I love seeing live music. There's something about watching the musicians do their work (or in my case standing on my tippy-toes while trying to catch a glimpse of the stage). It's great to sway with the crowd, groove on the funky songs and sometimes even close your eyes while listening to a song. I even love hearing the occasional offset twangs and mistunings.
Lately I've been searching for a deeper meaing of just what the World Music Show means to, well, the world at large. Ok, I'll admit, that the "world at large," is most likely just the fine listeners in Richmond, Va (and perhaps some other pin-dots on the globe). And that's a good thing, because being able to bring sound clips of the world to the ears of RVA is a worthy effort. I guess the meaning boils down to having a world without borders, at least musically. It's about bridging the gap via sound.
And with that, as the saying goes...away we go.
You will definitely want to join us this week (3/8/14) as Time for the Blues has Buddy Guy's latest 2-CD set and it is smokin' hot! John and I also have Tommy Castro and the Painkillers newest and it's no slouch either! We'll even hear commentary from Tommy about his new band and the songs! By the way, John says I'm a tremendous slouch!
World-renowned violinist Anne Akiko Meyers stopped by the 88.9 WCVE studios today and I had the pleasure of talking with her during Classical Music. She’s in town presenting the Virginia premiere of Mason Bates’ Violin Concerto with the Richmond Symphony. We talked a bit about the music, her career and her new Guarneri violin.
Ok, does anyone say that anymore? Or does anyone even remember what that means? With the slippage in newspaper readership and the full conversion to online reading, that phrase "Stop the Presses," doesn't really hold resonance any longer. So, for history's sake, the phrase means "Stop everything!" And on this week's World Music Show (3/1), we'll steal that term, but that means we may need to adapt it to "Stop the Turntable" or "Press Pause on the CD Player!"
While the weather has made it difficult to travel this winter, Henry and I hope you will stay up late this week (3/1/14) and join us on a little Time For The Blues musical journey. We’ve got the blues bus set on cruise control and a whole bunch of great tunes lined up. All you need to do is kick back and relax, leave the music to us!
I get it. I understand. Sometimes you just need a little nudge. Perhaps you're just checking out what The World Music Show is all about. Perhaps you were intrigued by the pointing finger of the legendary Brazilian musician Tom Ze. Or maybe that digit extending from Ze's hand has put you off from maybe reading more. Whatever the reason is, I get it. Just know this: Don't fear music.
When you look at that picture of Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo, you can just tell that she means business. She's been around for quite a while and as sung with a stellar line-up of talent as equal as hers. And sure, she has a new CD out, in which she partners with another great group of singers (which we'll continue to explore), but because of her majestic status, we've had to raise the bar on this week's World Music Show (2/15/14). Not that we frequently wallow in mediocrity, but upping the level to match Kidjo's status isn't a bad thing.
Enjoy top-drawer Virginia-based jazz courtesy of the Jae Sinnett Trio, led by Tidewater-based percussionist and music educator Jae Sinnett who also hosts a popular radio show himself. Jae is joined by one of a prominent fraternity of VCU Jazz graduates under professor Doug Richards…that would be bassist Terry Burrell. And on piano, a 27-year-old Virginia Beach native who has caught the attention of some of the music industry’s most prominent figures, including Quincy Jones.