Aspire, the television network from Magic Johnson Enterprises, today announced its fall line-up of hosted weekly prime time program blocks featuring the best African-American films, music and comedy. A new weekly feature, ”Groundbreaking Music,” hosted by bassist, vocalist, composer and bandleader Esperanza Spalding, premieres on Friday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m., with “Earth Wind and Fire Live.” Other music and performance specials the show will air include “Beyond the Steps: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater” and “Dorothy Dandridge Singing at Her Best.” Continue reading
Will Holton -][- Love Stories Untold, Vol. 1 –Mp3– [Soulfully Smooth Productions, 2012] –
Born in Buffalo NY, Will Holton has been playing the sax for over 10 years and “wowing” the public professionally for the past 2 years. Starting his humble beginnings by playing at home when his father gave him his first saxophone as a gift in his junior year of high school, he honed his talent in church on Sundays and throughout the many spiritually musical performances throughout the years. Will Holton recorded 2 cds with the international choir “The New Beginnings Chorale Ensemble” and acknowledging that “God has a plan for me”, he also graciously performed for the American Cancer Society and for the auspicious sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha and Zeta Phi Beta. Continue reading
ALONGSIDE CASSANDRA WILSON AND ESPERANZA SPAULDING
This past summer, award winning R&B musician and Smooth Jazz multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Selling Jazz Albums with his thirteenth album Dreams, featuring the lead singles “Your Smile” and “Still Here” f/ Vivian Green which found themselves in Top 10 at Smooth Jazz and Urban Adult Contemporary radio.
(Los Angeles, California – September 25, 2012) On November 25th at 9pm Centric TV will air the 2012 Soul Train Music Awards from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. Contemporary jazz artist and multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson has been nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist/Group alongside Esperanza Spaulding, Cassandra Wilson, Ben Tankard and Peter White. Continue reading
Critically acclaimed modern jazz trumpeter releases new work that blends the classic with the contemporary called “Introducing Gabriel Johnson” on September 25, supported with a record release party on September 20 at Catalina’s Bar & Grill and a Tonight Show debut on October 10
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB September 13, 2012) – Modern jazz trumpeter, Gabriel Johnson, a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, and an active studio musician who has played and recorded with the likes of Jill Scott, Diddy, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster and B.o.B among others, will release the self-produced Introducing Gabriel Johnson on September 25 on his Sunset Horn imprint. Johnson, whose varied influences range from Miles Davis, to the Stones Throw Records label aesthetic of J-Dilla and Madlib, has created a vibrant wall-of-sound in which he blends the classic with the contemporary, for a sexy, raw, hip hop infused work. Johnson’s modern jazz and hip hop blend provides the perfect backdrop for his trumpet playing to completely shine and take center stage. Continue reading
Songwriter, performer, producer and R&B icon Anita Baker is set to make fans of her romantic style excited with her seventh studio album, Only Forever, which will be released on Blue Note Records/EMI.
The ten track offering lives up to its title, featuring the same classic music that Baker is known for, but with a modern twist.
On Monday, August 6, 2012 at 10:00am ET, Baker will be the first recording artist ever to have an unprecedented premiere on Urban Adult Contemporary Radio for all Clear Channel stations as they play her single “Lately” every hour on the hour. The single is out digitally everywhere on August 7th. Continue reading
Jackiem Joyner -][- CHURCH BOY – [Artistry Music, 2012] –
Born in Norfolk VA and raised in a single-parent household in Buffalo NY, Jackiem Joyner came through the church choir before taking up the saxophone in high school. After high school Joyner returned to Norfolk. There Bishop Michael Patterson of the World Harvest Outreach Ministries in Newport News made him head of the music department. Joyner not only sharpened his musical and production skills in this capacity, he also had a chance to play for audiences in Nigeria, Sudan and Kenya on a Missions trip in 2002. Continue reading
Brian Hogans, Chris Turner, Composer, Corey King, David Linaburg, DL Media, Electronic, Gabriel Wallace, Jean Caze, Jesse Fischer, Keyboardist, ObliqSound, Producer, Psychedelia, Rachel Eckroth, Shawn Banks, Soloman Dorsey
Ambitious Project Ties Together Jazz, Electronic, Soul, Classical, Psychedelia, and World Music
Stream Tracks from Retro Future
What did the future used to look like? The space-age exploration of the Mad Men era? The free love and flower power of the hippies? The technological utopia of the early Internet pioneers? The promise of today’s era of global interconnectedness? With each new generation of dreamers, a new future is imagined, and when the future actually arrives, it ends up both stranger and more interesting than we could have imagined. Continue reading
ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT + Black Radio Recovered:
The Remix EP Coming October 9th! Robert Glasper’s breakout year heads into a busy autumn with the keyboardist announcing the of Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP. The 6-track EP, produced by Glasper, features remixed and previously unreleased tracks from his acclaimed album Black Radio.
Remixers include Glasper, as well as ?uestlove, 9th Wonder, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Pete Rock, with contributions from rappers Black Milk and Phonte, The Roots band, and vocalist Solange Knowles. Continue reading