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  • The Pace Report: "Guided By Listening" The Gary Burton Interview wsg Larry Coryell and Terence Blanchard

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    S 2013 : Ep 10.07.13 - 10/7/13

    2013 marks the 70th birthday of jazz vibraphonist and master teacher Gary Burton. Last month he celebrated his birthday in grand style with a week of performances with special guests. Opening his first two nights he invited the legendary Arturo Sandoval to share the band-stage. Then, Grammy-Award winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard hit the stage for two nights of fiery sets. And closing out the week was Gary reuniting with the legendary Larry Coryell. This was both Gary and Larry's first time playing together in 45 years since the two have recorded and toured in his first working quartet. Gary has a brand new autobiography marking his 50 years as a musician titled "Learning To Listen." The book reflects on the musicians he's played with over the years ranging from Stan Getz, George Shearing, and Roy Haynes just to name a few. He also sheds some light on his life as an educator and the highs and lows of the record industry. In addition to Gary's book, his latest Mack Avenue Records release "Guided Tour" is the second release with the label but also the second to feature talented musicians like Julian Lage, Antonio Sanchez, and Scott Colley. To order Gary's latest CD "Guided Tour" or his autobiography "Learning To Listen," please visit him online at ormoreless
  • The Pace Report: "A New Day" The Helen Sung Interview

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    S 2013 : Ep 10.04.13 - 10/4/13

    As part of the 2013 Generation In Jazz Festival at Dizzy's in New York, pianist Helen Sung introduced the music world the new music from her upcoming debut on Concord Records, "Anthem For A New Day." In what would be her sixth recording, Helen has become more courageous in playing with some of the most intense and young crop of jazz talent that's making lots of noise on the NYC jazz scene. Musicians like Obed Calviare, Ruben Rogers, Ingrid Jensen, and Samuel Torres. Also, jazz luminaries Paquito D'Rivera and Regina Carter make special appearances on "Anthem For A New Day." Sung, a native from Houston, Texas, attended the famed High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where some of her classmates included Jason Moran, Kendrick Scott, and Robert Glasper. She studied classical piano where she earned her undergraduate and master's degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Helen was also one of the first of seven students accepted into the inaugural class at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Helen will be touring extensively in support of her new Concord Records release, "Anthem For A New Day." For upcoming club dates or to order her latest CD, please visit her online at ormoreless
  • The Pace Report: "One For The Books" The Peter Leitch Interview

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    S 2013 : Ep 10.02.13 - 10/2/13

    Here's the latest edition of The Pace Report featuring jazz guitarist Peter Leitch live at Walker's in NYC. His latest CD "California Concert" is a concert recorded live in 1999 with the late Billy Higgins and John Hicks. Peter also has written a memoir titled "Off The Books" which chronicles his life growing up in Canada before treading waters here in NYC. Catch Peter every Sunday night at Walker's in NYC beginning at 8:00pm. Enjoy!moreless
  • The Pace Report: "Been Wolfganged" The Warren Wolf Interview

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    S 2013 : Ep 09.26.13 - 9/26/13

    The jazz world has a new legion of jazz vibraphonists that are bringing a new voice and identity to this instrument. Warren Wolf is one of few vibraphonists that has an extensive following and continues to maintain the rich tradition of jazz music like the legends including Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutchinson. Warren's latest Mack Avenue Records release, "Wolfgang," showcases both his appreciation for classical and jazz sensibilities with new compositions features special guests Lewis Nash, Benny Green, Aaron Diehl, and Christian McBride. In addition to touring with his group WOLFPACK, he'll also be part of this year's SFJazz Collective with David Sanchez and Obed Calivare. For upcoming tour dates for WOLFPACK or the SF Jazz Collective, or to order his latest Mack Avenue Records release "Wolfgang," please visit him online at ormoreless
  • The Pace Report: "It's a Shorter Universe" The Wallace Roney Interview

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    S 2013 : Ep 07.28.13 - 7/28/13

    In 1967 saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter wrote a piece of orchestral work entitled "Universe" while still performing and composing while with the Miles Davis Quintet. The work was written with Davis's Quintet in mind but didn't see the light of day due to the transformation of his group during the late 1960's. "Universe" was deemed as lost until a group of musicians researched and found Wayne's music through the Library of Congress. Over the years Wayne also searched and over six years ago recovered the original music and gave it to trumpeter Wallace Roney. After four years of he and his wife writing charts and arrangements for Wayne's long lost work, he decided to form a orchestra of some the New York's finest orchestral and jazz musicians and perform the music in its entirety. This year, as Wayne celebrates his 80th birthday, Wallace took on the feat to perform and showcase this composer's work. Shorter, who was a member of Miles Davis's Quintet as well as the legendary jazz-fusion group Weather Report, will get a lot of recognition for this dynamic piece of music for his vision as a composer. In addition to Wallace performing the new music, he's also formed a new quintet that features exciting new talent that's destined to take jazz music to the next level. The new quintet, also featured in the orchestra are: Kush Abadey on drums, Rashaan Carter on bass, Ben Solomon on tenor saxophone, and Victor Gould on piano. Wallace's new HighNote Records release is entitled "Understanding." For upcoming info on Wallace's quintet and orchestra dates, please visit him online at ormoreless
  • The Pace Report: "Burdon-nistic Warrior" The Eric Burdon Interview

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    S 2013 : Ep 07.27.13 - 7/27/13

    For well over six decades frontman and leader Eric Burdon has lived a life many can only dream of. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was the leader of The Animals and founder of the Funk soul band War during the 1960's to the early 1970's. He's responsible of singing on The Animals massive hits including "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "House of the Rising Sun", "It's My Life", "See See Rider", and "We Gotta Get Outta This Place". Born Eric Victor Burdon in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Burdon fell in love with the likes of Ray Charles and Big Joe Turner and the raw and gritty sounds of American blues and R & B. This music was the nucleus of him seeing and performing with the likes of rock icons like Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis before he was 21 when he and the Animals were their touring band as well as opened for them in the early 1960's when the two toured the UK. Eric's latest CD "'Til Your River Runs Dry" on the Abkco Records imprint is a mix of the musical styles that he's recorded throughout his career ranging from blues, soul, and rock and roll. He's also written two best-selling autobiographies: "I Used to be an Animal, But I'm All Right Now" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: A Memoir". For upcoming tour info or to order Eric's latest disc, please visit him online at ormoreless
  • The Pace Report: "A Liquid Journey" The Gregory Porter Interview

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    S 2013 : Ep 06.16.13 - 6/16/13

    The last five years have been a whirlwind for vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter. The two-time Grammy-nominated singer is about to release his third recording, the first the the legendary Blue Note Records imprint, titled "Liquid Spirit." The new recording reunites Porter with co-collaborator and producer Brian Bacchus who helped spearhead his first two records "Water" and "Be Good." In addition to having a successful recording and touring career, Gregory is married and is a father. This segment's live performances and interview were shot at Gregory's record release party at Subculture in New York City. For upcoming tour and festival dates or to order Gregory's new CD "Liquid Spirit," please visit him online at ormoreless
  • The Pace Report: "The 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Cememony Highlights"

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    One of the most important jazz events took place at Jazz at Lincoln Center during the week of APAP last week. The 2012 National Endowment for the Arts held their 30th anniversary of the Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert to a sold-out crowd. The event pays tribute to the architects of jazz music both living and deceased. More importantly, the NEA gives the current inductees as well as music programs and centers all over the country, grants and funding to continue the legacy of providing the community jazz programming and education to keep the music viable to public. Including this year’s inductees, the NEA has celebrated the work and lives of 128 jazz musicians, awarded more than 2,400 jazz grants, and given over $32 million dollars over the last 30 years. A very important feat for the music that very seldom gets the notoriety or praise like other American black music such as hip-hop, soul, and the blues. This year’s 2012 NEA Jazz Masters inductees include: Sheila Jordan, vocalist and educator; Von Freeman, tenor saxophonist and bandleader; Jack DeJohnette, drummer and pianist; Jimmy Owens, trumpeter, educator, and advocate; and Charlie Haden, bassist and bandleader. The festivities kicked off this year in regal fashion as Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts gave the opening comments about how rich the NEA’s tradition of celebrating and commemorating of America’s only art form. 2007 NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis and last year’s inductee Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, also gave opening comments of the historical implications of the 30th Anniversary of this year’s jazz masters ceremony. NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods along with alto saxophonist Grace Kelly played “Things To Come” composed by former NEA Jazz Master Dizzy Gillespie. The two were backed by the stellar Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra lead by Wynton Marsalis. Drummer Jack DeJohnette was inducted by his mentor anmoreless
  • The Pace Report: "A Soul Band Brand of Brothers" The Mint Condition Interview

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    Soul group Mint Condition is celebrating 20 years in the business as a band. Also, they just got two Grammy-nominations for their duet featuring vocalist Kelly Price, "Not My Daddy.". Their latest record Shanachie Records release "7," is the band's seventh recording. Look for Mint Condition to tour this year in support of their 20th anniversary. For upcoming tour dates or to order their latest disc, please visit them online atmoreless
  • The Pace Report: "Remembering Nina, Odetta, and Miriam" The Sweet Honey In The Rock Interview

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    The black church has always been the home of both the struggle and strength of African-Americans since the days of the Middle Passage. It was the wit, wisdom, and oral tradition of hymns and stories handed down by our ancestors that have kept the lineage of these songs alive and well. The group Sweet Honey In The Rock have been on the front-lines for almost 40 years performing the rich oral narratives and rhythms that were created and steeped in the black church. The Grammy-Award winning a cappella group was founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 while teaching a vocal class at the Black Repertory Company in Washington, D.C. Reagon was inspired to name the group from a bible verse from Psalm 81:16 which makes reference to honey as “sweet” and provides the strength of a rock. For almost four decades the women of Sweet Honey In The Rock have used the power and voice of song to address and empower music fans on issues ranging from civil rights and equality to motherhood and domestic violence. Lately the group just recently performed and recorded a live tribute to vocalists and activists Miriam Makeba, Odetta, and Nina Simome. In addition to them now traveling with this new show, the ladies added a live trio to accompany them featuring: pianist/keyboardist and music director Stacy Wade; Parker McAllister on basses; and Jovol Bell on drums and percussion. Sweet Honey In The Rock just played a week long engagement at the Blue Note Jazz Club here in New York City. I sat down with both Ysaye Barnwell and Aisha Kahlil about their upcoming project and the history of black oral roots music. For upcoming tour dates or to order their past work, please visit them on the web atmoreless
  • The Pace Report: "The Seeker Speaks" The Azar Lawrence Interview

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    Last year saxophonist Azar Lawrence made his debut at the famed Jazz Standard Jazz Club in New York City to rave reviews riding high on his “Mystic Journey” CD. For his return engagement, this time he decided to make musical history. He performed two nights with his quintet featuring Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums; Nicholas Payton on trumpet; Essiet Okon Essiet on bass; and the dynamic Benito Gonzalez on piano. The power packed performances were recorded for an upcoming live recording entitled “The Seeker: Live at the Jazz Standard” which is slated for release sometime this year. The Los Angeles, California native first started playing violin at the age of five. It was mother that encouraged him to pursue his musical journey and got him involved to join the University of Southern California’s Junior Orchestra. By the time he reached 11, Azar began studying the alto saxophone, and from there he took off as young and budding musician. His mentor, Hubert Baker, noticed Azar’s skills while he played in the Dorsey High School Band. While as a teen, musicians all over LA began to notice and hire him for session and club work. At this time he was developing his chops as a professional musician playing with many of the R & B and soul greats of the day. In addition to his impressive horn skills, Azar is also an exceptional piano and keyboard player, which has always kept him employed by many in the industry. For decades Azar’s been a heavy presence in both the jazz and R & B circles as he’s been writing and collaborating with the likes of Chuck Jackson, Maurice White and Earth, Wind and Fire, War, Ike and Tina Turner, and Patrice Rushen just to name a few. He later went to work at Capitol Records as a successful songwriter. It was Reggie Golson, the son of the legendary Benny Golson, who introduced him to drummer Elvin Jones. One night he tagged along with him for a performance and asked the young Azar to join hmoreless
  • The Pace Report: "ERIMAJ Meets Jamire: Jamire Meets The Conflict of Man" The Jamire Williams Interview

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    S 2011 : Ep 12.18.11 -

    As a journalist who covers music and the arts extensively, I can say that the old heads who are jazz fans have kept the music between 1936 to 1968 locked in their minds as how jazz music has to stay in the modern and be-bop phase in order to survive. Many jazz musicians of this generation are having a problem incorporating music from today like hip-hop and soul in this ever changing musical diaspora in presenting the music to broad audiences including the old heads. Miles Davis and musicians during the fusion and soul-jazz era in the late 1960’s changed that mind-state. But during the 1980’s “Young Lions” era, the musicians were playing music of an era that was during its glory days and the older journalists were praising the sounds of be-bop again not keeping up with the other popular music that would dominate the world in a short span of 10 years. Hip-Hop, house, and electronica(and off shoots of it) were coming into play and jazz producers and musicians in the UK and other parts of Europe were experimenting with new technology and ways to keep jazz music innovative and crisp. Thank God for musicians like Christian Scott, Nicholas Payton, Robert Glasper, and endless musicians like them who never want to keep this art form in a box. Who always spice up and mix black culture in today’s jazz music to keep the fire and legacy of this music going. Drummer Jamire Williams is in that new class of jazz musicians that can play all genres of music, understand and explain it, and use the info and their vision to communicate why this music will always have room to grow. The Houston, Texas native has been playing the drums ever since he’s been a kid. Jamire graduated from the High School of the Performing & Visual Arts. Upon graduation he moved to New York City where he attended the New School University where he was the recipient of the school’s Young Beacon Award. It was while in New York City where Jamire didn’t want to stmoreless
  • The Pace Report: "The Sensual Minister of Soul" The Leon Ware Interview

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    Hailed as “The Sensual Minister of Soul,” singer/songwriter Leon Ware earned that title due the to songs he’s written for well over five decades. Leon’s sensual and erotic lyrics are responsible for legions of children being conceived while heating up the bedrooms and the back seats of cars. The Detroit, Michigan native was born on February 16th, 1940. As a child he began writing songs at the age of 9 when he penned his first song “The Girl of My Dreams.” He always wanted to become a vocalist like one of his idol’s the late Nat “King” Cole. In the 1950’s he formed a Doo-Wop group while attending McKenzie High School names The Romeos that included Lamont Dozier, who’d become part of one modern popular music’s legendary song writing hit-making teams, Holland-Dozier-Holland. During the late 1960’s Leon left Detroit and moved to New York City where he became an arranger at ABC Records. His first gold record “Got To Have You Back” recorded by the legendary Isley Brothers on Motown Records. The 1970’s was a very prolific time for Leon writing music for Ike and Tina Turner for their “Nuff Said” album. He penned Michael Jackson’s top five hit record “I Wanna Be Where You Are and songs on the landmark Quincy Jones record “Body Heat.” In 1975 Motown President Berry Gordy heard Leon’s demo of “I Want You” and thought that vocalist Marvin Gaye should record it. Over that year he and Marvin collaborated in what would become a classic recording. Over the last four decades musicians have recorded endless music penned by Leon including Minnie Riperton,Teena Marie, Average White Band, Donny Hathaway, Bobby Womack, James Ingram, and Jeffrey Osborne. He’s also recorded 11 solo projects including his current Stax Records release “Moon Ride.” Leon is currently recording new music which will be coming out soon working withmoreless
  • The Pace Report: "The Renegade Goes to Church" The Mark de Clive-Lowe Interview

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    S 2011 : Ep 12.08.11 -

    One of the most important and accomplished musicians and producers has made a dent on the New York City music scene. As of the last 15 years, McDL has been on the cusp of the resurgence of music production where it’s become more of an art and value of substance artistically. Mark de Clive-Lowe is a name that you’ll need to place in your memory banks for years to come. The New Zealand native has jet trekked all over the world studying, playing, and producing music here and abroad. Now, he’s bi-coastal hosting a monthly residency called “Church” here in New York at Club Drom and in LA where currently lives at Angel’s Piano Bar. His acoustic jazz set is a also a hybrid of his improvised electronic and broken beat set, and him serving as a DJ at the end of his set. The Mark de Clive-Lowe Experience is the live adaptation of what and how he produces his music in the studio with special guests that pop up from time to time. In 2000 Mark broke unto the scene as a jazz pianist with his debut “Six Degrees” to critical success overseas. By this time he’d already spent time around the world like Cuba, Japan, France, and parts of the US. While he was in the UK he’d play with some of pioneers of the Nu Jazz and Broken Beat music style ranging from Restless Soul, Bugz In The Attic, 4 Hero, and I G Culture. It was at the same time Mark would develop his skills as a musician and later producer. While growing up in New Zealand Mark learned how to play the piano and become a novice of jazz and other forms of American soul music. In the past decade he’s collaborated on over 250 releases with artists ranging from Sandra St. Victor, Shirley Bassey, Leon Ware, Jody Watley, and Jill Scott. Mark has been often compared to some of his other contemporaries like Quantic, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat. His serious minded love for the elders of this music has allowed him to produce real music that straddles the line of jazz, soul,moreless
  • The Pace Report: "The Renegade Goes to Church" The Mark de Clive-Lowe Interview

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    One of the most important and accomplished musicians and producers has made a dent on the New York City music scene. As of the last 15 years, McDL has been on the cusp of the resurgence of music production where it’s become more of an art and value of substance artistically. Mark de Clive-Lowe is a name that you’ll need to place in your memory banks for years to come. The New Zealand native has jet trekked all over the world studying, playing, and producing music here and abroad. Now, he’s bi-coastal hosting a monthly residency called “Church” here in New York at Club Drom and in LA where currently lives at Angel’s Piano Bar. His acoustic jazz set is a also a hybrid of his improvised electronic and broken beat set, and him serving as a DJ at the end of his set. The Mark de Clive-Lowe Experience is the live adaptation of what and how he produces his music in the studio with special guests that pop up from time to time. In 2000 Mark broke unto the scene as a jazz pianist with his debut “Six Degrees” to critical success overseas. By this time he’d already spent time around the world like Cuba, Japan, France, and parts of the US. While he was in the UK he’d play with some of pioneers of the Nu Jazz and Broken Beat music style ranging from Restless Soul, Bugz In The Attic, 4 Hero, and I G Culture. It was at the same time Mark would develop his skills as a musician and later producer. While growing up in New Zealand Mark learned how to play the piano and become a novice of jazz and other forms of American soul music. In the past decade he’s collaborated on over 250 releases with artists ranging from Sandra St. Victor, Shirley Bassey, Leon Ware, Jody Watley, and Jill Scott. Mark has been often compared to some of his other contemporaries like Quantic, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat. His serious minded love for the elders of this music has allowed him to produce real music that straddles the line of jazz, soul,moreless
  • The Pace Report: "The Renegade Goes to Church" The Mark de Clive-Lowe Interview

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    One of the most important and accomplished musicians and producers has made a dent on the New York City music scene. As of the last 15 years, McDL has been on the cusp of the resurgence of music production where it’s become more of an art and value of substance artistically. Mark de Clive-Lowe is a name that you’ll need to place in your memory banks for years to come. The New Zealand native has jet trekked all over the world studying, playing, and producing music here and abroad. Now, he’s bi-coastal hosting a monthly residency called “Church” here in New York at Club Drom and in LA where currently lives at Angel’s Piano Bar. His acoustic jazz set is a also a hybrid of his improvised electronic and broken beat set, and him serving as a DJ at the end of his set. The Mark de Clive-Lowe Experience is the live adaptation of what and how he produces his music in the studio with special guests that pop up from time to time. In 2000 Mark broke unto the scene as a jazz pianist with his debut “Six Degrees” to critical success overseas. By this time he’d already spent time around the world like Cuba, Japan, France, and parts of the US. While he was in the UK he’d play with some of pioneers of the Nu Jazz and Broken Beat music style ranging from Restless Soul, Bugz In The Attic, 4 Hero, and I G Culture. It was at the same time Mark would develop his skills as a musician and later producer. While growing up in New Zealand Mark learned how to play the piano and become a novice of jazz and other forms of American soul music. In the past decade he’s collaborated on over 250 releases with artists ranging from Sandra St. Victor, Shirley Bassey, Leon Ware, Jody Watley, and Jill Scott. Mark has been often compared to some of his other contemporaries like Quantic, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat. His serious minded love for the elders of this music has allowed him to produce real music that straddles the line of jazz, soul,moreless
  • The Pace Report: "Jump-N-Funk: Fela Style" The DJ Rich Medina Interview

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    S 2011 : Ep 12.02.11 -

    DJ Rich Medina is celebrating 10 years of his Afrobeat based set "Jump-N-Funk." The set is centered around the music and legacy of Nigerian born Fela Kuti. Rich began the set in the mid-1990's when listeners didn't know about the music. During the last four years, the Tony-Award Nominated musical "Fela" introduced a new legion of music fans globally adding more notority to Medina's sets and shows. For upcoming info and club dates, please visit Rich online atmoreless
  • The Pace Report: "Jump-N-Funk: Fela Style" The DJ Rich Medina Interview

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    DJ Rich Medina is celebrating 10 years of his Afrobeat based set "Jump-N-Funk." The set is centered around the music and legacy of Nigerian born Fela Kuti. Rich began the set in the mid-1990's when listeners didn't know about the music. During the last four years, the Tony-Award Nominated musical "Fela" introduced a new legion of music fans globally adding more notority to Medina's sets and shows. For upcoming info and club dates, please visit Rich online atmoreless
  • The Pace Report: "Jump-N-Funk: Fela Style" The DJ Rich Medina Interview

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    DJ Rich Medina is celebrating 10 years of his Afrobeat based set "Jump-N-Funk." The set is centered around the music and legacy of Nigerian born Fela Kuti. Rich began the set in the mid-1990's when listeners didn't know about the music. During the last four years, the Tony-Award Nominated musical "Fela" introduced a new legion of music fans globally adding more notority to Medina's sets and shows. For upcoming info and club dates, please visit Rich online atmoreless
  • The Pace Report: "Listening and Breathing New Life" The Rhonda Thomas Interview wsg Michael Coppola

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    S 2011 : Ep 11.27.11 -

    After almost 5 years after debut disc "Breathe New Life," vocalist and producer Rhonda Thomas is back with "Listen." This disc further explores the music and producer-side of Thomas; producing and writing a lot of her music. Some of the special guests on "Listen" include vocalist Avery Sunshine and also horn work by the group Jaspects. She does a stirring tribute to her mentor Issac Hayes with a rendition of "Do Your Thing." One of the standout tracks on "Listen" is her tribute to her grandmother in the track titled "Peppermint Leaves." The Atlanta-based vocalist has been busy over the last 20 years backing, recording, and touring with the likes of Incognito, India Arie, Dwele, Roberta Flack, and the late Isaac Hayes, whom she performed with for 11 years until his death. Rhonda has worked real hard in recording with other artists, yet maintaining and performing as an indie soul artist. In 1999 Rhonda released her debut EP "Rhonda" to rave reviews in the UK. In 2004 she released "Breathe New Life" which introduced American audiences to the vocalist's range of soul and jazz-based style music. Rhonda was also a co-founding member of the jazz/soul quartet Jiva whose debut disc "Sun and Moon" featured her as lead vocalist. Showcasing another side of Rhonda's vocal talents is her jazz release "Guess Who I Saw Today?" what guitarist Michael Coppola. This duo recording was cut in under 3 hours and they cover many standards of the great American songbook. Songs like "Day Dream," "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "A Night in Tunisia," and "That's All." Both she and Coppolla began playing together in night clubs when she began playing here on the east coast before she moved to Atlanta. Their musical pairing takes music listeners back to the days of the classic Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass and Tuck and Patti duo recordings. Rhonda's latest relmoreless
  • The Pace Report: "Compared to Les: The Liberating Soul Jazz of Les McCann" The Les McCann Interview wsg Javon Jackson

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    On June 21st, 1969 at the Montreux Jazz Festival, an impromptu performance was put together by the festival coordinators as well as the reps at Atlantic Records. They asked saxophonist Eddie Harris and vocalist/pianist Les McCann to perform a set featuring Benny Bailey on Trumpet, Leroy Vinnegar on Bass, and Donald Dean on Drums. This set produced a live recording of special and soulful jazz music that would become a staple of jazz music forever. The set was recorded and later released as “Swiss Movement.” The opening track was a gem written by the late songwriter Gene McDaniels called “Compared to What,” that became a war anthem and protest record that resonated with many people during the late 1960’s into the 70’s. The two would record another record in 1971 and play together live up until Eddie’s death in 1996. Over 40 years after the release of the classic “Swiss Movement” recording was released, the record has been hailed as one of the most important live jazz recordings of all-time. Les is considered one of the pioneers of the ‘Soul Jazz’ movement where he and other musicians during the late 1960’s like Dr. Lonnie Smith, George Benson, Pat Martino, Houston Person, and Charles Earland took fused straight-ahead jazz and soul music and played to both the young and older music fans. Records like Les’s “Compared to What” to Lou Donaldson’s “Alligator Boogaloo” dominated urban radio stations that mixed their records with the popular sounds of the day like Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Sly and the Family Stone. During the early 1960’s Les moved to Los Angeles, California where he formed his first group, Les McCann LTD. For a musician who wasn’t professionally trained, he was scouted by trumpeter Miles Davis and saxophonist Cannonball Adderely. Les built his name around the club circuit and caught the attention of the President of Pacific Jazzmoreless
  • The Pace Report: "A Time For Love: A Passion For Music" The Arturo Sandoval Interview

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    Trumpeter and bandleader Arturo Sandoval has been on the front-lines playing the keeping the rich musical traditions of his native Cuba to music fans all over the world. Arturo has fused and played a music that’s a combination of Afro-Cuban, Be-Bop, and other world musical influences that has allowed him to be one of the most recognizable and original voices of the trumpet. Born November 6th, 1949 in Artrmisa, Cuba, Arturo began his roots as a classical trumpet player while studying music at the Cuban National School of Arts. As a teen he developed a love and passion for jazz music. He heard lot of jazz music and decided at a young age that he wanted to pursue music. It was a chance meeting with the late trumpeter and bandleader Dizzy Gillespie while he was visiting Cuba, that the young Arturo developed a deep and powerful friendship with the musician that lasted until his death. He hails Dizzy as “his spiritual father and musical mentor.” Gillespie even invited Arturo to play in The United Nations Orchestra in which he was allowed to travel overseas. It was in 1990 while touring with Dizzy that he defected to the US while he was performing in Rome. Arturo requested political asylum and was then assisted by then Vice-President Dan Quayle, to help him relocate to Miami. In 1999 he became an American citizen where in addition to him playing around the world, he became a professor at Florida International University. In addition to him being a well accomplished musician, Arturo’s music and compositions have been featured in many motion pictures such as “Havana,” “The Mambo Kings,” and “The Perez Family.” HBO Pictures produced and released the critically-acclaimed movie of his life: “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story,” starring Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan. “A Time for Love” is trumpeter Arturo Sandoval’s debut recording for Concord Records. Sandoval play the music omoreless
  • The Pace Report: "Miguel's Puerto Rican Musical Epiphany" The Miguel Zenon Interview

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    One of this year’s critically-acclaimed recordings of 2011 is of alto saxophonist and bandleader Miguel Zenon. The Puerto Rican native’s latest disc “Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook” features music and compositions made famous by what Miguel hails as “the great Latin songbook made famous by many lesser composers from my country.” “Alma Adentro” was arranged by Zenon himself with orchestrations done brilliantly by composer and pianist Guillermo Klein. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miguel studied classical music at the Escrula Libre de Musica while attending school. He decided to pursue music here in the states where he received a scholarship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. It was there he’d be schooled and mentored by pianist Danlio Perez and drummer Bob Moses, where began playing professionally. The MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow has played and backed the likes of Charlie Haden, Los Gauchos, David Sanchez, and the late Ray Barretto. Miguel is one of the co-founding members of the SFJAZZ Collective. “Alma Adentro” is the third of a series of recordings in which Miguel pays tribute to the music of his native Puerto Rico. His last disc “Esta Plena” was nominated for a Grammy and is available on Marsalis Music. Miguel’s band includes: drummer Henry Cole, pianist Luis Perdomo, and bassist Hans Glawischnig. Miguel is currently on tour. For upcoming tour dates or to order “Alma Adentro,” please visit him on the web atmoreless
  • The Pace Report: "The RoMance of the Keys" The Junior Mance Interview

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    Pianist Junior Mance has backed some of the most prolific jazz musicians during his 60 years in the business. The Evanston, Illinois native was brought up around music what seems all of his life. Junior's father owned a piano and asked him if he could take lessons and by age 10 he was playing professionally. While he was a teenager he would begin to develop his chops as a diverse jazz pianist playing both early blues and popular music during the late 1930's into the mid-1940's. Backing musical greats like Gene Ammons and Lester Young. In 1951 Mance was drafted into the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky where he met Julian "Cannonball" Adderly who was then the leader of the 36th Army Band. The two formed a partnership that later ended in him reuniting with him in Chicago when Adderly formed his first working band. Junior recorded and stayed with Cannonball's group for a year. After being discharged from the Army, Mance returned to his hometown of Chicago where he became a in-demand session musician backing the likes of Dinah Washington, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Stitt, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie. At the suggestion and support of producer and promoter Norman Granz, Junior formed his first group The Junior Mance Trio which featured Ben Tucker on bass and Bobby Thomas on drums. Throughout the years Junior has never slowed down and continues to tour and record. His latest disc "Letter From Home" was recorded live at Cafe Loup in New York City and features his quartet: Hide Tanaka on bass, Kim Garey on drums, Ryan Anesimi on tenor sax, and Andrew Hadro on baritone saxophone. This recording showcases the blues based stride piano style that has been Junior's signature trademark for over 60 years. The International Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee plays every Sunday at the Cafe Loup in New York City. Music fans can reach out to Junior at website at There you can order his latest disc and find out his upcoming tour dates.moreless
  • The Pace Report: "Double Take" The Christian Scott Interview

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    For well over a decade, trumpeter and composer Christian Scott has been a “fire and brimstone” of sorts in the world of jazz music. Scott’s hunger and passion for the music is quite evident in his last five recordings which include his current “Yesterday You Said Tomorrow,” “Live at Newport,” “Anthem,” “Rewind That,” and his self-titled debut disc “Christian Scott.” Christian is now today musically what Wynton Marsalis and Terence Blanchard were to the early 1980’s or what Nicholas Payton was during the 1990‘s.Those trumpeters including Mr. Scott, have set and raised the bar on how jazz music is perceived as “America’s Original Art-form,” to how they and their contemporaries keep this music as innovative and fresh as this music continues to wane from the corporate and mainstream media. Scott’s rash and bold approach to jazz music as it relates to the music in the past, present, and the future has been why many music fans keep coming to his shows as well as look forward to him making statements with his music. As a child growing up on New Orleans, Christian got the solid foundation of his culture and music via his mother and his uncle, the legendary Donald Harrison, on what his role is as a musician as well as a person of his diverse heritage. He incorporates a musical technique in this playing called the ‘whisper technique.’ It’s when he manipulates and switches up his breathing pattern to produce a sound that is like a human voice. Recently he introduced five new compositions using the ‘harmolodic’ musical concept at The Gatehouse at Harlem Stage here in Harlem, New York. This musical style fuses world music and other contemporary influences that’s shaped Christian’s compositions musically. His quartet features Matthew Stevens on guitar, Lawrence Fields on piano, Kristopher Keith Funn on bass, and Jamire Williammoreless
  • The Pace Report: "Visiting Bienestan" The Aaron Goldberg and Guillermo Klein Interview

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    Pianist Aaron Goldberg musically created a new musical world with the help of Argentinean composer and pianist Guillermo Klein in what would become “Bienestan.” The Sunnyside Records release is a fuse of straight-ahead jazz mixed with world music influences featuring alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon, saxophonist Chris Cheek, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland. Klein takes a break from playing piano and plays the Fender Rhodes electric piano and serves as the music director for the touring ensemble. The musicians play a cadre of new music as well as standards on “Bienestan.” This unit boldly takes on the Charlie Parker classic “Moose the Mooche,” which is a pretty stark and crass take on the legend’s music in a more contemporary and innovative style that jazz fans will really appreciate. Other standards include “All the Things You Are and ”Manhã de Carnaval (Black Orpheus).” Their new originals like “Airplane Fugue,” “Burrito,” and “Yellow Roses” showcase the pure genius and artistic space and growth both Aaron and Guillermo have showcased throughout their 20 years in jazz music. Aaron Goldberg hails from Boston, Massachusetts was playing and studying piano by the time he was 8. Goldberg has played with the likes of Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Madeleine Peyroux, and Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He made his debut as a leader in 1999 with disc “Turning Point.” Guillermo Klein hails from Argentina and began studying music while in his teens. He played rock guitar and tried studying classical music at the conservatory. But due to his lack reading music, he as kicked out and decided to study music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Upon graduating school, Klein formed his band Los Guachos where he recorded and played at the legendary Smalls Jazz Club in New York City for almost a decade.moreless
  • The Pace Report: "Pickin' By With A Little Help From My Friends" The Stanley Jordan Interview

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    Hailed as one of the most important innovators in jazz guitar during the 1980’s, Stanley Jordan has been a musician that’s always been on the cutting edge of his technique and his passion for the music. His latest Mack Avenue Records release “Friends” is a myriad of all genres of music will playing and staying in the form of straight ahead jazz. This project pairs him with special guest musicians that Stanley’s been wanting to play and record with for decades. Musicians include Nicholas Payton, Ronnie Laws, Bucky Pizzarelli, Russell Malone, Charlie Hunter, Mike Stern, Regina Carter, and Kenny Garrett. His band is backed by his trio which features Charnett Moffett on bass and Kenwood Dennard on drums. Stanley and his trio just finished a week at The Iridium in New York City with special guests classical guitarist Sharon Isbin and the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli. Jordan, who just recorded a duet with Sharon on her latest disc “Guitar Passions,” graced the stage with him playing two classical compositions. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Stanley began playing the piano at the age of six and then started learning guitar at eleven. He started listening to jazz and rock music crediting John Coltrane and Carlos Santana as some of his early influences. Jordan attended Princeton University and studied digital music composition with the legendary Paul Lansky and the late Dr. Milton Babbitt. He began playing the guitar under the two-handed tapping technique that began to create a buzz in the jazz circles during the late1970’s into the early 1980’s. It was at this time when Blue Note Records began to release new artists and Jordan made his and label’s debut of “Magic Touch” which was released in the summer of 1985. For this period, Stanley recorded a handful of recordings until he took a break from recording and focus on her personal life as well and begun studying music therapy, which dedicates his personal timemoreless
  • The Pace Report: "Dr Woo's Jazzy-Funky Orchestra" The Bernie Worrell Interview

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    Pianist and Keyboardist Bernie Worrell is probably one of the most important and innovative musicians to help shape and mold how funk, jazz, classical, and rock in American popular music. This Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, along with Eddie Hazel, William “Bootsie” Collins, and George Clinton changed the world musically by adding a new musical mix by playing a more aggressive form of music that added the use of electronics as well as percussion to the mix. The groups Parliament-Funkadelic would become a musical amalgamation that played rock and soul that evolved into funk music. Worrell would go on to become the arranger and co-writer of the groups songs including “Flashlight,” Give Up the Funk,” “Mothership Connection,” and “Aqua Boogie.” His signature Minimoog and many keyboard arrangements have been sampled endlessly by rappers including De La Soul, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and A Tribe Called Quest. His latest project is both a labor of love as well as something he’s wanted to record during his entire career. “Bernie Worrell: Standards,” is his first jazz recording in a career that spans some 45 years. Bernie enlisted the help of drummer Evan Taylor, who also serves as the co-producer of the disc, to also put together his new group The Bernie Worrell Orchestra. As his producer, both the and Bernie endlessly put together a list of jazz standards ranging from Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train” to Dave Brubeck’s “Take 5.” But it allows him to play behind a nine-piece band that features two drummers, a percussionist, two saxophonists, a trumpeter, a bassist, and guitarist. It’s a funky and organic project that allows the master keyboardist to ‘funk out’ these jazz standards. These songs aren’t a far departure from Bernie’s origins and beginning in the industry. Born George Bernard Worrell, Jr on April 19, 1944 in Long Branch, New Jersey,moreless
  • The Pace Report: "The Floating City: A Dieselpunk Dystopia" The Thomas Dolby Interview

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    During the 1980's synth-pop and new wave music dominated the British and American air and video waves. The new highly technological advent of keyboards and sampling changed how musicians created their sound as well as how they produced records. Bands like New Order, Devo, Asia, A Flock of Seagulls, and The Thompson Twins gave music fans a run for their money as the youth of this generation craved the edginess of video driven exposure when FM radio was about to become corporate and a MTV was an infant that helped pioneer the visual opposed to recorded talent. After 30 years after musician and producer Thomas Dolby released his colossal hit "She Blinded Me With Science" off his debut album "The Golden Age of Wireless," he proved and stated musically that he was intelligent and wasn't going to let the visual medium direct his career like so many artists of the early 1980's like Michael Jackson, Prince, The Cure, and Aerosmith that rose in the ranks to become the mega-superstars that they became. Thomas's music was a hybrid of rock, new wave, funk, soul, and electronica. His latest recording "A Map of the Floating City," his first in twenty years, is music based off a online game Dolby created with game designer Andrea Phillips. The game allows music fans and gamers to interact with nine different tribes and dig through cities that have been named after Dolby's past songs. The tribe that wins will get to see a private concert of Thomas performing his new record. Dolby's new record features guest performances by Mark Knopfler, Imogen Heap, Bruce Wooley, and Regina Spektor. Born Thomas Morgan Robertson on October 14th, 1958, Dolby has been one of the most requested session keyboard players and producers during the late 1970's into the early 1980's. He's backed and recorded with Foreigner, Def Leppard, David Bowie, George Clinton, Whodini, and Prefab Sprout. Over the last 30 years he's released some of the most innovative records which includemoreless
  • The Pace Report: "The Floating City: A Dieselpunk Dystopia" The Thomas Dolby Interview

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    During the 1980's synth-pop and new wave music dominated the British and American air and video waves. The new highly technological advent of keyboards and sampling changed how musicians created their sound as well as how they produced records. Bands like New Order, Devo, Asia, A Flock of Seagulls, and The Thompson Twins gave music fans a run for their money as the youth of this generation craved the edginess of video driven exposure when FM radio was about to become corporate and a MTV was an infant that helped pioneer the visual opposed to recorded talent. After 30 years after musician and producer Thomas Dolby released his colossal hit "She Blinded Me With Science" off his debut album "The Golden Age of Wireless," he proved and stated musically that he was intelligent and wasn't going to let the visual medium direct his career like so many artists of the early 1980's like Michael Jackson, Prince, The Cure, and Aerosmith that rose in the ranks to become the mega-superstars that they became. Thomas's music was a hybrid of rock, new wave, funk, soul, and electronica. His latest recording "A Map of the Floating City," his first in twenty years, is music based off a online game Dolby created with game designer Andrea Phillips. The game allows music fans and gamers to interact with nine different tribes and dig through cities that have been named after Dolby's past songs. The tribe that wins will get to see a private concert of Thomas performing his new record. Dolby's new record features guest performances by Mark Knopfler, Imogen Heap, Bruce Wooley, and Regina Spektor. Born Thomas Morgan Robertson on October 14th, 1958, Dolby has been one of the most requested session keyboard players and producers during the late 1970's into the early 1980's. He's backed and recorded with Foreigner, Def Leppard, David Bowie, George Clinton, Whodini, and Prefab Sprout. Over the last 30 years he's released some of the most innovative records which includemoreless
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