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Bradley Simmons, a native of New York City, began playing Afro-Cuban and African percussion when he was 9 years old. From that point on and through his teenage years, he traveled throughout the City seeking out percussion teachers from Haiti, Cuba and Africa in an effort to enhance his understanding of these rhythmic forms, styles and techniques. Bradley soon became a consistent and sought after Conguero and shekere player for community and religious events including weekend long Bembes, weddings and many other cultural events. Bradley not only developed as a percussionist; he became a knowledge base for that which had preceded him, by the transfer of knowledge through the Afro-Cuban and African oral traditions.
Bradley was soon very busy doing on-Broadway plays including: "Timbuktu" with Eartha Kitt and Melba Moore;
Bradley performed in nightclubs with Eartha Kitt, Gregory and Maurice Hines, Miles Jaye and Oba Babatunde. He has recorded and played with The Fatback Band and with drummer Norman Connors. Bradley has also appeared on Television including the Mike Douglas Show and the Cerebral Palsy Telethon. In 1990 and 1996, Bradley directed his own show at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and in Durham, NC, respectively, called "Cultural Journey: The Elements of Percussion".
Bradley is the former Music Director of the Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble of Durham, NC and has taught throughout the United States; including at the Larocque Bey School of Dance and the Gloria Jackson School of Dance in NYC. He has taught percussion classes and drum clinics at Berkeley School of Music, Boston MA; Texas Southern, Houston, TX; Wichita State University, Wichita, KS and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
Bradley is a Musical Director at Duke University in Durham, NC, where he teaches West African Music and History
Today we going a lil further back, ack into time, nothing pass 1985. No Hip Hop today people just some good funk, Jazz and R&B. The mix will be all over the place and we still will have a good time. Enjoy
1. Intro - Intro
2. Frankie Beverly and Maze - Before I Let Go
3. The Commodores - Brick House
4. Grover Washington Jr. - Hydra
5. Jackson 5 - Darling Dear
6. David Axelrod - The Warnings Part I
7. Ohio Players - Ecstasy
8. Cheryl Lynn - Got To Be Real
9. McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stopping Us Now
10. L.T.D - Back in Love Again
11. Michael Jackson - Baby Be Mine
12. The Fatback Band - I Found Lovin'
We are settled back in and ready to rock and roll "In the Pit" this Tuesday night at 7 PM EST. We start the show with George Hensler, author extraordinare and pitmaster of"Who are Those Guys" BBQ team to talk about his awesome new book Totally Q. Dave Marks from Wilbur's Revenge BBQ will join us after George to talk about the exciting new Whole Hog Class at the American Royal this year to benefit Operation BBQ Relief. We currently are awaiting confirmation from Robby Royal of Rescue Smokers and Corey Brinson from Fatback's BBQ and Rib Shack to close the show out with us. We hope you can join us!
We are delighted to have with us Bill Curtis, the founder of the Funk/Disco Fatback Band, whose most known top ten hits are "(Do The) Spanish Hustle", "I Like Girls", "Gotta Get My Hands on Some (Money)", and "Backstrokin'" and their 1979 single "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" is considered the first rap single.
Through the mid-'80s, the band put out one more Top 20 hit with "Take It Any Way You Can Want It" and were backed by the female vocal trio Wild Sugar in 1981-82, and in 1985 Evelyn Thomas also provided the lead vocal for "Spread Love".
Join your host, Tania-Maria Xavier who is honored to have co-hosts Jay (JaySkills) Snowden, who is a music and executive producer, author of Angels With Broken Wings and Chuk Barber percussionist for The Original Lowriders AKA WAR and author of Dear Xango.
We look forward to meeting Bill and talking about their new album "Bill Curtis & Friends" and future projects.
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Tonight's show is packed with great guests and gifts. We will be annoucing the winner of the Komso's Q Competition DVD and $100 worth of his products. We will start naming the random winner at 7:05 and you will have 5 minutes to call in and claim your prize.
Heath Hall from Pork Barrel BBQ will join us to talk about the new Jambo, the restaurant and anything else that is happening over at Pork Barrel. Stan Hays from Operation BBQ Relief will also join us to give us an update on their trailers and to talk about the reception he received at the HPB Expo in Orlando. Corey Brinson from Fatback's BBQ checks in to talk about how his restaurant is doing and what their 2013 plan looks like. Finally, we close with Danny Coogle from Pitbulls Up in Smoke to get an update on how the island life in Hawaii is treating him and how his Southern BBQ restaurant on the island is doing!
Lots guests and tons of Q talk! Hope you can join us starting at 7 PM EST!
WHEEL MAN AND WRENCH MAN TAKE THE SEAT AT THE ROUND TABLE WITH BIG GREG AND MITCH THE DOCTOR WALKER THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT PM.
JEFF SMITH WILL JOIN US WITH ONE OF THE BEST CREW CHIEFS IN THE BUSINESS TODAY THANKS TO THE DOCTOR AND SOME LAST MINUTE CHANGES TO THE SMR RADIO NETWORK THE DOC HAS BROUGHT ANOTHER GREAT COMBINATION OF DRIVER AND CREW CHEF ACCORDING TO THE DOCTOR THIS SHOW WILL BE ANOTHER TOP RATED RADIO SHOW AS BIG GREG TAKES A SEAT AND LET'S THE DOCTOR HAVE THE FLOOR JOIN THE TEAM TOMORROW NIGHT WEDNESDAY THE 15TH/ IN ADDITION TO THE DOCTORS CORNER THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WITH OTHER SHOWS COMING TO THE NETWORK ON THURSDAY NIGHT THE 16TH AND THE SHOWS SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK AFTER DAYTONA.
We are fortunate to have two of the BBQ Pitmasters Season 3 Finalists joining us on the show tonight. We will start things off with Corey Brinson from Fatback's BBQ and Rib Shack. Corey was a fan favorite and strong contender throughout the show! We are going to learn more about Corey, the team and their experience on the show. We will then be joined by 3 time world champion, Melissa Cookston, from Memphis Barbecue Company. Melissa is one of the best cooks in the country and as a contestant on Pitmasters Season 2 and 3, it will be interesting to get her take on the two seasons. We will have plenty of BBQ to talk with her. We hope you can join us at 7 PM EST tonight!
Time to sit around the campfire and chew a little fatback once again. Come on in, get cozy and have a some fun as we talk about the 2012 Campaign, Politics, News and whatever else that might come up.
Come chew the fatback with us as we discuss the pork in the Federal Budget. We will look at Rep Paul Ryan's proposed budget and the deep cuts in it for 2012 and what it will take to truly balance the Budget and reign in the deficit. The VA and Disabled Military Veterans benefits and help are disappearing. They have sacrificed so much for us, we should be doing the same for them. There will also be a special unveiling of "Labido Bandido doing the liberty bell" for the Big Eared Barry lovers out there.
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