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A NEW JAZZ STATION

I’ve just jumped on-board a new internet jazz radio station. It’s called; thejazzgroove.com Yours truly is on Monday through Friday 7PM till Midnight, stretching out with a monster library playing the likes of John Coltrane, Miles, Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman and Diana Krall. We’ll be slipping in releases from the new faces and sounds like Joe Alterman, Eldar Djangirov and Nora Jones.
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From NYC to the SF Bay Area I’ve been on some great stations. I even worked in a very cool jazz record shop once upon a time in Hartford, Ct. It’s a worldwide celebration of America’s true art form and a pure delight every time I open the mic and play some of my favorites.
Whether you’re entertaining, reading, studying or just chilling out, I’ve got some terrific laid back jazz for you on thejazzgroove.com or with our app. And, did I say NO commercials? It’s true. Jazz Tonight, come check us out.

 

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By | 2016-11-13T18:37:02+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A NEW JAZZ STATION

CHRIS BOTTI OPENS A NEW BLUE NOTE CLUB

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With Mr. Blue Note, trumpeter Chris Botti, who gigs at Blue Note jazz clubs all around the world. Chris just had the honor of opening the latest one in wine country (Napa, California). It’s pretty amazing if you’re a jazz fan having three major jazz clubs dotting the SF Bay Area. We’re getting spoiled! Chris has got a hot new band that’s heading to NYC for the holidays. They’ll be doing 56 sets at the world famous Blue Note in Greenwich Village for the 12th year in a row.

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By | 2016-11-13T18:36:47+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on CHRIS BOTTI OPENS A NEW BLUE NOTE CLUB

PARIS ATTACK ONE YEAR LATER

Hard to believe it’s been a year already. Imagine if the Bataclan terrorist shootings had happened at the Fillmore or the Beacon Theatre? Last year’s tragedy in Paris rocked the world, especially concert goers. My music loving French friends insisted that I go visit the theater and bring along a camera while I was in Paris. They called it their September 11th.

Notes with Ray White – Bataclan, one year later from David Kiviat on Vimeo.

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Happy Birthday Joni Mitchell

The Puppy and the Goddess in Berlin, 1990. That was quite a moment. Got a chance to sit down and chat with the amazing Joni Mitchell while rehearsing for Roger Waters’ massive performance of “The Wall” at the Berlin Wall. No one has laid out such intimate truth in song like Joni. On this, the week of her 73rd birthday, a couple of Joni wishes;

  1.     good health and happiness for her.
  2.     and will someone please remaster her entire catalogue. (SACD and vinyl please)
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By | 2018-02-23T01:02:11+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Happy Birthday Joni Mitchell

HIS MASTERPIECE

In my Beach Boys’ Pendleton shirt holding my favorite album of all time; Pet Sounds (SACD edition). The timeline went something like this; Rubber Soul > Pet Sounds > Sgt. Pepper.

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Throwing down the musical gauntlet 50 years ago this week with this beautiful collection of rich melodies, emotions, harmony and vision. Thank you Brian Wilson (he was just 23 years old), you changed everything. It just took the world a few years to catch-up. I used to use the beautiful “Let’s Go Away for Awhile” as my sign-off song in my early DJ years.

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By | 2016-05-16T01:06:39+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on HIS MASTERPIECE

THE MAN WHO MADE TIMELESS MUSIC

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This is Abbey Road Studio #2. See that little window upstairs? That’s the control room where producer George Martin sat, listened and looked out as some of the greatest music in history unfolded down below.

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From “Please, Please Me” to “Sgt. Pepper” Sir George and his crew of engineers rolled tape, collecting takes and helping to steer that creative force known as The Beatles. I walked down that stairway once upon a time thinking about just how important he was to the recipe. Thank you George Martin for your vision and dedication. You were one of a kind.

By | 2016-03-10T00:56:27+00:00 March 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on THE MAN WHO MADE TIMELESS MUSIC

LIVIN’ ON TULSA TIME

Rather than being auctioned off to wealthy collectors piece by piece, Bob Dylan’s massive $60 million collection of papers, poetry, films and notebooks are going to be kept under one roof. And, believe it or not, it’s in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Aside from being the home state of his hero and mentor Woody Guthrie, it’s the location of the George B. Kaiser Foundation and the University of Tulsa. Scholars, musicologists and historians will have access to this stunning trove for all time. Eventually there will be a museum/gallery for all of us Dylan fans.
Here’s more from the New York Times.

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By | 2016-03-04T01:37:48+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on LIVIN’ ON TULSA TIME

MY MUSICAL MENTOR

Happy Birthday to a most amazing cat. Teruo Nakamura has been a great friend and mentor for thirty years now. He’s an incredible acoustic and electric bassist, as well as record producer, concert promoter and photographer of the highest order.

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Over the years we’ve traveled to Japan together for some of the finest radio broadcasts of my career. Along the way Teruo has introduced me to some of the finest jazz players on the planet.; The MJQ, Brian Blade, Roberta Flack, Roy Haynes, George Benson, Lenny White, and Chaka Khan. From Harlem to Tokyo, a true Renaissance man. Happy Birthday Nak!

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By | 2016-03-02T01:12:25+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on MY MUSICAL MENTOR

MAURICE WHITE 1941-2016

There you were, playing that kalimba, singing your butt off, and fronting one of the finest bands I have ever witnessed. Maurice White, you will always be a shining star.

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By | 2016-02-21T22:02:30+00:00 February 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on MAURICE WHITE 1941-2016

RIO GIRL

Well, somewhere on my desk in a pile of unfinished blogs about things musical sits a rough draft of a rave review about my favorite jazz record of 2015; Eliane Elias’ “Made in Brazil”. Hey Eliane, congrats on your Latin Jazz Grammy this past weekend! I know, posting my prediction in this musical horse race a week late won’t cut it. But at least I can nudge Brazilian jazz lovers to go check out her latest disc.

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For over 25 years now Eliane Elias has made an incredible stack of releases that showcase just how special and gifted she is. I first met her right after she had just moved to New York City back in the ‘80s. You could sense she had that personal motivation, immense talent and spirit to make it in the rough and tough music world. All these projects later she still taps into her roots, capturing the essence of her native Brazil. Eliane makes it look so easy. Her tools are that rich voice and amazing piano chops. She has a knack for picking just the right tune and then making it her own. Very few can do that.

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