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It has been a profound honor to have had Ken Navarro on the show a number of times. Each time, it seems as though we offer music to you that is a step above any other music that we COULD feature on "Hybrid Jazz." Ken's canvas is always brilliantly and serenely painted - with the added (and unbelievable!) touch this time: he is - and this is taken from his website: "performing and composing for EVERY instrument." Now, ponder that. Already a Master Guitarist - and he has tackled all other instrumentation for "Unbreakable Heart." Stunning news!
Hopefully, you know that Ken Navarro was a popular session guitarist in Los Angeles. He's based in Maryland now, but he built a foundation in L.A. that was wide - with long-time ripple effects. Everybody in Contemporary Jazz knows of Ken Navarro. And the music that he has created - or re-created - has been a source of continual interest for over 25 years. Top-charting albums, Top Five songs, Grammy buzz - not to mention that Ken has produced a number of folks and propelled the careers of others.
We have been so impressed - millions of us - starting from "The River Flows" in 1990 (Ken's debut) - then (among others!) "Love Coloured Soul" and "The Grace of Summer Light" and "Dreaming of Trains." Two albums ago: "The Test of Time" - followed by "Ruby Lane." "Unbreakable Heart" is Ken's 22nd album! If you have heard ANY of it, you're already smiling :) What an absolute thrill to hear the song, "Juliet" - about Ken's first granddaughter. Or his loving tribute to the late Robin Williams - a song called "Robin Fly Away."
We'll delve into three tracks on Tuesday's show - 8/25. This will also be the anniversary of "Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey!"
Luis Munoz might not live in Costa Rica any longer - but he takes his homeland with him whenever he composes and plays. He is able to bring his country's folklore and rhythm to music in a way that defies description. Lush, tranquil, passionate. He moves your mind geographically to locations where you have never been physically. But you can feel the outlay of the land when you hear the direction of the song. It's unbelievable.
Educated in both music and architechture, Luis finished his degree in the former at the University of California, Santa Barbara - where he now resides. Under some amazing tutelage, Luis found his way in composition - he has worked with documentaries, animated films, dance and theater projects. In the late 80's, he made his way into the recording end of the business. In the 90's, more work that honed his intuituve skills. By 2004, "Downbeat" was singing his praises. "Vida" was named "Best Latin Jazz CD - and, in 2006 - Luis was recognized by his birthplace for Best Jazz Composer/Producer.
"Of Soul and Shadow" and "Invisible" followed - two immensely respected works that brought more international recognition. With "Luz" in 2013, Luis introduced the amazing voices of Magos Herrera and Teka Penteriche. At that point in his career, he was overwhelmed with the praise for his musicianship and creativity. With "Voz", he takes both to new levels. Bringing Magos and Teka back to the studio - with the addition of Claudia Acuna, he has imbued a new sense of truth into the mix. With mostly voice on this album, the listener is engaged in the moment - with both original and beloved songs - that will compel you to travel. You may not have a ticket - but you WILL travel. The best vacation EVER :) Join us on 9/29 at two p.m. Eastern.
What a time to have an episode of "Hybrid Jazz" - it's the beginning of Autumn, the start of Libra, it's Yom Kippur, and the Pope is in the USA :) How do we celebrate? HALIE LOREN!
This Alaskan-born award-winner has had quite a journey - and she is still so young! She made her performing debut at 10, her family moved to Oregon three years later - and she won accolades for her songwriting when she was still a TEEN!
Halie also had the maturity to live in Nashville for a time, soaking up the music wisdom of the city and learning the ropes of the business - before she headed back to Oregon for continued education. She has never STOPPED pursuing her education, in terms of perfecting her craft. Already blessed with a unique and distinctive way of interpretation, Halie is also extraordinarily smart. She knew early in her career that overseas audiences embraced her, so she has made it a point to release her music there first - the USA is catching up!
Her debut in 2006 generated MUCH interest. Her sophomore project, "They Oughtta Write a Song" won an Just Plan Folks (Independent) Award for Best Jazz Vocal. And it was the second-highest selling album in Japan. Halie's name is actually known all over the world - because of smart distribution and the attraction of sophisticated audiences to a true talent. When you hear "Butterfly Blue", you'll know HOW true :)
Amy Shook is a joyful "last minute" guest - and it's because of one very special reason. She is a major component of Diva Jazz - in trio - the musical unit for the Maurice Hines production of "Tappin' Thru Life!" They're at the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington and it's BUZZING! Amy has played the White House twice, so you KNOW ;) Bass Goddess join us in the third hour - see you in Chat!
What's fascinating about Dean Mongerio is what yours truly DOESN'T know about him - he is a Man of Mystery to a large extent. And that will make this interview that much better :) What you definitely need to know is that this awesome talent has taken music to a different level. And so many have taken notice that Facebook pages have been burning up with messages.Hey, even phone calls - remember them?!
Born in New York, Dean was raised in Florida. We'll find out what came first: the alto sax that he played at 12 or the compilation tape that his Mom gave him. Full of Cannonball, Bird, and Dolphy. It was Charlie Parker that grabbed his attention. And he hasn't stopped studying since that inspiration.
Our guest has worked in multiple genres with incredible artists. In Jazz, both sides of the aisle - and y'all know what we mean by that ;) Dean has had some sizable victories in his career - producing and arranging for Manny Lester's debut Gospel album is one of those. In his path with The Groovemasters, there was an original song on that EP that garnered significant attention. "Brown Rice" was chosen as Top Jazz Song in 2010 - by Indie-Music.com.
In 2011, he moved to London and found that work came easily - in notable venues. People were SURE paying attention to this handsome gentleman who had a way with effects pedals. In 2013, Dean joined the European tour of "New Jersey Nights" - with impressive featured solos. He has had a very busy time with this show - but he found the window to finish a significant debut. "Inter/Change." The music within JUMPS off the page - this is saxophone as you have not felt it before now. This is an artist with reverence for the past, but has a firm eye on music's future. Oh MY, what a pleasure to bring Dean Mongerio to you :) 9/17/15.
The first awareness of Rick White's talent: knowing that he had written a song that was discovered during WSMJ days in Baltimore. It was called "Anticipation" and it featured smokey vocals by Mycah Chevalier and Troy Sol Edler. Yours truly was so smitten that the lyric was embedded in memory. When Rick visited our radio station brunch some ten years ago, he was astounded to see me mouthing the words when it was performed on stage :) That was the beginning of our friendship.
In time, the song was re-recorded, this time Kal-El Gross was paired with Mycah. It didn't take long for Washington's WHUR to jump on board - and it became one of the most active songs in their rotation. Rick has never mentioned this, but the song's popularity probably paved the way for the emotional confidence to pursue the first guiltypleasures project.
That was 2009 - and "lovestories" featured some of the strongest voices in the region. The strength of the songwriting was observed. Strongly. The pop of this debut created a ripple effect throughout the D.C. region - AND overseas. You know that our brothers and sisters across the pond LOVE authentic Soul. Especially when original songs are involved.
Fast forward to NOW and "cautionarytales", the new kid on the block from Rick White and Company. What a follow-up! We'll even forgive him for the six years that we had to wait! This time, Kal-El is on board. A tremendous vocalist who allows vulnerability to infuse his performance. There are three exceptional female singers in this journey, too. With beautiful reputations to coincide with their artistry. Blez, classically trained; Jerrica White, a songwriter with a Go Go background; Kia Bennett, a "Soul Tracks" Best New Artist nominee.
Ready for some HONEST music? See you on 9/22!
If you are reading this - and you have read other biographical information that your show host has written about hundreds of artists, then this will take you by surprise. I am totally freaked out. LOL!!! Because Nathan East is something else ENTIRELY.
Over three decades of support for household names. A few - let's alphabetize: Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton, Daft Punk (Grammy Awards here, pay attention!), Herbie Hancock, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Toto, Whitney Houston....still breathing? Oh, I KNOW, y'all! This is what I'm SAYING - this man is a ROCK of mass appeal. Genre jumping, bass busting, talent. Quincy Jones has said: "He's so talented it's ridiculous!"
A little background so yers truly can calm down. Born in Philadelphia, Nathan was four when his family (eight kids!) moved to San Diego. Nathan studied cello first, then became interested in bass when he was 14. His influences: Mingus and Ron Carter. Electric: Paul McCartney and Chuck Rainey.
On the road with Barry White when he was 16, his resume just grew from THERE. Multiple awards, soundtracks that are too numerous to mention, co-founding Fourplay, an online electric bass school, an accomplished magician as well as everything else just discussed - and - drumroll, please: over 2,000 credits to his name. Honest to God, one of the most recorded Bass players in musical history.
The reason for this visit from the esteemed Nathan East on 9/1: his partnership with Fourplay member, Bob James. Their astonishing project, "The New Cool" is about to drop. THIS host has dropped already, hearing it! Music to captivate and haunt, it's the crown jewel within the Yamaha Family, the company that is sponsoring this golden event.
What a thrill to bring you a glimpse into Nathan East. Second hour. Get your seat EARLY :)
Mariea Antoinette is a rare and beautiful bird....a courageous torch bearer and new pioneer for the harp. When we first met, some years ago at Berks Jazz, this radio host was struck by her serenity. Her performance with the group, Jazz in Pink, was beyond stellar. Which makes her music that much more authentic. It rings of new truth. Exciting beginnings. A blend of elegance, sweet soulfulness, classical and the best of Pop and Jazz hybridity. How this amazing woman is able to make her fingers fly to deliver a musical message is beyond what most of us can fathom :-O
Mariea is a San Diego native, fully entrenched in the atmosphere of sun, sky and sea. She ventured into Arizona for her Masters in Harp Performance - and has been all over the world - but San Diego is her base. It suits her well. She has played at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra - as principal harpist - since 2007.
Her performances have placed her in front of the President and First Lady, Mary J. Blige and Jamie Foxx (a huge Grammy celebration), "Vanity Fair" Magazine, Ne-Yo, U.S. Attorney General Kamala Harris, and a LITANY of other events and super stars :)
Our guest - visitng at four p.m. Eastern, one p.m. Pacific - credits a special teacher for her expertise. The Russian artist, Elena Mashkovtsena. The tools that Mariea was given have taken her to places that she probably never expected to see. But maybe she did - there is an assurance about her that tells you that ANYTHING is possible. Her commitment is this: to break the boundaries for the harp. To enable the instrument to become "front and center." If anyone can do this, it's Ms. Antoinette. One listen to her new album, "Straight From the Harp", and you'll believe that she can F-L-Y. That Beautiful Bird is SOARING!
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This is the third visit from our most awesome and talented friend, Chris McNulty. If I had my way, she'd be with me on almost every occasion. But this woman has been blissfully busy - and part of that has to do with enjoying the success of her latest project, released in March.
"Eternal" is the seventh album from Our Beautiful Wonder From Down Under (she'll love that!). And it's full of the most sincere readings of timeless lyrics that you could possibly conjure. Chris has been singing Jazz with utmost clarity for a long time, but losing her son in 2011 took a toll that catapulted her in many directions. When she was able to surface, her voice took on a new and raw honesty. Her work had garnered attention with "The Song That Sings You Here" in her native Australia. She won the prestigious Bell Award there in 2013. The attention has grown enormously since that time. Which brings us to this new musical chapter.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Chris found herself with no electricity, heat or water in New York - the city she adopted when she moved to the States in the 80's. In the cold solitude of that reality, the formation of "Eternal" was born. Contemplation of sorrow, forcing hope into the pain, feeling a myriad of emotions so strong that they had to be conveyed....this is what Chris needed to give to us. Sharing loss this personal, yes. But striving to enable a common bond. And one of the most important: faith in the knowledge that love transcends ALL. Love brings us home.
"Eternal" has been lauded by some of the sharpest critics on the scene - each one, almost overcome with praise. Because the truth is in Chris McNulty's interpretation at every instances. Each song becomes HERS. Hear a gifted artist at her peak. Join us on 8/18 at 2 p.m. ET.
Prophet. Wife. Mother. Motivational Speaker. Entrepreneur.
Trish Morrissette is a powerfully, anointed woman of God who preaches, teaches, motivates, inspires and prophesies just as God gives it to her. She is also a partner of Kingdom Agenda International Ministry with Pastors Anthony and Zenovia Andrews in Panama City, Fl. There, she serves as the Director of the Prophetic Ministry and Prophetic Training. Prophetess With a global mandate on her life, Prophetess Trish Morrissette is determined to use her voice to bring change to communities and nations all around the world.
In addition to being a prophet, Trish Morrissette is a successful business owner. She is President & CEO of her own translation company called Professional Translations, Inc. She is also Co-Owner and President of Fresh Aura Inc., a fashion consulting company. She graduated from Troy University in Troy, Alabama with a double major in Spanish and English. She taught Spanish International Baccalaureate classes for 8 years. From there, she went into the sales industry working in insurance sales as well as pharmaceutical sales.
Prophetess Trish Morrissette has been married to her high school sweetheart, Minister Derrick Morrissette, for over 12 years. They have 2 beautiful children, a son and a daughter.
Carter Calvert is known in QUITE a few circles - she is, without hype - a respected fixture in the New York Theater scene. Carter has brought life to "Always...Patsy Cline" - as well as "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Cats." She co-starred with Gregory Porter and Eloise Laws in "It Ain't Nothing But the Blues" and has traveled the world with the touring company of "Smokey Joe's Cafe." TV appearances and voice-over work for Wendy's, MTV and Amazon - and a list of household names that have shared the stage with her - we could be here for days! Carter has returned to a first love: Jazz - with a new album called "It's a Man's World." All male-originated songs done from a female perspective. It's divine! And she has a release party coming in her stomping grounds soon - let's celebrate in the first hour of the show :)
In the third hour, Wayne Jones drops by! He might not stay long because he's covering a LOT of territory while he's in the States. In Australia, he is known as one of the mightiest session bassists of all time! He's also a songwriter and arranger and master clinician. For over three decades, Wayne has gifted other musicians with the beauty of that fluid, funky and fearless bass. With his years of studio work - and his TV/film credits - Wayne thought it was time to release another body of work to feed the Jones-hungry crowd who demanded it. There are five tracks on "Mr. Jones" - but those are filled with the greatness of Wayne's bass and guests: Rick Braun, Mike MacArthur and Philippe Saisse! He'll be with Mike on the last Sunday in August - in Clearwater, Florida. But he found the time beforehand to visit with us! There is so much wonderful music to share - join us in The Chat Room and let's enjoy it together!
It's unbelievable how things work sometimes with this show. As much as the atttempt is made to focus on one artist, another arrives and has to be involved in the same show - because time is of the essence :) When the caliber of two artists like THIS is combined, it's absolute magic!
Dan Siegel stops by at the top of the hour - one p.m. Eastern - and he'll talk about his career (the resume is staggering!) and his new CD called "Indigo." Dan is a pianist of rare vision, with 20 solo albums and countless credits to his name: producing, arranging, composing and performing. He has had #1 success in Jazz and is known globally. You've heard his work via TV and film, though you might not have known that it was Dan who created the music. WHO has played with him and WHAT he has played would take us another page here. Those beautifully rooted beginnings in the great Northwest have paid off handsomely for our first guest. He'll count his blessings with us :)
In the next 30 minutes of "Hybrid Jazz", Cuba Gooding visits and there may be an occasion when your host here might a word in edgewise ;) He LOVES to talk! And does he ever have a career (and a half) to discuss. From the start of his journey with The Main Ingredient to the amazing success of his children, Cuba will never run out of topics. What you may not know: The Main Ingredient was the first African-American group to be signed to the new R & B division of RCA Records - decades ago. When Donald McPherson of the group passed away in 1971, Cuba took his place - and took the band to a new level. "Everybody Plays the Fool" went Gold in 1972. "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely" and "Happiness Is Just Around the Bend" - oh heck, YOU remember! Let's catch up with Cuba and find out where that bend has taken him!
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