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Jay Rodriguez is a Grammy Nominated musician. He is also a film composer, producer/arranger and plays a wide range of horn instruments. Jay studied at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and has become a world renowned Latin jazz artist, playing with the likes of Chucho Valdez, Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, Candido among others. He is the composer of the soundtrack for the documentary “Changing Face of Harlem” by Shawn Batey.
Valerie Jo Bradley is founder and CEO of The Bradley Group, proprietor of Harlem 144 Guest House, and co-author of Harlem Travel Guide. These ventures allow her to share more than 40 years of experience working in media, politics, international affairs, with community-based organizations that promote the history and culture of Harlem. Ms. Bradley’s principal volunteer activity is with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, which she co-founded in the late 1990s. She is also the principal producer of the Historic Harlem Parks Reel Harlem Film Festival which screens films about the Black experience outdoors in the major Harlem parks.
Shawn Batey, an award-winning filmmaker, has over 15 years experience as a producer, filmmaker, and writer of documentary films and videos. Third World Newsreel is distributor of two of her films: “Hair-Tage”, a cultural documentary on dreadlocks, and “Through My Eyes”, an interpretation of September 11th from the perspective of Latino and African-American Youth. In the 2007 Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour she incorporated elements of “Changing Face of Harlem” into a multimedia installation.
Bradley Simmons, a native of New York City, began playing Afro-Cuban and African percussion when he was 9 years old. From that point on and through his teenage years, he traveled throughout the City seeking out percussion teachers from Haiti, Cuba and Africa in an effort to enhance his understanding of these rhythmic forms, styles and techniques. Bradley soon became a consistent and sought after Conguero and shekere player for community and religious events including weekend long Bembes, weddings and many other cultural events. Bradley not only developed as a percussionist; he became a knowledge base for that which had preceded him, by the transfer of knowledge through the Afro-Cuban and African oral traditions.
Bradley was soon very busy doing on-Broadway plays including: "Timbuktu" with Eartha Kitt and Melba Moore;
Bradley performed in nightclubs with Eartha Kitt, Gregory and Maurice Hines, Miles Jaye and Oba Babatunde. He has recorded and played with The Fatback Band and with drummer Norman Connors. Bradley has also appeared on Television including the Mike Douglas Show and the Cerebral Palsy Telethon. In 1990 and 1996, Bradley directed his own show at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and in Durham, NC, respectively, called "Cultural Journey: The Elements of Percussion".
Bradley is the former Music Director of the Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble of Durham, NC and has taught throughout the United States; including at the Larocque Bey School of Dance and the Gloria Jackson School of Dance in NYC. He has taught percussion classes and drum clinics at Berkeley School of Music, Boston MA; Texas Southern, Houston, TX; Wichita State University, Wichita, KS and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
Bradley is a Musical Director at Duke University in Durham, NC, where he teaches West African Music and History
Having recorded with John Lennon in 1974 on the "Walls and Bridges" album, Ron will be producing a jazz tribute to Lennon and his songs. Ron remembers recording with John Lennon and Elton John on the album Walls and Bridges and it created a longing to do a tribute album to John himself. The all-star horn section included Howard Johnson, Frank Vicari, and Steve Madeo. Ron Aprea, composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist, has performed with Woody Herman, Les Elgart, Tito Puente, Frank Foster, Buddy Morrow, Billy May, Charlie Persip, Nat Adderley, Lionel Hampton, and Louis Armstrong. Ron Aprea, jazz saxophonist & arranger, been recording and producing albums for over 30 years. In 1974, I had the honor of being one of the “Little Big Horns” on John Lennon’s 1974 “Walls and Bridges” album. John was an amazing human being, and my vision is to honor the music and spirit of John Lennon with a jazz tribute album.
*This album will include 12 songs, most of which are Lennon or Lennon/McCartney collaborations, with a gem by George Harrison.
my “John Lennon Story” which can be read in its entirety at http://ronaprea.com/john-lennon.html
*** Please make sure to check out how you can be part of this exciting project at Kickstarter!
The story begins with Bert, a gentle, unassuming street person who mumbled to himself and talked to trees. He wasn't an alcoholic, but he hung out at a detox center in Sacramento, where a volunteer named Judy took an interest in him. Judy was overjoyed when she found a home for Bert with a silver-haired grandmother, Dorothea Puente, who ran a tidy boarding house in a blue-and-white Victorian. Little did Judy know that Puente (just one of the woman's many aliases) would soon become her obsession. By the end of the story, Bert has disappeared, and the cops are digging up seven corpses from the backyard of the boarding house. Author Carla Norton (Perfect Victim) skillfully unfolds the many-layered character of this classic Arsenic and Old Lace-style serial killer: "At the pinnacle of her fame and glory, Dorothea was like a junkie with a philanthropic habit... Everyone dipped into her pot and benefited from her largesse." She was ultimately tried on nine counts of murder, and sentenced to death. DISTURBED GROUND-Carla Norton
Tito Puente Jr.
Young Tito's heart is rooted deep in the musical soul of his father. But he is staking out a future in the affectionate response of those who want a modern edge added to the sensuous music that runs through all Latin lives. Puente, Jr. is taking his own eclectic sound and like his father before him --is making history and moving generations.
Jay Rodriguez is a Grammy Nominated Saxophonist, Flautist, Clarinetist, Film Composer, Producer and Arranger. He was born Hernan Ramiro Rodriguez-Sierra in the coastal port city of Barranquilla Colombia on September 17, 1967. His family immigrated to NYC when he was 3 in 1970. He commenced his musical studies at the age of 7 on clarinet. When he turned 10 he began studying alto saxophone and conducting with Tito D Rivera (Father of the famed Paquito D’Rivera ). Mr Tito D Rivera was a famed Classical saxophonist of his generation. By the time Jay turned 12, he had begun studying saxophone with Joe Allard. Other teachers included Saxophonist/flautist – Jesus Garcia, Mark Friedman, Kenny Hitchcock, and Emile De Cosmo. At 13 Paquito D Rivera would take Jay to sit in and play with him around town. He featured him as a guest soloist at the famed Salsa Meets Jazz concerts at the then well known Village Gate. There he met Jazz legends like Stanley Turrentine, Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, Victor Venegas and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. He went on to work with the well known Jazz and Latin artists like Wilfredo Vargas, Bross Townsend, Vincente Pacheco, Celia Cruz, Jose Alberto, Candido and many more. At 14 he was chosen to attend the High School for the Performing Arts (now known as La Guardia) in NYC at the time located on 46th st. His classmates at the time included Billy Charlap, Jon Gordon, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Robinson.
Gregg Rolie is responsible for co-founding two phenomenally popular, multi-platinum many times over super groups that indeed are, SANTANA and JOURNEY. In 1998, the world class keyboardist-vocalist-producer was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame as part of the original Santana band. In addition to launching- along with Carlos Santana - the
now legendary act, Rolie also co-produced their first four groundbreaking albums.
What’s more, his singing talents will forever be immortalized by his unforgettable lead vocals on classic Santana greatest hits including “Black Magic Woman” “Evil Ways” and the Tito Puente composition “Oye Como Va”.
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Ron Aprea, composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist, has performed with Woody Herman, Les Elgart, Tito Puente, Frank Foster, Buddy Morrow, Billy May, Charlie Persip, Nat Adderley, Lionel Hampton, and Louis Armstrong.While with Hamp's band, some of the highlights were a Ramsey Lewis television special, and a recorded concert at the Smithsonian Institute, where Ron's solos were taped and put into their Archives. Ron was the featured soloist and arranger for performances with Nat Adderley at the world-famous Apollo Theatre, and he also performed at the Paramount Theatre with King Curtis' Big Band. Ron has played shows for literally hundreds of stars, including Clint Holmes, Rita Moreno, Robert Merrill, Chita Rivera, Rich Little, and Billy Eckstine.In 1974, Ron recorded with John Lennon and Elton John on the album entitled Walls and Bridges. The all-star horn section included Howard Johnson, Frank Vicari, and Steve Madeo. Ron was a featured soloist on the jazz-gospel album Free to Be Free. On June 5th 2013 Ron released his own album entitled Ron Aprea Sextet-Remembering Blakey, Ron's tribute to Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers. Ron's front line on this album is Joe Magnarelli-trpt., Jerry Weldon-tenor, and Ron on alto. The rhythm section is Cecilia Coleman-piano, Tim Givens-bass, and Vince Cherico-drums. The album is a mix of originals and standards. Ron has two of his own originals, Sophia and For Pete's Sake ,for the late bassist & close friend Pete Chivily. Although none of the 12 cuts are tunes that Blakey recorded, Ron confesses that in writing for this project Blakey's Jazz Messengers kept popping into his head. when drummer Vince Cherico came to the session and asked Ron "what type of feel do you want?" Ron said one word "Blakey!" Ron is currently working on an album with vocalist Tony Yezzo. The producer is bassist Al Cardillo, who collaborated with Ron on the writing.
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Besides being a member of the Saturday Night Live house band, he is also the musical director of the Mingus Big Band, Orchestra and Dynasty and is currently completing his latest album featuring all original compositions.
In the jazz scene, he has been heard on recordings and has performed alongside the likes of Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Nat and Cannonball Adderley, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Charles Mingus, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones, Hank Jones, Tito Puente, Michael Brecker, Duke Ellington, Carla Bley, Ron Carter, and more. In contrast, in the pop rock music scene he has also recorded and/or performed with Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, Paul Simon, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, Eddie Van Halen, Diana Ross and many others. His versatility as an artist is not only present in the jazz and pop rock music scene, but is also prominent in the classical realm as well, performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oakland Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony and the National Symphony.
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Contemporary jazz and pop music scene. New York-based Atherton has opened for the likes of Chuck Loeb, Patti Austin, Tito Puente and saxophonist Najee. In 2004 her debut CD ‘Let Me Inside Your Love’ made its mark on the national contemporary jazz charts, and in 2006 a cut from this album, ‘I Long For Your Love’ was included on the compilation ‘Ladies of Jazz,’ which also featured Natalie Cole, Candy Dulfer and Eliane Elias. Mindi Abair Saxophonist/vocalist/songwriter Mindi Abair has been surrounded by talented musicians her entire life. Her paternal grandmother was an opera singer, and her father was a saxophonist and B3 player in a blue-eyed soul group called The Entertainers – a gig that kept the whole family on the road for several years throughout the early ‘70s. By the time the band broke up and the Abairs put down roots in St. Petersburg, Florida, five-year-old Mindi had already demonstrated musical aspirations of her own by taking up the piano.
Looking Good Without Looking - 8-9pm Kick off Fall with the latest trends, Pantone's new colors and our guest, cosmetics manager/ buyer/ makeup artist Dawn Puente of Town and Country Apothecary! She will showcase Hollywood's tricks for a flawless look with uber-popular Smashbox Cosmetics. The Kovacs Perspective - 9-10pm Miriam Goodman tells us how our relationships can survive retirement and too much time suddenly spent together. David Moore will share the terrifying ordeal of his desperate search for a missing son, and how he found God while he was looking.
Versatile and assured composer/arranger and saxophonist, Andrew Neu, has soared on stage with a number of superstars - he can play ANY genre, making songs pop as if you never heard them before Andrew.
But, brother and sister - can he play JAZZ :) A Temple University Music School grad, my fellow Philadelphian has honed his lessons well. With the Peter Nero Philly Pops, Brian Pastor and Anthony Bonsera Big Bands, and the Bright and Tight Horns. This young man is BUSY!
Hold on, though - let's tell you the stage-sharing that Andrew has had: Household names like Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme (God rest her soul!). Then there's Elton John, Patti Labelle, Tito Puente, The Four Tops, Smokey Freaking Robinson - and anyone in "The City of Brotherly Love" that wanted their sound or recordings infused with a new level of energy and passion.
Andrew has been getting buzz for quite a while - years - most recently because he is a beloved and ardently showcased member of Bobby Caldwell's on-fire band. But now we see that there's a new road that is taking our guest to the superstardom that he deserves. " Everything Happens For a Reason" couldn't have dropped at a better time. That philosophy and the absolutely on-point music within this project. Long-time believers in Andrew's talent drop by for their input and the result is a source of intense pride for those of us who champion Philly-based artists.
Please join us on 8/13/2013 for an exciting visit with Andrew Neu. Music starts at one - we'll have LOTS of NEW releases (I had to do it :) and we'll celebrate the loving life of George Duke as well. My guest joins us (me, along with the Chat Room) at two p.m. Eastern USA time.
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