014 Kiku Collins

Kiku Collins has established herself at the heights of pop, jazz and R&B. She has performed with everybody: Beyonce, Michael Bolton, Jill Scott, Train, Gloria Gaynor, Carole King, Sza, Sam Moore, Esperanza Spalding, Queen Latifah, Trombone Shorty, Smokey Robinson, Keb Mo, Lea Delaria, Paul Shaffer, The Manhattan Transfer, Buddy Guy, Faith Evans, Ciara, Ben E. King, Janelle Monae, Patti LaBelle, Sheila E., Lalah Hathaway... even Joe Piscopo! You might have seen her on the Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, at the White House for President Obama (twice), the Grammys and at several international jazz festivals. But it's not all glitz and glamor: Collins is also a cancer and lymphedema patient, and is actively involved with #Cancerland and other advocacy organizations.

She was kind to let us into her living room where we met her cat, Nobu, and heard about her upbringing, early training, great gigs as well as great hardships in the life of a high-level professional on the world stage.

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013 Daniel Sadownick

Bronx native Daniel Sadownick has toured with a large (and growing) cross-section of the greatest musicians we all love: Michael Brecker, Me'shell Ndege'Ocello, Steely Dan, Tony, Toni Tone', Maxwell, Angie Stone, Dennis Chambers, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, Nat Adderley, George Coleman, Dianne Reeves, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Carl Allen, Nnenna Freelon, Dewey Redman, Jennifer Lopez... even Billy Idol. Daniel is also a member of the New York based cult band the Screaming Headless Torsos. He is a versatile percussionist that does not limit himself to one genre.

It was an honor to spend some time with him at his studio on Long Island. In this episode you'll hear Daniel talk about his origins, his influences, early gigs as well as some great technical pointers on practice technique and gig etiquette.

New Yorkers are lucky to have musicians like Daniel Sadownick among us. Enjoy the episode!

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012 Trevor P. Allen

“I say bass players never really chose the bass. The bass has been around for thousands of years. The bass chose us.”

- Trevor P. Allen

My friends, today we hear from a true keeper of the flame, Mr. Trevor P. Allen. From the trenches of the New York club scene to bandstands all over the world, this guy delivers on the bass.

But Trevor's more than a bass player. He's also a band leader in his own right. He runs the show every single Tuesday at Cafe Wha?, and he tours with people like Roy Ayers and Freddie Jackson. He's the real deal, and he was kind enough to talk about style, spirituality, versatility, work ethic. The guy is a true musical tradesman. I went to talk to him at his place in Brooklyn.

If you live anywhere live New York, then it's worth it to go see Trevor do his magic in person at Cafe Wha? on Tuesdays. The band also plays at Groove on Mondays. I know a lot of musicians think about the clubs in Greenwich Village like going to see the Statue of Liberty of something. Like, tourists do that, right? College kids? But like I said at the top, that is where they keep the fire burning. Do yourself a favor.

Thanks to Trevor for opening up the studio at Groov-a-Toon in Brooklyn and sharing his story with us.

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