Joe Kelley Radio

Series: Funk and R&B

Episode 90: NYC Singer Marlon Saunders (Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin) Interview

Marlon Saundersis anAmericansinger,songwriterandrecord producer.Marlonteaches at Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, The Seamless Voice andwas a former professor of voice atBerklee College of Music.Marlon has two solo recordings on his independent label,Black Honey Records: the improvisationalA Groove So Deep: The Live Sessionsand 2003’sEnter My Mind….

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Episode 89: Kid Ginseng (DJ from Tom Tom Club) Visits The Studio

Born in the Bahamas, 25% French American citizen has been mixing and scratching since 1997. Known for proper electro, he produces tracks, and runs the critically acclaimed Kraftjerkz label played by DJs such as I-F, Helena Hauff, Danny Daze, Nina Kraviz, Solvent etc. He has had releases on Lost Soul Enterprises, Basement Floor, Hip Hop…

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Episode 88: Bassist Stephen Jay (Weird Al Yankovic) Interview

Stephen Jay is a composer, bassist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. His original music is bass-driven, innovative, and exotic, blending world influenced polyrhythmic grooves with elements of Jazz and Rock. His combinations of ethnic and modern instruments and styles result in unique, richly textured musical images. Stephen’s bass recording credits include 4 Grammy winners and many Grammy…

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Episode 86: Jay Double You! Discusses Funk and His Time As Original Band Leader of Parlet

Jay-Double-You!, a.k.a., James Wright, was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He worked for several years in recording studios with the likes of producer Don Davis and artists’ Bernie Worrell; Johnnie Taylor; and George Clinton and his Parliament Funkadelic road show favorites, Parlet and Brides of Funkenstein. Most notably, Jay-Double-You! was the original band leader…

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Episode 84: Zapp Member Bigg Robb Talks About The Real Funk

Zapp band member Bigg Robb stopped by Joe Kelley Radio for an engaging interview. Bigg Robb talked about his solo career, touring as a member of Zapp, the legendary food backstage food fight between Prince and The Time, and Jerome Benton’s influence on him. Originally aired in 2002. http://www.joekelleyradio.com

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Episode 80: Bassist Robin Duhe (Frankie Beverly and Maze) Interview

Bay Area native Robin Duhe laid down the bass line as a key member of the San Francisco soul group Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly for more than thirty years. During that run, the quiet-storm specialists released ten gold albums, and scored No. 1 R&B hits with “Back in Stride,” “Can’t Get Over You,” “Love Is…

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Episode 78: Soul Singer Drew (Process and the Doo Rags, Rick James)

Singer-songwriter and producer Drew hails from Buffalo New York and was away from the industry for about 8 years. He got his start in the business as choreographer for CBS recording artist ‘Process & the Doo Rags’, a spin off group put together by Rick James. After teaming up with his brother ‘Levi Ruffin’,(band leader…

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Episode 77: Musician and Filmmaker Kenwood Anderson Interview

Kenwood Anderson is a filmmaker, musician,and producer. He grew up in Rochester, NY, surrounded by music and art. “My obsession with music was instant, and permanent,” he says. He graduated from School Of The Arts, and from Berklee College Of Music. He moved to Los Angeles in 1993 and took every gig he could find.He…

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Episode 76: Guitarist Jeff Raines of Galactic Brings The Funk

In the early-to-mid-‘90s, guitarist Jeff Raines and bassist Robert Mercurio, childhood friends from outside Washington, DC, were attending different schools in New Orleans and creating what would become one of the city’s staple acts, the funk-forward collective Galactic, which has grown from its New Orleans funk roots into a fusion of traditional and modern styles,…

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Episode 75: Prince and The Revolution Guitarist Dez Dickerson

Dez Dickerson is a phenomenal guitarist and songwriter. He was an original member of Prince’s band The Revolution and played guitar with Prince from 1979 to 1983. He appeared in the movie Purple Rain playing his solo song “Modernaire”. His band was named Modernaires and went on tour with Billy Idol. Dickerson later went on…

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