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January 19 - Jazz Guitarist/Composer - JazzyfrankHailing from Thailand, Jazzfrank has no problem showing that jazz most definitely has no geographic boundries. Jazzy's compositions exhibit a magnetism that will leave you, the listener, captivated and wanting more. This is truly an up and coming artist you don't want to miss.Join me as Jazzyfrank and I discuss his new CD, and his plans for the year ahead.
October 11 - Joel Del Rosario and SureWill Clark
Both of these gents have been past guests on Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal. This time they are comining back after working on a collaborative effort that is going to blow your mind. Ladies and gentleman, Joel and Will's new CD, "Side By Side" is HOT by HOT!!!
May 15 - Keyboardist, Compser, Producer - Cal Harris, Jr
Cal is returning to Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal to introduce his brand spanking new CD, Shelter Island. You get to hear it first, right here. And, ladies and gentlemen, be prepared to be pleased!, very prepared Cal has definitely struck gold!!
April 16 - Vocal Sensation - Toni Redd
Georgian born songstress, Toni Redd, is an internationally known vocalist with an intense style. The captivating and sultry vocal styling of Toni Redd combines traditional jazz, pop, classic soul, and urban rhythm & blues to create her own unique and powerful ambience - as she takes us on her musical trek via that down home, rich, old school sound that fully grasps the emotional heart and soul of her listeners. During her illustrious career, Toni has had the honor of performing and sharing the stage with Najee, Gerald Albright, Stanley Jordan, Jonathan Butler, Everette Harp, The Temptations, Maysa, the Rippingtons, The Yellowjackets, Gerald Austin, Stanley Jordan, The Temptations, Oleta Adams, Walter Beasley, Joe McBride, Marion Meadows, Kim Waters, and many others. In addition, Ms. Redd is an actor who has toured with the stage play “A Good Man is Still Hard to Find”; was a guest performer in the independent film “Losing Grace” and Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.”
Toni, one of my favorite Jazzin Em Up alums, is returning to share her brand new CD, "Catching the Redd Eye." Are you ready to take flight?
October 4 - Jazz Singer - Antoinette Montague
Antoinette Montague has a love of humanity and music to bring joy to people. She has played most of the major jazz clubs in New York, and recently returned from Israel with the 46-piece Ashdod Orchestra, and is on her way to to perform with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia.
Antoinette feels just as appreciated here at home by people who enjoy the spirit she loves to bring inside of her music. Jimmy Heath says, “Antoinette has the instrument, delivery and enunciation, when performing, that touches my soul.”
Join us as Antoinette talks about her music, and her work with the Donald Bird Jazz Foundation.
September 24 - Guitarist - Patrick Yandall
Join me for a delightful afternoon as we welcome the return of Jazz Guitarist, Patrick Yandall. Two of Patrick's latest achievements are the inclusion of his tracks, "Mr. Fattburger", in the hit film "FRUITVALE STATION" in 2013, and "Who's The Bossa Now" from his album "Samoa Soul" was used in the political satire film, "War, Inc", starring John Cusack and Marissa Tomei.
Patrick has just released his 13th CD, and oh my goodness, it is steaming! Two lucky winners just might have a chance to get their hands on an autographed copy!
January 11 - Saxophonist - Igor Gerzina Igor Gerzina is an award-winning sax player, composer and the Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra producer. He has won several Porin Awards (Croatian most prestigious discography award), as well as several Status awards for the best instrumentalist of the year, awarded by the Croatian Musicians Union. Igor drops by the Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal couch to talk about his new release, "Metropolis".
September 19 - Bassist - Anthony Crawford
Born June 29th, 1981, Anthony Crawford was raised in a family of talented musicians. His father, funk and rock drummer Hubert (H bomb) Crawford has played with notable greats like James Brown, Cyndi Lauper, Mothers Finest, Mark Farner of the Grandfunk Railroad, The bar kays, and was the original drummer for the Eric Gales Band, while his uncle is the legendary jazz saxophonist Hank Crawford.
Anthony began playing with the legendary R&B group Shalmor in 2004 and shortly after with Howard Hewett. He then met jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum. Together the pair performed a few shows and collaborated to create the music for a movie commentary filmed in South Africa.
Since then, Anthony has worked with Justin Timberlake, Erykah Badu, Peabo Bryson, Jeff Lorber, Dave Weckl, Everette Harp, Frank McComb, gospel legend Andrae Crouch, Karen Briggs, Virgil Donati, guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, and Eric Marienthal.
Anthony's latest CD "Urban Jazz – My Story" is a collage of the entire spectrum of Jazz, and demonstrates his ease and flexibility in moving from one style to another.
September 10 - Saxophonist - Andrew Neu
Blending a unique mix of jazz, R&B, classical and Latin music, Philadelphia's own, Andrew Neu, is well respected throughout the industry for his work as a saxophonist, woodwind player, arranger, composer and recording artist. Whether he’s in concert as a solo artist or a sideman, Neu’s musicianship and powerful stage presence continue to get the attention of audiences and critics alike. Passionate best describes him.
Andrew has toured and appeared at major festivals and concert halls throughout the world, performing with musical luninaries such as Bobby Caldwell, Smokey Robinson, Pat Martino, Randy Brecker, Joey DeFrancesco, Lew Soloff, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Euge Groove, Kim Waters, Warren Hill, Nick Colionne, David Benoit, Eric Darius, Chieli Minucci and Brian Simpson to name a few.
His new CD, Everything Happens For A Reason, is a soulful, eclectic masterpiece of old meeting new - forming an explosive combination of jazz styles.