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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 and 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.

Wayne Escoffery

WAYNE ESCOFFERY is a masterful saxophonist, who has become known for his beautiful sound, impressive technique, versatility, and professionalism. 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.

While at 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.

Since moving 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 with Ralph Peterson, Ben Riley, Ron Carter,Rufus Reid, Bill Charlap, 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 Leonhart.

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 Band, Abdullah Ibrahim's Akaya, The Carolyn Leonhart Group, and 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 Band’s two most 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.

Wayne and the musicians in his group are the perfect choice for any event. Whether contracted for driving, soulful jazz, or simply soothing background music, Wayne's professionalism and talent always impress. Contact us now to secure his services for your special event!

Goran Bregovic

On 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 resonate with audience members who could not help but get up sing, clap and dance the entire show in the aisles or their seats.


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