Skii Harvey has been a life long singer/songwriter. Her memories are of huddling over an old upright piano squeezed into her mother’s small semi in Redfern where their tiny porch had been converted into a makeshift bedroom. Like many artists she worked a couple of jobs by day and the gig circuit by night. It is an existence sustained only by passion and the love of music.
Her voice has stopped the likes of Sting and Ricky May in their tracks but it is her song writing that she holds most dear. Her song writing has also raised many an eyebrow as she has recently been recognised by the Billboard music awards, the UK songwriting awards and as a producer’s choice in the LA music awards. However, Skii will tell you that she writes because she has to write. She believes the music is a gift that comes through her and not from her and to complete a piece of music is to reach pure happiness. She describes her music as story telling. They are stories of what she knows and what she dreams.
Today she has taken a hiatus from the stage and has been busy in the studio. Her second album “foolish girl” is a true journey, a journey in music and the story of a journey in life. The title is named after one of her tracks. It refers to how when you look back and see the roads you could have taken or when you find yourself stepping onto the wrong path, you are immediately exposed for the girl that you are inside. However, Skii describes those steps, the wrong ones, that although foolish are the stepping stones to the woman she has become.
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.
Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."
He was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country's most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led "Thundering Herds" that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.