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With a new CD on the way - and an upcoming release party that is being thrown by his record company - life seems to be GREAT for Thom Lourim.
But it was not always so. This amazing guitarist/composer learned how to play early in childhood, in order to deal with the pain of a broken home. He was trained both classically and in Jazz, but he eventually focused on Rock and Fusion - and developed some bad habits along the way.
Make no mistake - there were some natural highs along the way - Thom performed and/or toured with Jody Whatley and Pieces of a Dream, for example. But the artificial highs got in the way to depths that were beyond frustrating and almost proved lethal.
2004 changed his life and opened his eyes to others in need. Thom turned his attention to the plight of the homeless, to poverty outreach and to those in hospice care.
In time, he found his way back to music - and discovered artists with similar paths - notably, Cassia the Poet. Through this partnership and via his other multiple genre associations, he discovered the truth again in music. And found strength to forge a new path. With his own work.
We'll hear three tracks from Thom's forthcoming CD - two of them haven't even been mastered at this point - but he's willing to share the magic of his music, regardless. And I mean MAGIC!
The CD Release Party is on the way and there is MUCH to celebrate on Halloween. Such an interesting show will revolve around Thom! Some scary songs, some sexy (hey, we're in Scorpio now!) and others spiritual. And that includes the way that Thom Lourim plays that guitar :) Join us at one for the fun - our guest joins us at three p.m. Eastern USA time.
Such a beautiful way to wrap up the month of October: with a beautiful triple threat! Whoa - let's make that MORE than triple :-D Gabrielle Goodman is a singer, arranger, composer, educator and author. Her multiple CDS and work on stage, as well as her Professorial duties at Berklee, have long been regarded with utmost respect.
But it's her VOICE that simply takes you...that rich and sure, sensual and silk strength that absolutely transports you to the best place you can dream. You can ask Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, and Patti Labelle - those are some of the legendary names with whom Gabby has shared the stage. When you hear "Angel" or a female take on "Fly Like an Eagle", you know how special Gabrielle Goodman truly is.
On that note, artists like Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Bartz and Mulgrew Miller don't lend their talents to just anyone - and that's exactly what they did for Gabrielle. Her reputation is impeccable.
We are fortunate to have Gabrielle carve out some time in her busy schedule...she'll do that on 10/29 at one p.m.. - a great way to start the show! And that's one p.m. Eastern USA time. Please join us for amazing music and conversation between friends. We've got some good news to share - I'll let Gabby spring it on you ;)
Little Theresa from Tyler, Texas got her groove on EARLY! Maybe it was the family's move to Houston that did it...whoever we need to thank, we will - but let it be known that a tiny girl managed to learn piano, reeds, and guitar. But fell in LOVE with the saxophone. And became so proficient that she was the talk of her grade school. The musicianship that Theresa displayed was such that she was asked to play in Church. As we all know, once immersed in the feel of a sanctuary changes you forever. She knew that and something propelled our guest to study HARD over the next several years.
Under the tutelage of internationally known instructors, she received her degree in music performance and Jazz Studies. TWO masters degrees later (!!!), Theresa Grayson is on her way to a Doctorate. The power of passionate education and love for music cannot be stated enough.
Inspirations: Coltrane, Parker, Getz and Grover. But she is compelled to do ALL kinds of genres on stage - which is where she feels obliged to help and heal. And, by the way, she has SHARED that stage with Ronnie Laws, Joe Sample and Michael Bolton - to name a few!
Theresa's sophomore release, "Live2Love" is more than just terrific music for our ears to enjoy. It's how she conducts her life. And it's a pleasure to hear more of that philosophy combined with the songs that we'll play - when this beautiful saxophonist joins us next time on "Hybrid Jazz!" Talent as WIDE as the state of Texas: you better believe it :-D
Seriously, yours truly was going to lay back and enjoy the opportunity for a day off from the show on 10/17 - the day after my birthday. BUT the opportunity arose for an interview with the phenomenally respected Jim Beard - so I gave up my free day!
Philly born and classically trained, Jim is an internationally known "musician's musician" who showed promise VERY early as a multi-instrumentalist with a primary focus on keyboard. As a teenager, he studied with the great arranger, Don Sebesky. And developed a love for arranging as well - along with composition and production skills.
Moving to New York in 1985, Jim rapidly advanced his career by working with a myriad of top shelf artists that were entranced with his sophistication and innate knowledge of their artistry. We're talking about Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter and the Brecker Brothers now! AND John McLaughlin, Dianne Reeves, Meshell Ndegeochello and a list of other in-your-face names that you've known for YEARS.
Jim also has countless compositions that have been heard in major films, TV and on radio. He has been a respected instructor as well - and his love of multiple genres (having been inspired by Classical, Rock, Pop, R & B and Jazz) has - in turn - inspired hundreds of students.
Five highly touted solo projects - with a debut in 1990 - and now a sixth: "Show of Hands." Jim just wrapped up a tour with Steely Dan and he's relaxing (somewhat!) at home - and will join us for as much time as he can give on 10/17/2013. What an honor! It's my pleasure to give such brilliance - Grammy Award-winning, I might add - strong focus during a special week :)
The show starts at ONE p.m. Eastern time. Jim drops by at two!
She has been called "Brazil's best-kept secret" - a source of pride for her country for years. Now, you'll be able to hear the essence of that pride when Fernanda Cunha visits us on "Hybrid Jazz." :)
Since 1997, our guest has been enhancing the passion of samba and bossa nova...and nowhere is this more evident than her project from 2012, "Coracao do Brasil." Fernanda displays the magic that was intended by composers Antonio Carlos Jobim, Aloysio de Oliveira, Daniel Gonzaga and more.
More than a dozen years have gone by - and Ms. Cunha has gathered thousands of fans from three continents. One listen to "Adeus America" (for example!) and you'll realize why this abundantly talented artist is so revered.
Your host wanted a particular way to celebrate another birthday - so Fernanda Cunha was specially chosen. Yes, indeed, it will be three hours of music that is both expected. And NOT. Favorites WILL be played!
And that's exactly the reason why the spotlight is on this Brazilian songstress - if we're going to have a party - we only want the BEST :-D
The party/show starts at one p.m. Eastern time - Fernanda arrives at three - join us in The Chat Room!
Internationally known guitarist, Patrick Yandall, has been fine-tuning his gift for a long time. At 8, he was playing - at 13, he was in nightclubs (supervised and supported :)
The pull to perform - as well as write and produce - has been something inside our guest for most of his life. We've heard him branch out, bloom, and burst since 1994 - when "That Feels Nice" did just that. A passionate love affair with well-grooved guitar licks can't help but tickle your ears in the best way. Over a dozen projects later, Patrick is not only tickling - but tearing it up!
"Soul Grind" is creating commotion - way past San Diego, where Patrick calls home. The lead single, "My Lady", has moved quickly on the charts - and there's interest and curiosity regarding the other tracks on the album. Mostly originals - but three covers. And let's just say that when you cover Larry Carlton, Steely Dan and Michael Jackson, you had best believe in your ability to deliver.
Patrick Yandall is no stranger to success, for sure - he has had chart-toppers, he has been a subject for a PBS special, and his compositions have been chosen for multiple TV and film endeavors. A true feather in his cap has been the inclusion of his "Mr. Fatburger" in the extraordinary Sundance award-winner, "Fruitvale Station."
Stopping by the show to catch his breath, Patrick will allow us a glimpse into his golden life - one that blessedly has given us so much wonderful music. And we'll hear more! Three tracks from "Soul Grind." While we're at it, let's ask him about that title. That's worth finding a seat in The Chat Room ;)
Get set for a night to remember! EC3 is at Germano's Trattoria - with his smoking band - AND Mycah Chevalier! Show time is 7:30 and we'll make sure you get to the venue safely - and musically. We'll play some music to get you in the frame of mind for "date night" - including some tracks from EC's "It's All About the Rhythm" CD :)
Six p.m. is our kick-off to the weekend --- and we'll make sure you know where the parties are! MANY first-weekend-of-October shows are kicking - some will surprise you. And get used to this - there's an announcement coming about where you can find your favorites - and where they're playing - in ONE convenient "BLOG."
Woo HOO! So much on the horizon - don't let the bad news in Washington get you down - we've got some fish to fry and they be sizzling ;)
See you on location - Friday evening!
When you stop to consider the magnitude of Chuck Loeb's career, it almost doesn't seem possible. Over four DECADES of excellence! Guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator - and there's even more than THAT that he has done.
We're discussing a seasoned studio musician - well-versed in all genres - so talented that he was plucked by Stan Getz in 1979 to be the Legend's sideman - then Music Director - then ventured forth to become one of the most acclaimed and productive guitarists in the world.
Touring or performing with or producing, this list is only a partial one of those who were graced by the presence of Chuck Loeb: Freddie Hubbard (we could stop THERE!), Carly Simon, Bob Dylan, Grover Washington, Jr., the Michaels Brecker and Franks, Johnny MATHIS! And on and on.
Dozens of musical projects: solo, co-led, participant or producer --- TV and film composition - a partnership in the mega-successful, Fourplay - and a founder of the Jazz fusion band, Metro - this artist may not seem to have had a slow minute since he started his career. But the reason his music seems to have such a consistently serene vibe is because of his wonderful family life - with the amazing songstress, Carmen Cuesta - and their two daughters. ALL of whom are featured on Chuck's new album, "Silhouette."
This new work was truly an extended family affair to prepare. So many of Chuck's musical friends and partnerships participated in this labor of love. It perfectly depicts what the intention was in naming the CD: the shape of what was developed through the years...from the light of those relationships (and experiences) that made the positive happen. Thinking of this is absolutely delightful. So is the pride of New York State: Chuck Loeb! Join us for a glimpse of greatness on 9/26.
It's interesting to write about someone who you've seen in clubs around town many times - then realize that you think about this person in a whole new way. It's a little like recognizing that a family member is a genius!
Such is the case with Baltimore's Warren Wolf. Oh, trust me - we all knew that Warren was a breed apart. It's just that NOW the world is catching up! And it's time. Because this young multi-instrumentalist has been playing since Daddy steered him in that direction: at THREE!
Yes, our next guest learned how to play drums, piano, vibraphone and marimba EARLY. And spent eight years at the renowned Peabody Institute, immersing himself in the classics. Thereafter, Warren was off to Berklee in Boston - this was not only academically satisfying - but it provided two more branches for this flowering tree that were not expected. First, Warren established himself at the respected Boston venue, Wally's Club - as the drummer in the house band that he co-led. Second, his expertise on multiple instruments paved the way for a teaching opportunity at the College. And that solidified a reputation that was already wonderful.
As a member of Bobby Watson's sextet - and as same with Christian McBride's Inside Straight, Warren Wolf continued to hone the skills that attracted the attention of the New York Times, NPR and the head of Blue Note Records.
Now - with his sophomore release on Mack Avenue - his focus is on songwriting and memorable melodies. "Wolfgang" is all about making an impact - which you will surely feel.
Gary Burton calls Warren the one to fill his shoes when GB hangs up his mallets. The SF Jazz Collective has invited Warren to embark on a journey with the great musicians in that organization. This is just the beginning - let's enjoy this beautiful journey of Warren Wolf :)
To be quite honest, we're pretty ecstactic (yours truly along with The Chat Room) that this re-schedule is actually happening this soon. A few weeks ago, audio problems prevented us from getting this interview with two of the hottest properties in Contemporary Jazz, etc. ;)
Now why does that abbreviaton for etcetera occur after Jazz? More truth: Nivo Deux is the quintessential HYBRID: a captivating mix of modern Jazz with Electro Pop and the essence of the 80's. Both Shannon Kennedy and U-Nam absolutely GROOVE to that decade, as evidenced by U's stellar "Back From the 80's" project a few years ago.
Now, you KNOW that something bold is bound to happen with this married couple - who also have a marriage of the minds when it comes to music. Producer and chart-topping U-Nam has been successful in his native France for quite a while - a pro at 19! He spread his wings and flew to Los Angeles less than ten years ago and met Shannon, a young but seasoned saxophonist and vocalist. She has worked with 10,000 Maniacs and Peter White - and U has shared the stage or the studio with a who's who of names. One of them is George Benson, who believes that this dynamic guitarist is the wave of the future.
YOU will have little doubt about that when you hear Nivo Deux via the EP, "Open Beta." Simply put, it's passionate sincerity blended with the strongest sense of FUN - how desperately do we need that in our times?!
Get to know this fearless twosome, confident of their sound and creative to spare! You'll also hear about the brilliant mentoring that Shannon does - her work with young people is exactly the kind of news that we love to share on "Hybrid Jazz!"
Music starts the show - our breathtakingly talented guests visit during the third hour.
Be sure to check out this interview in my new publication: Musical Theatre Magazine.
Voice teacher Sarah Horn got pulled onto the stage with Kristin Chenoweth for an impromptu performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Sarah talks with Trish Causey about the experience of realizing one of her dreams -- singing with Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth.
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