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  • Leslie Odom Jr.


    The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon - August 1st
    The Today Show - August 3rd
    The View - August 10th

    Last month Leslie Odom Jr. released his self titled debut album of jazz and Broadway classics on S-Curve Records. The CD includes soulful and textured new interpretations of songs like "Look for the Silver Lining," "Joey, Joey, Joey," "Autumn Leaves," "The Party's Over" and more. The CD debuted at number 1 on Soundscan's Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts.

    Purchase Leslie Odom Jr.'s new self-titled album at

  • 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, 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

    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, “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

    Keiko Matsui recently released a behind-the-scenes video of her creating her new album "Journey To The Heart", out August 5th on Shanachie Entertainment.

    Preorder now:

  • 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

    PRE ORDER the full album today!


  • 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

  • Maxwell/ Starbucks Exclusive

    All US Starbucks stores will be playing Maxwell's new album black SUMMERS’ night on Monday, June 27 at noon BEFORE it goes on sale July 1st!

    See Maxwell's upcoming tour dates.

    Pre-order Maxwell's new album now at

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