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  • Aretha Franklin Cancels Shows

    Aretha Franklin has cancelled several upcoming shows due to health reasons, according to AP. The 74-year-old singer said in a statement Monday that “due to doctors’ orders I will have to cancel a few concerts for the next month or so”.

    Cancelled shows include her Aug. 26 show at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts near Vienna, Virginia and her appearance in “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” on Sept. 15, and a solo show on Sept. 23 at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. We wish her good health.

  • Reza Khan's Wind Dance

    Have you checked out REZA KHAN’s new album “WIND DANCE” at www.rezakhanmusic.com? The Bangladesh born and raised, NYC based composer/guitarist cool style is influenced by the classical Indian and Bengali music of his youth, and contemporary grooves of Western rock and jazz fusion.

    Each of Reza’s albums explores a different theme, and WIND DANCE was inspired by autumn. “I was at my country house in Pennsylvania in the fall, watching leaves falling and a twister of leaves of all different shapes swirling round,” Reza explains. “They brought me into a feeling of total nostalgia”.

    WIND DANCE features Andy Snitzer, Philippe Saisse, Nelson Rangell, Mark Egan, Miles Gilderdale, and Marc Antoine. Explore it now at www.rezakhanmusic.com or amazon.com

     

     

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  • Chris Standring: TEN

    Guitarist Chris Standring has released his tenth solo album filled with a dazzling soul infused groove. Celebrating the remarkable milestone of album number TEN, he mixes live instrument and DJ sounds with infectious melodies, rhythms and arrangements. The perfect combination? Sounds like a perfect Ten.

    Check out Chris Standring’s TEN now at https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Chris-Standring/dp/B019HLZ38Q

     

     

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  • Peter White Christmas

    A PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS 2016 - Featuring Rick Braun & Euge Groove

    Make your list and check it twice! This holiday concert is more than just nice!! The wildly popular A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun & Euge Groove is coming to the Emerald Coast, Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 pm (CT), 2016 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, FL, at 100 College Blvd. East on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. The event is another Seabreeze 106.3 FM smooth jazz event and is sponsored by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals.

    Tickets to this Guest Event at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center go on sale August 1, 2016 from the center's Box Office, by phone, web or in-person. The front four rows on the floor (rows AA, BB, CC & DD) are $80 each. All main floor and balcony seats are $40 each. Call (850) 729-6000 or toll-free 1-888-838-ARTS(2787) Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm (central time) or purchase online exclusively through the non-profit center's official website at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org

  • Boney James futuresoul

    Four-time GRAMMY nominee Boney James’ dynamic futuresoul album burst out of the gate last year as a career high for the multi-platinum selling saxman. Released on May 4, 2015, futuresoul debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz Albums and Contemporary Jazz Albums Charts, where it remained for 11 weeks.

    Over the years, James has racked up sales of more than three million records, four RIAA gold albums, four GRAMMY nominations, a Soul Train Award, nominations for two NAACP Image Awards and 10 CDs atop Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. In 2009, Billboard named him the #3 Contemporary Jazz Artist of The Decade (trailing just Kenny G and Norah Jones).

    Boney James Tour Dates:
    8/10-Freedom Hill-Sterling Heights, MI
    8/18-Florida Theatre-Jacksonville, FL
    8/19- Charleston Music Hall-Charleston, SC
    8/20-The Plaza Live-Orlando,  FL
    8/27-Cullen Theatre-Houston, TX
    8/28- Potawatomi Bingo Casino-Milwaukee, WI
    8/30- B.B. King Blues Club & Grill-New York , NY
    8/31- Wolf Trap Filene Center-Vienna, VA
    9/1 -Bell Auditoriu-Augusta, GA
    9/2- Wolf Creek Amphitheater-  Atlanta,         GA
    9/4- Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya-Puerto Aventuras, MEXICO
    9/10- Red Lion Hotel Woodlake Conference Cente-Sacramento, CA
    10/14- Back Bay Amphitheatre-Newport Beach, CA
    10/15-Avalon Casino Ballroom-Avalon, CA
    10/19- Ridgefield Playhouse-Ridgefield, CT
    10/20- Wilbur Theater-Milton, MA
    10/22 - Mount Airy Casino Resort-Mount Pocono, PA
    10/23 - Keswick Theatre-Glensid, PA
    11/4- Township Auditorium-Columbia, SC
    11/10-Fox Theatre-Tucson, AZ
    11/1- Boulder Station Hotel/Casin-Las Vegas, NV


    For more information, visit: http://www.boneyjames.com/

  • Marc Antoine's Laguna Beach


    Since emerging as a force in contemporary jazz in the mid-90s with a trademark sound captured in the title of his debut album Classical Soul, Marc Antoine has shared his joyous musical wanderlust on a discography infused with extraordinary exotic journeys. After living and recording in Madrid – his wife Rebecca’s hometown – for 12 years, the multi-talented Parisian born acoustic guitarist relocated back to Southern California in 2015. While keeping his deep melodic flow and exotic textures front and center, he shares the lighthearted spirit of his exciting new life on his highly anticipated Woodward Avenue Records debut, an homage to his new hometown of Laguna Beach.

    “When you live near L.A., you can call anyone to come and work with you,” says Antoine, who tracked the all live sessions for Laguna Beach in a variety of rooms. “Once I built my new studio over here, fired it up and began working on new material, I knew I just had to make a few phone calls to get the right guys to play on it. Like many of my recordings, the album is marked by a cool stylistic diversity. I guess if I ever settled for a single style and did a blues or bossa nova record, it would be great, but as with my tours and travels, I’m never in the same place all the time. I love Latin music, Cuban, the Brazilian vibes of Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz, brassy and funky Steely Dannish like the new tune ‘Why Not.’ It’s good to have a funky jam, then a ballad, then something more ethnic. Maybe for some folks it’s too many styles, but my guitar is the connector between tunes. It’s the same guy, same soul playing all that, touching on a little bit of everything. I like to say, I can’t eat the same meal every night, and I can’t play the same music either.”
     

    You can Pre-order Laguna Beach now at amazon.com

  • Trumpeter Darren Barrett pays tribute to Amy Winehouse


    Trumpeter Darren Barrett, winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, was flipping through cable television channels while taking a break from a recording session when he stumbled upon a live concert by Amy Winehouse. He had heard the buzz about the unconventional British artist, but hadn’t heard any of her music until that moment. The musician of Jamaican descent with a proclivity for incorporating reggae into his neo-bop jazz recordings was instantly struck by the way the rhythm & soul singer-songwriter infused reggae into her throwback tracks.

    A Toronto, Ontario native who has been based in Boston ever since he attended Berklee, Barrett was a soloist on Esperanza Spaulding’s two-time Grammy-winning “Radio Music Society.” Mentored by trumpet great Donald Byrd, he has recorded or played internationally with jazz giants Elvin Jones, Jackie McLean, Herbie Hancock, Antonio Hart, Wayne Shorter and Roy Hargrove. Barrett has also performed with Common, will.i.am, Talib Kweli and D’Angelo.

    Maintaining a prolific album release pace since 2014, “The Music of Amy Winehouse” which will be released on August 26th, follows last fall’s critically-hailed jazz and reggae mashup “Trumpet Vibes” and predates a straight-ahead jazz outing from the dB Quintet that is expected in the first quarter of 2017. For more information, please visit www.DarrenBarrett.com.

  • Marcus Anderson's First #1

    In his 13th week on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart, Marcus Anderson charged into the #1 spot with his “Cup Of Joe,” the first single from his “And Coffee” album. We applaud one of the hardest working and gifted artists in the contemporary jazz format for this great achievement.

    Purchase Marcus Anderson's And Coffee album and coffee now at his store.

  • Carol Duboc and IWJ "Open the Curtains"


    Carol Duboc has started a pledge music campaign which will run until her show on August 30th. She is joining forces with International Women in Jazz and donating merchandise and signed CDs in order to raise money and send a young female musician to NJPAC summer intensive Jazz camp! This scholarship will pay for the camp, travel and accommodations.

    Carol's album will be released on August 19th, and you can pre-order signed copies at the link below below (as well as other exclusives) in order to support the scholarship fund. Scholarship recipient will receive a one week intensive at the all-female Jazz Residency Summer Camp 2017/part of the summer program of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

    For more information, visit: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/openthecurtain

  • Leslie Odom Jr.

    TONY AWARD WINNER LESLIE ODOM JR TO APPEAR ON:


    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 amazon.com

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