Posts Tagged ‘Nikki Yanofsky’

They might think they’re playing “jazz” when in actuality, they’re simply retreading well-known standards, yet, for reasons unknown to me, there is this overriding need to be seen as being “jazz cats”, the same old group of usual suspects in Hong Kong who move in herds and “blow” at the usual places- Backstage, Peel Fresco [...]

There is Jazz and there is Jizz, and most of the Hong Kong-based “jazz singers” are actually singing jizz- an often embarrassing concoction of self-indulgence comprising very scattered scatting, mimicry that’s cartoon-like, and material that’s so well-trodden, it’s full of career potholes. And yet, so many keep walking into them like lemmings. It’s why the [...]

Peel Fresco is recognised as Hong Kong’s only Jazz club though it stopped being a “jazz club” over three years ago. Frankly, who really knows what all that “jazz” is these days, anyway? Some scat singing? Tedious solos by everyone in a group which, despite often being pretty shaky, are applauded wildly by audiences desperate [...]

Watching the second round of auditions and all the emphasis on the judges, I couldn’t help but think of Jimmy Iovine. Iovine has worked with them all- U2, Tom Petty, Eminem, Dr Dre, Lennon, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas- and, at the end of the day, as head of the powerful and successful Interscope label, [...]

Maybe it’s the surname, but despite all the fawning for moppets on “Oprah” and “Ellen” and the kinda creepy shadow of Producer David Foster hanging over many them, Nikki Yanofsky from Montreal is still to become a household name. Then again, is that the right term- “houseman name”? So is Drain-O and Colgate and McDonald’s. [...]