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  • 01:03

    KEYBOARDIST AND PRODUCER NICHOLAS COLE

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    Trippin N Rhythm's recording artist keyboardist and producer Nicholas Cole is back with this third release, Night Sessions.  With a killer horn section and featuring saxophonist Steve Cole on Date Night, basist Julian Vaughn on My Love, Anthony Saunders on So Good, and Kay-Ta-Matsuno on Hide and Seek.  Night Sessions is available on Amazon.


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  • 01:00

    KEYBOARDIST NATE HARASIM

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    Celebrating 10 years in the music industry, composer, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Nate Harasim, earned a Grammy nomination for his work on Dave Koz’s Billboard #1 Jazz Album Hello Tomorrow and a 2014 Soul Train nod for Vandell Andrew’s #1 hit “Let’s Ride.” He scored a #1 for Steve Oliver (“Fun in the Sun”) as one of 14 Top 20 tunes and has also helmed sessions for Darren Rahn, Steve Oliver, Lin Rountree, Julian Vaughn and Vandell Andrew, among others. A tireless entertainer Harasim’s hundreds of stage appearances include performing at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball with best pal Rahn and playing twice at the Dubai International Jazz Festival.  


    His new album “Shades of Nate” on Woodward Avenue Records, afforded him the creative license to produce an eclectic and out of the box record.  On this release he worked with two rappers, K-Squeez and Dyl. Track # 7 is a “wild twist” as Jonathan Widran puts it, to a Beethoven song called Moonlight Sonata and he covers Phil Collins’ mega hit, In The Air Tonight featuring Melina and Nils. Other guest artists include, trumpeter Lin Rountree, saxophonist Elan Trotman, vocalist Anna Stevenson, drummer Ricky Lawson, and so many more!


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  • 00:55

    KEYBOARDIST VAHAGN STEPANYAN

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    Vahagn Stepanyan is a gifted Armenian-born keyboardist, songwriter, composer, arranger and producer.  His debut cd, "Moonlight" infuses the musical styles of Smooth Jazz, R&B and Funk with the talents of artists from the USA, Brazil, Armenia, Thailand, Israel, Turkey, Slovenia and Germany.  Moonlight features saxophonist Eric Marienthal, guitarist Adam Hawley, bassists Melvin Lee Davis and Anthony Crawford, drummer Cleverson Silva, and trumpeter Tony Guerrero.  Moonlight is available May 5, 2015.  Pre-order your copy today on Amazon.


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  • 00:57

    KEYBOARDIST KEVIN HOWARD

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    Kevin Howard's new cd, Travels, takes you on a journey with 10 of his original compositions blending contemporary jazz, smooth jazz fusion, funk and Latin rhythms.


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  • 00:44

    KEYBOARDIST BOB BALDWIN

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    Four-time SESAC Award-winning and Grammy nominee Pianist/Arranger Bob Baldwin continues his flow of music, and follows up with his tributes to Michael Jackson and Songwriter extraordinaire Thom Bell with his MelloWonder/Songs In the Key of Stevie CD.


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  • 00:46

    Sax Therapy for your Mind, Body & Soul & the music of keyboardist William Green!

    in Music

    Sax Therapy for your Mind, Body & Soul features the original music of Traysee J Leonard aka "The Sax Therapist" That's me your host! I'll spotlight the music of keyboardist William Green from Atlanta. A native Chicagoan, William has made his mark in Atlanta playing with major artists for years, He's a great songwriter, producer and performer. You can get an earful on this episode of Sax Therapy.I'll also deal with whatever is coming outta my head! I'll share it with you! Tune in! This is your prescription for smooth, your station for smooth jazz and inspiration!!!   .  

  • 00:32

    Keyboardist extraordinaire Daryl Davis joins Michelle on The Open Stage

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    Michelle will interview  Daryl Davis, who has been keyboardist and bandleader for Rock ‘n Roll’s founding father Chuck Berry for over a quarter of a century. Chicago native Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University, with a degree in Jazz.  Additionally, he was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson who both claimed him as their godson and praised his ability to master a piano style that was popular long before he was born.  


    Apart from The Daryl Davis Band, he has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others.  Daryl’s CDs American Roots and Alternate Routes, received rave reviews from leading Blues magazines, winning several WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) Awards for Best Artist in the Roots and Blues categories.  Daryl tours both nationally and internationally and recently released his Greatest Hits CD.  In addition to music, Daryl Davis is an author of a book, Klan-Destine Relationships, which tells of his extraordinary journey into the heart of one of America's most fanatical institutions the Ku Klux Klan.


     On February 5th Daryl will be present The First Annual Thanks for The Memories show, where he will present the best musicians in the DC/MD/VA area joining together to pay their respects and homage by remembering and celebrating every genre of music and every musician lost in 2015. Be sure to catch this interview and hear the music of Daryl Davis!


     


     


     

  • 01:21

    "Up Close & Personal" with composer, keyboardist "Jonathan Fritzen"

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    Jonathan Fritzen


    Fritzenized


    Take one of the hottest composers and keyboard players in instrumental pop, add in featured performances from the likes of Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor and Nils Landgren, hook them up with ten wonderful new tunes and what do you have?  The answer is ‘Fritzenized’, the latest album from the Billboard chart-topping, artist Jonathan Fritzén.


    It is the Swedish American’s fifth solo CD and follows the critically acclaimed ‘Magical’ from which the title cut blasted a path to #1 on every smooth jazz airplay chart on the planet.


    The fact that even before it’s release date, ‘Fritzenized’ has already become a chart topper says much for a collection that, two years in the making, is Fritzén’s most personal to date.  Writing, producing and (for the first time) mixing every track, he comes closer to his true musical vision than with any other project he has created so far.

  • 02:01

    Up Close & Personal with Jazz Pianist/ Keyboardist "Gail Jhonson"

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    Join us as Gail debuts her new album "New Beginnings" on today's show!!!


    Born and raised in the city of Philadelphia, Gail Denise Jhonson began piano lessons in elementary school at age 10. Proving to be a gifted student she advanced quickly and at age 14, played her first gigs on the organ with numerous local Funk and R&B bands. By the time she was 18, her musical pursuit led her to enroll into Berklee College of Music where she received a B.A. in Composition. Returning home, as a jazz pianist, Gail performed with several jazz bands, and other popular Philadelphia artists. She left Germantown in 1985, with her keyboard strapp?ed on and landed an audition with Morris Day (of The TIME). She eventually moved to Los Angeles to make her dream career come true!


     

  • 01:03

    KEYBOARDIST BRIAN SIMPSON

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    Simpson’s latest masterwork is the perfect amalgamation of music that is close to his heart – Jazz, R&B, Funk and Soul. Out Of A Dream (Released February 17, 2015) is Simpson’s sixth album as a leader and third recording for Shanachie Entertainment. “When I first embarked on making this album, I was at a point where I felt I had to take my music to a different place,” explains Simpson who enlists nine different co-composers on the album that keep the sound ever-evolving and fresh. “By collaborating with other composers I was able to explore different styles of writing while still maintaining my own vibe.” Out Of A Dream unites Brian Simpson with an all-star cast including saxophonists Najee, Dave Koz and Grace Kelly, guitarists Marc Antoine and Norman Brown, singer Maysa and trumpeter Maurice Brown, Jonathan Fritzen, among others.


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  • 01:56

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