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  • Alysha Live! Blast From the Past Rewind Show with Guest Najee

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    Join me for the next Alysha Live! Radio show it is going to be a real treat with no trick my special guest will be  jazz saxophonist extraordinaire Najee.

    Najee is the recipient of many music awards including the Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Artist, NAACP Image Award, & Trumpet Awards.

    Najee has recorded, toured and performed with  some of the  greatest  artist in jazz, R&B and pop such as Quincy Jones, Will Downing, Patti La Belle, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample,  Lalah Hathaway, Jeff Lorber,  Wayman Tisdale, Dave Koz, Lionel Richie, Gerald Veasley, Jonathan Butler, MAYSA, Ledisi, and was a part of the Prince “Hit and Run Tour”.

    I promise that this will be a show that you will not want to miss!   Najee will talk about his amazing career and upcoming project and tours and more. Keep it locked to the Alysha Live! Radio Show on Blogtalk radio!

  • 00:32


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    Ariane Cap was born in Innsbruck, Austria.  Classical piano and recorder at 5. Conservatory of the Land Tirol, on piano and flute from 6-18. Local rock, pop, and dance bands on electric and acoustic bass. In 1996, Jazz bass and education at Academy of Music in Vienna. In 1998, graduate student at U of Miami on scholarship. Teaching assistant at U of South Florida, Tampa, for graduate Certificate of Music. Studied with Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Chuck Rainey, Gerald Veasley, Kai Eckhardt, and Kenny Werner. Mozartband with Viennese Philharmonic members. Celtic Rock Band Tempest. Recordings: Sippy Cups, Palmwine Boys, and Keith Olsen. Co-created Cirque du Soleil's The Tempest, Amaluna, in Montreal. Performance: guitarist Muriel Anderson and German Flamenco Stars Tierra Negra, pianist Diego Rodriguez, vocalist Daline Jones, Lara Price's Girls Got the Blues in Bay Area, Generation Esmeralda with Jimmy Goings, in Brazil, 80's Rock and game music with Raj and Zenmasters, solo originals/covers of  Bach via Jazz to African World Music and effects and looping setup. Duo with bassoonist Paul Hanson in OoN Band (Out of Nowhere). Founded Step Up Music Vallejo, teaches, co-conducts bass seminars and camps. Teaches at Berkeley Jazz School and Berkeley Jazz Workshop. Her pattern system approach, integrating music theory and ear training are in demand. Books on Bass Synergy System and 33 Creative Ensemble Practice Exercises are forthcoming. 2014 artist-in-residence for Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Composer and sound designer for games for Wolf Track Audio, Karney Music, and Sound and Somatone. www.arianecap.com, www.oonband.com, www.wijsf.org

  • 03:00

    Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with "Mr. Guitar": David P. Stevens!

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    It's so fabulous to tell you how AWESOME our friend, David. P. Stevens, is doing.  Since his last visit on the show, he has played the Iridium in New York, on the Cap Jazz Cruise, toured Europe and completed a new album!  Oh - and his website is now updated to reflect the ever-evolving direction of "Mr. Guitar" :-D  

    This amazing guitarist/vocalist/composer/producer is determined to keep taking us on journeys with his music.  David is not content to let anything BE.  He wants to stretch the canvas, find new paint, and then draw outside the lines - are you feeling me?  Jazz and Soul and Funk and Romance and music that's older than him combined with the young that he IS - it's all in that juicy Hybrid that is his and his alone.

    You may have known David when he recorded "Timeless" or "The Shedd" or his last CD called "Epiphany."  THAT was a star-studded project (Geralds Albright, Veasley, Carol Riddick, Frank McComb, Elan Trotman!)  And "Mr. Guitar" is blessed with names as well, including a fellow Philadelphian, Gail Jhonson!  

    Let's celebrate the new layer of success that this bright and refreshing talent is just about to experience - "Mr. Guitar" will drop on 8/5/2014.  We'll hear tracks from it and talk to David about how it came together - as well as the upcoming gigs where you can see his artistry POP!

    We might just have another guest on Tuesday's show - "The Soulful Nerd", Kenny Wesley!  Kenny has had some truly astounding success in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond.  He's got a hot song on the charts with our friend, Mycah Chevalier, and he will also be in the house this Saturday - at the Christian de Mesones celebration at K2!  Funny how our guests keep tying together, huh?  That's the beauty of HYBRID :)



  • 03:00

    Hybrid Jazz - with Gerald Veasley and Jeff Robinson!

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    Now you KNOW that the New Year is off with a bang when you see guests like these!  A beloved fellow Philadelphian and a first-call singer in Los Angeles.  Two FAVORITES of many who love the true hybrid of Jazz and Soul.  

    Gerald's first on the show - time is of the essence with this interview.  Bethesda Blues and Jazz - in the shadow of Washington, D.C. - welcomes GV and the band on 1/4.  So you best believe that the excitement will be palpable!  With the success of his venue - up the road from Philly in Reading - and the prep for his annual "Bass Boot Camp" near Spring - Gerald's on a schedule.  To be able to discuss his musical journey is thrilling.  And we'll do just that, touching on his years with the late, great Joe Zawinul.  His recording career as leader - since 1992.  And his time as a Radio Host for our hometown's former Smooth Jazz station.

    Jeff Robinson joins us later in the show.  Believe yours truly, I've had my eye and ear on this amazing vocalist for some time.  So have thousands of others!  Born in New York, Jeff spent quality time within the London Jazz scene.  He was treasured there and in Los Angeles, where he makes his home.  Fortunate patrons can hear his otherwordly "sensuasoul" golden throat about town - when he isn't in the recording studio, adding an extra dimension to another artist's project. He most assuredly did that when he worked on Brian Simpson's latest, "Just What You Need."  If you've heard Jeff's own "Eyewitness", you know the magic that he possesses.  A breed apart.

    What joy to speak with two incredible craftsmen of musical ART!  January 2nd will truly be a day to celebrate - and YOU have a special invitation to join us :)  The fun starts at ONE EST!

  • 02:00

    LOTL Welcomes World renowned bassist Mr. Gerald Veasley

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    World renowned 6 string electric bassist and band leader Discuss his latest CD ' Electric Mingus Project " Gerald Veasley's dynamic music has garnered him an ever-growing loyal fan base. Listeners appreciate Gerald for his virtuosity combined with a soulful approach to music making. Meanwhile, critics have also noticed this six-string bassist's work. He has been voted “Best Electric Bassist” by Jazziz Magazine and named in both Downbeat Magazine's Critic's and Reader's Polls.As a recording artist, Gerald has eight CDs to his credit. Among them is On The Fast Track, which featured the top ten hit, “Do I Do”.  Gerald's live CD, At The Jazz Base, was recorded in his jazz club, Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base, in Reading, PA.  Jazziz magazine calls his current release, Your Move, “instantly infectious and stylistically versatile.”

  • 02:01

    Up Close & Personal with Bassist "John Dillard"

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    Profusely creative, highly energetic, sensitive and yet dynamic are a few words that describe the artistry of this extraordinary bassist.

    Calvin Napper, drummer for MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly, describes him as "…gifted and talented…". 2 time Grammy Award winning producer Cedric Thompson labels him as "…phenomenal…an asset…my GO TO guy…". Saxophonist Mike Phillips adds "…one of the funkiest bassists that I've played with

    . As John's love and dedication has grown throughout the years, his musical world has been colored by bassists such as Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Gerald Veasley, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, John Patitucci, Nathan East, Fred Hammond and Joel Smith, to name a few. Often asked who is his greatest influence, John’s response is always “Too many to name and enough to keep me humble and always practicing”.

  • 02:00

    Contemporary Jazz Bassist "Gerald Veasley"

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    Contemporary jazz bassist Gerald Veasley makes no claim to be a master chess player, but there are certain unmistakable parallels between his line of work and the small-scale war game that has challenged great minds for centuries. “There’s a multiplicity of decision making in the game of chess, and there are consequences to every action,” says Veasley. “In a lot of ways, making music is like that too. There are so many choices, especially in jazz, where the situation is never the same twice. That’s always exciting to me. You’re creating new scenarios at every turn – every time you step in front of an audience, or every time you step into the studio.”

    That same combination of challenges and opportunities is at the heart of Your Move, Veasley’s new Heads Up International release. The album is the latest – and perhaps most innovative and audacious – maneuver in the game that Veasley has been playing since his early days as an up-and-coming musician in his native Philadelphia.

  • 01:31

    Gerald Veasley Bassist the Man Behind the Music....

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    World renowned Contemporary Jazz Bassist Gerald Veasley, blends his funky soulful bass grooves and hot horns and ties it all in an electric mix.

    Gerald’s music is high energy with multi-cultural influences and exciting improvisations which blends in the colorful sights and sounds of Jazz.

    Join the Jazz conversation with host Ms. Bridgette Lewis aka the CoffeeLady

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  • 01:00

    Catchin' Up with renowned jazz bassist GERALD VEASLEY

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    Finally! After several months we were able to catch up with Gerald Veasley, the phenom contemporary jazz bassist from Central PA! (You'd think it would be easy since we're just a few miles away, but NOOOOOO!)
    At any rate, it's going to be an awesome interview when we talk about his upcoming projects (he's scheduled to play South Africa in just a few weeks); his past performances (there's so much to choose from) and what's next for the world-renowned artist! Join us on WED, Aug 3rd at 7pm EST for a look into the mind of one of the busiest artists in music!

  • 02:58

    Hybrid Jazz - with David P. Stevens & Integriti Reeves!

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    Two of the most amazing talents that Philly and Washington D.C. have produced will be on the show on Tuesday! 
    Multi-faceted, multi-genre guitar wizard, David P. Stevens, joins us at two p.m. Eastern time.  Watching David spin his magic over the past several years has been glorious.  I first heard "The Shedd" when Baltimore's contemporary Jazz station was cooking full-time.  To hear the production, the interplay of guest artists Gerald Veasley and Carol Riddick, and the skills of this writer/arranger - besides the obvious over-the-top licks - well, it has stuck in my soul to this day.  "Epiphany" - David's new CD - is doing the same.  Gerald joins his friend again, as does Carol - and they are joined by Gerald Albright - who plays BASS to coincide with David's BAD, BAD guitar!  We'll hear tracks from the project - and get to pick up where we left off when DPS last joined us.
    You may know the name Integriti Reeves.  Besides the fact that it's one of the coolest names in the world, it's attached fondly to the group Afro Blue.  The Howard University stars that won the hearts of thousands on NBC's "Sing-Off" a year or so back.  Integriti is beautiful, inside and out - and that voice packs an unearthly punch.  That pulls you in and won't let you go.  The prestigious Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, knows that this classically trained Peabody scholar is someone extraordinary - and that is why Integriti was chosen to be Artist-in-Residence this season.  She has shared the stage with internationally known stars and her own star is ascending rapidly.  We'll hear about her charmed life when she follows David, close to the three p.m. hour, Eastern time.
    Spring is here - let's celebrate with the best music possible to make our hearts sing! 

  • 01:15

    A Cool Jazz Conversation with Guitarist Drew Davidsen

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    Guitarist Drew Davidsen brings his latest release showing off his skills in acoustic, electric and nylon string guitars.  'True Drew" is  a wonderful journey through Drew's life featuring Bobby Lyle, Gerald Veasley and former Temptations singer Ron Tyson  We'll talk about this new project and the wonderful charity Ghanian Mother's Hope to which Drew has lent a great deal of time and a portion of proceeeds from CD sales.  Join us for a Cool jazz Conversaiton with Drew Davidsen Monday at 7 PM Eastern.