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  • 02:31

    Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Jeff Antoniuk!

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    In another lifetime, I was hosting a terrestrial radio show - and playing a plethora of artists that were centered in the Baltimore/DC area. One of those was recommended to me QUITE strongly.  A beloved friend, Johnny Shaw, was attending Towson University.  And a teacher there stood out.  Jeff Antoniuk.  Johnny, being a saxophonist himself, recognized the greatness in another sax man.  And HAD to get a CD to me.  When I listened to that project, "Here Today", I was beyond impressed with the depth of work and feeling.  Jeff was playing with his group, The Jazz Update, and they were COOKING!


    That's the reason for Jeff's return visit to "Hybrid Jazz."  He has a big event at An die Musik in Baltimore this weekend - with The Jazz Update - and it was important to pass along how cool June 20th is going to be :)


    Jeff's roots are different than the average cat.  He was born in Edmonton, Canada, and his family moved to Nigeria.  There, Jeff's musical journey began.  He absorbed his environment while learning how to play classical piano.  In his teens, he returned to Canada and picked up a saxophone.  


    At the University of North Texas, Jeff pursued degrees in Jazz education and West African Ethnomusicology.  In school, he was performing and touring.  He co-founded the United Jazz Ensemble - his current group later - and is still a member of a fabulous unit that we featured the last time that Jeff visited: the Mars 4-tet.  


    His accolades as music educator are equal to the respect that he has received as musician, composer and performer. MANY students can attest to the life-changing classes that Jeff has given.  His artistic direction for the Maryland Summer Jazz is legendary.  We literally could write another five minutes on what our guest has done!


    Please welcome Jeff on 6/18 :-D

  • 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!


     

  • 01:50

    'Up Close & Personal" with Saxophonist "Jeff Antoniuk"

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    Jeff Antoniuk and The Jazz Update
    Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk is internationally respected as a jazz composer and musician. Now living in Annapolis, Maryland, the Canadian born artist appears on numerous recordings and has been consistently well received by critics.


    With a master’s degree from the University of North Texas in jazz performance and West African ethnomusicology, Antoniuk spent a decade touring and recording with the Unified Jazz Ensemble. In 2004, he formed his own heavy hitting quartet, the Jazz Update.


    The group celebrated the release of their first album together in 2007. Brimming with Antoniuk originals and luscious covers, the CD Here Today quickly climbed the jazz radio charts in the US and Canada and achieved stellar success in the world of high tech music sourced through high speed cable, Internet and broadband.


    With the quartet’s 2010 album Brotherhood Antoniuk and company step out with fresh, memorable, and beautifully executed compositions. The progressive jazz disc delivers sophisticated and compelling rhythm, melody and harmony. Its global themes are brought home with depth and humor. Brotherhood began receiving significant airplay and advance sales even before the official release date.


    Popular shows at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian and U Street clubs show the Jazz Update to be equally adept at live performance. The group surprises and satisfies wherever they perform.

  • 00:59

    Black Music Month-Tekin de Drum Bak een de Gullah/Geechee Nation!

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    Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is the hostess of Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio on behalf of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net).   On this concluding "Black Music Month" edition for 2014, she will focus on the Stono Rebellion and the 1740 Slave Codes that took the drums from Africans and how Gullah/Geechees took the drum back.  Tune een fa yeddi we sho-Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio!


    www.gullahgeecheenation.com

  • 00:31

    The Real Deal Bible Study with Host Minister Akaiha & Dr. Jeremiah W. Wright Jr

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    The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. is a man of faith, a homiletic genius, a theological scholar and a pastor’s pastor. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 


    With four earned degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from Howard University, a Master of Arts in The History of Religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary, Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. grew up in a home where reading books was a daily way of life. Wright read a wide range of sources from the Greek philosophers and Shakespeare to African American authors such as Carter G. Woodson (the Father of African American History) to Sterling Brown (one of the Harlem Renaissance artists), as well as one of Dr. Wright’s college professors.


    A student of Black Sacred Music, ethnomusicology and African Diasporan studies, Dr. Wright is trained as an historian of religions. 


    Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United church of Christ and its impact nationally and internationally:


    “People who love the Lord and who embrace the noblest concepts of our democracy will enthusiastically applaud the establishment of the Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Lectureship. The Lectureship appropriately salutes the Pastor and mentor who prepared President Barack Obama for the role of President of the United States.


    “Mr. Obama had hardly any grasp of the meaning of being a Black person in the United States. By example and exhortation, Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., cured that deficiency, sending to Washington a President qualified to give America a chance to actually become a democracy!”

  • 00:30

    Organic Nation

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    Join Host David Ornette Cherry with a RE-BROADCAST from December 26,2011. David and Ralph Miles Jones III explored Organic Music and  Kwanzaa Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation. Kwanzaa.is a week long celebration held in the United States honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–1967. Ralph Miles Jones III  Born in Detroit, he spent 33 years in Los Angeles. A musician, composer, and educator, he earned a bachelor's degree in ethnomusicology at UCLA and an MA in African American studies, with an emphasis in ethnomusicology .David Ornette Cherry is a world renown Composer/Musician whose Music captures the souls of our ancestors and infuses contemporary culture.

  • 00:30

    Organic Nation

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    Join Host David Ornette Cherry and Ralph Miles Jones IIIDecember 29th 2012, 7AM pacific time, 10AM eastern time with a RE-BROADCAST from December 29,,2011,  as they explore Organic Music and  Kwanzaa
    Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
    . Kwanzaa.is a week long celebration held in the United States honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–1967. Ralph Miles Jones III  Born in Detroit, he spent 33 years in Los Angeles. A musician, composer, and educator, he earned a bachelor's degree in ethnomusicology at UCLA and an MA in African American studies, with an emphasis in ethnomusicology .

  • 00:30

    Organic Nation

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    Join Host David Ornette Cherry  as he explores Organic Music and  Kwanzaa
    Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
    . Kwanzaa.is a week long celebration held in the United States honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–1967. can American studies, with an emphasis in ethnomusicology .David Ornette Cherry is a world renown Composer/Musician whose Music captures the souls of our ancestors and infuses contemporary culture.
     

  • 02:59

    Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Dr. Dawn Norfleet!

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    You will ALWAYS see a title used when a title has been earned here - such is the case of Dr. Dawn Norfleet.
    Born in Los Angeles with a heart for music - nurtured by a musical family - she learned a lot about singing and flute on her own.  By the time she hit college, she was ready for the next level.  Graduating with honors from Wellesley College, she leaped into the arms of music - earning a Masters in Music Composition.  Then, a PHD in Ethnomusicology - both from Columbia University.
    While in New York City, Dawn spent exhaustive hours learning about the Hip Hop scene - this for her doctoral research.  While discovering the excitement of one genre, our guest found herself entranced with the Jazz community.  She spend a good part of the 90's, soaking up the ambience of the smoky clubs - as both a member of groups and as bandleader.
    Dawn's reputation has brought her to the attention of her hometown elite - and she has worked with the best in the business, who recognize the best in HER.  Bringing elements of Funk and World Beat into her Jazz mix, Dr. Norfleet re-defines the word "hybrid" - and you'll hear that on her new CD - the subject for our discussion on Tuesday, the 26th.
    Let the freshness of a new voice inspire you!  We'll hear about Dawn's journey and you can learn more about her before our interview at the link below.  The fun starts at one p.m. Eastern with great music to accompany the vibe set by Dawn at two.  We're winding down July with healing music - be there!
    www.dawnnorfleet.com

  • 03:00

    Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Gretchen Parlato!

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    You've heard of success.  Gretchen Parlato's is ridiculous!  Seriously, this young (mid-30's) talent has had one blessed event after another in her short life.  And it actually started before she was born.
    Grandfather Charlie Parlato played trumpet for the Kay Kyser Big Band - and both played and sang for Tennessee Ernie Ford and Lawrence Welk.  Dad - Dave Parlato - played bass for Frank Zappa.  And he also worked for Al Jarreau, Barbra Streisand, Henry Mancini and other household names.
    Gretchen had no choice - did she?!  After her Ethnomusicology/Jazz Studies degree from UCLA, she was accepted as the first vocalist into the uber prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute in 2001.  The panel of judges who decided: Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard and Wayne Shorter.  In 2003, she moved to New York.  The next year, she WON the Monk International Vocal Competition!  2005 saw the release of her self-titled album, that received five stars in Downbeat's Blindfold Test.  Gretchen will explain :) 
    The Documentary Channel features our Valley Girl (GP's words) in its four-part series, "Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense."  It gets better - Billboard Magazine named her "In a Dream" CD the most alluring Jazz vocal album of 2009 (THEIR words!)
    In between years, mind you, Gretchen was singing on projects by other artists - and selling OUT venues wherever she went.  By the time 2011 rolled around - and "The Lost and Found" was in the public ear - she had acquired Top 10 status for her project by over 30 major radio stations, publications, and internet polls in both the U.S. and Europe. 
    This is amazing stuff, ladies and gentlemen - and you need to hear what a legend-in-the-making has to say.  On Thursday, you WILL.  Gretchen Parlato joins us at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

  • 00:29

    Organic Nation

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    Join Host David Ornette Cherry and Ralph Miles Jones III as we talk about Kwanzaa and world music. Ralph Miles Jones III  Born in Detroit, he spent 33 years in Los Angeles. A musician, composer, and educator, he earned a bachelor's degree in ethnomusicology at UCLA and an MA in African American studies, with an emphasis in ethnomusicology. Kwanzaa is a week long celebration held in the United States honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles[1] and culminates in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–1967. David Ornette Cherry is a world renown Composer/Musician whose Music captures the souls of our ancestors and infuses contemporary culture. David will engage listeners by exploring composition. Vocalists, Instrumentalists, and Musicians at heart can follow along and interact with David as he dishes out theory!