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December 2011

Soul-Jazz Singer Annette Harris Debuts New CD, “When We Dance” | Available NOW!

Sultry Soul-Jazz Singer Annette Harris Debuts New Disc, “When We Dance” | Available NOW! The most influential person in Annette’s life was her mother who cultivated and encouraged her artistic expression through music. As her talent developed, she fell in love with the melodies, lyrics and freedom of jazz. Annette …

Singer Charles Hammond Jr. to Release New EP, “Hello, My Name Is…” | Coming in 2012

Look out for the new Charles Hammond Jr. Release – “Hello, My Name Is…” (EP)


Scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2012, the debut EP from singer/songwriter Charles Hammond Jr. simply titled, “Hello, My Name Is…”
will serve as a musically diverse, yet cohesive introduction to an
artist who is just beginning to spread his wings both musically and
personally. Since early childhood, Charles has known that music would
always play a major part in his life. It is because of this awareness,
hard work, perseverance, and faith in God, that he has been afforded a
variety of professional opportunities, a list that continues to grow
each year. 


has been a featured artist and has served as a backup vocalist on
several recording projects for a variety of local (Midwest) and
nationally renowned artists within the musical genres of jazz, hip-hop,
soul/r&b, pop, gospel, classical, and more. To continue, please click “MORE”!

Geri Allen’s “A Child Is Born” Used as Soundtrack in Short Film, “A Gift”


Watch A Gift on YouTube


Motéma Music is proud to announce its collaboration with Media Voices for Children
on a short film titled A Gift. Produced by Media Voices, the project is a new cultural music video set to music from jazz pianist Geri Allen’s new Christmas album, A Child Is Born (released on Motéma, October 11). Now available for viewing on YouTube, the filmmakers and Allen present the film as a gift to the public during this holiday season. In return, the public is encouraged to make donations to Media Voices and/or Media Voice’s project, Kenyan SchoolHouse (both non-profit initiatives). Donors who donate $100 or more will receive a gift of Allen’s album. To Continue, please click “MORE”!

LISTEN to Song Samples from Singing Melody’s New CD, “They Call Me Mr. Melody” | Coming Jan. 17th, 2012

LISTEN to Song Samples from the Upcoming New Album, “They Call Me Mr. Melody” by Singing Melody! With his career as an international reggae recording artist spanning over 20 years, Singing Melody is no doubt in a musical class of his own. Since exploding on the local scene back in …

Santana Trumpeter Bill Ortiz to Release EP, “Winter In America” on Jan. 16th, 2012

Santana Trumpeter Bill Ortiz Readies New Hip-Hop EP “Winter in America” Featuring Many Special Guests
A follow up to his debut solo album From Where I Stand, the new project features conscious emcees such as The Grouch, Zumbi (of Zion I) and K-Maxx, as well as fellow Santana member (and 11 time Grammy Award Winner) Tony Lindsey, and iconic poet/vocalist Linda Tillery, featured with a spoken word performance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Nobel Peace Prize speech.

Will Downing Releases 1st EP, “Yesterday” from a 3 Disc Collection | Available Now!

R&B Crooner Will Downing Releases First CD “Yesterday” from New 3 Disc Collection, “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow”.
Available NOW!

Good Day to all of you from the crew at T.U.M.S.!

The Holiday season is almost over, but not for some of us:

Hit R&B Singing Crooner Will Downing recently released a 4 track special with an EP entitled, “Yesterday” – Part One of a 3 Disc set to be released over the new year of 2012: “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow”. Here’s more info about the discs from Mr. Downing’s website:

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (A Musical Trilogy)…

How does an artist who rose to prominence “yesterday” stay relevant “today” or for that matter “tomorrow”? To continue, please click “MORE”!

Upcoming Jazz Artist Paul Whitley Releases “Versatility” | Available NOW

Jazz Artist Paul Whitley Releases “Versatility” | Available Now!

About Paul Whitley…

 “Versatility”… is more than just the title of his album. An extremely versatile musician, Paul Whitley is fluent in many different styles of music. Ranging from the sounds of Gospel, Neo Soul, R&B, Soft Rock, Contemporary music, to the groove of Jazz. Paul’s humble beginnings started at the age of 8 when he started playing drums. By the time he hit 16 he was playing piano after his father prayed for his hands.

He has performed with a diverse range of artists such as Marvin Sapp, John P. Kee, Byron Cage, Donnie McClurklin, Dorina Clarke-Cole, Maurette Brown-Clark, Jonathan Butler, Wes Morgan, and William Becton, Jazz artist- Steve Cole, Joey Sommerville, Elan Trotman, Lin Roundtree and Walter Beasley. To continue, please click “MORE”!

BET HONORS to Recognize 7 Legends for Outstanding Achievements | To Broadcast in Early 2012

BET Networks Recognizes Phenomenal Individuals Legendary in African-American Culture for Music, Literature, Entertainment, Media, Service and Education Achievements in the Fifth Annual BET Honors

Maya Angelou, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Spike Lee, The Tuskegee Airmen and Beverly Kearney Will Be Honored For Their Achievements On Saturday, January 14, From The Historic Warner Theater In Washington, D.C.

Hosted by Gabrielle Union the BET HONORS Premieres Early 2012

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — In its fifth consecutive year, BET Networks presents BET HONORS, a memorable night celebrating the outstanding achievements of seven extraordinary legends in music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education. Hosted by talented actress Gabrielle Union at the historic Warner Theater in Washington, D.C., BET HONORS celebrates the lifetime contributions and exceptional service of certain individuals to African-American culture in music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education. The star-studded, unforgettable special will premiere during 1st quarter 2012 on BET. To continue, please click “MORE”!

New Jazz Release: Tom Wetmore | “The Desired Effect” (Coming Jan. 17th, 2012)

Jazz Pianist/Composer Tom Wetmore Debuts With “The Desired Effect” On January 17, 2012

buoyant grooves and graceful melodies heard on the forthcoming CD “The
Desired Effect” serve to introduce a fresh new voice in jazz—Tom
Wetmore, whose Crosstown Records will release the pianist/composer’s
exceptional debut, “The Desired Effect, ” on January 17. To continue, please click “MORE”!