Bill Carbone and Beau Sasser are a literal musical keystone for a pair of groups that specialize in bringing the music of two very divergent musicians to the stage, thus not only keeping it relevant and accessible, but introducing it to audiences who may not be familiar with it.
The 11th-annual Samba Fest takes place May 6 on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. The event runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and features a variety of local, regional and international artists. The fest takes place rain or shine and admission is free.
Marilyn Scott, California-based, but world-renowned jazz and R&B vocalist traces her evolution from background singer with George Duke, Spyra Gyra, Yellowjackets, Etta James and Tower of Power, to 40 years as a solo artist. She discussed her career and the upcoming release of her latest effort, Standard Blue (Prana Entertainment) on the March 17 edition of Java Jazz as the spotlight artist.
The March 4 edition of Greasy Tracks spotlighted the Fender Telecaster, long recognized as one of the iconic instruments to make a profound impact in rock, soul, jazz, country and electric blues music.
Tower of Power tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo was a guest on the Dec. 2 edition of Java Jazz where he joined host Steve Adler to discuss the storied history and up-coming plans of one of the world’s greatest horn bands.