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Hailing from the "birth place of jazz",Vandell Andrew's destiny was not too hard to find. Vandell started studying music at the age of 13 at a local jazz summer camp in the treme area of New Orleans. It was then that he learned to play the trumpet. After a whole summer of playing the trumpet, Vandell was approached by one of his teachers that his embouchure would be better suited playing the saxophone.
Being that this teacher was the COOLEST sax player in the world, Vandell took this ultimatum as a compliment that his teacher would be even considering teaching him. Soon after learning to play the alto saxophone, Vandell joined the infamous St.Augustine "Marching 100" band. Playing in events and parades all over the world, convinced Vandell that this was what he wanted to do for a living after high school. Following high school, Vandell enrolled in music classes at Southern University at New Orleans, and studied with the legendary Edward "Kidd" Jordan. Shortly after about a month of studying with Kidd, the horrible hurricane Katrina took the city of New Orleans by storm. Vandell found himself relocating to Dallas,Tx. This experience was extremely hard to cope with at first , but Vandell began to like living in Dallas a little more, after checking out the music scene around town. Vandell began writing and working on his own solo compositions. This has led to him sharing stages with many local acts,at many different venues .As well as nationally known acts like Kirk Whalum, and Tom Braxton. This is only the beginning for this young entrepreneur, he is soon to record his debut album in the very near future.
Jazz/Pop artist Pete Belasco began playing piano at a young age, later turning his concentration to saxophone. Both of his parents played piano as well. In high school, Belasco played in rock bands, but he soon became primarily interested in jazz and studied sax at Rutgers University and the Hartt Conservatory. He was also preparing a demo at the time, but was involved in a severe boating accident that broke both of his hands. For several months, he was unable to play, but in the interim he turned to composing and singing. In retrospect, Belasco has referred to the accident as a watershed experience because it forced him to develop his songwriting and singing skills. Belasco’s demo made its way to Verve Records, and A&R Executive, Guy Eckstine, who signed him. Upon healing, Belasco moved to New York to record his debut, Get It Together, which was released on Verve Forecast in the fall of 1997. The album was a concoction of influences such as, Marvin Gaye, the Beatles, and Curtis Mayfield, along with jazzy pop and lounge music cool. As Pete Belasco created the songs that would become his second album, Deeper, he kept returning to a common theme-intimacy. The grooves were sensual, relaxed, erotic. The lyrics were passionate, tender, generous. In a time of confusion and strife, Belasco wanted to sing about love, about faith, and about supporting one another. In a feature article in The Village Voice, music journalist James Hunter rhapsodizes about Belascos second effort
It’s one thing for a world class musician to write a book with a great title like “How To Make
Your Guitar Talk,” but Nils has gone further--living, embracing and even transcending those
words he once penned since becoming an instrumental sensation in 2005 with “Pacific Coast
The Munich born, Los Angeles
based guitarist’s breakthrough debut album on Baja/TSR Records was the most heavily played
track in the smooth jazz format over the past ten years with nearly 30,000 spins. The song was a
true phenomenon in its initial release, staying at #1 on the Radio & Records airplay chart for
more than 10 weeks on its way to being named the most played song in the U.S. and Canada for
the year since then the most played song of the decade .
Now Nils is back with a new release, Jazz Gems..Best of Nils, which will take us down memory lane and remind us as to why we love him and his extraordinary music.
He contributed as a musician and co-writer of “Keep Rollin’” on Benson’s 1998 album Standing
Together, and the guitar and vocal legend returned the favor by playing a duet with Nils on Nils’
1998 debut CD Blue Planet. He has also become a core part of many fans’ summer and fall
During this show we will talk about taking personal inventory of YOU.
What does this mean? This means, your skills, education, all about you!
All of this information is KEY to pursuing your goals and dreams.
YOU MUST start with a foundation of knowing about you better than anyone knows about you, in a structured way that you can relay to others.
This will be a very enjoyable informative show!
Saxman Sam Rucker, come on down! You’re the next prospective big performer on the contemporary jazz scene. Truly an artist with finesse and character, Rucker steps out with hissophomore release Tell You Something on the heels of his 2011 Heat From the Heavens debut. Mixing some tight hip hop tanginess with the tasty sauce of smooth and the inspirational and energetic touch of gospel, Rucker is looking for it all in one fell swoop…and he can easily get it all with material like that found on this masterfully produced album.
Working with the likes of Norman Connors, Bobby Lyle, Tom Browne, Alyson Williams, and Euge Groove (Euge is handling the mixing and mastering at his Groove House for this one), the saxman saunters through cover grooves like “Footsteps in the Dark,” “You Are My Starship,” and “Before I Let Go,” along with striking originals like the catchy, sassy mid-tempo lead and title track that immediately captures the essence of the man and his love for this music. You can bet Sam Rucker is not a name you are likely to forget any time soon.
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QUESTION: What if you created something that could change the way law enforcement worked with one another? What would something like that be worth to your competitors? What if they had you put in Jail behind it? Well meet the IRP 6 a group of business men who are serving 11 years in prison over their Computer Program.....their story will blow you away.
On July 3, 2014, at 1PM EDT, Jean Maurie and Maggie Lukowski are excited to welcome Pamela Steele on Personal Empowerment for Your Soul.
Pamela is the creator of “The Steele Wizard Tarot” and she will also be talking about her upcoming deck, “The Wizard’s Pets Tarot”! Pamela's nearly five decades of art experience and over 35 years tarot reading experience has produced a blending of old-school tarot and new-age attitude resulting in a user-friendly extended tarot deck designed for beginning and experienced readers.
Pamela has worked as an artist, a professional tarot reader and is a registered massage therapist. She is a member of the American Tarot Association, Tarot Professionals, Aeclectic Tarot and Tarot Canada. She began showing art professionally in the mid 1980's and has successfully continued in the art business. She recently released a series of e-books for children featuring the Wizard's Pets which were first created in 1984. Recently she completed a tarot for children using the Wizard's Pets characters which will include a 78-page coloring book, a small borderless deck and an illustrated companion book. This deck is currently at the printers. The art for the deck will become the story board for the Wizard's Pets Tarot Adventure video game. Pamela has two sons, two granddaughters and one grandson. She lives with her friend, partner, and most significant other, Brian and 2 Manx cats...Mouse and Boo! The Steele Wizard Tarot deck provides a unique experience in the art of tarot reading. It is a practical divination tool specially designed for such a purpose. Whether a beginner or an experienced professional, this deck will prove to be a valuable tool for spiritual exploration! www.steelewizard.com http://www.wizardspets.com
Chances are you have heard of the Contemporary Smooth Jazz group Freeport as they are regulars at festivals, top venues and notable events. Recently they have shared the stage with rising artists, legends and Grammy award winners in the jazz community such asBob James, Marion Meadows, Joyce Cooling, Paul Brown, Nils, Bob Baldwin, Matt Marshak, Dee Lucas, and the list goes on. Some past highlights have been recording and performing with Tower Of Power, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Special EFX, and Grover Washington Jr. Freeport provides a very soulful, appropriate, inquisitive, and smooth approach to performing. They offer a combination of Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, and Jazz Standards. The four piece Smooth Jazz group consists of Steve Thornton on saxes, flute, Jo Daniels on keyboards, Tony Testa on drums, and Scott Marvill on basses and guitar.
Lisa Vidal (Karra) from BET's hit show "Being Mary Jane" is Up Close & Personal as she shares how she juggles it all. Marriage, motherhood and a successful career. She also gives us an inside scoop about her hit show "Being Mary Jane" and what it's like being apart of this talented cast! Lisa is bright, funny and very insightful!
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
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