Verve Records Celebrates 60 Years
Label will Celebrate Landmark Anniversary
with Releases Throughout the Year
One of the most prestigious labels in the history of jazz, Verve Records will celebrate its 60th anniversary throughout 2016 with a trove of historic reissues and stunning new collections from its legendary archives. The release schedule constitutes a who’s-who of jazz legends, including such pioneers as Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Smith, Stan Getz, and the label’s heart and soul, Ella Fitzgerald.
NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron to Release
First Album with Longstanding Trio, Book of Intuition,
Featuring Kiyoshi Kitagawa and Johnathan Blake
Available March 4 on impulse! Records
Remarkably, while piano maestro Kenny Barron has recorded more than 40 albums as a leader and countless others as a valued sideman, he had never documented his impressive working trio of bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa, with him for 20 years, and drummer Johnathan Blake, onboard for the past 10 years.
THIRTEEN’s “American Masters” Celebrates Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend Fats Domino During Black History Month on PBS
Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll premieres nationally on the legendary performer’s 88th birthday Friday, February 26 at 10 p.m. (check local listings)
NEW YORK, Jan. 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Fats Domino was one of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s. His achievements and record sales during that time were rivaled only by Elvis Presley. With his boogie-woogie piano playing rooted in blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz, he became one of the inventors, along with Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard of a revolutionary genre of music, rock ‘n’ roll.
THIRTEEN’s American Masters Tells the Story of Legendary Bluesman B.B. King During Black History Month on PBS
B.B. King: The Life of Riley premieres nationally Friday, February 12 at 9 p.m. (check local listings)
NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. From his roots as a sharecropper’s son, working in the cotton fields of Mississippi, he rose to become a living legend — the most renowned blues singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer of the past 40 years — earning the moniker ‘King of the Blues’.
LA Reid, Chairman & CEO, Epic Records and three-time Grammy -winning producer is set to release his first-ever memoir, Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next (Harper Collins – Feb. 2, 2016)
SING TO ME is a stunning record of LA Reid’s life and career, featuring over 100 of his personal photos.
LA Reid is a rare breed among record producers — not only one of the most accomplished and innovative figures working behind the scenes in the music industry, but a celebrity presence in his own right.
Fresh off their Soul Train performance R&B trio After 7 return with the new Babyface & Daryl Simmons produced single “I Want You,” a smooth uptempo groove currently riding high on Billboards Adult R&B Songs Chart
TAKE A LISTEN BELOW!
(Los Angeles, California – December 12, 2015) It’s been said that true talent never dies. And in the midst of a classic R&B revival, the original group line up of platinum R&B vocal trio After 7 makes a remarkably dynamic return with their unmistakable sound.
LEGENDARY ORGANIST DR. LONNIE SMITH
RETURNS TO BLUE NOTE FOR JANUARY 29 RELEASE OF EVOLUTION
HIS FIRST ALBUM FOR ICONIC LABEL SINCE 1970
Dr. Lonnie Smith is set to release his first Blue Note album in 45 years with the January 29 release of Evolution. The album marks the return of the legendary Hammond B-3 organ master to the label where he first made a name for himself in the late 1960s, first as a sideman with saxophonist Lou Donaldson on albums including Alligator Bogaloo, and soon after as a leader with his own soul-jazz classics such as Think! and Turning Point.
UMe Celebrates B.B. King’s 90th Birthday With Release Of Three Classic Albums On Vinyl, remastered Classics For Digital Including Out Of Print Crown Catalog
Legendary ‘King of the Blues’ will be remembered with vinyl/digital reissues of Live At The Regal, Live In Cook County Jail and first-ever LP version of two — Deuces Wild, featuring famous collaborators, as well as early classics from Modern/Crown Records
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The world of music lost one of its all-time legends when the great blues guitarist B. B. King passed away on May 14, at the age of 89. Accolades and tributes came not only from fans but fellow musicians who were influenced by the Mississippi-born son of sharecroppers, who virtually popularized the genre that spawned rock ‘n’ roll.
The Legendary Force MD’s On TV One’s Unsung September 9th 8pm. Enjoy Their Magical Journey
Sept. 1, 2015 – PRLog –Perhaps no group embodies the spirit of classic eighties Hip-Hop R&B soul more than the iconic and unstoppable Force MD’s. Anyone who has attended a Force MD’s show knows that from the first words of “Tender Love” “Here I lay all alone…” the whole crowd is instantly unified, swaying arm in arm, passionately singing the soundtrack of their lives.
Award-Winning Triple reat Entertainer Elijah Rock Shifts Focus To Music
With Unique Contemporary Gershwin Salute On Heels of Hit Musical
IndieGoGo-Funded EP “Gershwin for the Soul” Traditional Jazz Pop Project To Be Recorded In September With Band Headed By Musical Director/Pianist Kevin Toney Featuring All-Star Musicians John B. Williams (bass) – Terry Wollman (guitar) Greg Paul & Rayford Griffin (drums)
(Los Angeles, CA – August 10, 2015) Long-dedicated to upholding and aligning himself with the first class carriage and aesthetic of timeless entertainers from the past, singer/actor/dancer Elijah Rock is in the final stages of preparation to bring a contemporary and decidedly African American twist to the music of George & Ira Gershwin with his forthcoming recording project, Gershwin for the Soul.