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Join us as our host interviews:Vocalist L. Young!
Born and raised in Louisville, Ky., L. Young has a sound so smooth it could pour from a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon. He was groomed for music in the church and by the time he was 5 yrs old was already singing in the adult choir. At the age of thirteen he had established himself as an actor and began working professionally in regional theaters across the Tri-State area such as the world renowed Act...or’s Theartre of Louisville. Before he graduated from the prestigious Youth Performing Arts High School in Louisville, he had already taveled to Brussells, Belgium. London, the Bahamas, Hawaii, as well as the continental U.S., as a performer.
L has released three albums to date, 2004's “'They Just Don't Know”, 2008's “The 12th Letter”, and has just released the third, “Love Is A Verb”, in early 2012. He now resides in Los Angeles where he has graced the stage and studio with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, R. Kelly, En Vogue, Patti LaBelle, Toni Braxton, Gladys Knight, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Teena Marie, Stanley Clarke and Jermaine Jackson just to name a few.
Some of his writing credits include the top 5 single and title track off Jessy J's #1 Billboard debut Album Hot Sauce released Sept. 2011, writing and production on KeKe Wyatt's 2010 release Who Knew, and her 2011 release Unbelievable, production of Babygirl (Terrys Theme) for B2K on the 2002 Barbershop Soundtrack, and writing and producing Nicole Sherzinger from the platinum selling recording group The cat Dolls. L. also has songs on multiple platinum selling soundtracks.
“My aim and purpose musically is to remind people how to love.” – L. Young
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October 15 - Jazz Vocalist/composer/actress/painter - Carmen Lundy
With a career spanning three decades, internationally acclaimed songstress, Carmen Lundy, older sister of bassist, Curtis Lundy, has affectionately been compared to Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzerald, and Sarah Vaughn. A woman of many hats, Ms. Lundy has composed and published over forty songs. She is celebrated throughout the world for her vocal artistry and is highly regarded for her jazz innovation. As a painter, Lundy's oil on canvas paintings have been exhibited in New York at The Jazz Gallery (Soho) and The Jazz Bakery, and in Los Angeles at the Madrid Theater. Her art also appears in the booklets that accompany her CDs
Carmen has just released her 14th album, "Soul to Soul". Almost two years in the making, Soul to Soul consists of new original songs by Lundy, and a few very special collaborations. The album features legendary artists - specialists on their respective instruments - including Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Randy Brecker, Ada Rovatti, Warren Wolf, Bennie Maupin, harpist Carol Robbins, and Simphiwe Dana, a stunning South African vocalist and composer, among others.
Eugenie is an award-winning jazz vocalist. Her debut CD, Black Lace Blue Tears, received the honor of being favorably reviewed in Down Beat magazine, was nominated for the NPR Top CD Release and Best Vocal release and was awarded Earshot Jazz NW Recording of the Year.
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Encore: an extra piece of music performed in response to a request from the audience; something that follows a success -- Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary
Due to overwhelming demand, Trading Fours with Drs. Modeste & Wes is now featuring “Encores” -- some of our most talked about shows, offered for your enjoyment and with an associated blog space for your comments.
Enjoy this week’s Encore for Vocalist Rhonda Benin and leave your comments about the show by joining the Tradings4s blog space.
Judi Silvano is a singer, composer and artist. To date Judi has released 10 recordings in the jazz and healing meditation genres. Judi has been named Top 10 Vocalist four times in Downbeat Magazine, Best Jazz Singer in the Hudson Valley and has contributed articles to All About Jazz & Jazz Improv Magazine. Judi also paints in watercolor, pastel and oil, drawing inspiration from the beauty of the Hudson Valley were she resides. For more about Judi visit: www.judisilvano.com
Thom began playing guitar at a very young age, music helped to deal with a broken home and never seeming to fit anywhere. Trained with a classical and jazz teacher, Thom switched to rock music and Jazz fusion and began performing and recording with various bands. During this time in between studio and touring despite growing popularity as a musician, Thom struggled as a very broken person covering the pain with alcohol, drugs and the accolades of playing music. During the 90's Thom toured all over the country, worked with artist's such as Jody Watley, Piece's of a Dream and doing session, his alcohol abuse at times put him on the streets and several suicide attempts. Seeming to live a double life as he continued to grow as a musician. In 2004, Thom hit bottom, and Jesus got through to him. Thom surrendered his life to Christ, walked away from drugs/alcohol and walked away from music, associating it with all the pain and suffering and began doing homeless, Hospice and poverty outreach as a way to heal and grow in Christ. In 2009, God instructed Thom to resume his music career, Thom was very reluctant but followed God's leading. Working with up and coming vocalist Angelia Robinson and with the band Pillar of Fire Thom was able to start channeling all he's been through, through the music and saw how God could reach people and change lives. Thom spent the next 3 years elevating with Jazz singer Lisa Gilliam, Vocalist's Tanya Blount, Mike Trotter, Iris Lewis and working with all kinds of artists, even HipHop. Thom formed the band The C and T Connection with Cassia The Poet who's testimony was similar and began an to minister with her and their band sharing their stories of hope and transformation. Thom also became Vocalist Tanya Dallas Lewis's guitarist again sharing the hope of Christ.
Host Cyrus Webb welcomes Jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan and vocalist Ellen Johnson to Conversations LIVE to discuss the new book JAZZ CHILD: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan---and what it's been like to share Sheila's inspiring story with the world.
The Total Tutor Neil Haley will interview International Award-Winning French Jazz Vocalist Cyrille Aimee. She will discuss how she started as a Jazz vocalist, and the upcoming event in Pittsburgh on September 6th at 6:30 PM.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the award-winning, internationally recognized jazz vocalist and recording artist Cyrille Aimée will be the featured performer during the Cultural Trust’s Gala on Saturday, September 6, 2014, performance being held at the O’Reilly Theater located in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Ms. Aimée was born in Fontainebleau, France where she discovered a love of the gypsy’s language and music at an early age and comments, “I was hypnotized by this music which made me want to tap my feet. Swinging music makes me so happy. ” Ms. Aimée studied music at the American School of Modern Music in Paris and SUNY Purchase, New York. “The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is honored that Ms. Aimée will be performing at our annual gala event. Ms. Aimée’s performance will be a highlight of the evening and we look forward to hosting this outstanding and accomplished jazz vocalist as our special guest,” comments J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Flutist, vocalist, and songwriter, Ragan Whiteside is taking the Contemporary Jazz world by storm. With her unique style and soulful vibe, this triple threat is bringing the flute back into mainstream focus.
2014 has been an exciting year for Ragan, having won Flutist of the Year in the Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Awards, and looking forward to the highly anticipated release of her 3rd studio album, Quantum Drive. This album pushes the boundaries of Contemporary/Urban Jazz and R&B even further and features collaborations with Bob Baldwin, Frank McComb, Althea Rene, and Patrice Rushen.
Bob Baldwin describes Ragan by saying, “She not only has THE silkiest and sweetest flute tone in the business, but her tenacity and desire to be recognized in Urban, New-Soul AND smooth jazz genres makes her a musical force to be reckoned with!! Mark my words!”
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Join the Friday Night Dance Party LIVE 10pE/7pW and welcome musician & singer Cliff Beach to the show!
Cliff will go Behind the Music and share stories of his path in music, and we'll also hear his entire NEW album "Stripped Down and Unplugged" during this special 2 hour broadcast!
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Join us Monday, 9/29 at 7:00 pm as we celebrate icon guitarist Peter White's 14th solo album Smile is set for release October 7, 2014 via Concord, benefits from White’s jazz/rock sensibilities and skill as a programmer. “Holding Me Closer” flies with its contemporary synth feel and uplifting lyrics. While he may be best known for electric parts with Stewart, here he returns to his fabled nylon. His acoustic is never overshadowed by his production, however, as Smile boasts a clean, evocative feel.
Marianne SolivanMarianne Solivan is quickly becoming one of the most buzzed about jazz singers on the New York scene, Marianne Solivan does not remember an “ah-ha” moment that brought her to the music she has devoted herself to: “I don’t recall having a big moment that made me like jazz. I just dug it.”
It is that same simplicity of statement with its intrinsic honesty that characterizes Solivan’s style. The infallible swing of Ella, the daring of Betty Carter, the matter-of factness of Carmen McRae…They can all be found in the voice of Marianne Solivan, whom trumpeter Jeremy Pelt has called “the modern-day paradigm to which all singers should aspire.”
It is no coincidence that the 2009 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition finalist has graced recital halls, jam sessions and club stages with such noted musicians as Roy Hargrove, Steve Lacy, Jeremy Pelt, Ray Gallon (Ron Carter, Art Farmer, Lionel Hampton, T.S. Monk), Ugonna Ukegwo (Tom Harrell, Jacky Terrason) and Jane Monheit’s sidemen Neal Minor and Michael Kanan.
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