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Mission: Possible

Mission: Possible

Mission: Possible A Q&A with Eric Mintel   By Geoff Gehman   Eric Mintel plays two universal languages: jazz and TV theme songs. As a teen the pianist cut his teeth on “Blue Rondo a la Turk” and the “Popeye” cartoon sea shanty, sometimes entertaining his friends with his improvisations. As a quartet leader he ... Read More
 
Stone Impeccable

Stone Impeccable

Stone Impeccable A Q&A with Keith Call Of The Glimmer Twins   By Geoff Gehman   Keith Call was 10 when he first heard “Brown Sugar,” the first song he couldn’t forget by the Rolling Stones, the first band he couldn’t forget. The elementary schooler was hooked line and sinker by the crunching opening riff; ... Read More
 
Harping with the King

Harping with the King

Harping with the King A Q&A with Sugar Blue   By Geoff Gehman   One of the many treasured pleasures on YouTube is a 1995 live video of Sugar Blue, the fine singer and exceptional harmonica player, turning Muddy Waters’ “Hoochie Coochie Man” into an erotic odyssey.  Decked out in a black beret and a ... Read More
 
Melody Gypsy

Melody Gypsy

Melody Gypsy A Q&A with Frank Vignola   By Geoff Gehman   Frank Vignola loves gypsy jazz and the life of a musical gypsy. The 49-year-old guitarist cut his teeth by touring with Leon Redbone, the celebrated singer of Dixieland and ragtime ditties; gigging weekly at a Manhattan club with guitarist Les Paul, the legendary ... Read More
 
Cosmic Caravans

Cosmic Caravans

Cosmic Caravans A Q&A with Jean-Pierre Durand of Incendio   By Geoff Gehman   When Jean-Pierre Durand feels like bitching about the musical grind, he shuts himself up by remembering how his favorite punk bands refused to bitch about the musical grind. The guitarist tends to forget the hassles of being a professional performer—the touring, ... Read More
 
Power Trio Heaven

Power Trio Heaven

Power Trio Heaven A Q&A with Craig Thatcher   By Geoff Gehman   The Mauch Chunk Opera House is Craig Thatcher’s soul kitchen. The very busy, very talented, very popular guitarist has played the Jim Thorpe house nearly 30 times over nearly 10 years, as a trio leader and an opening act for pals Laurence ... Read More
 
Wise Lullabies for Brave Adults

Wise Lullabies for Brave Adults

Wise Lullabies for Brave Adults A Q&A with Anna Mitchell   By Geoff Gehman   Anna Mitchell burrows to the marrow on “Down to the Bone,” the first full-length record from the Irish singer-songwriter-keyboardist with the Appalachian soul. The Cork resident’s characters yearn to escape to Tennessee, allegedly the land of greener hills and non-smothering ... Read More