A; Singers in NYC are varied and interesting. I have randomly stumbled across some great ones, for example Kay Lyra, a great Brazilian singer who was playing after me at Caffe Vivaldi. I had never heard of her but was really impressed by her tone and feel. Generally the city is so full of talent- so it's hard for people to make a mark, but it's great because you can always hear people who really know what they're doing, and there's something for everyone, as well as some really cutting edge stuff.
Q; Do you prefer the classic jazz you do so well, or other genre?
A; Classic Jazz... I see Classic Jazz as an essential template for anyone who wants to become an educated and ultimately progressive Jazz musician. If you don't know where you've come from, how can you know where you're going? It's important to identify and absorb it so that you can later make an informed decision about how much of it you want to use. It is a little arrogant to assume you know better than the "Greats", and you also have to take into account what your audience wants to listen to on a night off from work, and their life; nine times out of ten, they won't object to something smooth, swinging and feel-good!
|Emily Wolf, CD "Nevermine"|
Q; What are you involved in now, are you keeping busy?
A; New Projects- Right now I am writing more, with the aim of recording a full length album within the next year consisting of my own writing and arrangements. My tunes are becoming part Pop, part Bebop, part Jazz standard as far as I can see, and I'm trying to extend my ideas and really say what I mean. However I continue to explore Jazz rep, and other tunes that interest me. I have regular gigs with my awesome Trio in NYC and although I went to school for Jazz I am not done learning! I continue to study Piano and Theory, to keep my brain ticking and my skills growing...
See Emily @ Caffe Vivaldi, NYC, June 18, and LIC Bar, Long Island City, July 25.