I'm a musician. It's what I do. I say it many times that it is my life.
But I also have the pleasure to spend some of my time interviewing people who inspire me - either with their passions and causes in life, or with their music. Often it's both.
This started out under the name of Tommie Talks Music over a year ago, at the invitation of Womens Radio and it has steadily grown until now my shows are aired on Thirteen different radio channels, soon to be fourteen!!
It has in fact taken on a life of its own and it represents two things: one is my chance to talk life and music with people; to get to the inside of them and get their views on so many things - the other is my chance to promote the causes, passions and music of others.
People tell me that I have an 'easy' way of talking to people. Certainly there is never a script, but I do my homework extensively and like to get to know my guest before anything is recorded. I have a lot of fun and sometimes I shed tears too depending on the subject. The shows are demanding in their own way, but so rewarding and always there is music, music, music and the opportunity to let people around the world hear what my guest has to say.
It could be that the listener never heard of the guest - I don't think that is important. I think everyone has a story to tell if you can encourage them to do so.
So Tommie Talks Music moves on and rewards me with a wealth of good friends and good music............here is the schedule as of today:
Womens Radio - Friday 12 noon Pacific time USA - and on demand from the archive
World fm - Friday 4pm New Zealand = 11pm Central USA/5am Saturday UK
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.