Friday, February 15, 2019

Kansas City Jazz Drummer Tyree Johnson

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Kansas City Jazz Drummer Tyree Johnson .. Born and raised here in Kansas City, he’s a staple of the Lonnie McFadden Quartet and was featured on his Live at the Green Lady CD .. He talked about his roots at Paseo Academy, the KC Jazz Scene, what his future looks like 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. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Netherlands-based Jazz Bassist Joris Teepe

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Nethrelands-based Jazz Bassist, Composer & Educator Joris Teepe .. Arriving in New York in 1992 with just his bass and a suitcase, he took lessons with Ron Carter, quickly met many musicians and started to work a lot. A year later he recorded his first CD .. He talked about this and his new 2019 CD and Book called In the Spirit of Rashied Ali - The free jazz and avant-garde drummer best known for playing with John Coltrane in the last years of Coltrane's life .. He was a member of the Rashied Ali Quintet for 9 years – an experience that changed his vision on music. He has recorded 10+ albums as a leader and established himself as a composer, record producer, educator and bandleader.

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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. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Russian-born Jazz Pianist Yelena Eckemoff

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Russian-born Jazz Pianist Yelena Eckemoff ..  She talked about her newest 2019 CD Colors .. So, her parents noticed that she had musical talent when she started to play piano by ear at the age of four. At the age of seven Yelena was accepted into an elite Gnessins School for musically gifted children and in 1991, with her husband, Yelena emigrated to the United States. While assimilating and surviving in a new country and raising children, she had to put her musical career on hold. During these years Yelena experimented with synthesizer and MIDI sequencer in her little home studio .. That led to her first jazz album, COLD SUN, in 2009 .. She is full 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. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Detroit-native, Composer, Bbassist & Educator Robert Hurst

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Detroit-native, Veteran Jazz Composer, electric and acoustic bassist, educator, recording artist, and business man Robert Hurst ..  We caught up with him about his newest 2018 CD Black Current Jam and growing up in Detroit  .. Over the years, he has been on tours and recordings with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Harry Connick Jr., Terrence Blanchard, and performed on over 150 diverse and critically acclaimed recording – and a select group of these productions have garnered you performances yielding seven GRAMMY® Awards .. He’s got plenty of 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. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Jazz Performer & Classical Composer Benjamin Boone

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Musician and Classical Composer Benjamin Boone  .. He talked about his latest CD - the Poetry of Jazz Volume 2 with the Poet Phillip Levine .. So, he was born in Statesville, North Carolina and grew up in an intellectually stimulating family and concentrated on the saxophone and improvising from an early age .. He went on into the University of Tennessee -  Boston University and the University of South Carolina .. and he’s had a great journey in both jazz and classical music

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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. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Thursday, February 7, 2019

New York-based Jazz Trumpeter, Composer, Educator, & Bandleader Ben Bierman

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with New York-based New York-based Jazz Trumpeter, Arranger, Composer, Educator, Producer & Bandleader Ben Bierman  .. He opened up about his 2019 CD Some Takes on the Blues - This New York City journeyman has a very wide range of musical experiences and an eclectic aesthetic sensibility to match. As a trumpet player he has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as B.B. King, Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Archie Shepp, and many others .. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Music at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York .. He’s got 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. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Veteran Jazz Drummer Peter Kogan

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran Jazz Drummer Peter Kogan  .. He opened up about his newest 2019 CD The Green Album .. His musical journey began at six on the violin, added piano at age eight and drums at age ten.  A year later he began serious study with Saul Goodman, timpanist of New York Philharmonic .. He would go on to a classical career with the Cleveland Orchestra .. then the Pittsburgh Symphony .. then spent six years in New York City as a drum set player and composer backing up Blues legends .. Then it was Honolulu Symphony .. then joined the Minnesota Orchestra and after all these years he’s back home .. with jazz .. listen to the full 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. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Canadian Jazz Saxophonist Jim Brenan

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Canadian Jazz Saxophonist Jim Brenan  .. He opened up about his latest 2019 CD 50/50 .. So, spending half his life in Edmonton and half in Calgary, he knows well the wealth of talent harbored within their city limits. Playing regularly in both cities, he wanted to capture the talent and creativity of the musicians from both communities. As the eleventh member of the group, Brenan serves as the composer, arranger, tenor saxophonist and peacekeeper between Oilers and Flames fans. He’s full of 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. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Canadian Jazz Saxophonist, Composer & Producer Johnny Griffith

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Canadian Jazz Saxophonist, Composer and Producer Johnny Griffith .. He is a multi-Juno Award nominated musician who has played and recorded with many artists over his career .. like Don Thompson, Jeremy Pelt, Ernesto Cervini’s Tune Town, Charlie Hunter, and so many others .. He got a lot of exposure early on as a member of the popular Canadian funk/hip hop group the Pocket Dwellers .. Over the years, he has toured extensively across Canada, the United States, and Europe .. We talked with him about his career and his newest 2019 CD with The Lion, Camel & Child ..

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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. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Jazz Vocalist, Composer, Lyricist & Educator Fay Victor

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with is an Improvising vocalist, composer, lyricist and educator Fay Victor .. She is always riding all the chasms and seams of music that are improvisational and conversational in nature. She has a unique approach and vision for the vocalist’s role in jazz and improvised music and oer a 20 year span, she has released 9+ albums as a leader to critical acclaim as well as seminal sideperson projects with leaders such as Anthony Braxton, Roswell Rudd, Nicole Mitchell, William Parker and Marc Ribot .. She’s traveled well down her jazz road and has a lot of 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. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Friday, February 1, 2019

UK Jazz Saxophonist & Composer Karen Sharp

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with UK Jazz Saxophonist & Composer Karen Sharp .. She was in Suffolk in the UK and developed a love of music from an early age – that would lead to her taking  up the piano and clarinet and then she would start writing music and working as an accompanist for local music groups.  After graduating in composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, she discovered a love of jazz and was inspired to play the tenor sax by two giants - Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins .. After moving to London in 2000, her career took off when she was asked to join Humphrey Lyttelton's band with whom she toured the UK and Europe for four years. This gave her a great deal of exposure and led to many great things .. she talks about all of this and her latest 2018 CD The Sun, The Moon and You ..

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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. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/


Cuban-born, New York-based Jazz Saxophonist Roman Fili├║

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Cuban-born, New York-based Jazz Saxophonist Roman Fili├║.. He spent some time with Neon Jazz talking about his latest 2018 CD Quarteria .. he also talked about his roots and how that have shaped him as a musician .. He was born and raised in Santiago de Cuba and for the last 20 years has called New York home .. and has played, recorded, and toured worldwide with a great variety of artists – in Henry Threadgill´s Ensemble Double Up, Ralph Alessi, Matt Brewer, Dayna Stephens, Billy Hart, and so many others .. Along with performing, he’s established himself as an innovative composer through his work for numerous small ensembles and has written pieces for string quartet, solo piano and saxophone quartet .. This is one content artist with great stories of Cuba, America and beyond  ..

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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. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. You can now catch Neon Jazz on KOJH 104.7 FM out of the Mutual Musicians Foundation from Noon - 1 p.m. CST Monday-Friday at https://www.kojhfm.org/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/