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Laura Klein grew up in New York City, has a B.A. in music from SUNY Buffalo, and attended the Berklee College of Music. A jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, she has recorded with FivePlay Jazz Quintet the three-horned band Triceratops, the Laura Klein-Ted Wolff duo, and vocalist Jenny Ferris. Over the last three decades, she has appeared at concerts, clubs and jazz festivals with many Bay Area musical luminaries, appeared with her own duos and trios,played with big bands, and accompanied jazz vocalists. She taught at UC Berkeley's Music Department, and is currently Associate Professor of the Alexander Technique at the Jazz Institute in Berkeley.
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.
Shirazette Tinnin was born in North Carolina to parents in Gospel groups. From 4, she loved drums. She studied with Cindy Blackman, Lewis Nash, Terri Lynne Carrington, Allison Miller, Sherrie Maricle, and Ernie Adams. She received a Music Industry Studies degree; recorded Stories of This Land with Sinclair; earned jazz scholarships and an athletic scholarship. At Northern Illinois University, she had scholarship for drum set and jazz pedagogy and studied with saxophonist Ron Carter in Chicago. She performed with flutist Nicole Mitchell for NIU in Liberace Jazztet Scholarship Program. She is one of last recipients of The Sisters in Jazz Collegiate All-Stars for IAJE Award (2008) and taught at Columbia College in Chicago. She performed with Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, and Renee Baker and toured Spain and Peru, where she discovered Cajon and wrote a song on The Liberace Jazztet release Equity. She moved to New York in 2009, and is the drummer at Tutuma Social Club with Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet. She was with Alicia Keys on BET in Black Girl's Rock (2012). She toured with Tia Fuller at Umbria Jazz Festival, Molde Jazz Festival, and Turkish Ambassadors in D.C., and leads Shirazette Experiment Core-Tet in New York and overseas. She performs with WuTang Klan, Diva, Tom Browne, Hugh Masekala, Mimi Jones, Pauline Jean, Afrikkanitha, and Camille Thurman. She is a clinician and teacher, and authored two articles for Modern Drummer and Tom Tom Magazine on musicians and health. Signed to Hot Tone Music, she is endorsed by Canopus Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Latin Percussion, Beato Bags, and KickPort. www.shirazettetinnin.com - www.wijsf.org
How fabulous to have my friend, Bass Master/Composer/Teacher/Clinician/Mentor Christian de Mesones return to "Hybrid Jazz!" In previous visits, Christian and yours truly would discuss upcoming scenarios for Groove Skool, a group that has earned wide respect for several years. But our guest has NEVER been the kind of artist to let the grass grow under his Big New Yawk feet ;) He has plans for shows and projects - and thoughts to share!
This charismatic individual has been playing bass for over 30 years. At 18, he graduated from what is now known as The Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California. There, he had the opportunity to study with Abe Laboriel, Steve Morse, Pat Metheny, and Ray Brown - among others! By request from a famous faculty member (a guest of the school), Christian performed an original for graduation. And made Pat Martino extremely happy!
Thereafter, Christian served as superlative bass man for a number of groups - in Hawaii, Virginia and New York (of course!) In the mid-80's, he was a key member of "Twice Shy" - out of The Big Apple. Heavy Metal. Oh, yes, this man is known to be HYBRID, Baby! Multiple genres. A move to the South put him in the spotlight with Hip Hop and R & B acts - and he was the bassist for the popular "Big Patt and Legion" in Richmond - they were known for drawing exceptionally large crowds.
When Christian made the move to Northern Virginia, things came to a delightful musical boil: he was teaching, getting involved with students (ask him about his "Bass Symphony!") and creating the vibe for Groove Skool. Now, a BIG show for Big New York looms - the reason for his visit - and we hear that there's another recording in the future! Let's put it to you this way: his visits are never boring. LOL! Join us on 7/24 - in The Chat Room!
Hybrid Jazz has always strived to show class, dignity and variety with each episode. What you'll hear on 7/22/14 takes all of that to a new level. Helen Sung has been captivating listeners - via recording or live - since she emerged on the New York scene in the late 90's. But I'm getting ahead of myself ;)
Born to Chinese immigrants in Houston, our guest was playing piano at five. Her teacher was strict and permitted Helen to play only Classical music - which she did throughout her education at the respected Houston High School of Performing and Visual Arts. Her motivation for college: to teach and to perform when possible. All that changed when she saw Harry Connick, Jr., on stage - in Helen's last year of University of Texas at Austin.
The transition was swift. Obsessed with visualizing Harry's fingers on the piano, Helen got a hold of Everything-That-Is-Jazz: from Jelly Roll Morton to Keith Jarrett. She received dual degrees in Texas, but her eye was on the inaugural program at the Thelonious Monk Institute in Boston. It was mutual love - Helen's unique talent was now under the watchful eye of Artistic Director, Ron Carter. She toured with the Cream of the Jazz Crop - across the water with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. It changed her life. And ours who are fans.
That move to New York cemented what many already knew, including Wynton Marsalis, who now has HIS eye on where Helen Sung will land next. Terri Lyne Carrington knows, Helen having been a key component in the award-winning "Mosaic Project" in 2011. The Kennedy Center realizes her power, too - she is a recipient of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition.
Her sixth project, "Anthem For a New Day" is brilliant and brave. We could go ON for days about Helen Sung - but let HER tell her story: on 7/22/14 :)
World Footprints goes inside the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) with Bob Shuman, Chairman of NAIAS 2014. Bob joins World Footprints to talk about the latest innovations in automobile design and what visitors can expect to see.
Then we head north on I-96 to Lansing, Michigan's state capital to meet a son of the city who left after school to pursue a musical career. John Fluker is an award-winning pianist, composer, vocalist and arranger who has a string of credits backing such R&B notables as Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Oleta Adams, Mavis Staples, David Hasselhoff, Boys 2 Men, Queen Latifah and more. In addition to backing Gladys Knight, John also served as her music director for several years. He also has a number of television and threatrical scores to his credit. Here how did this small town guy make it big in the music industry.
Finally, we will discover Lansing's rich transportation history with a tour of R.E. Olds Transporation Musuem where we'll explore the REO Motor Car Company, old-time bicycles and aviation endeavors.
Carolyn Yeager and Ray Goodwin read and comment on the Jan. 13-17, 1942 dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by trusted aide, attorney Heinrich Heim. Some highlights of this episode:
Hitler talks about Czechs in general and Emil Hacha in particular;
Men of genius like Austrian composer Anton Bruckner, who was unappreciated for so long, must be encouraged;
High birthrate at the time in India, in Russia, but also in Germany;
A woman of genius: Angelica Kauffmann was a very great painter, says Hitler;
His early days with Dietrich Eckart in Obersalzberg - how he bought his house "Wachenfeld" - he was known only as Herr Wolf until he began giving public speeches;
Recalls the many friends from those days, which were the best days in his life, and how he enjoys the ladies and pretty girls;
Hitler mentions "the second volume of my book" being written in the Deutsche Haus in Berchtesgaden;
Praises Dietrich Eckart, calls him the "polar star" to the early National Socialists.
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Viki Winterton interviews Ross Wright!
Ross Wright is the CEO of his own musical empire. As conductor and composer for the award-winning Los Angeles based Orchestre Surreal, Wright leads one of the most eclectic, original and entertaining orchestras on the plant. Ross is also the author of Falling From Eden, The Chronicles of Ethan Stone.
Wright composes scores for film and television productions, in addition to penning concert and chamber music. As a bassist, Ross has performed and toured internationally with artists such as Ray Charles to Middle East superstar Darioush and served at music director and bassist for the Frank Zappa musical, "Joe's Garage."
At The Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Ross teaches private lessons and courses including Harmony, Theory, Playing Techniques, and Melodic Bass Duets.
Join us at Blogtalkradio, on Wednesday, July 24, 2014 from 10:00am to 10:30am. My guest is Antoine Roney jazz saxophonist, composer and educator. He graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts and attended the University Of Hartford School Of Music where he studied under Jackie Mc Lean. He has performed with many musicians including Donald Byrd, John Patton, Rashied Ali, Arthur Taylor, and Elvin Jones. The program Jazz Notes strives to keep jazz alive!
July 24 - Blues Guitarist/Vocalist/Composer - Memphis Gold
Blues fans all over the world continue to discover the incredible sounds of Memphis Gold. Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1955, Memphis Gold, Chester Chandler was the thirteenth child of fourteen. His father also a musician introduced his son to the guitar at the tender age of 4. By the age of 8, he was a regular on historic Beale Street in Memphis where he played the guitar and danced for pocket change from the crowd.
Following in the footsteps of his famous cousins, Grammy Award Winner, Denise Williams, and Author/Activist/Comedian, Dick Gregory, Memphis has come a long way on a journey that has lasted half a century. Having released four full length albums to date, he has shared the stage with such artists as Bernard Allison, David Banner, James Brown, R.L. Burnside, Barbara Carr, Big Lucky Carter, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic All Stars, Deborah Coleman, Shemikca Copeland, Robert Cray, Eddie Cusac, John Hammond, Little Jimmy King, Bettye Lavette, Johnny Lang, Kenny Neal, Taj Mahal, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Bobby Parker, Louisianna Red, Lil Jimmy Reed, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Guitar Shorty, Elder Utah Smith, Mavis Staples, Hubert Sumlin, Roomful of Blues, Sister Rosetta Tharpe , Otis Rush, The Temptations, Jimmy Vaughn, and many more.
Get ready for an hour of some good old, down home, foot thumpin blues. As the saying goes, Memphis Gold is definitely the real deal.
Kaliyani, an extraordinary emerging artist with a soaring voice, makes her debut with the new single and video Nammu’s Invocation. Her lush wordless vocals bring a deep, but ethereal sound that inspires the imagination.
Nammu’s Invocation, as well as the upcoming EP is a collaboration with Hollywood composer/filmmaker Riz Story (“a true Renaissance man,” Billboard Magazine). Riz Story, who also wrote, directed and produced “A Winter Rose” which features Kaliyani’s first single.
Featuring a blend of exotic world music style woven with a new age, elegant, yet complex thread, Kaliyani’s evocative vocals are reminiscent of some classical music styles that range from Operatic to Gregorian and are often embedded in a dramatic, contemporary, cinematic orchestration that makes her music deep, luminously rich in structure and unique in its class.
Her Wordless, Lush “Intonations of the Heart” Create an Exotic and Ethereal Musical Achievement – Click HERE to watch now.
Mimi Jones was born in the Bronx to parents descended from Barbados and St.Croix, which explains why Mimi has so many musical influences that flow easily through her compositional style. As a child, her parents always played music around the house, besides their traditional roots they had tons of records from the jazz greats. Every Sunday, we cleaned the house, while the music blasted. Mimi showed such enthusiasm to play the guitar that her father enrolled her in the Harlem School of the Arts, where she learned the classical guitar and eventually the instrument of her choice, the electric guitar. By 12, she was studying guitar with Jim Bartow, along with classes in dance, chorus, drums, music theory, piano and composition. She attended Fiorello La Guardia High School of Music and Performing Arts, where she switched to cello in the orchestra, until the band director introduced her the bass. Mimi is a bassist, vocalist, and composer. Mimi studied classical bass with Linda McKnight and attended the Jazz Mobile Workshop study Lisle Atkinson who gave her the first bass, a Juzak. Mimi received a full scholarship to Manhattan School of Music Conservatory where she completed her B.A. in Music. While at the Manhattan School she attended workshops with saxophonist Charles Davis, Barry Harris, Ron Carter, Milt Hinton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Yusef Latif, Max Roach, and Latin bass techniques with Guillermo Edgehill.