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  • Joni Mitchell Health Update

    Joni Mitchell's conservator, Leslie Morris, posted this updated on Joni's condition at JoniMitchell.com: "Joni did in fact suffer an aneurysm. However, details that have emerged in the past few days are mostly speculative. The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she's speaking well. She is not walking yet, but she will be in the near future as she is undergoing daily therapies. She is resting comfortably in her own home and she's getting better each day. A full recovery is expected."

    This goes against an interview with HuffPost by her former boyfriend,David Crosby, who said, "To My Knowledge,' Joni Mitchell 'Is Not Speaking Yet".

    You may leave your well wishes for Joni at WeLoveYouJoni.com
     

  • Lin Rountree on tour

    The Soul Trumpeter is hitting the road this summer. SOULFUNKY, Lin Rountree's fifth studio CD, was released this May.  With hard driving funk-laden grooves, soulful melodies, and lush production  Rountree thinks fans, especially those who have seen him live, will gravitate to this new sound.

    Lin began playing the trumpet in Alexandria VA., when he was just 11 yrs. old. He frequently attended music development programs at The Duke Ellington School for performing arts in Washington DC. Upon his graduation Lin was recruited into the Music program at Florida A&M University where he performed with the famed Marching 100’ under the direction of William P. Foster and Dr. Julian White. Lin credits his abilities to practice, prepare and perform to the training that he received at FAMU. In 2012 Lin appeared in the hit film ‘SPARKLE’ starring Whitney Houston boosting his international profile.  This lead to Rountree headlining his own show at the Dubai International Jazz Festival in early 2013, hence his subsequent signing to the Trippin N’ Rhythm Records family.

     

    1. Jun 27 7:00pm Detroit Princess Riverboat
      Detroit, MI US
    2. Jul 10 9:00pm Seventh District Leadership Jazz Concert
      Jacksonville, FL US
    3. Jul 17 5:30pm Norfolk Jazz Festival
      Norfolk, VA US
    4. Jul 18 6:30pm Norfolk Jazz Festival
      Norfolk, VA US
    5. Jul 23 6:00pm 129 Lounge
      Monroe, MI US
    6. Aug 07 8:00pm The Great Plaza @ Penns Landing
      Philadelphia, PA US
    7. Aug 16 8:00pm Levitt Pavilion
      Pasadena, CA US
    8. Sep 05 7:00pm The Soiled Dove Underground
      Denver, CO US
    9. Oct 10 8:00pm Sax On The River
      Sacramento, CA US
  • Stevie Wonder appeared on the Billboard charts 52 years ago

    52 years ago, at the age of twelve, Little Stevie Wonder debuted on the Billboard charts. "Fingertips Pt. 2" debuted at #85 on the Bollboard Pop Chart on June 22, 1963.

    ‘Fingertips’ was a live version of an instrumental album track on Stevie's debut album ‘The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie,’ released in September 1962. The performance was so long that when it was released, it had to be split into two sections, Parts 1 and 2. When it was released as a single, radio stations chose the B side because the call-and-response between Stevie and the Chicago crowd was so electric. Read the full history of this interesting launch to Stevie's 50-plus-year career at www.udiscovermusic.com.

  • Boney James, Dave Koz and more in Cancun

    The Cancun Jazz Fest will be held Sept. 3-6, 2015 at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya!

    Over 20 Artists including Boney James, Dave Koz & Rick Braun with special guest Kenny Lattimore, Will Downing,Norman Brown & Richard Elliot, Peter White, Rick Braun & Euge Groove, Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor with special guest Jessy J, Warren Hill, Nick Colionne, Eric Darius and more!

    Book by June 30th to receive a resort credit up to $1500! In addition to the all-inclusive food & drinks that are included in your ticket, guests who you book their resort package with the Cancun Jazz Festival will also receive a resorts credit issued by the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya to be used towards the purchase of additional amenities at the resort. We´re not only giving you more to use on Golf, Spa treatments, Tours, upgraded wine selections at the restaurants and more - we´re taking the whole thing up an octave and want to blow your experience off the charts!

    For more information, visit: http://goo.gl/VwFAP7

  • Janet Jackson announces tour dates

    Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner Janet Jackson today announced details of her highly anticipated international tour. The UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR will start August 31st and run in cities throughout the U.S. and Canada featuring shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, San Diego, San Francisco and more. Additional worldwide concerts will be announced at a later date.

    Tickets for the first North American live performances will go on sale starting June 22 at JanetJackson.com.  American Express Card members can purchase tickets for select shows before the general public beginning Monday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m. through Friday, June 19 at 10:00 pm.

    For a complete list of tour dates, visit: http://www.janetjackson.com

     

     

  • Pulitzer Prize winner Ornette Coleman Dies at 85

    Boris Grdanoski/Associated Press

    Saxophonist and composer, Ornette Coleman, one of the innovators of jazz, died today. He was 85. According to a family representative, the cause was cardiac arrest.

    According to a tribute in the NY Times.com, Mr. Coleman changed the course of jazz history in the 1950's by following the traditional jazz rules and creating new rhythm styles.  In 2007, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his album “Sound Grammar and  received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. His final performance was at Prospect Park in Brooklyn in June 2014, as part of a tribute to him organized by his son.

    “One of the things I am experiencing is very important,” he said in his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech. “And that is: You don’t have to die to kill, and you don’t have to kill to die. And above all, nothing exists that is not in the form of life, because life is eternal with or without people, so we are grateful for life to be here at this very moment.”

    Read his complete bio at NYTimes.com.

  • Patti Austin Celebrates 60 Years of Performing

    Patti Austin recently shared a picture of herself performing as a child on her Facebook page. Congratulations to her on celebrating 60 years as a performer! 

    Patti will be performing this weekend in NYC with Michael Feinstein and Freddy Cole at Jazz at Lincoln Center! Celebrating the music of Frank Sinatra!

  • The story behind Guitar Player Magazine

    Former Jefferson Starship guitarist, and Smooth Jazz star Craig Chaquico is one of the guitarists featured on the new book Guitar Player: The Inside Story of the First Two Decades of the Most Successful Guitar Magazine Ever. Rich in history and perspective, Guitar Player: The Inside Story of the First Two Decades of the Most Successful Guitar Magazine Ever is the definitive first-person chronicle of a music magazine's golden age of the 70's and 80's. Among the many illustrations are then-and-now shots of performers and staff, early ads, behind-the-scenes photos from company jam sessions (with such guests as B. B. King and Chick Corea), various fascinating events, and key issue covers.

    Joe Satriani wrote the forward and the book features Chaquico along with Jimi Hendrix,  BB King, George Benson, Chet Atkins, Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, and Stanley Clarke.

    See Craig Chaquico on June 13, at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Jefferson Starship’s chart-topping 1975 album “Red Octopus.” to-the-day June 13, 1975. For tickets visit: http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/

     

  • Mariah Carey releases new video

    Mariah Carey has released a video for her new song "Infinity".

    Download her new album #1 to Infinity now: http://smarturl.it/MC_1ToInfinity_ituns
    Amazon: http://smarturl.it/MC_1ToInfinity_amzn
    Official Store: http://smarturl.it/MC_1ToInfinity

  • ETA-Exploring The Arts

    Exploring the Arts (ETA) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto.

    ETA’s mission is to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA provides funding and strategic planning support to help its Partner Schools sustain and grow their arts programs and curricula. ETA currently serves more than 11,000 students at 17 Partner Schools in NYC and LA.

    Donations received between now and July 31, 2015 will be matched by another donor up to $20,000!
    Give today and double your impact:  https://exploringthearts.secure.force.com/donate

    Learn more about how ETA helps transform the lives of young people through arts education. http://www.exploringthearts.org/ 

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