Archive for October, 2012

Random Acts of Music

Audio: Eye on the Artist

Featured Artist: Dunson

Genre: Rap

Location: DMV

Website: http://dunsonmusic.com/

Connect:    www.facebook.com/Dunson

http://www.twitter.com/KentonDunson

Blog:    www.dunsonmusic.com/blog

 

Video: Featured Artist

Mike Marolda and His Jazz Faction

Location: Washington, DC

Genre: Jazz

Connect:    http://www.jazzfaction.com/

http://www.facebook.com/mikemarolda

www.twitter.com/saxxymike

One of our most challenging shoots and also one of our favorites Mike Marolda and His Jazz Faction redefined the sound of Washington, DC in our studios recently. Bringing his jazz quartet to RAM Jam, making them the first to perform on the stage, the fun four included Cam Towner on Bass, Clif MaCall on Keyboard, Marty Risemberg on Percussion and the man himself Mike Marolda on Saxophone.

Mike began playing various instruments in the sixth grade; he is now highly trained in jazz music, fluent in classical, rock, funk, r&b, and anything else that swings. As a free-lance musician in Washington, D.C. Mike formed the Jazz Faction from a group they also play in, The DC Transit Band.

Cam Towner has traveled the world playing music while serving in the US Navy and has been playing since the late seventies. Cam’s laid back, cool demeanor really helped us during the most hectic times as we fought our way through the technical issues of that day.

Clif McCall currently studies at George Mason University, but we are sure happy that being a student doesn’t stop him from performing live! Clif was also inspired to play music at an early age. He has mastered his skill through church, studying and having influences like Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderly. Clif aspires to perform music professionally.

Marty Risemberg is a native of Virginia and has studied everything percussion but found his love for Jazz after one year of classical training at George Mason University. Marty’s hidden talent is rap and he’s awesome, but shh, you didn’t hear that from us!

With this group, hints of the classics can definitely be distinguished.

Mike Marolda and His Jazz Faction are available for booking over the holidays and I’m here to witness, it will be an unforgettable event.

 

GOOD NEWS

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer awareness

Breast cancer awareness (Photo credit: AslanMedia)


Just recently a very dear friend of mine lost her battle to breast cancer. Gail was my first coach without either of us knowing it. When I was first starting out in corporate America, she showed me how to negotiate and not negate my skills. Through her sense of style and budding personality she defined flavor. Gail had the strongest constitution of just about any woman of that day; she knew how to take care of herself and was never afraid to show anyone with a desire to want to know. That’s why it devastated me to find out about this condition that we bring to the forefront every October, but is important to know all year round, breast cancer overcame my friend.

FACTS AND STATS

Can I prevent breast cancer?

The causes of breast cancer are not fully understood.

Although it is clear that age, gender and lifetime exposure to estrogen and other factors play an important role. Because no one knows exactly what causes breast cancer to develop in a certain person at a certain time, there are no sure ways to prevent it.

However, there are steps that you can take that may reduce your risk. These include maintaining a healthy weight, adding exercise into your routine, limiting alcohol intake and postmenopausal hormones, and breastfeeding if you can. For women at higher risk, taking tamoxifen or raloxifene may reduce the risk of estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer.

Your best defense

The best way to find breast cancer early is to get screened. Talk to your health care provider about what screening tests is right for you.

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. It is the best screening tool used today to find breast cancer early. A mammogram can find cancer in its earliest stages, even before a lump can be felt. All women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year. If you are younger than age 40 with either a family history of breast cancer or other concerns, talk with your health care provider about when to start getting mammograms or other screening tests, like MRI, and how often to have them.

A clinical breast exam is done by a health care provider who checks your breasts and underarm areas for any lumps or changes. Many women have a clinical breast exam when they get their Pap test. Women should have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years between the ages of 20 and 39 and every year starting at age 40.


It is very important to know the risk factors and prevention, self-breast awareness, early detection and screening and that this is a condition that can affect men as well. Each blog update for the remainder of this month will be dedicated to my friend and breast cancer awareness. Find out more at http://ww5.komen.org/ and http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org. We encourage you to do your research and be well informed.

A Word from the Coach:

There are some exciting developments in the Radical Success Womens Conference coming up in March 2013 Farnosh Tarobi, Lisa Nichols, Jillian Michaels, just to name a few have been confirmed and are ready to help you to “A Powerful, Transformational and Educational Experience!” I attended earlier this year and the transformation is still happening. You will connect with entrepreneurial, lifetime and successful women for three days straight. It’s something you don’t want to miss. Find out more and reserve your place at http://getradicalconference.com/.

Until next time,

Happy Jamm’in,

KJ

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