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  • 03:00

    Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Nancy Lane!

    in Music

    First, let me say a sincere thank you to Kari Gaffney, who introduced yours truly to Nancy Lane.  Kari-On Productions has given "Hybrid Jazz" new breath - since the company is intent on fabulous artists.  To keep UP with the stable of talent that they offer is a formidable task.  But there's no doubt that we should cross paths with Nancy.  She's so beautifully natural in her delivery.  There's nothing staged or phony - she means every line in every song - but she's having a BALL while delivering the message :)


    Turns out that it MUST be hereditary, this musical talent.  Nancy's Grandmother was an opera singer - her Aunt was a Jazz entertainer.  Dad used to play sax at home as his enchanted daughter danced.  AND brother managed a record store in Montreal - which paved the way for many a musical style to be heard throughout the house.  


    To show you how intent little Nancy's heart was - at TEN - her dance instructor invited the class to perform any piece that they desired.  While classmates chose the latest Pop offerings, Nancy selected Stan Getz's "Reflections."  Can you just see them stopping in their tracks?  Hah!  


    At 18, a sound engineering student asked Nancy if she would record a Jazz standard for his final.  Unknown to her, he submitted her voice to "Downbeat" Magazine - who recognized the teenager publicly for her intonation and interpretation. So, you might figure that Nancy Lane's future would be bright.  And it IS.  She has done radio jingles, soundtracks, and has been the station ID voice for the now CKLX in Canada.  


    We'll talk about Nancy's songwriting, too, for sure - and this wonderful debut.  "Let Me Love You" is peppered with the kind of songs that we heard growing up - in a whole new way :-D  You'll LOVE Nancy Lane!

  • 00:46

    Leena Conquest talks about her Music and Career

    in Indie Music

    This show is a special treat and departure from the norm on 3600seconds, once in a while Chris is able to have an A-list recording artist and this time it's the great jazz and music virtuosso Leena Conquest. For the 2nd show in a row we have a Texan on as guest, and her work has been included in the Downbeat Critics Poll Top 10, and she has worked for top jazz names as William Parker, and Roy Ayers among others.


    Her latest recording is a collaberation with the legendary Dave Burrell on a CD called "Plays His Songs (2010)," and before then she added her own style to R&B in the "Come Fly Away" album featuring "Boundaries." She is best-know to record with bassist William Parker.


    We will talk with Sister Conquest about her great life and career in entertainment and you can call-in with questions or comments by pressing 1, or in the comment section on Facebook on the link below this post.

  • Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Internationally Heralded Luis Munoz!

    in Music

    Luis Munoz might not live in Costa Rica any longer - but he takes his homeland with him whenever he composes and plays. He is able to bring his country's folklore and rhythm to music in a way that defies description.  Lush, tranquil, passionate.  He moves your mind geographically to locations where you have never been physically.  But you can feel the outlay of the land when you hear the direction of the song.  It's unbelievable.


    Educated in both music and architechture, Luis finished his degree in the former at the University of California, Santa Barbara - where he now resides.  Under some amazing tutelage, Luis found his way in composition - he has worked with documentaries, animated films, dance and theater projects.  In the late 80's, he made his way into the recording end of the business.  In the 90's, more work that honed his intuituve skills.  By 2004, "Downbeat" was singing his praises.  "Vida" was named "Best Latin Jazz CD - and, in 2006 - Luis was recognized by his birthplace for Best Jazz Composer/Producer.


    "Of Soul and Shadow" and "Invisible" followed - two immensely respected works that brought more international recognition. With "Luz" in 2013, Luis introduced the amazing voices of Magos Herrera and Teka Penteriche.  At that point in his career, he was overwhelmed with the praise for his musicianship and creativity.  With "Voz", he takes both to new levels.  Bringing Magos and Teka back to the studio - with the addition of Claudia Acuna, he has imbued a new sense of truth into the mix. With mostly voice on this album, the listener is engaged in the moment - with both original and beloved songs - that will compel you to travel.  You may not have a ticket - but you WILL travel.  The best vacation EVER :)  Join us on 9/29 at two p.m. Eastern.


     

  • 03:01

    Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Carter Calvert & Wayne Jones!

    in Music

    Carter Calvert is known in QUITE a few circles - she is, without hype - a respected fixture in the New York Theater scene. Carter has brought life to "Always...Patsy Cline" - as well as "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Cats."  She co-starred with Gregory Porter and Eloise Laws in "It Ain't Nothing But the Blues" and has traveled the world with the touring company of "Smokey Joe's Cafe."  TV appearances and voice-over work for Wendy's, MTV and Amazon - and a list of household names that have shared the stage with her - we could be here for days!  Carter has returned to a first love: Jazz - with a new album called "It's a Man's World."  All male-originated songs done from a female perspective.  It's divine!  And she has a release party coming in her stomping grounds soon - let's celebrate in the first hour of the show :)


    In the third hour, Wayne Jones drops by!  He might not stay long because he's covering a LOT of territory while he's in the States.  In Australia, he is known as one of the mightiest session bassists of all time!  He's also a songwriter and arranger and master clinician.  For over three decades, Wayne has gifted other musicians with the beauty of that fluid, funky and fearless bass.  With his years of studio work - and his TV/film credits - Wayne thought it was time to release another body of work to feed the Jones-hungry crowd who demanded it.  There are five tracks on "Mr. Jones" - but those are filled with the greatness of Wayne's bass and guests: Rick Braun, Mike MacArthur and Philippe Saisse!  He'll be with Mike on the last Sunday in August - in Clearwater, Florida.  But he found the time beforehand to visit with us!  There is so much wonderful music to share - join us in The Chat Room and let's enjoy it together!

  • Cafecito Break - Dealing with Naysayers

    in Spirituality

    Rosangel Perez and Ruthie Guten invite you for a live Cafecito Break chat.  Our topic today, dealing with nay sayers. 


    What is a nay sayer you say?  From Urban Dictionary - Read one of our favorite definitions... ;-)


     naysayer


    One who frequently engages in excessive complaining, negative banter and/or a genuinely poor and downbeat attitude. Naysayers are distinguished by their tendency to consistently view the glass half empty, make frequent one-way trips to negative town, and constantly emphasize the worst of a situation. They have the capacity to rant and whine for hours on end about the most insignificant inconveniences. They tend to travel solo, but have the keen ability to spread their pessimistic attitude to a group of unsuspecting bystanders and encourage others to employ their mindset. 
    Naysayers tend to blend in with those around them rather well, granted they have learned over the years to adapt to their surroundings. However, when the opportunity arises, their true nature will be exposed and they will stop at nothing to exclude others or bring a general sense of negativity to any situation. 
    Not to be confused with non-naysayers who fight against the negativity brought forth by naysayers, make the best of a situation and are not afraid to call out a naysayer on the spot.  by non naysayer  


    Learn more | cafecitobreak.com 

  • 00:45

    America's Classical Music Jazz

    in Music

     This evening, I am interviewing and playing music of Bruce Williams an alto saxophonist, composer, producer and educator who was raised in Washington, D.C. but now resides in Northern Jersey near New York City.  In addition to playing the saxophone, he plays the trumpet, drums, and piano.   Bruce has performed, toured, and recorded with Lionel Hampton, McCoy Tyner, The Count Basie Orchestra, Roy Hargrove, T.S. Monk, Little Jimmy Scott, Frank Foster, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Stanley Cowell, Louis Smith, Cecil Brooks III, The World Saxophone Quartet, Russell Gunn, and Curtis Fuller.  As you can see from the list of musicians that he has performed, toured, and recorded, with he is a very versatile jazz musician that loves playing many styles of music.  He has performed on two Grammy nominated CDs. He has received awards from DownBeat magazine and The Charlie Parker Music and More Foundation.  He has traveled the United States and abroad playing jazz music. Jazz lives at Jazz Notes.

  • 00:27

    When Mid-Life Issues Interfere with Life

    in Current Events

    Bruce Peppin, author of the book The Best is Yet to Be: Moving Mountains in Midlife, says “Perched on the front stoop of old age, Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) are more downbeat than other age groups about the trajectory of their own lives.” Boomers find themselves in a funk – pessimistic about their future, stressed, unhappy, and increasingly leaving long term marriages in what’s now referred to as “Gray Divorce.”


    “Dealing with life’s hardships is nothing new,” says Peppin. “Past generations have done that. What’s unique for today’s mid-lifers is managing problems that are more severe because of societal breakdown and technological change.” Peppin, who struggled through his own mid-life crisis, says that midlife problems are part of our journey and part of the mountains we must conquer. He has some ideas about how to consider the bigger picture and come through to the other side victoriously. Everyone over thirty needs to hear this.

  • 01:01

    Chillpak Hollywood Hour #407 - Leonard Nimoy and Films to Champion

    in Film

    This week’s show begins and concludes with tributes to Leonard Nimoy.


    In between, Dean regales us with tales of the Long Beach Comic Expo and Phil champions a wide-range of movies that you (yes, YOU) just might want to seek out.


    Live Events, Movies, Celebrity Deaths, it’s all part of an hour’s work when it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

  • 01:59

    Jazz Organist Brian Charette

    in Entertainment

    December 8 - Grammy Nominated Jazz Organist/Pianist - Brian Charette


     


    Brian Charette has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. Charette is a Grammy-nominated, Hammond-endorsed artist who was just named the winner of the 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Poll in the "Rising Star: Organ" category.  Besides being a critically acclaimed composer and bandleader, Brian has worked with notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, and many more.


     


     

  • 01:00

    The Thomas Loop Radio Show - Music By Ben Lacy on AM-1440 WJJL 12/3/2014

    in Music

    Today's broadcast of The Thomas Loop Radio Show on AM-1440, WJJL - features Ben Lacy. His info is here at www.benlacy.com 


    Ben first started to play guitar around age 7.  He had one "lesson" with a classical instructor. This instructor got mad when Ben told him that he was out of tune.  That was the end of Ben's formal education, he has been self-taught ever since.


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         Ben has played locally in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky with many bands, ranging in styles from jazz/funk to dance to metal.  Around 2000, Ben became a solo act, but still enjoys a duet with Bob Bryant, bass extraordinaire.  The duo has had the honor of opening for Tower of Power twice in Kentucky.  Outside of Kentucky Ben has performed around North America and in Europe.


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       Ben has performed with musician greats such as Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, George Duke, Joey DeFrancesco and Phil Keaggy.  He has shared the bill with Frank Gambale and Tommy Emmanuel.  He has played with Sting's guitarist, Dominic Miller, in London, England.  Ben did some session work with Scotty Anderson for a 9/11 tribute.    Ben has also played in tribute shows to Chet Atkins and Les Paul.  In July 2003, Ben had the honor of literally handing Les Paul his lifetime achievement award at Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night at the historic Ryman Auditorium.  Another particular honor has been meeting one of his guitar heroes, Steve Morse. 


    Ben's solo CD "One Track Mind"  was reviewed by Downbeat Magazine in March 2003.  "To mere mortals it might seem that there's a twosome going at it.  Lacy's impressive technique is built upon complex slapping, hammer-ons, and rhythmically devised chord progressions."  Ben was also called "a true multitasking machine" in the same article.

  • 01:04

    "Up Close & Personal" with Music Fusion Master "Grace Kelly"

    in Music

    Meet Grace Kelly..When it comes to singer/ saxophonist/ composer/ lyricist/ arranger/ producer/ educator Grace Kelly, people seem to be divided into two groups: those who marvel at her proficiency, creativity and ever-accelerating growth, and those who have yet to encounter the 21-year-old wunderkind. The ranks of the former category are growing by the day. Trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was so impressed with Kelly’s three-night stand as guest of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra that he invited her to join the ensemble at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. for Barack Obama's Inauguration Celebration. Harry Connick, Jr. heard Kelly in a master class on a December afternoon and brought her on stage to sit in with his band that night. Since then, Kelly has been voted "Best Jazz Act” in Boston four consecutive years in the FNX/Phoenix Best Music Poll, and then voted Best National Jazz Act in 2012. She has received the ASCAP Foundation’s Young Jazz Composers Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 and won "Jazz Artist of the Year” at the Boston Music Awards in both 2008 and 2010. The 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Downbeat Critics Poll added to her the list naming her one of the "Alto Saxophone Rising Stars”, the youngest artist ever to be named to the music poll.