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Welcome to the award winning show “the Conversation” in its 4th year airing on Blog Talk Radio. This show features the brightest and most unique guests we can find. We offer a dose of positive energy to inspire, motivate and educate you our listeners. Welcome sit back and enjoy the show!
Hosts: Klarque Garrison and Michele Gilliam-Morrissey
Najee- World renowned, Grammy award nominated Jazz musician Najee drops by the show to talk about her upcoming concert in Atlanta, Ga. July 12 and more!!
Chef Tav Hubbard- Straight from "Hell's Kitchen" w. Chef Ramsey Chef Hubbard talks Cooking!!!
Jerome Najee Rasheed (born in New York City, New York), known professionally as Najee, is an American smooth jazz saxophonist and flautist.
He attended New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with George Russell and Jaki Byard.
He subsequently performed and recorded with singers including Chaka Khan, Freddie Jackson, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Prince, Patti Labelle, Phyllis Hyman, Vesta Williams and Jeffrey Osborne. He has recorded and performed with instrumentalists Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Charles Earland, Paul Jackson Jr. and George Duke.
As a solo artist he came to prominence with "Najee's Theme" in 1986. His greatest hits album, The Best of Najee, was released in 1998.
He released his first album with Shanachie Records entitled The Smooth Side Of Soul, on January 31, 2012. It features production from keyboardist and producer Jeff Lorber (Dave Koz, Michael Franks, Chris Botti, Rick Braun) and saxophonist and producer Darren Rahn (Wayman Tisdale, Eric Darius, Bob James, Jonathan Butler), as well as guest vocals from R&B singer Phil Perry on the lead single, "Just To Fall In Love". The video for "Just To Fall In Love" also features actress Vanessa Bell Calloway and songstress N'dambi.
UC&P proudly welcomes back to the show 2x Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist Najee , as we catch up and talk about the success of his latest hot and seductive album "The Morning After - A Musical Love JournA visionary, Najee assembles an array of world class musicians on The Morning After - A Musical Love Journey....and what is ahead.
Featured artists on the CD include producer Demonte Posey (Eric Benet, Toni Braxton, and Babyface), bassist Bill Sharpe (Dave Coz and Barbara Streisand), guitarist Ray Fuller (George Duke, Anita Baker, and Whitney Houston), drummer Daniel Powell (Tamia), bassist Brian Bromberg (Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock) and drummer Joel Taylor (Joe Sample’s current band). Chart-topping R&B diva Meli’sa Morgan also joins Najee for an unforgettable duet. The Morning After - A Musical Love Journey opens with the sound of Najee’s voice as he anxiously awaits to board his plane but is unexpectedly delayed waiting for a certain special woman. Alas, she arrives and the journey begins. Najee explains, “The album title describes a fantasy trip where two people meet and experience their journey together.” The saxophonist describes the making of his new CD as an intense process. “It was recorded as a live studio album in two ½ weeks, during which time we also mixed and mastered the music. I would say the anticipation was very much part of the journey with this record.” Najee’s musical adventure unfolds with the jubilant “Rendezvous,” featuring his robust tenor saxophone. The Morning After - Musical Love Journey finds Najee transporting listeners around the globe to locations that have inspired him in some way.
Two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee has made a career following his heart and keen musical intuition by pushing musical boundaries, all of which have made him an international pioneer in the music industry. Having collaborated with everyone in the music business from Prince, Quincy Jones to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, Najee’s technical agility, grace, compositional prowess, unbridled passion and fearless genre bending have made him one of the most sought after musicians of his generation. With two Platinum and four Gold albums under his belt, Najee is an icon whose musical vision spawned an entire new genre by fusing the music close to his heart (R&B and jazz). And now with his new album he takes us to another level again with stunning performances from guest artists including powerhouse vocalist Me'lissa Morgan!
Join me as I talk with the man whose music became the bridge to travel from R&B to Jazz and back. We'll listen to NEW MUSIC from his project "The Morning After: A Musical Journey", discuss the melding of Jazz and R&B, and more!
AUSTIN TX! >>> I have 2 tickets for the 6:00, and 8:30 shows for Saturday, July 13 at One World Theater! Be sure to listen in! Najee will pick the number of the caller.. you will win!
With three platinum and five gold albums, Najee is one of the pioneers of what is commonly known as Contemporary Jazz. A combination of jazz improvisation and R&B, this genre forms a bridge from the jazz fusion of the 70s to the jazz pop of the mid 80s.
A native of Jamaica, Queens, New York, Najee shared all of his musical dreams-and later, many professional gigs-with his brother Fareed, a guitarist who was a year younger. Their father passed away when they were very young, but their mother encouraged a deep exposure to jazz via recordings by artists as diverse as the Miles Davis Quintet, Junior Walker and Mongo Santamaria. Najee showed an early interest in the sax but a grammar school teacher steered him towards clarinet when there were no sax chairs available in the school band.
Najee, along with his brother Fareed, attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with a concentrated study in performance and composition.
Najee left the Conservatory after three years and moved back to New York, where he immersed himself in the club scene. One night when he was out playing straight ahead jazz, Lesette Wilson, keyboardist and musical director of Chaka Khan-who was hot at the time with her trademark hit “Ain’t Nobody”-came in and loved what she heard. She called him to audition for the singer’s upcoming tour, and in no time Najee found himself on the road for a year with the legendary diva, playing alto sax and flute. Najee’s good fortune transferred to Fareed’s career as well when Chaka’s longtime guitarist Tony Maiden failed to show up for a rehearsal. Fareed plugged in and was hired to play alongside Maiden for the tour.
Hey jazzers! Ron Jackson of The Smooth Jazz Ride here inviting you to join us for promises to be a wonderful chat with contemporary jazz saxman/falutist/composer Najee. We will be playing tracks from his latest release The Morning After: A Musical Love Journey. Listeners can call in on 1-858-777-8436. "See" ya there!
This multi-faceted force of vocal nature brings to her first true JAZZ album an extensive history as a session and touring vocalist and stellar reputation as a vocal and artist development coach and author of “17 Points To Longevity in Show Business.” Like her expansive career, Spruill engages many different influences – including R&B, CONTEMPORARY URBAN JAZZ, TRAD JAZZ and BRAZILIAN – to create a musical journey that allows her to tap into her full vocal range. Her splendid mix of originals and classics includes a sassy, brass-infused “Fever,” an intimate “Round Midnight” and the moody, poetic title track, featuring Brenda Russell and Patrice Rushen, which cleverly weaves decades of jazz legends into a celebration of the art form. When you’ve got “A Metheny morning and a Whalum afternoon…Tea with Thelonious and a Yellowjacket Moon,” you know IT’S A JAZZ DAY! ~JONATHAN WIDRAN
This amazing cd has covered a spectrum of sounds from seductive Jazz, the classics, to exhilarating soul, with an all-star cast of A list players. Jeff Lorber and Stephanie wrote hits---that are featured on this album---"Nothing Last Forever” and “Sweet Control” for Jon Lucien. Stephanie had major success with “I’ll Be Good to You” for Najee on his Tokyo Blue album.
“It’s a Jazz Day” featuring pianists Patrice Rushen and Brenda Russell wrote and sang background on It’s a Jazz Day.
Stephanie's band has a keen sense of musical brilliance as well as an undeniable knack for accompanying her jazz compositions
Here is an CD that rocks the soul, uplifts the spirit and makes you feel like you are listening to a live concert.
Editorial Reviews By Amazon.com
Hitmaker James Lloyd of Pieces of a Dream has written, produced and played on more than 30 top 10 smooth jazz radio hits. As a founding member of the legendary Pieces of a Dream, James has been the heart and soul of that smooth urban jazz super group for more than 20 years.
Renowned for his brilliant keyboard stylings and soulful compositions, James has produced #1 hits for the likes of Walter Beasley, Najee, Eric Darius, Gerald Albright, and of course, Pieces of a Dream. And now he is about to perform the same magic under his own name.
The first single, the spirited Play It Forward, is already climbing up the smooth jazz charts, soon to be followed by a funky No Holds Barred, featuring the Grammy nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright. Other highlights include smooth jazz superstar and Grammy winner Najee on the soulful Movin Right Along, the sensuous ballad Granted Wish and much more.
Simpson’s latest masterwork is the perfect amalgamation of music that is close to his heart – Jazz, R&B, Funk and Soul. Out Of A Dream (Released February 17, 2015) is Simpson’s sixth album as a leader and third recording for Shanachie Entertainment. “When I first embarked on making this album, I was at a point where I felt I had to take my music to a different place,” explains Simpson who enlists nine different co-composers on the album that keep the sound ever-evolving and fresh. “By collaborating with other composers I was able to explore different styles of writing while still maintaining my own vibe.” Out Of A Dream unites Brian Simpson with an all-star cast including saxophonists Najee, Dave Koz and Grace Kelly, guitarists Marc Antoine and Norman Brown, singer Maysa and trumpeter Maurice Brown, Jonathan Fritzen, among others.
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This weeks guest is Najee Detiege who plays the blue ranger on Nickelodoens Power Rangers Super Samurai
Good video game conversation, Real raw talk on the video game world and the corporate side of video games.
What a great way to start the new year! Video game conversation! Where are our gamers at?
The Good Game Guys is a show that discusses current video game topics and on the companies that make them. We strive to be the voice of the gamers out there.So grab a beer or twelve and listen to the Good Game Guys.
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