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Les Sabler may have been raised in Canada - but his musical tastes took him to someplace decidedly warmer. Not only did he move to Florida in 1978, but he traveled to Brazil for a very special reason - to get closer to the memory of Antonio Carlos Jobim.
But we may be getting ahead of ourselves here. Let's rewind to the days of Concordia University in Montreal, where our widely respected guitarist received his formal training as a Jazz major. He was hungry to pursue a graduate degree in his studies, so he made a radical cultural change by attending the University of Miami. There, he immersed himself in the wildly eclectic music scene - falling in love with Latin rhythms - and one particular Brazilian artist whose work he would play for years to come .
Now, mind you, our guest had many influences from an early age. And Les has been performing and recording for quite some time - his first project was in 1989. There has been beautiful albums that have garnered true success and have enabled Les to headline or open for such notables as Spyro Gyra, Diane Schuur and a multitude of others. Also, his interpretations of Earth, Wind and Fire's "Reasons" and Sting's "Fragile" got a lot of attention. So, his career hasn't been focused on just one style or artist.
But it's this NEW CD that has been noteworthy for Les Sabler. Because of the passion involved in the journey FOR it to be made. The love for the master whose music Les captures effortlessly. And the timing for this magic to happen. "Jobim Tribute" arrives during the 50th anniversary of "The Girl From Ipanema" - and 20 years since Sabler's hero passed away.
When you travel to Brazil in order for the music to translate authentically, it means everything. That's who Les Sabler is! Join me in welcoming him on 4/22!
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Lesley Mathieson and Peter Hastings has had a career in AAA game development that most people can only wish for. Helping to develop some of the most colorful franchises at Insomniac Games such as Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet and Clank, and others, Mathieson and Hastings have played an integral part in developing some of gaming's most beloved franchises. Yet, it wasn't enough.
Mathieson and Hastings wanted to make a splash in the indie gaming scene. Thus, they founded Inkling Games, bringing us to today's interview regarding their upcoming game The UnEarth Initiative. Tasking players to colonize a mysterious alien planet, The UnEarth Initiative combines humor with strategic gameplay to create a cocktail of a game that is shaping up to be something quite special. It's an interview with two industry vets that are starting their foray into indie game development, and it's an interview you definitely won't want to miss!
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Hank Howe was Born in Harlem, New York and raised in the South Bronx, started in music as a DJ for local parties and fashion shows. Hank was persuaded by his fellow DJ to play the Bass during a conversation one night while doing a show. He later purchased a bass and started his journey and began learning. Hank playing was greatly influenced from listening to groups like Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament Funkadelic, Weather Report, Spyro Gyra, Grover Washington Jr. , Jeff Lorber Fusion , Stanley Clarke and The Brothers Johnson just to name a few. Later he played with local bands and became Bassist for a Top 40 Funk R& B Group called "Eternity" and the Funk Fusion Band "New World" with Keyboardist Cecil Hodge, Guitarist Russell Booker, Violinist Derek Hodge and Drummer Todd Tariq Snare. After leaving "New World" he began playing Bass and writing original music with Grammy Nominated Smooth Jazz Keyboardist Bob Baldwin, and was a session Bassist for Lenis Guess Records, New York. and recorded Bass on Lenis Guess's R & B hit album titled "I Keep Coming Back For More". In December 2007 Hanks Dream Band featuring Xeal ,which was an experimental project with San Antonio Keyboardist Johnny Castro produced a hit Single Mystic Warrior that reached number 6 on the cashboxmagazine.com Indie World Charts Top Ten holding for 5 weeks.
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After catapulting to smooth jazz stardom in the United States with two Top-20 Billboard chart singles and two #1 New York Music Chart singles from his CD, After the Night, Canadian saxophonist Walle Larsson is looking to build on his success with the release of his new CD, One Step Closer. The CD, which was recorded in Los Angeles, Stockholm and Winnipeg, is a collaborative effort. This time around, Larsson has teamed up with a host of top-notch international talent such as acclaimed guitarist and producer Steve Oliver, Swedish composer, producer and instrumentalist Jonathan Fritzen and legendary keyboardist Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra fame.
This is a special compilation episode of the the first 4 episodes of The Fro Show Podcast! The first episode features music from local Arizona bands
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Sara Robinson & The Midnight Special Have you ever wanted to backpack through Europe but haven't had the opportunity? Tune into The Fro Show #2 and I'll take you on a musical backpacking tour of our neighbors across the Atlantic.
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We are excited to have with us Drummer - Lee Pearson Lee Pearson's singular percussive style has led him to the bandstand with some of the world's greatest pacesetters in Jazz and Hip Hop. In addition to touring with his own band, Beava's Atmosphere, Lee has also performed with Roy Ayers, Lonnie Listen Smith, Jean Carn, Bobbi Humphreys, Ronnie Laws, Jon Lucien, Wayne Henderson of the jazz crusaders, David Murray, John Hicks, Erykah Badu, R&B singer Bilal, Spyro Gyra, Jordan Hill and the tonight show band with Jay leno - just to name a few. He also did a world tour with Savion Glover's 4 tony award-winning broadway show, "Bring in Da' Noise Bring in Da' Funk" from 2002-2003. His relationship with these musical giants has encouraged him to step out on his own and perfect his unique sound.
Lee will join us for a discussion of his musical background, stories from the road, he will discuss his gear and what's new for him.
In addition, as always, Chef Donna Desfors will join us to discuss what's new in the cooking world and share great ideas for us to use in the kitchen
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A busy Tuesday in late April! We have a Washington, D.C., based guitarist/bassist/saxophonist featured first. At the top of the second hour, Earl Carter discusses his new project, "Welcome Back, Carter!" Having known this multi-gifted talent for several years, it's a pleasure to watch his star rise way past the Mid-Atlantic. He recently completed his fifth three-month stint in Ethiopia, where he plays at the five-star Sheraton Addis. Earl was handpicked by one of the wealthiest men in the world, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoud, to be his most prestigious hotel band. Now back home, Earl is prepping for his CD release party, where he will no doubt gather some of those with whom he has shared the stage. Speaking of which, some of those include Angela Bofill, Pieces of a Dream, Spyro Gyra - and the best of Go Go, Soul and Jazz acts in the country. A front man as well as side, our friend is also known as a "go-to" Producer in the region.
You are probably not a stranger to the name Brian Simpson! The popular keyboardist/composer/studio musician has been immersed in the contemporary Jazz scene since he graduated from Northern Illinois University. Moving to L.A., he found musical kinship with Norman Brown and Everette Harp, among others. And took breaks from his serious intent on Jazz to tour with Teena Marie, Sheena Easton and Janet Jackson. In the 90's, he wrote the #1 hit for Surface, "The First Time" - and that's the decade when we glimpsed the foreshadowing of the Simpson Sound that was emerging. "Just What You Need" is dropping on April 23rd, 2013 - and that's the sentiment that many have regarding Brian - including Dave Koz, who has employed our guest as Musical Director for over a decade. Brian will be coming to Rehoboth Beach for his release party, but will spend time with us before he does - join us :)
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Steve Oliver blew a passionate Global Kiss to fans everywhere on his 2010 album release, scoring two number 1 hits (Global Kiss and Fun In The Sun) on the Billboard chart. Further defining his unique role as a musical World Citizen. On his latest collection, the dynamic guitarist and vocalist keeps the universal spirit alive. On World Citizen, Oliver creates an amazing array of sounds with his guitar, guitar synth and voice (singing three lead vocals and many wordless passages), and introduces his skills on the violin on Fiesta. He invites along several of the key musicians who made Global Kiss an invigorating triumph, including longtime collaborator, keyboardist Tom Schuman, and Trinidad born drummer/percussionist Bonny B (both from Spyro Gyra). Also making notable appearances are saxophonists Paul Taylor, Andrew Neu and Will Donato. Bassists Eddie Reddick, Donald Philips, KT Tyler and Billy Sherwood (from the legendary band Yes); and Moody Blues keyboardist Alan Hewitt on the Hammond B-3 organ on the funky and bluesy, brass splashed opening track Watching The World, which is the album s first single. No Oliver recording would be complete without a batch of high energy tunes showcasing his infectious, husky lead vocals, which he delivers on World Citizen via How Will You Know (an incisive powerful song which questions 'know it all types' who speak of things they have never experienced themselves). The empowering soul-jazz anthem New Possibilities (featuring optimistic lyrics co-written by Oliver and Grammy winning singer/songwriter Jim Peterik, of Ides of March and Survivor fame).
It's immensely gratifying to know someone who has utilized the gifts that he has been given. Al DeGregoris is one of those outstanding people.
Piano at four, saxophone at six - his first song and BAND when he was seven - Al was determined to do what he could in music. And learn everything about what else is involved. So, he got his Bachelor's in Music Merchandising and is a Juris Doc via Hofstra University!
On top of these achievements, Al made sure that classical training was a priority - with serious Jazz studies a chaser. It wasn't enough to learn the music - he then wanted to experiment with how it would sound the best. So he ultimately designed, built and operates Star Mix Recording Studos - a 48 track analog facility that has seen its share of buzz from coast to coast.
A multiple songwriting winner, member of the respected group, Deja Blue, and favorite of some of the hottest venues in New York - Al brings his story to us and his good news about his latest project - on 8/7: "First Tuesday!"
Hear about his bold move to get his debut moving in 2008...and about his new, "Times and Travels" CD. Some of your favorites wanted to play with Al here - and the results are wonderful. Chieli Minucci, Chris Standring, Jeff Kashiwa, Eric Marienthal and Joel Rosenblatt from Spyro Gyra - beautiful alliances that worked to create a voyage through Al's amazing life. You'll hear tracks and get the urge for going :)
Join us for a special day. Artists are always urged to call during the first hour with gig plugs and news - the number is above us! Al DeGregoris joins me - along with a lively Chat Room - at THREE p.m. Eastern time. The show begins at ONE!
Washington, D.C. based Earl Carter has been called talented, humble, and multi-faceted. But I'll thrown into the mix another adjective: courageous.
The self-taught guitarist, bassist and saxophonist graduated with honors - then moved into the corporate world, where he could have stayed and climbed to the top of the ladder. Rather, he got OFF the ladder (where his perch was lofty) - and bravely faced the world of full-time music. As anyone can tell you who has done this, it's scary!
But Earl wouldn't have had it any other way. Albums that have received accolades, performances with Bobby Lyle/Angela Bofill/Regina Belle/Pieces of a Dream/Spyro Gyra...a truly hot stretch with the Go Go band, EU, and music included in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" - yeah, Earl's done okay :-D OH, and he's a teacher, too!
Hah! Now, hand-picked by Sheik Al-Amoudi to play at his five-star Sheraton in Ethiopia, Earl is gone quite a bit - but is in town for a hot gig in Baltimore. Hence, his visit to the show on Thursday. Tune in, let the music wash over you and prep you for the holiday weekend. We like to call it "Carterization!"
Jere B stops by as well - and that means New Music! The fun starts at ONE p.m. Eastern time.