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A recent friendship has produced some communication via email. One of those letters asked me, "Are you aware of Philip Lassiter?" The response was that I was familiar with Phil, but needed someone to fill me in on what was currently happening with him. As it turns out, a LOT! This award-winning trumpeter, arranger, composer and producer has released an album called "DreamZzz" (it dropped 6/10) - and is getting overwhelmed with response from its intense electrical charge. Young Big Band on overdrive, Baby! It's exciting!
Background on this amazing multiple talent - and you KNOW that it's gonna be interesting because it's a Preacher's Kid we're talking here :) Based in Washingtong, D.C. now, Philip grew as an artist and MORE in Dallas and Nashville. Between those two cities, he freely admits that word-of-mouth references made the difference in working! This is a consummate professional who has worked with MULTI-Platinum artists - most notably, Prince, whose name is clearly visible on Phil's Facebook page. Because Prince still employs him! But check this out: so has Fantasia, Jill Scott, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, Frankie Beverly and more. Our guest did the production and arranging for SEVEN Grammy-winning projects involving Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin. He's the bandleader behind the funk (PHUNK?!) group, Philthy. And THAT embodies all that Philip has learned in his two decades of genre jumping success: Gospel, Soul, R & B, Salsa, Jazz AND Funk.
On "DreamZzz", the creativity and fresh takes on NEW fusion make you stop in your tracks. You haven't heard ANYTHING like this! This is what got my friend buzzed enough to write me. This is why Philip Lassiter keeps getting referrals. You'll be doing that yourself after you hear him!
Have mercy, this powerful woman from Chilliwack, BC, is on fire! Bria Skonberg is her name - with ancient Swedish heritage and Dixieland in her veins. Trumpeter, Vocalist, Composer, Bandleader and benevolent contributer to the community. Ten percent of the proceeds from her 2012 release, "So Is the Day", has benefitted The Jazz Foundation of America.
So - with that knowledge - it comes as no surprise that good things are coming Bria's way. When one GIVES like that, they usually do :) This award-winning artist knew early in life that she wanted to play the trumpet. There she was, her first professional gig at 16, singing and blowing that horn - and blowing the audience AWAY! She hasn't looked back since then - having played at countless Jazz festivals around the world, both as bandleader and guest In 2010, Bria moved to New York City and there was an instantaneous connection. She had headlined at Birdland, Cafe Carlye, Dizzy's and The Iridium.
Those that she has met in her fascinating journey have been significant. Wycliffe Gordon has been one of those with whom Bria has felt kinship - and they have been involved in each other's projects. The Jazz Journalists' Association and Downbeat Magazine Critics' Poll have taken notice of the incredible creativity of this gifted musician - and have publicly acknowledged their admiration. Bria is the recipient of The New York Bistro Award for "Outstanding Jazz Artist." Once you hear her previous effort and her latest CD, "Into Your Own", you'll HEAR why. Combining her love of classic Jazz with World percussion, Soul and electronic effects, Bria delves into a different zone than anyone you'll hear. SO different that she had actually staged an event combining Jazz and Stand-up :)
Our VERY cool guest joins us on 6/12 at two p.m.
Ginger Dee Davis is a talented musician, songwriter, and professional emcee from Omaha, Nebraska. Growing up in the Midwest in a highly musical family, Ginger sang in a quartet with her sisters and best friend around the Midwest. By 16, she was one of the top teen DJ’s and the Who’s Who among Rapper’s. By 17, she had a weekend Top 40 radio show at Omaha’s KBWH Radio. At 19, Ginger became the drummer in Destiny - The All Female Band, giving up radio to travel around the country. Several bands and various emcee jobs later, Ginger moved to Atlanta. Tapping in to her jazz roots, Ginger was a fill-in announcer and radio spot producer on The Jazz of the City at Clark Atlanta’s WCLK 91.9FM. She got her own weekend radio show, Jazz Vibes with Ginger Dee and it became a jazz-fusion hit in and around Atlanta for 5 years. Ginger has a corporate entertainment band that performed for heavy weight boxing champ, Lennox Lewis and for The Butterfly Ball, honoring Muhammad Ali and to raise funds for Ali’s youth foundation in Louisville, KY. Recently, Ginger received the Carnation Award from the Omaha Black Music Hall of Fame for outstanding contribution to music. She is an accomplished Emcee, Host, and Facilitator. Ginger continues to write and record music under MJVXperience Production and will release an Instrumental Jazz-Funk Record showcasing her songwriting, in Fall 2014. She hosts the Jazz Vibes Xperience Sunday at 2 p.m. EST. www.OrangeRoomRadio.com
Yes - I'm asking the same question: How Did Yours Truly Get So Lucky? To have one fabulous artist on the show is wonderful enough - but TWO?! Especially these two :) Well, here's the method to the madness...David Bach and Andrew Neu will appear in concert together on June 8th! It will not only be a CD release party for David (his "Otherworld" is doing wonderfully on the charts!) But it will also mark the occasion of a benefit for the Towson High School Music Department! You talk about a subject that's close to ALL of our hearts!
We'll be talking about how both David and Andrew got involved in this project - and share music from both "Otherworld" and the latest from Andrew: "Everything Happens For a Reason." There is so much that these profoundly talented gentlemen have in common. They have experienced adventures in music that many don't pursue. For example, David's classical training created a stirring in him to experiment with other genres. He heard Progressive Rock with new ears because of his intense training - then, fell in love with Jazz while in Europe. He wanted to formulate a kind of music that would incorporate all of the education but include the passion. Multiple musical projects later, he has done just that. And won awards along the way!
One of the finest pianists will have one of the most versatile saxophonists with him on June 8th! Like David, Andrew is also a composer - and a bandleader of astounding maturity, despite the fact that our Philly Friend is so young. Having toured with Bobby Caldwell, Diane Schuur and Smokey Robinson is bound to give one confidence. Being involved in big bands quite another boost - the sound involved is seasoned - like Andrew :)
You can best believe that we'll explore the journeys of our two guests - join us at one p.m. on 6/4!
This Sunday, join me on Jazz Notes with Ellen Williams Carter at Blogtalkradio at 10:00am. During the show, I will interview and speak with Multidimensional jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, and jazz educator, Mark Meadows who performs throughout the Washington D.C. – Baltimore region and across the US. Keeping Jazz Alive!
How wonderful to get a chance to talk with a most respected artist! A master of both electric and acoustic bass, arranger, composer and bandleader, Mike Pope is VERY excited about this chapter in his life. Since the last time we heard him as leader - in 2002 - many changes have taken place. Including his move to Maryland, a wife, two children - and a stroke. Yes, with that knowledge, it's intriguing to note the title of his new CD, "Cold Truth, Warm Heart." :-O
Mike started his journey in Ohio - where both parents were classical musicians. At the University of North Texas, he met the late and great Michael Brecker - who encouraged Mike to move to New York. He did and found work with his mentoring friend, as well as shows with Blood, Sweat and Tears and Manhattan Transfer. The artistry and the buzz about this amazingly versatile bassist resulted in strong relationships with legendary musicians: Chick Corea, David Sanborn, Al DiMeola and Bill Bruford.
All you have to do is visit Mike Pope Jazz Dot Com to understand the deep alliance that he has forged with other revered names in the business - Randy Brecker and Victor Wooten among them. John Patitucci, too, has much to say about his friend, Mike. Hopefully, MIKE will have much to say about ALL of this when he visits "Hybrid Jazz" on 5/22 :)
Back to the reasoning behind the title...Mike believes that life is cold and the truth is colder. But he can only approach both with a warm heart. Now, in this fabulousl era of new beginnings, with a supportive family and music that is being so well-received, he has every reason to feel optimistic. Especially with CD release parties on the way to affirm everything that he has done in his musical life. It's Mike Pope's TURN! You'll most certainly agree when you hear the tracks that we'll play on the next show :)
Ronnie Allen interviews and indulges for all of us the life and career of the great Milton Delugg. You may remember him as the bandleader of the Gong Show in the 1970s, but so much more than that! Then Ronnie goes into hour two with his interview of pop icon and TV star Pretty Perky Peggy King who, like Ronnie Allen, is also a WYYR on air personality. An extremeley delightful and enjoyable two hours. Don't miss it!
Norman Connors is an American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, producer, and headliner, who has led some influential jazz and R&B groups. He had some big R&B hits of the day, especially in the area love ballads and songs with a positive statement in both titles and lyrics, including “You Are My Starship”, “Betcha By Golly Wow” featuring Phyllis Hyman and from his last release, entitled “Star Power”, “Rock With You”.
Connors became interested in jazz as a child, and began playing drums early, once sitting in for Elvin Jones at a John Coltrane performance he attended while in middle school. Connors studied music at Temple University and Juilliard; his first recording was on Archie Shepp’s 1967 release, Magic of JuJu. He played with Pharaoh Sanders for the next few years until signing with Cobblestone Records in 1972 and releasing his first record as a bandleader. In the mid-1970s, Connors, although fronting some great jazz recordings with Carlos Garnett, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Herbie Hancock, began focusing more on R&B tunes, and had several US hits with songs featuring vocalists such as Michael Henderson, Jean Carn, and Phyllis Hyman. The most successful of these was “You Are My Starship”. Dee Dee Bridgewater also performed with him on the jazz album “Love from the Sun”. His more recent work, “Star Power”, has seen him operating more in the vein of smooth jazz and urban crossover music featuring Howard Hewett, Bobby Lyle, Ray Parker, Jr, Peabo Bryson, Michael Henderson, and Antoinette.
Koereyelle Dubose - Creator. Educator. Entrepreneur 6:15pm
Koereyelle made her her mark in 2011 when she founded The Single Wives Club, an education and empowerment organization for single women whose mission is to prepare women to become wives, nurture femininity and protect family. She started the group with her girlfriends out of personal need and has been blessed to touch so many lives since. Through mentoring with happy wives and group sessions with life and relationship coaches, single ladies are given skills and strategies to become better women before becoming wives. The innovative organization hosts a number of events throughout the city of Atlanta including workshops, social experiences and community service projects
Shirley Murdock - Actress, Singer, Song Writer 7:15pm
Seasoned singer/songwriter/actor Shirley Murdock, has been on an amazing journey.
In the early `80s, she aimed for a gospel career before the late great Roger Troutman,
funk bandleader for the group Zapp discovered her and landed Murdock a record deal
with Elektra Records where she recorded her ?rst certi?ed gold cd, as well as several
Top 10 R&B hits such like As We Lay, Go On Without You, Husband and In Your Eyes.!
Meeting Bishop T.D. Jakes in the late ‘90s, led not only to features on his #1 CD,
Sacred Love Songs, Woman Thou Art Loosed Worship 2002, The Potter’s House: The
Storm Is Over, but the realization of her life long dream to sing gospel. He signed her to his Dexterity Sounds /EMI Recording Label and her debut gospel cd, entitled Home,
was nominated for a Stellar Award. The following project, Soulfood (Tyscot Records)
received both Stellar & Dove Award nominations. "
So, you already know how Yours Truly feels about such a seasoned, serene and slammin' FEMALE Jazz artist, right? Oh, this is FUN - to share this multiple talent with you!
From a small town on the Central California coast, Lisa Hilton has become so much more than she could have dreamed. Classically trained at eight, she received her degree in ART - and loves to wax poetic about the way she layers music the way one would paint :)
The love of piano was in her early - her inspirations: a no-brainer: Basie, Duke, Monk. But she also heard Muddy Waters in her head - and Green Day. From the ancient masters to the contemporary crop of chart-toppers, Lisa has her ear on what's in her world - and she feels very strongly about pieces that reflect 2014 - while reverently nodding to those who paved the way.
Besides her passionate and nuanced touch on that keyboard, attention must be paid to her big heart. Fervently believing in giving back, Lisa spends countless hours working with the visually impaired. She is never too busy as bandleader or published author that she can't take the time to teach and nurture.
This amazing artist - dubbed "The Lioness of Jazz" by The Jazz Review - is over the moon with the buzz that she's receiving from her new CD, called "Kaleidoscope." With outstanding support from Larry Grenadier, Marcus Gilmore and J.D. Allen, Lisa is trying to keep the excitement down from the rave reviews - you'll hear why when she joins us on 3/27! Music for two hours - Lisa's in the third. The Chat Room has been busy lately - but there's always room for YOU!
Ellen Seeling is a trumpeter, bandleader, educator, and recording artist with 35 albums, three multi-platinum with Chic and Sister Sledge. The first woman to earn a degree in Jazz Studies from Indiana U, the Milwaukee native moved to New York in 1975, where she performed and recorded with Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Machito Orchestra, Slide Hampton Big Band, Luther Vandross, Laura Nyro, Ray Barretto, Paquito d’rivera, The Temptations, Larry Harlow and Latin Fever, Joe Cocker, Cornell Dupree, Isis, Ben E. King, Martha Reeves, and Larry Elgart. In 1980, Seeling and saxophonist Jean Fineberg formed DEUCE, recording original compositions on Deuce (1986) and Windjammer (1996). In 1989, they relocated to the San Francisco, performed with DEUCE, Bo Diddley, Patti LaBelle, DIVA, Phoebe Snow, Maiden Voyage, and local artists. In 1998, Ellen founded Montclair Women’s Big Band to provide visibility for Bay Area women jazz. They released a CD in 2005. MWBB performed at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Grammy Foundation in Los Angeles, Opening Celebrations of SFJAZZ's Miner Auditorium, San Jose Jazz Festival, KCSM-FM Listener’s Concerts, Yoshi’s San Francisco and Oakland, and Human Rights Campaign and Hillary Clinton. Seeling teaches jazz trumpet and ensembles at UC Berkeley and Jazzschool. She taught at Indiana U, Pennsylvania State U, International Women's Brass Conference, JazzCamp West and Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival. In 2009, Ellen founded and summer jazz camp for girls, Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp at Jazzschool, featuring women’s faculty from MWBB. In 2011, Seeling and Fineberg launched a similar camp at the Jazzschool for Women. www.montclairwomensbigband.com
You know that I'm about to say good things about a fellow Philadelphian, right? Hey, when it comes to Kevin Eubanks - ALL good is in order :)
This superb guitarist, composer, teacher and bandleader comes by his musicality naturally. Mom was a Gospel and Classical pianist and organist. Uncle Ray Bryant, a pianist whose focus was Jazz. Older brother, Robin, is a trombonist. Young brother, Duane, plays trumpet. Actually, Kevin played trumpet, too - and violin - along with piano - before falling in love with guitar. He joined a list of amazing alumni at The Settlement Music School in Philly (Albert Einstein, Stanley Clarke, Bacon Brothers) - then attended Berklee (who awarded him an honorary doctorate). Our guest's move to New York after college proved fruitful - an understatement. Kevin found work with Art Blakey, Roy Haynes and Slide Hampton - among others. And he formed his own quartet, with opportunities to fly over the world, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
Naturally, you might know him best in the very high profile position that he had from 1995 to 2010 - as guitarist, then leader of "The Tonight Show" band, replacing Branford Marsalis.
What you may NOT know: Kevin has appeared on over 100 albums, his first recording as leader was in 1983 (age 25), he has more than 20 projects to his name, and he was named "World's Sexiest Vegetarian Man" in 2007. Oh, we'll definitely talk about that during the interview ;)
"The Messenger" is Kevin's latest work (2012) - and it's full of the honesty that he cultivates with each passing project. With all but two compositions original. And what he does to John Coltrane's "Resolution" alone is worth the price of the CD! We're having this chat on 3/18 in time for his Blues Alley events this week - please join us for 3rd hour conversation!
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