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  • Bob Kenmotsu was born in Stockton, CA. He first learned music in public schools starting on clarinet in the 4th Grade. He switched to alto sax in while a senior in high school, and switched to tenor sax in college.Bob graduated from San Jose State University and began working local music jobs. After working on a cruise ship job out of Los Angeles, he moved to New York and began working as a free-lance jazz saxophonist. He has worked with many great jazz artists, has plays on many recorded albums and he received a New Jersey Arts Commission Grant for composition. He moved to Japan for a few years but returned to the Bay Area where he can be found playing in jazz clubs and concerts on the West Coast. Bob is Pete's guest in the Doodlin' Lounge.
  • Stage, film and television actor, Bruce McGill, first came to fame as the motorcycle-riding, bad boy character, D-Day, in National Lampoon’s Animal House. McGill’s rugged looks led to more tough guy roles, but also to a wide range of everything from Shakespeare to voice acting on Family Guy, to long runs on MacGyver, Shades of Blue and Rizzoli and Isles.Bruce McGill is an accomplished musician and golfer as well, and has used these skills to enhance or influence his take on multiple characters through the years, most notably, playing golf great, Walter Hagen in the film The Legend of Badger Vance. Bruce and I met on Crystal Symphony on a Hollywood-themed cruise, where I was there to play a concert and Bruce to lecture about his long film career. One thing led to another and this fascinating conversation was recorded.
  • Who’s Afraid of DEI? “There was not a moment that I came into the workplace and thought that I would belong or be treated properly or equally.” Ruchika Tulshyan, a workplace inclusion expert, paraphrases an interview with Ijeoma Oluo, a thought leader on race in America, for Tulshyan’s book, Inclusion on Purpose. In the conversation featured in this episode, these two women talk about Ruchika’s misassumptions about race and gender in the workplace in her first book, and the intersection of race and gender as it differently and more severely impacts women of color. They discuss the immigrant experience, the subtle and overt ways immigrants and non-Black people of color are encouraged to hold up white supremacy and propagate anti-Blackness, and how we work to dismantle these and build workplaces where women of color feel safe, respected, and supported.
  • The Reverend Dr. Marlyn Bussey, pastor of St. James AME Zion Church. Reverend Dr. Bussey speaks about the communities her church serves and shares her unwavering commitment to social justice issues.
  • Eddie Jones grew up in Hollandale, MS, pickin' cotton and dreaming of a better life when ambition and musical talent plucked him from his situation, christened him Guitar Slim and made him a star. After moving to New Orleans and befriending Huey "Piano" Smith, the two became a sensation at the hep Tiajuana Club, landing them a deal with Imperial Records. The two singles released by the label failed to chart and they were dropped, but then serendipitously found themselves in Nashville cutting a record for Jim Bulleit's J-B Records. "Feelin' Sad" b/w "Certainly All" got some airplay in major cities and hit #1 on the local New Orleans chart, but failed to hit nationally. That was enough to get bookings at NOLA's premier club, The Dew Drop Inn, where Slim drove crowds into a frenzy with his stage antics. Johnny Vincent at Specialty Records hounded Guitar Slim until he signed with the label, initially beating out Atlantic Records. Right out of the gate, Guitar Slim scored a monster hit with "The Things That I Used To Do," which topped the national R&B lists and became the biggest R&B hit of 1954. That success would never be topped or matched, but Guitar Slim tried and this week we hear Slim's fantastic recordings for Imperial, J-B, Specialty and Atco.
  • Jazz Night profiles drummer, composer, educator, and 2022 NEA Jazz Master Billy Hart. Hear stories from his upbringing, words from his mentees, and music from Hart’s 80th birthday concert at Dizzy’s Club.
  • Money, Money, Money! (Originally aired 05/30/2004). In this edition of the Annals of Jazz Richard Hadlock share songs about money. Some of them cynical, some of them about greed, some of them brazen, and some of them downright pitiful but it’s all music about money.
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