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November will see the worldwide release of Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression, the first official illustrated history of Blue Note Records, authored by Richard Havers and including forewords by Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper, and Blue Note President Don Was. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, the beautiful 400-page hardcover book celebrates over seven decades of extraordinary music, and Blue Note’s ongoing commitment to “Uncompromising Expression,” the tenet set forth by founder Alfred Lion, a German immigrant who came to America to pursue his dreams and his love of music.

Tracing the evolution of jazz from the boogie woogie and… Continue reading

Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was 75.

The_Crusaders_1977Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Friday evening at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, his manager, Patrick Rains, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Sample began playing the piano when he was five years old. He was a student of the organist and pianist Curtis Mayo.

In high school in the 1950s, Sample teamed up with two friends, saxophonist Wilton Felder and drummer “Stix” Hooper, to form a group called… Continue reading

Pianist Boyd Lee Dunlop died peacefully December 27, 2013 just after midnight at Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Buffalo, New York. Dunlop leaves his legacy to his children, grand children, great grandchildren and many fans. He is also survived by his brother the legendary jazz drummer Frankie Dunlop.

The Boyb Lee Dunlop Story

Residing in a Buffalo nursing home since 2007 he was ‘rediscovered’ by photographer Brendan Bannon who befriended the octogenarian musician and helped him record Boyd’s Blues in 2011.

With stories in the New York Times and NPR the word was out about this remarkable pianist, the… Continue reading

Her name is legendary. Her music is timeless. Her voice possesses rich warmth that soothes your ears and holds you close. She is Lalah Hathaway. Her 2013 collaboration on the song, “Something” earns Hathaway a GRAMMY® nomination alongside the genre-bending band Snarky Puppy for Best R&B Performance.

In 1990, Lalah originally recorded “Something,” written by Brenda Russell and David Foster. Snarky Puppy‘s drummer, Sput was a fan of her version, and decided to create his own arrangement. He asked Lalah to join the group on the song, and the result is a GRAMMY® nomination… Continue reading

The Concord Music Group is proud to announce that “Missing You,” a track from the late George Duke’s DreamWeaver album, has won a Soul Train Award in the category of Best Contemporary Jazz Performance. The 2013 Soul Train Awards, which acknowledge the achievements of today’s most famed entertainers, were held on November 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and an array of Concord Music Group’s brightest stars were nominated, including Duke, George Benson, Boney James and Dave Koz. Koz presented Duke’s award to his sons, Rashid Duke and John Shiffer. Benson also presented an award. The Soul… Continue reading

Veteran jazz, R&B, funk and fusion keyboard virtuoso George Duke has died at age 67 at St. John’s hospital in L.A. This news comes after a difficult period for the acclaimed keyboardist and composer whose wife Corine passed away just over a year ago.

Individually, they are three titans of contemporary music: Rick Braun, the gifted trumpeter/flugelhornist with the golden voice; GRAMMY® Award-winning tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum, the Memphis-born wunderkind who mixes Beale Street, gospel, the blues and bop; and Norman Brown, the GRAMMY®-winning guitarist who brings a Louisiana lilt to his Wes Montgomery/George Benson influenced six-string soulful strut. They came together eleven years ago as the supergroup known as BWB and their historic album Groovin’, made them one of the most sought-after groups at that time.

This terrific triad reassembles with the June 18, 2013 release of Human Nature on Heads Up International,… Continue reading

At the age of 67, world renowned Jazz-Folk singer Terry Callier passed away October 28th in a Chicago hospital after a long battle with throat cancer.

Callier was born in the North Side of Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in the Cabrini–Green housing area. He learned piano, was a childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield, Major Lance and Jerry Butler, and began singing in doo-wop groups in his teens. In 1962 he took an audition at Chess Records, where he recorded his debut single, “Look at Me Now”.At the same time as attending college, he then began performing in folk clubs… Continue reading

Mike Clark, legendary drummer and former member of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters band, can now add another name to his illustrious music career as the Funk Wizard of Manhattan. In addition to producing his new discovery, singer/nu-hip spoken word artist Tony Adamo‘s CD, Clark brought in four members of the Headhunters – Bill Summers, percussion; Rob Dixon, horns; Richie Goods, Bass; Derrick Gardner, trumpet – to play and finish out the recording.

Final mix day on Tony Adamo’s new CD is in late July 2012. Mike Clark producing Tim Ouimette mixing and pushing buttons. It is a really new concept–Oakland… Continue reading

Portland, OR Bassist Esperanza Spalding won the Grammy for Best New Artist at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards held Feb. 13th, 2011 at the Staples Center in L.A., beating out Hip Hop hopefuls Drake and tween sensation Justin Beiber.

When asked about thanking her teachersduring her acceptance speech she said “I was speaking to many, many, many teachers. I started playing music when I was 5, so I don’t think you’ll want me to go through all the teachers, but in particular … Greg McKelvey, Hazel DiLorenzo, Dorothy McCormick, Ken Baldwin, all my teachers at Portland State University and Berklee.”… Continue reading

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