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In this latest interview, Trish talks with Polly Superstar, author of the new book, Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary, which details her journey of discovering herself and helping others along the way. Polly is the founder of the famed Kinky Salon in San Francisco, CA, and a sex positive activist.
To experience more of this interview, get the premiere issue of ArousedWoman Magazine (out January 2015) by visiting the AW website: ArousedWoman.com.
And be sure to get Polly's book: Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary.
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In the ten years that yours truly has been in Baltimore (this time around!), there are some significant talents that stand out. And always will. Some of the musicianship has been more than stellar. Let's call it haunting. And that is the case with the voice of Kristin Callahan.
Singing since she could speak, the vocal ability that Kristin has is worn like a second skin. She's comfortable singing - and it doesn't matter what genre. Though her golden throat lends itself naturally to Jazz and the Great American Songbook. And one wonders what's in Kristin's future - because if this is the beginning of her career and she's so good NOW - have mercy - what the heck else should we expect?!
Encouraged by both church and school early on, our Maryland Girl found herself in Washington, D.C. Under the tutelage of respected pianist and educator, Vince Evans. Vince was able to steer Kristin in a direction that felt both comfortable and challenging. And that challenge is something that she relishes. Her first project dropped in 2009, "A New Love." Last year, we heard the evolving bliss of Kristin with "One Magic Day." Some of the best in Baltimore and D.C. joined her on these 14 songs. Including Warren Wolf on vibraphone - and Vince Evans (of course!) on piano :)
Kristin's got an amazing opportunity to shine on 12/21/14. She's at the Chesapeake Arts Center - the same place where we last saw Jeffrey Osborne. She'll dip into both of her albums, some holiday tunes (no doubt!), and possibly give us a sneak preview of her forthcoming CD - which takes her into a new direction. 2015 should be QUITE interesting for our guest!
What a pleasure to share Kristin with you again - we had a lot of fun the first time that she visited! 12/16 at 3 p.m. Eastern - join us :)
The double digit dates haven't started yet - we're two days away from December 10th - so some of us are relaxing. The sweat comes when we realize that Christmas is breathing down our necks :) To help with the sweat: Jumpin' Jazz and Blue-Eyed Soul from a woman who has a right to sing ALL of it - blissfully versatile Marilyn Scott!
That voice is going to conjure some images for you, full of energy and passion - and FUN! Our much-respected artist has been thrilling us for years - over a dozen albums to her name. Marilyn has been an in-demand vocalist, garnering praise and a Grammy nomination - for Marilyn's take on "The Look of Love", produced by George Duke.
This Southern California native learned EARLY what she wanted in life. An epiphany occurred in her teens when she trekked to the Monterey Pop Festival - and feasted her ears on Janis Joplin, Lou Rawls and Otis Redding. Marilyn honed her own craft so well that was asked to work with a myriad of Jazz and Soul artists - Hiroshima, Bobby Womack, Etta James and Bobby Caldwell among them.
A new album is expected in 2015 - but let's focus on NOW. Marilyn Scott's "Get Christmas Started" is a party and a half! Treasured holiday songs are full of new life, and the vibes from Philly to Memphis to Motown are COVERED. We so need the kick that Marilyn gives us - the kind of holiday cheer that makes you want to get up and dance, or sing along - at the top of your lungs :)
We'll start the show at one - and we've got two hours to get Christmas started - are you IN? Join us in The Chat Room! One of the hottest singers with some kind of slammin' resume is gonna entertain you. You'll feel as though 12/25 has already arrived
Master Publicist Rick Scott has been working tirelessly to make sure that this came together - and he needs to get special recognition! Rick works HARD for his clients - and Rick Braun is one. The Ricks are awesome :)
The one that we'll have on the show TOMORROW, December 8th, has been a previous guest on "Hybrid Jazz." Why this time, you ask? Glad you ARE! Rick has a string of dates with his good friend, Peter White - whose Christmas tour is always hugely successful. We're speaking to Rick on Monday so that we can get a few events as much mileage as possible. He and Peter and Mindi Abair will be in Virginia on 12/8 - then at Ram's Head in Annapolis on Wednesday, the 10th. Several dates in Florida follow. And there is something else that's important to discuss - that's near and dear to Rick's heart. That is his BIG event in Tucson, Arizona on New Year's Eve.
There's even a website for us to ponder: www.rickbraunsnewyearseve.com Here's why it's so important to Rick - besides having Peter White join him - as well as long-time friend and collaborator, Richard Elliot - this whole endeavor brings focus to The Autism Society. You'll see that once you peruse the website. Emma Braun is Rick's teenage daughter. She is, like your host's son, under the autism spectrum. That's why it was a priority for us to have this special day and time for Rick to stop by and say hello. Our kids are everything to us - and awareness of their needs and the needs of other children are "Front Burner" subjects.
Here's another reason why I appreciate Rick Braun so deeply. One of his main inspirations in his most excellent musical journey has been Freddie Hubbard. Rick appreciates the masters and it shows! Welcome a beloved artist when he returns on 12/8!
Back in those days when families were gathered around the TV, yours truly remembers enjoying certain artists from "The Lawrence Welk Show." One of those acts was The McGuire Sisters. Their harmonies were amazing - the kind of blending and weaving that only family members can give us. And they conveyed such joy and hope! When listening to The Ault Sisters, you hear the same kind of magic. They sound absolutely angelic. So - how fitting to have them as guests this time of year?
In fact, The Ault Sisters will be our last guests of 2014. So, the show on 12/18 will truly be special :) Just a little background on Amanda, Alicia and Alanna - they are from Toronto and have been singing for a long time. Even though they are still quite young! All have had formal music education. And, though their musical tastes are different, they agree that Jazz lends itself to the complex harmonies that they so love. They first performed as a trio in 2004. In 2006, they released "Christmas Feelings" - and that album paved the way for so much to happen. Including a yearly holiday event at the popular Hugh's Room in their city. It's always a benefit show. And it's always much anticipated - many have said that it's not the season until they hear the Sisters perform at Hugh's!
That show this year is coming up - and, at the same time - the single by our trio, "May You Always", is doing REALLY well for them. It's the kind of song that lingers in your spirit once you've heard it.
Please join us for a triumverate of beautiful young ladies who have been blessed with fabulous voices. They will truly make you feel Christmas!
See you in The Chat Room - we'll miss you in the days to come as "Hybrid Jazz" takes an extended hiatus. Blessings to ALL!
Oh, yes, I HEAR you! "What? Where has she BEEN?!" Hah! We all missed her, didn't we? We'll get those Where's Waldo answers tomorrow - when Joyce Cooling visits us at three p.m. Eastern time! Remember that - for Tuesday, 11/18 - the show STARTS at TWO. We'll have three two-hour shows this week!
Back to our sublime guest: Joyce has been making beautiful music with her guitar for QUITE a while now. Self-taught, her influences and inspirations range from Brazilian to Classical to Rock - and it all pours forth into a pulsating, dynamic and driving deliciousness that is profoundly JAZZ!
#1 radio singles, six Top Ten, multiple music awards - and nominated for several others. "Global Cooling" was her seventh studio album and that was released in 2009.
Well, it HAS been quite an absence on the scene...and the reason for this visit from Joyce (a reunion!) is specific: she has a new HOLIDAY single! Produced by longtime producer, Jay Wagner, "The Holiday's On" is meant to convey a 1940's Swing era vibe with a spin that's infectious :) We'll hear it - and more tracks that are meaningful - and we'll talk to Joyce about a favorite subject: mental health. This fascinating artist has worked with some of the best in the business (Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, Al Jarreau!) and has made friends all over the world. But the urgency of her life's path has much to do with the focus on keeping us emotionally afloat. That's why Joyce is a national advocate for NAMI: the National Alliance for Mental Health. As we near Thanksgiving and get into gear for the season, nothing is more important that focusing attention on how we're coping. How we can help ourselves and help others live better lives. Please join us for a SPECIAL "Hybrid Jazz!" 11/18/2014.
Immediately, there's a connection: Keith Andrew spent his childhood in Baltimore (small world!) - then moved to the San Francisco Bay area when he was a teen. He had been playing guitar since he was ten - and the rich diversity of music in Northern California fueled him further. Led to Los Angeles, he studied some of the most prestigious guitarists on the planet: Robben Ford, Joe Pass and more.
Keith made sure that he received an education that was suited for the future he was seeking. He was part of the Chaffey College Jazz Ensemble - and excelled so much that he won awards from The National Association of Jazz Educators. He did exceptionally well at the Guitar Institute of Technology, too. And became a staff instructor there. The best of paths followed our guest because he became associated with a very successful L.A. based group called Himilaya. The band got serious buzz and received national airplay - and also had a chance to tour.
Fast forward to 2014 and Keith Andrew has "Adventurous Soul" up and running - with 13 tracks and a who's who of Contemporary Jazz. The COOL piece of this Hybrid puzzle is that Keith has made some terrific choices, regarding who's around him, what he composes, and how he views his music. He found in fellow guitarist, Nils, a kindred spirit. Nils produced six of the songs on "Soul" - and these two exceptional artists found that their FEEL encompassed a fusion that included a vision of World music. Keith developed a passion for expanding his vision when he spent time with the California based group, Zulu Spear. He's an interesting guy, as well as the consummate guitarist. He loves the outdoors and is not a lightweight about it - Keith has been to countries to hike that have only been a part of many of our dreams :) Please join us in welcoming Keith Andrew on 12/4/2014!
One of the pivotal days in Alicia Olatuja's life happened just last year. She had a memorable moment, singing at one of the BIG Inauguration events for the re-elected Barack Obama. So stunning was her classically trained mezzo soprano voice that the buzz began IMMEDIATELY. No less than Elizabeth Hasselbeck (formerly of "The View") praised her on the show as if she had never heard anyone sing before that day :)
Well, the buzz has never STOPPED - and that's no exaggeration! This beautiful St. Louis native - now based in New York - is writing her own ticket to stardom. A vocal performance graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Alicia gave her recital at Carnegie Hall. And she debuted professionally as Sacagawea in a world premiere operetta.
Musical Theater and Opera have been great passions in our guest's life - but so has Jazz. She and her husband, the fantastic bassist, Michael Olatuja, have their own band. When you hear "The Olatuja Project", your receive the bliss of Alicia singing in a Yoruba or Shona dialect. Please check out "The Promise" on CD.
And the reason for Glorious Alicia's visit? Her OTHER CD, "Timeless." :-D When the most industrious promoter, Kari Gaffney, sent the album to yours truly, there was a lengthy ZONING during that day. Little else got accomplished but listening to Alicia's voice. If you've HEARD her, you know! Michael is with her on this project - as well as another bassist that you might know: Christian McBride :) And other noteworthy artists.
But it's the world class Alicia Olatuja who is our focus on 12/2. With the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir since 2007, voice teacher, vocal producer, teaching artist at the neighborhood Arts Council - OH - and a composer, too! So very impressive. Please: hear for yourself!
Born in Barcelona, our guest on 11/19/2014 has made QUITE a splash in his adopted country. Besides the fact that he just voted for the first time - as an American citizen :) Oscar Penas (I can't wait to say his last name: PEA Nyas!) is a gifted guitarist, composer and bandleader with a new CD that is, indeed, bragworthy. "Music of Departures and Returns" is full of inspirations that captivate Oscar - who has discussed the reasons why he was so drawn to Jazz after his childhood studies in Classical Music. He relished the idea of creating melodies and interacting with other musicians. Pat Metheny and Wayne Shorter were sparks that goaded him early on. Then, the music of Pixinguinha - the flamenco music of Spain that was so infused inside of him - all the ingredients that would define the intoxicating stew of Oscar's music - were taking shape. This is a gentleman who has won the "ASCAP Plus Award" - so SOMETHING's working :)
Oscar is visiting us for two reasons. One, he's performing at the prestigious Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, in the next few days. We certainly wanted to call attention to that. Secondly, this new album, Oscar's fourth, is full of music that enriches the soul. Esperanza Spalding and Paquito D'Rivera are featured - as is producer, arranger and pianist, Gil Goldstein. He also focuses on quartet: six-string electric bassist Moto Fukushima, drummer Richie Barshay, and the world-class violinist, Sara Caswell.
Besides being an alluring guitarist - both intelligent and earthy - Oscar is a wise man. He knew that, after his education at Berklee and the New England Conservatory, he would have to stand out in the sea of sublime artistry that populates New York City. So, he dug deeply, honoring his roots and his passion for Jazz. The results will make your ears thank you :)
Trish Doolin is a long time friend of mine and also a wonderful artist in so many aspects!! I am looking forward to having her on the show. For those of you who have heard my first album, Hostile Intentions, you will know her voice from a track called, These Changing Winds where we did a duet together. She is a remarkable artist in all senses of the word. She is not only an accomplished spoken word artist, but a painter, a sculptor, a jewelry maker as well as an author! Her accolades and accomplishments don't stop there! Her professional resume is incredible!!! She has been out of the poetry scene for quite some time and I decided to extend this invitation to her in hopes of reminding her that her presense is missed!!! Please help me welcome a woman of strong creative conviction as we embark on the journey of dismantling the topics of tainted media and the arts! Trish Doolin!
Yes, you are correct - you have seldom seen the word "Favorite" in the title of the show :) The most versatile Renaissance Man that we're featuring is the reason. Besides being so staggeringly talented, Slim is also a friend. And it's ALWAYS a pleasure to welcome him back!
Baltimore born and bred, Slim (aka Tim Camponeschi) became smitten with music at the age of five. That's when Dad took him to see "The Five Pennies" with Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong. So strong was the inspiration that Slim took trumpet lessons for ten years. And he taught himself both guitar and piano. Singing all the while. Oh, thank God for THAT! If you know our Hunk's voice, then you have heard Audible Silk. Dean Martin without the dry martini :-D
Seriously, this profile could wax poetic from now until showtime - that's how cool of a background we're discussing. From the first gig, singing Beatles' songs at the six grade graduation - to his middle school band, Momma Max - to his education at the Peabody Institute - to the Motown office of Roxanne Gordy in New York City where he signed his published deal (and a song on Angie Bofill's debut CD!). There's more: Stiff Records (yes) signed him and "Boot Camp" had two of the 100 videos first seen on MTV. A re-recording of songs originally done by another artist put Slim Man on the map - so did Bona Fide, the group he founded in the late 90's. "X-Ray Hip" was a number one song that still get played all over the globe. And Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn will never forget Our Guy - Slim was the one who discovered him via the nationwide Marlboro search.
TV, screenplays, authentic Italian cooking - whaddya want?! A new Kickstarter will launch his cookbook (days left!) and a BIG charitable event happens SOON - please welcome our Friend, Slim Man!
Ooooh, this is gonna be a "Red Cups UP" interview! Hah! That's one of the tunes on Joey Sommerville's new CD, "Overnight Sensation" (oh, the irony THERE!). The song was lauded by "USA Today" columnist, Elysa Gardner. She just mentioned it the other day when she discussed new music that caught her ear. Bette Midler and Darlene Love and Joey - he was in the right company, wasn't he? Thanks, Elysa!
This will be the third go-round with Joey as guest. The first time was back in "Cool Jazz Conversations" days with Joy Hall. Then, he visited "Hybrid Jazz" with more exciting news two years ago. NOW? Honey, this a whole 'nother chapter in the Saga of Sommerville! The new project is SMOKING hot! In terms of artistry and variety. Joey has enlisted his friends to play with him: Earl Klugh, Elan Trotman, Eric Essix and Jeff Bradshaw. And he has stretched his wings and flown to beautiful new directions. He echoes the past so well while breathing life into it. Joey is adamant that you know he plays ALL kinds of music on that trumpet, but he truly has an affinity for the life of what Jazz is. Matter-of-fact, Joey is an "All That Jazz" award-winner. Let him tell you about that :)
Raised in the Baptist Church, Joey knew that if the congregation responded favorably to his trumpet, then his "soul communication" was on target :) Liiving in Atlanta now (from Detroit), Joey has played with everyone from Phish to Cirque de Soleil to the many stars who landed in 'Lanta for his Jazz After Dark Series. He's no stranger to touring or recording - he has honed his craft for YEARS - and to say that you're going to enjoy every note of what you'll hear on the new CD is an understatement! Join us in The Chat Room on 11/11!