Few would label Billy Joel a jazz artist, but a love of jazz permeates his four-decade pop career. His songs are peppered with horn solos and sophisticated section charts. And a stellar horn section has been a cornerstone of Joel's live show for decades.
When Sonny Emory first started to play professionally, endurance wasn't his strong suit. After just a few songs, he'd be snoozing on the backstage sofa, exhausted by a single set of jazz drumming.
It's been more than 15 years since Collective Soul wowed the music world with Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, a debut that spawned seven hit singles, including the modern rock classic "Shine." Now the band is back in the studio completing an as-yet-untitled eighth album that Ed Roland, the band's singer and principal songwriter, promises will resonate with fans of that breakthrough disc.
Whether you calculate by fame, sales, longevity, or the respect of their peers, Canadian Brass is the world's leading brass chamber ensemble.
Founded in Toronto in 1970 by trombonist Eugene "Gene" Watts and tuba player Dr. Charles "Chuck" Daellenbach, the quintet has released more than 60 recordings, encompassing classic repertoire, modern compositions, savvy transcriptions, and compelling jazz and pop crossover material.
As a performer, songwriter, and arranger, Barry Manilow has helped shape the pop music landscape since the early 1970s. With 26 studio albums, two Emmys, a Tony, and two Clio awards to his name, Manilow is currently a longstanding headliner at the Las Vegas Hilton--and he's found a new generation of fans through recurring appearances as a mentor on American Idol, where his former backing singer Debra Byrd is the show's head vocal coach.
SARAH MCLACHLAN IS A STUDY IN PERPETUAL MOTION. Signed to Nettwerk Records while still in her teens, the Vancouver-based singer-songwriter has spent the past two decades selling more than 40 million records, winning three Grammys and eight Juno Awards, and performing countless benefits for charitable causes, from alleviating poverty in developing nations to animal welfare. She also established the Lilith Fair, one of the highest-profile music festivals of the 1990s, as a showcase for female-fronted bands and female solo artists. Now the mother of two and Officer of the Order of Canada is channeling her boundless energy into a new album, tentatively scheduled for release in April 2010--just in time for the soon-to-be-revived Lilith Fair tour next summer.
Michael Anthony fans were stunned in 2007 when the bassist parted ways with Van Halen, the group he'd anchored for more than 30 years. But they didn't have long to grieve: In 2009 Anthony returned with Chickenfoot, a new band featuring guitar wiz Joe Satriani, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and vocalist Sammy Hagar, another Van Halen vet. Chickenfoot's self-titled debut went gold, and the quartet toured extensively, thrilling audiences with their rough-edged sound and unpretentious spirit.
SINCE THE 60'S MUSICIANS HAVE melded jazz with rock, pop, R&B, and classical music. But few have explored those blends with the tireless vision of pianist, producer, and composer Bob James. After a career of 40-some years, 40-some solo albums, and collaborations with everyone from jazz greats Grover Washington and George Benson to pop greats Paul Simon and Neil Diamond, James remains a restlessly creative force.
MIKE SHAPIRO HAS BEEN FIELDING THE SAME question for decades: How did a funky drummer from Washington, D.C., become one of the busiest players in the Brazilian music scene?
THERE ARE MANY PATHS TO MAINSTREAM musical success, but Jonathan Hamby chose one of the less-traveled ones: He prepared for his current session and touring career by earning a Masters Degree in classical piano performance.