Sunday, 20 May 2018

James Hall All You Need to Know


James Hall is a versatile trombonist/composer re-imagining professional musicianship for the millennial generation.

Hall’s sophomore release, Lattice (Outside In 2018), described as “a masterpiece of chamber music” (JazzLife Magazine), is built around the harmonious combination of Hall’s dexterous trombone and the virtuosic flute playing of Jamie Baum, a pliable and expressive study in contrasts. Kirk Silsbee praised the work’s “graceful instrumental combinations and linear development” (Downbeat Magazine), and Bob Morello called the work “a tasty treat” and “a potpourri of great tunes” (Boston Post-Gazette).




Previously, Hall blurred the line between classical chamber music and free jazz with Soon We Will Not Be Here (2015), creating original settings of poetry by contemporary New York City-based poets Tina Chang, Paolo Javier, Malena Mörling, and Emily Ruth Hazel for quartet. Premiering at Fridman Gallery in downtown Manhattan, this project found an enthusiastic underground listenership in France, the UK, Belgium, and the US on Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

When not leading his own projects, Hall is often to be found touring and recording internationally with viral sensation Postmodern Jukebox, with whom he has recorded videos tallying over 80 million YouTube views; or with Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, whose salsa dura interpretations of indie rock have been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Latin Hot List. Speaking on his aesthetic choices, Hall says “I really believe in the non-musical aspects of music, so I believe in a fun concert experience. I believe in humor. I believe in accessibility even when the music itself is not accessible.”



As a composer and bandleader, James was named a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition, won three ASCAPlus Awards for composition, and was a featured performer/composer at the Chelsea Music Festival. James' trombone playing earned third place, runner-up, and honorable mention in the Antti Rissanen, J.J. Johnson, and Carl Fontana International Jazz Trombone Competitions, respectively.

James holds degrees from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Wisconsin and Aaron Copland School of Music in New York. His teachers have included Luis Bonilla, Hal Crook, Michael Dease, Nick Keelan, Ed Neumeister, and Fred Sturm.




Track Listings for the radio shows 10th May and 12th May 2018


Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland Show dated 10th  May 2018. A link to the show can be found here:





The Boogie Wonderland Show - 10/05/2018 Playlist
Shalamarb   Uptown Festival
CORNELL CARTER   That Feelin' (wav)
Dojo Cuts feat Roxie Ray   You Dont Know Me
Third Coast Kings    Love You Back
The New Mastersounds   Yokacoka
The Crabs Corporation   The Sort
Nadia Cole  TODAY
Chris Jasper   The Love That You Give
Lakeside   Its All The Way Live
The Groove Association feat  Georgie B   Feeling Happy (The Club Mix
Jazzanova   Rain Makes The River feat Rachel_Sermanni
James Hall   Brittle Stitch
James Hall Interview   Part 1
James Hall   Lattice
James Hall Interview   Part 2
James Hall   Shoy
James Hall Interview   Part 3
James Hall   Black Narcissus
James Hall Interview   Part 4
James Hall   Gaillardia
Jazzmix   10/05/2018


Below is the track listing for the Crazeology Radio Show dated 12th May 2018. A link to the show can be found here:




The Crazeology Radio Show -12/05/2018
Chick Corea & Steve Gadd   Chick's Chums
Danny Green Trio   Snowy Day In Boston
Fred Hersch   Newklypso (For Sonny Rollins)
James Hall   Traveler
Miles Davis   Rubber Band Of Life
Raoul Björkenheim & Juhani Aaltonen   Awakening 
Lello Molinari   Jazz Tarantella
Dee Lucas   Road Warrior
James Hall   Brittle Stitch
James Hall Interview   Part 1
James Hall   Lattice
James Hall Interview   Part 2
James Hall   Shoy
James Hall Interview   Part 3
James Hall   Black Narcissus
James Hall Interview   Part 4
James Hall   Gaillardia
Jazzmix   12/05/2018

Friday, 11 May 2018

Track Listings for the radio shows 3rd May and 5th May 2018


Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland Show dated 3rd May 2018. A link to the show can be found here:





The Boogie Wonderland Show - 03/05/2018 Playlist
Melt Yourself Down   Space Carnival
Orchestra Baobab   Utrus Horas
Phronesis   Behind Bars
Denys Baptiste    ASTRAL TRANE
Julian Arguelles   Canter N6
Lionel Loueke   Ife
Marcus Strickland Trio    Portrait of Tracy
Marius Neset & London Sinfonietta   Arches of Nature
Hot 8 Brass Band   Kickin It Live

Below is the track listing for the Crazeology Radio Show dated 5th May 2018. A link to the show can be found here:


The Crazeology Radio Show - 05/05/2018
Hot 8 Brass Band   Kickin It Live
Julian Arguelles   Canter N6
Lionel Loueke   Ife
Marcus Strickland Trio    Portrait of Tracy
Marius Neset & London Sinfonietta   Acrobatics
Melt Yourself Down   Space Carnival
Orchestra Baobab   Utrus Horas
Denys Baptiste    ASTRAL TRANE
Phronesis   Behind Bars

Friday, 4 May 2018

Track Listings for the radio shows 26th and 28th April 2018


Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland Show dated 26th April 2018. A link to the show can be found here:


The Boogie Wonderland Show - 26/04/2018 Playlist
Christian McBride Big Band   Mr Bojangles
Alexander Hawki Elaine Mitchener Quartet   Directives  Walk Nicely  I’ll Meet You There
Dinosaur Swimming
Enemy   Politix 2
Evan Parker  Barry Guy Paul Lytton    Music for David Mossman I
Roller Trio   Enthusela
Vein   Movement de Menuet


Below is the track listing for the Crazeology Radio Show dated 28th  April 2018. A link to the show can be found here:



The Crazeology Radio Show 28/04/2018
Roller Trio   Enthusela
Dinosaur Swimming
Enemy   Politix 2
Evan Parker  Barry Guy Paul Lytton    Music for David Mossman 
Vein   Movement de Menuet
Alexander Hawki Elaine Mitchener Quartet   Directives  Walk Nicely  I’ll Meet You There
Christian McBride Big Band   Mr Bojangles

Friday, 27 April 2018

Corcoran Holt All You Need To Know



Corcoran Holt, a son of Washington, DC, began playing djembe and other West African percussion at the age of 4 as a member of Wose Dance Company under the tutelage of Baba Aidoo Holmes & Mahiri Edwards.

Beginnings

As a keeper of the rhythm, Corcoran began his study of upright bass at the age of 10 with the renowned DC Youth Orchestra (DCYOP). Soon he learned that his great- grandfather, with whom he shares a birthday, was a bass player who grew up in High Point, NC and lived next door to a very young John Coltrane. Legend has it that he gave Trane music lessons. Corcoran feels called to the bass and his work is about honoring the ancestors.

Training Grounds


While continuing his classical training at DCYOP, Corcoran attended the prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC from 1996 to 2000, where he studied classical bass with Carolyn Kellock and jazz music with educators Davey Yarborough, the late great Keter Betts and Steve Novasel. During these high school years, Corcoran realized his affinity for the jazz and honed his performance skills by working frequently on the Washington DC jazz scene.

Always performing, he completed a Bachelors of Arts in Jazz Studies from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2004, where he studied bass with Michael Bowie. He received his Masters degree in Jazz Studies from Queens College in New York City in 2006 under the tutelage of Buster Williams, Michael Phillip Mossman, and Antonio Hart.




Career Blessings


Corcoran feels blessed and gives thanks to the many jazz legends and greats he has worked with which include:
  
Trombonists: Curtis Fuller who gave him his first real break, Slide Hampton, Benny Powell, Steve Turre, Wycliffe Gordon, Robin Eubanks, Fred Wesely, Delfayo Marsalis, amongst others
  
Saxophonists: Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Kenny Garrett, the late Frank Morgan, Red Holloway, Billy Harper, Bobby Watson, Azar Lawrence, Charles Davis, David Murray, Joe Ford, Tim Warfield, Javon Jackson, Renee McLean, Antonio Hart, Steve Wilson, Vincent Herring, Greg Osby, Donald Harrison, Hamiet Bluiett, amongst others
  
Trumpeters: Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Terell Stafford, Randy Brecker, Wallace Roney, Marcus Printup, Jeremy Pelt, Freddie Hendrix, Josh Evans, Duane Eubanks, Michael Phillip Mossman, amongst others
  
Guitarists: Bucky Pizzarelli, Russell Malone, Ed Cherry, amongst others
  
Pianists: the late John Hicks, the late Hilton Ruiz, Ronnie Mathews, Larry Willis, Mulgrew Miller, Eric Reed, Benny Green, amongst others
Drummers: Jimmy Cobb, Al Foster, Louis Hayes, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Billy Hart, Carl Allen, Winard Harper, Billy Drummond, amongst others


Flutist: Dave Valentine, Brother Ah (Robert Northern), and others
  
Vocalists: Carmen Lundy, Vanessa Rubin, Diane Shur, Kevin Mahogany, and others


Corcoran performs regularly at many of the top music festivals and venues around the world. Some have included The North Sea Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, The Village Vanguard, The Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola to name a few. Corcoran has performed through North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. In 2009, he toured the Middle East as a Jazz Ambassador representing the United States, under the US State Department with Alvin Atkinson & the Sound Merchants. In September 2010, he traveled part of The Rhythm Roads tour with Nasar Abadey and Supernova to East Africa, a collaboration between the U.S. State Department and Jazz at the Lincoln Center.



Corcoran was semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Bass Competition in 2009 and recorded on Jamison Ross' “Jamison”, Concord Records 2015, which was Grammy Nominated Best Jazz Vocal.
Currently, Corcoran leads his own group and is the regular bassist in the Kenny Garrett Quintet, which received a Grammy nomination for the 2013 recording “Pushing the World Away” recorded on Mac Avenue Records.


Corcoran also works with numerous bands throughout the world and he is based in NYC and also serves as a djembe drummer/music therapist at Greater Harlem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he plays for his elders.


Website: https://www.corcoranholt.com/



Track Listings for the radio shows 19th and 21st April 2018


Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland Show dated 19th April 2018. A link to the show can be found here:





The Boogie Wonderland Show - 19/04/2018 Playlist
Ritchie Family    Real Love
Total Contrast   Be With You Tonight
SOS Band   No One's Gonna Love You (Special Long Version)
The Sugarhill Gang   Bad News (Don't Bother Me)
The Furious Five   Step Off
Ellis Hall Jr   back it up
Klassique   Somebody's Loving You (Extended)
Prime Time   I Owe It to Myself (12 Inch Version)
Corcoran Holt   Another Groove
Corcoran Holt Interview  Part 1
Corcoran Holt   No Two People
Corcoran Holt Interview  Part 2
Corcoran Holt   NW
Corcoran Holt Interview  Part 3
Corcoran Holt   Zuri Nia
Corcoran Holt Interview  Part 4
Corcoran Holt   14th Street Bounce
Corcoran Holt   Libation For My Ancestors
Jazzmix  19/04/2018

Below is the track listing for the Crazeology Radio Show dated 21st April 2018. A link to the show can be found here:



The Crazeology Radio Show - 21/04/2018
Devon Lamarr Organ Trio   Concussion
The California Honeydrops   Coming Around
George Kahn    Work Song
Gitkin   Ohm Rider (When you Die You'll Meet God)
Joe Armon Jones   Starting Today ft Asheber
La Mecanica Popular   Bienvenida
Mario Migliardi   Pensiero d amore M1 (titoli)
Omar Sosa Big Band   Reposo
Strata Gemma   Rebelious Spirit of
Pablo Held   Investigations M
Corcoran Holt   Another Groove
Corcoran Holt Interview  Part 1
Corcoran Holt   No Two People
Corcoran Holt Interview  Part 2
Corcoran Holt   NW
Corcoran Holt Interview  Part 3
Corcoran Holt   Zuri Nia
Corcoran Holt Interview  Part 4
Corcoran Holt   14th Street Bounce
Corcoran Holt   Libation For My Ancestors
Jazzmix   21/04/2018

Friday, 20 April 2018

Lakecia Benjamin All You Need To Know



Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin's electric stage presence and fiery sax work, has shared stages with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, Macy Gray and many others, brings the soul and funk up to a fever pitch in a show that's guaranteed to keep crowds dancing day or night. Though her own music with her band Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad is immersed in the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone and the Meters as well as classic jazz, Benjamin's soaring, dance floor-friendly grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level. The constant throughout it all is Benjamin's summery, sultry alto saxophone, adding something special on every cut - be it a smoldering late-night ambience, an erudite, forceful jazz intensity or the tight funk multi-horn harmony sections that pepper the proceedings throughout.





A streetwise New York City native born and raised in Washington Heights, Lakecia Benjamin has become one of the most highly sought-after players in soul and funk music. She first picked up the saxophone at Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, after which she joined the renowned jazz program at New York's New School University. By that time, she was already playing with renowned jazz figures like Clark Terry and Reggie Workman, which led to gigs and tours with a wide array of artists such as Rashied Ali, the David Murray Big Band, Vanessa Rubin and James "Blood" Ulmer. With her deep jazz roots, she was soon in demand as an arranger and horn section leader, landing stints with such acclaimed artists as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Macy Gray, the Roots, and Anita Baker.




Currently, Benjamin is a featured musician for Gregory Porter as well as a featured musician and arranger for comedy star Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious. (Robinson, best known for his work on TV's The Office as well as such popular films as Pineapple Express and Hot Tub Time Machine, tours regularly with the Nasty Delicious band serving as the main foil in his popular comedy act). Benjamin has also had the honor of performing at the White House at President Obama's inaugural ball. She's performed on four continents and her extensive recording credits include saxophone and arrangements for Santigold, Maurice Brown, the Clark Terry Big Band, Krystle Warren and TalibKweli, among others.