Keiki Matsui: My Music is Dedicated to World Peace

Keiko Matsui made her US recording debut in 1987 with the recording A Drop of Water. Under Northern Lights followed in 1989 and her subsequent albums of note include No Borders (1990), Night Waltz (1991) Cherry Blossom (1992), Doll (1994), Sapphire (1995) and Dream Walk (1996), which remained on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart for over 15 months and  further cemented her reputation  as …


Live Review: 36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival

Julie Dexter It’s that time of year again. May equals jazz for the city of Atlanta. For the entire month there are concerts and activities throughout the area. These activities lead up to the big celebration, the 36th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival which was held over Memorial Day weekend as …


Norman Brown: In Tune with the Times

For over two decades multi-talented guitarist, Norman Brown has been captivating his audiences. This musical innovator is also a composer and singer. Discovered by, the renowned musician and producer, Norman Connors, Brown has remained relevant beyond the years of his 1992 debut album Just Between Us. In 2002 he won …


Kirk Whalum: Living His Dreams in Music and Faith

Legendary saxophonist and songwriter Kirk Whalum gained his love of music from a strong musical family and began his musical career singing in the church choir in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. As with many soul artists, gospel music was a cornerstone in the foundation of an award winning career …