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  • Chuck Loeb- Guitar Teacher

    Guitarist Chuck Loeb of the supergroup Fourplay just partnered with ArtistWorks' new Online Jazz Guitar School and will be teaching Jazz Guitar.  ArtistWorks' provides lessons for beginners to seasoned vets - to learn jazz guitar in a whole new way. "I am super excited about the launch of my Jazz Guitar School with ArtistWorks. It is the perfect time and the perfect format for me to finally be able to share my love and experiences playing jazz guitar," says Chuck about his new project. "I am looking forward to the surprises I will get from the students".

  • Jeff Golub Documentary- footage needed

    Guitarist Jeff Golub suddenly and unexpectedly lost his vision in the summer of 2011. Jeff faced this challenge with determination, humor and bravery.  In late 2012, Jeff's wife noticed changes in his behavior and appearance.  Psychiatrists and neurologists evaluated him without any clear conclusions.  A number of medications were tried without results.  Despite growing concern, Jeff remained resolved to support his family. He continued writing, recording, traveling and playing, simply trying to live with integrity.  Although his day-to-day life was becoming increasingly challenging, Jeff made it clear that he felt best when playing his music. In 2013, Jeff even released a new album, "Train Keeps A Rolling" including the hit single, "Pusherman". By mid 2013, Jeff was no longer taking any medications because none had produced results.  However, his speech, gait and appearance had changed.  Many doctors continue to evaluate him but none can provide a concrete diagnosis or treatment.  They believe Jeff has an unidentified neurological condition and his loss of vision is just one component of a larger issue. For the time being, Jeff's managers and promoters have decided that Jeff should focus on his health and not on his work.  In other words, Jeff is no longer being booked for performances.

    Now, there is a documentary being made about Jeff's music and how this mysterious illness has affected his life. Jeff has personally requested good video footage that anyone can contribute to the documentary project. In particular, Jeff's July 2011 performance at San Dimas JazzFestWest 2011... his first performance as a blind person. If you have video that you would like to contribute, please email Chapman Management.

    You can also make a donation to his medical fund, here. Thank you.

  • George Benson releasing his autobiography

    Over the course of his fifty-year career, George Benson has performed for hundreds of millions of fans around the world, received ten Grammy Awards, and recorded with some of the most revered musicians of his era.  Benson: The Autobiography explores his life from his humble beginnings in Pittsburgh to his rise as one of the first successful jazz artists. Benson discusses his near-arrest for domestic abuse, the tragic illnesses that afflicted his family, the secret lives of his musical cohorts, and racism’s effect on his life and art. You can preorder Benson: The Autobiography now at

  • Hall and Oates to be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Hall and Oates will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. No one was more supprised Than Daryl Hall, who says, "I didn't think this would happen as long as the people who were in power stayed in power". In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Daryl Hall discusses the induction and what it means to him. 

    For a full list of inductees, click here.


  • The 48th Montreux Jazz Festival

    The 48th annual Montreux Jazz Festival will be July 4-19 in Switzerland. The line-up was just announced and includes Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Jamie Cullum, Chris Rea, Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter, Van Morrison, Robin Thicke,Tedeschi Trucks Band, and many more!  The Montreux Jazz Festival is continuing its theme of exploring all the generations of living music.

    Tickets will be on sale tomorrow Friday, April 4th at 10 am  at

  • 30th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's death

    Marvin Gaye's younger sister Zeola Gaye recently spoke with Yahoo Music about Marvin's legacy and the impact of his music. Zeola was a teenager when "What's Going On" was released.  "When I played it and I was reading the lyrics, really, that's when Marvin – my brother – became 'Marvin Gaye' to me", says Zeola. "That was the first time I said, 'Wow. This is so heavy. So beautiful.' I almost couldn’t believe this came from my brother."  Marvin had said God told him to write the song. "He was guided by that and felt all the things that were going on in the world were so disturbing to everybody, especially him," Zeola explains.

    In her play and book, "My Brother Marvin", Zeola shares many stories about her brother, including Marvin being fatally shot by his father the day before his 45th birthday. Marvin would have been 75 on April 2nd, the day after the anniversary of his death, but his legacy lives on. 

  • Dave Koz releases "Surprise" new album

    This promo video explains the concept behind Dave Koz' "surprise" new album. Watch the promo video here.

  • Harvey Mason's new album Chameleon on sale April 29

    Harvey Mason is among the most recorded and in-demand drummers of all-time. A legendary, multi-GRAMMY® nominated session drummer, producer, composer & recording artist, he has worked with a pantheon of musical giants, including Barbra Streisand, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Bjork, Carlos Santana, Michael Jackson, John Legend, Seal, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has composed and written songs recorded by artists ranging from Nancy Wilson and Mary J. Blige to The Notorious B.I.G., Lupe Fiasco, Nelly/P. Diddy and T.I.

    Chameleon, Mason’s April 29, 2014 solo debut for Concord Records and 10th solo project overall, adds one more remarkable chapter to his legacy. A blend of R&B, urban and cutting-edge jazz, Chameleon takes its inspiration from the title track, which Mason co-wrote with Herbie Hancock, and is a knowing nod to Mason himself, aptly dubbed the “Chameleon” for his uncanny ability to perform so many styles of music.

    Pre-order the album now at

  • Pre-order the new album by Nick Colionne now

    Nick Colionne is exploring his Influences on his new album, available now for per-order on Well into his third decade of making the strings sing with his very own sweet Chicago soul, guitarist Nick Colionne digs deep as he takes musical stock of the people and things that helped propel his career.

    Influences is a musical journey of self re-discovery, offering a palate of moods and flavors born of life experiences, challenges and the effect of the people past and present that have helped shape and mold his sound.

    For a complete list of Nick's upcoming tour dates, visit his website at


  • Chicago Tribune names Seabreeze Jazz Fest one of the Top Events of April

    White Sands… Beautiful Water… and Smooth Jazz!

    The Seabreeze Jazz Festival has grown to become one of the fastest growing Smooth Jazz Festivals in the nation …attracting eager Contemporary Jazz enthusiasts from not only the southeast, but all over the U.S.A, Canada, and Europe. What began in 1998 at Seaside as a weekend of music for a few hundred fans, has grown to attract close to 25,000 along the white sand beaches of Panama City Beach, Florida.

    The Seabreeze Jazz Festival was named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine and Top 100 Events in North American by the North American Tour Bus Association in 2011. The Chicago Tribune named it one of the Top events of April.

    Get your tickets on-line, see this year's line-up, and also see videos and photos from 2013 festival. We will again be on beautiful Panama City Beach at Pier Park.

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