New Music Week - Tuesday Edition...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, October 28, 2008

If you LOVE Dancing, then head over to TRAVIS'
for a complete look at last night's program.

Thanks to everyone who left comments and voted yesterday.

I did hear from Josh Charles via email and he was thrilled to see the votes and read the feedback. As I have said before, the artists are made aware of these posts and do come and 'lurk'.

Let's get on with today's featured artists...

Our first featured artist is a bit different than anyone we have presented so far. Sylvia Bennett is 'old-school' in the best sense. She could be described as a 'Songstress Extraordinaire'. Bringing back the classics of the jazz and swing era. None other than Lionel Hampton has said, “Man, the lady can sing! Her magic gets to the ears and the hearts of the audience.”

These songs come from her newest venture entitled SONGS FROM THE HEART, and includes three of the most celebrated tenor saxophone players to ever perform, Boots Randolph, Ed Calle and Kirk Whalum.

From her bio, we learn so much more:
The Italian born and American raised Bennett is a singer’s singer, having sung on TV, in community theater, club dates, conventions and even the inaugurations of presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. Walking in the footsteps of her idols such as Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Barry Manilow and Bette Midler, Sylvia has opened for artists as diverse as Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jackie Mason, Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Gibb and David Brenner.

Her big break came in the 1980’s, when legendary vibraphonist (and National Arts Award Winner) Lionel Hampton took Sylvia under his wing and made her the first female singer to record with him in thirty years. She recounts, “Lionel validated me as a performer and inspired me to be the best singer I can be. He made me realize that the audience was the most important thing and that all I needed to do was to sing from the heart and be honest.” Sylvia worked with Hampton for ten years, touring and recording two albums together. The first, Sentimental Journey, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987. The second project, There Will Never Be Another You, was a CD/DVD tribute to “Hamp” from Sylvia, and she furthered the honor to her mentor with the show, “The Lady and the Legend,” premiering in Miami in 2007.

Songs From The Heart featuring the Three Tenors emerged in the wake of Sylvia’s tribute to Hampton, when her producer, two-time Grammy nominee and two-time ASCAP Award winner, Hal Batt, suggested that she record timeless love songs and standards, backed by a small band to convey the desired intimacy. Sylvia was enamored of the idea immediately. “I’m a hopeless romantic,” she says unhesitatingly, “I think that love is what life is all about – wanting it, having it, losing it and having it again.” The songs, classics from the great American songbook, were chosen for how they related to the experience of love, making it a concept album, akin in spirit to Frank Sinatra’s great concept albums of the mid-1950’s.

Sylvia’s exquisite taste shines in the selection and performance of the material. From “My Funny Valentine,” (“It sums up everything about love to me”) to “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” (“Nothing and no one can take away the time you have with someone”) to “How Long Has This Been Going On,” (“I first sang that song in junior high – but now I really know what that song is about”), Sylvia utilizes her phenomenal ability to get inside these classic songs and have them reveal emotional dimensions previously unfamiliar.

You can learn more about Ms. Bennett at her website HERE, or her myspace page HERE.

Personally, I have truly enjoyed the silky tones of her voice and the arrangements of these classics.

Dates to see Ms. Bennett are:
November 22, 2008 - 9:30 p.m. at Bertofino's at The Towers of Key Biscayne, Key Biscayne, FL

December 7, 2008 - 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Key Biscayne Village Green, Key Biscayne, FL

December 13, 2008 - 9:30 p.m. at Bertofino's at The Towers of Key Biscayne, Key Biscayne, FL

Two from her album...which is available to one of you if requested..."Someone To Watch Over Me" with Ed Calle the featured soloist and "As Time Goes By" with Boots Randolph.

As the guys from Monty Python used to say, and now for something completely different...

Hot Buttered Rum is Bryan Horne - double bass & vocals; Nat Keefe - guitar & vocals; Zachary Matthews - mandolin, fiddle & vocals; Aaron Redner - fiddle, acoustic and electric mandolins & vocals and Erik Yates - banjo, guitar, Dobro™, ukulele, flute, whistle, clarinet, saxophone, accordion, piano, harmonica & vocals.

So, right there, you know this is a completely different sound then you just listened to.

Their influences range from Jack Johnson, to The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and David Grisman Quintet. Sounds that I, personally enjoy listening to. These guys have a unique sound and I think they would be a great live performance band, with energy and spontaneity.

From their bio:
Shunning stagnation in any form, Hot Buttered Rum diligently continues to hone their sound through 150+ live performances a year, with each show boasting a unique setlist and feel. Often referred to as a rock band with bluegrass instruments, the band recently has blended drums and electric instruments into their otherwise acoustic folk-rock live performances. This evolution will lead Hot Buttered Rum into the studio in January to further refine their sound.

Like so many great Bay Area bands before them, Hot Buttered Rum makes no separation between their music and their activism. They unapologetically undergird their shows with songs about social equality, environmental responsibility, and political change, and then back it up by touring in a biofueled bus and donating their time to service work at schools, Native American reservations, and political fundraisers.

You can learn more about the band at their website HERE or their myspace page HERE.

Their schedule is busy the next months:
November 7, 2008 Nightclub 9:30 - Washington, DC

November 8, 2008 - The 8 x 10 - Baltimore, MD

November 9, 2008 - Appalachian Brewing Company - Harrisburg, PA

November 11, 2008 - Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH

November 12, 2008 - Empire Dine & Dance - Portland, ME

November 13, 2008 - Higher Ground - So. Burlington, VT

November 14, 2008 - Westcott Theater - Syracuse, New York

November 15, 2008 - Mauch Chunk Opera House - Jim Thorpe, PA

November 18, 2008 - Castaways - Ithaca, NY

November 19, 2008 - Sullivan Hall - New York, NY

November 20, 2008 - East Hartford Community Center - East Hartford, CT

November 21, 2008 - Lowell Auditorium - Lowell, MA

November 22, 2008 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA

November 23, 2008 - Klein Memorial Auditorium - Bridgeport, CT

November 29, 2008 - Fillmore - San Francisco, CA

December 4, 2008 - The Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI

December 5, 2008 - Martyrs - Chicago, IL

December 6, 2008 - Miramar Theatre - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

December 9, 2008 - The Music Mill - Indianapolis, IN

December 10, 2008 - Madison Theatre - Covington, Kentucky

December 12, 2008 - University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Wisconsin

December 13, 2008 - The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN

December 29, 2008 - Owsley's Golden Road - Denver, Colorado

December 30, 2008 - The Oriental Theater - Denver, CO

December 31, 2008 - The Oriental Theater - Denver, CO

January 24, 2009 - Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute - Utica, NY

We give you two songs from their CD LIVE IN THE NORTHEAST, and their interpretation of the Leo Sayer song "California Snow & Rain""You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"...

The CD is available to one of my guests, just let me know in comments why you should be the one...

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A jam packed hour + with three headliner guests!

First, Dr. B and Dangerous Lee welcome Kato Kaelin to the show.

Kato, obviously best known as OJ Simpson’s guest house tenant at the time of Nicole Brown Simpson’s and Ronald Goldman’s murder, is now on a Fox Reality Channel reality show, Gimme My Reality Show, in which he’s competing to have his own reality show.

We’ll find out what he’s been up to since testifying in the original OJ Simpson trial, whether he’s finally got his own place to live and whether being on a reality show to win a reality show may finally signal that they’ve run out of ideas in Hollywood.cristinaperezdaytimeemmy08.jpg

Then, speaking of trials, we have a guest who’s presided over plenty of them and won an Emmy Award for it: Judge Cristina Perez. The stunning host of TV’s Cristina’s Court returns to the Radio Happy Hour to let us know how life has changed since being the first Emmy recipient for a TV court show.

But wait, there’s more! Radio Jesus brings the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the The Last Patriot, Brad Thor, with him to interview legendary Hollywood producer and writer David Zucker.

The genius behind such classics as Airplane! and Naked Gun will talk about his latest controversial release An American Carol starring Kevin Farley.


All that, plus Vinny Bond returns with his Big Leather Couch to chat live with the listeners, Shawn Amos returns with another Pop Quiz, Justin the Weatherman, the music of Miss Knockout and we’ll take your calls at 646-652-4804.

Join us live every Tuesday night at 9PM ET. The Radio Happy Hour Lounge-a live, interactive chat room during show time! It’s the show within the show!

15 Of Your Sparks

  1. Dana Says:
  2. I am a classics snob - seldom do I hear a classic redone in a way that I say "Wow" Sylvia has a beautiful voice - it just didn't do it for me with this song selection.

    Hot Buttered Rum made me smile. Love the folksy nature of it all!

  3. Schmoop Says:
  4. Kato Rocks. I wanna party with him. And Mizz Bennett? Not bad, but she's no Ashlee Simpson. Cheers Vinny!!

  5. DANA: Maybe some of the other songs on her CD would make you change your mind...

    MATT-MAN: You are a classic

  6. Liz Hill Says:
  7. I am with Dana on this one. I ADORE the classics and she doesn't get there for me. She's quite pleasant though.

    I really like these posts;-)

  8. TURNBABY: Maybe I picked the wrong songs...she does do a nice job...but I think it is tough to do classics and get appreciated when stacked up against the originals.

  9. ...I like Hot Buttered Rum...and I like hot buttered rum...just rummy, I guess...

  10. BeckEye Says:
  11. And I thought Kato Kaelin was dead.

  12. Jay Says:
  13. Sylvia Bennett is amazing. "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "As Time Goes By" are two of greatest songs ever and she does them both great justice!

  14. Tug Says:
  15. Sylvia's got a beautiful voice, and I love the piano & other instruments used, but not something I'd listen to a lot.

    Hot Buttered Rum is awesome! They're a happy sound, and you know how much I can use some happy in my life here in Hell!

  16. Travis Cody Says:
  17. I wanted to like Silvia, but there was just something missing. The second group wasn't for me.

  18. Again, I liked the second one. You are getting some great stuff, and I, for one, appreciate you taking the time to share these artists with us.

  19. Dianne Says:
  20. you make me feel like dancing had me head bopping and dancing at my desk :)

    meant to tell ya - it's so cool that you link Travis' DWTS posts - they're great!

    Missed you at Ruby Tuesday but I know - it's all about the music

  21. PHFRANKIE: and neither makes you a bad person!

    BECKEYE: I hope not, we spoke to him on the phone!

    JAY: Glad you enjoyed get the CD!

    TUG: Thanks for the input and happy is as happy does, so the CD is yours!

    TRAVIS: I did enjoy her...loved the saxophones...

    RWA: Glad you enjoyed and I really appreciate the input.

    DIANNE: Ha...glad you liked it...I love Travis' dancing posts, and yeah..I had a brain cramp on the RT post...sheesh

  22. Tug Says:
  23. YAY!! That makes me happy. ;-) Thank you Bond, you're awesome!

  24. Vinny, love Christina of Christina Court - didn't know she won an Emmy! :)


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