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Take Five With Felix Langford By FELIX LANGFORD, Published: May 17, 2013 Meet Felix Langford: At 13, I fell in love with the art of percussion and I credit my brother, John (Doc), as the one responsible for teaching me basic beats and exposing my ears to some of the hippest and most innovative cats on the jazz scene. He exposed me to trendsetters like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Candido Camero, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Mongo Santamaria, just to name a few. Love ya Doc! During the same time, I participated in daily jam sessions on "The Hill" with childhood friends like Pablo "Cuco" Ramos (RIP), "Cele" Perez, Willie Silva, and other Latin compadres. . These jam sessions were a daily ritual for me. At 15, with only one conga, I joined my first band called The Oddyssey Band. It was redhot 10-piece cover band that included my younger brother Herb (Lil' Jimi Hendrix) on lead guitar, my cousin Mike Moon on bass, and a badass horn section like Earth, Wind & Fire's Phoenix Horns and Tower Of Power's Horns. We went on to win many Battle Of The Bands competitions. Instrument(s): Percussion. Teachers and/or influences? Earth,Wind & Fire, Jeff Lorber, Yellowjackets. I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I felt the power of emotion that music can bring in movies, commercials, and everywhere. Music makes the world go round! Your sound and approach to music: I call my approach NuUrbanJazz with a Dash of funk. Your teaching approach: Is to let the student first find themselves. Their likes, dislikes, etc. Then and only then can they begin to take a personal approach to learning an instrument. Your dream band: Bass, drums, keys, lead guitar, horns, and of course myself on percussion! Norman Brown, Oli Silk, Peter White, Najee. This list could go on and on, ya dig? Road story: Your best or worst experience: Opened for Najee at African World Fest in Milwaukee years ago when he first hit the scene.The opening reggae song was one I had written and on which I sang lead vocals. Just before taking the stage I looked out at the crowd and saw Najee! The old stage fright kicked in and I hit the restroom and vomited a few times then hit the stage again. The performance went well and Najee even commented on how we had the crowd rockin'! Favorite venue: African World Festival and SummerFest, both in Milwaukee. Your favorite recording in your discography and why? All of Earth,Wind and Fire, because of the deep messages and expert musicianship. Love them! The first Jazz album I bought was: Herbie Hancock's Headhunters. What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? A form of escape into my musical mindset. It's all personal. Just as Mozart, Beethoven, and all the greats conveyed their emotions in their music. It is the same with my music! Did you know... I was a zookeeper at The Milwaukee. Co. Zoo for over a decade! CDs you are listening to now: Workin' on my own project right now. But I do tune in to jazzradio.com when I get the chance. Desert Island picks: Anything by Earth,Wind & Fire on Columbia Records. How would you describe the state of jazz today? Alive and well! What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Exposure and the support of jazz venues when and wherever possible. What is in the near future? Just released the title track from my upcoming album, Can We Dance on April 15, 2013. Currently working to complete project. Hopefully, it will soon be released later this year. Dig? What's your greatest fear when you perform? The mix! What song would you like played at your funeral? "The Greatest Love of All," by George Benson. What is your favorite song to whistle or sing in the shower? "Reasons," by EWF. By Day: Retired. If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: A zookeeper.
Did you know that Felix was once a bagger, shipping and receiving clerk and an Asst.Produce Manager at Kohl's Supermarket???? Did you know that Felix was once a Banquet Waiter at the Holiday Inn????? Did you know that Felix was once a Machine Operator at Allen-Bradley Co. where he made resistors for the Space Program(NASA)????? Did you know that Felix was once a Phlebotomist at Milw. Plasma Ctr. where he took blood from donors????? Did you know that Felix worked for The Bradley Center....Home of The Milwaukee Bucks,The Admirals and The Wave as a member of the Floor Crew Set-up Team...Setting up Basketball Courts,Hockey Rinks and Indoor Soccer Field flooring plus Stages for other events???? Did you know that Felix was once a Zookeeper at the Milw.Co. Zoo where he took care of Polar Bears,Sea Lions,Camels, Kangaroos, Rhinos, Giraffes,Lions,Tigers, Bears, Snakes, Penguins,Bonobo Chimps,Vampire Bats, Fruit Bats,Sloths and a host of other animals too many to mention????? And He was bitten by a snake, swam with the penguins in mid-winter (Feb.) and was sprayed with water by the elephants @ 3:00am.!!!!! Oh, what fun!! Also,Did you know that Felix is an Amateur Astronomer,Egyptologist and he also loves History??????
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Yo Doc.Good to hear from you... I listened to your project, sounds like you getting ready to bust loose!
Hey man,I'm listening to your cd. Sound pretty funky, nice work!! Keep makin' the funky jams!!
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Felix Langford comes on like a smooth-jazz Moby.That's not to say Langford is a techno raver seeking pop hits; rather he's a one-man band creating a full sound all by himself.At it's base, Langford's style follows the soft-fusion template of grooves apropos of late-night drives and penthouse trysts with strawberry chocolate fondue.A closer listen reveals Langford's love for the technology he uses to produce all that mellowness. Like mid-'80s electro hip-hop,curious percussive fills pop into empty spaces.The title track goes so far as to sound like Paul Hardcastle's stab at the most severe Brazilian break-dancing jam ever. With a little brighter studio mastering, Langford will be sharing playlists with Najee and The Yellowjackets in no time.