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MOJA Radio/WEEKLY FEATURES   (17-23 December 2018)

This Monday, December 17th, we presented another “Happy Birthday” edition of our special feature, MONDAY WITH THE MASTERS on MOJA Radio. This Monday we’ll feature an hour of the music of one of the most famous and popular drummers in modern jazz, LENNY WHITE.  On December 19th Lenny celebrates his 69th birthday, we’ll give you a full hour of some of Lenny’s finest musical moments…solo, with the super-group of Fusion, Return To Forever and Miles Davis. Plus you’ll hear some of Lenny’s own words to shed light on his wonderful career. Listen for MONDAY WITH THE MASTERS twice every Monday, at Noon Eastern/9 AM Pacific, with a replay Monday night at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific and this week we placed our MOJA spotlight on and wish a very happy birthday to the great LENNY WHITE! 

In the Mid-1980’s when fusion had faded and the softer side of things began to permeate the radio with the emergence of contemporary jazz, a fun, up and funky trend sprang out of the clubs and concert halls of England that brought new life to jazz.  If you’d like to hear some just listen to our special feature THIS IS ACID JAZZ four times each week on MOJA Radio! You can hear it twice every Tuesday at 9 AM and again at 9 PM EST and twice on Sunday’s at 9 AM & 9 PM EST as part of the Sunday Specials.  The phrase Acid Jazz came from the famous English DJ Gilles Peterson and each week you’ll hear not only the music of the English groups he discovered, but artists from the USA and around the world that joined in on a movement whose repercussions still reverberate today, and the words of Mr. Peterson himself! So if you can’t get enough of that funky stuff come and get it on THIS IS ACID JAZZ four times each week on MOJA Radio! 

Back in the day when rock bands like The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band took their songs on long, improvised journeys and in essence incorporated jazz elements, the stage was set for what became a major part of what we call MOJA…jambands and especially those who set out primarily to make jazz.  If you’d like to hear some just listen five times each week to a funky feature on MOJA Radio, THE ATTACK OF THE JAZZY JAMBANDS! You can hear it at NOON East/9 AM West every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, plus twice on Sunday at NOON Eastern/9 AM Pacific and Midnight EAST/9 PM West as part of the Sunday Specials.  

We’re looking back at some of the finest moments of MOJA in the year just about to pass all this week here on MOJA Radio and that includes on the next edition of LIVE @ MOJALand which happens four times each week. That’s when we invite you to join us inside the world’s only imaginary jazz club for rare, live performances by the biggest names in Modern Jazz.  Listen Wednesday morning at 9 AM/6 AM Pacific and Wednesday night at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific.  You can hear it twice again on Sunday at 11 AM & 11 PM Eastern, as part of the Sunday Specials. Possibly our favorite trip each year is to attend the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal and in celebration of that you’re invited to join us for MOJA LIVE IN MONTREAL 2018! First, you’ll hear the great Herbie Hancock giving us an advance taste of the music he’s been working on and get ready…you may be surprised!  Bela Fleck & The Flecktones raise a pretty big roof at the Theatre Mainsonneuve. Then you’ll get a bit of two of the three shows that John Medeski put together at the festival this year, these performances featuring special guests like Will Bernard, New Orleans great Kirk Joseph, Mark Guiliana and his old buddy Billy Martin. Then, to prove that he’s back on top after that accident he had that inspired his latest album Trip, Mike Stern and his fellow legend Randy Brecker lead an all-star quartet with some serious jam to close out the hour. Join us to hear MOJA LIVE IN MONTREAL 2018 on this week’s addition of LIVE MOJALand! 

Join Russ Davis as he gives you an hour of the freshest MOJA on THE ALL NEW MUSIC REVUE every Thursday at 9 AM East/6 AM West with a replay at 9 PM East/6 PM West, and twice again on Sundays at 10 AM & 10 PM ET, that’s 7 AM & 7 PM on the West Coast.  A very famous jazz pianist once said that when The Beatles came along it ruined jazz. Well, he simply couldn’t have been further from the truth and we’ll prove what an inspiration the Fab Four were to jazzers as we give you cuts from the album A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper celebrating the half century since The Beatles’ masterpiece Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band featuring 4 of the 13 artists involved, percussionist Antonio Sanchez, guitarist Mary Halvorson, Miles Mosley from the West Coast Get Down scene and Chicago’s JuJu Exchange, blending jazz with electronics, rock classical new age and more.  Then get ready for a wonderful jolt of energy from the trio known as Harriet Tubman who blend rock, jazz, soul, electronics and blues and squeeze about as much as possible from a guitar-bass-drums trio on the album The Terror End Of Beauty. We’ll reach out into the world for some improvised music by a Cairo-based multi-instrumentalist and composer named Maurice Louca, who blends  elements of free improvisation, Sun Ra’s cosmic jazz, beautiful Arabic melody, trancelike African and Yemeni music and minimalism to create his wholly unique compositional vision on the album Elephantine. We’ll complete the hour with some recently uncovered, re-mixed and released live performances by the legendary saxman Cannonball Adderley on stage with his brother Nat on trumpet and Joe Zawinul on piano. The set includes Joe Zawinul’s composition “74 Miles Awat” and is titled Swingin’ In Seattle: Live @ The Penthouse 1966-1967.  That’s this week on THE ALL NEW MUSIC REVUE!

ARTIST… ALBUM  (LABEL)

  • Various Artists…A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper (Impulse Records)
  • Harriet Tubman…The Terror End Of Beauty (Sunnyside Records)
  • Maurice Louca…Elephantine (Northern Spy Records)
  • Cannonball Adderley…Swingin’ in Seattle: Live @ the Penthouse 1966-1977 (Reel to Real Records) 

Many people say, and rightly so, that Fusion began with the marriage of Rock and Jazz, placing special emphasis on the electric guitar and other electric instruments and the hard-edged rock side of the music. Well, there were other facets to the movement and since Funk & Groove are a large part of the definition of this music we call MOJA, we thought we’d focus on fusion with a different point of view with this week’s edition of IF IT’S FRIDAY, THIS MUST BE FUSION as we present “THE FUNKY SIDE OF FUSION.” Every Friday beginning at 7 AM until midnight Eastern time we’ll begin each hour with a classic piece of Jazz Fusion history and this week, we’ll turn our attention to fusion with a funky groove from the likes of Brother Jack McDuff, Cannonball Adderley with Joe Zawinul, “The Mighty Burner,” Charles Earland, David Sanborn, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Eddie Harris, George Duke, Hank Crawford, Herbie Mann, Jimmy McGriff, Roy Ayers, The Brecker Brothers, The Crusaders, Tower of Power and The Yellowjackets. You’ll hear them all when you join us for “THE FUNKY SIDE OF FUSION,” on this week’s edition of IF IT’S FRIDAY, THIS MUST BE FUSION. 

This Saturday, December 22nd, we’ll take our first look back at some of the highlights of the year that’s racing toward an end with a special edition of our weekly feature WORDS & MUSIC on MOJA Radio this one titled “THE BEST OF 2018 PART ONE: GREAT TO MEET YOU!” It’s a chance to look back at some of our favorite conversations over the past 12 months with seven artists we met for the very first time. We started the year at the JazzConnect Conference in New York  in January where we met and talked to hard-bop piano legend Harold Mabern and rising vocal star Jazzmeia Horn. At the NEA Jazz Masters event in Washington, DC in April we met the legendary pianist and inductee Hoanne Brackeen. In June we went backstage at NYC’s Sony Hall before The Manhattan Transfer performed their newest release, and first project since the passing of Tim Hauser, titled The Junction. It was there that we had the chance to meet the newest member of The Transfer, Trist Curless. Then it was off to the jazz festivals, first to Montreal, where we had the chance to talk to Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, including two members we’ve never met before, Howard Levy and Futureman Wooten. It was on to Newport where we had our first conversations with two sensational ladies of MOJA, Grace Kelly and Tia Fuller. It was a first meeting  and long anticipated conversation via a Zoom hookup with the fusion legend from Prague, keyboard wiz Jan Hammer. Then we closed out our festival tour over the Labor Day weekend in Detroit to meet the great saxophonist and son of John, Ravi Coltrane. Interview segments followed by music will begin each hour from Noon through 10 PM East (9 AM-7 PM West). Join us for the first of many looks back at a great year in MOJA as we present “THE BEST OF 2018 PART ONE: GREAT TO MEET YOU,” this week’s WORDS & MUSIC.

And then…to begin next week… 

MOJA Radio/WEEKLY FEATURES   (24-30 December 2018)

This Monday, December 24th, we’ll present another “Happy Birthday” edition of our special feature, MONDAY WITH THE MASTERS on MOJA Radio. This Monday we’ll feature an hour of the music of the great guitarist, composer and bandleader, JOHN SCOFIELD two days before he turns 66 which falls on the day after Christmas! You’ll get the mojo behind the music from John himself as he tells us about his earliest jazz experiences working with greats like Gary Burton, Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. We’ll also hear not only his solo work but his collaborations with artists like Pat Metheny and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Listen for MONDAY WITH THE MASTERS twice every Monday, at Noon Eastern/9 AM Pacific, with a replay Monday night at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific and this week we place our MOJA spotlight on and wish a very happy birthday to the great JOHN SCOFIELD!

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On Tuesday, Christmas Day, join Russ Davis and the MOJA Christmas Elves as we wish a “Merry Christmas to all and to all some Good Groove!” when we present our annual CHRISTMAS IN MOJALAND!  Join us from Midnight to Midnight Eastern Time, that’s 9 PM Christmas Eve to 9 PM Christmas Day Pacific Time, as we blend holiday tunes from MOJA greats into the mix each hour. You’ll be surprised by the wonders of Christmas MOJA created by the likes of Chick Corea, Miles Davis, John Scofield, Grover Washington Jr., Dianne Reeves, Larry Coryell, The Yellowjackets, John McLaughlin, Bela Fleck & The Flectones, Herbie Hancock, The Brecker Brothers, Steve Khan, Steps Ahead, Stanley Clarke and many, many more. You’ll also hear the thoughts of some of MOJA’s finest as they give you good tidings of comfort and MOJA. And since Christmas falls on Tuesday we’ll present our regular features THIS IS ACID JAZZ at its usual time, 9 AM Eastern/6 AM Pacific & 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific and THE ATTACK OF THE JAZZY JAMBANDS at Noon Eastern/9 AM, both shows with a little Christmas MOJA thrown in for good holiday measure. And, to add to the party we’ll present a special edition of THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS with CAROLYN BEDNARSKI! You’ll hear it right after the Jazzy Jamband Attack at 1 PM ET/10 AM Pacific. THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS GET IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT, part of CHRISTMAS IN MOJALAND, all day Christmas Day! 

DIANNE REEVES & PAT METHENY! Two more MOJANS named NEA JAZZ MASTERS!

This great news was just released by The National Endowment for the Arts and the following story appeared in The New York Times. Congrats to the lovely lady and talented man!

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The great Dianne Reeves & MOJA’s Russ Davis

 

National Endowment for the Arts Names 2018 Jazz Masters

By GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-JUNE 12, 2017

The National Endowment for the Arts on Monday announced its class of 2018 Jazz Masters, awarding the annual fellowship to a broad range of honorees at various stages of their careers.

 

 

 

The winners are the vocalist Dianne Reeves; the guitarist Pat Metheny; the pianist and educator Joanne Brackeen; and the former club owner and record producer Todd Barkan, who will receive the A. B. Spellman N.E.A. Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy. Each awardee will receive a $25,000 prize, and will be honored at the Kennedy Center on April 16.

 

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PAT METHENY (here with MOJA Radio’s Russ Davis)

The announcement betokens the generational turnover afoot in jazz: Ms. Reeves and Mr. Metheny, both in their early 60s and just stepping into their role as elders, hit the national spotlight in the late 1970s and early ’80s as part of jazz’s fusion generation. (The award is available only to living musicians and advocates.)

 

The news also serves as a reminder that the federal agency is conducting business as usual, at least until further notice — despite the Trump administration’s threats to defund it.

 

Through a spokesman, Ms. Reeves said: “It is profoundly humbling to be a recipient of the N.E.A.’s Jazz Masters Fellowship and be seated in proximity to so many extraordinary, creative musical artists.”

 

Ms. Reeves first achieved renown in the early 1980s, when her full-throated vocal style earned immediate comparisons to Sarah Vaughan. She was a protégé of Harry Belafonte, and often mixed influences from around the globe with American gospel and jazz. She has since become more identified with straight-ahead jazz, thanks largely to a string of Grammy-winning albums from the 2000s, including “A Little Moonlight” and “Good Night, and Good Luck,” the soundtrack to the film of the same name.

 

Mr. Metheny established his reputation as a guitar virtuoso early on, and started teaching at the Berklee College of Music before his 20th birthday. He’s known for his bubbling, effortless attack and his fondness for rare iterations of the guitar — including a 15-string harp guitar and a guitar synthesizer.

 

Ms. Brackeen, 78, played in ensembles led by Joe Henderson and Stan Getz; as a leader of her own bands, she embraced the percussive style of McCoy Tyner, as well as the expressionism of pianists on the far fringes of the avant-garde. She has served as a professor at Berklee and the New School.

 

Mr. Barkan, 70, ran San Francisco’s Keystone Korner from 1972 to 1983, earning praise for the club’s diverse bookings. After it closed, he became a record producer and eventually moved to New York. In recent years he has worked at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, part of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Iridium. Like many promoters, he has a catch phrase, one he dispenses at almost every opportunity: “Take care of the music and the music will take care of you.”

MOJA Greats who left us in 2017 (John Abercrombie, Chuck Loeb, Geri Allen, Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)

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John Abercrombie on stage not long before his passing on 22 August 2017.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of another great MOJAN, the great guitarist John Abercrombie. He was born in Port Chester, NY on 16 December, 1944 and passed away due to heart failure at the age of 72 in Cortland Manor, NY. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston then North Texas University in Denton, TX before returning to New York City to begin a fabulous career. Most of his recordings can be found on the prestigious ECM Records. Below is a portion of their official obiturary…

John Abercrombie, one of the great improvisers, died on August 22, after a long illness.  He will be much missed, for his sensitive musicality, his good companionship, and his dry humor which enhanced many a session.   He leaves behind an extensive discography which will be studied as long as people continue to play jazz guitar. John made his first recording for ECM, the appropriately-titled “Timeless”, in the summer of 1974, with his lifelong friend Jack DeJohnette on the drums, and Jan Hammer on organ.  Over the next four decades, he was active as leader, co-leader and sideman on dozens of ECM projects.  A creative writer of jazz tunes, John also loved to play freely as much as he loved to play standards.  Many of his albums combine all of these resources, unified by his fluid, silvery tone and improvisational eloquence. In conversation he would speak of his enduring fondness for Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery, primary influences, and also of the liberating examples of Ornette Coleman and Jimi Hendrix; Bill Evans’s sense of lyricism was also of crucial importance to him. 

John Abercrombie led a number of very fine bands, and he was particularly proud of his last quartet with Marc Copland on piano, Drew Gress on double bass, and Joey Baron on drums.  This quartet released two albums, “39 Steps” and “Up and Coming”, the latter just released in January 2017.

Chuck Loeb Unspoken MOJA Greats who left us in 2017 (John Abercrombie, Chuck Loeb, Geri Allen, Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)

On Monday, July 31st, another MOJA favorite, guitarist and simply a wonderful human being, CHUCK LOEB left us after a battle with cancer. He was only 61 with so much life and great music to come. It’s truly sad to see another fine person and player leave us but we’ll remember him fondly by playing the great, uplifting music he made over the years. His latest, UNSPOKEN, was released in late 2016 and we’ve been enjoying it so much.

Chuck was a New York boy, born in Nyack, on 7 December, 1955. He played with lots of greats like Chico Hamilton, Hubert Laws, Stan Getz, Steps Ahead, Fourplay and a number of all-star bands as well as working with his talented wife, vocalist Carmen Cuesta. Thank you for your music Chuck…you will be missed!

It’s hard to believe that another of the greats of MOJA, pianist, composer and educator GERI ALLEN, has left us at the age of 60, a victim of cancer. She died on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 in Philadelphia.

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Besides her work as a great pianist and composer, GERI ALLEN also received a Grammy Nomination for her work as a Producer!

Geri Antoinette Allen was born on June 12, 1957 in Pontiac, Michigan, and raised in Detroit. Her father, Mount V. Allen, Jr., was a principal in the Detroit public school system, and her mother, Barbara Jean, was a defense contract administrator for the U.S. Government.

Allen took up the piano at age seven and went on to graduate from Cass Technical High School, the alma mater of jazz greats on the order of Paul Chambers, Wardell Gray, Gerald Wilson and Donald Byrd. 

While in school Allen became a protégé of the late trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, who directed the Jazz Development Workshop and also mentored saxophonist Kenny Garrett and violinist Regina Carter, among many others.

Her recording career began in the early 1980′s, accompanying other artists on their projects, but her brilliant solo career as a leader began in 1984 and continued until her untimely death as she remained active even into 2017. Her beautiful, positive spirit will be missed as much as her awesome talent!

Allan Holdsworth in action MOJA Greats who left us in 2017 (John Abercrombie, Chuck Loeb, Geri Allen, Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)

It is with great sadness that we add the name of guitar great, Englishman ALLAN HOLDSWORTH, to the list of MOJA greats who’ve passed away far too early in April of 2017. His passing was announced by his daughter Louise on her Facebook page. In a short statement she said: “It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously. Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori.” Allan was known as a brilliant and innovative instrumentalist, revered by the likes of John McLaughlin and Frank Zappa as a personal favorite player and influence. He worked extensively in the rock world as well as being one of the greats of the Jazz Fusion era with his own solo work as well as in collaboration with fellow greats like Jean-Luc Ponty, and bands such as Gong, Tony Williams Lifetime, Soft Machine and more. You’ll be hearing special shows in his honor soon on MOJA Radio! 

Mr. Jarreau 300x298 MOJA Greats who left us in 2017 (John Abercrombie, Chuck Loeb, Geri Allen, Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)Earlier this year we lost AL JARREAU and guitar legend LARRY CORYELL. Greats like Larry will never leave us and he was working until the very end. Case in point…he had been promising to reform most of the original Fusion supergroup The 11th House that we created in 1973 for a tour and new recording. They did just that with a tour in 2015 that made it to New York City’s BLUE NOTE that summer and below you’ll find a picture to prove it. Original members Randy Brecker and Alphonse Mouzon were there with added members including Larry’s son Julian joining in on guitar. They went into the studio and created a brilliant, new album titled SEVEN SECRETS that you’ll hear lots of here on MOJA Radio. It features tons of great, grooving new tunes written by Larry, Randy and Alphonse (who passed away just months before Larry did in early 2017). They had a summer tour all planned and that will never happen, but their spirit lives on in this wonderful new work. I asked Randy Brecker to give me a few words about SEVEN SECRETS and here’s what he had to say…

This ended up being the last time we played together, with the later tragic losses of Alphonse, then Larry more recently, so it is with bittersweet happiness that I hope everyone of you out in MOJAland enjoy the CD…it’s a good one, and we all had a ball hanging out together and recording the album…!! Randy”

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R.I. P. Larry Coryell !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Khan collaborated with Larry on his very first release. STEVE wrote a beautiful tribute to LARRYwhich was posted on Steve’s brilliant website. Here’s a picture of the guys working together back in the day…

Steve Khan Larry Coryell MOJA Greats who left us in 2017 (John Abercrombie, Chuck Loeb, Geri Allen, Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)

 

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Dave Valentin (29 April 1952-8 March 2017)

It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of DAVE VALENTIN, the Grammy winning flutist from New York who was a great solo artist and member of Caribbean Jazz Project with Steve Khan and Dave Samuels. He passed away at the age of 64 in same borough of NYC in which he was born, The Bronx after a long fight against Parkinson’s Disease. Dave played flute in the band that backed up Latin Jazz legend Tito Puente and became a legend himself. He released his first solo album in 1979 and collaborated with a number of other greats over the years including his aforementioned membership in CJP. He will be remembered for his wonderful, creative playing and a lively, indomitable spirit. Thank you Dave, may you rest in peace.

THANK YOU FOR 10 WONDERFUL YEARS OF MOJA RADIO!

Yeah, we had us some fun in Montreal this year...come join us this week and you'll be there too!

My dear fellow MOJANs,

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Russ Davis of MOJA Radio thanks you for being there as part of the MOJA Movement!

This is a tough one but I have to tell you sometime. After 10 years of operation I am going to shut down MOJA Radio at the end of the year.  The channel will cease streaming at midnight December 31st Eastern Time. At that time your monthly subscription payments will cease and for any of you who have annual subscriptions I will refund the appropriate portion of your payment according to when you paid and to your satisfaction. 

There are a number of reasons for this decision and they have all piled up to the point of diminishing returns, no matter how much it has meant to me for the last 10 years and how much I love doing the work. Here are some of the reasons… 

The costs have risen and the income is flat, plain and simple. The funds simply aren’t there to do anything more that just keep it going in its current state. 

I am a jazz programmer and presenter and have never been a salesman, a tech genius, business geek or marketer so I have not been able to put together ways to build the business beyond the subscription model. 

For years now I have been a one-man-operation and with all of the work added to the “fun part” (interviewing artists, editing them and preparing for air, listening to music and choosing what to add, creating each day’s programming and making sure it was in the server, etc) I have had to do a mountain of “grunge work” like responding to with the constant communication from record/artist promoters, reports to the licensing corporations (BMI, ASCAP, SEASAC & SoundExhange), paying the bills, doing the taxes, dealing with subscriber issues, dealing with everyday tech problems with the internet service, computer problems, glitches with the streaming service, taking out the garbage…you name it. It has taken hours each day to make this work and I am never “off” to the point where I am always checking in on things even when I’m supposedly “on vacation”, and going away on trips for the shortest amount of time, much less long vacations, is almost impossible. 

On top of this I am still creating my 2-hour weekly show for Voice of America and besides the prep work (interviews, editing and programming) I have to deal with the army of folks in Washington, DC, do all the tech stuff and get it to them and that is a ton of work too. 

I could go on and this is getting boring for me and I know for you but I felt that we have developed quite a relationship over these ten years of MOJA Radio, and, for many of you, before that with the years we put into the XM channel Beyond Jazz, and you deserved more than just an abrupt farewell. 

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THANK YOU MICHELLE SAMMARTINO! Without you there would be no MOJA Radio!

In the beginning my partner, Michelle Sammartino, put the operation in motion. She was not only the excellent presenter of her show Jammin’ Jazz, but the tech expert who put the website together and set up various business and social media accounts. That was in 2008 when XM was taken over by sirius. Since there were no visionary leaders like Lee Abrams and Dave Logan, who commissioned us to create “The World’s MOdern JAzz Radio Channel” that we called Beyond Jazz, the sirius guys didn’t see the need for a jazz channel that filled the massive void between smooth jazz and traditional…the place where all the truly modern and creative jazz was being made and the future of jazz was being developed. We tried to make that happen and with your interest and monetary support we’ve done just that for this last decade. 

In addition to the great MICHELLE SAMMARTINO, without whom there would have been no MOJA Radio, I must also give a huge thanks to one of the most talented, generous and kind people I’ve ever worked with, DAVID BLACK, the brilliant man who put the resources of his company MALDENITE PRODUCTIONS behind the creation of the FREE!!! MOJA Radio mobile app that so many of us have used to take the channel on the road. Blessings on you David! And then there’s my old friend and radio associate CAROLYN BEDNARSKI, who created, produced and presented her show THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS with CAROLYN BEDNARSKI since 2012. 

David Black THANK YOU FOR 10 WONDERFUL YEARS OF MOJA RADIO!

David Black of Maldenite Productions who created the free MOJA Radio Mobile Apps! Thanks David!

Then there is a massive THANK YOU to the musicians of MOJA whose creativity has kept “Jazz” alive, thriving and evolving. Plus…you would not believe how many artists actually donated and/or subscribed to the service, not only offering their incredible music but their hard-earned money to support MOJA Radio! I feel the deepest sadness about letting you down with the cessation of our operation but I will always be in your corner and am never going to cease supporting you in every way I can.

SO…where do we go from here? I am going to keep the website which is actually RUSSDAVISMOJA.com where I will adjust things to fit future endeavors. I’m thinking of posting some hour-long shows of MOJA programs for listening on demand and I will post my VOA show there as I always do so bookmark this site and visit from time to time to see what’s up.  

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THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS with CAROLYN BEDNARSKI …a big part of MOJA Radio!

Again…I’m sorry for the short notice as I just made the final decision on this a few weeks ago. I will never be able to thank you enough for all you’ve done for MOJA Radio and most especially for me!

All the best, always,

Russ Davis

MOJA Radio

www.russdavismoja.com

Russ Davis…”My life in Jazz Radio!”

Russ Davis reflects on his 3+ decades in Jazz Radio!

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Russ inside the MOJA Radio studios…I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

I was just thinking about the fact that I began my jazz radio career back in the year 1978! With all the changes in technology and the business in general it strikes me that to simply be actively involved in programming and presenting this area of jazz and still be thriving is pretty astounding. I sometimes feel like a jazz musician who has chosen to express himself in a personal way and just let the chips fall where they may as opposed to crafting something that might get me more work in the jazz arena as it exists today. It isn’t that brave an endeavor really. I’m simply doing what I know how to do and building on something that began for me way back in the 20th century.  I hope you’ll indulge me as I tell this story. 

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