Since moving to Delaware, Alvin Pope lives right down the road from yours truly - but we've never met - we'll speak for the first time to each other when he visits on 3/24/16. Through our family's time in Baltimore, then in Florida, I've kept in touch with one of Alvin's best pals. Kim Giles has been advising Alvin and promoting him for some time. With this latest project, "The Good Life", there was a special bond formed with another musician, Nils :) The popular Contemporary Jazz guitarist pulled out the stops to help make Alvin's Baby SPARKLE!
Our guest is a truly remarkable gentleman. He's a composer, educator, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. What's so delightul is that Alvin has had many students who have been affected by his passionate devotion to music. He has a love for Swing and other older styles of music - and he tries to infuse that appreciation into the souls of impressionable youth. Is it any wonder he named his new CD "The Good Life?" Alvin's LIVING it by teaching.
Let's go back in time with this man of multiple talents. When Alvin first started his musical journey, he gravitated first to drums. But he discovered that he also enjoyed the timbre of other instruments. So, this is an artist who ALSO learned how to play piano, alto/tenor sax, guitar AND he sings :) He has truly spread his wings on this new project - and he has friends who want to share the good news about the GREAT music. Ready? Jessy J, Jeff Kashiwa, the late and great Ricky Lawson, and the aforementioned Nils. This terrific group of energetic artists have given Alvin a gift - and now it's ours to HEAR. By the time you're through listening to these new songs, you'll be grateful to the Wilmington Public Schools System. They've managed to produce a Star :)
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