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August 28 - Saxophonist/Educator/Composer - Kenyon Carter
Highly respected by his contemporaries, Georgian born Kenyon Carter, is frequently invited to collaborate on stage and in the studio with some of the biggest names in the music business. He expresses his creative and soulful style through a beautiful and sultry sound. Although unique and entirely unmistakeable, he has been compared to contemporary smooth jazz favorites like Boney James, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright.
Coming off the heels of his highly acclaimed freshman CD, Right By My Side, Kenyon has moved on to produce yet another heartfelt creation. His newly released, Songs for My Father, exhibits Carter's seemingly effortless ability of blending gospel with Jazz, with an intensely powerful result.
Join me as Kenyon and I discuss the motivation behind his latest project.
July 24 - Blues Guitarist/Vocalist/Composer - Memphis Gold
Blues fans all over the world continue to discover the incredible sounds of Memphis Gold. Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1955, Memphis Gold, Chester Chandler was the thirteenth child of fourteen. His father also a musician introduced his son to the guitar at the tender age of 4. By the age of 8, he was a regular on historic Beale Street in Memphis where he played the guitar and danced for pocket change from the crowd.
Following in the footsteps of his famous cousins, Grammy Award Winner, Denise Williams, and Author/Activist/Comedian, Dick Gregory, Memphis has come a long way on a journey that has lasted half a century. Having released four full length albums to date, he has shared the stage with such artists as Bernard Allison, David Banner, James Brown, R.L. Burnside, Barbara Carr, Big Lucky Carter, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic All Stars, Deborah Coleman, Shemikca Copeland, Robert Cray, Eddie Cusac, John Hammond, Little Jimmy King, Bettye Lavette, Johnny Lang, Kenny Neal, Taj Mahal, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Bobby Parker, Louisianna Red, Lil Jimmy Reed, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Guitar Shorty, Elder Utah Smith, Mavis Staples, Hubert Sumlin, Roomful of Blues, Sister Rosetta Tharpe , Otis Rush, The Temptations, Jimmy Vaughn, and many more.
Get ready for an hour of some good old, down home, foot thumpin blues. As the saying goes, Memphis Gold is definitely the real deal.
June 27 - Jazz Trumpeter - Winston Byrd
After nearly 3 years, Winston Byrd returns for, what I am sure will be, another fabulous interview. Winston was initially bitten by the 'jazz bug' as a seventh grader when he heard Maynard Ferguson's playing of 'Give It One.' Soon after, he witnessed Dizzy Gillespie and Jon Faddis trading solos on 'Groovin High' on a 1986 Grammy Awards telecast. And the rest is history.
Winston has performed, recorded, and/or toured with a myriad of big name jazz and pop artists and orchestras including The Chi-Lites, Patti Austin, The Dells, The Grateful Dead, Lionel Hampton, Michael Bolton, Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Pieces Of A Dream, Claudio Roditi, David Murray, Oliver Lake Big Band, Larry Coryell, Aretha Franklin, Charles Tolliver Big Band, The Stylistics, Natalie Cole, Arturo Sandoval, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Mary Wilson (of the Supremes), Chucho Valdes, Louie Bellson, T.S. Monk, David 'Fathead' Newman, Chaka Khan, Clark Terry (who suprise-guested with Winston on his All-Star 31st birthday concert!), James Moody, The Dramatics, Shirley Horn, Paquito d' Rivera, Lucky Peterson, Bernard Purdie, Diane Schuur, Don Rickles, Usher, Abbey Lincoln and the Charles Mingus Big Band among others!
I cannot wait to chat about what he's been up to, and what is coming up next for him.
June 19 - Guitarist - Eric Essix
I just love it when guests come back to chat with me. Since Eric's last visit, not only does he have a brand new CD set to be released very soon, he is also involved in yet another community based project. As a performing artist, composer, teacher and businessman, Eric is more active and productive than ever and continues to strive for excellence in everything with which he is involved.
Oh, btw, I will have a very special co-host. So, make sure to tune in! talk to ya!
May 30 - Black Women In Jazz Awards Founder - Sha Sha Battle
Sha Sha Battle is an unassuming soul. She went to school for Information Technology and Computer Programming. What makes her so special? She decided to take a professional hiatus from her role as an IT contract consultant to focus on organizing the First Annual Black Women In Jazz Awards, held earlier this year.
Join me as I talk to Sha Sha about her incredible achievement, how and why she made the decision to take on this monumental task, her future plans, and her expected outcome.
May 23 - Jazz Chanteuse - Sharon Clark
Washington, D.C. standout Sharón Clark has brought festival and concert audiences around the world to their feet. Not a stranger to standing room only crowds, Sharon recently won The 2014 Bistro Award Outstanding Vocalist of the Year in New York City. Sharon has shared the stage with Freddie Cole, and was personally selected by Ketter Betts as the featured vocalist for his 75th birthday celebration, hosted by the Smithsonian Institution. Here's what Stephen Holden of the NY Times had to say about Ms. Clark, "You can’t underestimate the transformation of what seems like an ordinary song when an interpreter like Sharon Clark, a Washington-based jazz and soul diva, tears it apart and peers inside." Ladies and gentlemen, Sharon Clark is just that good. This is an interview you just don't want to miss.
May 21 - Jazz Vocalist/Actress - Antonia Bennett
Antonia Bennett, daughter of legendary singer Tony Bennett has been performing alongside her father since she could walk and talk. Some of her early performances were shared with legendary American icons such as Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, Regis Philbin, Don Rickles, and growing up with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Gene Kelly. It was inevitable that she would inherit a genuine passion for the arts.
For the past10 years she has what she considers the distinct honor of opening for her father performing all over the world. She can be heard in a duet with her Dad on Tony Bennett “A Swingin’ Christmas” on the track "I’ve got my love to keep me warm". She continues developing her craft while performing in a myriad of venues from prominent jazz clubs, casinos, amphitheaters and stadiums, including Radio City Music Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Umbria Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, The Greek Theatre, Royal Albert Hall in London and Caesars Palace. This extensive and invaluable experience is irreplaceable and has in a large part been the greatest single contribution to her command of her voice, and her comfortable demeanor on stage
May 15 - Saxophonist/Composer/Vocalist - Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly has the dubious distinction of being the youngest ever named for three consecutive years in the annual Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll, as one of the Alto Saxophone Rising Stars, At the tender age of 22, Grace has already graced the stage and/or recorded with a well distinguished group of internationally renouned artists such as Phil Woods, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsallis, Esperanza Spalding, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Monty Alexander, Rufus Reid, and the list goes on and on.
This will be my third interview with this talented young lady; and, well, you know what they say, "three's the charm." Join me as Grace will be sharing some exciting news and updates you just do not want to miss.
Ryan O'Neal Milton was born July 17, 1965 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ryan was fortunate to realize his gift of writing at the young age of 14. As his passion for writing progressed, Ryan would pen over a thousand poetic compositions. As the writing bug began to grow, Ryan would take his passion further in writing his first book, ”The Practicality of Prayer”. Having now, published the self-help title, Ryan would take his passion even further with obtaining an Editor-In-Chief position at A.M.P.S. Magazine (African American People Succeeding). Still with other literary projects in the works, Ryan is busy completing the publishing of three other “Self-Help” titles and four books of his poetic works. Ryan has also contributed numerous Self-help/ Advice columns to a number of Newspaper Periodicals, and Media outlets around the Nation. Along with his many contributions over the years, Ryan has been a Youth Motivational Speaker at a number of schools and conferences in the New Orleans, and Florida areas.
In 2013, Ryan founded Inform Magazine which is a Bi-Monthly, Self-Help” magazine for women. In the little spare time that’s available, he manages to shoot images with his “Ryan O’Neal Photography firm Ryan is also working with a small team of individuals to form the 501c3 Non-Profit, AngelWings Ventures, L.L.C., which will give focus and awareness to Homelessness, Illiteracy, and Youth Mentoring and Development.
He says he is, “Poised, Prayerful, and Positioned to soar”. He also attributes family who has played the most significant part in his growth and structure". With God's hands leading and guiding him all the way, he also adds to his credits his 5 beautiful daughters. He takes great pride in helping to raise each of them to achieve their highest potential.
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Alexander O'Neal (born November 15, 1953) is an American R&B singer. He is best known for the songs "If You Were Here Tonight", "Criticize" and "Fake" and the duets with Cherrelle, "Saturday Love" and "Never Knew Love Like This"O'Neal was born in Natchez, Mississippi, but moved to Minneapolis when he was 20. He is an alumnus of Alcorn State University. He joined a group called "The Mystics" and played the local coverband circuit. O'Neal spent a short time in a group "Enterprise" before being recruited into Flyte Tyme, a band that included Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Monte Moir.
Later signed by Prince to the Warner Bros. label with their name changed to The Time, a disagreement with Prince led to O'Neal leaving the band and being replaced as lead singer by Morris Day. Allmusic profiler John Floyd asserts that O'Neal was ousted for "looking 'too black'",.
O'Neal immediately formed an R&B band called Alexander and recorded a 12" single, "Playroom," for a Chicago-based independent label, followed by the release of "Attitude" on the Rich Records Label. Three years later, in 1984, O'Neal signed a deal with Clarence Avant's Tabu Records. He did some backing vocals for other artists on the same label, including The SOS Band and Cherrelle.
O'Neal released his eponymous debut album in 1985. It included three singles that reached the top twenty of the R&B Singles Chart. The same year, he also scored his first R&B top ten single with "Saturday Love", a duet with Cherrelle from her High Priority album. "Saturday Love" song peaked at #2, and it also reached the top ten of the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #6.
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