- Herb Alpert Returns With Electronic Album
Legendary Herb Alpert’s is back with his fourth album in the last 3 years. 'Human Nature’ finds the iconic musician delving into dance grooves and elements of electronic music in a way he has never done before.
‘Human Nature’ is available for pre-order on August 5. Fans will receive an immediate download of the first single “Doodles” with each order through iTunes or Amazon MP3.
In September, Herb will also re-release 24 classic albums from his illustrious career on CD with 4 titles to be released on LP. Each title has been remastered from the original analog tape mixes by GRAMMY-winning engineer Bernie Grundman, who was the original mastering engineer for many of these recordings. Several have been out of print for a number of years.
A 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Alpert’s albums have sold over 72 million copies, and 29 of his records have reached the Billboard 200. Herb has also dedicated his life to philanthropy, funding music education programs across the country. Through his personal foundation, Herb has helped establish music programs at UCLA and the California Institute of Arts. Both schools have named their programs the Herb Alpert School of Music in his honor. Alpert has also established the Herb Alpert Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists, which help provide tuition to twenty young musicians each year.
See Herb Alpert on TOUR:
Sept 4 – Santa Monica, CA – Moss Theater
Oct 14 – Madison, WI – Stoughton Opera House
Oct 15 – Glen Ellyn, IL – Mcaninch Center
Oct 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Nov 5 – Palm Desert, CA – McCallum Theater for the Performing Arts
- Tony Bennett Turns 90
At a recent concert in New York, Billy Joel honored the legendary Tony Bennett for his 90th birthday.
According to Tmz.com, Tony and Billy sang together on his classic, "New York State of Mind", and then entire crowd serenaded Tony with "Happy Birthday To You".
- Saxophonist Steve Cole’s entrancing “Mirage”
When saxman Steve Cole takes the stage Friday night at the Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival in Norfolk, Virginia, he will celebrate the release of his eighth album, “Turn It Up,” while on the precipice of adding another No. 1 Billboard single to his burgeoning catalogue of hits. The Artistry Music release produced by long-time Cole collaborator David Mann arrives Friday as the first single, the riveting aural oeuvre “Mirage,” holds the second spot ready to claim the peak position from Cole’s Sax Pack colleague Marcus Anderson.
“Mirage” casts a transcendent spell with a futuristic foray that projects Cole’s improvisational jazz horn onto a screen of ambient tones and throbbing club beats. The single, along with the exuberant Chicago house music salute “Workhouse,” is a divergent excursion from the ten-track collection brimful of frothy pop melodies and voluminous horns over soul-powered R&B undercurrents. Recorded in three booming metropolises - New York City, Chicago and Minneapolis – that helped shape the eight compositions authored or co-authored by Cole, “Turn It Up” includes contributions from Nicholas Cole (“Turn It Up!”), Pieces of a Dream’s James Lloyd (“Bright Side”) and Ricky Peterson (“Workhouse”). Of note is a vintage take of Bobby Womack’s seductive “Woman’s Gotta Have It.”
Cole’s “Turn It Up” concert trek has dates to keep the Chicago-bred, Minneapolis-based artist playing festivals, theaters and clubs across the nation in support of the disc through November. For additional information, please visit www.SteveCole.net.
Catch Cole in concert on the following dates:
July 15 Norfolk, VA Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival
July 16 Mableton, GA Wade Ford Concert Series – Mable House
July 21 Houston, TX Martini Blu
August 6 Honolulu, HI Liliu Theater at Hawaii Convention Center
August 14 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Jazz Festival
August 17 Dearborn, MI Jazz on the Ave
August 18 Philadelphia, PA South Jazz Club
August 20 San Antonio, TX The Big Bib Too
September 3 Pensacola, FL Community Maritime Park
September 16 Denver, CO Soiled Dove Underground
September 24 Melbourne, FL Studio Theatre at the Maxwell C. King Center
October 15-16 Rehoboth Beach, DE Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival
November 26 Rancho Mirage, CA Westin Mission Hills
- Marvin Gaye Documentary
Noah Media Group and Greenlight are developing a documentary movie about the life of soul musician Marvin Gaye. According to Variety.com, “Marvin, What’s Going On?” centers on Gaye’s creation of his seminal 1971 album “What’s Going On” and marks the first time that his children, Nona, Marvin III and Frankie Gaye, along with his former wife, Janis Gaye, all have supported and contributed to such a project.
The film, slated to go into production this year, will be “the defining portrait of this visionary artist and his impeccable album,” according to a statement from the film’s producers. Gaye’s children said in a joint statement: “We would like to express our excitement about the upcoming documentary feature film about our father and the creation of his amazing ‘What’s Going On’ album. We are proud that his relevance remains intact, and we look forward to being a part of this cinematic journey."
Gabriel Clarke and Torquil Jones will co-direct the movie, which should include new interviews with some of Motown’s top stars and never-before-seen archive footage.”
- John Novello's "I Can't Stop My Heart" Video
Pianist John Novello's new album Ivory Keys is out now! See the video for his 2nd single "I Cant Stop My Heart" featuring saxman Eric Marienthal below!
- Keiko Matsui's Journey To The Heart
- Carol Duboc Brings #GirlPower
Contemporary Jazz Vocalist/Composer Carol Duboc's new song "Open the Curtains" features a star-studded line-up of musicians, who not only happen to be women but who are also some of the baddest musicians to grace this planet, including Sheila E., Patrice Rushen, Bibi McGill, Queen Cora Coleman, and Rhonda Smith.
Carol hopes the song inspires others as well. "While you're watching I encourage you to keep in mind just how powerful you are. My goal is to motivate and inspire young women to find confidence in themselves and always reach for the stars! So please share this with all of them!" says Carol.
See Carol with her special guests at the Catalina Bar and Grill on August 30 Tickets
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- Aaron Neville's New Album and Tour
Aaron Neville's new album Apache is now available for pre-order from Amazon! You’ll receive an instant download of first single, “Be Your Man” when you place your order. The album is available everywhere on July 15th!
AARON NEVILLE Tour Dates:
July 14 & 15—Chicago, IL—City Winery
July 22 & 23—Atlanta, GA—City Winery
August 4—New York, NY—Apollo Theater—75th Birthday Concert Celebrating 50th Anniversary of “Tell It Like It Is”
August 6—Atlantic City, NJ—Golden Nugget
September 16—Cincinnati, OH—Live at Ludlow Garage
September 24—Wilmington, NC—CFCC Fine Arts Center
October 7—Brownfield, ME—Stone Mountain Arts
October 8—Lincolnville, ME—Cellardoor Winery
October 22—Reno, NV—MontBleu Resort & Casino
December 17—Santa Rosa, CA—Luther Burbank Center
For a complete list of all dates including the Aaron Neville quintet, visit AaronNeville.com
- Maxwell/ Starbucks Exclusive
- Christina Aguilera Wants A Change
Christina Aguilera released a new song and video that she dedicated to the victims of the Orlando tragedy. She released the following statement on her website:
"The horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando continues to weigh heavily on my mind. I am sending so much love and so many prayers to the victims and their families. Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately.
We live in a time of diversity, in a time of endless possibilities, in a time where expression of oneself is something to be celebrated. And I am left wondering how people filled with so much love could be taken by so much hate.
Though there is such heavy sadness I believe that there is much more love in the world than we know. We need to learn to love again, we need to learn that one person does make a difference; we need to keep love in our hearts. As Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
We all have the choice to spread love, encourage individuality and make a difference to others – we are all in this together, as one, united in love.
Sending all my love, thoughts and prayers,
“Change” by Christina Aguilera is available now for download on iTunes.