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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 :)
Join us on 7/1!
Hybrid Jazz has always strived to show class, dignity and variety with each episode. What you'll hear on 7/22/14 takes all of that to a new level. Helen Sung has been captivating listeners - via recording or live - since she emerged on the New York scene in the late 90's. But I'm getting ahead of myself ;)
Born to Chinese immigrants in Houston, our guest was playing piano at five. Her teacher was strict and permitted Helen to play only Classical music - which she did throughout her education at the respected Houston High School of Performing and Visual Arts. Her motivation for college: to teach and to perform when possible. All that changed when she saw Harry Connick, Jr., on stage - in Helen's last year of University of Texas at Austin.
The transition was swift. Obsessed with visualizing Harry's fingers on the piano, Helen got a hold of Everything-That-Is-Jazz: from Jelly Roll Morton to Keith Jarrett. She received dual degrees in Texas, but her eye was on the inaugural program at the Thelonious Monk Institute in Boston. It was mutual love - Helen's unique talent was now under the watchful eye of Artistic Director, Ron Carter. She toured with the Cream of the Jazz Crop - across the water with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. It changed her life. And ours who are fans.
That move to New York cemented what many already knew, including Wynton Marsalis, who now has HIS eye on where Helen Sung will land next. Terri Lyne Carrington knows, Helen having been a key component in the award-winning "Mosaic Project" in 2011. The Kennedy Center realizes her power, too - she is a recipient of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition.
Her sixth project, "Anthem For a New Day" is brilliant and brave. We could go ON for days about Helen Sung - but let HER tell her story: on 7/22/14 :)
On this show, Aqua Alex and Crayfishman James will be discussing freshwater hybrid fish. Most fish keepers are split on hybrid fish some hate them some love them. So it is a very controversial topic, but is one that needs to be discussed. Alex and James will talk about some of the most common Hybrid species, why some of the hybrid fish are unique, why you should keep them, and much more!
Have any questions? Call 347-989-8142 dial 1.
Notable species of discussion: Flowerhorn, Blood Parrot, RTC X TSN, Electric Blue Jack Dempsey
Question of the night for you to call in and answer
1.) What is your favorite Hybrid fish?
or you can send your answers to email@example.com
Cynthia Crawford was born a fraternal twin with totally different blood type and tissue type than her twin sister. Unlike her twin, she was born without an amniotic sac, baffling the medical community. Prior to her birth, her father had been approached by agents with the OSS to participate in a secret government project, it was not until she was in her mid 30s that she learned from her father that she was a hybrid created in a petri dish by a government program utilizing DNA from two different alien races added to human DNA. Throughout Cynthia’s toddler years, she was taken to underground military medical facilities at night for testing and examinations. During this time and throughout her life, she also encountered what she believed were alien abductions, examinations, impregnations, as well as miraculous healings and organ replacements. Through the 1950s and into the late 1970s Cynthia tried to seek help and understanding of her experiences, but there were no support groups at that time, nor could she find anyone who would believe her experiences. She was also chastised for having and using psychic powers. Her life changed when she gave up fear to consciously face these other worldly beings, only to learn that they are her star family. In 2003, Cynthia began making ET sculptures with the assistance of the various benevolent star beings that she had encountered, and that other contactees had. experienced. Today, Cynthia devotes her life to doing counseling, workshops and talks, teaching how we are all connected to the star people and how to live in an integrated Galactic society in the very near future. Her website is http://etsculptors.com.
Michael Biddick, CEO of Fusion PPT, joins The Enterprise Cloud Site community to share his advice on making a hybrid cloud work for your organization. Michael offers a unique blend of deep technology experience coupled with business and information management acumen to help clients reduce costs, increase transparency and speed efficient decision making while maintaining quality through their cloud initiatives.
This is the first time that I could actually list an artist - from A to Z - that Winston Byrd has had in his circle. He has played trumpet for over two decades with the best of the best...ready for a taste of that alphabetized list? Abbey Lincoln/Blood, Sweat & Tears/Chaka Khan/Dells/Ellington's Orchestra/Fathead Newman/Grateful Dead/Horn (as in Shirley)/ I - as in Will.I.Am - whew! It goes ON and on!
Winston hails from Wilmington, Delaware - so he heard the music of the extended Philadelphia region, as well as New Jersey and New York. What steered him in his musical journey, initially, was feeling the sound of Maynard Ferguson (in seventh grade!) - then seeing Dizzy Gillespie with Jon Faddis on the 1986 Grammy telecast. Jon actually became a mentor - and introduced our guest to some pivotal admirers who would pave the way for more awesome associations. And SO much work! Music that was developed "on the road" as opposed to what could have been learned in the classroom. Part of that amazing journey revolves around the artistry that Winston has developed with big bands. Orchestras. He loves ALL of it, though. Way beyond HYBRID, this one! LOL! This is Multiple Genre Magic that Winston Byrd has cultivated.
Two albums to his credit - and we'll hear tracks from both. "Soul Searchin'" and "The Tao of Pooh" bring to your ears a full fruition of all that expertise he has brought to performances and projects by other artists. If you do the research, you'll see one rave review after another from fans of trumpet who cannot believe what they're hearing. Winston Byrd is THAT good :)
What we'll have for you is superb music and conversation - and a special July 4th show. Gather friends and join us!
Ronnie Burrage had an earful of Jazz when he was growing up in St. Louis. It seemed as though his whole family was into the music - listening or PLAYING. Needless to say, for someone who loved the idea of performing, anyway, he was inspired even more by his musical kin. He delved into multiple instruments and was considered way beyond his years. As a teenager, he moved to New York, with a wealth of experience under his belt ALREADY.
Performance and/or touring partnerships read like a Who's Who of Brilliance in the Jazz world and beyond: McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Sonny Rollins, and dozens more. Not surprising for a nine year-old who shared the stage with Duke Ellington!
This highly respected multi-instrumentalist is also a composer and teacher of rare ability. A full scholarship took him to Texas years ago and he hasn't stopped his pursuit of passionate involvement with various genres AND mentoring.
With Band Burrage, his ensemble that gets QUITE a bit of buzz, all that Ronnie has learned and absorbed through his career rises to the surface - like cream. Free Jazz in an intimate relationship with Hybrid cream :) His CD with the group, called "Heal", clearly displays his roots in Jazz - but those vines branch out in varying countries: Africa, Cuba and Brazil. And there are Rock and Pop, Fusion and Funk feels here. The Blues. Ronnie loves the idea of telling the truth in whatever genre-bending that he chooses. He's built that way. We're grateful!
Band Burrage has some important dates on the way - we'll talk about those - and play some delicious tracks from "Heal" - one or two featuring the wonderful vocals of Shenel Johns. Come early and get a seat in The Chat Room - we'll be waiting!
What a treat to have Shannon Kennedy and U-Nam with us! THEY are Nivo Deux - a partnership of powerful "hybridity" :-D Yes, they re-define a whole NEW Hybrid, combining a cutting-edge 80's rebirth - with Electro-Pop and Contemporary Jazz. It's energizing and hypnotizing - and blissfully creative!
U-Nam has been a respected French producer and songwriter in his native country for quite some time. And he has made an impact in the States. His take on the Crusaders' "Street Life" took our breath away a few years back - and his latest project under his name jolted us again. "Weekend in L.A." - from last year - featured A-Listers, including Marcus Miller and the late George Duke.
Nivo Deux is a whole 'nother story - and builds on the funky and fresh fusion of "Weekend." Pairing with the beautiful - and beautifully talented saxophonist/vocalist, Shannon Kennedy, the new EP mirrors a bold world...where genres are blurred in the best way.
Shannon's background is such a fantastic counterpoint to U-Nam's. They're married and it would give the impression, listening to "Open Beta", that they live and breathe this music! You've got the amazing guitar wizardry of U - and the alto/bari/tenor chops of Shannon - whew :-O There's heart and soul in this young woman - she has not only played with 10,000 Maniacs and Peter White - and has been on "America's Got Talent" - but she has also formed a true bond with aspiring artists. Her secondary website is Teen Jazz - which encourages youthful visionaries to share their networking, expertise and advice. This mentorship has set Shannon apart - and earned her understandable respect.
Something that YOU'LL have when you hear the magic of Nivo Deux! Three p.m. Eastern on 8/29/2013. The fun begins at ONE!
Here was the introduction to Butch and Rhonda Coleman a few years ago...we had an awesome venue in our area that featured the best food and entertainment. It was called, "Bliss" - and it WAS. For a while, it was our oasis in the Baltimore area. And artists grew to love it as their second home. Two of those artists were my guests on the next "Hybrid Jazz."
Whenever Butch and Rhonda played at "Bliss", the house was PACKED! Butch on bass - and Rhonda on keyboards and vocals. And OH those vocals! We hadn't heard the like. Here's why: she allowed herself to be vulnerable. She let the pain out - or the joy. She took us on a ride that we never forgot. Telling a story while on stage, you felt as though you could be exhausted from hearing so much honesty. But, with that also came a certain energy - Rhonda had you ready for the next round of life!
There is SO much to say about the Colemans. From Baltimore, they have dedicated themselves to music for over twenty years in our region - but are known way beyond here. Not only because of their thrilling artistry, but because of their two sons. Jeremy and Joshua are respected L.A. based music producers. And Grammy nominees.
Butch and Rhonda played on "Break Free" recorded by the winners of "The Sing Off", the group called Committed. Butch played bass on the singles by Jessie J, "Price Tag" and "Abracadabra." Rhonda has opened for Al Jarreau, The Blackbyrds and the late Phyllis Hyman.
They're intensely spiritual people who believe in giving back and they have through "Heart for Music" - that serves inner city children.
"Night Sketches" is their new CD and it SMOKES! We've waited and it's finally here. Meet our extraordinary friends on 3/4!
How wonderful to have Minas brought to my attention! Not only are they based in the old hometown of Philadelphia, but they conjure the most fabulous images of another favorite place: Brazil! Patricia King and Orlando Haddad form the nucleus of this marvelous energy...and they can perform as duo, ensemble, in an orchestra or big band. And they're celebrating 30 years of ALL of these configurations this year :)
Minas was formed in 1978 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. When Patricia and Orlando found their unique groove, they also found themselves performing on the East Coast. Inspired by their reception and hungry to learn more about their passionate musical roots, they moved to Brazil. There, they absorbed their destiny - feeling the vibe of the country, immersing themselves in the culture and music that fueled their dreams. Having fulfilled a mission, they returned to the States in 1984. Audiences grew to love their fresh and authentic take a myriad of Brazilian styles: from Bossa to Blues, Choro, Folk and Samba. And they are equally as comfortable in Jazz and Classical. Matter-of-fact, Minas is about to present an operetta on the World Cafe, based in Philly!
Instrumentalists, Composers, Vocalists, and Devotees of Musical Imagery, Patricia and Orlando are amazing at what they do! And they're visiting "Hybrid Jazz" to draw attention to a very special event that's coming up in July - a live and intimate gathering at one of our beloved establishments in Charm City.
Get to know Minas by heading to www.minasmusic.com. Make sure you hear them on Pandora - they have their own radio station! And find a comfy seat in The Chat Room on 6/19. You'll hear inspirational music and conversation - that's a promise!