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Goodness only knows that you've heard Jere B on "Hybrid Jazz!" One of our favorite people on the planet, B is returning to crow just a LITTLE about his group's new CD. Okay, maybe he'll boast a LOT - he sure deserves to be singing the praises of SounDoctrine's latest, called "Source." If you know anything about this fabulous band, based in Youngstown, Ohio, you already have perceived that the Source that gets recognition here is God - who is the SOURCE for ALL :)
We've watched SounDoctrine's growth and success through the years - back when they appeared at the "Gospel Music Connection" in 2002. That was in Northeast Ohio - and the word has spread all over the world by now. The original, alternative, Funk Jazz Fusion ensemble known as SounDoctrine has truly captured fans' hearts around the globe! You might have loved them when you first heard the debut project, called "Perseverance." Or you may know "SD Live" - or "Endurance." That album featured "Small Mouthed Bass" - which was latere re-mixed by contemporary Jazz great, Bob Baldwin. "Inspire" followed - and built on the group's word-of-mouth momentum.
By this time, a whole lot of industry folks were taking notice. Kirk Whalum, Pieces of a Dream, Spyro Gyra, Freddy Jackson - SounDoctrine opened for all of them! The Hollywood Black Film Festival loved their music - so did the Weather Channel. The excitement is building in every direction where their fans live NOW - because a new release is HERE - and "Source" will confirm what all of us have been saying for YEARS. That SounDoctrine is one of the most creative musical units on the planet. Fun, fearless, full of feeling! Join us in The Chat Room on 11/5 - it will feel like a reunion. Because it WILL be :-D
Where does one begin with a vocalist of this ability - and magnitude? Are they the same in the case of Indra Rios-Moore? Born in the Lower East Side of New York, Indra's Puerto Rican Mom (who named her after a Hindu deity of sky and rain) would keep her indoors. She was afraid of the dangers OUTSIDE. So, little Indra would entertain herself with Mom's vast collection of Rock, Soul and Jazz - that latter, we're supposing, partly influenced by Indra's Dad. Of African-American/Syrian descent - a Jazz bassist: Donald Moore.
Through her teen years, Indra found herself in fascinating evolution. She had truly been fearful of being on stage - and she was working through that. Also, because of the early promise that Indra had shown regarding her talent, she was studying classical arias - as well as American Folk songs at camp. Combined with what was already immersed as inspiration as a child, her inner repertoire expanded.
At 26, she met Danish Jazz saxophonist, Benjamin Traerup. A year later, they were married and living in Denmark. And Indra's career began to take shape. Benjamin and his transplanted wife formed a trio - with bassist, Thomas Sejthen. The attention that they received translated into accolades, nominations, and then a gift: the Danish Music Award for Best Jazz Vocal. Three albums later, Indra is continuing to receive praise. Her voice and the Hybrid sensibility that has always been part of her soul couldn't have arrived at a better time.
When you hear "Heartland", you will hear the echoes of the past (Motown and Pink Floyd). You'll hear multiple languages. And you'll feel Church. As Indra has said: singing helps her move to an emotional place "where the mind doesn't interfere."
Our No Interference Chat Room awaits :)
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
First, let me say a sincere thank you to Kari Gaffney, who introduced yours truly to Nancy Lane. Kari-On Productions has given "Hybrid Jazz" new breath - since the company is intent on fabulous artists. To keep UP with the stable of talent that they offer is a formidable task. But there's no doubt that we should cross paths with Nancy. She's so beautifully natural in her delivery. There's nothing staged or phony - she means every line in every song - but she's having a BALL while delivering the message :)
Turns out that it MUST be hereditary, this musical talent. Nancy's Grandmother was an opera singer - her Aunt was a Jazz entertainer. Dad used to play sax at home as his enchanted daughter danced. AND brother managed a record store in Montreal - which paved the way for many a musical style to be heard throughout the house.
To show you how intent little Nancy's heart was - at TEN - her dance instructor invited the class to perform any piece that they desired. While classmates chose the latest Pop offerings, Nancy selected Stan Getz's "Reflections." Can you just see them stopping in their tracks? Hah!
At 18, a sound engineering student asked Nancy if she would record a Jazz standard for his final. Unknown to her, he submitted her voice to "Downbeat" Magazine - who recognized the teenager publicly for her intonation and interpretation. So, you might figure that Nancy Lane's future would be bright. And it IS. She has done radio jingles, soundtracks, and has been the station ID voice for the now CKLX in Canada.
We'll talk about Nancy's songwriting, too, for sure - and this wonderful debut. "Let Me Love You" is peppered with the kind of songs that we heard growing up - in a whole new way :-D You'll LOVE Nancy Lane!
Amina Figarova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. Piano lessons came early - and she trained to become a classical concert performer. In the late 80's, she became immersed in Jazz studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Coming to the States in 1989, she completed her education at Berklee. It was there that she met Bart Platteau, a flutist from Belgium.
Together, Amina and Bart were invited - in 1998 - to join the Monk Institute Summer Jazz Colony in Aspen. And there have been countless shows - everywhere - since then. And a baker's dozen of albums! "Blue Whisper" is her current project, full of personal reflection and haunting melodies. With Amina on this gorgeous ride, is her touring sextet - and a bevy of prestigious guests. Including past "Hybrid Jazz" visitor Wayne Escoffery. And a man whose name you've heard quite a bit on the show, bassist Luques Curtis.
We'll certainly heard tracks from this incredible CD - and talk to Amina about the road that took her to such articulate expression of her musical heart. We'll also hear offerings from November Babies - this month is full of strong Jazz voices and instrumentalists. We might even thrown in some December children - Amina is one of those :)
Join us at NOON Eastern time on Tuesday, 11/3/2015. Our fascinating guest joins us in the second hour. We hope to see you in our Chat Room!
This will not be the first time that EC3 has visited our show. Every time he drops by, there is always exciting news to share! And this time is no different - but let's back track....
EC was born in Naples, the son of a respected tenor saxophonist, composer and arranger. Early in his life, little Ernest must have decided to follow in his Dad's footsteps. He was the youngest graduate of the Naval School of Music - and he flew from there! There was work to be had in Los Angeles, but the call of Las Vegas proved to be a turning point in this drummer's career. EC met Vincent Falcone, who had been Frank Sinatra's legendary pianist. And he met Loretta Holloway, a much respected vocalist - who was looking for someone just like our guest. EC became Ms. Holloway's Music Director - and shouldered some huge shows with her for over 12 years. It was common to share the stage with Don Rickles, Jay Leno and David Brenner, among many others.
One of the biggest introductions that EC ever had was when he met bass master, Al McKibbon. Al and EC had a connection that lasted for years. Because of their intense working relationship - sometimes via 18 shows a week! - our Friend developed a fabulous set of career and life skills that have stayed with him. And that has most certainly helped with the creation of his multiple projects. When we first met EC, he was making the rounds of various venues in support of his "Her Eyes at Sunset." Then, it was "It's All About the Rhythm." Now, there's a new set of tunes - very much in the swinging, sassy, and Jazz-loving EC3 style. It's called "My Rhythmic Point of View" and it's going to make you get UP and bossa your socks off ;) We've got our talented visitor in-house to tell us all about it - on 10/6 - join us!
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!"
A really good friend turned me onto True Blue Jazz this year - and I'm eternally grateful! This absolutely fantastic Jazz series is in its third year - an alternative event source to the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival. Eddie Sherman - with a major career and sold-out shows in his own background - met with Peggy Raley, a respected vocalist who relished Jazz. Together, they decided that their popular beach community needed to focus on "Straight Ahead" Jazz. The Great American Standards from 1900 to the present. They were looking for interpretation and innovation. They were tired of only ONE kind of Jazz being represented with the RBJF. So, they put their heads together and came up with a beautiful solution :)
Once again this year, True Blue Jazz is giving you a delicious taste of The Real Deal - including Eddie and Peggy in performance. Also involved: The Fred Hughes Trio (Fred returns to "Hybrid Jazz" on 10/27!) - and that trio includes Amy Shook on bass. Amy is wrapping up her electric stint with Diva Jazz as part of the important foreground of "Tappin' Thru Life" with Maurice Hines! This trio is making a repeat performance in the True Blue Jazz series - and they SMOKE the Clear Space Theatre! Also set to star: young Geoff Galante (GRACIOUS, wait until you get a load of this one on trumpet!) The Jackie Browne Jazz Nonet has a terrific reputation - Eddie can't say enough about Jackie - so this night is gonna sizzle, too! And Diane Schuur is booked for a very special night - the birthday of yours truly on 10/16! Woo HOO!
There's another reason why this lovely endeavor needs our support: what they do for the children in Sussex County, Delaware. True Blue's "Youth Jazz Educational Initiative" is enough to make you cry - it's that generous! Join us on 10/12 and get ready to be excited!
What a time to have an episode of "Hybrid Jazz" - it's the beginning of Autumn, the start of Libra, it's Yom Kippur, and the Pope is in the USA :) How do we celebrate? HALIE LOREN!
This Alaskan-born award-winner has had quite a journey - and she is still so young! She made her performing debut at 10, her family moved to Oregon three years later - and she won accolades for her songwriting when she was still a TEEN!
Halie also had the maturity to live in Nashville for a time, soaking up the music wisdom of the city and learning the ropes of the business - before she headed back to Oregon for continued education. She has never STOPPED pursuing her education, in terms of perfecting her craft. Already blessed with a unique and distinctive way of interpretation, Halie is also extraordinarily smart. She knew early in her career that overseas audiences embraced her, so she has made it a point to release her music there first - the USA is catching up!
Her debut in 2006 generated MUCH interest. Her sophomore project, "They Oughtta Write a Song" won an Just Plan Folks (Independent) Award for Best Jazz Vocal. And it was the second-highest selling album in Japan. Halie's name is actually known all over the world - because of smart distribution and the attraction of sophisticated audiences to a true talent. When you hear "Butterfly Blue", you'll know HOW true :)
Amy Shook is a joyful "last minute" guest - and it's because of one very special reason. She is a major component of Diva Jazz - in trio - the musical unit for the Maurice Hines production of "Tappin' Thru Life!" They're at the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington and it's BUZZING! Amy has played the White House twice, so you KNOW ;) Bass Goddess join us in the third hour - see you in Chat!
When you contemplate the illustrious career of Harvey Mason, your mind HAS to be blown. Born and raised in Atlantic City, young Harvey absorbed the vibes of the great musicians THERE - and showed so much promise on drums that he was playing with Duke Ellington and Errol Garner in the 60's. Early in his recording career, there he was - up front and center with Blue Note Records. And on Columbia: Please go check out Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters for a refresher course in freshly fused Jazz :)
The associations that this consummate first-call musician has made through five decades is staggering. Because, quite simply, HE is. Nathan East has shared space and stages with The Mase for 25 years or so (Fourplay's "Silver" just dropped) and he firmly suggests that drummers of ANY note studied Harvey Mason in order to find their own style. He was THAT distinctive THAT early in his journey.
We dare you to find another legendary drummer who has been involved with more Gold and Platinum recording sessions than our guest. Awards, accolades, nods from NARAS and "Modern Drummer." Over 150 motion picture soundtracks. A regular fixture at the Oscars each year. And that long relationship with Fourplay cannot be stressed enough. When you're with a successful musical unit for 25 years, that's cause for celebration!
As bandmates Nathan, Chuck Loeb, Bob James, and Harvey prepare for a holiday run at the Blue Note in New York, our friend wanted to take the time - during this Thanksgiving week - to express his gratitude for all that his fans have given him. How beautiful that NEW fans and fellow artists got together for his album last year. And how wonderful that life-long "brothers" are banding together again right before Christmas. How fortunate are we to visit with Harvey again? You already KNOW :)
You already know that we cover the gamut of ALL That is Jazz on this show. We have had the most traditional of the straight-ahead crowd. We have had acts that are SO contemporary that they AIN'T Jazz ;) Cecil Ramirez is that most awesome of artists - trained at The Music Conservatory, University of the Pacific (at age 16!), worked hard on the road with his college band, Pacific Crossing, and formulated his music through a cross-section of inspirations - helped along by his rigorous schedule in recording studios in Northern California.
Who Cecil IS: a seasoned artist who is completely comfortable playing that Mason & Hamlin piano in a living room - or outdoors to several thousand fans. Something that needs to get said about our guest - while yours truly is typing this on Veterans Day: he's a military brat. And that fact tells you what is necessary about his music. Having lived in many places, one cannot help but be inspired by the many cultures and local flavor that surrounds you. Cecil has brought this to his music, too.
What a pleasure to have this consummate keyboardist, composer and arranger on the show! You ask Brian Culbertson about Cecil. Brian has had this amazing artist as a key figure at Mr. C's "Napa Valley Jazz Getaway" for a few years now. Whew, is Cecil's life kicking! And with "Party in the Back" (his second release), it's only UP from here. The personnel on the album - besides his friend and frequent music collaborator, Brian: Darren Rahn, Michael Lington, Phil Denny and Adam Hawley! So you KNOW that there are many who respect Cecil's vast talent. Including this writer!
Besides having worked with the A-listers in Contemporary Jazz, Cecil has also spent time working on behalf on charities. Including cancer prevention and autism awareness. Please join us during our visit on 11/12!