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  • 00:43


    in Entertainment

    Keyboardist and composer Mark Etheredge has just wrapped up “Connected” -- a new contemporary jazz album produced by two-time GRAMMY® winner Paul Brown. The album on Vipaka Records features ten originals composed by Etheredge including two in collaboration with featured guitarists Paul Brown and Chuck Loeb. In addition to drummer Gorden Campbell, bassist Roberto Vally and percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia, keyboardist Etheredge is joined by trumpeter Lee Thornburg and saxophonists Greg Vail and Andy Suzuki.  “Connected” will be released worldwide on Friday, February 26, 2016. 

    Follow Mark Etheredge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • 00:18

    You're Never Too YOUNG to BE GREAT! Dialogue with Jazz Drummer, Zion Fizer

    in Spirituality

    Join Host, Dr. Undrai Fizer as he dialogues with All-Region Jazz Percussionist, and son, Zion Fizer on the elements of preparation, vision, and "making it happen!"  An incredible 15 minutes! Dial in at 347-637-3624 @12:30PM CST on Tuesday!!

  • 02:00

    Up Close & Personal with Master Cuban Drummer "Calixto Oviedo"

    in Music

    "Master Cuban Drummer Calixto Oviedo thoroughly demonstrates traditional and contemporary Cuban rhythms on drum set and timbales from danzón to timba! Recorded, transcribed and produced by Kevin Moore, ‘Beyond Salsa Percussion’ is authentic and easy to understand – a must for every drummer."   “El genial baterista cubano, Calixto Oviedo, demuestra los ritmos cubanos tradicionales y contemporáneos en la batería y el timbal – desde el danzón tradicional a la timba de ahora. Transcripción, grabación, y producción por Kevin Moore, ‘Beyond Salsa Percussion’ es auténtico y fácil de comprender … un método para todo baterista!”  

  • 01:59

    Up Close & Personal with the Latin Tsunami of Salsa, Trumpeter " Luiz Gonzalez"

    in Music

    True Classic Salsa
    In the mid 80s, Luis González scored one of the
    most inspiring and career transforming gigs,
    touring and recording with one of his heroes,
    legendary percussionist and bandleader Ray
    Barretto (renowned by the masses for his 60s hit
    “El Watusi”). The Puerto Rican born, Milwaukee
    WI raised trumpeter was flattered when he heard
    Barretto tell a large TV audience that members
    of his large ensemble would someday become
    bandleaders and solo artists in their own right.
    A few decades later, after an extraordinary career
    working with some of his native island’s greatest
    artists (Tito Allen, Santitos Colon, Adalberto
    Santiago, Jerry Rivera) and the world-renowned
    salsa orchestras of Willie Rosario, Mulenze, Luis
    Perico Ortiz and Tommy Olivencia, González
    fulfilled Barretto’s powerful prophecy by launching
    his career as a recording artist.
    Luis González


  • 02:02

    PMP: Surfing with Pirates - Theft of artistic works on the internet

    in Spirituality

    Aarrrrrr! RevKess & Kalisara are once again tackling the topic of piracy, this time hosting a panel of musicians and authors.

    M. R. Sellars is a relatively unassuming homebody who, in his own words, “tells pretty lies for a living.” While he had several short stories appear in minor publications, it wasn’t until 2000 that his first full-length novel, Harm None: A Rowan Gant Investigation, hit bookstore shelves, officially launching the acclaimed paranormal thriller series and its associated spinoff.

    Chelsey Danielle is an accomplished performer, composer, and educator. She performs as a one woman percussion band, drummer/percussionist/vocalist in multiple projects, and educator to all ages. She has been featured as a solo artist as well as with many musicians at various music festivals and venues around the world. Recently, Chelsey Danielle released her debut album "Red Mixtape" that displays her unique style.

    Mama Gina is a Pagan Bard, singer/songwriter, fearless storyteller, and wanderlust. With down-to-earth, bluesy vocals, a bit of humor, and straight-ahead, rhythmic, acoustic guitar, djembe and frame drum, she tells the true stories. Her CDs “Goddess Kiss’d,” “The Undertaker’s Daughter,” “Solitaire,” “I Remember Love,” and the digital single “The Day the Pagans Came to Town” are available at CDBaby, iTunes, amazon.com.

    Celia has been described as "A cross between an Earthy Enya, Joan Baez, and Tina Fey."

  • 00:32

    The Week In Reviews - Percussionist D. Edward

    in Music

    D. Edward, Singer/Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist, has played with numerous groups over his long and storied career, and now releases his new solo project titled 'Love Is', releasing worldwide on October 21st, 2014. 'Love Is' was two years in the making and features catchy hooks and grooves with a familiar, yet unique and modern pop and retro soul sound. D. Edward has the ability to sound different on every song yet maintain his own signature style throughout.

    'Love Is' features Grammy Award Winners Pianist Laura Sullivan, Trumpet player Steffen Kuehn and Saxophonist Tony Peebles from 2013 Grammy winning band Pacific Mambo Orchestra, and Billboard Music Award Winner Leah Tysse. Also featured on the new album is Marlon “Wild Bill” Curry, Percussionist for R&B hit-maker Kem, Bassist Eric EQ Young, who the legendary Larry Graham calls his direct Bass legacy, and Ben Reyes, who recorded on Bobby Brown’s multi-platinum 'Don’t Be Cruel' album.

  • 01:00

    Monkey Junk all-stars from Canada. The Strands bring us piano-driven jazz-pop

    in Music

    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!.


  • 01:21

    Live Interview with Master Percussionist- Professor Baba Bradley Simmons

    in Health

    Bradley Simmons, a native of New York City, began playing Afro-Cuban and African percussion when he was 9 years old. From that point on and through his teenage years, he traveled throughout the City seeking out percussion teachers from Haiti, Cuba and Africa in an effort to enhance his understanding of these rhythmic forms, styles and techniques. Bradley soon became a consistent and sought after Conguero and shekere player for community and religious events including weekend long Bembes, weddings and many other cultural events. Bradley not only developed as a percussionist; he became a knowledge base for that which had preceded him, by the transfer of knowledge through the Afro-Cuban and African oral traditions.

    Bradley was soon very busy doing on-Broadway plays including: "Timbuktu" with Eartha Kitt and Melba Moore; 

    Bradley performed in nightclubs with Eartha Kitt, Gregory and Maurice Hines, Miles Jaye and Oba Babatunde. He has recorded and played with The Fatback Band and with drummer Norman Connors. Bradley has also appeared on Television including the Mike Douglas Show and the Cerebral Palsy Telethon. In 1990 and 1996, Bradley directed his own show at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and in Durham, NC, respectively, called "Cultural Journey: The Elements of Percussion".

    Bradley is the former Music Director of the Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble of Durham, NC and has taught throughout the United States; including at the Larocque Bey School of Dance and the Gloria Jackson School of Dance in NYC. He has taught percussion classes and drum clinics at Berkeley School of Music, Boston MA; Texas Southern, Houston, TX; Wichita State University, Wichita, KS and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

    Bradley is a Musical Director at Duke University in Durham, NC, where he teaches West African Music and History

  • 02:02

    WONDERFUL LIFE NEWS Wednesday And Guest International Recording Artist Immanuel

    in Politics Conservative

    We know how depressing the daily grind of politics and bad news can get.It affects us and we're pretty sure it affects our listeners.

    So we have decided to focus on positive,uplifting and inspirational stories of personal and/or political triumph,overcoming adversity and rising to the challenge that defines the human condition.

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    “Immanuel” is an international recording artist originally from Philadelphia.Starting out as a Percussionist,he gravitated towards flute and saxophones.While matriculating through Colmbs College of Music,as a performance major,he was exposed to and became an integral part of the Philadelphia contemporary music scene.Immanuel now resides in Atlanta Georgia and is filling the positions of Flutist,Saxophonist,Composer,Arranger and Leader for "The Immanuel Experience Ensemble" as well as co-leader for the musical group "Azanyah".He also is currently performing as a gospel jazz solo artist under the title “IMMANUEL".



  • 03:00

    Live Chat: Jamaica's Legendary Reggae Artist & percussionist Carl Malcolm

    in Music

    Malcolm initially learned the keyboard, picking up skills on the instrument at his local Methodist church.In 1965 he joined his first group, The Volcanoes, alongside Al Brown, the pair staying together until 1969. Malcolm then gave up music while he continued his studies, but returned when he joined the group Big Relations, led by Jo Jo Bennett Malcolm recorded briefly as a solo artist, recording "Father Free Us" for Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One label, before spending time in the United States. He also began recording again, including the 1973 single "No Jestering", and the follow-up "Miss Wire Waist", which topped the UK reggae chart when it was issued there in 1975. He had his greatest success in September 1975 with "Fattie Bum-Bum". This was picked up for release by independent label UK Records after Dave Cash started to play it on his Capital Radio programme, and it quickly got to number 2 on the station's 'Hitline' listeners' chart. It eventually reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart It remained in the chart for eight weeks. Although this was Malcolm's only mainstream chart success, he had a hit in the reggae charts in 1977 with "Repatriation", recorded with Ranking Trevor.

  • 00:30

    A Moment with Percussionist Tani Tabbal

    in Entertainment

    Drummer ~ Tani Tabbal is a jazz drummer and plays percussion instruments of West Africa (djembe and doundoun), North India (tablas), and North Africa (doumbec). Tabbal’s passion is for the avant-garde and the blending of jazz with world rhythms. Tani has  toured with Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, Anthony Braxton and Casandra Wilson. A child prodigy at age five Tani began playing and exploring drums. By age fourteen he was a professional performing with Oscar Brown Jr. By age seventeen Tani had already played with Phil Coran and was preparing to tour with Sun Ra and his Arkestra. For more about Tani visit,  www.tanitabbal.com.  

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