Category Archives: Interview

Jazz is Alive in Montreal

by T. Brooks Shepard At the end of June, just north of the U.S. border, a jazz extravaganza will take place. From June 27 through July 6, the world’s largest jazz festival, the 2024 Festival International de Jazz De Montreal will present a dazzling array of current (and soon-to-be) jazz stars. Founded in 1980 with seven concerts, twelve… Read More »

Sun-Music Interview – Maysa

Sun-Music’s Tessil Collins speaks with vocalist, producer and owner of Blue Velvet Soul Records, Maysa, about her career, working with producer JP “Bluey” Maunick of Incognito and the art and nostalgia of the double album. LISTEN AND BUY “REMIX FOR YOUR SOUL” Maysa is the kind of singer who takes hold of a song and puts her audience… Read More »

Sun-Music Interview – Gregory Groover, Jr.

Sun-Music’s Tessil Collins had the pleasure of talking to saxophonist, Gregory Groover, Jr., about his musical journey, influences and new album “Lovabye”. LISTEN AND BUY “LOVABYE” New York-born and Boston-bred, emerging saxophonist, composer, and educator Gregory Groover Jr has already left an indelible mark in the jazz world, in a short period. Saxophonist Walter Smith III describes him… Read More »

Oompa – Loud and Out

Poet, Musician Oompa talks with Tessil Collins about growing up in Boston, increasing popularity, collaborations with other artists and more.

Los Olvidados

A Documentary on Pan-Latin Jazz Los Olvidados (“The Forgotten Ones”) is a one hour audio documentary exploring some of the unique historical, cultural, and artistic contributions that encompass the Latin experience in Jazz. The program explores the viewpoints and music of a special group of award winning artists, scholars and activists. Jane Bunnett, Dr. Martha Gonzalez, Dr. Benjamin Lapidus,… Read More »

Creating a Masterpiece In Real Time – Ray Greene

By Ricardo Burke Born and raised in Americus, Georgia, Ray Greene came under the influence of soul-R&B-funk early in life as a result of his mother’s collection of 45 records. Ray’s father, who enjoyed the unadulterated grooves of Sam Cooke and the seamless harmonies of The Soul Stirrers, was himself a vocalist, performing gospel repertoire with The Sky… Read More »

Prince – The Story of Welcome 2 America

This one-hour radio special is produced by The Prince Estate to celebrate the release of the new album, “Welcome 2 America.” For the first time, a complete unreleased album is being issued from Prince’s vault. Over the next hour, we’re going to go deep on “The Story of Welcome 2 America,” a political and poignant album that Prince… Read More »

A Beautiful Conundrum – Kevin Harris

By Ricardo Burke Pianist Kevin Harris states emphatically that his family shaped who he is. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, he was surrounded by lots of great teachers in his family. His mom always had Motown on the record player: Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips. His first instrument was the trumpet, which… Read More »