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Les Sabler may have been raised in Canada - but his musical tastes took him to someplace decidedly warmer. Not only did he move to Florida in 1978, but he traveled to Brazil for a very special reason - to get closer to the memory of Antonio Carlos Jobim.
But we may be getting ahead of ourselves here. Let's rewind to the days of Concordia University in Montreal, where our widely respected guitarist received his formal training as a Jazz major. He was hungry to pursue a graduate degree in his studies, so he made a radical cultural change by attending the University of Miami. There, he immersed himself in the wildly eclectic music scene - falling in love with Latin rhythms - and one particular Brazilian artist whose work he would play for years to come .
Now, mind you, our guest had many influences from an early age. And Les has been performing and recording for quite some time - his first project was in 1989. There has been beautiful albums that have garnered true success and have enabled Les to headline or open for such notables as Spyro Gyra, Diane Schuur and a multitude of others. Also, his interpretations of Earth, Wind and Fire's "Reasons" and Sting's "Fragile" got a lot of attention. So, his career hasn't been focused on just one style or artist.
But it's this NEW CD that has been noteworthy for Les Sabler. Because of the passion involved in the journey FOR it to be made. The love for the master whose music Les captures effortlessly. And the timing for this magic to happen. "Jobim Tribute" arrives during the 50th anniversary of "The Girl From Ipanema" - and 20 years since Sabler's hero passed away.
When you travel to Brazil in order for the music to translate authentically, it means everything. That's who Les Sabler is! Join me in welcoming him on 4/22!
Pianist, singer, and songwriter - let's include young visionary in this mix - that's our next guest, Rachel Eckroth.
When you first hear her music, it may be startling. With a voice that lends itself to Jazz, there is more here than meets the ear. Rachel explores the nooks and crannies of what inspires her - the lyrics and the musical content are adventurous. She goes deep into the jungle of Jazz and beyond...allowing you to dive into the wild recesses of a soul. I'm not kidding. It's like that!
Phoenix born, this unique talent was raised by musical parents - her brother also a pianist - so her confidence level was fostered early. By high school, she was known around town. And was mentored by former Count Basie Band vocalist, Dennis Rowland.
Graduating from the University of Nevada, she lingered in the area, backing both Las Vegas based and national performers. An even bigger move to the East Coast...there, she got her MFA from Rutgers University. In Jazz Performance. With international touring under her belt and a wealth of education, she returned to Arizona. And found steady work with a known "name" in the business who also called Phoenix home.
While contemplating her music and where it might take her, literally and figuratively, Rachel decided to take the leap - and recorded her first solo effort. "Mind" featured a Jazz trio and was warmly received. But there was more than she wanted to hear herself write, play and sing. Established again in New York, she built her creativity around the second phase of Rachel Eckroth's destiny. And "Let Go" was born.
A CD release party is looming, buzz is building, and established stars are following her on Twitter. They're watching another star ascend :) Please welcome Rachel on 4/17/2014
It's always so wonderful to welcome back a friend! And what a talented, beloved friend Ken Navarro is...respected and appreciated in his home state of Maryland - and adored all over the world for his astoundingly beautiful and consistently soul-satisfying music.
And you might ask (because you're curious!): okay, Ken has been a guest on "Hybrid Jazz" twice before now - what's up THIS time? So glad you asked :-D The new project from Ken is called "Ruby Lane" - and it's going to blow your mind! We have heard so many albums from this artist - since 1990 - and each project seems to get more interesting and passionate. Full of the tender memories and tributes that Ken carries with him - a postcard or a snapshot of life that stays with us. His guitar does that. It almost speaks the words that we'd say if we could.
Ken built this foundation when he worked in Los Angeles. A sought-after session player, he recorded with Doc Severinsen, Nell Carter, Alex Acuna, Ann Jillian (remember her?!) and so many more. And then his own career started - whew, did he share the stage with countless artists! And they were thrilled to be next to KEN. His work on that guitar is known and revered. All you have to do is listen to the many "works of art" (they really are) that have come before "Ruby Lane" - fans will recall "Love Coloured Soul" and "The Meeting Place." Most assuredly, "The Grace of Summer Light", "Dreaming of Trains" and "The Test of Time" - that's when we last spoke to Ken. NOW, a whole new chapter begins for him!
Join us on 4/8/2014 for our get-together...it's sure to be filled with positive talk and energy - with us, this isn't just new age speak, either :) Ken and yours truly have much to express, gratitude-wise. You'll FEEL it!
This is one of those times when yours truly has no clue WHERE to start! Karen Oberlin is such a phenomenal talent - gifted in multiple ways - that we might run out of room to describe HOW :-D
The daughter of classical musicians - and granddaughter of vaudevillians, Karen learned how to play piano and flute as a child. She was playing cello in her county orchestra when she was young, too. But PLAYING music was only one of her interests. She was inspired by vocalists - drawn to Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, and Doris Day - playing the latter in a well-received play.
About PLAYS! Karen appeared in over 100 performances of the off-Broadway, "Our Sinatra." Yes, an actress ("All My Children" and Shakespeare to TV commercials) as well as consummate, story-telling singer. Add to that a Master Class Teacher of acting, singing and interpreting songs.
This Mabel Mercer Foundation Award Winner feels comfortable in the Jazz world, as she does in Pop and Great American standard circles. A favorite of the New York Times, she has created fans from the most hard-core of critics (Rex Reed!) who have been reduced to rubble in trying to describe her charisma, expertise, and exquisite stage presence. The first "Maureen" in the extraordinarily successful, "Rent", Karen is at home in big rooms as well as more intimate ones. Feinstein's, The Oak Room at The Algonquin, London, Paris - they all know the name: Karen Oberlin.
YOU will know her better, too, when she joins us in the third hour of "Hybrid Jazz" on 4/3/2014. She will be sharing her excitement about the new collaboration with guitar virtuoso, Sean Harkness. Called "A Wish", this CD focuses on the sheer beauty of one instrument and a voice - it's magical - and we'll hear tracks from it - as well as revel in Karen's journey :)
What a pleasure to watch the inspired growth of this amazing artist! Cheikh Ndoye has been involved in the Washington, D.C. music scene for quite some time now - and the word has traveled to significant ears.
Bassist, Arranger and Composer, Cheikh is originally from Senegal in West Africa. He heard Jazz on the radio in his country as well as the traditional songs of his region. On piano first, he was captivated when he heard the bass of Jaco Pastorius via Weather Report. At 14, then, he started his musical journey. Public exposure was high when young Cheikh traveled to the States with his Sengalese-based band, Opus. At the St. Louis Jazz Festival, he was heard and noticed. Pharoah Sanders was there, as well as Herbie Hancock and more.
Interested in the full immersion of both education and in playing bass, Cheikh found himself in the Jazz-oriented landscape of D.C. Friends and fans gathered to create "A Child's Tale" in 2009. Among the mighty: Randy Brecker, Russell Ferrante and Karen Briggs.
That breathtaking and unique project has gained mileage and paved the way for the anticipation of Cheikh's follow-up, to be called "Linguere." We'll hear brand new tracks from the CD - and we'll hear about the exciting event planned for the first weekend of April at Blues Alley. It will feature our guest and his amazingly talented friends - Karen Briggs among them - in a three-day stint.
What a beautiful mix of Old World and New Contemporary Cheikh presents to us! When you hear it, you'll feel a restoration to your spirit - a gateway to Spring :)
Join us at one p.m. on the FIRST of April, 2014! Two hours of music - and Cheikh Ndoye arrives at three, Eastern.
So, you already know how Yours Truly feels about such a seasoned, serene and slammin' FEMALE Jazz artist, right? Oh, this is FUN - to share this multiple talent with you!
From a small town on the Central California coast, Lisa Hilton has become so much more than she could have dreamed. Classically trained at eight, she received her degree in ART - and loves to wax poetic about the way she layers music the way one would paint :)
The love of piano was in her early - her inspirations: a no-brainer: Basie, Duke, Monk. But she also heard Muddy Waters in her head - and Green Day. From the ancient masters to the contemporary crop of chart-toppers, Lisa has her ear on what's in her world - and she feels very strongly about pieces that reflect 2014 - while reverently nodding to those who paved the way.
Besides her passionate and nuanced touch on that keyboard, attention must be paid to her big heart. Fervently believing in giving back, Lisa spends countless hours working with the visually impaired. She is never too busy as bandleader or published author that she can't take the time to teach and nurture.
This amazing artist - dubbed "The Lioness of Jazz" by The Jazz Review - is over the moon with the buzz that she's receiving from her new CD, called "Kaleidoscope." With outstanding support from Larry Grenadier, Marcus Gilmore and J.D. Allen, Lisa is trying to keep the excitement down from the rave reviews - you'll hear why when she joins us on 3/27! Music for two hours - Lisa's in the third. The Chat Room has been busy lately - but there's always room for YOU!
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You know that I'm about to say good things about a fellow Philadelphian, right? Hey, when it comes to Kevin Eubanks - ALL good is in order :)
This superb guitarist, composer, teacher and bandleader comes by his musicality naturally. Mom was a Gospel and Classical pianist and organist. Uncle Ray Bryant, a pianist whose focus was Jazz. Older brother, Robin, is a trombonist. Young brother, Duane, plays trumpet. Actually, Kevin played trumpet, too - and violin - along with piano - before falling in love with guitar. He joined a list of amazing alumni at The Settlement Music School in Philly (Albert Einstein, Stanley Clarke, Bacon Brothers) - then attended Berklee (who awarded him an honorary doctorate). Our guest's move to New York after college proved fruitful - an understatement. Kevin found work with Art Blakey, Roy Haynes and Slide Hampton - among others. And he formed his own quartet, with opportunities to fly over the world, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
Naturally, you might know him best in the very high profile position that he had from 1995 to 2010 - as guitarist, then leader of "The Tonight Show" band, replacing Branford Marsalis.
What you may NOT know: Kevin has appeared on over 100 albums, his first recording as leader was in 1983 (age 25), he has more than 20 projects to his name, and he was named "World's Sexiest Vegetarian Man" in 2007. Oh, we'll definitely talk about that during the interview ;)
"The Messenger" is Kevin's latest work (2012) - and it's full of the honesty that he cultivates with each passing project. With all but two compositions original. And what he does to John Coltrane's "Resolution" alone is worth the price of the CD! We're having this chat on 3/18 in time for his Blues Alley events this week - please join us for 3rd hour conversation!
If we're going to talk about Dontae Winslow, it's going to be a matter of saying: "Oh, WAIT - there's MORE!" Seriously, that's the way it is. This man is one of the most profound success stories that I've ever heard. Growing up in a decidedly rough part of Baltimore, Dontae found refuge from the streets and his home life by playing his trumpet. Baltimore School of the Arts, New School for Social Research, Peabody Conservatory - Masters degree in
When Kyle Eastwood was growing up - near the sea in Northern California - he remembers visiting legends backstage at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Dad was a huge fan of All that was Jazz - and he had made it a point to take his kids to an event that he had hoped they would enjoy as much as he had. Turns out that DAD made the right decision :-D Kyle learned his first bass line, left-handed, when his father taught him "Boogie Woogie." Rumor has it that he was four! Like
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