The following interview is derived from a conversation between Bob James and JAZZIZ Editor and…
Enjoy a one-on-one conversation with Michael McDonald and Michael Fagien- editor of JAZZIZ Magazine. They discuss his career, his concerns about the world and his new album “Wide Open”.
My five year old daughter, Nadia, was recently having a “discussion” with her 26-year-old brother Geoffrey. It’s fascinating to observe the innocent dialog that often takes place between siblings so far apart in age.
Jay Graydon is a paradox of sorts. His album Bebop was released in 2001 but don’t let the title fool you. Graydon loves jazz, though he’s not what most would consider a jazz guitarist and though revered by fellow musicians and players alike as a great guitarist (an in-demand LA studio musician featured on albums including Gino Vannelli and Christopher Cross), the instrument is less about his profession (he also plays keyboards) than it is one of the tools he uses to perfect his brand of music.
Intro music: “Kickin’ It” by Jeff Lorber
Few musicians rock the boat anymore for art’s sake; it’s all about the money. And once some have it, they’re not going to take any chances or make a statement that could alienate their fans and risk that gravy train drying up.