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50 Lucy Yeghiazaryan & Vanisha Gould: In Her Words

“Modern feminism encourages harder, more masculine elements in women and makes you feel sort of funny about being soft and gentle. I think that’s the opposite of what we need to do — I think we should embrace the fact that women are softer, more gentle, and caring, and love is at the center of all of that. To me, being a woman means embracing that, not trying to act more masculine so I can fit into society”

Cover of Samara Joy's new album

47 Samara Joy

Jazz Vocalist Samara Joy opens up about her climb into the jazz limelight and the inspiration behind her self-titled debut album.

Cover Photo of Cyrille Aimee new album I'll Be Seeing You

40 Cyrille Aimée & Michael Valeanu: I’ll Be Seeing You

Cyrille Aimée and Michael Valeanu say their work as a duo started when their band couldn’t make it to a gig in Ohio because of a snowstorm – but after the response from the audience, they realized they could keep it going. One time in Milan, they had four encores as a duo! Their album I’ll Be Seeing You reflects their collaboration and relationship over the last decade.

Cover Photo for Caity Gyorgy's new album Now Pronouncing

39 Caity Gyorgy: Now Pronouncing

At 23-years-old, Caity Gyorgy is already an adept lyricist, songwriter, arranger, and bandleader. Her latest EP Now Pronouncing showcases her talents along with her hand-picked 10 piece band. Inspired by the music and cinema of the 50s and 60s, her original tunes fit right within the vein of the Great American Songbook.

38 Jonathan Karrant: Shadows Fall

Jonathan Karrant didn’t grow up in the heart of Manhattan or Los Angeles, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his dream career. Though he may be from a small town in Arkansas, he didn’t hesitate to move to New York City straight out of high school, where he found himself on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theater, before striking out for California and finally settling into the show business of Las Vegas.

37 Simon Moullier: Countdown

“We’re trying to transcend our instruments. I think all musicians in general are trying to get to that point. When you get to a great way of expression you don’t really think about the medium, the instrument, anymore. You’re just in full expression and connection with the music.”

Cover Photo for Alexa Tarantino's new album Firefly

35 Alexa Tarantino: Firefly

Alexa Tarantino’s album Firefly is her third recording as a leader in the last three years. In this episode, she walks us through the composition process on tunes like “The Firefly Code,” “Surge Capacity” and “Daybreak” while also talking about the unique process of recording during a pandemic.

Cover Photo for John Pizzarelli's new album Better Days Ahead

28 John Pizzarelli: Better Days Ahead

John Pizzarelli says Better Days Ahead was recorded at the beginning of the pandemic, when the world was reeling from the revelation of an international pandemic, and he was reeling from the sudden death of both his parents. Those early morning practice sessions became not only a much needed lifeline, they became his next album. ⁠

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Hi, I’m Stephanie Steele, your host and fellow jazz lover. I’m pianist, journalist, podcaster, and now blogger! Stay tuned in every Tuesday for the latest interviews!

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