Ragan Whiteside Brings the Flute

The Black Women In Jazz Association’s Flutist of the year is a big supporter of public school arts programs. Grammy nominated keyboardist Patrice Rushen is on her new CD “Quantum Drive”.

B.Seed : Thank you ragan4_1Ragan for being on Brightseedblog. A Flutist, vocalist, and songwriter. “She not only has THE silkiest and sweetest flute tone in the business, but her tenacity and desire to be recognized in Urban, New-Soul AND smooth jazz genres makes her a musical force to be reckoned with!! Mark my words!” – Bob Baldwin. It sounds simple. So what is, in not too technical terms, a flute tone?

Ragan : The flute tone is the core quality of the sound that is achieved by the combination of the instrument and the musician playing it. Like all instruments Continue reading

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Ruth Price Runs Prestigious Jazz Bakery

Internationally renown architect Frank Gehry has designed a new home for famous Los Angeles club started by singer Ruth Price .

B.Seed : hardhat_1Thanks for being on Bright Seed Blog Ruth, dancer, Singer, actress, jazz club, fundraising — I think you are first and foremost a singer but the later part of your life you have worked as hard as anyone to keep live jazz in So California. I sense a “happy go lucky” demeanor with you, a positive outlook, even when things aren’t going the way you want. How did your parents react to your decision to leave ballet and become a singer?

Ruth : You’re right about being a singer most of all. Continue reading

Santa Barbara’s darling, Lois Mahalia

Whether shes performing with legendary rockers Joe Walsh and Kenny Loggins, singing at the SoHo in Santa Barbara CA, or at home playing on her Craig keyboard Lois Mahalia is always smiling.

B.Seed : loisM_1Thanks for being on bright seed blog Lois, singer, humanitarian. You are a regular performer in Santa Barbara California at the Fourseasons Biltmore Ty Lounge and sometimes you perform at the Soho Restaurant & Music Club. You were there, I believe, New Years eve of 2012 doing a show with singer/songwriter/guitarist Kenny Loggins, entertainer and “interior designer to the stars” Dion Mial and others. how did it feel to perform for the crowd that night?

Lois : It was a beautiful high. A lot of my friends were in the audience and, that always makes me happy, not to mention having Kenny a long time friend and Dion both killing it. There was a lot of love in the air! Continue reading

Gast .. It’s Just Me !

One of the most exciting producers quickly emerging in Egypt’s electronic music scene is the dark and mysterious Gást — CairoScene

B. Seed : Thanks for being on BrightSeedBlog  GAST. Your bio says you are 25 years old, a travel agent, and you are from Cairo. Is that your home? did you grow up there?

Gast : yes I grow up in Cairo and am 100% Egyptian.

B. Seed : Electronic music, ambient, you also mention IDM. Some people feel IDM is a derogatory term, do you?

Gast : Not at all. Continue reading

Audra Bryant, “Rendezvous”

Former producer at Americas Got Talent, Steve Harvey’s Big Time and The Tom Joyner Show, has a new cd.

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B.Seed : Thanks for being on Brightseedblog Audra, writer, producer, singer, actor, former member of the Mosaic Youth Theater. From former MYT member, singer Ebonique: “..its my structure, not to make music about minute things, but those that can touch and help”. Is this how you feel? Are any of today’s singers? a role model for you? encouragement for you?

Audra : I feel fulfilled when I Continue reading

Interview with Karen Gibson Roc

A Spiritual Poet — Spoken word

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B. Seed : Thanks for being on brightseedblog.  A “poetic vocalist”, poetry, music, spoken word. All these things are a part of and make up your art. Has Karen Gibson Roc carved out a new genre for art lovers?

K. G. Roc : Yes and No! Continue reading

Some “We Talk” with Matthew Shell

Visions of a Music Producer

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B. Seed : Thanks for being on brightseedblog. Matthew Shell, recording engineer, grandson of a famous math/computer scientist, featured twice on GRAMMY.com, and music producer. For those who don’t know, what exactly is a music producer?

MTS : To me, Quincy Jones is Continue reading

Meet Tony Haynes

Talking with a famous songwriter

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B. Seed : Thanks for being on Brightseedblog Tony. A lyricist, songwriter, poet, music publisher, producer & author. One can’t help but view your life as a really special journey that takes you through decades of some of the greatest music of our time, a trip that has allowed you to meet and work with legends of r&b, jazz, and rock. Are their times when you look back on your career and say “wow”?

T. Haynes : When I sit at home, sometimes and look around my living room at all the records, albums, pictures, etc… Continue reading

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