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Dorthaan Kirk Selected as a 2020 NEA Jazz Master

Dorthaan Kirk, Newark’s First Lady of Jazz,
Selected as a 2020 NEA Jazz Master
Kirk, along with fellow NEA Jazz Masters Bobby McFerrin, Roscoe Mitchell
and Reggie Workman, Will Be Honored at a Special Concert at SF Jazz Center on April 2, 2020
NEW YORK, NY, MAY 22, 2019 – If you missed yesterday’s exciting announcement that DORTHAAN KIRK was named a 2020 NEA Jazz Master for her work as a tireless advocate for Jazz, please click HERE.

National Press Club Hosts Dionne Warwick & Valerie Simpson for Documentary Screening on Hal David, May 20th, 2019

National Press Club Hosts Dionne Warwick and Valerie Simpson for Documentary Screening on Hal David, May 20
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The National Press Club Events Team will host a special dinner and screening of “What the World Needs Now: Words by Hal David,” a PBS documentary tribute to the man who wrote many of the most enduring songs in American popular music, at 6 p.m. Monday, May 20.

Legendary Guitarist Kenny Burrell & Family Need Our Help | GO FUND ME Campaign from Katherine Burrell

Publisher’s Note: T.U.M.S. Readers, please see the urgent message from the wife of legendary jazz guitar player Kenny Burrell, Mrs. Katherine Burrell, below…
My name is Katherine Burrell. I am raising funds for my husband, Kenny Burrell. He is a legendary jazz guitarist who has contributed much to the world of music. Following his 85th birthday concert at Royce Hall, he suffered an accident that led to a two year medical leave.

Kirk Whalum to Host “Kafé Kirk” – A New Monthly Concert Series at Crosstown Theater | Kicks Off June 2nd, 2019

GRAMMY-winning Memphian Kirk Whalum to host new monthly concert series of musical collaborations at Crosstown Theater.
Slate of guests to include Kameron Whalum (Bruno Mars) and Kortland Whalum (of STAX Academy); and GRAMMY nominated artist Jonathan Butler.
Regarded as one of the most prolific and important Memphis musicians of his generation, twelve-time GRAMMY nominee and GRAMMY-winning Memphian Kirk Whalum will host Kafé Kirk, a new monthly series, at Crosstown Theater at Crosstown Concourse on Sunday, June 2 at 6 pm.

Anthony Brown & group therAPy’s “Second Wind” Live Album Recording | May 3rd, 2019

Anthony Brown & group therAPy
Gold-selling artists Erica Campbell and Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Jonathan McReynolds, Kelontae Gavin and More Will Perform!
The biggest names in gospel music are converging on the nation’s capital for the ”Second Wind” (Key of A/Tyscot /FairTrade) live recording of the Grammy® Award nominated act, Anthony Brown & group therAPy.

Music Legend Martha Reeves to Receive Governor’s Fitness Award

Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports have created the Remarkable Women Award to honor Motown legend, Martha Reeves for her steadfast contribution to music, advocacy and community service.
LANSING, Mich. – April 18, 2019 – PRLog — Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports (the Council) will honor Martha Reeves with the Remarkable Woman Award at the annual Governor’s Fitness Awards.

Motown and R&B Legends The Commodores Receive Honors From Two Alabama Cities | Announces Tours Dates for 2019

Motown and R&B Legends The Commodores Receive Honors From Two Alabama Cities!
Los Angeles – One of the greatest Motown and R&B / funk artists of all time, The Commodores’ Walter “Clyde” Orange, James Dean “JD” Nicholas and William “WAK” King have influenced both artists young and old and in all genres with their classic songs.

U.S. Postal Service Honors Marvin Gaye with New Commemorative Forever Stamp

U.S. Postal Service Salutes ‘Prince of Soul’
Marvin Gaye Forever Stamp on Sale Nationwide Today
LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On what would have been Marvin Gaye‘s 80th birthday, the U.S. Postal Service today honored the music legend with the dedication of a new commemorative Forever stamp during a first-day-of-issue ceremony at the Greek Theatre, where he once performed.

Bruno Mars & Steve Harvey Join Line Up for Beloved Benefit in Atlanta on March 21st, 2019

Bruno Mars, Steve Harvey Join Line Up for Beloved Benefit in Atlanta
Inaugural Beloved Benefit to raise funds for nonprofits working to revitalize historic Westside neighborhoods
ATLANTA, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Two of the biggest names in music and entertainment are joining forces on March 21 to help raise funds to support nonprofit organizations working to revitalize the historic Westside of Atlanta.

VP Records Releases New Tribute Collection, “Reggae Mandela” (Vinyl, 2 CD & Digital) on Feb 8th, 2019

Available on Vinyl, Double CD & all Digital platforms February 8, 2019
NEW YORK, NY – VP Records celebrates the life and legacy of the South African leader, Nelson Mandela, 100 years after his birth and 25 years after his election in April 1994 as President of South Africa.