oVocalist Tiffany Austin’s tradition-rooted yet totally modern style has established her as one of the fastest rising jazz stars in Northern California. Before earning a law degree at U.C. Berkeley, she’d performed on three continents—around her native Los Angeles while attending college, then for a year in England, and eventually for five and a half years in Tokyo. However, instead of taking the bar exam, she decided instead to devote her life to her first love—music.
Austin’s music and voice draw upon influences such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin, yet she also infuses songs with her own signature style that is precise, intelligent, and soulful. In fact, her arrangements vary from classic swing to contemporary R&B à la Robert Glasper or Jose James. Her emotional and nuanced delivery has caught the attention of eminent artists, whom she has joined onstage: vibraphonist Roy Ayers at Motion Blue (Japan), drummer Tommy Campbell at the Blue Note (NYC), and saxophonist John Handy for a three-night engagement at Dizzy’s (NYC) commemorating his 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival performance. From lawyer to Songstress Enjoy the journey Tiffany take you on telling her story.
Tiffany Austin’s tradition-rooted yet totally modern style has established her as one of the fastest rising
"Songs in Order 1, I May Be Wrong 2, I Get Along Without You 3, Sing Me A Swing Song 4, Tetca Tete 5, Skylark 6, Stardust From her Debut CD Entitled "Nothing But Soul" www.tiffanyaustinmusic.com
Born in Houston Texas, January 18th 1945.
Graduated from Jack Yates High school in 1962.
Benard was never formally trained musically. He is one of
those born naturals. Multi-Talented, multi-instrumentalist.
He plays piano,guitar,bass,drums,flugelhorn,Alto,Soprano Sax and flute.
In addition to those things, he also is an arranger and recording
engineer. Shortly after his graduation from High School, Benard, his mother and four other siblings moved to San Diego, California.
In 1965 Benard met Dizzy Gillespie in San Diego at his older sisters home.
“I played piano and sang for him. He really liked what he heard.”
He invited me to sing with his Band the night after we met. The band consisted of Michael Longo(piano)Frank Schifano(Bass)
Candy Finch(Drums) and James Moody(Saxophone)
Dizzy wanted me to join him in Los Angeles to record.
I did join him there. We recorded five tracks at Ray Charles’
studio..A single was released as a result, on Mercury Record label. One of the songs was Dizzys’ “ Con Alma.”
Shortly after we did the recording, James Moody became ill with Bells Palsy and couldn’t play his horn.
Dizzy offered me an opportunity, and that was to join his band
as featured singer, I did just that.
I was to stay with the band until James Moody recovered. Moody
did recover after five months or so. By then, I was one of the cats. So, I stayed on even after Moody’s return. It was an experience I shall never forget.
Dizzy introduced me to Lalo Schifrin, of Mission Impossible Fame, shortly after my stint with his band. Lalo and I formed a friendship. I did an album with him,entitled’Requiem,” under a ficticious name, Alexander St.Charles.
I also co-wrote a song with Lalo entitled “Like Me”, which I sang on the sound track of the Film “Dirty Harry” starring Clint Eastwood, which Lalo scored. Benard teamed up again with Lalo years later. This time to perform and record with Sarah Vaughn and an International orchestra and choir. Some of the late Pope John Paul II’s poetry was put to music. Lalo Schifrin and Francy Boland wrote the arrangements.
Benard became involved doing some background vocal session work on the hollywood scene. Some of the artists he did backup work for were artist like James taylor and countless numbers of Commercials. This performance was recorded at the Classy Gourmet in Century City, Ca.
Jamal was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began playing piano at the age of three, when his uncle Lawrence challenged him to duplicate what he was doing on the piano. Jamal began formal piano training at the age of seven with Mary Cardwell Dawson, whom he describes as greatly influencing him. His Pittsburgh roots have remained an important part of his identity ("Pittsburgh meant everything to me and it still does," he said in 2001) and it was there that he was immersed in the influence of jazz artists such as Earl Hines, Billy Strayhorn, Mary Lou Williams, and Erroll Garner. Jamal also studied with pianist James Miller and began playing piano professionally at the age of fourteen, at which point he was recognized as a "coming great" by the pianist Art Tatum. When asked about his practice habits by a New York Times critic, Jamal commented that, "I used to practice and practice with the door open, hoping someone would come by and discover me. I was never the practitioner in the sense of twelve hours a day, but I always thought about music. I think about music all the time. He made his first sides in 1951 for the Okeh label with The Three Strings (which would later also be called the Ahmad Jamal Trio, although Jamal himself prefers not to use the term "trio"): the other members were guitarist Ray Crawford and a bassist, at different times Eddie Calhoun (1950–52), Richard Davis (1953–54), andIsrael Crosby (from 1954). The Three Strings arranged an extended engagement at Chicago’s Blue Note, but leapt to fame after performing at the Embers in New York City where John Hammond saw the band play and signed them to Okeh Records. Hammond, a record producer who discovered the talents and enhanced the fame of musicians like Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, and Count Basie, also helped Jamal’s trio attract critical acclaim. Jamal subsequently recorded for Parrot(1953–55) and Epic (1955) using the piano-guitar-bass lineup. The trio's sound changed significantly when Crawford was replaced with drummer Vernel Fournier in 1957, and the group worked as the "House Trio" at Chicago's Pershing Hotel. The trio released the live album, Live at the Pershing: But Not For Me, which stayed on the Ten Best-selling charts for 108 weeks. Jamal's well known song "Poinciana" was first released on this album..Ive had the opportunity of having a few conversation with Ahamd Jamal, one beautiful brother. recrded in the early 90's in Culver City Ca.
Cobb's most famous work is on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (1959), considered by many to be the quintessential jazz record. Cobb is the last surviving player from the session. Legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb, was born in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1929. A superb, mostly self-taught musician, Jimmy is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands. Jimmy’s inspirational work with Miles, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and Co. spanned 1957 until 1963, and included the masterpiece "Kind of Blue", the most popular jazz recording in history. He also played on "Sketches of Spain", Someday My Prince will Come", "Live at Carnegie Hall, "Live at
the Blackhawk", "Porgy and Bess", and many, many other watermark Miles Davis recordings.
At 87 Jimmy is still going strong teaching and performing. Set back and enjoy the journey with Jimmy Cobb.
A special thanks goes out to Rashid Booker for making it happen.
Songs in Order 1, Simone "Cobb's Grooves" 2, Juicy Lucy (Horace Silver) " Cobb Back in Italy" 3, Flamingo "Earl Bostic" 4, Ain't Necessary So "MD Porgy and Bess" 5, So What "MD Kind of Blue" 6, I Thought " Wynton Kelly Trio" 7, Bye Bye Blackbird " Sarah Vaughn Live in Japan Vol 1" 8, Unit 7 "West Montgomery & Wynton Kelly Trio " Smokin At The Half Note"
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