Jazz Presenter, Radio Broadcaster, Freelance Writer, Journalist
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JL pursues a career in the media with consultancy work in both the business and non-profit sector.He is a broadcaster and humanitarian of worldwide repute having brought joy to thousands who listen to his unique radio shows and more importantly has helped even more through his charity work.He is fully committed and focused on both equally.
He is currently acting CEO for a national charity in the UK, Chair of Age Concern Sutton,London and a member of the trustee board of a number of others.
He is also a non executive director of a chamber of commerce and advises many organisations throughout the UK and Europe.
His achievments in the non profit sector have been considerable including the founding of a children's cancer charity from a standing start and developing it to international status. His work and legacies include: A national Play Therapy Service for children, A Compassionate Care Programme in conjunction with Disneyland Paris Resort, A Lloyds Syndicate Insurance scheme for terminally ill children and their families and more recently a national mobility programme for elders.
.In 2002 James won the 'Leading The Way' National award in the UK.
JL is a music specialist who currently hosts the UK SOUL CHART and also another syndicated radio show under the guise of JLs VYBE that is heard from LA to LONDON plus audio interviews which are commissioned from a variety of sources.Recent artistes to find themselves speaking with JL have included ANGIE STONE,MICHAEL BUBLE and GEORGE BENSON plus many others who are less well known to the public but are outstanding talents who are pursuing more of an independent route now that the internet is leading the way for the development of music. He is featured on many leading music web sites and radio stations around the world.
JL is currently organising a new charity for launch in 2011 and is also writing a book based on his life's experiences provisionally called 'For the Earth is Hollow, but I have touched the Sky'
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.
Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."
He was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country's most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led "Thundering Herds" that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.
Hear passionate improvisation across borders on Colombian harp, Argentinian bandoneón, Venezuelan cuatro and vibes from the U.S. In a set with Castañeda, his trio and special guests perform at the Americas Society in New York.