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  • 00:25

    Whirl With Merle

    in Travel

    Just in time for the start of summer, we’re excited to share the return of the 2015 Metropolitan Summer Recital Series to all five boroughs bringing New Yorkers free outdoor concerts from June 15 through June 30. Starring leading Met artists and young rising stars of the Opera World, the series, now in its seventh season, features six free concerts presented in collaboration with City Parks Foundation.


    Located at Socrates Sculpture Parks in Queens, soprano Kiri Deonarine, mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson, and baritone John Moore joined by pianist Dan Saunders will perform arias and duets from various operas including Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni and Samson et Dalila on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. Deonarine, Costa-Jackson, Moore and Saunders will also perform three additional recitals in Jackie Robinson Park (Manhattan), Crotona Park (Bronx), and Clove Lakes Park (Staten Island). No tickets are required for this performances. 


    The first two recitals, on June 15 at 8 p.m. at Central Park SummerStage and June 17 at 7 p.m. in Brooklyn Bridge Park, will star soprano Janai Brugger, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and baritone Nathan Gunn, joined again by Saunders. These two recitals will feature arias and duets from a number of operas such as Faust, Carmen, La Bohème, and Porgy and Bess, along with selections from the American Songbook.


    My guests today are Ginger Costa-Jackson and John Moore

  • 00:59

    Beatles Expert Bruce Spizer Gives Insider Info re The Beatles on Capitol Records

    in Pop Culture

    No one knows Beatles' music like author and Beatles expert, Bruce Spizer!!! His numerous books (including The Beatles Are Coming!, The Beatles' Swan Song, and many others) tell the complete story of the Fab Four - their singles and LP's. Invited to create the questions for "The Beatles Trivial Pursuit Game" because of his extensive knowledge of the lads' songbook, Spizer is a Beatles-effin-pedia of their musical facts, history, and trivia. In this episode, Lennon expert, Jude Southerland Kessler (author of The John Lennon Series http://www.johnlennonseries.com) will talk with Bruce about his brand new digital book, The Beatles on Capitol Records, Vol. 1, revised. This book - formerly in physical form - has been vasttly expanded to include new photo images and new information, and Spizer will give Beatles aficianodos a glimpse of this essential volume for informed fans. Funny, witty, and oh-so-smart, Bruce Spizer will delight listeners of all ages!

  • 01:04

    A Conversation with Chubby Tavares

    in Lifestyle

    The five-brother singing group Tavares may be best known for such up-tempo hits as the million-selling single "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel," "More Than a Woman," and "Whodunit," but they first came to national attention with the luscious ballad "Check It Out." Their crisp vocalizing and clean-cut, young-men-next-door image made them favorites on TV shows starring Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, and Dick Clark's American Bandstand. In 1974, Tavares also had the first hit version (number one R&B) of "She's Gone" written by the then relative unknown duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates. Hall & Oates scored a number seven pop hit with the song in 1976.


    Chubby Tavares is now focused on producing solo projects.  His first project was Jealousy which reaches beyond his salad days as a hit making member of his family group to record an album of covers ranging from tunes from the Great American Songbook to pop tunes of artists such as The Eagles and Barry Gibb. Jealousy’s track list made it clear that Chubby approached this project with a non-cynical view toward making a covers album. He didn’t employ modern production techniques or odd collaborations in an attempt to reach a younger demographic. He also didn’t fill Jealousy with a bunch of done to death covers. He's done the same thing with his soon to be released new CD "Can't Knock Me Down."  This will be a great conversation with a legendary voice from the 60's disco era.

  • 00:31

    America's Classical Music Jazz

    in Music

    This evening, I will interview Sally Linderman a vocalist living in Metropolitan, D.C. Area. Sally is a vocalist who has sung cabaret, show tunes and jazz in the DC area.  After a long hiatus from singing due to professional commitments, Sally retired and returned to singing by taking up the study of Jazz and the American Standard Songbook.  Her favorite female vocalists are Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horn, Ann Hampton Callaway, Barbara Streisand and Judy Garland, just to name a few.  Join us this evening at Jazz Notes where jazz lives!

  • 01:25

    Carmen Lundy Chat "LIVE" about her SOUL-TO-SOUL CD 2/12/15

    in Music

    Market Promote and advertise your music, your books or brand through our award-winning netwoking. CoffeeTalk Jazz Radio and CoffeeTalk Jazz Magazine offers a various of affordable advertising packages for every budget. To INQUIRE for Rates: E-mail US: CoffeeTalkJazzRadio@msn.com


    Carmen has had several Top Ten albums on JazzWeek (“Jazz and the New Songbook-Live at The Madrid”, “Come Home”, and “Changes”) and a #3 spot on Billboard’s Jazz Chart for 23 weeks with her debut album “Good Morning Kiss”. Among her other awards and recognitions, especially rewarding was Miami-Dade's County Office of the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners proclaiming January 25th "Carmen Lundy Day”, along with handing Ms. Lundy the keys to the City of Miami. Join the Jazz conversation and chat "LIVE" with us.

  • 00:21

    Carmen Lundy Chats "LIVE" with Ms. Bridgette about her SOUL-TO-SOUL CD 2/10/15

    in Music

    Market Promote and advertise your music, your books or brand through our award-winning netwoking. CoffeeTalk Jazz Radio and CoffeeTalk Jazz Magazine offers a various of affordable advertising packages for every budget. To INQUIRE for Rates: E-mail US: CoffeeTalkJazzRadio@msn.com


    Carmen has had several Top Ten albums on JazzWeek (“Jazz and the New Songbook-Live at The Madrid”, “Come Home”, and “Changes”) and a #3 spot on Billboard’s Jazz Chart for 23 weeks with her debut album “Good Morning Kiss”. Among her other awards and recognitions, especially rewarding was Miami-Dade's County Office of the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners proclaiming January 25th "Carmen Lundy Day”, along with handing Ms. Lundy the keys to the City of Miami. Join the Jazz conversation and chat "LIVE" with us.


     

  • Lou’s on the Hill

    in Current Events

    This morning we have a returning guest, Mr. Lou Giovanetti.


    Lou is a Bronx-bred New Yorker and THE Beach Cities’ bel canto.


    He is a Broadway stage, screen, TV actor and Big Band front man and loves singing the Great American Songbook and jazz classics that instantly connect and move people. Lou is inspired by Sinatra and Bennett and leans on the legacy of the great Jazz-era musicians and song stylists and celebrates them with fresh arrangements and modern twists.


    As he has for the last several years, Lou headlined the annual Pier Plaza New Year’s Eve Celebration last week.


    In addition, Lou recently soft-opened his namesake restaurant, Lou’s on the Hill, and is currently ramping up for the Grand Opening later this month.


    The kitchen will be helmed by Executive Chef Eric Mickle and the inventive modern-meets-rustic menu features Italian cuisine inspired by California's seasonal bounty and local purveyors.


    Crudo plates, house cured charcuterie, handmade pastas, artisanal cheeses, wood-fired pizza, delectable desserts, select Italian and Californian wines, craft cocktails, small plates, big flavor and sharable entrees are all created and paired for your tasting pleasure.


    Chef Mickle, a San Diego native, honed his culinary skills and operations savvy opening restaurants in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Singapore working for legendary chefs and the food world's leading lights including Michael Mina, Mario Batali and most recently, Gordon Ramsey, before taking the reins at Lou's.


    The 4500 square foot space offers a private dining room for special occasions, fully tech equipped with a wide screen for every occasion.


    Lou has been a busy guy and this morning, we’ll spend the hour catching up with him.

  • 02:01

    Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Kristin Callahan!

    in Music

    In the ten years that yours truly has been in Baltimore (this time around!), there are some significant talents that stand out. And always will.  Some of the musicianship has been more than stellar.  Let's call it haunting.  And that is the case with the voice of Kristin Callahan.  


    Singing since she could speak, the vocal ability that Kristin has is worn like a second skin.  She's comfortable singing - and it doesn't matter what genre.  Though her golden throat lends itself naturally to Jazz and the Great American Songbook.  And one wonders what's in Kristin's future - because if this is the beginning of her career and she's so good NOW - have mercy - what the heck else should we expect?!


    Encouraged by both church and school early on, our Maryland Girl found herself in Washington, D.C.  Under the tutelage of respected pianist and educator, Vince Evans.  Vince was able to steer Kristin in a direction that felt both comfortable and challenging.  And that challenge is something that she relishes.  Her first project dropped in 2009, "A New Love."  Last year, we heard the evolving bliss of Kristin with "One Magic Day."  Some of the best in Baltimore and D.C. joined her on these 14 songs.  Including Warren Wolf on vibraphone - and Vince Evans (of course!) on piano :)


    Kristin's got an amazing opportunity to shine on 12/21/14.  She's at the Chesapeake Arts Center - the same place where we last saw Jeffrey Osborne.  She'll dip into both of her albums, some holiday tunes (no doubt!), and possibly give us a sneak preview of her forthcoming CD - which takes her into a new direction.  2015 should be QUITE interesting for our guest!


    What a pleasure to share Kristin with you again - we had a lot of fun the first time that she visited!  12/16 at 3 p.m. Eastern - join us :)

  • 02:00

    LOTL The Comfort Zone Presents Kiki Ebsen. New Album " Scarecrow Sessions"

    in Music

    Calabasas, Calif. (15 August 2014): Singer-songwriter Kiki Ebsen stubbornly refused her famous father’s repeated suggestions to learn how to sing jazz standards. Rebelliously she insisted upon forging her own path as a solo artist and accompanying keyboardist-vocalist with a bevy of A-list pop stars. Eleven years after the passing of her dad, actor Buddy Ebsen, Kiki will pay tribute by releasing exactly the type of collection he fervently urged her to record, “Scarecrow Sessions” on September 30 on the Painted Pony Media label. The material comes from The Great American Songbook, a stunning original (“Missing You”) penned by the song and dance man turned movie and television star, and songs associated with his career, including an ill-fated starring role in “The Wizard Of Oz.” The first single prefacing the acoustic jazz set produced by David Mann, “If I Only Had A Brain,” is the No. 2 most added radio single this week.  


      


    “We are losing the iconic talents many of us grew up with. By recording these songs, I hope not only to honor my father’s memory and his love of jazz, but to create a musical statement that is truly my own. I’m connecting his past to my present in a way that will no doubt leave me forever changed,” said Ebsen, who completed the album as a Father’s Day offering after a successful Kickstarter campaign. “Through this journey I have discovered my voice. A simple yet beautiful tone that emanates from a true place in my heart; a place of lightness and ease.”


     

  • 01:01

    Music Monday: Annie Lennox - Nostalgia

    in Pop Culture

    Tonight at 8pm ET on Ernest Radio Network, it's Music Monday.


    Who:  Annie Lennox


    What:  Nostalgia


    When:  21.Oct.2014


    Where:  Island



    Memphis In June
    Georgia On My Mind
    I Put A Spell On You
    Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)
    I Cover The Waterfront
    Strange Fruit
    God Bless The Child
    You Belong To Me
    September In The Rain
    I Can Dream, Can't I?
    The Nearness Of You
    Mood Indigo

  • 02:38