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Jazzin em Up with Cres O'Neal


Come join the jazz revolution as Cres O'Neal lights up the internet with some of the greatest jazz masters around...from old to new on Jazzin Em Up. Cres O'Neal's guests represent the entire jazz spectrum - whether it be smooth jazz, fusion jazz, bebop jazz, standard jazz, or straight ahead jazz.

Come join the jazz revolution as Cres O'Neal lights up the internet with some of the greatest jazz masters around...from old to new on Jazzin Em Up. Cres O'Neal's guests represent the entire jazz spectrum - whether it be smooth jazz, fusion jazz, bebop jazz, standard jazz, or straight ahead jazz.
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Come join the jazz revolution as Cres O'Neal lights up the internet with some of the greatest jazz masters around...from old to new on Jazzin Em Up. Cres O'Neal's guests represent the entire jazz spectrum - whether it be smooth jazz, fusion jazz, bebop jazz, standard jazz, or straight ahead jazz.






Arturo O'Farrill

Grammy Award Winning Pianist/Composer/Educator - Arturo O'Farrill Founder and Artistic Director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, and Grammy award winner, Arturo O'Farrill, can appropriately be dubbed "the apple that did not fall far from the tree." He is the son of the late great Cuban composer and arranger, Chico O'Farrill. Arturo has worked with a wide range of jazz greats including: Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, and Wynton...


Winston Byrd

June 27 - Jazz Trumpeter - Winston Byrd After nearly 3 years, Winston Byrd returns for, what I am sure will be, another fabulous interview. Winston was initially bitten by the 'jazz bug' as a seventh grader when he heard Maynard Ferguson's playing of 'Give It One.' Soon after, he witnessed Dizzy Gillespie and Jon Faddis trading solos on 'Groovin High' on a 1986 Grammy Awards telecast. And the rest is history. Winston has performed, recorded, and/or toured with a myriad of big name jazz and...


Sharon Clark

May 23 - Jazz Chanteuse - Sharon Clark Washington, D.C. standout Sharón Clark has brought festival and concert audiences around the world to their feet. Not a stranger to standing room only crowds, Sharon recently won The 2014 Bistro Award Outstanding Vocalist of the Year in New York City. Sharon has shared the stage with Freddie Cole, and was personally selected by Ketter Betts as the featured vocalist for his 75th birthday celebration, hosted by the Smithsonian Institution. Here's what...


Antonia Bennett

May 21 - Jazz Vocalist/Actress - Antonia Bennett Antonia Bennett, daughter of legendary singer Tony Bennett has been performing alongside her father since she could walk and talk. Some of her early performances were shared with legendary American icons such as Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, Regis Philbin, Don Rickles, and growing up with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Gene Kelly. It was inevitable that she would inherit a genuine passion for the arts. For the past10 years she...



December 11 - Jazz Band - Airborne With a career spanning decades, "musical peacemakers" of contemporary jazz, Airborne, sends out an Inspirational Message of Hope to the World. Airborne has a beautiful trademark jazz sound of Island Passion and Urban Emotion. The band’s hot rhythms smoothly cruise on a cool sea of music and voices.Joyful Jazz with A Message! Join me as I talk to founding members, Thomas and Greg Borino, about the groups 25th Anniversary CD, and we spread some Christmas...


Eliane Elias

December 3 - Award Winning Jazz Pianist/Vocalist - Eliane Elias Pianist/singer/songwriter, Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. With 23 albums to date demonstrating her unique gifts as a pianist, singer, composer and arranger as well as melding her immense talents in jazz, pop, classical and Brazilian...


Patrick Yandall

September 24 - Guitarist - Patrick Yandall Join me for a delightful afternoon as we welcome the return of Jazz Guitarist, Patrick Yandall. Two of Patrick's latest achievements are the inclusion of his tracks, "Mr. Fattburger", in the hit film "FRUITVALE STATION" in 2013, and "Who's The Bossa Now" from his album "Samoa Soul" was used in the political satire film, "War, Inc", starring John Cusack and Marissa Tomei. Patrick has just released his 13th CD, and oh my goodness, it is steaming!...


Anthony Crawford

September 19 - Bassist - Anthony Crawford Born June 29th, 1981, Anthony Crawford was raised in a family of talented musicians. His father, funk and rock drummer Hubert (H bomb) Crawford has played with notable greats like James Brown, Cyndi Lauper, Mothers Finest, Mark Farner of the Grandfunk Railroad, The bar kays, and was the original drummer for the Eric Gales Band, while his uncle is the legendary jazz saxophonist Hank Crawford. Anthony began playing with the legendary R&B group...


Andrew Neu

September 10 - Saxophonist - Andrew Neu Blending a unique mix of jazz, R&B, classical and Latin music, Philadelphia's own, Andrew Neu, is well respected throughout the industry for his work as a saxophonist, woodwind player, arranger, composer and recording artist. Whether he’s in concert as a solo artist or a sideman, Neu’s musicianship and powerful stage presence continue to get the attention of audiences and critics alike. Passionate best describes him. Andrew has toured and appeared at...


Althea Rene

May 27 - Flautist - Althea Rene Gaining her musical inspiration from the accomplishments of her father Dezie McCullers of the "Motown Review" and the "Original Funk Brothers", Althea Rene has definitely clipped her wings - becming one of the most articulate, expressive jazz flautists today. Her new CD, "In The Flow", is a fine compilation of colorful tones that melodically "flow" through the hearts and souls of it's listening audience.


Cal Harris Jr

May 15 - Keyboardist, Compser, Producer - Cal Harris, Jr Cal is returning to Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal to introduce his brand spanking new CD, Shelter Island. You get to hear it first, right here. And, ladies and gentlemen, be prepared to be pleased!, very prepared Cal has definitely struck gold!!


Bart Brandjes

April 10 - Dutch Singing Sensation - Bart Brandjes Bart was stuck in studio for last weeks interview. But he will be here, today, to talk a little bit about himself, and his brand new project with two time Grammy winner, Paul Brown. Bart Brandjes, a 50 year old carpenter from Amsterdam, captured the imagination of a nation on his way to becoming a finalist on The Voice of Holland. The coaches on the show were openly awe-struck by his incredible voice and charisma. Were it not for his more...


Wilson Chembo Corniel

March 26 - Grammy Nominated Percussionist - Wilson "Chembo" Corniel If ever there was a musician that has paid his dues, and quite possibly cried the blues, it would be Conga master and all around percussionist, Wilson “Chembo” Corniel. From his humble beginning in Red Hook, Brooklyn in the 1970′s and on, he was blessed to be mentored by some of the legends of percussion such as; Tommy Lopez, Little Ray Romero, and Cachete Maldonado among others.


Grace Kelly

March 22 - Saxophonist/Vocalist/Composer - Grace Kelly She's back!!! A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing this extremely gifted young lady. She was on fire then, but, she is fully ablaze now. At twenty-one, Grace Kelly has already played with the creme de la creme of music - including Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and Phil Woods.


Roy Assaf

March 1 - Award Winning Pianist/Composer - Roy Assaf Breaking into the music scene only a few years ago, pianist Roy Assaf has already earned acclaim from jazz masters Kenny Barron and Jason Moran. With appearances on 20 albums as a sideman and co-leader, Roy’s first album as a leader—titled “Respect” and being released on Jazz Legacy Productions—includes such remarkable players as Reuben Rogers on bass, Greg Hutchinson on drums and special guests Roy Hargrove on trumpet and Eric Alexander...


Ernest "EC3" Coleman

February 28 - Acclaimed Drummer - Ernest "EC3" Coleman EC, a second generation musician, was born in Naples, Italy to EC and Rebecca Coleman. His father, Ernest Coleman Jr., was a jazz musician who played tenor sax and was also a great arranger and composer. EC got the call to work with Loretta Holloway in Las Vegas opening for Jay Leno, Bill Cosby, David Brenner, Yakov Smirnoff, Whoopi Goldberg, Don Rickles and many many more. EC soon took over as Loretta’s musical director and continued on...


David Dyson

February 15 - Renowned Bassist/Songwriter/Producer - David Dyson Pieces of a Dream bassist, David Dyson started his early musical career playing the baritone. At the age of twelve, his parents presented him with a beginner's bass guitar, and the rest is history. Since then, David has worked with the best of the best in the music industry. Join me as I chat live with this incredible artist about what he's up to, and talk about his signature series cheesecakes. Yes, cheescakes folks. The man...


Scott Yanow

February 12 - Jazz Historian/Aurthor/Journalist - Scott Yanow Scott Yanow has been involved in many projects. Being the Senior Editor for the 3rd edition of the All Music Guide For Jazz resulted in a countless number of CD reviews and biographies being utilized throughout the internet including Pandora Radio. In addition to having written ten books so far (most recently The Jazz Singers) and writing for the Jazz Heritage Club, Scott has written several episodes for the popular jazz radio...


Erly Thornton

January 22 - Saxophonist/Composer - Erly Thornton Playing the saxophone has always been emotionally intense for Erly Thornton. Each performance is a connection that this artist and his audience mutually enjoy!


Ronny Jordan

January 15 - Billboard Chart topper - Guitarist, Ronny Jordan Born Ronald Laurence Albert Simpson in London, England, Ronny Jordan, known as the father of acid-jazz guitar, is credited by many for restoring the guitar to ts rightful place in mainstream music.


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