Rick Braun: I’ve Come Full Circle with Can You Feel It

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Trumpeter Rick Braun is as smooth as they come. Best known for his passionate style of play and amazing song writing skills, the Pennsylvania native started his career at a young age and has gone on to create one ...

Lil John Roberts and Friends Talk About The Making of Space

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The excitement around Lil’ John Roberts’ debut album The Heartbeat is felt through a cross-section of music lovers. Those diverse ears and hearts have recognized the contributions Roberts has made over the course ...

Lenny White: Jazz Prepared Me to Play All kinds of Music

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Very rarely does a musician get to play on a legendary recording such as Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew so early in their career, but drummer Lenny White is no ordinary musician.  Taking a cue from his drumming hero Tony...

Jonathan Butler: Baring His Soul and Living His Dream

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While Jonathan Butler was growing up as a youngster in Cape Town, South Africa living under the racist Apartheid system, dreams had to be very important.  What’s more important to Butler is the ability to live those...

The Bobby Womack Effect

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I often wonder if, as a young boy growing up on E. 85th and Quincy in Cleveland, Ohio, sneaking licks on his father’s precious guitar, Bobby Womack even imagined the impact he would have on the music industry. Wom...

Richard Elliot: The Reigning Merchant of Soul Jazz

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With 30 years in the music business under his belt and 17 original solo albums, Richard Elliot has earned all of the acclaim and accolades thrown his way.  But resting on his laurels and allowing others to define ...

Ron Carter: The Most Recorded Bass Player In History

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We love legends, don’t we? Not only do they use their talents to break barriers and achieve levels of greatness that few have seen, but they also use those very talents to lead a new generation to that same level ...

Christian Scott: I’m a Free Agent

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Originally, the term “stretch music” was used to describe the powerful way in which trumpeter Christian Scott elongated the boundaries of music by fusing elements of jazz with various other musical genres.  Today,...

Sabrena Kelly-Lewis: The Legacy of My Father Jim Kelly

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Some people have argued that we now live in a society where everyone wants to be a star. 15 minutes of fame is all that is needed so that, if only for a moment, the world will know their names. For these people, m...

Lil John Roberts: The Space Between The Heartbeat

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To say that John “Lil John” Roberts is a hot commodity in the R&B and jazz drumming world, is like saying that water is wet.  Roberts has backed up an eclectic range of artists, but now, it’s his turn to shine...

Festival Review: Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2014

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While much of the world was just beginning to enjoy summer, the Caribbean island of St. Lucia said goodbye to its sunshine season with the “2014 St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival.” This was the second year of the...

CD Review: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band- Landmarks

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Depending on whom you ask, the term “folk music,” can elicit several different reactions. From Robert Johnson to Robert Zimmerman, folk music's long reach is only matched by that of jazz. But what happens when the...

CD Review: Jose James, While You Were Sleeping

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On June 9, 2013 I stood amongst the throngs of concertgoers waiting for the arrival of Kanye West. The location was Randall's Island in New York, and it was the final night of Governor's Ball. When the lights dimm...

The 35th Annual Tri C Jazz Festival Reaches New Heights

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Marcus Miller This year marked the 35th Anniversary of the Tri C Jazz Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, and I must say it was a great start to the summer for the Rock and Roll City. The organizers of the event went big thi...

Robin Thicke and the Art of Being Human

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Maya Angelou once said, “All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.”  I hadn’t thought about her quote in quite some time, but it r...

Monty Alexander: Roots of The Harlem-Kingston Express Spring Up in Saint Lucia

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For American fans of Kingston, Jamaica-born pianist Monty Alexander, the chance to see him in concert - in the Caribbean - at the “Saint Lucia Music & Arts Festival” was a highly anticipated treat, and the art...

Joe Locke: My Thoughts About Jazz

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Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. He has performed and recorded with a diverse range of notable musicians, including Grover Washington Jr, Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderso...

Who is Grammy Award winner Casey Benjamin

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 Casey Benjamin is a Grammy Award winning saxophonist, vocoderist, keyboardist, producer and songwriter from South Jamaica, Queens, New York City. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art a...

Marc Cary: The Culture of Jazz

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Jazz pianist, keyboardist, producer and composer Marc Cary holds tight to his roots in Washington, D.C.’s go-go music scene, but they represent only one more element to fuse with the many other musical forms he ex...

Advice from the Classroom to the Bandstand

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Victor Goines is a jazz saxophonist and clarinetist. Goines talks about performing with this former students, dressing for the bandstand and taking care of your music business.

Who is Genius Pianist Robert Glasper

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Grammy Award winning pianist Robert Glasper tells us who he is, why people describe him as the modern day Thelonious Monk and he take us behind the Black Radio 2 creative process.

A Candid Conversation with Delfeayo Marsalis

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Delfeayo Marsalis talks candidly about Jazz, what it means to be a serious musician, why New Orleans musicians have a musical advantage and the Marsalis family values

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Singer Darryl Tookes

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Darryl Tookes is a prolific composer, lyricist, pianist, singer and arranger who is recognized throughout the music world as a truly original, uncompromising artist. Upon graduating from high school, Mr. Tookes re...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Pianist Robert Glasper

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Breakthrough success can often be a tough act to follow. But with a little help from some notable friends, Robert Glasper Experiment is set to up the ante with the follow-up to his successful GRAMMY-winning al...

iRock Jazz LIVE! Choreographer Kamilah Barrett

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Kamilah is the Creator of HEEL HOP®.  A spiritually connected, certified fitness instructor, she has traveled the world as a Professional Choreographer, Dancer, Singer, and Actress. Discovered by the music legend ...

iRock Jazz Live! with Pianist Patrice Rushen

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Multi-Grammy nominated artist, Patrice Rushen, is fashioning her career after the legacy of her long-time friend and mentor, Quincy Jones. Composer...Producer...International Recording Artist...Rushen has de...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Bassist / Vocalist Nik West

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"Holy Funkadelic, I felt this girl's energy the first time I was in her presence, I knew there was something special about her and that hair" -Steven Tyler "Great stage presence"-Prince With credits that in...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Lil John Roberts, Eric Roberson + Stokley Williams

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What do you get when you combine four of the most talented male R&B/soul vocalists in existence right now on one song by the next big producer? Popular drummer Lil John Roberts follows up with “Space,” which f...

iRock Jazz LIVE Paris! with Drummer Tim Campanella

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Tim Campanella is a drummer / composer originally from the south of France (close to Nice), and established during those last years in Amsterdam, New York and now Paris. Even though his roots comes from Jazz, h...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Michael Jackson, Inc Author Zack O’Malley Greenburg

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ZACK O’MALLEY GREENBURG is a senior editor at Forbes, where he covers the business of music & entertainment in his column, The Beat Report. His first book, a Jay-Z biography called Empire State of Mind, was pu...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with EnVogue’s Maxine Jones

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Maxine Jones is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Jones rose to fame in the early 1990s as a member of the R&B quartet En Vogue, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. In 2001, Jon...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Actress Karyn Parsons

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Karyn Parsons (Founder and President of Sweet Blackberry) is best known as the character “Hilary Banks” on the long-running television show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” Karyn created the Sweet Blackberry foundati...

iRock Jazz LIVE Paris! with Singer Sandra Nkaké

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Sandra Nkaké is a singer-songwriter-composer who has grown up between Yaoundé (Cameroun) and Paris. She was bounced back and forth on a regular basis between two different cultures and climates, and was confronted...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Bassist Marcus Miller

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When it comes to jazz, funk, R&B and bass guitar, Marcus Miller is truly a pioneer. By the age of 15 he was already composing music and was proficient on the clarinet, piano and bass guitar. In subsequent years ...