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Have mercy, this powerful woman from Chilliwack, BC, is on fire! Bria Skonberg is her name - with ancient Swedish heritage and Dixieland in her veins. Trumpeter, Vocalist, Composer, Bandleader and benevolent contributer to the community. Ten percent of the proceeds from her 2012 release, "So Is the Day", has benefitted The Jazz Foundation of America.
So - with that knowledge - it comes as no surprise that good things are coming Bria's way. When one GIVES like that, they usually do :) This award-winning artist knew early in life that she wanted to play the trumpet. There she was, her first professional gig at 16, singing and blowing that horn - and blowing the audience AWAY! She hasn't looked back since then - having played at countless Jazz festivals around the world, both as bandleader and guest In 2010, Bria moved to New York City and there was an instantaneous connection. She had headlined at Birdland, Cafe Carlye, Dizzy's and The Iridium.
Those that she has met in her fascinating journey have been significant. Wycliffe Gordon has been one of those with whom Bria has felt kinship - and they have been involved in each other's projects. The Jazz Journalists' Association and Downbeat Magazine Critics' Poll have taken notice of the incredible creativity of this gifted musician - and have publicly acknowledged their admiration. Bria is the recipient of The New York Bistro Award for "Outstanding Jazz Artist." Once you hear her previous effort and her latest CD, "Into Your Own", you'll HEAR why. Combining her love of classic Jazz with World percussion, Soul and electronic effects, Bria delves into a different zone than anyone you'll hear. SO different that she had actually staged an event combining Jazz and Stand-up :)
Our VERY cool guest joins us on 6/12 at two p.m.
Center of Light Radio Show with host, Keith Anthony Blanchard
Show Topic: I will speaking with Rod Roddy of Louisiana's LeRoux.
In 1978 a rock group was formed out of the Levee Band. They were best-known for songs like "Nobody Said It Was Easy" or "Lookin' For the Lights" (their highest charting single), "Addicted," "Carrie's Gone," "Take a Ride On a Riverboat" with its 4-part a capella intro and the regional smash "New Orleans Ladies."
Their early music, combined many elements such as funk, R&B, Dixieland jazz, rock, and some Cajun flavoring, thus defying a pigeonhole into one definable category, like many other diverse Louisiana artists common to an area known for its many musical influences and tastes. After recording the album Up in 1980, they became a noteworthy exponent of the developing AOR sound.
Born in Houma, Louisiana, (a renowned pianist), Rod Roddy was a huge inspiration in the music of his band. His funky rhythm and incredible improvisation skills were a key ingredient in the musical textures that gave Louisiana's LeRoux its unique sound.
For more on Rod and LeRoux: http://laleroux.com/
For more on Keith: www.keithanthonyblanchard.com
Toss the coin and let the games begin.
Richard Deitsch, well known media writer/reporter for Sports Illustrated, and SI.com, adjunct faculty at Columbia Journalism School will debate Clay Travis, writer at OutKicktheCoverage.com, FoxSports.com, host of Nashville's 104.5 and author of On Rocky Top and Dixieland Delight. He now host college footballon Fox Sports 1 with Erin Andrews and Eddie George.
Topics include: the state of media, the role of media writers in sports, and various other topics they have argued about on Twitter.
Saturday Night Slam Masters returns after a one week hiatus, to bring you the 92nd edition of the cornerstone of Programme Championship Wrestling!
Join host Bryan Hughes for a show featuring a HUGE main event, as Russell Tyler Orr goes one on one with "Gentleman" Dan Hasslebrook. Orr looks to make a huge impression, defeating one of the most up and coming members of the PCW Roster. While snapping a pretty interesting losing streak. Will the former Ninja Guy Dan continue his rise in Programm Championship Wrestling? Or will the Science experiment defeat the cagy English tactician?
Also we will see "Communist" Manny Festo in action, as he takes on...The Dixieland man.
Plus comments from the Trinidadian Exploradoras, and the return of Chuck Meltzer to the commentary table! Join us on this huge edition of PCW Saturday Night Slam Masters!
David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience takes the audience through the late country legend's career, covering Early Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash & June Carter, and the Folsom Prison Concert Era. Those who see his performance will know what it must have been like to see the real Johnny Cash in concert -- his voice, mannerisms, and his band are wholly true to the legend. David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience is the only Johnny Cash Tribute ever to be selected by the State of California (even over Johnny's original band) to play the 40th anniversary commemorative concert at San Quentin State Prison on February 24, 2009, celebrating the historic performance of Johnny Cash at the facility in 1969.
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RJ Comer is a classically trained singer and composer . Now he’s the banjo-wielding front man and primary songwriter of the roots rock show band, Dance Hall Pimps , & is branching out with an acoustic Americana solo project "Porch Songs".. As a signed recording artist, singer, songwriter, and lyricist RJ’s music is fueled by a strong belief that there will always be an audience for good songs in the great Mid-Twentieth Century American musical genres as well as for contemporary songs inspired by that material. In 2009, RJ launched his first band the Dance Hall Pimps. In 2012, the Dance Hall Pimps released their debut LP, Beast for Love. RJ wrote & co-wrote 8 of the 10 original songs on the debut LP, including the rockabilly single “Mommy Was A Zombie” and the big band/New Orleans throw-back and title cut “Beast For Love”. RJ’s fusion of classic Dixieland jazz, bluegrass, and rock & roll styles on plectrum banjo caught the attention of Deering Banjo Company who have included him among Deering’s sponsored artists. RJ and the Dance Hall Pimps are currently recording their follow-up to Beast For Love.With the Dance Hall Pimps, RJ is a physical showman and singer, belting out their songs above the band’s drums, guitars, organ, and horn section. But RJ gets to explore his a quieter side on his solo Porch Songs project an acoustic mash-up of New Orleans jazz, country, soft ballads, Americana, swamp, blues, and acoustic rock. With the Porch Songs project, RJ shows his softer side on acoustic Americana ballads .In addition to the recently-released first installment of six Porch Songs, RJ will go back in the studio and record traditional blues, country, acoustic rock & some covers for the next set of Porch Songs. RJ will again return to his family’s music on a forthcoming jazz collaboration with DHP saxophonist, Steve Carr.
Rat Pack, he was among the very first African-American talents to find favor with audiences on both sides of the color barrier, and remains a perennial icon of cool. Born in Harlem on December 8, 1925, Davis made his stage debut at the age of three performing with Holiday in Dixieland, a black vaudeville troupe featuring his father and helmed by his de facto uncle, Will Mastin; dubbed "Silent Sam, the Dancing Midget," he proved phenomenally popular with audiences and the act was soon renamed Will Mastin's Gang Featuring Little Sammy. At the age of seven, Davis made his film debut in the legendary musical short Rufus Jones for President, and later received tap-dancing lessons courtesy of the great Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
Recognized throughout much of his career as "the world's greatest living entertainer," Sammy Davis, Jr. was a remarkably popular and versatile performer equally adept at acting, singing, dancing, and impersonations -- in short, a variety artist in the classic tradition. A member of the famed Rat Pack, he was among the very first African-American talents to find favor with audiences on both sides of the color barrier, and remains a perennial icon of cool. Born in Harlem on December 8, 1925, Davis made his stage debut at the age of three performing with Holiday in Dixieland, a black vaudeville troupe featuring his father and helmed by his de facto uncle, Will Mastin; dubbed "Silent Sam, the Dancing Midget," he proved phenomenally popular with audiences and the act was soon renamed Will Mastin's Gang Featuring Little Sammy. At the age of seven, Davis made his film debut in the legendary musical short Rufus Jones for President, and later received tap-dancing lessons courtesy of the great Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
At Last! Aussie Jazz - Dixieland Style! Tune in and enjoy Dixieland music played by Australian musicians and bands. You'll hear the talents of performers like Graeme & Roger Bell, Steve Waddell, Simon Stribling and the late John Gill - Australia's answer to Neville Dickie!