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"Up Close & Personal" with Latinjazzy is my creation that materialized from my passion and love affair with music. "Up Close & Personal" (UC&P) is an internet broadcast ALL about the world of JAZZ, the artists and their fans. UC&P is meant for it to serve as another platform for Jazz artists to have so they can showcase their artistry. "Up Close & Personal" will bring you the best of the best in Contemporary, Smooth, Traditional, Classical, Latin Jazz and World Jazz., one show at a time... UC&P will bring you the respected trendsetters who have paved the way for so many ... The hottest of Artists in the Jazz scene today and will shine the spotlight on the new upcoming and rising stars of tomorrow. The Jazz genre is Limitless, as will be my efforts to explore and bring something fresh each and every week. Up Close & Personal is for everyone! I invite you to join me in this musical journey. through my Cosmic World of Jazz...where you can hear music that makes your heart melt, your ears groove and your soul sing!!! Tune in, sit back and enjoy.. I will be waiting for YOU!! "Up Close & Personal" will not only do interviews, but listening parties as well as some other projects that are still in the works....so stay tuned. Up Close & Personal is under the umbrella of my Keepin' It Smooth Management & Promotions Company.

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Today I have the honor of catching up and going back in time with the one and only Charles McPherson...There is some much history in this young man's life that I will not have enough space to write about him, but you can surely tune in and listen for yourself..This man is nothing but historical. Alto saxophonist Charles McPherson was born in 1939 in Joplin, Missouri. His earliest exposure to jazz was from the numerous Swing Era ?territory? bands that played outdoor concerts at a local public park. Shortly after World War II, the McPherson family relocated to Detroit. It was there that Charles, then 13, began his musical studies. Like so many urban centers with large African-American populations in the 1950s, Detroit jazz musicians enthusiastically embraced the blues-based Hard Bop style. But with few recording opportunities present in their home town (this was in the days before Motown) Detroit's best jazz instrumentalists invariably moved to New York City. Charles McPherson made the migration in 1959. McPherson's talents eventually came to the attention of Charles Mingus. A complex and spontaneous man, Mingus has been alternately described as both volatile and compassionate by those who knew him. Charles McPherson became a favorite of Mingus's for both personal and musical reasons. Their association continued off and on for years. Mingus eventually died of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1979. Today's music collector has frustratingly few choices available to obtain aural documents of McPherson together with Mingus. This is largely due to the bassist's financial hardships and a tempestuous relationship with many of the recording companies that had championed him.
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