X-Factor, The Voice, and American Idol. Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, and Bobby Blue Bland. Multi-Woodwind Artist and Music Contractor Ernie Fields, Jr. has worked with all of these, and many more. Celebrating a 60-plus-year career, he’s still one of the busiest Music Contractors in Hollywood today.
Ernie has worked in every area of the music industry, and his roots go back to the days when big band and jazz was Pop Music. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ernie, who is better known to his colleagues as “Kool Man Kool,” got his start playing and touring with his father’s famous Ernie Fields Orchestra in the 1940’s and 1950’s. He’s as laid-back and kool as they come, and today I’m honored we get to talk to Ernie about his life and career in music.
Chris Tedesco (Homeland, The Kennedys, Christina Aguilera) explains his success recording, performing, and contracting for the studio, stage, and every live environment imaginable.
Contractor-to-the-stars Ernie Fields, Jr. (American Idol, The Voice, X-Factor) has a 60-plus-year career in music: he toured with his father’s big bands & his own bands, recorded with Marvin Gaye et al., and is now a Music Contractor in Hollywood.
Carl Saunders is “the best jazz trumpeter you’ve never heard.” And if you have heard him, you might just stop at “the best.” John Williams, Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett — Carl has performed and/or recorded with all of them and more. Now with 4 jaw-dropping solo albums of his own, all available on iTunes and wherever music is streamed or sold, he’s also focused on recording most if not all of the 300+ songs he’s composed over the years, which are available in his new book entitled NEW JAZZ STANDARDS, available on www.CarlSaunders.com right now. He’s become a friend and musical mentor of mine, so without further ado….
Bob Wilson is a Grammy-nominated drummer, songwriter, and a founding member of the band SeaWind whose sound defined an era of jazz fusion in the 70’s-80’s. They were also the precursor to the Jerry Hey Horns, who have set the bar for rhythm and horn section studio recording for generations. Bob later toured with Billy & Franklin Graham for over 10 years and is currently a producer with wildly successful music software company Spectrasonics, whose products Omnisphere, Stylus, Keyscape, and more are used every day by A-List music producers and film, tv, and, game composers. He’s got some wonderful stories and advice… here’s Bob Wilson.
MY FIRST GUEST IS MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, VOCALIST, PRODUCER, SONGWRITER, COMPOSER SCOTT MAYO. EARTH WIND AND FIRE, DANCING WITH THE STARS, THE EMMY AWARDS, SERGIO MENDES, QUEEN LATIFAH, THE B.E.T. AWARDS…. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE DIVERSE ACTS SCOTT’S BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH OVER THE YEARS. IT’S MY HONOR TO CALL HIM A FRIEND OF MINE, AND I’M GRATEFUL HE COULD JOIN ME FOR THE VERY FIRST EPISODE OF KNOXCAST
LOS ANGELES –– SCOTT MAYO OF EARTH, WIND, & FIRE AND DANCING WITH THE STARS IS THE FIRST GUEST ON MY BRAND NEW SHOW, KNOXCAST: MUSIC ON MUSIC, LAUNCHING THIS FRIDAY JANUARY 26, 2018, WITH THREE EPISODES: 1) SCOTT MAYO, 2) BOB WILSON – FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE BAND SEAWIND AND CURRENTLY OF MUSIC SOFTWARE GIANT SPECTRASONICS, AND 3) THE GREATEST LIVING JAZZ TRUMPET PLAYER FOR MY MONEY, CARL SAUNDERS.
I’VE GOT MORE GREAT INTERVIEWS LINED UP WITH SOME REALLY PROLIFIC AND FANTASTIC FRIENDS, SO PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO KNOXCAST ON ITUNES, STITCHER, AND FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @TRUMPETKNOX FOR PODCAST UPDATES. STAY TUNED AND STAY MUSICAL!
Thank you so much to Scott Mayo of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, Sergio Mendes, and Earth, Wind, & Fire fame for being the first ever guest on my Podcast, KnoxCast: Music On Music. Wonderful conversation! Bob Wilson of SeaWind / Jerry Hey Horns is up next. KnoxCast is launching January 2018; follow me on twitter for more frequent updates.
As a former Redcoat & UGA Alumnus, although I was a 1st Trumpet, I never got the chance to play the Battle Hymn Solo at the game. With this in mind, I thought there would be no better way to Call The Dawgs to my current home, beautiful Pasadena and L.A., than with this short Hype Video, to fire up those that are coming out here (and those that aren’t) for the 2018 Rose Bowl Game between our Georgia Bulldogs and the Oklahoma Sooners. Go Dawgs! (Battle Hymn arranged by the legendary Jeff Simmons – Transcribed, Recorded, & Produced by Knox Summerour)