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November 8 - Jazz trombonist/producer - Delfeayo MarsalisBorn into American jazz royalty, Delfeayo Marsalis has become, within his own right, one of the most respected and well established trombonists of our time.Producing his first recording at age 17, he has since produced over 75 major-label recordings-several of which have received Grammy awards and nominations-including works by: Harry Connick, Jr., Marcus Roberts, Spike Lee, Ellis, Branford and Wynton Marsalis. His production skills earne
I recently caught up with my friend, Grammy winner Branford Marsalis, who recently played at the Symphony Center in Chicago. In his honor, I’m replaying our interview that first aired right before his CD, 4 MF’s Playing Tunes, was released.
Branford got real about his passion, his family, spirituality, the summer Olympics and the Colorado theater shooting. Thought you knew him? He might surprise you.
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Please join my conversation with, Medearis Dixon, 19-year-old jazz musician who has played music for 10 years but professionally for 5 years.
Medearis plays 13 different instruments, but specialize in piano and saxophone, his main sax is the alto. His first instrument was the trumpet, which he started in 5th grade and he played with his first jazz musician Darren by middle school.
Later he attended Renton High School where I later was apart of the 6:30 am jazz band, went to the Naacp Afro-Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics of the mind competition (or Act-So) to compete in instrumental contemporary music.
There he met jazz musician Mike phillips, and Dr. Otto Gomez, played with jazz musicians Branford Marsalis, Michael powers, Victor Janusz and much more. His first teacher was named Gary Hamon, and then I later switched on to Jordon Ruwe. Currently he gigs around Seattle just to keep his chops up and look for opportunities to play to crowds at other venues.
This show will showcase the artist and you will hear it all live, "In The Artist’s Own Words."
ACC host Banfield and producer Rahn Dorsey, deal with their examination of defining the Modern Progressive, using Wynton Marsalis' "finger pointing" song, Where Ya'll At?, and lifts up Jay Z, "the New Chairman of the Music Board", asking what's the current context for 21st century modern artistry? On the way as well, a tour through a new exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Fall Hippie Fashions Show. ACC
Join me Sunday, May 4, at 10:00am, when we will celebrate the life of Washington, D.C. native, Grammy Award winning vocalist and pianist, Shirley Horn. She first achieved fame in 1960, when Miles Davis discovered her; however, later around 1966, she stopped touring to raise her daughter Rainy. By 1980 she began recording again. As a result, she became internationally known and collaborated with many jazz musicians including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Carmen McRae, Wynton Marsalis and many others. For twenty five years, she performed with the same rhythm section which included Charles Ables on bass and Steve Williams on drums. Today, Rainy Smith will share her memories of her mother and we will listen to the music of Shirley Horn. Thank you for joining me. I look forward to spending time with you!
Mark McLean had a single criterion when it came time to expand his horizons beyond the groove and record his long awaited breakout as a powerhouse composer and lyricist: it had to: Feel Alright.
Feel Alright is the follow-up to McLean’s acclaimed 2010 indie recording Playground, an all-instrumental showcase for his band of the same name whose tracks earned significant airplay on both traditional jazz and urban jazz stations. The new album is produced by Grammy winning engineer and producer Steve Bigas, well known for his previous work with Taj Mahal and Ziggy Marley and for his long association with Daniel Lanois.
Since moving to New York in 1999 and raising his international profile with his several year association with jazz singer/pianist Andy Bey in 2000, McLean — a jazz performance graduate from the University of Toronto who played at age 22 with fellow Canadian and jazz icon Oscar Peterson - has kept time in the studio and/or on tour with a virtual “who’s who” of jazz and pop artists whose music and influences spans multiple generations. These include Wynton Marsalis, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall, Glen Campbell, Carla Cook, Linda Eder, Jimmy Webb, Vanessa Williams, Patti Austin, Gladys Knight, Joe Sample, Jamie Cullum, Andrea Bocelli, Catherine Russell, Dionne Warwick and The Backstreet Boys.
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!
Get READY for the 2nd Annual Essence OF A WOMAN Conference! Tune in to hear about all of the wonderful and uplifting activities that will take place at this FREE event that's open to the public. Register Now.
Dawn Loney Causey, the host and Founder of this powerful and inspiring conference was born in California and has traveled extensively around the world, as her father served in the Armed Forces. She is Founder of the Essence Of A Woman: Health, Wellness & Empowerment Conference and host of the new WEBTv Radio Show "Remarkable Essence", which will launch April 2014. Dawn is also the founder and Executive Director of a youth program called “Danciquette” which combines dance technique and etiquette for children ages 3-12. Children are able to learn the importance of self-esteem, body movement and self-image. She has also facilitated conferences and workshops on dance ministry, health and wellness. Her many gifts and roles have equipped her to educate, encourage and empower others to utilize their unique God-given gifts to make a difference.
Dawn received her a Master’s in Public Administration from Troy State University and B.S degree in Computer Science from South Carolina State University. She currently resides in Ellenwood, Georgia, with her husband, Milton and has twin children, Nubia and Marsalis.
Russel Blake has established himself as a professional musician, concert soloist, educator, music producer, public speaker and author.
As a public speaker, Mr. Blake eloquently conveys a message of personal empowerment and all-encompassing hope. In a remarkably refined manner he captivates crowds, young and old, by condensing his wealth of knowledge, his spiritual resolve, and a genuine love for humanity into a series of inspiring and insightful lecture topic
In addition to being the Author of the commercially successful book, “Proverbs 31:The Virtuous Black Woman Volume 1.” Mr. Blake’s next book is entitled, “Real Men Don’t Hit Women: 12 Principles Of Effective Change Against Intimate Partner Violence.”
To date, he has shared his musical talents in 65 countries on five continents, held the title of ‘Adjunct Professor’ at five universities across the country where he has shared his creation, “The Universal Language Music History & Cultural Program” with a variety of audiences from Elementary through High School, Colleges and Universities, Senior Centers, Prisons, Hospitals and Military Installations about the history of Music.
Mr. Blake has earned the opportunity to accompany and record with several music giants such as Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Hugh Masakela, Cybil Shepherd, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and has enjoyed playing as the exclusive bassist for The Lion King, Dreamgirls, Angie Stone, Brenda Russell, Mary Mary.
Seriously, I could get dizzy - telling you about the accomplishments and the talents of our guest, Russel Blake. Son of the Latin musical great, Alexander Blake - and brother to esteemed bassist, Alex - fellow bass lover, Russel, has followed a unique and powerful path.
Self-taught, he has shared his plethora of gifts in over 65 countries - not just playing music, mind you, though that would be enough! But Russel is also blessed to have a motivational nature, inspiring hundreds at a time with spiritual guidance and positive reinforcement. He has also served as an Ambassador of Good Will, via the U.S. State Department, to eight West African nations. On top of that, he has lectured on the symbiotic nature of Science and Music - all the while, steadfastly maintaining the existence of God in that picture. Fascinating might be an understatement :)
With musical projects under his belt as leader (we'll hear tracks!), Russel has, as well, accompanied and/or recorded with Sonny Rollins, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis and more. He has played his bass (trust me, he's a visionary on that instrument - and you'll hear why!) for the productions of "The Lion King" and "Dreamgirls" - as well as Mary Mary and Angie Stone.
As the author of "Proverbs 31: The Virtuous Black Woman, Vol. 1", Russel Blake has commanded a new audience - one that is faithful to his unwavering commitment to honoring women on every level. He'll talk about that next CHAPTER, if you will, and he will also share some exciting plans about what 2014 is perceived to hold for him, God willing. He's say that, so I said it FOR him :) It's an honor - and with deep gratitude - that we present the most beloved and respected Russel Blake to you. Show time at one p.m. Russel joins us at two p.m. EST.
(83) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/s3production/2014/01/23/the-art-of-learning USA Today 1-2-2014. Written by Drew Faust and Wynton Marsalis. “The Art of Learning” I want to offer my thoughts liberal arts education and the value on education. Scientific American 1-16-2014 David J. Skorton “Why Scientists Should Embrace the Liberal Arts “ We need to increase liberal arts in the K-12 arena to broaden our student’s horizons and while I do not cla
Join us on Your15Minutes Radio as we celebrate Black Music Month with our special guest Delfeayo Marsalis and Yancy The Marsalis Family was recently honored by the NEA Jazz Masters http://www.theroot.com/buzz/marsalis-family-first-group-honored-nea-jazz-masters Delfeayo’s new album is entitled "Sweet Thunder: Duke and Shak" – it’s a beautiful collaboration of poetry and jazz at its best. Inspired by Duke Ellington & William Shakespeare. Referred to as The
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