Veteran Jazz DJ Bob Collins, host of WRHU Jazz Cafe," recently conducted a warm and engaging interview with Ray Brown Jr. on his latest album, Friends and Family.
Collins' insight into this interview explores Brown's early beginnings, his relationship to his mother, Ella Fitzgerald, and his experience in recording the all-star album featuring Jane Monheit, Melba Moore, Terry Gibbs, Dionne Warwick, David Fathead" Newman, Paul Williams, Maria Muldaur, Dr. John, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Freda Payne, Sophie B. Hawkins, David Somerville, Sally Kellerman, Kim Hoyer, Haylee, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Brown.
Collins warmly introduces the songs in this interview, including the one with Brown and his daughter Haylee singing Ella's first hit, A-Tisket-A-Tasket," in addition to four other tracks off the album. Trying to decide on which tracks to highlight in this interview Collins admits, I was like a kid in a candy store, with just a couple of pennies to spend...I didn't know which [songs] to choose, they all sounded so great...I'm in love with this CD."
To hear the complete interview, check out the News Section on SRI Jazz/ SRI Records.
About WRHU: Regarded by many to be the best pre-professional broadcast training in the world, WRHU offers a potent mix of deep rich training in state of the art studios, amazing on-air and off-air opportunities, constant mentoring by numerous in-house broadcast professionals, powerful networking sessions with industry leaders and thousands of Hofstra radio alumni.
About SRI Jazz: SRI Records and SRI Jazz are divisions of the SRI Entertainment Group. It is our mission to bring great music to the public at reasonable prices. The core audience for our music is the baby boomer generation, but by no means is it limited that group alone. Our record companies market recordings by major artists, many of which have never before been available. We offer the opportunity for established artists with completed albums to be distributed and retain ownership of their masters. We also produce and distribute recordings by talented new artists. The management of SRI Records is made up of experienced music industry professionals.