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Jean Fineberg was born on April 1, 1946, in the Bronx, NY. Jean lives near Berkeley, CA. She holds a Master’s from Penn State University and did post-graduate work in Jazz at Indiana University. She played piano at age 6, violin at 9, flute at 11, guitar at 15, and is a saxophonist, flutist, composer, and drummer. Jean recorded and performed on 50 plus albums with David Bowie, Laura Nyro, Phoebe Snow, Patti LaBelle, Chic, Sister Sledge, Isis, The Larry Elgart Orchestra, Bo Diddley, Martha and the Vandellas and The Four Tops. Her international tours include Montreux and Pori Jazz Festivals with Melba Liston and Carnegie Hall with Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry. She co-leads the fusion band DEUCE that recorded two albums of her original music and appeared at the NYC Kool Jazz and Monterey Jazz Festivals. She is assistant director of the Montclair Women’s Big Band and continues to energize their repertoire with her original compositions. A recipient of two ASCAP Composition Awards, an NEA Jazz Fellowship, and Meet the Composer Grants, Jean is profiled in The Saxophone Journal (cover story), Stormy Weather, American Women in Jazz, Madame Jazz, The Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock & Soul (cover), For The Record, and Eden Built By Eves. Jean is a faculty member of the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA. and a panelist for the San Francisco Arts Council. She teaches at the California Jazz Conservatory and freelances with many ensembles, including drummer for The Party Monsters.
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All right now - it's HERE! Yours Truly turns 62 on 10/16 and is proud to have survived these years! Getting older is a luxury not afforded to everyone, so gratitude is overflowing. Believe it.
How will we celebrate on the next "Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey?" By making sure that YOU get the gifts! Vel Lewis, our wonderful Hammond Master and Keyboard Wizard, is bringing autographed copies of his EP, "Colors of Soul!" That how we do in Philly, where Vel calls home. He lives in Texas now - but you cannot take "The City of Brotherly Love" outta the piano player ;) Vel will discuss the many fabulous changes in his life since his project dropped - and he'll get a chance to meet our other guest - which will delight BOTH of them!
Jere B has been a friend for a LONG time - since the WSMJ Sunday Brunches. His background is phenomenal. From Ohio, Jere is a superb drummer, bandleader of SounDoctrine (one of the original HYBRID groups!), and the CEO of his own company. OH - and he's also an ordained minister! It has been a while since B came to hang on "Hybrid Jazz" and we'd like to fix that on 10/16. Can't imagine having virtual cake and ice cream with anyone better!
We'll play some great songs and take some phone calls if the atmosphere calls for more company. HJ has always been an organic show that flows the way it's supposed to go. So, any cool surprises that should happen? WILL!
Some of the music, of course, will focus on the unbelievably breathtaking offerings of SounDoctrine - any album that you hear is a revelation - and we'll hear tunes from Vel, too. All of us in The Chat Room guarantee that you'll be UP and moving for at least part of our three-hour show!
Let's get this rolling! CELEBRATE good times!
Onaje Allan Gumbs' career spans for over 3 decades and is a sought after arranger, composer and pianist extraordinaire.
Panasonic chose his song, "Dare To Dream", as the theme for their tenth anniversary celebration of Kid Witness News. Gumbs has composed, arranged and performed the original score for the Showtime film, Override, directed by actor and producer Danny Glover and is also a NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Jazz Artist for his album, "Remember Their Innocence".
His signature arrangements are: Woody Shaw (Rosewood), Phyllis Hyman (Betcha By Golly Wow and The Answer is You) and for Stanley Jordan (The Lady in My Life) to name a few.
We are pleased to present his latest release: Bloodlife - A collection of solo performances based on melodies composed by Ronald Shannon Jackson. This album is an eclectic collection of melodies created by the venerable drummer/composer Ronald Shannon Jackson (1940-2013) and combined with masterful improvisations on solo piano by the Legendary Onaje Allan Gumbs. http://www.onajeallangumbs.com/
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Gerald Wilson, a bandleader, trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator whose multifaceted career reached from the swing era of the 1930s to the diverse jazz sounds of the 21st century, has died. He was 96.
Wilson, who had been in declining health, died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, two weeks after contracting pneumonia, said his son, jazz guitarist Anthony Wilson.
In a lifetime that spanned a substantial portion of the history of jazz, Wilson's combination of articulate composition skills with a far-reaching creative vision carried him successfully through each of the music's successive new evolutions.
Offering up a fresh and exhilarating vibe with his full length debut Nothing Between Us, trumpeter and composer Sam Hankins draws on a powerhouse resume as a music educator and R&B/jazz sideman that includes multiple awards as a middle school bandleader and performances with numerous legendary artists, including Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Dells, The Impressions, Aretha Franklin and the Glenn Miller Big Band.
Armed with an impressive array of degrees and multi-faceted musical credentials, the multi talented Oklahoma born and raised, Chicago based musician is widely recognized in educational circles for his tenure as Band Director at Edison Middle School, where he led numerous ensembles from 1995 through 2006. Hankins led a struggling band program with limited participation into one of the premier middle school instrumental music programs in the United States. During his first year as Band Director, he led two bands to place first in division ratings in the State Music Competitions. The program subsequently earned extensive recognition as one of the premier middle school band programs in Illinois and nationwide by winning numerous Division I ratings, State and National awards and recognitions.
During this time, Hankins was invited to be a Guest Conductor for Jazz and Concert bands as well as a guest soloist. He also founded, organized and directed The East Central Illinois Jazz Institute, a summer jazz camp of approximately 20 students from throughout east-central Illinois. In 1998, he received The White House Letter recognizing the Edison Middle School Band Program signed by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Septembet 10 - Jazz Pianist/Composer - Bob Mamet
Chicago Born, Bob Mamet, is an internationally acclaimed Jazz pianist and composer. He has composed music for over a hundred projects in T.V. film, and advertising, in addition to touring as a sideman and bandleader.
Bob's distinctive mixture of Jazz styles and composition caught the ear of the major record labels, and in 1994 he signed with Atlantic Records. Bob recorded three highly successful albums for Atlantic, plus additional recordings for Sony and Warner Brothers.
His collaborations with artists such as Alex Acuna, Larry Carlton, Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright, David Benoit and many other top artists led Jazziz magazine to proclaim him a "brilliant composer" who gives his players "an intelligent, thoughtful, and vibrant musical landscape in which to work."
He has been described as a "master of melody and structure" by The San Francisco Chronicle; "adventurous… sparkling… intriguing" by Jazz Times Magazine; and the Chicago Sun Times calls him simply "The Natural."
Bob Mamet will soon be releasing his 5th CD, “London House Blues”, on the BluJazz label. Featuring original compositions as well as standards and classics from the Great American Songbook and Post-Bop eras, the album serves as a tribute to the famed artists who frequented the legendary Chicago Jazz club in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
Jiggley Jones, the project, came about in late 2007. Since then, while developing his new venture, he has worked with industry pros like former Shania Twain bandleader and Nashville based producer Terry Wendt, and LA based producer Chris Tristram, a former bassist for Capitol Records recording artist Marjorie Fair.
Jiggley has had consistent radio airplay overseas in Europe, Asia and Australia, having hundreds of stations a week spin his music for many months straight. His internet radio success has been equally successful gaining and holding Top 5 spots in two separate categories on the Roots Music Report charts. His videos have gained over a quarter of a million views to date and his live performances have taken him from New York, to Philadelphia, to Virginia, and down to Nashville where he performed at BB King’s during the CMA Festival. He’s played the legendary Bitter End in NYC, the fabulous World Café in Wilmington, De. and the renowned South Street region of Philadelphia to mention a few. His song “Baby Blue” from his independent release has also been picked up by one of the premier karaoke brokers.
You know how HARD it is to describe terrific musicians that you've known for several years? Well - it IS! LOL! These incredible artists have thrilled crowds all over the WORLD - and they are both from the talent-rich Baltimore/Washington area.
Ray Gaskins will start the second hour of the show with his news - and there is ALWAYS news from Ray :) He has been touring with Roy Ayers - trust me, Roy keeps hims busy! But Ray has his own company, his own gigs and a life in Baltimore that has him on the run. We're glad to have him back in Charm City. For a few years, he was based in the United Kingdom, where love for Jazz seemed to be more profitable. Ray is truly loved there - and elsewhere around the globe. But he needed his "roots" again - and we needed HIM! That's how Phyllis Hyman felt about him, too. Ray spent time with the beloved Soul Superstar - and he worked with The Brand New Heavies, too. His discography speaks volumes - and we'll get to some tracks so you can HEAR the magic!
Elliot Levine is considered one of the Masters on keyboards. You spend a night at his various shows around the region and you clearly understand why. It's not just his technique and the swiftness of those fingers - but it's how he "zones" when he plays. You'll never see anyone like him. Like Ray, Elliot has a number of CDS that reflect his profound skill. Songwriting, too. His music has been featured on TBS, he has scored for an Emmy-nominated documentary, and has toured with the late Wilson Pickett - and STILL tours with Heatwave.
With how the Summer has been flying by, it's good to have our friends on NOW. There might be a time when we'll have a week or so without "Hybrid Jazz" - in our prep time for a Florida move. To have this chance is gold :-D Join us!
This week's show features Uri Horton, an emcee, bassist, and bandleader out of Alabama who has been BURNING UP the show circuit in the Southeast. We will be discussing his live show, his current project "700 Cigarettes Later," and his future projects. Don't miss it!!!
Join SC host Ron Jackson of The Smooth Jazz Ride and his co-hosts Aira & Mike as they chat it up with The Uptown Band's bandleader Erich Cawalla about the group's career and new release Heart, Soul, Body, & Mind. Listeners can call in with questions or comments for Erich on 858-777-8436. Come jam to the tunes and hear what Erich has to say!
DAZZLING, INVENTIVE, AND SUPER MELODIC TRUMPETER!
Offering up a fresh and exhilarating vibe with his full length debut Nothing Between Us,
the trumpet sound on this smooth jazz album is playful and dancy, sometimes reflective & intimate, but often peaceful and becomes a unique expression of the musician, rounding it off with a unique hip hop smooth jazz tune.
Trumpeter and composer Sam Hankins draws on a powerhouse resume as a music educator and R&B/jazz sideman that includes multiple awards as a middle school bandleader and performances with numerous legendary artists, including Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Dells, The Impressions, Aretha Franklin and the Glenn Miller Big Band.
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