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Really good memories have been made in Baltimore - and you're about to HEAR one of them on 10/23/2014 :) Lionel Lyles has been firmly entrenched in the Charm City music scene for YEARS - even when he was attending North Carolina Central University.
He formed his Quintet back in Morgan State University days - in 2000. The worked that he turned out with his band has been noted in our region and beyond. When "The Nightlife: The September Sessions" arrived on the scene, we were all convinced in town that Lionel was on his way. But, he was intent on education. He wanted no false steps in a journey that he considers both a musical one - and a spiritual one.
His NEW CD "At the Precipice", will re-awaken those Jazz juices in you. Lionel has a way of conveying "the masters" that he reveres in a refreshing way. He's young and hip to the current music scene, but his preference - fortunately for us - is Jazz. Oh, YES, that's what you'll hear on the next "Hybrid Jazz!"
Matter-of-fact, you'll get a sneak preview of Lionel's new work - he's sharing it with us! And what we have in the mix to coincide with our friends's visit: artists from both Baltimore AND Florida. Where the memories have been wonderful - and where the memories WILL BE so! You'll find something that you like - that's a promise.
Join us in The Chat Room at one p.m. Eastern time on 10/23. Lionel drops by in the third hour of the show. It's an exciting time for a good friend - let's celebrate!
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Honestly, I may not be able to be objective about our next guest. Tim Green has a special place in this radio host's heart. Here is why: though raised in the Church, Tim didn't get the vibe of the entire experience until much later - when Mo'Horns tapped him to play their from-the-heart Gospel. This is after an education immersed in Jazz studies at both the Manhattan School of Music and the Monk Institute at the University of Southern California.
So, in gravitatitng to the foundation of spiritual music later in life, Tim became an on-fire musical disciple. All that Jazz swimming in his saxophonist's fingers, combined with the truth of his childhood, came roaring back. What resulted was a staggering display of Swing meets Bop and Jesus. ONE listen to "Songs From This Season" seals THAT deal. "Psalm 1" and "Siloam" and "Philippians 4:13" and "Hope" - some of the titles on his 2012 release - does this say anything to you?
This extraordinary musician and composer/arranger/teacher was raised in Baltimore, a city known for its Jazz LEGENDS. Dad and an Uncle were singers - and an older brother, a trumpeter. In the the respected School of the Arts in town, Tim was selected to join the 25 member Grammy All-Star Band - which performed at the annual telecast. Eyes were on him then and ears are on him NOW - in ways that can only be described as (here's that word) an anointing. Terence Blanchard cannot say enough about him. The late Mulgrew Miller (a true mentor to Tim), said that his grateful student "had a song in his heart."
Having played with some of the BEST in both Gospel and Jazz, that praise from Mulgrew is haunting. Ask Michael Buble, who employs Tim Green as his sax man. For that matter, ask this phenomenal artist himself. Go ahead :)
What an exciting show is in store for you! Al DeGregoris is back with a new CD and Lisa Engelken is making the trek from West Coast to East! Music from BOTH amazing artists? You better believe it!
Al's background is both wondrous and serene. He gravitated to piano at 4, sax at 6, and had songs and his first band under his belt at 7! By 12, he was a paid pro, insatiable for more learning and playing. A source of pride in his native New York, Al received his Bachelor's in Music Merchandising - AND excelled in law at Hofstra University! Straddling the legal and the musical highways, Al was determined to get involved in EVERY way. So, he found the means to design his own production studio that made a splash. Composing, recording, honing his skills on keys, and producing - well, let's just say that his multiple talents have paid off! Al's third project, "All in Good Time", is based on something poignant that his beloved parents used to say. Help in delivering the message: Nils, Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Chuck Loeb, and the late Ricky Lawson.
Like Al, this is Lisa's second visit - and she's ready to spread the news! Not only about her big events on the East Coast, but also what ELSE she has up her sleeve. This consummate artist is at full throttle ALWAYS; singing in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian - the culture and music of which she has swallowed WHOLE for years - even earning a fellowship to Italy to pursue studies. Her operatic and theatrical training, the sextet and quintet that she co-founded in Washington, D.C., her award-winning performance in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" in San Francisco - did I mention how fascinating Lisa is? The youngest of 13 children from Big Skies, Kansas has made a SPLASH internationally - to RAVE reviews! "Little Warrior" tracks are on tap - join us!
Such a FABULOUS October already! Gregg Karukas and Kiki Ebsen last week - and two more guests on 10/7 that are absolutely FUN! Jonathan Widran joins us in the second hour of the show - and it's going to be a ball to have him return. Jonathan has thrilled us for years, writing about, reviewing or interviewing Jazz legends. And Pop and Rock artists, too. He's a Chicago native who found his way to Los Angeles and got his degree in English at U.C.L.A. Within two years after graduation, he was introduced to what would be his amazing life via the Catalina Jazz gathering - right around this time - in 1988. Friend Dan Margules had lit a fire in Jonathan concerning Contemporary Jazz - and that fire has blazed uncontrollably (blissfully!) via columns and articles from local publications to national and international magazines and newspapers. He has also managed to write FIVE books on varying topics! Jonathan is considered a "first-call" freelance public relations writer. And does he love to DISH about those in the business :) What a joy to have him with us!
North Carolina born, Geoff McBride, is probably no stranger to your ears. He lit UP "The Voice" a few seasons ago with his blind audition of "Higher Ground!" Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green about lost their minds - and so did WE. The Church foundation of his youth, coupled with the inspiration of Seal, Luther and James Taylor, propelled Geoff into the spotlight that he so richly deserves. If you can blow away his mentor on the show, Lionel Richie, THAT says everything! Geoff's sparkling story is told by way of CD, "Journey to the Soul." He says, "My foundation is in Soul Music - but I am not just a Soul Singer." THAT is because everything he does generates FROM there! Once you hear a few tracks from this Powerhouse, you'll KNOW!
There are those who have chuckled at yours truly since being introduced to Kiki Ebsen. Because they know how much that VOICE can affect you! It takes a seasoned, assured, and peace-oriented artist to sing THESE kinds of songs. The ones that Kiki's Dad, Buddy, loved so much.
Yes, THAT Buddy Ebsen. The gentleman who sang, danced and performed his way through decades of joy. We loved him in our house. Many is the day and night we'd share the antics and poetry of Buddy's characters. Movies and Television. He was glue that held good times together. Imagine how he affected his daughter! They had routines together, shared special times that Kiki recalls with utter reverence now. Dad passed away in 2003 - and he left us with a dream for Kiki that wasn't fulfilled until 11 years after his death. That was this: he wanted his little girl to sing the songs that meant so much to HIM. Jazz standards.
Whew, that was a long-time coming for Kiki! She begged off her Dad's pleas for years - choosing instead to follow her solo pursuits or to play keyboard for A-Listers (Al Jarreau, Boz Scaggs, Chicago to name a few). She had to be ready to present the kind of material that singers had covered for decades - with respect for the song and the history. In 2014, Kiki Ebsen is more than ready. And has the RIGHT to sing these masterpieces - most of which affected her Dad in some way throughout his career. "Scarecrow Sessions" is named so for a very significant reason. Much of what you'll hear in this interview will surprise you. What WON'T surprise you, hopefully, is the elegance and utter power of Kiki's voice. It can't be stressed enough - this authenticity. Let's celebrate this milestone with Kiki - join us in The Chat Room on 10/2 for conversation - and superb music!
Ms. Jenkins is known for her historical romance novels that highlight African-American life in the 19th century. Her latest book Destiny's CaptiveShe has received numerous awards for her works, including: six Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writers Guild; and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th century by AALBC, the nation's largest online African-American book club.
Katharine Ashe is the author of How To Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the Ten Best Romances of the Year, and eleven other historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent.” Upon the publication of her debut in 2010, the American Library Association named Katharine among its “New Stars of Historical Romance.” She was a 2014 finalist for the Romance Writer’s of America prestigious RITA® Award and three-time nominee in the Reviewers’ Choice Awards, including Historical Romance of the Year for 2013, as well as winner for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.
Gotta get that title out there for our Grammy Award-winning, Maryland Man! Indeed, Gregg Karukas is returning to "Hybrid Jazz" with yet ANOTHER feather in his cap: a luscious new musical project called "Soul Secrets."
Keyboardist, Composer and Producer and MORE. For over two decades, Gregg has been captivating our psyches with his psoulfulness :-D (HAD to go there!) There is so much that can be said about our guest! He truly is the pride of Bowie, Maryland - where he starred in the Starliners Big Band in high school. An early champion of the synthesizer, Gregg owned one of the first mini-moogs. He was in the top Washington, D.C., Jazz-Rock band, East Coast Offering. This region knew him WELL! Moving to Los Angeles in 1982, his reputation followed him. Five years later, he was one of the original members of the Rippingtons. And through the years, he found work with Larry Carlton, Melissa Manchester and Sergio Mendes. His collaborations with Brazilian composer, Dori Caymmi and his work with Omar Akram set him apart from almost anyone in the genre of Contemporary Jazz. Especially satisfying is the Grammy from last year's "Echoes of Love" with Omar. Gregg produced, engineered, arranged and co-wrote immensely ear-pleasing music for the project, which garnered "Best New Age Album" honors.
Raise your hand if you know Gregg's OWN tunes when you've heard them on the radio. Many of us do and are grateful for the velvet passion that soaks through the airwaves like bliss - if that had notes :) This is a true student of music who dabbled with drums and guitar and trumpet as a child - but chose the keys to the highway ultimately. And never looked back. The artistry from "Soul Secrets" seals that deal for GOOD. Join us on 10/1 with Mr. Sublime ;)
How it happened that we have two astounding trumpeters on one show, I have NO idea. But let's assure you: it will be Trumpet HEAVEN :) Not only because of the artistry involved, but because these two artists have mastery over so many genres. Comfortable in all worlds, their music has spoken to audiences from Jazz to R & B to Latin and Pop. Let's give you some information to digest....
Dennis Angel had a choice in high school: Julliard or law studies. He chose the latter and has become one of the most sought-after laywers in the motion picture industry. But his love for his instrument blossomed as well. Dennis has been fortunate in that he has been able to record spectacular work ("Timeless Grooves" and the more recent "On Track") while being active in his practice. We'll hear the modern AND retro Soulful Strutting Jazz of Dennis - and we'll hear about his fast-track life. With special TV and live events coming up!
Jumaane (Jew MAH Knee) Smith also had something pivotal happen to HIM in high school: he got to tour with his Jazz band to Montreux and North Sea for the big festivals there. A few years later, he was in the Inaugural Class of Jazz Studies at Julliard. In 2005, he auditioned for Michael Buble and has been with him since. But he has also played with Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder - to name a few! Tracks from "I Only Have Eyes On You" are on tap - and we'll get the scoop on where Jumaane has been and where he's going. You already KNOW :)
A special show, as is the case with ALL shows this week. Each - on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - will be two hours. Dennis Angel joins us at the top of the show on 9/30. Jumaane Smith visits at three. Eastern time, of course.
Hope to see you in The Chat Room!
When Willie Bradley decides to give us The Full Package, he gives it full throttle. And it's funny that yours truly just said that, because one of the many bands that Willie's talent graced was called "The Package Band." :)
Seriously, this man has street cred as few have. A graduate of South Carolina State with Music Education and Performance mastery, Willie then made his way through a myriad of groups and genres. That trumpet gained access to the "inner circles" of Jazz - and he spent time with Betty Carter, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, and Dizzy Gillespie. On the other end of the music rainbow, Willie also opened for or played with Fourplay, Joey Sommerville, Bobby Blue Bland and more. So you see where this is going - our guest has a resume that's all encompassing. Okay, he's hip to Hybrid - that's what we need to say!
On our guest's CD, he utilizes all of what he has learned through these years of playing the straight ahead, the contemporary, the Funk, the Soul, the Gospel - and he ties it together with the help of a special believer: Nicholas Cole. Bradley and Cole have co-written most of the songs on the album - which are pretty incredible! Then, they enlisted the services of other artists that bring a certain pop and flow to a wholly organic endeavor. You're familiar with Lin Rountree, Marcus Anderson, and Jeff Kashiwa, I take it. Yeah, like THAT!
The last time some of us saw Willie was when he was with the All-Stars in Virginia - delivering a delicious stew of tasty trumpet that ebbed and flowed with the band in a most scintillating way. Christian de Mesones can back me up on that - because he was adamant about having Willie THERE :) It was some kind of night.
And there are MORE events coming - that's why Willie is visiting! Join us on 8/28 and discover Willie Bradley!
Paul H. Jenkins, Ph.D. is a Psychologist, Author and Speaker. Please join us tonight as he discusses his brand new book: Pathological Positivity. Is the glass half empty or half full?
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Listen, for a guy who didn't pick up the saxophone until he was 28, Dee Lucas is catching UP! WHOA! Dee is now an internationally known artist with a now fifth album under his belt. We're so looking forward to his visit because this is his second go-round on "Hybrid Jazz" - and there seems to be so much that has changed - all positive.
And DATES - this man has a slew of live events coming up - each one will be discussed. One of those brings him to our region. In the shadow of Washington, D.C. There is no doubt that Dee will have a sold-out crowd at Firestation 1 in Silver Spring, Maryland - that's September 20th. But he also has big shows happening in his home base, Georgia, and in Los Angeles, too.
If you've been keeping up with the career of Dee Lucas, then you're already impressed. 2004 marked his debut with "Remembrance" - a tribute to one of his musical inspirations, George Howard. In 2007, we heard "Something To Ride 2" - followed by "Standing Room Only" in 2010. The next year, it was "Rebirth of the Smooth." That's when Dee first stopped by - and we had a blast!
Earlier this year, "The Smooth Factor" was released - and audiences from all over the globe are, once again, smitten. When we hear three tracks from the CD you'll hear why :) You don't get to work with Hugh Masekela, Ronnie Laws, Nneena Freelon and Michael Franks unless you're something SPECIAL. Dee has consistently shown us how much.
Matter-of-fact, our mutual friend, Jonathan Widran, said it best at Dee's website. Jonathan calls what Dee does "soulful mastery." We, his fans, couldn't agree more!
Please join us for a musical reunion - when Dee Lucas joins us on 8/26 at two p.m. Eastern.