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Jeff Lorez

Jeff Lorez

Jeff Vasishta started writing for the influential UK based Blues & Soul Magazine in August 1987 while still in University in London. Never intending a full time career in journalism he wrote under the pseudonym of Jeff "Lorez". A year later he was made the Deputy Editor, constantly traveling between London, New York and LA, amassing hundreds of interviews. 

In 1993 he moved to New York full time, also going on to write for Billboard, Yahoo.com, Vibe, Arena and many others.

These days he is married with two children and writes under his real name, Jeff Vasishta ("so my kids didn’t think I was making it all up!" he says). He is currently a columnist for the widely read daily newspaper AM New York.

Among those he has interviewed are Prince, Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre, Beyonce, Herbie Hancock, R. Kelly and Usher.

List of articles in the library by artist

2 Live Crew, Color Me Badd, Johnny Gill, Ice-T, Keith Sweat: Various Artists: Music From The Motion Picture New Jack City (Giant 9 24424-1)

Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1991

'New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)' — Ice-T; 'I'm Dreamin'' — Christopher Williams; 'I'm Still Waiting' — Johnny Gill; '(There You Go) Tellin' Me No Again' ...

Aaliyah talks about her One In a Million album & more

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, 1996

Just 17 but already something of a music biz veteran with a million selling debut album and dues-paying road activities behind her, the sweetly seductive ...

Aaliyah: The M Factor (Movies, Music, Motivation)

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, 2000

Major record and movie success could just be the ingredients for an ego problem. However, the Native New Yorker singer/actress remains firmly rooted in reality. ...

Alexander O'Neal, Bell Biv DeVoe, Herb Alpert, Janet Jackson, Johnny Gill, Morris Day, New Edition, Ralph Tresvant, Sounds of Blackness, The Time: Jam & Lewis: Flyte of Fantasy Part III

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, February 1993

Jeff Lorez concludes his in-depth report on the tenth anniversary of Jam & Lewis's Flyte Tyme Productions ...

Alexander O'Neal, Flyte Tyme, Prince, The Time: The Jam & Lewis Story, Part 1: Flyte of Fantasy

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

To mark the tenth anniversary of Jam & Lewis's ultra-successful Flyte Tyme Productions, Jeff Lorez flew to Minneapolis and spoke to Jimmy Jam for more than eight hours over two ...

Herb Alpert: North On South St. (A&M 395 345-2)

Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, May 1991

'Jump Street'; 'It's The Last Dance'; 'Passion Lady'; 'North On South St.'; 'Paradise 25'; 'Na Na Na'; 'Funky Reggae'; 'Where's Tommy'; 'City Terrace'; 'I Can't ...

Arrested Development: Astoria, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

THERE ARE THOSE amongst the hardcore rap community who think Arrested Development's down home, rural southern porch-sitting image is a stereotyped one that will prove ...

Patti Austin, Cherrelle, The Human League, Cheryl Lynn, Alexander O'Neal, The SOS Band: Jam & Lewis: Flyte of Fantasy Part II

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, January 1993

Jeff Lorez continues his in-depth report on the tenth anniversary of Jam & Lewis's Flyte Tyme Productions. ...

Bell Biv DeVoe, Public Enemy, Son Of Bazerk, Young Black Teenagers: Hank Shocklee: Rebel With A Cause

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1991

"Yo Jeff, man, I'm sorry, what can I say? I wanted this interview to happen as much as you did, but Hank's just too busy ...

Regina Belle: The Blue Note, Greenwich Village, New York NY

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

THE FAMED Blue Note club situated in Greenwich Village has been able to boast an impressive line-up of visiting female divas in recent weeks. With ...

John "Jellybean" Benitez: Jellybean Benitez: 'Bean Meanz Bizness

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, March 1991

IF YOU were of the opinion that Jellybean Benitez, one of the mainstays of the East Coast club scene for the last decade, lives and ...

Boyz II Men, Toni Braxton, Bobby Brown, TLC: L.A. & Babyface: Reid All About It

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, September 1992

As if to ridicule the cynics who suggested that they'd passed their sell-by date, L.A. & Babyface are back with a bang and leading a two man assault on the music biz. L.A. Reid talks ...

The Chimes: Sign O'The Chimes

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1991

B&S talks to Chimes members James Locke and Pauline Henry about their Poll success and their plans to maintain the impetus ...

Coolio: Gangsta's Paradise (Tommy Boy 1141)

Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, November 1995

THE PHENOMENAL success of the single 'Gangsta's Paradise', taken from the Dangerous Minds soundtrack has hastened this, the album of the same name. It's Coolio's all important ...

Da Lench Mob, Ice Cube: Da Lench Mob: Straight Out Tha Jungle

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

Da Lench Mob explain how the LA riots inadvertently gave birth to the title of their Guerillas In Tha Mist debut album. "We wanted to come out with a ...

Da Lench Mob, Ice Cube, Kam: Ice Cube, Kam, Da Lench Mob: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, March 1993

I'VE GOT TO tip my hat to the Brixton Academy for consistency. ...

D'Angelo: The Gift & The Curse

Retrospective by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, May 2008

HE WAS a quiet, softly spoken, artsy type that clearly preferred to let his music do the talking. It seems like a lifetime ago. In ...

David Sanborn, Rachelle Ferrell: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

I HAVE TO admit, I don't think that the largely all standing T&C was the ideal venue for either of these acts. ...

De La Soul: De La Soul Is Dead (Big Life BLR LP8)

Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, May 1991

'Intro'; 'Oldies Of O's'; 'Talkin' Bout Hey Love'; 'Pease Porridge'; 'Skit 1'; 'Johnny's Dead AKA Vincent Mason (Live From The BK Lounge)'; 'A Roller Skating ...

Deee-Lite: The Message "Within"

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, June 1992

There's a means in Deee-Lite's madness. Their new album, Infinity Within aims to touch hearts and minds whilst keeping their feet firmly on the dancefloor ...

Cathy Dennis, Janet Jackson, Madonna: Shep Pettibone: Spontaneous Combustion

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1993

No amount of studio technology can ever compete with the priceless element of spontaneity to set things on fire, says Shep... ...

En Vogue: Funky Divas (East West America)

Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1992

'This Is Your Life'; 'My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)'; 'Hip-Hop Lover'; 'Free Your Mind'; 'Desire'; 'Giving Him Something He Can Feel'; 'It Ain't ...

En Vogue: Diva-Stating

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1992

Jeff Lorez travels to Oakland, California to talk to writer/producers Foster & McElory about the apparent True Brit in their new "Funky Divas" album for En Vogue — and to the ...

Aretha Franklin: Radio City Music Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, May 1993

IT WAS A packed Radio City Music Hall that turned out to witness the Queen Of Soul on this, the first of a two night ...

Phyllis Hyman: Heart to Heart

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, June 1992

When Phyllis Hyman opens her heart, it opens all the way, with no holds barred. In a totally frank and, candid interview, the B&S best female vocalist ...

Ice Cube, Laquan, Yo Yo: Ice Cube, Yo Yo, Laquan: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1991

I'VE ALWAYS thought that the Brixton Academy, out of the larger venues, beats the likes of The Hammersmith Odeon and Dominion hands down when it ...

Ice Cube: The Predator (Island BRLP 592)

Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

'The First Day Of School'; 'When Will They Shoot'; 'I'm Scared'; 'Wicked'; 'Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha'; 'Predator'; 'It Was A Good Day'; 'We Had ...

Frankie Knuckles: Bare Knuckles

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1993

He wasn't exactly the most prolific remixer last year, but B&S readers still voted him the best in the business. He bares his soul to Jeff Lorez ...

Frankie Knuckles: Disco Lives

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1992

As the disco boom strikes UK club-land again, B&S touches base with New York DJ, remixer/producer, Frankie Knuckles, to trace disco's roots and chart it's ...

Loose Ends: Two Lips from Amsterdam

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1991

The particular lips enunciating down the telephone line belonged to Carl McIntosh, leader of poll winners Loose Ends and a young man in demand. Carl ...

Mariah Carey: Beyond The Rainbow

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, November 1999

Sony's undisputed queen is about to release her brand new album, Rainbow, which highlights some very personal aspects of her roller coaster ride to superstardom. ...

Mariah Carey: Butterfly Kisses... Or In Bed With Mariah!

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, September 1997

Jeff Lorez flies to LA, does a spot of celeb-spotting and then spends a couple of hours interviewing Mariah Carey in bed on the subject ...

Mariah Carey: Daydream Believer

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, October 1995

The outrageously successful singer talks to B&S about her new Daydream album; working alongside some of the industry's most prestigious names and her ever increasing ...

Massive Attack: Massive: Young Guns IV

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1991

Massive have always been known for their individual stance in music making. Now the hard work appears to be paying off for the Bristol based quartet ...

Mavis Staples, Prince, The Steeles: Prince & The New Power Generation/Mavis Staples/The Steeles: Wembley Arena and Bagley's Warehouse, King's Cross Freight Depot, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, September 1993

THE MAN KNOWS no bounds. Having already performed a half hour show for the BBC that morning, Prince was intent on ending his European tour ...

Meli'sa Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, May 1992

Psychiatrist, Dr. Jeff Lorez has moved his practice to New York. Enter his first patient... Meli'sa Morgan ...

Shirley Murdock

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Record Mirror, July 1988

"I'm talking about the facts of life," explained the ebullient Shirley Murdock when discussing her stunning new A Woman's Point Of View album. ...

Ultra Naté: Baltimore Blues

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, January 1991

On the brink of international acclaim, Baltimore vocalist Ultra Naté recalls early days of distinctly negative vibes ...

The Pharcyde: Labcabcalifornia (Delicious Vinyl/Capitol)

Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, November 1995

THE PHARCYDE sneaked into our consciousness a few years back with the ridiculously infectious 'She Keeps On Passin' Me By' and they rode in strong ...

Prince & the New Power Generation: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, June 1992

GOOD OLD Prince, where would we be without him? In an industry that often seems filled with blandness and conformity there's the lil' fella in ...

Tupac Shakur: 2 Pac: Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z (Interscope)

Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, March 1993

'Holler If Ya Hear Me'; 'Pac's Theme (Interlude)'; 'Point The Finga'; 'Something 2 Die 4 (Interlude)'; 'Last Wordz'; 'Souljah's Revenge'; 'Peep Game'; 'Strugglin''; 'Guess Who's ...

Stereo MCs: The Stereo MC's: "Lost" Cause

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, March 1991

Refusing to bow to style trends or pigeon-holing, the stereo MC's insist on being judged on their music only  ...

Tony Toni Toné: The Forum, Kentish Town, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, September 1993

I'M A FAN of the Tonies... what they stand for, the music they make, the whole tongue in cheek element; their acknowledgement of Northern California's ...

Tony! Toni! Toné!: Tony! Toni! Tone!: The Tonies Plan to Utilise UK Rough Stuff

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, March 1991

US hitmakers Tony! Toni! Tone! look to the "tougher" sound of London for continued success ...

Luther Vandross: The Sadness Behind the Soul

Obituary by Jeff Lorez, Daily Telegraph, July 2005

Although the mainstream world moved on from his polished, romantic approach, an army of fans stayed loyal to the sweet, melancholy songs of the late, ...

Womack and Womack: Womack & Womack: Family Spirit (Arista 261356)

Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, May 1991

'Family Spirit'; 'Uptown'; 'Refusal'; 'Living In A Different World'; 'United (In Paradise)'; 'My Dear (The Letter)'; 'Blue Jean Baby'; 'Danceworld'; 'Keep On Climbing'; 'Lonely Island'. ...

Stevie Wonder: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, June 1992

WITH NO newly released album to promote, Stevie and band, backed by The Royal Philharmonic string section could afford to wallow in musical nostalgia and ...

List of genre pieces

Flyte Tyme 10th Year Anniversary, 1982-1992: The Jam & Lewis Story

Report by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

I COULDN'T believe that I'd actually asked for a hotel wake-up call for 3:45am! By 4:30am I was struggling to keep my eyes open in ...

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