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Ottawa-based band MonkeyJunk plays a blend of swamp-rock roots and blues that in the relatively short time has earned them a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and a JUNO Award in 2012. Monkey Junk is three musicians who individually had established careers prior to forming MonkeyJunk: vocalist, baritone guitarist, harmonica and organ player Steve Marriner, lead guitarist Tony D and drummer/percussionist Matt Sobb. We are delighted that they will join us on Music FridayLive! this week with their new album, Moon Turn Red.
The strands formed in 2011 bring a genre-defying sound they like to call Artisanal. Thoughtful and provocative lyrics dominate, carried by a piano with a subdued drum and sophisticated guitar grooves. The result is almost jazz, but not quite – the Strands straddle the line between jazz and pop. Lead singer Amanda Campbell delivers original material - much of it written by the band's keyboard and piano artist Susan Ferrari - with a smooth voice, backed by the legendary Richard Green on lead guitar, Ferrari on piano and keys and the founder of the group, Paul, on bass. Restrained, thoughtful, striking, the Strands stand out and we are glad they are taking the time to talk with us on Music FridayLive!.
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!
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
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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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!
Playing Forgotten Music of the old 78 records
Monday piano and Organ Music
Jan August My Shawl
Ken Griffin College Medley
The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
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Jan August – My Shawl / Without You
Diamond Records 2032 released??
A: My Shawl
Composers Cugat, Adams, Berrios
Jan August Rhythm Stylists
B: Without You [2032 X]
Composers Farres, Gilbert
Jan August Rhythm Stylists
Ken Griffin – College Medley / The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
Label: Rondo – R-199
Genre: Brass & Military
A: College Medley
UB9956R Notre Dame –Wisconsin-Mane-Illinois –Georgia
B: The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
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