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Back to the Garden

History can be rewritten, but a song is forever. Back To The Garden embodies this truth by taking their audiences back in time through the songs of past years. Invariably, their concerts become mass sing-alongs, set to the soundtrack of the free-love era. Their inspiration comes from a heartfelt love for the music, and it is experienced on many levels, from primal to spiritual, by anyone who attends one of their shows. Talk to any member of Back To The Garden, you will be speaking to someone who's made major contributions to the music scene. As session and live players, they have backed artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Kenny Loggins, America, Kim Carnes, Juice Newton, Chaka Khan, Art Neville, BJ Thomas, The Everly Brothers, and many more. Back To The Garden is: "Cactus" Jim Soldi, Marc "Twang" Intravaia, Sharon Whyte, Larry Grano, and Rick Nash.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Birthdays Make Strange Bedfellows

Read "Birthdays Make Strange Bedfellows" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Many common birthdays in this broadcast. In the second hour, Laura Nyro shares her day with hipster Bobby Troup, who celebrates his centennial this month; followed by a shout-out to Dizzy Gillespie, born the same day as Beat poet Fran Landesman, whose songs will be highlighted in the final hour.

Playlist Miggy Augmented Orchestra ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Musical Portrait Of Hamid Drake

Read "A Musical Portrait Of Hamid Drake" reviewed by Centro d'Arte Padova

Centro d'Arte's “50/50" series continues! In this new installment, we present a musical portrait of Hamid Drake, simply one of the most original percussionists on the planet, whose musical vision merges the energy of free jazz with the spirituality of eastern philosophies, embracing all the musics of the world.

The mixtape features the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kate McGarry: The Subject Tonight Is Love

Read "The Subject Tonight Is Love" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is far from an ordinary collection of jazz-styled love songs. Vocalist Kate McGarry, guitarist Keith Ganz and pianist Gary Versace have put together a program that covers such varied aspects of love as romantic love, love for family, love for self, and love for mankind. They do this through mixing a lot of rock, folk ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Duane Allman 'Skydog' retrospective chronicles groundbreaking career

Duane Allman 'Skydog' retrospective chronicles groundbreaking career

Even if he’d never formed The Allman Brothers Band, Duane Allman would be a major figure in American popular music. Long before his name became known to mainstream audiences, he had already established his credentials as a once-in-a-lifetime guitar visionary, leaving his unmistakable stamp on a broad array of recordings. On March 5, 2013, Rounder Records, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Mark Winkler to Release "The Laura Nyro Project"

Mark Winkler to Release "The Laura Nyro Project"

Although his last three CDs have placed high on the Jazz Week charts, and his lyrics have been regularly recorded by over 150 singers (including Dianne Reeves, Cheryl Bentyne, Jackie Ryan and Bob Dorough), for his latest work jazz singer and lyricist Mark Winkler has created a new album dedicated to fresh interpretations of the work ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Gil Scott-Heron Tribute, "Roots of American Music" Performances by Aloe Blacc, Otis Clay, Lenny Williams, Swamp Dogg

Gil Scott-Heron Tribute, "Roots of American Music" Performances by Aloe Blacc, Otis Clay, Lenny Williams, Swamp Dogg

It may be the final week of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, but the festival isn’t winding down when it comes to exciting performances. This week, Lincoln Center celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the landmark Soul at the Center, highlighted by Valerie Simpson’s first tribute to her late partner, Nick Ashford, since his passing. The pair ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

Elvis Costello's 'Spectacle' Shares the Inside-the-Music Spotlight

A&E / Bio's The Chris Isaak Hour is the second new hourlong music performance and interview series to show up on cable TV in recent months, coming on the heels of the Sundance Channel's Spectacle, hosted by the ever- provocative Elvis Costello.

Spectacle is really the brainchild of Elton John and his life-business partner, David Furnish, two ...