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Guitarist Ken Navarro has released "Hope, Joy, Strength" a trilogy of 3 new songs. Uplifting and energetic beautiful contemporary jazz music from one of the genre's most gifted and successful recording artists. Top charting and award winning contemporary guitarist and composer Ken Navarro begins 2015 with positive and soulful new music.
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Frank Piombo's musical career spans three plus decades of professional entertainment as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He has appeared as a lead guitarist and vocalist with many live bands throughout his career. The Night Speaks: A Smooth Jazz Journey is a compulation of original smooth jazz guitar, saxophone, trumpet, and flute.
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November 13 - Blues Guitarist/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.
Michael Tiffany is a lead guitarist/ composer/producer and a member of BMI and Sound Exchange Spanning a 30 years in music he has found his way to this point of being an accomplished guitarist and composer. He has been named Artist of The Month in the U.S. , UK and Canada at the same time. His love for music has kept the fire burning and given him the drive to accomplished many of his dreams as a musician. You can also visit his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-tiffany-guitaristcomposer/119293908147901
Guitarist and producer Dirk K is originally from Germany. He is an accomplished guitarist, whose career begun in the early 1990s. Releasing 14 cd's as a recording artist on Sony, Bellaphon, Fuzzy Music and on his own independent label DIP records, his new release, It’s On is his exciting new album. Dirk K lets us know from the opening minute of the coolly percussive title track of his latest collection that It’s On.
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Singer/guitarist/songwriter Carmen Chiles smoothly blends elements from rock, jazz and back to soul creating a sound so unique it demands a genre of its own. A self-taught artist Carmen describes her music as “Soul Rock’ and first fell in love with the guitar while it was in the hands of her big brother, and her story began, when he passed it on to her. We will talk to Carmen about her upcoming EP, Candles in Harlem.
Ken Navarro is back with a new album, Ruby Lane. "Ruby Lane" is new and beautiful contemporary jazz from one of the genre's most gifted and successful recording artists. Top charting and award winning contemporary guitarist and composer Ken Navarro has created his 21st album and his first ensemble album in 4 years. Ken's brilliant acoustic and electric guitar work are featured throughout.
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Join us at Up Close & Personal as we help celebrate a milestone in the musical career of one of our fave guitarist Steve Oliver. With eight albums over the last 15 years, Steve's "Best Of so far" gathers multiple #1 Billboard hits and fan favorites including 2 brand new songs.
It has been several years since Tom Lagana and I have had the chance to talk. Let's just say that he's a BUSY man. Here's why: Tom's a Jazz guitarist - but also well known for his master classes in Classical. And he has performed with orchestras: he has played with the NSO, alongside Eric Idle of Monty Python. And was with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra when John Waters celebrated his 30th anniversary of "Hair Spray." He's also a composer and bandleader and he takes his teaching abilities very seriously. Towson State University (where he received his Masters of Music) and the University of Maryland are two wonderful institutions that are grateful to him.
So you see that it has been a TAD tricky to rope Tom into another interview! The last time was when we were face-to-face in a radio station's studio. And we were focusing on Tom's last CD - which is why we're catching up NOW - because he has a new one! "Vol. 1" is what this beautiful collecton is called, featuring the group with George Garzone. With Bossa, Jazz favorites and originals. Exceptional music by a seasoned and passionate artist who was mentored by the legendary Charlie Byrd. So close a relationship was theirs that Charlie hand-picked Tom to play at his favorite watering hole (also legendary), The King of France Tavern. That's where Tom & his Trio became fixtures.
There has been much that Tom has seen in his wonderfully satisfying career - early success came in the Walt Disney Jazz Band in Orlando, Florida. He also won the Sidney Lieberman Competition, an award that is usually given to pianists. Tom was the first guitarist to be honored. "Just Jazz Guitar" featured his analysis of Pat Metheny's work, which thrilled Pat. Learn more about Tom at www.tomlagana.net
It’s one thing for a world class musician to write a book with a great title like “How To Make
Your Guitar Talk,” but Nils has gone further--living, embracing and even transcending those
words he once penned since becoming an instrumental sensation in 2005 with “Pacific Coast
The Munich born, Los Angeles
based guitarist’s breakthrough debut album on Baja/TSR Records was the most heavily played
track in the smooth jazz format over the past ten years with nearly 30,000 spins. The song was a
true phenomenon in its initial release, staying at #1 on the Radio & Records airplay chart for
more than 10 weeks on its way to being named the most played song in the U.S. and Canada for
the year since then the most played song of the decade .
Now Nils is back with a new release, Jazz Gems..Best of Nils, which will take us down memory lane and remind us as to why we love him and his extraordinary music.
He contributed as a musician and co-writer of “Keep Rollin’” on Benson’s 1998 album Standing
Together, and the guitar and vocal legend returned the favor by playing a duet with Nils on Nils’
1998 debut CD Blue Planet. He has also become a core part of many fans’ summer and fall
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