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Summer is upon us and some are already struggling to keep their plants healthy in the heat. Internationally acclaimed rosarian and plantsman Jacques Ferare joins us to chat about plants and roses that can take the heat. He'll also offer tips on keeping your plants looking their best
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For those who were paying attention (ahem!), you might have seen that Kim Waters was scheduled for 8/19. As it turned out, Kim wrote to apologize - because he discovered that his plane to Washington, D.C. was going to be IN THE AIR at the time of our interview. Or close to it. Sooooo, yours truly figured that the only solution was to create a special show just for Kim. Hence, our two hour "Hybrid Jazz" on Wednesday!
Gracious, there's a LOT going on with Kim since we last spoke. And he'll fill you in on ALL of it. A beautiful wife, a new life, a 25 year anniversary in the music business, a CD dropping next month - and a terrific event planned at one of our popular venues in the region. I TOLD you!
Kim's used to this excitement, though. Of course he is - this is the consummate saxophonist who has had four # 1 albums, more than a dozen # 1 singles, and plays to packed and appreciative houses wherever he goes. He was raised in Maryland - and is considered a beloved "Hometown Hero" in this state. Although he lives in Texas now, he finds time to return to his roots whenever possible.
Get ready for the energy that you'll hear when Kim visits - you've been given a lot of reasons as to why - but let's get specific about this upcoming musical project. Called "Silver Soul", it's Kim at his best - and he has fantastic help to deliver the message. The golden throated magic of Eric Roberson, the beautifully youthful exhuberance of Zendaya, and the romantic partnership of Kim's lovely wife, Dana Pope - it's all wrapped up with a velvet bow - and given an extra touch by one of Kim's exquisite daughters as musical accompaniment. NOW you know why this visit from our friend is important. Because it's all about FAMILY :)
The fun at one - Kim joins us at two p.m. on 8/20!
Join Christine Agro as she explores the amazing lives of plants. From Darwin to modern day studies, the information in this show will have you seeing plant life in a whole new way.
This is a profound, throughtprovoking show that explores plant life and ponders our deeper connection to them.
Visit www.letnaturebeyourguide.com to view the PBS documentary What Plants Talk About and to find a link to Michael Pollen's article The Intelligent Plant.
All great additional information on this shows topic.
Interested in reading the book Christine mentions - it's What Plants Know by Daniel Chamavitz.
There are three domestic breed cats that were created by cross breeding a domestic breed to a wild small cat specie resulting in a domestic cat with the coloring and physical characteristics of their ancestors. Most of these cats today have less than 10% wild cat in their lineage, but some animal rights groups are calling these cats a monstrocity, "frankencats" and is pushing the state of California to outright ban the sale, ownership, and breeding of these beautiful animals. The "Bengal" cat is the most popular of these breeds with over 100,000 in the USA.
Joining us today is certified cat behaviorist Marilyn Krieger who is an expert on the Savannah and Bengal breeds, and Savannah breeder and TICA Savannah Breed Chair Brigitte Cowell will dispell the myths and misconceptions of these breeds. Marilyn wrote an article about this subject on Catster. The backers of this legislation are the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Big Cat Rescue., who both did not respond to our invitations to join the show. ALDF is based in Portland, Oregon and has been successful in passing a ban in Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Nebraska, and Rhode Island.
Join in the discussion!
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!
When Alex Snydman first visited "Hybrid Jazz", he was ecstatic about the response that "Fortunate Action" was receiving. And he had every reason to be excited! Even those who don't praise easily were disarmed. Here's this gifted guitarist-turned-drummer who felt the music to his core. Beautifully written songs and a kind of synergy on the album that is only achieved after MANY albums, usually. Critics are still falling in love - and it has been a while since the project dropped. Last year :)
Alex is returned to the show so that we can pump up some very cool East Coast stops. He had spent incredible years in Massachusetts - and played in New York - but he's based in the Los Angeles area now. In order to complete his studies. For him to "come home" is a big deal! For you to see him? Even bigger. What he offers in the way of warmth and artistry in his performances is something that you don't want to miss.
"Fortunate Action", by the way, has meaning. Paraphrasing Alex, the use of the words represent thepositive ripples that multiply when we listen to our inner voice. He'll be happy to explain that more! As his friend and mentor, Eric Harland, says: "Alex embodies the spirit that we call love." And love cannot be anything but positive. Hey, it's gonna be THAT kind of show! Hah! We truly had a great time when we first met - WHILE we were speaking during "Hybrid Jazz" - and we both expect that good vibe to deja vu you this time as well.
You'll hear tracks from the CD, to be sure. One of the beautiful asides of this project is knowing that Alex, besides composing himself, graciously gave all three of his pianists space for their songs, too. You'll FEEL the gratitude!
Please join us on 7/29 - you are promised rejuvenation!
You know how HARD it is to describe terrific musicians that you've known for several years? Well - it IS! LOL! These incredible artists have thrilled crowds all over the WORLD - and they are both from the talent-rich Baltimore/Washington area.
Ray Gaskins will start the second hour of the show with his news - and there is ALWAYS news from Ray :) He has been touring with Roy Ayers - trust me, Roy keeps hims busy! But Ray has his own company, his own gigs and a life in Baltimore that has him on the run. We're glad to have him back in Charm City. For a few years, he was based in the United Kingdom, where love for Jazz seemed to be more profitable. Ray is truly loved there - and elsewhere around the globe. But he needed his "roots" again - and we needed HIM! That's how Phyllis Hyman felt about him, too. Ray spent time with the beloved Soul Superstar - and he worked with The Brand New Heavies, too. His discography speaks volumes - and we'll get to some tracks so you can HEAR the magic!
Elliot Levine is considered one of the Masters on keyboards. You spend a night at his various shows around the region and you clearly understand why. It's not just his technique and the swiftness of those fingers - but it's how he "zones" when he plays. You'll never see anyone like him. Like Ray, Elliot has a number of CDS that reflect his profound skill. Songwriting, too. His music has been featured on TBS, he has scored for an Emmy-nominated documentary, and has toured with the late Wilson Pickett - and STILL tours with Heatwave.
With how the Summer has been flying by, it's good to have our friends on NOW. There might be a time when we'll have a week or so without "Hybrid Jazz" - in our prep time for a Florida move. To have this chance is gold :-D Join us!
It's so fabulous to tell you how AWESOME our friend, David. P. Stevens, is doing. Since his last visit on the show, he has played the Iridium in New York, on the Cap Jazz Cruise, toured Europe and completed a new album! Oh - and his website is now updated to reflect the ever-evolving direction of "Mr. Guitar" :-D
This amazing guitarist/vocalist/composer/producer is determined to keep taking us on journeys with his music. David is not content to let anything BE. He wants to stretch the canvas, find new paint, and then draw outside the lines - are you feeling me? Jazz and Soul and Funk and Romance and music that's older than him combined with the young that he IS - it's all in that juicy Hybrid that is his and his alone.
You may have known David when he recorded "Timeless" or "The Shedd" or his last CD called "Epiphany." THAT was a star-studded project (Geralds Albright, Veasley, Carol Riddick, Frank McComb, Elan Trotman!) And "Mr. Guitar" is blessed with names as well, including a fellow Philadelphian, Gail Jhonson!
Let's celebrate the new layer of success that this bright and refreshing talent is just about to experience - "Mr. Guitar" will drop on 8/5/2014. We'll hear tracks from it and talk to David about how it came together - as well as the upcoming gigs where you can see his artistry POP!
We might just have another guest on Tuesday's show - "The Soulful Nerd", Kenny Wesley! Kenny has had some truly astounding success in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond. He's got a hot song on the charts with our friend, Mycah Chevalier, and he will also be in the house this Saturday - at the Christian de Mesones celebration at K2! Funny how our guests keep tying together, huh? That's the beauty of HYBRID :)
Hybrid Jazz has always strived to show class, dignity and variety with each episode. What you'll hear on 7/22/14 takes all of that to a new level. Helen Sung has been captivating listeners - via recording or live - since she emerged on the New York scene in the late 90's. But I'm getting ahead of myself ;)
Born to Chinese immigrants in Houston, our guest was playing piano at five. Her teacher was strict and permitted Helen to play only Classical music - which she did throughout her education at the respected Houston High School of Performing and Visual Arts. Her motivation for college: to teach and to perform when possible. All that changed when she saw Harry Connick, Jr., on stage - in Helen's last year of University of Texas at Austin.
The transition was swift. Obsessed with visualizing Harry's fingers on the piano, Helen got a hold of Everything-That-Is-Jazz: from Jelly Roll Morton to Keith Jarrett. She received dual degrees in Texas, but her eye was on the inaugural program at the Thelonious Monk Institute in Boston. It was mutual love - Helen's unique talent was now under the watchful eye of Artistic Director, Ron Carter. She toured with the Cream of the Jazz Crop - across the water with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. It changed her life. And ours who are fans.
That move to New York cemented what many already knew, including Wynton Marsalis, who now has HIS eye on where Helen Sung will land next. Terri Lyne Carrington knows, Helen having been a key component in the award-winning "Mosaic Project" in 2011. The Kennedy Center realizes her power, too - she is a recipient of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition.
Her sixth project, "Anthem For a New Day" is brilliant and brave. We could go ON for days about Helen Sung - but let HER tell her story: on 7/22/14 :)
It's such a privilege to have the friendship of Norman Woods - who is also known by his Jazz Poet moniker. He has changed it a few times but this current name will stick (I'm convinced!) N-Side The Healer seems right. Especially when you get to know Norman :) From the San Francisco Bay area, he is also a screenwriter and a music publisher. And has had epiphanies in his life that beg to be shared. Like homelessness. And true psychological challenges. In his poetry, N-Side shares those struggles as well as his triumphs. He asks questions - and sometimes he answers them himself. But he wants US to think. Way beneath the surface. Norman's not much for "surface." When you've been on the street, you get to see people at their best and worst. He has never forgot that lesson or any other that he has learned. Hear it for yourself via "Living in the Poetry Hotel" - we'll hear three tracks from this latest project by our beloved friend.
Kim Waters joins us on 8/20! This immensely popular saxophonist is celebrating 25 years of giving us joy - that instrument has produced four # 1 albums and more than a dozen # 1 singles. Kim is from Maryland and folks in the state can tell you - he's a "Hometown Hero!" And it's terrific to know that he returning to this region for a special date at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. Here's the reason why: Kim has a new CD on the way! Called "Silver Soul", it's full of original music - our "hero" wrote ten of the twelve tracks :) Sharing the immensely warm vibe on the album: Kim's talented wife, Dana Pope, as well as Eric Roberson and the teen actress/singer, Zendaya. We'll hear classic tracks from Kim and get the lowdown on his new & exciting life! C U in The Chat Room!
How fabulous to have my friend, Bass Master/Composer/Teacher/Clinician/Mentor Christian de Mesones return to "Hybrid Jazz!" In previous visits, Christian and yours truly would discuss upcoming scenarios for Groove Skool, a group that has earned wide respect for several years. But our guest has NEVER been the kind of artist to let the grass grow under his Big New Yawk feet ;) He has plans for shows and projects - and thoughts to share!
This charismatic individual has been playing bass for over 30 years. At 18, he graduated from what is now known as The Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California. There, he had the opportunity to study with Abe Laboriel, Steve Morse, Pat Metheny, and Ray Brown - among others! By request from a famous faculty member (a guest of the school), Christian performed an original for graduation. And made Pat Martino extremely happy!
Thereafter, Christian served as superlative bass man for a number of groups - in Hawaii, Virginia and New York (of course!) In the mid-80's, he was a key member of "Twice Shy" - out of The Big Apple. Heavy Metal. Oh, yes, this man is known to be HYBRID, Baby! Multiple genres. A move to the South put him in the spotlight with Hip Hop and R & B acts - and he was the bassist for the popular "Big Patt and Legion" in Richmond - they were known for drawing exceptionally large crowds.
When Christian made the move to Northern Virginia, things came to a delightful musical boil: he was teaching, getting involved with students (ask him about his "Bass Symphony!") and creating the vibe for Groove Skool. Now, a BIG show for Big New York looms - the reason for his visit - and we hear that there's another recording in the future! Let's put it to you this way: his visits are never boring. LOL! Join us on 7/24 - in The Chat Room!