#008 Libor Šmoldas: Czech Guitar Player (Part 2)

I hope you enjoy Part 2! 

Libor Šmoldas is a Czech-born jazz guitarist living in Prague. He performs internationally with his own group and as a sideman.

With 9 albums released under his name, he has performed and recorded with bassists, Jay Anderson and George Mraz, drummers Jeff Ballard and Adam Nussbaum, organists Sam Yahel, Ondrej Pivec and Brian Charette and legendary saxophonist Bobby Watson.

Music featured in this episode:  

"Mr. Dinosaur" from Libor's album, Lay It Down

"Moon River" from" Libor's solo guitar album, Dreamtime

#007 Libor Šmoldas: Czech Guitar Player

Libor Šmoldas is a Czech-born jazz guitarist living in Prague. He performs internationally with his own group and as a sideman.

With 9 albums released under his name, he has performed and recorded with bassists, Jay Anderson and George Mraz, drummers Jeff Ballard and Adam Nussbaum, organists Sam Yahel, Ondrej Pivec and Brian Charette and legendary saxophonist Bobby Watson.

In our conversation, we get into so many things that I think are so important and interesting, I've decided to split our conversation into 2 episodes.

I hope you enjoy Part 1! 

Music featured in this episode:  

"Liquid Breakfast" from Libor's album, NYC Trio, On the Move

"Serenáda from" Libor's solo guitar album, Blue, Šmoldas plays Ježek.

#006 Steve Walsh: Blind Ambition

This week I thought I'd share a bit about myself. This episode focusses on the time between finishing high school, going to Berklee College of Music and my time in Boston after school. I talk about my mentors, the fact that had huge holes in my playing and the tenacity it took to hold on to my dream of becoming a professional musician. I love to hear your feedback and I want to make the show the best it can be! If you like what you hear please subscribe and leave me a review on iTunes. I really appreciate it!


#005 Ethan Eubanks: I'm Exactly Who I Am!

Ethan Eubanks is a drummer and fixture on the NYC music scene. With a love for all things swinging, soulful, funky and honest, Ethan is a renaissance man driven by his creative muse which manifests in various ways. A drummer, bandleader, record producer, writer and chef, Ethan is many things to many people.

Highlights include playing drums with singer-songwriters Juliana Hatfield and the Crash Test Dummies, blues artist Bill Sims Jr and jazz legend Joe Sample. Currently, he is performing with actress and comedian, Rachel Bloom. If you’re in NYC you can find Ethan performing with his bands, Detroit Grease a classic soul-jazz organ trio, the New Orleans inspired 41 Players or his passion project, Still Bill, a Bill Withers tribute that brings you as close as you’re gonna get to the real thing! You can find Ethan on Twitter at @eestankify or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/eegreasy.

#004 Andy Hess: Who Wants The Bass, The Bass, The Bass!

Bassist, Andy Hess lives in NYC and can be found holding the groove down for some of the most influential guitar players alive! Equally at home with John Scofield's Uber Jam, Michael Landau and Robben Ford, Andy can also found layin' it down with Chris Robinson, The Black Crowes, Warren Haynes & Government Mule and Doyle Bramhall II. If that wasn't enough, Andy's a great friend and soulful person. If you enjoy this episode please leave me a review on iTunes and subscribe to the show. Thanks for listening! 

#003 Brian Charette: NYC Hammond Organist

NYC's Brian Charette is a leading voice on the Hammond Organ. His music runs the gamut from, traditional organ influenced jazz to more modern fare, combining the organ with analog synthesizers and circuit-bent synthesis. Charette has released numerous records on the Steeplechase and Positone labels as well as independently. He tours the world and regularly performs with some of the brightest stars in Jazz including, George Coleman, Vic Juris, Peter Bernstein, Ari Hoenig, Ben Monder and Oz Noy, to name few. He's a Grammy-nominated musician and is regularly found in the top of the heap of major music polls. Besides his musical accomplishments, Brian is a great resource for musicians trying to learn to navigate the music business, develop their brand and audience. A thoughtful and spiritual soul, Charette has thought deeply about how he strives to be in the world and the energy he brings to the situation. I've known Brian for several years and his musical evolution is exciting to watch. Please enjoy my conversation with Brian Charette!  

#002 Vince Clarke: Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure

Vince Clarke is an electronic music pioneer and a founding member of Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and Erasure. In our conversation, we discuss Vince's songwriting and production values. I met Vince in 2004 when I played some radio promo shows with Erasure. Out of the blue, I was asked to co-produce an album which became the Erasure album, Union Street. Named after my Brooklyn studio, Union Street was an acoustic reinterpretation of some of Vince and vocalist, Andy Bell's favorite Erasure songs. Since then we've developed an ongoing friendship and I always look forward to talking music with Mr. Clarke.