"I GOT GOOD ADVICE EARLY ON from Joe Viola, my saxophone teacher," says Mindi Abair. "He said, 'Look, there's already a David Sanborn. There's already a Wayne Shorter. There's already a Cannonball Adderley. Your only chance for success is being you.'"
FOR SIXTEEN YEARS SCOTT HEALY HAS EXCELLED at one of the most challenging gigs in music: As keyboardist for Conan on Late Night, The Tonight Show, and now in the "Legally Prohibited" band, Healy has mastered literally thousands of tunes with minimal rehearsal, then performed them perfectly for an audience of millions.
SIR ELTON JOHN AND LEON RUSSELL RECENTLY convened in a Los Angeles recording studio with producer T-Bone Burnett, a select group of studio musicians, and a pair of Yamaha grand pianos. The result: an unprecedented collaboration between two musical giants. The album, titled The Union, features all-new material co-written by Elton, Leon, and Elton's longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin.
The size, the design, and the layout…it has all changed over the years. But one thing has never changed: the focus. All Access is all about our artists. GRAMMY® Award winners, chart toppers, Oscar® winners, music directors, record breakers, fresh faces and legends––they are all an integral part of music and therefore an integral part of our magazine.
It’s hard to believe we’ve had the honor to freeze moments in time with Elton John, Alicia Keys, Jeff
Lynne, Barry Manilow, Sarah McLachlan, James Newton Howard, Norah Jones, Questlove, and countless others. We consider every opportunity to photograph our artists a gift.Therefore, we hope this special edition of the past 10 years of All Access is a little present for you.
Not only are we presenting some never-before-seen photography, but in this issue we also document when and where each photo shoot took place, and in some instances, we’ve provided you with a little commentary from the set.This beautiful, visual representation of a sampling of our artist roster is a testament to the talent we have the pleasure of working with and representing every day.
And speaking of changing with the times, there is one more major change that is taking place in our offices in Nashville,TN. Our interaction with our artists is reaching a whole new level under the direction of the new department, Yamaha Entertainment Group.
We will still photograph our artists. We will still provide them with tour support, quality instruments, piano logistics, marketing support, and serve as their best friend for all thingsYamaha related. Only now, we’re taking artists under our wing and recording their music in our brand new studio in Franklin,TN. Plus we’re making their website, handling publishing and licensing, orchestrating brand alliances, serving as a retail outlet, and helping artists achieve creative and financial success. In short, we’re standing behind the music.
Visit us at www.Facebook.com/YamahaEntertainmentGroup to learn all about us, and stay tuned for more details this summer.