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    The Best of Classical Music

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    Is Classical Music Still as Popualar as Ever?

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    America's Classical Music Jazz

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    Washington, D.C. has many exceptional vocalist, join me this evening when I interview one of them, Heidi Martin.  She is a vocalist and composer who is a native Washingtonian.  Also, trumpeter Russell Gunn who grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois will join us. Heidi Martin and Russell Gunn will perform together at Bohemian Caverns this weekend.  Heidi studied at the University of the District of Columbia with Professor Calvin Jones.  In addition, she took private lessons with drummer/vocalist Grady Tate.  Since that time she has performed in New York often and around the world.  Russell Gunn has had a Grammy nominated recording, Ethnomusicology vol. 1.  In 1999, Oliver Lake saw him performing in St. Louis and invited him to perform in New York.  Next, he was heard by Denis Jeter, an assistant to Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center, who recommended him for the third trumpet chair in Marsalis' Blood on the Fields.  After receiving rave notices for his performances, he began to earn recognition.  As a result, he has many recordings and has traveled all over the world playing jazz music.  Jazz lives at Jazz Notes!


     

  • 00:45

    America's Classical Music Jazz

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     This evening, I am interviewing and playing music of Bruce Williams an alto saxophonist, composer, producer and educator who was raised in Washington, D.C. but now resides in Northern Jersey near New York City.  In addition to playing the saxophone, he plays the trumpet, drums, and piano.   Bruce has performed, toured, and recorded with Lionel Hampton, McCoy Tyner, The Count Basie Orchestra, Roy Hargrove, T.S. Monk, Little Jimmy Scott, Frank Foster, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Stanley Cowell, Louis Smith, Cecil Brooks III, The World Saxophone Quartet, Russell Gunn, and Curtis Fuller.  As you can see from the list of musicians that he has performed, toured, and recorded, with he is a very versatile jazz musician that loves playing many styles of music.  He has performed on two Grammy nominated CDs. He has received awards from DownBeat magazine and The Charlie Parker Music and More Foundation.  He has traveled the United States and abroad playing jazz music. Jazz lives at Jazz Notes.

  • 00:43

    America's Classical Music Jazz

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        Many jazz musicians have decided to make Washington, D.C. their home after traveling over the world performing jazz.  This evening, I will interview Herman Burney a bassist, composer and educator who decided to reside in Washington, D.C. after traveling around America and the world performing music. He has performed with many musicians. For instance, he played the bass for 5 years with Freddie Cole and for 4 years with Rene Marie. The list of jazz performers that he has recorded and performed with is extensive.  Rufus Reid described Herman as one of the finest bassist on the scene today.   Join us as he shares information about his music and we listen to his CD, Offering.  Jazz lives at Jazz Notes.

  • 00:27

    Divatosity: Simple Gifts, Classical Music Appreciation, Ello, and More

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    Join Alaina as she discusses simple gifts, classical music appreciation, Ello, and more...


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  • 00:45

    America's Classical Music Jazz

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      Join us this evening as I interview John Kordalewski a pianist and composer who leads the Makanda project.  When you tune in this evening, you will also hear the music of Makanda Ken McIntyre as interpreted by the Makanda project. John studied and performed with Makanda.  As of 2014, he has arranged over 40 compositions for the ensemble.  The project has 14 members who play the unheard compositions of Makanda Ken McIntyre.  Some of the other musicians included in the band are Eddie Allen, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Bill Lowe, John Lockwood, and Yoron Israel.  In addition, the band includes Diane Richardson on vocals and dancer Mickey Davidson. Learn more about Makanda Ken McIntyre and the project when you listen to the program this evening.   As always, the program Jazz Notes strives to keep jazz alive!

  • 00:36

    America's Classical Music Jazz

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    This evening, I will interview Ron Kearns a saxophonist, composer/arranger, conductor, educator and record producer. He has performed with Ernie Andrews, Stanley Turrentine, Rick Henderson, Kenny Reed and many other notable artists. He has produced 41 recordings by artists such as Terell Stafford, Buck Hill, the late Ronnie Wells, Ruby Hayes, Ernie Andrews, Paul Carr, Janine Gilbert-Carter, Eric Byrd and others. In 2005 Ron received the Down Beat magazine Achievement in Jazz Education Award. He is a three time GRAMMY Educational Award winner.  Join us as we listen to his music and discuss his performances and projects. Keeping jazz alive on Jazz Notes. 

  • 00:36

    America's Classical Music Jazz

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    This evening, I will interview and play the music of vocalist Loide Jorge.  Although she was born in France to her Mozambican mother and Guinea-Bissauan father, Loide grew up in California.  Presently, she is residing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. For the last ten years, she has shared her music in jazz clubs throughout the United States and Europe.  At a tribute for Miriam Makeba in a jazz club in New York, she opened for  Paul Simon. In addition, she has opened for the legendary Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukudzi. Loide cites Sarah Vaughn, Cesaria Evora and Miriam Makeba as some of her greatest musical influences, but she believes it is her African heritage that has provided her with a fresh musical perspective, a unique sound, and her native tongue.  Join us this, evening at Jazz Notes where we are keeping jazz alive.

  • 00:36

    America's Classical Music Jazz

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    This evening I will interview and share the music of Integriti Reeves who is a Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area vocalist and composer.  She attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.  Adding to her studies, she acquired a Master’s degree in Vocal Jazz Studies at Howard University. Integriti uses her gifts of diction, tone, and improvisation well in delivering a song.  She states that her music occupies the genre of straight-forward/ modern jazz. In addition, she states that her original compositions reflect her roots in classical jazz, whilst incorporating the storytelling elements of folk and rock music. She has performed with Herbie Hancock, Ernie Andrews, Geri Allen, Eperanza Spaulding, Stevie Wonder, Terri Lynne Carrington, Liz Wright and Patrice Rushen.  Join us this evening at Jazz Notes where Jazz lives!

  • 00:45

    America's Classical Music Jazz

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         Join me this evening when I interview Cedric Hendricks and William Brower regarding the bill H.R. 1682, the National Jazz Preservation, Education and Promulgation Act of 2015.  The bill will preserve knowledge and promote education about jazz in the United States and abroad.  Cedric Hendricks is an attorney based in Washington, DC. For over the past thirty-two years, Cedric R. Hendricks has worked closely with Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) on Jazz-related legislative and policy initiatives.  Among his accomplishments with Mr. Conyers has been the development and passage in 1987 of House Concurrent Resolution 57, which designated Jazz as a rare and valuable national American treasure.  This was followed in 1989 by the passage of legislation designating May 25th, the birthday of Bill Bojangles Robinson, as National Tap Dance Day.  In 1991, they successfully secured federal funding to establish the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, which is now over 20 years old and has performed around the world.  Most recently, he worked with Mr. Conyers on the development and introduction of a new bill for jazz, HR 1682, the National Jazz Preservation, Education and Promulgation Act of 2015.  William Brower resides in Washington, D.C.  In his 45-year career, Bill Brower has been a community organizer, a jazz journalist and oral historian, and a jazz and special event producer. He is currently a Founding and Senior partner of JBV Production, LLC. A major JBV client is the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. In that capacity Mr. Brower has served as Producer of the CBCF Annual Legislative Conference Jazz Issue Forum and Concert. He has also worked with the Office of Rep. John Conyers on various legislative initiatives, including H. Con. Res. 57 and HR 1682.  Keeping jazz alive on Jazz Notes.

  • 00:37

    America's Classical Music Jazz

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    Join us this evening when I interview Renee Collins Georges a vocalist.  She is a native of Los Angeles, California who lives in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.   While working for a Los Angeles music agent, she acquired a spot as a Raelette, singing and touring with the legendary Ray Charles and his Orchestra.  Whether she is performing a duo or with an 18-piece band, her approach and delivery of the song captures your ear.  Most recently, she has performed in Ljubljana, Slovenia and has performed on the stages of many historic festivals and venues (including the Kremlin); and shared the stage with many legendary artists and music icons.  Jazz lives on Jazz Notes!

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