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Eddie Palmieri New Album

EDDIE PALMIERI ANNOUNCES FIRST NEW ALBUM SINCE 2006 *GRAMMY-WINNING MUSIC ICON CELEBRATES 80TH BIRTHDAY WITH RELEASE OF ‘SABIDURIA’ FEATURING DONALD HARRISON JR, MARCUS MILLER, ALFREDO DE LA FE, JOE LOCKE, JOHNNY RIVERO, RONNIE CUBER AND MORE* Two Thousand Sixteen – A challenging year on planet Earth. We’ve honored many of our musical heroes, and reconsidered the value of music in our lives. The battles for justice and peace that have…

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Gladys Knight Concert Tickets 2017

Gladys Knight has been on the scene probably as long as I have been alive.  Not probably…that is a fact.  Whether it was with The Pips or as a solo artist, you could always count on some good soul music.  Here is a little nugget for you:  The classic Midnight Train to Georgia was the only number one hit for her and the Pips.  WHAT???  She has won Grammys in…

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Rick Braun Around The Horn

Rick Braun Album Review Around The Horn

Known for his impeccable chops, melodic wizardry and keen compositional prowess, trumpeter, composer and producer Rick Braun has been thrilling audiences for decades. Having clenched over 20 #1 Smooth Jazz hits, Braun has collaborated with the best in contemporary jazz including Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Peter White, Dave Koz, Boney James and Brian Culbertson, to name a few. The highly versatile musician has also made a mark collaborating with pop stars…

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Napa Valley Jazz Getaway 2017

Napa Valley Jazz Getaway 2017

Being in the Napa Valley in June means that you are in a place like no other.  The pace is slow, there’s greenery everywhere, and the wine is flowing.  You add some live music to that, and you have an unforgettable weekend.  Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway 2017 will be happening June 7-11. You don’t know where Napa is located?  It is about an hour north of San Francisco, and it…

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Freihofer's Jazz

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival 2017 Tickets

I am originally from Northern California, so when I first looked at this event and saw that it was in Saratoga, I said to myself, the only venue in Saratoga is the Mountain Winery.  But then I saw that it was in New York…So I learned something that day! Anyway, the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York will be happening June 24-25 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center….

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Peabo Bryson in Las Vegas

Peabo Bryson in Las Vegas

Peabo Bryson will be performing two nights in Las Vegas this April.  Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29.  He will be at the Orleans Showroom.  First off, the Orleans is a great place for a concert.  It is not on the Strip….Just about a mile from there, which makes it more convenient.  If you have been to Las Vegas, you know that Las Vegas Blvd and the two parallel…

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Brian Owens and The Deacons Of Soul New Album

Brian Owens and The Deacons Of Soul New Album

In a time where the Grammy Awards showcases manufactured popular music that leaves you searching for it’s soul, there are artists out there that have more than enough soul to share with others. Case in point:  Brian Owens and The Deacons Of Soul.  Their latest release (February 24th) is titled Soul Of Ferguson, and if you are a fan of the Motown and Staxx grooves, this album should be a staple in your…

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Gordon Chambers Surrender

Gordon Chambers Surrender Album Review

Over the last couple of years, I have wondered about the state of R&B music.  Actually that is incorrect, because R&B is really nowhere to be found. Why is this?  Well, R&B radio has pretty much vanished, as there are only a few markets that actually carry the format.  Many of the R&B station around the US are old school stations anyway. It is difficult for artists to get their music…

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Top Jazz Tracks Week of February 19

Top Jazz Tracks Week of February 19 Do I Do sits at the top of the Smooth Jazz charts for the third consecutive week.  Groovin’ is inspired by some of White’s favorites from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Brian Simpson’s Wonderland, the uptempo track from his latest album Persuasion, enters the top ten this week.  Jazz Funk Soul is back in the top ten with Tuesday Swings.  Coincidentally, the track has been getting some…

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Al Jarreau dies at 76

Al Jarreau Passes Away at 76

FEBRUARY 12, 2017 – Al Jarreau, one of the world’s great singers and a song stylist who defied categorization for decades, died today in Los Angeles at the age of 76. The seven-time GRAMMY winner had recently announced his retirement from the entertainment business after being hospitalized for exhaustion. Jarreau had fought through respiratory and cardiac issues in recent years. “We feel very fortunate to have worked with Al, one of the most…

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Keiko Matsui New Single The Edge of Twilight

A world citizen, Keiko Matsui’s music speaks to the hearts and souls of fans around the world, transcending borders and building bridges among people who share a common appreciation of honest artistry and cultural exchange. “Music creates a oneness,” says the striking, petite powerhouse who has worked alongside everyone from Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder to Hugh Masekela and Bob James. A consummate artist, Keiko views each show and recording…

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

New Orleans is the place….What am I talking about?  New Orleans is ALWAYS the place, but especially in late spring.  The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will descend on the Big Easy for two weekends of music, food, crafts and culture.  This will be happening April 28-30, and May 4-7, at the Fair Grounds Race Course.  It is just 10 minutes away from the French Quarter, so you are always…

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Rick Braun 1st Single from Around The Horn

Trumpet Maestro Rick Braun Invites You To Take a Trip Around The Horn  & A Journey Into His Diverse Influences New CD Features Special Guests Peter White, Till Brönner, Lindsey Webster & John Stoddart & Draws Inspiration from Unexpected Sources including Africa, Brazil, Alicia Keyes, Coldplay, Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez “This album is a bit different for me in that it reflects some of what is going on in  R&B and…

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Stephanie Mills in Concert Feb-June 2017

When I think of Stephanie Mills, I think of an artist that can bring it.  When I say bring it, I mean the different musical stylings.  I mean, who else can seamlessly move through a top disco song, Never Knew Love Like This Before, and perform a classic R&B track, Something In The Way (You Make Me Feel).  It doesn’t stop there.  She can break it down and sing an all time slow…

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Selina Albright New Album Conversations

Therapeutic “Conversations”: Smooth soul singer Selina Albright comfortable and confident enough to “Eat Something”   Empowering radio single about self-love and acceptance previews her March 17 debut album release.   FRISCO (30 January 2017): While a song about the joy of packing on a few pounds and a widening booty may seem contrary to the messages bombarding the popular music and media landscapes, smooth soul singer Selina Albright’s “Eat Something” is instantly…

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Ledisi and the National Symphony Orchestra Pops

Ledisi and the National Symphony Orchestra Pops

Washington D.C. will be the place to be on February 24-25, as Ledisi will join the National Symphony Orchestra Pops for two unforgettable shows.  The Kennedy Center has played host to many incredible shows over the years, and this event will not be any different. American R&B and jazz recording artist Ledisi joins the NSO Pops for two inspired evenings spotlighting her unique sound and “strident, soulful voice” (The New York…

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Top Jazz Tracks Week of February 5

Top Jazz Tracks Week of February 5 Do I Do, the remake of the Stevie Wonder classic takes over the top spot this week.  This is off of the Groovin’ release.  Groovin’ is an album of classics re-imagined by Mr. White.  This is the third album of classic songs that he has released, and his fifteenth album overall. Nick Colionne is back in the top 10 with the funky track, Morning…

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Hampton Spring Jam Music Festival 2017

Hampton Spring Jam Music Festival 2017

Like the name indicates, this is purely a JAM.  Or as Aaron Hall sings it…JAAAMMMM! Teddy jam for me! That’s right, Guy is headlining the Hampton Spring Jam Music Festival 2017.  It will take place Saturday, March 18th, at the Hampton Coliseum.  Hampton, Virginia in case you were confused. This venue holds major events throughout the year, including the annual Hampton Jazz Festival. We will get to that in another post….

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Clint Holmes New Album Rendezvous

Vocalist Clint Holmes has an intimate “Rendezvous” with a star-studded jazz collective Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jane Monheit, Ledisi, Joey DeFrancesco, Dave Koz, Patti Austin and The Count Basie Orchestra help bring the veteran crooner’s story to life on the album due February 24.   LAS VEGAS (26 January 2017): A song that singer-songwriter Clint Holmes wrote fondly recalling the Sunday afternoons he used to spend with his father at the historic Colored Musicians Club…

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Phil Perry New Album Breathless

Phil Perry New Album Breathless

ONE OF THE GREATEST BALLADEERS OF OUR TIME PHIL PERRY RETURNS  WITH A NEW CD THAT PROMISES TO LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS “I try to become the story, not just the Storyteller.  The goal is to allow listeners to hear themselves in the story.”- Phil Perry Phil Perry has been in the game since the mid-70’s, but I was introduced to his music in 1994.  This is when the album Pure Pleasure was…

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Lawson Rollins

Lawson Rollins 3 Minutes to Midnight

It’s “3 Minutes to Midnight” and Lawson Rollins has “Island Time” on his mind   The world music guitarist is feeling “Golden” about landing his first motion picture score.     SAN FRANCISCO (23 January 2017): Award-winning world music guitarist Lawson Rollins has the Billboard, America’s Music Charts and Groove Jazz Music charts under the hypnotic spell of his new single, “Island Time,” the first cut taken from his seventh album, “3 Minutes to Midnight,” which was released…

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Manhattan Transfer & Take 6 Tickets Early 2017

With all respect to Boyz II Men, the two best vocal groups out there are Take 6 and The Manhattan Transfer. Even though their live shows include a backing band, these two groups do not need them.  If you have ever heard any of their performances, they are two self contained units. The two groups will continue to tour together as we stroll through February of 2017. The Manhattan Transfer The…

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