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  • 02:00

    "Up Close & Personal" with "Gregory Abbott" & Saxophonist "JaZmin Ghent"

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                       Gregory Abbott


    Platinum recording artist, songwriter and producer Gregory Abbott’s roots stem from Venezuela (his mother) and the Island of Antigua (his father). Raised in Harlem in New York City, he is a dual citizen of the USA and Antigua. Abbott released the single and album “Shake You Down” shaking up the music industry with countless honors and awards.


    “Shake You Down” has the distinction of reaching one million radio air-plays faster than any song in the history of BMI (now well over three million), and won BMI’s Pop Song of the Year award as the most performed song. Gregory has also won two ‘Soul Train” music awards for Best Male Singer and Best New Artist.


    JaZmin Ghent


    Jazmin Deborah Ghent is a gospel, jazz and contemporary saxophonist. Born in Heidelberg, Germany and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, she became interested in music at age 5 when she began taking piano lessons. She became the Sunday School pianist at the age of 8 and often practiced with the adult musicians and church choir members. After being introduced to the saxophone in Middle School, she progressed to becoming the church pianist and saxophonist. Once in high school, she discovered her passion for performing and teaching and began playing professionally in the Huntsville, Alabama area


         Jazmin won National awards such as the NAACP's ACT-SO competition and was chosen to perform at the NAACP closing ceremony in Orlando, Florida in 2008. She was chosen for 3 consecutive years as 1st chair tenor saxophonist for the All State Jazz Band. Jazmin was offered a full tuition scholarship in 2009 to Berklee School of Music as well as Florida State University School of Music.

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  • 01:21

    "Up Close & Personal" with composer, keyboardist "Jonathan Fritzen"

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    Jonathan Fritzen


    Fritzenized


    Take one of the hottest composers and keyboard players in instrumental pop, add in featured performances from the likes of Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor and Nils Landgren, hook them up with ten wonderful new tunes and what do you have?  The answer is ‘Fritzenized’, the latest album from the Billboard chart-topping, artist Jonathan Fritzén.


    It is the Swedish American’s fifth solo CD and follows the critically acclaimed ‘Magical’ from which the title cut blasted a path to #1 on every smooth jazz airplay chart on the planet.


    The fact that even before it’s release date, ‘Fritzenized’ has already become a chart topper says much for a collection that, two years in the making, is Fritzén’s most personal to date.  Writing, producing and (for the first time) mixing every track, he comes closer to his true musical vision than with any other project he has created so far.

  • 02:47

    Up Close & Personal with c- jazz artist, pianist and composer "Cecil Ramirez"

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    Cecil Ramirez


    Party In The Back


    Party In The Back is Cecil's homage to the R&B grooves that he grew up with, listened to and played as part of an R&B band on tour in the 80's. The album is a collection of 7 hook-laden original tunes and 3 covers of Cecil's favorite songs. Cecil invited some of his buddies to play on Party In The Back and the album features amazing guest performances by sax men Michael Lington, Darren Rahn, & Phil Denny; guitarist Adam Hawley; and pianist/producer Brian Culbertson playing synth solos on the new single "Remember The Time".


    About Party In The Back, Cecil says, "I wanted to create an album that showed where my music is today, but still reflected where I came from. Playing casino gigs in the 80's with a 7-piece group was a unique experience; I have great memories of the music and musicians I met during that time. Hopefully, the album will take listeners on a fun trip back to where they were in the 80's."

  • 01:59

    Up Close & Personal with the Latin Tsunami of Salsa, Trumpeter " Luiz Gonzalez"

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    True Classic Salsa
    In the mid 80s, Luis González scored one of the
    most inspiring and career transforming gigs,
    touring and recording with one of his heroes,
    legendary percussionist and bandleader Ray
    Barretto (renowned by the masses for his 60s hit
    “El Watusi”). The Puerto Rican born, Milwaukee
    WI raised trumpeter was flattered when he heard
    Barretto tell a large TV audience that members
    of his large ensemble would someday become
    bandleaders and solo artists in their own right.
    A few decades later, after an extraordinary career
    working with some of his native island’s greatest
    artists (Tito Allen, Santitos Colon, Adalberto
    Santiago, Jerry Rivera) and the world-renowned
    salsa orchestras of Willie Rosario, Mulenze, Luis
    Perico Ortiz and Tommy Olivencia, González
    fulfilled Barretto’s powerful prophecy by launching
    his career as a recording artist.
    Luis González


     

  • 02:00

    Up Close & Personal with Master Cuban Drummer "Calixto Oviedo"

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    "Master Cuban Drummer Calixto Oviedo thoroughly demonstrates traditional and contemporary Cuban rhythms on drum set and timbales from danzón to timba! Recorded, transcribed and produced by Kevin Moore, ‘Beyond Salsa Percussion’ is authentic and easy to understand – a must for every drummer."   “El genial baterista cubano, Calixto Oviedo, demuestra los ritmos cubanos tradicionales y contemporáneos en la batería y el timbal – desde el danzón tradicional a la timba de ahora. Transcripción, grabación, y producción por Kevin Moore, ‘Beyond Salsa Percussion’ es auténtico y fácil de comprender … un método para todo baterista!”  

  • 01:50

    Up Close & Personal with premier soulful, Jazz Funk Harpist Mariea Antoinette

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    Mariea is a musician that celebrates who she is and passionately follows her own creative path.


    Mariea Antoinette is a National recording artist and the world’s premier soulful, Jazz Funk Harpist. Ms. Antoinette's is a native of San Diego, California. Mariea Antoinette, who began playing piano at age seven, and sung in the gospel choir in church for many years, credits several key teachers in her development as a harpist. During middle school, she heard visiting harpist play Debussy’s “First Arabesque” and was instantly transfixed, so she soon after started private lessons. Her diverse repertoire consists of Classical, Smooth Jazz, and R&B music. She has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra as principle harpist since 2007. Mariea’s latest addition to her repertoire includes a strolling electric harp, which is an absolute hit with the audiences. She also performs with Jazz In Pink, a hot and multi-talented all star female jazz band. Her solo performances have taken her across the US as well as abroad.

  • 01:44

    "Up Close & Personal" with producer/conposer/keyboard phenomena "Nicholas Cole

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    21-year old keyboard phenom Nicholas Cole displays the technical proficiency and artistic vision of those twice his age. Cole’s 2012 release ‘Endless Possibilities' scored 4 Top 10 Billboard singles and the hit, 'Snap', featuring Vincent Ingala was a Top 5 Billboard smash. In addition to a thriving solo career, Nicholas has become an in-demand producer and collaborator, working with Ben Tankard, Willie Bradley and Julian Vaughn among others. 
    And that was just the beginning, on Friday, August 21st Tryppin' N Rythmn and Cutmore Records are happy to announce the release of Nicholas Cole's new Album "Night Sessions"
    which reveals that as the title of his previous album, Nicholas's talents are endless and his uniqueness and articulation makes him the future of Jazz, except we are beginning to experience the future now.
    Nicholas Cole is also part of the dynamic ensemble "Generation Next" along label mates Trumpeter, Lin Rountree and Saxophonist Lebron,whom made their debut last year with their outstanding performance at the Berks Jazz Festival and has been on the up-roll ever since, grazing festival like the Catalina Jazz, Newport Beach and more.

  • 02:12

    "Up Close & Personal" with multidimensional eclectic guitarist "Rob Tardik"

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    Rob Tardik — Moments


     


    Nov. 2, 2015


    Since the very early 2000s, guitarist Rob Tardik has been dazzling listeners with his exciting and often exotic mix of substantive c-jazz/R&B/rock and burning hot Latin melodies. With tunes so attractive, they are by nature riveting, seductive, uplifting, and powerful.Such is the case with his latest release Moments, another eclectic gem.


    Seizing the moment and leading off with a Latin scorcher, “Sip and Salsa,” inspired by his fiancé’s love of dance, the gifted guitarist soars from one mood to another. Examples would be track two’s sizzler jazz/rocker “Rite of Passage,” then on to the romantic R&B deliciousness of “Moments in Time” featuring the silky lead vocals of one Aiden Castillo and sweet backing harmonies of vocalists Dee and Brittani Cole, and the handsome downtempo Latin-tinged “Eros.” Definitely not applying the brakes on the project yet, Tardik treats us to a stinger with a mean hook called “Hang Time” which is co-written by fellow guitarist Steve Oliver (who is featured in some way or other throughout the album). In fact, Oliver co-produced the album with Tardik. A very cool pairing indeed.


    Tardik enjoys the contributions of other very fine notable musicians here, as well, including saxmen Will Donato and Walle Larsson, trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, bassist Gary Grainger (of Acoustic Alchemy fame), pianist/keyboardist Nate Harasim, and a host of others who felt the groove and wanted in.


    Speaking of feeling the groove, you will definitely want to stop by and check out the blazing funkster called “Stop!,” a command you may have trouble obeying on the dance floor. Whew. Is there a fire extinguisher in the house?


    See full review on www.thesmoothjazzride.com/cdreviews

  • 01:21

    Up Close & Personal with Flamenco Guitarist Extraordinaire "Jesse Cook"

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    New York City, New York (27 August 2015): Constantinople, the ancient melting pot mecca intersecting  Europe, India, Middle East and Africa, serves as the inspiration for the adventurous sonic explorations of “One World,” the ninth studio album from world music guitarist Jesse Cook.


    Joining primal instrumentation from all over the globe with rhythmic loops, textured audioscapes and technological experimentation, Cook’s eOne Music release, which debuted at No. 1 on the jazz and world music charts in the Canadian’s homeland, will receive it’s official U.S. release on October 2 tied to the launch of the first leg of the American “One World” concert tour

  • 01:42

    "Up Close & Personal" with Mr. Guitar " David P. Stevens"

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    A versatile musician, Stevens grew up playing piano, drums and guitar at the Church of God, developing a dynamic performance style playing gospel music. He spent his teens playing in jazz and gospel bands, and developed sound and stage presence like one of his idols, Norman Brown, when he later emerged as an urban jazz artist. As his fan base grew with his early album releases, Stevens went from playing “any dive bar where they allowed jazz” in Philly to top clubs like North By Northwest, Warm Daddy’s and Relish. He and his band also played at various clubs down in Maryland, as well as the Woodrow Wilson Festival and the iconic Blues Alley club in Washington, DC.


    Stevens has also performed at The Harlem Meer Festival, at The Iridium in NYC with Alex Bugnon, and the Jazz Base in Reading, PA. Over the past two years, he also did a full European tour through Austria, Switzerland and Germany. In addition to playing on the Capital Jazz SuperCruise, he has been part of the All-Star Jam Festival at Berks Jazz Fest the past three years, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Gerald Albright, Nick Colionne and Scott Ambush from Spyro Gyra. “One of the things I’m known for live is bringing a lot of energy to the stage and incorporating many exciting elements, including background singers,” Stevens says.