It’s been a while since my last update but over the last couple of months I have been fortunate to have spoken with three more luminaries of the jazz world as part of my Brainstruments research. I sincerely thank them for their time and amazing insights.

Gretchen Palarto

In May I spoke with acclaimed American singer Gretchen Parlato who recently topped the JazzTimes critics’ poll of female vocalists.  This was the first research interview I’d attempted to do over the phone and I’d was nervous whether it would be possible to get into a detailed discussion about such an abstract concept without being face to face.  To my surprise it worked. Gretchen described in detail various visual and spatial models that she has to contextualise notes, melody and harmony.  They’re almost like clusters of stars in the sky.

www.gretchenpalarto.com 

Joey Calderazzo

In June I was thrilled to interview one of my favourite Jazz pianists and composers, the incomparable Joey Calderazzo who plays with Saxophonist Brandford Marsalis as well as with his own groups.  This was another interview held over Skype.  Again, being audio only didn’t prevent us getting into detail about how he perceives sound and the piano. One of the many highlights was Joey playing a few choruses of swing to demonstrate a point he was making. That was a first for me, as none of the instrumentalists I’ve met face to face have played as part of the interview.

http://marsalismusic.com/joey-calderazzo

Antonio Sanchez

Antonio Sanchez

Antonio Sanchez

Finally, earlier this month I met three time Grammy winning drummer Antonio Sanchez backstage at the Barbican before his performance with Pat Metheny’s Unity band. Antonio is one of the world’s most in demand jazz drummers and tours regularly with Chic Corea, Dianne Reeves, Charlie Haden, Toots Theilmans and Joshua Redman.  The concert looked very physically demanding so was glad to speak to him before the show as I’m sure he was shuttered afterwards!

http://www.antoniosanchez.net