Dr. Alvin McKinney is a Virtuoso Alto Saxophonist, song writer/composer, arranger, and producer. He started his musical journey playing drums at age four. At age twelve, he picked up his first Saxophone. It became his first passion, and the focus of his career aspirations in music. He attended the University of Memphis, where he studied Classical Saxophone under Professor of Saxophones, Mr. Allen Rippe. He performed with the Marching Band, Jazz Band, and won the Woodwind Concerto competition in 1988. He graduated in 1989 with a concentration in Saxophone Performance. He went on to study Saxophone Performance under world renowned Professor of Saxophones, Mr. Donald Sinta, at the University of Michigan Master’s Program, where he taught Jazz Styles as a Graduate Assistant under Mr. Ed Sarath. He holds a Masters in Divinity, and a Doctorate in Sacred Music from the Global Evangelical Christian College and Seminary, in Wetumpka, Alabama. Dr. McKinney established Prophetic Management & Entertainment to produce and promote his musical gifts and talent. He has over 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry.He is the host of The Joyful Jazz Show, which airs live from Roscoe’s Media Center in Los Angeles, California, Every Thursday from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time at www.rmconair.com. The Joyful Jazz Showfeatures Gospel/Christian Jazz Artists, and Christians in all music genres globally.Over the years, he has performed or recorded with such industry giants as B. B. King, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Kirk Whalum, Billy Preston, Phil Upchurch, Lou Rawls, and many more. He plays flute, clarinet, midi wind controller, keyboard, drums, and auxiliary percussions. He performs Classical, Traditional Jazz, Swing Jazz, Gospel Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Dixieland, R & B, Soul, Pop, and Funk, which makes him an Artist that’s got all the angles covered. He is the full package.
I sat down with Dr. Alvin McKinney at H.O.M.E Music & Entertainment club in Beverly Hills, Ca.
We talk about his faith and his music. For contact infromation, www.dralvinmckinney.net
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Song in order from latest CD entitled A Spirilual Journey 1, Amazing Grace 2, Soft Sand of Time Run Down 3,Come As You Are 4, And All Heaven Smile 5, King,s David 's Victory Dance 6, Dot Your I's Cross Your T's With God
Bili Redd Thedford was born in Los Angeles in July 5th, 1942. His mother died a month after delivering him. He and his sister Carol, who is a year and half older than him, were handed to a series of foster families in early years of their lives.
“My father dropped us off at daycare when I was two or three of years old and never came back,” Thedford recalls.Thedford often visited a neighbor who had a piano. He taught himself a few chords and sang what he heard in his new home. In 1957, his family relocated in Pacoima, where he ran into a partner from his high school in LA, named Leonard, and met other friends. The boys formed a vocal group. They sang under streetlights and serenaded at their girlfriends’ houses.“In 1959 we met Johnny Otis and he took us to studios in Los Angeles and recorded us,” he says. “The company bought us suits and took us in the road with all the grown-up singers. We were just kids and we got to go out with professionals every night. They taught us how to deal with people and how to handle a crowd. It was great training that is hardly found today.”
The first two singers that Thedford “really adored” were Billy Eckstine and Louis Jordan. “Eckstine was the greatest thing I’d ever heard: a guy with this big baritone voice, who made women swoon and they loved him. I thought: ‘Probably when I grow up I’d look like him, which I kind of did.”
I had the opportunity to sit down with Two time Grammy Winner Bili Redd at H.O.M.E Music & Entertainment in Beverly Hills. I started with the mind set 10 min. interview but it turn out to be about 40 mins. From singing with Audre Crouch to backing up Minnie Riperton, Melissa Manchester, and getting inspiration on bass playing from Al McKibbons and to top it off Billy Higgins is his uncle. Enjoy this conversation with vocalist and a 2015 Honoree Jazz Living Legend Bili Redd.
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All songs From the Richard Sherman Trio 1. Caribbean Fantasy 2. Where or When 3. Everything Must Change
4. Singing a Song for You 5. A House is Not A Home 6. Witchita Lineman
Henry "Skipper" Franklin (born Los Angeles, California, October 1, 1940) is an American jazz double-bassist.
BiographyFranklin played on Hugh Masekela's 1968 number one single, "Grazing in the Grass," as well as with Masekela's band at the Monterey International Pop Festival in June 1967. In addition, Franklin has played and recorded with Gene Harris & the Three Sounds, Hampton Hawes, Freddie Hubbard, Bobbi Humphrey, Willie Bobo,Archie Shepp, O.C. Smith, Count Basie, Stevie Wonder and Al Jarreau. Franklin's recording—composed by Sanifu Al Hall, Jr.-- "Soft Spirit" was featured on thebreakbeat compilation Tribe Vibes as it had been sampled by the musical group A Tribe Called Quest.
Encourage by his father, Sammy Franklin, a jazz trumpeter and bandleader, he studied with Al McKibbon and George Morrow and listening to Paul Chambers. Henry Just release a new CD call "TWO VIEWS" Line-up: Henry Franklin - Bass Cecilia Coleman - Piano Kirk Lightsey - Piano Ben Clatworthy - Tenor Saxophone, Flute Carl Burnett - Drums Calvin Keys - Guitar Lee Jimenez - Percussion C. Infinite - Spoken Word and Doug Watkins. As Henry tell us this was an in prompt CD his good friend painist Kirk Lightsey came in town to visit and they decided to recoed this CD, Listening as Henry talks about how this prpoject came about. Interview was recorded 3/11/2015 in the LA area. for more information www.henryfranklin.com. Phone number (951) 943.4740 for a copy of this, his newest CD.
From Henry Franklin new CD "Two Views" (2015) songs in order 1, Jazz Was Born 2, Heaven Dance 3,Blue For Drayce 4, Frank Tunes 5, Brother Rudolph 6, Punjab
information www.henryfranklin.com. Phone number (951) 943.4740
Dee Dee McNeil, born in Detroit, Michigan, spent her early musical life as a contract songwriter for Motown Record Company. Her music has been recorded by Nancy Wilson, Jonah Jones, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, David Ruffin, The Four Tops, Edwin Starr and the wife of late, great Reggae master Bob Marley, Rita Marley, to name only a few. Although she is successful commercially, McNeil's roots and real passion have always embraced jazz music. She's a diverse writer, poet, plays piano, sings professionally and has written a number of plays and children's stories. Her freelance articles and CD reviews have appeared in Essence, Pathfinders Travel Magazine, Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz and many more publications, both in this country and abroad. She was the original lady who recorded with the historic Watts Prophets spoken-word group in the early 70's. Their "Rappin' Black in a White World" LP was nominated for an NAACP Award long before rap became popular. Her original song, "What Is A Man" (sampled from that LP) was used in the motion picture "Higher Learning." As part of the first spoken-word group to put danceable music to poetry, she became an opening act for Roberta Flack, Les McCann, Richard Pryor, and many others. Ms. McNeil is currently producing jazz concerts helping keep jazz music alive; raising the pay scale for jazz musicians; introducing jazz to a younger audience and at the same time, sharing historic facts about some of our great jazz artists, who are too often taken for granted. In 2001, Dee Dee won the National BET (Black Entertainment Television) Jazz Discovery Contest, competing with vocalists all over the country. When she is not performing at jazz clubs, she is a part-time vocal coach at the Music Perforrnance Academy (MPA) in Alhambra where she also teaches Artist Development Dee Dee new release StoryTeller is a
Collaboration of great musicians with Dee Dee writing 8 of the ten songs on the CD. A must have in your Library. Recorded 1/16/15 LA area.
All songs in order 1, Hardknocks, 2,That's my Dream, 3 Storyteller, 4,Blues For Harold McKinney, 5, Prayer for The People, 6, Peek-A-Boo all songs from Dee Dee McNeil new CD "StoryTeller" For more information www.deedeemac.com
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