Musical Artist, Producer, Record Label, Publisher, Arranger, Composer, Recording Engineer, Recording Studio, Production Coordinator, Jazz Historian
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I can't imagine the World without Jazz.
I want more Jazz Artists to come to Honolulu. I appreciate what Norman Brown, Kenny G, Dave Koz and my Frat Brother, Ramsey Lewis "Legends of Jazz" are doing to ensure our communities are acculturated to Traditional and Smooth Jazz.
Honolulu lost its' Jazz radio station about 20 years ago. Some say, Honolulu was not sophisticated enough. We now have KORL 101.1 FM on satellite and KIPO 89.3 FM (Public (HPR)) with Don Gordon. Even in view of the current economic situation, businesses are beginning to advertise, which will provide another resource for the getting word out about Smooth Jazz events. Further thanks to Johnny Myro, David Booth, Michael Paulo and Roy Dakerman and all the die hard Hawaii Jazz fans.
Winton Marsalis, Rick Bruan, Larry Carlton, Dave Brubaker, Chuck Mangione, Earl Klugh, Lee Rit have all performed with the Honolulu Symphony or at the "Guitar Under the Stars" venue. This venue has since stopped. We have smaller venues and could accommodate two shows for artists performances. Jazz artists are bypassing Oahu and going to Maui. But, with the right venue (liquor and food), Honolulu is primed and hungry for smooth jazz.
I believe Jazz/Smooth Jazz is sophisticated, classy, and a positive cerebral stimulant that attracts some of the most wonderful people inside and out.
I am a Songwriter/Musician/Producer all genres. Primary instrument Piano. YuuKenGoh Music (BMI).
I have a very passionate approach to songwriting. First, I write from the heart. I hear a sound or groove in my mind, and then I try to craft those sounds and rhythms into an emotion. In my music you will hear influences from many artists, such as, Joe sample, Bob Baldwin, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, George Duke, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Ronnie Jordan, Bob James, Larry Carlton, George Clinton and Prince. Other favorite artists are Tony Toni Tone, Earth Wind and Fire, Dave Hollister, Will Downing, George Benson, Jill Scott, R Kelly and Teddy Riley.
I don’t believe Jazz, traditional, modern or smooth, however you classify it, is cooked up from theory. Jazz is not how many sub dominants, tritones or chord-degrees one can write in a song. To me it’s the same persona that separates an engineer from a physicist or painter from the canvas maker. Without the creative impulse, energy and ideas the music is nothing but organized theory.
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What Instrument do you play?
Piano, Bass, Drums
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Terry, no problem - we've had a really good vacation with lot's of nice music. I sat at the Jazz Mine last Saturday night. That was a happening place! Other than that, we've just been chillaxin', as the kids like to say. If you come to San Diego, give me a holler and i will show you around and introduce you!
Greetings from the chilly but friendly Toronto area, Terry;
Thanks for the friend request. Enjoying the grooves on your page - I love funk! All the best to you - I wish I lived where YOU do, right now ;-)
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!!
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.
Ever since he started becoming one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Zenón has drawn from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. But, like many Puerto Ricans, Zenón lives in New York — where his quartet of 10 years has finally been invited to play the Vanguard. It presents new music in concert.