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Sharon Marie is a favorite in LA's jazz club scene and performs with the finest jazz musicians and in the most exclusive rooms on the west coast. Sharon Marie is an extraordinary vocalist. Her approach to standards, show tunes and classic jazz is charming and refreshing.
Blessed with an irresistible and soulful voice, Mycah’s music is in a class all her own. She has shared the stage with noted artists such as The Whispers, Patti Labelle, Luther Vandross, JaRule, Arturo Sandoval, Ski Johnson, Ray Gaskins & Maysa Leak to name a few. In addition to her debut solo project Roux’s Fantasy, she is lead female vocalist for the group guiltypleasures, who’s debut single "Anticipation (The Remix)" has been in steady rotation on WHUR 96.3FM’s Original Quiet Storm since April 2010, and was deemed a “New Classic” by many.
Mycah just released new hit single “In The Groove” with friend & fellow artist Brian Christopher. Within days of its release its received multiple plays on stations around the globe, and has hit #3 on the UK Soul Chart Top 30 three weeks in a row!
Have mercy, this powerful woman from Chilliwack, BC, is on fire! Bria Skonberg is her name - with ancient Swedish heritage and Dixieland in her veins. Trumpeter, Vocalist, Composer, Bandleader and benevolent contributer to the community. Ten percent of the proceeds from her 2012 release, "So Is the Day", has benefitted The Jazz Foundation of America.
So - with that knowledge - it comes as no surprise that good things are coming Bria's way. When one GIVES like that, they usually do :) This award-winning artist knew early in life that she wanted to play the trumpet. There she was, her first professional gig at 16, singing and blowing that horn - and blowing the audience AWAY! She hasn't looked back since then - having played at countless Jazz festivals around the world, both as bandleader and guest In 2010, Bria moved to New York City and there was an instantaneous connection. She had headlined at Birdland, Cafe Carlye, Dizzy's and The Iridium.
Those that she has met in her fascinating journey have been significant. Wycliffe Gordon has been one of those with whom Bria has felt kinship - and they have been involved in each other's projects. The Jazz Journalists' Association and Downbeat Magazine Critics' Poll have taken notice of the incredible creativity of this gifted musician - and have publicly acknowledged their admiration. Bria is the recipient of The New York Bistro Award for "Outstanding Jazz Artist." Once you hear her previous effort and her latest CD, "Into Your Own", you'll HEAR why. Combining her love of classic Jazz with World percussion, Soul and electronic effects, Bria delves into a different zone than anyone you'll hear. SO different that she had actually staged an event combining Jazz and Stand-up :)
Our VERY cool guest joins us on 6/12 at two p.m.
Oh - let's not stop at vocalist and saxophonist - let's run with composer, percussionist and future "Gentleman's Quarterly" magazine cover ;) Darryl F. Walker is a multiple threat in the music business. One of those special talents that keeps on surprising!
From what we understand, it took our guest quite a while to figure out what his true calling was...one of those situations where everyone told him how utterly fantastic he was - but Darryl finally understood, later in life, that his gift had to be shared. We're so grateful! He has been involved in the business via back-up vocals - you might have seen him on Craig Ferguson's Show - or you might have heard him sing jingles for Dole, Pringles, Toyota or Honeynut Cheerios. The superstar, Luis Miguel, has thought so much of Darryl that he has used him on his pre-production team. Those bi-lingual skills have come in handy for our handsome star!
How many if us have come to know Darryl is via the work that he has done with Greg Adams and East Bay Soul. Remembering the story that Greg told us one day is so funny NOW - but it was frustrating for Greg and wife, Andrea, then. Greg had listened to dozens and dozens of voice tracks - looking for the perfect fit for his new band. He was about to throw in the towel when he heard the captivating Mr. Walker. Excited, he tracked him down - and the rest is blissful true funk soldier dreams-come-true.
East Bay Soul is about to start the Summer Tour - and we have Darryl just before he hits the road. Let's get into the spirit of things with the remarkable "Hold Me" EP - released in 2013. And talk to the man whose career has soared to new heights - with EBS or solo. You'll hear the appreciation and gratitude in his voice. It will match the gratitude that so many of US feel REGARDING that voice! 6/3/2014: magic!
Wash. DC based jazz vocalist LOIDE (pronounced "Loy-deh") has roots in Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau though born in France and raised in California. Serving up a mix of contemporary jazz and warm afro-lusophone rhythms, Loide's music is reflective of her own eclectic roots. An immigration attorney by day, she has spent the last 9 years honing her musical craft in some of the nation's hippest speakeasies and jazz clubs by night.
Loide serves up straight ahead jazz coated with lush bossa rhythms - an exquisite blend reflective of her own eclectic roots. She cites Sarah Vaughn, Cesaria Evora and Miriam Makeba as some of her greatest musical influences, but it is her Guinea Bissau and Mozambican heritage that has provided her with a fresh musical perspective, a unique sound, and her native tongue, Portuguese.
You know, I wanted to give you some sort of description of our guest for the next "Hybrid Jazz." And what's alongside the title of the show IS appropriate. But Karla Chisholm (pronounced CHIS em) is way more than what she has been described as being. When you hear her, you'll have your OWN thoughts.
Karla has loved the influence of Nancy Wilson and Shirley Horn in her life. But she also 'feels' Jason Mraz, Jill Scott and Carole King. She came to the Baltimore/DC area by way of the South and Midwest - so she has all of that charm and earthiness in her demeanor and delivery. She has learned a thing or two about love and that translates - in the joy of discovering romance or in "losing control" (the actual title of a Karla song - a fan favorite).
Two albums have delighted us: "Live at Domenico's" and "Moving On." Now, a third is about to sweeten the sound around you. "Songs On a Sunday" was recorded live at Howard County Community College, where Karla is a voice instructor. With trusted friends and musicians backing her, she moves effortlessly from one beloved song to another, making you appreciate both the origin of the tune - and the joyous manner in which it is reclaimed.
This is a woman who has recorded with and/or opened for The Wilsons - Mary and Charlie (LOL!), Robin Thicke and Stevie Wonder. She has toured and sang around the world and played for Barack Obama at his second Inaugural. She is as comfortable in front of thousands as she is in front of ten. Each person present gets a gift: Karla Chisholm :)
Having known our former Texas coffeehouse manager for a few years now, I can say with some authority that she is the real deal. A beautiful woman, inside and out. In love with people and music. Listen!
On her sixth album So Good, So Right: Nicole Henry LIVE, Henry demonstrates her gift for sublime interpretation as well as her love for the emotionally tinged soul, pop and rock songs that were staples of the 1970s. The 13-track live album, which was recorded at Henry’s sold-out performances at Feinstein’s in NYC in May 2012, showcases her soulful, inspired interpretations of some of her favorite classic hits of the decade from iconic artists including Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, The Commodores and Gladys Knight. We can't wait to talk to Ms. Henry about her Jazz Brunch Series this month at the Blue Note
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
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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Since our beautiful and multiply talented guest was with us last time, MUCH has happened - all good! Ragan told us that she had a new project coming - and here it is! Released on July 8th, it's already being pushed to the top - Ragan has SO many fans who have waited for this :) And there's MORE news to share: just a month or so ago, Ragan won a prestigious award from "Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts" - prod her to tell us about that - it won't take much, believe it. She is very proud of this - and understandably so!
If you aren't familiar with the background of this flutist/vocalist/composer/arranger, prepare to be impressed. Ragan was playing multiple instruments at the age of FIVE! But the piano, drums and violin didn't compare to the love she had for the flute. Classical studies were a natural transition for her - just as natural - immersing herself after her education (Cleveland Institute of Music, Harid Conservatory) in New York. But NOT classically ;) Ragan dove into Jazz, Funk and R & B - and did it ALL with flair!
She won the Capital Jazz Fest's coveted "New Artist Competition" - and released her debut album thereafter. With "Class Axe" in 2007 - then "Evolve" in 2012 - you can hear just that: EVOLUTON! Trusted and acclaimed producers and arrangers, Dennis Johnson and Bob Baldwin, assisted in conveying the "Raganometry" that's a trademark of everything she does. Like the Pillsbury Dough Boy, Ragan Whiteside is Poppin' Fresh, 24/7! One listen to the new "Quantum Drive" and you'll hear another LEVEL of that! Check out who was happy to come onboard for this endeavor: Bob Baldwin, of course - he was an EARLY believer in Ragan. Plus, Althea Rene, Frank McComb and Patrice Rushen!
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