Hey..good morning Jazz lovers!
Thanks so much for waking up and starting your day with some Jazz! First off, I want to say thank you to everyone who came out to Abe and Louie's this past Friday night for the Best Foot Forward Celebrity Bartending event!! Lots of fun and it was great meeting you.
Since this is my first blog..just wanted to share some new music that has arrived thanks to the fine folks at Shanachie Records.
You heard the new project by Brian Simpson. His new disc is called "Just what you need". This project absolutely blew me away. I couldn't choose just one track to add..though his single is "Just what you Need" and I am playing it..there is still so much juicy stuff here..it was difficult to decide. So, I added several for you to enjoy!
The new Maysa Leak cd is her 10th Solo album to date. I'ts called "Blue Velvet" and it is the perfect title for her velvet voice. Not what I expected from Maysa though. It was a departure from her usual sound with Bluey from Incognito. A very nice cd though and it just shows that sometimes you have to step out of your own safe backyard to see the world. The cd is a great addition to anyones library!
We also got to enjoy this morning new Chieli Minucci and Special EfX from Chieli's new cd called "Genesis". As usual, Italian guitarist has produced something uplifting, fun to listen to and layered with some fantastic jazz herbs and spices. In short..just really good stuff!
Chuck Loeb also brought something to the party this morning with his newest endeavor "Silhouette" and it features not only some great guests, but also, Chuck's own daughters! "Silhouette" features Eric Marienthal, David Mann, Andy Snitzer, Carmen Cuesta (in spanish) and his daughters Lizzy and Christina as they are obviously following in dad's footsteps. Again, another cd that I couldn't just play the single..so much great stuff on here..so you will here "Silhouette" and then..maybe one or two other phenomenal tracks snuck in.....
Now, my big question to you all. You may have heard I am getting married again..well, 3rd time is the charm. So, I was thinking about using Lou Rawls and Dianne Reeves Version of "At Last" to walk down the aisle to. We are getting married in a beautiful garden outside at Sunset..and me being the Jazz woman that I am..lol..I thought it would be a great song...your thoughts??
Thanks so much for listening!!
Beijos e abracos
Chris Botti in concert at the Kravis Center, April 21! What a phenomenal show! I just enjoyed every piece of music and his band is so tight and truly remarkable!
I had to wait back stage for a while to get him for any pictures, but Chris is gracious and more than accommodating to his audience and obviously, WE in radio that play his music!
The Kravis Center is a gorgeous theater surrounded by fountains and tall glass windows and lovely people all dressed up for the night! The folks that make sure the show goes on, Melinda and Gin are true professionals!
I have seen and interviewed Chris now a few times over the past several years since his beginning as a Solo artist, coming out from under the protective wing of Sting. Chris mentions Sting during his performance and praises his work and thanks him for all his help over the years and considers him his Mentor. Chris's violinist Caroline Campbell is absolutely riveting on the Violin. The energy between her and Chris is remarkable and she brings a lot to the performance when she comes out. Chris also honors his band and gives them such wonderful praise and gratitude for helping him sound so great!
A lot of stations have considered Chris just a Smooth Jazz Artist, but he is so much more!
His music style is JAZZ, the real stuff and his arrangements and interpretations of some of the Covers that he plays and his own compositions are so deep and just layer upon layer of delicious Jazz…you can truly sink your teeth into it.
If you missed Chris Botti…shame on you! Do not miss him the next time he comes to town. His charisma, presentation and musical depth is something really worth seeing!
Sunny Morning Jazz
Keiko Matsui Show
Keiko Matsui..(which means Happy Child) in Japanese, is certainly not only a happy child..but a happy and extremely talented Musician. I had the pleasure of interviewing and introducing her in concert at the New World Center and though the area was a small and quaint gathering..it was simply a performance that took your breath away.
Keiko is charismatic and powerful..undoubtedly talented and doesn't let her obvious language barrier prevent her from being a welcoming and humble hostess that packs a mean punch on that piano of hers!
I enjoyed Keiko immensely and her band is amazing as well. Her special guest Al Dimeola was a very nice addition to the already fantastic concert. It was great to see two masters of their instrument perform together so smoothly on stage together.
keiko's new cd.."Black Lion" is another notch in her already impressive line up of 25 years now in the business. Keiko's music is uplifting, dynamic and spiritual..as is she.
Thank you Keiko and Al and Keiko's wonderful management group and her manager..very professional and a lot of fun to meet and work with!!
Hostess of Sunny Morning Jazz
Keiko Matsui Interview
Listen in this Sunday to Sunny Morning Jazz with Gina Martell from 7am-12pm to hear the whole Interview with Keiko Matsui