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Once upon a time there were many great self-contained R&B and funk groups, innovative, immensely popular artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, War, The Meters, The Commodores, Kool & The Gang, Lakeside, Slave and many others who created a body of work in the 70s and 80s that still thrills audiences today. ConFunkShun was one of the successful bands in this wave, scoring 25 chart hits between 1976 and their break-up in 1987, including such smash hits as “Ffun,” “Chase Me,” “Electric Lady,” “Baby I’m Hooked” and others—many of which have been liberally sampled by the hip-hop generation. When the band re-united with lead vocalists/songwriters Michael Cooper and Felton Pilate, after more than two decades apart, they were welcomed back by their fans as they toured nationally to adoring crowds. Not content to ride on their past hits, they began writing and recording new material which they found got great response in concert. Their highly anticipated new CD and Shanachie debut MORE THAN LOVE (April 28, 2015) is the band’s first new studio album in more than two decades. Their new music finds ConFunkShun as irresistible as ever. Comprised of some of the most soulful, seasoned and respected musicians on the scene, ConFunkShun is: Michael Cooper (Lead vocals, guitar, keys), Felton Pilate (Lead vocals, trombone, keys), EQ/Eric Young (bass), Karl Fuller (trumpet, flugelhorn), KC/Kurt Clayton (keys, vocals), Ron Moton (sax, vocals) and Brian Collier (drums).
Welcome everyone to MOTIVATION MONDAY.
We are on Day 5 of The ChickShyt 21 Day Self-Esteem Challenge: The Beautiful Things About Me
I hope you've all been keeping track of the wonderful things you are finding about yourself because The Divas sure are!
We are at the very beginning of the new year and it occurs to us there are some of you who believe that you are destined to stay in whatever negative, unproductive situation that you are in. Sometimes just *Finding The Silver Lining* of your situation will help you cope with it, go through it and most importantly...GET through it with your sanity in tact. The Divas are gonna share what they do to *Find The Silver Lining* in every situation you encounter.
To help us, we've got the beautiful Ms. Lisa Edelman. Lisa has been a performer across North America and Europe, appearing as a soloist and performing as an orchestral and chamber musician. In the US she has opened for/appeared with Stanley Clarke, Grover Washington Jr., Gregg Fields, Dennis Rowland, Peter Nero, Bobby Watson, the Philadelphia Orchestra Brass section, renowned Cumbia ensemble La Sonora Tropicana and the New Century Players, to name a few. In Europe she has opened for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music's brass ensemble as well as Abbos, a visceral traditional music group from Uzbekistan. She has performed works by Morton Subotnick, Luciano Berio and HK Gruber, to name a few crucial works performed in her career. Lisa regularly emphasizes interdisciplinary work as well as freely improvised scenarios that explore human artistic boundaries and in turn, further them. She can currently be seen with her funk group Epically Cracked, as well as freelancing around Los Angeles where she currently resides.
Epically Cracked is a quartet integrating trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics, bass, drums and turntablist guitar - the band's sound is edgy, experimental, funky and groove based.
Gino has performed with some of the best in music including the late Art Porter, Jr., Kim Waters and many others. Gino decided to form Gino Goss and Jammajazz. Releasing his debut CD ALMOST FAMOUS to glowing reviews, Gino is featured on trumpet, flugelhorn & Latin percussions. Through Gino’s close work with some of the world’s greatest musicians, as well as drawing from a wide-ranging repertoire of pop, jazz, contemporary, & R&B music he has been led to create aesthetically rewarding performances which capture & accentuates the warmth, excitement, chemistry, & spontaneity of his shows. Gino’s unique sound & style leaves you with a silky, sexy, smooth & mystical feeling.
The Duval Project - Nu Soul/Jazz & R&B 2:15pm
The Duval Project is a Nu Soul/Jazz and RnB excursion formed by Gary Alesbrook. Influenced by his time playing with artists such as Raphael Saadiq and Lynden David Hall, Gary has formed a quintet with the young trio of electric bassist Richie Blake, drummer Danny Cox and keyboard player Andy Nowak. Gary plays trumpet, flugelhorn and keyboard. A retro approach but with fresh sounds, they also feature the vocals of Marie Lister. Their current E.P was mixed by Grammy Award winning New York sound engineer Russell Elevado and mastered in LA by Dave Collins.
Sheena O. Murray - R&B Artist 3:15pm
Without echoing words that were said before or painting a picture that you may have eyeballed numerous times, we’d like to introduce to you: Sheena O. Murray. Her story did not begin at the age of five as a musical child prodigy, nor was she a member of the church choir, belting out notes every Sunday. Hers is a simple story, not one of particular intrigue or “wow”. It is a story of a girl who meets music, falls in love with music, marries music, bears the seed of this union with melodies and lyrical prowess.
A Jamaican native, Sheena O. Murray migrated to Brooklyn, New York at the age of five and then moved to Florida at the age of nine. She began her musical journey while in High School as a theater geek performing in stage plays and musicals. She then transitioned, after those four years of campy musical theater performances, to vocal endeavors.
Rick Braun feels like getting up and dancing
Chart-topping trumpeter returns July 8 with “Can You Feel It,” his first contemporary jazz album in five years; “Get Up and Dance” starts the party at radio
Sherman Oaks, Calif. (29 May 2014): It’s been five years since trumpeter-flugelhorn player Rick Braun released an album full of the funky R&B contemporary jazz grooves that made him one of the genre’s most consistent hitmakers over the past twenty years, but the award-winning musician, producer and songwriter returns to his signature sound July 8 with the release of his sixteenth album, “Can You Feel It,” which will be issued by Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Records. A bona fide contender as the feel good anthem for the summer of 2014, Braun’s “Get Up And Dance,” a collaboration with tenor sax sensation Dave Koz, is already collecting radio playlist adds.
After scratching a creative itch to croon jazz standards on his two most recent releases, “Sings with Strings” and the holiday-themed “Swingin’ in the Snow,” Braun had a very specific direction he wanted to pursue for “Can You Feel It” for which he wrote or co-wrote nine tunes along with helming the production.
“When I started working on this album, which was about a year in the making, there were two goals that I had in mind. I wanted it to be really organic and have a lot of my friends playing on it. Young players melding together with the old faithful,” explained Braun.
So he reached out to a bunch of his friends, colleagues and collaborators and dialed back the time machine twenty years ago to the era of his breakthrough disc, “Beat Street,” to help chart the course for “Can You Feel It.”
Nearly twenty years into his solo career, Rick Braun’s done just about everything, from backing the likes of Rod Stewart and Sade to stepping out into the spotlight as a vocalist and a master of the trumpet and flugelhorn.
The Allentown, Pennsylvania-born Braun began playing music in elementary school, ultimately winding up at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. There he hooked up with like-minded musicians to form a jazz-fusion combo, Auracle.
Braun’s first big break came when he composed “Here With Me,” a Top 20 hit for REO Speedwagon. He soon became a highly regarded pop sideman, touring and recording with the likes of Rod Stewart, War, Sade, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, and Tom Petty.
The trumpeter became a NAC fixture with his debut, Intimate Secrets. His records have ranked in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart with Kisses in the Rain reigning at #1 for 11 weeks and his singles have held the #1 position on the R&R NAC/Smooth Jazz album charts.
The recipient of numerous National Contemporary Jazz Awards, he shared a Best Collaboration award with Boney James for their hit Shake It Up. He also teamed up with Richard Elliot in RnR and their duet project hit #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. A much-in-demand producer, he has delivered #1 radio hits with artists including David Benoit, Marc Antoine and Jeff Golub.
His most recent recordings continue to reflect his versatility with the instrumental album All It Takes and his vocal talents in Rick Braun Sings With Strings. This past year saw Braun getting into the swing of the holiday season with his first-ever Christmas album, Swingin’ In The Snow.
Once again, I'm obliged to the wonderful Rick Scott for making the introduction to another stellar artist. Peggy Duquesnel came to the attention of yours truly when her CD arrived in the mail. Hard copy CDS are so much better than buying online. You can feel the actual grooves of the packaging as well as the spirit intended with the liner notes and personnel mentions.
Such is the case with "All I Ask For Christmas." A double album, there are 21 songs - both instrumental and vocal arrangements. And a few surprises, which delights a former Country Radio DJ (LOL!). Mostly, these are creative and loving interpretations of treasured holiday favorites - with four original songs that sound as though they have been with us forever. Jazz as a base - but with other over and undertones. Hey, Peggy has been doing Jazz PLUS for over 25 years. And getting respect for her multiple endeavors in her music career. Pianist, composer, singer and producer here, she has some friends and admirers to help her - including Brian Bromberg on bass and Rick Braun on flugelhorn.
Classically trained, Peggy gained the attention of some international notables through the years - including Henry Mancini and Dionne Warwick. She has been the stadium keyboardist for the Anaheim Angels and The Mighty Ducks...she has been able to oversee numerous musical projects as leader, including an EP earlier this year that featured both Jeff Lorber and Jimmy Haslip.
When this versatile and engaging performer (and director of Jazz Studies!) joins us on the show, it will start to truly feel as though the holiday season is here. Tracks from the new album? You better believe it. Maybe a hot toddy in the Chat Room, too. Depending on whether Santa says that you've been good :) See you at one - that's when the fun begins. Peggy joins us at TWO!
Well It's about that time to start sharing the Joy of Christmas!! Peggy Duquesnel (Pianist / Vocalist / Composer) A musician of stunning range and complexity, Peggy Duquesnel's achievements in music are a testament to her incredible devotion to the art of music. All I Ask for Christmas PEGGY DUQUESNEL is pleased to present her latest recording, "All I Ask for Christmas," a double album with 21 tracks separated into an instrumental disc and a vocal disc. The project features several popular Christmas standards along with four of Peggy's original Christmas songs. It highlights her fluid piano improvisations and inviting vocals with a trio that includes Brian Bromberg on bass and Joe La Barbera on drums. Extra finesse and colors are added by Brian Kilgore on percus-W. Rick Braun on flugelhorn and Jay Leach on guitar. Vocalist Bill Cantos is featured on three duets with Peggy, including the title cut, as well as introducing vocalist Emma Werderman, who joins Peggy on Mary Did You Know for another moving duet. Duquesnel's jazzy / pop arrangements and songwriting capture her eclectic jazz background and warm personality.
Join Nancy Reid & Lisa Smith – publishers of BigBlendMagazines.com, for Big Blend Radio’s Happy Hour variety show.Featured Guests:- Carleen Kemmerling, owner of Springville Inn, in California's Sequoia Country.- Travel writer Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’ chats about Idaho- Fashion designer Aggie Garcia shares tips on Halloween Costumes- Ruth Milstein – Gourmand award-winning author of “Cooking with Love: Ventures into the New Israeli Cuisine”- Jazz duo “Equinox” - Guitarist Mark Carlisle has major label record credits with jazz legend Donald Byrd, and Domino Biscuit Trio featuring Tenor great Freddie Moye. George Baker has extensive experience as a first call Trumpet & Flugelhorn artist, has played Carnegie Hall, worked with Woody Herman, the Glen Miller Tribute Big Band, and College of Sequoias Big Band.- Monte Reyes – Rocky Hill Speedway in Porterville, CA
When two artists are drawn to the other's work, that's beautiful - regardless. When those two become friends via common goals - one living in California and the other in Oklahoma - that's destiny!
Such is the case with Gary Fuston and Gino Goss. Gino is a superb trumpter who also plays flugelhorn - and has a true world vision of instrumental music. In 2008, he formed Jammajazz and carved a new niche within independent music circles. By 2009, "Almost Famous" came to the attention of those ever-widening circles. And now we can call Gino - some few years later - an award-winner. You'll hear about that when our guest visits on Tuesday, 10/1.
And you'll also hear about Gino's popularity on GHP Radio - a creation from our other guest, Gary Fuston. Not only the host VIA GHP - but a musician as well - and a producer, promoter, composer and graphic arts designer.
Gary and Gino discovered each other while championing the cause of independent artists - and found that they had musical chemistry too strong not to pursue. A recent collaboration is getting major buzz: "Just Don't Want Another Broken Heart." Hypnotic and evocative of another era - yet giving you the impression that you're hearing a new kind of Hybrid - this song has been given yet another pair of wings with a remix featuring respected guitarist, Roberto Restuccia. That mix had its world premiere on the last GHP show - and we'll hear it again when Gino and Gary visit us!
Here's what is exciting about their visit in a BIG way: we can discover ways that we can push the cause of indies. It's one thing to lament the lack of support that an artist can be given - instead of moaning about it, Gino and Gary can suggest ways to help an effort that is now universal.
And it's First Tuesday on Hybrid Jazz - so EVERYBODY wins!
As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 15 albums to date, 7 of them have gone platinum, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and he has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. McKnight is also a multi- instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet.
In an industry known for a constantly revolving door of artists, McKnight has easily established himself with an enviable record of chart consistency, has toured successfully for over a decade, and has collaborated with performers across every genre including Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, and many more
Born in Buffalo, New York, Brian’s musical career began in childhood when he became a member of his church, NY choir and a bandleader for his high school, Sweet Home High School. By the
age of 19, he signed his first recording deal with Mercury Records subsidiary, Wing Records. In 1992, his self-titled album “Brian McKnight” was released followed by “I Remember You” (1995) and “Anytime” (1997). Anytime sold over two million copies and was nominated for a Grammy. In 1999, McKnight released “Back at One” on Motown Records, which sold over three million copies.&l