Jazz Tones on WCLK

Insights- Vocalist René Marie

Apr 18, 2018
MaryLynn Gillaspie/Motema Music

Sunday afternoon on Jazz Tones on WCLK I had the opportunity to interview René Marie. She is a vocalist, arranger and composer. theatrical performer, and teacher. She was born in Warrenton, Virginia and neither of her parents were formally trained musicians but exposed her to Blues, R&B,classical, folk and bluegrass music. Part of René's musical philosophy has been focused on giving back. In  2010 she launched a series of vocal group sessions called Slam. Her lastest release was 2016's Sound of Red.  This was her first album of all orginal material.

Azar Lawrence-Elementals

Apr 9, 2018

Saxophonist Azar Lawrence has played as sideman for McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw. Lawrence was the tenor saxophonist Tyner used following John Coltrane's death. He has also played on record with Earth Wind & Fire and Marvin Gaye, among many others. His latest release on High Tone Records is called Elementals, and features Benito Gonzales, Jeff Littlejohn, Marvin "Smitty" Smith and Munyungo Jackson.

Jazz Tones Insights-Eric Alexander

Mar 30, 2018

I interviewed Eric Alexander in advance of his weekend appearances at the Velvet Note. The saxophonist discussed his recent High Note release,  Song of No Regrets. There are few artists on stage who combine chops, imagination and technique with a fluidity of ideas as he does--High Note. Eric reveals that he was trained classically on clarinet, piano, alto sax before choosing tenor sax. He is a graduate of  William Patterson University in New Jersey.

Jazz Tones Insights - Lisa Hilton

Mar 11, 2018

Join me Sunday, March 11 for Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK between 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM.   I interview Pianist and classically-trained Composer Lisa Hilton.  Her latest release, Escapism, focuses on and savors the beauty that still surrounds us.   Lisa states that "I compose much like abstract or non-figurative painters - expressing musically and emotionally so the audience connects with the experience when songs are performed". 

Jazz Tones Insights - Rebirth Brass Band

Feb 18, 2018

Join me Sunday, February 18 on Jazz Tones on WCLK  3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. as I interview members of The Rebirth Brass Band. It's a Mardi Gras celebration with the Rebirth Jazz Band, formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers. The Grammy- winning band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Rebirth is noted for their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf in New Orleans.

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