Evenin' Jazz

  Leon Foster Thomas grew up in a musical household in Trinidad but steel pan  didn't appeal to him - at first. Ultimately the young percussionist taught himself to play the island's official instrument and found it's the best way to express himself.  Thomas talks about his musical journey from Trinidad to South Florida and beyond, details some steel pan history, and shares what it's like to be both a working musician and doting dad.

Rene Marie's story is as compelling as her songs. She shares details of her transformation from oppressed wife to music professional, explains her devotion to assisting the homeless and more. She will perform four shows at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Jan. 25-27.

Made famous by James Brown, saxophonist Maceo Parker has built an impressive career on his own, working with artists ranging from George Clinton to Ani DiFranco.  He talks about his start with the Godfather of Soul, discusses his years in the music business, and offers advice to musicians who would follow in his footsteps.