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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian Simpson: Persuasion

Read "Persuasion" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

There's jazz that is edgy, startling, daring, confrontational and demands attention be paid. It grabs you by the ears and pulls you close and won't let go. Then there's a kinda/sorta jazz where all the edges have been sanded off, there's no chances taken, no unexpected or startling moments, and nothing is ever at risk. If ...

Boney James: Futuresoul

Read "Futuresoul" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

At this point, with 15 albums under his belt, it's been established what Boney James does and does not do well. If you are in search of an adventurous artist who is constantly pushing the envelope and challenging himself and the listener by daring to deviate from expectation, keep looking: this is not the saxophonist you ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

New single from the late guitarist Jeff Golub debuts in the Billboard Top 20 ahead of Tuesday’s album release with sales benefitting The Golub family. New York, NY: A few days prior to New Year’s Day, the day guitarist Jeff Golub passed away at age 59, his frequent collaborators Steven Miller, Rick Braun and Bud Harner put the ...

NEWS: EVENT

Bilal Announces Two Shows At Harlem Stage On March 27

Bilal Announces Two Shows At Harlem Stage On March 27

Forever pushing boundaries with his eclectic sound, Grammy-nominated artist and transcendent live performer Bilal returns to Harlem Stage to present new music from his exciting collaboration with Adrian Younge, a producer/composer/musician, heralded as “the next generation of soul music." A classically trained vocal veteran, Bilal released his debut album, 1st Born Second, in 2001, which boasted the popular single “Soul Sista.” ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist ShaShaty Set To Embark Upon A “Dream Ride” Leading To A “brighter Day”

Saxophonist ShaShaty Set To Embark Upon A “Dream Ride” Leading To A “brighter Day”

Vibrant radio single precedes the artist’s Steve Oliver-produced album, due March 3. Los Angeles, CA: It’s a new dawn for veteran contemporary jazz saxophonist ShaShaty, who will release his sixth album entitled “Brighter Day,” on March 3 on the newly formed A.H.I. Records. His first collection comprised entirely of original songs in more than a decade, the ...

ARTICLE: TELL ME MORE

Boney James: The Beat Goes On

Read "Boney James: The Beat Goes On" reviewed by Belinda Ware

Saxophonist Boney James is a prolific musician and songwriter gifted with an ear for creating music inspired by artistic expressionism. As an architect of original songs, James is an intellectual man of modest demeanor who has established himself as a musical pioneer in his intuitive discovery of the formula for longevity in his mellifluous career spanning ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Keyboardist Dan Siegel Returns With A Lush Collection Of Astute Jazz Etched In Melodically Rich “Indigo”

Keyboardist Dan Siegel Returns With A Lush Collection Of Astute Jazz Etched In Melodically Rich “Indigo”

Irvine, CA: Having recorded a catalogue of Top 10 albums in a vivid spectrum of jazz hues with topflight musicians for 35 years, Dan Siegel only emerges when he has something engaging to say with his poetic piano and crafty keyboards. Back with his first new statement in five years, Siegel’s DSM record label will release ...

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 artists. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Father Knew Best: Kiki Ebsen Records A Jazz Tribute To Her Late Dad, Actor Buddy Ebsen

Father Knew Best: Kiki Ebsen Records A Jazz Tribute To Her Late Dad, Actor Buddy Ebsen

Scarecrow Sessions, due September 30, is comprised of standards and songs associated with her father’s showbiz career; “If I Only Had A Brain” is the No. 2 most added radio single this week. Calabasas, CA: Singer-songwriter Kiki Ebsen stubbornly refused her famous father’s repeated suggestions to learn how to sing jazz standards. Rebelliously she insisted upon forging ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

New Edition Of The Arizona Jazz Festival Is Packed With Soul

New Edition Of The Arizona Jazz Festival Is Packed With Soul

R&B veterans Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, Charlie Wilson, Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Mint Condition, Kem, Fantasia and Jaheim join smooth jazz headliners Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Mindi Abair, Peter White, Euge Groove and more Phoenix, AZ: Thousands of concertgoers from all over the U.S. will be dancing in the desert October ...