I had the distinct honor of participating in a 2-day marathon recording session with Melba Moore! Producer/songwriter Dennis Johnson and songwriter Zoiea Ohizep created two songs for Ms. Moore’s upcoming release, Forever Moore: It’s My Time Again and I performed the background vocals. I learned so much from her about the industry (both music and theater) and of course, studio techniques. Any time I can learn from a Tony Award winning, Grammy nominated veteran is time well spent!!
I am THRILLED to announce that FRANK McCOMB is confirmed as a guest artist on my upcoming release, QUANTUM DRIVE!
For those of you unfamiliar with his genius, check him out here: http://www.frankmccomb.info
Today I did a musical presentation for the second graders at Stonewall Tell Elementary School and I had such a great time! It’s wonderful to see music in the schools and even better to see 80 seven-year-olds really get into it. They knew what instrument family the flute belongs to and their rhythm was impeccable. Their music teacher, Ms. Bradley, should be commended!
Yes, THAT Patrice Rushen! My upcoming album, QUANTUM DRIVE, will feature a collaboration between me and Patrice Rushen and I must say, I am extremely excited!
A little background on Ms. Rushen:
Multi-Grammy nominated artist, Patrice Rushen, is fashioning her career after the legacy of her long-time friend and mentor, Quincy Jones. Composer…Producer…International Recording Artist…Rushen has definitely earned the respect she has been awarded by her peers in the music industry. Admired by many for her groundbreaking achievements, Rushen has amassed an impressive list of “firsts”. She was the first woman to serve as Musical Director for the 46th, 47th & 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the first woman in 43 years to serve as Head Composer/Musical Director for television’s highest honor, the Emmy Awards and the first woman Musical Director of the NAACP Image Awards, an honor she held for 12 consecutive years. Keep Reading →
Thank you so much for your votes! Thanks to you, I’ve made it to the finals in the BWIJ Awards!! The 2 categories I’m in the running for are Female “Rising Star” Jazz Artist and Female Flutist of the Year. The winners will be revealed at the awards show on May 2 at the Rialto Theater in Atlanta, GA.
For the full list of final nominees, go to http://www.bwijawards.com/the-final-four.php
Yes, ladies & gentlemen, you read that correctly. The $25 level in the Quantum Drive Crowd Funding campaign just got a little sweeter. Now, in addition to receiving high-res digitial downloads you will also receive the QUANTUM DRIVE T-SHIRT! So make sure you stop by and check out this and the all the other cool perks available for your contribution to my album project. Click here to view all of the perks —> http://igg.me/at/raganwhiteside
I am so honored to be a part of the Black Women in Jazz Awards! I’ve been nominated in the following categories:
2014 Up and Coming Black Female Jazz Artist
2014 Black Female Rising Star
2014 Best Black Female Composer/Arranger/Producer of the Year
2014 Best Black Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year
2014 Black Female Flutist of the Year
Check out my upcoming interview on Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey on Feb. 13, 2014 at 3pm EST.
I have big news to share…
Three hours on Tuesday and Thursday of music and guests. Hybrid Jazz is a vision of all that is Jazz – both traditional & contemporary, domestic & global.
Show starts at 1pm EST.
Special Guest at 3pm: Ragan Whiteside