Leslie Coleman "Les" McCann (born September 23, 1935, in Lexington, Kentucky) is an American soul jazz pianist and vocalist whose biggest successes came as a crossover artist into R&B and soul. An early musical success for McCann was his winning of a Navy talent contest for singing; this led to an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. McCann's main career began in the early 1960s when he recorded as a pianist with his trio for Pacific Jazz Records.
In 1969, Atlantic Records released Swiss Movement, a recording of McCann with frequent collaborator, saxophonist Eddie Harris, and guest trumpeter Benny Baileyat that year's Montreux Jazz Festival. The album contained the song "Compared to What", and both the album and the single were huge Billboard pop chart successes. "Compared to What" featured political criticism of the Vietnam War. The song was not written by McCann; fellow Atlantic composer/artist Eugene McDaniels wrote it years earlier. "Compared to What" was initially recorded and released by soul vocalist Roberta Flack. Her version appeared as the opening track on her debut recording, First Take (1969).
After the success of Swiss Movement, McCann — primarily a piano player — began to emphasize his rough-hewn vocals more. He became an innovator in the soul jazz style, merging jazz with funk, soul and world rhythms; much of his early 1970s music prefigures the Stevie Wonder albums of that decade. He was among the first jazz musicians to include electric piano, clavinet, and synthesizer in his music.
In 1971, he and Harris were part of a group of soul, R&B, and rock performers — including Wilson Pickett, The Staple Singers, Santana and Ike & Tina Turner — who flew to Accra, Ghana for a historic 14-hour concert before more than 100,000 Ghanaians. The March 6 concert was recorded for the documentary film Soul To Soul. In 2004 the movie was released on DVD with an accompanying soundtrack album.
A mild stroke in the mid 1990s sidelined McCann for a while, but in 2002 he released a new album, Pump it Up. McCann has also exhibited as a painter and photographer. With so many artist that had such great stories about their experences in travel and just life. So told by the man Les McCann, I know he just told us a little bit of about his life. Set back and enjoy the man Les McCann. recorded 2/27/15 in San Bernardino, Ca
Songs in Order 1, Jubilation " The Shout" 2,Four "Jazz" 3,C Jam Blues " The Shout" 4,For Cal Perkins " Play the Truth" 5, Cold Duck " Swiss Movement" 6, Compare to What " Swiss Movement" 7,Django " Les McCann Sings"
Pianist Tim Ray Perhaps best known as long-time pianist for Lyle Lovett, Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on over 70 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Classical Orchestra. Tim has also performed repeatedly on “The Tonight Show” (Johnny Carson, Jay Leno), “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Conan O’Brien Show,” “Austin City Limits” and various other national TV and radio broadcasts. Come join me as Tim takes us on his musical journey
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tim Lin is a rising jazz star whose progressive sound draws from his synthesis of the jazz tradition. Upon his discovery of John Coltrane's masterpiece "A Love Supreme", Tim was drawn into the wonders of the jazz idiom. During his junior year in high school, Tim was mentored by bay area saxophonist and educator Dann Zinn. Guided by Zinn's inspirational teaching, Tim found his passion and calling to play jazz at the highest level possible. Upon acceptance to University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, Tim received a scholarship to study with the world-renowned jazz recording artist Bob Sheppard. During his college years in Los Angeles, Tim was a member of the award winning USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra directed by Bob Mintzer in addition to the USC Honors Combo directed by Jason Goldman.
In his early twenties, Tim has performed as a sideman with jazz luminaries such as Kenny Burrell, Tootie Heath, Russell Ferrante, Carl Allen, The Grammy Award winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra, among many other artists and ensembles. Tim has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Blue Whale, Catalina Bar and Grill, Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, and internationally in Taiwan. Tim now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where he is an active jazz artist, educator, composer and is preparing to release his debut album in the upcoming future.
Songs in Order 1,Linda "TL Original Comp." 2, A Love Supreme "John Coltrane 3, Your Lady " John Coltrane"
4, Glass "TL Original"
Gerry Gibbs is a Grammy nominated Drummer, Producer, Band Leader, Composer & Arranger
Gerry Gibbs is the son of jazz vibraphone legend & bandleader Terry Gibbs. Besides leading his own bands, projects and studio productions, Gerry is also an in-demand drummer, having performed, recorded and toured with a who’s who in jazz, funk, electronic & world music, among them: McCoy Tyner, Alice Coltrane, Stanley Clarke, Joe Henderson, Hubert Laws, James Moody, Sam Rivers, Patrice Rushen, Dewey Redman, Eddie Harris, Mike Stern, Larry Coryell, Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, Brad Mehldau, Parliament Funkadelic & Electronic Music Pioneer Flying Lotus, to name but a few. Modern Drummer Magazine features Gerry in its December 2015 issue. Sit back and enjoy Gerry's journey
through this great American Classical art form. For more info www.gerrygibbsmusic.com
Songs in order 1 The Caribbean Song "GG and the Thrasher Big Band" 2 Sunshower "KBarron,GGibbs,RCarter" 3 Runnin " We're Back" 4 Mighty Mighty "We're Back" 5 Here Come Ron " KBarron,GGibbs,RCarter" 6 Pinocchio "CTRIC Orchestra Plays the Music of Miles Davis" 7 The Look Of Love " Live in Studio With C Wilson"
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