Radio host & Big Band vocalist Kathy Jenkins interviews and performs with world class musicians and singers in the jazz, cabaret, Broadway and blues genres while featuring her guests' most recent recordings and stories.
Kathy Jenkins and former Canadian Air Force musician, commander conductor John Monachan compare notes about their military music background. Founder of the Southwest Florida Concert Band, John and his band currently providing free concerts to the public in and around the Ft Myers FL area.
Former conductor of the Lehigh Concert Band, John has performed euphonium and trombone with a number of bands, including the Sanibel Big Arts Band, the Bonita Springs Concert Band, Haffenkapelle, the Brass Elements quintet. He has conducted and performed with the American Patrol Band, played euphonium and trombone with the Trenton Citizens Band, and the Brighton All Star Band.
In this second episode, Kathy Jenkins interviews Boris Kozlov, multi Grammy-Award winning acoustic and electric bassist, composer and arranger. Boris has also arranged music for Kathy. You'll hear cuts of Kathy's various albums as well as some of Boris' latest recordings.
“Kozlov is one of the anchors of modern jazz”
— Todd Barkan, producer
“The sophistication and harmonic sense I wish I could have in my next live”
— Anthony Jackson, 6-string bass developer and player
"Swung harder than anything else will this year"
— Chicago Tribune
Since 1998, Boris has served as Musical Director, Arranger and Bassist for Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and The Charles Mingus Orchestra.
Boris has also been a first-call bassist for jazz premier acts such as The Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, Michael Brecker, John Blake, Ray Barretto's "New World Spirit," Lew Tabackin, David Kikoski, Alex Sipiagin, Jean-Michel Pilc, Brian Lynch, Jaleel Shaw, John DiMartino, and New Cuban Express, just to name a few.
In 2022, Boris' quintet recorded "First Things First" under the Posi-Tone label, an album that features some of his latest compositions.
- Brian Lynch's “The Omni-American Book Club
- Mingus Big Band's “Live at The Jazz Standard”
- Eddie Palmieri’s "Simpatico"
Photo: Boris and Kathy — 2017
In this first episode, Kathy Jenkins interviews Yaron Gershovsky, Musical Director and pianist/keyboardist for the world-renowned vocal group The Manhattan Transfer. Yaron also arranges music for Kathy. You'll hear cuts of Kathy's latest album as well as some of Yaron's latest recordings.
Yaron Gershovsky graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, following a successful early career in Israel, where he was born. Soon thereafter, he launched his musical career in the United States, touring with the great jazz saxophone player Pharoah Sanders and recording with the legendary Wayne Shorter on his album Atlantis.
Since 1979, Yaron has been the Musical Director and pianist/keyboardist for the world-renowned vocal group The Manhattan Transfer, touring, recording, and writing instrumental and vocal arrangements for them, including two GRAMMY-award winning songs.
Yaron has also recorded and performed with other greats, including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Steve Gadd, Abraham Laboriel, Lew Soloff, Janis Siegel, Ray Brown, Grady Tate, Don Sebesky, The Count Basie Orchestra, Richie Havens, Take 6, and Toots Thielemans.
His Broadway credits include vocal arranging for the Tony Award-winning musical City of Angels and vocal arranging for the musical hit Swing. He was also the Musical Director for numerous other shows and workshops and keyboardist for the musicals The Phantom of The Opera and Les Miserables.
In addition, Yaron had the honor of working with the famed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and performed with him at Carnegie Hall.
Throughout his career, Yaron continuously writes, performs, and records his music, and has released numerous albums, such as Personal Notes and State of Mind, and more recently, Up Close from Afar — Solo Piano, and Up Close from Afar — Collaborations, which highlight his creative work during the pandemic-enforced isolation. His latest studio album, Transitions, was released in 2021.
Photo: Yaron and Kathy — 2017
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