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  • Leonard Nimoy, dies at 83

    Leonard Nimoy, the actor who had a worldwide following, after portraying Mr. Spock, in the movie and television series “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.

    According to the NY Times, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death.  Last year, Mr. Nimoy announced that he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease disease, which he said may have been caused by years of smoking.

    Evem though he was famous for being a logical character, Mr. Nimoy was very creative, and pursued poetry, photography and music in addition to acting, Mr. Nimoy recorded several albums, which featured a variety of cover songs, including “I Walk the Line,” “Proud Mary,” “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”

    See a full list of his artistic accomplishments on the NYTimes.com Art Blog.

  • Kenny G and Warren G #MashUpMonday

    Kenny G teamed up with rapper Warren G for a segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live called #MashUpMonday. The fun segment pairs 2 unlikely collaborators to perform. Watch their performance now on YouTube.

  • Tony Bennett the Painter

    After a busy winter performing and winning Grammy's with Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett is spending time unwinding in Hawaii. The 89-year-old is spending his vacation painting. He recently shared some of his newest work on his Facebook page. See all of his art at his Benedetto Art Gallery website here.

    Bennett recently spoke to the LA Times, and announced plans for his second album with Lady Gaga. Bennett described Gaga: "She's a very good singer. She's not a flash in the pan. That's why I had to do these great standards. And it's really paying off because the album's so big. Now we're about to record an album of all Cole Porter songs. That'll be the second album."

  • Stevie Wonder Tribute

    Did you miss "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute" on CBS? It featured performances by Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox, Ariana Grande, Babyface, Ne-Yo, Gary Clark Jr., The Band Perry, Tony Bennett and many more. Watch the full Beyonce tribute here: http://beyonce.lk/steviewonder

    Learn about Steie's history with the Grammy's and see his past Grammy performances here.

    Get Stevie's "Definitive Collection" featuring all of his biggest hits:
    Amazon - http://smarturl.it/StevieWonderDC-a
    iTunes - http://smarturl.it/StevieWonderDC-i
    Google Play - http://smarturl.it/StevieWonderDC-gp

  • Dave Koz Let's It Go

    Dave Koz took some time out of touring with Barry Manilow, to perform a special cover of "Let It Go" for his nieces on Valentine's Day on WGN - TV. See the video here.

    Tickets for Manilow’s ONE LAST TIME! Tour are available now at www.manilow.com and on the Dave Koz Tour Page. Upcoming tour dates:

    Feb. 24 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
    Feb. 26 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
    Feb. 27 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
    Mar. 1 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
    Mar. 26 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
    Mar. 27 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
    Mar. 28 Mashantucket, CT The Grand Theater at Foxwoods
    Apr. 10 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
    Apr. 17 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Arena
    Apr. 20 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
    May 26 Vancouver, B.C. Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
    May 27 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
    May 28 Portland, OR Moda Center
    June 4 Atlanta, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center
    June 5 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
    June 6 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
    June 13 Philadelphia, PA The Wells Fargo Center
    June 14 Newark, NJ Prudential Center 
    June 16 Boston, MA TD Garden
    June 17 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center

     

  • Boz Scaggs announces new album

    Boz Scaggs has released the cover of his new album titled A Fool To Care. The new album is due out March 31, and can be preordered now through Amazon.com.  “I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” Boz Scaggs says of his new album, A Fool to Care. “It’s like I’m just going wherever I want to go with it.”  The album will also feature tracks by Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams. 

  • Funkee Boy Celebrates being Cancer Free!

    Bobbi "Funkee Boy" Tammaro was blindsided with cancer in April 2014. Funkee Boy explains, "It was a grueling battle with a very aggressive chemotherapy schedule. Thru it all my faith, loved ones & fans really helped me to Rise above it. I used every tool from prayers to exercise to holistic medicine, to music, reiki, & acupuncture. I'm now happy to announce & celebrate that I'm Cancer FREE!!"

    As a way to thank his fans and friends for their support, and to help others in need, Funkee Boy will be donating a percentage of his new album, "Soul Purpose" Sales, Royalties, and CD giveaways to The American Cancer Society/Harold Lever Cancer Center.

    Buy Funkee Boy on CDBABY
    Buy Funkee Boy on ITunes
    Buy Funkee Boy on Amazon

  • Grammy Winners

    Here is a partial list of the 2105 Grammy Winners. For a complete list, please visit Grammy.com.

    Album of the Year
    Beck, Morning Phase (WINNER)
    Beyonce, Beyonce
    Ed Sheeran, x
    Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
    Pharrell Williams, Girl

    Song of the Year
    Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" (WINNER)
    Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"
    Sia, "Chandelier"
    Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
    Hozier, "Take Me to Church"

    Record of the Year

    Sam Smith, "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version" (WINNER)
    Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, "Fancy"
    Sia, "Chandelier"
    Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
    Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"

    BEST NEW ARTIST

    Sam Smith (WINNER)
    Iggy Azalea
    Bastille
    Brandy Clark
    Haim

    Best Music Video
    Pharrell Williams, "Happy" (WINNER)
    Arcade Fire, "We Exist"
    DJ Snake and Lil Jon, "Turn Down for What"
    Sia, "Chandelier"
    Woodkid feat. Max Richter, "The Golden Age"

    Best Pop Vocal Album

    Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour (WINNER)
    Coldplay, Ghost Stories
    Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
    Ariana Grande, My Everything
    Katy Perry, Prism
    Ed Sheeran, X

    Best Traditional Pop Album

    Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek (WINNER)
    Annie Lennox, Nostalgia
    Barry Manilow, Night Songs
    Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
    Barbra Streisand, Partners

    BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

    Bass & Mandolin, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer (WINNER)
    Wild Heart, Mindi Abair
    Slam Dunk, Gerald Albright
    Nathan East, Nathan East
    Jazz Funk Soul, Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Everette Harp

  • Dionne Warwick recovering
    Legendary singer, Dionne Warwick, is recovering after a fall. According to TMZ, Ms. Warwick slipped and fell in her shower on January 24th, and underwent ankle surgery.

    Warwick is the cousin of Whitney Houston, and her fall occured exactly one week before Whitney's daughter Bobbi Kristina, was found underwater in a bathtub. She is currently in critical condition. We wish Ms. Warwick and the Brown and Houston families our best in this difficult time.

    Read more: http://www.tmz.com#ixzz3QzlTEqhy
  • Gerald Albright Tour Dates

    See Gerald Albright perform songs from his Grammy nominated album "Slam Dunk" in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category at one of his upcoming shows: 

    FRI 2/6/15 Denver, CO
    The Soiled Dove Underground website / tickets

    SAT 2/14/15 Kansas City, MO
    Gem Theater website / tickets

    FRI 4/10/15 Pittsburgh, PA
    Manchester’s Craftsmen’s Guild  website / tickets

    SAT 4/11/15 Buffalo, NY
    Buffalo State College website / tickets

    SUN 4/12/15 Wyomissing, PA
    Berks Jazz Festival website / tickets

    SAT 4/18/15 Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas City Of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival at Government Amphitheater
    website / tickets

     

    SAT 6/13/15 Atlanta, GA
    Wolf Creek Amphitheatre website / tickets

    A complete list of his upcoming shows is available at Gerald's website.

     

     

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