During their recent tour, I sat down to chat with Dave Wakeling, one of the founders of the British Ska band The English Beat. We sat down in the back of his tour bus, outside of The National. This is our unedited conversation.
Here's an interview with the founder of the Portland, Oregon band Pink Martini, Thomas Lauderdale. We spoke on the phone during his tour to promote their new CD called “Je dis oui!”
I Say Yes! Yes to what? I say Yes for everyone to jump down this week’s Rabbit Hole of Sound on this week’s World Music Show (12/10). Because there is so much Yes to say Yes to! From new selections from Pink Martini (which also includes an interview with founder Thomas Lauderdale), to a salute to the record label Nacional, it’s going to be hard to say No! So if you’re ready to read all about it, then please continue down the World Music Rabbit Hole.
Jazz Is PHSH is a tribute band that takes the music of Phish and re-imagines it in the form of horn-driven instrumentals. In the words of drummer Adam Chase, “Jazz Is PHSH is where Sun Ra meets Herbie Hancock. It's funky and experimental with a variety of styles that blend in a world of fusion.” Jazz Is PHSH will be at The Broadberry on December 18.
Read on for more of my interview with Adam.
I recently spoke with pianist Lara Downes about her new release “America Again,” which is comprised of various arrangements of a wide range of genres including classical, American popular, jazz and folk ballads. She explains how she put the album together, which contains music “that explores the essential American dream.”