Quentin was born and raised in Pasadena, CA and moved to Detroit at an early age. His interest in music began as a toddler playing drums at age 3. Quickly finding his strong suit he began producing at age 10, singing & songwriting at 18 and professionally engineering at age 20. Sitting down with Quentin was really enjoyable by welcome me into his home and candidly taking us on his magical journey as an artist and a musician who plays drums. His stories from back in the days in Detroit to LA. This interview was recorded in Azusa Ca. 10/26/2013
Bassist Stan Gilbert born in 1938 in New York City, New York, Growing up in a classical family, his older sister Iris a classical pianist, his brother concert Violinist, and his brother in-law also a concert Violinist. Stan has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Long Beach Symphony and the San Diego Symphony Orchestras.
Stan has performed and/or recorded with: Cal Tjader, Freddie Hubbard,Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, Less McCann, Blue Mitchell, Philly Joe Jones, Donald B,yrd, Thelonious Monk,Teddy Edwards just to name a few.
Stan works perform in Japan with his duo. He was general manager of a jazz club in Akasaka Tokyo. Stan also reintroduce west coast USA jazz to Japan by producing, recording and performing on several successful Japanese record releases. Stan live in Japan and is home about twice a year.
I was able to catch up with him in his home in Long Beach. Setting down talking to him was great, and I know this well be the beginning of a great friendship. I was honored having a wonderful conversation with him. This interview was recorded in Long Beach, Ca. Nov 14, 2014
All songs are From Stan Gilbert CD entitled, Cheek to Cheek With Harvey Mason on drums, Llew Matthews on piano, except Linus And Lucy by Vince Guaraldi on piano, Stan Gilbert on bass, Carl Burnett on drums
Cobb's most famous work is on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (1959), considered by many to be the quintessential jazz record. Cobb is the last surviving player from the session. Legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb, was born in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1929. A superb, mostly self-taught musician, Jimmy is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands. Jimmy’s inspirational work with Miles, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and Co. spanned 1957 until 1963, and included the masterpiece "Kind of Blue", the most popular jazz recording in history. He also played on "Sketches of Spain", Someday My Prince will Come", "Live at Carnegie Hall, "Live at
the Blackhawk", "Porgy and Bess", and many, many other watermark Miles Davis recordings.
At 87 Jimmy is still going strong teaching and performing. Set back and enjoy the journey with Jimmy Cobb.
A special thanks goes out to Rashid Booker for making it happen.
Songs in Order 1, Simone "Cobb's Grooves" 2, Juicy Lucy (Horace Silver) " Cobb Back in Italy" 3, Flamingo "Earl Bostic" 4, Ain't Necessary So "MD Porgy and Bess" 5, So What "MD Kind of Blue" 6, I Thought " Wynton Kelly Trio" 7, Bye Bye Blackbird " Sarah Vaughn Live in Japan Vol 1" 8, Unit 7 "West Montgomery & Wynton Kelly Trio " Smokin At The Half Note"
Songs in order 1, French Spice "Freeform" 2, Return of the King "Caricatures" 3,6 M's "Royal Flush" 4, Hush "Groovin for Nat" 5, Places & Spaces "Flight Time"
“Greg Murphy began his musical adventures in 1971 when he joined the Ray-Fisk Grammar School Band in Chicago. His classical studies began later that year with Lucia Santini at Roosevelt University. Between 1980 and 1984, he played with the jazz/funk band Lightning Flash Thunder Roar, The University of Illinois at Chicago Big Band, The Northern Illinois University Big Band, and other local Chicago bands.I was playing in pop bands when I got started in Chicago, before I started getting deeply into jazz,” says the pianist-composer, who got a grant to study with Ellis Marsalis in New Orleans during the mid ‘80s.An experienced improviser, composer, arranger and teacher, Greg Murphy has led, directed and performed with various groups around the world for the past three decades. Greg moved to New York in 1987 and began what had become a long association with multi-directional drummer, Rashied Ali. Greg performed and recorded with Ali and his various groups throughout Europe, Canada, the United States and beyond, from 1987 until Rashied passed away in 2009. Sit back and enjoy this conversation with pianist Greg Murphy
Songs in order from his latist CD "Summer Breeze" 1, Solid 2, Suspended Time 3, No One in Particular 4, A Reason To Smile 5, Expedition 6, Cedar Salad for more information www.gregmurphyjazz.com
Trumpeter Al Strong being introduced to jazz music at the age of 15, Al Strong has worked diligently to master and refine his musical passions. Raised in Washington, DC, Strong undoubtedly carries an affinity for dance music of all disciplines, which carries over in his sound and demeanor. In addition to having the pleasure of performing for artists such as Branford Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Clay Aiken, and Lind Eder, you can hear Al Strong's sound on a number of other projects available for distribution. These artists include The Foreign Exchange, Yazarah, Soul Understated featuring Mavis "Swan" Poole, and, The Foreign Exchange, along with others. Strong also balances his affinity for music with adjunct teaching responsibilities at North Carolina Central University, as well as festivals, shows, and summer jazz camps with his non-profit organization, The Art of Cool Project.
Songs in Order 1, Getaway 2, Fond of You 3, Liquid 4, Blue Monk 5, Ci's Blues 6, Was
All songs from the CD LoveStrong Vol 1 For more information www.alstrongmusic.com, Itunes
For nearly fifty years jazz guitarist Calvin Keys has been a leader of his own bands, producer of his recordings and on first call for his exceptional style as an accompanist and soloist by many other legends of jazz!
It was in Calvin's birth city of Omaha that he secretly starting to teach himself to play on his uncle's Gibson after being warned away from the instrument. It was on one such occasion that his uncle caught him and he was so impressed that he gave him the guitar. Thank goodness for that uncle!!
At age 16 he first played guitar professionally mostly on popular music and blues gigs. Soon after a friend turned him on to Miles Davis and that's when he shifted his direction towards jazz! As Calvin says it was “something new to explore”. Around this time Calvin was also introduced to the father of electric guitar, Charlie Christian whom Calvin has referred to as “the master be bopper”, Keys continues “before Charlie Christian the guitar was a chordal instrument, he started using it as a soloinstrument”.
For more information about Calvin Keys go to his website www.calvinkeys.com
Sonds in Order 1 Isotope "Calvinesque" 2 West Coast Blues "Hand Made Portrait" 3 Drunk Monk "Vertical Clearance" 4 Woody 'N You "Blue Moon Ahmad Jamal" 5 Shawn Neeg "Electric Keys" 6 Proceed with Caution "Electric Keys
James Spaulding Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, after a period in the US Army he moved toChicago in 1957. There he joined the Sun Ra Arkestra, making several recordings and remaining through 1959. He subsequently freelanced as a studio musician and occasionally led his own groups before returning to Indianapolis in 1961. On relocating to New York City in 1963, he recorded extensively for Blue Note Records as a sideman. He was also a member of theWorld Saxophone Quartet for a time.
Songs in order 1, Time to go 2 (SP) "Round to it" 2, Monk You (SP) "Blues Up and Over" 3, Henry Street (SP) "Blues Up and Over 4, Prophet Jenning (FH) "Hub-Tones 5, Ben (DM) "Hope Scope" 6, Continuance (JS) "Blues Up and Over" 7, NY Theme/ Blue s Up and Over. For purchasing any of James Spaulding music, www.cdbaby.com/cd/jsquintet www.cdbaby.com/cd/spauldingj
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Eddie Gale Musician, trumpeter, composer, publisher, recording artist, and band leader. Director of the Inner Peace (student and professional) Orchestra. Facilitator of Music Improv Workshop at San José State University. Performs throughout America, Canada and Europe.
1999-2002 California Artist-in-Residence at San José State University, Monroe Middle School (in Campbell, CA), East Side Arts Alliance/Black Dot Artists Collective and McClymonds High School (both in Oakland). 1972, Artist in Residence at Stanford University.
San José’s Ambassador of Jazz, proclaimed in 1974 by then Mayor Norman Mineta and endorsed by City of San José mayors since.
Ambassador of Music, Association of World Citizens, San Francisco, since 1995.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) since 1969
California Arts Council Grants Review Panel
African American Innovators headed by Dr. Karlton Hester, Santa Cruz, CA
Harry Fox Agency
Chamber of America
As a leader-17 (mostly original music)
As a sideman: 9
Blue Note Records
Roof Top Records
Songs in order 1Images "Sun Ra" 2 Here Comes Another Miracle" In Love Again" 3 Ghetto Summertime " Black Rhythm Happening" 4, The Rain 5,Route 95 "Afro Fire"
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