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September 2012

Gospel/Jazz Instrumentalist Ben Tankard Nominated for a Soul Train Music Award | Best Contemporary Jazz Artist

Soul Train Awards nominate Ben Tankard – Best Contemporary Jazz Artist of 2012

Gospel/Jazz pioneer Ben Tankard joins Beyonce, Usher, R. Kelly, Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp and more in Las Vegas for a night of Soul and celebration.

NASHVILLE,Tenn., Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Gospel/Jazz instrumentalist, Ben Tankard has been nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist.

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Chrysler & Motown Collaborate for “MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL” | Performances Begin March 11th, 2013

Chrysler Brand and MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL Drive to Broadway!

Chrysler Brand and Motown Celebrate the Heart and Soul of Detroit

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Chrysler brand and producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy are proud to announce an unprecedented relationship with MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL, based on the life of legendary Motown founder and Detroit native Berry Gordy.

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“We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY® Salute To Whitney Houston.” to Air on CBS Nov. 16th, 2012

“We Will Always Love You: A Grammy® Salute To Whitney Houston” Set To Air Nov. 16 On CBS

Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and Usher Are the First Performers Announced for the One-Hour CBS Entertainment Special, Which Pays Tribute to Six-Time GRAMMY® Winner Houston and Tapes Oct. 11 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Five-time GRAMMY® winner Celine Dion, GRAMMY and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Hudson, and seven-time GRAMMY winner Usher are the first performers announced for “We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY® Salute To Whitney Houston.” The one-hour special will celebrate Houston’s life and artistry through interviews and performances from various artists paying homage to the six-time GRAMMY winner, and will include Houston’s own most memorable performances of her career.

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Fourplay’s “Esprit de Four” Debut @ #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart

by Jazz Group Fourplay Reaches #1 on Billboards Contemporary Jazz Charts This Week with “Esprit de Four”! One of contemporary jazz music’s most consistent, enduring groups, Fourplay, struck gold this week on Billboard as they debuted at #1 on the Contemporary Jazz Chart & #2 on the current Jazz Albums …

Harmony Project Launches Academy to Provide Training for Music Students

Harmony Project Launches Academy to Provide Enhanced Training for Promising Music Students from LA Gang Reduction Zones

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Harmony Project announced the launch of the Harmony Project Academy to provide enhanced music training to 98 music students from low-income homes who show exceptional promise, through a $249,918 “Widening the Stage” grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.  The award is renewable annually for the next three years.

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Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist Rob White Releases, “Just Kickin’ It” | Avail Now

Urban Jazz Saxman Rob White Comes Through with Another Release, “Just Kickin’ It” | Available NOW!

“Youth” vs. “Wisdom”. Some may argue that “Youth” wins because it is associated with freshness, vigor and vitality. While others may argue that “Wisdom” prevails because the power of knowledge through experience gains confidence and insight. Rob White’s sophomore release, “Just Kickin’ It” just happens to be the perfect combination of both “Youth” and “Wisdom”.

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Heather Headley Releases “Only One In The World” | Available NOW

Grammy® Award And Tony Award-Winner Heather Headley Releases Only One In The World In Stores And Online Today


NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Grammy® Award and Tony Award-Winner Heather Headley releases her latest CD, Only One In The World. The CD, which bows today, features new songs penned by Headley, R&B hits, familiar favorites and a cut from the upcoming production of The Bodyguard: A New Musical in which Headley makes her London West End debut this fall in Whitney Houston’s role, Rachel Marron. Only One In The World is released by in:ciite Media, distributed by EMI-CMG/EMI Distribution.

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Upcoming R&B Singer Kal’L Drops New Release EP, “Love & Loss” on Oct. 23rd, 2012

R&B Recording Artist Kal’L to release debut EP “Love & Loss” on October 23rd, 2012

R&B singer/songwriter, Kal’L, brings his expressive storytelling ability and unforgettable melodies to the streets with his debut EP, “Love & Loss” on October 23rd, 2012. His music is a modern meeting of the classic Motown R&B of the Jackson 5 and the harmony infused, vocal-heavy pop and R&B music of 90’s artists like Jamie Foxx and NSYNC. Self-produced and written entirely on his own, it showcases his undeniable talent at building a musical experience that takes the listener through a myriad of emotions, with his signature emphasis on being emotionally expressive and telling a story that listeners can relate  to above all else.

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Spanish R&B Singer IreneB Releases 2nd Album, “Welcome Back” | Avail Now

IreneB, the Spaniard R&B singer, releases her second record, Welcome Back, on
sale on September 25th

“What we’re gonna do right here is bring it back, way back, back in time, let’s go”,
that’s how IreneB’s second album starts. A powerful statement that clears up
what’s happening for the next forty five minutes: you´re going to enjoy a tribute that the artist always wanted to do for nineties R&B, that used to rock the charts for the entire decade.

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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Finalists Share Stage with Celebrities, Special Appearances

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Finalists Share Stage With Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Chris Botti and a Host of Others at Gala Concert Honoring Madeleine Albright, Made Possible by Cadillac

Festivities Celebrated “Women, Music and Diplomacy” and Featured Appearances by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Tipper Gore and Helen Mirren

Jamison Ross of Jacksonville, Florida, Wins 2012 Drums Competition

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The 25th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and “Women, Music and Diplomacy” All-Star Gala Concert came to a close with roaring applause and cheers as Tipper Gore joined first place winner Jamison Ross on drums in a rousing finale featuring Thelonious Monk’s classic composition “In Walked Bud.”

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