A New Bona Fide CD


A couple weeks ago, my friend Marc Antoine called me up and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. He wants to produce a new Bona Fide CD.

My name is Slim Man. I’ve produced and recorded 11 CDs with the Slim Man band. What a lot of folks don’t know is that I have another band, Bona Fide. Bona Fide allows me to write, produce and perform instrumental music. It’s a blast to be able to do that–to be able to explore a different style.

Bona Fide has released 3 CDs, all of which were very well received. We had a number one song, X Ray Hip, from the first CD, Royal Function. We were named Best New Artist at The Oasis Awards in 2001.

Bona Fide is a fun and funky instrumental band. No vocals. Just a lot of incredible musicianship, and some great writing and production, all in the name of fun and funkiness.

Marc Antoine is an amazing guitar player, a wonderful producer and arranger, and a great friend. He was listening to some Bona Fide CDs, and offered to produce a new CD. He offered to write some songs, play guitar, and produce and mix the whole CD. He started sending me some song ideas. They got me all juiced up. Marc is bringing a whole new wonderful flavor and perspective to the Bona Fide sound.

So we’ve decided to do a CD. We want to do 8 songs, and for the 9th song, we want to do something epic…15 or 20 minutes long, something that’s a musical journey, a soulful symphony.

We want to do it right, we need to do the recording, and the mixing and the mastering. In addition to the Bona Fide band, we will include some guest soloists, some Big Name Players. We’ll be recording and mixing all this stuff at Marc’s studio in Madrid, Spain.

How could I refuse? So we are asking for your support, for your help. We have already started, we just need some help in getting this thing finished. It’s gonna be really rewarding…for all of us!

Find out all about the new Bona Fide CD on Kickstarter.  Listen to a song, watch a video…everything you need to know is right here:


SiriusXM Watercolors Jazz Hall of Fame


Young musicians fantasize about one day being a hall of famer yet contemporary jazz artists were left only to dream. Until now. SiriusXM’s Watercolors, the leading satellite radio channel devoted to the genre, is forming the SiriusXM Watercolors Jazz Hall of Fame to honor the legacies of its pioneering artists. Contemporary jazz icons David Sanborn, Earl Klugh and the late Grover Washington Jr. constitute the inaugural class that will be inducted into the music hall during a ceremony held aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise this October 18th.

SiriusXM’s Vice President of Programming Trinity Colon believes that “The timing of the creation of a SiriusXM Watercolors Jazz Hall of Fame is perfect. This genre has been successful over many decades, long enough to establish a wonderful history and a clear past, present and future. Our goal is to make sure that the visionary artists who helped develop and further this music genre are honored and remembered. In so doing, it helps define our present and ensure the music’s future.”

Saxophonist Sanborn and guitarist Klugh will perform during the induction ceremony that will air on SiriusXM’s Watercolors while Washington Jr.’s contributions will be recognized by an all-star salute featuring some of the artists aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise, including fellow sax players Boney James, Richard Elliot, Candy Dulfer, Euge Groove and Jackiem Joyner. Cruise performers Brian Culbertson, Marcus Miller, Tower of Power, Jonathan Butler, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Oleta Adams, Kenny Lattimore and Brian Simpson may also take part in the festivities aboard the 7-day cruise sailing this October 12-19 from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and the Baja Coast.

“The Smooth Jazz Cruise is elated to work with SiriusXM’s Watercolors to honor the amazing musicians deserving of recognition for their seminal creative accomplishments. We have been blessed to partner with Watercolors over the years and hosting their Jazz Hall of Fame induction ceremony is very special,” said Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director of The Smooth Jazz Cruise.

Future inductions will take place aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise sailings January 12-19, 2014 and January 11-18, 2015, which will embark from Fort Lauderdale to Caribbean ports.

Watercolors plays contemporary jazz, classic and new, including Culbertson, James, George Benson, Sade, Al Jarreau and Dave Koz.

Source: Great Scott Productions

Smooth Jazz And Public Relations – Robert Evanoff


A tenured veteran of the music industry, Mr. Evanoff has been involved in all aspects of the industry, working both at major and independent labels having managed and directed sales, marketing (tour, street, internet, 3rd party), publicity, A&R, advertising, production, graphic design, web design, packaging, business development, digital distribution, legal, licensing, publishing & royalties.

Rob enjoys writing about music and the business of music. Aside from publishing original content on Matrix To A Muse, he was also the publisher of All About DJ.com and has contributed articles to Addicted To Vinyl, All About Jazz, All Music Guide, Intense! Magazine, Kik Axe Music, Live! Music Review, Music News UK, Pinup America Magazine, RAZOR Magazine, Spew, Synthesis Magazine, The Big O and The Gauntlet.

“I had the privilege of working in conjunction with Rob Evanoff on a Shanachie Entertainment project and he proved to be a highly efficient and resourceful social media specialist. His willingness to think outside the box and arm himself with the necessary knowledge to acquire media for our artist was commendable. He is resourceful, detail oriented, professional and enjoyable to work with.”

Monifa Brown, VP Publicity, Shanachie Entertainment

Smooth Jazz And Public Relations – Mastermind/MR Entertainment

Mastermind/MR Entertainment is a Maryland- based Full Service Public Relations, Artist Development and Management Company specializing in assisting Contemporary Jazz Artists to gain the needed exposure to increase visibility and gain mainstream success. We focus on Personal Involvement, dependability, Internet savvy and a deep knowledge of how to use online marketing, promotion and distribution tools/services. We also have the ability to develop and execute strategic partnerships with brands, businesses, and have built relationships with booking agents and others who can help create live performance revenue.

The men behind Mastermind are Michael Reynolds and Derrick Kenny. Michael also hosts together with Jazz Queen Talking Smooth Jazz.  For more information about this company visit their website.

Smooth Jazz And Public Relations – Cheryl Hughey Promotions

Cheryl Hughey Promotions (CHP) LLC was opened after Cheryl served on a regional Emmy-nominated film project and had accumulated a wealth of audience stream building expertise in membership development for an upscale chamber of commerce and public relations specialist.

With over a decade of writing and marketing experience, Cheryl’s diverse skill set includes service a publicist, freelance newspaper journalist, nationally published magazine writer, television associate producer, radio promoter, news editor and music bookings.

Cheryl Hughey Promotions has built a solid reputation by interweaving traditional press like radio, print and television with the word-of-mouth pipeline for companies and events featuring pop acts like Kool & the Gang, Kenny G, James Ingram and Jody Watley, along with a long list of indie CD releases around the globe including a #1 Billboard charting album in 2009 and a #1 Billboard co-producer in 2010.

For more information visit this website.

Smooth Jazz And Public Relations – Great Scott P.R.oductions


Rick Scott opened GREAT SCOTT P.R.ODUCTIONS in 1991 as a public relations, marketing and management firm. GSP designs and executes full-service publicity campaigns for recording artists, producers, songwriters, record labels, music theme cruises, athletes, and a variety of music, entertainment and sports entities, events and brands on the national, regional and local levels, including specialty markets (i.e. urban, jazz, adult pop, cycling, triathlon, etc.). In 2003, GSP entered the fray of sports representation with a focus on professional cycling. We have worked with legendary talent, major and independent record labels and international brands such as “American Idol,” AEG, Viagra, Cheerios, Sony, Warner Brothers, Capitol, Blue Note, Maverick, Mercury and Matador Records.

The range of media we target includes thousands of print (daily, weekly and monthly newspapers and magazines), broadcast (television and radio) and online outlets (websites, blogs and social media), including mainstream consumer outlets and trades such as Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, Rolling Stone, JazzTimes, Downbeat, Jazziz, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, VH1, BET, CNN, E! Entertainment Television, Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Tonight Show, ESPN, Bicycling Magazine, Velo, ROAD and Triathlete.

We’re proud that our clients typically stay with us for years over multiple projects as it is our aim to forge long-term relationships. The way to cultivate lasting relationships is to deliver consistently. Our clients become family and it is the norm for our clients’ representatives to hire us to work with some of their other clients and projects, which serves as a testament to their level of satisfaction. We provide priority service to a limited number of clients at any given time in order to fully devote ourselves to each one.

When you hire GSP, you will get Rick servicing your account, not a junior account executive. Rick is known for the passion, enthusiasm, knowledge and positive energy he brings to each project. As a boutique firm, we have to prove ourselves daily. Usually we can be more effective than larger firms because we limit the number of accounts we commit to so that we can pour our hearts and souls into each client. We’re creative, tenacious and thorough, and show up each day striving to make great things happen for our family of clients.

For more information visit http://www.greatscottpr.com/.