Onaje Allan Gumbs – Bloodlife: Solo Piano Improvisations

Onaje Allan Gumbs – Bloodlife: Solo Piano Improvisations


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Colored People® Network Presents: Onaje Allan Gumbs

Born in Harlem and raised in Queens, Onaje started playing piano at age 7. He graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Music and Art as well as SUNY at Fredonia.

In 1971, a gig with master guitarist Kenny Burrell at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit led to recording and sideman gigs with such artists as Norman Connors, Buster Williams, Cecil McBee, Betty Carter and Nat Adderley. He spent 2 years as pianist, composer, arranger in the band led by the late, great trumpeter Woody Shaw.

As a producer/arranger/pianist, Onaje has worked with other artists such as , Billy Cobham, Kevin Eubanks, Will Downing, Angela Bofill, and Cassandra Wilson. Producer of debut albums for vocalists Vanessa Rubin and Gregory Generet and for bassist Kenny Davis whose album featured among others, Geri Allen, Javon Jackson, Billy Kilson and Don Byron.

Signature arrangements: Woody Shaw(Rosewood), Phyllis Hyman (Betcha By Golly Wow and The Answer is You) and for Stanley Jordan (The Lady in My Life).

Solo projects include “Onaje” (Steeplechase – 1976/1995), “That Special Part of Me” (MCA/Zebra – 1988), “Dare to Dream (MCA/Zebra – 1991)”, “Return to Form” (Half Note – 2003), “Remember Their Innocence” (Ejano – 2005), “Sack Full of Dreams” (18th & Vine – 2007) which was a Jazz Improv Magazine pick amongst best albums of 2007 and “Just Like Yesterday” (Pony Canyon – 2010). Onaje composed, arranged and performed the original score for the 1994 Showtime Network film, “Override”, directed by actor/producer Danny Glover. He composed the score for an indie film entitled “Indelible”. Onaje also has gained a lot of satisfaction as one of the instructors at the prestigious Litchfield Jazz Camp in Kent, CT.

Onaje is the featured pianist on Avery Sharpe’s albums, “Dragonfly”(2005), “Legends and Mentors”(2008), “Autumn Moonlight”(2009),”LIVE”(2010), “Running Man” (2011) and Sojourner Truth, Ain’T I A Woman” (2012).

Onaje’s concert presentation called ” New Vintage” features an eclectic performance of Straightahead and Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, Spoken Word, vocals, instrumentals and in some cases, dance movement. He had a very successful one night engagement at the BAM Cafe in April of 2013. He returned for 2 very successful nights in January of 2014.

Onaje composed and performed an original solo piano score for a dance commissioned by NY Live Arts and choreographed by Ms Dianne McIntyre in tribute to a week long retrospective of writer James Baldwin April 26th and 27th of 2014.

A new solo piano project ( actually a never released project from 1985) based on the music of the late, great drummer, composer Ron Shannon Jackson has been released on his Ejano imprint in 2013. There is also a feature on this project and his other projects in the September issue of DownBeat Magazine.

Onaje is a 2006 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Jazz Artist for his album, “Remember Their Innocence”.

We are pleased to have Onaje as our guest and talk about his life and his latest release: Bloodlife – A collection of solo performances based on melodies composed by Ronald Shannon Jackson.

This album is an eclectic collection of melodies created by the venerable drummer/composer Ronald Shannon Jackson (1940-2013) and combined with masterful improvisations on solo piano by the Legendary Onaje Allan Gumbs. http://www.onajeallangumbs.com/

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Hulon Crayton – Smooth Jazz Tenor Sax

Hulon Crayton – Smooth Jazz Tenor Sax

Colored People® Network Presents… Hulon


Hulon released his debut release, First Impressions, via Premier Musique Group (owned by his son, Hulon E. Crayton II) in 2010.

Hulon Crayton – Smooth Jazz Tenor Sax

His first album, First Impressions, peaked at #25 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart in April 2010. First Impressions was produced by noted smooth jazz artist Jeff Kashiwa and included eight original songs co-written by Kashiwa and Hulon, and also features a cover of the song “The Cisco Kid” by the band, War.

The song “Sax on the Beach,” served as the album’s first single and reached #16 on the SmoothJazz.com Top 50 Indie Chart and was featured on the noted jazz website AllAboutJazz.com, in addition to receiving national and international airplay at terrestrial and online radio. The song “Dr. Goodfoot” served as the album’s second single.
Hulon’s second release “After Hours” features Howard Hewitt, Geoff McBride and new radio single, “Do You Fell Me”

Hulon has once again collaborated with mentor, composer, producer and fellow saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa who is world renowned for his years with The Rippingtons.

The new 11 track set released February 7, 2012 includes a vocal and instrumental version of the 1977 Heatwave classic “Always and Forever” and eight originals penned by Kashiwa which play to Hulon’s strengths as a soulful balladeer and a smooth R&B/Funk performer.

Some of our favorites are “You are Beautiful”, “Speak Easy” and the featured radio single, “Do You Feel Me” to name a few. Kashiwa again brought in some of contemporary Jazz’s most powerful and dynamic players to take Hulon’s new musical collection to the next level including drummer Dave Hooper, guitarist Allen Hinds,  bass player Melvin Davis and keyboardist Bill Heller, all of whom played key roles on Hulon’s first release.

In addition to his jazz career, Hulon is also a noted entrepreneur and philanthropist. Hulon runs The Arthritis and Infusion Center, a successful medical practice that specializes in the treatment of Rheumatological diseases and disorders as well as sports-related injuries. Hulon.com

My time in the office is devoted to physical healing. But when I’m recording or playing live onstage, that’s when the spiritual healing begins… Hulon

Hulon’s second release is hitting the scene in February and he will be with us to talk about his career and his many projects.

Join us February 26, 2012 at 5:30p Central / 6:30p Eastern and meet Hulon Crayton!

This show will be co-hosted by Chuk Barber.  In 1997, Chukinho as he is known by close friends, was called up to the “Big Leagues” to play alongside his musical heroes and is now a member of the 70’s and 80’s Funk/Soul Group WAR now called “The Original Lowriders”. He is also a first time author and has written a wonderful story of strength and determination, entitled “Dear Xango.” I really appreciate him for his work at his school G.R.E.S. Crianças de Zumbi is a Carnival Samba School for Drum and Dance.




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Lilla D’Mone – Sweet Soulful Journey

Lilla D’Mone – Sweet Soulful Journey

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Lilla grew up under the influence of her parents’ music: Billie Holliday, Marvin & Tammy, James Brown, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Hendrix, Sade, Tracy Chapman and Sarah Vaughan, to name a few. At the age of 6 she taught herself to play the piano by ear and, by age 12, was the shining light in her local gospel choir. In high school other opportunities presented themselves–in addition to gospel choir, she sang and toured the East Coast with Ulysses S. Grant High Schools internationally recognized Royal Blues, Jazz Band, at the same time providing stage and studio vocals for several local hip-hop and R&B acts. It was during this time that she found a niche in the local Portland scene. After performing guest vocals for a number of published releases, and studio work with national hip-hop, R&B and jazz notables, she felt she had enough experience to strike out on her own.

Writing, producing and performing her own full-length album is one of Lilla’s greatest accomplishments to date. Despite the challenges of creating truly original music, the end product is one of uncompromising dedication to music with integrity.

It’s an exciting time for Lilla D’Mone. With the recent release of her self-produced debut – Music Trance – D’Mone’s soulful-sweet journey has officially commenced.

“a languid, sultry and sensual soul and R&B mix that is instantly accessible, yet shows a remarkable depth and musical maturity.”
– The Oregonian

Since the release of Music Trance, D’Mone has worked with and shared the stage with Ciara, Kenny G, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Boyz II Men, Pussycat Dolls, Wu-Tang, Too $hort, Bill Summers of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Kermit Ruffins, and album feature artist Talib Kweli. Nationally and internationally, she’s played from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, to Beijing China. As a performer, the-25-year old has the ability to connect with any audience and communicate music’s deepest emotions. From her hand-picked band to her ground-breaking originals, there are few modern performers that bring the class, presence, entertainment and talent that Lilla does to the stage. And, when she’s not fronting her own band, Lilla can be found sitting in on jazz, neo-soul, blues or hip-hop shows, adding heartfelt and powerful melodies to music of nearly any genre.

“After experiencing a great show, everyone comes out changed in some way. You are forced to forget your problems. You leave dancing. That’s something I’ve learned from the the best musicians I’ve worked with.” –Lilla D’Mone

Check out her new self-produced album:
Music Trance

Join us May 6 @ 10pm as we enjoy the company of this young talented lady at BlogTalkRadio.com/ColoredPeople

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Antoine Smith – Keeping His Eyes on The Prize! A Talented ColoredPeople.net Member!

Antoine Smith – Keeping His Eyes on The Prize! A Talented ColoredPeople.net Member!

Antoine Smith

Antoine Christopher Smith was born on August 1, 1992 in Euclid, Ohio.

He comes from a wide range of family history in music that once indulged very heavily in local bands as musicians, singers, dancers, composers, managers, and teachers. His main influences are his father, Robert Lee Smith III, who is a bass player, lead guitarist, trumpeter and pianist.

His mother, Carolyn Fuentes who is a published writer, singer, keyboardist and drummer.

His mother’s sister Patricia, who is a violinist and plays the bass

His grandmother, who is a gospel singer and last but certainly not least his grandfather, the late Rev. B. L. Miles who was a singer, and played the rhyme guitar, organ, and piano in his church.

Antoine’s history of the piano/keyboards comes from once “dabbling” with a keyboard gifted to him by his late grandfather.

It is no wonder this young man is so talented!

The story is told that before his grandfather passed in the year of 1998, at the age of 5 years old, Antoine was delivered through the mail a keyboard a day after his grandfather’s burial.

Not knowing at a very young age of what to expect, he gave up his keyboard to his brother, Rick to learn to play. As the years went by, Antoine felt the need to pick up the keyboard at the age of 14 years old to “dabble” his way into composing his very own songs.

After studying the drums at the age of 11 years old to his recent age of 15 years old under his teachers, ( Mr. Janowitz – a graduate of Cleveland State University and Mr. Puin – a graduate of Berkley College), Antoine composed and dedicated his song, Mr. Puin on his first CD, “TWAN” released, Oct. 2, 2007.

Antoine has been playing the “quads” in the marching band, the “snare” and “bass drum” in the stage band, honors band, and orchestra, and the “drum-set” and “congas” in the jazz band at his high school.

Antoine composes and plays mainly, contemporary jazz as well as other genres including music for video games.

His latest CD is “Daydream” released under the “Turn on Records” label and “Mythical” and “City in the Sea” are yet to be released.

Antoine atributes his success to his faith and is a role model to his peers and his desire is to enter into an Audio Production and Engineering program.

Join us as we talk to this talented young man about his life and future plans at BlogTalkRadio.com/ColoredPeople on November 19, 2009 at 7pm Pacific/9pm Central/10pm Eastern

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The Colors Of Music – Debut Show Featuring ColoredPeople.net’s Talented Singers, Musicians and Producer

The Colors Of Music – Debut Show Featuring ColoredPeople.net’s Talented Singers, Musicians and Producer

ColoredPeople.net Presents “Colors of Music” – Music from our talented singers, musicians and producers

Diva Joan Cartwright – DivaJC is the founder of Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. She is a Jazz and Blues singer, composer, author and educator. Freddie Hubbard recorded her composition “Sweet Return” on Atlantic Records in 1983.

ColoredPeople.net BlogTalkRadio Show host, Tania-Maria Xavier, is honored to be the first radio show host to debut Joan’s song “Making Love To You”, recorded in 1981 in Queens New York with her band Jazz Hotline. We will also feature her song “Love Translation”

The Amazing Musicwomen Ensemble is available for bookings.


Lamonte McLemore – Lamonte is the creator of the 60’s vocal group The Fifth Dimension. The Original five members consisted of: Lamonte McLemore, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis, Jr., Ron Townson and Florence LaRue. The group won five Grammy Awards with the song “Up, Up and Away”, a top 10 hit.

Lamonte has written two songs: “A Love like ours” could never be (Portrait 1970) “The Singer” (Love’s Lines Angles & Rhymes 1971).

He has also been blessed with a 50 year freelance career as a Jet Magazine photographer.

Check out his interview at our BlogTalkRadio Show on May 22, 2009.

Chuk Barber – Chukinho was called up in 1997, to the “Big Leagues” to play alongside his musical heroes in the Original Low Riders, aka the 70’s funk group WAR, as part of the driving rhythm section that has become the band’s signature trademark.

Since moving to Portland, Chukinho, along with another New Orleans musician, Tom Sandahl, and 5 of Portland’s finest, created the group, Indigo, fusing Brazilian Bossa Nova with Jazz and Funk beautifully.
Chukinho is also a writer and painter. We will feature two of the Band’s songs… surprise!


Check out his interview at our BlogTalkRadio Show.

Alison Lewis – A singer and songwriter with a wide variety of genres and experiences who has toured for five years with the award-winning six-women a cappella group, Vocolot.

Currently she performs with jazz trios, as well as am developing her own original album. She provides vocal session and/or arrangement work for artists in London, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Most recent projects include a recently-released Jason Becker album, The Sims video game, the Eragon video game, and several independent films.

Her featured songs are:
“Be My Baby” – lyrics and music by Stephen Gernhauser (and Alison Lewis of course on vox)
“These Hands” – lyrics by Linda Hirschhorn, music by Alison Lewis (She is the lead vocalist, and Linda Hirschhorn and Ellen Robinson are on back-ups)


Tonya Broach (Tonyarie) – Tonya is a phenomenal singer and actress from Cleveland, Ohio. She has just finished playing the lead role of Esther in a wonderful play called “Intimate Apparel” written by Lynn Nottage and is currently working on assembling her own band and starting a production company.

“One” is her featured song.

Ajay Johnson – Ajay is a producer, director, editor, and cameraman. His experience as a music producer shines through with a new *multi artist release on iTunes “Regal Covers Live”.

This is a wonderful CD featuring various talented singers and we are honored to bring a couple of cuts of this great production to you.

* Artists featured on Regal Covers Live (Vol. 1)

Dwight Trible, Marcellus Smith, Vann Johnson, Alexandra Taylor, Carol Chaikin, Ray Sidney and Karen Hernandez

Join your host Tania-Maria Xavier on June 4, 2009 @ 8pm Pacific/10pm Central/11pm Eastern for this hour of beautiful music. Meet us at BlogTalkRadio.com/ColoredPeople

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