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Dave Flippo's FLIPPOMUSIC explores the role of "musical shamans" as they present "Tao Tunes", a musical jazz setting of the ancient Chinese text Tao Te Ching.  The original music by Flippo explores over 10 different musical styles and presents some extensive arrangements.  Guest Artists: Larry Gray-cello, Neal Alger-guitar, Hamid Drake-percussion.

2011 Tanglewood Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival, September 2-4

Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired with actress Blythe Danner and special guests from the worlds of Jazz, Broadway, and Hollywood to take place September 3 at 2pm

Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves, and Lizz Wright Featured in Sing the Truth with all-star band Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Genus, Munyungo Jackson, and Romero Lubambo on September 4 at 8pm

A Latin Jazz Tribute to Cachao with Federico Britos Sextet and John Santos Sextet to take place September 3 at 8pm

Coast to Coast Septet featuring NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb with vocalist Mary Stalings and the Mingues Orchestra with conductor NEA Jazz Master Gunther Schuller to Perform September 4, at 2pm

Festival Opens with Ulysses Quartet (6:30 pm) and the Robin McKelle Quartet and Michael Kaeshammer Sextet (8pm) on September 2

2011 NEA Jazz Masters Life award provides additional Festival Activities including Interviews with Jimmy Cobb and Gunther Schuller (9/3. At 4:15pm), Screening of Charles Mingus "Epitaph" (9/3, at 4:15pm), and Master Class with Jimmy Cobb and Coast to Coast Septet (9/4, at 12:30pm)

Taking place in conjunction with the annual Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival, the Wine and Food Classic returns to Tanglewood September 1-4

The dynamic, instantly recognizable and captivating voice of Kim Burrell is undeniably one of the most powerful voices in music today. Her unrivaled instrument, impeccable musicianship and ability to tap into the human experience and emotion has made her a favorite across genre and within the musician community. Kim is one of the few artists to be revered in both the spiritual and secular worlds.

The Grammy-Award nominated and Stellar Award winning singer has collaborated with artists as diverse as Harry Connick Jr. and funk master George Clinton. In the middle, there's R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder and Gospel's First Lady, Shirley Caesar.



For her Vanguard Records debut, Diane Schuur does something she's never done. She performs 10 country tunes. The Gathering, her first album in three years, is a bold move that pays off.

Miami, FL

On July 20th, jazz artist Paulette Dozier will perform the first of four Wednesday evening concerts as part of the Summer Jazz Series at El Bar - Teatro Para Todos (Theatre for All) in Coral Gables.

A multi-faceted singer/actress renowned for her sultry alto voice and dynamic stage presence, Paulette Dozier infuses every one of her performances with a depth far beyond the usual - her voice has been called ‘deep, steady, and sexy’. Dozier’s repertoire combines the greatest jazz standards with today’s edgy and contemporary sounds.  She will be backed by three of South Florida’s top musicians: Brad Keller (piano), Dave Tomasello (bass) and James Cotmon (drums).

El Bar - Teatro Para Todos, which opened its doors in Coral Gables in 2010 at the initiative of two long time Columbian actors, Marisol Correa and Leandro Fernandez, is a venue designed specifically as a home for local talent, and Dozier is looking forward to taking the stage in this intimate setting.  “There are so few places left in South Florida where jazz artists can perform,” she explains, “and El Bar is great – the perfect size for a casual evening.” In fact, Paulette will be inviting fellow artists to come up and show off their stuff too:  “I’d like to have other singers (and musicians in fact) sit in and jam with us after each of my shows,” she says.  “They will be able to sing a couple of songs, and get a real feel for El Bar.”

Dozier, who has opened for the likes of music greats Roy Ayers and Erykah Badu,  has released two well received jazz albums: With You and Over & Over Again. She will release a third CD in the fall of 2012.

Paulette Dozier
is also a well respected actress, and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Carbonell Award for her stage work.  She originated the role of ‘Paulette’ in the hit musical Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, and recently appeared on stage to sold out audiences along side Broadway’s Melba Moore in Crowns at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

Paulette Dozier
will appear at El Bar on Wednesday, July 20th & 27th and August 3 & 10th, 2011 at 9:30 p.m.

E Bar is located at 3119 Coral Way (2nd floor) in Coral Gables (33145).  
Reservations are available by calling 786-326-6555 or on line at:
Tickets are $15, with a 2 drink minimum.

For more information about Paulette Dozier visit
To schedule an interview, or for any other information, please contact
Carol Kassie (561-445-9244/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


When jazzy sisters meet to spend some time together, the result can be found in the highly intelligent and welcoming "The Mosaic Project", a compilation from Boston drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.

The Midwest School of Voice is proud to announce the grand opening on August 13-14, 2011.  A groundbreaking school focusing on all aspects of vocal performance, their goal is to make individual coaching accessible and beneficial to all styles of music. The forming of The Midwest School of Voice represents a merge of existing voice studios of Blair Clark and Heather Ramsey, which represents 30+ combined years of teaching experience.  The location of The Midwest School of Voice will be in spacious studio space at 336 W. Main Street in Carmel, Indiana.

Time Together, Franks' First New CD in Five Years, Unites Him With An All-Star Cast of Friends Including Gil Goldstein, Chuck Loeb, Till Bronner, Mike Mainieri, Eric Marienthal, Veronica Nunn & Others
Judy Wexler looms large in the relatively small world of jazz vocalists, and this recording, Under a Painted Sky, will certainly attest to that. Wexler is accompanied by some of the most talented musicians in the jazz idiom, a perfect assemblage of formidable artists to complete this musical tableau.On "And I Hoped For Your Love" Judy Wexler lays it all on the line as she interprets the lyrics to this song of sorrow with her soul bared. Alan Pasqua adds his magical touch to an already elegant tu
I must confess, I have never heard of Cinzia Spata. While I have been broadening my horizons with respect to international talent lately, and Italy has been a source of some fine musicians, vocalists, jazz vocalists have not been a major find. Until now that is! Cinzia Spata's voice is beyond my writing capability to describe here. On her KOINÃ records release, Into the Moment, I discovered that she is a jazz vocalist extraordinaire. The opening track is a piece by Keith Jarrett entitled "Questa