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Season 1, C : Miss Brianna Thomas performs "In A Mellow Tone"

(Aired on June, 9, 2012)
A rising star in the jazz realm, Brianna Thomas is quickly becoming one of the must hear voices. She's performed at many of the clubs in New York City as a featured vocalist including with Wynton Marsalis. Stay tuned for a full episode featuring this talented young vocalist.


Season 1, Episode 5 : Emily Braden (Vocals) performs "Testify" and "Ribbon In the Sky"

(Aired on June 6, 2012)

EMILY BRADEN for : Emily Braden, the "big bad beauty" from Boise currently resides in Harlem, mixing it up and performing all around New York City, Idaho and British Columbia. Aside from her solo work, which features a wide array of jazz standards and pop classics, Ms. Braden is also part of a truly unique act, Double Bass, Double Voice




My first memorable experience with performing came from my early days spent in the alto section of the young adult choir in my grandfather's North Carolina church. It was from there, in the front row directly behind the pulpit, that I witnessed the effect that the choir’s selections and the preacher’s sermon, had on the congregation. As an ensemble, we were able to stir souls, ease whatever troubles may lay heavy on the mind. As performers, we possessed the power to move the audience to "get happy", do the "holy dance", cry, shout and release. I loved that. That's what I wanted to do.

Singers, like preachers, are storytellers. We are responsible for giving our audience, a true and deeply heartfelt experience in hopes of lifting someone’s spirit.

On my way to becoming a professional singer, I had the good fortune to spend many hours in the company - both on and off the stage - with singers who could really deliver lyrics. Shirley Horn, Carmen McRae, Phyllis Hyman, Jimmy Scott and Abbey Lincoln are the most memorable to me. They drew you in, held your attention and made you feel their truth. The beautiful, the bad and the ugly truth.

Unfortunately, I am witnessing a lot of un-truths being perpetrated on the bandstand these days from some "aspiring singers," lacking in inspiration. This phenomenon is perhaps a sign of the fact that the legends have gone on to bigger, better, eternal gigs and there has been no one to replace them on the "scene." No elder to shout out, "OH HELL NO!" , if you dared to scream your version of Love for Sale, in the wrong key, oblivious to the form and looking like you just rolled out of bed to sit in with the band.

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The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn performs "Billie's Bounce"

(Aired June 2, 2012)

JAZZMEIA HORN for : New York City based performer Jazzmeia Horn sings Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce" in this performance episode. 




Yoga is what connects us to our divine nature, the wellspring from which all our beauty comes. It aligns us with the natural flow and helps calm our racing minds so we can see things as they are, not as we’d like them to be.

The 2nd Century B.C. yoga sage Patanjali said yoga “chitta vritti nirodhah.” It ceases the chatter of the mind. Yoga turns the mind inside of itself, where the entire universe and all its secrets await to reveal themselves to us.

Yoga is not just the postures, as many in America have come to know it. The goal of the postures is to make us comfortable in our body so we can sit for long periods of time and meditate.

Art is yoga and that’s why many singers, painters, sculptors, dancers and the like turn to the ancient practice to help them master their lives and in turn, master their art.

"As the sculptor uses the chisel, the painter uses the brush and color, or a musician uses his instrument the yogi uses his own body to refine his inner intelligence," famed yogi B.K.S. Iyengar said.

Adesuwa, a jazz afro pop singer who lives between New York City and Atlanta, said her Bikram hot yoga practice helped free her as a musician more than her days as a gym rat ever did.

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