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Saxophonist Elan Trotman returns to Talking Smooth Jazz to discuss his new cd, Tropicality. Co-produced by Guitarist Peter White, who also joins us. Tropicality features Peter White, Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown, Nick Colionne, Terri Lynn Carrington, Nicholas Brancker, Lin Rountree and more. Tropicality is available at www.elantrotman.com
Join SC host Ron Jackson and co-host Aira as they chat with Caribbean saxman Elan Trotman about his career and new release Tropicality. Listeners can use our tool-free number(1-888-342-9919) to call in with questions or comments for Elan. Come on and enoy some great music and conversation!
Behind every musical overnight sensation are years of toiling away in rehearsal halls, recording studios and sweaty nightclubs meticulously honing one’s craft. In trumpeter Joey Sommerville’s case, it’s more than two decades of writing, recording and touring to cultivate his following and establish his presence on the national scene. More than 20 years in the making, the soul-jazz trumpeter’s fifth album, “Overnight Sensation” features Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman and Eric Essix.
The ironically titled “Overnight Sensation” has received excellent reviews including a ringing endorsement from USA Today. The album continues to ride the top of the jazz radio charts. It features Joey along with notable guests, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman and jazz guitar icon, Earl Klugh. In 2015, Joey continues his full touring schedule including appearances at The Blue Note NYC, The Berks Jazz Festival, The Keystone Jazz Festival and numerous other venues throughout the U.S. and abroad. For the third year in a row, he will be performing at and hosting Joey Sommerville’s The Get Down Club on The Capital Jazz SuperCruise.
Kim has that unusual balance of being intuitive and practical. Her professional background in the Civil Engineering field followed her mother’s footsteps. Her physicist father’s influence kept her grounded. The progression of her intuitive and spiritual career has grown over the years.
Spiritual and intuitive influences run on both sides of her family. Notably her grandmother’s near death and many other spiritual experiences formed the basis of Kim’s life long interest in the spiritual and paranormal. Her advice and encouragement helped Kim to appreciate, understand and develop her own gifts of seeing auras and spirits, feeling and interpreting energy.
Sax man Elan Trotman wows crowds whereever he goes. This has earned him 4 Top 25 singles thus far and no doubt there will be more to come. His latest release "Tropicality" takes Mr. Trotman back to his roots and he brings some incredible msucial friends along with him. We look forward to sharing the story of this jourmey. Join us for a Cool Jazz Conversation with saxophonist Elan Trotman Monday at 7 PM Eastern.
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Karla Trotman is a third generation entrepreneur. She is the owner and CEO of Babybutton Boutique an online store that specializes in the comfort and support of pre and postnatal women. She is a sought after speaker in the greater Philadelphia area. The amazing thing about Karla is that she started her business while working full time in her fathers business. Don't miss her story!
Celebrating 10 years in the music industry, composer, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Nate Harasim, earned a Grammy nomination for his work on Dave Koz’s Billboard #1 Jazz Album Hello Tomorrow and a 2014 Soul Train nod for Vandell Andrew’s #1 hit “Let’s Ride.” He scored a #1 for Steve Oliver (“Fun in the Sun”) as one of 14 Top 20 tunes and has also helmed sessions for Darren Rahn, Steve Oliver, Lin Rountree, Julian Vaughn and Vandell Andrew, among others. A tireless entertainer Harasim’s hundreds of stage appearances include performing at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball with best pal Rahn and playing twice at the Dubai International Jazz Festival.
His new album “Shades of Nate” on Woodward Avenue Records, afforded him the creative license to produce an eclectic and out of the box record. On this release he worked with two rappers, K-Squeez and Dyl. Track # 7 is a “wild twist” as Jonathan Widran puts it, to a Beethoven song called Moonlight Sonata and he covers Phil Collins’ mega hit, In The Air Tonight featuring Melina and Nils. Other guest artists include, trumpeter Lin Rountree, saxophonist Elan Trotman, vocalist Anna Stevenson, drummer Ricky Lawson, and so many more!
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Saxophonist Elan Trotman, has quickly become one of contemporary jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers, and continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, and recording artist. So much so that he's becoming the go-to sax-man for smooth jazz artists like Peter White, Paul Brown, Keiko Matsui, Brian Simpson, Rick Braun, and a guest spot on the Dave Koz 2012 Cruise to Europe.
Trotman’s playing, though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr. and Kirk Whalum, among others, displays his own fresh ideas and distinctive tone. So much so that he's a 3-time winner of the New England Urban Music Award for Best Jazz Male, 2-time nominee for a Boston Music Award, and winner for Instrumentalist of the Year (Barbados) in 2011. Born and raised in Barbados, the native island of pop star Rihanna, and educated at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, Trotman approaches jazz in his own way. Blending Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures, his playing is full of surprises. “I like to stretch out, take chances on my solos and on my records.” Inspiring and eminently listenable, Trotman’s music is never predictable.
One of the most stylish and creative lead bassists of this wonderful time in C-jazz is the rising star Julian Vaughn whose fluid bass runs and compositions always seem to hit that special nerve in you that’s reserved for the smooth groove. Here on his latest released,Limitless, he continues to serve it up in abundance.
Bringing in a few luminaries from his Trippin N Rhythm/Cutmore Records family (saxmen Lebron and Darren Rahn, keyboardist Nicholas Cole, and flutist Althea Rene) along with saxmen Marcus Anderson and Elan Trotman, the bassist loads up with heavy grooves and romantic seductions.
The up-tempo but easy ridin’ lead track “Ride Along” firmly complements tracks like the energetic “Initiate” and calls a cool timeout for the fluid entrance of the more laid back romance-laden offering “All to Myself” and the mid-tempo R&Bish “Ecstacy.”
Vaughn’s wonderful tribute to the late great Wayman Tisdale shows how much of an impact the jovial and greatly talented Tisdale had on Vaughan.
We all love a great up-tempo jam, and Vaughn certainly offers his share here, but his skill with crafting slow- to mid-tempo tracks with tons of melody like the previously mentioned “All to Myself,” “I Will,” and “Say Yes” is equally as powerful and full of charm.
Here is a bassist who is doing it the right way…feeling the genre and the groove and how it moves him and his music to always strive for excellence. As the album title could imply, his potential is truly Limitless. – Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride.
February 18 - Jazz Saxophonist/Composer/Educator - Elan TrotmanGrowing up in Barbados, Elan remembers hearing calypsos, reggae and local music in his early days. Blending Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures, his playing is full of surprises. Elan has recorded and performed with such notables as Roberta Flack, Kirk Whalum, Brian McKnight, Johnny Gill, Tony Terry, Nathan East, Najee, Don Grusin, Peter Gammons and Bronson Arroyo to name a few.Elan states, “I don’t want to limit myself to the usual format. I stretch out, take chances, and add an edge to my solos. I enjoy the genre and the concept but I also break some of the rules because that’s how I play live, bringing all of my different influences into the music.”
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