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  • New Mariah Carey album

    Mariah Carey is releasing a new greatest hits album "#1 To Infinity" on May 18th!

    The best-selling female performer of the 1990s and one of the most popular artists through the 2010s, Mariah Carey rose to superstardom on the strength of her stunning five-octave voice. An elastic talent who moved easily from glossy ballads to hip-hop-inspired dance-pop, she earned frequent comparison to rivals Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, but did them both one better by co-writing almost all her material. Like all artists with lengthy periods in the mainstream spotlight, Carey experienced creative and commercial lulls, yet each one of her proper studio albums peaked within the Top Five of the Billboard 200.

    Pre-order now at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/1-to-infinity/id989380334

    Or watch her lyric video for her new single "Infinity":

     

     

  • Ben E. King

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ben E. King, the unforgettable lead singer for the Drifters and solo star whose plaintive baritone graced such pop and rhythm 'n blues classics as "Stand by Me," ''There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," has died. He was 76.

     

    King died Thursday of natural causes in Teaneck, New Jersey, his longtime residence, publicist Phil Brown told The Associated Press on Friday.He is survived by his wife, Betty; three children and six grandchildren.For his complete bio, please visit the AP via Yahoo News.

  • BB King Elder Abuse Dispute


    Blues legend B.B. King's daughter called police on Thursday alleging elder abuse claims. 

    According to TMZ, King's daughter, Patty King, wanted to take B. B. King to the hospital, and his longtime manager Laverne Toney refused. Toney has power of attorney. Ms. King called police and B.B. was taken to the hospital by paramedics.  89-year-old King was treated at the hospital , and Patty says he suffered a minor heart attack.

    We wish B.B. a full recovery.

  • Paul Hardcastle: 30th Anniverary of "19"

     

    Paul Hardcastle first released his anti-war song "19" on his self titled album back in 1985. It's been 30 years and this month the single will be re-released and re-mixed in 14 new versions. In 1985 this song was recognized not only for it's strong anti-war messages but for it's technical skill and innovations. It used sampled and process speech along with non-speech elements such as crowd noise, dialogue from news reports, and the call of a military bugle. The song had huge success. It was No. 1 in the UK for five weeks and became the top selling single in 13 countries.

    The title of the song, "19" is a reference to the film it was inspired by, "Vietnam Requiem". The documentary stated that the average age of American combat solder was 19 and Hardcastle compared his own life at that age to what these young soldiers were facing in the Vietnam War: "...what struck me was how young the solders were...I was out having fun in pubs and clubs when I was 19, not being shoved into jungles and shot at."

    Hardcastle hopes the re-release will help raise awareness of post traumatic stress disorder and bring the message to a new generation. He told The Mirror, "The haunting PTSD mix is quite heavy, and reflects the fact that more soldiers have committed suicide since the Afghanistan war than actually died in battle. Now that is a sad statistic."

     

    19: The 30th Anniversary Collection will be released on CD and 2LP vinyl on May 19, 2015. You can find it on Amazon.com

     

    Track Listing

    1. Destruction Mix (remastered) 7.07

    2. 19 PTSD Mix 4.07

    3. History Keeps Repeating Itself 5.07

    4. 19 Cryogenic Freeze Remix 5.33

    5. 19 Inner Changes Mix 4.39

    6. Electronica Dark Remix 6.13

    8. 19 The Vision 5.04

    9. 19 Welcome To Hell Remix 3.38

    10. 19 NUA Remix (feat. Marvin Gaye) 4.42

    11. 19 The Rage Remix 4.26

    12. 19 The Final Story (remastered) 3.04

    13. 19 Jim Pavloff Edit 4.43

    14. 19 The Original Demo 5.11

  • Jeff Golub documentary

    During his illustrious career, Jeff Golub was Rod Stewart's front man, he played with Billy Squier and other legends, and recorded 11 solo albums, plus three more as the leader of Avenue Blue. Inspired by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and BB King, among others, Jeff began playing guitar when he was 12. Playing rock, blues, and jazz guitar, Jeff became a world renowned performer, playing in stadiums, concert halls, and clubs around the world. On January 1, 2015, Jeff passed away from a rare brain disorder, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).

    A new documentary will take you behind-the-scenes into the life of an extraordinary artist, from his greatest stage and studio performances, to his family life. Most importantly, the film is an intimate portrait of his last years, during which his family and the music community rally around him and, in return, are inspired by Jeff's unflagging optimism and generous spirit. Find out how you can support this documentary b visiting Kickstarter.com and watching the video  below.

     

  • Monterey Jazz Fest- Tickets on Sale May 15th

    The 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival takes place September 18-20, 2015. 

    500 Artists on 8 Stages for 3 Nights and 2 Days including Chris Botti, Dianne Reeves, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, and Patti Austin!

    Full Weekend Arena and Grounds Packages for the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will go on sale May 15, 2015. Single Day Arena and Grounds Tickets will go on sale June 5, 2015.Tickets are available at 888.248.6499 and online.

     


  • Vincent Ingala New Album - On Sale May 1st

     

    Vincent Ingala is releasing a new album "Coast to Coast" on May 1st!

    "Coast to Coast" will be Vincent's third album, the followup to "Can't Stop Now" which brought us Top 20 chart topping songs "Kimi Trick" featuring Jonathan Fritzen and the title track "Can't Stop Now". He co-wrote 7 of those songs and played all of the instruments, so we expect great things from this next album! 

    This past year has been a busy one for Vincent. He moved from Conneticut to California, inspiring this album and it's title "Coast to Coast". In California he's been playing at Spaghettini's and the Dave Koz Lounge for Sunday Brunch. With the launch of this new album it looks like this year will be a busy one as well. Vincent will be playing in Spain next week at the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival before heading back to Conneticut for a CD launch party with family and friends. He hasn't forgotten about his new California home though, they'll be having another launch party at Spaghettini's on May 16th.

    Look out for Vincent Ingala's new album "Coast to Coast" in stores on May 1st.

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the Rock Hall is going big with a new 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee exhibit featuring never-before-seen interviews and performance highlights from this year's Inductees:  The "5" Royales, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

     

    Stevie inducted R&B legend Bill Withers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Saturday, April 18th. "Stevie Wonder inducting me in the Hall of Fame is like a lion opening the door for a kitty cat," joked Bill Withers. "Stevie Wonder knows my name and the brother just put me in the Hall of Fame."

    See pictures from the event:
      https://rockhall.com/photo-gallery/2015-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-induction-photos/

     Read more on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum website: https://rockhall.com/…/12699_bill-withers-stevie-wonder-jo…/



  • Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Fest
  • Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series


    Thornton Winery in Temecula, CA has announced their Champagne Jazz Series Lineup:

    Brian Culbertson 
    Elan Trotman
     
    Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers
    Nick Colionne
     
    Jazz Attack featuring Richard Elliot, Peter White, Euge Groove
     
    Bobby Caldwell
    The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman
     
    Spyro Gyra
    Acoustic Alchemy
     
    Dave Koz
    Rick Braun
    Kenny Lattimore 
     
    Dave Koz
    Rick Braun
    Kenny Lattimore
     
    Jeffrey Osborne
    Gerald Albright
     
    For the complete lineup through October, please visit: http://www.thorntonwine.com/champagne-jazz-series
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