Teen Jazz Celebrates 10 Years the Up and Coming Music Community

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In celebration of their 10-year anniversary, Teen Jazz announces a site wide scavenger hunt to earn entries towards great prizes. Teen Jazz, the leading online community for up and coming musicians, celebrates 10 years since it’s start and two years since it’s relaunch.

The site offers music business advice, equipment reviews and features for emerging artists. Founded by saxophonist Shannon Kennedy in 2004, Teen Jazz began as personal artist website with a few music event reviews and a couple of jazz lessons. With a desire to help young musicians learn about the music industry, Kennedy began regularly writing advice articles, reviews and she conducted interviews with other up and coming musicians. Ten years, multiple interviews with young musicians and even established musicians, hundreds of advice articles, and a radio show later, Teen Jazz is proud to play a role in the development and education of its community.

“Through Teen Jazz, we’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with a lot of talented artists and music companies to help education the next generation on the music business,” says Shannon Kennedy. “It’s been an honor promoting and supporting a community of young artists from around the world and it’s humbling to get to know and see so much talent. It’s been one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve had.”

Teen Jazz is one of the largest online music communities for up and coming musicians and has evolved their offerings to include a free eBook packed with music advice, an Album Checklist guide and workbook to help with the recording process, and more. In celebration of its milestone anniversaries, Teen Jazz will be hosting a scavenger hunt running through their anniversary until September 9, 2014. Participates will have the opportunity to search the site for a “secret saxophone” using hints posted on their Facebook page to earn entries and win great prizes from Teen Jazz’s sponsors.

To take advantage of the giveaway by signing up and learning more at http://www.teenjazz.com/anniversary. – See more at: http://teenjazz.com/2014/08/teen-jazz-celebrates-10-years-online-serving-the-up-and-coming-music-community/#sthash.Q8XuFG5t.pIcXcMI5.dpuf

Jarez – Can’t Let Go

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jarez16Following his energetic emergence into the contemporary jazz scene with the release of “On Top of the World,” R&B saxophonist Jarel Posey (AKA “Jarez”) has released “Can’t Let Go” as his latest radio single.

As fans have learned, Jarez’s music is anything but smooth jazz fluff and he can’t let go. Touring regularly on the hip hop scene with Coolio, Jarez is on a mission to meld hip hop grooves with the cool vibes of contemporary instrumental music. Although smooth jazz has traditionally garnered older audiences, Jarez believes that his blend of music also appeals to the younger set. Just as Tiger Woods opened up golf to a diverse fan base, Jarez desires to “bring the gift of jazz to an audience not typically familiar with it, and yet have them embrace and welcome it.”

His “On Top of the World” CD has also captured the attention of toastmasters and reviewers. Terri Scott (AKA “The Jazz Queen”) from Talking Smooth Jazz recently hosted a listening party for the CD at the Elixir lounge in Henderson, Nev. “I love his music, ” said Scott during the broadcast. This show was put together by noted radio personality Lynn Briggs, who commented that “he’s going places” and stated that the CD was “doing very well.”

Online music lovers will enjoy the humorous storyline in the “Can’t Let Go” video that enlists the help of Coolio to find Jarez’s lost girlfriend. The video follows the guys as they jam to the grooves and force their way into a home to find Jarez’s much beloved saxophone tucked gently away in a bed. While the hearts of women everywhere will be broken upon the revelation of the identity of this true love, fans will be happy that he just can’t let go.

You can find the official “Can’t Let Go” video on the front page of http://www.jarezmusic.com. You’ll also find tour dates, photos on more on the site, as well.

Arizona Jazz Festival 2014

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Thousands of concert goers from all over the U.S. will be dancing in the desert October 24-26, 2014 when a stellar lineup of R&B and smooth jazz artists perform at the fall version of the Arizona Jazz Festival taking place at the posh Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. Tickets are on sale now for single-day and 3-day passes priced from $50 to $750 available at the festival’s website (www.ArizonaJazzFestival.com) and by calling event producer BTWconcerts.com at 602-244-8444.

 

The boys will be out to play when the Arizona Jazz Festival blasts off with perhaps the strongest opening night lineup in the semi-annual festival’s history. The cool cat in the hat, four-time Grammy nominee Boney James gets the event started with his soulful sax grooves that never fail to stir the crowd to spontaneously erupt into a fervent “Go Boney! Go Boney!” chant. Jaheim employs his distinctive husky voice to chronicle his pained upbringing and tales of ghetto life that have earned him three Grammy nominations. It is far from the end of the road for Philly’s finest Boyz II Men, a trio that harmonizes in perfect union while presenting their Grammy-winning songbook filled with R&B/pop vocal and a cappella hits. New Edition members Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant, each of whom has also scored solo hits, are touring as Heads of State and you can bank on a well-choreographed, high-octane show from these R&B superstars.

 

It will “Be OK” on Saturday when Grammy-winning alchemist Chrisette Michele takes the stage to sing her empowering love songs blending R&B, soul, jazz and hip hop. Equally capable of seducing with her proficient saxophone skills as well as her feminine wiles, Mindi Abair has it all. She will team with Booker T and Elliot Yamin for a hot buttered soul, blues and rock jam. Fantasia’s incomparable voice reflects the real-life pain that’s she endured molding her into a mesmerizing talent. At heart, crossover crooner Brian McKnight is a singer-songwriter able to captivate with compelling lyrics, rich melodies and an emotional vocal delivery. Those in attendance at last fall’s Arizona Jazz Festival are still abuzz over the show that “Uncle” Charlie Wilson put on. The BET Lifetime Achievement Award and Soul Train Icon Award winner marched through his hits backed by a skin tight band, elaborate dance routines performed with precision by an army of performers and enough costume changes to rival Beyoncé. Expect more of the same.

 

The energy continues on full blast Sunday with sax showman Eric Darius making sure that patrons will arrive early to catch the consistent crowd pleaser. British guitarist Peter White and sax powerhouse Euge Groove have racked up enough No. 1 hits between them to keep the festival going for days, but they’ll rip through their biggest and best in an afternoon session. Mint Condition keeps the endangered full band concept alive with a rich R&B sound spiked with funk, rock, Latin and reggae. Multi-talented keyboardist Brian Culbertson is responsible for 27 No. 1 hits and is out on his 20th anniversary tour while supporting his sixth album to debut at No. 1, “Another Long Night.” Kem’s suave and sophisticated voice melts into steamy, sensual grooves that have earned him a pair of Grammy nominations and a Billboard Music Award. The festivities conclude in old school party mode with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly who leads audiences through sing-a-long sets of the outfit’s enduring classics.

 

The Arizona Jazz Festival is a lifestyle experience as fans spend the weekend immersed in the music, the lavish resort’s first-class amenities and the adjacent food, fashion and crafts expo. The Arizona Grand Resort & Spa is the state’s only award-winning all-suite resort in Phoenix set amidst a challenging 18-hole golf course, spacious athletic club, luxurious spa and salon and a 7-acre water park. Six different dining options on the property enable festival goers to never have to leave the grounds during the weekend. A limited number of tickets and hotel packages are available through the festival’s website.

 

 

About BTWconcerts.com

 

Phoenix, Arizona-based BTWconcerts.com is one of the preeminent concert producers in the Southwest. Among the star-studded jazz and R&B concerts and multiday music and lifestyle festivals that the company promotes at first-class resorts for adult audiences are the Arizona Jazz Festival (http://ArizonaJazzFestival.com), San Diego Jazz Festival (http://www.SanDiegoJazzFest.com) and the Las Vegas Jazz Festival (http://www.LVJazzFestival.com). BTWconcerts.com’s sister company for events at sea, BTWatsea.com will launch the maiden voyage of the Maxwell + The 7 Seas Cruise (http://www.maxwellatsea.com/) May 3-10, 2015 hosted by the Grammy-winning balladeer.

Source:   Great Scott P.R.oductions

 

Dirk K – It’s On

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Dirk K is producing a new CD entitled, “Dirk K – It’s On”. 5 original compositions and 5 covers. The covers include a fantastic funk version of Toxic (Britney Spears) a bluesy groove version of Funkytown (Lipps, Inc.) one of his favs, Holding Back the Years (Simply Red), a mysterious ballad version of Lovesong (The Cure) and a Latin/ bossa version of That’s the Way of the World (Earth, Wind & Fire).

He has already finished the recording and mastering part in the studio and is shooting for a release in September. He is trying to raise $4,500 in 30 days in order to finish this project. This campaign is his invitation for you to partner with him in accomplishing this goal!

To support this project go to

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dirkk/dirk-k-brand-new-album-project

Smooth Jazz And Books – Smooth Jazz Handbook

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The term ‘Smooth Jazz’ was originally coined by radio executives to describe the then new genre that fused blues, jazz, R&B, funk, rock and pop influences. Smooth Jazz tracks are generally down-tempo instrumentals favoring melody and smooth grooves over the sophisticated rhythms, faster tempos and long improvisations typical in jazz.

Musicologists would likely trace the origin of what’s known today as ‘Smooth Jazz’ back to a series of three Wes Montgomery records produced by Creed Taylor in the late 60’s. All three were very commercially successful, which enticed many other accomplished musicians of that era to release records in the format including Freddie Hubbard, Chet Baker, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Bob James, David Sanborn, Grover Washington Jr, Herb Alpert, Al Jarreau and Chuck Mangione.

Guitarists Larry Carlton, Stanley Jordan, Earl Klugh, Chuck Loeb, Kevin Eubanks, Michael Landau, Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour and many other contemporary guitarists have also all enjoyed critical acclaim and much commercial success from their Smooth Jazz projects.

One other extraordinarily talented guitarist of note, Paul Brown started his music career as a producer and engineer. He earned two Grammy Awards and an impressive string 40+ number one hits. Paul has worked on projects with George Benson, Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Norman Brown, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Boney James, and many, many other top artists and musicians. With such extensive experience as a producer, engineer AND guitar player, who better than Paul to guide you through the Smooth Jazz Handbook?!

Paul organized the Smooth Jazz Handbook into two sections. In the first section, Paul presents what he considers to be the 12 guiding musical principles of Smooth Jazz for guitarists. In the second section, Paul steps you through six soloing studies, which put all of those principles to work, in a musical context, over a variety of rhythm tracks (top notch tracks!)

Paul demonstrates all of the musical examples and then breaks them down in detail. All of the soloing studies are tabbed out and notated, plus you’ll get Guitar Pro files as well (Windows & Mac compatible). You’ll also get all of the rhythm tracks to work with on your own.

No tedious theory or boring exercises to struggle through — you’ll play your way through Paul Brown’s Smooth Jazz Handbook and have a blast doing it.

Grab your guitar. The smooth groove is just a click away…

http://truefire.com/jazz-guitar-lessons/smooth-jazz-handbook/

Smooth Jazz And Books – Benson: The Autobiography

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This summer will see the release of  Benson: The Autobiography.

Benson: The Autobiography follows Lil’ Georgie Benson from his remarkable rise from the ghettos of Pittsburgh to the stages of Dubai, and everywhere in between.

George’s tales of scuffling on the road with jazz legend Brother Jack McDuff, navigating his way through the recording studio with Miles Davis, and emerging as the first true (and truly successful) jazz/soul crossover artist will enthrall devotees of both music history and pop culture.

This long-awaited book allows readers to meet one of the most beloved, prolific, and bestselling musicians of any era.

You can pre-order the book from Amazon here.

Italian Saxophonist Rocco Ventrella – Another Time

Italian Saxophonist Rocco Ventrella announces his new CD Project “Another Time”.

Hello Jazz Fans and my precious Friends. This is Saxophonist Rocco Ventrella coming to you for Bari Italy. I am in the midst of recording my new CD “Another Time”. I am working with LA super producer and top Billboard Artist Greg Manning of Los Angeles. I am excited to say this is my best work ever and I can’t wait to share this labor of love with you all.

You can be a part of this exciting project by donating here at Indiegogo.com and help me make this dream a reality.

Thanks so much for being part of my musical family and helping me share my new music with the world.

Ciao and much love,

Rocco Ventrella

If you want to buy the new CD and support Rocco visit this website.

Kirk Whalum – The blessed Sax Player

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Soulful, passionate, stirring…these are the words most often used to describe Kirk’s music. Forged from his Memphis, (TN) gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston, TX nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. The 80’s were highlighted by Kirk’s stepping out of his blossoming sideman role and forming his own band. It was there that Kirk ultimately developed both his “voice” and songwriting in the crucible of the local club scene––especially at a rooftop club called Cody’s. It was also in Houston where jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, which led to five successful albums with Columbia Records, including Cache, Kirk’s first #1 album. As well, Kirk and Bob received a Grammy nomination for their collaboration album, Joined at the Hip. After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk became an in demand session player for top artists like, Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston, amongst many others. It’s his sax heard on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Kirk soon followed that career high point with his phenomenal hit album released on Warner Bros. Records, For You, perhaps the most successful of over 25 solo recordings to date; others include his eclectic Gospel According to Jazz series, (Chapters 1, 2 and 3).

An ordained minister, Kirk has earned his Masters of Art in Religion. It’s in this spirit that he serves his community, frequently performing at nursing homes, schools and missions. There is also his daily fifteen minute podcast, Bible In Your Ear (BIYE), in which he invites you to listen along as he reads through the Bible in a year. In addition to music and ministry, Kirk has a passion to educate young, aspiring musicians and as such he currently serves as Chief Creative Officer of the STAX Music Academy and the STAX Museum of American Soul Music in his hometown of Memphis, TN.

Kirk is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence including three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and has won two Stellar Awards-Gospel music’s highest honor. An eleven time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do”-featuring Lalah Hathaway) alongside life-long friend and gifted writer, Jerry Peters.

His latest release (on Mack Ave. Records) is perhaps his most ambitious to date. On Romance Language Kirk pays homage to the much revered 1963 ballads album, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. Kirk’s release features the brilliant and lush vocals of his brother Kevin. As the original recording is only six songs, Kirk rounds out this album with his romantic interpretations of some modern day ballads such as Brandy’s “Almost Doesn’t Count,” which features the dulcet voice of his 83 year old uncle, Peanuts Whalum.

In addition, Kirk is very proud that Romance Language is the first album produced in LiveAudio, a 3D listening experience for the JAMBOX wireless speaker.

In a career spanning decades, Kirk has a sound that is uniquely his; it is a sound that leaves an indelible imprint on the listener.

Kirk Whalum published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Napa Valley Jazz Getaway

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Single-day tickets went on sale today for the star-studded concerts taking place June 12-15, 2014 as part of the third annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, a wine and jazz festival set in scenic California Wine Country. Available at TicketFly (www.TicketFly.com), tickets are priced at $99 apiece except for the June 13show, which cost $129 each and includes entry to an exclusive The GRAMMY® Foundation benefit wine reception and silent auction. A limited number of discount tickets for each concert are available to Napa residents.

Multiday ticket sales for the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway founded and directed by contemporary jazz-R&B instrumentalist Brian Culbertson have been robust with the five-day VIP Package selling out in one week when they went on sale last October. Until now, tickets for the 2014 festival have only been available in four-day Gold Packages and two-day Silver Packages, which are being scooped up voraciously by fans from all over the world that will gather in Napa to enjoy the full schedule of concerts starring A-list contemporary jazz, funk and R&B artists; daily Wine Down at The Westin wine tastings held at the official Getaway host hotel, The Westin Napa Verasa; a Cigar Event offering cigars and a performance by saxophonist Michael Lington; and “Another Long Night Out” Late Night Hangs. Single-day tickets are popular with nearby Bay Area residents as well as Napa locals, the latter of which are eligible to receive a $20 discount per ticket by using an access code provided to local businesses and via a targeted email sent by the Napa/Yountville Chamber of Commerce.

After a pair of sold-out opening night dinner concerts happening simultaneously on June 11, Napa Valley Jazz Getaway will stage four days of concerts with the June 12 & 13 shows taking place at The Lincoln Theater and the June 14 & 15 shows to be held on the majestic grounds of the Jamieson Ranch Vineyards. The Thursday night lineup showcases the Legends of Jazz featuring Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour and Earl Klugh with special guest Eric Marienthal and more. Friday Night Funk Night headlines The Ohio Players and special guest comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans. The weekend concerts move outdoors with Saturday spotlighting Brian Culbertson & Friends, Morris Day & The Time, Average White Band and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Eric Benét, Mavis Staples, Eric Darius and Jazz in Pink featuring Gail Jhonson, Althea Rene and Karen Briggs fill the marquee on the final day of the 2014 Getaway.

A boundless creative force, showman, multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter responsible for 26 No. 1 hits, Culbertson will release his 14th album, “Another Long Night Out,” on February 25. He will be in Napa on February 27 to perform a short set at a private event for invited tastemakers to celebrate the release of the contemporary jazz record featuring an all-star cast and uncork his new custom-crafted wine, Culbertson Pinot Noir, which he personally blended with Jamieson Ranch Vineyards’ winemaker Nori Nakamura.

Four-day Gold Packages ($499) and two-day Silver Packages ($229) remain available through the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway website (www.NapaValleyJazzGetaway.me).

Smooth Jazz And Printed Medium – Jazz Inside Magazine

 

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Keyboardist, Composer, Producer Jason Miles – is featured in the December 2013 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine (print and digital). With a long list of album and artist credits, Jason discusses the serendipitous events that led to his many associations, his Bebop and mainstream jazz background, and the innovative soundscapes he contributed to recordings by Miles Davis, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Michael Brecker, The Crusaders, Ruben Blades, Freddy Cole, George Benson, Joe Sample, Herb Alpert., Vanessa Williams, Grover Washington Jr. and others.

This expanded 80-page issue of Jazz Inside Magazine also includes a feature on bassist Mark Dresser. The new Jazz Outside section, guided by Associate Publisher, Nora McCarthy, includes features on drummer William Hooker, Amina Claudine Myers, Andrew Lamb, Giuseppe Logan, and Lucian Ban. This issue also includes an expanded 25-page CD Review section, and a comprehensive calendar of hundreds of clubs, concert and event listings.

For more information visit http://jazzinsidemagazine.com/publications/guide.