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Trish Jenkins had it all. Her and her husband had done very well in property, but needed cash flow. An opportunity came along, which was great at first, but turned sour. The end result was that they lost everything and Trish spent some time in jail.
During this very insightful and lively conversation, Trish shares from her heart of what happened to her and have a look at the reality of being careful when it comes to discernment. A wide range of topics w
"Jazz is evolving...it's more of a spirit than a defined idea. I don't think I'm very concerned with the label of it. I just want to do something honest."
And with that, Woodwind Wizard/Multi-Instrumentalist/Composer/Young Visionary Josh Kwaasman stole my Hybrid Heart :)
Connecticut born, now New York based, this wonderful artist learned far more in his education than his teachers dreamed. With a Masters in Music from NYU's Jazz Program, Joshua has created a project with a main focus: a lifelong friendship.
Such a beautiful story...Josh and this boy (who he idolized) would ride bikes together. Age and boldness took them further on their trails, sometimes 100 miles away from home. Each time, Josh trusted his friend to get him back safely. Each time, Justin did. It makes for some personal music, "Songs of the Brother Spirit." But our guest isn't content with merely telling HIS tales. He wants to connect with YOU. He figures that, if the music doesn't move you, then he wants no part of it. This is a very different artist! And those with whom he has shared a stage (Ingrid Jensen, Tabla Master Badal Roy) quite agree.
Please join us on Thursday, May 16th - at two p.m. Eastern USA time - as we learn more about this ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award-Winner (twice, consecutively!) His solo at Lincoln Center...headlining at JazzPeru...his philosophy of texturing on stage (fascinating!). Let's open some doors into The Future of Jazz. We cannot find a more eloquent spokesperson :)
You may know the name Carl Stanley already - many already do, including some "heavyweights" in the business who have hired Carl to lend his sax to their appeal :-D
Roy Ayers is one of those who heard something special in the way that Carl plays. Three years of touring with a legend taught our guest more than playing ten years with anyone else!
There are three artists in the United Kingdom that have made ears perk and cash registers ring: Mica Paris, Will Young and Andy Abraham. And Carl has played with all three.
In 2011, our triple threat (alto, soprano, tenor sax) joined forces with Peter White - and it paved the way for all the pieces to fall together for Carl's "A Beautiful Thing" - released in 2012.
So appropriately titled...this delicious project features friends that add perfect magic to an already fabulous mix. Guitarist Dwight Sills, vocalist Gianna, and pianist Oli Silk work with that velvet sax to create some of the best contemporary Jazz that we have.
We'll hear three of those twelve originals when Carl Stanley joins us on Tuesday, May 14th. You'll hear him at the start of the show: one p.m. Eastern - and just about the time they get their groove on in London :-D
A Lansing, Michigan, mortgage broker's dreams are coming true :) That's what Phil Denny's life was like for several years. He was actually the Vice-President of a company. But his passion for sax was fueling other dreams..
Finally, he decided to "go for broke" (as it were!) and concentrate on the true love of his life: playing music. The universe agreed with his decision and Phil has never looked back.
From part-time gigs to full-time, Phil caught the ear and eye of the locals and beyond. A dream became real in 2011 when keyboardist/producer Nate Harasim worked with Phil to launch his muscial debut, "Crossover." With the added touch of guitar master, Nils, and the magical voice of Anna Stevenson.
It's not rocket science to imagine that movie star looks and genuine chops are going to get attention - but this must be overwhelming for Phil. He just played Spaghettini's in Seal Beach, California - and the sold-out house showed love as though there was no tomorrow. And it gets better: Phil has plans and wants to share the news. That's why he's wasting no time and will be with us at the TOP of the show on Thursday, April 25th. One p.m. Eastern time. You'll learn about Phil's journey so far - and discover his music, for sure. But also learn the stories behind how soon in his career he has been able to share the stage with Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, Cindy Bradley, Howard Hewitt, and many more. If Cinderella was a male, his name would be Phil Denny. Whew!
This star is rising so fast that our collective heads are spinning! Catch him (quick:) www.phildenny.com
Jerry B. Jenkins, former editor of Moody Magazine, vice president for publishing, and now chairman of the board of trustees for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, is the author of more than 180 books, including the 63,000,000-selling Left Behind series. Jerry has been awarded honorary doctorates from Bethel College (Indiana), Trinity International University (Illinois), Colorado Christian University, Huntington University (Indiana), and Tennessee Temple University. Jerry owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company in Chicago, which produced the critically-acclaimed Hometown Legend, listed as one of the Top 10 family films of 2002 by Good News Communication’s MOVIEGUIDE. Jenkins Entertainment also produced Midnight Clear, winner of the Special Jury Prize for “Best First Feature” at the 2007 Cinequest Film Festival. Jenkins also owns the Christian Writers Guild, which aims to train tomorrow’s professional Christian writers and has more than 1,000 members worldwide. The centerpiece of the Guild is an e-mail correspondence course tailored to fit the busiest lifestyle. Each student is personally mentored by a seasoned professional via e-mail throughout the two-year program. Courses are also available for writers aged 8-12 and for teens. He visits on Thursday, May 2, at 7pm EST.
To the tune of "What You Won't Do For Love" - this is What You Don't Know 'Bout Bob :-D
I guess you're wondering where he's been (sorry!)...Bobby's parents (Bob and Carolyn) were the hosts of one of the first musical variety programs on television called "Suppertime."
Our multi-faceted guest was born in Manhattan but raised in Miami - and this is where he found his ticket for lifelong fame (especially in Japan, where he is known as "The King of AOR" - short for Album-Oriented Rock :)
To gain access and momentum on R & B charts, Bobby's cover art/advertisements for his momentous debut in 1978 featured him in silhouette. Naturally, there were surprised faces when he showed up for gigs - everybody expected to see an African-American artist.
Other fascinating facts about Bobby: regarding that debut, "What You Won't Do For Love" has been recorded or sampled by more than 100 artists - including Phyllis Hyman, Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. A sample of his "Open Your Eyes" was featured in Common's Grammy nominated "The Hit." Not only has Bobby played Frank Sinatra in a "Rat Pack" salute in Las Vegas (co-produced by David Cassidy!) - but he has had original compositions featured in several fims and TV projects - and his voice on standards has been requested as many times.
The hits he wrote for other artists is noteworthy: Amy Grant and Pete Cetera, Boz Scaggs and Al Jarreau - among others. His latest CD, "House of Cards" (2012) features ALL of his music - and his playing, too. On guitar and bass.
International stardom, a place in American musical history and a happy homelife - what a life Bobby Caldwell has led! It's a thrill to tell you that he'll join us at two p.m. on 4/9/13 - right before he hits Berks Jazz this week :)
Saxophonist/Composer/Producer/Arranger/Educator Grace Kelly has lived more in her 20 years than most who have lived twice as long.
Born Grace Chung, she and her sister, Christina, were adopted by their stepfather, Bob Kelly. Mom and Dad's house was full of music, especially during Sunday brunch - when the sounds of Stan Getz would permeate their Massachusetts home. At six, Grace was persuaded to play piano - followed by singing lessons, dancing, writing and theater. Then, clarinet and saxophone when she was eight.
The gifted vocalist, Ann Hampton Calloway, saw something special in this child prodigy, as did Grace's middle school teacher - who encouraged this tiny multi-instrumentalist to record her first album. That she did, and "Dreaming" launched an incredible career when Grace was just 12.
Six projects later - among them, the highly praised "Man with the Hat" - with sax legend, Phil Woods - Grace is going strong! "Live at Scullers" is the latest (and courageous) body of work from an artist who is truly spreading her wings and flying. With both serious chops on display and songs that feature her sweet and searching voice, this soon-to-be Birthday Girl is finding her groove. And INSISTING on the groove being hers - and not the path that some would prescribe that she should take.
What a rare find - and we'll delve into the life and times of amazing Grace Kelly when she joins us on Tuesday, April 11th - at the top of the one p.m. hour. Get to know her via her website: www.gracekellymusic.com
Such mesmerizing music has been filling my grateful ears recently - notably from composer/pianist Romain Collin.
Born in France, Roman came to the States because he had a scholarship to Berklee. That was his first, by the way - he received another to the Monk Institute. Both schools afforded him the opportunity to learn from and work with the BEST in Jazz - and many of those recognized the best in Romain.
It's pretty amazing when an artist from another country gets to study with Ron Carter, Mulgrew Miller and Wynton Marsalis. Then to tour with mentors Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock? Nobody who plays reasonably well has that green light - only the cream of the crop.
Besides having scored two short films, co-produced bassist Tony Gray's project, "Moving" and contributed to the highly praised Weather Report CD tribute in 2005, Roman performs with artists in an array of genres. And he has found time to perfect two albums of note. His debut in 2009, "The Rise and Fall of Pipokuhn", was met with critical acclaim. In the Summer of 2012, "The Calling" was released. And Romain has been riding the tidal wave of those accolades since then.
He will join us on Tuesday, March 26th, at the top of the show - at one p.m. Eastern time. Look forward to some magnificent music from Romain - as well as our focus on Spring. It's here...let it speak to you through song :)