Wednesday, September 20, 2017

San Francisco Jazz Pianist Clifford Lamb

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with San Francisco-based Jazz Pianist Clifford Lamb  .. He just released 2017’s Brothers and Sisters – He is originally from New York and discovered jazz at age 16 – His first jazz piano teacher was Wes Montgomery’s pianist, Richard Crabtree – and he would go on to graduate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and hooked up with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra – From there, he has woven an interesting jazz journey ..

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/



Jazz Pianist & Composer Bill Cunliffe

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist Bill Cunliff ..  He just released 2017’s Bachanalia and it’s a great listen .. He was born and raised Andover, MA then moved on to LA - He began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. He has established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums under his name. He’s a busy musician and teacher with 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 at 8:00 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 15, 2017

Dave Berkman and Tim Armacost of the Jazz Group New York Standards Quartet

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Dave Berkman and Tim Armacost of the group New York Standards Quartet  .. Together, they talked about their latest 2017 album Sleight of Hand ..  So, Tim is a popular sax on the New York scene today - born in Los Angeles and played with legends like  Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, and more .. While David is a phenomenal pianists in the New York jazz scene, - 7 records as a leader have appeared on numerous “best records of the year” critic’s lists .. together, they talk about their 11 years in the band and how they have been called – “a group devoted to radical reinvention of famous pop songs and Broadway show tunes. Plenty of contemporary jazz artists do that, but few more divertingly than this vivacious foursome, who delightedly cherish the originals while brusquely deconstructing their harmonies and tweaking their melodies, sometimes only slipping in the original theme on the way out of the piece. This is a collective class act.” Get to know them, the band and much more ..

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Jazz Sax & Composer Uri Gurvich

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Saxophonist and Composer Uri Gurvich   He was born and raised in Israel and is on the heels of releasing 2017’s Kinship .. He got his chops groomed in the Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra and won at 20 the Jazz Player of the Year competition in his native Israel before coming to Berklee College of Music studying under Joe Lovano. He has perfomred concerts in the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia and he has a great many tales to impart ..

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Friday, September 8, 2017

Jazz Big Band Leader Mica Bethea

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Big Band Leader Mica Bethea – He was born and raised In Jacksonville, Florida and these days is is on the heels of his 2017 CD Masters .. Following a car accident some years back, he hasn’t been able to play intruments, but that hasn’t dimished his brilliants in composing and arranging for his big band .. He got graduate and undergraduate degrees in music from the University of North Florida and in 2012 recieved the undergraduate arranger award by Downbeat Magazine. He has plenty of wisdom and 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 at 8:00 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 Noah Haidu

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist Noah Haidu .. He promoting his 2017 CD Infinite Distances and talked about how he got into jazz as a kid from Charolottesville, VA – he grew up loving classical, avant-garde, rock, and jazz and his mentors were Bill Charlap, Kenny Barron, Bruce Barth, Barry Harris, and David Hazeltine – over his career he has combined new rhythmic ideas, harmonic sophistication, spontaneity, soul, and swing into his own unique approach -

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Veteran Jazz French Horn Player Ken Wiley

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran Jazz French Horn Player Ken Wiley .. He is promoting his new projects .. Urban Horn & Horn Redux  - He was born in Kansas City and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri .. From there, he went to Los Angeles with limited funds and has made it .. over the years, he’s played at the Playboy Jazz Festival, LA Jazz Society, UCLA Jazz Concert Series and on shows like Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad – he’s even dones some work with cats like Lenny Kravitz.. He is a very happy musician that did it the right way ..

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Veteran Jazz Saxophonist Jimmy Greene

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Saxophonist Jimmy Greene .. He’s on the heels of his 2017 CD Beautiful Life Volum 2 .. a follow up to Volume 1 that is in honor of his daughter Ana that lost her life in the tragic Sandy Hook School Shooting .. He grew up in Hartford, CT and has gone on to perofrm all over the world .. his Jimmy Greene Quartet performs regularly in jazz venues, festivals and clubs – he’s been on on 75 albums as a sideman, and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., Kenny Barron – and these days he’s an Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury – He talks music, healing, the future 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 at 8:00 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/


Violinist Ethan Adelsman of the Chicago Jazz Group Bowmanville Swing

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Chicago Jazz Violinist and leader of the group Bowmansville Swing Ethan Adelsman.. He took some time out of a very busy schedule to talk about what has been going on lately, the band’s history, what is next 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 at 8:00 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’s Artist, Author & Musician 'AvaBella' Ramsey of the Mutual Musicians Foundation

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Kansas City’s Artist, Author & Musician 'AvaBella' Ramsey of the Mutual Musicians – She talked about the new website at MutualMusiciansLive.com! .. and how they have shot a documentary the day of the Centennial Open House - Part 1 is up on the blog – She also discussed 2017 programming in honor of the Foundation’s 100 year anniversary .. That includes 2 upcoing tours of BeBop and Beyond - on September 1, 2017 from Union Station – She had many thoughts on the Foundation, KC Jazz and much more ..

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Kansas City Jazz Organist & Composer Ken Lovern on Charlie Parker Week '17

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Kansas City Jazz Orgnaist and Composer Ken Lovern .. He is gearing up for the Charlie Parker Celebration August 17-29, 2017 here in KC and he’s always busy at the Green Lady Lounge giving the good music out to packed houses .. He talked about the significance of recognizing Bird, his involvement and much more ..

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Jazz Pianist & Composer Sullivan Fortner

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist and Composer Sullivan Fornter .. He is gearing up for a Kansas City visit as a part of the Charlie Parker Celebration August 17-29, 2017 and he’s ready .. Along with his upcoming visit, he had much to talk about his hometown of New Orleans, his current home of New York City, his life in jazz 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/


Kansas Poet Laureate, Author and Jazz Musician Kevin Rabas

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Musician and Kansas Poet Laureate Kevin Rabas .. He talked with us about his latest volume of Poetry .. All that Jazz .. and spoke about a great many things .. like how he became the current Poet Laureate of Kansas, his career in jazz, the KC jazz scene, being a writer and a creative spirit ..

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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/


Chicago Jazz Bassist Joe Policastro

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Chicago Jazz Double Bassist, Composer and Arranger Joe Palicastro   – He  grew up in the fertile jazz, classical, and popular music scene of Cincinnati, OH and studied Classical Double Bass Performance on full scholarship at Miami University. These days he leads the Joe Policastro Trio and the group has two albums featuring his writing, arranging, and performing – They are releaseing a new 2017 CD Screen Sounds and hitting the road to promote it .. That will include a swing through Kansas City’s best jazz joint .. The Green Lady Lounge at 6 on July 30, 2017 –

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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/


Interview About Geri Allen with Jazz Multi-instrumentalist, Composer & Scholar Dr. Hankus Netsky

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Chair - Contemporary Improvisation and former chair of Jazz Studies at NEC  Dr. Hankus Netsky .. He took some time to speak about the passing of the very gifted and talented pianist and composer Geri Allen .. She left us at the age of 60 on June 27, 2017 and he had plenty of thoughts on what made her so special and one that will rank very high in the world of jazz artists ..

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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 Singer Jocelyn Medina

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Singer Jocelyn Medina .. She talked to us about her latest 2017 ablum Common Ground, her childhood in New York and over the years travelling to Ghana, West Africa, Salvador, Brazil, and Mumbai, India – all of these travels and her education has given her a solid backbone in the world of music and her 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/


Sicilian-born Jazz Singer Laura Campisi

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Singer Laura Campisi .. She talked candidly about her latest album – Double Mirror, growing up in Sicily, 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/


Friday, July 14, 2017

Chicago Jazz Bassist Andrew Vogt

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Chicago Jazz Bassist Andrew Vogt – He grew up in the Chicago area and that’s home for him .. He’s on the heels of his latest album - 2017’s AV Club .. And this is after his 2014 album as a producer/primary composer under the group “The Humble Organisms,” and in 2016 jrt released my first EP as a bandleader entitled “For Free.”  - He’s had the chance to already play with Ernie Watts - Donny McCaslin - Nate Watts – He’s got a lot of mileage in his jazz rear view mirror and plenty of stars in his future ..

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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/


Philly Saxophonist, Composer & Educator Odean Pope

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Philadelphia Jazz Sax Legend Odean Pope  .. in his early years he learned from the likes of Ray Bryant and Kenny Clarke – and at
Philadelphia's Uptown Theater in his younger years, he played behind legends like James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder – That would lead to work with big jazz shots like Jimmy McGriff and Max Raoch .. he’s had quite a journey and he talked quite a bit about it .. Including getting picked by John Coltrane to fill in for him ..

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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 Saxophonist Claire Daly

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Saxophonist Claire Daly  –  She spent her childhood in Yonkers, NY and saw so many live shows .. legendary ones .. with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Benny Goodman and more  - the the first time she played a baritone sax her life changed .. and she began a very long and interesting jazz path that has forged many musical relationships .. like a lifetime collaboration with pianist/composer Joel Forrester (composer of the theme for "Fresh Air" w Terry Gross on NPR)  .. She is on the heels of releasing 2017’s 2648 West Grand Boulevard: Jazz Interpretations of Classic Motown 45's ablulm ..

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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 Musician & the GM of the Legendary Blue Room Gerald Dunn

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Kansas City Jazz Institution Gerald Dunn  .. He is a veritable institution in Kansas City and his roots began in Texas listening to gospel albums .. He would go on to gig very much in the church and move on to see the world and some very bright lights with the Illinois Jacquet outfit .. He is now the head of the Blue Room .. he is also a musician, radio host and so much more in this thriving KC scene ..

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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 Jeff "Tain" Watts

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Drummer Jeff Tain Watts  .. His last CD was 2016s Blue Vol. 2 – and there is more coming .. He was born in Pittsburgh and went on to learn music as  the Berklee School of Music – He has appeared as both a musician on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and as an actor, Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee’s "Mo Better Blues" – from there, he’s collaborated with Branford Marsalis,  Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland .. He was the 2017 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of music Composition and is a very interesting story ..

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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 Pianist Billy Childs

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist & Composer Billy Childs  .. He just released and impressive new CD .. 2017s Rebirth – Billy was groomed in LA and attended the USC Community School of the Performing Arts earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition under the tutelage of Robert Linn and Morton Lauridsen and was then discovered by trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard
landing a record deal with Windham Hill Records in 1988 – He has played with folks all over the map .. Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Renee Fleming, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chick Corea, The Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis and he’s quite popular as a composer ..

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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 Tenor Saxophonist Grant Stewart

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Alto Saxophonist Grant Stewart – He was born and raised In Toronto and these days he is residing in NYC .. His latest CD is 2017’s Roll On .. and in the early go .. he was taught by the storied jazz cats Barry Harris and Donald Byrd – He has a regular Monday night gig in NYC and loves it when Barry sits in .. and over the years he’s been no stranger to playing with legendary likes .. like  Jimmy Cobb ,Harold Mabern, Louis Hayes ,Curtis Fuller at joints like
Smalls, Lincoln Center, Birdland, SMOKE –

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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 Pianist Tal Cohen

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Australian Jazz Pianist Tal Cohen ..  He was born in Israel and grew up in Australia – He began performing nationally in 2010 with his involvement in the successful Australian tour of the Jamie Oehlers Quartet – During the same year he also performed with New York saxophonist, George Garzone - Yellow Sticker was Tal’s first album as a leade in 2011 and these days he is on the heels of 2017’s Gentle Giants .. He’s a busy, talented and cool cat .. He spoke to us from Australian on tour and had many things to discuss ..

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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 Alto Saxophonist, Educator & Composer Christopher Burnett

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz alto saxophonist, educator, leader, and composer Christopher Burnett  ..  He was  born in Olathe and raised in Paola, Kansas and his latest album was 2014’s Firebird – one in a lineup of memorable albums from this cat that started his professional career with military jazz bands “going pro” directly upon graduating high school at 18 years old – he would go on to complete a a full 22-year career performing and touring with notable military bands – Over the course his 40-plus year career, he has been around the world, recorded albums as a leader, taught at the college-level and co-founded the Artists Recording Collective .. He’s a strong pillar in the KC jazz community and has so much to offer .. many skills and equally as many 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 Singer & Drummer Jeff Weinmann

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Multi Instrumentalist Jeff Weinmann ..  This drummer and singer was born in Houston, Texas and Raised in Berkley, Califoria – these days he’s promoting 2017’s Alma Matters and was playing drums at age 13 in the renowned Cadillac Kids – he wenton to get a degree in vocal performance from The New England Conservatory and was studying with legendary jazz drummer Alan Dawson – These days he is a member of the Last World Ensemble and has so much to say and offer ..

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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 Singer & Songwriter Corey Breedlove

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Dallas-Based Jazz Singer/Songwriter Corey Breedlove – This up and coming jazz cat has a distinct sound and is gearing up for his initial solo release in the Fall of 2017 .. after hearing his rendition of Black Coffee, it was imperative to get to know this force in music .. and he discussed a great deal ..

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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, June 16, 2017

Swiss Jazz Trumpeter & Composer Franco Ambrosetti

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti  .. He was born in Lugano, Switzerland and is the son of Flavio Ambrosetti, alto-saxophonist, bandleader and BeBop pioneer in the European jazz scene in the 1940’s – He went to the University of Zurich, then moved to Basel where he eventually earned a master degree in Economics – In 1967 he had his American debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival with his father’s quintet – and for over three decades he juggled between an intense professional activity in the music field and his role as executive in the family business. He’s a very interesting man ..

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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 Saxophonist T.K. Blue About the 2017 CD 'Amour'

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran Jazz Saxophonist TK Blue .. He discusses his latest 2017 CD Amour .. and how it’s a homage to France and the continuation of his jazz story .. 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 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/

Singer & Guitarist Mark Verbeck of the KC Blues Band Scotch Hollow

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Songwriter, Guitarist and Producer of the Blues Outfit Scotch Hollow – Mark Verbeck .. On the heels of their latest 2017 album Little Tortuga .. The band is gearing up for a mid-June tour leaving KC and going about America to give folks the good music .. Scotch Hollow is a acoustic roots band – melding own-home delta blues with good old-fashioned country – The band also features JD Linn on bass – jazz cat Benjamin Scholz on the drums, Carley Martin on the vocals, Brody Buster doing the harmonica and Joel Schuman on piano  . .Mark talked about the new album, their tour, history 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/

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jazz Trumpeter Aaron Shragge

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Trumpeter and Flutist Aaron Shragge .. He was born and raised in Montreal and has played with many cats like Daniel Carter, Ben Monder, Dave Douglas, and Medeski Martin and Wood's Billy Martin and at places like Kennedy Center and The Blue Note – He is well versed in the Tom Waits ares .. his quintet plays the music of Tom Waits – He just released 2017’s Dirt in the Ground – and has many tales to tell ..

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday 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 Bassist Anderw Schiller

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Bassist Andrew Schiller ..  He was born and raised in Pheonix and is on the heels of releasing 2017’s Tied Together, Not To The Ground – He’s a well educated cat with plenty of jazz stories to tell.

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Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday 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, June 13, 2017

Jazz Pianist & Composer Randy Ingram

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist & Composer Randy Ingram  .. He just released 2017s The Wandering – and this cat was born in Anchorage, Alaska and grew up in Southern California –He parlayed his high school trio experience into scholarships at the University of Southern California, where he received his Bachelor’s degree for Jazz Performance, and The New England Conservatory (NEC), where he received his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance – He received an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award and has gone on to tour Europe as a bandleader many times and has performed throughout Europe and Japan as a sideman.

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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/

Trumpeter, Composer & Bandleader Josh Lawrence

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with New York Based Trumpeter, Composer and Band Leader Josh Lawrence .. – He was born and raised in Philadelphia and over the years has learned plenty playing with pianist Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, bassist Anthony Tidd’s PACT, saxophonist Caleb Curtis, and the George Gee Swing Orchestra – amongst others .. His latest offering is 2017’s Color Theory and he is also on the faculty at the University of the Arts, Drexel University, and the Kimmel Center's Creative Music Program -

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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, May 31, 2017

Saxophonist Logan Richardson Live - KC Jazz & Heritage Festival - 5.28.17

Logan Richardson was born in Kansas City, MO and is an alto saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. Richardson debuted as a bandleader with his 2007 album Cerebral Flow. He is also a member of the band NEXT Collective.

A live music festival that celebrates jazz - a culture and art form Made in Kansas City, Missouri from May 26 - 28 2017


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/

Violinist Regina Carter Live - KC Jazz & Heritage Festival - 5.28.17

Jazz violinist Regina Carter was born in Detroit, Michigan to Dan Carter, an auto worker, and Grace Williamson Carter, an elementary school teacher. She began taking music lessons at the age of two, first for the piano and later for the violin.

A live music festival that celebrates jazz - a culture and art form Made in Kansas City, Missouri from May 26 - 28 2017

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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, May 26, 2017

Korean-Born Jazz Composer & Singer Jihye Lee

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Korean Jazz Composer Jihye Lee.. This talent out of Korea just released 2017’s April .. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and currently attends the Manhattan School of Music pursuing a master of Jazz Composition degree under the instruction of Jim McNeely – She is the recipient of the 2013 and 2014 Duke Ellington Awards and the 2013 Gil Evans Award for Jazz Composition – and along with honing her craft in Jazz Composition, she is a distinguished vocalist and singer -

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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 Canadian Jazz Bassist Dave Young

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran Canadian Jazz Bassist Dave Young.. He was born and raised in Winnepeg and has resied in Toronto since the 1960s .. Over the years he has been all over gigging with the best .. like Oscar Peterson (with whom Dave had a thirty-five year musical relationship), Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Zoot Simms and so many others .. He has had a dual life - As a classical musician being a member of The Edmonton Symphony, The Winnipeg Symphony and The Hamilton Philharmonic. As a culmination of his dedication to jazz .. He was named as a member to The Order of Canada – our country’s highest and most prestigious civilian honour ..

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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, May 19, 2017

Jazz Trumpeter Tom Moon of the Group Ensemble Novo

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Cat Tom Moon of the Group Ensemble Novo  .. They just release 2016s Look to the Sky and are a vibrant part of the Philly jazz scene .. They have a distinct Brazilian vibe and aim for the Bossa Nova lovers out there .. He discuess the bands beginnings, their activity and future .. along wit
h 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/

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jazz Saxophonist Tim Warfield

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Saxophonist Tim Warfield..  His last album was 2015’s Spherical  - and there is more on the 2017 horizon .. He was born in York, Pennsylvania and went on to Howard University in Washington, D.C. for two years  - from there, he led and co-lead groups in the Central Pennsylvania and the Baltimore/Washington areas  before playing with big shots like Donald Byrd, Christian McBride, Dizzy Gillespie, Isaac Hayes, Jimmy Smith, and Kenny Barron .. He has plenty of jazz mileage and stories
to behold ..

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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 Pianist & Composer Gerald Clayton

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist and Composer Gerald Clayton  ..  He spoke with Neon Jazz on tour in Kansas City after a good plate of Gates BBQ to talk about his May 13, 2017 show at the Blue Room on 18 and Vine showcasing his new album Tributary Tales .. He talked about his life that began in the Netherlands .. then growing up in LA and seeing the world performing jazz .. and loving every bit of it .. 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 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/


Roy Nathanson & Bill Ware of the Jazz Group The Jazz Passengers

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Roy Nathanson and Bill Ware of the NYC group The Jazz Passengers .. I caught up with them about their new 2017 CD Still Life with Trouble and spoke abourt much more .. It’s a group billed as fantastical fusion of post-bop and musical comedy, once called a “perverse mainstream … hard-bop group as imagined by Frank Zappa – They toured extensively since the 1990s, traversing the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia and having played at major festivals and in clubs and concerts across the globe and have the Grammy Nominations to back up their bravado ..

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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 Multi-Lingual Vocalist Allison Adams Tucker

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Vocalist Allison Adams Tucker .. It all started when she was born and raised in San Diego – she would go on to study piano, flute, violin, dance and voice from elementary school and holds a BA in Linguistics / Music Vocal Performance and an AA in Italian – She is on the heels of releasing 2016’s  WANDERlust – and her  voice can be heard on national commercials and on the video game "The Saboteur" soundtrack singing French jazz in the company of Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Madeleine Peyroux, & others. She has brought the world her talents and she has only just begun ..

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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, May 11, 2017

Jazz Pianist Emmet Cohen

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist Emmet Cohen  .. He just released 2017s Masters Legacy with Jimmy Cobb and has great stories about working with the drum master .. He started on the keys at 3 and would go on to become the alumnus of the YoungArts Foundation, he now produces and directs multidisciplinary high school YoungArts programs nationally that employ creative writing, theater, dance, visual arts, cinematography, music, voice, and jazz.  He also has a Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and amonst many things these days .. he is the leader of the "Emmet Cohen Trio" - so, get to know this deeply inquisitive cat 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 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 Violinist Mads Tolling

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Violinist Mads Tolling  .. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and came to the Berklee College of Music ..  These days he is nternationally renowned as a two-time Grammy Award-Winner and the 2016 DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star winning violinist – He just released 2017s Playing the 60s and for nine years was in Turtle Island Quartet – he has gone on to span the globe with his blend of jazz and has plenty of stories to back it all 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/

Jazz Saxophonist Chris Greene

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Saxophonist Chris Greene  .. He was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois – just outside of Chicago .. and still calls it home .. He would mov on to  Bloomington, IN to attend the prestigious Indiana University Jazz Studies program and study with renowned professor and cellist David Baker and since 1994 he’s been back in the Chcago Area collaboratwith the likes of  The Temptations, Eric Roberson, Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Sheena Easton, Steve Cole, Michael Manson, Andrew Bird, and many more .. He just released 2017s Boundary Issues with his quarted and after 11 plus albums – he’s feeling pretty good about 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/

Monday, April 24, 2017

Jazz Author Carolyn Glenn Brewer - "Changing the Tune - The KC Women's Jazz Fest"

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Author Carolyn Glenn Brewer .. She writes a vital piece of jazz history about two Kansas City women, Carol Comer and Dianne Gregg, that got the support of jazz luminaries like Marian McPartland and Leonard Feather to launch the Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival (WJF) .. Over the year
s, it built plenty of steam and had seminal performances by Betty Carter, Mary Lou Williams, an unprecedented All-Star band of women, Toshiko Akiyoshi’s band, plus dozens of Kansas City musicians and volunteers – it’s an era and movement that needed to be brought to the forefront and Carolyn talks about it at length ..

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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 Saxophonist & Composer Dayna Stephens

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Saxophonist Dayna Stephens .. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in the San Francisco Bay area – and just released 2017’s  Gratitude and he’s got plenty to be grateful about .. with a rare Kidney disease, he is a survivor and a journeyman jazz cat with plenty of stories .. inspire by his grandfather Elbert Bullock – he would take that jazz love to learn at the Berklee School of Music and later at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz – then play with the likes of Kenny Barron and Gerald Clayton – he’s got plenty of wisdom to share ..

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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, April 21, 2017

New York City Jazz Pianist Larry Fuller

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series New York City Jazz Pianist Larry Fuller. He swung through Kansas City to play at the Blue Room off 18th and Vine to play with a trio featuring the great George DeLancey. In between sets, he took a minute to talk with Neon Jazz about his visit, the health of jazz in America and much
more. so, dig this new interview.

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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/