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Jazz Legend Gerald Wilson Passes Away…

Gerald Wilson
photo credit: Anna Webber
Beloved Multi-Instrumentalist Gerald Wilson Passes Away – Monday, September 8, 2014
Gerald Wilson, beloved conductor, bandleader, composer, educator, and multi-instrumentalist, passed away in his Los Angeles home on Monday, September 8, 2014 after being diagnosed with pneumonia two weeks earlier. He was 96-years-old.
“Gerald Wilson, who I considered a good friend, was one of the most versatile of men,” says Gretchen Valade, owner of Mack Avenue Records (Wilson’s label since 2007). “He was a composer, had a wonderful band and still remained humble and gentle. The Mack Avenue family will miss him dearly.”

SoBe Entertainment Releases Tribute Track to Nelson Mandela | “Mandela: We Thank You” | LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE!

SoBe Entertainment Releases Tribute Song to Nelson Mandela, 
“Mandela: We Thank You”

In honor of Nelson Mandela, SoBe Entertainment releases tribute song “Mandela: Father of a Nation: We Thank You” to the world.
Miami, FL (PRWE December 08, 2013

On the day after the passing of the iconic leader Nelson Mandela, Cecile D. Barker, Chairman and Chief Executive of SoBe Entertainment International, sat down for an interview. Barker stated: “In 1968 I had the privilege of visiting South Africa and promoting an ‘American R&B Tour’…

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Legendary Producer/Composer to R&B Music Bobby Martin Passes…

Bobby Martin’s Wife Continues Her Husband’s Philadelphia R&B and Soul Music Legacy


PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Bobby Martin, legendary producer, arranger, and composer, best known for his contributions to R&B music and the Sound of Philadelphia as well as arranging the theme song to “Soul Train” has passed away, but his legacy continues through the efforts of his wife, Bessie Martin, and Martin’s grandson and Personal Manager, Miguel Martin.

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George Duke: An Appreciation by A. Scott Galloway

From Adderley to Zappa…and All the Space Between:
An Appreciation of George Duke

by A. Scott Galloway
Some losses leave unfathomable fissures in the foundation of family, community and industry. The transition of George Duke at age 67 from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is such a loss. The proof lies in the first 48 hours of homage that swept across social media – emanating as much from the hearts of folks who knew him as among the warmest, funniest and most generous of men to walk the earth as from musicologists who strained to mainline the panoramic palette of his musical breadth and depth. The passing of George Duke demands that one ponder long and hard of the experience, wisdom, perspective and personality that has ascended. Yet voluminous traces have been left behind for generations to study and enjoy long into the future. It is “the future” that the electric keyboard and synthesizer wizard always had his third eye locked on…heart anchored in ancient reveries of Afro-acoustic ivories…and The Spirit ever in it.
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Music Legend George Duke Dies at 67…



GRAMMY® Award-winning keyboardist/composer/arranger/producer George Duke has died in Los Angeles at age 67. He was battling and being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

With almost a half a century career, Duke was one of the world’s most prolific jazz legends.

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Legend James Brown May Win Back $100M Estate | Bulk to Benefit Education of Poor Children

Singer James Brown Battles Attorney General and Family Posthumously With Irrevocable Trust and May Win Back His $100M Estate to Benefit Needy Kids States

After his death, James Brown’s irrevocable trusts took on his children, his girlfriend and the Attorney General of South Carolina and won. His dying wish to have the bulk of his estate to go to the education of poor children in the community will be fulfilled.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 21, 2013

On February 27th, 2013, the Supreme Court of South Carolina [In re: Estate of Brown, 022713 SCSC, 27227, (2013)] decided part of the $100 million estate settling saga of James Brown and his irrevocable trust’s against his girlfriend, Tommie Rae Hynie, five of his six children and the Attorney General of South Carolina.

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Funeral Service for Richard Allen Street (Former Member of The Temptations)

by Richard Allen Street (former The Temptations member) Funeral Service    BUENA PARK, Calif., March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — For Immediate release From Mrs. Cynthia Street I would like to announce funeral arrangements for my Husband former Temptation Richard A. Street have been finalized.  The public viewings will be held …