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- 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.
- The Rippingtons Get Wild
The new Rippingtons album True Stories is available on June 24th. See them perform their new single "Wild Tales" from the 2016 Berks Jazz Fest below! Preorder True Stories now at amazon.com
- Saxman Steve Cole Turns It Up
Known for consistently cranking out chart-topping singles that deploy big vibrant pop hooks, contemporary jazz saxophonist Steve Cole conjures a sonic escapade with the hypnotic “Mirage,” the first single from his forthcoming eighth album, Turn It Up, which will be released on July 15 by Artistry Music.
The entrancing single on which electronic beats bombard the senses before chill tenor and soprano sax leads and a soothing trumpet undercurrent take command of the illusion is one of nine new songs on the session, eight of which were composed or co-composed by Cole. The tune reflects his hometown roots and ardor for Chicago’s dance music scene. It’s one of three major cities that helped shape the collection.
“I embarked on ‘Turn It Up’ with the goal of making music with great musicians and great friends in great cities. This time around I wrote much of the music with Dave Mann in New York City. We recorded horns, guitars and vocals there as well. The energy in that great city was truly inspiring and it really is reflected in the music. Next stop was Minneapolis, where I worked with the great keyboardist and producer Ricky Peterson. Ricky and I wrote the song ‘Workhouse’ together, a track influenced by our love of Chicago house music. Dave joined us later in Minneapolis to record Ricky on the Hammond B3 organ as well as to record my Chicago pals, bassist Lamar Jones and drummer Khari Parker. I decided to track all of the saxophone parts in Minneapolis as well,” explained Cole, who has a slate of festival and club dates running into mid-October to help support the album release.
In addition to his own recordings, Cole records and performs regularly as a member of Sax Pack, an all-star sax combo consisting of rotating members Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters, Jackiem Joyner and Marcus Anderson. For more information, please visit www.SteveCole.net.
See Steve Cole in concert on the following dates:
June 16-19 London, England Pizza Express
July 4 Irondale, AL Jazz in the Park
July 14 Branford, CT Branford Jazz on the Green
July 15 Norfolk, VA Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival
July 16 Atlanta, GA Wade Ford Concert Series – Mable House
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 Big Bib Too
September 3 Pensacola, FL Gulf Coast Summerfest – Jazz Edition
September 16 Denver, CO Soiled Dove Underground
October 15-16 Rehoboth Beach, DE Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival
- Police Confirm Prince Overdose
The AP is reporting that Prince died of an opioid overdose, a law enforcement official said Thursday.
The official, who is close to the investigation, spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Prince died on April 21 at his Paisley Park compound in Minn. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating whether Prince used painkillers that should have been obtained with a prescription from a licensed doctor, or were improperly prescribed to him, a law enforcement official told The LA Times.
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- Seabreeze Jazz Fest 2017
The 2017 Seabreeze Jazz Festival will be April 19-23rd in Panama City Beach, FL. Tickets go on sale June 1st.
ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Panama City Beach quickly booked online for the 2016 Seabreeze Jazz Festival. Book today for best selection. ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is pleased to once again be the official title sponsor of the annual ResortQuest Seabreeze Jazz Festival. ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rental guests can choose from hundreds of Panama City Beach Condos all located directly on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.
For ticket information, visit http://www.seabreezejazzfestival.com/
- Brian Culbertson's Funk Tour
Brian Culbertson is releasing his second funk collection, “Funk!,” which will be released September 16 on his BCM Entertainment label. The award-winning multi-instrumentalist will also launch a coast-to-coast concert tour.
“The concept for ‘Funk!’ was to make an old-school, throwback funkadelic record in the style of P-Funk meets Prince and to tour with the same band that appears on the album. The show we will be taking out on the road is unlike anything anyone has ever seen from me before. It’s on an entirely different level. Yes, we’re taking it there! I’m also very excited about capturing the magic by shooting a Blu-ray to be taped on tour this fall,” said Culbertson, who as an imaginative and trend-setting artist, producer and songwriter has architected 28 Billboard No. 1 singles along with a library of chart-topping albums.
Tickets go on sale for the Funk! Tour for fan club members beginning June 1 and to the general public starting June 3. For more information, please visit www.BrianCulbertson.com.
The Funk! Tour itinerary is listed below (additional dates will be added):
September 22-25 Seattle, WA Jazz Alley (two shows Sept. 23 & 24)
September 26 Portland, OR The Aladdin
September 27 Bend, OR Tower Theater
October 5 Fresno, CA Tower Theater
October 6 Santa Barbara, CA Lobero Theater
*October 7 Newport Beach, CA Hyatt Newporter
*October 8 Temecula, CA Thornton Winery
October 9 Scottsdale, AZ Livewire
October 11-12 Denver, CO Soiled Dove (two shows per night)
October 13 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
October 14-15 Las Vegas, NV Aliante Casino
*October 16 Catalina Island, CA Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival
October 20 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theater
October 21 Cincinnati, OH Ludlow Garage
October 23 New Albany, OH Schottenstein Theatre
October 25 Pittsburgh, PA MCG Jazz (two shows)
October 26-27 New York, NY B.B. King’s
October 28 Cranston, RI Park Theatre
October 29 New Haven, CT John Lyman Center
October 30 Boston, MA Scullers Jazz Club (two shows)
November 4 Collingswood, NJ Scottish Rite Auditorium
*November 5 Mount Pocono, PA Mt. Airy Casino Resort
November 11 Minneapolis, MN Dakota (two shows)
November 13 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov. 28-Dec. 2 London, England Pizza Express
*denotes tickets are already on sale
- John Legend Stands Up For Wife
John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen recently welcomed daughter Luna Simone. When pictures surfaced of the two at dinner without their newborn, people posted rude comments on her social network feeds criticising her. John received no such comments, and he’s upset about the double parenting standards. Taking to Twitter earlier this week, he wrote to his 7.8 million followers:
“Funny there’s no dad-shaming. When both of us go out to dinner, shame both of us so Chrissy doesn’t have to take it all. We’ll split it."
According to Yahoo, Legend has been receiving lots of positive feedback about the post. The tweet has been liked over 25,000 times and retweeted 7,800 times.
- Lin Rountree's Free Gospel & Praise Dance Concert
Lin Rountree is raising funds for a FREE concert meant to UPLIFT the community through music and dance. For the past three years, his organization Ltree Entertainment has proudly partnered with the El Olam Center for Dance and Arts to bring an annual 2 day Praise-dance conference to the city of Detroit.
Every year the conference culminates in a FREE Gospel and Praise Concert at the end of the Weekend. This year, because of overwhelming demand the conference had to move to larger venue. (COBO CENTER). And in order to accommodate its exponential growth additional resources are needed in order to ensure participants have the have the best experience possible. Lin is asking for your assistance in order to keep concert portion of this event Free and Open to the public, just as it's been since its inception.
A portion of your donation goes to the EL Olam Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged inner-city youth an opportunity to study dance.
- Brian Culbertson's FUNK! is coming
Brian Culbertson has been in the studio writing songs and recording a new FUNK record due out this September. If you’ve been to one of his shows lately, you’ve heard a couple teasers, Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” and Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music.” However, the majority is new original material more in line with old school Parliament Funkadelic meets Prince.
Brian is currently in LA shooting videos for the album. And similar to Brian’s last studio album, Another Long Night Out, he will offer fans exclusive ways to get involved in the record process via Indiegogo. That campaign will start shortly. More information will be released soon at www.brianculbertson.com