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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.

The Working Artist Project The Working Artist Project

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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.

    Charles Turner Single & in Love (Episode 61)

    Charles Turner Single & in Love (Episode 61)

    Love is something that we all have in common. Charles understands this and eloquently expresses this understanding on his sophomore album, Single & in Love. The title of this album is provocative and thought-provoking. It makes the listener feel and respond to the vibrations on a high level. Charles explains that love of oneself is, in fact, the most important component of love. Through his music, he helps us to understand that without a complete understanding of yourself, it is almost impossible to extend the gift of love to another. In today's episode of The Working Artist Project, we explore the sounds of Charles Turner's music and get a bird's-eye view into his life as a working artist.

    Connect with Charles Here: http://charlesturnermusic.com/

    Charles Turner has taken the jazz scene by storm. Charles relocated to New York in 2011, and has performed in venues such as Smoke Jazz and Super Club, Birdland, Ginny's Supper Club, Smalls, and Mintons in Harlem. Also performing with Renown Jazz and Swing Pianist Gordon Websters bringing swing around the world from Beijing to London, New York and back!
    The Charles Turner Quartet has performed at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the Generations in Jazz festival  for 2 consecutive years. He also Released his Debut Album " Dreamers" Produced by Grammy Award winning Drummer Ulysses Owens  at Jazz at Lincoln Center March 2014. Appearing next  at Jazz at Lincoln Center, he will be a part of the 2015-16 Season at is Debut concert in the Appel Room in May 2016. Turner graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ma on a full scholarship. During his time there Charles had the wonderful opportunity to study and perform with Grammy Award–winning drummer and educator Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Samuels, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Joanne Brackeen. 
    In 2013 Charles was invited to participate in the prestigious Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program, where he worked with Jason Moran, Craig Handy, Marc Cary, and performed at the Kennedy Center. He also won Best Jazz Vocalist awards at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and was a finalist at the esteemed Shure Montruex jazz festival Vocal Competition. Charles also performed with Bobby Mcferrin along with other young talents in a Improvisation Workshop Concert at Carnegie Hall. Featured on Ulysses Owens latest album which is receiving rave reviews from the  New York Times and other publication. Charles has collaborated with many young up and coming artist as well as veterans in out music today. He has performed in Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain and Russia. Charles will continue to spread his love for music for years and years to come.

    • 44 min
    Henry Conerway iii - With Pride for Dignity (Episode 60)

    Henry Conerway iii - With Pride for Dignity (Episode 60)

    Henry Conerway iii is an outstanding musician with a unique skill set that sets him apart from most. His commitment to excellence is apparent in his debut album, aptly entitled "With Pride for Dignity". Henry and I explored the ideas of legacy, creativity, confidence and how they relate to the black american experience. His message is strong yet subtle much like the sounds of his music.

    Connect with Henry Here: http://www.thehc3.com/

    Henry Conerway iii has become a leading presence on the modern jazz scene since moving to New York in 2015, as evidenced by his ongoing work with such global touring artists as; the iconic Freddy Cole; the stalwart Jazz at Lincoln Center trumpeter, Marcus Printup; 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition Winner, Jazzmeia Horn; Grammy nominated trumpeter, Russell Gunn; and several residencies with Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar.

    His notable performances include such esteemed venues as: The Atlanta Jazz Festival; Jacksonville Jazz Festival; Savannah Jazz Festival; National Black Arts Festival; Toronto Jazz Festival; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; The United Trombone Summit (Indiana University) featuring Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Curtis Fuller and Bill Watrous; Birmingham Jazz Festival; The Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Festival; performed at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA in A Tribute To Ray Charles; the Mount Vernon Jazz Series in Golden, CO with jazz masters Nicholas Payton and Russell Malone; and notable NYC jazz clubs as Minton’s, Birdland, Smalls, Smoke; Jazz at Lincoln Center and its Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

    Conerway, a proud Detroit native, made extraordinary use of the many educational and cultural opportunities of that formidable city, performing as a high school student on The Detroit Jazz Festival stages and spending several years studying under the tutelage of the late, great trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave as a member of the Detroit Symphony’s Civic Jazz Orchestra. His thirst for the jazz idiom was nurtured there by his mother, a lover of music, who made sure he experienced live performances of all types; and his father, a brilliant classical violinist, who also shared a deep and abiding love for jazz music in all its incarnations.

    While matriculating at Atlanta’s historic and prestigious Morehouse College (B.A. in Music Composition), Henry co-founded the group, Jaspects, which quickly became a staple in that city's music scene and successfully sold thousands of their own recordings, while booking their own tours and forming creative collaborations with such luminaries as Maroon 5’s P.J. Morton; Grammy nominated Janelle Monáe; Tyler Perry’s Tony Hightower, and Chantae Cann; who can each be heard on Jaspects' recordings. Henry has also composed original works for film and performed in theatre settings including the Tony Award nominated Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, on Broadway.

    • 56 min
    Flavio Silva Break Free (Episode 59)

    Flavio Silva Break Free (Episode 59)

    Breaking Free is not only the name of Flavio's most recent release, it's also an ideology that most creatives live by. Musicians, artists, actors, and performers are always attempting to rid themselves of the conscious mind to harness the sweet spot of creativity. Flavio and I also explore the idea of identity and how it effects the work he creates. Let us know what you think about this weeks episode of The Working Artist Project.

    Connect with Flavio Here: http://www.flaviosilva.mus.br/

    Flavio Silva is one of the many Brazilian composers and instrumentalists that has been breaking
    through a variety of music scenes, such as that of Brazil, The Netherlands and most recently,
    New York. The guitarist has studied with some of the best musicians in Brazil and all over the
    world, including Michel Leme, Alexandre Mihanovich, Djalma Lima, Mike Moreno, Adam Rogers
    and Antonio Hart, who became his mentor since his arrival in New York. Flavio has shared the
    stage with some highly skilled musicians such as Antonio Hart, Seamus Blake, Victor Wooten,
    Munir Hossn, Kendrick Scott, Eric Harland, Marcus Gilmore, Ben Williams, Louis Cato, Reggie
    Washington, Alex Han, Cuca Teixeira, Sandro Haick, Thiago Espirito Santo, Nicolas Viccaro and
    Etienne Mbappe, among others. Flavio has also performed at some of the biggest festivals in
    Europe including the North Sea Jazz Festival (The Netherlands), Langnau Jazz Nights
    (Switzerland), Koektebel Jazz Party (Ukraine), Gronau Jazz Festival (Germany) and Delft Jazz
    Festival (The Netherlands) alongside performances at US venues including The Kennedy Center
    (Washington D.C), Smalls Jazz Club (NYC) and Smoke (NYC), among others. Flavio endorses
    Mono Bags, D'Orazio Strings, Free The Tone Effects and Reference Laboratory Cables.

    • 36 min
    Braxton Cook - You Are The One (Episode 58)

    Braxton Cook - You Are The One (Episode 58)

    Braxton and I explored the complexities of achieving balance while realizing your wildest dreams. This word, "balance" has become a dirty word for those of us who are self-described super creatives. We often forget how important it is to maintain balance throughout our daily lives due to our insatiable apatite to breathe life into our art. Braxton outlines some of the challenges of creating sounds that reach backward whilst also looking forward, and always acknowledging the present. Today you will get a birds-eye view into the world of one the most prolific creatives of our generation.

    Connect with Braxton Here https://www.BraxtonCook.com

    Braxton Cook is one of this generation’s most exciting emerging voices in the jazz world. Not only does he exhibit world-class virtuosity on the alto saxophone but he is also a uniquely talented vocalist and songwriter whose sound blends Jazz, Soul, R&B, and Alternative rock into a fresh new sound he calls Jazz Future Soul. Braxton graduated from The Juilliard School in 2015.
    Braxton was named a semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious
    Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Since then,
    Braxton has spent the past 5 years touring the world with
    Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott,
    Christian McBride and Marquis Hill among others. During his
    time as a student at The Juilliard School, Braxton released his
    debut EP Sketch (2014) and sophomore release Braxton Cook
    Meets Brown (2015) launching his solo career and bringing
    him festivals and venues across the country. In April of 2017,
    Braxton released his debut album Somewhere in
    Between, which allowed Braxton to tour both nationally and
    internationally to the U.K as well as Japan.
    In less than a year, Somewhere in Between as well as
    the Somewhere in Between Remix album has amassed millions
    of streams and downloads on Spotify and Apple Music and has
    been praised by peers, musicians and critics alike. Saint
    Heron noted Cook’s demonstration of “unmatched flexibility by
    merging multiple genres into an ardent, passionate and soul-
    filled project.” In 2017, Fader Magazine called Braxton Cook a
    “Jazz Marvel” and “Jazz Prodigy.” The 2018 June Issue of Ebony
    Magazine listed Braxton as Top Five Jazz Artist To Watch
    (alongside Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Butcher
    Brown, and Kris Bowers).
    Braxton has worked alongside Solange Knowles and even contracted the horn players involved in her live shows at the
    Guggenheim, Radio City Music Hall, Afro Punk Festival, Panorama Festival, and Made in America Festival. Most recently, Braxton was featured on Tom Misch’s 2018 U.S. Domestic Tour which started with a 2 performances at Coachella and culminated with a very special Tiny Desk performance.
    Braxton is now working on his next project entitled “No Doubt” which is set to release Fall of 2018. He embarks on his first international headlining tour in the Fall of 2018 to support the project.

    • 47 min
    Adi Meyerson "Where We Stand" (Episode 57)

    Adi Meyerson "Where We Stand" (Episode 57)

    Adi Meyerson is soulful, unique and genuine. Her ability to communicate through music is unparalleled. Adi and I had a very honest conversation about music, life, death, women's rights the #metoo movement and how these topics inspired her latest creative pursuit. "Where We Stand" is Adi's debut album, the music she has created alongside a world-class group of musicians is simply intoxicating. Please enjoy the sounds and vibrations of this episode of The Working Artist Project.

    Connect with Adi Here: http://www.adimeyersonmusic.com/


    She was born in San Francisco to American Parents. At the age of two, she relocated with her family to Jerusalem, Israel.

    In August 2012 Adi moved To New York to continue her studies at "The New School for jazz and contemporary music", where she graduated from in 2014. She received an opportunity to study with some of the great masters of the style such as Reggie Workman, Ron Carter, Charles Tolliver, Kirk Nurock, Billy Harper, Bob Cranshaw and many more.
    Since Moving to New York, Adi has already made an impact on the NYC jazz scene and earned her title as an up and coming young talent. She has played with many local greats such as Joel Frahm, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Nelson, Charli Persip and many others around the NYC area in highly known venues such as Mezzrow, Smalls jazz, Fat Cat, Smoke Jazz, Minton's, Zinc Bar, Dizzy's Coca-Cola, and others. She has recently toured the US and recorded with the Champion Fulton band for Positone records.
    Adi also leads her own band, the ”Adi Meyerson Group”, that has been performing together since 2016 years around New York City.
    The band has performed in many of New York City's prestigious jazz clubs such as Minton's Playhouse, Smalls Jazz, Mezzrow, The Cell theatre, Fat Cat and others.
    The band headlined the "Make some Noise" music festival in May 2016 and participated in the "Jazz in the Cave" concert series in June 2016. In September 2017, the band recorded their debut record "Where We Stand" which contains 9 original compositions all by Meyerson.
    The record is set to be released independently in early May of 2018.
    She has toured Costa Rica with her Trio in 2017 and 2018, and performed as part of the faculty of the Quetzaltenango International Jazz Camp with her trio in December 2017.

    As an Educator, Adi has worked with Bandleader and Drummer LaFrae Sci at Jazz at Lincoln Center, as part of the "Jazz For young people" program, preforming in schools around the NY area, "The Jazz Drama Program" Directed by Eli Yamin bringing Jazz, Dance and Theater to the youth. Adi also teaches at "Jazz House Kids" as part of their yearly "Chica Power" Residensy.
    In December 2017, She had a chance to travel to Guatemala to teach in the Quezaltinango international Jazz camp along side local and American professors.


    Champian Fulton - “Speechless” (2017), Positone
    Adi Meyerson - “Where we Stand” (2018), Independent

    • 1 hr 8 min

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Love Darrian’s approach with these interviews. His guests sound relaxed to speak with a fellow musical artist about their lives. Really interesting window into many of the great young musicians currently on the scene.

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