PV: Due to the current state of world politics, there seems to be a movement towards more “Social Comment” themed albums. What are your thoughts on this, does Social Comment play a role in Jazz?
LS: As my mother said; “It is an artist’s responsibility to reflect the times”. I cannot speak for the genre of Jazz personally. My music will always reflect my life’s journey, a journey we are all on, as human beings.
PV: Do you feel there is a difference in how you are received in Europe compared to the States?
LS: Definitely!! After 20 years of performing in the US, my career was at a standstill, which made no sense. In 2013, my husband and I were inspired to follow our hearts and leave the US – So similar to my mother – In search of something more meaningful, so we moved to France with our daughter. I had a French agent, who is still my agent, and within 13 months of arriving ‘All Is Well’ was released. Something, no record company in the US was interested in.
PV: Are audiences more or less receptive?
LS: I find in Europe there is less judgement and more appreciation for real musicianship, no matter your age, if your music is “too positive”, or the like.
PV: You will be playing the 17th April at the Cully Jazz Festival in Switzerland and also have a European tour coming up soon, what can we look forward to hearing from you in your live show?
LS: I Love ‘The Cully Jazz Festival!’ It is one of my top 3 places to perform. Those in attendance can look forward to enjoying great musicianship, good music, positive vibrations, and food for the soul.
PV: What’s next for you? What are you currently working on?
LS: We are in the studio right now recording the next new album for release in the fall (autumn) of 2018.
Interviewer: Paola Vera
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Last modified: August 1, 2018