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  • 01:06

    "Up Close & Personal" with Contemporary Jazz Trumpet soloist "Joey Sommerville"

    in Music

                                                                      JOEY SOMMERVILLE 
                                                                   OVERNIGHT SENSATION 
    Behind every musical overnight sensation are years of toiling away in rehearsal halls, recording studios and sweaty nightclubs meticulously honing one’s craft. In trumpeter Joey Sommerville’s case, it’s more than two decades of writing, recording and touring to cultivate his following and establish his presence on the national scene. More than 20 years in the making, the soul-jazz trumpeter’s fifth album, “Overnight Sensation” features Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman and Eric Essix.

    The ironically titled “Overnight Sensation” has received excellent reviews including a ringing endorsement from USA Today. The album continues to ride the top of the jazz radio charts. It features Joey along with notable guests, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman and jazz guitar icon, Earl Klugh. In 2015, Joey continues his full touring schedule including appearances at The Blue Note NYC, The Berks Jazz Festival, The Keystone Jazz Festival and numerous other venues throughout the U.S. and abroad. For the third year in a row, he will be performing at and hosting Joey Sommerville’s The Get Down Club on The Capital Jazz SuperCruise.


  • 01:01

    Robert L. Symons, Steel Pan Soloist

    in Music

    A kindred soul who spreads music to the masses in many different forms, Robert L. Symons was invited to perform as a guest Steel Pan Soloist at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2003, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland along with The Bermuda Regiment Band and The Bermuda Gombey Dancers. This event included many acts from around the world and was televised by BBC TV to an audience of 1.7 million world wide in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

    From his youth as a guitarist to the start of his music career as a bass guitarist and to his current role as an international steel pan soloist and recording artist, he is one of those amazing individuals that deserves to be celebrated for his life path and his artistry. He is a self-taught musician, which makes his growth and transitions throughout his life that much more implausible. 

    Robert has toured The United States, Canada, South America, The Caribbean, Mexico, The South Pacific, Hawaii, Scotland and Europe. He has worked with, and for, the rich and famous both in Bermuda and Internationally and as a professional musician is both well respected and sought after.

    Beginning his career as a professional musician (meaning he got paid and paid dues) in 1976, Robert played as a bass guitarist/vocalist with "The New Happening Bda." a 6 piece cabaret band performing on the Bermuda Hotel Circuit. 

    Visit Robert's YouTube page: http://youtu.be/eO6LTCklNGA

  • The Clubhouse - "Work Hard.....Play Harder"

    in Radio

    Special Guest: Singer/ Songwriter Kareesh Forreal and Author Jock Phenix

    Blazing out of the Carolinas this Kareesh Forreal was born with a fire in her breast that fuels her passionate drive to excel.  Embodying the spirit of a true artist, this fearless muse began theater arts training while in high school, in addition to writing and directing several plays & concert productions at various local churches, she soon discovered that she could sing every not on the piano w/more octaves than she knew to do with; and the power, precision & passion to back it all up!  Having both broke & set regional records in various events at the Junior Olympics & Division I in Track & Field competitions that found the natural born athlete in her element. Combining her love for adventure, proven athletic abilities and the dynamically sculpted feline physic it has afforded her, this onetime church soloist has rightfully opted to pursue a career in the arts. 


  • 00:20

    Sherry Zunker

    in Entrepreneur

    Sherry Zunker is the founder of BeMoved®, a dance fitness program for people of all movement abilities, director of “Chicago the Musical” for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and co-artistic director emerita of River North Chicago Dance Company. 

    As director and choreographer, her work covers concert dance, musical theater, corporate entertainment, television, video and film. Her teaching career spans 30 years and is as diverse as the works she has created.

    Zunker has set works on the Joffrey Ballet and Giordano Dance Chicago.

    She danced with Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, was a principal dancer with Giordano Dance Chicago, performed as a soloist in “Bob Fosse’s Dancin',” and with Tony Award-winning choreographer Ann Reinking.

    Films include “The Blues Brothers” and “A League of Their Own.”

  • 01:03

    Interview with the Gospel Music Artist Wakeelah

    in Christianity

    Interview with one of God's best Gospel artist. Songwriter Gospel artist Wakeelah.The solo artist that is known to her fans as Wakeelah, is no stranger to performing and commanding the stage. Her presence is compelling, her persona is notable and her voice is exquisite. Now residing in Norcross, GA , she is a native of Charleston, SC and grew up in a musically inclined family of seven. Similar to many artists, Wakeelah captures her life experiences through her music. Wakeelah’s fans are able to vicariously live through the heartache, pain, love, and life lessons of this budding star. . Like most artists Wakeelah had her share of ups and downs, however she managed to turn every experience into a beautiful song of expression.  It was at her sister’s request that she first visited Royal Baptist Church in North Charleston SC.  Artist such as Yolonda Adams, Tasha Cobb, Marvin Sapp, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston are some of her influences in her musical career, along with countless other artists of Gospel, Soul and R&B music. Wakeelah’s talents are not limited to being a vocalist she is also a lyricist. She has been influenced by writers such as J Moss, Dietrick Haddon, Johnathan McReynolds, Diane Warren, and Kenneth “Baby Face” Edmonds . Wakeelah’s possibilities are limitless when it comes to her vocal capacity. She has been the opening act for artist like Leandria Johnson, and has appreared, singing her original songs on Atlanta Live Ch57, The Stan Watson Show, The Nichole B Show . She also participated in the multi-city S.W.A.N Womens Conference and she ministers at many events around the city. Wakeelah is the choir director and soloist at Beaver Ruin Road Baptist Church. Wakeelah is diligently working on her debut Gospel EP.  This artist makes music that is food for the spirit and the soul. Once you hear Wakeelah’s anointed voice you will be inspired and blessed.

  • 00:31

    How to "Lean-In" to Your Fach and Love it !

    in Music

    Most people are unaware that classical singers face many of the same roadeblocks that actors face when it comes to typecasting and stereotypes. Today we take an interesting look at "Fach-isms", vocal stereotypes and you can learn to love it, accept it, work with it, but most importantly "lean in" to it. 

    My guest for today is international operatic sensation, Phillip K. Bullock. Phillip is a native of Washington D. C., has been featured in recitals, concerts, and operas both nationally and internationally. Recently, Mr. Bullock performed the role of Jake in Porgy and Bess at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico. Mr. Bullock has also been seen in performances of Porgy and Bess in Copenhagen, Denmark with the Royal Danish Opera. Other notable operatic performances include Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno in the Magic Flute, John Brook in Mark Adamo's Little Women, the Marquis D'Obgny in La Traviata, and Jake Wallace in last season's production of La Fanciulla del West with Kentucky Opera. In summer of 2015, in addition to making his debut with Maryland Lyric Opera, Mr. Bullock was the baritone soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem with the National Music Festival Orchestra. This upcoming season, as a Young Artist with Kentucky Opera, he can be seen in performances of Verdi’s Macbeth, and various concerts and recitals.

    Would you like to learn more about Phillip? Visit his website!  Visit http://www.phillipbullock.com/


  • 00:57


    in Entertainment

    Two-time Peabody Award-winning, three time DuPont Award winner and seven-time Emmy winner, filmmaker Ric Burns and the youngest female principal dancer currently on The American Ballet Theatre’s roster, 28 year old Isabella Boylston join Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, July 22, 3 pm ET to talk about the 75th anniversary of The American Ballet Theatre and Burns’ new film The American Ballet Theatre: A History.

    Best known for his series, New York: A Documentary Film, which premiered nationally on PBS, Ric Burns has been writing, directing and producing historical documentaries for over 20 years, since his collaboration on the celebrated PBS series The Civil War, which he produced with his brother Ken and co-wrote with Geoffrey C. Ward. Since founding Steeplechase Films in 1989, he has directed some of the most distinguished programs in the award-winning public television series, American Experience, including Coney Island, The Donner Party, The Way West, and Ansel Adam.

    Isabella Boylston was born in Sun Valley, Idaho and started taking dance classes at the age of 3. She studied ballet at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and at Harid Conservatory. When she was 14, she won the gold medal at the Youth American Grand Prix competition. At the age of 17, she was spotted by the director of the prestigious ABT studio company and invited to come to New York City and begin a career at American Ballet Theatre. She was promoted to soloist in 2011 and principal dancer in 2014. She is the recipient of the Clive Barnes Award, the Princess Grace Award, and the Annenberg Fellowship. She has appeared as a guest star with companies around the world including the National Ballet of China.

    A look at The American Ballet Theatre: A History through the lens of award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns and prima ballerina Isabella Boylston Wednesday, July 22, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

  • 00:15

    "Trane", The Bird and Irma and the Boyz’s Saxophone Jazz band

    in Music

    June 13 I had the privilege of meeting my Co-Host Mr. Garth Kline at C103 studios because he had a new upcoming saxophone band “Irma and the Boyz’s “that wanted a chance to spread their Musical wings. When asked "Who was your inspiration? The answer came back (1) Charlie Parker and (2) John Coltrane. Which led me to this show !

     All credit due to the artist, musicians and Record Companies  

    No profit or income derived from this podcast.

    Have a historic 78 RPM and or story you want to share with my listeners?  Contact me at:

    Www.facebook.com/s3productions1 or oscssw@juno.com

    John William Coltrane, AKA "Trane" (1926 – 1967), American jazz saxophonist composer. Working in the bebop & hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz, was later at the forefront of free jazz.

    As his career progressed, Coltrane took on an increasingly spiritual dimension.

    Charles Parker, Jr. (1920 –1955), AKA "Yardbird" "Bird", American jazz saxophonist & composer.

    Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique and improvisation. Parker introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. His tone ranged from clean and penetrating to sweet and somber. Parker acquired the nickname "Yardbird" early in his career; this and its shortened form, "Bird", which  inspired the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as Yardbird Suite,

    Both Coltrane and Parker influenced innumerable musicians, such as Irma and the Boyzs.

  • 00:25

    Back on Stage as A Rockstar After Alvin Ailey Career Ending Injury - Danni Gee

    in Entrepreneur

    Danni Gee began dancing professionally with Philadanco at 15. She toured with Alvin Ailey as principal & soloist for 7 years. Then a career ending injury changed everything. Listen now as we discuss: recovery, pain, overeating, acting out, and returning to the stage as a singer and monster rock star.

    Danni Gee shares honest insight about “mourning the loss of a dance career", getting professional help, and the power of saying, “At least I did it.”

    @DaniiGeeNYC is the Curator of Dance for SummerStage dance festival in New York. 

    This multi-talented artist, is in constant demand providing guest vocals for several acts including Def Jam, Gloria Gaynor, CHER & others. 

    After cutting her teeth with these various artists, Danni decided to step out on her own. She needed to bring life to her own eclectic vision and in the summer of 1999 Suga Bush was born.

    "My songs tend to be a little, um, personal...sometimes raw. Single -  'Monster' came about in the aftermath of a pretty rough break-up. Writing these songs is my therapy...and performing them helps me release my demons and maybe some folks in our audience too!" 


    My name is Laurie Johnson. I love talking to people. Can you tell? 

    Connect with me: LaurieJohnson.com  Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn  Instagram  Medium

  • 00:16

    Makaiya, the Dancer, with Liane Frederic

    in Entertainment

    Makaiya is a 12 year old school scholar, who loves dancing. She has been dancing since the age of 3. She has become a dedicated dancer who has accomplished a great deal. She trains in Pointe, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap and her Favorite Acrobatics/Contortionist techniques. She attends Ms. Carol’s Center for Dance (formally Progressive Center for Dance), located in Philadelphia, PA.  The Children’s Dance Ensemble was originally created as a performance outlet for young children. It provides the opportunity for children to become stronger performers, and instills confidence in their dance abilities. She has serveral local performances under her belt throughout the tri-state area. Makaiya is an Acrobatics/Contortionist soloist and she also dances with her group. As a soloist she has won 1st  place and Platinum in regional competitions and placed High Gold in National competitions. She has danced in Starquest, VIP, Rainbow, Backstage and OpenCall and many more competitive dance competitions. She has received special recognition from Judges for her amazing talents. She has had the opportunity to work with an Amazing Lady in the industry, Ms. Debbie Allen. Makaiya preformed in the play Brothers of the Knight at the Merriam Threater. As, one of the few African American dance teams at many of these competitions Makaiya has shown the dance world her poise, talent and grace and she continues to achieve in the face of adversity. 

    And now, let's discuss Makaiya and her dance world, with her mother, Liane Frederic.

  • 00:33


    in Music

    Kimj (Kim Jenkins) born Jan 25, 1957 in Glen Cove, Long Island to Edie and Herbie Jenkins. Both parents were feverishly Jazz and Afro-Cuban music lovers. "Early I knew I was in love with this music". At age nine my mother's brother introduced me to John Coltrane's "My Favorite Things" and that was it. Kimj is a multi-instrumentalist and sings too.Over the years she has traveled here and abroad as a soloist and featured artist. Kimj lives music. "My influences are many. I listen to everyone."  My goal is to compose and arrange. I am recently at home in my studio "laying it down. Kimj resides in Fort Lauderdale. She is a member of WIJSF and her song Eternally is featured on the organization's first compilation of women composers, available at http://wijsf.com/JazzComp1.htm




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