Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with host and producer Ariadne Sawyer , co-host Neall Ryon, Super Tech Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed Kendra Shank (Vocalist) on air talking about their new CD. Half Moon is a lovely CD , poetic and meaningful, a listening delight.
Quote: A deep, stimulating rapport honed over many years…. Mesmeric…uplifting…powerful…– Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times”
“Shank and Keezer each have an impressive command of nuance, dynamics and texture…. Their shared reverence is balanced by a desire and ability to subtly surprise their listeners…– George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune.”
Artists: Kendra Shank (Vocalist), Kendra Shank mixes modern jazz, standards, world music, folk/pop, and open improvisation, all unified by her soulful storytelling, inventive phrasing, and spontaneous group interplay. Geoffrey Keezer’s singular style of intellectually abstract lyricism woven over exotically complex rhythms and harmonies makes him one of the most sought-after artists on the modern jazz scene. Join vocalist Kendra Shank and pianist Geoffrey Keezer in celebration as they play music from their new album “Half Moon.”
Geoffrey Keezer (Piano)
With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. Whether recording with jazzy chanteuses Diana Krall or Dianne Reeves, touring with trumpet king Chris Botti, or collaborating with pop icon Sting, sax legend Wayne Shorter, guitar wizard Jim Hall, star bassist Christian McBride or vibes master Joe Locke, Geoffrey “has more than enough virtuosity and sheer musical wit and intelligence to weave all of his apparently disparate strands of influence into an original and compelling whole” (Time Magazine).”
* Thanks to Ann Braithwaite of Braithwaite & Katz Communications for source materials.
Ariadne’s Notes: An exciting and wonderful show on April 7th, 2016 ,welcomed Michael Spiro talking about their new CD Canto America with a perfect mix of Latin American Jazz, Afro-Cuban music and North American jazz with as host and producer Ariadne Sawyer, Jazz co-host Neall Ryon and sound engineer Victor Schwartzman on CFRO 100.5 FM Featured e-poem by Monsif Beroual
Michael Spiro has performed on each of those nominated albums – a mere fraction of the literally hundreds of wide-ranging albums on which he has worked, which include GRAMMY-nominated albums by John Santos, pianist Mark Levine, and vocalist Karrin Allyson. (He has also performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Carlos Santana, and McCoy Tyner.) Internationally recognized for his expertise and his …exploration of African and Latin rhythms, he has authored three books on Afro-Caribbean percussion. The first album under his own name, BataKetu (with Mark Lamson), released in 1996, was named by DRUM! Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Drum Records” of all time.
Wallace and Spiro met more than 30 years ago in San Francisco, forging a personal and professional relationship tempered by their shared interest in the music of Cuba. In 2008, Spiro joined the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at IU, and under his direction the percussion department grew from its emphasis on orchestral work to include the world’s rhythms. He soon began leading a Latin Jazz big band at the school, which used many of Wallace’s acclaimed arrangements, which led to a guest appearance with the band — and eventually to the school hiring Wallace as a professor in 2013.Wayne Wallace:In his four-decade career, San Francisco native Wayne Wallace has collaborated with artists ranging from Count Basie to Stevie Wonder, Sonny Rollins to Carlos Santana, Tito Puente to Lena Horne and Aretha Franklin – as sideman, composer, arranger, and producer. His debut album as a leader, 2000’s Three In One (Spirit Nectar), showcased his writing skills and his encyclopedic knowledge of Afro-Cuban rhythms, the result of years of music-making in the close-knit Bay Area jazz community, where Wallace has played an oversized role. He has earned particular notice for his approach to Latin Jazz, a vision shaped by his work with Latin Jazz percussion giants Pete Escovedo and John Santos, in whose Machete Ensemble he served as music director for more than 20 years. As leader of the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, he has received seven GRAMMY nominations to date, most recently for 2015’s Intercambio. www.patoisrecords.com