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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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You may have just viewed a brief description of Renee Rosnes within the parameters of this page. Trust and believe, you cannot be BRIEF when describing her talent! She has been noted as both pianist and composer for a long time - and we bless the day that she moved to New York from Vancouver in order to facilitate her reputation :)
Renee is also an arranger - please make note. And she is The "Go-To" goddess on keys for the filet mignon of artists within Jazz circles. Joe Henderson, Buster Williams, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson. They'll TELL you. James Moody asked her to join his elite circle of musical friends in 1989. Renee was with his band until his passing in 2010.
As well as her own endeavors, Renee has taken part in grand events that would exhaust mere mortals. She has been music director for prestigious affairs (one in particular comes to mind to honor her late, beloved boss, James Moody). She has produced at Lincoln Center, has been involved with the SF Jazz Collective, has interviewed for the "Jazz Times", and has hosted her own radio show for Canada's CBC.
Please let her website do the talking, though. One perusal at her "performances" page and you'll see the kinds of company that she keeps. With Jimmy Greene, with Cecile McLoren Salvant, Anat Cohen, Ingrid Jensen, Terri Lyne Carrington, and a mainstay in her life: Ron Carter. One of the most wonderful decisions that Renee has made in her career is to consciously seek out those with whom she has a connection - rare legends have asserted that they have a connection with RENEE. It's no surprise that this amazingly intuitive artist has won multiple Juno Awards. With a birthday coming in March - and with all of these fabulous CD release shows, there is MUCH to celebrate! Join us on 2/9 - and we'll do JUST that!
The Caribbean Jazz Fraternity has lost one of its Giants, and so tonight we pay tribute to Raf Robertson. I invite all Caribbean musicians , friends whose lives were made richer for having known this Giant.Call in 626-414-3450 or via skype on the show page. Nigel Campbell will be our guest along with co host Cheryl Holder out of Barbados.Join us 8pm est. 9pm Caribbean
Caldera Fest, billed by some as the Pagan Woodstock, is coming up at the end of May. David Banach is the mastermind behind this one of a kind Pagan music festival. 29 acts will be on the stage over the course of four music filled days. David is going to talk about some of the work that goes into organizing such an event as well as all 29 musical acts. Tickets are still available.
David Banach (Pronounced ban-ah-sh like ganache) is a husband, father and has been an active part of the Pagan community for many years. He began the Magick Jukebox Podcast in 2010 and has been actively promoting Pagan music ever since. He took over the Proud Pagan Podcasters a few years ago after the passing of the late Dave Grega.
Musicians at Caldera Fest
Damh the Bard
Didges Christ Superdrum
Dragon Ritual Drummers
Murphey's Midnight Rounders
Sharon Knight and Winter
Ginger Doss and Linda Millard
Rowena of the Glen
Cepheus and Senam Palmer
Caldera Fest is also where Tuatha Dea and their 13 co-conspirators will official release and reveal The Green Album.
What a ball to have Jonathan Widran visit us again! Our L.A. Connection has much on his plate - he's a sought-after professional in a number of ways. Jonathan has interviewed hundreds of celebrities - those who are considered Pop and Rock legends. And beloved artists in the world of Jazz. As well, he is keenly observant of what happens in the film industry - having spoken to a studio executives and actors alike. As a member of NARAS for years, he also knows the inner workings of all facets of music. Did I mention that he has a GREAT reputation? You might hear that again ;)
Growing up in Chicago, our guest fell in love with music early in life. He couldn't help it. Knowing his Mom the way many of us do, she made sure that her little boy heard truly fabulous artistry. He especially gravitated to 70's & 80's Pop (Elton John a favorite!) - and his sister laid down the law concerning required listening: to Motown and Philly Soul.
With his sights set on writing, Jonathan graduated from UCLA. Two years later, he was at the Catalina Jazz Trax Festival and the ball started to roll concerning his future. Ideas were exchanged about the growing popularity of Contemporary Jazz - conversations that blossomed with good friend, Dan Margulies. He was the pivotal force that introduced Jonathan to talents like The Rippingtons, David Benoit, and Bill Bergman (you remember the glorious sax from "You Belong to the City?") Blissfully, these convos turned into action. And Jonathan found himself writing for important publications that made a difference in every day lives. About entertainment, leisure, happenings in Los Angeles that readers needed to know - most especially when it came to MUSIC.
The resume is LENGTHY - let Jonathan tell you about it when he visits at one p.m. Eastern on 1/21 - you're gonna be WOWED by the visit!
It's almost difficult to write about someone who is your friend - who you have seen grow and flourish over the course of several years. Kerensa Gray is that and a mink coat :) She first came to visit yours truly when we were face-to-face at my former radio station. She had to make the trek from her cozy house in Pennsylvania to unknown territory in Maryland. But she went the distance the way she does ALL things: fearlessly.
As a middle school student, Kerensa showed a great deal of promise via the violin. So much so that she played in the Frostburg State University Orchestra during those tender years. Through the course of playing so much music and so often, she discovered that she had a voice. And there was no stopping her motivation to become the best that she could be. With discipline and an unbelievable array of gigs during the time that I've known her, Kerensa has truly made a name for herself. We've covered two albums during previous visits - the last was "Bliss" (and it was!). This time, we'll focus on her new "Take Me In." She covers beloved standards in the way that she knows how: with the knowledge and love of Jazz, with the innate Blues and Gospel that she feels - and with Folk and Smoke combined. You'll hear and you'll KNOW.
Kerensa was the last winner of the annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition that was an important reason why attendees visited Artscape in Baltimore. They let that event go, sadly - but Kerensa is still known for that remarkable honor. It has paved the way for lovely musical associations with some of the greats in the business. But, to really get a feel for what she can do, see her when she headlines. Especially in intimate gatherings when she can let her hair down and sink her teeth INTO a song. That's the Kerensa I know! Join us at ONE on 1/12!
Happy Monday gorgeous ones!.. Welcome to another editon of Jazz Ubiquity with Djb-1. If you've experienced a case of those Monday blues, and are in search of some relaxing music to take it all away, then this show is for you. Djb-1 specializes in bringing you some of the best jazz music around. With artists like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Kenny G, Al Jarreau, Gerorge Benson, Grover Washington and many more of these legendary intrumental artists, How could you pass up this opportunity to hear these greats. Now if this sounds like your kind of spot, then the doors to the Red Carpet Room are open.. Will you come inside?.. You'll love the experience of Jazz Ubiquity in your ears!. Presented by Diversity Of The Minds. If you'd like to interact with the host, dial 516-531-9334.
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