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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
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!
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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!
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!
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!
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!
Let's face it - we've all been gaga over Pieces of a Dream for DECADES! So many of us bless the day that drummer Curtis Harmon and bassist Cedric Napoleon got together with our gifted guest: the amazing keyboardist, James Lloyd. If you can believe it, that was circa 1976! Teenagers in Philadelphia, this trio rocked the tri-state area. The name originated from a cover tune by Stanley Turrentine. The guys thought "Pieces of a Dream" would also fit the image that they were creating in the City of Brotherly Love.
WRTI, Temple University's radio station, supported the group's efforts. So did a local saxophonist who had cultivated a HUGE name of his own. Grover Washington, Jr., was taken with Pieces when he saw them on a local TV show called "City Lights." Pretty groovy when you're THAT young and in the House Band for artists passing through town :) When this buzzworthy musical unit made their way to the respected Bijou in Philly, Grover made it a point to sit in with them. AND he formed a production company, announcing that POAD would be his first act. Whew!
James has been associated with his group for so long that we might forget that he has his own identity. He has written, co-written and/or produced for a LONG time. Ask Hiroshima or Najee what they think of James Lloyd! He has strong memories of being involved in superlative projects, too - including albums by Phyllis Hyman and Ornette Coleman.
Piano lessons at six, classically trained and loving Jazz at age 12. There's a whole lot more wrapped up in that man's soul - after all, he IS from Philly! Listen to the beautiful colors on "Here We Go", released recently on Shanachie. We'll talk about his work AND his appearance - with Pieces - at the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival! Join us on 6/16!
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!