Friday, December 16, 2016

Kansas City Jazz Duo A La Mode

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with KC Jazz Duo A La Mode or bettern known as  Clayton DeLong and Jesica “Baby J” Poell .. They are busy promoting their newest and very tasty new album 2016’s Cest Si Bon .. The duo met at the once hoppin’ KC jazz house Jardine’s and discovered their shared chemistry .. Clayton is on the guitar and over the years studied under Kansas City greats such as Rod Fleeman, Danny Embrey, and Bobby Watson .. while Jesica takes care of the vocals and studied classical voice for 8 years and attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO, pursing a degree in Musical Theatre Performance .. Together, they have checmistry, a great Paul McCartney story, dreams, music and ambition ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

KC Jazz Percussionist, Wind Player and Composer Pat Conway

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with KC Jazz Percussionist, Woodwind Player and Composer Patrick Alonzo Conway Smith – He has been a fixture on the Kansas City jazz and music scene for quite some time .. These days, one of his main gigs is playing with Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 at the Green Lady Lounge, along with many other gigs around the Kasnas City metro. This cat brings a great deal of world knowledge to his approach on the bandstand and teaching .. He’s got great stories, a lot of jazz mileage and loves Kansas City ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Kansas City Jazz Saxophonist Nick Rowland

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with KC Jazz Saxophonist & Educator Nick Rowland – His is a native of Olathe, Kansas and has been in the Kansas City area since 2005 .. These days he’s a fixture in a swinging KC jazz scene and has recorded with Chris Hazelton's Boogaloo 7, Kerry Strayer, Tim Whitmer, Gerald Spaits, Bob Bowman, Clint Ashlock, Hermon Mehari and at many of the hot spots in KC .. He has plenty to say and you will hear all about his jazz walk ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Jazz Drummer Jerome Jennings

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Drummer Jerome Jennings  ... He spent his childhood in Cleveland .. From there, he moved on to Columbus then Indianapolis and finally his current home of NYC  - He’s in the midst of promoting his new 2016 release called The Beast ..  and he’s had quite a journey since he graduated from Rutgers in 2004 .. He’s played in every major Jazz club in New York City from The Village Vanguard, Birdland, The BlueNote, to Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola – along with travelling and performing in over 25 countries – He’s played with Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones, Christian McBride, Ray Charles, The Count Basie Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and so many others .. He’s got great insights and solid stories ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Jazz Musician and Educator Oran Etkin

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Musician and Educator Oran Etkin  .. He was born in Israel and moved to Boston at 4 and now lives in New York City – He began piano at the age of 5, violin at 8, saxophone at 9 and clarinet at 13 .. He then started studying with renowned saxophonist George Garzone at age 14 and later with Yusef Lateef – Most recently he released 2015’s What's New? Reimaging Benny Goodman and is continuing to teach a his music education program that was created 11 years ago .. Timbalooloo – He has delivered it to over 2,000 children in New York City – to kids in in 23 countries and has been endorsed by Hollywood heavies like Harvey Keitel, Naomi Watts, & Edie Falco ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Monday, December 12, 2016

Kansas City Jazz Drummer Todd Strait

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Kansas City Jazz Drummer Todd Strait  .. He was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas and got into jazz out of sheer curiosity .. Spinning 45’s his dad had lying around .. big band era and the like .. He would go on to New York to learn from the best and play with Marian McPartland .. From there, he came to Kansas City and jumped into a very rich scene and played with the likes of Bob Bowman and Karryn Allison .. Then, he went to Portland and back to Kansas City .. He’s got some great tales ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Friday, December 2, 2016

Jazz Pianist & Composer Frank Kimbrough

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist, Composer and Educator Frank Kimbrough .... He spent his childhood in Roxboro, North Carolina .. then would move on to Chapel Hill and then to Washington DC .. That culminated to his current home of New York City in 1981 when you could afford to live there.. He played and learned from the best like Herbie Nichols – He spoke about his newest 2016 album Solstice – and he’s very happy about it .. He’s a big name in jazz and has been recognized by his the Downbeat Critics Poll each year since 2001 and just keeps on playing all over the place, recording and teaching at Julliard ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Jazz Band Leader Alan Chan

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Orchestra Leader Alan Chan .. He grew up in Hong Kong, made his way to New York and now resides in Los Angeles .. Since 2011 he has been the leader of his own Orchestra and his lastest labum in 2014’s Shrimp tale .. He has spent his life as a resident in various parts of the world to raise awareness of current issues like environmental protection .. He’s got plenty of stories and the music to back it up ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Legendary Jazz Bassist & Educator John Clayton

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Legendary Jazz Bassist, Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Producer & Educator John Clayton  .. He grew up in LA and In 1969, at the age of 16, he enrolled in bassist Ray Brown’s jazz class at UCLA – that would prove huge in his leap into jazz .. He spoke to Neon Jazz about his latest 2016 CD Soul Brothers with the Clayton Brothers .. After he graduated from Indiana University’s School of Music with a degree in bass performance in 1975, he toured with the Monty Alexander Trio, then spent time with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and in the mid-80s set up the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra – and that has been a mainstay in his life .. Soon he will be collaborating with Quincy Jones and has played with the best around over the years .. Like Diana Krall, Paul McCartney and Regina Carter –

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Legendary Jazz Vibraphonist Jay Hoggard

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran Jazz Vibraphonist Jay Hoggard  .. He was born in Washington DC and grew up in Mt. Vernon, NY  -  age 15, he began playing the vibraphone after having a dream about it .. His latest album in a long string of quality jazz LPs is 2016’s Harlem Heiroglyphics .. His journey into music really took off when he majored in the renown World Music program at Wesleyan University  and for the last 20 years he’s been a Full Professor of Music at his alma mater .. Over the years, he’s toured Europe & the world .. played at Carnegie Hall - traveled to Tanzania and well beyond with his music .. He’s collaborated with masters Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Tito Puente and Bobby Hutcherson and still has plenty of jazz legacy to etch ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Friday, November 18, 2016

Jazz Sax & Composer Seamus Blake

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Sax & Composer Seamus Blake  .. Originally born in England and raised in Vancuver, Canada, this New York City cat has had a very long and savory 24 year career .. He is still on the heels of promoting his 2015 CD Superconductor and he’s always a busy cat .. During the same year, he was on a project nominated for a Grammy with the great pianist Gonzalo Bubalcaba .. In 2002, took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington D. C. As the winner and got to perform with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock .. To date, he’s  released 16 album and has much more to say in the world of jazz ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Jazz Bass, Composer & Educator Jeff Denson

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Bassist, Composer and Educator Jeff Denson  .. He spent his childhood in Arlington, Virginia and dug his mother’s love of the Beatles and  discovered R&B, especially Stevie Wonder, James Brown & the J.B.’s and Marvin Gaye– He went on to the Berkl
ee College of Music - Florida State University and beyond to get his jazz education .. but, his was a chance encounter with Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue that got his jazz world vaulted into orbit .. These days he is promoting 2016’s CD Concentric Circles and to date has recorded 11 albums as leader & co-leader and over a dozen more as a featured sideman with the likes of Lee Konitz  -

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/



Thursday, November 17, 2016

KC Recording Artist & Jazz Radio Pioneer James D. Conqueror

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Recording Artist & Radio Business Man James D. Conquerer  .. He grew up in the Bay Area and now is in Kansas City .. a home for him for quite some time now .. These days he is a busy man being credited with the execution and launch of Kansas City's newest Jazz radio station, KOJHFM.org right out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation building off 18 & Vine and he is promoting his new album Nouveau Noir Opus I – The genre is Blazz Hop  - that’s a combination of Blues, Jazz, & Hip Hop – and it’s aim is to redefine the sound of Kansas City Hip Hop – Whether getting the world ready for the new radio revolution hitting the KC airwaves or being a curator for the Black American Music – James is ready and has stories ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Jazz Guitarist Cameron Mizell

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Guitarist, Educator and Music Industry Consultant Cameron Mizell  .. This very busy cat started his live in St. Louis, Missouri and these days he’s a mainstay in New York City .. His latest album is 2016’s Negative Spaces and he’s logged a lot of time on albums, at venues, as a teacher and all over the world doing his guitar magic ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 14, 2016

Jazz Alto Sax Richie Cole

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Alto Saxophonist Richie Cole  .. He grew up in Trenton, New Jersey and would always dream of being a jazz cat .. These days he lives in Pittsburg, PA and is digging the release of 2016’s Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs .. His early influences were Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker and he got his start in the jazz journey by getting a scholarship from Downbeat Magazine to the Berklee School of Music – and that got him out of Vietnam .. He was baptized well in the early years by being in the Buddy Rich Big Band, Lionel Hampton Big Band and the Doc Severinsen Big Band .. On over 50 albums and CDs – he played with the best ever .. cats like Bobby Enriquez, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Tom Waits, Boots Randolph, and Nancy Wilson ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Friday, November 11, 2016

Jazz Pianist & Composer Dan Costa

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist & Composer Dan Costa  .. He was born in London to Portuguese and Italian parents and has always been into music .. His latest album - Suite TrĂªs Rios – was recorded in Rio De Janeiro and inspired by a few rivers in the Amazon Rainforest – He’s got some good education over his life .. a diploma with merit at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in the UK  and coached by musicians like Kevin Hays and Chick Corea  - he has gone on to make some great sounds in the jazz world ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Veteran Jazz Guitarist Joshua Breakstone

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Guitarist Joshua Breakstone  .. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was raised in New York and saw Miles Davis at the Village Vanguard when he was a kid .. He pays homage to the paino players in legendary lights on 2016’s the Chello Quartet … 88 – He got his jazz gears going studying in Manhattan with Sal Salvador, going to New College of the University of South Florida (Sarasota, Florida), and the Berklee College of Music – He went on to play with the likes of JoAnne Brackeen, Cecil McBee,  Billy Hart, Pepper Adams, Kenny Barron, and many others ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Jazz Pianist & Composer Helen Sung

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist & Composer Helen Sung .. She is coming to Kansas City and performing off historic 18th and Vine at the Blue Room on Saturday November 12, 2016 .. Helen spent her childhood in Houston and went to the prestigious Houston High School of Performing and Visual Arts – She discovered jazz later in life and it’s been her passion .. Her parents really wanted her to get into medicine, but she chose piano at t the University of Texas in Austin – and that has been the best medicine for all of her fans .. evolving a quality jazz sound that fans in KC and around the world love ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 7, 2016

John Gray of the Brooklyn Jazz Group The Jazz Thieves

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with John Gray of The Jazz Thieves .. They were inspired by their heroes Duke Ellington, Tom Waits, Bill Withers and Ray Charles, they "steal" the feel, fire and fervor of 70's soul, 50's RnB, church gospel, and Mississippi Delta blues, uniting it with jazz improvisation and imagination – John talks about their beginnings, what is going on, their future 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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Friday, November 4, 2016

Veteran Jazz Pianist Greg Murphy

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist Greg Murphy  .. His musical adventures began in 1971 when he joined the Ray-Fisk Grammar School Band in Chicago and would lead him to his very latest 2016 album Summer Breeze .. One of his big moments came in 1984 when he got the National Endowment for the Arts opportunity to go to New Orleans and study with the eminent pianist and jazz educator, Ellis Marsalis .. Since the 1980’s, he has been big on the NYC jazz scene .. and has played with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Christian McBride, Terrence Blanchard, Harry Connick, Jr., Charles McPherson and so many others ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Chicago Jazz Guitarist Andy Brown

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Guitarist Andy Brown  .. He spent a childhood in New York City, spent some time in Cincinnati and ended up in Chicago back in 2003 – He learned directly from several guitar masters like Cal Collins, Ted Greene, and Howard Alden. He is now busy with his 2016 album Direct Call with his Quartet and has played big time cats like Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Ken Peplowski, Hod O’Brien, Anat Cohen, and Kurt Elling – He has great stories .. like the gig he played at the Nobel Peace Prize dinner in Chicago with guests U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama and Mikhail Gorbachev.

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Jazz Vocalist, Guitarist & Composer Allan Harris

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Guitarist, Vocalist and Composer Alan Harris .. He grew up in in Brooklyn and his 11th album is 2016’s Nobody’s Gonna Love You Better .. and it’s a part of his signature approach combining swinging jazz, rich R&B, sumptuous balladry, wailing rock, rumbling blues and even a touch of playful Brazilian .. He has played all over the world .. Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and 2012 Olympics in London and has the awards hardware to prove ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Big Band Jazz Leader & Composer Gordon Goodwin

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Bandleader & Composer Gordon Goodwin   ..  His big phat band  started in 1999 – the first concert at you alma mater Cal State University Northridge ringing in a collection of styles: swing, Latin, blues, classical, rock – They just released 2016’s An Elusive Man – along with this venture, he’s a successful composer and arranger in Hollywood working wth the likes of Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, Toni Braxton, John Williams, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Brian McKnight and Quincy Jones .. He has conducted world-renowned symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Dallas, Utah, Seattle, Toronto and London – won a  GRAMMY Award .. has three Emmy Awards and great stories ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 21, 2016

Saxophonist Steve Heckman on 2016's Legacy – A Coltrane Tribute

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Accomplished Veteran Jazz Saxophonist & Composer Steve Heckman.. This cat is always busy and consistently putting out quality jazz .. His most recent 2016 CD is his take on John Coltrane .. It’s called Legacy and he really nailed the sound, yet in his own di
stinctive way that he has always delivered music .. He talks about this latest ablum at length .. So

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Jazz Saxophonist, Composer & Producer David Binney

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Legendary Jazz Veteran Saxophonist, Composer and Producer David Binney.. He was born in Miami -  raised in Southern California and these days he’s a fixture in New York City  .. and amongst many other things .. He performs regularly at the 55 Bar  - In LA he had great teachers, but in NYC he studied with Phil Woods, Dave Liebman and George Coleman to get his jazz gears moving in full fluidity .. He has and is traveling the world with his jazz prowess .. and he’s also a producer – he has produced all of his own 22 albums and for other cats ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Jazz Guitarist, Composer & Arranger Anthony Wilson

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran Jazz Guitarist, Composer and Arranger Anthony Wilson..  He grew up in LA and is the son of Bandleader Gerald Wilson, so he has been around jazz his whole life .. His latest record  is 2016’s Frogtown and it’s another first in a career of firsts .. it’s his debut as a singer .. Always swayed by Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Wes Montgomery, Ry Cooder, and T-Bone Walker – His first album in 1997 had a nine-piece “little big band” and got a Grammy nomination for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Recording – Since his father’s passing, he became the maestro of his ensamble in 2014 keeping the jazz alive and
he’s branched out beyond jazz playing with the likes of  Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Aaron Neville, and Barbra Streisand – This is one deep, interesting and story rich cat ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Jazz Outfit - The Wee Trio

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with the Jazz Group The Wee Trio  .. I caught up with a few members of the band to discuss their 2008 origins coming out of Brooklyn and more importantly .. their thoughts and plans on their  latest record – 2016’s Wee + 3 – They had a plenty to say about their careers up to this point, what has influenced them and what the future may just hold ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kansas City Veteran Jazz Musician Charles Perkins

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Kansas City Veteran Saxophonist Charles Perkins  .. WE had the honor to speak with him about a great life in jazz .. He spoke about his time in Kansas City .. learning from the great Eddie Baker and being influenced by the great Charlie Parker .. He spoke about what is going on lately, what is next and many more tales from his jazz life ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Jazz Sax, Clarinet & Composer Quinsin Nachoff

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Saxophonist, Clarinetist and Composer Quinsin Nachoff  .. Originally from Toronto, Canada, he grew up digging jazz and the albums of Eric Dolphy .. it was in his parents collection and both of them were musicians .. He’s currently promoting his newest 2016 album Flux .. he is also a teacher and uses his experience getting his Bachelor and Master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Toronto as his backbone .. He’s travelled all over the world .. in Canada, the United States and Europe, Japan, China, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand and it all adds to his musical voice ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 30, 2016

Jazz Pianist, Multi-Insturmentalist & Producer Miles Black

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Pianist - Multi-Instrumentalist - Composer - Arranger – Producer Miles Black .. Named after the master Miles Davis – he was born in Port Alberni, British Columbia and learned both jazz and classical music early on with great teaching .. He was performing professionally at age 14 and has gone on to be with the best in the business .. with Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, George Coleman, Scott Hamilton, Sheila Jordan, Chuck Israels – and he has performed with the Oliver Gannon Quartet for quite some time .. and is also a teacher ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Jazz Bassist, Composer & Producer Daniel Foose

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Bassist, Composer & Producer Daniel Foose  .. He is releasing his new 2016 CD Of Water and Ghosts on October 7 and he’s a very busy cat .. Originally from New Orleans, but raised in Austin -  His father played the guitar and piano and piano .. and was in and out of the studio when Daniel was a child .. He would go on to North Texas University to get the good jazz education .. These days, he performing with Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, and has logged some quality time with heavy jazz cats ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Jazz Sax, Flute, Composer and Arranger Don Braden

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Saxophonist, Flautist, Composer & Arranger Don Braden .. His last ablum was 2015’s Luminosity  - and in the fall of 2016 he will release Earth Wind and Wonder .. Don was born in Cincinnati and raised in Louisville  and in the 1980’s he went to Harvard as an Engineering major – After writing code for software in NYC for some time, music won out .. He went on to jam with cats like Lonnie Smith, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, JJ Johnson, Art Farmer .. Over his career he has recoded over 19 CDs as a leader and 80 as a sideman .. And there’s always more to come now that he’s taking a break from teaching ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Jazz Pianist Jeb Patton

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist Jeb Patton  .. His latest album is 2015’s Shades and Tones and like all his work, it’s impressive as a modern jazz voice out there .. From Silver Springs, Maryland, he did Pre-Med at Duke University  before switching over to music and learning from Sir Roland Hanna and Jimmy Heath Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College – He has had a very interesting career path and he shared it with us ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 16, 2016

Italian Jazz Pianist Dino Massa on "Echoes of Europe"

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Italian Jazz Pianist and composer Dino Massa from Naples, Italy .. He took some time from him home in Italy to speak with Neon Jazz in Kansas City to discuss a collaborative album a new CD venture called “Echoes of Europe” that will be avaiblabe worldwide on January 2, 2017 – This came about after an encounter with KC-based alto saxophonist and composer Christopher Burnett in 1990 when Burnett played in the NATO Jazz Band then headquartered in Naples – Together, they put together a project full of modern swing tune with some of the fullest-sounding orchestration – Dino dicusseed this album, his life in jazz and so 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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Jazz Saxophonist, Flautist, Composer & Teacher T.K. Blue

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Saxophonist, Flautist, Composer, Arranger and Teacher T.K. Blue  .. He’s got a new album in the works .. and he is always one busy cat .. He has spent some quality time with KC’s own Bobby Watson in the past .. He grew up in the Bronx and his parents were from Trinidad and Jamaica – This is one well educated man .. along with New York’s Jazzmobile – he was a double major in mysic and psychology at New York University and got his Master's in Music Education from Columbia University – Over the years, he has performed with many notable cats like the legendary Randy Western, Jimmy Heat and Abdullah Ibrahim – He spent a decade in Paris, came back to New York City and is a big piece of the vibrant jazz mix going on in America ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 12, 2016

Veteran KC Jazz Cat Dan Thomas Live at the Blue Room in KCMO

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Kansas City Veteran Saxophonist Dan Thomas .. I caught up with him between sets at the Blue Room off 18th and Vine to talk to him about his life as a Kansas City musician, his gig at that historic place off 18th and Vine and some more .. So, dig this interview, my friends ..

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Thanks for listening and tuning into yet another Neon Jazz interview .. where we give you a bit of insight into the finest players in New York, Kansas City, and spots all over the USA giving fans all that jazz .. and thanks to Dan for his time, honesty and story ..  If you want to hear more interviews, go to Famous Interviews with Joe Dimino on the iTunes store or visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/ for all things Neon Jazz . Until next time .. enjoy the music my friends

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Jazz Vocalist & Composer Sara McDonald

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Brooklyn-based Jazz Vocalist and Composer Sara McDonald .. She was born in Virginia .. but was a Military brat and never stayed anywhere very long .. so, she was all over the map .. She has a unique, jazz wall of sound and has a new EP coming out in the Fall of 2016 – She graduated from New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with a degree in vocal jazz and was a winner of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award – She has big plans and is another great element of today’s modern music realm ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 2, 2016

Jazz Guitarist Michael Blum

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Guitarist Michael Blum .. Originally from Long Island, NY , he is busy promoting his newest 2016 album Chasin Oscar – A Tribute to Oscar Peterson – and he’s also working on a new fusion project as we speak .. He was voted in Downbeat’s 2015 issue as a Rising Star  on the Guitar list and is really gaining traction in the jazz world .. He talked about a very instrunmental teacher at Berklee - Jim Stinnett and many other things in his life ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Alto Saxophonist Erena Terakubo

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Alto Saxophonist Erena Terakubo .. Originally Sapporo, Japan and now in New York City, she just released a very nice 2016 album called A Time for Love – She learned from the great Herbie Hancock early on and in 2010 she recorded her album North Bird with the legendary Kenny Barron .. she is a vital voice in the world of jazz in Japan, America and around the world ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Jazz Vocalist George V. Johnson, Jr.

On August 26, 2016, at the culimiation of a week-long Kansas City jazz celebration for Charlie Parker, George took a break from his set at the Blue Room off 18 and Vine to talk about his visit from Washington DC, the enduring legacy of Bird and much more. Dig 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 Mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Jazz Drummer Matt Slocum

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Drummer Matt Slocum  .. This promsing young jazz force was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in Western Wisconsin – He just released 2016’s Trio Pacific, Vol. 1 and it’s another evolutionary step in his jazz walk that started with him digging the recordings of Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones – From there, he went on to the University of Southern California to study with Peter Erskine before arriving in his current home of New York ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Monday, August 29, 2016

Legendary Jazz Drummer Louis Hayes

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with prolific legendary jazz drummer Louis Hayes  –  This Detroit native is still going very strong in the jazz world .. In 2015, he released a beautiful new album called Return of the Jazz Communicators – So, in those early Detroit days things were hopping and he was gigging with Yusef Lateef, Kenny Burrell and Doug Atkins – that led him to New York City and gigs early on with Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderly  - and that only opened the gates to a mass of gigs with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Barron, Woody Shaw and Dexter Gordon .. He is a 79 years old and sounds hungier than ever to keep the grand jazz wagon rolling forth ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jazzmobile Director Robin Bell-Stevens

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with the Director of the Amazing and Long Standing Jazz Non-Profit Force JazzMobile – Robin Bell-Stevens .. She spoke with Neon Jazz about a monolith in the jazz world ..  It all began in 1964 in NYC with Dr. Billy Taylor and ended up attracting the likes of  John Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler, Archie Chep, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor for an annual summer concert series, educational opportunities and being a general beacon for keeping jazz alive in America .. Robin graciously described the past, present and future of an organization that has given so much to the world ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Veteran Jazz Sax & Composer Rich Halley

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Saxophonist Rich Halley.. He talked about his latest record 2016’s The Outlier .. This Oregon-based cat has turning out smart brawny music for a couple of decades - At 15, you discovered jazz, he immediately became intensely interested – Since then, he’s gone on some great adventures .. in 1965 and 1966 he lived & played in Cairo, Egypt  - went to the University of Chicago - moved back West and played in Latin bands .. He was educated as a field biologist and received a Master of Science in Biology from the University of New Mexico doing research on rattlesnakes – This is just a bit about a cat you should get to know ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Jazz Trombonist and Composer Alan Ferber

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Trombonist, Composer & Teacher Alan Ferber .. He is now promoting his newest 2016 Roots and Transitions – which happens to be very raw and special to him these days .. He just swung through Kansas City in May and continues to stay very active .. Originally from Oakland, he is a fan of big outfits .. whether it’s a nonet or a 17-piece band and that has led to work with the likes of Esperanza Spalding - Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet - Ted Nash - Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lee Konitz and music minds outside of jazz like Peter Gabriel - Paul Simon -  Dr. Dre and many others .. He’s a prolific sort .. with over 150 CD’s to his credit .. He’s got a lot of mileage on his jazz odometer and many tasty insights  ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Monday, August 22, 2016

Veteran Jazz Pianist Phil DeGreg in KC

Welcome to a new e dition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Cincinnati Based Jazz Journeyman Pianist Phil DeGreg .. He has been at this jazz gigging for quite some time and he’s a colossal talent .. On August 18, 2016, he swung through a town he lived in for a time to hook up with Old Friends .. right here in Kasnas City .. he was at the Blue Room off 18th and Vine with the KC Quintet featuring the great Stan Kessler and even got a surprise visit from the great saxophonist Tivon Petticoat .. I caught up with him during a break to talk about his appearance during the special Charlie Parker week here in August 2016 ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Jazz Pianist Kevin Hays on the 2016 Album North

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with NYC-Based Jazz Journeyman Pianist Kevin Hays .. He talks about his brand new 2016 album North ..  In New York City, Harlem is considered North - So, this album focuses on elements of history, beauty and hope travelling beyond the jazz standards and incorporating his love of classical, blues, soul, folk and rock music into his originals. Joined by his New Day Trio of Rob Jost on double bass and Greg Joseph on the drums, this is an album full of the brilliance Kevin always brings to his recordings ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Jazz Hammond B-3 Organist Adrienne Fenemor

ome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Hammond B-3 Player Adrienne Fenemor .. Originally from New Zealand Native and now in New York City, she just released a very nice 2016 album called Blue's Jam – and Mo Puddin’ was done a year prior .. Trombone was her native instrunment growing up, but she taught herself to play the Hammond B-3 copying recordings by Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Groove Holmes and Jack McDuff – Since then, she has become a big name in the jazz world and for great reason ..

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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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jazz Saxophonist Kris Allen

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Saxophonist Kris Allen  .. He grew up in Connecticut and went on to learn quite a bit with with legendary alto saxophonist Jackie Mclean at Hartford’s Artists Collective – These days he is promoting his 2nd album as a leader  – 2016’s Beloved  - and continues to be a sought-after sideman – over the years he’s worked with the best .. in the groups of Illinois Jacquet, Gerald Wilson, Helen Sung, the Mingus Dynasty and much more .. He’s got some great insights and a full jazz story ..

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christoper 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 Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

Sunday, August 14, 2016

KC Veteran Jazz Trumpeter Marcus Hampton

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Kansas City Veteran Trumpeter Marcus Hampton  .. He’s gearing up for a new show at KC’s Blue Room off 18th and Vine on August 12, 2016 which will featured material from his latest 2014 Album -  Hampton House of Jazz – He talked about growing up in  Indianapolis as the the nephew of Slide Hampton and cousin of Lionel Hampton, his 21 year career as an active duty military musician, his time in Kansas City and much more ..

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