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TELARC, HEADS UP AND MCG JAZZ WIN SEVEN GRAMMYS

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February 14, 2005 Cleveland, OH - Telarc, Heads Up and MCG Jazz are honored with seven Grammy Awards at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony on Sunday, February 13.

Since 1980, Telarc has been honored with 48 Grammy Awards for performance, production, and engineering. Other important awards have included the French Grand Prix du Disque and Diapason d'Or; Japan's Record of the Year; Germany's Audiophile CD of the Year and Gramophone Magazine's 2004 Label of the Year. Although it began as a classical-only recording company, Telarc now boasts a catalog of over 600 recordings, ranging from classical and classical-crossover to jazz, contemporary jazz, Americana, pop and blues. Telarc releases approximately fifty-five recordings each year, working with a notable roster of artists.

"Telarc releases about sixty records a year, so winning Grammys for more than 10 percent of the records we made last year is an unprecedented accomplishment for the label," said Elaine Martone, senior vice president of artist relations and production at Telarc. "Also noteworthy is the broad field of categories in which we won - classical crossover, jazz instrumental, solo classical instrumental, engineering and choral performance." Martone said the Grammys for the Berlioz and McCoy Tyner projects were especially gratifying, as she was the producer of both recordings.

Celebrating their 15th Anniversary this year, Heads Up International has been successfully carving its niche in the world of contemporary instrumental music. In addition to consistently landing on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz, Traditional Jazz and World Music charts, and garnering numerous industry awards - including Billboard's Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year (Roberto Perera's Dreams & Desires), the AFIM's Independent Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year (Pieces of a Dreams' Love's Silhouette), a Grammy nomination in 2004 (Yellowjackets' Time Squared), JazzWeek's Radio Programmers Award (Jaco Pastorius Big Band's Word of Mouth Revisited), and Gibson Guitar's Best Female Jazz Guitarist (Joyce Cooling) - Heads Up artists have regularly captured the #1 slot in national radio airplay.

"We are so honored that the Academy would recognize Black Mambazo, and we are hopeful that this Grammy will shine a bright spotlight on the music and people of South Africa," says Heads Up President Dave Love. "Coinciding with the ten-year anniversary of the demise of apartheid makes it that much more special." South African President Thabo Mbeki said, "The Grammy Award that has been so spectacularly won by Ladysmith Black Mambazo makes us all proud to be South Africans. The people and government of South Africa salute this remarkable group on their achievement and wish them continuing success in the future."

MCG Jazz is a division of Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, a multi-discipline, minority-directed center dedicated to fostering a sense of creative, intellectual and economic empowerment and growth among disadvantaged people in urban communities. The work of MCG appealed to Nancy Wilson's commitment to the spirit of community. Wilson signed onto MCG Jazz recordings, and all proceeds from R.S.V. P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) go to support the MCG Jazz program. MCG Jazz, a specialty recording label, captures the music and magic of many of the jazz artists who perform at the center every year.

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