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Calabasas, Calif. (15 August 2014): Singer-songwriter Kiki Ebsen stubbornly refused her famous father’s repeated suggestions to learn how to sing jazz standards. Rebelliously she insisted upon forging her own path as a solo artist and accompanying keyboardist-vocalist with a bevy of A-list pop stars. Eleven years after the passing of her dad, actor Buddy Ebsen, Kiki will pay tribute by releasing exactly the type of collection he fervently urged her to record, “Scarecrow Sessions” on September 30 on the Painted Pony Media label. The material comes from The Great American Songbook, a stunning original (“Missing You”) penned by the song and dance man turned movie and television star, and songs associated with his career, including an ill-fated starring role in “The Wizard Of Oz.” The first single prefacing the acoustic jazz set produced by David Mann, “If I Only Had A Brain,” is the No. 2 most added radio single this week.
“We are losing the iconic talents many of us grew up with. By recording these songs, I hope not only to honor my father’s memory and his love of jazz, but to create a musical statement that is truly my own. I’m connecting his past to my present in a way that will no doubt leave me forever changed,” said Ebsen, who completed the album as a Father’s Day offering after a successful Kickstarter campaign. “Through this journey I have discovered my voice. A simple yet beautiful tone that emanates from a true place in my heart; a place of lightness and ease.”
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Tonight at 8pm ET on Ernest Radio Network, it's Music Monday.
Who: Annie Lennox
Memphis In June
Georgia On My Mind
I Put A Spell On You
Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)
I Cover The Waterfront
God Bless The Child
You Belong To Me
September In The Rain
I Can Dream, Can't I?
The Nearness Of You
September 23 - Jazz Vocalist - Toni Lincoln
When vocalist Toni Lincoln was 5 years old, she liked to dress up in her grandmother’s vintage dresses and sing to her dolls which she neatly arranged on her bed as an audience for her impromptu concerts. Little did she know that it would be more than 5 decades later that she would do her first real live singing appearance at a little subterranean Portland jazz club.
Toni Lincoln’s new self-titled CD is testament to her love of the Great American Songbook and her exceptional skill in bringing emotional honesty and her own special sweetness to the genre.
With the haunting sounds of days gone by, Toni is the essence of the crisp, pure, smooth tones that are so reminiscent of standard chirpings made legendary by greats like Ella and Sarah,
Septembet 10 - Jazz Pianist/Composer - Bob Mamet
Chicago Born, Bob Mamet, is an internationally acclaimed Jazz pianist and composer. He has composed music for over a hundred projects in T.V. film, and advertising, in addition to touring as a sideman and bandleader.
Bob's distinctive mixture of Jazz styles and composition caught the ear of the major record labels, and in 1994 he signed with Atlantic Records. Bob recorded three highly successful albums for Atlantic, plus additional recordings for Sony and Warner Brothers.
His collaborations with artists such as Alex Acuna, Larry Carlton, Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright, David Benoit and many other top artists led Jazziz magazine to proclaim him a "brilliant composer" who gives his players "an intelligent, thoughtful, and vibrant musical landscape in which to work."
He has been described as a "master of melody and structure" by The San Francisco Chronicle; "adventurous… sparkling… intriguing" by Jazz Times Magazine; and the Chicago Sun Times calls him simply "The Natural."
Bob Mamet will soon be releasing his 5th CD, “London House Blues”, on the BluJazz label. Featuring original compositions as well as standards and classics from the Great American Songbook and Post-Bop eras, the album serves as a tribute to the famed artists who frequented the legendary Chicago Jazz club in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
The Total Tutor Neil Haley will interview Under The Streetlamp star Michael Cunio. He will discuss his experience with the Jersey Boys, Under The Street Lamp, the event coming to Pittsburgh on September 24th, and his other projects.
Pittsburgh, PA ? The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces UNDER THE STREETLAMP with special guest GENTLEMAN’S RULE, from the creator of Straight No Chaser, will play the Byham Theater, for one performance only on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.
ABOUT UNDER THE STREETLAMP
Composed of four leading cast members of the hit Broadway musical “JERSEY BOYS” (now a major motion picture), UNDER THE STREETLAMP performs classic hits from the American Radio Songbook with tight harmonies and slick dance moves that take audiences back to an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars and martini shakers – a time when on hot summer nights, people would gather under a streetlamp to sing.
Classic hits come to life in an evening of great music and hilarious behind-the-scenes tales, complete with an exceptional band comprised of world-class musicians. With irresistible rapport, Under the Streetlamp offers audiences the rare opportunity to get to know four stars of stage and screen, Michael Ingersoll, Michael Cunio, Christopher Kale Jones and Shonn Wiley. While their individual talent is highlighted on stage, their synergy and charisma as a group has drawn an extremely devoted nationwide following. Each carries with him an impressive list of credits.
Lee Ritenour made quite a splash four years ago with his A Twist of Jobim CD, in which he pulled together a rotating cast of all-stars to offer a program of contemporary jazz updates of classics from the Antonio Carlos Jobim songbook. He’s used the same formula for his latest offering, A Twist of Marley.
Host Big Ray
Jonathan Karrant was born in the heart of America at the foothills of the Ozarks in the old western town of Fort Smith, Arkansas east of the Arkansas River.
His recent album “On and On” made it to number four in the All About Jazz charts.
The album features such songs as “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” and “Doodlin’”, as well as the title track, and was produced by Tyler Monks, with pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Rob Thorsen, guitarist Mark Shapiro, and drummer Duncan Moore.
Audiences have characterized Jonathan as a great interpreter of song, a storyteller, a singer who brings music and lyric alive.
Some refer to Jonathan as an amazing song-stylist who sings from the American songbook, an entertainer of star quality.
Others say he paints a picture, he presents a mood and captivates a room through song.
Jazz Corner said “Karrant’s voice is romantic without being cloying, warm but not forced” and “that he sings standards with an emotional weight that make it seem as if he had written the songs himself”.
He will tell you that he has an innate connection with music writers of the past, masters like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Sammie Cahn, Julie Styne, Johnny Mercer, to mention a few.
He will tell you that he has great respect for such giants as Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Etta James, Little Jimmy Scott, Nancy Wilson and Johnny Hartman.
Welcome to another epsiode of #YaniTalks
Tonigh's episode will reflect on BLACK TWITTER! The word around town is that black twitter is the "thing" we want to really discuss what "black twitter" is and where the term came about and who are the people in this social frenzy. Make sure to listen in!
Join me @yvnira & @tenderTHUG to host this amazing epsiode of #YaniTalks
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Amy Beth welcomes fellow mystery author Steve Shrott for a creative convversation. Steve discuses his debut novel, Audition For Death and his career as an author and "Comedy Writer to the Stars." Let's see if he'll tell us the joke that found its way into the Smithsonian!
And we pay tribute to Gerry Goffin, Rock 'n' Roll Hall f fame lyricist. His string of hit songs, performed by a slew of artists, fill America's early pop songbook,
And the usuals: Free-flow pop Culture convo, Inspiation to Action shout-outs, music & more!
Join us: Tweet before/during show @abwrites Call during show ONLY 347-857-4505
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Every week a trip down memory lane featuring some of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, and also featuring some of my own recordings. Some future shows will include vintage commercials, live performances by various performers, clips from classic radio shows, and anything else the listeners may request. Also planned is a live show with a guest and another show where we will be taking phone calls from the audience.
Betty Jo Haskins was born in Muskegon, Michigan. The family moved to Detroit when she was six years old. Bettye did not get her start in the church, but in that very same living room, where there was a jukebox, filled with the blues, country & western, and R&B records of the time. The "5" Royales, Dinah Washington, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Red Foley, ...these were her roots. At 16 years old Betty Jo changed her name to Bettye LaVette.
Bettye's first single was "My Man - He’s a Loving Man.", in the fall of 1962. The record charted #7 R&B and put her on her first national tour, with Ben E. King, Clyde McPhatter, and another newcomer, Otis Redding.
Some of Bettye’s albums include: “Let Me Down Easy”, “Tell Me a Lie”, “A Woman Like Me”, “ I’ve Got My Own Hell To Raise”, "The Scene of the Crime", and “Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook.”
Bettye has won many awards including: W.C. Handy Award in 2004 and the “Pioneer Award” from The Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 2006. “The Scene of the Crime” album was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Blues Album” and “CD, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook” was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Blues Album.”
Late 2012 saw the release of her album, "Thankful N' Thoughtful", and her autobiography, variously described as 'engrosing', 'riviting', 'hair-raising' and only suitable for the over 18s, "A Woman Like Me", co-written with David Ritz. Website: www.bettyelavette.com
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