J&R Music Festival in Lower Manhattan
Rhonda Hamilton sits in for NEW GRANDMOTHER Dee Dee Bridgewater. Congratulations, Dee Dee! We are at J&R Music and Computer World, a family-owned megastore in Lower Manhattan. Once every month, in the J&R Jazz Outlet, people gather for live music at lunchtime on "New Release Tuesday." You really get to see, hear and meet the artists. Rhonda is the MC for the live radio broadcasts of these concerts, and this time on JazzSet, she shares highlights from three recent shows.
He quickly mastered all the popular beats of the moment -- foxtrot, tango, cha cha cha, and the mambo. Moving to California, Carvin worked extensively in studio settings, including the Barbara McNair TV show, and was a staff drummer for Motown Records in Detroit. "I always wanted to save jazz for last, so I figured I would wait until I was 40," he says.
His new CD is special because Branford Marsalis produced it for Marsalis Music. "Branford came up with this concept which I really think is great -- a jazz masters series where a veteran gets to play with some younger guys. So when he first called me, I said, 'OK great, I've got the band.' And he said, 'Well, I want you to take some young guys that you've never played with, two days rehearsal, and then make the record. If you're supposed to be a jazz master, what's the problem?'"
Later, he spent time at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, a competitive, tuition-free program at the University of Southern California. Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard have taken Loueke into their bands. With two long-time classmates, he formed the trio on our JazzSet -- Gilfema.
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