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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!
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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.
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.
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!
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!
This evening I will interview and play the music of Shannon Gunn. She is a trombonist living in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Every Monday night, you can hear her perform with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. Likewise, you can hear her perform with her own all women jazz orchestra, Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes, in jazz venues around the Metropolitan Area. They know how to put the s in swing. Recognizing the jazz masters, she has done a retrospective of Blue Note recordings by Curtis Fuller and Hank Mobley. Some of the musicians that Shannon has played with are Billy Taylor, Rodney Whitaker, and Wycliffe Gordon. Join us this evening at Jazz Notes where jazz lives!
Don Slepian is a preeminent Classical Electronic Keyboardist who is famous for performing original, improvised orchestral music that excites and inspires audiences. Hailed as “one of the genre’s major talents” by Rolling Stone Magazine, he is an award-winning artist with critically acclaimed performances in both Paris and New York City.
Don Slepian is a true pioneer in electronic music. He has been presented in prestigious venues such as; New York’s Lincoln Center by WNYC’s New Sounds, in the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris by the French Ministry of Culture, in Thailand by the Karen Baptist Church, and at the Waikiki Shell in Hawaii by the Honolulu Symphony Society.
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Join me this evening when I interview and play the music of Duane Eubanks composer and trumpeter. He is a Philadelphia native who presently lives in New York. Duane has performed throughout the United States and internationally with Dave Holland two time Grammy Award winning big band and the late Mulgrew Miller band, Wingspan, as well as; many other vocalists and musicians. Actually, Duane was born into a musically talented family. His brothers are trombonist, Robin Eubanks and guitarist, Kevin Eubanks, former bandleader of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jazz lives on Jazz Notes!
Classical Music and Improvisation
Improvisation used within the classical music tradition can be thought of as, music properly heightened by the improvising soloist.
Donal Fox, Herbie Hancock, Abdullah Ibrahim, David Baker are heard here using this approach to do just that.
Today, classical music composers, performers, use improvisation and traditional forms to shape their works as a normative approach. This is music jammed up, swung another was. Essays of Note looks this week at a few examples of works, artistry of composers, soloists who use improvisation as a part of their language. We hope you enjoy! Don't miss any of Blog Talk Radio's/ Tavis Smiley networks shows. Hear what 30,000 listeners have experienced with ACC ear You There! Be sure to follow us now on Twitter. Be a follower @accbillbanfield Look for Bill Banfield's The jazz Urbane, ACC show's Theme Music(s) on the Jazz Urbane YOUTube channel news on the music and the grooves.
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Join us tonight. I am interviewing and playing the music of Antonio Parker Jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, songwriter, producer, educator, and USIA Jazz Ambassador. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Antonio has performed music nationally and internationally for over 20 years. After hearing the music of the legendary alto saxophonist, Charlie Parker, jazz became the focus of his musical pursuits. While attending Howard University in Washington DC, he joined the Jazz Ensemble, and has written, recorded and toured with the band, and now resides in the Washington DC Metropolitan. Jazz Notes keeping jazz alive!
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