He was born in Lackawanna, New York, into a family with a vocal group and radio program. Smith says that his mother was a major influence on him musically, as she introduced him to gospel, classical, and jazz music. He was part of several vocal ensembles in the 1950s, including the Teen Kings. Art Kubera, the owner of a local music store, gave Smith his first organ, a Hammond B3. Dr. Lonnie Smith has played with Melvin Sparks, Lou Donaldson, Lee Morgan, George Benson just to name a few. This interview was enlighting , informative and just plan fun. He has a great since of humor and stories that will leave you laughing. When you think of Hammond B3 organist he is on top of the list along with Jack Mcduff and Jimmy Smith. This interview was done 12/29/13
Songs in Order 1, Jaguar " GB Uptown" 2,Alligator Bogaloo "Lou Donaldson" 3, AW S Hucks "LS" 4, Psychedelic Pi "LS" 5,Benson Rider "GB Cookbook" 6, Failing in Love "LS" 7, Move Your Hand "LS" 8, Slow High "LS" #Dr. Lonnie Smith (LS) CD In The Beginning. George Benson Quartet (GB) Lou Donaldson (LD)
Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Worcester,
Massachusetts, Victor’s love of music was cultivated and shaped by his mother, a singer and a Julliard-trained pianist. After college, Victor moved to Oakland, CA. While building a successful business career, he studied voice and sat in at local jazz clubs in the evenings.
As an independent artist, Victor has recorded five critically acclaimed CD’s on his own label, Regina Records. Urban Buzz wrote, “It’s like David slaying Goliath. Victor Fields is on his own independent label and he’s making his own independent music without the money machine behind him”. Featured artists on his recordings reads like a “who’s who” of Smooth Jazz: Gerald Albright, Eric Marienthal, Jeff Lorber, Tom Politzer, Richard Elliot, Chris Camozzi, Kashif, Rodney Franklin, Rick Braun, and Nelson Braxton.
As a performer he has shared the stage with Isaac Hayes, Cameo, Dee Dee Bridgewater, James Ingram, Patti Austin, Regina Belle and Atlantic Starr. After a sold out performance at Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar, a fan wrote: "Victor, you have perfected what you do and make it seems so easy. God has smiled on you, and we hear that when you sing". A mutual friend introduced Victor to Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter, Kashif (George Benson, Whitney Houston), which led to their collaboration on his debut album, “Promise” (1999). The CD gained impressive reviews and a loyal fan base. In 2002, Victor followed with, “52nd Street”, produced by famed guitarist, Chris Camozzi (Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton) and landed at #12 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart.
Songs in Order 1, You'll Never Fine Another Love Like Mind "The Lou Rawls Project" 2, Walk on By :53nd Street" 3, Night And Day " Victor: 4, Let Me Be Good to You "The Lou Rawls Project" 5, Round Midnight "52nd Street" 6, Nature Boy " Promise " for more information www.victorfields.com
This is part 2 of Bassist John B. Williams. John has performed with some the world’s most renowned jazz artists—Nancy Wilson, Horace Silver, Count Basie, Louie Bellson, Billy Cobham, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and the Manhattan Transfer, to name a few. He was a fixture on late-night television, first with Doc Severinsen’s house band
on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, and later as
part of the Posse on the Arsenio Hall Show. Williams recently released his second solo CD, Arabesque, and he’s currently preppingNotes onLife (Played in the Key of Love), a collaboration with his wife Jessica for release on his own imprint, JBW
Entertainment.My interview with John was so much fun and he had stories to tell about his journey and the music he loves. This interview was done in 2 parts. In Feb. of 2013 at his home,
John B. Williams has performed with some the world’s most renowned jazz artists—Nancy Wilson, Horace Silver, Count Basie, Louie Bellson, Billy Cobham, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and the Manhattan Transfer, to name a few. He was a fixture on late-night television, first with Doc Severinsen’s house band on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, and later as
part of the Posse on the Arsenio Hall Show. Williams recently released his second solo CD, Arabesque, and he’s currently preppingNotes on
Life (Played in the Key of Love), a collaboration with his wife
Jessica for release on his own imprint, JBW Entertainment.
My interview with John was so much fun and he had stories to tell about his journey and the music he loves. This interview was done in 2 parts. In Feb. of 2013 at his home, He had to much to say to do it ine 1 session. Enjoy
Song Selections 1. Bass Calling out, 2 You're With Me "Gratitude" 3, Samba De LA Composa, 4, Love the One"Arabesque' 5. Gratitude, "Gratitude"
Jazz singer Clairdee's warm, effervescent, and sassy style has not only earned her rave reviews but also a solid fan base, of which the famed Nancy Wilson is a member. Born Barbara Clairdee in Tucson, AZ, Clairdee spent most her early years in Denver, CO, but as an Air Force child, she saw more travel than most children. It exposed her to all types of music, most of which she fell in love with. Singing began at age 14, and with such a solid voice, Clairdee was soon doing session work for television commercials. After her teens, a move to San Francisco was in order and while keeping her session work going, Clairdee was moonlighting in the city's jazz clubs. Her debut album, Destination Moon, was released in 2000 by the Declare Music label. Her Christmas album This Christmas appeared in 2003 and was followed two years later by the funky Music Moves. For more information and to buy her music www.clairdee.com
Songs in Order 1,Yes Sir that's my Baby " Music Move" 2, Moonglow " Destination Moon" 3, Quit Nights of Quit Stars "Music Moves" 4, They Can't Take That Away From Me "Destination Moon" 5, Destination Moon 6, Do Something " Music Moves"
Vocalist/composer/arranger Andrea Claburn was born in Baltimore to a classical pianist mother and jazz aficionado father and raised in the classical tradition, studying both piano and violin before turning to vocal jazz as a young adult. A conservatory-trained musician, Andrea’s musical depth shapes her exceptional vocal style, with a “highly instrumental use of her voice” that is “riveting to hear.” As a composer and lyricist, she breathes life into new songs as well as old, writing and arranging contemporary jazz standards, and lyricizing a wide range of instrumental material, from Ellington to Metheny. A powerful storyteller and charismatic performer, Andrea Claburn brings the music to life with passion, intelligence, and wit, her style infused with a wide variety of musical influences while remaining strongly rooted in the jazz tradition.
Raised and educated largely in Northern California, Andrea holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies) from the California Jazz Conservatory, where she was mentored by some of the finest jazz artists on the West Coast. In October, 2010, her sophomore year at the CJC, Andrea was awarded the Conservatory's highest vocal honor, the Mark Murphy Vocal Scholarship, an award given to a singer who “demonstrates exceptional creativity and artistic promise.” In August, 2015 Andrea became a member of the vocal faculty of her alma mater, the California Jazz Conservatory, where she teaches private lessons in vocal technique, performance, and musicianship. for more info www.andreaclaburn.com
Songs in Order 1, Lionheart 2, Infinite Wisdom (echoes of Harlem) 3,Turn Out The Stars 4, Skylark 5, The Fall of Men
Rashid Booker out of NY, Is consider a Jazz Aficionado. I met Rashid through Facebook, looking at his posting of great jazz artist reading his articles on the music he love. So I reach out to him and we connected. We share common passion about the music we love and conversation about the artist we respect. It was refreshing talking about our mutual appreciation for the African- American Classical art form. Sit back and enjoy this interview with Rashid Booker.
He invites you to check out his Facebook sites Rashid Booker the Jazz Aficionado, and The Great African American Classical Composer. this interview was recorded 8/14 Enjoy !
Obituary for Leonard Rashid BookerLeonard (Rashid) Booker, 61, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was born on February 5, 1956 to the union of Gwendolyn Aiken and Joseph Anderson Booker in Cincinnati, Ohio. Leonard died unexpectedly on May 28, 2017 of a heart attack.
Leonard, the youngest of four children, grew up in Cincinnati and attended Cincinnati Public Schools. Besides his family, Leonard loved traveling and jazz. Soon after graduating from high school he moved to New York City, which fueled his passion for jazz and African- American culture.
In New York, he began his career by working at American Airlines as a flight attendant; he wore the uniform well, which was not surprising given his love of clothes and style. After his first trip to Europe he wanted to see more, and this led him to his second uniform.
Leonard enlisted in the U.S. Army, which allowed him to not only serve his country, but to see the world. Leonard and his wife, Willa Mae were stationed in Germany for many years, and spent time exploring Europe. In 1990, Leonard's unit was deployed to Kuwait during the Gulf War. After he left the Army, Leonard served in the U.S. Air Force reserve for five years. After his Army career, Leonard satisfied his travel bug by becoming a long-distance trucker.
He stayed in touch with family via cell phone calls during those long trips on the road. In his later years, Leonard took advantage of GI benefits to further his education, which he enjoyed immensely. He recently returned to long-distance trucking. Leonard's passion for jazz, and his love of jazz went far beyond listening to and collecting music. Leonard was a serious student of jazz and its role in American culture. Leonard was known to the jazz world as ‘Rashid The Jazz Aficionado Booker.’
To help others better understand the role of jazz in African American history and culture, Leonard established a YouTube site and was an active blogger with many followers. Leonard's goal was to educate the world about jazz in an effort to keep the idiom alive. The Jazz Aficionado will be missed by his loving family and friends and always remembered with love and affection as a unique and original person.
Leonard was preceded in death by his mother Gwendolyn Aiken Booker on August 29, 2011 and his father, Joseph Anderson Booker, who passed away in December, 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Willa Mae Booker; his daughter, Mia Simone and son, Eric Rashid; four grandchildren, Ja'Veyon, Ja'Kai, Skylar, and Sky; his sisters, Phyllis Sloan and Joanne Booker; his brothers, Joseph Anderson and Ronald (Patricia) Booker; his niece Kalila Booker-Cassano and his nephew Darryl Allen Sloan.
Songs in Order 1, The Promise "John Coltrane Live at Birdland" 2,Just Friends"Charlie Parker with Strings The Master" 3, Miles " "Miles Davis Milestones" 4, Epistrophy "Thelonious Monk, Monk's Greatest Hits 5, Back to the Source "Payton's Place, Nicholas Payton 6, Scat Blue " Embraceable You, Sarah Vaughan"
Yolanda Rhodes communicates her creative energy through three art forms.Often interrelated, her singing, storytelling and photo art (portraits of Yolanda) are a part of her life, as natural as the body's cycle of breathing in and out.
Yolanda blends the emotional and the physical, the heart and the body, as she performs. She sees her work as a way to serve up truth with spiritual and emotional charm.
Talking with Yolandra was really enlightening., her spirits her soul was real comforting. Come and take this journey with Vocalist Yolandra Rhodes. For more information https://www.yolandarhodes.com
Songs in Order 1,Beginning to See The Light 2, Don't Explain 3, Baby I'm Yours 4, Lullabye of Birdland
Tenor saxophonist Lawrence Clark has entrenched himself into the restive jazz scene in New York City. Driven by persistence and passion, Lawrence embarks on a journey into the spiritual realm of music. Inspired by the John Coltrane quartet the Miles Davis quintet and a 10-year apprenticeship in the Rashied Ali quintet Lawrence strives to reach new horizons.
Lawrence grew up in Camden, NJ a neighboring city to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Coming from a non- musical family Lawrence took a liking to music at an early age. Starting out on the alto and baritones saxophones Lawrence worked his way into the concert band and jazz ensembles through out middle and high school. During his senor year in high school Lawrence won a scholarship for private lessons at the Settlement school of music in Philadelphia, Pa.
After graduating high school Lawrence received a partial scholarship to attend Berklee College of music where he later changed his focus to the tenor saxophone. At Berklee Lawrence studied with Fred Lipsus, Andy McGee and Billy Pierce who started him off in the right direction and gave him a solid foundation. Berklee being in the heart of Boston there were many opportunities for Lawrence to network and perform at local jazz clubs there. After spending some time in Boston Lawrence decided to move to New York City to develop a higher level of musicianship.
Lawrence has performed with many respectable musicians such as, Norman Simmons, Winard Harper, David Bryant, Jeremy Pelt, Orrin Evans, Azar Lawrence, Tyshawn Sorey, Eric Mcpherson, David Weiss, Billy Hart, Anthony Wonsey, Gene Jackson, Reggie Workman, David Weiss, Babatunede Lea, Dwayne Burno, Billy Drummond, Rashied Ali to name a few. In addition to performing in New York Lawrence has traveled all through out Europe, Asia and Africa performing at many clubs and jazz festivals. Currently living in New York Lawrence leads his own Quintet, which consists of bass, drums, piano, trumpet and saxophone. Lawrence works to shape the sound and developing the harmonic and rhythmic concepts of this Quintet. Lawrence plans to release a CD the best represents the concept of his Quintet. Lawrence can be heard on the following CD’s “Judgment Day Vol. 1” “Judgment Day Vol. 2” with Rashied Ali, “Orientation” with Greg Murphy, “Make it Happen” with Winard Harper, “Live in Europe” with Rashied Ali, “Supa Lowery Bros Vol. 1” “Supa Lowery Bros Vol. 2” with Supa Lowery Bros, “Rashied Ali tribute band” at the Zinc Bar, “Inner City Hero” with Johhny Mez, “Dreams Beyond” with George Spanos, “Portrait” with Josh Evans, “Lux Hermetica” with Brandon Lewis, “Hope and Despair” Josh Evans and “Forward Motion” Lawrence Clarks Debut Album.
Lawrence strives to be sincere and expressive through out his music, employing creativity to its fullest and making an emotional attachment which is necessary to convey true purpose and intent.
Songs in order 1, Creation 2, So Long Sterling 3, 7th Dimension 4, Lourana 5, The Moment of Truth
All songs from his Debut CD Forward Motion for more information www.lawrence-clark.net
Gerald William Clayton is a jazz pianist and composer born in Utrecht, Netherlands and raised in Los Angeles.Clayton attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, USC's Thornton School of Music, where he studied piano with Billy Childs, and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Kenny Barron.
He has performed and recorded with Roy Hargrove, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Kendrick Scott, Ben Williams, Terell Stafford & Dick Oatts, Michael Rodriguez, Avishai Cohen, Sachal Vasandani, Gretchen Parlato, and the Clayton Brothers Quintet. Clayton also has enjoyed an extended association since early 2013, touring and recording with saxophone legend, Charles Lloyd. 2016 marks his second year as Musical Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour, a project that features his trio with Ravi Coltrane, Nicolas Payton, and Raul Midón.
In 2012 and 2013 Clayton received Grammy nomations for The Paris Sessions (Concord) and Life Forum (Concord). In 2010, he was nominated for Best Instrumental Composition for "Battle Circle", which is featured on the Clayton Brothers album, New Song and Dance. In 2009, he was nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for his solo on Cole Porter's "All of You" from his debut album, Two-Shade. His nomination competed with established jazz musicians Terence Blanchard and Roy Hargrove, with whom Clayton toured for several years.
The Clayton Brothers' Brother to Brother received a nomination in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category. Gerald Clayton plays piano on the album, which holds loosely to a theme of songs that were made famous by Thad, Hank and Elvin Jones. Clayton's piano playing was described by Ben Ratliff of The New York Times as "[filling] up the available space" with Clayton "busying himself with prettiness and authority." Ratliff continued, "If you've listened to much hard bop or mainstream jazz of the early '60s, you might find some easygoing clichés in his playing – or maybe even an awful lot of them – but they are smoothly rendered. More important, the friendly rhetoric of this music allows them."
Clayton is the son of jazz bassist John Clayton.
Songs in Order from the CD Tributary Tales 1, Unforseen 2, Wakeful 3, A Light 4, Envisionings 5, Dmension_Interwoven
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