Underground Magnolia Podcast

Desireia Valteau

An arts, culture, and society podcast from an award-winning journalist.

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Jazz Guitarist Garry Percell Reworks "Going In Circles" With Tony Terry
Jul 8 2024
Jazz Guitarist Garry Percell Reworks "Going In Circles" With Tony Terry
In the latest episode of the Underground Magnolia Podcast, jazz guitarist Garry Percell takes center stage with his remake of the classic slow jam, “Going In Circles.” Collaborating with singer Tony Terry, Percell and Terry breathe new life into this timeless song. Key Points:Collaboration with Tony Terry:  Percell invited Tony Terry, best known for his 1990 hit “With You,” to join him on the retelling of “Going In Circles.” Despite not knowing each other personally, their undeniable musical chemistry shines through in this newest version. Origins of the Song: “Going In Circles” was first popularized by Friends of Distinction in the late '60s. Over the years, it has been reinterpreted by artists like Luther Vandross and Charlie Wilson.Sound Journey:  Percell grew up with a musical family that supported his love for the guitar and his 25-plus years of guitar expertise. His biggest artist influence? The legendary Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers). As a mainstay on smooth jazz radio, Percell wears multiple hats: producer, composer, and sought-after studio and stage musician. His collaborations span genres, including playing with memorable artists like Chairman of the Board and the Betty Davis “Funk House” band. He most recently cut singles with saxophonists Marcus Anderson and Jason Jackson. Notably, Adam Hawley, the best-selling guitarist, produced Percell's “Going in Circles.” Personal Dedication: Percell dedicates this passionate ballad to his late daughter.Singles Strategy: Rather than full albums, Percell strategically releases impactful singles.Listen to the full episode to find out more.MUSIC:Theme: Jazz Addict’s Intro by Cosimo FoggGoing In Circles by Garry Percell, featuring Tony TerryWith You by Tony TerrySmooth Strut by Garry PercellReaction by Garry Percell, featuring Jason JacksonDon't Stop By Garry Percell, featuring Marcus AndersonCONTACT:Underground Magnolia website: (https://www.undergroundmagnolia.com/)Instagram: @UMPodcastDV (https://www.instagram.com/umpodcastdv/) Send questions/comments and requests to contact@undergroundmagnolia.com. To be featured on the podcast, send an email.Support the Show.
Movies and Music Drive Veteran Journalist Janine Coveney’s Creative Content
Jun 14 2024
Movies and Music Drive Veteran Journalist Janine Coveney’s Creative Content
In this episode of Underground Magnolia Podcast, we’re joined by Janine Coveney—a veteran magazine editor, journalist, creative writer, and cultural commentator. We discuss her movie podcast, Words On Flicks, her contributions to the bestselling book series, “Women Behind The Mic” and her illustrious career in media and entertainment.Janine’s career spans roles as an editor at Essence and Billboard, the revered bible of music magazines. Her writings have also graced the pages of "JazzTimes," "Huffington Post," and over 50 liner notes essays for CD releases, and much more.KEY HIGHLIGHTS:Words On Flicks Podcast on BlogTalkRadio:Janine shares insights into her movie podcast, which she hosts, edits, and produces. We’ll explore her passion for cinema and the art of storytelling by discussing: Why she started a movie podcast and the process it takes to keep it thriving.Bringing her media and entertainment colleagues on for added perspective.The importance of the cultural phenomenon, “American Fiction,” which won an Oscar for  best adapted screenplay and numerous other accolades. How the “Bob Marley: One Love” biopic resonated differently for movie and music fans versus cultural critics.The significance of the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) network and the addition of a much needed African American perspective.And more.“Women Behind The Mic” Book Series Celebrates Black Women Behind the Scenes in Music: Two editions of the popular book (available on Amazon) feature essays by powerful Black women in music. In the 2023 first edition, “Women Behind The Mic: Curators of Pop Culture Volume One - Word To The Wise,” Janine penned an essay.In the second edition, “Women Behind The Mic: Curators of The Culture Volume Two - The Hip-Hop Edition,” released in March, she not only wrote an essay but also edited contributions from additional Black women executives in the industry. Icons, Controversy, and Resilience: Janine and Underground Magnolia Podcast host/creator, Desiréia Valteau, reminisce about beloved music figures they interviewed and met over the years, including Smokey Robinson (with a hilarious story about Janine’s encounter), Gladys Knight, Barry White, El DeBarge, and Tupac. They also talk about the impact of sexual assault allegations affecting Black men music moguls and other men in entertainment. And, how the allegations have empowered both women and men to fight back regardless of the outcomes.  For more information on Janine Coveney, go here: wordsonflicks.blogspot.com.MUSIC:Theme: Jazz Addict’s Intro by Cosimo FoggBreaking Down by Groove BakeryAffection by SappheriosThe Way by Mike LeiteLifestyle by Alex-ProductionsGrey by FriendzonedJazzy Beat by Glitch Orchestral Funky Hip Hop Beat by GlitchNintendo 64 by ToitraxAntidepresseur by FriendzonedCONTACT:Underground Magnolia website: (https://www.undergroundmagnolia.com/)Instagram: @UMPodcastDV (https://www.instagram.com/umpodcastdv/) Send questions/comments and requests to contact@undergroundmagnolia.com. To be featured on the podcast, send an email.Support the Show.
NEA Jazz Master Donald Harrison Celebrates His Passion for Diverse Music and New Orleans
Apr 25 2024
NEA Jazz Master Donald Harrison Celebrates His Passion for Diverse Music and New Orleans
In this episode of Underground Magnolia Podcast, we delve into the remarkable journey of renowned jazz saxophonist, Donald Harrison, often hailed as the “father of Omniverse music.” Born and raised in New Orleans, Harrison’s musical prowess transcends eras, genres, and boundaries.Key Highlights:Versatility Across Jazz Eras and Beyond:Harrison’s artistry extends far beyond traditional jazz. He seamlessly weaves soul, funk, and even classical orchestral compositions into his repertoire.Having shared the stage with luminaries like Art Blakey, Eddie Palmieri, Dr. John, Miles Davis, Ron Carter, and Chuck Loeb, Harrison’s musical lineage is rich and diverse.Jazz Master Recognition:In 2022, the National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon him the prestigious title of Jazz Master, a testament to his immense contributions to the genre.Mentoring the Next Generation:Harrison’s influence extends beyond performance. Artists such as Christian Scott, Jon Batiste, Esperanza Spalding, Trombone Shorty, and even The Notorious B.I.G. have benefited from his mentorship.Musical Exploration Onstage:Recently, Harrison has been captivating audiences with a fusion of sounds. His performances seamlessly blend traditional and contemporary jazz, swing, hip-hop, trap, soul, and more.Roots and Inspiration:Discover how a historical New Orleans slave gathering place informs Harrison’s music, connecting him to the city’s rich cultural heritage.Uncover the story behind his moniker, Big Chief Donald Harrison.Join us as we explore the life, legacy, and boundless creativity of this jazz icon. Tune in to Underground Magnolia Podcast for an unforgettable musical journey.MUSIC:Theme: Jazz Addict’s Intro by Cosimo FoggMusic by Donald Harrison:Art of Passion (Hard Swing) Art of Passion (Trap Hip Hop)Art of Passion (Trap Hip Hop Jazz)The Magic TouchThe Magic Touch (Nouveau Swing)the Magic Touch (Omniverse Single)New York Second Line (Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison)Congo Square Suite (Movement I) Congo Square Suite (Movement 2) Congo Square Suite (Movement 3) CONTACT:Underground Magnolia website: (https://www.undergroundmagnolia.com/)Instagram: @UMPodcastDV (https://www.instagram.com/umpodcastdv/) Send questions/comments and requests to contact@undergroundmagnolia.com. To be featured on the podcast, send an email.Support the Show.
Meet Spelman Student Nyla Choates - Fearless Youth Leader, Author & Entrepreneur
Apr 22 2024
Meet Spelman Student Nyla Choates - Fearless Youth Leader, Author & Entrepreneur
In this episode of Underground Magnolia Podcast, we shine a spotlight on Nyla Choates-an inspiring youth activist, entrepreneur, and author. The 19-year-old founded the nonprofit My Roots Are Rich as a high school student in Milpitas, California. The organization takes a proactive stance against systemic racism by conducting a variety of self-pride and literacy workshops across the nation.In 2021, Nyla demonstrated her commitment to social justice by organizing a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in her hometown, which is in Silicon Valley. A year later, she self-published a children’s book titled after her nonprofit that encourages young readers to embrace their heritage and take pride in their roots.Currently, Nyla is a junior at the historically Black women’s college, Spelman, where her leadership prowess has earned her numerous awards in business and entrepreneurship. Her journey exemplifies resilience, passion, and the power of using one’s voice to effect positive change.Listen in to find out more about this impressive young woman.MUSIC:Theme: Jazz Addict’s Intro by Cosimo FoggAffection by Sappheiros  The Way by Mike LeiteBreaking Down by Groove BakeryChillin Out by BarradeenCONTACT:Underground Magnolia website: (https://www.undergroundmagnolia.com/)Instagram: @UMPodcastDV (https://www.instagram.com/umpodcastdv/) Send questions/comments and requests to contact@undergroundmagnolia.com. To be featured on the podcast, send an email.Support the Show.
Saxophonist Andre Ward Talks New Music, Sade, The Emotions & Earth, Wind & Fire
Jul 18 2023
Saxophonist Andre Ward Talks New Music, Sade, The Emotions & Earth, Wind & Fire
Saxophonist Andre Ward, who has been on the contemporary jazz scene for over 25 years, joins Underground Magnolia Podcast to talk about  his latest album, "Africa Rising" and his storied background.  The Chicago native discusses the following:"Africa Rising," as a whole, tells a story about love and relationships to a conscious beat of Black Excellence. Retellings of The Emotions' 1977 classic, "Don't Ask My Neighbor's" and Sade's 1992 hit, "Kiss of Life."Earth, Wind & Fire being his favorite group and why the band's influence can be heard throughout his new album.Working with vocalists Chantel Hampton and Janice Dempsey on new release.Being part of Lalah Hathaway's band while students at prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.Touring with Freddie Jackson for 9 years, with 4 as his musical director.Going solo and releasing his first album in 2001.His love for hometown Chicago.For more on Andre Ward, check out his Instagram @andrewardmusic.MUSIC:All music is from Andre Ward's album, "Africa Rising."About Underground Magnolia Podcast:Desiréia Valteau is the creator, producer, writer, and host of all content. Editor:  https://ypeditor.com/CONTACT:Underground Magnolia website: (https://www.undergroundmagnolia.com/)Instagram: @UMPodcastDV (https://www.instagram.com/umpodcastdv/)Twitter: @undergroundmagnoliapodcast(https://www.instagram.com/undergroundmagnoliapodcast/) Send questions/comments and requests to contact@undergroundmagnolia.com. To be featured on the podcast, send an email.© 2023 Underground Magnolia, LLCSupport the Show.
A Healthy Mind Equals An All-Around Better Life
May 28 2023
A Healthy Mind Equals An All-Around Better Life
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and on this episode of Underground Magnolia Podcast, Tyra Valteau Sorapuru, a Mental Wellness Coach and Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 30 years, joins in to discuss effective tools for all around healthy living.  We discuss the following: Balancing your feelings COVID-19 forcing African Africans and other People of Color to seek helpHelping  family and friends who need mental assistanceTips on what to look for in a therapist and/or psychiatristGoing beyond virtual only therapy How emotional health affects physical healthSetting boundaries and saying NO Links and additional information for mental health support:National Alliance on Mental Illness -  https://www.nami.org/Home Therapy for Black Girls - therapyforblackgirls.com Therapy for Latinx -  therapyforlatinx.comTherapy for Black Men - therapyforblackmen.orgPsychology Today - psychologytoday.com - lets you search by race, ethnicity, gender, and other parameters.Check with your local and state government Check with your your health insuranceConfirm therapists/psychiatrists licenses in the state you reside inMUSIC:Theme: Jazz Addict’s Intro by Cosimo FoggSunset Drive by Tokyo Music Walker Echoes Of The Soul by Ron Gelinas Chill Beats Pursuit by Ron Gelinas Chill Beats Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official Made Of Wood by Joe Crotty Coffee Shop by PYC Music  CONTACT:Underground Magnolia website: (https://www.undergroundmagnolia.com/)Instagram: @UMPodcastDV (https://www.instagram.com/umpodcastdv/)Twitter: @undergroundmagnoliapodcast(https://www.instagram.com/undergroundmagnoliapodcast/) Send questions/comments and requests to contact@undergroundmagnolia.com. To be featured on the podcast, send an email.Support the Show.
After Over a Decade Hiatus, T.S. Monk is Back with a Stirring Live Album
Jul 12 2022
After Over a Decade Hiatus, T.S. Monk is Back with a Stirring Live Album
This episode of Underground Magnolia Podcast shines the spotlight on jazz musician T.S. Monk, also the son of jazz legend Thelonious Monk.After a decade plus recording absence, he’s back with  the live album “Two Continents, One Groove.” The prolific jazz drummer, composer, and bandleader discusses:Why it took so long to release a new project.The meaning of the album's title.His band's contribution, including a song dedicated to his father that addresses the racism many musicians faced in the heyday of New York's live music club scene.Growing up with Thelonious Monk, his ongoing legacy, and the day the younger Monk realized who his father was.How other jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Max Roach, and John Coltrane were frequent visitors to the Monk home.The importance of jazz as an American art form created by African Americans.For more on T.S. Monk and Thelonious Monk, go to https://theloniousmonk.store/pages/legacy or on Instagram @tsmonkofficial.Buy the album at https://storyvillerecords.bandcamp.com/album/two-continents-one-groove.Contact:Underground Magnolia website: (https://www.undergroundmagnolia.com/)Instagram: @UMPodcastDV (https://www.instagram.com/umpodcastdv/)Twitter: @UMPodcastDV (https://www.instagram.com/undergroundmagnoliappodcast/)Send questions/comments and requests to contact@undergroundmagnolia.com.If you would like to be featured on the podcast, send an email.Support the Show.
Lorraine Lionheart Is One of the UK's Leading African Music Artists
Apr 5 2022
Lorraine Lionheart Is One of the UK's Leading African Music Artists
This episode of Underground Magnolia Podcast features Lorraine Lionheart, a singer and songwriter heating up the global music scene. Hailing from Botswana in Southern Africa and based in the UK, she boasts a sound that fuses traditional African music with contemporary Afropop. The sexy singer already has four independent albums and several singles under her belt that explore a new-ish African beat called amapiano.In addition to her music, Lorraine is a scholar, who is currently working on a Doctorate in Ethnomusicology and she is a lecturer, who does a masterclass on the “music of Africa.”  Her UK profile is also getting a lift. She has played for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and has been invited to sing for the Queen of England’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022. She along with other artists and choirs from Britain were asked by the Commonwealth to add their own twist to a song called “A Life Filled with Grace” and Lorraine gave it her signature Southern African treatment. Hear all about Lorraine by listening NOW to the episode.For more on Lorraine Lionheart, go to her Instagram @lorraine_lionheart.Contact:Underground Magnolia website: (https://www.undergroundmagnolia.com/)Instagram: @UMPodcastDV (https://www.instagram.com/umpodcastdv/)Twitter: @UMPodcastDV (https://www.instagram.com/undergroundmagnoliappodcast/)Send questions/comments and requests to contact@undergroundmagnolia.com.If you would like to be featured on the podcast, send an email.Support the Show.
Legendary Melba Moore is 'So In Love' with Her New Music
Mar 16 2022
Legendary Melba Moore is 'So In Love' with Her New Music
On  this episode of Underground Magnolia Podcast, Melba Moore discusses: New song, “So In Love,” from her upcoming "Imagine" album, which is slated for release in April 2022.New music on her daughter's independent record label. Becoming an "Auntie" to younger audiences thanks to DJ's such as D-Nice.Legendary recording and stage career:Released over 20 albums since 1970 and earned several R&B top ten hits and two #1 R&B singles. In 1968, she joined the Broadway play "Hair" and became the first African American woman to replace a white actress (Diane Keaton) on Broadway.In 1970, she won a Tony Award for starring in "Purlie."Her version of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was named the second official "Black National Anthem" in 2017.Her connection with Aretha Franklin’s family and recording Franklin’s version of "Lean On Me.”She almost lost it all during her 1991 divorce from her husband, who was also her manager.Melba was also  a civil and equal rights activist, who marched with Coretta Scott King and Rev. Jesse Jackson. Additionally, she worked closely with the National Council of Negro Women and the National Political Congress of Black Women.In August 2022, she is scheduled  to  receive a special acknowledgement from President Joe Biden.For more on Melba Moore, go to her Instagram @melba1moore.Contact:Underground Magnolia website: (https://www.undergroundmagnolia.com/)Instagram: @UMPodcastDV (https://www.instagram.com/umpodcastdv/)Twitter: @UMPodcastDV (https://twitter.com/UMPodcastDV)Send questions/comments and requests to contact@undergroundmagnolia.com.If you would like to be featured on the podcast, send an email.Support the Show.