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Cameron Smith has been an internationally recognized TV personality since 1976 as the teen host for Canada’s DISCO DAZE produced by ITV in Edmonton, Alberta.

At 20 he moved to the United States to pursue a radio and television career with stints at KATT, KZBS, KHYI, KODZ, KOAI and CBS 11 KTVT. Smith co-hosted and produced the legendary Wolfman Jack show on KODZ and was the morning host of Smooth Jazz 107.5 The Oasis in Dallas.

Cameron is currently the Program Director and mid day host at the all new Oasis Modern Jazz at CBS Radio in Dallas. Senior Account Director at CBS radio in Dallas, the Arrtistic Director of the Bishop Arts Jazz Series at the Bishop Arts Theater Center in Oak Cliff Texas and Warren Hill’s Can Cun Jazz Festival. He also serves as co-host of the Dave Koz and Friends at Sea cruise each year and host and curator of the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta Indonesia and artist in residence at the Bishop Arts Modern Gallery.

As the Executive Producer of Smooth Jazz TV he founded, syndicated and hosted more than 320 episodes of the show over 14 seasons broadcast in more than 30 major US markets and carried globally on 15 airlines in 11 different countries.

He’s interviewed hundreds of artists for television including Al Jarreau, Sting, George Benson, Chris Botti, Aaron Neville, Brian McKnight, Patti Austin and many others. His long form syndicated radio interviews span the pantheon of Jazz from John Hendricks to John Patitucci, David Sanborn and Randy Brecker.

Film work includes the lead role as Adam Goodnight in Bernie Pollack’s Jazz noir drama THE RIFF winner of the director’s choice award at the American Black Film Festival (2001).

As a writer his syndicated Jazz columns have appeared in Jazziz, Wine and Jazz, Arizona Vines and Wines and others.
He was a 20 year at large board member of the Dallas Black Dance Theater.

Awards include seven time nominee and 2011 winner of the Smooth Jazz Broadcaster of the Year as well as the CBS Radio X Award winner in Dallas in 2014.

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A bona fide guitar hero and perennial poll-winner, Al Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as virtuoso of the highest order. A prolific composer and prodigious six-string talent, Di Meola has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return To Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White).

A pioneer of blending world music and jazz, going back to early Latin-tinged fusion outings like 1976’s Land of the Midnight Sun, 1977’s Elegant Gypsy and 1978’s Casino, the guitar great continues to explore the rich influence of flamenco, tango, Middle Eastern, Brazilian and African music with his World Sinfonia, an ambitious pan-global group that he formed in 1991.

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Paula Salvatore has been an anchor of excellence in the L.A. recording world for many years. As Senior Director and Manager of Capitol Studios for 24 years, and currently as the Vice President/Studios, Paula has been an integral part of recordings for top line artists such as James Taylor and Tony Bennett and has worked alongside Grammy legend Al Schmitt with artists including Paul McCartney, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand, Sinatra and others.

When Studio A was renovated and re-opened in 1990, Paula helped establish Capitol Studios as a leading facility for Film & TV Scoring projects, hosting renowned composers such as Dave Grusin, James Newton Howard, Michael Giacchino, and Tom Newman. Studio A & B’s adjoining rooms (separated by a retractable wall) are amongst the most unique and popular rooms for orchestra sessions, live shows, events and film shoots. Hosting the pre-records and, for several years, the live broadcast of the annual Academy Awards have helped set the standard for excellence.

Paula established her management career working at Kendun Studios with Quincy Jones and George Benson, and numerous R & B legends. Moving to Sound City in the 80's, she worked with artists such as Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield and Fleetwood Mac, as well as heavy metal and “hair” bands like Guns & Roses, Warrant and Poison.

Musician, producer and now director, Dave Grohl of the FooFighters, featured Paula in his critically acclaimed 2013 documentary, Sound City. She also co-wrote and performed the end title theme, entitled “Sound City”. The studio business has been Paula’s life journey and she is held in high regard amongst her colleagues and industry peers. Many successful engineers have come up through the ranks under her guidance and Paula’s commitment and loyalty has earned her the respect of her renowned clientele.

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Since their first album release in 2009, the Kenneth Brian Band’s modern Southern Rock and Americana infused style, timeless song-craft, layered with Kenneth’s gritty vocals and guitar prowess have helped earn them a loyal fan following and the respect of fellow musicians. The quartet’s musical styling and dynamic live performances also attracted the attention of some of their mentors like Lucinda Williams, Billy Gibbons and current bandmate Steve Ferrone of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Since 2013, they spent two years touring with multi-Grammy winner Lucinda Williams, who describes them as “somewhere between Lynyrd Skynyrd and Drive-By Trucker”, before joining ZZ Top in 2016 for several dates. Whether in intimate Honky Tonks or stately, sold-out theaters (with Lucinda), they continue to captivate audiences with resonating harmonies and a tight rhythm section.

Their fourth studio album With Lions, released in May, includes 11 songs all written by Kenneth and pays tribute to their musical mentors as well as their musically rich Southern heritage. The single “You’re Not Mine” is an edgy anthem with heavy-hitting guitar solos and their signature harmonies. “Beautiful Storm” is an emotionally evocative track that showcases Kenneth’s spellbinding competency with a slide.

Rock ‘n’ roll royalty Steve Ferrone (Drums, Tambourine, Shakers) and Scott Thurston (Keyboards, Piano) of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers don’t just lend their talents for the album but, Ferrone sits behind the drum kit when he’s not touring with Tom Petty. Travis and Steve met a couple of years ago at a gathering thrown by a mutual pal. Not long after, they needed a drummer for a Hollywood gig and Steve sat in with the band. He worked with the guys to hone their sound and helped them find the right players. And as they say, the rest is history.
Handpicked by Steve, drummer Chris Cano plays with KBB when Ferrone is on the road with the Heartbreakers. Popular session bass guitarist and Disresputable Few member, Paul ILL, joined the band at Steve’s urging and perfectly rounded out the Kenneth Brian Band sound. “Those two were the perfect combination for what we do,” said Kenneth Brian. “Their influence has helped elevate our playing and just being around Steve is a master class on how to be a successful artist and a decent human being,” he continued. In true KBB form, the sound of the new album honors their distinctive blend of Southern Rock that is both progressive and rooted in tradition.

While they both currently reside in Los Angeles, they hail from the South. Kenneth was born in Virginia but spent most of his formative years in Alabama before his family settled in a small town just north of Gainesville, Florida. Travis was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia and spent summers with his dad in Nashville. From a very young age, they realized their passion for creating music and have pursued it with vigor. Travis started on the piano and Kenneth penned his first country song on an old guitar at the ripe age of 4.

After moving to Nashville in 2001, founding members Kenneth Brian (Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar) and Travis Stephens (Harmony Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Piano) met while playing the local scene and struck up a fast friendship, which led to a creative collaboration in 2009. Travis describes the camaraderie that comes from being part of this band. “We both understand the underlying spiritual groove that we are forever trying to stay dialed into for ourselves and our fans. And that comes before egos or opinions,” he said.

With Lions, out May 19, 2017 on Robo Records, was recorded at Dave’s Room Studio in Hollywood, California. David Bianco (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty) produced, mixed and engineered the album. It was mastered at legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California by mastering engineer Kevin Bartley.

Website: www.kennethbrianband.com
Facebook: @KennethBrianBand
Twitter: @KennethBrianBnd
Instagram: @thekennethbrianband

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There are few things as misunderstood in our modern age as public relations except maybe the touchdown celebration rules in the NFL. Frequently called “spin” and “schmoozing” and other polite variations of bullsh#$, this extraordinarily powerful marketing arrow will make any company’s quiver complete. This episode will tackle the misconceptions around PR that exist today and show you why public relations is something you need to know about, use and master in the very non-trusting consumer world of 2017 and beyond. And we’ll also have a fresh batch of winners and losers to talk about on the next edu-taining episode of the May the Best Brand Win on Entertalk Radio.  

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Susan Davis is the Director of Events for the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California. She grew up on Long Island and graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a BA in Art History. Susan lived in New York, Boston, Chicago, Houston and Detroit before moving to Southern California.

In 2000… At the age of 47, she found herself newly single and new to California. Finding herself on her own, she needed to get a career going. Susan had some corporate middle management experience with The Hartford Insurance Co and had a deep LOVE OF ART and MUSIC. As fate would have it, she lived down the road from The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, in Laguna Beach, CA.
She took an entry-level job at The Festival of Arts to get a foot in the door… and rather quickly saw an opportunity when another job opened as the Director of Special Events, which she applied for and was hired. That was in 2001. Susan took the job and during the course of the next 16 years, developed a summer concert series presenting world-class musicians to their stage over 55 consecutive nights.
Of her many life achievements, her 2 greatest achievements are her two adult daughters who are both very artistic and creative.

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Local San Diego Recording Artist Shyla Day is an award-winning singer/songwriter, print and runway model, recording artist, and performer of sold-out shows at legendary venues like the House of Blues and Whiskey a Go Go. Shyla has been recognized for her newest release, "Kiss Me" by the Los Angeles Music Awards, Akademia Music Awards, Ventura County Music Awards, and Artists in Music Awards. Shyla was the youngest ever nominated in the category for Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. Shyla has landed coveted endorsement deals with L.A.-based guitar company Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Guitar Hands, Thalia Capos, Prov20 Media, and US Music Corps' Oscar Schmidt by Washburn.

www.ShylaDay.com

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One the greatest enemies of creativity in the world today is the opinions of others who probably aren’t as creative and don’t have near as much guts as you marketers do. If you’re in a client situation, the client makes suggestions to “improve” the work on the way to approvals, but they aren’t really the experts so the work actually can suffer quite a bit. How can you get your creative ideas through the gauntlet of idiocy present in most human-based organizations? Well, tune in to this episode and we’re gonna talk about it and give you some tips and tricks for maximizing your creative output even in the most conservative of marketing organizations. We’ll also see who’s taking chances and winning (or losing) because of them. It won’t be safe or politically correct in any way, but it’s gonna be fun!

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Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music.

Ponty was born in a family of classical musicians on September 29, 1942 in France. His father taught violin, his mother taught piano. At sixteen, he was admitted to a prestigious conservatory in Paris, graduating two years later with the institution's highest award, Premier Prix. In turn, he was immediately hired by a major symphony orchestra, where he played for three years.

While still a member of the orchestra in Paris, Ponty picked up a side gig playing clarinet (which his father had taught him) for a college jazz band that regularly performed at local parties. It proved a life-changing jumping-off point. A growing interest in the jazz sounds of Miles Davis and John Coltrane compelled him to take up the tenor saxophone. Fueled by an all-encompassing creative passion, Jean-Luc soon felt the need to express his jazz voice through his main instrument, the violin.

So Ponty found himself leading a dual musical life: rehearsing and performing with the orchestra while also playing jazz until 3 AM at clubs throughout Paris. The demands of this doomed schedule eventually brought him to a crossroads… so he made a choice and took a chance with jazz, with a powerful sound that distinguished himself with be-bop phrasings and a punchy style influenced more by horn players than by anything previously tried on the violin.

His notoriety grew with remarkable leaps and by 1964, at age 22, he released his debut solo album. Since that time Ponty has been recording and touring the world with his own groups and has done collaborations with other great musicians including Allan Holdsworth, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, West African musicians, Bela Fleck, Lalo Schifrin, Chick Corea and Return To Forever IV, violinists Nigel Kennedy, Mark O'Connor, L. Subramaniam from India, singer Jon Anderson from Yes, and his daughter pianist-singer-composer Clara Ponty. Jean Luc has also performed his music with symphony orchestras in the U.S.A, Canada, Japan, Western and Eastern Europe, Brazil and Russia.

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