A few words w/Dr. Lonnie Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith is an authentic Master of the Hammond B3 organ. For over five decades he has furthered the sound of Jazz Organ, created a worldwide fan-base, and revealed his musical talents on over seventy albums. Today, his name is truly synonymous with the instrument. Lonnie Smith has consistently been a leading force in jazz since 1969 when critics for Downbeat magazine hailed him as ‘Top Organist of 1969.’ More recently he has been selected as ‘Organ Keyboardist of the Year’ by The Jazz Journalist Association in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

There is so much more to the man, I caught up with him after a period out on the road and I kept it brief so he could just relax.

Listen here to Dr. Lonnie Smith tellin’ me it’s all my fault.

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Bobby Previte & The Coalition of the Willing

In the great tradition of instrumental, electric guitar-fueled rock comes Bobby Previte‘s “super bar band,” The Coalition of the Willing. A new and exciting powerhouse machine pulling together musicians from different worlds to play Previte’s wisting, hard hitting tunes. Featuring the legendary Charlie Hunter, putting aside his eight string guitar to pick up a six string for the first time in years; Skerik, the one-named saxophone legend, hailing from the fighting city of Seattle, where he has been famous to a few for his seminal work in punk-jazz bands including Garage-a-Trois (with Charlie Hunter & Stanton Moore); Robert Walter, the paradigm shifting soundmaster on Hammond Organ; and, leading the Coalition charge, Bobby Previte on drums. This can’t miss show will be on Nov 4 – Northampton, MA at the IRON HORSE Cafe. ARE YOU ONE OF THE WILLING?

Check out our talk here

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Salvador Santana..This generations’ Santana

I had the distinct pleasure of hanging out on the phone lines with Salvador Santana. Yes, of THAT Santana family. Keyboardist and composer Salvador Santana‘s vibrant music mixes hip-hop, jazz, rock, Latin and other world idioms into a uniquely individual and totally contemporary style. He likes to call the richly textured grooves he creates with the Salvador Santana Band, “a new blend, a sound reinvented.” Salvador explains, “It’s a mix of all my favorite music, the best of what’s impacted my life, all coming together in a new genre.” Salvador Santana’s artistic chops are also, of course, colored by-and a continuation of-his family’s awesome legacy. Salvador’s maternal grandfather was African-American blues pioneer, tenor and guitar legend Saunders King, his paternal grandfather is celebrated violinist and mariachi bandleader Jose Santana, and his father is 10X GRAMMY®-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana. Salvador‘s lyrics and inspired spoken word poetry reflect the gift for writing he shares with his mother, Deborah Santana, whose first book, the memoir Space Between The Stars, was published in 2005. The audio book version of the title features music that Salvador and Carlos composed together; previously, they collaborated on composing the GRAMMY-winning track “El Farol” from the smash 1999 Santana album Supernatural.

Listen to Salvador talk about his vision with creating music.

Salvador can be seen opening for Santana on September 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in uncasville CT and on September 22nd at the Chevrolet Theatre in Wallingford CT. Go experience this generations Santana.

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I want to thanks the fine folks at Santana Management, as this interview can be found on Salvador Santana’s homepage www.salvadorsantana.com

Thomas Dolby, tell us where you’ve been?

If you have been wondering where Thomas Dolby has been, take a listen to out chat. He will be heading to the Iron Horse in North Hampton MA on September 27th for his ONE MAN SHOW sort of thang. By the sounds of it, it will be a truly innovative and unique event. So, for all of theose with a sense for the unique…check it out. Also, hear what albums T.D played on but was credited under a different name..it is a weird name, yes.

Listen to our talk here.

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A Moment with Merl Saunders Jr.

Hammond B3 player Merl Saunders has recorded with numerous renowned artists since the early ’70s and has led many of his own dates in a variety of genres from jazz to blues to new age to rock. Born on Valentine’s Day, 1934 in San Mateo, CA, Saunders began learning to play the piano at the age of 10. He was a classmate and bandmate of Johnny Mathis through junior high school. Saunders decided on music as a profession after seeing how much fun was had by audience and performers alike at concerts by such musicians as Cab Calloway. He apprenticed early on with Jimmy Smith for a time, and attended various music schools. Starting in the 1960s, Saunders collaborated on and off with Jerry Garcia, and the Grateful Dead. He also began working as a jazz keyboardist in the early ’70s, and since has performed and recorded with Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and Paul Butterfield. One of his several albums with Jerry Garcia, Blues From the Rainforest, hit the Top 5 of the U.S. Billboard New Age charts in the early ’90s.

If you don’t already know, you need to find out. Check out the MERL SAUNDERS WEBSITE.

Listen to my conversation with Merl Saunders Jr. Here.

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VINX : live at REAL ART WAYS

Tonight, August 17th from 6-9PM, Vinx will be bringing his One man. One voice. One drum style art to the floor of the REAL ART WAYS in Hartford Connecticut as part of their alternative multidisciplinary arts CREATIVE COCKTAIL event held every third thurday of each month. It is written that once upon a time (1990) in Santa Monica, CA, a famous musician (that would be Sting) wandered into a club to wait out the rain and was so enthralled with the performer on stage (that would be Vinx) that he signed him to a record deal and helped produce his debut album (that would be Rooms in My Fatha’s House). Although he had a gig back in 1978 as a percussionist for Taj Mahal, Vinx was a world-class triple-jumper. In fact, in 1980 he posted the second best jump in the world, but the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics, and after an injury at the 1984 Olympic trials in Los Angeles, Vinx embarked on his musical career as a vocalist and percussionist. He recorded and toured with the likes of Ernie Watts, Rickie Lee Jones, and Toni Childs before forming his own band of drummers and hitting Europe, where he played the Montreux Jazz Festival between Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter.
The list of talented musicians that Vinx has collaborated grows as I type, be sure to check him out in Hartford or any other place you get the chance.

LISTEN TO MY CHAT WITH VINX HERE.

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Toby Marks is Banco de Gaia.

I had the distinct honor to chat with Mr. Toby Marks (A.K.A. Banco de Gaia) about his new album FAREWELL FERENGISTAN as well as where he lives and a little about the attempt to Free Tibet. Here is a bit of info for you and then listen to our conversation.
We live at a time when we face some of the greatest challanges of our history. Can we afford to lose a people and culture which has understood and lived for thousands of years in harmony with an eocsystem which we seem to be fighting a losing battle with? Can we afford to let a vast repository of spiritual and human understanding which could benifit us all be destroyed to make way for more mines and factories which would only benefit some? The Tibetans will not use violence in their opposition to their oppressors – can we afford to wash our hands of them and accept that it is alright for the strong and ruthless to dominate the weak and principled? Our governments may not be prepared to stand up for what they say they believe in – freedom, human rights, democracy – for fear of rocking the trade boat, but we as individuals can; we can show our support for the Tibetan people, we can push for our public servants to do something to help, and at least the Tibetans will know that they are not alone in their fight to preserve their culture and beliefs, that others around the world also believe in the spirit, the heart and the dream of a world free of power-weilding bullies and their silent allies who look the other way.

For more information on the historical and present situation in Tibet, and details of what you can do to help, contact:

International Campaign For Tibet
1735 Eye Street
NW, Suite 615
Washington D.C.
20006

U.S.A.
Tel: 202 785 1515
Fax: 202 785 4343
Free Tibet Campaign
1 Rosoman Place
London EC1R 0JY.

Email: tibetsupport@gn.apc.org

Listen here to our conversation

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Mike Clark Conversation

You might know him from the Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters…you might. Or, you might recognize him as one of the truly authentic jazz/funk/soul/R&B/Blues/Hip Hop drummers on the planet. Check out this conversation for some insight to the world of music, the good and not so good. Little tricks of the trade that’ll make you say “cool” and a show tonight in Manchester Connecticut. The amount of people who have worked with Mike and also “borrowed” loops of his drumming,is absolutely mindboggling. For more about Mike,
check out his webpage

listen to our talk here.

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Superdrummer: Carl Palmer chat

Listen to us talk here.

often credited as one of the most respected and influential Rock drummers of all time. Palmer is a veteran of a number of British bands, including The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Asia. He has also contributed to works by Mike Oldfield.
Although none of the groups Palmer performed with are yet in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Palmer’s 2½ ton stainless steel drum set is, after being purchased and donated by Ringo Starr.

In recent years, Carl has performed a series of drum clinics across the UK and Europe. He is currently on tour with the original line-up of Asia, celebrating their 25th anniversary

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My Conversation with Billy Payne

We all know Bill Payne for his being the keyboardist and one of the founding members of the band Little Feat. Well, after years of pushing and prodding and working on a dinosaur of a computer: it took a hernia to get him to finally take his thoughts and the rides he took in his musical mind to create a solo project. In CIELO NORTE,
You are provided a rare insight into Bill’s uniquely personal and intimate voice during a journey through a wide-open display of musical influences. Cielo Norte was released February 22, 2005 from the kind folks at Hot Tomato Records.

Click here to listen to our conversation.

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a photograph actually taken by Billy.