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Join me for a interesting chat with Rod Tate.
Rod Tate's new album, Love is yet another testimonial of his amazing talents.
Rod Tate is a smooth/contemporary jazz, gospel jazz and R&B saxophonist/songwriter, based out of his hometown, St. Louis, MO. Rod is a full time musician that performs as a Solo act, Duo "2Smooth" with guitarist Gregg "Happy Guitar" Haynes and with his 4 piece band.
Ronnie Laws is an American jazz, rhythm and blues and funk saxophonist. He is the younger brother of jazz flautist Hubert Laws and the older brother of Debra Laws.
Ronnie will be talking to The Reel 411 George Wilson about his long standing career in the music industry and being from a musical family. He will bring insight into the world of music as an instrumentalist and vocalist on hit songs as "Every Generation" and "Very Special" with Sister Debra Laws.
Join the conversation 9PM tomorrow night Sept 30th 2014. Our show's call in number is 1+ (917) 889-2699
The Reel 411 with George Wilson at 6pmPST. / 8pmCST. /9pmEST.
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.
Smooth & sultry, cool, yet definitely funky. These words best describe the sound of saxophonist Tim Cunningham. Cunningham has headlined venues across the globe, from intimate nightclubs to Las Vegas Casinos. He continues to be a major part of multiple festivals, both in the U.S. and the Caribbean, bringing his soulful style to fans the world over. We will talk to Tim about his current album, Tim Cunningham Live.
Follow Tim on Twitter @tcfanclub01.
Saxophonist Chris Godber Ever Increasing Faith and current track Can't Help Believin' gives hope and encouragement to many. His music leaves you feelings uplifted and revived.
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Saxophonist Sam Rucker is set to release his new CD “Tell You Something” in June. Sam teams up with legendary producer Norman Connors, renowned pianist Bobby Lyle, sax great Euge Groove, Tom Browne, Alyson Williams and a host of other great musicians. “Tell You Something” features three soulful covers and eight of Sam’s original songs that not only entertain but encourage as well. This is contemporary jazz music with a message. Even as an instrumentalist, Sam’s music speaks to the listener and conveys an infectious positive energy.
Approaching his 20th anniversary in the business, saxophonist Paul Taylor has released his 10th album Tenacity, featuring keyboardists Jonathan Fritzen and Jeff Lorber.
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.
Dynamic, multi-talented and dripping with soul, Marcus Anderson is an award winning musician with an abundance of career defining accolades all achieved under the age of thirty. With the release of his fifth solo Album Style Meets Substance, the critically acclaimed Pop/R&B and jazz musician’s career is fast becoming one to watch. Hailing from South Carolina, Anderson is currently performing to audiences all over the world as one of the saxophonist in PRINCE’s band the New Power Generation.
Style Meets Substance is the epitome of his musical influences. His trademark horn playing and arrangements provide an album of beautiful momentum that pushes the sonic experience into an exquisite listening pleasure. Sensual sax melodies, smooth jazz standards, funky grooves and Latin beats are all combined into one 13 track album. All songs are written, performed, arranged and produced by Anderson, demonstrating his constant reinvention of contemporary jazz traditions. Style Meets Substance also features collaborations with renowned musicians Morris Hayes, Nicholas Cole, and horn players from the New Power Generation.
Talking Smooth Jazz will broadcast Saxophonist Jarez's "On Top Of The World" listening party live at the Elixir Lounge in Henderson, NV.
August 28 - Saxophonist/Educator/Composer - Kenyon Carter
Highly respected by his contemporaries, Georgian born Kenyon Carter, is frequently invited to collaborate on stage and in the studio with some of the biggest names in the music business. He expresses his creative and soulful style through a beautiful and sultry sound. Although unique and entirely unmistakeable, he has been compared to contemporary smooth jazz favorites like Boney James, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright.
Coming off the heels of his highly acclaimed freshman CD, Right By My Side, Kenyon has moved on to produce yet another heartfelt creation. His newly released, Songs for My Father, exhibits Carter's seemingly effortless ability of blending gospel with Jazz, with an intensely powerful result.
Join me as Kenyon and I discuss the motivation behind his latest project.
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