Introducing Desiree Bassett.

When have I ever led you astray??? Do me a favor. No, correction, do yourselves a favor and check out www.myspace.com/desireebassett. Desiree was an in-studio gust the other day and I couldn’t be happier that she chose to hang out on greenarrowradio. Just 14…..yeah….I’ll wait for you to stop shaking your heads…..Just 14, she plays Purple Haze, All Along the Watchtower and rocks Santana’s SMOOTH with sister Jessica, all on her birthday. During Purpple Haze, she swung he guitar over her shoulders and played, during Watchtower she would be seen fingerplucking many notes and during smooth, she completed the deal by singing with a rock and roll emotion that made me go home and plug in that air-guitar and brush off the dust.

Don’t believe me….listen to her visit here.

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Desiree & Vernon Reid

Della Britton-Baeza…More than Fundraising

If when you hear, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, you think that they are involved in baseball or merely giving money to needed young adults, well than this conversation is for you. If you thought, like I did, that there IS a museum dedicated to Jackie Robinson‘s life in baseball and his triumphs and battle in society, then you need to check this out. If sometimes you only think of yourself or feel like the world is going in the wrong direction, take 26 minutes to learn more about what the JRF is up to and how you can pitch in to assist those students who have the leadership qualities and dedication to work harder than most and become important voices in our future communities. And I am not talking dollars and cents, more like thoughtfulness and comon sense. I hope you will take the time to listen to the Foundation’s charismatic and energetic President/CEO, MS. Della Britton-Baeza, and always remember to think about others……it only takes some time.

DELLA AND MR.G CONVERSATION HERE.

I want to thank Della and Gary for helping to make this talk happen, as well as the work they accomplish each day.

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A quick Cello w/Rasputina’s Melora.

A very brief chat with the founder of one of the coolest bands without a guitar since Morphine( at least for me). Melora was on her way from upstate NY to her next destination with a stop over at the infamous Toad’s Place in New Haven. Rasputina is a “cello-rock” ensemble. Founded by Melora Creager in 1891, they have long held true to their mission of enlightening the common man as to the power and versatility of the mighty cello. Historically influenced, and constantly costumed, Rasputina keeps a small legion of incredibly passionate admirers enthralled with their earnest musicianship.

Listen to our short talk here.

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7/15/06 WOMEN IN MUSIC….

So, I decided to do a featute this week on WOMEN IN MUSIC, not really my list of the greatest women to perform but more of a collection of voice/music/sounds all created and presented by women. I featured a wide range from Ms. Aretha to Queen Janis, rocker Joan Jett to the duel cello-sounds of Zoe and Melora of RASPUTINA. Newcomers Susan Cagle, Mandi Perkins and in studio guest Michelle Lewis certainly have awakened a new mucial beast, one the listeners have responded to well. We ended the show w/ the beautiful voice of Kimber Manning from her album Eventually, her classy rendition of WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD reminds us why we wake.

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WOMEN IN MUSIC SETLIST FOR 7/15/06
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Baby, I love you, Aretha Franklin
Trouble in Mind, Janis Joplin*
Ball & Chain, Janis Joplin*
Me & Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin*
My Best Friend, Jefferson Airplane
3/5 of a Mile in 10 seconds, Grace Slick
Oh Atlanta, Alison Krause
Get Right With God, Lucinda Williams
No Riders, Shannon Kurfman
The Weight, Shannon Kurfman
Riddles, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
A.C.D.C., Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Baby Blue, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Save Me, Ruth band
Why, Mandi Perkins
Shakespeare, Susan Cagle
Transitional, Susan Cagle
Picante, Charro
This Time Around, Michelle Lewis
Someday, Michelle Lewis
Caroline, Michelle Lewis#
5th Floor Song, Michelle Lewis#
Never Cried for You, Michelle Lewis#
The Sea, Morcheeba
Summertime, Morcheeba
Barracuda, Rasputina
Beloved, Thievery Corp w/Anoushka Shankar
Angels, T.C w/Wax Poetic feat. Norah Jones
Dreams, the Cranberries
Just Leave, Lisa Bourne
Sunday Girl, Blondie
Bold As Love, the Pretenders
What a Wonderful World, Kimber Manning
* Live at monterey Pop Festival
# At WHUS Studios

listen here to the entire in-studio visit.
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Marlene Jeanrenaud: The Magic of Africa

Sparks Fly up from campfires, as Jeanrenauld and friends tell exciting tales of people and wildlife encounters, and of hairraising escapes from hungry crocodiles, angry ostriches and charging rhinos. Under the dark velvet of night, no star shines brighter that Jeanrenauld’s love for her continent and native country. From seashore to savannah, from desert floor to mountain top, her stories weave an emotional spell of the MAGIC OF AFRICA to enthrall adults and children alike.

Listen to our chat here.

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Susan Cagle…My American Idol.

listen to our conversation here.

The second-oldest of 10 children, Cagle started performing in public stations in New York City, including Union Square, Grand Central Terminal and subway stations in Times Square. In addition to singing, Cagle plays the guitar in the majority of her performances, with her sister Caroline playing bass and her brother Jesse on second guitar. Cagle began playing guitar at the age of 7, and by the age of 14 was writing poetry and songs. When older, she decided to leave her family and the Children of God group, at odds over their beliefs, and moved to New York. She soon began writing, recording music and performing in subway stations (her album, “The Subway Recordings”, is cut from live shows).

During a show in the Herald Square subway station, Cagle was discovered by producer Jay Levine, who introduced her to then new president of Columbia Records, Steve Greenberg. She soon became his first signing in this placement. Cagle and her band still tour and perform in New York’s underground. Her album currently sells across the US, the first released single titled “Shakespeare”. Susan has recently finished recording her new studion which should be coming out soon. Her MySpace site states the release date to be March of 2007.

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Sweet Honey’s Aisha Kahlil

I had the pleasure of chatting with Sweet Honey in the Rock member Miss Aisha Kahlil. She was walking through her neighborhood on a sunny April day and we had a fun little conversation. We spoke of the upcoming show at Uconn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts , this Saturday April 29th. if you are not familiar with their work, Aisha will clue you in a little and also let us know what she is personally up to on the side.

Listen to our conversation here.

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