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Right On! DW3’s “Truth” Is Spreading Fast

Right On! DW3’s “Truth” Is Spreading Fast

With an active summer festival season on the horizon, things are already heating up for the throwback R&B vocal group on the heels of a new album release and a hot radio single featuring Brian Culbertson. Los Angeles, CA: A twelve-song set of smooth old school soul strewn with modern day sensibilities, retro R&B vocal group ...

NEWS: RECORDING

DW3 Pays “Tribute” To Their Late Drummer-Mentor Ricky Lawson

DW3 Pays “Tribute” To Their Late Drummer-Mentor Ricky Lawson

R&B vocal band goes retro on their sophomore album, Vintage Truth, due March 17, with assistance from contemporary jazz luminaries Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Paul Brown, Greg Adams and Elan Trotman. Los Angeles, CA: At the untimely passing of the drummer Steely Dan’s Walter Becker described as having perfect timing, Ricky Lawson was only four songs ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Stars Align For Joey Sommerville's "Overnight Sensation"

The Stars Align For Joey Sommerville's "Overnight Sensation"

More than 20 years in the making, the soul-jazz trumpeter’s fifth album, due October 28, features Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman and Eric Essix. Atlanta, Georgia (25 September 2014): Behind every musical overnight sensation are years of toiling away in rehearsal halls, recording studios and sweaty nightclubs meticulously honing one’s craft. In trumpeter ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Maxwell Enlists Eclectic Lineup For Caribbean Cruise

Maxwell Enlists Eclectic Lineup For Caribbean Cruise

Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi, Joe, Chrisette Michele, DL Hughley and more have been invited for the inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas, May 3-10, 2015. Phoenix, Arizona: On May 3, 2015, platinum soul star Maxwell will launch the maiden voyage of his own seven-day Caribbean cruise featuring a stellar lineup of R&B and contemporary jazz ...

NEWS: RECORDING

For Jonathan Butler, Living His Dream Is Now A Breeze

For Jonathan Butler, Living His Dream Is Now A Breeze

The singer-songwriter-guitarist’s “Living My Dream” album is released today as “African Breeze” storms the Billboard Smooth Jazz Singles chart. Sherman Oaks, Calif. (23 June 2014): Last year’s struggles serve as the theme of the material two-time Grammy nominee Jonathan Butler wrote and recorded at the House of Blues studios in Los Angeles for “Living My Dream,” ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Las Vegas Jazz Festival Lineup A Guaranteed Winner

Las Vegas Jazz Festival Lineup A Guaranteed Winner

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Cameo, Keith Sweat, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Eric Benét, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi, Will Downing, Brian Culbertson, Euge Groove and more will put the soul into the September 19-21, 2014 music festival. Phoenix, Arizona: Since the roots of jazz are in rhythm and blues, it should be no surprise that a stellar cast of ...

NEWS: EVENT

Caribbean Band Delivers Spiritual Jazz Melodies To Emmanuel Baptist Church Jazz Vespers Community

Caribbean Band Delivers Spiritual Jazz Melodies To Emmanuel Baptist Church Jazz Vespers Community

Brooklyn, NY: Emmanuel Baptist Church is proud to feature the internationally recognized Elan Trotman Group at its next Jazz Vespers on Sunday, June 29 from 3-5 pm, in honor of Caribbean- American Heritage Month. Rhythmic sounds of steel drums and saxophones will pour out onto the streets of the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, New York ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Rising Above The Struggles, Butler Is Living His Dream

Rising Above The Struggles, Butler Is Living His Dream

Family, friends - including Marcus Miller and the late George Duke - and an “African Breeze” combine forces on “Living My Dream,” coming June 24 from the R&B-jazz artist. Sherman Oaks, CA: It took a while for Jonathan Butler to feel comfortable saying it, but the South African singer-songwriter-guitarist’s confidence has grown as he celebrates what ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Hot Jazz And Soul In The Desert

Hot Jazz And Soul In The Desert

Robin Thicke, Maxwell, Charlie Wilson, Erykah Badu, Keyshia Cole and jazz headliners will heat up the Arizona Jazz Festival on October 25-27, 2013. Phoenix, AZ: The endless Arizona sky will be filled with a galaxy of stars day and night during the Arizona Jazz Festival slated for October 25-27, 2013 at the Arizona Grand Resort & ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Simpson: Just What You Need

Read "Just What You Need" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

The raison d'être behind Brian Simpson's Just What You Need is not as audacious as to reshape jazz as we know it, but to provide some easy listening while we're waiting. The ambitions here are a bit more modest as Simpson, who is best known as Dave Koz's bandleader, brings together an accomplished crew of studio ...


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