Daniel Shaw http://kajx.org en Los Lobos http://kajx.org/post/los-lobos <p>Forty years ago, Louie Perez and David Hidalgo, friends at East LA’s Garfield High School, hooked up with two other musicians, bassist Conrad Lozano and singer/guitar player Cesar Rosas, and Los Lobos came to be. Sax player Steve Berlin came over from legendary rockabilly band The Blasters a few years later, and the band has never stopped making incredibly original, timeless, irresistible music and has never stopped touring. Hard-hitting young drummer Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez joined the band a few years back and gave them a new jolt of energy. Their recording debut all those years ago may have been called “Just Another Band from East LA,” but they still prove night in and night out that they’re not just another band—from anywhere.</p><p>Louie Perez has been the band’s chief lyricist over the years and was the drummer for a long spell before returning to guitar duties (though he still gets behind the kit for a few songs each night). He’s found time over the years to work on several side projects, including The Latin Playboys, and has carved out another career as a painter. He’s also written a play recently based on the band’s song “Evangeline,” that had several runs in California.</p><p>For more about Los Lobos: <a href="http://www.loslobos.org/site/">http://www.loslobos.org/site/</a></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 16374 at http://kajx.org Los Lobos Robert McDuffie http://kajx.org/post/robert-mcduffie <p>Grammy nominated artist Robert McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, Montreal, and Toronto Symphonies, the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Minnesota Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the North German Radio Orchestra, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Hamburg Symphony, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria, and all of the major orchestras of Australia.</p><p>He gave the World Premiere of Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2, “The American Four Seasons” a work written for Robert McDuffie with the Toronto Symphony. During the 2010–2011 season, McDuffie completed a 30-city U.S. tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, pairing the Glass Four Seasons with the Vivaldi Four Seasons. He has also played the Glass with the National Symphony of Mexico, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Hamburg Ballet, the Nashville, Louisiana, San Diego, Dallas, San Antonio, and Colorado Symphonies, the Poznan Philharmonic of Poland, the Prague Philharmonia at the Prague Spring Festival, with the Scottish Ensemble in Glasgow, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta in Holland and Belgium, at the Belgrade Music Festival, and, paired with the Vivaldi Four Seasons, with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra at the Zürich Tonhalle.</p><p>Robert McDuffie is the founder of the&nbsp;<a href="http://romechamberfestival.org/" target="_blank">Rome Chamber Music Festival</a>. He was recently awarded the prestigious Premio Simpatia by the Mayor of Rome, in recognition of his contribution to the city’s cultural life. He served for 10 years on the board of directors of the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City where he was chairman of the artistic and education committee. Mr. McDuffie holds the Mansfield and Genelle Jennings Distinguished University Professor Chair at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Robert McDuffie lives in New York with his wife and two children. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, known as the “Ladenburg.”<br /><br />Robert McDuffie Official Website:<a href="http://www.robertmcduffie.com/"> http://www.robertmcduffie.com/</a></p><p>Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University: <a href="http://departments.mercer.edu/mcduffie/">http://departments.mercer.edu/mcduffie/</a><br /><br /> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 15528 at http://kajx.org Robert McDuffie Jon Anderson http://kajx.org/post/jon-anderson <p>When Jon Anderson and some of his fellow Brits formed Yes some 45 years ago, they helped launch the genre of music that would become known as progressive rock. King Crimson, Genesis, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Rush, and others would soon follow, and all of these bands helped raise the level of musicianship in rock across the board. Yes went on to sell tens of millions of records—elaborate works filled with Anderson’s epic lyrical tales of mysterious worlds and forces, all backed by complex yet often melodic arrangements that the rock world had never before experienced. From 1969 to 1979 Yes released an incredible string of 11 albums, and Anderson fronted the band until 2008.</p><p>As a solo artist, Anderson has found the time and energy to release 13 albums over the years. Jon’s solo music is quieter and more spiritual than his work with Yes but no less powerful in its own way. He’ll be playing plenty of both at the Wheeler Opera House on Friday night.</p><p>More info on the show: <a href="http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/events/detail/jon-anderson">http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/events/detail/jon-anderson</a></p><p>More info on Jon Anderson: <a href="http://www.jonanderson.com/">http://www.jonanderson.com/</a></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 15483 at http://kajx.org Jon Anderson Jerry Jeff Walker & Jimmy Ibbotson http://kajx.org/post/jerry-jeff-walker-jimmy-ibbotson <p>Legendary singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker and Jimmy Ibbotson, formerly of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, join host Daniel Shaw on “Check 1, 2”. This live one-hour special is just ahead of Jerry Jeff Walker’s performance at the Wheeler Opera House on Saturday evening.</p><p>For more on the show at the Wheeler Opera House: <a href="http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/events/detail/jerry-jeff-walker-1">http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/events/detail/jerry-jeff-walker-1</a></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 14191 at http://kajx.org Jerry Jeff Walker & Jimmy Ibbotson Karl Denson's Tiny Universe http://kajx.org/post/karl-densons-tiny-universe <p>For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist <strong>Karl Denson</strong>&nbsp;has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor.&nbsp; Approaching iconic status, Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with&nbsp;<strong>Lenny Kravitz</strong>‘s band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists <strong>The Greyboy Allstars</strong>&nbsp;and his current roll as a member of San Diego dub rockers&nbsp;<strong>Slightly Stoopid</strong>.&nbsp; Nowhere, however, is this more apparent than with his band,&nbsp;<strong>Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe</strong>.&nbsp; Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue.</p><p>In Winter 2014, Karl and his band are back on the road for a 20-date plus tour that hits both coasts, highlighted by a three-night stand at&nbsp;<strong>Brooklyn Bowl</strong>, the Jungle Jam festival in Costa Rica and a co-bill with&nbsp;<strong>moe.</strong>&nbsp;in York, PA. The run is in support of a brand latest studio album,&nbsp;<strong><em>New Ammo.</em></strong>&nbsp;A relentless 13-track collection, it’s Denson’s debut release on Slightly Stoopid’s record label,&nbsp;<strong>Stoopid Records</strong>. Alongside Denson originals like the title track and “Everybody Knows That,” which have become fan favorites from his live sets, KDTU offers up searing versions of “Seven Nation Army” by&nbsp;<strong>The White Stripes</strong>, “Hang Me Up To Dry” by&nbsp;<strong>Cold War Kids</strong>&nbsp;and “Sure Shot” by&nbsp;<strong>The Beastie Boys</strong>. The first single “My Baby,” features&nbsp;<strong>Nicki Bluhm</strong>&nbsp;on vocals.</p><p>In Denson’s own words: “We’ve finally figured out how to capture in the studio what the Tiny Universe does live. We move around a lot musically, but this record reflects who we are as a band and where we’re headed with our music.”</p><p>For more about Karl Denson's Tiny Universe: <a href="http://karldenson.us/home/">http://karldenson.us/home/</a></p><p>For more about Belly Up Aspen: <a href="http://www.bellyupaspen.com/">http://www.bellyupaspen.com/</a></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 14764 at http://kajx.org Karl Denson's Tiny Universe