Friday, September 19, 2008

Norvell Molex Jr. podcasting the gospel in jazz

Do you love gospel music and are you a lover of jazz? Here's a spot on your computer where the two come together in seamless praise. The Offbeat today celebrates the discovery of Gospel Jazz Podcast & The Gospel in Jazz, a gospel jazz show on the Internet @

Created by Norvell A. Molex Jr, a mass communication specialist who is blessed with the vision of spreading God's word through jazz, the Gospel Jazz Podcast & The Gospel in Jazz is dedicated to airing gospel music as performed in the improvised music idiom.

On this Gospel Jazz Radio Station you will hear 24 hours of praise and worship to God through Jazz.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Michael Franks is Offbeat #1 jazz vocalist

Michael Franks, smooth jazz singer and songwriter, is this Offbeat blogger all-time favourite contemporary male jazz crooner
A former University Literature teacher, Franks, over the languorous course of 33 years and 16 albums, has mesmerized an international legion of fans with his one-of-a-kind artistry.
Seamlessly weaving lyrics of stunning sensuality, wit, reflection and literary eloquence over music that tastefully utilizes top shelf shadings of jazz, soul, pop, chamber and music from around the globe, Michael Franks the songwriter has set a bar in the music world that places him as nothing less than a statesman of song craft.
His best known works include “Popsicle Toes,” “Monkey See-Monkey Do,” “The Lady Wants To Know,” “When the Cookie Jar is Empty,” “Tiger in the Rain,” “Rainy Night in Tokyo” and “Tell Me All About It” (covered by artists ranging from Diana Krall (Offbeat's #1 female crooner) and Natalie Cole to Manhattan Transfer and, David Sanborn, Patti LaBelle, Brenda Russel, and the Carpenters).
Michael Franks the singer is gifted with a gentle, deliciously expressive voice - identifiable from note one.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Dr. Kathy Brown trains under NY masters

Jamaican contempor-ary jazz pianist Dr. Kathy Brown is currently in the Big Apple in further training in jazz piano under the tutelage of three of New York's most outstanding and celebrated jazz teachers and musicians.

Read more at All About Jazz News:

Meet the composer, arranger, recording artist and medical doctor @

Cassandra Wilson: creating loverly sound

The deep, rich voice of Cassandra Wilson, now among the most exalted of jazz vocalists, is something to savor. She has an adventurous spirit when it comes to her music, and whether playing with original melodies, or turning others songs—of jazz, folk, blues or pop origin—inside out, it's always something to relish, like a fine brandy that can be felt sweetly burning down to the stomach then spreading the glow back up where it can be felt warming the ears.
Wilson's latest recording released over the past summer, Loverly (Blue Note, 2008), is a delicious treat, moving her back to the realm of standards, something she hasn't done in a while—since Blue Skies (JMT, 1988),
Read the complete story on All About Jazz (AAJ), the website @