Sweet Baby J'ai. is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and actress who has toured the world with her distinctive sound. Although J'ai is known for her energetic stage presence and powerful vocals, some critics describe her as a "jazz singer", others a "blues singer” but all agree that this versatile soulful, singer-songwriter is a "storyteller". She can't be contained by one genre of music. She has performed in many styles, from soul, R&B, folk, jazz, blues, pop, spoken word, and occasionally even the diva singer fronting the orchestra.
The conversation we had was real enjoyable, funny and real.
This is a must hear interview with the multi talented Sweetbaby J'ai
Songs in Order 1Think You Know Everything "Introduction Jai Michel" 2 Killer Joe "Straight to the Place" 3 Let Alone "Art Of Blue" 4 Suddenly (in waLk Bud) "Evollution" 5 Scofield's Blues "Straight to the Place" 6 Fever "Straight to the Place" 7 Summertime (central ave) "Introductioning Jai Michel"
Dr. Lonnie Smith became a distinctively thoughtful kind of Hammond organist in the wake of his 1960s fame as a jazz/R&B fusioneer, pumping out spacey, I interview the Doctor in 2014 where we had a great conversation talking about his career his love for the music. The Doctor was with blue note records over 45 years ago( 1970). Now he's back with a brand new CD entitled Evolution. Artist who collaborated with the Dr. on this project Robert Glasper, Keyon Harrold, Joe Lovano and more.
Sit back and enjoy this conversation with the master Hammond B3 Orginist Dr. Lonnie Smith. Also available, listen to the first conversation that the Dr and I had. If you want more info on the Dr. www.drlonniesmith.com
Songs in Order 1, Afrodesia 2, Talk About Us 3, Straight No Chaser 4, For Heaven Sake 5, Play It Back
From Dr. Lonnie Smith New CD "Evolution" on Blue Note Record
James Leary was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Studied piano and played in Rhythm & Blues bands featuring Teroy Betton,Ben Pruitt ,Thomas East,Robert Trezvant,David ii and Jimmy Mayers and York Wilbon around Arkansas.He later became a versatile Bassist performing with Art Porter ,Sr ,Albert King ,Little Johnny Taylor, Major Lance graduated UAPB(U of Arkansas ,Pine Bluff)
BA ,Music ED. In San Francisco studied Bass w/Charles Siani,Ortiz Walton ,played with Oakland Symphony/San Francisco Ballet
Orch at the same time began a long career as bassist w John Handy, George Duke, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hutcherson,Harold Land, Pharoah Sanders, just to name a few. I sat down with James in between set's at the RedWhite&Bluezz jazz and bar restaurant in Old Pasadena, Calif.
and talk about his career and who got him hook on Jazz.
This interview was recorded July 18, 2013
Songs in order 1,Waltz to Monday,2 remember to Smile, 3, Little Birds, 4 Come and Talk, 5, Little Joe G, 6, Wajumbe All songs from James Leary's CD Together
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