Seven Questions

with featured artists

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SEVEN QUESTIONS WITH Saxophonist, LUMMIE SPANN

Lummie performs with Dezron Douglas and New Jazz Workshop, Wednesday Dec. 12 at the Hyatt

NBJP: What instrument, other than the one you are known for playing,  would you like to be able to play?

LS: : piano, trumpet, clarinet, flute, vocal… i wanna learn drums for real.

NBJP: If you could only own one CD, what would it be?

LS: Jackie McLean – Jackie Mac Attack

NBJP :If you were about to have your last meal, what would it be?

LS: Oxtail w Rice and Peas w Fried Chicken and Ribs and French Fries… Yes… that is one meal.

NBJP: What’s your favorite jazz club (anywhere in the world) to go to if you’re going just to hang?

LS: Small’s Jazz Club

NBJP: What’s your favorite non-musical pastime?

LS: kickin’ it with a woman… a good looking one of course… No butter-faces please.

NBJP: What quality do you like least about yourself?

LS: l procrastinate

NBJP: What’s your favorite non-jazz tune?

LS: Prince – Let’s Go Crazy

PLUS ONE:  When did you decide you were going to become a professional musician?

LS: When l met Jackie McLean.

SEVEN QUESTIONS WITH FLUTIST ANDREA BRACHFELD

530NBJP: What’s your favorite (G-rated) guilty pleasure?
AB:Eating dark chocolate with almonds

NBJP: What’s the worst (non musical) job you ever had?
AB:Sales clerk at one of those budget stores at 34th street in the city

NBJP: Who’s your favorite non-jazz musical performer?
AB: Take 6

NBJP: How old were you when you first played in front of an audience (beyond your family)?
AB:15

NBJP: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
AB: play better

NBJP: If you were about to have your last meal, what would it be?
AB: Brown rice and vegies with tahini

NBJP: If you could only own ONE CD, what would it be?
AB: Love Supreme- Coltrane

PLUS ONE: When did you know you wanted to be a professional jazz musician?
AB:16

Seven Questions with Guitarist Bob DeVos

Bob has performed for NBJP several times, most recently with Akiko Tsuruga on September 6
 

NBJP: If you were about to have your last meal, what would it be?

BD: My Grandmother’s pasta with sparerib sauce. Since it would be my last meal to heck with the cholesterol!

NBJP: What’s your favorite jazz club to go to if you’re just going to hang?

BD: It would all depend on the band that is playing, I can have a good time in most environments, but overall I would have to say that Smoke has been the best hang for me.

NBJP: What living musician has influenced you the most?

BD: I’m good friends with John Abercrombie. Besides for the music that we share, it’s good to hear his perspective of the jazz world as a profession. It’s helped me to focus on being myself in a musical sense, and having a personal sound.

NBJP: What instrument, other than the one you play, would you like to be able to play?

BD: Definitely the piano. I’m a big fan of Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and I’m probably leaving out some of my other favorites.

NBJP: What’s your favorite non-musical pastime?

BD: It’s a tossup between going to art museums with my wife who acts as my personal docent; photography, one of the few activities where I can forget about the musical notes; and high end audio, but I guess that’s a musical pastime.

NBJP: If you weren’t a musician, what would you likely be?

BD: That’s difficult to say, I’ve never had a job outside of being a musician.

NBJP: What quality do you like most about yourself?

BD: I generally have the ability to separate between the things that are important in life and the superficial elements that many people get impressed with.

PLUS ONE: When did you know that you wanted to be a professional jazz musician?

BD: When I began touring as a teenager with the legendary organist Trudy Pitts and realized I was actually a professional jazz guitarist. Things just kind of fell in place for me at that time and there I was, there was no choice that had to be made.

Seven Questions with BASSIST DEZRON DOUGLAS

Dezron performs Thursday September 27 at Makeda!

NBJP: How old were you when you first played in front of an audience (beyond your family)?

DD: I was around the age of 9 or 10 yrs old. That year I played bass in church as well I played tuba in my elementary school orchestra.

NBJP: What’s your favorite jazz tune?
DD: I have many favorite tunes that stick out to me for various reasons, but if I had to pick one it would be “Floogeh” by late great alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. From the first note you can feel the essence of JAZZ.

NBJP: You are a musician, is there another art in which you’d like to be accomplished?
DD: I would love to be able to speak many different languages. I think linguistics is the pathway to a lot of history and philosophy throughout the globe.

NBJP: What’s your favorite (G-rated) non-musical pastime?
DD: I am and have been a die hard New York Giants fan since I was 3 years old. I absolutely love everything about The NFL. I am a huge sports gan in general. I am a Knicks, Yankees, and Rangers fan as well.

NBJP: What’s the worst job you ever had?
DD: I used to work a summer job at the Hartford Conservatory of Music and one of my duties was moving pianos. I did that for 3 summers. Moving Pianos Sucks.
NBJP: If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be?
DD: Estoril, Portugal…..The Beach….The Food…..The beautiful People, and a very well cultured arts scene.
 
NBJP: Finish this sentence –   I own too many ____________________________
DD: I own way too many T-shirts. Sports, music, whatever…..I own a lot of T-shirts
PLUS ONE: When did you know that you wanted to be a professional jazz musician?
DD: I knew I wanted to do this the first time I saw my father perform at a gospel concert with his band. The bass player was super cool and he was solid, and he had a great rapport with my dad. 

SEVEN QUESTIONS WITH DAVID GIBSON

Dave plays Thursday September 20 at Makeda!

NBJP:   What living musician do you admire most? Why?

DG: Branford Marsalis is one of the most honest humans I’ve encountered. I see him challenging himself to perform in new and diverse settings. He’s a keen observer of people, music and culture and he’s very good at articulating his observations. I aspire to that level of communication. 

NBJP:  You are a musician, is there another art in which you’d like to be accomplished?

DG: Ever since listening to an interview with Oliver Sacks about music in the brain, I’ve been fascinated by the topic. I have a host of diverse interests that all exhibit the drama of human behavior….whether politics, music or baseball, I’m interested in the reactions of people. 

NBJP: What’s your favorite (G-rated) guilty pleasure?

DG: Over the years, I’ve loved going to Yankee Stadium for a Wednesday afternoon day game and sitting alone for a few hours. I could watch the game on TV, but I love seeing the entire field and all the player movement that gets missed in a broadcast. 

NBJP: If you were about to have your last meal, what would it be?

DG: The only important component of my last meal would be spice. I like anything spicy. 

NBJP: Who’s your favorite non-jazz composer?

DG: J.S. Bach set the bar pretty high, early on. He created a skeleton of logical thought that is bedrock for me. He does sound like a bebopper sometimes, though. 

NBJP: What’s the worst (non musical) job you ever had?

DG:I worked as a dishwasher when I was 17. I did a lot of different jobs in restaurants when I was in school. In some ways, dishwashing was better than waiting tables, since one need not deal with rude people. But, being wet for several hours a day wasn’t very appealing.

NBJP: Finish this sentence: If I can, I try to avoid DG:negative thinking.

PLUS ONE: When did you know that you wanted to be a professional jazz musician?

DG:I got my first taste of performing with musicians who were better than me, when I was 15. I was inspired by these musicians’ ability to communicate with the audience. I wanted to do that, too.

SEVEN QUESTIONS with PIANIST, MARK SOSKIN

MARK SOSKIN PERFORMS WITH ROSEANNA VITRO WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 at the HYATT  

NBJP: Other than the instrument you play, what’s your favorite instrument to listen to?

RE: My favorite instrument to listen to besides the piano would be the Cello

NBJP: What’s the worst (non-musical) job you ever had?

MS: The non musical job which was the worst lasted but 1 day so I guess this would be the worst- working in a toy store when I was about 15. I quit. The only other non musical job I’ve had was when I worked in a supermarket. This didn’t last too much longer than the toy store job.

NBJP:   If you could only own one CD what would it be? (This is one I know might have a different answer on a different day ;)! )

MS: If I could own only 1 CD, as of today, that would be The Chopin Polonaises- Vladimir Horowitz performing.

NBJP:  Who’s your favorite non-jazz composer?

MS: Non jazz composer favorite of mine- Bach

NBJP: What’s the last book you read?

MS: Last book read- Original Zinn, Conversations On History and Politics by Howard Zinn with David Barsamian

NBJP: What’s your favorite (“G” rated!) guilty pleasure?

MS:  My favorite guilty pleasure is eating too many Brother Kane’s baby back ribs potato chips. They’re to die for(hopefully not literally).

NBJP:  What musician do you believe has influenced you the most? (so far)

MS: Musician that has influenced me the most up until now- Of course all of the great pianists be it in jazz, classical, Brazilian, Latin music, etc. have influenced me but if it’s one here I’d say Bill Evans.

PLUS ONE: When did you know that you wanted to be a professional jazz musician?

MS: I knew that I wanted to be a professional musician at around the age of 18.

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