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Once called the “Crown Prince of Smooth Jazz” Rick Braun releases his 16th album, “Can You Feel It” with some help from his friends, Brian Culbertson, Jeff Lorber, Euge Groove, Randy Jacobs and featuring American Idol contestant, Elliot Yamin.
Rick will host a New Year’s Eve Gala at the JW Marriott Star Pass Resort and Spa New Year's Even gala, "A Night In New Orleans" Decemeber 31, 2014, in Tuscon, Arizona. Joining Rick this year are Richard Elliot, Peter White and special guest, Larry Braggs. For more information, visit RickBraunNewYearsEve.com.
Join Smooth Conversations host Ron Jackson of The Smooth Jazz Ride and his co-hosts Aira & Mike as they chat with renowned trumpeter Rick Braun and play tracks from his upcoming release Can You Feel It. Listeners with questions or comments for Rick can call in on 858-777-8436. You don't want to miss this!
Back with his first contemporary jazz foray in five years, trumpeter Rick Braun appears to be wasting no time in his quest to add more No. 1 hits to his burgeoning catalogue of chart-toppers.
Braun produced and wrote or co-wrote nine songs on the new session that revisits the spirit of his twenty-year-old breakthrough collection, “Beat Street,” reflects his past playing in War and conjures the mighty Tower of Power.
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Nearly twenty years into his solo career, Rick Braun’s done just about everything, from backing the likes of Rod Stewart and Sade to stepping out into the spotlight as a vocalist and a master of the trumpet and flugelhorn.
The Allentown, Pennsylvania-born Braun began playing music in elementary school, ultimately winding up at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. There he hooked up with like-minded musicians to form a jazz-fusion combo, Auracle.
Braun’s first big break came when he composed “Here With Me,” a Top 20 hit for REO Speedwagon. He soon became a highly regarded pop sideman, touring and recording with the likes of Rod Stewart, War, Sade, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, and Tom Petty.
The trumpeter became a NAC fixture with his debut, Intimate Secrets. His records have ranked in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart with Kisses in the Rain reigning at #1 for 11 weeks and his singles have held the #1 position on the R&R NAC/Smooth Jazz album charts.
The recipient of numerous National Contemporary Jazz Awards, he shared a Best Collaboration award with Boney James for their hit Shake It Up. He also teamed up with Richard Elliot in RnR and their duet project hit #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. A much-in-demand producer, he has delivered #1 radio hits with artists including David Benoit, Marc Antoine and Jeff Golub.
His most recent recordings continue to reflect his versatility with the instrumental album All It Takes and his vocal talents in Rick Braun Sings With Strings. This past year saw Braun getting into the swing of the holiday season with his first-ever Christmas album, Swingin’ In The Snow.
Crazy - this is a show that wasn't planned - it just fell into this groove - which is the story of my two guests! Rick Braun was booked for July 1st. But Richard Elliot was going to do the last Friday in June. But the call came - could we please re-schedule for 7/1? Hah! SO: Old Friends and Musical Partners will share a "Hybrid Jazz" - thrilling!
Exciting - Rick with his 16th album, "Can You Feel It" - and Richard with his 17th, "Lip Service." The first is due on 7/8 and the second on 7/15! Real and heartfelt music - and surrounded by musicians who understand the nature of what these successful artists wanted to convey. That's priceless. And what it does is drive home the point - more than ever - of WHY Rick and Richard have been so popular through the years.
Rick started his roll with the song by REO Speedwagon, "Here With Me." Word got out and he found himself playing with Rod Stewart, Natalie Cole, Tina Turner, Sade, Tom Petty and War. His album, "Beat Street" (1994), was a tribute to his years WITH War. And on his new CD, Rick wanted to convey the same spirit. Helping him out here: young players and seasoned pals like Philippe Saisse and Dave Koz. AND Elliot Yamin!
Can you believe that it's 30 years since the release of Richard's solo debut, "Initial Approach?" Our Scottish-born Dad of FIVE has been delighting us since - with his California Cool and Soulfully Hot Hybrid saxual expression (Ooooh!) He has toured the world as both leader and with "Guitars & Saxes" and Tower of Power. His collaboration with Paul Brown on this new CD is brimming with romance! WAIT until you hear :)
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Lifelong mystic, Kimberly Braun began devoted meditation at the age of 5, and spent over ten years as a monastic nun. Her Masters in Theology was completed in 2001. Currently Kimberly serves on the Meditation Faculty at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, though her work has been focused in Florida as a minister, retreat and workshop facilitator, meditation coach and private consultant. She is also a Reiki Master and fellow seeker on the path to living freely.
During her years as a nun she stepped into the role of general architect and principal fundraiser for the construction of her community’s 17,000 square foot mission style facility. She gave her ‘YES’ to the project with little money and no experience, leading the 3 ½ year endeavor to its completion and ending debt-free. She is a testament to what can happen when each one of us steps into our own personal YES in life. She was featured as a speaker at TEDx in 2012.
Kimberly is also the founder of the 5th annual Vibrance! Natural Living Festival, an interactive festival building the local health and wellness community .She has a new APP, ‘Breath and Heartbeat Meditations,’ a new CD entitled: ‘3 Point Processing for Centering,’ and five new guided meditation to charge you for your day.
Pleae join your host, Cristina Smith, Chief Energy Officer of the Subtle Energy Center, as we delve into the mystical aspects of subtle energy.
The Saturday episode of the "Red Light Sports Ramble" is the 'Red Light Rant' where Evan is running red lights and Troy is burning rubber at red lights. Today the will give their passionate opinion about why the media continues to harp on Ryan Braun about his PED use, and then time permitting what is up with ESPN's East Coast bias. Sit back and enjoy the show.
We will be running amazing clips of previous shows that will include the amazing reading my son received from my guest coming up at 8pm ET, Psychic Medium Tim Braun! Tim was close friends and was trained by who most consider the BEST Psychic Medium in the world, James Von Praugh!
In She Said, She Said #136, Genia and Andrea discuss major league baseball. Which players are juicing? Should Ryan Braun be suspended? Is Ryan Braun using PEDs?
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