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One of urban contemporary jazz’s most versatile and acclaimed artists over the past 25 years, keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas is now a Grammy Award winner for producing, engineering, co-writing and arranging Omar Akram’s Echoes of Love, which won Best NewAge Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in February 2013.
jazz, funk, and soul
Swiss-American keyboardist Greg Manning has performed on stages throughout the U.S., Europe, United Kingdom, and Asia. Manning’s use of jazz, funk, and soul, to create simplistic yet, complex compositions, are blended with precise timbre and intricate instrumentation. They are rich in texture, and identifiably this recording artist’s distinctive imprint of Soul-Jazz.
While growing up in Zurich, Switzerland, Manning was mostly exposed to Jazz by his parents. Yet, he discovered his deep love for music only after hearing “Isn’t She Lovely” by the legendary Stevie Wonder.
He started playing the piano at age 12. Several years later, he moved to the U.S. to study piano and film scoring at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was during this time his break came. Manning was asked to compose the music for “Keep Cool”, the most successful and longest running German language musical. The musical led him back to Zurich, Switzerland, where he continued to compose and produce for records and television.
The Parrrrty in ON!! Boom Boom Room style today with Chance Howard and I.
Chance Howard....Singer, Keyboardist, Writer, Producer. Plays keys bass and sings for Candy Dulfer, Prince, Morris Day and The Time, and many others.
Chance will be sharing with us some fascinating facts about his musical endeavors, past and present.
Kevin Howard is a world class keyboardist,writer,composer,producer, and businessman.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Kevin is President and CEO of Key
Chapter Entertainment a company which includes full service recording and production.
Kevin has received several awards which include three “Best Jazz Performer Awards”
from renowned local urban radio station WAMO; the WQED Harry Schwab Excellence
in the arts award; Best Jazz Performer Champions Association; Pittsburgh City Paper “top three jazz performers”. Kevin, along with his band served as the Pittsburgh's WJJJ Smooth Jazz Band for more than two years, performing at various events sponsored by
the radio station.
Kevin recently toured with and was the musical director for jazz saxophone legend Ronnie Laws, also recorded and performed with saxophonist Marion Meadows, Norman Connors, Lonnie Liston Smith, Najee, and George Benson. In addition has shared the stage with Roy Ayers, Pieces of a dream, Joe McBride and John Legend.
Kevin also headlined concerts in Parkersburg, WV Jazz on the Green and Mid-Ohio
Valley Multi-culture Festival, Jazz under the Stars Harrisburg PA, International Festival Baltimore MD., National Urban League Convention, and several venues nationwide.
Kevin has three CD's “Random Groove”, “Collage”, and “Special Edition” which includes special guest saxophonist Marion Meadows and guitarist Rohn Lawrence. Kevin is currently in production with his fourth CD titled “Travels” due Spring 2014.
Kevin Howard's smooth dynamic sound, warm personality and infectious smile will have you yearning for more. Together with his band of world class musicians, the sounds you experience are tantalizing, smooth, dynamic , and mesmerizing. They project energy, passion and charisma in concert. Kevin is a true entertainer.
You know how HARD it is to describe terrific musicians that you've known for several years? Well - it IS! LOL! These incredible artists have thrilled crowds all over the WORLD - and they are both from the talent-rich Baltimore/Washington area.
Ray Gaskins will start the second hour of the show with his news - and there is ALWAYS news from Ray :) He has been touring with Roy Ayers - trust me, Roy keeps hims busy! But Ray has his own company, his own gigs and a life in Baltimore that has him on the run. We're glad to have him back in Charm City. For a few years, he was based in the United Kingdom, where love for Jazz seemed to be more profitable. Ray is truly loved there - and elsewhere around the globe. But he needed his "roots" again - and we needed HIM! That's how Phyllis Hyman felt about him, too. Ray spent time with the beloved Soul Superstar - and he worked with The Brand New Heavies, too. His discography speaks volumes - and we'll get to some tracks so you can HEAR the magic!
Elliot Levine is considered one of the Masters on keyboards. You spend a night at his various shows around the region and you clearly understand why. It's not just his technique and the swiftness of those fingers - but it's how he "zones" when he plays. You'll never see anyone like him. Like Ray, Elliot has a number of CDS that reflect his profound skill. Songwriting, too. His music has been featured on TBS, he has scored for an Emmy-nominated documentary, and has toured with the late Wilson Pickett - and STILL tours with Heatwave.
With how the Summer has been flying by, it's good to have our friends on NOW. There might be a time when we'll have a week or so without "Hybrid Jazz" - in our prep time for a Florida move. To have this chance is gold :-D Join us!
The multi-talented musician Greg Manning stops by to chat with host Mike Tee. Greg Manning is primarily a keyboardist in the Jazz/Soul/Funk genres, but he is also very accomplished in Composing, Producing, and many other areas. His latest album is entitled "Dance With You." Join Us Live!
Thursday on the Brian The Hammer Show we welcome a legendary Musician to the show:
-Larry Rust, Keyboardist & Vocalist with Iron Butterfly, Program Director & DJ SRrockingpop.com, Studio Owner, Arranger, Composer, Producer. In addition to his work with the legendary band Iron Butterfly Larry has also worked in studio with Chicago/CBS Records, REO Speedwagon/Epic-CBS Records, Stevie Wonder/Motown, Larry Carlton/Warner Bros, George Howard/GRP Records, Sacred Fire/Turn-Starsong Records, David Teems/The Calling/Ascension Records, David & The Giants/Word & Giant Rec, Mothers Finest/Capitol Records, Mark Lindsay/Independent, Geoff McBride/Arista Records, Kevin Kendricks/A&M, Kellye Huff/Giant, Mylon LeFevre/Starsong, Kaycee Grogan/Columbia-Sony, Kabanya Spears/MCA, Lafeyette Reed/Tony Mercedes Records, Bob Welch/Capitol, Warren Zevon/Elekrtra Asylum, Neil Larson/Warner Bros, Mandrill/Arista, Kansas/CBS Records, LaCosta Tucker/Capitol, Devin Payne/Casablanca, Slamm Jones/Independent, LA Dre/Independent, Leslie Phillips/Word, Bennie Hester/Word, Tammy Gunden/Home Sweet Home.
Larry will be here to promote his Music, Radio Shows and his Benefit Tours for Abused Women & Children Shelters & Sex Traffic Abuse Victims Shelters
Join us LIVE at 9am pacific - 12pm eastern time
-Max Ivey, Midway Marketplace, Helping people Buy, Sell and Trade New & Used Amusement, Concession and Confection Equipment. Free Appraisals
-Mirthell Bazemore, Author of the House of Elliott series & On The Backburner and soon to come The Daughters & Spirit of Harriet
Jay Rowe is a pianist and keyboard player from Milford Connecticut. For more than 10 years he has performed as a solo pianist and with other artists such as Heads Up recording artist Marion Meadows, Angela Bofill, Private Music recording artist Phil Perry, Shanachie recording artist Chieli Minucci and Special EFX, Positive Music recording artist Ken Navarro and Atlantic recording artist Wayman Tisdale. He has also composed music for GRP/Shanachie recording artist Nelson Rangell, Marion Meadows, and Peak recording artist Dotsero.
Jay also performs with his own group "The Jay Rowe Band". He has performed as the opening act for David Benoit, the Rippingtons, Bela Fleck and the Fleck Tones, Stanley Jordan, Jeff Lorber, and Candy Dulfer. As a solo recording artist he has recorded four CD's:
Jay is also responsible for The Annual "Smooth Jazz for Scholars" concert. This event is going on its 12th year and for 2014 the event has been set for Friday April 18 and Saturday, April 19, and will be held at the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium at the Parsons Complex 70 West River Street Milford. Doors will open at 7 p.m., concert begins at 8 p.m.
For tickets and information, you may also visit "http://www.jayrowemusic.com" http://www.jayrowemusic.com or call 203-874-4150.
Cal Harris Jr.’s upbringing in Los Angeles was not a typical one. His earliest exposure to music took place literally in the company of legends. As the son of Grammy-nominated sound engineer Calvin Harris, Cal Harris Jr. grew up wandering the halls of the renowned Motown Studios in Los Angeles. In fact, one of his fondest childhood memories was a trip to the candy store with Melvin Franklin of the Temptations—a treat he would appreciate even more as an adult. It was within this environment that Harris would develop a love affair with music…and a well-groomed talent.
“I fell in love with arranging music after attending a Commodores session with my dad. It was a great track and I fell asleep as they began working on the orchestration. I woke up a few hours later in a wonder land of music. Soaring strings and horns, and sizzling cymbal swells. It was amazing to hear the transformation, an experience I'll never forget." It's no surprise that Cal Harris Jr. went on to a career as a very sought after sound engineer and producer. He has worked with such music monsters as Earth Wind and Fire, Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Whitney Houston, and Beyonce. Harris found a comfortable niche as a very sought after recording engineer, programmer, and keyboard player for music giants. Still, it wouldn’t be long before he could no longer control the desire to combine his talents and record his very own works. The time had come for Cal Harris Jr. push his abilities to the next level and reveal the gifted composer within him.
Cal has a passion and talent for composition as well as a lifetime of priceless experiences in the industry. He drives home the idea of creating solid, seductive, and infectious melodies through impeccable production. He is involved in nearly every part of his music's production, including writing, keyboards and mixing.
2013 has been a particularly busy year for Oli, with the first half of the year spent mainly in his recording studio masterminding and completing his new CD entitled ‘Razor Sharp Brit’. This was released to the masses on September 17th 2013. However this was preceded by the 1st single release entitled ‘At Your Service’ which features the extraordinary talents of bass guitarist Julian Vaughn and is currently flying up the Billboard Top 30 Smoothjazz Radio Chart.
From his groundbreaking synth programming on Miles Davis’ 80s masterpieces Tutu, Music From Siesta and Amandla to his current partnership with DJ Logic and Falu in the pioneering global fusion group Global Noize, the Grammy Award winning New York native—dubbed by one insightful veteran journalist as the “Quincy Jones of Contemporary Music”—has consistently brought the highest level of artistry to his multi-faceted recordings (as both producer and artist) and live performances.
Miles has not only helped shape the landscape of contemporary jazz, but also brought his rich sonic textures as a keyboardist, arranger and producer to artists in a multitude of genres, from R&B/pop to Latin Jazz, Brazilian music and even children’s music and country (producing Suzy Boguss’ Sweet Danger).
His many years of collaboration with Marcus Miller include not only the Miles Davis projects but also classic recordings by David Sanborn (A Change of Heart, Close Up, Upfront) and Luther Vandross (The Power of Love, Any Love, Give Me the Reason). Committed to pushing the envelope of sonic possibilities and bringing out the best in the artists and musicians he vibes with, Miles has worked over the years with a proverbial who’s who of contemporary music: Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Michael Brecker, The Crusaders, Ruben Blades, Freddy Cole, George Benson, Joe Sample, Herb Alpert., Vanessa Williams, Grover Washington Jr, Lea Salonga.
In addition to conceiving, producing and arranging two very successful tribute recordings dedicated to Grover, Miles—who did the synth programming on Washington’s 1987 album Strawberry Moon --has paid tribute to the late sax great in an even more intimate way: by producing and executive producing Grover Live...More abou this on the show..
Danny Thomas is the original keyboardist for ConFunkShun!
Con Funk Shun is an American R&B and funk band popular in the 1970s and 1980s. Influences include James Brown and Sly & the Family Stone.
Kurt Walker, professionally known by his stage name Kurtis Blow, is an American rapper and record producer. He is the first commercially successful rapper and the first to sign with a major record label.
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