Sunday, April 20, 2014

More Jazz On Streetwise Radio

 Streetwise Radio is proud to announce new times for the Jazz Cafe. We are adding 2 hours on the weekends Saturday & Sunday from 12pm -2pm And on Sunday evening we have a new 7pm show! And don't forget our regular hours 12pm noon Mon -Fri.
                                                     

Friday, April 4, 2014

Jeanette Harris



I love the sound of a saxophone. While listening to the Jazz Cafe on Streetwise Radio, I heard Jeanette Harris’s rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do”. I must say this lady has talent, she can blow the saxophone. Jeanette’s “Summer Rain” CD show cases her flair for captivating her audience with her spirited playing. Jeanette was born and raised in Fresno, California. Jeanette was blessed to have parents that believed in the art of music. She started playing music at an early age. Jeanette first learned the guitar, switched to the piano and eventually found her passion with the saxophone. Jeanette was classically trained at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Did not know that Jeanette played saxophone for the late Teena Marie in her final years of touring? Jeanette is a silky smooth sax player that keeps it sounding fresh. You can tune into Streetwise Radio and listen to songs like “Chillin”, “Ja Licious” and “Just Keep Holding On” from Jeanette Harris CD “Summer Rain”. Also tune into MyGen365, Live365, Athena365, iTunes, Pandora and Gilroy Radio.
LM






Monday, March 17, 2014

Miles Bonny


I was listening to Streetwise Radio this morning when I heard this deep sexy voice. I clicked on this to see who the artist was and the song. It was Miles Bonny singing “Lumberjack Soul.” I never heard of him. I knew I had to listen to more of his music and find out where he was from. To my surprise, he was a robust white guy, with a beard and a whole lot of soul. I thought I had been missing out on this amazing artist. Well not anymore, I can’t get enough of his voice. He can sing! His genres include Jazz, R&B, Blues, Hip hop, Soul and Neo Soul. Miles Bonny was born in New York, NY; he grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey and lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Miles Bonny is a 33-year-old record producer, singer, trumpeter and DJ. His music is down to earth music for the soul. DJ Michael Ealey witnessed him in action last summer at the San Jose Jazz Festival. I’m sure upset I missed him. I know if he comes anywhere near San Jose, I won’t miss out again. Here are some of my favorite songs from Miles Bonny” “Lumberjack Soul,” "On Impulse,” "Closer Love,” “Yes I Do,” “Desperado (Nicholas Kopernicus Rework),” “What It Is I See” and “Sing Your Song.” That is why I love Internet radio. You get hear true talent like Miles Bonny. Who in my opinion blows the doors off theses so called artist that DJ’s are playing on the on-air stations. Check out Miles Bonny Songs on Streetwise Radio, you will become a fan. You can also listen to Streetwise Radio on Pandora, iTunes, Live365, Athena365, MyGen365 and Gilroy Radio.
LM





Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SAXOPHONIST AND COMPOSER ERIC DARIUS IS ON A MISSION.

 

Eric Darius to preform at Yoshi's Oakland Thursday February 13 Th 2014


8pm & 10pm
$27 advance / $32 day of show
Premier seating + Meet and Greet $55
PREMIER SEATING + MEET and GREET tickets: Yoshi's will provide seating in the first two rows for the performance. The Meet and Greet (approx. 20 mins) will be one hour before the performance (7PM) and will take place in the club.
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510.238.9200
SAXOPHONIST AND COMPOSER ERIC DARIUS IS ON A MISSION.

“I want my music to be a vehicle for change and to transcend boundaries from age to race. I believe my music can make a difference in the world,” states the commanding and strikingly handsome 20-something musician, composer, and performer, known for his dynamic and exhilarating live shows. Darius’ explosive arrival on the contemporary jazz scene at age 17 caused a frenzy. This was not a surprise as the ambitious saxophonist, who has shared the stage with everyone from Prince, Carlos Santana, Wynton Marsalis, Wyclef Jean, George Benson, and Brian McKnight, had just released an auspicious recording debut and several years prior had already made an appearance at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Garnering accolades from critics, musicians and fans alike, there seemed to be a consensus that this young man was bringing a sense of history but yet a youthful and forward-thinking approach to the genre. Eric Darius, who has scored a #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts and several top ten hits, has steadily proven to be anything but your typical ‘smooth jazz guy.’ The savvy business school grad whose iPod features a mix of everyone from John Coltrane and Bob Marley to Jay-Z , the Rolling Stones and Alicia Keys, confesses, “Contemporary jazz is the genre that has embraced my music, but I see myself as a musician first. I play every style of music from Jazz, R&B, Pop, Reggae, Hip-hop, Rock to Gospel. As I continue to evolve and grow musically, it’s the journey to explore new things that keeps me excited and hungry to do what I do.”
“Contemporary jazz is the genre that has embraced my music, but I see myself as a musician first".
Eric Darius released his latest album and Shanachie Entertainment debut, On A Mission, in the summer of 2010. Danny Weiss, VP of Jazz A&R for Shanachie states, “If you think of jazz as a wonderful tree whose trunk is its great tradition and whose branches are the never ending innovations of its young disciples, then Eric Darius is the newest branch of that tree. He can swing like the masters and funk like a hip-hopper; truly the blossoming of tomorrow's jazz.” The seeds have been sown and Eric Darius unearths his talents not only as a saxophonist but equally important, as a composer and co-producer onOn A Mission. The saxman ,who first started experimenting with writing at age thirteen, cites Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock as among his biggest compositional influences. Darius acknowledges that music has always been an outlet for him to express his emotions and experiences. The Tampa-based musician says, “Stevie Wonder is incredible and I love the way his music can’t be categorized.  The same is true for Herbie Hancock. With Herbie, his whole music catalog varies from album to album and even to this day, he continues to evolve as an artist and is not afraid to take chances, artistically.”
The highest praise maestro, Duke Ellington bestowed on people or music he loved was the phrase ‘beyond category.’ Expanding on this concept, Eric Darius sets out to make an album of purely good music fusing all of the music that has inspired him along the way. A particular mission of Eric’s was to capture the same energy and vibe of his live shows in this studio recording.
“In the past I have tried to tailor my recordings to fit a certain sound or style that fits within the boundaries of what contemporary jazz is ‘supposed to be,’” explains Darius. “This time around, I scrapped all the rules and said ‘I want to make music my way that best defines me as an artist. Eric Darius’ approach to playing is muscular, visceral, imaginative, technically proficient and soulfully free-spirited. It is evident that he is in his element when his reed presses his lips. The joy he derives from playing is evidenced on many songs on his latest release. “I think one of the staples of what I do is my live show; it is young and energetic! I wanted to bring this element to On A Mission. There is often a big disconnect from people’s live shows and studio albums. I want people to be able to close their eyes and feel like we are playing right in front of them,” exclaims Darius.
"I want to make music my way that best defines me as an artist"
Hailing from a musical family (his father from Haiti and mother from Jamaica) and raised in Tampa where he still lives, Eric Darius realized his calling for music at an early age. “ I remember being nine and hearing a saxophonist play at my church. I instantly loved the sound…I remember being blown away by the soul and emotion of the instrument. It was as if I could almost hear the words and lyrics with each note being played…it was at that point that I fell in love with the instrument. The saxophone has a way of reaching people in a way that no other instrument does. It is the closest to the human voice.” Darius is one of those musicians who was fortunate to benefit from music programs in the school system.  He shares, “It is important to me that these types of music programs remain available for children today. One of my goals is to expose young kids to music with substance and to help make them aware that music can be an outlet for their emotions…that it can be a positive influence in their lives. I believe that music is a vital part of every child's complete education. I would not be here had it not been for the opportunities I had in school early on."
By age eleven—after only playing for one year—Eric was chosen to be in Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band, which consisted of young musicians, ages 5-12. The group toured the country and even played at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Throughout Eric’s young but already dynamic career, he’s had the tremendous opportunity to travel and perform worldwide with numerous groups. Even as a college student, he had the fortune to travel internationally with the South Florida Jazztet (The University of South Florida is where he studied both Music Performance and Business). The much in demand saxmans’ worldwide gigs include Japan, Indonesia, London, France, Italy, among numerous other countries.
Darius concludes, “As a young person into jazz, it is important for me that the music stays alive and remains relevant in today’s music scene. I am trying to bridge the gap and create music that appeals to all age demographics, especially the high school and college kids. I am bringing them music that they can relate to. I strive to make music that is always true to myself, and hopefully that will reach people. The greatest joy to me is connecting with people through my music. ” His friend and mentor, Dave Koz, may have summed it up best…”Eric’s energy and musicality are undeniable. He’s fusing Jazz with Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, and Rock for a new sound that’s exciting and truly innovative!”
Eric Darius’ mission continues….

Friday, January 3, 2014

Streetwise Radio Exclusive: Acclaimed Saxophonist Robert Stewart Endorses R&B Star Brian McNight






Brian McNight performs through Jan. 5, Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco (415) 655-5600, www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco

Greetings to All,

I wish all of you a joyous & prosperous new year!

For those in the Bay Area, a great way to celebrate this new year would be to go and support my friend, Brian McKnight.

He is performing at Yoshi's in San Francisco with his full band. However, I told him that he needs to hire actual HORN PLAYERS, and stop trying to make synthesizers their substitute. He giggled then said: "I feel you Rob." He's a funny dude & super cool, indeed. For those here who don't know him, he is an R&B icon; one of the best pianists / vocalists in the world, so check him out if you are able.

Hope to see you all at some point during this new year!

Yours,

Robert

About Brian McKnight

As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 15 albums to date, seven of them have gone platinum, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and he has sold more that 20 million albums worldwide. McKnight is also a multi- instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet.

In an industry known for a constantly revolving door of artists, McKnight has easily established himself with an enviable record of chart consistency, has toured successfully for over a decade, and has collaborated with performers across every genre including Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson and Kenny G.

McKnight’s 15th studio album, “More Than Words,” once again shares with the listener the songwriting, production, and vocal talents that have been at the forefront of Brian’s lasting and acclaimed career. McKnight continues to release music and perform to sold out audiences globally. He has sold well over 20 million albums worldwide, with several albums going multi-platinum.

McKnight is the recipient of numerous awards including Soul Train Awards and Image Awards, as well as 16 Grammy nominations. Additional nominations include MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards and American Music Awards.

With seemingly endless talent, McKnight has successfully crossed every medium in entertainment. From producing some of today’s hottest acts, to a red carpet host for “Extra!” to scoring movies for Tyler Perry, and garnering outstanding reviews in “Chicago” on Broadway. Brian has hosted both his own syndicated radio and TV shows simultaneously.
McKnight is that uniquely talented individual who can multi task effortlessly with a never ending supply of creativity.
About Robert Stewart
Amazingly, Robert Stewart did not even begin to play the saxophone until the age of 17. Born and raised in Oakland, CA, basketball had been the primary passion of his youth. His 6 ft. 4 inch frame, earned him varsity shooting guard status on the Fremont High School basketball team for two years. However, Stewart was struck by divine revelation shortly after graduating from Fremont. While surfing the radio to find a rap or R&B station, Stewart stumbled upon a traditional jazz piece being performed by a tenor saxophonist who sounded as though he were literally possessed or enraged. The intense pace of the tune was unbelievable. This piece was immediately followed by another of romantic or heavenly qualities, by a different individual; However, playing the very same instrument. These two jazz giants were John Coltrane and Ben Webster. The contrast in mood and timbre of the instrument played by the previously mentioned so overwhelmed Stewart, that he immediately asked his father to purchase a saxophone; Stewart's father happily obliged.
Though completely self-taught on the saxophone and music in general (incorporating only an elementary saxophone manual for guidance), Stewart enrolled in a Jazz Jam Session class (under the persuasion of his ever insightful mother) hosted by the Bay Area piano legend, Ed Kelly. Another giant of the present day was also enrolled in this class with Stewart, Joshua Redman. As though the two previously mentioned weren't enough for a wonderful beginning, the saxophone titan Pharaoh Sanders would regularly jam in the class room with Stewart and the rest. Stewart's initial reaction to the eclectic, white bearded, tenor titan was: "Mr. Kelly, who is the dude with the white beard hanging down to his stomach like Santa Claus?" Kelly's response: "Man, that's Pharaoh Sanders; He played with Trane (Coltrane)." Consequently, the mere mention of the name (Coltrane) induced immediate respect and admiration for the bearded tenor titan. On a similar note, Pharaoh (while Stewart was playing) leaned over to Kelly and stated: "Ed, I hear something in this one." Hence, Pharaoh passed Stewart a note which stated: "Come over to my house tomorrow afternoon. I can help you with your horn." Stewart (living only 6 blocks from Pharaoh at that time) did as instructed. Stewart and Sanders maintain a blood brother relationship to this day.
However, it was through an elder Bay Area trumpeter (Robert Porter) that Stewart was introduced to the saxophonists and music of early America, such as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Sidney Bechet, Lucky Thompson, etc. Consequently, it was Stewart's vast knowledge and performance of early American music styles that compelled the trumpet colossus and living legend Wynton Marsalis (whom Stewart first met and played with in a Jam Session in Oakland over a decade ago) to hire him for his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (in which Stewart served a 4 year stint), and purchased a new horn for Stewart to do so. Stewart (whom Wynton has tellingly dubbed: "THE REVEREND") performs with Wynton and orchestra on the Columbia/Sony recordings: “They Came To Swing,” and the Pulitzer prize winning “Blood On The Fields.” The latter is a three-hour oratorio featuring Cassandra Wilson and John Hendricks. Stewart has also been filmed with Wynton on the award-winning television program Sessions At West 54th Street, “Marsalis On Music” (with legendary conductor Segi Ozawa), and the South Bank Series for Bravo Television. Stewart has toured the world with Marsalis and has also performed, recorded, or toured with the following: President Bill Clinton, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Doc Cheatham, Benny Golson, Jimmy Smith, Pharaoh Sanders, Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, Billy Higgins, Donald Byrd, Barry Harris, George Coleman, Branford Marsalis, David Murray, Kenny Kirkland, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Bobby Hutcherson, Pony Poindexter, Big Jay McNeely, John Lee Hooker, John Handy, Donald "Duck" Bailey, Freddie Redd, Jon Faddis, Billy Mitchell, Etta Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Ernie Andrews, Eddie Moore, George Cables, Ray Drummond, Chico Freeman, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Roberts, John Hendricks, Les McCann, Cyrus Chestnut/Donald Harrison, Joshua Redman/Brian Blade, James Carter, Bobby Watson, Sonny Simmons, Lavay Smith, Jules Broussard, Greg Philingains (Michael Jackson), Terri Lynn Carrington (Arsenio Hall), Lenny White (Tower of Power), Felton Pilate (Confunkshun) and many others.

Monday, December 23, 2013

DJ INC & the Soul People




After listening to DJ INC & the Soul People’s song “Bubbs to do List” on Streetwise Radio, I knew I had to hear more. Their sound is pure harmony! The musicianship is fantastic. These Chicagoans with their pulse on a variety of music styles has been doing their thing for over a decade. I like their music because of the jazz, acid jazz, hip hop, house/dance, dancehall, soul, neo soul and Brazilian styles. It makes for an amazing trap sound. While listening to the CD “The Afterset Session, Volume 2,” I knew DJ INC and the Soul People’s songs were going on my playlist. Here are three songs that I like: “Outfit Together,” “Steppers Swagger,” and ‘Bubbs to do List.” Check out DJ INC & the Soul People’s music on Streetwise Radio. You can also listen to Streetwise Radio on MyGen365, Athena365, Live365, iTunes, Pandora and Gilroy Radio.

LM

Friday, October 11, 2013

Four PLay



For two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of a dozen recordings – six of which have climbed to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album charts – the supergroup has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience.
The Fourplay story begins in 1990, with keyboardist Bob James, who had already established himself as a formidable figure in keyboard jazz – not just as an instrumentalist but as a composer and arranger as well – with solo recordings dating as far back as the mid 1960s. In 1990, James reunited with his old friend, session drummer, producer, composer & recording artist Harvey Mason (Herbie Hancock, Barbra Streisand, Notorious Big), during the recording of James’ Grand Piano Canyon album. Also involved in the project were guitarist Lee Ritenour (Sergio Mendes) and bassist/vocalist Nathan East (Barry White, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins).
The original lineup of James/Ritenour/East/Mason stayed together for three successive albums, including Elixir (1994), a set that features some high-profile guest vocalists: Phil Collins, Patti Austin and Peabo Bryson. East also delivers some noteworthy vocal contributions on Elixir, and has continued to do so throughout most of Fourplay’s subsequent studio outings.
Ritenour, whose guitar work in tandem with James’ keyboards served as the cornerstone of the early Fourplay sound, left the lineup in the mid-1990s. Chuck Loeb made his debut with the quartet on Let’s Touch The Sky, released in October 2010. The album also includes thrilling performances by guest vocalists Anita Baker and Ruben Studdard. The infusion of new blood into the Fourplay lineup created an opportunity to bring an even higher level of energy and inspiration into a band that is already known for taking chances and pushing the limits of contemporary jazz.
The group’s latest recording explores the place where four unique perspectives become a single creative force. That symmetry and creativity are at the heart of Esprit De Four, set for release on September 18, 2012. The CD includes the poignant but hopeful “Put Our Hearts Together,” written by James – with lyrics by his daughter, Hilary James, and vocal featuring Japanese superstar Seiko Matsuda – as a tribute to the victims of the devastating tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.