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  • 00:46

    Up Close and Personal with - Absolon

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    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


     


     

  • 00:37

    Up Close & Personal with Walt Maddox of the Legendary "The Marcels"

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    Join me as I have an Up Close & Personal convo with Walt Maddox from the legendary group, The Marcels


    .The Marcels are an American doo-wop group known for turning popular music songs into rock and roll. The group formed in 1959 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 


    The Marcels are the guys who put the "Bomp" in the "Bomp-A-Bomp" back in 1961 when their first recording, "Blue Moon" sold over two and a half million copies. The Marcels can boast of three record albums, numerous hit singles, with sales in the millions. They also recorded the theme song, "The Greatest Love" for the motion picture, "The Interns" and appeared with Chubby Checker in the film "Twist Around The Clock." Their signature song, "Blue Moon" has been used in at least four major motion pictures and various TV shows, such as Sha Na Na, Cheers, Moonlighting, Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, etc.


    The Marcels will be performing this Sunday at the acclaimed Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

  • 01:00

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

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    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"

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    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"

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    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. 

  • 00:37

    Up Close & Personal with "Generation Next"

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    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 

  • 01:07

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

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    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.


     

  • 02:01

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

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    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.

  • 01:59

    Up Close & Personal with "Joe Leader"

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    Joe comes from a family of world class musicians and has grown up immersed in the passion of musical performance.Initially, being exposed to classical music as a young boy, Joe fast developed his interest in saxophone and Jazz. Together with his band at school, he won the “Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Awards” at the tender age of sixteen.This marked the beginning of his musical journey. Trained in performance by his mother, South African concert piano champion, Lucille Leader, Joe learned how to communicate emotions and feelings to an audience, creating an atmosphere so that people can live in the passion of each note, each phrase and each song, taking them on an emotional musical journey.After school, Joe continued to develop his craft, studying privately with some of the finest teachers from the Guild Hall school of Music in London, and then at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Finally back in London, Joe completed his studies in Music Technology, receiving 1st class honors. Joe’s well rounded studies now gave him a solid grounding in music as well as in the intricacies of music recording and production.

  • 01:13

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

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    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.

  • 01:03

    Up Close & Personal with "Alex Bugnon"

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      Contemporary jazz keyboard player Alex Bugnon, nephew of trumpeter Donald Byrd, grew up going to the Montreux Jazz Festival in his hometown in Switzerland. He attended the Paris Conservatory of Music for two years, then moved to the U.S. and went to the Berklee School of Music, meanwhile performing as an accompanist to gospel groups. He spent four years working as a session musician in New York, backing urban and jazz performers such as Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, James Ingram, and Keith Sweat. Signed to Orpheus Records, he released his debut album, Love Season, in 1989. It reached the pop charts and the Top 40 of the R&B charts, as did its follow-up, 1990's Head Over Heels. Subsequent releases -- 107 Degrees in the Shade (1991), This Time Around (1993), and Tales From the Bright Side (1995), the last on RCA Records -- all placed in the R&B charts. After five years away from recording under his own name, Bugnon signed to the jazz division of Narada Records, which marketed him as a jazz artist, and his sixth album, Alex Bugnon...As Promised, reached the contemporary jazz charts. He followed in 2001 with Soul Purpose.