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GLT Jazz Next

GLT's Jazz Next highlights up-and-coming artists and tunes deserving a bit more attention. Plus, you'll learn a little bit about the artist and stay on top of what's happening in the world of jazz.

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Disorganizer United For Black Lives Matter Fundraiser

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:02:58 +0000

"Whenever I call it a jazz band I do air quotes. 'Jazz.'" said Disorganizer mandolin player Stefen Robinson, gesturing with the index and middle fingers of both hands over his head. Why? "Because I don't even know what that means anymore," continued Robinson. "Are you talking about Miles Davis? Are you talking about Wayne Shorter? Are you talking about Kneebody?

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Mucca Pazza: 'A Crazed, Circus-Like, Joyful Experience'

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:25:27 +0000

Mucca Pazza ("Crazy Cow") founding member Rick Kubes said the forming of the 30-odd member marching band was organic. He gives kudos to fellow founder Mark Messing, the band's original director, choreographer, and music director.

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Greg Murphy Reaches Back On 'Summer Breeze'

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:22:57 +0000

Chicago native Greg Murphy has been a fixture on the New York City jazz scene since the 1980's, performing and recording with numerous jazz luminaries. Ahead of his show at The Promontory in Chicago August 25, the one time Illinois State University computer science student talked with GLT's Jon Norton about his new album "Summer Breeze." Murphy said among the songs he recorded for the album were originals he wrote nearly 30 years ago.

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Theater And Jazz Are One With Mardra And Reggie Thomas

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:01:12 +0000

Mardra and Reggie Thomas are a husband-wife jazz team from DeKalb, Illinois. Mardra is a vocalist with a theatrical background. Reggie is a pianist and coordinator of the jazz program at Northern Illinois University. They'll play the Front Street Music Fest in downtown Bloomington August 20, where they'll feature music from their new album "Matters of the Heart." Reggie Thomas said he appreciates when fans refer to their recordings as "albums."

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Restless Adam Larson Learning To Accept Patience

Sat, 09 Jul 2016 12:44:17 +0000

Jazz has taken Normal native Adam Larson to nearly all points on the globe. The U-High grad has also been on the receiving end of critical praise from high places. Longtime Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich says Larson is “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined.” Despite the acclaim, Larson said he still struggles with high, self-imposed expectations. "Sometimes during school I spent an inordinate amount of time looking at the wrong stuff. For example, looking at other people's success as anything else but admiration and joy."

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Brazilionaires Play 'Something Different' At GLT Summer Concert

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0000

Rico Wayne Johnson and Dove Benoit are a pair of Peorians bringing the sounds of Brazil, and other Latin American rhythms, to central Illinois. The Brazilionaires will kick off the GLT Summer Concert presented by CEFCU this Saturday June 11th in downtown Bloomington. A few months ago, the group stopped by the GLT studios with a bunch of great local jazz musicians to play some tunes from their new CD, and talked with Bruce Bergethon about spreading sambas and boleros across the Heartland.

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Twin City Teen Shares His Passion For Jazz Guitar Legend

Mon, 09 May 2016 16:05:47 +0000

Matthew Mullins is a 17-year-old junior at Normal Community West High School with a passion for music bordering on obsessive. He said he devours all types of music, but especially classic rock, blues, and jazz. "I actually got into jazz in general from my teacher at Normal West, Mrs. (Sarah) Williams, who introduced me to jazz. And I had a deep appreciation for jazz around sixth grade. I listened to all the greats ... Bill Evans ... Dave Brubeck. Then I started expanding from there.

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Making Uncommon Connections

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:58:01 +0000

Elizabeth Geyer is an Australian singer/songwriter/instrumentalist who says creating albums can be a lengthy process for her. She says she waited seven years after her last album to the record her latest. In this Skype conversation with WGLT's Jon Norton, Geyer explains how she was inspired by Peoria multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Paul Adams to write and record her latest album, titled "The Bridge."

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Jazz Legend 'Touched By an Angel'

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 22:25:22 +0000

Dr. Lonnie Smith is now in his fifth decade of recording and performing as a solo act, and behind a virtual who's who of jazz legends. Smith makes a stop in Chicago to play the Jazz Showcase this weekend (March 24-27). In a conversation with WGLT's Jon Norton, Dr. Smith says he remembers longing for a chance to make music from an early age.

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It Ain't Jazz If It Ain't Got The Blues

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:45:00 +0000

To peg San Francisco based Kim Nalley as just a vocalist and songwriter would be selling her short. She's also an actor, a featured writer in various Bay Area publications, a former club owner, and a PhD candidate in history at UC-Berkeley. Nalley covers some of that ground with GLT's Jon Norton on this edition of GLT Jazz Next. She begins by talking about her new album "Blues People," which was inspired by the famous book by LeRoi Jones.

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Frank Kohl Is Under The Radar No More

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:21:42 +0000

New York City area native Frank Kohl was drawn to the guitar at a very young age. He became proficient enough to be admitted to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in the 1970's, where his fellow students included fellow guitarists Pat Metheny and John Scofield. On this edition of Jazz Next, Kohl talks to WGLT's Jon Norton about his new album "Invisible Man," how he came to love jazz, and how as a young child he says he had an "a-ha" moment watching The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show.

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Roberta Donnay: 'As a Child, I Thought I Was Black'

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:45:00 +0000

Recent GLT Jazz Cabaret performer Roberta Donnay says when she found out as a small child that she was white, she got angry. On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Donnay talks to Jon Norton about where that anger came from, and about her latest album of prohibition era jazz, titled " Bathtub Gin. "

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Steve Turre: From Ray Charles to Saturday Night Live

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 17:45:00 +0000

Trombone and conch shell player Steve Turre has been a member of the Saturday Night Live band since 1984. He also played in the Jazz Messengers, the band led by legendary drummer Art Blakey. On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Turre says it was a decade earlier during his time in the Ray Charles Band where he learned the importance of of being a professional, and the importance of "giving your all" every night.

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Jazz Bug Pulls Keri Johnsrud to Chicago From Her Rural Iowa Hometown

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000

On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, meet a Chicago based vocalist and composer who just released her second album. In her own words, Keri Johnsrud explains how the jazz bug found her in her rural Iowa hometown, and how that bug eventually led her to the Windy City.

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The Future Is Now For Young Tenor Player

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:45:00 +0000

Philadelphia native Sam Taylor is a talented young tenor player now immersed in the New York City jazz community. On this edition of Jazz Next, Taylor talks with GLT's Jon Norton via Skype from his home in New York about absorbing the soulful sounds of his hometown, and about his debut album, My Future Just Passed .

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Traveling The World With a Pocket Trumpet

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 17:46:00 +0000

Trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Ginetta M is the leader of the jazzy, funky New York City based Ginetta's Vendetta . She also records under the moniker Ginetta M. On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Ginetta tells Jon Norton her latest album as Ginetta M is Little Big Horn. She says the title is a nod to Native American culture, and a reference to her instrument of choice, the "pocket" trumpet.

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Veteran Vocalist Kim Nazarian Surrounded By Family On Debut Release

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:07:49 +0000

After 27 years with the vocal ensemble New York Voices , vocalist Kim Nazarian has finally released an album under her own name . On this edition of Jazz Next, Nazarian tells WGLT's Jon Norton that recording with family for her debut release was comforting, and about the joyful feeling she gets when singing with New York Voices.

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This 'I Scream Scone' Comes With Many Flavors

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:45:00 +0000

Hammond B3 master Adam Scone has has been a sideman in a diverse array of settings. Among others, he's played in the bands of jazz legend Lou Donaldson and roots rocker JJ Grey & Mofro. The title of Scone's latest album as a leader is "I Scream Scone."

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Mitchel Forman: A Musician's Musician

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 20:34:42 +0000

Mitchel Forman was born in Brooklyn and attended the presigious Manhattan School of Music. As a young man, he played in the band of jazz legend Gerry Mulligan. Later, he played with other legends including Wayne Shorter and John McLaughlin. He's also recorded as a solo artist for Windham Hill Records. GLT's Jon Norton talked with Foreman via Skype from his home in Simi Valley California.

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Darden Purcell: Bringing a Vocalists Perspective To A Jazz Program

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:53:14 +0000

Vocalist and George Mason University Jazz Director Darden Purcell returns to Central IL this Thursday night for a "one-off" 7:00 P.M performance at the Iron Post in Urbana. Her backing band will include saxophonist Chip McNeill, her 4 year mentor at the University of Illinois, where she received a D.M.A. in Jazz studies. GLT's Jon Norton caught up with Purcell via Skype last week from her home in the Washington D.C. area.

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