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Husband, Father, Grand Father, Great Grand Father, Retired Radio and TV Broadcaster. Over 35 year in the Broadcasting Business. Producer of Jazz, Blues Music Program And Radio News Programs. HowSharp Productions Social Media.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Doctor of Jazz - Back In The News

Back in the News: http://360mainstreet.com/article/236/featured-faces-howard-sharper

Monday, October 25, 2010

Jazz & Much More

The Doctor of Jazz is a member of musically one. Check out JazziN By the Bay with ShiaoMei on Musically...One:

Jazz & More

You gotta hear this. For the Jazz Lovers, Check out JazziN By the Bay http://on.fb.me/cNdMjB

Monday, September 27, 2010

A Return to Love

Here's A Return to love ... at a time when music really is all over the map the new CD by Aysha takes me back to a time when love songs were supreme. Her new release reminds me of a the music of Earth Wind & Fire and & the vocals of all of my favorite soul singers from the 1960'. Take a listen to her new CD "Stay With Me" I gurantee you'll fall in love again. https://ayshamusic.com/Gallery.php

Monday, May 17, 2010

Remembering Hank Jones

Hank Jones, the eldest of the "Jones Brothers" from Pontiac, Michigan has passed away at the age of 91. Hank was born in Mississippi, his musical family moved to Pontiac, where he spent his youth & cut his chops on the Detroit Jazz scene. Hank was known for his eloquent & lyrical style of piano playing. And, during his career in jazz he won many of the highest awards. Hank Jones was a true "Jazz Master." He recorded over 60 albums & appeared on countless more.

Along with his brothers Thad & Elvin "The Jones Brothers" were considered jazz royalty in Michigan. And, we Michigan jazz lovers were proud to clain the trio as our own. Thad, a world famous Trumpeter, composer & Band leader, passed away in 1983. The younger brother Elvin, a mighty mighty drummer & leader of the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, passed away in 2004.

There's much that could be said about Hank Jones & I'll let other's have their say. For me, I'll just say "Hank was a great musician & I'm so happy that his musical legacy remains." Doc ...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Happy 70th Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock Still Going Strong at 70!

I first discovered the music of Herbie Hancock in the 1960's. That discovery came on the heals of the smash 1963 jazz hit "Watermelon Man" released by Mongo Santamaria. I was just a young teenager, but I'd been listening to jazz for several years already. When I learned the the most popular dance tune of the day had been written by a young African American composer, I was extremely excited.

I've followed the music of Herbie Hancock ever since. Just last week, on Blip.fm, I sent out one of my favorites, "Tell Me A Bedtime Story" and I continue to receive props for sharing that song from all over the world. "Maiden Voyage" and "Fat Albert Routunda" are two of my favorite Herbie Hancock recordings.

Other favorite compositions include (Chameleon, Future Shock, Canteloupe Island, & Theieves in the Temple) ... If you're looking to build your library I highly recommend The Complete Blue Note Sixties Session. So Happy Birthday Herbie Hancock, thanks for the many years of great music!

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Doctor is always in on Blip.fm!

Join me this weekend on Blip.fm, It's like twitter for music lovers. Hundreds of songs at your finger tips. http://blip.fm/DoctorOfJazz

Friday, February 26, 2010

Chris Greene Quartet-Merge

This weekend I'm listening to The Chris Greene Quartet. Their latest release "Merge" on On Single Malt Recording is an outstanding blend of Jazz fused with pop & hip-hop influences. The rhythm section, Marc Paiane on double bass, Tyrone Blair on Drums, & Damian Espinosa on piano & keyboards, keeps the the groove solid. Chris Greenes fluid improvisations take the release into the stratosphere. This is one releae that I urge you to add to your collection. Believe me you won't regret the acquistion. It will bring you hours of great listening. http://www.chrisgreenejazz.com/

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Eric Bibb offers Inspiration!

"It don't matter where you come from, no matter who you are ... you don't need no ID, you don't need no membership card. You know you're always welcome In My Fathers House." Eric Bibb is our featured artist on Monday, March 1st on "The Session" from Q90.1, WUCX-FM. Don't miss this show!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu-otdZmC4E

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Men of Honor by Jeremy Pelt

Men of Honor is "Smokin"

This week I'm listening to Jeremy Pelt's "Men Of Honor." The release offers some stirring musical advice for all to hear. Check it out! More from me later. http://www.peltjazz.com/music.html

Monday, February 15, 2010


Doctor of Jazz Pick of the Week.

This week I am most pleased to be listening to the latest release from the Houston Person Quintet, "Mellow." The title of the CD says it all. Other phrases that come to mind include "soulfully vibrant" ... "blues tinged & lyrical." Mellow is a blend of soft & mellow tunes with bright & bouncy interpretations of jazz standards. If you are one who enjoys a rich & full-bodied Tenor Sax sound, you're going to love "Mellow."

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Phantoms of Love

Doctor Of Jazz Pick of the Week

This week I'm enjoying the new release by Havana Carbo, Phantoms of Love. Havana was born in Cuba & raised in the United States. As a singer/composer she performs with a quartet affectionately and unofficially known as "MELAO." Phantoms of love is truly a treat. Multilingual HAVANA glides from language to language without a hitch, as she tells each story. That while the band keeps the groove tight & breathes and speaks the same emotional language along with Havana.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Project Trio
I'm listening to Project Trio. You gotta hear Blue Rondo a la Turk, City of Dreams and Visual Machine. A soft but dynamic wall of sound. Greg Patillo-Flute, Eric Stephenson-Cello, Peter Seymour-bass & Mark Gurarie-Vocals. Their new release is due out Tuesday February 2nd 2010. Enjoy! Did I mention that this is a truly fun recording. You'll have a good time just listening, but you might want to get up and do a little dance too! http://www.whatisproject.org/index.html

Friday, January 29, 2010

Jessy J Scores Again

True Love by Jessy J a Smooth Jazz Show Stopper.

Jazz saxophonist Jessy J was born Jessica Spinella in Portland, Oregon. Growing up in Hemet, California she began playing the piano at age four. At 15, she was named Piano State Champion at the Bela Bartok Festival in California. Later, she switched instruments to the saxophone. This University of Southern California graduate earned a degree in jazz studies. Jessy turned professional, finding work backing Michael Buble in the recording studio and playing in the touring bands for the Temptations, & Jessica Simpson. Her big break came when Producer/guitarist Paul Brown gave her a featured spot in his show in 2006. She signed with Peak Records and released her breakout CD, Tequila Moon in March of 2008. Tequila moon was produced by Paul Brown. The CD topped our smooth jazz charts for six month's and was my pick for recording of the year. Jessy new release, True Love (2009 Concord Jazz) is a more mature sound than Tequila Moon. She continues her collaboration with Paul Brown. I think True Love serves notice to the Jazz World that Jessy J is here to stay. That prospect makes me smile. True Love by Jessy J is on my "must hear list." http://www.jessyj.com/ http://twitter.com/JessyJSax

Thursday, January 28, 2010

What a Melody!
Topping this month's Hot & New playlist is Melody Gardot & her Verve release "My One & Only Thrill."

Q90.1 Delta College Public Radio Download February's Online Jazzline 90.1 for what's hot and new in jazz, blues, and world beat. http://www3.delta.edu/broadcasting/q901/jazzline/

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

We All Need Some Love Today.

A song for all in need of something special today. Stevie Wonders "Love's In Need of Love Today. Enjoy the Message. ♫ http://blip.fm/~jvgt1

Friday, January 22, 2010

Queen Latifah-A Jazz Diva!
I'm a Queen Latifah fan & proud of it. She's a great performer. I love her movies and when she sings jazz & blues it's just the best. From the Dana Owens Album, Check-Out Queen Latifah laying down the blues. ♫ http://blip.fm/~jkoqt

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Enjoy the lush baritone voice of Buford Powers. Listening to his release "Eclectic" I'm reminded of the great Authur Prysock. However, Burford brings a contemporary pulse to songs of romance. This release is a must for fans of contemporary vocal jazz.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Doctor of Jazz Best of 2009

Bach In Havana by Tiempo Libre is my pick for the best in World Beat. Splendor in the Grass by Pink Martini is my pick for best Vocal Jazz. Havin' The Last Word by Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women is my pick for best blues recording. Global Cooling by Joyce Cooling is my pick for best in Smooth Jazz. And, New Time, New Tet by Benny Golson is my pick for best in Contemporary Jazz. Happy 80 Birthday Benny.
January is Jazz Legends Month. Celebrate with Delta College Quality Public Radio, WUCX-FM 90.1. On Monday January 18th celebrate the music of Poncho Sanchez noon until 1pm on Q-90.1.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Join Delta College Public Radio for more from the new release from Nancy Harms, "In The Indigo." Tune in "The Session" Friday January 30ith from noon until 1pm on WUCX-FM 90.1.

Join Q-90.1, Delta College Public Radio on Face Book over 250 fans and counting. Become a fan today. Here's the new link. www.facebook.com/q90.1wucx


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