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New Power Generation

Drummer John Blackwell (Prince and the NPG, Cameo, Patti Labelle)

Phenomenal drummer John Blackwell was a member of Prince and the NPG, Cameo and Patti Labelle. The Berklee College of Music grad also had stellar solo records. I miss my friend John Blackwell and was honored when he called me one night and asked me if I wanted to hear some of his upcoming record…

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Keyboardist Tommy Barbarella (Prince and the NPG , Greazy Meal)

Minneapolis keyboardist/producer Tommy Barbarella in the house. Tommy Barbarella toured and recorded with Prince and the New Power Generation. He is also a founding member of the funk and soul band Greazy Meal. Besides his stellar solo productions, Barbarella has recorded and performed with Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas and the Administration, and New Power Generation…

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Singer Marva King (Prince and the NPG, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson)

Marva King is a talented singer and actress who has toured/recorded with Prince and the NPG, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and many others. Marva has also excelled in her solo career writing and producing songs for her albums. Born in Flint, Michigan, Marva King is most known for her starring role in the 75 plus…

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Trombonist Greg Boyer (Prince and the NPG, Parliament/Funkadelic, Maceo Parker)

Legendary trombonist Greg Boyer is widely recognized as one of the premier horn player/arrangers in the music business. The Washington DC musician has recorded and toured with Prince and the NPG, Maceo Parker, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Sheila E. , Bootsy Collins, Stephen Tyler and many more. He was kind enough to stop by the…

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Episode 62: Drummer Michael Bland (Soul Asylum, Prince and the New Power Generation) Interview Part Two

Minneapolis drummer Michael Bland is a legend in the music business. Perhaps best known as drummer with Prince and the New Power Generation, he has been a member of Soul Asylum for 17 years. HIs collaborations include Chaka Khan, Maxwell, George Benson, George Benson, Paul Westerberg, Dr. Mambo’s Combo, Jef Lee Johnson, Sons of Almighty…

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Episode 50: Bassist Rhonda Smith (Prince and the NPG, Jeff Beck)

With an enviable career that has spanned over two decades, it is no surprise that Rhonda hails from musical lineage. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the family moved to the French and Jazz-influenced Montreal while Rhonda was still a child. There, she was surrounded by the sounds of piano riffs, her mother’s instrument of choice,…

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Episode 46: Drummer David Anania (Blue Man Group, Greazy Meal)

Drumming since the age of 4, David Anania knew by the age of 9 that his future–his life–belonged with music. His drumming has been featured on more than 40 recordings, including major label releases by Blue Man Group (“The Complex” Lava/Atlantic, 2003), Shannon Curfman (“Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions” Arista, 2000) and Tina and the B…

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Episode 37: Saxophonist Candy Dulfer (Prince and the NPG, Dave Stewart)

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 26 years since Candy Dulfer rose to fame with her high-profile collaborations with Dave Stewart (the worldwide number 1 smash “Lily was here”) and of course the legendary Prince, whose tongue-in-cheek recommendation (“When I want sax, I call Candy”) in the “Partyman” video made the world sit…

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Episode 36: Percussionist Estaire Godinez (Prince and the NPG, George Benson)

Estaire Godinez, a world renowned musician and self-described Renaissance Woman, came into Prince’s orbit in the spring of 1999 and stayed till the end of that year.Beginning with a show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas that Memorial Day, till just before the Rave 2000 show at Paisley Park in December, Estaire spent the…

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Episode 20: Prince and the NPG drummer Kirk Johnson

Prince and the NPG drummer Kirk Johnson sits down with Joe Kelley Radio for a special interview. Kirk Johnson (Drums) Tours with Prince:Jam of the Year Tour 1997/98 (Drums), Love 4 One Another Charities Tour (1997), Act I (1993), Diamonds & Pearls (1992), Nude Tour (1990) Albums with Prince:Diamonds and Pearls (percussion), The Gold Experience(programming),…

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