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January 11th, 2009
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… Freddie Fox is in the spotlight with his Feelin' It release. We've chosen three great tracks and have those cued for the showcase feature. Hour 2 means Fresh Trax with more of the latest and best in new music. Headlining this installment is Dan Siegel, also appearing are Novello & D.E.Chung, while debuting we have Diane Marino and trumpeter Matt Finley. Later in that same hour there's a fabulous set of retro classics - this time that includes Paul Jackson Jr., and Gregg Karukas, as well as David Lanz, and Chris Camozzi - while the remainder of the show sparkles with action and that's courtesy of Rick Braun, Brian Simpson, and the band Voodoo Village!
In This Issue:

Feelin' It - Freddie Fox

B3 Soul - Novello
Ipanema My Way - D.E.Chung
Celestial Body - Dan Siegel Project
Yes I'm Ready - Diane Marino
Father's Day - Matt Finley

Feature - Dance The Night Away

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Showcase CD
Feelin' It - Freddie Fox:

Guitarist Freddie Fox comes to us out of Tullahoma, Tennessee via Boston. Following a four-year stint at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music, the now LA-based performer has for the past 20 years toured with artists such as Atlantic Starr, Eric Benet, and Evelyn "Champagne" King aka Mrs. Freddie Fox. Versed in trumpet, flugelhorn, keys, bass, and vocals, as well as the guitar, Fox has accrued a plethora of credits. In the late 80s and early 90s, he appeared on several tv shows among them Pat Sajak & Arsenio Hall, while playing on projects by Walter Beasley, Warren Hill, and others. More recently, he contributed to the Grammy-winning track Morning by George Benson & Al Jarreau while additionally he's made major contributions to the albums Players Club & Dressed to Chill from saxman Marion Meadows! As a front man, Freddie debuted with a self-titled release, which, in addition to gaining favorable airplay across the USA, also enjoyed a positive response on our own humble show. The project was a Café Jazz Pick of the week back in October of 2003 and then later in the following year, became the subject of a showcase feature.Freddie Fox's self-titled cd showcased on Ed#319-Mar.27/04

Freddie Fox - Feelin' It
Now, although perhaps a bit overdue but nonetheless well worth the wait, Fox just recently issued his sophomore follow-up cd. Aided by the likes of Nelson Rangell, Najee, and Michael Lington, the now seasoned Mr. Fox delivers as he puts it "one fashionable track right after the other." From that project entitled Feelin' It, we've chosen a trio of what we feel are among Freddie's most fashionable, and it's therefore with pleasure that we place Freddie Fox & Feelin' It squarely in our showcase spotlight!
Freddie Fox & Michael Lington at The 2008 Playboy Jazz Festival Freddie Fox & Michael Lington at
The 2008 Playboy Jazz Festival
We open with a pretty, personalized ballad called Just 4 You. Still Lovin' You, featuring Michael Broening on keys and Mel Brown on bass, is a melodic charmer that starts hour 2; while in the end Freddie lays it all down on No U Turn! With selections that run the gamut from silky sweet to a thumping groove, Feelin' It heralds Freddie Fox's arrival as a formidable force for years to come!

CD: Feelin' It (2008)
Label: Foxhole Records
Site: Freddie Fox ; Fox/Space

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Fresh Trax: Part One
Novello - B3 Soul
B3 Soul - Novello:
Organ whiz John Novello began in music on the accordion but upon discovering the sound of the Hammond B3, his path in music was set. He moved from his hometown of Erie PA to Boston, to hone his craft and, as he puts it, to "hang out with other obsessed musicians". While in Boston, he studied with the renowned Gary Burton, before relocating to Los Angeles. Within a few months, Novello connected with a disco band named A Taste of Honey & together they had a worldwide hit in the track Boogie Oogie Oogie, playing music that Novello confesses he didn't really like. In any event, this success opened many doors and led to gigs with Donna Summer, Manhattan Transfer, Ramsey Lewis, and others including Chick Corea. After coming off the road, John knew it was time to do his own thing. He began teaching keys, and wrote an instructional manual, but after losing his wife to cancer and writing a book about the ordeal, he built his dream studio. In addition to a couple of other projects, Novello recorded a solo effort called appropriately titled B3 Soul - from that effort, we're featuring the soulful title track!

CD: B3 Soul (2008)
Label: NOGO Records
Site: Novello ; Novello/Space
D.E.Chung - Clifton at Desmond
Ipanema My Way - D.E.Chung:
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, Dale Chung grew up listening to an eclectic mix of music and began studying conga percussion while attending high school; soon after, he was playing Afro-Haitian dance classes and for the Jazz & Symphonic bands. Chung continued his studies thru college where he turned to piano, and Jazz composition & arranging. He did a wide variety of sideman gigs and went on to co-found a local jazz/funk group, playing with them for about 4 years, before setting out on his own. Releasing his debut as The DC Initiative in 2001, Chung gained airplay around the globe. While performing in various capacities in the Bay area, he's continued to grow as a producer, composer, arranger, & performer. Clifton at Desmond is now his recently released sophomore effort and from it, we've included a special Café Jazz edit of the intriguing Ipanema My Way!

CD: Clifton at Desmond (2008)
Label: Chungo Boogie Music
Site: Chungo Boogie ; Chungo Space

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Fresh Trax: Part Two
The Dan Siegel Project - Fables
Celestial Body - The Dan Siegel Project:
Quickly approaching the 30th anniversary of his record debut, Dan Siegel has built a reputation as a prolific pianist, composer, and producer. After receiving a degree in Music Composition from the University of Oregon, Siegel began his recording career in 1980 - his sophomore release called The Hot Shot reached No.1 on the R & R Jazz Chart and stayed in Billboard's top 10 for 10 weeks. In 1983, Siegel relocated to LA to pursue various opportunities scoring for film & TV while continuing to record - in that regard, over the years, he's issued an abundance of diverse material. With the recent release of Fables, Siegel brings his cd output to 18 in all - that to go along with four others as leader of Birds of a Feather. With this latest project, Dan revisits a period earlier in his career, by re-kindling the memories of a few tracks from a trio of albums released back in the mid-80s. From that effort, we have the wonderfully re-imagined Celestial Body - in a word, heavenly!

CD: Fables (2008)
Label: Dan Siegel Music / Native Language Music
Site: Dan Siegel
Diane Marino - Just Groovin'
Yes I'm Ready - Diane Marino:
Born in Manhattan, singer and pianist Diane Marino was accepted to New York City's School for the Performing Arts as a classical piano major and, while working towards a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at the Mannes College of Music, she began singing with small groups in the NYC tri-state area. Upon graduating, Diane would perform up to 6 nights a week combining her vocal and piano playing talents. Teaming up with bassist Frank Marino, they formed a nine-member band called Som Brasileiro or Sounds of Brazil in 1993. Having performed at a variety of festivals, Marino forged out as a lead vocalist with her 2003 debut. Just Groovin' is now her third effort wherein Diane uniquely re-interprets a few of her favourite pop standards, and although replete with several outstanding selections, we've opted for the emotive Yes I'm Ready! And, in response to the selection's title, yes indeed, I do believe we too are ready - ready for a sound like Ms Marino's!

CD: Just Groovin' (2008)
Label: M&M Records
Site: Diane Marino ; Diane's Space
Matt Finley - Brazilian Wish
Father's Day - Matt Finley:
A native of Lake George, New York, Matt Finley has performed professionally for the past 45 years even though for a good chunk of that time a career in teaching computer programming got in the way of his musical aspirations. Always considering himself more a flügelhorn player than a trumpeter, back in 1988, Finley formed Rio JAZZ - a dynamic project based in Brazilian jazz. In that capacity he's enlisted the talents of some of the regions best players such as bassist Mark Egan and drummer Joel Rosenblatt, formerly of Spyro Gyra. Finally after many years of gigging and aided by a few 'ringers' such as Romero Lubambo, Warren Bernhardt, Barry Danielian, and David Mann, with the 2006 issue of Brazilian Wish, Finley committed his sound to disc. From that release, we have the opening track in the tune Father's Day!

CD: Brazilian Wish (2006)
Label: Kingsmill Music
Site: Matt Finley ; Finley/Space

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After Hours ~ Exclusive to our Site and Select Affiliates :
Dance The Night Away ...on today's program it's the first in a two-part series, wherein we spin selections with the word dance in their titles. This time we're calling it Dance The Night Away in deference to a tune by Thom Rotella - in addition, we're kicking up our heels to tracks such as Millennium Dance, Dance of the Courtesans, and Morning Dance. Opening the first set and the show is the aforementioned Mr. Rotella, and that's followed by Marion Meadows, Nate Harasim, and Jeff Jarvis. We continue in set #2 with Ken Navarro, Tom Grant, Gary Carpenter, Planet Lounge, and Earl Klugh. While wrapping it up are Vlad, Spyro Gyra, 3rd Force, and Roxy Music!

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