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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.
June 27 - Jazz Trumpeter - Winston Byrd
After nearly 3 years, Winston Byrd returns for, what I am sure will be, another fabulous interview. Winston was initially bitten by the 'jazz bug' as a seventh grader when he heard Maynard Ferguson's playing of 'Give It One.' Soon after, he witnessed Dizzy Gillespie and Jon Faddis trading solos on 'Groovin High' on a 1986 Grammy Awards telecast. And the rest is history.
Winston has performed, recorded, and/or toured with a myriad of big name jazz and pop artists and orchestras including The Chi-Lites, Patti Austin, The Dells, The Grateful Dead, Lionel Hampton, Michael Bolton, Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Pieces Of A Dream, Claudio Roditi, David Murray, Oliver Lake Big Band, Larry Coryell, Aretha Franklin, Charles Tolliver Big Band, The Stylistics, Natalie Cole, Arturo Sandoval, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Mary Wilson (of the Supremes), Chucho Valdes, Louie Bellson, T.S. Monk, David 'Fathead' Newman, Chaka Khan, Clark Terry (who suprise-guested with Winston on his All-Star 31st birthday concert!), James Moody, The Dramatics, Shirley Horn, Paquito d' Rivera, Lucky Peterson, Bernard Purdie, Diane Schuur, Don Rickles, Usher, Abbey Lincoln and the Charles Mingus Big Band among others!
I cannot wait to chat about what he's been up to, and what is coming up next for him.
May 21 - Jazz Vocalist/Actress - Antonia Bennett
Antonia Bennett, daughter of legendary singer Tony Bennett has been performing alongside her father since she could walk and talk. Some of her early performances were shared with legendary American icons such as Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, Regis Philbin, Don Rickles, and growing up with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Gene Kelly. It was inevitable that she would inherit a genuine passion for the arts.
For the past10 years she has what she considers the distinct honor of opening for her father performing all over the world. She can be heard in a duet with her Dad on Tony Bennett “A Swingin’ Christmas” on the track "I’ve got my love to keep me warm". She continues developing her craft while performing in a myriad of venues from prominent jazz clubs, casinos, amphitheaters and stadiums, including Radio City Music Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Umbria Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, The Greek Theatre, Royal Albert Hall in London and Caesars Palace. This extensive and invaluable experience is irreplaceable and has in a large part been the greatest single contribution to her command of her voice, and her comfortable demeanor on stage
June 19 - Guitarist - Eric Essix
I just love it when guests come back to chat with me. Since Eric's last visit, not only does he have a brand new CD set to be released very soon, he is also involved in yet another community based project. As a performing artist, composer, teacher and businessman, Eric is more active and productive than ever and continues to strive for excellence in everything with which he is involved.
Oh, btw, I will have a very special co-host. So, make sure to tune in! talk to ya!
May 30 - Black Women In Jazz Awards Founder - Sha Sha Battle
Sha Sha Battle is an unassuming soul. She went to school for Information Technology and Computer Programming. What makes her so special? She decided to take a professional hiatus from her role as an IT contract consultant to focus on organizing the First Annual Black Women In Jazz Awards, held earlier this year.
Join me as I talk to Sha Sha about her incredible achievement, how and why she made the decision to take on this monumental task, her future plans, and her expected outcome.
May 23 - Jazz Chanteuse - Sharon Clark
Washington, D.C. standout Sharón Clark has brought festival and concert audiences around the world to their feet. Not a stranger to standing room only crowds, Sharon recently won The 2014 Bistro Award Outstanding Vocalist of the Year in New York City. Sharon has shared the stage with Freddie Cole, and was personally selected by Ketter Betts as the featured vocalist for his 75th birthday celebration, hosted by the Smithsonian Institution. Here's what Stephen Holden of the NY Times had to say about Ms. Clark, "You can’t underestimate the transformation of what seems like an ordinary song when an interpreter like Sharon Clark, a Washington-based jazz and soul diva, tears it apart and peers inside." Ladies and gentlemen, Sharon Clark is just that good. This is an interview you just don't want to miss.
May 15 - Saxophonist/Composer/Vocalist - Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly has the dubious distinction of being the youngest ever named for three consecutive years in the annual Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll, as one of the Alto Saxophone Rising Stars, At the tender age of 22, Grace has already graced the stage and/or recorded with a well distinguished group of internationally renouned artists such as Phil Woods, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsallis, Esperanza Spalding, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Monty Alexander, Rufus Reid, and the list goes on and on.
This will be my third interview with this talented young lady; and, well, you know what they say, "three's the charm." Join me as Grace will be sharing some exciting news and updates you just do not want to miss.
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!!!
February 25 - Guitarist - Yotam Silberstein
Tel – Aviv native Yotam Silberstein began playing guitar at age 10. This young prodigy was soon invited to perform with many of the nation’s top jazz musicians. By the age of 21, Silberstein won the coveted “Israeli Jazz Player of The Year” title. Soon after, he performed at Italy’s renowned Umbria Jazz Festival, released a critically acclaimed debut album and set out on an extensive tour of Europe and the Middle East.
As artistically gifted as he is technically proficient, Silberstein is featured on a wide variety of critically acclaimed releases including “Resonance” and “Brasil” on the Jazz Legacy Productions label and Monty Alexander’s Grammy-nominated “Harlem-Kingston Express Live!”
In just six years since arriving in the Big Apple, internationally acclaimed Yotam Silberstein has earned his place among the jazz elite by collaborating with such luminaries as James Moody, The Heath Brothers, Paquito D’ Rivera, Monty Alexander, Roy Hargrove, and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars.
December 19 - Jazz vocalist/composer/author/Talk show host - Joan Cartwright
Diva Joan Cartwright is definitely a woman of many hats. Not only is she the host of Blog Talk Radio's Music Woman Live, a vocalist, composer, and author, she is also the founder of Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc - a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of promoting women in jazz.
Join us as we chat about what she's been up to, and the role women play in the world of jazz.
February 26 - Jazz Stylist - Carol Maillard ofSweet Honey In The Rock
Sweet Honey In The Rock is a performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture. The ensemble educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and hearing impaired. Sweet Honey’s audience and community comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures throughout the United States and around the world, and includes people of all ages, economic/education/social backgrounds, political persuasions, religious affiliations, sexual preferences and differing abilities.
As artists, activists, and humanitarians, Sweet Honey In The Rock has, for forty years, raised her voice to advocate for truth, justice and compassion while addressing the critical issues of democracy, freedom, racism, and economic and social justice. Sweet Honey has also proactively advocated for accessibility and disability rights for the differently abled, and has welcomed the Deaf and hearing impaired by including a Sign Language interpreter in the ensemble.
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