Unless you’ve already been lucky enough to hear, the first thing you probably don’t know about Estaire Godinez is that she is – by no stretch of the imagination – an international sensation. A smoldering vocalist and ace percussionist, the Oakland, California born Mexican American has recorded on more than sixty albums. And has been consistently sought after for her essential performance skills by a number of world renowned artists. From stints with Prince to Coke Escovedo to the Brothers Johnson, to George Benson, she has proven herself a stylistic chameleon capable of wearing dozens of musical hats. An they all “look” fantastic on her. Whether swing or Samba, backbeats or Boss Nova, Godinez has always been fascinated by the push and pull of different rhythmic styles, Mirroring her musical diversity, she is multilingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English) and has lived and performed throughout the world. By her late teens, she’d left her native California and signed on as both singer and manager for a salsa band in Amsterdam. Soon they were sharing the stage with acts like Peter Tosh and Bow-Wow-wow at the infamous Paradiso. From there it was off to Spain where she was involved in a number of projects: backing Duncan Due, Javier Ruibal, and pop star Joaquin Sabina, sitting in with house bands for popular TV shows and fronting Madrid-based all-original pop-rock mainstays, Estaire Godinez and the Face Band to name a few. She has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival and at London’s International Rock Awards, and has toured extensively through Europe and South America.
My conversation with Estaire was delightful and fun. I hope you'll enjoy it. for more information
her website www.estairegodinez.com
Songs in Order 1, Ballando "Bring enough to Spill Some" Chuck Love 2, Corcovado "This Time" 3, Besame Mucho "This Time" 4, Why Should I Care "This Time" 5, Latina Soy "This Time" 6, I want You "Ritmo & Blues" Bobby Matos 7, This Time "This Time"
Saxophonist Mark O’Connor, an Austin, Texas native, has been part of the Chicago and Milwaukee music scenes since 1996 as a performer, composer and educator. His debut CD on Blujazz productions, Mirage, spent eight weeks on the national jazz radio charts and garnered such praise as “With his hearty sound and bristling ideas, O’Connor can bowl over even a jaded follower of post-bop jazz.” – Neil Tesser, Author, The Playboy Guide to Jazz, and, “A very good saxophonist he is… melodically and rhythmically engaging lines… expressiveness and melodic sensitivity.” – Jazz Times Magazine. O’Connor has performed with such notables as Rufus Reid, Arturo Sandoval, Henry Butler, Steve Turre and Joe Williams. O’Connor’s quintet, formed in 2001, has performed at numerous venues throughout the Midwest including The Green Mill, The Elbo Room, The Skokie Theatre, The Chicago Cultural Center and The Rogers Park Jazz Festival in Chicago; The Elephant Room in Austin, TX and The Jazz Estate in Milwaukee.
As an educator, O’Connor has conducted clinics in Chicago, St. Louis, Whitewater, WI, Austin, TX and Cedar Falls, IA on topics ranging from saxophone playing to jazz improvisation to jazz ensemble playing. He has served as guest artist for the jazz ensemble at St Louis Metro High School, and guest artist and conductor for the Moraine Valley Community College Jazz Ensemble and University of Northern Iowa Jazz Panthers. O’Connor has taught private saxophone lessons for fourteen years at many Chicago area high schools and community colleges such as New Trier High School, Naperville North and Naperville Central High Schools, Lake Zurich High School and Moraine Valley Community College.
At present, he is involved with the band program at Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, IL teaching private saxophone lessons and conducting jazz band; and at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, IL conducting saxophone sectionals and private saxophone lessons. O’Connor holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas where he studied with well known jazz educators Dan Haerle and Fred Hamilton; a Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance from Eastern Illinois University where he studied with New Orleans piano luminary Henry Butler and Chicago pianist and producer of Mirage, Mark Maegdlin. Currently, O’Connor is working on two major projects – his latest CD, Suspended Reality, which will be released this March on OA2 Records; and his doctoral dissertation regarding tenor saxophonist Joe Farrell.
Songs from his CD "Mirage" 1, The Beast 2, Para Tom 3, Little Melonae 4, With a Song in My Heart 5, Pillows 6, Mirage for more information www.markoconnorjazz.com
George Sylvester “Red” Callender was born in Haynesville, VA and at age 3 his family moved to Atlantic City, NJ. He first studied alto sax, then tuba, and then bass. After graduation in 1932, he moved to New York City. A tour of Canada and the west coast with Blanche Thompson and the Brownskin Models brought him to Los Angeles in 1936, where he remained. He played with a few local bands, and did arranging and teaching. Charles Mingus was one of his first students. His first recording date was in 1937 with Louis Armstrong, “Sunny Side of the Street” and “Once in a While.” By 1956 he had
recorded over 5,000 sides, acquiring the distinction of being the most recorded bass player in the L. A. Musicians Union. His composition, “Pastel,” recorded by Erroll Garner was a commercial success, as was his hit tune “Primrose Lane,” recorded by Jerry Wallace. Red was the second black to be hired in a TV studio band for “The Life of Riley” show. (Buddy Collette was the first.) His album, “Callender Speaks Low,” was the first to feature tuba as a solo jazz instrument. Red played on many of the most popular TV shows, as well as many movie soundtracks. It would be easier to list those musicians with whom he did not play or record. Red continued to be very active, arranging, teaching, composing, touring, club dates and recording until shortly before his death.
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