• 00:46

    Up Close and Personal with - Absolon

    in Entertainment

    On Tuesday May 13th at 3pm est,2pm cst and Noon pst, join Dean Swett, President  of the Paramour Group, as he talks to the one and only Ken Pike, lead singer of Absolon. Joining Ken guitarist Tyler Colick will also be talking with Dean. Let's hear all the exciting news that Ken and Tyler will be sharing with our listeners. Check out Absolon's website :


    http://www.absolonrocks.com/


    And you can also join their new fan club page on Facebook:


    https://www.facebook.com/groups/absolonfans/


    And you can also like their band page :


    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Absolon/486224348063064


     


     

  • 01:00

    "Up Close & Personal" with Saxophonist/Flautist "Najee"

    in Music

    UC&P proudly welcomes back to the show 2x Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist Najee , as we catch up and talk about the success of his latest hot and seductive album "The Morning After - A Musical Love JournA visionary, Najee assembles an array of world class musicians on The Morning After - A Musical Love Journey....and what is ahead.


    Featured artists on the CD include producer Demonte Posey (Eric Benet, Toni Braxton, and Babyface), bassist Bill Sharpe (Dave Coz and Barbara Streisand), guitarist Ray Fuller (George Duke, Anita Baker, and Whitney Houston), drummer Daniel Powell (Tamia), bassist Brian Bromberg (Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock) and drummer Joel Taylor (Joe Sample’s current band). Chart-topping R&B diva Meli’sa Morgan also joins Najee for an unforgettable duet. The Morning After - A Musical Love Journey opens with the sound of Najee’s voice as he anxiously awaits to board his plane but is unexpectedly delayed waiting for a certain special woman. Alas, she arrives and the journey begins. Najee explains, “The album title describes a fantasy trip where two people meet and experience their journey together.” The saxophonist describes the making of his new CD as an intense process. “It was recorded as a live studio album in two ½ weeks, during which time we also mixed and mastered the music. I would say the anticipation was very much part of the journey with this record.” Najee’s musical adventure unfolds with the jubilant “Rendezvous,” featuring his robust tenor saxophone. The Morning After - Musical Love Journey finds Najee transporting listeners around the globe to locations that have inspired him in some way. 


     


     

  • "Up Close & Personal" with Multi-instrumentalist, "Al DeGregoris"

    in Music

    AL DEGREGORIS 


    As he continues his emergence as a dynamic new independent artist in the contemporary jazz world, keyboardist and composer Al DeGregoris still remembers the encouraging words he parents would offer frequently as he was growing up in Long Island: “Be patient. Work hard. Everything will come, All In Good Time.” That last phrase is the perfect title of DeGregoris’ new album, the latest step in the fulfillment of his musical dreams, which finds him vibing with some of contemporary jazz’s top hit making artists.


     

  • 01:28

    "Up Close & Personal" with Saxophonist "Greg Chambers"

    in Music

    Greg Chambers 


    Greg's latest CD, "Can't Help Myself, was released August 1, 2014.  Entirely produced by Nate Harasim & Matt Godina, this record features 2x Grammy winner Paul Brown, Julian Vaughn, Nils, and others.  Onstage, Greg has played the J.A. Nugget Jazz Night, has performed as an opening act for Evelyn "Champagne" King and Howard Hewett, has backed up Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and performs regularly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.


    Greg's last record, "After Hours", featured Paul Brown on guitar, smooth jazz pianist Jonathan Fritzen, session musicians Ross Bolton, Louis Fasman, and Roberto Vally, and the mixing expertise of saxophonist/producer Darren Rahn. Singles from "After Hours" and Greg's 2011 self-titled album have charted on the Smoothjazz.com Top 50 Chart, the Jazzweek Top 50 Smooth Singles Chart and have made the Most Added/Increased Airplay lists for Billboard Magazine, Smoothjazz.com, and RadioWave. 

  • 02:01

    "Up Close & Personal" with Keyboardists/Composers "Al DeGregoris" & "Vel Lewis"

    in Music

    As he continues his emergence as a dynamic new independent artist in the contemporary jazz world, keyboardist and composer Al DeGregoris still remembers the encouraging words he parents would offer frequently as he was growing up in Long Island: “Be patient. Work hard. Everything will come, All In Good Time.” That last phrase is the perfect title of DeGregoris’ new album, the latest step in the fulfillment of his musical dreams, which finds him vibing with some of contemporary jazz’s top hit making artists.

  • 01:07

    "Up Close & Personal" with Guitarist / Vocalist "Steve Oliver"

    in Music

    Join us at Up Close & Personal as we help celebrate  a milestone in the musical career of one of our fave guitarist Steve Oliver. With eight albums over the last 15 years, Steve's "Best Of so far" gathers multiple #1 Billboard hits and fan favorites including 2 brand new songs.


     

  • 00:37

    Up Close & Personal with "Generation Next"

    in Entertainment

    Wednesday at 6:00 pm EST on "Up Close & Personal" with Latinjazzy ..From Berks!, I will be chattin' it up Generation Next!!!
    Lin Rountree , Julian Vaughn , Lebron Dennis and Nicholas Cole ...
    We all LOVE these young Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records Artists.
    Individually these Fellas have stolen our hearts with their versatile and unique styles and amazing performances ...and NOW get ready to be BLOWN away as they come together as "Generation Next", making their Debut appearance at Berks Jazz Fest , this coming Sunday!!!
    Ohh yeah that's is definitely going to be yet another Berks SOLD OUT hit show!!!! <3 

  • 01:13

    Up Close & Personal with Jazz-Soul-Funk Keyboardist Greg Manning

    in Entertainment

    jazz, funk, and soul
    Swiss-American keyboardist Greg Manning has performed on stages throughout the U.S., Europe, United Kingdom, and Asia. Manning’s use of jazz, funk, and soul, to create simplistic yet, complex compositions, are blended with precise timbre and intricate instrumentation. They are rich in texture, and identifiably this recording artist’s distinctive imprint of Soul-Jazz.
    While growing up in Zurich, Switzerland, Manning was mostly exposed to Jazz by his parents. Yet, he discovered his deep love for music only after hearing “Isn’t She Lovely” by the legendary Stevie Wonder.
    He started playing the piano at age 12. Several years later, he moved to the U.S. to study piano and film scoring at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was during this time his break came. Manning was asked to compose the music for “Keep Cool”, the most successful and longest running German language musical. The musical led him back to Zurich, Switzerland, where he continued to compose and produce for records and television.

  • 02:25

    "Up Close & Personal" with Saxophonists "Richard Elliot" & "Terje Lie"

    in Music

    Saxophonist Richard Elliot has arrived at a very special anniversary for blowing audiences away with his soulfully robust playing. 2014 marks 30 years since the release of his debut solo album, Initial Approach (ITI – 1984), on which he stepped out showcasing his tenor sax, soprano sax, Lyricon and writing skills. What does a red-blooded Scottish sax man raised in Los Angeles – now with a wife and five children – do for a 30-year encore? Well, this one-time member of the classic soul band Tower of Power proves he’s “not a young man” and drops the most overtly sensual, romantic and intimate album of his career in collaboration with contemporary jazz production/guitar giant Paul Brown. The title of this 17th solo project is Lip Service (the artist’s first for Heads Up/Concord Music Group).


    Over time, he became a part of that country’s scene of young rising jazz artists and freelance musicians, featured as both a singer and saxophonist. Lie toured Norway, Sweden, and Finland with different groups and appeared on the jazz shows of NRK, the Norwegian equivalent of the BBC. Lie was also a recipient of a grant from the Norwegian State Fund for Performing Artists.


    Lie later decided to move to the U.S. since his favorite styles of music “were being created in this country 24/7 everywhere.” Loving the Southern California climate and being “a certified beach bum,” he chose L.A. as his new base. Since then he has been a jazz artist and freelance musician, performing in clubs and at festivals and concerts throughout the West Coast.


     

  • 01:18

    "Up Close & Personal" with Keyboardist/Composer " Cal Harris Jr."

    in Music

    Cal Harris Jr.’s upbringing in Los Angeles was not a typical one. His earliest exposure to music took place literally in the company of legends. As the son of Grammy-nominated sound engineer Calvin Harris, Cal Harris Jr. grew up wandering the halls of the renowned Motown Studios in Los Angeles. In fact, one of his fondest childhood memories was a trip to the candy store with Melvin Franklin of the Temptations—a treat he would appreciate even more as an adult. It was within this environment that Harris would develop a love affair with music…and a well-groomed talent.
     
    “I fell in love with arranging music after attending a Commodores session with my dad. It was a great track and I fell asleep as they began working on the orchestration. I woke up a few hours later in a wonder land of music. Soaring strings and horns, and sizzling cymbal swells. It was amazing to hear the transformation, an experience I'll never forget." It's no surprise that Cal Harris Jr. went on to a career as a very sought after sound engineer and producer. He has worked with such music monsters as Earth Wind and Fire, Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Whitney Houston, and Beyonce. Harris found a comfortable niche as a very sought after recording engineer, programmer, and keyboard player for music giants. Still, it wouldn’t be long before he could no longer control the desire to combine his talents and record his very own works. The time had come for Cal Harris Jr. push his abilities to the next level and reveal the gifted composer within him.

    Cal has a passion and talent for composition as well as a lifetime of priceless experiences in the industry. He drives home the idea of creating solid, seductive, and infectious melodies through impeccable production. He is involved in nearly every part of his music's production, including writing, keyboards and mixing. 

  • 00:31

    Close-Up Talk Radio spotlights personal empowerment life coach Beth Koehler

    in Motivation

    Saco, ME – Awareness of the Law of Attraction has reached a fever pitch since the 2006 release of Rhonda Byrne’s best-selling self-help guide The Secret. But what is the Law of Attraction? And how can we use it to improve our lives?


    According to personal empowerment life coach Beth Koehler, the simplest explanation of the Law of Attraction is that we attract the energy we project, so what you focus on, you get more of. If we’re joyful we will attract joyful people and circumstances.


    “The law of attraction is always turned on, like the law of gravity. Why not learn to use it to your benefit?” says Koehler.


    Koehler incorporates the principles behind the Law of Attraction philosophy in her personal coaching sessions, where she works primarily with women 40-70, empowering them to align with their heart’s desire.


    “As a coach I have the ability to step back from the center of their lives,” says Koehler. “I help them realize the ways in which they may have manifested their own struggle. If they have the power to manifest their struggle, they can manifest joy as well.”


    Koehler says the hardest thing for a coach to hear is “Yes, but…” because it means they’re blocking themselves in some way energetically. They know there’s something that needs to shift. All it requires is an openness and willingness to allow change. If you allow help and support from avenues you’ve never considered, you’ve just opened the floodgates of change. That’s the Law of Attraction at work.


    Says Koehler: “I love to witness my client’s growth and see them become empowered and confident and strong enough to start making different choices in their life, better choices in their life."

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