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Apr 26

L.A. Mocks, Cleveland Rocks!

HBO's taping of the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction started nearly 50 minutes late. Randy Newman was scheduled to be the first inductee on Thursday evening, April 18, 2013. But, as all in attendance later found out, his good friend and longtime musical admirer Don Henley was stuck in traffic. It was getting close to 8pm and the taping was scheduled to begin at 7pm. Exasperated producers turned up the stage lights at the Nokia Theatre and let Randy rip into a brilliant version of his "I Love L.A.". Newman had Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and John Fogerty all wailing away on guitar with him. Petty was in particularly good voice and Fogerty knifed a razor sharp solo. An auspicious beginning, indeed. The lights went dark, Newman got up from his piano, straightened his tuxedo and went back to his white-clothed table in the orchestra pit in front of the stage. Only then did Don Henley appear at the lectern. He sardonically noted that he, too, "loved L.A." "It took me 90 minutes to get here." He drew the biggest laughs of the evening until erstwhile stand-up comedians Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters showed up to close out the ceremonies with their induction speech for Rush.

Jul 6

Strings Attached:From Nat King Cole To Philly Soul...

From Johnny Mathis to Luther Vandross "Strings Attached" is an audio excursion that explores the beautiful orchestration that backed moving vocal performances by black balladeers in classic songs over the last half century. This thoughtful commentary includes wonderful observations from guest "voices" including John "Skip" Anderson who worked as pianist,songwriter and arranger for Luther Vandross for more than 20 years; Terri Pontremoli, former Detroit Jazz Festival artistic director who is also a classically trained violinist who played for the Cleveland Opera before going on to perform in string sections for Isaac Hayes, Smokey Robinson and The O'Jays; lead vocalist Russell Thompkins, Jr. of The Stylistics; and legendary Motown audio engineer Dr. Ed Wolfrum, who recorded both Hot, Buttered Soul for Isaac Hayes and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On".

"Strings Attached" is narrated by Jack Marchbanks, music historian for WCBE 90.5-FM Columbus. Jack has written and reported national features for both NPR and APM on African American musicians, notably Sam Cooke, The Ohio Players and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

To receive a free MP3 download of an excerpt of "Strings Attached," contact Jack Marchbanks.

Used by permission of 90.5-FM WCBE Columbus ©2012


Nov 7

"Shaft"Turns 40

Language Universal Founder Jack Marchbanks co-hosts a weekly jazz program entitled Jazz Sunday on 90.5-FM WCBE Columbus, Central Ohio's "most listened to public radio station." To note the fortieth anniversary of the late Isaac Hayes's remarkable accomplishment of writing, performing and producing the Grammy-award winning and Academy Award-winning soundtrack for the Gordon Parks-directed movie, Shaft, Jack and Jazz Sunday host K.C. Jones interviewed Patricia Lewis, leader of Isaac Hayes's back-up vocal group, Hot, Buttered Soul. Ms. Lewis is a Facebook friend of Language Universal Co-Founder SIDney Howard, who put her in contact with Jack for this informative Autumn 2011 interview. Listen now.

Used by permission of 90.5-FM WCBE Columbus ©2011


Sept 5

The 32nd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival
If it's the Labor Day Weekend, you know where Jack Marchbanks and his better half, Alice Flowers, most likely are: The Detroit Jazz Festival. For the fifth consecutive year, Jack covered this largest free jazz festival in the world for his hometown NPR affiliate, 90.5-FM WCBE Columbus. And, although a nasty thunderstorm forced the cancelation of the Saturday evening concerts on September 3rd, the 2011 edition of Detroit Jazz Festival, or "DJF" as it is affectionately called by Motor City jazz fans, was still a solid success.

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Sept 3

Aaron Diehl Takes Detroit Jazz Festival by Storm
Well, after the storm, actually. A powerful thunderstorm blew through the Detroit Jazz Festival (DJF) Saturday evening, September 3rd, with stinging airborne gravel and horizontal rain propelled by 60 mile per hour winds.

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May 15

Rock Hall's 2011 Spring Benefit
The women indeed rocked at The 2011 edition of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum's annual "It's Only Rock and Roll" Spring Benefit fundraiser.

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Sep 3

The 31st Detroit International Jazz Festival
WCBE’s (90.5-FM Columbus, Ohio) “jazz ambassadors” represented the station well at the 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Happily continuing my tradition of covering the event “live” since "Jazz Sunday" host "K.C. Jones" tabbed me as a co-host in 2007, I took in three full days of the three and one-half day jazz spectacular, reporting by telephone to Jazz Sunday guest host *Wayne Self* on Sunday, of course, September 5th.

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May 24

It's Only Rock and Roll: The Rock Hall's Party With A Purpose
If you enjoy multi-generational musical mash-ups, you owe it to yourself to attend the next "It's Only Rock and Roll" Benefit for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It's a grand party with a great purpose. Rock Hall of Fame member musicians and potential future inductees deliver inspired live performances, trying to outdo each other and, if they are not yet inductees, trying mightily to impress the Rock Hall board members in attendance.

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Jan 23

NEA 2010 Jazz Masters Ceremony & Concert: Greats Glow In Gotham
If great music is light, and in a way, it is illumination to the soul, then the sumptuous sounds emanating from the Lincoln Center on Tuesday evening, January 12th beamed a beacon into the heavens brighter than all the combined marquees in Manhattan.

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Nov 8

Jack Marchbanks at KCRW in Santa Monica

Hear Rodney Hoskins iinterviewed by Jack Marchbanks at KCRW in Santa Monica, CA.

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