It’s as if you saw your child about to cross the street — even if there’s no cars to be seen, you’re looking.
It has to feel good to have sold out shows after such an extended time away.
It really does. It feels kind of unreal a little bit. And in a climate today, where everything is so sensationalized, it’s surprising to me to come back after a hiatus and not have it be about anything but the music. To have the music be the bottom line, that makes you feel good.
It's been a long time in the planning and finally this month, we're
pleased to bring you our first "feature length" Real Audio InnerView. Our first is from
Jazz Corner® resident, Bob Brookmeyer. Originally aired on NPR's "Jazz
Profiles" , this documentary on Bob chronicles the people, places
music in Bob's long career and a celebration of his 70th birthday.
Produced by Bob's long-time friend and
associate, Bill Kirchner, contributing to this beautiful profile
is Maria Schneider, Joe Lovano, Clark
Terry, Jim Hall and many others.
We'd like to acknowledge with our sincere thanks; studio producer Bill
Kirchner, Linda Broen of NPR and good friend and Executive Producer Tim Owens and of course, National Public Radio.
is a masterful saxophonist, who has become known for his beautiful
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Of West Indian heritage, and born in London, England, Wayne was
exposed early on to his father’s
reggae guitar playing and his mother’s collection of R&B
and soul records. It was upon moving to the town of New Haven,
CT as a child, however, that Wayne’s musical education
took on a more formal direction.
At eleven Escoffery joined The
New Haven Trinity Boys Choir, an internationally known Boys Choir
that toured and recorded annually. At this time he also began taking
private saxophone lessons and playing the tenor saxophone in school
bands. By the time he was sixteen he left the Choir and began a
more intensive study of the saxophone, attending The Jazz Mobile
in New York City, The Neighborhood Music School and The Educational
Center for the Arts, both in New Haven. During his senior year
in high School, he attended the Artists Collective in Hartford,
Ct. It was there that he met Jackie McLean, the world-renowned
alto saxophonist and founder of both The Artists Collective and
the jazz program at The Hartt School. McLean gave Wayne a full
scholarship to attend The Hartt School, where he graduated summa
cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance,
and became known as one of McLean’s prize pupils.
Hartt, Escoffery played with such jazz greats as Curtis Fuller,
Eddie Henderson, Philip Harper, Claude Williams, and Albert Heath,
among others. Escoffery then attended The Thelonious Monk Institute
of Jazz Performance at The New England Conservatory in Boston.
It was a full scholarship two-year college program, accepting a
small select group of the world’s most talented young jazz
artists every two years. At the Institute, he toured with Herbie
Hancock and performed and studied with George Coleman, Jimmy Heath,
Don Braden, Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Barry Harris, Charlie Persip
and others. In May 1999, Escoffery graduated with a Masters degree
from The New England Conservatory and moved to NYC.
to New York City, Wayne’s professional career
has taken off. In 2000 he began working with Carl Allen, Eric Reed,
and The Charles Mingus Big Band. Since then he has also worked
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Bruce Barth, Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Henderson, and other internationally
respected musicians. He has also worked with vocalists like Mary
Stallings, Cynthia Scott, Nancie Banks, Laverne Butler and Carolyn
In addition to performing with his own Quartet
and Quintet, Wayne Escoffery currently performs locally and tours
internationally with Ben Riley's Monk Legacy Septet, The Mingus
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two new groups put together by Jazz At Lincoln Center as a part
of their Music of the Masters Series. The Music of Dexter Gordon,
featuring the George Cables trio; and The Music of Miles Davis,
featuring Jimmy Cobb, Gary Bartz, and lead by Eddie Henderson.
Wayne can be heard on several recordings including The Mingus
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recent CD's “Tonight at Noon” and "I Am Three";
Eric Reed’s “Happiness” CD and Lonnie Plaxico’s "Rhythm
and Soul" CD. Wayne’s debut CD as a leader, “Times
Change” was released in September 2001 on Nagel-Heyer Records
and his most recent CD "Intuition" was released in April
of 2004, also on Nagel-Heyer Records.
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7/8/08 Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Band performed at
Lincoln Center in Avery Fisher Hall. Goran and his W & F band played
an array of songs from classics to new material from his upcoming
album titled "Alkohol". Goran and his W & F band
are talented musicians and performers that instantly
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but get up sing, clap and dance the entire show in the aisles
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