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Hot! Music Notes, May 2012

THIS MONTH: Our Featured Artist is blue-eyed rock ‘n soul legend Michael McDonald. We’ll take you on-stage with him – before one of his shows – to hear some candid perspectives on the art and craft of songwriting. Plus, we’ll spend a little time with another master music maker – pianist, composer, arranger and producer Bob James. Bob is a true jazz icon, and one of the founders of the jazz supergroup Fourplay. But that’s not all! You’ll also get a taste of one three terrific guitarists – Nashville singer songwriter Tom Kimmel, Scandinavian jazz fusion heavyweight Soren Reiff and American blues rock patriot Mark Doyle. Many of Tom’s songs have been recorded by some of music’s biggest stars…Soren has become one of the most sought after guitarists and Musical Directors in Western Europe…and Mark is, in Studio Jams’ producer Tom Emmi’s opinion, one of rock’s best kept secrets. Although Mark flies a bit “under the radar,” this fresh and edgy guitarist is also a highly accomplished pianist, producer, string arranger and songwriter.

Our Featured Festival this month takes us to Syracuse, New York (USA)…site of the 30th annual Syracuse Jazz Festival. This 2-day festival is always free and open to the public and always offers an eclectic and diverse lineup of national and international performers.

STUDIO JAMS MUSIC CLUB: If you really dig the art of making music, you have to join the club…the STUDIO JAMS MUSIC CLUB. You can check out the FREE PREVIEW from the Music Club page on this site. This month in the Club: features on two different highly successful songwriters, Bruce Hornsby and Bob Halligan, Jr., along with an intimate segment from Nashville bassist David Santos (Elton John, Billy Joel, John Fogerty). And, as usual, a nice in-studio performance sample – this time with pianist Bobby Lyle, guitarist Steve Oliver, and many others. The STUDIO JAMS MUSIC CLUB is a “members only” club, with an annual membership fee of $24. If you’re a fan of Studio Jams, trust me, you’ll love the STUDIO JAMS MUSIC CLUB. Join the club…TODAY!


COMING SOON: Interesting segments from bassist Nathan East (Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, fourplay, etc.); Italian finger-style guitar master Peppino D’Agostino; blues rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Sheppard; drummer Ahmir ?QuestLove Thompson of The Roots (also in-studio house band for The Jimmy Fallon Show); and Studio Jams song performances by Joey DeFrancesco, Dominic Miller (Sting), Victor Wooten, and others…all this – and much more – coming up on StudioJams.com.


“Studio Jams is, if not the best, certainly one of the best shows on television. It’s great to see how different people from different styles of music get together to make fantastic music. Thanks for the passion, inspiration, imagination, and the experience.”

— L.C.