Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hybrid Car to Blame for Neil Young Warehouse Fire

A one-of-a-kind hybrid vehicle is the cause of a recent fire at a San Francisco warehouse that stored Neil Young’s musical equipment, memorabilia and more. Belmont-San Carlos Fire Marshal Jim Palisi said that the three-alarm blaze began in Young’s 1959 Lincoln Continental, called LincVolt because it runs on electric batteries and a biodiesel-powered generator, according to

Young famously hired workers to turn the Continental into a hybrid vehicle and documented the process in a four-part film series in 2008. In a statement, the Canadian rocker said the problem with LincVolt seems “to be an operator error that occurred in an untested part of the charging system.” The car’s computer was recovered from the fire and might provide more information.

The fire did more than $1 million worth of damage to Young’s items and the 10,000 square-foot building they were housed in. Young praised firefighters, who prevented the destruction of 70 percent of the contents, including five other classic cars. “A lot of archival items were threatened and the fire department did a first-class job protecting them,” he said.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Join Forces with Los Amigos Invisibles; Co-Headline Tour Dates Set for February 2011

. — Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue join forces with Los Amigos Invisibles for what promises to be a knockout, high-energy tour that celebrates the new year. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, the fast-rising 24-year-old funk/rock star, has kicked his already impressive career into high gear worldwide with the release of Backatown, his Verve Forecast debut in April of this year. Los Amigos Invisibles, the Grammy-nominated, Venezuelan-rooted, New York City-based Latin-funk sextet, are sure to be the perfect match to create an explosive mix of musical and cultural styles destined to wring every bit of energy out of their audiences.

The February co-headline tour includes such highlights as a double bill at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore Auditorium, a Grammy eve performance at L.A. Live’s Conga Room and a very special show during Fan Appreciation Week celebrating the new Austin City Limits Live venue at Moody Theatre.

Trombone Shorty, who possesses “the presence of a rock star” (The New York Times) and has built his reputation on “blistering, bold, exuberant and cutting edge” (USA Today) live performances, has a style perfectly complemented by co-headliners Los Amigos Invisibles, who “emanate pure Groove . . . walking bass lines, percolating percussion, scratchy guitar and relentless drums of a band that knows no difference between arty fun and sensual fire” (Rolling Stone).

Both artists have developed into global touring machines, each with a high level of swagger and visibility.

Los Amigos Invisibles were originally discovered by David Byrne in a Manhattan record shop. The multi-dimensional disco funk stars signed with Luaka Bop, moved to New York City from their native Venezuela and soon established themselves in the dance music scene with their elevated grooves. Los Amigos have appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and played major festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. The band won their first career Latin Grammy in 2009 with an acclaimed studio album, Commercial (Nacional Records), which includes guests Dimitri From Paris and Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade. Their new EP, Not So Commercial, features B-sides and alternate versions from the group’s award-winning album’s studio sessions.

For Trombone Shorty and his six-piece touring band, Orleans Avenue, 2010 was a breakout year. Their live performance schedule caught fire when Backatown debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart, holding the top spot for nine weeks and currently at #3 over six months later. Shorty and the band headlined concerts across North America, including a triumphant set with special guest Mystikal at Jazzfest, a rousing return to Bonnaroo, and a debut performance at the Hollywood Bowl for the Playboy Jazz Festival. They made their Japanese debut at the acclaimed Fuji Rock Festival, followed by gigs in Rio and Sao Paolo. After an historic performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival (and breaking the Festival’s all-time CD sales record), Shorty set off on a cross-Europe tour, highlighted by five shows in the coveted opening slot on Jeff Beck’s U.K. tour. This November Shorty and Orleans Avenue support Dave Matthews Band on tour and in December, Troy will serve as curator for the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Red Hot + New Orleans, a premiere concert event dedicated to funding AIDS research.

Trombone Shorty’s visibility quotient on national television continues at an explosive pace including recent appearances on the Late Show With David Letterman, NFL Kickoff 2010, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show, Austin City Limits, and HBO’s hit New Orleans drama Tremé. The band’s “Hurricane Season” was heard weekly on MTV’s The Real World, New Orleans as the opening title track and there is much more to come.

Los Amigos Invisibles and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue itinerary:

Mon., Feb. 7 SEATTLE, WA Neumos

Tues., Feb. 8 PORTLAND, OR Dante’s

Wed., Feb. 9 ARCATA, CA Humboldt Brews

Thurs., Feb. 10 SANTA CRUZ, CA The Catalyst

Fri., Feb. 11 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Fillmore

Sat., Feb. 12 LOS ANGELES, CA Conga Room

Tues., Feb. 15 DENVER, CO Bluebird Theatre

Wed., Feb. 16 BOULDER, CO Fox Theatre

Fri., Feb. 18 AUSTIN, TX Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater

Sat., Feb. 19 HOUSTON, TX House of Blues

Sun., Feb. 20 DALLAS, TX House of Blues

Wed., Feb. 23 ASHEVILLE, NC The Orange Peel

Thurs., Feb 24 ATLANTA, GA Variety Playhouse

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For more information about Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and to arrange interviews, please contact Conqueroo:

Cary Baker • (323) 656-1600 •
Brian O’Neal • (310) 702-8844 •


Sujata Murthy • (310) 865 7812 •

For more information about Los Amigos Invisibles and the arrange interviews, please contact:
Nacional Records: Paul Dryden • 818-763-1397 •

Ballet Featuring White Stripes Songs Coming to Canada

TORONTO — When British composer Joby Talbot set out to adapt the White Stripes' stripped-down garage-blues tunes for the grandeur of a full orchestra, he felt he first needed the blessing of the Detroit duo's frontman Jack White.

If White -- famously fastidious about every esthetic detail of his band's sound and look -- didn't approve of the idea, it would be bound for the "dust bin."

So Talbot was understandably nervous when XL recordings honcho Richard Russell played a couple of Talbot's preliminary tracks for White while the band was on tour.

As Talbot remembers it, the tour had been taxing and White was exhausted and dealing with "various problems in his life" when he first heard Talbot's clattering, unsettled take on "Aluminium." Still, he responded well.

What happened next surprised even Talbot. Award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor heard "Aluminium" and decided he wanted to develop Talbot's arrangements into a piece of dance by London's Royal Ballet called "Chroma."

The production, featuring three White Stripes songs alongside some of Talbot's original compositions, opened in the U.K. in 2006 and will make its Canadian debut with performances by the National Ballet of Canada beginning Nov. 24. It will be performed with George Balanchine's "Serenade" and Crystal Pite's "Emergence."

smallsLIVE Releases 5 New Albums By Jimmy Greene, Ari Hoenig, Omer Avital, Ben Wolfe and Spike Wilner - Available on November 22

The new record label smallsLIVE, which captures live performances at the famed New York venue, Smalls Jazz Club, is set to release five new albums by saxophonist Jimmy Greene, drummer Ari Hoenig, bassists Omer Avital and Ben Wolfe, and a solo piano recording by club owner Spike Wilner.

Each CD is simply titled Live at Smalls and features similarly striking black and white photographs of the artists. Each disc is generally the result of a two or three-night run, after which the artist is free to choose the best selection for their album.

The goal of the smallsLIVE releases is to capture every aspect of that experience (except for the drinks, which CD buyers will have to provide themselves).

"We have this very unique environment called Smalls Jazz Club where night after night you have unbelievable artists performing," says Spike Wilner, "and my goal is to preserve that and get it out to the world so people can hear it and appreciate it."

Since it opened in 1993, Smalls has become a hothouse for modern jazz, where up-and-coming musicians can hone their craft before an enthusiastic crowd, and veteran artists can stretch out in front of an audience full of attentive and discerning ears. The smallsLIVE label is the latest and most visible result of the ongoing effort to retain the best qualities of a classic jazz club while taking advantage of new opportunities offered by modern technology. The label will have a digital distribution deal with iTunes.

Each performance at the club is streamed live on the internet to approximately 40-50,000 listeners per month. Wilner has also posted an online archive of virtually every performance at Smalls, available through his website,

"We've already got an international reputation among jazz musicians," Wilner says, "but the audio archive and the video stream have increased our visibility and become a resource for musicians to discover new artists or hear the artists that they love. It's creating a buzz internationally and we're really reaching a very broad audience."

Along with raising the profile of Smalls Jazz Club, the archive is rapidly becoming an important resource for the documentation of the modern jazz scene, which Wilner sees as an important outgrowth of the site and the label. "It's a mission more than a business. We're trying to preserve the music for as long as we can. I don't know how long Smalls will last, but I want to make sure that when it does finally go, there is a legacy left behind for future historians."

The smallsLIVE discs strive to recreate the atmosphere of the club by capturing the environment along with the music itself - a factor that many live albums try desperately to eliminate.

"One of the stars of the show is Smalls itself," Wilner says. "The sound of the room is remarkable, and we want people to have the experience of being in the club, to hear the applause, the cash register ringing, glasses tinkling, announcements. We're not a studio label. We're going for a Saturday night at Smalls, where it's packed, the waitresses are trying to get by with drinks, the artists are up on the stage joking around. That's live jazz. That's Smalls Jazz Club."

For additional information on smallsLIVE, please visit

For more information, please contact:
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Rock Hall Brings New Orleans to Cleveland for One Week for 2010 American Music Masters� Series

Walking to New Orleans: The Music of Fats Domino
and Dave Bartholomew
Honored Rock and Roll Pioneers

CLEVELAND,OH- - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) honored Antoine "Fats" Domino and Dave Bartholomew, one of the most important partnerships in the history of rock and roll music, during the 15th annual American Music Masters® series. More than 40 members of the New Orleans music scene traveled to Cleveland for a week of events which included films, interviews and panel discussions.

Nearly 2,000 people attended the all-star tribute concert at the Palace Theater in downtown Cleveland. Performers included American Music Masters honoree and Inductee Dave Bartholomew, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Lloyd Price, Irma Thomas, The Rebirth Brass Band, Robert Parker, Toots and the Maytals and several artists from New Orleans, including vocal group the Dixie Cups ("Iko Iko," "Chapel of Love") and multi-instrumentalist Theresa Andersson.  Dr. John and the Lower 911 were the house band for the evening. The event was sponsored by Infiniti.

Actor Wendell Pierce from the HBO television series "Treme" was the show’s emcee. Julian Bond, former Chairman of the NAACP was a special guest and read a poem he wrote in college that illustrated the importance of music in dissolving racial barriers.

Bartholomew accepted the American Music Masters award accompanied by a standing ovation. Members of Domino's family attended the tribute and his grandson Chevis Brimmer accepted the American Music Masters award on his behalf.

For additional pictures of the tribute concert, please contact Margaret Thresher at mthresher at

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 15th Annual American Music Masters SET LIST

REBIRTH BRASS BAND "Mardi Gras in New Orleans"

JAMES ANDREWS "What a Wonderful World"

JON CLEARY"Swanee River Hop"

THE DIXIE CUPS "I'm Walkin'" (with Herb Hardesty)
"Chapel of Love"
"Iko Iko"

"It Keeps Rainin'"
"I Want to Walk You Home"

ROBERT PARKER "I Hear You Knocking"

IRMA THOMAS "Blueberry Hill"
"Time Is on My Side"

LLOYD PRICE "Ain't That a Shame"
"Lawdy Miss Clawdy"

REBIRTH BRASS BAND "Shrimp and Gumbo"

"Let the Four Winds Blow"
"54-46 That's My Number"

"Blues in B Flat" (with Amadee Castenell)
"The Monkey (Speaks His Mind)" (with Castenell)
"Tenderly" (with Castenell and Hardesty)

"Who Drank My Beer While I Was in the Rear"
"The Fat Man" (with Ernest McLean)
"Blue Monday" (with McLean)
"One Night" (with McLean)
"I Can't Go On (Rosalie)" (with McLean)
"Walking to New Orleans" (with McLean, Thomas and Price)

FULL ENSEMBLE "When the Saints Go Marching In"

About the American Music Masters® Series

Each year, the American Music Masters® series explores the legacy of a pioneering rock and roll figure in a range of events that includes Museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference at Case Western Reserve University and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education programs. Drawing together experts, artists, fans and friends, these events provide new perspectives on the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century.

The tribute concert brings together a diverse mix of artists and musical styles, and as a result, many magical moments have taken place over the years. In 2004, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss performed onstage together for the first time to honor Lead Belly. This year the pair was awarded the highest honors of Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year for "Please Read the Letter" at the 51st annual Grammy awards. Honoree Jerry Lee Lewis, who was not scheduled to perform at the 2007 concert, was moved to take the stage at the end of the show. Lewis tenderly played the piano and sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." At the first American Music Masters tribute concert, Bruce Springsteen set the bar high and performed in honor of Woody Guthrie. The most star-studded and unique performance by a trio was Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke and Elvis Costello paying tribute to Sam Cooke in 2005. Two years ago, a 93-year-old Les Paul took the stage with his trio and then led an epic jam with some of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists, from Jennifer Batten to Slash.  In 2009, Lucinda Williams penned an original song to honor Janis Joplin.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit

Sarah Mclachlan Announces Additional "Sarah And Friends" 2011 Tour Dates

SARAH MCLACHLAN announces 23 additional dates across the US and Canada (including a New Year's Eve show in Atlantic City), with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks of her "Sarah and Friends" tour.

The "Sarah And Friends" tour offers fans an intimate evening with Sarah McLachlan as she not only performs classic hits and new favorites from her critically-acclaimed new release LAWS OF ILLUSION (Arista Records), but also takes moments throughout the evening to answer questions from the audience. Sarah's two friends and band members, Butterfly Boucher and Melissa McClelland, also have their moment in the spotlight, each performing their own short sets.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Neil Young's Music Equipment, Cars Destroyed in Fire

A San Carlos warehouse filled with rock legend Neil Young's music equipment, vintage cars and other memorabilia burned in a three-alarm blaze early Tuesday, causing an estimated $1.1 million in damage.

Workers and friends of the longtime Peninsula resident spent the day moving guitars, canisters of film, framed photos and other items that had been in the warehouse at 593 Quarry Road. Young, who lives in a home near La Honda, arrived at the site late in the day and surveyed the destruction.

Investigators have ruled out arson but didn't say Tuesday what caused the fire.

The roughly 10,000-square-foot building sustained $300,000 in damage, and Young's possessions that burned were worth about $800,000,
Belmont-San Carlos Fire Marshal Jim Palisi. No one was injured in the fire.

The fire broke out about 2:55 a.m., and crews had the flames under control by 3:45 a.m., said Belmont-San Carlos Fire Chief Doug Fry, adding that firefighters saved up to 70 percent of the memorabilia, including six classic cars, that were stored in the warehouse.

A documentary Young made about Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, "CSNY/Déjà Vu," was shown at the close of the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. Young rents the warehouse, which is on a street lined with industrial businesses, Fry said.

A Young spokesman declined to comment Tuesday on what items were in the warehouse.

Gibson to Reproduce Eric Clapton?s Classic ?Beano? Les Paul

One of the most important guitars in the history of rock and blues music will be released this December: Eric Clapton’s 1960 “Beano” Les Paul. The axe that Slowhand wielded on the classic John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton — when Londoners were declaring him “God” — will soon be available in stores, courtesy of the Gibson Custom Shop.

Check back in the coming weeks for more details!

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers (featuring Eric Clapton),“Steppin’ Out”



Detroit International Jazz Festival Receives $100,000 from Knight Foundation to Support DJF's Jazz Planet

DETROIT,MI-- The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded the Detroit International Jazz Festival (DJF) a $100,000 grant to help the festival reach a global audience through an exciting web-based initiative, DJF's Jazz Planet.

DJF's Jazz Planet – a streaming news magazine and music channel, featuring performances, news flashes, interviews and behind-the-scenes commentary from the 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival – was created to showcase Detroit as a significant center for jazz, provide a platform for artists to share their projects, and develop a mainstream audience for jazz and the festival through the internet.

Building upon the festival's year-round commitment to educational programming and events, the Knight Foundation grant will help DJF achieve the following goals:

* Engage communities on a global scale through social media;

* Develop an online portal of information and activity for jazz in Southeast Michigan;

* Provide opportunities for urban students to enhance skills, compete with their suburban counterparts and be inspired by great artists.

"Our advocacy efforts for jazz and Detroit were magnified with the introduction of the Planet," says festival director Terri Pontremoli. "In addition to reaching hundreds of thousands of jazz fans around the globe, we were able to deliver an unsurpassed cultural experience to new audiences."

"The festival is on the cutting edge of engaging new audiences," said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation's vice president/arts. "The site allows the festival to expand its reach far beyond one stellar weekend in Detroit."

Produced by ShowAds Network and in partnership with Livestream, DJF's Jazz Planet was full of spontaneity and fun, featuring interviews with artists and by artists, fan and student commentary, and segments of performances.

In its first year, DJF's Jazz Planet reached 700,000 viewers in 157 countries. It went "live" at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the festival's opening night, with a 30-minute red carpet segment co-hosted by bassist Christian McBride and festival director Terri Pontremoli. Red carpet guests included: Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; Tower of Power's Emilio Castillo; and 2010 DJF artist in residence, pianist Mulgrew Miller.

DJF's Jazz Planet highlights can still be seen on the festival website – – through November 25, 2010.

New video content featuring festival performances, jazz master classes and special interviews will be added to DJF's Jazz Planet in the coming months. Please visit the Jazz Planet Blog for details and updates on this project.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed and engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit

About Detroit International Jazz Festival

The Detroit International Jazz Festival (DJF) is an independent, non-profit organization that presents jazz and educational workshops throughout the year. With an audience of 750,000, this free event has a $90M impact on the city. It is supported through foundation grants, individual donations, and customized sponsorships for businesses that benefit from exposure to DJF's large, diverse and educated audience. For more information visit

Carolina Chocolate Drops, Luminescent Orchestrii to Release EP on January 25; Pre-Order Now to Download Opening Track

Nonesuch releases its second record from North Carolina-based string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops—a four-song EP—on January 25. The record is a collaboration with the New York City–based Romanian gypsy punk band Luminescent Orchestrii; it was co-produced by that group’s sound engineer, Joseph “Bass” DeJarnette, with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Luminescent Orchestrii.

This self-titled EP is available for pre-order from the Nonesuch Store, where the first 100 copies of the CD and the first 100 copies of the 10" vinyl EP will be signed by the Carolina Chocolate Drops. All pre-orders include an instant digital download of the record’s opening track, “Short Dress Gal.” (As always, purchases from the Nonesuch Store include a high-quality digital download of the record at no additional charge, available release day.)

The project began when both the Luminescent Orchestrii and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, longtime admirers of each others’ music, were performing at the Folk Alliance festival in Memphis, Tennessee. Every day in Memphis, the Lumiis would set up in the hall and do a short set for the passersby. One day the Lumiis’ Sxip Shirey noticed that the Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens was watching and asked her to join them. What followed was “magic … one of those rare festival moments that never happens again,” as Shirey said.

The Chocolate Drops were soon invited to Brooklyn to join the Luminescent Orchestrii and their friend human beatboxer Adam Matta to record “Knockin’,” from the Lumiis’ record Too Hot to Sleep, and Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ’Em Up Style,” which was on the Drops’ album Genuine Negro Jig. Next the Lumiis and Matta went down to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to record a new version of the Sam Morgan jazz classic “Short Dress Gal” and the Lumii song “Escoutas (Diga Diga Diga).” These four songs comprise Carolina Chocolate Drops / Luminescent Orchestrii.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops formed after band members Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson met at the Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, North Carolina, in 2005; they have toured continuously since the band’s inception. All three trained in the Piedmont banjo and fiddle musical tradition under the tutelage of Joe Thompson. The members come from diverse musical backgrounds, sharing singing duties and swapping instruments throughout their sets. Flemons has immersed himself in the music of the past, with a prodigious record collection and an immense knowledge of the different playing styles of the blues, country, and string band traditions. In addition to her work with Joe Thompson, Giddens—a Piedmont native—studied opera at Oberlin Conservatory, performs with a Celtic band and is also an avid contra dancer and caller. Robinson, the group’s main fiddler, also plays banjo; he grew up in a house full of musicians—his mother is a classically trained opera singer and cellist, his sister a classical pianist and his grandfather a harmonica player.

The Luminescent Orchestrii’s music features Romanian gypsy melodies, punk frenzy, salty tangos, hard-rocking klezmer, haunting Balkan harmony, hip-hop beats, and Appalachian fiddle, all eaten and spit out by two violins, resophonic guitar, bullhorn harmonica, and bass. The band members are from different scenes in New York City, yet come together through their love of Balkan and Gypsy music. Sxip Shirey is an international circus composer, Sarah Alden is an old-time fiddle player, Rima Fand is an experimental theater composer, and Benjy Fox-Rosen is a free-jazz bassist. It is not uncommon to find Shirey playing with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Fand composing music for a Lorca puppet show, Fox-Rosen at a jazz gig, or Alden fiddling away at an all-night old-time session. Since 2002, when the band was formed, the Luminescent Orchestrii has toured the East Coast, England, Scotland, and Germany.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kim Waters Saturday-Nov. 20 ****SPECIAL TICKET PRICE ****

"Buy two tickets and get one ticket free of equal value".

Don't miss this great saxophonist in a rare LA/OC appearance. He will perform at the Huntington Beach Library Theatre, an intimate 319 seat theatre located at 7111 Talbert Avenue, HuntingtonBeach,CA 92648.Enjoy the collection of music he has given us over the years in an up close and personal theatre. Orange County's best kept secret!

Dancing to the sounds of DJ Jonathan Phillips will take place in the dining room after 9:30pm.

Don't wait this will be a sell out show!!

Available Today: Randy Weston and his African Rhythms Sextet, the Storyteller: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

"...a lifelong scholar of Africa, (Randy Weston's) playing has always had a ring of the ancient in it; his percussive, resounding bass-clef chords are among the great pleasures in jazz piano." - Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

For over five decades, pianist, composer, bandleader and NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston has enjoyed a distinguished career in music. With over 46 CDs as a leader, Weston has continued to perform his Africa-inspired jazz throughout the world and has been the recipient of many international awards and honors.

Today, Motéma Music releases Randy Weston's new live album with his African Rhythms sextet, The Storyteller: Live At Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. The CD is a musical companion to Weston's highly anticipated memoir, African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, a collaboration with Willard Jenkins and published by Duke University Press.

The Storyteller is Weston's first recording with the whole African Rhythms ensemble since 1999's Spirit! The Power of Music. Recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the set features drummer Lewis Nash with members of Weston's regular quintet: trombonist Benny Powell; alto saxophonist TK Blue; bassist Alex Blake; and percussionist Neil Clarke.

Additionally, the session is Weston's final recording with long-time collaborator and friend, Benny Powell (who "joined the ancestors" in June, 2010). The Storyteller documents Powell's final contribution to Weston's sound. "Benny Powell represented the essence of the blues that is the foundation of our music," Weston reflects. "Benny captured the sound of love and peace in his instrument."

In the liner notes for The Storyteller, author and American culture and music historian Robin D.G. Kelley writes, "Weston employs his 84 years of wisdom and experience, but plays with the agility and imagination of a 24 year old. At times his grand piano sounds like a Kalimba (African "thumb piano"), and then a few measures later he is making thunder in the bass clef, while his right hand dances briskly along the upper register."

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926, Randy Weston didn't have to travel far to hear the great jazz artists that were to shape his sound, such as Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and his idol, Coleman Hawkins. During the 1950s, when he gigged around New York with Cecil Payne and Kenny Dorham, he wrote many of his beloved tunes, such as "Little Niles," "Pam's Waltz," "Saucer Eyes" and "Hi Fly." His first recording as a leader was Cole Porter In A Modern Mood (1954, Riverside). His connections between African and American music is due in large part to his father, Frank Edward Weston, who told his son that he was "an African born in America." In the late '60s, Weston traveled throughout the continent of Africa to get a feel for each nation's musical style. Settling in Morocco, he ran his African Rhythms Club there from 1969 to 1972.

Weston began incorporating African elements into his compositions, as heard on Uhuru Afrika, Highlife: Music From The New African Nations and African Cookbook. After a long stretch of infrequent recordings, he made quite an impact with The Spirits of Our Ancestors (1992), a 2-CD recording of new, expanded versions of his well-known pieces, featuring arrangements by Melba Liston, guests such as Gillespie and Pharoah Sanders, and an ensemble comprised of African musicians.

Kelley historically explains the eleven songs on The Storyteller in the following track by track excerpts referenced from the CD liner notes:

The opening track "Chano Pozo" is a solo piano dedication to the Afro-Cuban percussionist whose work with Dizzy Gillespie in the '40s played a major role in the foundation of Latin jazz. The ensemble continues the Afro-Cuban vibe with "African Sunrise," a Weston classic that was commissioned for the 1984 Chicago Jazz Festival in tribute to Gillespie and his rich association with the Machito Orchestra.

"The African Cookbook Suite" elaborates on another Weston classic. First recorded in 1964, the composition grew out of Weston's travels to Nigeria in 1961 and 1963, and his deep immersion in traditional and popular music across the African continent. This version is based on the original, but is divided into three distinct movements: "Tehuti," named after the ancient Egyptian deity of wisdom and knowledge; "Jus' Blues," a soulful blues that pays homage to the Memphis-based Jus' Blues Foundation, "featuring a gut wrenching solo by Powell;" and "The Bridge," featuring Alex Blake, with an extraordinary solo for bass and voice.

"The Shrine" is a recent Weston composition, first recorded on Khepera in 1998. Weston explains, "The Shrine represents all the places of worship, regardless of religion, particularly of African people."

The chromatic and Monkish "Loose Wig" appeared on his 1956 LP The Modern Art of Jazz. "A loose wig - that's a nice way of saying someone's insane," explains Weston in Kelley's liner notes. "Wig Loose," which builds on the rhythmic energy of its melodic counterpart, is a two-and-a-half minute display of virtuoso piano over galloping tempos set by the rhythm section.

Considered as Weston's first bona fide hit, "Hi Fly" made its recording debut at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. A tongue-in-cheek commentary on his height (6'7"), it also refers to an exciting period in his life when his apartment on 13th Street in Manhattan became an important gathering place for musicians as well as a source of artistic stimulation and political engagement. As Weston himself acknowledged, the song's unique accents may "have come from a rhythm I heard in African drumming." A constant in his repertoire, the band transforms this one-time mid-tempo, happy-go-lucky romp into a lush romantic ballad. Then the very next track, "Fly Hi," brings the song back to its roots.

Weston concludes The Storyteller set with "Love, The Mystery Of," a composition written in 1958 by the late Ghanaian drummer Guy Warren (Kofi Ghanaba), about a young maiden and a hunter drawn together by the mysterious power of love. At the end of the set, Weston says: "You know, we try to capture the spirits of the ancients, because they had the secrets of rhythm and sound, and how they knew their music is really a healing, spiritual force. And when you write music, you can feel good, you can go home and rest and imagine beautiful things."

To encapsulate the overall experience of the recording, Weston remarks: "The Storyteller is about our lives, history and our creativity. Benny Powell was our spiritual voice, his trombone speaks, and we will miss him. Lewis Nash, Neil Clarke, TK Blue, Alex Blake, all are great musicians with a great respect for those before us: we are not a band, we are an African Rhythms Family."

Upcoming Randy Weston Events:

Nov 13: Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC - Uhuru Afrika 50th Anniversary Concert

Nov 18: Bowker Auditorium, UMASS, Amherst, MA - solo concert, book signing

Dec 12: Brooklyn Museum, NYC - African Rhythms Trio Performance, book signing

Randy Weston and his African Rhythms Sextet · The Storyteller

Motéma Music · Release Date: November 9, 2010

For additional information on Randy Weston,
please visit:

For press information and to request a copy of The Storyteller for review,
please contact: DL MEDIA · 610-667-0501
Steph Brown ·

Spike Hill Presents Spirit Kid On Friday, November 19th at 11:00 PM

New York, NY - Cambridge singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Spirit Kid will perform at Spike Hill on Friday, November 19th at 11:00 PM.

There's something about a well-turned pop song that gets you every time. You start catching the melody and nodding your head to the hook, and three minutes later you notice that the world suddenly looks like a better place. That's just the reaction that singer/writer and multi-instrumentalist Emeen Zarookian is looking for under his current guise of Spirit Kid.

Sporting ten sharp and beautifully produced tunes it aims to hit you in the same magic place where he got hit by his British Invasion heroes. And in the grand tradition of McCartney, Prince, Rundgren and Emmitt Rhodes, this is a true solo effort on which he wrote, sang and played every note. For more info on Spirit Kid, please visit .

Spike Hill - 184 and 186 Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

(718) 218-9737-

Amphora Records To Release Alma Afrobeat Ensemble's Toubab Soul On Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Nine-Piece Barcelona Band To Release Full-length CD Stateside

"['Toubab Soul' is] an Afrobeat delight, full of endless driving rhythms manifesting a polyrhythmic stew of life-affirming funk, protest, dance and social commentary in song to some of the best African beats." -- Latin Beat Magazine

"To talk about this disk and this Barcelona band is to talk about an historic moment for Afrobeat in Spain."-- Spain's EnlanceFunk Magazine

"The best representative of Afrobeat in the Spanish state is the Alma Afrobeat Ensemble." -- DJ Foro

New York, NY - Amphora Records will release Toubab Soul, the first full-length studio recording by Barcelona's Alma Afrobeat Ensemble, on Wednesday, December 1, 2010. Providing a healthy dose of original, spirited Afrobeat, Toubab Soul pulsates continuously from the hip-hop inflected opening tune "Taskmaster," which features Ugandan MC Krukid, to the Afro-psychedelia of the closing track, a cover of Wallias Band's "Muziqawi Silt."

Featuring some of the most prolific musicians from Europe, the United States, Latin America and Africa, Toubab Soul is an endlessly danceable CD. The driving rhythms of the Ensemble's music were captured in Barcelona's La Ramona and BCN Arts studios over the course three months, making it the first Afrobeat album ever recorded in Spain.

Bandleader, composer and guitarist Aaron Feder originally formed the Ensemble as a tribute to the music of Fela Kuti in the U.S. in 2003. The native Chicagoan moved to Barcelona in 2006, forming a second incarnation of the band to include a stellar array of European, South American and African musicians. Since then, the Ensemble has been playing festivals all across the Iberian Peninsula and, most notably, has shared the stage with Konono No. 1 and Chicago Afrobeat Orchestra.

"In parts of Africa, the word 'toubab' means 'white man,' but the musicians on Toubab Soul are actually come from across the globe. All of them are musically like-minded, as well as in other ways, and we've come together under the flag of Afrobeat and the principle of social justice through music," says Feder, who studied music at the University of Illinois.

The Barcelona band currently includes percussionist John "Kwame" Adzraku, bassist Fernando "Dinky" Redondo, trumpeter Audun Waage, saxophonist Gonzalo Levin, guitarist Octavio Hernandez, percussionist Tato Sassone, keyboardist Oscar Bayester and rapper Babacar "Baba" Gaya. Special guests on Toubab Soul include saxophonist Kike Perdomo, reggae singer Rasta Glover, rapper Krukid and kalimba player Seydu.

For more information on The Alma Afrobeat Ensemble, visit For a review copy of Toubab Soul, please contact Eva Dilmanian at 646.675.8550 or

Vandarray Gets Crunk for Christ in Gospel CD "None Like You"

Vandarray Gets Crunk for Christ

Releases Debut CD &

Launches Gulf Coast Tour

Gospel CD "None Like You" includes popular single "Crush on Jesus"

featuring hip-hop artist The Minista

Atlanta, GA
- Just returning from a stellar performance for Bobby Jones Gospel, JacksO Records ( recording artist, Vandarray (Vandarray Jackson-Derico), put on an electrifying mini-concert for enthusiastic friends, fans, and entertainment executives gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta to celebrate the release of her much awaited CD, NONE LIKE YOU, and kick-off of her ten-city Gulf Coast Promotional Tour.

"I Praise God for all of the people who came out in bad weather to join me to celebrate the release of None Like You," said Vandarray, affectionately known as Pastor V. "This album is another step in my journey to minister to people through music."

Tobago Benito, president of DBS Management and half of Vandarray's management team comments, "I am honored to work with Pastor V. She's a professional, hard-working woman of faith that has a unique ability to touch people that she comes in contact with in a very personal and positive way. Her music is an extension of that rare gift."

Produced by the talented songwriter/producer, Marlon Stokes, "None Like You" is an eclectic mixture of inspiring urban gospel featuring reality-based lyrics that deal with many of the destructive and debilitating issues facing our society today, while inspiring people to search for love in God. Vandarray's powerful and emotive delivery is juxtaposed with traditional melodies as well as contemporary "Crunk" tunes.

"Vandarray has the ability to inspire diverse audiences from young to old. None Like You is similar to the tunes of Mary Mary and CeCe Winans, appealing to every generation," said Tony Ricks, president of Tony Tony Entertainment and Vandarray's co-manager. Ricks continues, "She draws on her own life experiences to connect with people and encourages them to find strength in God."

On each of the eleven CD tracks Vandarray emphasizes the power of worshipping God while keeping her audience uplifted and "Crunk for Christ." The title track is an ode to Jesus, declaring there is NONE LIKE YOU. The track SOMEBODY NEEDS SOME LOVE points out the important fact that in times like these - when people are losing their jobs - we all need one another. "We need to lend a helping hand, show you care." CRUSH ON JESUS, featuring hip-hop lyricist, The Minista (JacksO Records), is a funky, upbeat hip-hop tune demonstrating Vandarray's ability to get "Crunk for Christ." HOLD ON is a mid-tempo tune urging those who are going through hard times and don't think they're going to make it to HOLD ON to His hand and have faith.

"I hope my music serves as a message to all people that in spite of any challenges you may experience, God loves you and you should feel good about serving Him," said Vandarray. "As my song says, no matter what you may be going through, through the hurt, through the pain, through the hard trials, when all hope is gone and you feel all alone, praise Him, 'ANYHOW'. That's the message I want my audience to leave with," she adds.

Although NONE LIKE YOU marks Pastor V's first CD, she is not at all new to the gospel arena. The daughter of a pastor and a bishop, Vandarray grew up in an Apostolic Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Church and at a young age embarked upon her life-long mission to turn sinners to saints through the power of music. Vandarray started out directing a church choir and performing in the regionally successful group "Jackson 5 Gospel Singers." Her journey to impact the lives of others intensified as she triumphed over her own trials and tribulations - including domestic abuse - which landed the South Carolina native in Atlanta with a vibrant ministry and her own television show. "The Vandarray Show" airs on WATC 57 in Atlanta and has expanded to WCSC Live 5 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Vandarray will be busy this month. In addition to filming the music video for the title cut, NONE LIKE YOU, her Gulf Coast Promo Tour will visit radio stations and retailers in Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile, AL; Jackson, MS; New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport, LA; along with Houston and Dallas, TX.

The CD is available at several music retailers throughout the Southern region and all online retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, and The music video for SOMEBODY NEEDS SOME LOVE can be viewed at

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NOTE TO MEDIA: Vandarray is available for interviews contact Edrea @ or 770.961.6200. For review copies of NONE LIKE YOU email your name, address, and media outlet to Edrea. Find us on Facebook

Management Team:

Tobago Benito, DBS Management, (678) 725-7321

Tony Ricks, Tony Tony Entertainment (404) 925-8669

Radio promotions:

Daphanie S. Cassel, DW Promotions (713) 226-7112

Track Listings:

- It's Not Over

- None Like You

- Crush On Jesus ft The Minista

- Get It On

- Hold On

- Protector

- Somebody Needs Some Love

- Oh Lamb of God

- Any How

- Reprise

- You Deserve

The Black Raven Band 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards Winner!

The BlackRaven Band will be presented with the 2010 Producers Choice "Spiritual Artist of the Year" and will be performing at the 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards!

Don't miss The BlackRaven Band at 7:30pm on the Red Carpet Stage, as they will give an unforgettable performance.

Contemporary indigenous flute artist Daniel Hicks takes the unique sound of the Native American flute in imaginative new directions, with highly personal flute styles which have earned him international demand, acclaim and awards, including the 2009 Phoenix Music Awards "Instrumental Artist of the Year", and for his featured work with Black Raven Band's debut release, "First Flight" earned the 2009 Los Angeles Music Awards "Instrumental Album of the Year", 2009 West Coast American Indian Music Awards "Traditional Instruments" award.

Now together with the new line up which includes Gonzo Sandoval (Percussion and Vocals), Phil Sandoval (Guitars) (both Sandoval brothers are from the legendary Pasadena rock band Armored Saint), and Jon Saxon (Percussion). BlackRaven are working on finishing their next album entitled "Native Knight", due out by Dec. 2010.

Performing with The BlackRaven Band as special guest, Jim Maropoulos also will be presented with the 2010 Producers Choice "Spiritual Artist of the Year"!

Jim is currently performing with Generations Band in Yuma, Arizona for Generations Church.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Philadephia Music Community to Stage Joyouse Celebration Remembering Influential ?Philly Soul? Producer Weldon A. McDougal II

Benefit Concert and Memorial Service to Commemorate Life of Larks Vocalist and Phila. International and Motown Records Promotion Exec Who Helped Discover Michael Jackson and Jackson 5

WHAT: The Philadelphia music community will gather to stage a joyous celebration commemorating the life of WELDON ARTHUR McDOUGAL III, influential vocalist and producer and founding member of The Larks in a benefit concert and memorial service at the Clef Club.

McDougal, a West Philadelphia native who died Oct. 21 of pancreatic cancer at 74, was a promotions executive for Philadelphia International Records and Motown Records. He is credited with helping to shape Philadelphia soul music and helping to discover Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

6 p.m. – Doors Open

7 p.m – Program Begins

WHO: The Intruders - performer

The Soul Survivors - performer

Sounds of the Blue Notes – performer

The Delfonics – performer

Jamie Knight - performer

Rheel Menn - performer

Weldon McDougal IV - speaker

Ju-Taun - performer

Carol Riddick – performer

Earl Young, MFSB – speaker

Bunny Sigler - performer

Kimberly Roberts, Philadelphia Tribune – speaker

WHERE: The Clef Club

Avenue of the Arts

738 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA


Randy Alexander / Randex Communications / 856.596.1410; 609.280.6140 (m) /

Online press kit at

Weldon Arthur McDougal III

A Musical Life

Born in 1936 and hailing from West Philadelphia, Weldon Arthur McDougal III for over four decades contributed to the musical evolution of the Sound of Philadelphia.

As songwriter, recording artist, group bandleader of the The Larks and independent producer, he helped shape and influence the creation and development of Philly sound since the early 1960s. The Larks became known nationally in 1961 with their national hit "It’s Unbelievable," and during the same year the same year, Weldon appeared with The Larks on American Bandstand.

As a founding member and co-owner of the Harthon record label alongside his partners Luther Randolph and Johnny Stiles, Weldon produced diverse local Philly artists including Eddie Holman, the Volcanoes, Larry Clinton, Nella Dodds, Cindy Gibson, Herb Ward, The Tiffanies and many others.

Many of those songs Weldon produced are now collectors classics across both sides of Atlantic in rare soul music circles, and are held up as being some of the most momentous early examples of Philly soul.

Weldon was instrumental in helping shape the early Philly sound and produced Barbara Mason’s Philly classic Top 10 hit, "Yes, I'm Ready," which is one of the era 's defining first examples of the sweet, lush orchestrated sound that came to be called Philly soul and would soon herald the arrival of "The Sound of Philadelphia" in the early 1970s. Weldon was the first artist to record and produce Sharon Paige before she came to national prominence with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.

Weldon first brought together the trio of Earl Young, Norman Harris and Ronnie Baker, who would become the heart of MFSB and would back The Larks in the studio, including the much revered classic soul tracks "I Still Love You," "Rain" and "Groovin' at the Go Go."

Weldon became the first black promotions man on the East Coast, working for Chips Distributors. He subsequently joined Motown Records, becoming Head of Special projects -- promoting artists on the road and records to DJ’s nationally. Weldon was instrumental in introducing and helping discover the Jackson 5 while at Motown Records. He had a special relationship with the group and Michael as they grew up and developed their music, on and off the road.

In the 1970s, Weldon continued to produce while working nationally at Motown and Philadelphia International Records. He recorded many artists at Sigma Sound Studios, including his band, Universal Love, Love Committee, Dap ‘Sugar’ Willy, Lois Sneed, Melba Moore, Gerri Grainger, Lou Gordon, Gwen Owens, Jimmy Randolph, Dahlia, Phyllis Smith, Rhonda Berg and many more.

Weldon produced a national hit album in 1978 again for Barbara Mason, I Am Your Woman, She Is Your Wife’. He toured with many artists overseas, including Bunny Sigler, Archie Bell and the Three Degrees, while acting as head of Special Projects at Motown Records.

As a celebrated photographer with a gift for photography, Weldon's photographs of Michael Jackson are known internationally. He published The Michael Jackson Scrapbook to acclaim in 1981 and contributed rare photos of all the Motown luminaries in Motown: The Golden Years, published 2001.

In 2006 he produced a popular album for local artist Shirley Slaughter.

In 2008 and 2009 he published two CD volumes of his independent production work to critical acclaim in the USA, UK and Japan.

In 2010 Weldon spoke at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and took part in numerous television documentaries and programs, including the life of Marvin Gaye and more recently, fellow Philadelphian Tammi Terrell.

In 2010 he took part in the filming of a to be televised life story of Michael Jackson which will finally publically recognize his role in the Michael Jackson story

Weldon was known locally and internationally for his work as an ambassador for the musical heritage of the City of Philadelphia and advised many in the music business over the years.

Weldon was a proud father to his son Weldon McDougal IV and a loving grandfather to his granddaughters Martina and Tierra. He was immensely proud of what they have achieved.

His work and legacy will continue to be source of inspiration for all, and he leaves a wealth of devoted family, friends and colleagues who will continue to treasure his friendship and musical contribution.

20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards Announces Justin Foutz as "Country Artist of the Year"

Curb Records, Sky Productions and RainboRecords presents

Justin Foutz with the annual prestigious award at

The Theatre at Paramount Studios, Hollywood.

LOS ANGELES- Young musician and rising star Justin Foutz ( is set to take the music industry by storm as he receives Los Angeles' most prestigious music award at the star studded event held in Hollywood on November 18th 2010.

Foutz achieved his Los Angeles Music Awards (LAMA) victory, at the recent LAMA Voting Party, over five worthy competitors in his category. He also finished second in the "Country Album of the Year" category. As a result of winning "Country Artist of the Year", Foutz will be presented with his trophy in the presence of some of the world's most influential music moguls and media on the Red Carpet at the 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards ceremony.

"I am delighted, winning country artist of the year proves a point to anyone who wants something bad enough that anything can happen," says Foutz beaming with pride about his award. "This is a great accomplishment for me and all of my fans. I can not thank everyone enough for giving me their continued support and believing in my work as an artist."

This talented songwriter and guitar player born in Indianapolis, Indiana is already getting used to the limelight as he has been spotted on various Los Angeles red carpets and performing to some of Hollywood's highly acclaimed influential community and press including accompanying country singer/actress Michelle Murray's during the launch of her authentic vodka brand "Taylor Street Vodka" and performing before music legend Englebert Humperdinck at this years "18th Annual American Society of Young Musicians". Justin is scheduled to play at the forthcoming Breast Cancer Benefit in Hollywood on November 17th ahead of the awards at Paramount Studios.

If this roller coaster ride isn't enough, Foutz, who has recently completed his debut album "Justin Foutz" recorded in Nashville, and his management team are currently negotiating an international recording deal. "It feels like a dream, I have worked so hard with my song writing and performances that finally all my hard work is being recognized," says Foutz.. "I am celebrating by giving my fans an amazing 'Thank You Concert" at EVO Lounge, Long Beach on Sunday November 21st at 2 p.m."

Justin Foutz is up for"Artist of the Month of December" on Rockwired Radio, where fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite artist, and he can also be heard on American Veterans Radio ( the week of November 7-14 on 'Spotlight Artist'. Fans can join him and his band at EVO Lounge, 5300 E. Second St. Long Beach, Sunday November 21st at2 p.m. ( Entrance to this special "Thank You" concert is complimentary.

B? Mavr?& The Stars of Buena Vista "Un Soplo En El Aire (A Breeze In The Wind)" CD + Bonus-DVD To Be Released December 7

Latin flavored release from tenor Béla Mavrák, currently on tour with Andre Rieu!
"Music is a human thing, a warm thing, something that touches the heart."

That is the view of the world-famous Hungarian Béla Mavrák, who takes a great personal interest in the most far-flung tribes in the world. This quotation was the result of his visit to a tribe in Papua New Guinea, who received him as their first white visitor and adorned his farewell aria with unusual Aborigine vocals.

His voice is heard and loved all over the globe. No lesser a personage than Lord Yehudi Menuhin accompanied the star tenor in 1999 at a concert performance in aid of the German Yehudi Menuhin Fund. It was from him that Mavrák adopted the humility of a great star which has gained him the worldwide affection of his fans, although since 2006 his international stage performances have become a little more ostentatious. Star violinist André Rieu enlisted Béla Mavrák to join his ensemble and made him known to an audience of millions in all the continents of the earth.

Now, with "Un Soplo en el Aire" Mavrák has fulfilled a long-held dream in between his world tours with the great violinist Rieu from Maastricht. Whilst visiting Cuba he once again felt that strong urge to get to know the people and the origins of their culture. It was in some ways a melancholy experience, because the Cuba of the past has changed dramatically. His brand-new album expresses this change: grandiose vocals - Buena Vista feeling - passion and emotion!

Mavrák was born in Austria to Hungarian parents and christened in St. Steven's Cathedral in Vienna; he grew up in Vojvodina (now a part of Serbia) and his youth years of learning and traveling took him to Italy and all over Europe. This time was followed by numerous tours of the great concert halls and opera houses around the globe. He started to study Song at Belgrade Musical Academy in 1989 and continued his studies at the College of Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany, where he graduated with an artistic diploma in 1994.

After receiving private tuition from the world-famous Milanese tenor Franco Corelli and attending master classes given by Italian opera tenor Gianni Raimondi and the Swedish lyric Mavrák was born in Austria to Hungarian parents and christened in St. Steven's Cathedral in Vienna; he grew up in Vojvodina (now a part of Serbia) and his youth years of learning and traveling took him to Italy and all over Europe. This time was followed by numerous tours of the great concert halls and opera houses around the globe.

He started to study Song at Belgrade Musical Academy in 1989 and continued his studies at the College of Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany, where he graduated with an artistic diploma in 1994. After receiving private tuition from the world-famous Milanese tenor al tenor Nicolai Gedda, he did not have to wait long for the first great parts and awards.

He performed the leading role of Rodolfo in Puccini's opera La Bohème at Belgrade State Opera, for which he was awarded first prize at the International Singing Contest in Italy.

Numerous further roles took Béla Mavrák to Germany, Japan, Argentina and Brazil and around the world several times, until in 2006 André Rieu asked him to be guest tenor at 110 concerts on his Europe/Asia/America tour. Rieu and the audiences were delighted with him, and his contract was extended for hundreds more guest appearances. That is the glamorous side of this exceptional singer.

Mavrák's artistic soul always draws him back to the originality of cultures, currently Cuba. "That is where I dis-covered the origins of a cultivated music with a simplicity, modesty, warmth and radiance that can capture the hearts of so many people of all generations all over the world," he answered, when he was asked what so fascinated him about the Caribbean island of Cuba. Because if music is pure emotion - and who could doubt it - then the legendary "Buena Vista Social Club" is the personification of emotional Cuban music in its purest and most original form.

"When I was given the opportunity to select the tracks for this CD, I was keen to combine two things: the music I as a classical tenor have sung to people on stages all over the world in so many delightful years; and the original sound and authentic playing of the Buena Vista Social Club, sounds which have been touching people's hearts for more than twenty years."

He was gentle and cautious in the way he led the Cuban musicians toward a culture which was foreign to them, and the result is a respectful mixture of traditional Cuban folklore and European, largely immortal, melodies. "In the course of our work together, I recognized how great and significant a remark by Yehudi Menuhin was that he made at the close of our joint concert: 'Singing is the mother tongue of all humanity'."

This album is remarkable for its honesty and for the melancholy moments which Béla Mavrák describes like this: "The original music of Cuba combined with gentle references to modern western pop music and music from home country, supported by Indian tablas, Turkish drums and electric guitars in Latino sound have given the classics and evergreens of this CD a very special, unmistakable character. With no other song on the CD was I asked quite so often why I had chosen to record a new version of it: the immortal classic 'Lili Marleen'. The answer is simple and it stands for the universal, unbounded power of music. Whenever this song was played over the loudspeakers on the warfronts of World War Two, the gunfire stopped and there was silence - on both sides.... And that is why I still believe in the power and magic of music!"

Barriers between genres? Definitely not here, because "Un Soplo en el Aire" is an atmospherically dense work, not of contrasts but rather of successful connections.

Cover ArtBela Mavrak tour dates with André Rieu in USA

11/29 Phoenix Arena

11/30 Las Vegas Orleans Arena

12/1 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena

12/2 Ontario Citizen Business Bank Arena

12/3 Los Angeles NOKIA Theater LA Live

12/4 San José HP Pavillion

12/6 Seattle Key Arena

12/7 Vancouver General Motors Place

12/9 Ft. Lauderdale Bank Atlantic Centre

12/10 Tampa St. Pete Tomes FORUM

12/11 Orlando Amway Center

12/12 Toronto Air Canada Center

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Herbie Hancock Set to Perform at Noble Peace Prize Ceremony

Herbie Hancock and his Imagine Project Band have been invited by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to perform at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, December 11th.

Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will host the 17th annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert which will take place at the Oslo Spektrum arena and be televised worldwide.

In addition to Hancock, the show will feature performances by world-renowned artists including Florence + the Machine, Colbie Caillat and many others to be announced in coming weeks.

Legendary Saxophonist James Moody Battling Pancreatic Cancer

Jazz saxophone legend James Moody, a San Diego resident for the past 21 years, has disclosed that he has had pancreatic cancer since at least February — and that he had decided not to receive any chemo therapy or radiation treatment.

At his behest, Moody’s condition was previously only shared with family members and some of his most trusted confidantes in the music world. Moody, 85, and his wife, Linda, decided to inform their friends and his fans of his condition in an e-mail letter she sent out the 1st week in November.

“We decided to let people know about his condition now, mainly because I felt he should feel the love from people around the world whose lives he has touched,” said Linda Moody, who invited fans to e-mail her husband at:

Ramsey Lewis? Proclamation of Hope Honors Lincoln?s Legacy

On Sunday, November 14, 2010, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present the East Coast premiere of Ramsey Lewis’ Proclamation of Hope: A Symphonic Poem.

The work was written in commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, and reflects upon the life and legacy of the 16th president.

Conducted by Scott Hall, Proclamation of Hope will be performed by 23 musicians, including Lewis, bassist Josh Ramos, drummer Leon Joyce and vocalist Dee Alexander.

In addition, the performance will be taped by WTTW for future national broadcast on PBS stations.

The symphonic piece originally debuted at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival in 2009.

Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich called the piece “stirring… some of the most eloquent music of Lewis’ career.”

Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Jazz Festival

The Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in jazz education since its inception in 1958, is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival, featuring the nation's most talented middle school, high school, conglomerate, and college jazz musicians and vocalists. The Next Generation Jazz Festival will take place in historic downtown Monterey from April 1 - 3, 2011.

Now in its seventh successful year in downtown Monterey, the Next Generation Jazz Festival evolved from MJF's "California High School Jazz Competition" which started in 1971 and was presented at the Monterey County Fairgrounds for 35 of its 41-year run. Now named the Next Generation Jazz Festival, the weekend salute to the future of jazz has expanded to include middle school, conglomerate bands, and college level musicians and vocalists.

The Next Generation Jazz Festival Jazz Competition is now accepting applications from middle school, high school, and college big bands; from high school, college level, and conglomerate bands; from high school, college, and conglomerate combos, and from high school and college level vocal jazz ensembles through January 21, 2011. Application forms may be downloaded at the Monterey Jazz Festival's website, The application process is free of charge, as is participation in the prestigious event.

Next Generation Jazz Festival Application Process

Next Generation Jazz Festival finalists are selected through recorded auditions reviewed and ranked by faculty from the Berklee College of Music. The High School Division will include twelve big bands, six combos, and eight vocal ensembles. The College Division will include six college-level big bands and six college vocal ensembles. In the Conglomerate Division, six conglomerate big bands will be selected, and in the Middle School Division, six middle school big bands will be selected. Returning in 2011 is the Open Combo Division for college and conglomerate high school ensembles. Six finalist combos will be selected to participate in this newest division. In addition, specially-invited groups will also perform. In 2010, over sixty groups from across the United States attended the Next Generation Festival.

The high school, conglomerate, and college divisions of the Next Generation Jazz Festival Jazz Competition are open to superior rated big bands, combos, and vocal ensembles. The top big bands, combos, and vocal ensembles will win cash awards and be invited to perform at the 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 16 - 18, 2011.

Auditions will also be held for chairs in the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which is slated to tour Japan in the summer of 2011, as well as being featured on the Monterey Jazz Festival's Sunday afternoon Arena/Lyons Stage.

The event also includes a big band composition competition, open to high school composers. Judged by college faculty from leading music schools across the country, the winning composer will receive the Gerald Wilson Award and a cash prize, with the winning composition to be performed by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at the 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, on September 18, 2011, on the Jimmy Lyons Stage in the Arena before a crowd of thousands.

Next Generation Jazz Festival Activities and Performers

All Next Generation Jazz Festival events and activities -- from Friday night's Kick-Off Concert through Saturday and Sunday's Next Generation Jazz Festival Jazz Competition -- are open to the public, free of charge. The Festival will also conduct clinics, workshops, jam sessions, and auditions in the heart of historic Monterey, with music to be performed at the Monterey Conference Center, the host Portola Plaza Hotel, Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row, and a downtown jazz club.

"The first weekend of April, 2011 marks our 7th annual Next Generation Jazz Festival, an event that has truly transformed into a celebration of this great American art form and the youth it inspires," said Dr. Rob Klevan, Education Director for the Monterey Jazz Festival. "I know those who come to the NGJF both as participants and patrons will enjoy the "festive" atmosphere and are sure to witness extraordinary performances not only by some of the greatest pros in the business, but by the next generation of rising jazz stars. I'm truly looking forward to another incredible weekend of jazz in Monterey next April 1 - 3."

Featured during the weekend of music will be the award-winning saxophonist, Joshua Redman, who has been selected as the MJF's Artist-In-Residence for 2011. As the MJF/54 Artist-In-Residence, Redman will work year-round with young student musicians in performances, clinics, and one-on-one sessions at the Next Generation Jazz Festival and the MJF Summer Jazz Camp, in addition to performing at the 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival and at other MJF concerts and events throughout the year. Also slated to appear at the Next Generation Jazz Festival as performers and judges of the bands and vocal ensembles are internationally-renowned jazz artists, including pianist and composer Alan Pasqua, drummer and composer Peter Erskine; guitarist Corey Christiansen; saxophonist Mary Fettig; trombonist Andy Martin; clinician, conductor and composer Matt Harris; vocalists Michele Weir and Jennifer Barnes; and bassist Ray Drummond. Additional performers and judges will be announced in early 2011.

Interested schools and students should visit for instructions on how to apply to the Next Generation Festival. Applications materials should be mailed to: Next Generation Jazz Festival, c/o Dr. Rob Klevan, Jazz Education Director, 9699 Blue Larkspur Lane, Suite 204, Monterey, CA, 93940.Dr. Klevan will be representing the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Jazz Festival while attending the 64th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, on December 15 - 18, 2010 at booth 966; and at the 2nd Annual Jazz Educators Network Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana from January 6 - 8, 2011 at booth 616. Interested parties are encouraged to visit with Dr. Klevan at these events for more information.

Financial support for the Next Generation Jazz Festival comes from the AT&T Foundation, the D'Addario Music Foundation, the Joseph Drown Foundation, the Clarence Heller Foundation, and generous individuals. In addition, we are pleased to acknowledge the Surdna Foundation for their past generous support over the last three years of the Next Generation Jazz Festival and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

U.S. Postal Service� and Concord Music Group Reunite for Second Holiday-Themed Compact Disc, Let It Snow

CD includes holiday classics featuring Paul McCartney,
Jason Mraz, Frank Sinatra, Mary Chapin Carpenter,
Ray Charles duet with Betty Carter and more!

Available exclusively at select U.S. post offices
throughout the country.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Following up on the success of Letters to Santa during the 2009 holiday season, Concord Music Group is once again partnering with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to release their second holiday-themed collection, Let It Snow, on November 1, 2010. The compilation will be displayed — alongside a DVD of the perennial holiday TV classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — at select USPS outlets throughout the season.

This exclusive 11-track CD includes timeless holiday favorites by an eclectic mix of legends and luminaries representing a wide range of genres and styles: Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles with Betty Carter, Jason Mraz, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chris Isaak, Mel Tormé, Rosemary Clooney, Vince Guaraldi, Paul McCartney, and the Jackson 5. The point-of-purchase CD offer provides the ultimate musical keepsake for those among the vast USPS customer base seeking an exclusive, pre-packaged gift for easy shipping.

Concord Music Group has been a consistent leader in bringing timeless music to non-traditional retail, as evidenced by two previous exclusive releases with USPS — Letters to Santa in 2009 and Ella Fitzgerald’s Love Letters from Ella in February 2010. Letters to Santa climbed to the top of the Billboard Seasonal Holiday Chart last November and stayed there for more than six weeks. To date, the 2009 holiday release has sold more than 130,000 units.

Let It Snow

Track Listing

1. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Ella Fitzgerald

2. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – Frank Sinatra

3. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Ray Charles and Betty Carter

4. Winter Wonderland – Jason Mraz

5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Mary Chapin Carpenter

6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Chris Isaak

7. The Christmas Song – Mel Tormé

8. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Rosemary Clooney

9. Linus and Lucy (from A Charlie Brown Christmas) – Vince Guaraldi

10. Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney

11. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jackson 5

Exclusive Red Vinyl Of 4 Tom Waits Albums For Holidays

Ahead of the general December 21 Rhino retail release, TOMWAITS.COM is offering limited edition 180 gram red vinyl versions of Closing Time, The Heart of Saturday Night, Nighthawks at the Diner and Small Change. Those who pre-order by December 18 should have their packages arrive by December 24.

The red vinyl limited editions (only 1000 pressed of each title) will be available exclusively at and are available for pre-order now.

After signing with Asylum in the early 70’s, Tom Waits recorded a series of groundbreaking albums whose noir tales of the after-midnight underworld transformed the seedy into the sublime in songs laced with both dark humor and profound longing. Nearly 40 years and several musical evolutions later, Waits’ Asylum years still hold a special place in the hearts of many.


Rhino will celebrate Waits this December by reissuing the Grammy-winning/Oscar nominated artists’ first four Asylum albums on 180-gram heavy vinyl each packaged with their original artwork. Released on December 21 at retail outlets, including

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rickie Lee Jones To Do A Short Tour In Dec. Featuring The Music From Her First Two Albums

Los Angeles--Legendary musician and Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones will embark on a short tour appearing in only six venues in Dec.

For the first time in her career she will feature the music from her debut album Rickie Lee Jones and her follow-up project Pirates in their entirety.

The singer/songwriter will be joined by some special friends, many of whom performed on her original recordings.

Her debut record, Rickie Lee Jones was released in March 1979 and went to #3 on the charts powered by the success of the single “Chuck E.'s in Love" (#4 in the U.S.) and the soulful jazzy feel of her music, new to the pop charts of America.

Following a successful world tour, and an appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, Jones secured five nominations at the 1979 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year; Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female; Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female; Song of the Year ("Chuck E.'s in Love"), and Best New Artist, which she won at the January 1980 ceremony. She was also voted Best Jazz Singer by Playboy magazine's critic and reader polls.

In 1981 Rickie Lee completed her second full album, Pirates which also received critical and commercial success getting to number five in the U.S.

The six exclusive dates are:

Dec. 3 Rochester, NY, Harro East Ballroom

Dec. 4, Philadelphia, PA, Baptist Temple

Dec. 5, Tarrytown, NY, Music Hall

Dec. 7, Alexandria, Va., The Birchmere

Dec. 8, Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center

Dec. 9, Westbury, Conn., The Westbury Theatre

For more information on Rickie Lee Jones, please visit

3rd Annual Nu Jazz Festival: Live In Toronto, Canada Nov 5-15 presents...
The 3rd Annual Nu Jazz Festival
A 5-night state of the artform celebration
DJ Shadow, Aloe Blacc, Rich Medina, Tortured Soul,
Mark de Clive-Lowe & Souljazz Orchestra
+ many more fantastic artists from the nu-jazz universe...

**Launch Party Friday November 5th, 2010
feat. DJ Rich Medina & The Souljazz Orchestra @ The Great Hall**

The spirit of nu-jazz is to bring jazz into a modern context by blending this essential improvisation-based art form with other styles like funk, hiphop, soul, electronica and more, to create music for today’s dancefloors. This year, is proud to present our most exciting NuJazz Festival lineup ever! Confirmed artists this year include DJ Shadow, Tortured Soul, Aloe Blacc, Rich Medina, The Souljazz Orchestra, Mark de Clive-Lowe and many others in the city's most happening spaces -- presented in partnership with other leading promoters like Embrace Presents, Union Events, Fusicology, The Main Ingredient and MusicStylist.

The NuJazz Festival is made possible by the support of The Ontario Council of the Arts.

Jay Cleary, Artistic Director
416-877-4075 *

Sebastian Cook, Publicity & Marketing Coordinator
647-764-4418 *


3rd Annual Nu Jazz Festival
Schedule & Info

Friday, November 5th, 2010
**Nu Jazz Launch Party**
Rich Medina (Jump N Funk, NYC) & The Souljazz Orchestra (Strut Records, Ottawa)
+ Minotaurs (Static Clang, Toronto) & dj nana
@ The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.)
$15.00 Get Tickets >>
Produced in association with Fusicology & Sapporo Beer



Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Mark de Clive-Lowe featuring Sy Smith
+ Sunny Albeau (Australia)
& DJs Jason Palma, John Kong, General Eclectic & Goldfinger
@ Revival Bar (783 College St.)
$15.00 Get Tickets >>
Presented in association with The Main Ingredient



Friday, November 12th, 2010
DJ Shadow
Live From the Shadowsphere
+ Pigeon John
@ The Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St.)
$29.50 Get Tickets >>
presented in association with The Union



Saturday, November 13th, 2010
Tortured Soul (NYC) & King Sunshine (T.O)
+ Groove Institute & DJ Gadget
$20.00 Get Tickets >>
@ The Great Hall (1087 Queen St W)
presented in association with United Soul, MusicStylist & Sapporo Beer



Monday, November 15th, 2010
NuJazz Festival Wrap Party
Aloe Blacc
+ Maya Jupiter & Maylee Todd
@ Wrongbar (1279 Queen St. W.)
$15.00 Get Tickets >>
presented in association with Embrace Presents


Special thanks to all our partners & supporters: Fusicology Toronto, MusicStylist, Embrace Presents, The Union, Sapporo Beer, Cadence Music & Marketing,,The Main Ingredient, Eye Weekly, CIUT 89.5 FM,, Soundscapes, Rotate This,Play De Record,, The Shaman, DoRight! Music, Footprints Djs &

One Of The Most Recorded Drummers Of All Time, Steve Gadd Has Worked With Everyone From Chick Corea To Paul Simon, Maynard Ferguson To Eric Clapton.

Steve Gadd's Live at Voce (Deluxe Edition) Features the Influential Drummer Playing the Music He Loves Most
Deluxe Edition features all new tracks from Edie Brickell

LOS ANGELES,-– One of the most recorded drummers of all time, Steve Gadd has worked with everyone from Chick Corea to Paul Simon, Maynard Ferguson to Eric Clapton. When it comes to his own projects, Gadd loves to play good-time groove music that has the danceable qualities and bluesiness of the best R&B along with the adventurous solos and impeccable musicianship of jazz.

On Live At Voce (Deluxe Edition), Gadd is joined by Joey DeFrancesco (arguably the World's greatest organist), the passionate baritone-saxophonist Ronnie Cuber, and the versatile guitarist Paul Bollenbeck. Together they create grooves and hard-driving swing that are reminiscent of the best organ groups of the 1960s including an early George Benson band that featured Cuber. The infectious rhythms, catchy material, and colorful ensembles make this band impossible to resist.

For this project the quartet, which has been together since 2007, is heard at a popular club in Scottsdale, Arizona. “Watching The River Flow,” which is based on “Swanee River,” has exciting solos by all four musicians. The one-chord vamp “Way Back Home” gives Ronnie Cuber a chance to preach on his horn. “Undecided” is taken at a burning tempo that is perfect for the musicians, with DeFrancesco showing why he is considered the master of his instrument. “Bye Bye Blackbird” starts out with a surprising duet between Gadd on brushes and DeFrancesco, who is heard on a muted trumpet a la Miles Davis. “Them Changes” finds the group rocking out on an R&B groove that alternates with some furious straight ahead jamming.

Cuber is featured on a heartfelt rendition of “Georgia On My Mind.” “Back At The Chicken Shack” has the Gadd band returning to the blues, really digging into the music. Horace Silver's “Sister Sadie” is given quite a ride by the musicians, with this being the most stirring performance of the heated set.

As a bonus, the deluxe version of Live At Voce concludes with a pair of intriguing duets (“Here I Am Now” and “Down”) by Gadd and singer/songwriter Edie Brickell. Gadd and Brickell lead the newly formed band, The Gaddabouts, featuring Andrew Fairweather Low and Pino Palladino.

About The Musicians:
Steve Gadd has had a remarkable career during the past 40 years, and there are no signs that he plans to slow down. He began playing drums when he was three, sat in with Dizzy Gillespie at the age of 11, and became a major studio drummer in 1972. Since then his countless number of recordings include important sessions with Chuck Mangione, Bill Watrous, Jim Croce, Joe Farrell, Bette Midler, Chet Baker, Phoebe Snow, Bob James, Hubert Laws, Herbie Mann, George Benson, David Sanborn, Paul Simon, Tom Scott, Chick Corea, Grover Washington Jr, Jim Hall, Maynard Ferguson, Al DiMeola, Carla Bley, Judy Collins, Stanley Clarke, Stuff, Joe Cocker, the Brecker Brothers, Dave Grusin, Charles Mingus, Eddie Daniels, Weather Report, Lee Ritenour, Michael Franks, Carly Simon, Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, Grover Washington Jr, the Manhattan Transfer, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, James Brown, the Manhattan Jazz Quintet and Natalie Cole plus the Gadd Gang. Just in the past year, Gadd has toured and recorded with Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Alain Clark and Edie Brickell.

Joey DeFrancesco is largely responsible for the Hammond B-3 organ making a comeback in the 1990s. The son of organist Papa John DeFrancesco, Joey began sitting in at his father's gigs when he was just six. He learned from the masters, befriended Jimmy Smith, and toured with Miles Davis right after his high school graduation in 1988. His brilliant playing and enthusiasm led to the organ, which had been neglected in favor of electric keyboards, being restored to its former place of prominence. His success has led to many other young organists entering the scene, but Joey DeFrancesco still ranks at the very top.

Baritonist Ronnie Cuber, whose deep guttural tone is influenced by the late Pepper Adams, has been a major force on his instrument since the 1960s. His stints with the Maynard Ferguson big band and with George Benson made him well known in the jazz world. In recent years he has often been heard with the Mingus Big Band.

Guitarist Paul Bollenback started playing music when he was seven. Originally a rock player, he changed his musical direction after hearing Miles Davis. He has been associated with Joey DeFrancesco off and on since the early 1990s and has also worked with Mark Murphy, Gary Thomas, Ron Holloway, Joe Locke, Houston Person, Geoff Keezer, Jim Snider, Jack McDuff, and Tony Monaco.

Steve Gadd's Live At Voce lives up to its great potential, resulting in bluesy music that is both accessible and superbly played by four master musicians.

For more information about Live At Voce (Deluxe Edition), contact Heather Noonan at BFM Digital: or 818-761-0191.


About BFM Digital, Inc.
BFM Digital is a global digital music company committed to serving the independent music community and delivering quality music, spoken word and video content to leading online retailers worldwide. Representing a diverse catalog of indie labels, artists and publishers, BFM distributes to all of the major music services including iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic, Napster, Walmart, Nokia and many more. With an unparalleled commitment to personalized service, BFM works closely with their content providers from around the world to ensure maximum exposure of their catalog by customizing marketing efforts and building strong relationships with BFM's digital store partners.

The American Red Cross, Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack to Honor Blood Donors and the Military at the Texas Motor Speedway

WASHINGTON– The American Red Cross will have a strong presence throughout the Texas Motor Speedway during the AAA Texas 500. The organization will honor our military heroes and celebrate blood donors through Red Cross Racing. Celebrity Cabinet Member and proud blood donor Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, is raising awareness about the ongoing need for blood donations. The Red Cross will also host 150 military troops from the region at the race on Sunday, giving them special viewing access from the Donor Deck at turn three.

“I’m proud to be identified within the NASCAR family as the American Red Cross driver and a blood donor. I give blood because it’s easy to do and helps support the community,” says Biffle. “I’m a type O donor and know how important it is to have enough type O blood on hand to meet the needs of patients across this country.”

The Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces will also honor active duty military and veterans through the “Salute Our Troops” pre-race concert with the legendary Willie Nelson. In addition, Lee Ann Womack will represent the Red Cross as the AAA Grand Marshall of the Texas 500.

Please visit the Red Cross Racing booth along the midway at the Texas Motor Speedway between gates 5 and 6. The efforts of Red Cross Racing have resulted in more than 227,000 reported blood donations. Red Cross Racing members can get points for a variety of activities, including giving blood and/or platelets and recruiting other blood donors to join. Those points may be exchanged for prizes such as limited edition die cast cars, gardening sets, pocket tools and other exciting prizes. In addition, Red Cross Racing members can support the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces by donating their donor rewards points back. These points will then be used to help the Red Cross provide even more comfort and support to our troops and their families.

For more information about Red Cross Racing, or to make a blood donation appointment, please visit us online at All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form in some states). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. Visit to learn more.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Amos Lee, Punch Brothers, The Secret Sisters, and special guest Citizen Cope Perform at The Holiday Cheer for 'FUV Concert Monday, December 6th at 8:00 PM

New York, NY- Public radio station WFUV (90.7 FM, is proud to announce that soulful Philadelphia singer-songwriter Amos Lee, progressive California bluegrass band Punch Brothers (featuring Chris Thile), Alabama roots duo The Secret Sisters and bluesy Brooklyn alt-rocker Citizen Cope will perform at the sixth annual Holiday Cheer for ‘FUV Concert, taking place at the Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (2 West 64th Street) on Monday, December 6th at 8:00 PM.

The Holiday Cheer for ‘FUV Concert is in its sixth year of attracting some of the day’s most exciting singer-songwriter talent to share a stage with the common goal of supporting the non-commercial radio station which champions music across genre lines. Tickets are $52 and $82, while VIP tickets, which include passes to the pre-concert cocktail party, are $257-$507. (Prices include all ticketing fees via Ticketmaster and charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000). Tickets are available starting 10:00 AM on November 4th and sales benefit WFUV. This concert is produced by Metropolitan Talent Presents.

“Amos Lee played our first Holiday Cheer concert back in 2005 and we’re so glad he’s decided to come back to support us again this year. We’ve watched both him and Citizen Cope grow artistically over the years. It makes me proud that we were among the first stations to play their music when they were starting out,” said WFUV Music Director Rita Houston. “We’ re also thrilled to be introducing exciting new talent in The Secret Sisters and virtuoso performers Punch Brothers to our audience. That’s what WFUV is all about-showcasing artists we believe in.”

For press passes to Holiday Cheer for FUV, please contact Eva Dilmanian at 646-675-8550 or

WFUV is a non-commercial, listener-supported public radio station, licensed to Fordham University for over 60 years. Serving the New York area as well as an international audience on the web, and a leader in contemporary music radio, WFUV is Rock & Roots Radio, offering an eclectic mix of rock, singer-songwriters, blues, world and other music, plus headlines from National Public Radio and local news.

Media Contact:

Eva Dilmanian

Telephone: 646-675-8550


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tina Turner Shares A Special Message About BEYOND, A New Recording of Buddhist and Christian Prayers Also Featuring Dechen Shak-Dagsay and Regula Curti

Musical icon Tina Turner will celebrate her 71st birthday next month on November 26. She is most proud of BEYOND, her first spiritual recording that explores the oneness of religions through music with Buddhist and Christian prayers.

Released on New Earth Records, the collaboration features Buddhist prayers composed by Dechen Shak-Dagsay, a Tibetan Buddhist; traditional music and original compositions of Christian prayers by Regula Curti, a Christian; as well as chanting and readings by Turner, a practicing Buddhist.

In the near future, Tina will be returning to the studio to record a sequel to BEYOND. However, she would like to remind her fans about this special project and to share a personal message.

"I'm very happy to be a part of the BEYOND Project that was initiated by Regula Curti and Dechen Shak-Dagsay, both amazing singers, individuals and philanthropists from two different cultures - Christian and Tibetan. This project has taken on a life of its own and has expanded and attracted other artists of various faiths who will be involved with us in subsequent albums as this continues to grow.

As a collaborator I'd like to make very clear that the Project is not about me or Tina Turner the rock star. It's about being part of and supporting a movement for the awareness and acceptance of different religions and spiritual paths to awaken the truth of ultimate oneness within us all.

I am therefore contributing to this project with my chanting practice and my story of personal growth and development as a human being in continuous search for the ultimate peace within.

This is a movement that goes beyond the three of us and has already been embraced by many people, including the Dalai Lama, the Abbott Martin Werlen Osb, and Deepak Chopra.

I invite the press to understand that they too can be a part of this project with their contribution and their involvement. The BEYOND Project is an invitation to open up a space where it is possible to include each individual to contribute to this vision. We are all the same, looking to find our way back to the source." -Tina Turner

Dechen Shak-Dagsay, a native Tibetan mantra singer, is the eldest daughter of the late Yishi Tsedön Zatul and much respected Tibetan Lama Dagsay Tulku Rinpoche, author of the book "Practice of Tibetan Meditation." Dechen's family fled to India in 1959, escaping the Chinese occupation of Tibet, settling in Switzerland in 1963. Since 2005, she has released four CDs with New Earth Records. She has traveled and performed intensely all over the world and has been invited by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to sing at many of his events. His Holiness appointed her an Ambassador of Peace for the Tibetan people. "The many cultures and religions of the world offer a variety of paths to inner quiet and peace. For us Tibetans, reciting or singing mantras is one of the most effective ways of quickly producing a peaceful state of mind. The mantras play a very important role in the Buddhist Practice and they are an integral part for the practitioner on his spiritual path."

Regula Curti, the Founder and Managing Director of The Center of Therapy & Education SEESCHAU, The House of Resounding Emptiness in Zurich, Switzerland, is a music and art therapist, and a singing teacher. Additionally, she is trained in an ancient yoga technique, Yogi Bhajan's Kundalini Yoga, which allows Regula to complement the therapeutic offerings at the SEESCHAU Center with lessons on spiritual and contemplative practices. Having worked with Buddhist and Hindu prayers in the tradition of the Sikhs inspired Regula to also sing and teach the Christian prayers. This is her debut album. "For me, the realization of Beyond is a dream come true. Inspired by my students, patients, and colleagues at the SEESCHAU Center, I feel that this project will serve as a shining reminder of the Earth's heart ability to heal and to connect in gratitude to all those who contributed to this project."

All artist proceeds from the recording will go towards supporting three non-profit organizations affiliated with the artists with a focus on the welfare of children: The Dewa Che Foundation, The Seeschau Foundation and The Tina Foundation.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Brown · DL MEDIA