Thursday, January 20, 2022

NYC Jazz Vocalist & Composer Lauren Lee

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with NYC Jazz Vocalist & Composer Lauren Lee .. On January 6, 2022 she opened up about her new 2021 CD The Queen of Cups, the COVID world and her life as an adventurous musician with her abilities as a whimsical storyteller & a voice that resonates with an ethereal, playfully modern, instrumental quality.  .. Her foray into creative music began as a teenager in the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, which lead her on a wild goose chase of sorts to find her own sound in the adventurous music scene as a young innovator. She has been likened to female jazz pioneers that came before her like Carla Bley and Jen Shyu & non-jazz visionaries like Bjork and Meredith Monk, Lee. Enjoy the 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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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New York City Jazz Vocalist Samara Joy

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with New York City Jazz Vocalist Samara Joy .. We caught up with her on January 2022 from her home in New York to talk about a recent trip to Russia to perform, her debut 2021 Self Titled CD, COVID life and her career in music .. Growing up in New York, music was a pervasive presence, due to the inspiration of her paternal grandparents .. In 2019 she was the winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition .. She is well on her way to quite a career and we cover much ground .. Enjoy the 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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Braizilian-born Jazz Pianist, Producer, Arranger & Educator Antonio Adolfo

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Braizilian-born Jazz Pianist, Producer, Arranger & Educator Antonio Adolfo .. We caught up with him in early 2022 about his new 2021 CD Jobim Forever, living in the COVID world and his long road in music .. He grew up in a musical family in Rio de Janeiro and began his studies at the age of seven. By 17, he was already a professional musician. Along with his own music, he has been teaching music throughout the world and has written several books .. Enjoy his 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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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Monday, January 17, 2022

NYC & Seattle Musician, Emcee, Singer, Drummer & Producer Kasaa Overall

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with NYC & Seattle Musician, Emcee, Singer, Drummer & Producer Kasaa Overall .. We talked on January 5, 2022 about quite a bit .. Like his latest 2021 CD I’m a King, COVID live in America and his world of melding avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production techniques to tilt the nexus of jazz and hip-hop in unmapped directions .. Raised in Seattle, he attended Garfield High School, the alma mater of Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix. He has been working at the forefront of jazz for two decades, touring and recording as a sideman drummer with artists as varied as Geri Allen, Vijay Iyer, Carmen Lundy and Gary Bartz. In 2021, the Jazz Journalists Association named him Electronics Specialist of the Year .. Dig this 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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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German-based Jazz Drummer, Composer & Bandleader Mareike Wiening

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with German-based Jazz Drummer, Composer & Bandleader Mareike Wiening .. We spoke with her in early January 2022 about her new 2021 CD Future Memories .. This recording follows her critically acclaimed debut album Metropolis Paradise .. Prior to the pandemic, she was between New York & Cologne, Germany .. Now she is in Germany .. Over the years, she has performed with artists throughout the United States, Europe and South America. Her story is full of great stories .. Enjoy .. 

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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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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Canadian-based Jazz Pianist & Composer Florian Hoefner

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Canadian-based Jazz Pianist & Composer Florian Hoefner .. He has new material coming out in 2022 and we discussed that, along with COVID life and his world of music .. He was born and raised in Germany, trained in New York City and now based in Canada, jazz pianist and composer .. He draws from a myriad of influences that culminate in his unique brand of modern jazz. Over the years, he has had collaborations or shared the stage with the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joe Lovano, Seamus Blake, Rich Perry, John Riley, and  so much more .. Enjoy the 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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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Brooklyn-based Jazz Guitarist Cameron Mizell - 2022 Interview

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Brooklyn-based Jazz Guitarist Cameron Mizell .. He has a new CD out called Local Folklore done with Charlie Rauh taking listeners down familiar roads but ends up in fresh destinations, each with its own inhabitants, lessons, and stories to tell. Originally from St. Louis, MO, he has released eight albums in the past 17 years, ranging from jazz-funk to Americana to avant-garde experimentalism, and has collaborated with or produced artists on dozens more recordings ..He has consistently been part of the diverse New York City music scene for over a decade, performing in a wide variety of genres from experimental improvisation to bluegrass musicals, salsa bands to solo jazz guitar. Dig the tale .. 

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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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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Chicago-based Blues Guitarist, Singer, Bandleader & Producer Dave Specter

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Blues Guitarist, Singer, Bandleader & Producer & Podcaster Dave Specter .. We caught up with him during the early throws of a new 2022 to talk about his new 2021 CD Six String Soul – 30 Years on Delmark, living through COVID and his life in music .. He is one of the premier talents on the Chicago music scene and was inducted into The Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2018. He’s been all over the world performing and with everyone in Blues. In 2012 he performed for President Barack Obama and has appeared on over 50 albums and DVDs as a guitarist, bandleader and/or producer, with 12 albums as a leader or co-leader on Delmark Records. A new double album celebrating Dave’s 30 years on Delmark Records will be released in the fall of 2021. Enjoy the 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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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Monday, January 10, 2022

Spanish-born Jazz Pianist & Composer Marta Sanchez on the new 2022 Year

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Spanish-born Jazz Pianist & Composer Marta Sanchez on the new 2022 Year .. She opened up about her new 2021 Single – The Moment of Your Life and material that is on it’s way in 2022 .. She talked about the return to the live stage and hopes for the future as a brand new year begins to unfold .. Enjoy .. 

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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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Los Angeles-based Veteran Jazz Trumpeter Winston Byrd

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Los Angeles-based Veteran Jazz Trumpeter Winston Byrd .. On January 5, 2022 we had an open and frank discussion about the world we live in, COVID life, his upcoming projects and his well oiled life in music … Over decades, he has built a reputation for melding his professional style to a wide range of musical genres like classical, blues, pop, jazz and improvisation. He has bee performing since the age of 17 & devoted himself to music in both the studio and performing live with legendary cats .. His stories are quite epic .. Enjoy …

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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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Co-Author Wayne Enstice of the 2021 Memoir The Lady Swings about the life of Drummer Dottie Dodgion

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Co-Author Wayne Enstice of the 2021 Memoir The Lady Swings about the life of Drummer Dottie Dodgion .. Dottie was a force and lived an entire lifetime before she was seventeen. Undeterred by hardships, she defied the odds and earned a seat as a woman in the exclusive men’s club of jazz. Her dues-paying path as a musician took her from early work with Charles Mingus to being hired by Benny Goodman at Basin Street East on her first day in New York. From there she broke new ground as a woman who played a “man’s instrument” in first-string, all-male New York City jazz bands. Wayne recounts the process from start to finish, and many spots scattered throughout .. Enjoy .. 

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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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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Monday, January 3, 2022

Los Angeles-based Veteran Jazz Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger & Composer Matt Gordy

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Los Angeles-based Veteran Jazz Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger & Composer Matt Gordy .. We had a good, long conversation on December 30, 2021 .. Getting it in before the new 2022 year .. We covered his long life in jazz and his first album in 20 years .. The 2022 CD release of Be With Me…He  has performed with international orchestras all over the world from Boston to Venezuela with the veraried likes of Joni Mitchell, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Peter Frampton, Patti LaBelle, and Donna Summer .. His collections of stories and witticisms are fascinating .. Enjoy .. 

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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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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Sweden-based Jazz Guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Sweden-based Jazz Guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos .. Over the pandemic, he’s been quite bisy with projects like the new 2021 CDs – Solitude and Far from Close with his S.E.V. Trio .. He was born in Athens, Greece and moved to London in 2000 to pursue music and since 2013 is based in Stockholm, Sweden. His music rich journey is a great one .. Enjoy the 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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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France-based Jazz Pianist, Composer & Educator Jim Funnell

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with France-based Jazz Pianist, Composer & Educator Jim Funnell .. We had a long talk on eve of 2022 about his latest CD Live in Japan .. and his long, well traveled life in music .. He started leading his own band in his early teens, performing at jazz clubs by the time he was in high school. He would move on to the Berklee College of Music swimming in a diversity of styles and cultures. He has traveled around the globe and lived in France, England and the United States .. He’s full of stories and wisdom .. Enjoy .. 

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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/. Check us out at All About Jazz @ https://kansascity.jazznearyou.com/neon-jazz.php. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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