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Port Jeff Documentary Series Spotlight on Jazz On The Air

This Sunday, March 12, Mr. Edison will not only be celebrating women in jazz who've done incredible things but also women in our neighborhood who do incredible things..

Some of the ladies who help run the Port Jefferson Documentary Series will be showing up on the show to talk about the latest season of engaging fact based films, the kinds of films that got the Port Jefferson Documentary Series named Long Island's Best Film Festival despite being out promoted and out spent by various other film festivals here.

Jazz On The Air airs 3:00-6:00 p.m. (interview will be around the 5:00 mark)

For more information about the Port Jefferson Documentary Series, visit http://www.portjeffdocumentaryseries.com/

“The Zookeeper’s Wife’s” Efrat Dor & “Marathon: the Patriot’s Day Bombing” Directors on Tom Needham's the Sounds of Film

THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Israeli superstar, Efrat Dor, documentary filmmakers Rikki Stern and Annie Sundberg, and Long Island director, Patricia Shih, will be Tom Needham’s special guests this Thursday at 6 P.M. on the Sounds of Film on WUSB.

For more information, visit http://www.longisland.com/news/03-07-17/efrat-dor-rikki-stern-annie-sund...

An Interview With Aziza Miller on Smooth Jazz Radio, Tuesday at 2:00pm.

Join George Rudolph on Tuesday, March 7th at 2:00 PM on Smooth Jazz Radio WUSB 90.1 FM for an interview with Aziza Miller, who will be appearing at The Iridium, 1650 Broadway & 51st Street in New York City on March 21st at 8:30 PM.

A former music teacher, Aziza Toured with the great Natalie Cole as her Music Director/Conductor/Pianist and collaborated on 4 recorded songs with jazz great Ahmad Jamal. Aziza was music teacher to Broadway stars and Award winners- Daisy Eagan(Secret Garden Tony award winner), Marty Thomas(Secret Garden, Xanadu, Star Search winner) and multi-grammy award winning artist Alicia Keys... to name a few. Marty Thomas won first place in the junior division on Star Search singing a song written by Aziza Miller!

Aziza Miller's new cd,THIS JOURNEY OF LOVE( produced by Richard Harrison), broke into the Top 50 on the Smoothjazz.com Indie Artist Charts this week. Her new single is A BRAND NEW SONG. We'll be playing this song and other cuts from her new cd including A SONG FOR SILVER. We'll also be playing a song called GREAT LADIES OF JAZZ from her previous CD entitled What's on Your Mind, produced by Abe Fogle.

You Can get Aziza's music at CDBABY, AMAZON, and ITunes, and you can follow her at: www.azizamiller.com, Twitter@azizany and facebook.com/aziza.miller.

Photographer Paul Mele on the Salvage & Recovery Radio Show - Monday, March 6, 9:00 PM

Photographer Paul Mele will join DJ John O on the Salvage & Recovery Radio Show on Monday, March 6, at 9:00 PM. Paul will be talking about his upcoming show at FotoFoto Gallery in Huntington that will feature numerous photos of the decay inside the Kings Park Psychiatric Center.

For more information about Paul Mele, visit http://www.paulmelephotography.com/home-p_1.html

Cary Morin on Country Pocket - Monday, March 6

by Trevor Christian

“Please indulge me, I’m gonna cross that line,” Cary Morin sings on “Ghost Dog,” a track from his rich solo effort Cradle to the Grave. By that point in the album, seven tracks in, the line between storytelling and an exploration of the mind and reality had long since been crossed.

The combination of Morin’s heady, challenging lyrics and rich finger-picked guitar results in an album that somehow sounds like thinking feels. As the only performer on the album, Morin delivers an intensely personal experience that provokes thoughts almost as often as it deconstructs them.

On “Dawn’s Early Light,” in which Morin, who is a member of the Crow tribe, heavily references the protest at Standing Rock. He repeats the ‘if a tree falls in a forest’ thought experiment with the word ‘treaty’ in place of ‘tree’ and repurposes words from the Star Spangled Banner, both to devastating effect. In urging “no compromise,” Morin slams the United States for suppressing the ideals the nation was built on and repeatedly violating treaties with few repercussions. Yet, he feels an optimism, citing “the support that Native people are receiving for their efforts to protect clean water, not just for Native people but for everybody.”

“Another wonderful thing is the unification of all of the different Nations that have come together in support of that effort,” Morin said.

Morin does much more to explore the mind on tracks like the daydreaming “Laid Back” and his motivation on “Back on the Train.” “Mishawaka” delves into a vision or dream of the singer’s death. All are recorded live in a folk/blues fingerpicking style he calls Native Americana.

“The end result doesn’t really get edited that much,” Morin said. “I record without headphones. I basically sit in a room and play the songs. The recordings hopefully, and I believe they do, sound like my live shows.”

Just about any YouTube recording of his performances suggest this multiple Colorado Blues Challenge Solo Championship is right about that.

Morin also included a cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” mostly courtesy of YouTube. He based his interpretation on a video of Prince performing his composition in Las Vegas and originally intended it to be released only on the video streaming service before placing it on his album. The Sinead O’Connor version of the track is the most well known, but its synth-heavy production has not aged well.

Much like the Prince video, Morin’s take on the song seems likely to sound as relevant years later. But while Prince delivers anguish and style, Morin goes with a more defeated sadness and simplicity. It’s an impressive achievement for Morin, and even more so a testament to Prince’s songwriting abilities that the power ballad sounds so good stripped down. For insight into Morin’s decision making here, listen below.

The album starts and ends with songs featuring the lyrics “watch over me/ for I’m only a child.” Though the first track, Cradle to the Grave, finds the speaker in significantly more distressed than the closing “Watch Over Me,” the idea of needing a higher power is the theme for both.

“I took that lyric from Cradle to the Grave and I tried a couple of different melodies and guitar lines,” Morin said. “I thought, ‘it’s an interesting take on the same set of lyrics, so why not use them as bookends?’”

It’s a wise choice for an album that spends so much time in Morin’s thoughts. Though he’s reaffirmed his desire to trust others and actively shape his life, it feels authentic that Morin still needs someone watching over him. It’s a believable and relatable place to be after deep thought: a bit more positive and resolute, but still needing the same things as before.

Cary Morin appears on the March 6, 2017, edition of Country Pocket on WUSB. In this clip from the show, he discusses his cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U."