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September 21, 3005-- San Francisco, CA--R & B and Jazz vocalist Tanya Fermin does not need a Special Invitation to extend a hand to her brothers and sisters in need. Fermin, as well many artists worldwide, have offered their music as a way of generating funds for the folks that have suffered from the devastating effects of hurricane Katrina.

Teamed with the incredibly successful CD Baby to market her latest release Special Invitation, Tanya is taking all …

Jazz guitarist Lage Lund, a Norwegian native, lives in NY and has just won first place, a $20,000 award at the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition, hosted by Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Jr. (Chairman of the Board of the Thelonious Monk Institute) and Billy Dee Williams at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on September 19th. The competition shines a spotlight on the jazz leaders of tomorrow. It has helped to launch the careers of such renown artists as vocalists …


Dated for September 22, 2005

For more information: Kat Ryan 312-344-6269

Chicago Jazz Ensemble:

An Evening with Cedar Walton and Corky Siegel, Saturday, October 8, 2005

The critically acclaimed Chicago Jazz Ensemble performs with Artistic Director, trumpeter Jon Faddis, for "An Evening with Cedar Walton and Corky Siegel" at Columbia College Chicago’s Getz Theater on Saturday, October 8 at 8:00 p …


New York, New York-September 29, 2005--Eric Kamen was born in New York City. The music on his latest release Native Unit reflects the diversity of that great city. The CD features 12 instrumental tracks fusing African rhythms, Middle-Eastern moods, Latin, World, and midi music coupled with his gorgeous Spanish and Flamenco guitar chords. Kamen, a.k.a. E in the world of R &B and Rap production, takes young acts and polishes th …

Trumpeter, pianist, vocalist, and writer Juan Oskar was born and raised in Arizona. While honing his chops in several Latino bands growing up, his love for his roots and rock ‘n’ roll grew. Today Oskar has come around full circle full circle with the new release Christmas Is For Grownups Too.

Oskar’s Influences include Pizzazz & Latino Los Lobos, Selena, John Williams, Tito Puente, Santana, Herb Alpert, Cubanismo, Maynard Ferguson, Julius Wechter, and Leroy Anderson. Th …

October 20, 2005--Burton Gaar has been singing and playing the blues for many years now. Recent events have shaken our country and brought us together to help our fellow man. Now, never have the blues been more true to life than in Louisiana. Gaar is feeling the effects of the devastation of hurricane Katrina just like his brothers and sisters that call the delta their home. He decided to make a step in the right direction by recording and releasing "Hurricane Trouble," a rockin’ blues numbe …

Not many vocalists could sing ballads in the slow sultry, romantic style as Shirley Horn, also, known as a very accomplished jazz pianist, Horn died Thursday evening (Oct. 20) at a nursing home in Maryland from a prolonged illness with diabetes, she was 71.

Born in 1934, Horn grew up in her home state of Washington, DC where she began playing piano at age four. Later she studied music at Howard University School of Music; Horn also, received a music scholarship to attend Juilliard in N …

News sources have cited that jazz legend Michael Brecker is suffering from Myelodysplastic Syndrome and a stem cell donor of Eastern European Jewish is urgently needed. Donor drive information below:

Sunday, October 30th
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

8339 Old York Road
Elikins Park, PA


No Room For Squares

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In 2003, George V Johnson Jr. was commissioned by Don Sickler of Second Floor Music to pen lyrics to the music of jazz legend and saxophonist, Hank Mobley. Since taking on the project Johnson has skillfully, completed over 40 of Mobley’s classic compositions and still counting. Some with complete solo’s. Critics are already saying this is one of the most important and extensive projects to be presented to the public from the jazz vocalese realm in many, many years. With Jazz Vocalese, still i …

BOSTON, MA, December 15, 2005 -

Eighteen Berklee alumni and three faculty members were nominated for a total of 23 GRAMMY® Awards by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The nominees were recognized for their outstanding contributions in a variety of categories, including pop, rock, metal, jazz, Latin jazz, hip hop, country music, film scoring, and for achievement in audio engineering/mixing, arranging, and art direction.

The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be he …

By Howard E. Fischer

Have you ever heard of the New York Jazz Museum? Most people have not. Yet
between 1972 and 1977 it was the most significant institution for jazz in the
world! With the opening of the Lincoln Center jazz facility and the recent large
federal grant for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem this book looks back to
present the story of a Lost Museum.
It was situate …


Lou Rawls Dies at 72

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The man with the deep, silky, and, distinctive voice, who gave so much pleasure to millions of people all over the world with his music, has succumbed to lung and brain cancer. Lou Rawls passed in Los Angeles, CA at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Friday morning January 6, 2006. Rawls was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2004 and brain cancer in May 2005. Even though Rawls’ doctor felt he only had a short time to live, Rawls remained positive to the end.

Rawls’ career sp …


Newport Beach Jazz Party

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The 6th annual Newport Beach Jazz party will get underway on President’s Day Weekend at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel and Spa . As advertised it will feature "Over 32 hours of Right Down the Middle and Straight Ahead Jazz."

Among the over 50 musicians featured this year will saxophonists Scott Hamilton, Houston Person and Harry Allen; trumpeters Gilbert Castellanos and Carl Saunders; trombonists Mike Fahn and Wycliffe Gordon; pianists Benny Green, Bill Cunliffe and Gerald Clayton; bass pla …

Berklee College of Music presents Black History Month Music Celebration 2006, a series of concerts, clinics and lectures throughout the month of February. The celebration offers a wide variety of music and lectures by faculty, students, and renowned visiting artists. Highlights include The Warrick L. Carter Lecture Series, featuring Terence Blanchard, Friday, February 10, at the David Friend Recital Hall; The Music Of Bob Marley, Monday, February 13, at the Berklee Performance Center; and Black …
Los Angeles-The beautiful, well manicured lawn of the Playboy Mansion was the perfect setting for the annual Playboy Jazz Festival Press Conference. Los Angeles County High School For The Arts Jazz Combo-Daniel Richardson-saxophone, Greg Diaz-trumpet, Michael McTaggart-guitar, Christopher Bowers-keyboards, Garrett Lang-bass and Max Wrightson-drums provided entertainment for the arriving guest.
This year's line-up is as eclectic as ever with a mixture of musical genres to please everyone who w …
The most dramatic artistic depiction of the Katrina Hurricane and Rita storm tragedy titled "Ballad of New Orleans" was featured on the catalog cover. Painter Sasha Alexandre Kouznetsov captures the aftermath by floating a piano in a sea of dirty water like a raft for a trumpeter, saxophonist, accordion and guitar player, only the pianist bald head and hands are visible but it’s evident that he’s still playing.

Sasha Alexandre Kouznetsov
"Ballad of New Orleans" (detail), 2005
oil on c …

Saturday-Sunday, April 1st-2nd, JSOP Pensacola Jazz Festival, Seville Square and Fountain Park. Free admission. 850.432.2042

Friday-Sunday, April 21-23, 8th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival. Announced acts: Joyce Cooling, Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons, KEM, Brian Culbertson, Bona Fide featuring Slim Man , Jones & Company, Wayman Tisdale, Nestor Torres, Rick Braun. New location - Seascape Resort & Conference Center, Hwy. 98, just east of Destin, F …

Whenever saxophonist Kirk Whalum comes to Houston, Texas, it is just like a family reunion of sorts. As a product of Texas Southern University, a protégé of Arnett Cobb and a veteran of Houston’s local club scene, Kirk has a long and storied history in the city. In addition, he also has a strong and affectionate fan base as well. Since becoming a national recording artist during the 1980s, Kirk Whalum has performed in Houston numerous times; however, on the evening of Februar …