New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Wavelength Radio Promotion)
When producing an album of covers, young artists often make the mistake of trying to duplicate the originals, especially the performers who made them famous. This was something that jazz vocalist Anthony Caceres carefully tried to avoid on "Don't Call It Love," his new EP. "When I recorded these songs I really tried to put my own sound to it and not sound like anyone but myself," Caceres explained. "These song selections were based on standards I enjoy, and I incorporated my unique vocal sound into each arrangement."
However, when it comes to singing, Caceres is actually a late bloomer; early in his musical career, he just played bass. "I decided to pursue singing seriously back in 2006 while I was on tour with the Glenn
Miller Orchestra," Caceres revealed. "Up to that point I was primarily a sideman performing on electric bass and upright bass with many different groups." Caceres' role with the Glenn
Miller Orchestra enabled him to see parts of the world he had not seen before. "Touring Japan was some of the best times ever with the Glenn
Miller Orchestra," Caceres exclaimed. "We always got the rock-star treatment. I have been to almost every major city and rural Japan and performed in many big concert halls. Like Europe, the Japanese people have a great appreciation for not just Glenn
Miller's music, but for America's only art form jazz. One of my greatest memories in Japan was walking into a McDonald's after craving American food while Thelonious Monk was being played over the sound system and posters of jazz icons were on the walls of every booth."
Caceres is among the lucky musicians who have been able to live a true adventure, and it's not something that he takes for granted. "My parents never really knew I could sing or had any talent," Caceres admitted. "I know that they are both extremely proud of my accomplishments. My honest advice to other singers would be to live your dreams and remember that practicing and studying with a professional or mentor is very important. Always be open to criticism. Let go of Mr. OGE, the name I have given to Ego spelled backwards and remember not everyone is going to like your music. Listen to others. Remember that as a jazz vocalist or instrumentalist you are constantly evolving."