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Musicians Speak Out

Listen to musicians from all over the world speak about music, performance, writing and their stories. Some are Artists, some are Composer and some are both, but all of them will provide a good insight into the world of today’s music.

Hosted by, Joe Carroccio, “Mr. That’s Life”, Musicians Speak Out is an educational, inspirational and entertaining view of music.

 

 

Featured Artists
Anne Trenning

Anne Trenning

Instrumental pianist Anne Trenning titled her third recording Watching for Rain, as a metaphor indicating a time of hopeful anticipation. “As our world continues to face the challenges of economy, war and the environment, we find ourselves looking toward new opportunities, for rain to come and refresh the earth, and for growth and positive change to occur.” Trenning explains, “In a broader sense, it seems many of us are hoping for our world to enter a period of healing; we want to be part of a cleansing transformation — which is why I chose the analogy ...

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Gino Goss

Gino Goss

Over the past four decades, Gino has honed his skills as a trumpet and flugel horn artist adding Latin jazz percussion to his repertoire. A master artist and performer, Gino decided in 2008 it was time to break away and embark on his own, forming Gino Goss and Jammajazz. In 2009, he released is debut CD ALMOST FAMOUS to glowing reviews. Various cuts from this freshman CD can be heard globally. Gino is currently in the studio working on his sophomore CD, having released three singles from that CD, Funk It Up, Kalimba Dreaming and award winning Night In ...

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Sam Hankins

Sam Hankins

Samuel Hankins was born into a musical family. His maternal grandmother played the piano and was a tremendous gospel singer. His father played harmonica and vocals in various R & B bands. His brother plays the piano, majors in voice and teaches elementary school music. So it was inevitable that Sam's musical education would begin at an early age. Encouraged by his father, Samuel Hankins Sr., young "Hank" began with the guitar. In middle school he switched to the trumpet. Again, encouraged by his father, Sam began playing in churches, professional bands and orchestras. Sam's love ...

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Michael Moon

Michael Moon

Michael Moon is an international musician, composer and performer from Toronto, Canada, specializing in the power sound has to heal and transform. From meditation and relaxation music to inspiring pop music and shamanic rock and roll, Michael Moon's music crosses the boundaries between genres and worlds creating a tantric bridge between heaven and earth, a living temple of sound. This site includes information on the healing power of sound, free mp3 downloads, real audio streaming, secure online shopping for CD sales, as well as information on Michael Moon and his upcoming performances and projects. Michael ...

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Stephen Savage

Stephen Savage

Keyboardist Stephen Savage has taught classical music for more than three decades and has served on the faculties of both the prestigious Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, but when it came time to compose and record original compositions for his first album, Future Memory, he went in a different direction and created synthesizer-based space music. In addition to teaching music for five years at the Berklee College of Music and the past couple of decades at the New England Conservatory of Music, Savage also has taught at Indian Hill Music ...

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Rob Darby

Rob Darby

Rob Darby is a keyboardist and composer of instrumental music that would, for lack of a better fit elsewhere, fall into the broad category of “New Age Music.” Rob grew up playing guitar, bass, and keyboards in rock bands, studied jazz in college (as a guitarist), and eventually found himself drawn back to keyboards. Rob's compositions are moderately rhythmic, fairly “piano-centric” with elements of jazz, new age, rock, and pop. Influences include the music of Rick Wakeman, Vangelis, Jack Bruce and Christopher Franke. Rob considers music to be a wonderful gift—something to be explored and discovered—something ...

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Beverly Ritz

Beverly Ritz

Beverly Ritz is a highly respected pianist, composer, and recording artist. Born in Washington, D.C., she grew up listening to beautiful music. When her father drove her to school, she was inundated with the sounds of classical music. In the house, her mother listened to the songs of Jobim and Mancini on popular radio. Beverly began to write down the music she heard in her head even before starting piano lessons at the age of 8. By the time she was in 3rd grade, Ritz realized she had a God-given mission to write, record, and ...

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LAVENDERSOUL

LAVENDERSOUL

On “The Positive Music Show” Can you describe the feeling you get inside when you listen to inspired music like LAVENDERSOUL? And can you comprehend the thousand and one little coincidences that brought these souls together and guided them to create the synergy that lets you feel so deeply? The Group Bernard DeSeck Because he was encouraged to sing at an early age by his classically trained grandmother, Bernard DeSeck has been doing that most of his life. With two years of classical voice training under his belt, his teacher saw the amazing ability he had and began to contact the New England Conservatory ...

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Michael Edging and Mike Stewart

Michael Edging and Mike Stewart

This is a fantastic saxophone and piano Smooth Jazz album by two veteran musicians Michael Edging and Mike Stewart. These two players worked together for many years in the Atlanta area studios playing on stages and record projects for many years and it shows in these fantastic compositions. With a smooth yet firm sax style and strong yet lilting tone, Mike Edging brings a new higher level to the art of Saxophone performance and Mike Stewart's compositions and keyboard work are unsurpassed. One of the songs Mike Edging wrote is a tribute to John Coltrane--"Unspoken", ...

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Avguste Antonov

Avguste Antonov

Pianist Avguste Antonov leads an active career as soloist, teacher and church pianist. He is currently Piano Instructor at The Master's Touch School of Music & Performing Arts, LLC. in Grapevine (Texas) and worship pianist for the Cornerstone Church in Irving (Texas). Avguste Antonov has presented recitals in Bordeaux (France), Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and has performed extensively with the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, University of Kansas Symphony, Symphonic Choir and the Texas Christian University Wind Symphony. Performance venues include the Music Education National Convention with the University of ...

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Louis Landon

Louis Landon

The life of a working musician and recording artist requires one to wear many hats to measure even a modicum of success. Essential elements that have played deftly into the hands of solo pianist, Louis Landon include diplomat, humorist, entrepreneur, technician, visionary, politician, philosopher, activist, and artisan. A well-rounded, magnetic personality combined with an obvious gift for performing a variety of musical styles opened the door for Landon to tour extensively for three decades alongside some of the most recognized names in the entertainment industry. Landon's musical range as a pianist has been highlighted over the ...

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Brian Collins

Brian Collins

Brian Collins (born October 19, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American country music artist. Between 1973 and 1974, he recorded two albums for Dot Records. In that same time span, he charted three Top 40 singles on the Billboard country charts. His highest-charting single was a No. 10 cover of Jack Greene's "Statue of a Fool." Check out: www.briancollinsmusic.net/

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Brian and Elizabeth LaChance

Brian and Elizabeth LaChance

Brian started playing guitar  at age 12 and was on the road by age 15, playing 6 nights a week, around the country. He ended up playing for the stars such as Alan Jackson, Ray Price, Glen Campbell, to name a few. He also was a Grand Ol Opry stage player. While Brian was on a winter break in Phoenix, in 1996, from playing the theater shows in Eureka  Springs/Branson,  he met  Elizabeth and  fell in love. They both shared a love of music and songwriting.  A year later they married and haven't stopped writing ...

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Joggyn Smyler (Frank Zee)

Joggyn Smyler (Frank Zee)

Joggyn Smyler (Frank Zee) was born in Perth Amboy N J.  Now, lives in Allentown PA.. Toured extensively as Drummer thru Canada and USA from Coast to Coast performing in well over 300 "live" shows with the Classics IV band..Preformed in East coast bands too numerous to mention. Having performed at Sands Casino as well and in a total of well over 600 "Live" shows..While Living in Phoenix AZ area i wrote and recorded the "Future Phoenix" song which the entertainment papers and local radio stations did embrace very well..I appeared as stage name "Kid Trouzers" ...

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Brett Mikels

Brett Mikels

The music and lyrics of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Brett Mikels speaks directly to the soul. Pure in heart, tone, and story, he brings a lifetime of experience traveling the globe. From his childhood in a military family to his professional life on the road, writing, recording, and performing music, Brett weaves experiences and reflections into melodic, evocative songs with an edgy Blue Eyed Soul sound, blending R&B, Folk, and Blues Rock & Roll. Introspective and revealing, Brett Mikels’ music echoes the lyrical depth of James Taylor, the soul of Stevie Wonder, and the contemporary sound ...

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John Adorney

John Adorney

John Adorney is an award-winning composer and producer whose six solo CDs, Beckoning (1998), The Other Shore (2002), Waiting for the Moon (2004), Trees of Gold (2006) and The Fountain (2009) and The Fire in the Flint (2012) have garnered glowing reviews from around the world. In August of 2010, John, along with vocalist Daya and special guest Marcel Adjibi, performed the music from the first five of these CDs live in concert in Thousand Oaks, California. John Adorney and Daya LIVE! In Concert was released as both a DVD and as a CD. In addition ...

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Paris Toon

Paris Toon

Paris Toon is the Billboard Award-winning lyricist and musical enigma behind Brooklyn born Jazz Soul band Mother's Favorite Child. He is an extraordinary (soon to be published) poet, composer and producer who never seems to stray for a moment from his forward driven vision of success in the music world. Paris started out as a hip-hop producer in the mid 90's and has done Jazz Soul production and remix work for many different projects during his career. His influences range from Rakim and Stevie Wonder to Sly Stone, Prince and John Lennon. These influences make themselves ...

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Joy Mover

Joy Mover

After many years of writing, producing and recording the music that is so very much a part of her DNA, singer /songwriter Joy Mover is taking her first giant step toward actualizing her lifelong vision with the July 31st, 2012 release of her self-titled debut, Joy Mover. Joy’s uncanny knack for attracting incredible musical talent to help her realize her vision, along with her ability to transcend eras and styles are key elements that set her apart from the multitude of talented vocalists working today. The legendary trumpeter, flautist, saxophonist, flugelhornist, and multi-Grammy®-recognized Ira Sullivan (who ...

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Michael Hepner

Michael Hepner

The great boogie woogie pianist, Bob Seeley taught him his first boogie woogie bass line at 13 years old! The rest as they say was history! Mostly self-taught, he spent one year at North Texas State University hanging around some very talented players such as Lyle Mays and many big band jazzers that eventually led to his first recording contract with a country band in Texas. He then came back to Detroit and had a couple of bands (one with Mark Pasman now host of the motor city blues project for many years) before the New York Express ...

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Elizabeth Geyer

Elizabeth Geyer

Elizabeth describes writing and performing her own music for the first time as ‘finally coming home’. Her talent stands apart from other artists simply because of her incredible diversity as a vocalist, pianist, trumpet and flugelhorn player and last but not least composer. Her unique style of Jazz sets a new direction while her hands on approach to song writing, recording, production and performance has allowed her passion to be expressed and connect to her audiences with an understated passion and warmth. For many years Elizabeth performed and recorded in bands, often the solo chair ...

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Jill Sissel

Jill Sissel

Jill Sissel has been writing and performing her acclaimed Americana/ Blues music in the Nashville area for more than 15 years. In 1999, Just Plain Folks nominated her for Americana Album of the Year, and she has garnered numerous other awards and honors since. Jill has just released a soulful, evocative blues album, Tell the Truth, her 7th studio release to date. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jill was always interested in the guitar. Her first acoustic for her 8th Christmas was an Aspen. The name of the guitar was significant to her ...

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SusieCool

SusieCool

SusieCool Performing Songwriter Susie played in several bands, most notably an all-Female Top 40/Reggae band in Jamaica called "PEP", and then "WOW". She also had a brief stint in a Tampa all-female Reggae band called "Lioness", and a multi-cultured Orlando band named "Melange". She also spent a while on the Orlando convention circuit, playing with various Island band ensembles. She decided to go solo in March of 1999, and has been playing open mics and various acoustic gigs ever since. She has written over 260 songs, and is currently performing about 80 of them live. Her Song ...

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Jeff Senour

Jeff Senour

Jeff's musical infatuation began with the unforgettable artists and rock and roll tunes we all still love today. He brings a life-size heart to match his big sound! Jeff performs both originals and covers. Like most of his band mates, Jeff has played professionally since his high school and college days and brings a wealth of knowledge to the band. He loves the music he writes and plays but even more so seeing his audience get involved with the tunes. An accomplished guitarist and song writer, Jeff started playing as a child and continues to write ...

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Lisa Firestone

Lisa Firestone

What do you get when you combine sensuality with The Divine, and impeccably-crafted piano with world music, commercial pop and sultry groove?   Lisa Firestone.   Her debut release, “LAKE JUNE IN WINTER” showcases “the whole tamale” as she calls it… a woman’s emotional journey through sweetest bliss to strongest rage.  Lisa’s songs are raw, vulnerable, whimsical, sexy, feminine, strong, hopeful, soulful, smart and altogether very human. Awarded BEST SPIRITUAL WRITER and BEST SOLO PIANIST by Songwriter’s Showcase of America, Lisa has become a familiar name in Central Florida.  No stranger to performance, she has received numerous credits ...

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MEZ (Martian Ear Zit)

MEZ (Martian Ear Zit)

MEZ (Martian Ear Zit) is comprised of Don Ramirez and Scott Tatina. We love to make music. We are available for film, TV and video gaming scores. Check out some of Scott's tunes at http://www.myspace.com/scotttatinacomposer. You can also check out more MEZ and Scott tunes, plus some of Scott's woodwork at http://www.tatina.net/ To the Power of Two is the work of Don Ramirez of Fresno, California and Scott Tatina of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. They met online and discovered mutual interests in music. Over a 2 year period they sent files back and forth via email. With ...

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Craig Karolus

Craig Karolus

Craig grew up in Long Prairie, Minnesota; a small community where everybody knows everybody. The high school marching band, called The Minnesota Marching M'Bassadors, under the direction of Mr. Gove (now retired), put this town on the map. Craig was a percussionist in the marching band. He also filled the role of drum major for the field show performances his senior year in high school. The band traveled all over the country. Craig had the opportunity to direct the field show band while they performed at the Festival Of States competition in St. Petersberg, FL ...

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BlendJazz

BlendJazz

Resident: USA, Tuscaloosa, Alabama Instruments: Earl Rice (keyboards/Synths/Piano), Henry Mixon (Bass Guitar), Deandre Woods (Drums) This three piece band was re-organized by original members of the former band called Blend, which released its first cd project in February 2010. From that cd, the instrumental track "Lost Without You" was first aired in Europe on JazzNet247. The group BlendJazz has returned with its 2nd cd project entitled EVOLUTION. With the transformation of the group's make up, there was also a change in music style, taking on more of a smooth, jazzy adult contemporary vibe. Currently, BlendJazz' EVOLUTION is in ...

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Richard Carr

Richard Carr

Composer, contemporary pianist, Richard Carr is now living in the downtown St. Louis area after spending 10 years working as a pianist in the night clubs, hotels and restaurants of the French Quarter of New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina. He has released fourteen solo albums and one collaboration in the contemporary instrumental /new age genre. Richard’s live performances take audiences on a journey away from the busy world and into a calmer, less chaotic mental and emotional environment. Drawing on his classical training, jazz and pop familiarity, Richard creates music thru an improvisational process. His ...

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Joyce Spencer

Joyce Spencer

Joyce was reared in a small town with limited resources to study music; however, it did not discourage her passion. She started playing clarinet in middle school, but grew very fond of the tenor saxophone in the 12th grade. Later, she added the alto sax and flute in college where she majored in instrumental music education. After an approximate 20-year hiatus, Joyce returned to her love and passion for music and released her first CD, “Sweet Dreams”, in 2010. The CD is a collection of instrumental (alto/soprano sax and flute) and vocal music created to calm, ...

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Celia

Celia

On "The Positive Music Show" Celia is a singer, songwriter, actress, and storyteller who dishes up the most delicious concoction of the silly and the sacred. She is an amazing multi-faceted artist. From powerful, heart-felt vocals to wacky comedic improvisations, you honestly never know what will happen with Celia on stage. Think Enya meets Tori Amos meets Gilda Radner. Celia has opened for notable authors: Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Masaru Emoto, and Sonia Choquette, provided live music for the Off-Broadway production of “Rum and Vodka”, received a “Best Storytelling CD” nomination for “Irish Tales” ...

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Artists With "Musicians Speak Out" Interviews

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Anne Trenning
Annette Cantor
Avguste Antonov
Beverly Ritz
BlendJazz
Bob Crawford
Brett Mikels
Brian and Elizabeth LaChance
Brian Collins
Celia
Chuck Peterson
Combat Fusion Jazz Band
Craig Karolus
Darlene Koldenhoven
Dean Burnett
Dorothy Leigh
Duo Scordatura
Elizabeth Geyer
Ellen Christi
Frank Piombo
Gino Goss
Herky Cutler
Jeff Senour
Jhonny K
Jill Sissel
Joggyn Smyler (Frank Zee)
John Adorney
John W. Bailey
Johnny "V" Vernazza
Joy Mover
Joyce Spencer
LAVENDERSOUL
Lisa Firestone
Louis Landon
Mercedes Nicole
MEZ (Martian Ear Zit)
Michael Edging and Mike Stewart
Michael Harrison
Michael Hepner
Michael Moon
Paris Toon
Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis
Paul Adams
Paz del Castillo
Rhett Davis
Richard Carr
Rob Darby
Roots Rock Society (RRS)
Sam Hankins
Silverfox
Stephen Savage
SusieCool
Victor James Dougherty
Victoria De mare
 

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