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By now you know that "Hybrid Jazz" will push boundaries. Since the launch in 2011, we've examined the nooks and crannies of Jazz - or OTHER :) Honey, you will be getting OTHER on 5/7!
Matthew Shell is an extraordinary producer that has garnered MTS Music a fabulous reputation. Based in the Washington, D.C., area, artists have arrived from various pockets of the globe in order to have their projects enhanced by MTS. We have had Matt on the show serveral times, when there has been a compilation disc to discuss ("Freedom" and "Victory") - and when there have been significant singles that needed attention.
Such is the case for the visit on Thursday, May 7th. We not only have one exciting release to feature, but TWO! The first is from IhsAn Bilal and Vicu Schek. It's got that D.C. House vibe that is a source of pride for the region and it's called "Dance Shake." We might have a party in The Chat Room - so get ready! There are multiple talents involved in the song - and some or all might join the fun. Also, we have another single to present to you - by Molly Moore. "Natural Disaster" has another direction entirely. This one cannot be classfied as "Hybrid Jazz", either :-D If you're stretching the parameters, maybe, but that's not the point here.
The profoundly original Mr. Shell has surprised so many people with his creativity. And blown away yours truly with the caliber of talent that work with him. It's ridiculous not to share this sheer joy with an audience craving authentic music! Besides, Matthew is about to launch his new collection of songs by various singers/writers. Called "Spiritual Relationship: The Deeper Meaning", it truly reflects the faith and vision that our main guest possesses.
We hope that you'll join us!
Back in those days when families were gathered around the TV, yours truly remembers enjoying certain artists from "The Lawrence Welk Show." One of those acts was The McGuire Sisters. Their harmonies were amazing - the kind of blending and weaving that only family members can give us. And they conveyed such joy and hope! When listening to The Ault Sisters, you hear the same kind of magic. They sound absolutely angelic. So - how fitting to have them as guests this time of year?
In fact, The Ault Sisters will be our last guests of 2014. So, the show on 12/18 will truly be special :) Just a little background on Amanda, Alicia and Alanna - they are from Toronto and have been singing for a long time. Even though they are still quite young! All have had formal music education. And, though their musical tastes are different, they agree that Jazz lends itself to the complex harmonies that they so love. They first performed as a trio in 2004. In 2006, they released "Christmas Feelings" - and that album paved the way for so much to happen. Including a yearly holiday event at the popular Hugh's Room in their city. It's always a benefit show. And it's always much anticipated - many have said that it's not the season until they hear the Sisters perform at Hugh's!
That show this year is coming up - and, at the same time - the single by our trio, "May You Always", is doing REALLY well for them. It's the kind of song that lingers in your spirit once you've heard it.
Please join us for a triumverate of beautiful young ladies who have been blessed with fabulous voices. They will truly make you feel Christmas!
See you in The Chat Room - we'll miss you in the days to come as "Hybrid Jazz" takes an extended hiatus. Blessings to ALL!
Did you miss us? Well, we missed YOU! Thank you for your patience while "Hybrid Jazz" was on hiatus. There was a move involved - and none of us knew what that move would entail. Or what would be our circumstances when we landed. MUCH has changed. And, speaking from the heart, this host is proud to be back on ONLINE Radio! Having heard much terrestrial Radio in the past several months, I have to say that I'm disappointed. But still have hope in that format to present music/thoughts/news. For this moment in time, however, it's empowering to be able to do this kind of show the way that it's supposed to be done - with no one looking over shoulders, no one offering advice or dictates as to how it's supposed to go. This show has been created by Trish Hennessey - the one typing ;) If this kind of show can, eventually, also morph into a full-time radio station on the dial, cool. If not: cool again! No sweat. We're just spreading the Gospel of Jazz, y'all. And we'll do so joyfully!
There is no guest for this first "comeback" show - we'll get to guests later. For our return, we'd like to focus on new music and treasured songs to make you smile. We desperately need to smile! Anything that "Hybrid Jazz" can do for you in that regard, it's an honor. Nepal. Baltimore. Loved ones are on our minds. And you will FEEL the love in this show on 4/30 - which just happens to be "International Jazz Day!"
Let your imagine run wild....be open to music that you've never heard. Enjoy the colors, shapes, patterns and peace of all kinds of Jazz, etc. That's why this show IS. And it cannot be done without YOU. Thank you!
All right now - it's HERE! Yours Truly turns 62 on 10/16 and is proud to have survived these years! Getting older is a luxury not afforded to everyone, so gratitude is overflowing. Believe it.
How will we celebrate on the next "Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey?" By making sure that YOU get the gifts! Vel Lewis, our wonderful Hammond Master and Keyboard Wizard, is bringing autographed copies of his EP, "Colors of Soul!" That how we do in Philly, where Vel calls home. He lives in Texas now - but you cannot take "The City of Brotherly Love" outta the piano player ;) Vel will discuss the many fabulous changes in his life since his project dropped - and he'll get a chance to meet our other guest - which will delight BOTH of them!
Jere B has been a friend for a LONG time - since the WSMJ Sunday Brunches. His background is phenomenal. From Ohio, Jere is a superb drummer, bandleader of SounDoctrine (one of the original HYBRID groups!), and the CEO of his own company. OH - and he's also an ordained minister! It has been a while since B came to hang on "Hybrid Jazz" and we'd like to fix that on 10/16. Can't imagine having virtual cake and ice cream with anyone better!
We'll play some great songs and take some phone calls if the atmosphere calls for more company. HJ has always been an organic show that flows the way it's supposed to go. So, any cool surprises that should happen? WILL!
Some of the music, of course, will focus on the unbelievably breathtaking offerings of SounDoctrine - any album that you hear is a revelation - and we'll hear tunes from Vel, too. All of us in The Chat Room guarantee that you'll be UP and moving for at least part of our three-hour show!
Let's get this rolling! CELEBRATE good times!
When you see Joanna Pascale's website, you'll see the quote from her regarding her new project. She says, "Wildflowers grow unter the most unlikely circumstances. You'll find them in the most unlikely places. From the beginning, that's how my journey has been."
Joanna Pascale IS a "Wildflower." Strong and resilient, unexpectedly beautiful and unique. Her presence in the world of Jazz is appreciated - this writer speaks for many. She LOVES the music, is grateful for the Masters and Mistresses that came before her, and dearly craves to bring those voices from the past to YOU - in her OWN voice :) And what a gift that is!
When Joanna was attending Philadelphia's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, a fellow student and friend was Bilal. He joins her on "Wildflower", as does someone who has known her for equally as long. That's the well-respected pianist - and producer for this album - Orrin Evans. Who else is on this spectacular effort is enough to make your ears burn until the end of 2015! Let's just say The BEST of the Best.
The new work from Joanna comes at a time when a successful ten-year run at Philly's Loew's Hotel was coming to an end. Sad as it was for all concerned, it gave our guest wings. She was ready to get involved in HER music, having blessed other artists with her vocals on THEIRS. She still has her day job at her alma mater, Temple University, and she reaches hundreds of students each year with her teaching abilities. But this is where Joanna shines in a particular way. She won't touch a song unless she feels it. When she soaks her soul into the meaning of a classic, it's like you never heard the song before NOW. This Lady Was Born To Sing.
Join Joanna and me on 5/5 - your ears will thank you!
Master Publicist Rick Scott has been working tirelessly to make sure that this came together - and he needs to get special recognition! Rick works HARD for his clients - and Rick Braun is one. The Ricks are awesome :)
The one that we'll have on the show TOMORROW, December 8th, has been a previous guest on "Hybrid Jazz." Why this time, you ask? Glad you ARE! Rick has a string of dates with his good friend, Peter White - whose Christmas tour is always hugely successful. We're speaking to Rick on Monday so that we can get a few events as much mileage as possible. He and Peter and Mindi Abair will be in Virginia on 12/8 - then at Ram's Head in Annapolis on Wednesday, the 10th. Several dates in Florida follow. And there is something else that's important to discuss - that's near and dear to Rick's heart. That is his BIG event in Tucson, Arizona on New Year's Eve.
There's even a website for us to ponder: www.rickbraunsnewyearseve.com Here's why it's so important to Rick - besides having Peter White join him - as well as long-time friend and collaborator, Richard Elliot - this whole endeavor brings focus to The Autism Society. You'll see that once you peruse the website. Emma Braun is Rick's teenage daughter. She is, like your host's son, under the autism spectrum. That's why it was a priority for us to have this special day and time for Rick to stop by and say hello. Our kids are everything to us - and awareness of their needs and the needs of other children are "Front Burner" subjects.
Here's another reason why I appreciate Rick Braun so deeply. One of his main inspirations in his most excellent musical journey has been Freddie Hubbard. Rick appreciates the masters and it shows! Welcome a beloved artist when he returns on 12/8!
Oh, yes, I HEAR you! "What? Where has she BEEN?!" Hah! We all missed her, didn't we? We'll get those Where's Waldo answers tomorrow - when Joyce Cooling visits us at three p.m. Eastern time! Remember that - for Tuesday, 11/18 - the show STARTS at TWO. We'll have three two-hour shows this week!
Back to our sublime guest: Joyce has been making beautiful music with her guitar for QUITE a while now. Self-taught, her influences and inspirations range from Brazilian to Classical to Rock - and it all pours forth into a pulsating, dynamic and driving deliciousness that is profoundly JAZZ!
#1 radio singles, six Top Ten, multiple music awards - and nominated for several others. "Global Cooling" was her seventh studio album and that was released in 2009.
Well, it HAS been quite an absence on the scene...and the reason for this visit from Joyce (a reunion!) is specific: she has a new HOLIDAY single! Produced by longtime producer, Jay Wagner, "The Holiday's On" is meant to convey a 1940's Swing era vibe with a spin that's infectious :) We'll hear it - and more tracks that are meaningful - and we'll talk to Joyce about a favorite subject: mental health. This fascinating artist has worked with some of the best in the business (Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, Al Jarreau!) and has made friends all over the world. But the urgency of her life's path has much to do with the focus on keeping us emotionally afloat. That's why Joyce is a national advocate for NAMI: the National Alliance for Mental Health. As we near Thanksgiving and get into gear for the season, nothing is more important that focusing attention on how we're coping. How we can help ourselves and help others live better lives. Please join us for a SPECIAL "Hybrid Jazz!" 11/18/2014.
Crazy - this is a show that wasn't planned - it just fell into this groove - which is the story of my two guests! Rick Braun was booked for July 1st. But Richard Elliot was going to do the last Friday in June. But the call came - could we please re-schedule for 7/1? Hah! SO: Old Friends and Musical Partners will share a "Hybrid Jazz" - thrilling!
Exciting - Rick with his 16th album, "Can You Feel It" - and Richard with his 17th, "Lip Service." The first is due on 7/8 and the second on 7/15! Real and heartfelt music - and surrounded by musicians who understand the nature of what these successful artists wanted to convey. That's priceless. And what it does is drive home the point - more than ever - of WHY Rick and Richard have been so popular through the years.
Rick started his roll with the song by REO Speedwagon, "Here With Me." Word got out and he found himself playing with Rod Stewart, Natalie Cole, Tina Turner, Sade, Tom Petty and War. His album, "Beat Street" (1994), was a tribute to his years WITH War. And on his new CD, Rick wanted to convey the same spirit. Helping him out here: young players and seasoned pals like Philippe Saisse and Dave Koz. AND Elliot Yamin!
Can you believe that it's 30 years since the release of Richard's solo debut, "Initial Approach?" Our Scottish-born Dad of FIVE has been delighting us since - with his California Cool and Soulfully Hot Hybrid saxual expression (Ooooh!) He has toured the world as both leader and with "Guitars & Saxes" and Tower of Power. His collaboration with Paul Brown on this new CD is brimming with romance! WAIT until you hear :)
Join us on 7/1!
Oh my....how can this episode of "Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey" be described? Let's try :) First, the FUN planned for you is too amazing for words. Carefully chosen songs for the season of Halloween - some funky, some scary - others sensual to create the mood. No tricks - only TREATS!
With that in mind, we give you the intense artistry of handsome and brilliant Juanito Pascual! Completely magnetic, this Minneapolis raised acoustic guitar master will sweep you into the embrace of his gift. National Public Radio has called him, "One of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years." For yours truly, this quote doesn't quite tell the story. Because, you see, Juanito is a flamenco HYBRID - cultivating the respect for a style that he clearly owns when he plays - but also paying homage to the heroes that he heard as learned to play - at age 11. Jimi Hendrix, Johann Sebastian Bach, Miles Davis and The Grateful Dead. His music is firmly rooted in traditions but he is not to be boxed. That passion spills over with Classical and Jazz and is influenced profoundly by Beatles and the beauty that he encounters in his many journeys - well before his 2003 debut solo, "Cosas en Comun."
From his stay in Spain where he learned to survive on the streets - to his return to the States to study at the New England Conservatory (graduating with honors!) - to the formation of the New Flamenco Trio in 2012 - Juanito Pascual is recognized as a formidable talent in both America and in Spain. Where major artists revere him as an equal.
There is so much to his story! And we'll get to all of it - but the main reason for Juanito's visit is to tell you of his tour in support of his new CD. We'll hear most amazing tracks...and The Chat Room will be well-stocked with virtual Halloween candy. And MAGIC (shhhhh!)
Immediately, there's a connection: Keith Andrew spent his childhood in Baltimore (small world!) - then moved to the San Francisco Bay area when he was a teen. He had been playing guitar since he was ten - and the rich diversity of music in Northern California fueled him further. Led to Los Angeles, he studied some of the most prestigious guitarists on the planet: Robben Ford, Joe Pass and more.
Keith made sure that he received an education that was suited for the future he was seeking. He was part of the Chaffey College Jazz Ensemble - and excelled so much that he won awards from The National Association of Jazz Educators. He did exceptionally well at the Guitar Institute of Technology, too. And became a staff instructor there. The best of paths followed our guest because he became associated with a very successful L.A. based group called Himilaya. The band got serious buzz and received national airplay - and also had a chance to tour.
Fast forward to 2014 and Keith Andrew has "Adventurous Soul" up and running - with 13 tracks and a who's who of Contemporary Jazz. The COOL piece of this Hybrid puzzle is that Keith has made some terrific choices, regarding who's around him, what he composes, and how he views his music. He found in fellow guitarist, Nils, a kindred spirit. Nils produced six of the songs on "Soul" - and these two exceptional artists found that their FEEL encompassed a fusion that included a vision of World music. Keith developed a passion for expanding his vision when he spent time with the California based group, Zulu Spear. He's an interesting guy, as well as the consummate guitarist. He loves the outdoors and is not a lightweight about it - Keith has been to countries to hike that have only been a part of many of our dreams :) Please join us in welcoming Keith Andrew on 12/4/2014!