John Chin’s (Downplayed) ‘State of Flow’

John Chin is a humble guy. Although he’s had a Grammy nomination and has been lauded for his musical talent since he was a young boy, he’ll tell you he was no child prodigy. A Korean-American growing up in Los Angeles, Chin recalls his first encounter with a piano, but is sure to emphasize that … Continued

Sing It, Soul Sister: Let There be Light

Doubtless for most of us, when we hear the word “soulful,” it calls to mind individuals such as Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Gladys Knight or Peggy Scott-Adams. It is also quite likely the most common adjective used to describe singer Niki Haris. However, according to Haris herself, the word means far more than the ability … Continued

Emmet Cohen’s Formula for Greatness

The young musician highlights what it takes to deliver amazing music Emmet Cohen’s recipe for a winning performance involves four simple ingredients: connection, consistency, concentration and love. Playing the piano since age 3, 29-year-old Cohen’s career is still in its early stages, but he’s already made some big waves. A three-time finalist for the prestigious … Continued

Aimée Hones Her Gypsy Sensibilities

The French-born artist returns on the heels of her 10th album release Cyrille Aimée has long-since gone the way of the gypsy. The 34-year-old grew up in the small town of Samois-sur-Seine in northern France and was constantly intrigued by the caravans of musicians and gypsies that would plant themselves in her neighborhood every summer … Continued

Joe McBride brings ‘timeless’ R&B back to Vail

Soulful singer/pianist returns for two intimate performances at The Sonnenalp   From the first time Joe McBride touched a keyboard at age 4, he was hooked … as in, he could not let it go. “I had gone to a Christmas party at my cousin’s house. I found my cousin’s keyboard and started playing it. … Continued

10 Reasons to Catch the 2019 Vail Jazz Winter Series

It can be argued that live jazz is best enjoyed in a warm, classy lounge with snow falling outside. This is just one of many reasons to secure your spot at the 2019 Vail Jazz Winter Series. It is widely known that jazz became popular in the 1930s, but its hey day in Vail has … Continued

Hot Sardines Heat Up the Holidays

The eight-piece throwback jazz band likely to get feet moving in special Ritz-Carlton performance Why is the sound of old jazz making new waves? Elizabeth Bougerol of The Hot Sardines has a simple explanation. “It’s a joyous, connective experience,” said the Sardines’ singer. “And these days people are starved for that sense of connection more … Continued

A tale of two geniosities

Joe McBride does not readily liken himself to Ray Charles. But the two vocalists/pianists do share a few similar qualities, not all of which are completely obvious. Charles, whose nicknames included “The Genius” and “the Father of Soul,” passed away in 2004 at the age of 74, leaving behind a legacy as one of the … Continued

Dave Tull Refines his Fresh Jazz Formula

Dave Tull is a perfectionist. As evidence, consider the reason his recent album was nearly 10 years in the making. He really wanted to get it right. “It takes me forever to write something,” says the musician, who has been playing drums since he was 10 years old and added singing to his repertoire when … Continued

Composing soundtracks for everyday moments

The every day experiences and encounters that might give the most thoughtful of people a few seconds of cerebral pause inspire Julien Labro to compose sophisticated melodies. The French-born accordionist describes his song-writing inspiration as something that can happen “anywhere and everywhere.” “For example, I came up with one song while I was on the … Continued