Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

RemoteJazz CD title : Through The Eye Of The Storm

 






RemoteJazzCD title : Through The Eye Of The StormGenre: Smooth JazzCountry: USA

"Through the Eye of the Storm" by Remotejazz (Smooth Jazz Contemporary Jazz, Electronica) is a musical journey to obtain peace and contentment by utilizing personal faith.
"As I have Loved You" features Dave Jarvis on Saxophone
Produced by Robert L. Bryant For Key Music Productions, LLC. Copyright 2013, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED CD released December 19, 2013 available on
ITunes, Amazon, Spotify and other online download outlets. more music is available at: Main artist website: http://www.remotejazzmusic.com Artist Press Kit: http://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/remotejazz ReverbNation Artist's Page: http://www.reverbnation.com/remotejazz SoundClick Artist's Page: http://www.SoundClick.com/remotejazz Soundcloud Artist's Page: http://www.soundcloud.com/remotejazz
Contact artist's directly at: rlbryant04@msn.com

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Jazz Café Exclusive: Hiroshima, Cassandra Wilson Shine at Oakland Yoshi’s and San Francisco Story and Photos by Shelah Moody





It is rare that a band achieves a high level of success and still remains humble and accessible to their audience and fan base.
 The weekend of May 3-4 marked the return of the Asian-American jazz/funk/fusion band Hiroshima, consisting of core members June Kuramoto (koto), Dan Kuramoto (wind instruments, keyboards), Kimo Cornwell (keyboards), Dean Cortez (bass guitar) and Danny Yamamoto (drums).



Hiroshima performed tracks from their latest release “J-Town Beat,” including “Da Kitchen,” “Meiji Mambo,” “State of Mind” and “Cruisin' J-Town.” Formed in 1974, Hiroshima is known for their Far East melodies fused with KBLX/quiet storm/smooth jazz rhythms. Hiroshima closed their ebullient set with the funky “One Wish,” the 1985 composition that established them on the Adult Contemporary charts. I remember seeing Hiroshima perform this track at the pristine Waikiki Shell, the venue where I first saw Anita Baker, Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse and Miles Davis live, in Honolulu, HI,


June Kuramoto’s koto virtuosity is indeed one of the highlights of Hiroshima’s performances. The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument imported from China. Wikipedia cites June Kuramoto as one of the first performers to popularize the koto in a non-traditional fusion style. Born in Japan, Kuramoto became heavily influenced by the Motown sound and has recorded with the likes of Angela Bofill and George Duke to name a few. Kuramoto has released three solo albums and added her koto radiance to A Taste of Honey’s 1981 pop/soul ballad “Sukiyaki.”
After the show, Hiroshima hosted a meet and greet backstage for media and fans. Dan Kuramoto (June’s ex-husband) was heavily influenced by Ornette Coleman and James Moody (no relation to this writer). In fact, Moody would give Kuramoto private saxophone lessons.
“I have a way of playing over D-minor, and I got this 20 minute saxophone lesson from (Moody) on a long distance phone call from New Zealand,” Kuramoto reminisced. “He was my mentor, my visionary; he taught me everything. He always told me to be true to myself and not to listen to anybody about what you do—words of wisdom.”
In 1990, a year before his passing, Hiroshima opened for Miles Davis on his world tour.
“Miles was the coolest,” said Kuramoto. “He was terrifying at first, but we realized that it was because he was about what he was about. Once you got that Miles was the coolest cat, the nicest guy. He loved to see how you reacted to him. He loved June as a world class musician. He was always blown away.”

Check out the band on www.hiroshimamusic.com.

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 8pm 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….