My parents were mostly classical music lovers, but my mother threw in a
little early Sinatra once in a while as well as soundtracks to popular
musicals. As a child of the 60's, I heard jazz everywhere. I loved the
musical entertainment on the Dick Van Dyke show, and used to stay up
late just so I could listen to the “Mannix” theme
on TV. I didn't really know that this music was jazz, but it
made me feel better than any music I had ever heard. It was
not until I was a student at Indiana University that friends introduced
me to jazz as an actual genre, and I've been listening ever since.
jazz influences were Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis,
Thelonious Monk, Red Garland, Joe Henderson, Clifford Brown, John
Coltrane, Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah
Vaughan, and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.
I like to listen to KMHD and enjoy mostly straight ahead jazz. Piano is
my favorite instrument, and I'm a sucker for a Flugelhorn and for
intricate big band arrangements.
my favorite local artists include Randy Porter, Frishberg and Kilgore,
The Tony Pacini Trio, Rob Davis, Dave Captein, Mel Brown, Dave Evans,
Robert Moore, and Lee Wuthenow just to name those that first come to
mind. Dick Titterington's group PDXV is a standout. I know that I am
leaving out plenty of worthy Portland musician's I am the vocalist with
the Mazel Tov Orchestra, and that band is comprised of favorite players
as well – Dave Captein, Stan Bock, Reinhardt Melz, George
Mitchell, and leader Sammy Epstein.
and Jimmy Mak's are my favorite spots to listen to jazz. I also like LV
's if I'm making it an early night, and the Portland Jazz Singer's
Series at Jax, put on weekly by my friend and fellow vocalist Mitzi
favorite jazz experience ever was hearing my idol, Mel Torme, at the
Chicago Jazz Festival. I got there 8 hours early to get 5th
row seats. He did not disappoint me - he was
amazing -- such an energetic perfectionist. I was spellbound the entire
time by his arrangements, persona, and spectacular instrument.
favorites tunes, I am fickle and do not even have a favorite color, let
alone favorite tunes. At the moment, “Lullaby In
Rhythm” is a favorite, but once I learn it inside out, it
will join the ranks of other jilted songs which I like equally well.
easier to have favorite jazz singers and artists: Like
everyone, I love Ella, but I enjoy many singers - Mel Torme, Blossom
Dearie, Bob Dorough, recent Carmen McCrae for her sense of time and
phrasing. I just discovered Jackie Ryan, and her singing makes the
hairs stand up on my arms. I like music that excites me, or makes me
feel deep emotion. Among the instrumentalists I enjoy are Oscar
Peterson, The Ray Brown Trio, Wayne Shorter, Dizzy Gillespie, and
Thelonious Monk. I enjoy listening to the young lions on KMHD, but the
tried and true greats move me the most.
as being the vocalist with the Mazel Tov Orchestra, I am a local jazz
vocalist, and am releasing my debut CD, “This is Carolyn
Joyce” at Wilf's on Saturday, November 3rd , 2007 . I
recorded with the swinging, always exciting and grooving Tony Pacini
Trio. (Tony Pacini, piano; Ed Bennett, bass; Tim Rap, drums.) listening
to Tony's Trio is fun and always makes me feel good, like a kid in the
sixties. My CD will make you feel good too, and give you a lift which
is what jazz is all about for all of us.
John Keyser's CD Release Party, April 26, 2008
Starlight's Lounge - October 6, 2007
- November 14 and 30, 2006
Moore & Friends - October 28, 2006