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  • 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

  • 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,
    xo Xtina

    “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

  • 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   

    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.

    Click here for the full story.

  • 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

  • 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    

    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

    Photo from John Legend/ Instagram

    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.

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