San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

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