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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
Bob Crawford

Bob Crawford

Bob Crawford, born in the Bronx, NY, is one of those rare people combining musicality, scholarship, and business acumen into one seamless individual. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1971 (Phi Beta Kappa/Magna cum laude) Bob embarked on his musical career full time. From being the Musical Director, Guitarist, and Vocalist for the National Company of Paul Sills’ “Story Theatre”(1972-3) to the publishing of his book “Symmetric Cycles” by RMCO MUSIC, Bob has been actively involved in songwriting, arranging, producing, and studio work as a guitarist and vocalist for the past 30 years. In 1975, ...

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Dean Burnett

Dean Burnett

In the beginning... Dean started writing songs and poetry from about the age of ten. As he grew he got into music and started off on the guitar. After a brief spell he discovered the wonders of Synthesizers and bought his first monophonic synth in the early 80's. Since then Dean has written and co-written hundereds of songs and been involved in bands such as Japanese Whispers and The Tower/Redshift. These bands are having their music re-released at present with singles from Dean,The Tower and Japanese Whispers all out on download stores. After the disappointment of The ...

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4 stories high

4 stories high

Laura Berman and Craig Benelli She was a NY Singer/Songwriter   He was a NY Guitar Player   She hired him to play in her band   And so the story began…   By 2004, both Laura Berman and Craig Benelli had achieved a certain amount of success individually. Berman was a NY Singer/Songwriter who received critical acclaim for her debut CD Love Will, including an honorable mention in the 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She also performed as a backup vocalist with GrammyAward winning performer, Enya, on the David Letterman Show. Benelli was a guitar ...

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Paz del Castillo

Paz del Castillo

Paz del Castillo Spanish pianist and composer She started her music studies at the age of seven. Conservatory graduated in Piano Teacher. She has been continued studying and perfecting her studies during a long time. Grant from Municipal Foundation of Culture at Valladolid Council, she travelled to England: Dartington International School of Music, where she worked under direction of profesor and pianist Stephen Kovacevich. "Technique and piano performance" under direction of Argentinean professor and pianist, Aquiles Delle-Vigne at Mozarteum Musik Akademmie-Salzbourg-Austria. High Level Studies in Madrid under Prof. Rosa M º Kucharski.Madrid Youth Music Competition Finalist "Junta de Castilla ...

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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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Herky Cutler

Herky Cutler

Herky Cutler, Singer/Songwriter Secondary Genre Rocker Twin Butte, Alberta Canada Having done the rock and roll band "thing," I now choose to travel alone, playing both relatively small and intimate venues, in addition to larger bars, lounges all the way up to music festivals. My music has many faces....rock...blues...country...folk...celtic...latin... and speaks with many tongues about who I am, what I believe in, and what makes me laugh. I've been influenced by many including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, and MANY of the independent artists that I have heard over the years. ...

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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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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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Duo Scordatura

Duo Scordatura

During past seasons, Nicholas Leh Baker has appeared as Conductor-in-Residence with the Foundation for Modern Music and the Houston Symphonic Band, where he has held the position of Principal Guest Conductor since 2006; where he has not only appeared as conductor on two tours, but has also performed as soloist on numerous occasions. He has also been principal conductor of the Sonus Chamber Orchestra, and has made guest appearances with the Austin Symphony, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival, the Shepherd School of Music, Greater Houston Youth Orchestra, and with ...

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Dorothy Leigh

Dorothy Leigh

The release of “A Second Chance” introduces the music world to Dorothy Leigh, a Grammy Nominated and powerful, highly respected Singer/Recording Artist with a soulful voice, very expressive style, and ability to interpret lyrics in a meaningful and heartfelt way. Ms. Leigh’s debut work captures the essence of her amazing talent and reflects the emotional depth and breadth of her life-altering journey. “Dorothy’s style of music is a unique blend of Jazzy R&B, ”Rayvon Singleton, A&R of Whitley Productions says. "She has the hottest, freshest sound of Jazzy R&B today!" "Ms. Leigh has gone where no ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Combat Fusion Jazz Band

Combat Fusion Jazz Band

Producer of the Combat Fusion Jazz Band, John Dubiel, was born in Chicago on April 18, 1945. Throughout his life he has been a producer, song writer, keyboard player with a passion for music. John is a Viet Nam war veteran and purple heart recipient. His other passion is the veterans and with this new band, the Combat Fusion Jazz Band, he wants to help all our men and women veterans who are suffering from PTSD. Part of the profits from the Combat Fusion Jazz Band will be going to help these brave men and women ...

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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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Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis

Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis

Front man Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis of San Diego, California, has been performing for audiences around the globe since 1997. As a Navy Frogman stationed in Germany – Patrick earned the nickname “BlueFrog” while playing the local expat joints. In 2000 Patrick Ellis returned to San Diego and with Alan Adamson formed the original “BlueFrog and Company” as the Tuesday night House Band for “Buffalo Joes” in the Gas Lamp quarter of downtown San Diego. The band hosted one the most respected Blues Jams in the San Diego area. The Band appeared on the NBC “Good-Morning Show” and ...

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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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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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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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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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Michael Harrison

Michael Harrison

Michael is a singer, songwriter, and great guitar player first and foremost... He has been recording, performing and perfecting his craft for 30 years plus...in addition to singing and playing, writing great songs, and arrangements...he has 4 great CD's, and many copyrighted works to his credit, and is on his own Indie Label... Finally receiving notoriety and airplay worldwide in 2007 for the release of his "Lost In the Blues" album...and the re-release of his "Easy Money" CD. both of these CD's are on digital jukeboxes everywhere... He continues to establish himself as a solo artist tho he has played with many ...

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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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Annette Cantor

Annette Cantor

Annette Cantor’s recording, Songs to the Goddess, contains musical meditations inspired by sacred deities from around the world, but focusing on the universal Mother Earth. These song prayers -- featuring both Cantor’s wordless vocalizing and acclaimed new age music pioneer C.G. Deuter’s instrumentation -- praise the planet, give thanks for birth and living, and also ask for guidance in creating a good life. Cantor and Deuter are both Germans who met while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Deuter, long known as a top new age instrumentalist, wanted to explore the addition of vocals, so Cantor ...

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Paul Adams

Paul Adams

What is it that Paul Adams doesn't do? He's built instruments for some very well known musicians (Daryl Hall, members of Stevie Wonders band and others.), he's a writer and poet, he plays a vast array of exotic instruments, composed music for major corporations, and has eight critically acclaimed albums out in about 5 different genres of music. “I'm no genius,” says Adams. “I'm just fascinated with everything. This is a revolutionary time for musicians. Technology allows us to make our own musical decisions. Like a painter, we have freedom of choice. Management can’t tell ...

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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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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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Silverfox

Silverfox

Silverfox is seen lifting his flutes as if to call upon the Great Spirit!   Silverfox, Native American (Apache) Flute Player and “Tribal Fusion” fuses together the old ancient sounds of the Native American flutes with riveting modern sounds.   Silverfox is currently touring his “Tribal Fusion” sounds doing fairs, festivals, museums, casinos, schools and restaurants, performing his heart and soul out.  This thrilling musical experience presented by Silverfox is more than a feeling as his sacred sounds fill the very core of what we feel as we drift into his delightful performance.   Taught ...

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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

4 stories high
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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