Five years ago, before my friend Ivon came to Manila for a visit, he did a computer search for jazz spots in Manila. Tago Jazz Café was the only name that came up. After he arrived he went to check it out and came back very excited. “There are all these young guys—not the old guys you might associate with jazz—who are very talented,” he said. A few nights later we checked the place out together. I took some photos, and the next day I interviewed Nelson Gonzales, the owner, cook, manager, handyman and drummer whose life’s work …
The band Debonair District is committed to bringing old Filipino classics to today’s audiences as jazz arrangements,
This is an interview with Filipina musician Jireh Calo about her experience studying at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, one of the world’s best conservatories for jazz.
The vocal group Baihana has just released its first album, This post is an interview with Mel Torre, one of the group members, about the album. It is also an update on the group since our first interview.
I met Nickie at Tago. She and her mother both live not far from me in Tagaytay, a beautiful vacation and tourist spot well outside Manila. This interview took place at my house. Unfortunately, photos of Nickie’s early singing career were lost in the 2009 Ondoy flood. Nickie’s story When I was twenty-one I was performing at five star hotels, the Mandarin Hotel and Philippine Plaza, and a Japanese agent saw the show. We had a meeting with him, my Filipino agent and me. A month later I was in Japan. I worked there from 1985 to 1992. My first …
This is an interview with Richie Quirino, musician, author of three books on jazz in the Philippines, and collaborator on the documentary “Pinoy Jazz.”
This interview is about Filipino musicians looking after a musician who has gotten sick. It’s also about a new non-governmental organization called “Heart of Music,” which was established by singer Skarlet Brown for ailing musicians with no money to pay for medications or treatment.
This is a recent interview with the three women who compose the vocal group Baihana, a very successful and fun-filled jazz group in the Philippines.