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"Jazz is evolving...it's more of a spirit than a defined idea. I don't think I'm very concerned with the label of it. I just want to do something honest."
And with that, Woodwind Wizard/Multi-Instrumentalist/Composer/Young Visionary Josh Kwaasman stole my Hybrid Heart :)
Connecticut born, now New York based, this wonderful artist learned far more in his education than his teachers dreamed. With a Masters in Music from NYU's Jazz Program, Joshua has created a project with a main focus: a lifelong friendship.
Such a beautiful story...Josh and this boy (who he idolized) would ride bikes together. Age and boldness took them further on their trails, sometimes 100 miles away from home. Each time, Josh trusted his friend to get him back safely. Each time, Justin did. It makes for some personal music, "Songs of the Brother Spirit." But our guest isn't content with merely telling HIS tales. He wants to connect with YOU. He figures that, if the music doesn't move you, then he wants no part of it. This is a very different artist! And those with whom he has shared a stage (Ingrid Jensen, Tabla Master Badal Roy) quite agree.
Please join us on Thursday, May 16th - at two p.m. Eastern USA time - as we learn more about this ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award-Winner (twice, consecutively!) His solo at Lincoln Center...headlining at JazzPeru...his philosophy of texturing on stage (fascinating!). Let's open some doors into The Future of Jazz. We cannot find a more eloquent spokesperson :)
There is so much to celebrate in the Mid-Atlantic region - and one of the most anticipated of those celebrations is The Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival!
For one Saturday in July, everybody at Colton's Point (overlooking the beautiful Potomac) becomes "family" - that's how the closeknit organizers feel about their guests. Kim Cullins is the most articulate spokesperson for the Festival - and she will join us on Thursday, May 9th! Kim works for the Museum Division of St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks. So, yes, she's our Amy Poehler :-D
Kim will talk about the urgency of getting your tickets - they go on sale on the first of June. There are only 800 sold each year and they go QUICKLY! We think that's going to be the case for this year, especially - because the acts are different than what you'd normally see at an outdoor venue. AND this lineup is explosive!
Jessy J opens up the Festival at three - yes! Following our sultry saxstress - from Columbus, Ohio - The Urban Jazz Coalition! Seven musicians = 7th Heaven! Try to stay in your seat (we dare you!) for the closing act: EAST BAY SOUL! Indeed, true funk soldiers will gather in historic Maryland for a NEW historic occasion - the day that The Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival punches a hole in the sky! Greg Adams and his fabulous merry men are bringing their Oakland hybrid Jazz, Funk and Soul to fans who will be begging for mercy before the night is over. We might as well call it The Potomac Jazz and Seafood Love Fest :-D
Greg Adams will be stopping by to say hello on Tuesday - and we don't know who ELSE might be joining him! It's sure to be a great time - and a history lesson - wait until you hear the background of the Festival!
See you at one for the fun - The Chat Room is waiting.
In partnership with the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast, Spiranomics™ presents featured guest speaker, Julie Batillana, Associate Professor of Business Administration and Martin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School. Along with Matthew Lee, doctoral candidate in management at HBS, and John Walker, Finance Director at Echoing Green, Julie will discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by hybrid organizations. A hybrid organization is one that produces both social value and commercial revenue through a single, unified strategy.
Prior to the show, we highly recommend reading the article, "In Search of the Hybrid Ideal," published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (summer 2012). To access the article, go to: http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/in_search_of_the_hybrid_ideal
To learn more about Julie's exciting research, go to: http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=382192
To learn more about Echoing Green, go to: http://www.echoinggreen.org
To learn more about the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast, go to: http://www.mitcentralcoast.com/
Two of the most creative artists in Jazz, etc. (that EYE know, anyway!) are on the show this Tuesday, May 7th, 2013.
Daniel Bennett starts the fun at one - and he has great news: The Daniel Bennett Group's "Clockhead Goes to Camp" is available for your grateful ears :) Since 2004, Daniel has been turning out music to buy, but he has been playing for a lot longer. A multi-instrumentalis who zeroed in on saxophone at age ten and writes music via guitar, this highly regarded New Yorker wears even MORE hats. Besides leading his intuitive band, he also produces and promotes shows other than his own. He's quite good at being the spokesperson for these events - and it doesn't hurt when he shows up for them - Daniel is quite handsome as well as a talented/progressive musician. Who will not allow boxes to deter his vision. The Boston Herald calls what he does "Exploratory, Folk-Jazz Hybrid." Hah! Why do you think he's on the show?!
DC based Uber Bassist, Michael Bowie, is clearly one of those stunningly capable players that make your jaw drop. Some of the TRULY great in Jazz have thought so: Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Sarah Vaughn - because Michael played for them. By request. He studied under the great Keter Betts, is a National Endowment For Jazz Studies Award Winner, and has created "organic" (he loves that word!) repercussions from this region to international circles. Hey, if you're playing with Dee Dee Bridgewater, you're getting recognition - okay? Here's the reason why Michael is visiting: he has a group, Sine Qua Non (we'll ask questions :) Comprised of some of the most brilliant musical minds heard anywhere, this is (Michael's words), "Classical theory and fused with rhythms from around the world." As we say on Facebook: OMG - at three!
On this episode I'm excited to welcome my friend and colleague Atava Garcia Swiecicki of Ancestral Apothecary! We'll be discussing how to connect with the Earth in dreams and waking life, and also how to establish a relationship with the medicine of the plants around us every day. Talking about dreams and plants is one of my favorite things ever and Atava is a wealth of information. It will be an awesome show! Atava is a clinical herbalist, an acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu
If you remember the multi-talented Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn from the first interview that we did, you know what FUN we had! Tuesday, May 21st, promises more of same. But we also might hit a nerve. You would think that the subject of "Women in Jazz" wouldn't be a big deal in 2013, but there are many who would rather not discuss it. Janice and I relish that idea :) My co-host for the day is the director and producer of a fantastic documentary called, "...But Can She Play?" In it, wondrous women on instruments are featured - and their stories are told.
We'll have more of those tales when we hear from three (at least!) formidable talents on the Jazz scene.. One of the most visible musicians in Contemporary Jazz, Gail Jhonson, joins us! Her keyboard wizardry has caught the ears of an international audience - and her CD, "Herstory", writes another chapter in the evolution of strong female composition. The creation of "Jazz in Pink" is another testimony to this woman's creativity.
Grace Kelly just turned 21, but she has lived music more than most twice her age! Adept at saxophone, she has spun heads with her expertise and vision. Concerts don't lie - you can hear the maturity in her playing via "Live at Sculler's." Grace was a recent guest on the show - and is excited to be able to participate again, especially since she is featured in Janice's film!
In it as well is Hailey Niswanger, also a saxophonist of rare maturity, inspired by John Coltrane. Hailey has worked closely with Esperanza Spalding and a myriad of household names. She has been recognized by Berklee as someone special - an educator as well as performer. One listen to "Confeddie" and "The Keeper" and you'll hear HOW special!
The fun starts at ONE p.m. Eastern!
You may know the name Carl Stanley already - many already do, including some "heavyweights" in the business who have hired Carl to lend his sax to their appeal :-D
Roy Ayers is one of those who heard something special in the way that Carl plays. Three years of touring with a legend taught our guest more than playing ten years with anyone else!
There are three artists in the United Kingdom that have made ears perk and cash registers ring: Mica Paris, Will Young and Andy Abraham. And Carl has played with all three.
In 2011, our triple threat (alto, soprano, tenor sax) joined forces with Peter White - and it paved the way for all the pieces to fall together for Carl's "A Beautiful Thing" - released in 2012.
So appropriately titled...this delicious project features friends that add perfect magic to an already fabulous mix. Guitarist Dwight Sills, vocalist Gianna, and pianist Oli Silk work with that velvet sax to create some of the best contemporary Jazz that we have.
We'll hear three of those twelve originals when Carl Stanley joins us on Tuesday, May 14th. You'll hear him at the start of the show: one p.m. Eastern - and just about the time they get their groove on in London :-D
Threw you a curve ball there, didn't I?! Hah! We are celebrating International Jazz Day in a BIG way - playing songs from many of the artists who will be participating in this annual event. A project that not only brings together varying Jazz styles and influences - but one that promotes peace. Herbie Hancock's website states that Mehmet Munir Ertegun, the former Ambassador from Turkey, was the inspiration for the IJD to be held in Istanbul. A beautiful story, depicting the love of this late, great man - toward those in the Jazz community. A love that was felt by Mr. Ertegun's sons, who followed a career in music. Let's honor this wondrous day (April 30th) with all that we have :)
As well as the healing music of those who are coming together for this special day, we'll spend time with one of our favorite guests: Slim Man! You know the story by now: Papa Slim takes his five year-old son to see "The Five Pennies" with Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong. Tiny Tim takes one listen to Louis and exclaims, "That's what EYE want to do!"
Trumpet at 10, self-taught on piano and guitar, bass in middle school - then two bands of note: Momma Max and Boot Camp - and somewhere along the line, Timmy became Slimmy. And the rest is Manicotti history!
Yes, there's PLENTY more to say - but why the heck do you think we're conducting this interview? Slim has to have SOMETHING to say! LOL! Indeed, his guest appearance at The Temecula Wine & Music Festival this coming weekend is a big deal - with Patrice Rushen, Gregg Karukas, and Brenda Russell. Then, he's returning from his new home in Nashville BACK home to Baltimore - for a fundraiser on behalf of the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. That will be at La Scala on May 14th. So much to discuss! Join us at two p.m. - music at ONE!
A Lansing, Michigan, mortgage broker's dreams are coming true :) That's what Phil Denny's life was like for several years. He was actually the Vice-President of a company. But his passion for sax was fueling other dreams..
Finally, he decided to "go for broke" (as it were!) and concentrate on the true love of his life: playing music. The universe agreed with his decision and Phil has never looked back.
From part-time gigs to full-time, Phil caught the ear and eye of the locals and beyond. A dream became real in 2011 when keyboardist/producer Nate Harasim worked with Phil to launch his muscial debut, "Crossover." With the added touch of guitar master, Nils, and the magical voice of Anna Stevenson.
It's not rocket science to imagine that movie star looks and genuine chops are going to get attention - but this must be overwhelming for Phil. He just played Spaghettini's in Seal Beach, California - and the sold-out house showed love as though there was no tomorrow. And it gets better: Phil has plans and wants to share the news. That's why he's wasting no time and will be with us at the TOP of the show on Thursday, April 25th. One p.m. Eastern time. You'll learn about Phil's journey so far - and discover his music, for sure. But also learn the stories behind how soon in his career he has been able to share the stage with Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, Cindy Bradley, Howard Hewitt, and many more. If Cinderella was a male, his name would be Phil Denny. Whew!
This star is rising so fast that our collective heads are spinning! Catch him (quick:) www.phildenny.com
A busy Tuesday in late April! We have a Washington, D.C., based guitarist/bassist/saxophonist featured first. At the top of the second hour, Earl Carter discusses his new project, "Welcome Back, Carter!" Having known this multi-gifted talent for several years, it's a pleasure to watch his star rise way past the Mid-Atlantic. He recently completed his fifth three-month stint in Ethiopia, where he plays at the five-star Sheraton Addis. Earl was handpicked by one of the wealthiest men in the world, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoud, to be his most prestigious hotel band. Now back home, Earl is prepping for his CD release party, where he will no doubt gather some of those with whom he has shared the stage. Speaking of which, some of those include Angela Bofill, Pieces of a Dream, Spyro Gyra - and the best of Go Go, Soul and Jazz acts in the country. A front man as well as side, our friend is also known as a "go-to" Producer in the region.
You are probably not a stranger to the name Brian Simpson! The popular keyboardist/composer/studio musician has been immersed in the contemporary Jazz scene since he graduated from Northern Illinois University. Moving to L.A., he found musical kinship with Norman Brown and Everette Harp, among others. And took breaks from his serious intent on Jazz to tour with Teena Marie, Sheena Easton and Janet Jackson. In the 90's, he wrote the #1 hit for Surface, "The First Time" - and that's the decade when we glimpsed the foreshadowing of the Simpson Sound that was emerging. "Just What You Need" is dropping on April 23rd, 2013 - and that's the sentiment that many have regarding Brian - including Dave Koz, who has employed our guest as Musical Director for over a decade. Brian will be coming to Rehoboth Beach for his release party, but will spend time with us before he does - join us :)
Hope y'all are ready to ROCK! The staggeringly gifted pianist/composer, Gerald Clayton, kicks off the show at one on Thursday, April 18th. Born in the Netherlands, raised in Southern California and now based in New York, Gerald is used to being scrutinized. Amazing as a child, tutored by Kenny Barron and Billy Childs, it was inevitable that his path would be music. His Dad is bandleader and bassist, John Clayton - with his Uncle Jeff on sax, they are the nucleus of The Clayton Brothers Quintet. There is no reason to believe that Gerald's new project (his third as leader) - "Life Forum" - will be anything less than Grammy nominated. He has had three in his very young life. One of the most buzzworthy artists on the Jazz scene or any other. Ask the internationally known elders who want to play with him!Chelsey Green is another of those wondrous beings who gravitated to her instrument very young - at five. "The Green Violinist" was born into a family of Jazz and Funk musicians, but was classically trained. While attending the University of Texas at Austin, Chelsey interned at a Top 40 radio station. She envisioned a way of communicating contemporary music via her violin - incorporating the roots of her childhood, with the classics - to create a new sound to excite those in her generation. She has shared the stage with diverse artists - Roberta Flack, Tye Tribbett and MC Lyte. Like Gerald, she is not sworn to genre loyalty - but gravitates to those who share her passion for (wait for it) Hybridity :-D "Still Green: The EP" has done smashingly well since it's debut last year (Chelsey's used to being smashing!)One, Gerald. Two, Chelsey. Music from both in the meantime - and a few more tunes (new and old) that you'll love. Trust me. She said, smiling.