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/