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    Adekemi Owens, known professionally and affectionately to music fans as "Kem," has come a long way from Nashville, Tennessee to his current hometown of Detroit, Michigan. So, one figures that is why this musical genius has written and performed songs…
  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
Vincent Sylvain

Vincent Sylvain

Vincent Sylvain is publisher of Sylvain Music Notes and The New Orleans Agenda e-newsletter; the leading alternative for News, Arts,
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New Orleans, LA - The 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell (April 24-26 & April 30-May 3) will celebrate 40 years of musical and cultural history at next year's star-studded event. The Stephanie Jordan Large Band will perform during the first weekend of Jazz Fest on Saturday, April 25, 2009 in a special ‘Tribute to Lena Horne.’ Jordan will fill the WWOZ Jazz Tent t

NEW ORLEANS 12/4/08 - There's no place like home for the holidays, and for the first time in several years, Canal Street will feel like home during the Canal Street: Your Home for the Holidays campaign. The Downtown Development District has a month of activities designed to bring people back to the famous corridor for shopping, dining and sight-seeing.

While the holiday season kicked off on November 25 with the lighting of Canal Street, the tree at Astor Crowne Plaza and the unv

SYLVAIN MUSIC NOTES (12/3/08) - Susan L. Taylor, former editor-in-chief of Essence was honored Tuesday night in a private celebration; Oprah Winfrey and Friends of Susan Taylor at New York City's ESPACE for her 37 years of service to the magazine which targets African-American women. The event featured a performance by New Orleans’ jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan. Invited specifically to sing Susan’s favorite jazz tune "Here’s to Life," Jordan has turned the tune mos

New Orleans jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan headlines Black Leadership Forum 2008 Lamplighter Awards

Washington, D.C. - On November 8, 2008 the Black Leadership Forum, Inc. will host the 2008 Lamplighter Awards at the Historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street, NW, Washington DC 20009. Founded in 1977, the Black Leadership Forum, Inc. has honored and empowered African Americans and corporations that continue to advocate for effective change in the community, through publi

SYLVAIN MUSIC NOTES - Under the direction of violinist Rachel Jordan, the Music Alive Ensemble, a unique ensemble of Classical and Jazz musicians will perform in New Orleans for the first time in since hurricane Katrina. The concert takes place on Sunday, May 25, 2008 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center Recital Hall (Lakefront Campus). Principally sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, admiss

NEW ORLEANS, April 9, 2008 New Orleans jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan and vibraphonist Jason Marsalis are scheduled to perform with the Lionel Hampton Big Band on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans.

On the same day, the museum will also debut an exhibition focusing on Lionel Hampton to coincide with the centennial anniversary of Hampton’s birth on April 20, 1908. His birthday will also mark the publication by State Stree

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 7, 2008 (Sylvain Music Notes) Jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan will sing the national anthem along side Grammy Award-winning jazz and classical saxophonist Branford Marsalis internationally acclaimed guitarist Jonathan Dubose before the start of 57th NBA All-Star Game at the New Orleans Arena on Sunday, February 17, 2008. Stephanie Jordan, whom critics have placed in the company of Nancy Wilson and Diana Krall, began to receive national recognition followin

NEW ORLEANS -- Times-Picayune music writer Keith Spera writes, "They didn't intend for it to be this big.

Thanks to good will, good fortune and a goodly investment of cash, producers of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell have unveiled perhaps the deepest talent pool in the festival's 39-year history.

Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Keyshia Cole, Robert Plant with Alison Krauss, and the previously announced Tim McGraw are all headed to the Fai

NEW ORLEANS, LA New Orleans jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan & 6 other divas has been selected to appear on the cover of latest volume of World Who’s Who in Jazz. "Ms. Stephanie Jordan in her silk green dress catches your eyes. She reminds me of the flashy dashy days of Josephine Baker at the Lido in Paris. Ms. Jordan toured Europe and the United States on many occasions and enjoyed an enormous success" writes the London Monthly Herald. In a paragraph o

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