Thanks For Sitting In Podcast
Ep. 5: Yvonne Ervin & the Tucson Jazz Festival

Ep. 5: Yvonne Ervin & the Tucson Jazz Festival

May 31, 2019

(Originally released on 01.14.18. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

NOTE: Sadly, Yvonne passed away in December of 2018. She will always be remembered for her tireless efforts in supporting jazz and bringing it to Tucson. We will miss her.

Tucson Arizona has a diverse music scene, a supportive community and a thriving artistic culture. The Tucson Jazz Festival brings all those elements together every January for an incredible fan experience. As Executive Director of the festival Yvonne worked tirelessly with the community, the schools and sponsors to bring in some of the best jazz artists on the scene today. This interview is filled with information on the performers, the festival, its future and more. We invite you to consider attending the festival and enjoying not only great jazz but all that Tucson has to offer.

Yvonne Ervin was the founding executive director of the Tucson Jazz Society and marketing director for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. She organized the Primavera Jazz Fest, the world’s longest-running women’s jazz festival and produced the first Jazz on the Border: The Mingus Project, a week long festival in Nogales, Arizona and Sonora. She also stage managed the Apollo Theater in NYC and produced the memorials for jazz greats Abbey Lincoln and Hank Jones at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, NYC. She was an active board member of the International Association of Jazz Educators and also worked as a jazz journalist for print and radio, interviewing more than 150 jazz legends.

SHOW NOTES:

  • How Yvonne became involved with the festival
  • Yvonne & “Bitches Brew”
  • Yvonne is works hard as do her volunteers
  • Downtown Jazz Fiesta Lineup (Monday, January 15)
  • Headlining Festival Artists (January 11 – January 21)
  • The Mingus Dynasty
  • Jazz On The Border – The Mingus Project (April 2018)
  • The Jazz scene in Tucson and it’s future
  • Half of the attendees are from out of town!
  • Yvonne’s “Bucket List” for future festivals & concerts
  • Jimmy Heath’s work with students
  • Festival Demographics
  • Rapid Fire
  • Festival ticket and newsletter information
  • Artist deserving more recognition – Gracie Jessop
  • Favorite Jazz Artist?
  • Charles Mingus
  • Best Concert Yvonne has attended?
  • Favorite show Yvonne’s produced?
  • Future (And an exclusive announcement!)

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Ep. 4: Musician / Composer Dalal Bruchmann

Ep. 4: Musician / Composer Dalal Bruchmann

May 31, 2019

(Originally released on 11.21.17. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

Composing With Colors

Dalal Bruchmann is a singer and composer who grew up in Austria in a musical family and moved to the United States at an early age. She loves classical music as well as pop music and has been successful performing both. She writes her music arrangements using different colors inspired from her love of art.  The title of her latest album,”The Quiet Heart” was taken from one of her favorite poems, “The Quiet Mind”.

Dalal is a very deep and talented artist who has a wide variety of influences that help her create her incredible music. She grew up in Austria and moved to the United States at an early age. Dalal started playing piano and violin at age four, has done musical theater, performed gospel, pop and now classical music and writes her compositions in colors!

Dalal has two hit pop releases, “Taste the Night”, which was her first hit song followed by “Superman”.

Her latest, “The Quiet Heart” is a classical music project where she wrote all the music and performed on piano and vocals.

This was such an interesting and fun interview. We covered music, colors and somehow food! You will enjoy listening to Dalal as much as we did sitting down with her.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Growing up with music in Austria
  • Culture change moving to New York and Los Angeles
  • The “A-ha” moment
  • English and the other languages of music
  • “Taste The Night” – From ballad to EDM
  • “Superman”
  • The “Quiet Heart” story
  • How carbon monoxide poisoning influenced the project
  • Writing in “colors”
  • Possible tour?
  • Inspirations
  • Painters
  • Composers
  • Kate Bush
  • Pop influences
  • Rapid Fire
  • Who would you like to collaborate with?
  • Remixing “The Quiet Heart”
  • Your best performance?
  • Favorite video?
  • Who do you listen to when you relax? Hobbies?
  • Social Media
  • “Future”
  • “All the Places” coming next year!
  • How did we get to food???

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Ep 3: Musician / Producer Ron Blake

Ep 3: Musician / Producer Ron Blake

May 30, 2019

(Originally released on 10.12.17. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

Ron has just released his first solo album – “Assimilation”. A project that he has worked on for nine years! It features a great line up of musicians including members of the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band for whom he plays trumpet.

Ron started playing trumpet at age nine. Since then he has performed with Big Band Voodoo Daddy, Green Day, his present gig with Poncho Sanchez and has recorded with Dr. Dre! Ron’s first solo album – “Assimilation” is rising up the Jazz charts.

He records in his home studio for those artists who need horns for their projects. Hi Speed Horns makes it possible for independent producers and musicians to send their music files to Ron who will produce and record horns arrangements for their project. Ron does studio work on a variety of projects and works with a small group of students teaching them the right way to approach music.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Starting off at Hamilton High School
  • Miles, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard
  • Working with students and the parents reactions
  • Touring with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Green Day
  • How that lead to working with Poncho Sanchez
  • The nine year “Assimilation” project
  • When music changed – Napster
  • Advise for aspiring touring musicians
  • Hi Speed Horns
  • RAPID FIRE
  • Favorite musical experience
  • Working with Dr. Dre
  • Admiring how Disclosure works
  • Advise for musicians who have a family
  • Future Social Media is taking us over!
  • Ron’s home studio set up

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Ep 2: Virtuloso Cellist Tina Guo

Ep 2: Virtuloso Cellist Tina Guo

May 30, 2019

(Originally released on 09.28.17. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

Tina Guo is a name you may not instantly recognize, but you certainly have heard her music. She is a virtuoso acoustic / electric cellist who has been featured in a multitude of soundtracks like Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, Inception, Pirates Of The Carribean 5, Kung Fu Panda 3, Superman Vs. Batman and many more.

She has toured with Hans Zimmer, was a featured soloist on the Cirque De Soleil’s, Michael Jackson “The Immortal” tour, composed music for various TV and movie projects, has released ten albums of her own including her latest “Game On”, has released her own line of signature cellos, is very active on social media including her YouTube channel and has performed all over the world with a variety of famous musicians.

Tina is an extremely busy artist and continues to explore her musical and visual expressions. In this episode, she discusses her career, being a female musician, her creative spark and offers advise to aspiring musicians. Tina has fused classical music with her love for metal to create her own unique sound and image.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Tina’s musical beginnings
  • Developing her own sound on acoustic and electric cello
  • Creating an image and a brand
  • Reacting to social media comments
  • The “Wonder Woman Theme” video
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Tina’s upcoming solo tour
  • Tina’s line of cellos, bows and strings
  • The necessity of social media
  • Being a woman in the industry
  • Staying focused with a major label
  • The “Game On” project
  • Rapid Fire
  • Favorite Video Game
  • Favorite Tech toy
  • Lindsey Stirling
  • Pizza!
  • Project Most Proud Of
  • Favorite Metal Band
  • Future

Visit Tina on her website!

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Ep. 1: Pop Sensation Miss Krystle

Ep. 1: Pop Sensation Miss Krystle

May 30, 2019

(Originally released on 09.05.17. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

Displaying a smart business mind, incredible vocal, songwriting and production talent and a humanitarian side, Miss Krystle is ready to conquer the pop music world. The Phoenix based entertainer has been performing since she was 15 and shows no signs of stopping. You will learn quite a bit by listening to Miss Krystle's interview.

"There is more to Miss Krystle than her flaming red hair! Miss Krystle is a modern day superhero. Entertainment attorney by day, incredible musician by night.

Miss Krystle has been writing and releasing music since she was 15 and is her number one passion. She has found incredible success on Beatport, Soundcloud, Pandora and YouTube as well as working with Grammy winning producers.

She is a musician, entrepreneur, humanitarian and a vegan. She is a "Woman In Motion." At the time of this podcast she had just released her latest single "Inevitable". Learn more about Miss Krystle on her website "

"We live for the idea that things will get better, but the best is yet to come." - Miss Krystle

"You can't expect for anyone to pay for your dreams." - Miss Krystle

SHOW NOTES:

  • The inspiration for "Inevitable"
  • Miss Krystle's Songwriting Technique
  • Video Production
  • Investing In Music
  • The Dawn Of A Pop Star
  • The Britney Spears Marilyn Manson Marriage
  • Being A Female In A Male Industry
  • Music Streaming
  • RAPID FIRE:
  • Who Would You Like To Collaborate With?
  • Favorite Song / Video Out Now - (Taylor Swift)
  • Miss Krystle's Favorite Song / Video
  • FUTURE
  • Young Ones United

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