September 2, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
Monday, September 6, from 2-6pm, Rhonda Hamilton hosts a Labor Day special from the Detroit Jazz Festival, where Mulgrew Miller is Artist in Residence and the theme is Flamekeepers: Carrying the Torch for Modern Jazz. See more about Mulgrew here.
Downtown, outdoors, free, with five stages rolling for three days from noon to 11pm or so, Detroit is a jazz lover's dream. That's why we partner with the Festival. Josh Jackson will blog and bring home music for The Checkout. Bob Porter is moderating a session on the career of Ray Brown and contributing to other panels in the Talk Tent. Dorthaan Kirk always makes the trip to hear music and see friends. And contest winner and WBGO member Jim DiFeo of Union, NJ, is bringing his 25-year-old son with him. David Tallacksen will post photos -- musical and non- -- like these two from last year . . .
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October 6, 2008. Posted by Doug Doyle.
Passionate is a word I would use to describe Rhonda Hamilton and Bob Porter's approach to jazz and blues. However, after playing a round of golf with Rhonda and her husband, drummer Michael Carvin, then sitting down with Bob to talk about his beloved Red Sox, both hosts may be even more crazy about their favorite sports.
Check out my SportsJam sessions with Rhonda and Bob here.
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May 1, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Rhonda Hamilton interviewed guitarist Russell Malone yesterday.
Fortunately, Russell didn't share any of his really colorful jokes with our audience. If he did, the FCC would level some hefty fines.
He did, however, talk at length about his experience with Jimmy Smith. When Russell met the organist in Atlanta, he asked to sit in with the band. Russell played everything he knew, trying to impress Jimmy. The audience went wild. Then, Smith called a ballad, "Laura," and Russell did not know the song. That humbling experience led to an all-night lesson in music in Jimmy Smith's hotel room. Smith had played with some great guitarists, notably Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery. He taught Russell Malone a valuable lesson - to put himself into the music, rather than trying to emulate those guys. Listen to the interview.
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