Contemporary Jazz

Everybody's Doin' The D


Don't tell the powers that be at GM and Chrysler, who are going through desperate times in this economy, that someone they may be listening to on their commute to work is actually finding joy in "Doin' The D," a catchphrase common to Detroit residents that simply means checking out the various attractions offered by a city rich in musical history and cultural diversity. which also serves as the title to Alexander Zonjic's upcoming release.

When he's not recording albums, running his restaurant or promoting concerts, flute virtuoso Zonjic is commuting himself from his native city of Windsor, Ontario to his longtime gig as drive time radio personality on WVMV-FM (Smooth Jazz V98.7).

A great advantage of being on air for so many years in the urban jazz world is being able to attract superstar genre guests every time a new project comes up. Judging by the high energy and sensual soulfulness of his playing, he is clearly elated that Kenny G, Chieli Minucci, Rick Braun, Maysa Leak, Ken Navarro, Brian Bromberg, Dwight Sills and James Lloyd of labelmate Pieces of a Dream all decided to "do the D" and write, produce and/or play on various tracks.

The flutist also continues two longtime working friendships with Bob James and Jeff Lorber that bring powerful old school soul-jazz textures to the mix. Zonjic toured internationally with James for the entire decade of the '80s and Lorber has played an integral creative role on his three Heads Up albums. The Lorber composition "Good As Goldie" features the subtle brass of a section called the Motorcity Horns. The album hits stores June 23.

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