Hi, my name is Peter Höld and I'm from the Webradiostation GrooveFM. I
have a few questions for you. Is this your first time in Germany?
Yes, it's my first time in Germany.
Yes, indeed? And you like it here?
I love it. So far it's great. I love this venue, it's beautiful and
everybody is very nice.
And we have nice Californian weather (laughs) today.
(laughs) Yes, I brought the sunshine.
One important question for me, because I'm a guitar player. You are
playing a Gibson L-5?
Yes, on my recordings I use a Gibson L-5. Live I have this Nelson Palen
Archtop, that's what I'm playing tonight.
You have produced all three Jessy J albums. How did it come about?
I was doing a concert in California and she came with her demo cd and she
wanted me to produce her. I listen to it and I didn't really liked it all
that much and then a year later she came back and did the same thing.
She gave me another cd that was a more contemporary sounding thing and it
was better, but I still wasn't in love with it. And then I decided to have
a all female band. So I remember her and I had her come down to an
audition for my band. That was the first time I heard her play tender
saxophone. And I love her tender sound, you know. She was playing in my
band for about six months, and then we decided weīre trying to get her a
We wrote Tequila Moon and a couple of other songs. I get her signed and
this is her third record and she's really come along. I mean she is
becoming just an amazing artist.
Which of Jessy's Albums was the most challenging?
I really like the first record. I love the song Tequila Moon. That one I
really enjoy. But her new album has got about eight really super strong
songs. It's a latin jazz, R&B combination and I think we refind it a lot.
The new album is really a nice blend of latin and jazz.
And you work together with nearly every top smooth jazz musician. Who's
(laughs) There's a few I hadn't worked with, like Joe Sample. Jessy worked
with him on the new record. I wasn't there for that.
But, I really, really like Jamie Cullum. I would love to work with him. I
always want to do something really different, like with someone like
Aretha Franklin and do a Jazz Album. So I'm working on trying to do
something like that. Someone outside, that doesn't normal do jazz, like
Aretha Franklin. She's primely my favorite singer. And, I got a chance to
work with Luther Vandross for 15 years. Aretha and Luther are just
it for me for a vocalist, you know.
Jamie Cullum is great and I like his jazzy punk style. His performance is
Yes, Jamie is a great performer.
Your last Album "Love you found me" is from last year. Are there any plans
for a new Album?
Yes, I pretty much have finished about 15 Songs and now I have to decide
which one to put on, how many vocals and how many guests to have, but the
music is all done pretty much.
Sounds very interesting and Im looking forward to your new album.
Yes, got some nice, some really nice things on there. We got Jessy's on
there. Euge Groove, the saxophone player Darren Rand is on there and I
think I'm getting George Duke to play a song too. I've never worked with
George. We've been talking about doing something together, so I brought to
get George on this one.
We are really looking forward to your new record. OK, next question. You
are using social networks like Facebook. Why?
Why not? (laughs) One of the reasons is, my manager is been telling me for
years "you gotta use Facebook", because (I mean) say you have 5000 friends
on Facebook, which is the max. It's amazing, 'cause if I have an album
coming out and I'm doing a show, I just put a posting on there - boom -
there it is. And 5000 people know whatīs happening, and then of course
their friends get it. So, it's pretty powerful.
Yes, it's a very close contact to your fans.
And thatīs how I got this show here. Christian contacted me through
Facebook. So I mean, lot of people who didn't contact me before for what
ever reason. I mean it's an easy way to contact somebody. I got a lot of
jobs through Facebook. Its very powerful.
What's on your iPod or MP3 Player?
Paul: (both laughing) Fortunately I donīt have an iPod. Both my kids have,
I donīt listen to a whole lot of Jazz, honestly, and it wasnīt my
biggest influence. I was a Grateful Dead fan and everybody is always
surprised when I say this. On my first album I thanked Wes Montgomery and
Jerry Garcia and a lot of people asked me how could you put Jerry Garcia
in the same sentence as Wes Montgomery, but thatīs what I listen to, you
know. I love Eric Clapton and thatīs what I think, so I listen to some
different types of music and lots of old R&B stuff, but not a lot of jazz,
but I do like Grant Green the guitar player. Ive been listening to a lot
of Grant Green lately and I really love him. He doesnīt play the guitar
like a normal guitar player. It sounds like someone is playing the
saxophone. So I really like what he plays.
Ok, Itīs your first time in Germany, so (laughs) whatīs your favorite
place in Germany? - Augsburg?.
Iīve only been to Augsburg, right yeah. I mean, we flew in Munich but
didnīt seen much of it.
From Munich to Augsburg by car?
Yeah, and that guy was going FAST!!! It took maybe an hour! He was crank.
He was flying down the freeway.
Thank you very much for the interview and your time.