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  • 00:32

    Pierre Bensusan Mozart of Guitar

    in Music

    Internationally-renown French-Algerian acoustic guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan is back in the United States continuing his 40th Anniversary World Concert Tour.  Known as the “Mozart of Guitar”, Bensusan is also calling this tour the celebration of a dynamic 35-year association with his longtime guitar-maker Lowden Guitars.  
    His recent international accolades include the Ards International Guitar Festival’s "Lifetime Achievement Award", along with his latest album ENCORE winning the ‘Live Performance Album’ category at the 2014 Independent Music Awards.
    Listen to Nancy J. Reid & Lisa Smith, Big Blend Radio’s mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, as they chat with Pierre about his globetrotting musical career and world tour, and his award-winning 3-CD live performance album ENCORE.

    This interview originally aired on March 22, 2015, on Big Blend Radio’s Champagne Sundays variety show from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, Arizona.

  • 00:43

    America's Classical Music Jazz

    in Music

        Many jazz musicians have decided to make Washington, D.C. their home after traveling over the world performing jazz.  This evening, I will interview Herman Burney a bassist, composer and educator who decided to reside in Washington, D.C. after traveling around America and the world performing music. He has performed with many musicians. For instance, he played the bass for 5 years with Freddie Cole and for 4 years with Rene Marie. The list of jazz performers that he has recorded and performed with is extensive.  Rufus Reid described Herman as one of the finest bassist on the scene today.   Join us as he shares information about his music and we listen to his CD, Offering.  Jazz lives at Jazz Notes.

  • 00:30

    Stories Behind The Music- Lost Rider's Biography Series Of Famous Guitar Players

    in Music

    Eddie Van Halen...Dutch born Eddie van Halen relocated with his brother Alex and family to the U.S. in 1962. The grew up in Pasedena, California and showed an early aptitude for musi (Alex as a drummer and Edward as a guitarist). While still at high school, he formed the band originally known as Mammoth but subsequently re-christened Van Halen with singer David Lee Roth and bassist Mike Anthony. The band became a popular local attraction through a combination of loud and energetic heavy metal and Roth’s very tight trousers! Due to the inability to attract a record deal, they began promoting own gigs; using every possible attention-grabbing trick like parachuting into stadiums to upstage the headlining band.

  • 00:36

    America's Classical Music Jazz

    in Music

    This evening I will interview and share the music of Integriti Reeves who is a Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area vocalist and composer.  She attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.  Adding to her studies, she acquired a Master’s degree in Vocal Jazz Studies at Howard University. Integriti uses her gifts of diction, tone, and improvisation well in delivering a song.  She states that her music occupies the genre of straight-forward/ modern jazz. In addition, she states that her original compositions reflect her roots in classical jazz, whilst incorporating the storytelling elements of folk and rock music. She has performed with Herbie Hancock, Ernie Andrews, Geri Allen, Eperanza Spaulding, Stevie Wonder, Terri Lynne Carrington, Liz Wright and Patrice Rushen.  Join us this evening at Jazz Notes where Jazz lives!

  • 02:03

    Regina Baraban talks multi-generational travel; Bobby Mack will talk Guitar!

    in Self Help

    We will be speaking with Regina Baraban, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of GenerationsGo.com, a travel journalism website that covers trips, hotels, and getaways appropriate for grownup, time-stressed travelers; personal insights and observations about travel; and a variety of articles on interesting, off-the-beaten-path vacation options for the multigenerational travel geared to today’s modern family.  Regina will join us to talk about this new trend of multi-generational travel.


    Then Bobby Mack will talk about some Texas guitar playin all Live in Austin, Texas! 5-7 PM CDST 

  • 00:45

    America's Classical Music Jazz

    in Music

      Join us this evening as I interview John Kordalewski a pianist and composer who leads the Makanda project.  When you tune in this evening, you will also hear the music of Makanda Ken McIntyre as interpreted by the Makanda project. John studied and performed with Makanda.  As of 2014, he has arranged over 40 compositions for the ensemble.  The project has 14 members who play the unheard compositions of Makanda Ken McIntyre.  Some of the other musicians included in the band are Eddie Allen, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Bill Lowe, John Lockwood, and Yoron Israel.  In addition, the band includes Diane Richardson on vocals and dancer Mickey Davidson. Learn more about Makanda Ken McIntyre and the project when you listen to the program this evening.   As always, the program Jazz Notes strives to keep jazz alive!

  • 00:36

    America's Classical Music Jazz

    in Music

    This evening, I will interview Ron Kearns a saxophonist, composer/arranger, conductor, educator and record producer. He has performed with Ernie Andrews, Stanley Turrentine, Rick Henderson, Kenny Reed and many other notable artists. He has produced 41 recordings by artists such as Terell Stafford, Buck Hill, the late Ronnie Wells, Ruby Hayes, Ernie Andrews, Paul Carr, Janine Gilbert-Carter, Eric Byrd and others. In 2005 Ron received the Down Beat magazine Achievement in Jazz Education Award. He is a three time GRAMMY Educational Award winner.  Join us as we listen to his music and discuss his performances and projects. Keeping jazz alive on Jazz Notes. 

  • 01:24

    JUST SAY NO TO COMMON CORE WITH GUEST MEG NORRIS

    in Lifestyle

    COMMON CORE IS SWEEPING THE COUNTRY, LARGELY BY EDICT FROM SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS AND THEIR POLITICAL CRONIES.  BUT BLOWBACK IS GAINING STEAM AS MORE AND MORE PARENTS LOOK AT THE PROGRAM AND ITS CURRICULUM AND FIND IT WANTING.  SO WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR KIDS AND WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE SURE THEIR BEST INTERESTS ARE WHAT IS DONE?


    WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE MEG NORRIS OF GEORGIA AS OUR GUEST TONIGHT ON NORTH FLORIDA WRITER LIVE. MEG IS A GEORGIA CERTIFIED TEACHER WHO LEFT HER PROFESSION AFTER WATCHING THE FRUSTRATION OF HER CONFUSED SEVENTH GRADE STUDENTS WITH THE COMMON CORE CURRICULUM.  SHE JUST REALIZED THAT THIS WAS NOT THE ANSWER TO IMPROVING EDUCATION AND HAS SINCE COMMITTED HERSELF TO AN ACTIVIST ROLE IN STOPPING THIS CORPORATE TAKEOVER OF EDUCATION. 


    MEG IS TIRELESS;  FOUNDED SEVERAL FACEBOOK SITES FOR THE CAUSE INCLUDING OPT OUT GEORGIA AND GEORGIANS TO STOP COMMON CORE. SHE IS ALSO A CANDIDATE FOR A DOCTORATE IN EDUCATION AND TRAVELS EXTENSIVELY TO FIGHT THE BATTLE NOT JUST IN GEORGIA BUT AROUND THE NATION.  SHE ALSO IS A FIRM BELIEVER IN CLASSICAL EDUCATION WITH THE NEED FOR A STUDENT TO TAKE NOTES, WRITE IN CURSIVE, AND READ REAL BOOKS (NOT JUST COMPUTER SCREENS), AND USE PAPER, PENCIL AND CRAYONS.  YOUNG BRAINS NEED HANDS ON PRACTICALITY TO LEARN.


    IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT COMMON CORE, AND YOU SHOULD, THE DISCUSSION SHOULD BE VALUABLE FOR PARENTS AND TAXPAYERS ALIKE.  IF IT GOES THROUGH AS THE POLITICAL ELITES WOULD LIKE, WE'LL ALL PAY THE PRICE.

  • 00:59

    Hear the percussion and the Horns?

    in Christianity

    Life can be meaningless if your life is out of rhythm, if there is no happiness to ceate a rhythm.  Everything in life can sound pretty, but if your life has lost the beat and the there is no trumpets to keep you moving ahead to the promise land you will get stuck seeing somthing that has no meaning for your life.  Happiness is like a rhythm that keeps you hearing the music moving you forward to a place designed for you.  We were meant to enjoy all we do becasue when we enjoy what we do it is enjoying what came from the hand of God.  Without the enjoyment of God there is no beat of the drums there is no sweet sound of trumets and not guitars moving in rhythm.  

  • 01:01

    OBAP 's ACE Academy and Remembering James Jamesie Brewster

    in Culture

    Welcome OBAP (Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals)  Aviation Career Education Academy (ACE). OBAP ACE Academies are co-sponsored with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other select organizations or institutions.


    Their academies include many interesting educational activities and field trips. During an OBAP academy, students can expect to participate in activities that feature STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) components. They also include trips to aviation related facilities and receive tours of areas the general public normally never see. Also, their academies offer students the opportunity to perform actual flights in a general aviation aircraft. Traditionally, these flights are easily the highlights of a student's experience.


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    Born on St. Croix in 1929, James Jamesie Brewster is known throughout the Caribbean as the undisputed King of Scratch Band Music. He is known for his humorous, provocative and playful ompositions and for his lively performances. He has performed throughout the Caribbean and in Europe and has recorded a number of albums over the past fifty years.


    Surprisingly, when Jamesie was younger, his father only allowed him to play percussion and not guitar. Jamesie was determined to prove to his father that he was capable of playing guitar and so made his own out of a sardine can and a piece of white pine lumber.


    With a hand-carved keyboard and key-head and strings made out of twine from an old sack of flour, this guitar has become his signature instrument. In the six decades that have followed, Jamesie has continued to use this type of guitar when performing and recording music, although not exclusively.


    Jamesie is a Crucian from the instant he wakes up and in the way he eats, dresses, sits, smokes, talks. He makes kitchen implements out of mahogany, makes musical instruments out of food tins, makes melee out of news.

  • 00:50

    Publisher Mark Wachtler Speaks Out

    in Politics

    We are pleased that Mark Wachtler, publisher of the Whiteout Press, Opposition News and the Illinois Herald, has agreed to be our guest.  From a very young age, Mark has attempted to spread the "real" news to awaken the American public.  He is driven by this passion which is reflected in all of his publications.  Listen in and call in with your questions, or comments, now with our new toll-free number 855-866-1170.  Look forward to hearing from you.