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/