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Host Deardra Shuler talks with African American entrepreneurs within the business of music. Her guests include concert promoter Jesse Boseman of Sunsong Productions, agent Michael Elder of ME (Michael Elder Entertainment), New Orleans promoter Dan Williams, CEO of Moon Glo Development, LLC, and security person Frank Harris of International Security, who discuss the pros and cons of the business of concert promotion and entertainment.
International star Johnny Mathis, who has given few interviews in the past, has agreed to talk with Host Deardra Shuler about his upcoming May 21, 8pm performance at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx. Mr. Mathis is expected to sing songs like "Misty," "Chances Are," "It's Not For Me to Say," and a mix of jazz and classic standards. Born in Gilmer, Texas, Mathis grew up in San Francisco. Prior to his singing fame, he excelled
Host Deardra Shuler invites playwright Greg Kalleres to talk about his play entitled “HONKY.” Through his comic production, Greg brings the issue of race to the forefront to explore the racism embedded within us all, whether in denial or not. Can a pill cure us all? Well we will see what Greg has to say about the play's hypothetical theory. Stay tuned on Sunday, October 27th at 3:00 pm to see if indeed its possible to discuss race and racism, facing issues that are not just black and white.
Greg Kalleres received his BFA from Tisch's Dramatic Writing Program at NYU. His plays have been produced in numerous cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Chicago and Beirut, Lebanon. Greg received the Certificate of Excellence from the Kennedy Center, is a two-time finalist for the Lila Acheson American Playwrights Program at Juilliard and a two-time finalist for Aurora Theatre Company's Global Age Project. His one-act plays have won top honors at the Samuel French Festival, Turnip Festival and Fusion Theatre One Act Play Festival. Greg's work has been published in the New York Times, TDF Stages Magazine, Cracked.com and United Stages' "Best of EATFest" Volumes 3 and 4. He has also been featured in African American newspapers.
His latest play, “WRECKED,” was commissioned by the Three Jennys Theater Company, recently secured $50,000 from the Speranza Foundation Lincoln City Fellowship. In addition to playwriting, Greg has written, produced and won numerous awards for his commercials for ESPN, Nike, Brand Jordan, Budweiser, Google and Twitter. Greg was the lead writer on the award winning "This is SportsCenter" campaign and created ESPN's Monday Night Football campaign: "Is it Monday Yet?" Greg's screenplay, LAST DAY MAN, was optioned by Evamere Entertainment.
Prior to his passing, Deardra Shuler spoke with the famed Oscar Brown, Jr., an American singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, political aspirant and civil rights activist. He unsuccessfully ran for office in the Illinois State Legislature and U.S. Congress. A Chicago native, while in life, Oscar Brown, Jr., began his singing debut on the radio show, Secret City at age fifteen. His first major recorded work was in collaboration with Max Roach, “We Insist! Freedom Now.” Oscar composed songs lik
Host Deardra Shuler invites salsa legend Eddie Palmieri to discuss his upcoming show at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, Ny on Saturday, September 28, at 8pm, where he celebrates Sabiduria with his friends and with the Mambo Legends.
Eddie Palmieri is best known for his charismatic power and innovative drive. His musical career spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. The NEA Jazz Master and honorary Doctor of Music from Berklee College of Music has been awarded 9 Grammy Awards. His recordings have become classics with such hits as"Azucar,” "Muneca,"and "Vamonos Pa'l Monte.” Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, he spent a year with Tito Rodriguez before forming the legendary Conjunto La Perfecta. Palmieri’s band ranks with Machito, Tito Rodriguez and other leading orchestras of the day.
For tickets call 718-960-8833.
Tonight we welcome Evangelist Linda Shuler Wallace. She will be ministering on the topic entitled: Take Courage, so grab your Bible, pen and paper and get ready to feast on the Word of GOD. Her Bio: Evangelist Wallace is a resident of Columbia, South Carolina. Wife for 26 years, mother of 8, lover of God & people.Theological student formerly of Sacramento School of Theology & the W.L. Bonner College. Transit student of L
Host Deardra Shuler interviews drummer Ali Jackson of the Ali Jackson Quartet who appears at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center starting Monday, August 5th thruThursday, August 8th. 7:30 and 9:30 sets.
Mr Jackson developed his talent on drums at an early age. In 1993, he graduated from Cass Tech High School and in 1998 was the recipient of Michigan’s prestigious Artserv Emerging Artist award. After earning an undergraduate degree in Music Composition at the New School University for Contemporary Music, he studied under Elvin Jones and Max Roach. Jackson has been part of Young Audiences, a program that educates New York City youth on jazz. He has performed and recorded with artists including Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Harry Connick, Jr., KRS-1, Marcus Roberts, Joshua Redman, Vinx, and Seito Kinen Orchestra conductor. Jackson currently performs with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Horns in the Hood, and leads the Ali Jackson Quartet.
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is located on the 5th Floor of Jazz at Lincoln Center on 60th St and Broadway in NYC.
Deardra Shuler talks to New Yorker Sarah Elizabeth Charles, a vocalist and composer whose musical stylings are unique. The intricacies to her art focus on modernizing classics and composing distinctive originals. Sarah is a member of two performance/recording projects Manner Effect and The Enoch Smith Jr. Trio. She is also the bandleader for her own group, the S.E.Charles Quartet. Sarah has performed at The Apollo Theatre with Geri Allen, Blue Note NYC, The Iridium, Smalls Jazz Club, Zinc Bar NYC, and New York Couture Fashion Week. She has performed at the and Kennedy Center in Washington DC as a selected member of the 2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Composers Residency. Gillette Stadium, and The Northampton Center for the Arts.
A Springfield, MA, native Charles studied and played throughout the New England area. She earned her BFA from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and a BA from Eugene Lang College. She has worked with Jimmy Owens, Geri Allen, Dr. Billy Taylor, Sheila Jordan, Cecil Bridgewater, Reggie Workman, George Cables, Junior Mance, Richard Harper, Janet Lawson, and Carmen Lundy. Her CD "Red," touches on everything from her own originals to contemporary arrangements of jazz standards and re-workings of Haitian folklore music.
Her CD, “Red” is the culmination of two years of honing the intricate aesthetics of the S.E.Charles Quartet.
Deardra Shuler talks to Rev. Dennis Dillion about Freedom 2013: Emancipation Proclamation 150th Celebration. The Emancipation Proclamation called for the abolishment of slavery and was by far one of the most defining moments in American history. Signed into order September 22, 1862, by President Abraham Lincoln the document freed African and mixed race slaves. It also provided liberties for them to defend themselves and join the military. History has shown freedom came at a high price. 150 years later, African Americans still contend with racial profiling, unbalanced scales of wealth, escalating foreclosures that cripple communities while ushering in gentrification. A new paradigm is needed to tip the scales towards equality and inclusion.
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Freedom 2013 Conference will celebrate the historic moment with an all-day symposium, rally and gospel concert featuring Tamela Mann.
The event is spearheaded by Rev. Dennis Dillon, publisher of the New York Christian Times. A visionary and chief researcher behind the ground breaking New York Economic State of Black New York, in partnership with Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, national civic leader, chief architect of The Maafa and pastor of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, as well as over 100 convening clergy, takes place Wednesday, June 19, at The Riverside Baptist Church, 490 Riverside Drive, in Harlem.
Freedom 2013 will commemorate this historical moment with a time-lined exhibition tracing the journey from Africa through slavery leading up to the emancipation and from the emancipation to present. There will also be an Emancipation Awards Luncheon honoring those unsung heroes, shereos (some posthumously), and institutions that have played a significant role towards the passage of the signing of the emancipation.
Host Deardra Shuler talks with Andrea Holley, the Deputy Dir. of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival regarding the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival taking place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, located at 144 West 65th St. in NYC, & IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. (at West 3rd St.) from June 13-June 23rd. The Benefit Screening and Opening Night film will be shown at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, at 165 W. 65th St., NYC.
Andrea Holley has worked with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival since 1999 and is the former Dir. of Publications of health and human rights. She has worked in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Our second guest Jeremy Teicher is a Student Academy Award-nominated director as well as editor, whose film short This is Us (2010) premiered at the American Embassy in Dakar. He presents the film Tall as the Baobab Tree to the Festival."
Festival Films include: Anita; Camera/Woman, "Salma", "Rafea: Solar Mama," In The Shadow of the Sun; "Born this Way," Deepsouth and The New Black, et al. For tickets visit ff.hrw.org. Follow them on Twitter for further info at hrwfilmfestival.
Host Deardra Shuler talks with jazz pianist Cedar Walton about his upcoming show in the Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Saturday, June 22 when he performs with Barry Harris. The show pays tribute to the late Mulgrew Miller. Walton and Harris will play 9 foot Steinways for their 7:30 and 9:30 pm sets. For tickets: call CenterCharge 212-721-6500 or the JALC Box Office, Brdwy & 60th Street, Ground Fl.
Texas born Cedar Walton cites Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell as major influences on him. He began emulating recordings of these artists from an early age. He attended the University of Denver as a composition major originally, but was encouraged to switch to a music education program. This switch later proved extremely useful since Walton learned to play and arrange for various instruments, a talent he would hone with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
Cedar Walton remains active, and many of his compositions are jazz standards, including "Firm Roots", "Bolivia" and "Cedar's Blues". "Bolivia" is perhaps Walton's best known composition, while one of his oldest is "Fantasy in D", recorded under the title "Ugetsu" by Art Blakey in 1963.
Mark Morganelli via Jazz Forum Arts presents this Jazz Summit Program. For additional info call 914-631-1000