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John Hanrahan Quartet & Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”

The hosts of “Stirrin’ the Soup” had the pleasure of hosting two members from the Chicago-based group known as the John Hanrahan Quartet last week. John (the leader/drummer, now based in Santa Cruz) and his longtime bandmate/tenor saxophonist Brian Kephart, joined us for an exciting discussion about their show at Kuumbwa Jazz. When I heard that this group was going to perform Coltrane’s magnum opus A Love Supreme, I was impressed at the ambition of these guys – I mean,  what a piece to tackle! Here’s the crazy part: these guys meet up transnationally from Chicago to Santa Cruz every few years to play A Love Supreme without rehearsal, straight from the heart and from the top of the head. I went to their show and can say with unmatched certainty that these guys are amazing. Brian absolutely tears it up on the tenor sax and the rest of the band carries the tunes phenomenally. There was something special happening inside the Jazz Center that night; several attendees of the show reported sharing a feeling of spiritual connection to the music throughout the performance. Not quite speechless, but I can only express so much via text so please, find a comfy chair, sit back, relax and check out our discussion about the music we call “Jazz” if you like, and I hope you find it as stimulating as we did. Disclaimer: It’s a long one.

 

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Artist Penny Framstad’s CD Release Party

Santa Cruz born song writer and singer, Penny Framstad, left the beautiful half moon-bay twelve years ago to seek a music career in Los Angeles. By a stroke of luck, she found herself immersed in the soundtrack industry for film and television after the huge success of her song, ‘Even Angels Fall’ featured in the film 10 Things I Hate About You. After her surprising, and move than deserving, success she was able to get many more of her songs used in film and television. Her filmography includes; White Girls, The Office, Scrubs, Dawson’s Creek, Summerland, and many more!

The incredibly talented and kind artist has since returned to Santa Cruz in a very big way! While continuing to write and perform music, Penny is also opening her new vocal training school called, ‘Penny’s Pop Academy.’ Penny has spent many years training young singers and songwriters, and now she hopes to spread her training to the Santa Cruz community.

On Saturday, November 9th, Penny will be hosting a CD release party on a beautiful estate in Pasatiempo. Penny will be performing her old and new songs during the evening concert. Each guest will receive her new CD and a crab dinner, with additional access to an open wine bar. Tickets are currently available! If you are interested in attending this wonderful event, hosted by an extremely talented and kind artist, please contact Penny Framstad at her website, www.pennyspopacademy.com.

 

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Hristo Vitchev Interview

In my interview with Bulgarian-raised guitarist Hristo Vitchev, he largely spoke of the ‘Impressionistic” ideas behind his unique style of music. A composer of 6 albums since 2009, his sound is expressed much like a painter expresses what he sees in a painting; a symbiotic playing with his quartet that sonically paints a picture in the listener’s mind, giving the term “Impressionist” to the musical style of the group. The depth of communication with pianist Weber Iago and Hristo paints colorful strokes in the structure of rhythm and harmony throughout the musical landscape.

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Anuhea & Justin Young Interview

I had a wonderful chat with Hawaiian reggae music stars Anuhea and Justin Young as they were passing through Northern California, performing at the Reggae in the Hills Festival in Angels Camp. Hear the interview here.

Anuhea & Justin Young have a new song together called Forever Summer; see it below.

 

 

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Sea Wolf Drops by KZSC

KZSC’s Program Director Lois Rosson had a chance to sit down with Alex Brown Church of Sea Wolf to discuss their latest album, Old World Romance. Sea Wolf played at Moe’s Alley on May 21st, the 3rd stop on a five-week tour promoting the new album. Listen to Church talk about Sea Wolf’s origins, influences, and evolution: