Friday, January 29, 2016

Jazz Pianist, Visionary & Leader of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey & Nolatet Brian Haas

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with pianist, jazz cat and music visionary Brian Haas  .. He is the leader of the jazz force known as the Jacob Fred Jazz Oddyssey .. right outta Tulsa, Oklahoma .. These days, he is in a super group known as Nolatet and they are gearing up for a Febraury 2016 album release and a subsequent tour around the United States .. Brian has spent his career pushing jazz into very cool, inventive quadrants and has marshalled a very devoted legion of fans .. He’s a deeply impassioned cat that loves living, playing music, John Coltrane and constantly evolving ..

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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/

KC Jazz Bassist & Producer Dominique Sanders

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series  with the very talented Kansas City jazz bassist Domonique Sanders .. Over the course of our conversation, he discussed his growth in Liberty, MO growing up, his time at UMKC, the different genres of music he gets involved with – along with that jazz – what projects are taking place these days, along with much more ..

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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/

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Trumpeter, Cornetist & Composer Kirk Knuffke

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with NYC-Based Cornetist and Composer Kirk Knuffke .. Over the course of our interview, we talked about how he grew up in Colorado and got some great learning about the jazz craft from Denver friend and jazz great Ron Miles .. Since 2005, he has been in New York City and has been making a name for himself .. He was a 2015 rising artist in Downbeat, has a critically acclaimed album Arms and Hands circa 2015 and has gigged with some of the best in the business .. like Roswell Rudd, Myra Melford, Tootie Heath, and Billy Hart...  He’s a very cool and talented jazz musician with a story you should hear ..

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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/

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Neon Jazz Interview with Jazz Pianist Kevin Hays

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with NYC-Based Jazz Journeyman Pianist Kevin Hays .. Over the course of our interview,  he discussed how he grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and went into the real world to learn how to play jazz with cats like Nicholas Payton and Joshua Redman .. He has been quite prolific over his career releasing 15 albums as a leader and 60 plus as a sideman .. That includes his newest album – 2015’s New Day .. There were many things discussed and revealed over the course of our interview .. So get o know Kevin and dig this interview, my friends .. .

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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/

Legendary Jazz Saxophonist & Flutist Lew Tabackin

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with legendary jazz saxophonist and flutist Lew Tabackin – Over the course of our conversation, he talked about his start in Philadelphia and his move into playing with some of the best in the business .. like  Tal Farlow, Don Friedman the bands of Cab Calloway, Maynard Ferguson, Joe Henderson, Chuck Israels, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Clark Terry,  - Then a move to LA to play with Doc Severinsen with the Tonight Show Band, on Dick Cavett's television show – and the beginnings of his band with his wife – the  Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra – He has a many stories, insights and tales to tell .. and they were told ..

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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/

Friday, January 22, 2016

Jazz Saxophonist and Composer James Brandon Lewis

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series  with talented modern day saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis .. He grew up in the music rich Buffalo, New York and went on to Howard University to study with the likes of Benny Golson .. Over the course of our conversation, this very impassioned and deep cat talked about his approach to music, what has been going on lately with a busy iteinerary, albums that he loved the most growing up, what the future might bring, along with much more ..

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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/

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Jazz Saxophonist Miguel Zenon

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with talented modern day saxophonist Miguel Zenon – He just received a Grammy Nomination for his latest 2014 album called Identities are Changeable .. He began his journey in San Juan, Puerto Rico .. and then moved on to America to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston .. Since then, he’s gigged with the best like The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersh, Kenny Werner, David S├ínchez, Danilo Perez, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, The Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman ..  Miguel talked about a lot of things and he made it very clear that he is a work in progress .. and he’s heading in the right directions ..

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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/

Jazz Trombonist Jerry Zigmont

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with a jazz trombonist specializing in the New Orleans blend – Jerry Zigmont .. Over the course of our conversation, we discussed his childhood in Connecticut and his start with music at the age of 12 – From there, he would begin playing in clubs and with luminaries .. like celebrated British clarinetist, Sammy Rimington and New Orleans jazz cats Doc Cheatham, Percy Humphrey and Arvel Shaw  - For the last 20 years, he has played in the Woody Allen New Orleans Jazz Band at the Carlyle in NYC and that has opened to door to him playing in spots all over the world
.. We discussed his passion for playing jazz, along with much more ..

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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/

Friday, January 15, 2016

NYC Jazz Singer Molly Ryan

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with the sultry NYC Jazz Vocalist Molly Ryan .. On the heels of her newest 2015 album called Let’s Fly Away, she discussed a great many things during our interview .. From growing up in Rosevile, California and learning jazz tricks from a family friend .. Bob Ringwald .. the father of actress and jazz singer Molly Ringwald .. These days, she is living in New York City with husband and the producer of her albums – Dan Levinson .. Over the course of our interview, both Molly and Dan discuss this new album, and she talks about her heroes, what is in store for her – and I caught up with her mentor and good friend – Bob Ringwald – the father of actress/singer and jazz singer Molly Ringwald .. he talked about Molly’s talent and what it was like to teach her ..

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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/

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jazz Pianist and Composer Romain Collin

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with talented modern day pianist & composer Romain Collin .. He is always busy .. whether it’s playing music live, releasing albums or composing scores for films, he is out there and the world is getting to know him .. These days he is promoting his new 2015 album  Press Enter that is getting critical acclaim .. He was born and raised in France and has very clear memories of big shots swinging through for a local festival .. From there, he came to America to attend the Berklee College of music and the prestigious Thelonius Monk Instistute .. he gigged with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terrance Blanchard and he has plenty of insights into his world ..

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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/

Jazz Saxophonist and Composer Sarah Manning

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series  with talented modern day alto saxophonist Sarah Manning .. She grew up in Connecticut, got her career going in the San Francisco Bay Area and has returned to New York these days … She talked about her latest album Harmonious Creature and how it was created in a fusion of music and nature, along with her dreams as a child, her jazz heroes, the first autograph she ever gave out, along with much more ..

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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/

Friday, January 8, 2016

Hard Bop/Soul Jazz Piano Legend Harold Mabern

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Legendary Jazz pianist Harold Mabern .. Over the course of our conversation, this brilliant jazz legend discussed his roots in a town celebrated for bringing the world quality musicians .. Memphis, Tennessee .. He talked about moving on to Chicago the New York City and all the cats that influenced him and those he played with along the way .. No one held a greater influence than the great Phineas Newborn Jr. .. He discussed playing with Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery and most of the jazz luminaries that were a part of the 50s and 60s New York City .. For the past 35 years he has been a jazz educator and continues to make that memorable jazz .. He’s a testament to longevity, consistency and being one of the nicest cats on the planet ..

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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/

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Veteran Jazz Drummer Matt Wilson

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with modern day jazz drummer Matt Wilson .. Over the course of our conversation,  he discussed a very long, adventurous jazz journey that he has penned, thus far .. On the heels of a new Christmas album, he talked about at gig at the White House, interviewing Dave Brubeck, playing with many legends over the years, what projects are on the horizon, along with much more ..

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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/

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A Neon Jazz Interview with KC Jazz Singer Molly Hammer

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Kansas City jazz vocalist Molly Hammer  - Over the course of our interview, she discussed her career in the thriving Kansas City jazz scene and plans to release some recordings in 2016 .. These days she is active at jazz houses like the Green Lady Lounge and loves what she does .. She’s a cancer survivor, part comedian and has some serious jazz pipes .. Take a listen and get to know Molly ..

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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/

Friday, January 1, 2016

NYC Jazz Vocalist & Songwriter Lisa Gary

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with NY Jazz vocalist Lisa Gary .. She was raised in Long Island and performs in New York City these days .. she is New York through and through .. Over the course of a spirited conversation, she described how her family was very musical .. her grandfather was a Hungarian pianist, her father was a trumpeter and jazz lover .. and she started her journey in music on the trumpet .. inspired by gigs she would see in the city as a girl with Clark Terry .. She loves Ella Fitzgerald, has plans for a new album called ‘Goin' Your Way’ that will hit the world in early 2016 and she loves what she does in her jazz to pop crossover groove ..

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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/