Jose James New Music + Summer Tour Dates

Jose James New Music + Summer Tour Dates

Jose James is on tour to accompany his soon to be released CD entitled “While You Were Sleeping” catch him in a city near you. While you’re Sleeping is due out 6.10.14.

June 3 – De Oosterpoort – Groningen, Netherlands
June 5 – Concertgebouw – Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 7 – Duketown Jazz Festival – Den Bosch, Netherlands
June 8 – Middelburg Jazz Festival – Middelburg, Netherlands
June 12 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
June 15 – Playboy Jazz Festival @ Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
June 18 – SFJAZZ – San Francisco, CA
June 21 – Charline McCombs Empire Theatre – San Antonio, TX
June 22 – Empire Control Room – Austin, TX
June 24 – The Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX
June 25 – Chene Park Riverfront Ampitheatre – Detroit, MI
June 26 – The Pour House – Raleigh, NC
June 28 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
June 30 – Montreal Jazz Festival @ Club Soda – Montreal, Canada
July 3 – The Sugar Club – Dublin, Ireland
July 4 – Love Supreme Festival – East Sussex, United Kingdom
July 7 – Scala – London, United Kingdom
July 10 – Clamores Jazz – Madrid, Spain
July 11 – Canaray Islands Jazz Festival – Canary Islands, Spain
July 12 – Fuereventura – Canary Islands, Spain
July 13 – Cool Jazz Festival – Lisbon, Portugal
July 15 – Luxor – Cologne, Germany
July 18 – Pori Jazz Festival – Pori, Finland
July 19 – Gent Jazz – Gent, Belgium
July 22 – Cotton Club – Tokyo, Japan
July 23 – Motion Blue – Yokohama-Shi, Japan
July 25 – Blue Note – Tokyo, Japan
July 26 – Blue Note – Tokyo, Japan
July 27 – Blue Note – Tokyo, Japan
July 29 – Blue Note – Nagoya, Japan
July 30 – Club Quattro – Osaka, Japan

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Georgia Anne Muldrow set to release first rap EP!

Georgia Anne Muldrow set to release first rap EP!

artworks-000081143609-tcqjtd-t500x500SomeOthaShip Connect presents the first official rap album from acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer Georgia Anne Muldrow. Best known for her politically and spiritually charged vocals as a singer, Georgia showcases her lyrical ability as a rapper on this debut 5 song EP. The album is produced entirely by Danish producer Kriswontwo and features 5 original songs + all 5 instrumentals. The album is set for release June 24th, 2014.

“She’s incredible. She’s like Flack, Nina Simone, Ella, she’s something else. She’s like a religion.” – Mos Def

“no current musician can write an introspective spiritual like Georgia Anne Muldrow, and her influence on Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and many others proves she’s on the cusp of becoming a major artist.” – Spin Magazine

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Avery Sunshine Releases “The SunRoom”

Avery Sunshine Releases “The SunRoom”

UnknownAvery Sunshine’s highly anticipated album “The SunRoom” is available now and she does not disappoint! If you have ever been blessed enough to see her perform live, then you know what to expect on this record. Her vocals are strong and unique and to see her is to feel her! We are big fans of this lady and you need this record in your life! Avery is currently touring and if you see her coming to your city then you should not miss the experience ! You can purchase her new cd right here.

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Lil John Roberts-Heartbeat is available today!

Lil John Roberts-Heartbeat is available today!

51Jz9WXjCeL._SL500_AA280_I pre-ordered this cd and was anticipating that it would be everything I wanted it to be, and it is much more than I could have ever hoped for. I love this record for many reasons, the guest appearances on this record are too many to list but trust me when I tell you that you need this record in your collection.  and I am so glad that 2014 has proven to be a year of lots of dope releases! If you are not familiar with Lil John Roberts, he is one of the most sought after Jazz and R & B Drummers of his generation, John “Lil’ John” Roberts has maintained his status in the industry as the ultimate heartbeat. A native of Philadelphia, John quickly became noted as a child prodigy, playing along side Christian McBride and Joey Defranceso at the age of 16. Collectively, the trio was also a part of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, a project created and directed by Wynton Marsalis, composed of 22 of the countries best young jazz musicians.

John’s formal studies began in 1991 when he was awarded a full scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. John studied at Berklee for two years where he then left to further pursue his touring career starting with R & B and Hip Hop artist Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (Will Smith). Afterwards he went on to tour with Dionne Farris, Xscape, Monica, The Goodie Mob, and Joi and soon after that was called to fill the shoes of drummer Jonathan Moffet touring with Janet Jackson at the very early age of 23. John completed three successful tours with Janet Jackson that opened the doors to a whole new world of opportunities.

Having worked and recorded numerous records with George Howard who turned him onto the Contemporary Jazz Circuit. John found himself working nonstop with Jazz artists such as Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Najee, George Benson, Rachelle Ferrelle, Jonathan Butler, Everette Harp, Boney James, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Kirk Whalum, Bob Baldwin, Eric Essix, Rick Braun, Gabriela Anders and Gerald Albright, to name a few.

His list of credits also include many of the industries greatest such as: Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Prince, Sheila E, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Al Green, BB King, Paula Abdul, Yolanda Adams, Ne-Yo, Bruce Parham, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Patti Labelle, Juanita Bynum, India.Arie, Queen Latifah, Joss Stone, Raphael Saadiq, Lucy Pearl, Musiq Soulchild (Musical Director), Jill Scott, Kindred, Bilal, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dog, The Time, Frank McComb, Mos Def, Common, Earth, Wind and Fire, again, and a host of others.

John’s television credits include: Houseband drummer for the Monique Show, The Queen Latifah Show, The Ray Charles Tribute Live at the Staples Center, Tribute to Quincy Jones, American Idol, The American Music Awards, MTV Awards, Billboard Awards, Image Awards, The Trumpet Awards, VH1 Fashion Awards, BET Soultrain Awards, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Chris Rock Show, Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, Good Morning America, Good Day Atlanta, Jimmy Kimmel, Arsenio Hall, The View, Saturday Night Live, the Pre Grammy Show and most recently 2 Seasons of BET’s Sunday Best. Apollo Live, BET’s Comicview, 2013 TLC Performances and Stevie Wonder’s A House Full of Toys holiday concert.

After writing producing with various Jazz and Funk Artists such as Walter Beasley, Rachelle Ferrelle, as well as his band “The Chronicle” and completing records with Anita Baker and Kirk Whalum, John has concentrated his efforts on his debut album, Heartbeat set to be released June 2014. Heartbeat will feature friends of Lil’ John such as Stokley of Mint Condition, Eric Roberson, Robert Glasper, Anthony David and a number of up & coming artists.

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Maya Angelou Passes Away

Maya Angelou Passes Away

Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou was found dead in her Winston-Salem, N.C., home Wednesday morning. She was 86.

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Jones confirmed Angelou’s death to Fox News. Police reportedly were at her home investigating. A press conference is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. ET.

maya 3Angelou, who rose from poverty as child raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Ark., to become a cultural icon, gained widespread acclaim for her first book, her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller.

In 1998, she directed the film “Down in the Delta” about a drug-wrecked woman who returns to the home of her ancestors in the Mississippi Delta. She was the poet chosen to read at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993. She wrote and read an original composition, “On the Pulse of Morning,” which became a million-seller.

Major League Baseball announced last week that Angelou would not attend its 2014 Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she was to be honored, due to health concerns. Angelou also canceled an event in April in Fayetteville, Ark., because of an “unexpected ailment” that sent her to the hospital.

“Dr. Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world, including countless students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest, where she served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982,” Wake Forest University said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Angelou’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis on April 4, 1928, Angelou was raised in Stamps, Ark., and San Francisco, moving back and forth between her parents and grandmother. She was reportedly sent to California after sassing a white store clerk in Arkansas and, at other times, did not speak at all. She was raped by her mother’s boyfriend at age 7 and did not speak for years afterward, instead learning by reading and listening.

“I loved the poetry that was sung in the black church: ‘Go down Moses, way down in Egypt’s land,'” Angelou told The Associated Press. “It just seemed to me the most wonderful way of talking. And ‘Deep River.’ Ooh! Even now it can catch me. And then I started reading, really reading, at about 7 1/2, because a woman in my town took me to the library, a black school library. … And I read every book, even if I didn’t understand it.”

By age 9, Angelou was writing poetry and became a single mother by 17. In her early 20s, she danced at a strip club, ran a brothel and married Enistasious Tosh Angelos (her first of three husbands) before divorcing. By her mid-20s, she performed alongside another future star — Phyllis Diller — at the Purple Onion in San Francisco. She also spent a few days with Billie Holiday, who was astute enough to tell her: “You’re going to be famous. But it won’t be for singing.”maya

Angelou later renamed herself for the stage, choosing her childhood nickname before touring in “Porgy and Bess” and Jean Genet’s “The Blacks” and dancing alongside Alvin Ailey. She also worked for years in Egypt and Ghana, where she met Malcolm X and remained close to him until his assassination in 1965. Three years later, Angelou helped the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., organize a march in Memphis, Tenn., where the civil rights leader was killed on Angelou’s 40th birthday.

Angelou was little known outside of the theatrical community until “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” which was published in 1969. The memoir was occasionally attacked as “manipulative” melodrama and her passages on rape and teen pregnancy have made it a mainstay on the American Library Association’s list of works that draw complaints from parents and educators.

maya angelo 1“‘I thought that it was a mild book. There’s no profanity,” Angelou told the AP. “It speaks about surviving, and it really doesn’t make ogres of many people. I was shocked to find there were people who really wanted it banned, and I still believe people who are against the book have never read the book.”

Angelou would later appear on several television programs, including the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries “Roots.” She was also nominated for a Tony Award in 1973, won three Grammys her spoken-word albums and received an honorary National Book Award in 2013 for her contributions.’s Joshua Rhett Miller and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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