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In another lifetime, I was hosting a terrestrial radio show - and playing a plethora of artists that were centered in the Baltimore/DC area. One of those was recommended to me QUITE strongly. A beloved friend, Johnny Shaw, was attending Towson University. And a teacher there stood out. Jeff Antoniuk. Johnny, being a saxophonist himself, recognized the greatness in another sax man. And HAD to get a CD to me. When I listened to that project, "Here Today", I was beyond impressed with the depth of work and feeling. Jeff was playing with his group, The Jazz Update, and they were COOKING!
That's the reason for Jeff's return visit to "Hybrid Jazz." He has a big event at An die Musik in Baltimore this weekend - with The Jazz Update - and it was important to pass along how cool June 20th is going to be :)
Jeff's roots are different than the average cat. He was born in Edmonton, Canada, and his family moved to Nigeria. There, Jeff's musical journey began. He absorbed his environment while learning how to play classical piano. In his teens, he returned to Canada and picked up a saxophone.
At the University of North Texas, Jeff pursued degrees in Jazz education and West African Ethnomusicology. In school, he was performing and touring. He co-founded the United Jazz Ensemble - his current group later - and is still a member of a fabulous unit that we featured the last time that Jeff visited: the Mars 4-tet.
His accolades as music educator are equal to the respect that he has received as musician, composer and performer. MANY students can attest to the life-changing classes that Jeff has given. His artistic direction for the Maryland Summer Jazz is legendary. We literally could write another five minutes on what our guest has done!
Please welcome Jeff on 6/18 :-D
It has been a profound honor to have had Ken Navarro on the show a number of times. Each time, it seems as though we offer music to you that is a step above any other music that we COULD feature on "Hybrid Jazz." Ken's canvas is always brilliantly and serenely painted - with the added (and unbelievable!) touch this time: he is - and this is taken from his website: "performing and composing for EVERY instrument." Now, ponder that. Already a Master Guitarist - and he has tackled all other instrumentation for "Unbreakable Heart." Stunning news!
Hopefully, you know that Ken Navarro was a popular session guitarist in Los Angeles. He's based in Maryland now, but he built a foundation in L.A. that was wide - with long-time ripple effects. Everybody in Contemporary Jazz knows of Ken Navarro. And the music that he has created - or re-created - has been a source of continual interest for over 25 years. Top-charting albums, Top Five songs, Grammy buzz - not to mention that Ken has produced a number of folks and propelled the careers of others.
We have been so impressed - millions of us - starting from "The River Flows" in 1990 (Ken's debut) - then (among others!) "Love Coloured Soul" and "The Grace of Summer Light" and "Dreaming of Trains." Two albums ago: "The Test of Time" - followed by "Ruby Lane." "Unbreakable Heart" is Ken's 22nd album! If you have heard ANY of it, you're already smiling :) What an absolute thrill to hear the song, "Juliet" - about Ken's first granddaughter. Or his loving tribute to the late Robin Williams - a song called "Robin Fly Away."
We'll delve into three tracks on Tuesday's show - 8/25. This will also be the anniversary of "Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey!"
It's unbelievable how things work sometimes with this show. As much as the atttempt is made to focus on one artist, another arrives and has to be involved in the same show - because time is of the essence :) When the caliber of two artists like THIS is combined, it's absolute magic!
Dan Siegel stops by at the top of the hour - one p.m. Eastern - and he'll talk about his career (the resume is staggering!) and his new CD called "Indigo." Dan is a pianist of rare vision, with 20 solo albums and countless credits to his name: producing, arranging, composing and performing. He has had #1 success in Jazz and is known globally. You've heard his work via TV and film, though you might not have known that it was Dan who created the music. WHO has played with him and WHAT he has played would take us another page here. Those beautifully rooted beginnings in the great Northwest have paid off handsomely for our first guest. He'll count his blessings with us :)
In the next 30 minutes of "Hybrid Jazz", Cuba Gooding visits and there may be an occasion when your host here might a word in edgewise ;) He LOVES to talk! And does he ever have a career (and a half) to discuss. From the start of his journey with The Main Ingredient to the amazing success of his children, Cuba will never run out of topics. What you may not know: The Main Ingredient was the first African-American group to be signed to the new R & B division of RCA Records - decades ago. When Donald McPherson of the group passed away in 1971, Cuba took his place - and took the band to a new level. "Everybody Plays the Fool" went Gold in 1972. "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely" and "Happiness Is Just Around the Bend" - oh heck, YOU remember! Let's catch up with Cuba and find out where that bend has taken him!
It's a profound pleasure to give you TWO amazing artists in one three-hour show! First, we give you the Washington, D.C. based, Maurice Chevalier. A multi-instrumentalist and composer, Maurice has been wowing ears for twenty years. Short films, documentaries, video game music production, and sound for shows that you have known and loved for a LONG time. Let HIM tell you about "Access Hollywood", "Dateline: NBC", and "CBS Sunday Morning." :) The Discovery Channel DISCOVERED Maurice (!!!) and he has - within their wall - composed over 600 pieces for that network and its affiliates. With the release of his breathtaking project, "A Life in Perspective", he begins a new chapter in the formation of future Jazz. Our guest from 8/4, Matthew Shell, was the one who made sure that I HEARD Maurice's work. I'm in debt!
Daniel Bennett has visited "Hybrid Jazz" - so we know a LITTLE of what to expect when he joins us again. But rest assured: you never know exactly what you'll hear with this dizzyingly evolved and creative musician. Daniel, more than most, marches to the beat of his own drummer. Or - in this case - saxophone, oboe, flute, piccolo, and clarinet. Yes, like Maurice, HIGHLY skilled on multiple instruments. And compositions that are unusual and enchanting. His latest album, "The Mystery at Clown Castle", again re-awakens the deep-seated child within you. Our spiritually-inclined Daniel has a gift for that! He also has several dates on the horizon that you need to support. AND three coveted nominations from "New York Hot House Magazine!" The awards gala is in September, so we have Daniel RIGHT on time (so you can vote!)
We'll see you in The Chat Room, starting at one p.m. Eastern time (with Maurice!)
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You know that, whenever Matthew Shell visits, he ALWAYS has something special to tell us :) This time is no different. With the young and reputable-to-the-extreme producer/business owner: Samantha Gunney. Now, Samantha's name in Hebrew means "Listener." That's exactly what this amazing woman has done in her short and shining time as songwriter, audio engineer, and certified Pro Tools professional. OH - and vocalist!
Samantha was born in Washington, D.C. - and her house was full of all kinds of music. Inspired early, she formed a band with her classmates and wrote songs for them - at age EIGHT! Her creativity soared as she grew - and expanded. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications. But Samantha wasn't content with just one part of her brain at full-tilt. She continued with studies in both Audio Engineering and Music Education. She knows how to record, mix, and edit - PLUS how to handle the business end of the industry. And her vocalization on a forthcoming project from Matt is something that you will NEVER forget. The song's story ALONE will keep us chatting!
Matthew has been gracious with giving us the opportunity to present new music time after time. His "Spiritual Relationship: The Deeper Meaning" has tremendous significance for him. Once again, the multiple genre project will feature those with whom Matt has trusted. Brilliant musical artists who communicate their art in various ways. Samantha allowed her angelic voice to be heard on "Prayer for World Peace." When you originally heard this song on "Hybrid Jazz", it didn't have that title. And therein lies the story :)
Please join us at the show's start: at one p.m. Eastern - on 8/4/2015. It's no accident that we start the month on a spiritual note - wait until you HEAR!
Lawd, are you gonna hear some soulfully groovy music on 6/25! There is not a finer way to wind down June than with the leadership vision of Stephen "Stevo" Theard and Ginger Murphy :)
Yours truly first met Stevo when he was drumming for Peter White's Christmas Tour. But his reputation certainly preceded that date. This genuinely revered artist has roots in New Orleans and the flavor of the city shows in a most satisfying way. When little Stevo was growing up in The Big Easy, he absorbed the sounds of the streets in ways that only special children can. Daddy loved Broadway, too, so that was thrown into the "Gumbo" of his musical heritage. Matter-of-fact, you can Google Gumbo Child and find Stevo Theard!
He decided to become a musician at 13 - and spent years in earnest study, performance and experimentation. Years later, internationally known stars can tell you that his work paid off. Stevo has played with household names, instrumentally and vocally. He has appeared on TV and on stages across the globe. Written original music for films. But one of the best opportunities that has come his way: meeting Ginger Murphy.
Ginger is one of those completely unique Beings that beguile men and enchant women. A powerfully talented cellist and natural redhead (!!!!!!) whose art has captivated everyone from Snoop Dog to Josh Groban! Ginger is classically trained, a native of Chicago, and has played with symphonic orchestras as well as recorded for both TV and Film. She has been involved in over 100 albums - alongside MAJOR stars. Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, Soul, Jazz.
How these two gravitated toward each other - well, let's just be grateful! Together, they created Sun Soul Orchestra in order to share the richness of their musical diversity. And like minds :) Join us for utterly fabulous music and conversation!
If you are reading this - and you have read other biographical information that your show host has written about hundreds of artists, then this will take you by surprise. I am totally freaked out. LOL!!! Because Nathan East is something else ENTIRELY.
Over three decades of support for household names. A few - let's alphabetize: Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton, Daft Punk (Grammy Awards here, pay attention!), Herbie Hancock, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Toto, Whitney Houston....still breathing? Oh, I KNOW, y'all! This is what I'm SAYING - this man is a ROCK of mass appeal. Genre jumping, bass busting, talent. Quincy Jones has said: "He's so talented it's ridiculous!"
A little background so yers truly can calm down. Born in Philadelphia, Nathan was four when his family (eight kids!) moved to San Diego. Nathan studied cello first, then became interested in bass when he was 14. His influences: Mingus and Ron Carter. Electric: Paul McCartney and Chuck Rainey.
On the road with Barry White when he was 16, his resume just grew from THERE. Multiple awards, soundtracks that are too numerous to mention, co-founding Fourplay, an online electric bass school, an accomplished magician as well as everything else just discussed - and - drumroll, please: over 2,000 credits to his name. Honest to God, one of the most recorded Bass players in musical history.
The reason for this visit from the esteemed Nathan East on 9/1: his partnership with Fourplay member, Bob James. Their astonishing project, "The New Cool" is about to drop. THIS host has dropped already, hearing it! Music to captivate and haunt, it's the crown jewel within the Yamaha Family, the company that is sponsoring this golden event.
What a thrill to bring you a glimpse into Nathan East. Second hour. Get your seat EARLY :)
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!
This is the third visit from our most awesome and talented friend, Chris McNulty. If I had my way, she'd be with me on almost every occasion. But this woman has been blissfully busy - and part of that has to do with enjoying the success of her latest project, released in March.
"Eternal" is the seventh album from Our Beautiful Wonder From Down Under (she'll love that!). And it's full of the most sincere readings of timeless lyrics that you could possibly conjure. Chris has been singing Jazz with utmost clarity for a long time, but losing her son in 2011 took a toll that catapulted her in many directions. When she was able to surface, her voice took on a new and raw honesty. Her work had garnered attention with "The Song That Sings You Here" in her native Australia. She won the prestigious Bell Award there in 2013. The attention has grown enormously since that time. Which brings us to this new musical chapter.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Chris found herself with no electricity, heat or water in New York - the city she adopted when she moved to the States in the 80's. In the cold solitude of that reality, the formation of "Eternal" was born. Contemplation of sorrow, forcing hope into the pain, feeling a myriad of emotions so strong that they had to be conveyed....this is what Chris needed to give to us. Sharing loss this personal, yes. But striving to enable a common bond. And one of the most important: faith in the knowledge that love transcends ALL. Love brings us home.
"Eternal" has been lauded by some of the sharpest critics on the scene - each one, almost overcome with praise. Because the truth is in Chris McNulty's interpretation at every instances. Each song becomes HERS. Hear a gifted artist at her peak. Join us on 8/18 at 2 p.m. ET.
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!
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