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After 35 years of manufacturing and distributing ice in the Philadelphia area, Mr. Smith plunges into the music business by establishing Philly Through My Ears Productions, Inc. (PTME).

PTME releases its first CD, "Philly Through My Ear Vol. 1," a collection of 10 original, never before recorded, jazz compositions by Philly's own inspiring pianist, Alfie Pollit. Hearing him perform heightened Mr. Smith's appreciation for jazz and motivated him to create a vehicle to share Alfie's music and t …


Janus Jazz Aspen Snowmass, which returns to Aspen proper after a 10-year residence in neighboring Snowmass Valley, announced the final line-up for its June 19 - 22 festival, scheduled at Rio Grande Park in Aspen.

On Thursday, June 19 at 8:30 PM, the sounds of Cuba will fill the air as the world-renowned Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Band, now under the leadership of Chico's son …

Chick Corea will perform at the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest both with his new trio and the Jazzfest Big Band a full 15 man big band with guests: Airto & Flora Purim, Gary Burton and Paquito D’ Rivera and many others.

During the day you can walk the streets of Old San Juan, hike up the rain forest or enjoy the beautiful beaches. At night, have a memorable experience at the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest, 4 nights of the world’s best Latin jazz.

From the Brazilian sounds of Airto & Flora …


Cincotti Hits the Heights

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Concord recently announced that Peter Cincotti hit the number 1 spot on the Billboard Traditional Jazz charts. Cincotti fans bought almost double the CDs sold by Diana Krall and Tony Bennett & KD Lang, who held the number 2 and 3 spots respectively. His CD also jumped to number 1 on the Billboard Heatseakers chart and number 118 on the Top 200 chart.

Cincotti, Concord’s talented whiz-kid, is the talk of the town and a hot item among entertainment media The Today Show, CNN Headline News, as w …

Yes, you did read that right. In a ceremony on May 10th, Poncho Sanchez was named Honorary Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department for his many contributions to the community and young Latinos in the city. Fire Chief Maria Reuda, the highest ranking Hispanic Chief in Los Angeles, officiated the proceedings, which took place on the historic Olvera Street in downtown LA.

Poncho's new project, which is due out in September, features duets with the legendary Ray Charles and Sam Moore from …


Keith Jarrett

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The POLAR MUSIC PRIZE was presented on Monday 12th May 2003 for the twelfth consecutive year. The prizewinner was Keith Jarrett.

Keith Jarrett's first manager, 84 year-old George Avakian, read the prizewinner citation. Jarrett received prize money in the amount of one million Swedish Crowns. The prize was given to the Laureate by His Majesty The King of Sweden during a nationally-televised ceremony at Berwaldhallen, Stockholm. Her Majesty The Queen, HRH Crown Princess Victoria, and HRH Princ …


Diane Schuur

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"First Lady of Jazz," DIANE SCHUUR, TO RELEASE MUCH-ANTICIPATED MIDNIGHT Co-Written and Produced by Barry Manilow & Eddie Arkin, CD Features Duets with R&B Sensation Brian McKnight and Jazz Favorite Karrin Allyson.

On August 12, Concord Records and "First Lady of Jazz" Diane Schuur release Midnight, a CD co-written and produced by the legendary Barry Manilow and his long-time collaborator Eddie Arkin. A year in the making, Midnight is a beautifully crafted and lush recording of 13 original t …


Ann Dyer

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Following the critical acclaim of Revolver: A New Spin -- one of the Village Voice's "Top Ten Recordings of 2000" -- the ever-eclectic singer Ann Dyer presents her debut release on Sunnyside Records, When I Close My Eyes (Sunnyside 1113, June 3 release).

As the title suggests, the new disc finds Dyer turning inward into a darker, more enigmatic space in her most intimate and subtle work to date. "I was looking at vulnerability," Ann says of the new project's inspiration. "Of the heart, that …

Popular annual tour features Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub, Peter White, and Steve Cole in 2003 lineup

GRP Recording artists Richard Elliot and Jeff Golub are starring in this year's An Evening With Guitars & Saxes tour, which will be crossing the country this summer. Also joining the group for the 2003 lineup of this annual contemporary jazz all-star tour are guitarist Peter White and saxophonist Steve Cole.

Saxophonist Richard Elliot began his career touring and recording with Smokey Robi …



NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, June 2, 2003-Veteran Entertainment Executive Rob Senn has joined Gibson Guitar as Chief Operating Officer effective immediately, it was announced today by Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman/CEO. The Gibson name is one of the world's best known and most respected brands. Gibson is committed to continuing its tradition of quality and expanding its strong brand recognition into br …