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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Goodnight everyone, and have an off the charts weekend

It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight, we get contemporary. We've been walking down memory lane for many, many weeks. Time to put nostalgia on hold and enjoy some fresh material.

To get to today, we turn back to the late 60's, 70's and 80's  Trumpeter Greg Adams was a founder of and fixture in the group, "Tower of Power."
Adams is pictured in the back row at the far left...

Adams went solo in the mid-90’s and has now embarked on a new project with an ensemble called, “East Bay Soul.”  Here’s an excerpt from a press release announcing the new band:

“As a trumpet player, Adams alternates between a powerful open horn and sexy muted trumpet revealing the breadth and elegance he embodies. The sound has it’s root’s in the uniquely soul based genre associated with the San Francisco East Bay Area. It is however, R&B for our time. Watch and hear this band and you will find yourself in front of the stage, and people will be moving with the music. The timeless quality of the East Bay Soul sound knows no age limits.

Emmy and Grammy nominated Adams co wrote several songs with Nick Milo, his former band mate from Tower of Power and now Music Director for Joe Cocker. The opening track “Survival of the Hippest” unfolds with the epitome of cool, it’s horn laden track swells with complete commitment before Tom Bowes delivers a rap that is almost biographical as the title implies.

East Bay Soul will remind you of what you loved about music, creating an all new ‘Metro Jazz’, really a new approach of a melting pot of contemporary urban rhythm and a music combining all the sounds from the city. The ethnic sounds of the trials and tribulations, the hard fought, the victories, sweetness and sadness. It comes through in the music in all forms. It's world, it's metro, it's edgy, it’s urban.”


Adams and East Bay Soul will be performing May 8, 2010 at 4:15 pm  at Jazz on the Vine at the Osthoff Resort  in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Adams also likes to play the flugelhorn as does our next performer.

Rick Braun is enjoying the popularity of his latest recording that has a play on words. It’s called “Tijuana Dance.” And yes, it will remind you of Herb Alpert.


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Next up, new music from saxman Richard Elliot and his album, sorry........CD that is currently #1 on the smooth jazz charts, "Rock Steady." . This is one where you've got to dim the lights, folks to achieve the best results.




That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

We close with the title track from the #2 album, or CD if you prefer, on the smooth jazz charts.

Here’s guitarist Peter White.



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