• The Soul of Dr. Sax Love with Mark Maxwell

    9 JUN. 2024 · In this episode of the Jazz Flyte Podcast, Darrell sits down with Mark Maxwell, also known as Dr. SaxLove. Mark is a renowned saxophonist, composer, and recording artist who has sold over half a million albums and achieved over 3 billion streams. With millions of views each month on his Dr. SaxLove YouTube channel, Mark’s soothing and romantic saxophone melodies have captured hearts worldwide. Mark shares his journey from his early days in Indiana, where he grew up in a musical household with his mother and sister, both saxophonists, to becoming one of America's best-selling saxophonists. Discover how Mark earned the nickname Dr. SaxLove and his unique motto that guides his life and music. Learn about his early 90s discovery of his love for composing music, selling his work at street fairs for over 15 years, and his belief that "good artists borrow and great artists steal." The episode dives into Mark’s extensive career, including his performances with legendary musicians like Garth Webber, Tony Lufrano, and Steve Weingart, as well as his special renditions of Motown classics influenced by his wife. Mark and Darrell reminisce about the late David Sanborn and discuss the powerful impact of Motown on Mark's playing style, especially his beloved rendition of "Ain’t No Sunshine." Mark also touches on the joy he finds in both recording and performing, his process of creating music, and his upcoming projects. He offers insights into becoming the marketer of one's own musical endeavors and shares stories about saxophone legends like Kirk Whalum, David Sanborn, and Grover Washington Jr. Tune in for an episode filled with musical wisdom, heartfelt stories, and inspiring reflections.
    35m 9s
  • Seeing Through Sound with Joe McBride

    2 JUN. 2024 · Join Darrell on the Jazz Flyte Podcast for an engaging conversation with the iconic pianist Joe McBride. Joe, who has released nine albums and performed with the likes of Philip Bailey, Peter White, and Kirk Whalum, shares his remarkable career. From receiving his first piano at age four to playing in high school blues bands and eventually becoming a renowned jazz artist despite losing his sight, Joe's story is one of resilience and passion. Joe also dives into his early love for R&B, the intellectual demands of jazz, and the unforgettable experience awaiting fans at his upcoming Cleveland performance on June 8th. Although not currently working on new music, Joe's enduring dedication to his craft shines through. Don't miss this episode filled with inspiration and musical insights. 
    18m 47s
  • Hitting the Right Notes

    19 MAY. 2024 · In this compelling episode of the Jazz Flyte Podcast, host Darrell welcomes Steven Williams from the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to preserving and promoting jazz. Steven dives into the Orchestra's history, starting from its early days at Peabody’s Downunder in the Flats to its vibrant present.   Steven shares how the Orchestra collaborates with local schools by donating instruments and fostering a love for jazz among students. He discusses the challenges of engaging young audiences in a genre often overshadowed by hip-hop and rap. Yet, with concert series that have featured legends like Sarah Vaughn and Tony Bennett, the Orchestra continues to make its mark.   Listeners will also get a glimpse into Steven's personal story. A drummer since the age of eight and a rock music enthusiast, Steven reveals his inspirations and the discipline required to master the drums. He invites musicians to audition for the Orchestra and participate in their enriching musical community. Don’t miss out on this insightful conversation and learn how you can be part of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra’s legacy. Plus, mark your calendars for their special event on May 20th!
    23m 11s
  • Remembering a Legend: A Tribute to David Sanborn

    17 MAY. 2024 · Welcome to a special episode of The Jazz Flyte Podcast, where Darrell is joined by Mark Ribbins, former host of The Wave in Cleveland, Ohio, to honor the legacy of the late David Sanborn. With a prestigious career spanning 25 albums, six Grammy Awards, and numerous Gold and Platinum records, Sanborn's influence on the world of music is immeasurable. Join Darrell and Mark as they reminisce about Sanborn's journey and hear several of Sanborn's timeless hits.
    37m 32s
  • Melodies of Healing with Maria Jacobs

    17 MAY. 2024 · In the latest episode of The Jazz Flyte Podcast, Darrell welcomes back Maria Jacobs, an American jazz vocalist with a dynamic tale to share. Born of Syrian Lebanese and Armenian heritage, Maria's journey from her crib to the stage is one of many twists and turns. Join Darrell and Maria as they dive into her upcoming performances and navigate conversations about mental health, commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month.
    32m 22s
  • The Saxtress & Songbird with Pamela Williams and Dai Skyy

    12 MAY. 2024 · On this special Mother's Day episode of The Jazz Flyte Podcast, Darrell invites back the dynamic duo of Pamela Williams, affectionately known as "The Saxtress," and her talented daughter Dai Skyy. Pamela reminisces about recognizing Dai's singing talent at just 2 years old, sharing anecdotes of their early musical bond, like Dai's playful "scatting" along to music. Dai, in turn, reflects on the influence of growing up surrounded by her mother's music, describing the joy of watching Pamela in the studio and the thrill of being part of her rehearsals.  As they journey down memory lane, Pamela and Dai recall their time living in Cleveland and the encouragement Pamela offered Dai to always have something to fall back on. They share the story behind their rendition of "It's Too Late," a song choice that resonated deeply with Dai's love for music with a sorrowful aspect. With Pamela's soulful saxophone solo complementing Dai's heartfelt vocals, their performance is a testament to their musical synergy. Through laughter and tender moments, Pamela emphasizes the importance of allowing Dai to express herself authentically in her music, while Dai expresses her excitement for the future, hinting at more collaborations to come. Pamela also reveals her plans to incorporate Dai's original songs into their repertoire, highlighting the beautiful harmony between generations and the enduring power of music to unite hearts.
    31m 24s
  • Motor City Grooves with Alexander Zonjic

    5 MAY. 2024 · On this episode of the Jazz Flyte Podcast, host Darrell welcomes Alexander Zonjic, known as "That flute guy from Canada," to discuss the vibrant world of music and inspiration. From his early days as a rock guitarist to his transition into the world of flute, Alexander shares stories of his musical evolution. As a 15-time Detroit Music Awards winner and a beloved radio host, Alexander's deep ties to the city shine through in every note of his music. From the influence of Motown legends to his personal encounters with music icons like Bob James, Alexander's journey is a testament to the power of passion and dedication.  Through engaging anecdotes and heartfelt wisdom, Alexander emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and commitment to one's craft. Whether he's engaging audiences with his flute melodies or orchestrating vibrant festivals, Alexander's boundless energy and love for his work are truly infectious. Discover the magic behind Alexander's music empire and the timeless lessons he's learned throughout his esteemed career. From the joy of creating dance-oriented tracks to the thrill of collaborating with fellow artists, Alexander's story is a testament to the enduring power of music and the art of following one's dreams.
    44m 54s
  • From Presidential Stages to Studio Sessions with Gerald Albright

    28 ABR. 2024 · Step into the world of jazz greatness with Darrell on The Jazz Flyte Podcast as he dives deep into conversation with Gerald Albright, an 8-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist and bass guitarist. With a career spanning decades, Gerald's musical talent has taken him from touring with pop sensation Phil Collins to acclaimed collaborations with industry giants like Dave Koz and Norman Brown. In this episode, Gerald shares intimate anecdotes, from the honor of playing for former President Bill Clinton to the creative process behind his latest EP "Full Throttle". Born and raised in southern California, Gerald's musical journey began on the piano before discovering his true calling with the saxophone at the age of 8 or 9. His passion for music has remained steadfast throughout his 58 years of saxophone mastery, with each track he creates bearing the mark of his unique talent and vision. From drawing inspiration from Brazilian music to channeling the influence of jazz legend Cannonball Adderley, Gerald's dedication to his craft shines through in every note. As an independent artist, Gerald reflects on his journey, from evaluating his career trajectory to founding his own record company in 2015. With the upcoming release of his EP "Full Throttle" and plans for two tours in 2024, including a special tribute to the late James Brown, Gerald's musical legacy continues to evolve and inspire. Tune in to this episode for an exclusive glimpse into the life and artistry of one of contemporary jazz's most iconic figures. 
    42m 45s
  • The Grovertized Oasis with Randy Scott

    17 ABR. 2024 · In this episode of The Jazz Flyte Podcast, host Darrell invites listeners to dive into the vibrant world of music with the renowned saxophonist, composer, and educator, Randy Scott. With a recording deal under Sony and a string of Billboard #1 hits, including his latest sensation "Twilight," Randy's musical journey knows no bounds. Darrell and Randy embark on a nostalgic journey back to Randy's childhood, where the melodic tunes of Grover Washington Jr. first ignited his passion for music. From a chance encounter with Grover himself to the profound influence of tone and technique, Randy shares invaluable lessons learned from his musical idol. But Randy's path wasn't just about emulating his inspirations; it was about finding his own voice amidst the cacophony of musical influences. As an artist deeply "GroverTized," Randy discusses the challenges of carving his unique road in the world of saxophone mastery. Education emerges as a cornerstone of Randy's musical philosophy, as he emphasizes the importance of continual learning and studying diverse artists to nurture creativity and individuality. Beyond his musical endeavors, Randy's commitment to education shines through, with over 27 years of teaching experience and recent guest lectures at Michigan State University. As he ventures into his latest project, "Oasis," Randy offers a glimpse into his creative process, from song selection to the intricacies of music promotion in the digital age. Balancing family, work, and the pursuit of musical excellence, Randy Scott's story is a testament to the unwavering passion and dedication that define a true artist.
    36m 58s
  • Symphonies of Sisterhood with Jazz In Pink

    14 ABR. 2024 · Get ready for an inspiring episode of the Jazz Flyte Podcast as Darell sits down with the talented members of Jazz in Pink: Gail Jhonson, Joyce Spencer, Brooke Alford, and Kevina Franklin. Since its inception in 2008, Jazz in Pink has not only graced stages around the globe but has also been a wave of empowerment and creativity in the jazz community. Led by the visionary Gail Jhonson, fondly known as "the first lady in Jazz," Jazz in Pink has become synonymous with soul-stirring performances and unwavering dedication to their craft. Through their latest album "Joy," released in 2020, Jazz in Pink continues to push boundaries and win over audiences with their infectious melodies and dynamic arrangements. From sharing the stage with music icons like Sheila E, Yolanda Adams, and Stanley Clarke to their commitment to filling learning and cultural gaps through community outreach, Jazz in Pink is more than just a band—it's a movement. In this episode, Gail, Joyce, Brooke, and Kevina share their personal journeys, from the formation of Jazz in Pink to the challenges and triumphs they've faced along the way. From Joyce's return to music after a 20-year hiatus to Kevina's reflections on empowerment and self-investment, each member offers unique insights into the sisterhood that defines Jazz in Pink. As they discuss the importance of women empowerment in the male-dominated music industry and the creative synergy that drives their rehearsals, listeners are treated to a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of Jazz in Pink. With plans for upcoming wellness events and golf outings on the horizon, Jazz in Pink continues to uplift and inspire audiences worldwide.
    40m 27s

Welcome to “The Jazz Flyte Podcast, where we will dive into the lives and careers of the Jazz Legends who’ve left a rhythmic imprint on the world. Be prepared each...

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Welcome to “The Jazz Flyte Podcast, where we will dive into the lives and careers of the Jazz Legends who’ve left a rhythmic imprint on the world. Be prepared each week to reminisce on the highs and the lows of their musical journey, and the trials that sculpted their timeless musical gems. We’ll preserve the legacy of these extraordinary maestros and find inspiration in the melodies of their lives. Subscribe now and never miss a beat!
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