For this series of bloggy interviews, I’ve shared questions with young artists and musicians living in New York. This time: guitarist and singer-songwriter Eddy Marshall. I’ve met him through Berklee College of music and I’m excited that he wanted to be … Continue reading
For the recording of NewVelle Records special Vinyl series, I was invited to sing a beautiful version of ‘Embraceable you’ with Kenny Werner, Dave Liebman, Terri Lynn Carrington, and James Genus!! What an honor to work with such heavy cats. It’s coming … Continue reading
After a long period of closing, finally the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague re-opened after their renovation. They did an amazing job, and if you haven’t gone, please do so. Their collection houses the Royal Cabinet of Paintings which consists … Continue reading
Today it was Cheryl Bentyne, known for singing with the Manhattan Transfer, one of the best vocal groups in the world. When studying jazz choir conducting I studied a lot of their music. And, since I am also a big fan of Bobby McFerrin I really love their version of ‘Another night in Tunisia’.
Next to her career with the Manhattan Transfer she also performs as a soloist and played with musicians like Kenny Barron, David Newman, Don Alias and Lewis Nash.
A couple of statements that resonated with me:
* trust in simplicity
* study the meanings of the songs
* you must bring joy
This week we had Lizz Wright visiting the vocal department of Berklee. Amazing.
Lizz Wright (1980) is an American Jazz/R&B singer and composer, originally from Georgia. She is mainly self taught and she signed a contract with Verve in 2002 and her first album, salt was released in 2003 and reached number two on the Billboard Jazzchart. You could compare her voice with Norah Jones, but you will find a lot of gospel influences. She is an very spiritual person, and the way she answered all our questions was touching. I am a fan 🙂
Here some short tips she gave us that I like to share.
* Try to “sit in the bass” when there is a nice blues shuffle
* When you improvise in a swinging tune, focus on the hi-hat.
* LIsten to Shirley Horn when you wanna learn the perfect spacing.
* Always for technique focus on your hips and shoulders when you do your exercises.
* Watch Dianne Reeves for microphone technique, but also for everything else she does.
A short video: