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Host Deardra Shuler invites playwright Greg Kalleres to talk about his play entitled “HONKY.” Through his comic production, Greg brings the issue of race to the forefront to explore the racism embedded within us all, whether in denial or not. Can a pill cure us all? Well we will see what Greg has to say about the play's hypothetical theory. Stay tuned on Sunday, October 27th at 3:00 pm to see if indeed its possible to discuss race and racism, facing issues that are not just black and white.
Greg Kalleres received his BFA from Tisch's Dramatic Writing Program at NYU. His plays have been produced in numerous cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Chicago and Beirut, Lebanon. Greg received the Certificate of Excellence from the Kennedy Center, is a two-time finalist for the Lila Acheson American Playwrights Program at Juilliard and a two-time finalist for Aurora Theatre Company's Global Age Project. His one-act plays have won top honors at the Samuel French Festival, Turnip Festival and Fusion Theatre One Act Play Festival. Greg's work has been published in the New York Times, TDF Stages Magazine, Cracked.com and United Stages' "Best of EATFest" Volumes 3 and 4. He has also been featured in African American newspapers.
His latest play, “WRECKED,” was commissioned by the Three Jennys Theater Company, recently secured $50,000 from the Speranza Foundation Lincoln City Fellowship. In addition to playwriting, Greg has written, produced and won numerous awards for his commercials for ESPN, Nike, Brand Jordan, Budweiser, Google and Twitter. Greg was the lead writer on the award winning "This is SportsCenter" campaign and created ESPN's Monday Night Football campaign: "Is it Monday Yet?" Greg's screenplay, LAST DAY MAN, was optioned by Evamere Entertainment.
Host Deardra Shuler invites salsa legend Eddie Palmieri to discuss his upcoming show at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, Ny on Saturday, September 28, at 8pm, where he celebrates Sabiduria with his friends and with the Mambo Legends.
Eddie Palmieri is best known for his charismatic power and innovative drive. His musical career spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. The NEA Jazz Master and honorary Doctor of Music from Berklee College of Music has been awarded 9 Grammy Awards. His recordings have become classics with such hits as"Azucar,” "Muneca,"and "Vamonos Pa'l Monte.” Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, he spent a year with Tito Rodriguez before forming the legendary Conjunto La Perfecta. Palmieri’s band ranks with Machito, Tito Rodriguez and other leading orchestras of the day.
For tickets call 718-960-8833.
Host Deardra Shuler interviews drummer Ali Jackson of the Ali Jackson Quartet who appears at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center starting Monday, August 5th thruThursday, August 8th. 7:30 and 9:30 sets.
Mr Jackson developed his talent on drums at an early age. In 1993, he graduated from Cass Tech High School and in 1998 was the recipient of Michigan’s prestigious Artserv Emerging Artist award. After earning an undergraduate degree in Music Composition at the New School University for Contemporary Music, he studied under Elvin Jones and Max Roach. Jackson has been part of Young Audiences, a program that educates New York City youth on jazz. He has performed and recorded with artists including Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Harry Connick, Jr., KRS-1, Marcus Roberts, Joshua Redman, Vinx, and Seito Kinen Orchestra conductor. Jackson currently performs with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Horns in the Hood, and leads the Ali Jackson Quartet.
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is located on the 5th Floor of Jazz at Lincoln Center on 60th St and Broadway in NYC.
Taj Weekes, a former guest on Topically Yours, will return again to talk with host, Deardra Shuler, about his most recent endeavors. Mr. Weekes recently received an award from St. Lucia House in New York City for his humanitarian work via his charity. Please visit his "They Often Cry " Outreach website (TOCO - www.theyoftencryoutreach.org), to learn more, Recently, the charity has expanded into Trinidad and will move into Haiti and Dominica this year. &nbs
Zeola Gaye, sister of Marvin Gaye, talks to host Deardra Shuler about Zeola's book: My Brother Marvin. Now a stage play, the show tells the uncut, untold stories you thought you knew but don't. The play focuses on the mind of the man behind the music.
Told from the perspective of Marvin's sister, Brother Marvin, the play, has uncovered some stories from their late mother's memoirs and father's letters. The show will be in NY for 4 days - April 11th - April 14th at The Beacon Theatre.My Brother Marvin is written and adapted for the stage by nationally renowned playwright, director and producer, Angela Dunlap.
The stellar cast of My Brother Marvin includes Emmy Award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield ((Josephine Baker Story, Eve’s Bayou, Madea’s Family Reunion) & NAACP Image Award-winning actor Clifton Powell (Ray, The Gospel, Next Friday & Friday After Next & Army Wives), who also directs My Brother Marvin. The show also features Grammy nominated R&B Singer, actor and radio host Keith Washington ("Kissing You" and "Make Time for Love&am
Deardra Shuler interviews singer Rachel Brown, an Ethiopian/Bermudian with southern roots, whose voice reveals a sultriness and sweetness that has captivated listeners. A musician who plays the guitar and ukulele, Rachel embodies with her African/Caribbean band, the genres of pop, Caribbean, Hawaiian, country, hip-hop and world sounds into a captivating groove.
At 19, with no formal musical training, Brown found her voice organically. “My songwriting process consists of grabbing my guitar and learning how to play it while I write songs,” says Brown. “I just play until it sounds right.”
Brown was the 2010 recipient of the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award for songwriting as well as a 2011 recipient of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Abe Olman Award for Excellence in Songwriting. She also received a very coveted showcase slot at the National Association for Campus Activities’ national convention, leading to a 40 date college tour.
The Harvard graduate has been featured by the New York Post and PerezHilton.com and has opened for the likes of Mary J. Blige and Robin Thicke at Bermuda’s National Stadium, and John Legend and Quincy Jones at the Bermuda Music Festival.
Brown’s music also caught the ear of Wyclef Jean who brought her up on stage to perform an impromptu duet of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” at a fundraiser held at New York’s legendary Cipriani 42 Street. Recently Jean joined Brown onstage at her residency at NYC’s famed supper club, The Darby.
Be sure to catch Brown’s debut EP “Building Castles” which is available now.
Deardra Shuler talks to Rev. Dennis Dillion about Freedom 2013: Emancipation Proclamation 150th Celebration. The Emancipation Proclamation called for the abolishment of slavery and was by far one of the most defining moments in American history. Signed into order September 22, 1862, by President Abraham Lincoln the document freed African and mixed race slaves. It also provided liberties for them to defend themselves and join the military. History has shown freedom came at a high price. 150 years later, African Americans still contend with racial profiling, unbalanced scales of wealth, escalating foreclosures that cripple communities while ushering in gentrification. A new paradigm is needed to tip the scales towards equality and inclusion.
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Freedom 2013 Conference will celebrate the historic moment with an all-day symposium, rally and gospel concert featuring Tamela Mann.
The event is spearheaded by Rev. Dennis Dillon, publisher of the New York Christian Times. A visionary and chief researcher behind the ground breaking New York Economic State of Black New York, in partnership with Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, national civic leader, chief architect of The Maafa and pastor of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, as well as over 100 convening clergy, takes place Wednesday, June 19, at The Riverside Baptist Church, 490 Riverside Drive, in Harlem.
Freedom 2013 will commemorate this historical moment with a time-lined exhibition tracing the journey from Africa through slavery leading up to the emancipation and from the emancipation to present. There will also be an Emancipation Awards Luncheon honoring those unsung heroes, shereos (some posthumously), and institutions that have played a significant role towards the passage of the signing of the emancipation.
Deardra Shuler talks to New Yorker Sarah Elizabeth Charles, a vocalist and composer whose musical stylings are unique. The intricacies to her art focus on modernizing classics and composing distinctive originals. Sarah is a member of two performance/recording projects Manner Effect and The Enoch Smith Jr. Trio. She is also the bandleader for her own group, the S.E.Charles Quartet. Sarah has performed at The Apollo Theatre with Geri Allen, Blue Note NYC, The Iridium, Smalls Jazz Club, Zinc Bar NYC, and New York Couture Fashion Week. She has performed at the and Kennedy Center in Washington DC as a selected member of the 2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Composers Residency. Gillette Stadium, and The Northampton Center for the Arts.
A Springfield, MA, native Charles studied and played throughout the New England area. She earned her BFA from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and a BA from Eugene Lang College. She has worked with Jimmy Owens, Geri Allen, Dr. Billy Taylor, Sheila Jordan, Cecil Bridgewater, Reggie Workman, George Cables, Junior Mance, Richard Harper, Janet Lawson, and Carmen Lundy. Her CD "Red," touches on everything from her own originals to contemporary arrangements of jazz standards and re-workings of Haitian folklore music.
Her CD, “Red” is the culmination of two years of honing the intricate aesthetics of the S.E.Charles Quartet.
Topically Yours Host, Deardra Shuler, talks with filmmaker Mariette Monpierre about her feature film ELZA. A French Guadeloupean filmmaker and director, Monpierre was raised in Paris. Educated at the Sorbonne she worked at BBD&O before becoming a filmmaker. Mariette is premiering her film at the Walter Reade Theatre in Lincoln Center as part of the African Film Festival screening on Thursday, April 12th at 4:00 pm and on Sunday, April 15th at 6:15 pm. ELZA is the first na
Host Deardra Shuler talks with jazz drummer Willie Jones III who will be appearing at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on Thurs. June 13 - Sunday, 6/16. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:30 pm.
Willie Jones III, earned street cred backing up the heaviest of jazz hitters including Milt Jackson, Herbie Hancock and Roy Hargrove. He remains one of today’s most sought after drummers. For his four night engagement at Dizzy’s, Jones has assembled a top notch soulful band featuring the finest musicians in modern jazz: Eric Reed (piano), Warren Wolf (vibes), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Stacy Dillard (reeds), and Dezron Douglas (bass). The collective will perform with the deep-grooving swing that defines Jones’ repertoire.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Jones’ earliest exposure to music was through his father, Willie Jones II, an accomplished and notable jazz pianist. Jones co-founded jazz band Black Note. He is featured on Sandoval’s GRAMMY award winning release Hot House (N2K). He joined Roy Hargrove’s Quintet and is featured on the CD Verve: Moment To Moment, Hard Groove, Nothing Serious and RH Factor’s Distractions. Jones can be heard on a host of recordings including Kurt Elling’s GRAMMY nominated Night Moves (Concord) and Eric Reed’s Here (Max Jazz). Jones has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Cedar Walton, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Houston Person, Billy Childs, Eric Reed, Herbie Hancock and Hank Jones, et al.
In 2000, Jones’ releasedVol 1…Straight Swingin’ on his own label, WJ3 Records.
For more information, including artist line up and pricing, go to jalc.org.
Host Deardra Shuler talks with jazz pianist Cedar Walton about his upcoming show in the Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Saturday, June 22 when he performs with Barry Harris. The show pays tribute to the late Mulgrew Miller. Walton and Harris will play 9 foot Steinways for their 7:30 and 9:30 pm sets. For tickets: call CenterCharge 212-721-6500 or the JALC Box Office, Brdwy & 60th Street, Ground Fl.
Texas born Cedar Walton cites Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell as major influences on him. He began emulating recordings of these artists from an early age. He attended the University of Denver as a composition major originally, but was encouraged to switch to a music education program. This switch later proved extremely useful since Walton learned to play and arrange for various instruments, a talent he would hone with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
Cedar Walton remains active, and many of his compositions are jazz standards, including "Firm Roots", "Bolivia" and "Cedar's Blues". "Bolivia" is perhaps Walton's best known composition, while one of his oldest is "Fantasy in D", recorded under the title "Ugetsu" by Art Blakey in 1963.
Mark Morganelli via Jazz Forum Arts presents this Jazz Summit Program. For additional info call 914-631-1000
Host Deardra Shuler invites Grammy Award winner, Gloria Gaynor, as her guest to her Topically Yours Show. Ms. Gaynor is best known for her hit I Will Survive. Gaynor’s version of “Never Can Say Good-Bye” became the first dance song to reach No.1 status in dance music. Gloria recorded I Am What I Am, which reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Dance Disco Hits. Just Keep Thinkin’ About You, topped the Billboard Dance/Club Charts at No.1, while Gloria&