Richard is truly a fascinating human being. His list of accomplishments is long a varied. If you choose to listen to this episode you will hear Richard and I discuss how and why he chose to run across the United States and then around the WORLD. We also get into his days with the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra as well as his stint directing bands for the NBA. As if this isn't enough he somehow found the time to teach classes at The University Of Wisconsin. He is a shining example of a creatives journey to diversify one's life experiences. So go ahead and click play! (Check out his links below)
Barry and I had a great time talking about the complexities of success. He offered some very insightful thoughts on how to thrive in challenging situations. We also discussed his method for preparing for success.
Peter and I talk about the benefits of living outside of the box. He expounds on his experience in New York City and how he has crafted his life by doing things that aren't considered normal. Peter's vibe is one that embodies the principles of a zen master. We explored concepts of love and how they enable him to achieve success.
Jon and I discuss the importance of mentorship and his development on the bass! Mr. Michel is a titan on his instrument. He brings a sense of honesty and compassion to the music that is simply unparalleled. He has performed around the world and at every major club in New York City. If you would like to connect with him check out the links below!
What is the Working Artist Project you ask? Well....
The Working Artist project is our attempt to answer questions and confront challenges that artists face on a daily basis. We are taking the time to get to know artist from every field with the intent of debunking the myths, and shedding light on the realities of the artist at work.
Kathleen Potton is a singer-songwriter from Australia currently based in New York City. We talk about the challenges of moving to New York from a foreign country and how she makes it work! She explains how she acquired her visa, along with how she manages to thrive in the concrete jungle, thousands of miles away from family and friends.
Jason Marshall is a world renowned saxophonist who has performed with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Thad Wilson, and Roy Gains just to name a few. He is an intellectual and a family man who has his own opinions about music and the world that very few have the courage to express. I was more than ecstatic to conduct this interview. We spoke on a wide range of topics including Baritone Sax, police violence, Roy Hargrove, and the New York Music scene. I know you will enjoy this one!
I had an amazing time interviewing Debra Cartwright! She is one of New Yorks most interesting visual artist. Her work captures the strength and venerability of Black women like no other artist before her. You've probably seen some of her work on McDonald's ads and commercials. We had a great conversation about the challenges that women of color face and how she has chosen to depict them. If you want to see some of here work check the links below!
Today we have a master of connection. He has done the impossible; effortlessly creating art that reproduces raw human emotion through sound. This man has a passion for painting the world as it is, not as it should be. When you listen to his music, the only option is truth. He has a long and diverse list of collaborators that include the likes of Robert Glasper, Jason Marshall, Billy Harper, and Kim Burrell. If you want to hear his music check the links below!
Donna is an amazing dancer that has managed to do what many people think is impossible. She has toured the world dancing with Hubbard Street 2 and Dance Works Chicago. She is now in the cast of Disney's The Lion King on Broadway. We had a great chat about the ins and outs of the New York Dance industry. You can check her links below.
Today I would like to welcome one of the most mesmerizing voices on the music scene today. He has found a way to merge the sounds of the Windy City and his native land of Honduras. This soulful rendition of life captivates audiences instantaneously. You can hear his distinctive voice with an impressively diverse group of individuals, including Lupe Fiasco, Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, Talib Kweli, and Marquis Hill to name a few! Chris is also the guy responsible for composing the music that I use for the intro of this podcast each week!
Today's guest exudes honesty and compassion. Her soulful sound transcends categorical definition. She has managed to integrate the vibrations of gospel, Jazz, r&b, and soul, combining them to form a genre that is uniquely her own. Her imagination and depth mesmerize audiences and colleagues alike. If you don't believe me just take a look at her long list of musical comrades. People Like, Wynton Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Mulgrew Miller and Christian McBride are just a few.
Today's guest is the ultimate utility player. Her skill and determination drive her to levels of accomplishment that are simply unparalleled. Through focus and dedication, she has managed to go from intern to team leader, intuitively honing her craft along the way. She is currently the producing artistic leader of The Movement Theater Company. Where she and her team dream up ideas that develop and produce works from emerging artists of color. She is a leader, she is a visionary, she is astounding.
Today's guest is a Titan. His soulful sound captivates and mesmerizes audiences around the world. This man has managed to recreate the most intimate feelings through his compositions and witty improvisational style. He is a true master of expressing the human experience without uttering a word. Because of this, he has performed with a diverse group of characters… T-Pain, Lew Soloff, Javon Jackson, David Sanchez, and Curtis Fuller are just a few he has graced with his sound. On top of that, he has traveled and performed in over 20 music festivals around the globe played and recorded 7 albums, and performed in several Broadway productions. As if that wasn’t enough he has also managed to lead one of the most prolific and imaginative bands in New York City.
Gabrielle and I spoke about the complexities of navigating a male driven industry. Handling sexism and creating allies in order to stave off unwanted attention from her male counterparts. She is a strong advocate for being recognized for your work... Gabrielle is an outstanding saxophonist. If you want to connect with her online check out her links below.