• 01:13

    Up Close & Personal with Jazz-Soul-Funk Keyboardist Greg Manning

    in Entertainment

    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.

  • 00:42

    UP Close & Personal with Dynamic Keyboardist & Saxophonist Duo "The JT Project"

    in Music

    Welcome to a closer look at the dynamic duo... The JT Project !!!

    The JT Project: a multi-talented force of sound that brings forth a unique musical conceptualization: “a new genre in music called JT”. Adventurous and bold, Jacob Webb (Keyboards/Bass) and Todd Schefflin (Saxophone), leaders of The JT Project, knew that it would take more than just a passing interest in music to become the creative force that they envisioned. Jacob commands each stroke on the keyboard to awaken the soul with a touch of fire, and Todd caresses the notes to life with every breath.

    Todd hailing from Philadelphia, and Jacob from Kansas City, the two musician’s paths collided in 2007 at the prestigious William Paterson University music department in New Jersey. After an immediate musical connection, Jacob and Todd started writing music together, which eventually led to the formation of The JT Project in 2009. 

    The JT Project has exponentially expanded into a musical collective, incorporating the most talented Jazz and Soul musicians in New York City. The members of the group have toured and recorded with major label legends such as Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Jaheim, Ashford and Simpson, Kenny Garrett, Joe, and Mulgrew Miller among many others. 

    The JT Project has independently released four critically acclaimed albums: Love Passion Correspondence Vol. 1 (2009), Love Passion Correspondence Vol. 2 (2012), Love Passion Correspondence Vol. 3 (2013), and now their latest release Under The Covers featuring the single “Jetsetter.” 

  • 02:01

    Up Close & Personal with Keyboardist/Singer "Chance Howard"

    in Entertainment

    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.  


  • 01:31

    LOTL The Comfort Zone Presents Grammy Winning Keyboardist Gregg Karukas

    in Music

    The “Secret” is out! 2013 Grammy winner Gregg Karukas is back with a new collection featuring his signature piano touch, pristine production, and melodies that are both soulful and sophisticated. Organic, funky, and melodic is how the original Rippingtons keyboardist describes his latest, long awaited 12th solo project, "Soul Secrets". Gregg's elegant grand piano melodies and infectious grooves are everywhere; this time around he digs into his roots, featuring the classic Fender Rhodes, Wurlie, Minimoog and B3 keyboards quite a bit.

    At a generous and expansive 14 tracks and no covers, "Soul Secrets" reveals Karukas as an artist who has refined his sound to be instantly recognizable while constantly exploring a wide range of styles and grooves – from old school soul-jazz, with hints of gospel, R&B and funk to the world/samba grooves he immersed himself in while touring with Brazilian legends Sergio Mendes and Dori Caymmi. The album’s debut single, “Elegant Nights” is classic Karukas; it was the #1 Most Added Track in its first week on radio. The live interplay sizzles as Gregg surrounds himself with an all-star guest list that includes his friends Rick Braun, Euge Groove, guitarists Ricardo Silveira, Michael O’Neill, Adam Hawley and James Harrah; violinist Charlie Bisharat, Luis Conte, Eric Valentine, Nate Phillips; vocalists Shelby Flint and Ron Boustead and 21 year old rising sax star and occasional touring partner Vincent Ingala. 


  • 01:34

    Up Close & Personal Welcomes Keyboardist "Kevin Howard"

    in Music

    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.


  • 03:00

    Hybrid Jazz - with Saxophonist Ray Gaskins and Keyboardist Elliot Levine!

    in Music

    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!

  • 01:31

    Keyboardist Scott Allman's Contemporary Jazz comes 2 CoffeeTalk Jazz Radio

    in Music


    We are excited to welcome our very special guest pianist/composer Scott Allman. His contemporary jazz sounds are peppered with thoughtful melodies, powerful hooks and styles that range from classic to improvisational jazz. 

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  • 02:01

    "Up Close & Personal" with Keyboardists/Composers "Al DeGregoris" & "Vel Lewis"

    in Music

    As he continues his emergence as a dynamic new independent artist in the contemporary jazz world, keyboardist and composer Al DeGregoris still remembers the encouraging words he parents would offer frequently as he was growing up in Long Island: “Be patient. Work hard. Everything will come, All In Good Time.” That last phrase is the perfect title of DeGregoris’ new album, the latest step in the fulfillment of his musical dreams, which finds him vibing with some of contemporary jazz’s top hit making artists.

  • Don Slepian: Classical Music of the Future

    in Music

    Don Slepian is a preeminent Classical Electronic Keyboardist who is famous for performing original, improvised orchestral music that excites and inspires audiences. Hailed as “one of the genre’s major talents” by Rolling Stone Magazine, he is an award-winning artist with critically acclaimed performances in both Paris and New York City.

    Don Slepian is a true pioneer in electronic music.  He has been presented in prestigious venues such as; New York’s Lincoln Center by WNYC’s New Sounds, in the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris by the French Ministry of Culture, in Thailand by the Karen Baptist Church, and at the Waikiki Shell in Hawaii by the Honolulu Symphony Society.

    Read more about Sea Of Bliss by Don Slepian

    “Sea Of Bliss” on CD Baby


  • "Up Close & Personal" with Multi-instrumentalist, "Al DeGregoris"

    in Music


    As he continues his emergence as a dynamic new independent artist in the contemporary jazz world, keyboardist and composer Al DeGregoris still remembers the encouraging words he parents would offer frequently as he was growing up in Long Island: “Be patient. Work hard. Everything will come, All In Good Time.” That last phrase is the perfect title of DeGregoris’ new album, the latest step in the fulfillment of his musical dreams, which finds him vibing with some of contemporary jazz’s top hit making artists.


  • 01:32

    The Death of Michael Hutchence 17th Anniversary Psychic Yvette Scott Connects

    in Rock Music

    Michael Hutchence was the lead singer of the band INXS, a popular rock group in the 1980s and 1990s.



    Michael Hutchence was born on January 22, 1960, in Sydney, Australia. In high school he formed the band The Farriss Brothers which became INXS. They released a self-titled debut album in 1980 which was a hit in Australia. They reached the American audience through heavy video rotation on MTV and their album Kick became a huge international hit. Hutchence was found dead by hanging in 1997.

    Early Life

    Michael Kelland John Hutchence was born on January 22, 1960, in Sydney, Australia. A vibrant and sensual performer, Michael Hutchence was the lead singer of INXS, a popular rock group in the 1980s and '90s. The son of a makeup artist and a businessman, he spent part of his childhood in Hong Kong. Hutchence grew up listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, among others. In high school, he met keyboardist and guitarist Andrew Farriss, and the two became friends and bandmates. They formed a band with bassist Gary Beers. Later on, Farriss brothers, Tim, a guitarist, and Jon, a drummer, joined the group along with Kirk Pengilly, who played guitar and saxophone, forming what was then called the Farriss Brothers.

    Formation of INXS

    After high school, Hutchence went to Perth with the band and played in some clubs there without a lot of success. They returned to Sydney and renamed themselves INXS. Landing a recording contract, the group released its first self-titled album in 1980. The group's first hit in Australia was "Just Keep Walking," and with their powerful live shows, they began to attract quite a following. With elements of funk and new wave, the band had a distinctive sound. Hutchence's strong vocals also won people over. He had great charisma and sex appeal, with some comparing him to Mick Jagger or Jim Morrison.


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