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  • 00:46

    America's Classical Music Jazz

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    Join us this evening, when I interview Anita King and share music from her CD Sultry. Her CD presents jazz standards and her voice is expressive, soulful and melodic. Her vocal abilities have carried her around the world from the Vatican to the Super Bowl to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and singing at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. She has performed with the gospel group Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music and provided backup vocals for Mariah Carey, Shakira, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock and Bruce Springsteen.  I look forward to spending time with all of you this evening.  Jazz lives at Jazz Notes. 

  • 00:44

    America's Classical Music Jazz

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    This evening, I will interview and share music of Maija Rejman a jazz vocalist who resides in the Washington Metropolitan area.  When she was nine years old, she began performing on several Jacksonville, FL television stations.  At 11 years old, she sang regularly on the radio for the USO in Newport, Rhode Island, and on WEEI, Boston. Then at age 12 local Boston songwriters started hiring Maija to do new song demos.  After graduating from high school, she sang briefly with Bobby Timmons at the original Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C.  In 1987, Maija sang at the Apollo Theatre winning one of the weekly contests.  As a result, she started performing in all the major venues in the Washington Metropolitan area.  Over the years, Maija has performed with many great jazz artists such as Bobby Timmons, Keter Betts, Ron Elliston, Charlie Byrd, Buck Hill, Bob Butta, Robert Redd, Chuck Redd, Tommy Cecil, James King, Wade Beach, David Kane, Drew Gress, Naser Abadey, Lenny Robinson, Tony Martucci, Mike Crotty and Claudio Roditi.  Join us this evening at Jazz Notes keeping jazz alive.

  • 00:40

    America's Classical Music Jazz

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    This evening, I will interview jazz vocalist Lutalo Olutosin and play tunes from his CD, Sweet Lou’s Blues.  After 35 years in the US Military, Colonel Lutalo Olutosin decided to pursue his musical dream and introduce his musical talents to the world.  He is known as jazz vocalist, Sweet Lu Olutosin. On his recent release Sweet Lou’s Blues, we hear Jeremy Pelt, Jerome Jennings, Tivon Pennicott, and Mike Carn.   This year,  Sweet Lu completed the first of two 2015 European tours where he headlined the Frank Sinatra Centennial tribute show "Cheek to Cheek" with the Antonio Ciacca Orchestra.    


    Born in East Chicago, Indiana.  Raised during early life in Gary, Indiana, Lutalo (Lu) moved to the Deep South (Madison, Mississippi) in the mid 1970.   He was heavily influenced by his family of gospel singers and musicians. While in the US Military, he embarked on a music career that included performances in Jazz, R&B and musical stage productions, across South Eastern United States.  Lou blends straight-ahead and modern Jazz styles with bossa nova and soulful rhythms during his performances.  Join me as we discuss his career and explore his music.  Jazz Notes keeping jazz alive!

  • 00:42

    America's Classical Music Jazz

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    This evening, I will interview Fred Irby, III and play the music of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble 2014.  Mr. Irby a native of Mobile, Alabama is a Professor of Music at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is the Coordinator of Instrumental Music program, trumpet instructor, and Director of the internationally acclaimed Howard University Jazz Ensemble (HUJE).  Mr. Irby is also the Principal Trumpet of the Kennedy Center Opera House Show Orchestra and has recorded several films for the History Channel. In addition, he can be heard playing principal trumpet on the cast recording of Stephen Sondheim's musical BOUNCE.  Mr. Irby arranged for the jazz ensemble to make several international tours which enriched the students and their international audience’s knowledge of jazz.  Join us as we keep jazz alive at Jazz Notes.

  • 01:01

    The Best of Classical Music

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    Is Classical Music Still as Popualar as Ever?

  • 00:40

    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.

  • 00:27

    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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  • 00:43

    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.

  • 00:45

    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!

  • America's Classical Music Jazz

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     In Washington, D.C., we are fortunate to have several performing musicians that are internationally known and they direct Jazz programs at Universities in the area.  This evening, I will interview Allyn Johnson who is the director of The University of the District of Columbia Jazz Studies Program.  In addition, we will listen to tunes from his recent release, The Light That Grew Among Us. He is a native Washingtonian with many talents.  Not only does he play the piano, he is an educator, composer, arranger and producer.  He is one of the most sought after musicians in the jazz community.  As a result, he divides his time between two cities, appearing at the Blue Note, Village Vanguard, and Birdland in New York, and Blues Alley and Bohemian Caverns in his home town.  Join us this evening at Jazz Notes where jazz lives!