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Alan (Giants of Jazz Radio) and Jose (Jazz Con Class Radio) are very honored to have with us jazz historian, jazz journalist and author Scott Yanow. We will cover his biography in detail and then concentrate on "West Coast Jazz." We will decipher this sub-genre of "Cool Jazz" by discussing its roots and its history. We will also touch on the 60's Jazz scene in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Join us, listen and/or call in!
Scott Yanow (Bio):
.....Jazz Journalist and historian. Since then, I have been involved in many projects. Being the Senior Editor for the 3rd edition of the All Music Guide For Jazz resulted in a countless number of my CD reviews and biographies being utilized throughout the internet including Pandora Radio. In addition to having written ten books so far (most recently The Jazz Singers) and writing for the Jazz Heritage Club, I have written several episodes for the popular jazz radio series Jim Cullum's Riverwalk - Live At The Landing.
I have written over 750 liner notes, hundreds of press biographies and press releases, and it has been said that I have reviewed more jazz recordings than anyone in history. I have contributed to virtually all of the major jazz magazines including Downbeat, Jazz Times, Jazziz, Cadence, Coda, The Mississippi Rag, Jazz Forum, Jazz News, The Jazz Report, Planet Jazz, Jazz Now and Jazz
Improv. These days I write regularly for Jazz Inside, Downbeat, Jazziz, Los Angeles Jazz Scene and The Jazz Rag.....Learn More
JOIN US AS WE TAKE YOU TO THE ISLANDS WITH THE CARIBBEAN JAZZ PROJECT- WITH ANDY NARELL, DAVE SAMUELS, PAQUTTO B RIVERA.Caribbean Jazz Project is a Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban jazz group including Dave Samuels, Paquito D'Rivera and Andy Narell. They might be best known for their 2002 album The Gathering
Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album
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The Eric Essix Jazz Escape at the Renaissance Ross Bridge, is the first event of its kind in this region to be hosted by a world class golf resort and spa. It’s a weekend getaway that offers an intimate jazz concert experience in a secluded, lush woodland environment that is still only minutes from the airport, city center, shopping, attractions and great restaurants. For residents of Birmingham and surrounding areas, the Renaissance at Ross Bridge is the perfect getaway that’s not far away…making Eric’s Jazz Escape the ultimate “stay-cation”!
Ray Mantilla continues to raise the bar for Latin jazz while he welcomes you to the land of rhythm and groove with The Connection!
Ray Mantilla is the "connection" as referenced in this aptly titled release from Savant. At 79, Mantilla is that all important standard bearer for the connection between the jazz he cut his teeth on and the Afro-Caribbean rhythms that make up his musical DNA. The Latin flip side to the great Art Blakey, Mantilla has a keen eye for young talent and this dynamic septet includes some of the finest up and coming players not just on the Latin scene but in jazz today. Walking the sonic tightrope between his Puerto Rican roots and the Afro-Caribbean vibe made famous during his stint with Gato Barbieri, Mantilla is making music his way and with stellar results.
Seattle Latin/Jazz artist Elspeth Savani combines her love of Cuban, Mexican and Brazilian music together to make some amazing Latin Jazz fusion.
Praise for Singer Elspeth Savani:
"Her Latin jazz exploration of mostly original compositions, might surprise some. What shouldn't be a surprise is the high degree of artistry that Savani continues to weave into her work. Flights of Mind / Pensamiento En Vuelo is a relaxed gem of a session, made possible with the help of pianist Julio Jáuregui, trombonist Chris Stover, bassist Jeff Norwood, percussionists Jeff Busch and Tom Bergersen and others. Savani's lovely, soothing voice -- at times with just a hint of melancholy -- is just what the doctor ordered. She sings in Spanish, English, and, on Portas, Portuguese. This one, folks, is a much needed respite from the daily grind.
Very highly recommended. – Descarga, September 2011
"The band is swinging...but never overshadowing the beauty of Savani's voice..."
-O's Place Jazz Magazine, September 2011.
“…a spot-on-key singer who interprets nine tunes flawlessly in
Spanish, Portuguese and English…” - Jazz Society of Oregon, August 2011.
“You really have to applaud this kind of ingenuity. She sings, she swings and the set cooks. Who’d have thought civil rights jazz could ever sound like this? Wild stuff.”
– Midwest Jazz Review, July 2011.
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FOURPLAY- Fourplay is a contemporary jazz quartet in the United States. The original members of the group were Bob James, Lee Ritenour, Nathan East, and Harvey Mason. In 1997, Lee Ritenour left the group and Fourplay chose Larry Carlton as his replacement NOW CHUCK LOEB A NEW MEMBER.
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Keiko Matsui, born in Tokyo, Japan as Keiko Doi, is a Japanese keyboardist and composer, specializing in smooth jazz, jazz fusion and new-age music. BOB JAMES & KEIKO MATSUI. FOUR HANDS in ONE PIANO!!! Jazz legend Bob James launched a most beautiful, challenging musical adventure
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