Friday, July 20, 2018

A Neon Jazz Interview with Legendary Jazz Saxophonist Azar Lawrence

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Legendary Jazz Saxophonist Azar Lawrence – So, his first professional gigs abroad were at 17 with Clarke Terry and Muddy Waters. From there, he would become a sideman to McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw .. and ultimately grew up in a prolific era of transcendence in Jazz that to this day has stood the test of time – and so has he .. his latest 2018 CD Elementals ties together all the incredible music milestones of his career and there is so much more to do and he had plenty to say about all of it ..

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Jazz Trumpeter Aaron Shragge on the 2018 CD World of Dew with Ben Monder

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Trumpeter Aaron Shragge .. We spoke about the upcoming 2018 CD with Ben Monder – A World of Dew .. releases July 20, 2018 - This World of Dew is the third release of Aaron Shragge’s duo with Ben Monder. The inspiration for these new pieces came partly from Shagge’s immersion in the poetry of Charles Bukowski in which he read all of the poet’s work over the span of a year as well as from translations found “The Poetry of Zen”.. 

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Monday, July 16, 2018

A Neon Jazz Interview with Kansas City Jazz Stephen Martin

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Kansas City Based Jazz Saxophonist Stephen Martin .. On July 27, 2018 he is set to release his debut 2018 CD called Vision his independent artist label SubtleStreet Records – He was born in Champaign, IL and raised in St. Louis, MO, Martin & started playing saxophone at age 10 – He would come to KC via the University of Missouri – KC to learn under jazz legend Bobby Watson, and world-renowned classical saxophonist Tim Timmons – that led him to his home of Kansas City these days where he has a regular performance schedule, contributing to a thriving, exceptional local music scene and America at large ..

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Jazz Singer Isabel Crespo of the Band For Now - The Black Dolphin Show in KC - 7.13.18

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Vocalist & Composer Isabel Crespo .. This United States-born Costa Rican-Ecuadorian jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, and educator lives in Denton, TX and is coming to Kansas City on July 13, 2018 to play at the Black Dolphin with the band For Now ..  which is a product of the music program at the University of North Texas .. She is praised for her ability to utilize her voice with expressiveness, as well as with the agility and precision of an instrumentalist. She opened up about her life in music and much more.

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Drummer Carl Maguire & Bassist Alan Maguire of The Maguire Twins

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with drummer Carl Maguire and bassist Alan Maguire known as The Maguire Twins  - They are now promoting their 2nd CD .. 2018’s Seeking Higher Ground – and that’s what these cats are always doing that .. They are identical, musically inclined twins born in Japan .. and growing up in Hong Kong where they seldom heard jazz, and then at 15 they moved to the to musically rich Memphis. They hooked up with Memphis legend Donald Brown, barely into their twenties and since then .. the world has been open to them .. and things keep on getting better ..

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Legendary Jazz Percussionist Steven Kroon

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Legendary Jazz Percussionist Steve Kroon – He opened up with Neon Jazz about his latest 2018 CD – In Your Dreams – and so much more .. He’s been a professional musician for the last 50 years - Born in Harlem, and lived there until the age of nine. In 1957, we moved to St. Albans Queens. He has appeared on seven platinum albums, fifteen world tours, which include two live video performances and been on the Tonight Show to David Letterman, Jay Leno, as well as the Grammy’s – He learnd and jammed with the likes of Ron Carter, Roberta Flack, Luther Van Dross, Diana Krall, Stanley Turrentine and Bette Midler .. He’s got great stories and tales to tell ..

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Veteran Los Anglese-based Jazz Pianist & Composer George Kahn

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist and Composer George Kahn .. He opened up about his latest 2018 CD – Straight Ahead – and talked about his childhood in  New Rochelle, New York, studying classical music from the age of nine. He began composing while in high school and that he did some gigs in Boston, toured the East Coast with a disco band and eventually moved to California in 1976. He has been major force in the Los Angeles jazz community since the late 1990s – He took some time off from music and came back stronger .. this is just one tale in the annals of many ..

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/