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Documentary Film “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Coming to DVD/Blu-Ray on Sept. 2nd, 2016

Miss Simone
~SEPTEMBER 2, 2016~
New York, NY (July 25, 2016)—Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary at the 2016 Oscars®, Best Music Film at the 2016 Grammy Awards, and winning Best Documentary at the American Film Institute Awards in 2016, documentary film What Happened, Miss Simone? connected with critics and fans alike with its deep examination of the legendary Nina Simone.

N 2 The Dawn: Honoring The Artist 4ever 2 B Known As Prince

Prince - 2015
N 2 The Dawn: Honoring The Artist 4ever 2 B Known As Prince
Artist Reflections by A. Scott Galloway
April 24, 2016
Prince was the most profoundly voracious and prolific musician across a purple-hued spectrum of styles – a singular melting pot of Soul, Rock, Jazz, Blues and Pop of his own Paisley Funk creation. Beginning by teaching himself to play big band great Neal Hefti’s cool, driving theme to the TV show “Batman” on piano, Prince Rogers Nelson evolved into a wunderkind genius who fluently mastered keyboards, drums, electric bass and – most magnificently – guitar, with a multi-octave vocal range that stretched from his natural hushed speaking baritone to a crystalline falsetto so pure that the Gemini gave it her own name: “Camille.”

Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Premieres on PBS Feb. 26th, 2016 During Black History Month

Fats Domino
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.

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi to Open March 5th, 2016 | 1st Built Outside of Los Angeles

Grammy Museum in Miss. - 2016
28,000-Square-Foot Music Museum to Mark the First GRAMMY Museum Outside Los Angeles
CLEVELAND, MISS. (Feb. 1, 2016) — GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi will officially open its doors to the public on Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Cleveland, Miss. The grand opening will be celebrated with a slate of activities from March 3–6 and will mark the first GRAMMY Museum to be built outside of Los Angeles.

The 24th Annual Trumpet Awards, Hosted by Nia Long & Mike Epps | Jan 23rd, 2016

Nia Long
Actors Nia Long And Mike Epps To Co-Host The 24th Annual Trumpet Awards, Sponsored By American Family Insurance
Mike Epps
ATLANTA, Jan. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Trumpet Awards Foundation and title sponsor American Family Insurance present the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards, to celebrate and honor history-making entertainment, humanitarian, political and philanthropic individuals.

Dionne Warwick’s 75th Birthday Party Brings Out The Stars | Announces Launch of The Dionne Warwick Foundation

Dionne Warwick - 2015
One by one, they gathered. Stars of Broadway, film and TV, alongside music superstars and politicians alike to honor the 75th birthday of Dionne Warwick-mother, friend, humanitarian, and icon. Convened in secret, in the private dining room of Mr. Chow’s restaurant in New York, they waited for a woman who has achieved more in her 75 years than one could with two lifetimes.

Patrice Rushen and Other Alumni Honor Teachers at L.A.’s Locke High School for Music Building Dedication

Patrice Rushen, Drummer Raymond Pounds and More Salute Mentors at Locke High School Music Building Dedication Ceremony in Los Angeles
Ceremonial Reflections and Photos by A. Scott Galloway
On Saturday afternoon November 7, 2015, Locke High School in South Central Los Angeles dedicated its music building to three gentlemen instrumental in making that location the ground zero training workshop for some of L.A.’s finest musical achievers. Those music educators are Don Dustin, Frank Harris and Reggie Andrews. As Master of Ceremonies William Allen Young stated that afternoon, these men instilled within their students, “If you want to be the best, you’ve got to BEAT the best!”
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The Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition and All Star Gala Concert Honoring Quincy Jones | Nov. 14-15, 2015

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Semifinalists Selected for 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition – Taking Place November 14-15 in Los Angeles
Weekend Includes All-Star Gala Concert Honoring Quincy Jones with Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Seth MacFarlane, Andy Garcia, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Arturo Sandoval, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau & More
Washington, D.C.—The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is pleased to announce that 11 semifinalists have been selected to participate in the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition, which will be held November 14-15 in Los Angeles.

Legendary Soul Singer Charles Wright Pens First In Series of Autobiographies “UP FROM WHERE WE’VE COME”

Charles Wright - Up from where we've come
Soul Music Great CHARLES WRIGHT Pens First In Series of Autobiographies “UP FROM WHERE WE’VE COME”
Inaugural Book Details 56 Chapters of Racism and Hardship
The Wright Family Faced As Sharecroppers Near Clarksdale,
Mississippi Circa The ’40s
Book Includes a Glowing and Empathetic Foreword by Little Richard
Los Angeles, CA — October 5, 2015 — While fans of Soul Music great Charles Wright are accustomed to hearing the singer/songwriter/guitarist shout “Express Yourself ” on oldies radio, in movies and dozens of television commercials, the multi-talented messenger has taken up his pen to complete the first in a planned series of autobiographies that detail his profound life story as a southern Black man that miraculously brought himself from poverty to prosperity.

The NAMM Foundation to Invest $600,000 in Grant Funding to Special Music Education Programs

NAMM Foundation
NAMM Foundation Grants $600,000 to Global Nonprofit Music Making and Music Education Programs
Foundation’s grants support efforts that further NAMM’s vision of a world in which the joy of making music is a precious element of daily living for everyone
CARLSBAD, Calif., June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In 2015, the NAMM Foundation will invest $600,000 in grant funding into 17 global music making programs. This year’s list of grant recipients includes community, national and industry-based organizations that provide access to quality music education and increase interest and participation in making music across the lifespan.