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Charles Whitfield and R&B artist Will Downing talks to us about The Queen City Jazz Fest happening June 20, 2015 at The Uptown Amphitheater at NC Music Factory in Charlotte, NC. Artists scheduled to performed are Will Downing, Brian Culbertson and Mike Phillips with Karen Briggs. Tickets are on sale at www.livenation.com. You'll also hear new music from Will Downing's new release, Chocolate Drops.
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Canadian Musician Radio is nothing if not diverse, and this week's show is proof.
Canadian hip-hop pioneer Saukrates speaks with Mike prior to his performance at Burlington's Sound of Music Festival about what he's currently got on the go, the state of Canadian hip-hop, and a lot more.
We've also got songwriter and producer Murray Daigle of MDS Recording, speaking primarily about the composition of "Together We Are One, the official anthem of the 2015 PanAm Games kicking off in Toronto in July.
Finally, we've got Laurent Saulnier, the VP of programming and production for the Montreal International Jazz Festival telling us all about the 36th edition of the fest and some of its behind-the-scenes happenings.
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.
This evening, I will interview and share music of Maija Rejman a jazz vocalist who resides in the Washington Metropolitan area. When she was nine years old, she began performing on several Jacksonville, FL television stations. At 11 years old, she sang regularly on the radio for the USO in Newport, Rhode Island, and on WEEI, Boston. Then at age 12 local Boston songwriters started hiring Maija to do new song demos. After graduating from high school, she sang briefly with Bobby Timmons at the original Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C. In 1987, Maija sang at the Apollo Theatre winning one of the weekly contests. As a result, she started performing in all the major venues in the Washington Metropolitan area. Over the years, Maija has performed with many great jazz artists such as Bobby Timmons, Keter Betts, Ron Elliston, Charlie Byrd, Buck Hill, Bob Butta, Robert Redd, Chuck Redd, Tommy Cecil, James King, Wade Beach, David Kane, Drew Gress, Naser Abadey, Lenny Robinson, Tony Martucci, Mike Crotty and Claudio Roditi. Join us this evening at Jazz Notes keeping jazz alive.
Carter Calvert is known in QUITE a few circles - she is, without hype - a respected fixture in the New York Theater scene. Carter has brought life to "Always...Patsy Cline" - as well as "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Cats." She co-starred with Gregory Porter and Eloise Laws in "It Ain't Nothing But the Blues" and has traveled the world with the touring company of "Smokey Joe's Cafe." TV appearances and voice-over work for Wendy's, MTV and Amazon - and a list of household names that have shared the stage with her - we could be here for days! Carter has returned to a first love: Jazz - with a new album called "It's a Man's World." All male-originated songs done from a female perspective. It's divine! And she has a release party coming in her stomping grounds soon - let's celebrate in the first hour of the show :)
In the third hour, Wayne Jones drops by! He might not stay long because he's covering a LOT of territory while he's in the States. In Australia, he is known as one of the mightiest session bassists of all time! He's also a songwriter and arranger and master clinician. For over three decades, Wayne has gifted other musicians with the beauty of that fluid, funky and fearless bass. With his years of studio work - and his TV/film credits - Wayne thought it was time to release another body of work to feed the Jones-hungry crowd who demanded it. There are five tracks on "Mr. Jones" - but those are filled with the greatness of Wayne's bass and guests: Rick Braun, Mike MacArthur and Philippe Saisse! He'll be with Mike on the last Sunday in August - in Clearwater, Florida. But he found the time beforehand to visit with us! There is so much wonderful music to share - join us in The Chat Room and let's enjoy it together!
This evening, I will interview jazz vocalist Lutalo Olutosin and play tunes from his CD, Sweet Lou’s Blues. After 35 years in the US Military, Colonel Lutalo Olutosin decided to pursue his musical dream and introduce his musical talents to the world. He is known as jazz vocalist, Sweet Lu Olutosin. On his recent release Sweet Lou’s Blues, we hear Jeremy Pelt, Jerome Jennings, Tivon Pennicott, and Mike Carn. This year, Sweet Lu completed the first of two 2015 European tours where he headlined the Frank Sinatra Centennial tribute show "Cheek to Cheek" with the Antonio Ciacca Orchestra.
Born in East Chicago, Indiana. Raised during early life in Gary, Indiana, Lutalo (Lu) moved to the Deep South (Madison, Mississippi) in the mid 1970. He was heavily influenced by his family of gospel singers and musicians. While in the US Military, he embarked on a music career that included performances in Jazz, R&B and musical stage productions, across South Eastern United States. Lou blends straight-ahead and modern Jazz styles with bossa nova and soulful rhythms during his performances. Join me as we discuss his career and explore his music. Jazz Notes keeping jazz alive!
This evening, I will interview Fred Irby, III and play the music of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble 2014. Mr. Irby a native of Mobile, Alabama is a Professor of Music at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is the Coordinator of Instrumental Music program, trumpet instructor, and Director of the internationally acclaimed Howard University Jazz Ensemble (HUJE). Mr. Irby is also the Principal Trumpet of the Kennedy Center Opera House Show Orchestra and has recorded several films for the History Channel. In addition, he can be heard playing principal trumpet on the cast recording of Stephen Sondheim's musical BOUNCE. Mr. Irby arranged for the jazz ensemble to make several international tours which enriched the students and their international audience’s knowledge of jazz. Join us as we keep jazz alive at Jazz Notes.
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!
In Washington, D.C., we are fortunate to have several performing musicians that are internationally known and they direct Jazz programs at Universities in the area. This evening, I will interview Allyn Johnson who is the director of The University of the District of Columbia Jazz Studies Program. In addition, we will listen to tunes from his recent release, The Light That Grew Among Us. He is a native Washingtonian with many talents. Not only does he play the piano, he is an educator, composer, arranger and producer. He is one of the most sought after musicians in the jazz community. As a result, he divides his time between two cities, appearing at the Blue Note, Village Vanguard, and Birdland in New York, and Blues Alley and Bohemian Caverns in his home town. Join us this evening at Jazz Notes where jazz lives!
When Rebeat magazine asked host Jude Southerland Kessler (http://www,johnlennonseries.com) to select the 10 "Best of the Fest for Beatles Fans 2015," she was a little daunted! ONLY TEN? It was hard to do with live bands, scores of Beatles experts and authors, panel discussions, Beatles yoga, Beatles recipe demos and tastings, "happenings" in the Faboratory, trivia contests, art displays, and SO much more!!! But on this show, Jude will attempt to nail down the 10 most exciting things to see and do at the Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans, Aug. 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare! Count up with her from #10 to #1, and then mark your calender to see them all in person in just 8 days! The Chicago Fest for Beatles fans really IS the place where "a splendid time is guaranteed for all!" Jude will see you there for her 3 lives presentations and book signing in the Marketplace.
Alex Gershman with Sasha's Bloc is back to talk their new hit single FEELS LIKE JAZZ!
Jazz collective Sasha’s Bloc solidifies their growing presence on the U.S. music scene with an original album that hearkens back to the Big Jazz Band sound of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, and to a performance style that evokes such seminal acts as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Count Basie, Scott Joplin, Ella Fitzgerald and more.
Sasha’s Bloc is an amalgam of varied artists, nationalities and experiences, all fueled by bassist and songwriter Alex Gershman to deliver a sound that is consistently big, boisterous, full of spirit and rich in everything that makes jazz linger as an American phenomenon. On Heart On Fire, Gershman is honored to have Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit perform on multiple tracks.
The group’s core nonet is comprised of Nora Rothman, vocal; Brandon Fields, saxophone; Alex Budman, saxophone, clarinet; Kye Palmer, trumpet, Bob McChesney, trombone; Kevin Winnard, drums; Steve Cotter, guitar; Andy Langham, piano. Guest artists on the upcoming album include: Jane Monheit, vocal; Alvin Chea, vocal; Patrick Tuzzolino, vocal; Princess Fortier, vocal; Glynis Leflore vocal; Octavia Pace vocal; James Lum, banjo; Jason Fabus, accordion; Marc T. Bolin, Tuba. Gershman plays upright bass and electric bass.
This Friday at Noon join us for one of the most interesting interview we have ever done. Star down to earth, unique and a beautiful spirit. Her outward beauty is just the tip of the iceberg of who she really is.
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