ANTOINE GIBSON – ‘I-20 EAST’

Saxophonist/Arranger Antoine Gibson began his musical journey in 2004. Antoine graduated from FAMU in May of 2015. He currently lives in Atlanta working as a professional musician, arranger, and educator. His debut studio album titled Tales From The Eastside released in 2022.

His latest release is "I-20 East", available now.

REBECCA JADE – ‘INSANE’

Rebecca Jade is an accomplished singer/songwriter and has been able to turn her love for music into a career for close to two decades. Growing up in a musical home, she had been exposed at to a broad range of artists, genres and styles from her mother, who is also a vocalist. With such influences, it seems a natural progression that Rebecca has followed in her footsteps.

Rebecca's new single off her album A Shade of Jade is "Insane", going for adds July 22.

JAREZ FT. JULIAN VAUGHN – ‘COMING BACK AROUND’

Get ready to turn up the heat with the blazing new single from Jarez, "Coming Back Around", featuring the incredible Julian Vaughn! This hot new track is their second collaboration and it's guaranteed to be a hit.

Don't miss out – download "Coming Back Around" now on all major outlets and let the groove take you higher!

NIEUWE SINGLE ‘BONANOVA’ DOOR SAXOFONIST NANDO PICÓ

‘Bonanova’ is de derde single uit het volgende werk van saxofonist Nando Picó.

Dit nummer sluit een trilogie af die gaat van de geluiden die het dichtst bij souljazz liggen met ‘White Soul’, naar het discofunkgeluid van ‘Aire’, en nu met ‘Bonanova’ duikt Nando in meer "Afro" ritmes, zoals altijd omringd door harmonieën en geluid uit de late jaren '70 en begin jaren ‘80, in de puurste stijl van smooth jazz van die tijd.

Zonder twijfel een zeer geslaagde afsluiter van deze trilogie.

Bij deze gelegenheid wordt samengewerkt met Fer Tejero op piano en Rhodes, J.A Guerra op bas, J.C Olmo op drums en percussie en Toni López op gitaar. Iván Hannon zorgde voor productie en mixen en Josep Roig voor mastering.

 

U kan de single beluisteren op:

https://orcd.co/j3wenkr

LEE JONES & DAVID MARGAM – ‘CITY BEAT’

Cultural influences from Granada and Miami.

Renowned international artists David Margam and Lee Jones are pleased to announce the release of their new single, “City Beat.” This exciting track will be available on all digital platforms starting July 12, 2024.

“We want every note to inspire you to follow your dreams, to never give up, and to find beauty in every corner of your everyday life. “City Beat” is more than a song; it’s a reminder that no matter the challenges, there is always a rhythm in which we can find our way and grow.”

Lee Jones Her album, Watercolors, has remained on the list of best-selling CD releases. Her most popular song, "Once in a Lifetime," has received international jazz radio airplay and online streaming.

www.leejonesmusic.com

 

David Margam is a Spanish guitarist renowned for his mastery in blending musical styles. Hailing from Granada, Margam has developed an international career distinguished by his ability to merge Mediterranean rhythms with contemporary jazz and smooth grooves. His unique style and virtuosity on the guitar have enabled him to collaborate with various renowned artists and captivate audiences worldwide. With a career marked by successes and constant musical innovations, David Margam continues to be an influential figure in the current music scene.

«City Beat» is a vibrant fusion of urban sounds. "City Beat" is a vibrant fusion of urban sounds, combining the rich cultural influences of Granada and Miami. This collaboration has resulted in a unique blend of contemporary jazz, smooth & grooves and Mediterranean rhythms, creating an energetic and captivating musical experience.

www.drfunkproducciones.com

HANK BILAL FT. MICHAEL LINGTON – ‘GROOVE ME’

GRAMMY Nominated trombonist Hank Bilal was born in Winnsboro, South Carolina into a musical family where his uncles on his mother’s side all played instruments and his father played drums professionally. As with many of our southern based musicians Hank Bilal started in church, in the youth choir. Hank Bilal has shared a performance platform with many great artists, from performing on the GRAMMY awards with Aretha Franklin to Gerald Albright, Chaka Khan, Christopher William and The Clark Sisters!

 

Beyond being a veteran trombonist, the GRAMMY Nominated artist is also fluent in other performing areas as a pianists, singer and other brass instruments. Hank's latest release is "Groove Me" featuring Michael Lington, going for radio adds July 15.

GINO ROSARIA – ‘BRING IT ON’

Gino Rosaria, born and raised in Curaçao and now residing in Florida, has made his debut into the Contemporary Jazz scene with a Billboard charting album Still Waters Run Deep. His CD release was a sold out show which left the crowd asking for more! Gino has won several competitions and awards such as the Akademia Music Award for best Funk/Fusion with his Groove Symphony project. Gino has also performed numerous times on national television and on major jazz festivals. In 2023, Gino was inducted into the Akademia Hall of Fame in Los Angeles.

 

Gino's music is charting on many airplay charts, such the Billboard Smooth Jazz airplay chart and the Smooth Jazz Network charts, and can be heard on Jazz stations across the globe, including Sirius XM Radio and iHeart Radio.

FABIAN CHAVEZ IS ‘FLYING’

L.A. native, saxophonist Fabian Chavez grew up with music being the center of his life at home. His early exposure to music led him to his fascination with the drums at age 2, later adding Latin percussion and saxophone as his main instruments. Playing professionally at age 14 with different bands around LA, he knew playing music was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He attended California State University, Northridge where he obtained a Bachelors of Music Degree in saxophone performance with an emphasis in Jazz. 

 

Fabian's new single is titled “Flying,” his first for Adam Hawley’s MBF label. 

LORETTA PERRY PRESENTS HER NEW SINGLE ‘BLUE OCEAN DEEP’ FEATURING PETER PEARSON AND ROCCO VENTRELLA

Demopolis, Alabama, July 9, 2024 – The powerhouse vocalist Loretta Perry proudly unveils her latest single "Blue Ocean Deep," created in collaboration with producer Peter Pearson and saxophonist Rocco Ventrella. The song will be released on July 14, 2024, and is an impressive performance inspired by Perry's stunning voice and Ventrella's soulful saxophone solo.

Peter Pearson, renowned for his compositions of chill-out and piano instrumental music with 39 albums released, added a unique atmosphere to the song with his keyboard arrangements.

The release date of July 14 was consciously chosen to raise awareness on "Shark Awareness Day," an issue supported by Ralf Schulz, also known as JAZZCRUSADER, as a DJ and radio operator. Sharks play a pivotal role in the ecological balance of the oceans and are often misunderstood.

"Blue Ocean Deep" will be distributed via DistroKid and will be available on all major music platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, and YouTube starting July 14.

The production of "Blue Ocean Deep" became a truly international collaboration, featuring Loretta Perry from the United States, Peter Pearson from France, Rocco Ventrella from Italy, and Ralf Schulz from Germany.

Ralf Schulz, celebrating his debut as a songwriter with "Blue Ocean Deep," looks forward to this song carrying its message to a global audience.

Credits:

Vocals: Loretta Perry Keyboards: Peter Pearson Saxophone: Rocco Ventrella Lyrics: Ralf Schulz Distribution: DistroKid Release: July 14, 2024 Recording and mastering by Peter Pearson

 

www.lorettaperry.com

DEEP BRIDGE BRENGT 'PRETTY WOMAN - DE MUSICAL’ VOOR HET EERST NAAR VLAANDEREN

Helle Vanderheyden in de voetsporen van Julia Roberts in musicalcomedy 

Vanaf 23 maart 2025 - Antwerpen, Gent, Hasselt

 

Producent Deep Bridge pakt uit met een absolute primeur en kondigt met trots 'Pretty Woman - De Musical' aan. Deze romantische musicalcomedy, gebaseerd op de iconische film, is vanaf 23 maart 2025 voor het eerst te zien in Vlaanderen. 'Pretty Woman - De Musical', met een gloednieuwe score van de Canadese superster Bryan Adams, geschreven in samenwerking met Jim Vallance, en naar het script van Garry Marshall en J.F. Lawton, speelde reeds met groot succes op Broadway en de West End. De musicalproductie, waarin ook het klassieke Roy Orbison-nummer 'Oh, Pretty Woman' voorkomt, zal bij ons opeenvolgend te zien zijn in Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen, Capitole Gent en Trixxo Theater Hasselt.

Helle Vanderheyden in de voetsporen van Julia Roberts

Vlaamse schone Helle Vanderheyden mag, exact 35 jaar na de première van de film, als 'Pretty Woman' Vivian Ward in de voetsporen treden van Hollywood-legende Julia Roberts. Mighty big shoes - of zeg maar hoge hakken - to fill, maar Helle kijkt er alvast enorm naar uit.

"Wie wil er nu niet, al is het maar voor even, in de mooie schoenen van Julia Roberts staan? Ze is een steengoede actrice en heeft van Vivian Ward echt een iconisch personage gemaakt. From zero to hero, ondanks alle tegenkanting en dat altijd ook op haar eigen, heerlijk complexloze manier. 'Pretty Woman' heeft alleszins geen geheimen voor mij, ik heb de film letterlijk al honderd keer gezien!"
 - Helle Vanderheyden -

Wie de Vlaamse Richard Gere wordt, dat is - net als de rest van de cast -  voorlopig nog een vraagteken.

 

'MAMMA MIA!' uitgesteld

De echte musicalfan zal vast opgemerkt hebben dat de speelperiode en locaties voor 'Pretty Woman' in Vlaanderen gelijk lopen met die van de eerder aangekondigde musical 'MAMMA MIA!'.

Door omstandigheden geheel buiten de wil van  Deep Bridge om, is de producent genoodzaakt om 'MAMMA MIA!' tijdelijk uit te stellen. Deep Bridge hoopt in de nabije toekomst nieuwe data te kunnen bevestigen en kijkt ernaar uit deze te kunnen delen met tickethouders en publiek.

Er werd dus wel meteen creatief geschakeld om de musicalfans een andere lekkernij, zijnde 'Pretty Woman - De Musical', in primeur te kunnen voorschotelen.

Ticketkopers van 'MAMMA MIA!' werden hiervan reeds op de hoogte gebracht.

Tickets & info 'Pretty Woman - De Musical' via deepbridge.be.

EERSTE SYMPTOMEN GREASEVIRUS IN VLAANDEREN – EXTRA SHOWS NIEUWE, VLAAMSE VERSIE HITMUSICAL IN GENT EN HASSELT

Vanaf 12 september 2024 in Antwerpen, Hasselt en Gent.

 

Hoewel de piek pas na de zomer voorspeld wordt, sluipt het Greasevirus nu al Vlaanderen binnen. Paniek hoeft er zeker niet te zijn, want na de eerste meldingen van jeukende dansbenen, een zonnig humeur, dromen over zwoele zomernachten en een onstuitbare drang naar strakke jeans, leren jekkers, brylcream en popcorn, werden de nodige maatregelen getroffen om iedereen van z'n broodnodige injectie Grease te kunnen voorzien.

Naast de eerder aangekondigde voorstellingen van de nieuwe, Vlaamse versie van de hitmusical Grease in Antwerpen, Gent en Hasselt, staan er nu al extra shows van deze onverwoestbare feelgood klassieker gepland in Capitole Gent (za 5 oktober - 15u) en Trixxo Theater Hasselt (za 12 oktober - 15u).

Met o.a. Tinne Oltmans en Danny Dorland als droomkoppel Sandy & Danny, Ruth Beeckmans als Miss Lynch, Lauren De Ruyck als de ruige Rizzo, Pieter Casteleyn als Kenickie en Thomas Van Goethem als Vince Fontaine, ben je alvast verzekerd van een fantastische en doeltreffende Greasekuur tegen deze hardnekkige, maar goedaardige microbe. 

v.l.n.r.voor: Danny Dorland, Tinne Oltmans
achter: Megane Moerenhout, Pieter Casteleyn, Ruth Beeckmans, Nina Rey, Thomas Van Goethem, Dorian Liveyns, Lauren De Ruyck

 

Grease staat garant voor een avond topamusement vol humor, sprankelende dans en heerlijke muziek. Het romantische verhaal van Sandy en Danny, en natuurlijk onsterfelijke hitsingles als You’re The One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Summer Nights en Sandy, in deze swingende productie gebracht in heerlijke Nederlandstalige versies, doen het publiek nog steeds dromen.

Deze meeslepende feelgood klassieker wil je dan ook niet missen, dus let’s go together en bestel nu je tickets via greasemusical.be

Creatives
Producent: Albert Verlinde ism Senf Theaterpartners, JK Theater en House of Entertainment
Regisseur: Servé Hermans
Choreografie: Daan Wijnands
Decor & kostuumontwerp: Joris Van Veldhoven
Ontwerp haar & make-up: Sébastiaan Van Der Ham
Musical supervisor/arrangeur: Ad Van Dijk
Lichtontwerp: Marc Heinz
Geluidsontwerp: Maarten Houdijk
Associate choreografie: Lysanne Van der Sijs
Associate lichtontwerp: Jordy Veenstra
Arrangementen: Marco Braam
Casting Director: Bram Verhaak

ITALIAANSE ZANGER PINO D’ANGIO OVERLEDEN

Met die verfrommelde en onverschillige uitstraling, de eeuwig aangestoken sigaret, was hij een icoon geworden van de Italiaanse discomuziek van de jaren '80. Pino D'Angiò, geboren Giuseppe Chierchia, stierf gisteren, zaterdag, op 71-jarige leeftijd na het verzamelen van internationale successen en met de grote voldoening om zijn beroemdste nummer, 'Ma quale idea'. De afgelopen maanden zag hij het opnieuw een hit worden na de remix van Bnkr44 met wie hij in februari ook een duet speelde op het podium van San Remo. Zijn vrouw Teresa en zoon Francesco maakten het nieuws van de dood van de kunstenaar, oorspronkelijk uit Pompei, bekend: “Helaas heeft papa ons vandaag verlaten, getroffen door een ernstige ziekte die hem binnen een paar weken wegnam. Hij verzette zich veel, zoals hij altijd deed.” In verschillende interviews sprak D'Angiò na het succes van het optreden in San Remo zelf over de talrijke, ernstige ziekten die hem in de loop der jaren hadden getroffen, waaronder keelkanker waarvoor zes operaties nodig waren, vervolgens een hartaanval met hartstilstand en ten slotte nog een longkanker. Gezondheidsproblemen waarop hij altijd moedig reageerde en na gedwongen pauzes zijn artistieke activiteit hervatte - hij was ook stemacteur, acteur en muziekproducent. Zijn kenmerkende schorre stem gaf leven aan wat wordt beschouwd als de eerste Italiaanse rap, 'Ma quale idea', een grote hit uit 1980 die het jaar daarop veertien weken lang bovenaan de Spaanse hitparade bleef staan. In 1981 was het de beurt aan 'Un concerto da strapazzo', altijd gekenmerkt door ironie en onzin, waarin hij een duet voorstelde met de grootste sterren van het lied. Een lange carrière, vele internationale tournees, prestigieuze prijzen. In 2001 was hij de enige Italiaan die de Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in de VS ontving. Ook schreef hij een lied voor Mina, 'Ma chi è quello lì'. In 2022 werd zijn 'Okay Oké' door Amazon gekozen voor Black Friday-commercials in de VS en wereldwijd. In 2023 keerde hij terug op tournee tussen Italië, Zwitserland, Londen en Parijs, waar hij optrad in pubs en clubs. Jonge mensen, die nog niet eens geboren zijn ten tijde van 'Ma quale idea', juichen hem toe, vooral nadat de San Remo-remix een hit op de radio werd. Zijn naam verschijnt, samen met Bnkr44, in de cast van de Tim Summer Hits-aflevering die morgen in prime time wordt uitgezonden op RaiUno: een muzikale uitzending die de afgelopen weken is opgenomen op Piazza del Popolo in Rome en die de aanleiding wordt voor het laatste afscheid van zijn geweldig publiek. De begrafenis is gepland voor dinsdag in Pompei.

KIMBERLY BREWER FT. GERALD ALBRIGHT & MARK KIBBLE – ‘TASTING SUNSHINE’

Kimberly Brewer has ascended the ranks as vivacious and indispensable in multiple genres of music as a singer and songwriter. Her resume, first and foremost, includes touring the world and recording on three albums with the inimitable Stevie Wonder, including “If She Breaks Your Heart,” a solo feature for his Motown soundtrack to director Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever. 

 

Kimberly was also honored to perform an original Christmas duet written by Wonder entitled I Love You More” at the White House during the Clinton administration. She graced concert tours between 2002-2004 with Earth, Wind & Fire (immortalized on their DVD Live in Montreux), toured for two years singing en Español in support of Spanish superstar Julio Iglesias, recorded with Teena Marie, k.d. lang, Vanessa Williams, Will Downing, June Pointer and many others. 

 

Her latest single is a song penned for Lynne Fiddmont, the sensual reminiscence of a most delicious kiss, titled “Tasting Sunshine.” 

MICHAEL CATES – ‘NEWPORT NIGHTS’

Michael Cates is a professional saxophonist, composer, and producer with 3 solo albums to his name. His latest release is "Newport Nights," another testament to his exceptional talent.

 

Cates collaboration with Grammy Award winner Jon Gilutin and the incredible ensemble of musicians he's brought together for this track certainly adds an extra layer of magic.

The rich textures and dynamic performances make "Newport Nights" a truly memorable listening experience.

MARCUS ADAMS FT. RAGAN WHITESIDE – ‘PARTY TIME’

Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. Saxman Marcus Adams harnesses that power with music and melodies that appeal to audiences of music lovers and fellow professionals alike.

 

Since his debut project Suddenly, Contemporary Jazz lovers have found great joy and satisfaction in experiencing the progressive sound and look of Marcus Adams.

 

Adams hot new Summer radio single is "Party Time”, featuring flautist Ragan Whiteside. Going for adds July 8!

GUITARIST JOE TAYLOR CHILLS OUT ON VINYL

“Westside Chill” will be released on vinyl on National Vinyl Record Day; “Jaco’s Court” drops as a single on September 21, the anniversary of Jaco Pastorius’s passing.

 

BENNETTS POINT, SC (1 JULY 2024): Guitarist Joe Taylor successfully reentered the contemporary jazz space earlier this year after a seventeen-year absence with the release of his “Westside Chill” album, showcasing his rootsy blend of instrumental jazz, Americana twang and earthy blues. Now the ten-song set that he wrote and was produced by four-time Grammy winner Steve Rosenthal will be released by Moonwatcher Music on vinyl on National Vinyl Record Day, which is August 12.    

 

“With the release of ‘Westside Chill’ on vinyl, I wanted to take part in the great Vinyl Revival. I’ve always loved the way it sounds and feels when I pull a vinyl record off the shelf, drop the needle, and enjoy the art behind both the music, the cover and the package, experiencing it the way the artist intended. I hope folks will appreciate ‘Westside Chill’ in the same fashion,” said Taylor who is flanked on the album by jazz pianist Jeff Franzel, bassists Woody Lingle and Brian Stanley (Bryan Adams), drummer Steve Holley (Paul McCartney & Wings), percussionist Blair Shotts, and flutist John Ragusa.

 

Taylor spent decades splitting his time between New York City and the South Carolina Lowcountry with both cultures informing his recordings, including “Westside Chill.” In the mid-80s, he used to walk past the basketball court that bass legend Jaco Pastorius played ball on. That memory inspired the tribute tune “Jaco’s Court,” which drops as a single on September 21, the anniversary of the prodigious Pastorious’s passing.

 

“Right down the street from the Blue Note, Jaco used to play pickup basketball on the West Fourth Street Courts. I’d walk by and see him out there balling. That court has now become one of the most important sights in the city for streetball. Perhaps Jaco's spirit lingers there as well," said Taylor who wrote the song with Lingle, who is featured playing lyrical basslines evocative of Pastorious’s style of play on the track. 

 

Taylor now spends all his time living in the placid Lowcountry along South Carolina’s rural coast. Active in the local community, the guitar player will perform a benefit concert at Sunny Side on Edisto on August 2 accompanied by Franzel, Paul Adamy (bass) and Ray Marchica (drums). The show supports the restoration of the historic Hutchinson House, one of the only Black-owned, Reconstruction era plantations in the South. The following night, the quartet will play at Fox Music in N. Charleston, SC.

 

“Westside Chill” and its positive reception have Taylor reinspired and encouraged to build on the momentum. It’s his first album since 2015’s “Sugardust in the Devil Wind” and his first contemporary jazz project since 2007’s “Accidental Sugar.” The New York City-based Franzel, Adamy and Marchica will trek to the Lowcountry ahead of the two South Carolina concert dates to begin recording Taylor’s next collection. Taylor is eager to further explore modern jazz while remaining true to his Southern roots. 

   

The “Westside Chill” album contains the following songs:

“Westside Chill”

“Jaco’s Court”

“Mr. Campbell”

“Menemsha Fog”

“Twenty-Two Rivers”

“She’s The Moon”

“Available Light”

“The Cooper and the Thief”

“The Cut”

“The Waterman”

 

For more information, please visit http://www.joetaylormusic.com.

ZANGERES BETTY DRAGSTRA-VELDPAUS (PUSSYCAT) OVERLEDEN

Zangeres Betty Dragstra-Veldpaus is afgelopen vrijdag, enkele dagen na haar 72ste verjaardag, overleden. Betty vormde samen met haar zingende zussen Toni en Marianne het hart van de succesvolle formatie Pussycat. Betty was al geruime tijd ziek. Het succesverhaal achter Pussycat begint als drie leden van de metalband Scum in 1973 bij de band Sweet Reaction komen: drummer Theo Coumans, gitarist John Theunissen en bassist Theo Wetzels. Naast deze drie nieuwkomers bestaat de band uit de drie zussen (Toni, Betty en Marianne) Kowalczyk en Lou Willé. Het gezelschap maakt opnamen op cassettebandjes die naar verschillende platenmaatschappijen worden gestuurd. Producer Tim Griek biedt Sweet Reaction vervolgens aan om demo's op te nemen in de EMI Studio. Omdat de band te weinig nummers heeft, wordt het liedje ‘Mississippi’ er ook maar bijgedaan, ondanks dat de leden zelf niet veel hebben met het nummer. ‘Mississippi’ wordt geschreven door Werner Theunissen, die de inspiratie ontleent aan de jaren zestig hit ‘Massachusetts’ van The BeeGees. EMI ziet er wel potentie in en Sweet Reaction krijgt een contract voor twee singles: ‘Mississippi’ en ‘Georgie’. Eddy Hilberts wordt de band toegewezen als producer en het is op zijn initiatief dat de groepsnaam wordt gewijzigd in Pussycat. In april 1975 brengt Pussycat de single ‘Mississippi’ uit. De plaat slaat eerst niet aan tot het nummer op een gegeven moment wordt opgepikt door diskjockey Meta de Vries. Binnen enkele weken staat Pussycat in het televisieprogramma van Kick Stokhuyzen en enkele weken later bereikt ‘Mississippi’ de eerste plaats van de Nederlandse Top 40. ‘Mississippi’ van Pussycat staat op 11 oktober 1975 op nummer 1 genoteerd in de Britse Top 50. Ook de opvolgers ‘Georgie’, ‘Smile’ en ‘My Broken Souvenirs’ worden grote hits in Nederland. Hierna volgen nog de hits ‘I’ll Be Your Woman’, ‘If You Ever Come To Amsterdam’, ‘Same Old Song’, ‘Wet Day In September’, ‘Hey Joe’, ‘Daddy’, ‘Doin’ La Bamba’, ‘Then The Music Stopped’, ‘Une Chambre Pour La Nuit’, ‘Teenage Queenie’ en ‘Lovers Of A Kind’. In 1985 wordt besloten om met Pussycat te stoppen. Toni Willé gaat verder met een solocarrière en debuteert met het album ‘Privilege’. Marianne begint een café. Betty houdt zich bezig met haar gezin en is nog een tijdje bassist bij een andere band. In de jaren erna treden de zussen toch weer op, echter nu onder de naam Anycat. In 1999 besluiten ze om een comeback te maken onder hun oude naam Pussycat. Aanvankelijk is het alleen de bedoeling om op te treden, hoewel er toch een poosje wordt gedacht aan het uitbrengen van nieuw materiaal. Nieuwe platen worden echter niet uitgebracht. Tot en met 2001 treden de drie zussen op. Datzelfde jaar wordt het verzamelalbum ‘25 Jaar Na Mississippi’ uitgebracht, dat de albumlijsten in Nederland bereikt. In 2004 verschijnt de box ‘The Complete Collection’, die bestaat uit drie cd's en een dvd. Betty Dragstra-Veldpaus ruste in vrede!

 

Met dank aan Leo Weijers.

JOSEPH MALIK FT. DIGITAL LIQUID - ‘ONLY FANS’ (X-PRESS 2 REMIXES)

‘Only Fans’ ft. Digital Liquid, taken from Joseph Malik’s acclaimed ‘Proxima Ebony’ album of last year, gets the first-class remix treatment from London’s legendary production duo, X-Press 2. Joseph delivers an impactful vocal, waxing lyrical on his memories of being brought up around sex workers, underpinned by Digital Liquid’s acid worm lead, as X-Press 2 unleash a sublime dance floor slayer loaded with catchy hooks, jackin’ beat wizardry and dynamic production. Propelling the song into another stratosphere, the duo have created the chugging Lo-Fi 'Back Room' behemoth, armed with slo-mo breakbeats and a badass dubby bass groove, culminating in hypnotic groover that would make the late and great Mr Weatherall very proud.

Scotland’s Joseph Malik has crafted a fantastic catalogue of music over the decades and is highly respected for his distinctively soulful voice and on point song writing skills. Together with co-producer, David Donnelly, he released his first album, ‘Diverse Part 1’ (Compost) in 2002. This was followed by ‘Aquarius Songs’ album (2004), and ‘Diverse Part 2’ album (2018) on Ramrock Records which was ‘Album of the Month’ on Gilles Peterson’s BBC 6Music show. Joseph’s ‘Diverse Part 3’ album (2018) was Craig Charles’ BBC 6Music ‘Album of the Year’. Joseph then released ‘Diverse Part 3 Variant Issue’, the remix album (2022) and most recently his outstanding ‘Proxima Ebony’ album (2023) on Ramrock Records to great acclaim.

London’s X-Press 2 have been at the vanguard of British electronic music for three decades. In that time this acclaimed DJ and production duo, alongside Ashley Beedle, have turned out many hits. Both Rocky and Diesel have a truly pioneering spirit that fueled early nineties underground anthems such as the percussive ‘Muzik Express’, ’Kill 100’, the 2003 Ivor Novello Award winning single ‘Lazy’ and ‘Give It,’ with vocalists Talking Heads’ David Byrne and Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner. They’ve continued to turn out powerful club cuts such as ‘Tonehead Chemistry’ and ‘Siren Track’, and recently delivered big remixes for Gabriels, David Holmes, JIM and David Kitt. To date, Xpress-2 have released 4 albums, including their recently released, ‘Thee’, album on Acid Jazz. Rocky and Diesel are still fanatical about the music they play and produce, they still very much have their finger on the pulse and continue to lead from the front.

Track Listing
1 Only Fans (X-Press 2 'Front Room' Vocal Remix)
2 Only Fans (X-Press 2 'Front Room' Vocal Remix Radio Edit)
3 Only Fans (X-Press 2 'Front Room' Instrumental)
4 Only Fans (X-Press 2 Lo-Fi 'Back Room' Vocal Remix)
5 Only Fans (X-Press 2 Lo-Fi 'Back Room' Instrumental)

‘Only Fans (X-Press 2 Remixes) will be released worldwide on July 5th 2024 on F*CLR.

Joseph Malik ft. Digital Liquid
‘Only Fans’ (X-Press 2 Remixes)
F*CLR / FCLR033
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DJ VIVONA & CRYSTAL WATERS – ‘DON’T YOU KNOW’

Sicily’s DJ Vivona reveals his exciting debut collaboration with dance icon Crystal Waters, ‘Don’t You Know’, for his own Sunclock label. ‘Don’t You Know’ is an emotive song about love and desire, as Crystal delivers a heartfelt vocal performance armed with her signature catchy chorus and uplifting contagious hooks. Showcasing Vivona’s smooth production ability, versatility and love for all house music, ‘Don’t You Know’ comes tailored with a selection of 4 different flavours for the dance floor; a potent original version loaded with punchy drums; an uplifting and funky disco house mix; a warm and sensual deep house mix; and closing out the package is a bubbly driving Tech House dub mix for the late-night party crew.

Sicilian producer / DJ Vivona has been making waves for a number of years, running his successful Sunclock label, known for its contemporary Afro, Deep and house output with artists such as Eno Napa, Sossa, Abicah Soul, Gil Bokobza, Greg Gauthier, Radyon, Dazzle Drums and more.His own productions for the label feature Monique Bingham, Lisa Shaw, Joi Cardwell and Jinadu. Vivona’s profile soared after remixing King Street Sounds tracks from Kerri Chandler, Dennis Ferrer, Tiger Stripes, Mood II Swing and Barbara Tucker. His own King St productions have been remixed by Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper (Director's Cut), Joeski, Louie Balo, Gene Farris and Rocco, among others. His 2019 ‘Worldwide’ single (Subliminal Records) was hailed as one of Mixmag’s best tracks of the Ibiza season. Vivona’s released on Major Underground, IAH Records, Undisputed Music, Hi:Rise/Defected, Subliminal and Nervous Records. As a DJ, Vivona delivers a fusion of Deep, Afro, Tech, and Electro vibes and has played alongside Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Joseph Capriati, Louie Vega, Frankie Knuckles, Seth Troxler, Marco Carola, Jamie Jones, and more. May 2024 saw him make his Glitterbox event debut in Portugal at Estufa Fria Lisbon.

Crystal Waters was named by Billboard Magazine as one of the most successful dance music artists in the history of the Billboard Dance Music Chart. She is best known for her 1991 anthem ‘Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)’ and 1994’s ‘100% Pure Love’. Crystal has over 13 #1 Billboard Club hits and has continued to notch up no.1 releases and dance floor hits with ‘Le Bump’(Yolanda Be Cool), ‘Mama Hey’ with Chris Cox, ‘Synergy’, ‘Believe’ and ‘Testify’, with Hifi Sean, and ‘Party People’ DJ Spen & MicFreak. Her recent singles include her collaboration with David Anthony, ‘2B Luv’, Soul Central and Robin S ‘Love One Another’, and the debut single from her first album in over 25 years, ‘Dance Dance Dance’. Crystal also runs her own I Am House (IAH) label, a home for her own releases alongside producers DJ Vivona, Molly & Tacos, Jonny Sum. Her popular IAH Radio show has 8 Million listeners. Through 2023, Crystal embarked on her Radiance Tour, including performing at NYC Fashion Week and Art Basel, Miami. With over 100 million streams on Spotify, Crystal Waters continues to pen great songs and wow her fans with her performances, as she gets set for her Global 2024 Relentless Tour.

Track Listing
1 Don't You Know (Original Mix)
2 Don't You Know (Disco Mix)
3 Don't You Know (Deep Mix)
4 Don't You Know (Tech Mix)
5 Don't You Know (Original Radio Edit)
6 Don't You Know (Disco Radio Edit)
7 Don't You Know (Deep Radio Edit)
8 Don't You Know (Tech Radio Edit)

‘Don't You Know’ (Original & Disco Mixes) will be released on Traxsource promo on July 4th / Worldwide July 18th 2024 on Sunclock Records.

‘Don't You Know’ (Deep & Tech Mixes) will be released on Beatport promo on July 12th / Worldwide July 26th 2024 on Sunclock Records.

DJ Vivona & Crystal Waters
‘Don’t You Know’
Sunclock Records / SNK 330 & SNK 331
https://www.instagram.com/dj_vivona/
https://www.instagram.com/crystalwaters/

TRUMPETER-VOCALIST ILYA SEROV RELEASES A COLORFUL COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY JAZZ

His first album entirely consisting of original songs that he had a hand in writing and producing with Paul Brown, Adam Hawley and Darren Rahn is out now. Jeff Ryan and Oli Silk guest on the project.

 

AUSTIN, TX (28 JUNE 2024): The last couple of years have been transformational for trumpeter-singer Ilya Serov both musically and personally. Having released three albums centered on his modern interpretations of tunes culled from the Great American Songbook, Serov’s newly released Silky Sound Records album, “Colors,” is his first collection comprised entirely of original songs that he had a hand in writing. This artistic rebirth happened simultaneously to Serov becoming a father for the first time. Both life-changing events celebrate the maturation of the man and the musician.

 

The ten songs that make up “Colors” provide a vibrant palette of soul-jazz, R&B grooves and Brazilian jazz instrumentals along with a few iridescent pop vocals. Serov produced three tracks and tapped two-time Grammy winner Paul Brown, multiple Grammy nominee Darren Rahn and 16-time Billboard chart-topper Adam Hawley to produce the rest. Billboard hitmakers Jeff Ryan (saxophone) and Oli Silk (keyboards) were brought in as featured players.

“Colors” closes with “Blossom,” a gorgeous ballad that embodies Serov’s flourishing growth. 

 

“It took many years of being a professional musician and releasing albums featuring songs from the Great American Songbook until I was able to overcome my insecurities and vulnerabilities and gain confidence to reveal my inner voice and share creative ideas to the  public. ‘Colors’ is a tapestry, fusion of musical genres, blend of cultures and backgrounds, friendships and so much more,” said the Austin, Texas-based Serov.

 

The album opens with the first single, “Champagne Sky,” a vintage contemporary jazz instrumental showcasing Serov’s regal trumpet with elegant nylon guitar nuances perfectly placed by Brown. It was the first song penned for the project.

 

Hawley helmed “Beat of My Heart,” a pop gem that Serov said was written as a note of gratitude for his family, wife Amanda and son Caden. According to Serov, Caden’s terrible twos arrived as the artist worked on the album, which made life more complicated and the project more challenging and stressful to complete.

 

“Family, touring and studio work were hard to balance. Lots of sleepless nights with the baby. It was hard to keep my mind fresh and have a lot of energy to create. Having a family is an amazing thing, despite all the challenges. With this song, I want to remind myself of it every day,” Serov shared.

 

The beaming midtempo “Glow” was the second single from “Colors” and it’s another Serov-Hawley collab followed by a third Hawley production, “Sea Breeze.” Ryan’s tenor sax shines on the funky instrumental.

 

“I am so happy my dear friend Jeff (Ryan) was able to join me on this track. He’s an incredible saxophonist with one of the best tones and energy,” enthused Serov.

 

Serov and Brown link up again on the dreamy slice of sensual pop “Ice & Fire,” which was accompanied by a handsome video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaPRNP7LGS0).

 

A longtime fan of Brazilian music, Serov surrounded himself with Brazilian musicians to track “A Day in Rio.” Grammy-winning bassist Hussain Jiffry (Sergio Mendes, Herb Alpert) cowrote the song with Serov and plays on the multicultural excursion.  

 

“I always have been a huge fan of Brazilian music. Samba and bossa nova are my obsessions. I have been to Brazil a few times and every time I went, I wanted to write something using Brazilian beats and instrumentation. An incredible bassist, Hussain Jiffry and I have talked about a collaboration for a few years and the stars aligned on ‘A Day in Rio.’ I had a blast producing this track and building it piece by piece with the most amazing Brazilian players,” said Serov.

 

Serov chronicles the experience of making the album on the vocal number “Tunnel Vision,” a cut produced and cowritten by Rahn that became an expression of mindfulness and appreciation for Serov.

 

“The days in the studio were starting to blend one into the other. That’s when the idea for ‘Tunnel Vision’ came up. It was my way of reminding myself of the things that are important. Working on this song was a great outlet for me and helped me to continue. Working on the album was super fun and exciting,” said Serov.

 

Silk’s keyboards help buoy “Afloat,” a soothing song that Serov wrote a few years ago and saved for this album. On the track, Serov played an innovative new horn that he co-created called a jazzohorn, which is a unique hybrid of a flugelhorn and a saxophone.

 

Serov’s muted trumpet and sultry voice combine on the ambient “Dreams,” which Hawley produced.

 

Teaming with friend and collaborator Nick Petrillo (keyboards) on the poignant and pretty “Blossom” enabled both musicians to tap into their classical backgrounds.

 

Citing jazz legend Chet Baker as a major inspiration, Serov’s last outing was the 2021 “Just Friends” album on which he kept the company of sax star Dave Koz, keyboardist Greg Manning, guitarist Kay-Ta Matsuno, vocalist Matt Cusson and saxophonist Alex Hahn. It was Serov’s third album that served a blend of Great American Songbook standards and original songs. His 2013 debut album, “September in the Rain,” was a big band date followed five years later by “Back in Time,” an album that featured collaborations with piano icon Roger Kellaway, six-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Eric Marienthal, and Grammy-winning percussionist Poncho Sanchez. Serov has also composed music for film and has performed on scores that include “Creed II,” “Deadpool 2” and “Addams Family 2.”    

 

The album release will be feted on July 26 with a concert at Spaghettini south of Los Angeles. Joining him will be multi-instrumentalist Justin-Lee Schultz. A popular performer at jazz festivals, clubs, theaters and at sea aboard Koz’s all-star cruise (Serov will be back aboard in 2025), Serov will play the Glass City Jazz Festival in Toledo, Ohio on August 10, Spaghettini again on September 8 with special guest Tom Braxton, and the Oxnard Jazz Festival on September 15. Come the holiday season, Serov will join Keiko Matsui for a Christmas concert on December 8 in Florida. For more information, visit https://www.ilyaserov.com.

 

“Colors” contains the following songs:

“Champagne Sky”

“Beat of My Heart”

“Glow”

“Sea Breeze” featuring Jeff Ryan

“Ice & Fire”

“A Day in Rio”

“Tunnel Vision”

“Afloat” featuring Oli Silk

“Dreams”

“Blossom”

ZANDSCULPTURENFESTIVAL MIDDELKERKE 2024 GEOPEND

ROND DE WERELD IN ZAND

 

HET CENTRUM VAN DE WERELD

 

Het is ondertussen een traditie: het Zandsculpturenfestival Middelkerke. De zomer lonkt, het strand wenkt. De kunstenaars hebben het beste van zichzelf gegeven in het bruisende Middelkerke.

Het Zandsculpturenfestival Middelkerke ontvouwt zich deze zomer tot de toegangspoort naar niet één maar vele bijzondere werelden. Dit jaar nemen we de bezoekers mee op een imaginaire wereldreis. Je stelt je reis zelf samen. Wil je farao’s in Egypte of wilde dieren in Afrika zien? Bezoek je liever de Taj Mahal, Japanse tempels of het Paaseiland? Of vlieg je liever over Rio de Janeiro om via New York City over Londen terug te keren naar Middelkerke? Internationaal wordt je reis in elk geval!

Veel meer dan een reis!

Ook dit jaar biedt Zandsculpturenfestival Middelkerke meer aan dan louter zandduinen tussen de sculpturen. We gaan opnieuw in zee met de Proefkonijnen voor een nieuwe spannende interactieve voorstelling voor jong en oud. En wie zelf wil proberen om een zandsculptuur te maken, kan terecht bij onze zandexpert tijdens een van de vele zandworkshops.

De perfecte zomercocktail

Terwijl de kids zich uitleven op het springkasteel en creatief bezig zijn in een van de speelzones, kan de rest van het gezelschap relaxen in de strandbar bij een hapje en een drankje. Kortom het Zandsculpturenfestival Middelkerke is de perfecte cocktail voor een dag plezier aan zee.

Een grote aanwinst voor inwoners en handelaars

Burgemeester Jean-Marie Dedecker: “We doen in Middelkerke heel wat inspanningen om ons zomerse evenementenaanbod te verrijken. Dankzij de steun van enkele waardevolle partners kunnen onze tienduizenden vakantiegangers, maar ook onze eigen inwoners in Middelkerke terecht voor een origineel en uniek aanbod. Het Zandsculpturenfestival is ondertussen zo’n gewaardeerde partner. Dat we dankzij hen het grootste openluchtevent aan de kust mogen ontvangen is een absolute troef. Het Zandsculpturenfestival past trouwens enorm goed bij onze uitstraling als échte familiebadplaats. Het is ook bewonderenswaardig dat de organisatoren telkens verfrissend uit de hoek komen met een nieuw thema, nieuwe randanimatie en een prachtig kransje gerenommeerde zandkunstenaars.”

 

Praktisch

Het Zandsculpturenfestival Middelkerke vindt dit jaar plaats van 28 juni tot en met 8 september. Info en tickets zijn op www.zandsculpturenfestival.be. Ook dit jaar krijgen inwoners van Middelkerke en mensen met een tweede verblijf in Middelkerke 2 euro korting.

MARK MIXX FT. JAMES GIBBS III – ‘SHANE’S THANG’

Mark Mixx began pursuing his musical career at an early age. His passion for music has driven him to write, produce, and perform worldwide. His artistic versatility allows him to compose songs in many different styles while maintaining a signature sound. Mark's ability to incorporate modern techniques with jazz is what makes him sought after by artists worldwide.

 

In 2009 Mark Mixx decided to produce a Jazz CD on his independent record label, Isis Style Music. He assembled some talented Detroit musicians to collaborate and play on the “Street Jazz Project, Johnny Barnes (trumpet), Steve Cooley (trumpet), Eddie Taylor (trumpet), Ike Pippen (keys), Shane Mckeever (keys), Jeff Canady (drums), Antonio Johnson(drums), Deblone Jackson (flute), Marty Montgomery (sax), Don Whyte (sax), Charles Jones (trombone), Keenan "The Kid" Williams (trombone) Stephen "Stevo" Current (bass), Tony Parker (bass), Derrick Bartel (guitar), Randal Wilson (guitar), Anthony Booker (guitar) and Mark Mixx (percussion and keys).

 

Mark's latest release is the new single "Shane's Thang," going for adds July 1.

BRYARD HUGGINS FT. B. THOMPSON – ‘IN YOUR ARMS’

Bryard (bree-yard) Huggins is a composer, record producer, and contemporary jazz-charting piano recording artist from Nashville, TN. He is also founder/CEO of his own music production company Muse Entertainment and has toured with Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight as her featured guest artist.

 

Stumbling upon his musical gift at the age of 4 and composing his first song at the age of 6, this child prodigy turned piano sensation to date has released 6 studio albums, 7 singles, toured in the US, UK, Scotland, and Wales, and has performed in the world's most prominent venues like the Ryman Auditorium and London's Royal Albert Hall.

 

His new single "In Your Arms," featuring another up and coming artist, saxophonist B. Thompson, is going for adds July 1.

DAVID MORALES FT. ROMINA JOHNSON – ‘AIN’T NOBODY’

House Music legend David Morales joins forces with London-based RnB songbird, Romina Johnson (the voice behind Artful Dodger’s worldwide Garage hit, ‘Movin’ Too Fast’), on a spectacular cover of Chaka Khan’s 80’s anthem, ‘Ain’t Nobody’. Bringing his impeccable production game and signature house beats, David delivers a potent yet respectful new take on this timeless classic. Adorned with dramatic piano stabs, vibrant strings, joyful horns, lush keys and a magnetic funky bassline, David’s soundtrack beautifully flows around Romina’s spine-tingling vocal performance, and comes armed with an explosive chorus to make the dance floor erupt!

David Morales is a globally revered American DJ, Grammy award-winning record producer, songwriter, and is a true House Music legend. He has produced and remixed over 1000+ records for an all-star roster of multi-platinum artists, including Mariah Carey, U2, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, and Whitney Houston. Launched in 2018, David Morales’ DIRIDIM label beams quality house music. Aside of David’s own productions and collaborations, DIRIDIM also features releases from artists including Róisín Murphy, DJ Meme, Danism & Train, Buranello, Timmy Regisford, Michel Cleis, Janice Robinson, Frankie Ferrara, James Deron and many more.

Italian born acclaimed R&B / Soul singer and songwriter, Romina Johnson, boasts a colourful music career. Aside of releasing her own successful solo albums and singles, she’s also collaborated with Bini and Martini, Claudio Coccoluto, Dino Lenny, George Morel, and scooped a platinum record with her performance on The Artful Dodger’s ‘Movin’ Too Fast’, smash in 2000. Romina has also worked as a session singer with The Spice Girls, Mel C, Shed Seven, US3, Odyssey, Mika, Kenny Thomas, Dexter Wansel, Alexander O’Neal and Jamiroquai among many.

Track Listing
1 Ain’t Nobody (Original)
2 Ain’t Nobody (Extended)
3 Ain’t Nobody (Extended Instrumental

‘Ain’t Nobody’ will be released on June 28th 2024 on DIRIDIM.

 

David Morales ft Romina Johnson
‘Ain’t Nobody’
DIRIDIM / DRD00149/s
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https://www.instagram.com/rominajohnsonofficial/
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TINNE OLTMANS, DANNY DORLAND, LAUREN DE RUYCK, RUTH BEECKMANS EN THOMAS VAN GOETHEM GAAN EERSTE KEER TOTAALY ‘GREASE’

Vanaf 12 september 2024 in Antwerpen, Hasselt en Gent.

 

Vanaf 12 september brengt Albert Verlinde, ism Senf Theaterpartners, JK Theater en House of Entertainment, een nieuwe, Vlaamse versie van de onverwoestbare hitmusical Grease op de planken in opeenvolgend Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen, Capitole Gent en Trixxo Theater Hasselt.

Om nu reeds helemaal in de Grease-vibe te komen, mochten enkele castleden zich al eens transformeren naar hun respectievelijke personages. Zo werd Tinne Oltmans een eerste keer omgetoverd tot de vamp-versie van de oorspronkelijk verlegen Sandy en mocht Danny Dorland in primeur de leren jekker van stoere Danny Zuko aantrekken. Lauren De Ruyck wentelde zich met sprekend gemak in haar rol als ruige Rizzo, Miss Lynch voelde meteen als een tweede huid voor Ruth Beeckmans en Thomas Van Goethem veroverde de lens als de ook letterlijk kleurrijke Vince Fontaine.

De goesting spatte er werkelijk vanaf tijdens de geanimeerde fotoshoot en die vibe zal helemaal doorgetrokken worden naar de wervelende shows dit najaar!

Grease staat garant voor een avond topamusement vol humor, sprankelende dans en heerlijke muziek. Het romantische verhaal van Sandy en Danny, en natuurlijk onsterfelijke hitsingles als You’re The One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Summer Nights en Sandy, doen het publiek nog steeds dromen.

Deze meeslepende feelgood klassieker wil je dan ook niet missen, dus let’s go together en bestel nu je tickets via greasemusical.be.

 

Creatives
Producent: Albert Verlinde ism Senf Theaterpartners, JK Theater en House of Entertainment
Regisseur: Servé Hermans
Choreografie: Daan Wijnands
Decor & kostuumontwerp: Joris Van Veldhoven
Ontwerp haar & make-up: Sébastiaan Van Der Ham
Musical supervisor/arrangeur: Ad Van Dijk
Lichtontwerp: Marc Heinz
Geluidsontwerp: Maarten Houdijk
Associate choreografie: Lysanne Van der Sijs
Associate lichtontwerp: Jordy Veenstra
Arrangementen: Marco Braam
Casting Director: Bram Verhaak

ELAN TROTMAN – NEW SINGLE ‘RUNNIN’ HOT’

While Rihanna fans seemingly wait forever for a follow-up to her 2016 album ANTI, Barbados’ other musical hero, saxophonist Elan Trotman, keeps his exciting career momentum going, consistently releasing great instrumental albums and singles that artfully blend contemporary urban jazz with Caribbean rhythms since his debut album Love and Sax in 2011. Though he has had his share of purely independent releases, some of the multi-talented artist’s best vibes have come from his collections on Woodward Avenue Records, starting with the Billboard charting Tropicality in 2013 and continuing on his inspiring 2019 Marvin Gaye tribute Dear Marvin. Trotman makes a triumphant return to the label with “Runnin’ Hot,” whose title and vibrant, grooving energy make it the perfect single song soundtrack to summer.

 

Two cool career events in the interim could explain the effervescent, sizzling in the pocket magic Trotman creates with co-writer and producer/mixer Paul Brown and co-writer, bassist, keyboardist and guitarist Jeffrey Leroy Smith. In 2021, he returned to his alma mater, the Berklee College of Music, as an Associate Professor in the Ensemble Department. He also performed on the soundtrack to the 2022 Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody – which may just explain the foundational danceable grooves that drive “Runnin’ Hot.”

 

The track begins with a trippy synth wash and tropical-tinged effects immediately mixed with Trotman’s soulful, melodic intro over a burst of steady funk rhythms. He blasts into the first verse with some snazzy, bubbling horn textures backed by a touch of synth atmosphere. The breezy blend of tight urban jazz power and tropical keyboard touches propels the tune forward – kind of like, as per the title, the rising of the hot summer sun.

 

Trotman glides along, then reaches for higher emotional notes leading into the wild, insanely infectious (even hypnotic) hook. Then while the drum beats and Brown’s percussion remain steady, he simmers down into the second verse section for a few bars before throwing off some brassy sparks rising along with an intense wall of sound that builds tension in the background.

 

He gets back to the hook, but this time with a richer swirling atmosphere and horn bursts off the main melodic and grooving flow. Finally set free from the verse-chorus structure of the first 2:45 of the track, Trotman showcases his explosive and innovative improvisational artistry (which leads to a soaring crescendo), as if daring the swirling synth textures behind him to keep up. One more iteration of the chorus seals the deal, affirming an earworm that should last all season long.

 

You’ll likely be running so hot listening to Trotman’s latest gem that you might need a few romantic ballads by another artist to cool down and take a deep breath. But don’t stop dancing – summer’s coming and you’ll want “Runnin’ Hot” on repeat on your playlist as the temp rises!

 

Written by Jeffrey Leroy Smith, Paul Brown and Elan Trotman

Produced & Mixed by Paul Brown

Mastered by Rainer Gembalczyk

Arranged by Jeffrey Leroy Smith

 

Elan Trotman - Saxophones

Bass, Keyboard and Guitars- Jeffrey Leroy Smith

Percussion - Paul Brown

Executive Producer - Mark Nordman

INSTRUMENTALIST YVAN GUILINI STRIKTE DEZE KAMPIOEN IN DE VIDEOCLIP VAN ZIJN NIEUWE SINGLE ‘LIBERTAD TANGO’

Scoort instrumentalist Yvan Guilini, bekend van de wereldhit ‘Winter Memories’, straks een zomerhit met de remix van ‘Libertad Tango’? “De reacties uit het buitenland zijn alvast overweldigend”, zegt zijn dochter en platenbaas Carolina van Game Records enthousiast. De ‘tango van de vrijheid’, die je in de originele versie ook terugvindt op Yvan z’n recente studioalbum ‘Music Forever’, krijgt nog een extra laagje met de internationale videoclip. Daarvoor werden er beelden gedraaid in Spanje, maar ook in het Antwerpse Lillo en Wenduine, waar plots ook een bekende Kampioen opdook. 

Internationaal

Als je ‘The master on the keyboards’ in de studio bezig ziet, is er nauwelijks een spatje verval op zijn energie. Nochtans combineert de 78-jarige West-Vlaamse Yvan Guilini nog steeds een zware job in de bouwsector met de muziek. “Zolang mijn gezondheid het toelaat blijf ik nieuwe liedjes maken”, zegt hij met een kamerbrede glimlach. De remix-versie van zijn nieuwste single ‘Libertad Tango’ is daar weer een mooi voorbeeld van. 

In een eigentijds jasje laat hij iedereen meegenieten van een instrumentale, tijdloze song waarmee hij mikt op de zomermaanden. “Aan de vele reacties die ik krijg via sociale media merk ik dat wat ik maak weer hip is. Niet alleen een oudere generatie, maar ook jongeren worden geraakt door de warme klanken die de nummers uitstralen. Dat zie en voel je ook in de videoclip die qua beeldvoering perfect past in onze beeldcultuur. Om het scrollen, liken en delen plezant te maken, hebben we beelden gedraaid op drie locaties. Het koppel danst op Spaanse bodem een strakke choreografische ‘vrijheidstango’. In Lillo, aan de oevers van de Schelde, zie je mij weer aan het werk. Daar, in de haven, kom ik tot rust. Het is een plek waar ik mij thuis voel en die doorheen de jaren ook een stukje van mezelf werd.” 

Kampioen

Als absolute uitsmijter voor de ‘Libertad Tango’-videoclip, die gedraaid werd door regisseur Tom De Troetsel (CamaraWorks), is er ook nog de opvallende verschijning van zanger-muzikant Marijn Devalck. De man die bij het grote publiek al jaren door het leven gaat als ‘Balthazar Boma’ uit FC De Kampioenen, heeft immens veel respect en bewondering voor het muzikale meesterschap van Yvan Guilini. “Samen met drummer Chris de Brakeleer, gekend als ‘de patron’ en saxofonist John Snauwaert, was Marijn begin vorig jaar mijn ‘mistery-guest’ als gitarist op het uitverkochte concert dat ik gaf in Wenduine. Dat was het eerste optreden in 30 jaar, maar het was er wel kroket op (lacht). Ik ken Marijn van in de tijd dat hij als Marino Falco muziek uitbracht. Tijdens ons optreden zong hij voor mij de ‘Unforgettable’-klassieker als eerbetoon. Een mooi moment, net als de warme woorden die hij over mij en mijn muziek deelde met het publiek. Dat raakte mij enorm”, zegt Yvan Guilini geëmotioneerd. 

Yvan Guilini’s remix-versie van ‘Libertad Tango’ verscheen op Game Records en is nu digitaal beschikbaar. De videoclip kan je bekijken op zijn YouTube-kanaal. 

'Libertad Tango', de nieuwe single van Yvan Guilini, kan u HIER beluisteren op alle grote streamingplatformen.

KINDER- EN JONGERENCAST LITTLE LIARS CLUB - 'HET FOPIDOOL – EEN ECHTE MUSICAL’ BEKEND

Jervin Weckx staat jong geweld bij als koning en hoofd-liegmeester Wally.

Vanaf 7 september 2024 - Deep Bridge THEATERke – Wilrijk.

 

Vanaf 7 september 2024 presenteren Deep Bridge en The Musical Academy met 'Het Fopidool' de eerste musical gebaseerd op de succesvolle boekenreeks Little Liars Club van auteur Jonas Boets (o.a. 'Sam Smith' en sinds 2023 'Aspe') in hun THEATERke in Wilrijk. Naast schrijver Jonas en regisseur Helle Vanderheyden, mag het jonge geweld dat de kans krijgt te schitteren in deze volwaardige musicalproductie ook rekenen op professionele ondersteuning op het podium. Jervin Weckx kruipt in de huid van koning en hoofd-liegmeester Wally.

Het verhaal

In het nieuwe Little Liars Club-verhaal 'Het Fopidool' draait alles om een auditie uitgeschreven door de koning. Hij wil dat op zijn verjaardagsfeest de beste zanger of zangeres van zijn land komt optreden. De raadgevers van de koning besluiten een grote talentenjacht op te zetten, waar iedereen aan mag deelnemen. Om alles zo eerlijk mogelijk te laten verlopen, worden de audities anoniem gehouden.

Alice kan helemaal niet zingen, maar liegt dat één van de inzendingen van haar is. Een onschuldig leugentje, toch?

Tot ze wordt uitgekozen en heel het land naar haar kijkt... Hoe moet ze dat oplossen?

Maar wie zijn de jonge helden die 'Een Echte Musical' van dit gloednieuwe verhaal op de planken gaan brengen? We stellen ze graag aan je voor:

 

Cast

De 12-jarige Sanne Van Zwam uit Melsele vertelt als hoofdpersonage Alice de nodige leugentjes in de hoop haar droom om een ster te worden waar te kunnen maken. Haar beste vriend Bill, gespeeld door leeftijdsgenoot Julien Aelvoet (Sint-Katelijne-Waver), beschikt wel over het vereiste talent en ziet dit met lede ogen aan. De eveneens zeer getalenteerde Meyrem, vertolkt door de  13-jarige Jits Desmet uit Schaarbeek, wordt ongewild betrokken in de leugentjes van Alice. Zusjes Nora (15) en Ella Francken (17) uit Oelegem behoren als Slungel en Moppie tot de Little Liars Club. Ook de 17-jarige Jasper Verhoeven (Schilde), Isis Hoefman ( 19, Ruisbroek) en Charlotte Vanderdonck (27, Antwerpen), zijn als Fons, Joke en Patser onderdeel van dit clubje. Lola Compte (13, Heffen) en Noa Mets (13, Keerbergen) worden de raadgevers van de koning, gespeeld door Jervin Weckx, die dus ook de rol van hoofd-liegmeester Wally voor zijn rekening neemt.

Ensemble

Antwerpen: Ariane Domsdorf (11, Deurne), Wine Verhaert (12, Burcht), Jits Verhoeven (12, Muizen), Lieke De jong (13, Kalmthout), Elise Goossens (12, Ranst), Lilith Meeus (11, Reet), Mira De Belie (12, Hemiksem), Jolene De Pooter (10, Kapellen)

Limburg: Séréanne Herbots (13, Beringen)

Oost-Vlaanderen: Flo De Wilde (10, Kruibeke)

Vlaams-Brabant: Mila Faye Raes (10, Weerde), Celine De Coster (13, Vilvoorde), Nele De Cat (17, Haacht), Sien De Cat (20, Haacht)

 

"Wat een plezier om met zo’n toffe jonge bende het podium te delen en zo de toekomst van musical Vlaanderen van dichtbij te mogen toejuichen."
- Jervin Weckx-

"Met Deep Bridge willen we speelkansen creëren voor jong en onontgonnen talent. The Musical Academy biedt ons extra mogelijkheden om dit te doen en we merken ook dat het enthousiasme bij ouders en kinderen groot is. Met de zeer succesvolle musicalkampen en repetities voor deze eerste Little Liars Club-musical, staat er weer een drukke zomer voor de deur bij The Musical Academy. De jaaropleiding is ondertussen ook helemaal volzet. De toekomst van de Vlaamse musical is meer dan rooskleurig!"
- Deep Bridge - 

Verwacht je niet aan een brave kindermusical, maar ééntje doorspekt met absurde humor en situaties die op het randje van te gek zijn. Ondeugend is geen probleem, zolang het maar funny is. Humor, avontuur, dubbele bodems, de ‘gelaagdheid’ van liegen en ook heerlijke knipogen en verwijzingen naar de leefwereld van de volwassenen…het zit allemaal in deze Little Liars Club-musical!

Deep Bridge en The Musical Academy presenteren Little Liars Club: 'Het Fopidool - een Echte Musical' vanaf 7 september in het kleine, maar fijne Deep Bridge THEATERke, dat opgetrokken zal worden in Wilrijk.

Tickets & info: deepbridge.be.

COUNTING DOWN TO THE RELEASE OF R&B-JAZZ SINGER-SONGWRITER KAT HAWLEY’S DEBUT ALBUM

“X-IX-VIII,” featuring Billboard chart-toppers Adam Hawley, Steve Cole, Greg Manning and Judah Sealy, drops on Friday; the single “Rather Be” goes for playlist adds on Monday. 

                      

LOS ANGELES, CA (21 JUNE 2024): Ready to capitalize on the opportunity to step into her own spotlight and make her own musical statement after years of flanking 16-time Billboard No. 1 hitmaker Adam Hawley, R&B-jazz singer-songwriter Kat Hawley will release her debut album, “X-IX-VIII” on Friday (June 21). She wrote eight of the set’s ten songs with her guitarist husband, Adam, who produced the MBF Entertainment album.

It's been a year since Kat Hawley released her empowering debut single, “Keep On, Keepin’ On,” a churning R&B groove bolstered by guest star Steve Cole’s soul-powered tenor sax affirmations. The single began the yearlong process of recording “X-IX-VIII,” and it served notice that Kat Hawley was more than merely a background singer.

 

“I wanted my debut single to be a stamp on the scene that left no doubt about my abilities as a vocalist and songwriter. The track sounds very edgy and modern, but I wanted to give my vocals a contrast by making them have a late 80s/early 90s sound,” said Kat Hawley, who performs this weekend with Adam Hawley at the Elkhart Jazz Festival in Indiana on Friday followed by a Saturday night gig at BLU Jazz+ in Akron, Ohio.

 

Love and romance are frequent muses for Kat Hawley’s songs on “X-IX-VIII.” Sensual vibes permeate “No Chill,” an R&B joint augmented by Judah Sealy’s sultry sax, a tune “about being completely head over heels when you’re in love or lust.” Adam Hawley uses his exquisite nylon guitar play to add ambience to “Love Me Tonight (A Lover’s Duet)” while Kat Hawley’s desirous voice turns up the heat.

 

“The goal for this song was to create a very seductive and hypnotic sound with the instruments and the vocals to envelope the listener. I really wanted the listener to be drawn in and feel like they were in the room with me seeing and feeling exactly what I was writing and recording so, I made my vocals smooth, very long and stretched out notes so the listener would hang on my every word – seduced and hypnotized,” explained Kat Hawley.

 

The tempo picks up on “Can We Dance,” designed for the dance floor.

 

“We definitely wanted a dance song, a steppers song that people could really move and groove to. As I was recording the vocals, for some reason I was envisioning myself on a light-filled dance floor with fans blowing my hair and clothes while I’m dancing my heart out. I wanted the listener to experience the same feeling,” Kat Hawley enthused.

 

Last January, the second single, “Never Too Busy,” was issued halfway through the album recording process.

 

“We live such a busy modern-day lifestyle of never having enough hours in the day. Everyone has to check their calendars in the same household just to see who has what and when, and when we can schedule family time or time with friends. This song is about making time for who and/or what is most important,” said Kat Hawley. 

 

Adam Hawley’s evocative nylon string guitar illumines “Summer Breeze,” paired gorgeously with Kat Hawley’s impassioned vocals. Her vivid longing lyrics were penned last winter in the midst of a prolonged period of cold and wet weather in Southern California where the couple lives.

 

“Lazy Afternoon” was recorded to memorialize the late Cecil Ramirez, a Bay Area pianist and friend of the Hawley’s. Greg Manning plays poignantly in place of Ramirez on this track. 

 

“Cecil was an amazing musician whom we got to perform with many times at Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway. He brought this song to me to sing on our live internet show that Adam and I did. It was for the three of us to perform together. Initially, I wasn’t too sure or comfortable singing the song, but Cecil reassured me, telling me that I sounded great singing it. We performed it and it was in fact perfect. Sadly, shortly after that live internet performance, Cecil passed away in early 2021 due to cancer. I wanted to remember Cecil and pay tribute to him not only on my record but also in my live shows. This song allows me to carry on his memory as the person and musician that he was,” stated Kat Hawley.

 

The third single from the album, “Rather Be,” will begin collecting radio and Spotify playlist adds on Monday (June 24). It’s a devotional pledge from wife to husband.

 

“Adam and I are like two peas in a pod. We are literally always together. That may be strange to a lot of people but, we’ve spent so many years with large spans of time being apart because he was out on world concert tours with other artists. We’re simply better together. No matter where we are individually or together, I’d rather be with him,” said Kat Hawley who has been with Adam for sixteen years.

   

The album title comes from their son Adam Jr.’s (A.J.) birthday: 10/9/08. Kat Hawley wrote the ethereal “Moonlight” for A.J., which she hopes will serve as a timeless testament to her love for him and the pride she feels in being his mother.

 

“‘Moonlight’ is not even a fraction of the emotions that I have when I think of A.J. The love for your child can never really be described in words. I wanted the song to have a spacey and eclectic sound that captures these emotions via the sounds, the arrangement of the song and how the lyrics are sung. I wanted to make sure I was writing A.J. a letter rather than a song. Something that after I’m no longer living, he can read and understand and feel my words as if I am speaking directly to him along with the song and music itself. It will be something he can hold and read as well as listen to and experience all the feelings that were made exclusively for him,” conveyed Kat Hawley.

 

To close the album, Kat Hawley delivers a stripped-down acoustic version of Adele’s “Chasing Pavements.” The occasion allows her to tap into her roots singing gospel and Christian music in church.

 

“X-IX-VIII” includes performances by saxophonist Fabian Chavez, keyboardists Carnell Harrell, Kasey Square and Caleb Middleton; trumpeter Michael Stever, bassist Tim Bailey, drummer Eric Valentine and percussionist Ramon Islas. 

 

Kat Hawley has sung on all six of Adam Hawley’s albums. She performs with him at festivals, theaters and clubs around the world and has shared the stage with Dave Koz, Marcus Anderson, Julian Vaughn, Jazmin Ghent and Marqueal Jordan, among others.  

 

“X-IX-VIII” contains the following songs:

“Keep On, Keepin’ On” featuring Steve Cole

“No Chill” featuring Judah Sealy

“Love Me Tonight (A Lover’s Duet)” featuring Adam Hawley

“Can We Dance”

“Never Too Busy”

“Summer Breeze”

“Lazy Afternoon (In Loving Memory of Cecil Ramirez)” featuring Greg Manning

“Rather Be”

“Moonlight (For A.J.)”

“Chasing Pavements”

 

For more information, visit https://www.kathawley.com.

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/kat-hawley/1087663396

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0B2zUlJ4Kuy6nIfl14kPT3

https://www.instagram.com/kathawleymusic

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100091317350785

WILL COMPTON – ‘NOTE OF LEVITY’

Will Compton, a dynamic saxophonist and accomplished music producer, hails from Spartanburg, South Carolina. With his roots deeply entwined in the soul, blues, and rock music of the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, The Eagles, and many other early influences, Will's journey into the world of music is a perfect example of the remarkable power that music has to affect the trajectory of a person's life. 

 

Compton's new single "Note of Levity" blends the innovative sound design and production techniques of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) with the lush harmonies and beautiful saxophone melodies.

KERSTEN STEVENS LIVES A ‘FANTASY’

Violinist Kersten Stevens is a six-time winner of the historic Amateur Night and Showtime at The Apollo; she's performed with music greats Kim Burrell, renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter, international jazz bassist Christian McBride and performed for esteemed notables President Barack Obama, Ray Charles, Denzel Washington among others, now launches her much anticipated fifth album, QUEEN RISING. 

 

QUEEN RISING is co-produced with and features performances by 8x Grammy Award-winning bassist and one of the world’s best jazz musicians and innovators, Christian McBride. He’s performed with everyone from James Brown, Paul McCartney, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Mos Def, Queen Latifah and Quest Love.

 

McBride performs on all eight tracks of QUEEN RISING and co-wrote four original songs on the new album.

NEW SINGLE KAT HAWLEY – ‘RATHER BE’

Kat Hawley is a Contemporary Jazz and Smooth R&B vocalist from Los Angeles, California. She is married to Adam Hawley, a 15-time Billboard #1 guitarist and producer in the Contemporary Jazz genre. Together, they have collaborated on several musical projects, including all five of Adam's critically acclaimed albums, as well as Kat’s new album X IX VII.

 

Kat's new single “Rather Be” is going for adds Monday, June 24.

MARCY CORTEGA – BELGIË’S EERSTE VIRTUELE ARTIESTE MAAKT HAAR DEBUUT

Brussel, België – Artificiële intelligentie blijft verbazen: vanaf vandaag is België een artieste rijker. Niet zomaar één, maar een volledig virtueel ontwikkelde artieste die haar splinternieuwe album ‘Rise Up And Shine’ met aanstekelijke popnummers lanceert.

 

Marcy Cortega, de allereerste Belgische virtuele artieste, combineert muziek, mode en het vertellen van verhalen met een trendy GenZ flair. Met Spaans-Belgische roots en 22 jaar jong is ze bijzonder leergierig en, net als veel van haar leeftijdsgenoten, enthousiast om de wonderlijke wereld te ontdekken en dat bij voorkeur samen met haar vrienden en aanstaande fans. Marcy start vanaf vandaag met haar digitale leven. Haar sociale media zijn vanaf vandaag actief!

"Marcy is speels en leergierig. Haar grootste verlangen is om de echte wereld te ontdekken," zegt Pieter Marnef, de bedenker van Marcy. "De nummers die ze uitbrengt variëren van poppy tot singer- songwriter tunes, waarin ze haar ervaringen en emoties vertaalt in haar teksten en muziek."

Het nummer ‘Highway Blues’ belicht bijvoorbeeld de frustraties van de files in België, waarin ze zingt: “Sitting in my car, feeling so frustrated... Belgium traffic got me so agitated.”

“Marcy Cortega bestaat eigenlijk al 6 jaar,” licht Pieter Marnef toe. “Ze ontstond toen ik een scenario schreef voor een jongerenreeks waarin het hoofdpersonage, Emilie, jaloers wordt op haar eigen virtuele alter ego. Het virtuele personage, ook in de serie Marcy genoemd, zou dankzij AI een eigen leven gaan leiden en als artieste razend populair worden. Dit creëert een spanningsveld tussen Emilie en Marcy, vol ups en downs.”

Hoewel de serie voorlopig nog niet werd geproduceerd, wordt dankzij de snelle vooruitgang van AI fictie plots realiteit en kan Marcy als virtuele artiest werkelijkheid worden. “Elke dag ontstaan er nieuwe mogelijkheden en tools dankzij AI, de technologie evolueert razendsnel,” vervolgt Pieter Marnef. “Dankzij deze vooruitgang kunnen we Marcy tot leven wekken en haar de echte wereld laten ontdekken. Vanaf vandaag kan je haar volgen op haar Instagram-pagina, waar je haar nummers in preview kan beluisteren. Ook wordt haar album gereleased over de rest van de wereld op alle online platformen zoals Spotify en Deezer.”

Marcy's droom, zoals oorspronkelijk beschreven in de serie, is om live op te treden. "Daarom gaan we ervoor zorgen dat dat nog dit jaar gaat gebeuren via hologram-projectie" zegt Pieter.

Virtuele artiesten die live optreden, zoals Hatsune Miku in Japan, zijn internationaal geen noviteit meer, maar wel voor België! Door de komst van AI wordt het makkelijker om virtuele beroemdheden op te wekken. “AI zal de creativiteit niet ondermijnen, maar juist versterken. Het biedt ongekende kansen om het artistieke proces te verrijken,” bevestigt ook muziekproducer Wouter Vander Veken, het masterbrein achter o.a. de nummers van #LikeMe. Wouter werkte mee aan de eerste debuutsingle ‘Rise Up And Shine’ van Marcy Cortega.

De creatie van kwaliteitsvolle content zal altijd afhangen van een sterk team achter de schermen. “Elke succesvolle artiest heeft een robuust team dat ervoor zorgt dat de visie consistent en authentiek blijft. Voor Marcy is dit niet anders,” benadrukt Pieter Marnef. Hij voegt toe dat menselijke artistieke bijdragen tevens essentieel zijn voor het verwerven van intellectueel eigendomsrecht, wat alleen kan worden toegekend aan menselijk gecreëerde werken.

“Marcy Cortega is een fascinerende testcase voor de toekomst van virtuele persoonlijkheden in entertainment en daarbuiten,” concludeert Pieter. “We ontvangen veel vragen van bedrijven die een virtueel personage willen ontwikkelen voor hun eigen merk. We overwegen dan ook om onze eigen ontworpen AI-tools en de blauwdruk van Marcy te gebruiken om andere figuren te ontwikkelen. Ik heb voor dit soort van personages trouwens de naam “AVP” bedacht, wat staat voor “Advanced Virtual Personality”. AVP’s worden personages die door middel van AI een intrinsiek sterke band kunnen vormen met fans.”

Pieter nam de proef op de som toen hij in zijn rol als Strategisch Directeur bij Fabric Magic, het productiebedrijf achter de serie #LikeMe, reeds experimenteerde met het potentieel van AI- interacties. Tijdens de finaleshows van #LikeMe in het Sportpaleis konden meer dan 60.000 bezoekers via hun mobiele telefoons deelnemen aan een quiz, gepresenteerd door een AI-chatbot. De interacties met deze digitale quizmaster waren verrassend persoonlijk en emotioneel geladen, wat illustreert dat deelnemers weinig onderscheid maken tussen een gesprek met een echt persoon of een virtueel personage.

“Deze vorm van verbinding staat in de marketing bekend als 'Customer Intimacy', een diepgaande band die essentieel is voor merkloyaliteit,” legt Pieter uit. “Het opbouwen van een intieme relatie met een fictief personage is niet ongewoon, we doen dit al van jongs af met figuren als Mickey Mouse en Samson. We verwachten dat het deze intieme relatie met Marcy en bij uitbreiding met andere bekende virtuele figuren niet anders zal zijn.”

Volg Marcy Cortega op Instagram voor een exclusieve kijk op haar muzikale avonturen en meer.

IAN WILLIAMS - 'CHRONOPOLIS' – NEW SINGLE & VIDEO BY LONDON-BASED ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN OUT 18.06.24

IAN WILLIAMS
CHRONOPOLIS
new single
out 18.06.24
(Slaughterback)

included on
SLOW-MOTION APOCALYPSE
album out now
Bandcamp

“Designed to sound as if it’s on the edge of orgasm or violence. An unapologetic muscle car of an album”
ELECTRONIC SOUND
“Clever, beautiful and inspiring, we could certainly do a lot worse than go out on a high with this playing as the soundtrack *****”
OUTSIDE LEFT
“Think Vangelis sharing ideas with Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre. Cinematic, with spacey, melodramatic vocals, it is proud, mighty and fearless and has a heroic feel”
TURN UP THE VOLUME

London-based musician/composer Ian Williams has released a new single entitled ‘Chronopolis’ today. Taking its title from a J.G. Ballard short story, it is an edited version of a track from his current album, ‘Slow-Motion Apocalypse’.

An accompanying video was shot in Canary Wharf in London. It highlights the clock-watching and surveillance of the workforce (facial recognition, keystroke logging and anything else they can think of) that makes the vast multinational corporations located in this financial heart of the beast untaxed billions, leaving crumbs that the average worker is supposed to feel grateful for.

The epic soundtrack to this scenario perfectly encapsulates the colossal architecture and human hive of activity, with hyperactive sequencer lines agitating under soaring lead synths as towering piano chords and immense drumbeats propel the whole machine along.

Ian Williams began his music career in Edinburgh in the mid 1980s as a founder of Beautiful Pea Green Boat, whose ethereal, atmospheric sound pre-dated the vogue for dream pop by at least twenty years. Several collaborations with Lebanese choreographer Joumana Mourad and her contemporary dance company Ijad saw him fuse Arabic/classical/techno/ambient styles, following which he changed tack to work with singer Claudia Barton as Gamine, releasing two albums of dark, piano-led torch songs and lullabies.

Williams' own releases include THE DREAM EXTORTIONISTS (2019), a debut solo album of dark piano and electronics; LES BLESSURES INVISIBLES (2019), an eclectic electronic soundtrack to a documentary film by French director Eric Michel, and ALL BECOMES DESERT (2021), an album of minimalist ambiences and warm analogue soundscapes.

Williams has also composed the soundtrack to Michel’s new WW2 spy documentary, LE MYSTÈRE LUCIE (Code Name Lucy), which will be released in July. Further details will follow in due course.

IAN WILLIAMS | 2023 photo

Official Site  |  Bandcamp  |  Twitter  |  Instagram

GRAHAM DOWDALL AKA GAGARIN °01.08.54 - +16.06.24  - DEATH OF UK ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN

GAGARIN | 2024 photos by Brian David Stevens

 

GRAHAM DOWDALL aka GAGARIN
01.08.54 - 16.06.24

 

It’s a blessing that Graham Dowdall was sufficiently long lived to have experienced at first hand, in real time, the first, noisy stirrings of the layered, diffuse musical culture that envelops us today – from Telstar and The Beatles as a child, to Pink Floyd, Delia Derbyshire’s White Noise project, dub, rave. He absorbed it all and eventually became a participant. In his 69 years he lived so many lives – not just as a musician, but as a master gardener, sponsor of his beloved Arbroath FC, political radical, lawyer and teacher of SEN children. Graham was the most beloved of men.

He was the drummer with Ludus – he recalls a very young Morrissey, a polite, nervously shy adolescent, making him tea. He went on to work with Nico, somehow riding the choppy waters that entailed over the years, drawing on his infinite reserves of patience as well as his musical prowess. I saw him many times with Roshi Nasehi (Roshi with Pars Radio) adding discreet electronic dimensions to her Welsh/Iranian/folk/avant pop stylings which deserved, and continue to deserve, a much wider audience. I also saw him numerous times playing electronics with Pere Ubu, a vital role in one of the world’s very greatest rock bands, carrying on a tradition of abstract intervention that began with founding Ubu member Allen Ravenstine.

Finally, he was Gagarin, whose retro-futurism was encapsulated in that moniker – mapping out a unique trail amid the busy skies of ambient electronica, achieving a deep, rich, layered, raging sense of peace, a hankering for what was once promised, what could and should be, the culmination of a lifetime’s experience and absorption. His most recent album, ‘Komorebi’, was his best.

Brilliant, exemplary, Graham has left us but I truly hope that somehow his journey isn’t done.

David Stubbs
(journalist and friend)

KOMOREBI
(Geo Records)
stream or buy

“He seems fresher than ever, creating epic high-tech landscapes out of the sonic languages of UK rave and grime and Detroit techno but lacing them all with nature sounds and lyrical, pastoral motifs”
BANDCAMP DAILY
“Exquisite, nuanced and delicately poised, featuring patiently built layers of breathtaking sonic complexity”
ELECTRONIC SOUND
“Genreless and uplifting electronica. He still has the ability to delight and comfort the listener in equal measure”
FREQ
“Spacious, ambient and rhythmic, these pieces have a fine amount of variation”
VITAL WEEKLY
“An absorbing listen and fits right into the current trend for Hauntology as it moves around moody ambience and melodic optimism, noisier textures and darker distress”
ELECTRICITYCLUB.CO.UK

includes
SAETA

GRAHAM DOWDALL
biography

Gagarin was the solo project of veteran experimentalist Graham ‘Dids’ Dowdall, a British musician who spent a long and fruitful career operating around the edges of where rock, dance, electronic and improvised musics collide. Emerging from the free improv scene of the late ‘70s, he joined the Manchester-based cult post-punk group Ludus in 1980 as their drummer before being recruited to join the legendary German artist Nico, with whom he spent seven years writing and performing. This tenure included the acclaimed John Cale produced studio album ‘Camera Obscura’, following which the Welshman hired him to play on his own ‘Artificial Intelligence’ record. Both were released via Beggars Banquet.

Following the untimely death of Nico in 1988, Dids formed Faction (releasing two albums) and also played with Eric Random & The Bedlamites, Bill Pritchard, Infidel (including a tour in deepest Siberia) and Sonexuno. He also trained as a community musician at this time and subsequently spent over thirty years in a parallel career making music with disabled people and others experiencing disadvantage, utilising his skills to enable personal and social change. It also led to a post as a lecturer at Goldsmiths University in London, where he remained teaching until his death.

Returning from a visit to Russia in the ’90s, Dids felt the need to create an outlet for his electronic creativity, As Gagarin, he issued several acclaimed albums and EPs and performed innumerable live shows utilising a combination of hardware - samplers, drum pads, synths - to interpret his compositions in an improvisatory context. His work has been played regularly on BBC Radio 3, 6 Music and Resonance FM in the UK, as well as NDR (Germany), RCV (France), RTE (RoI), RUM (Portugal), Boiler Room and more. It has also received coverage in publications such as The Wire, The Quietus and Electronic Sound (all UK), plus Rockerilla, Impose, Bandcamp Daily, 6am, Freq, Big Shot and more overseas.

Dids was an associate then full member of the acclaimed rock group Pere Ubu for the last twenty years of his life, writing and performing on their four most recent albums and touring extensively as electronicist and electronic drummer.

2023 saw significant developments in Dids’ career and life, beginning with an invitation to soundtrack ‘Solitude’, a film about Nico directed by Nina Danino that yielded a radically different version of her 1981 single ‘Saeta’ that features on the final Gagarin album, ‘Komorebi’. Komorebi is a Japanese word that refers to how sunlight is seen and felt through leaves and branches. The album takes this idea as a loose theme, evoking light and shade and combining both throughout its duration.

Dids was diagnosed with advanced bladder cancer in the summer of 2023, which led to extensive chemotherapy for the remainder of the year. Undeterred creatively, he set about composing and recording the remainder of the album in his new studio by the sea in Margate, Kent. Optimistic and forward looking, ‘Komorebi’ conveys no sense of doom; rather, local field recordings (a Gagarin trait) feature alongside aching melodies, moody atmospherics and glitchy beats. Veering from blissed out ambience to a noisier strangeness, its ten tracks are tied together via the loose Komorebi theme of lighter melodic sounds filtered through a shaded lens.

Released in April 2024, Dids was actively promoting ‘Komorebi’ with a series of live performances in London and around the south-east until shortly before his death.

GRAHAM DOWDALL | Bass, Mids Tops and the Rest
interview by Joe Muggs  |  published 18.05.24

Official Site

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' MET LUCAS VAN DEN EYNDE KEERT IN KERSTVAKANTIE 2024 TERUG

Na succes en lovende reacties van pers en publiek:

‘A Christmas Carol' met weergaloze Lucas Van den Eynde keert in kerstvakantie 2024 terug!

Gent - Hasselt - Antwerpen – Roeselare

 

Na het succes van afgelopen seizoen, keert de hartverwarmende familiemusical 'A Christmas Carol' in de kerstvakantie van 2024 terug voor een beperkte reeks voorstellingen. Lucas Van den Eynde, die een werkelijk fenomenale Ebenezer Scrooge neerzette, mag natuurlijk niet ontbreken en kruipt maar wat graag opnieuw in de huid van de verbitterde vrek.

Op 21 en 22 december zal je van 'A Christmas Carol' kunnen gaan genieten in NTGent. Op 27 december staan er 2 voorstellingen gepland in Trixxo Theater Hasselt en aansluitend wordt er verhuisd naar Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen, waar dit tijdloze verhaal op 29 en 30 december op de planken wordt gebracht. Zeer leuk nieuws ook voor de West-Vlaamse musicalfans, want deze nieuwe versie van  'A Christmas Carol' zal voor het eerst ook in hun provincie te zien zijn. Op 4 en 5 januari 2025 opent De Spil in Roeselare de deuren voor de hedendaagse familievoorstelling.

 

9-jarige Victor Herbots wordt Tiny Tim

In de hoofdcast nemen ook Hans Van Cauwenberghe (Bob Cratchit), Sébastien De Smet (Jacob Marley) Isabelle Heremans (Geest van de toekomst), Steve De Schepper (Geest van het verleden), Saïn Vantomme (Mrs Cratchit) en Matthijs Vochten (Tiny Tim) hun rollen weer op, maar krijgen we ook enkele nieuwe namen te zien. Zo zal Matthijs de rol van Tiny Tim afwisselend spelen met de 9-jarige Victor Herbots uit Antwerpen en  Jens Broes, die in de vorige run nog de rol van joviale koopman Fezziwig vertolkte, vervolledigt nu het geestige trio als 'Geest van het heden'. 

 

Bekijk HIER het premièreverslag van 16 december 2023

 

"'A Christmas Carol' is een tijdloos verhaal over verdraagzaamheid, liefde, zorg voor familie en vrienden,... . We hebben een hedendaagse familievoorstelling gemaakt, met respect voor het originele verhaal van Charles Dickens, nieuwe muziek en doorspekt met de nodige humor en een vleugje romantiek. Een hartverwarmende productie die we maar wat graag opnieuw delen met het publiek in de mooiste tijd van het jaar."
- Stany Crets, schrijver en regisseur -

 

‘A Christmas Carol’, van 21 december 2024 tot en met 5 januari 2025 in opeenvolgend NTGent, Trixxo Theater Hasselt,  Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen en De Spil Roeselare. Tickets & info: www.deepbridge.be.

ZOMERSINGLE ‘BAILALE’ VAN BELLE PEREZ

Belle Perez draagt zomersingle ‘Bailale’ op aan haar zoontje Ellía.

 

Met haar 100% Spaanstalige single ‘Bailale’, het resultaat van een leuke samenwerking met Miguel Wiels, pakt Belle Perez groot uit deze zomer. Het woord “Bailale” ga je niet terugvinden in de Spaanse Van Dale, maar staat voor de liefdevolle, goede raad van een mama aan haar kind. Geniet en ga dansend door het leven! Met deze song gaat Belle terug naar haar roots. De song ademt weer het heerlijke muzikale 'Belle Perez DNA’: positief, uptempo en zomers!  

“Emotioneel en muzikaal klopt deze song voor mij. Het was lang geleden dat ik nog kippenvel kreeg bij het beluisteren van een eigen song.’Bailale' ligt me nauw aan het hart en is uit liefde voor Ellía en de liefde voor de muziek ontstaan, heel puur en organisch.”

Miguel Wiels

Na het geslaagde en gesmaakte ‘Jij & Ik’-duet dat ze dit voorjaar uitbracht met Topper Jeroen van der Boom, trekt Belle Perez met haar gloednieuwe single ‘Bailale’ opnieuw de 100% Spaanstalige kaart. “Het nummer is gegroeid uit een natuurlijke samenwerking met als rode draad, passie voor ons vak, passie voor muziek. De basis van de samenwerking was een goed gesprek dat ik had met Miguel Wiels, waarin ik openhartig vertelde over mijn zoektocht naar het muzikale DNA van Belle Perez. Dansbaar, zorgeloos, zomers en 100% Spaans, waren zaken die meteen kwamen bovendrijven. De muzikale klik tussen ons in de studio was zo sterk dat we al snel opnieuw samenkwamen en op een blanco blad de eerste woorden van ‘Bailale’ genoteerd werden. Het vakmanschap en de hitgevoeligheid van Miguel was de perfecte lijm tussen Nani Guerrero, mijn vaste flamencogitarist, en mezelf. We componeerden in één adem een zomerse song waar ik héél blij mee ben. ‘Bailale' was het mooie resultaat", zegt Belle Perez. 

Ellía 
“Iedereen kent ‘Bailar’ wat staat voor ‘dansen’. ‘Bailale’ kan je dus interpreteren als ‘geniet en ga dansend door het leven’”, zegt Belle Perez. Naast de eerste samenwerking met Miguel Wiels, de man die in het verleden al meermaals de Zomerhit won met K3 en nog succesnummers componeerde voor heel wat artiesten, is het de eerste keer dat Belle een nummer schreef en opdraagt aan haar 7-jarige zoontje Ellía. “Ik denk dat veel ouders zich kunnen vereenzelvigen met dit nummer. De liefde voor je kind, de vreugde van het ouderschap, maar ze ook willen behoeden voor de valkuilen van het echte leven. Het mooiste advies wat je als mama je kind kan meegeven, is te genieten van de mooie momenten. Neem jezelf niet altijd te serieus, maar geniet van eenvoudige dingen. Uiteraard sta ik hem bij in dat groeiproces. Het is zoals ik het zing: “Eindelijk zie ik mijn wens in vervulling gaan. Jij bent er. Heel even het gevoel hebben om alleen met ons twee op de wereld te zijn. Je eerste grote zucht brengt rust. Alles is ok. Een kind is geboren, maar ook een nieuwe mama. Je gaat je eigen pad bewandelen, intense momenten beleven. Daarom heb ik als mama raad voor jou. Want het leven gaat vooruit, dus kijk niet achterom. Geniet volop en ga dansend door het leven. ‘Bailale’. Heerlijk”, zegt ze oprecht geëmotioneerd.
  
Zomerhit 
Met vijf Zomerhit-overwinningen op rij is Belle Perez nog steeds de onbetwistbare ‘Koningin van Zomerhit’, een titel die met ‘Bailale’ deze zomer misschien wel een verlengstuk krijgt. “Het zou al geweldig zijn als we met deze song een Zomerhit-nominatie konden pakken. Een zesde overwinning, in het jaar waarin ik mijn 25 jaar carrière vier, zou een immense kers zijn op een nu al geweldige Belle-taart. Stel je voor. Ik ben vooral blij en trots over de spontane, organische manier waarop ‘Bailale’ is ontstaan. De fijne samenwerking met Nani en Miguel, het inhoudelijke verhaal voor mijn zoontje, maar ook de power en pit die de song uitstraalt. Ik hoop echt dat iedereen bij het beluisteren een instant vakantiegevoel krijgt, ook al regent het af en toe in België (lacht). Het is lang geleden dat ik nog kriebels had in mijn buik en kippenvel krijg van een eigen nummer. Bij ‘Bailale’ klopt het plaatje helemaal. Het is terug naar de roots, 100% Spaans, waardoor de song perfect past in het rijtje van ‘Que Viva La Vida’, ‘Enamorada’ en ‘El Mundo Bailando’, nummers die net als ‘Honneybee’, maar ook een pak andere verrassende Latino-hits, aan bod komen in mijn gloednieuwe zomershow 'Fiesta Perez'. Samen met mijn muzikanten sta ik deze zomer op heel wat festivalpodia, waar we het publiek opwarmen voor het ’25 Jaar hits’-concert dat op vrijdag 8 november 2024 plaatsvindt in de Lotto Arena. Dat wordt het orgelpunt van mijn feestjaar en dan hoop ik dat iedereen voluit meezingt wanneer ‘Bailale’ voorbijkomt!”

De nieuwe single ‘Bailale’ van Belle Perez verscheen op het House of Entertainment-label en is digitaal beschikbaar.

YANNICK BOVY x SLONGS - 'THE RICHEST MAN ON THE PLANET'

Antwerpse crooner Yannick Bovy brengt een verrassend duet uit met Slongs (Dievanongs)

Met voorsprong zijn ze het verrassendste duo van de zomer. De Antwerpse crooner (met internationale faam) Yannick Bovy en de al even Antwerpse en alom geprezen Slongs. En een Engels/Antwerps duet? Moet kunnen...

Vorige zomer bundelden Yannick en componist/producer Patrick Hamilton hun krachten met de Nederlandse hitschrijvers Didier de Ruyter en Kirsten Michel. Tijdens die schrijfsessie werd 'The Richest Man On The Planet' geboren. Maar de swingende song miste nog een twist en die kwam er van Slongs. Zij had in het verleden al aangegeven dat een muzikale samenwerking met Yannick op haar to do lijstje stond.

Yannick en Slongs deden voor een frisse, eigentijdse sound beroep op producer Jérémie Vrielynck. De Nederlandse Huub Reijnders zorgde voor de eindmix.

Zo is de meest opvallende samenwerking van deze zomer en 'op deze aarde', zoals Yannick en Slongs zingen, een feit!

 

‘The Richest Man on the Planet’, de nieuwe single van Yannick Bovy & Slongs, kan u beluisteren op alle grote streamingplatformen.

PUBLIEK OMVERGEBLAZEN BIJ TRY-OUT ‘OWLA SHOWTIME – WELCOME TO THE RED CARPET’

Vanaf 28 juni 2024 rolt de unieke eventlocatie Owla in het hart van Brugge letterlijk de rode loper uit voor hun gloednieuwe variétéspektakel 'OWLA Showtime - Welcome To The Red Carpet'. Een select gezelschap mocht onlangs al eens gaan proeven van de nieuwe, spetterende feelgoodshow boordevol dans, muziek, humor, acrobatie en natuurlijk de nodige glitter & glamour, tijdens een exclusieve try-out.

 

Gastheer en Bruggeling Dirk Van Vooren nam het publiek op zijn eigen onnavolgbare wijze al eens mee naar het universum van wereldsterren als Prince, Phil Collins, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift en Elvis Presley. Via de rode loper werd ook een muzikale Hollywood-duik genomen en binnengewandeld bij de filmpremières van o.a. 'Frozen', 'Schindler's List, 'Once Upon A Time In The West',...

Het publiek genoot met volle teugen van de vocale kunststukjes van Elke Buyle, Ivann, The Satyn Sisters, Bruggeling Steve Ryckier en de Maltese soprane Christine Dalli. Alexandra Malter deed de monden openvallen van verbazing met haar verbluffende hoelahoep-act, het Spaanse Trio Olé jongleerde zich met hun heerlijke combinatie van muziek en slapstick in ieders hart. Alsof dat alles nog niet genoeg was, werd er ook nog een heuse lasershow en prachtige luchtacrobatie geserveerd. De aanwezigen kwamen letterlijk ogen tekort voor het geboden totaalspektakel en spaarden, na een daverend slotapplaus, hun lof dan ook niet.

 

Omdat beelden vaak meer zeggen dan woorden, delen we graag onderstaande aftermovie (incl. reacties publiek) en foto's van dit zeer geslaagde voorproefje!

 

Bekijk HIER de aftermovie!

 

Met ‘OWLA Showtime - Welcome To The Red Carpet’ serveert de prachtige eventlocatie Owla Brugge het meest waanzinnige variétéspektakel van deze zomer. In de voormalige Heilige Familiekerk in het hart van Brugge kan je vanaf 28 juni gaan genieten van deze show vol ambiance, humor, zang, dans, acrobatie en natuurlijk de nodige glitter & glamour. 

 

Tickets & info ‘OWLA Showtime - Welcome To The Red Carpet’: owlabrugge.be 

PRAKTISCHE INFO

Speeldata:
28, 29, 30* juni 2024
5, 6, 7*, 19, 20, 21*, 26, 27, 28* juli 2024
2, 3, 4* augustus 2024
*Op zondagen matineevoorstellingen (aanvang 15u) - andere data aanvang 20u30

Ticketprijs:
- Parterre: €49
- Balkon (cat. 1): €69
- Balkon (cat. 2): €59
(allemaal zitplaatsen)

Adres Owla Brugge: Bilkske 3 - 8000 Brugge
Parking (betalend): Alfapark, Predikherenrei 4A, 8000 Brugge
Openbaar vervoer: bus 6 - 16

*gerealiseerd met steun van de Belgische taxshelter

Mijn verslag van die try-out vind u hier:

https://www.cultuurmania.com/concerts/reports/reports-2024

D.S. WILSON SENDS A ‘TELEGRAM’

D.S. Wilson is a Chicago-based multi-instrumental jazz musician specializing in saxophone and piano/keyboards. Wilson’s musical roots began in jazz, but he has played and released multiple albums (7) in various genres including rock, pop and blues. D.S. Wilson teamed up with artist/producer Steve Oliver as well as gold and platinum producer Jeff Carruthers, along with an all-star cast to produce Wilson’s fourth solo Smooth Jazz album entitled “Metamorphosis”.

 

Wilson's new single “Telegram” is going for adds June 17, 2024, and is the second single from the new album.

TOMMY DAVIDSON FT. NAJEE – ‘YOU SHOW ME’

Tommy Davidson’s exceptional range–from stand-up comedy and acting to versatile music accomplishments–have earned him a reputation as an extraordinary performer who delivers no matter the arena. Best known as one of the stars of the hit television shows In Living Color, Davidson's Visibility Has allowed him to become a household name known for his innovative talent across all platforms. After being spotted by major concert promoters, he was first booked as the opening act for Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Luther Vandross.

 

Producer: Wendell Donald Jr.

Co producer: Tommy Davidson

Co producer: James Moody

 

Patrick Bolton, Lynne Fiddmont, Selina Albright: Vocals

Najee: Flute/Sax

Marcus Anderson: Flute

Cory Baker: Bass Guitar

Rick Marcel: Guitar

Jaco Abel: Flamenco Guitar

Andrew Neu: Horn Arrangement

Arthur Thompson: Percussion

Frankie: Drums Programming

Mixed by Steve Sykes

 

Original song written by: Michael McDonald and Harry Garfield

CURTIS MAYFIELD - ‘MOVE ON UP’ (MARK KNIGHT REMIX)

Curtis Mayfield's timeless anthem, ‘Move On Up’, originally from his 1970 debut album, ‘Curtis’, has long been a Soul favourite. Fresh for summer 2024, Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Mark Knight brings an electrifying twist to this much-loved iconic classic for Spinnin’ Records. Respectfully transporting the song onto today’s dance floors, Mark ramps up the energy, delivering a classy and playful fusion of classic soul and modern house, set to captivate both new listeners and long-time fans of Mayfield's Soul legacy.

DJ, producer and label owner Mark Knight is one of the most celebrated electronic artists of his generation with over 120 Million + global streams to his name. His career has spanned over two decades, with releases on a diverse range of world-leading labels such as Sony, Warner & Ministry of Sound, through to cool independents such as Cooking Vinyl, BBE, Elrow and of course, his award-winning label, Toolroom. 2023 saw the launch of Mark’s new Fool’s Paradise label, a platform for funky, soulful, Disco and vocal House, with a focus on real instrumentation and great song writing. Just back from a successful tour in Japan, Mark has a busy DJ schedule ahead this summer, along with a whole host of new dance floor heat forthcoming… stay tuned!

Track Listing
1 Move On Up (Mark Knight Remix)
2 Move On Up (Mark Knight Extended Version)

‘Move On Up’ will be released on all platforms June 14th 2024 on Spinnin’ Records.

 

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YVAN GUILINI - 'LIBERTAD TANGO' (RADIO REMIX)

Yvan Guilini brengt hedendaagse ‘Libertad Tango’ uit! 

 

Gerijpt zoals een Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, waarvan er recent nog 300 flessen werden verkocht voor ruim 540.000 dollar, zo straf is de ‘Libertad Tango’ van de West-Vlaamse instrumentalist Yvan Guilini. De man die op z’n 78ste kan terugblikken op een goedgevulde carrière met heel wat hits én de wereldhit ‘Winter Memories’, blijft zichzelf achter de klavieren heruitvinden. ‘The King on the Hammond B3’ maakt het weer helemaal waar met een zeer speciale tango, waarmee hij de vrijheid viert. Het originele ritme en de Yvan Guilini-toets maken het nummer actueel en hedendaags. Instrumentalisten en de zomermaanden, het is altijd een mooie match. Denk maar aan ‘Song of Ocarina’ van Diego Modena & J.P. Audin of de ‘Second Walz’ van André Rieu. Stuk voor stuk wereldhits die nog steeds volop worden gedraaid door hun tijdloze karakter. 

 

The King on the Hammond B3

Met de release van het gloednieuwe album ‘Music Forever’, zijn eerste in meer dan 30 jaar, was de comeback van instrumentalist Yvan Guilini een feit. Vier jaar geleden herontdekte de man die in Brugge werd geboren opnieuw de liefde voor muziek. Hij kroop achter z’n keyboards en Hammond B3, en wat volgde waren stuk voor stuk prachtige songs. Indrukwekkend is het enthousiasme, maar ook de goesting en drive waarmee de zeventiger elke dag z’n instrumenten bespeeld en intens verder werkt aan nieuwe muziek. Die muziek wordt nota bene uitgegeven door zijn dochter Carolina, de vrouw achter Game Records, die in het verleden scoorde met o.a. Def Dames Dope. 

 

Tango van de vrijheid

Naast zijn dagelijkse, voltijdse activiteiten in de bouw, houdt Yvan Guilini van muzikale uitdagingen. Hij kleurt graag buiten de lijntjes en staat bekend voor zijn diversiteit aan stijlen, maar vooral ook om zijn prachtige melodieën en de onafscheidelijke wereldhit ‘Winter Memories’. Met de zomer in het vooruitzicht mag het allemaal wat zwoeler en gedurfder zijn, iets wat hij vertaalt naar een passionele, gloednieuwe tango: ‘Libertad Tango’. Deze ‘tango voor de vrijheid’ drijft op pure klasse. Als je goed luistert, ontdek je de verschillende muzikale lagen. De productie klinkt opnieuw internationaal. Uiteraard wordt deze release ook ondersteund met een straffe videoclip. 

 

Topsucces
Niet alleen in eigen land is Yvan Guilini’s recentste album ‘Music Forever’ een succes, ook in het buitenland werden er al verschillende songs gereleasd met prachtige videoclips die in heel wat landen werden en worden gedraaid op radio en televisie. “Ik hou het allemaal niet bij (lacht), maar mijn dochter gelukkig wel. Ja, het is ongelofelijk in hoeveel landen je naast ‘Winter Memories’ ook mijn nieuwste muziek hoort. Ik ben daar ontzettende blij mee. Wist je dat ze in Brazilië de dance versie van ‘Fata Morgana’ gebruiken als eindtune in ‘Megafoon’, één van de succesvolste tv-programma’s van het moment? Ja, zo hard gaat het dus”, zegt de man met de weelderige haardos. 

 

Internationaal
Met ‘Big Band is back in Town’ werd ook de recentste Yvan Guilini-single in verschillende landen met succes onthaald en opgepikt door heel wat radiozenders. Het overzicht van wat er gebeurde met deze uptempo Jazz Swing-song, die opgenomen werd met een echte big band, is indrukwekkend. Naast aandacht op de Braziliaanse nationale tv en diverse radiostations komt dat nummer ook nog voorbij op NBC tv, Germany RTL - Digital Network, FOX TV Network  & Broadcasting, Digital Network United States, Toronto TV Canada, XPTV 1, EN2, XPTV Global, Pluto TV, op internationale videokanalen en streamingplatformen e.v.a. Ook de clip van ‘Don’t Take My Dream Away’, een song die je terugvindt op ‘Music Forever’, werd gedraaid door MTV Asia. “Ik sta er zelf nog dagelijks van te kijken hoeveel landen ter wereld niet alleen het oudere repertoire, maar ook het nieuwe werk van mijn vader draaien. Instrumentale muziek is tijdloos en ook de jeugd, merk ik uit de talrijke reacties, is gek op zijn muziek. Geweldig”, zegt Yvan’s dochter en platenbaas Carolina Guilini enthousiast. 

 

Passie

“Ik ben blij dat ik de liefde voor de tango alsnog ontdekte op latere leeftijd. Het genre is mij niet vreemd, maar het is toch één van de eerste keren dat ik mij waag aan een liedje over de vrijheid van het leven. Dat vrije gevoel ervaar je wanneer je passioneel danst op ‘Libertad Tango’. Enerzijds is er het meeslepende dat wordt afgewisseld met het strakke tempo dat deze tango dicteert. Daarnaast ervaar je de liefde, het vuur en de passie wanneer je hem effectief danst. Ik heb ondertussen al wat toffe reacties gekregen van dansscholen die het nummer al spontaan hebben toegevoegd aan hun Spotify-lijstjes en overwegen om hem binnenkort ook effectief aan te leren. Stel je voor. Dat zou pas een erkenning zijn”, zegt Yvan Guilini. 

 

 ‘Libertad Tango’ van Yvan Guilini verscheen op Game Records en is digitaal beschikbaar.

Meer info over Yvan Guilini vind je op www.yvanguilini.be

'Libertad Tango', de nieuwe single van Yvan Guilini, kan u HIER beluisteren op alle grote streamingplatformen.

FRANSE ZANGERES FRANCOISE HARDY OVERLEDEN

De Franse zangeres, actrice en stijlicoon Françoise Hardy is gisteren op 80-jarige leeftijd overleden. Dit trieste nieuws meldt haar zoon, Thomas Dutronc, in een bericht op Facebook. Hardy, geboren en getogen in Parijs, werd begin jaren zestig plotsklaps wereldberoemd met het dromerige liedje ‘Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles’. Het nummer werd meteen een hit toen de destijds 18-jarige Hardy het liet horen tijdens een pauze in de televisie-uitzending over een referendum in 1962. Via dat referendum konden de Fransen bepalen of de president in de toekomst rechtstreeks gekozen moest worden, dus er werd massaal naar de televisie gekeken. Na die entree verdween Hardy nooit meer van het publieke toneel in Frankrijk. Ook daarbuiten werd ze een beroemdheid. Zo deed ze in 1963 voor Monaco mee aan het Eurovisie Songfestival met het liedje ‘L'Amour s'En Va’. Hardy eindigde op de vijfde plaats. In de jaren daarna groeide Hardy uit tot een muziek- en stijlicoon. Onder meer door haar eigenzinnige, moderne kledingstijl en haar melancholische ballads - ze begeleidde zichzelf bij optredens vaak op gitaar - werd Hardy begin jaren zestig de bekendste figuur van de yé-yé, de Franse variant op de Britse beatmuziek uit die tijd. Andere bekende nummers van Hardy uit de eerste helft van de jaren zestig waren ‘Le Temps De l'Amour’ (1962), ‘J'Suis d'Accord’ (1962), ‘Only Friends / Ton Meilleur Ami’ (1964), ‘Mon Amie La Rose’ (1964) en ‘All Over The World / Dans Le Monde Entier’ (1965). In de tweede helft van de jaren zestig liet Hardy van zich horen met prachtige nummers als ‘La Maison Où J'ai Grandi’ (1966), ‘L'Amitié’ (1966), ‘Voila’ (1967) en ‘Comment Te Dire Adieu’ (1968). Later zou ze in interviews zeggen dat ze moeite had met haar plotse status als beroemdheid; ze stond te boek als verlegen en gereserveerd, en kon allesbehalve genieten van het leven in de schijnwerpers. Daarnaast had ze last van podiumvrees. Naast haar muziekcarrière was Hardy ook actrice. Sinds de jaren zestig speelde ze in tal van films. Verder werkte ze veel samen met beroemde modeontwerpers, zoals Yves Saint Laurent en Paco Rabanne, en werd ze bewonderd door velen. Onder anderen de Spaanse kunstenaar Salvador Dalí en latere muziekiconen als David Bowie, Mick Jagger en Bob Dylan waren haar fans. Op de ranglijst van de 200 beste zangers aller tijden van het Amerikaanse tijdschrift ‘Rolling Stone’ in 2023 nam Hardy de 162ste plek in. Ze was de enige artiest uit Frankrijk op de lijst. In de afgelopen decennia worstelde Hardy met gezondheidsproblemen. Ze overleed na een jarenlang ziekbed. Françoise Hardy ruste in vrede.

 

Met dank aan Leo Weijers.

KINDERCAST FAMILIEMUSICAL ‘PETER PAN’ BEKEND

14 kinderen tussen 8 en 13 jaar mogen schitteren 'Peter Pan'

Lotte Stevens wordt Tinkerbel.

 

Vanaf 7 december 2024 presenteert Deep Bridge een volledig eigen musicalversie van het tijdloze verhaal van 'Peter Pan' in Antwerpen, Gent en Hasselt. Sophie Janssens (Peter Pan), Nordin De Moor (Kapitein Haak), Lotte De Clerck (Wendy), Jozefien Grossen (Nana) en Jervin Weckx (Mr. Smee) krijgen op deze betoverende reis een stevige lading zeer jong musicaltalent mee, want maar liefst 14 jonge avonturiers tussen 8 en 13 jaar wisten ook een reispas naar Neverland te bemachtigen.

Michiel & Janneman Darling

Lotte De Clerck mag zich als oudere zus Wendy Darling ontfermen over haar broertjes Michiel en Janneman Darling. De rol van Michiel wordt afwisselend gespeeld door de absolute benjamin van de cast, de 8-jarige Febe Fabre uit Merksem, en de 9-jarige Marieke Mertens uit het Oost-Vlaamse Wichelen. Oudste broer Janneman wordt vertolkt door Julien Aelvoet (12, Sint-Katelijne-Waver) en de 13-jarige Mauro Degroote uit Deerlijk, die eerder de pannen van het dak speelde bij Deep Bridge in 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (Charlie Bucket) en 'A Christmas Carol' (Tiny Tim).

The Lost Boys

Ook voor de olijke bende The Lost Boys vond Deep Bridge het nodige ruwe talent. Zo zullen Gust Van Rossum (10, Londerzeel) en Stan Van Veen (10, Heist-op-den-Berg) afwisselend in de huid van Curly kruipen, nemen Ferre Vereecken (13, Deinze) en Rocco Baeken (12, Antwerpen) de rol van Tootles voor hun rekening en mogen Louis Tierens (9, Londerzeel) en Iyayi Van Brussel (11, Waasmunster) zich opmaken om als Nibs te schitteren. Slightly wordt gespeeld door Leonie Gysen (10, Schilde) en Hanne Lefever (11, Kester), Sanne Van Zwam (12, Melsele) en Jits Desmet (12, Schaarbeek) vervolledigen The Lost Boys als Twin.

Lotte Stevens wordt Tinkerbel

Naast al dat jonge geweld wordt aan de hoofdcast nog een absolute hoogvlieger - pun intended - toegevoegd, want Lotte Stevens (Mega Mindy) zal dit najaar te zien zijn als Tinkerbel in deze nieuwe familiemusical.

Met ook nog Alyssa Luypaert, Laurenz Hoorelbeke, Lotte Heuten, Daan Keisse, Mathieu Van Nieulande en Douwe Debroux in het ensemble, wordt 'Peter Pan' een feest voor jong en oud!

 

Reis mee met Peter, de jongen die weigert ouder te worden. Van het magische elfenstof tot opwindende avonturen vol zwaardgevechten. Deze productie omarmt de kracht van verbeelding in al zijn glorie. In het magische universum van Peter Pan is alles mogelijk! Prachtige muziek, kleurrijke kostuums en adembenemende decors maken van 'Peter Pan' een onvergetelijke ervaring voor jong en oud.

Tickets & info: deepbridge.be.

SPECIAL EFX FT. CHIELI MINUCCI – ‘COOL SUMMER’

Guitarist, composer, producer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is the longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group SPECIAL EFX featuring Chieli Minucci, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for over 40 years. Chieli has just released “Cool Summer”, the perfect melodic, smooth groove piece for summer 2024!

 

“Cool Summer” features Chieli tickling the fretboard of his 60 year old nylon-string classical guitar. This also marks the first collaboration between Chieli and Paul Brown, who sat in the producers seat for the recording.

 

Composed by Chieli Minucci, Emanuel Kallins, Paul Brown

Produced & Mixed by Paul Brown at The Funky Joint

Published by Chieli Music (ASCAP)

 

Chieli Minucci–acoustic guitars, keyboards, beats

Roberto Vally–bass

Paul Brown–electric guitar, percussion

Jay Weigal–strings

REVERED JAZZ SONGSTRESS DEEANN RELEASES ‘IT’S MY TIME’

 In 2015, years after setting aside her larger musical dreams to dedicate herself to raising a family, multi-talented singer/songwriter DeeAnn is back to create her legacy. Her latest album It’s My Time, currently receiving National airplay with Neal Sapper, New World n Jazz and featuring three original songs amidst a mix of folk, pop and jazz classics, is the latest manifestation of the Niagara Falls, NY native’s renewed vision of her life.  

 

The singer laid the foundation for her newly burgeoning career with her cleverly titled 2017 collection Desperately Seeking DeeAnn, which was produced by contemporary jazz bassist, RiShon Odel (Brian Culbertson, Najee). When her father, popular Buffalo area jazz performer Frank DiMeo, learned she was finally embracing what he felt was her destiny as a jazz singer, he was thrilled.  Though she had previously sung pop and country professionally, he was the one who introduced her as a little girl to the music of Ella Fitzgerald and his favorite, Sarah Vaughan.  

 

To pay tribute to her dad’s influence, DeeAnn invited him to sing two duets with her (“Unforgettable” and “Fly Me to the Moon”).  The collection also featured the blues and jazz influenced original tune, “Everybody’s Got a Story”, whose chorus served as her life’s new mission statement: “Everybody’s Got a Story/Everybody’s got a cross to bear/Everybody’s got something to say/So shine the light and spread your love.” The following year, DeeAnn was honored to be inducted into the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame.  

 

The singer soon had a painful story to tell.  The tragedy of losing her 23-year-old son William Michael Tompkins to a motorcycle accident, after she and Odel had completed most of the tracks of “It’s My Time’ threw DeeAnn’s life into a tailspin and delayed the project indefinitely.  Her original concept was to record analbum of old standards, and the two had 90 percent of them.    

 

When DeeAnn came back to the project she added a few new, very personal songs, starting with a heartrending, gospel-influenced version of “You Are My Sunshine”, a song she sang to William to put him to sleep when he was a child.  Odel’s sensitive yet rousing and inspirational production features members of the Buffalo Philharmonic String Quartet (Roman Mekhulnov).

 

Another original tune she added, the soulful ballad, “A Little Romance,” is a homage to the “angels” who helped her during her lowest points: “You help me pray, when my faith is shaken/You give me hope, help my soul awaken.” The other originals are the passionate love ballad “Here to Stay” and “Writing on the Wall,” a whimsical, hard hitting, brassy blues-rock breakup song, a duet with Mick Hayes that balances the poignancy of the album.  

 

The other tracks on It’s My Time reveal DeeAnn as a masterful song interpreter and storyteller who turns words and melodies of legendary writers and artists into her own emotional narratives.  Drawing from a wide range of styles and eras, these include “Blue Skies,” “Summertime,” “Killing Me Softly,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Nearness of You” and “Fine and Mellow.”

 

Hailing from a small steel town outside of Buffalo, DeeAnn was raised in a musical family, learning standards that would eventually become part of her repertoire.  In addition to the smooth vocal stylings of her father Frank, she was inspired early on by Buffalo Blue Note legend, DoDo Green and attended multiple jazz jams.  During her early days as a pop/rock singer, she won Best Female Vocalist at the Buffalo Music Awards two years in a row.  Her later success as a country artist earned her placements on numerous radio CD compilations, resulting in airplay throughout the U.S and Europe.  When she returned to music as a jazz-blues singer in the mid-2010’s, she won Best Female Blues Vocalist at the Buffalo Night Life Music Awards and her 2019 EP Stay Here won Best Jazz CD from JazzBuffalo.org. 

 

Tony Zambito, Executive Director of JazzBuffalo, says, “DeeAnn is not only a soulful powerhouse, but also a superb storyteller who’s emotionally charged performances create a deeply personal and wonderful listening experience for audiences.  Whether interpreting timeless classics or presentingher own originals, DeeAnn captivates listeners with her heartfelt delivery and genuine connection, making each concert and listen truly memorable.”

 

https://deeannmusic.com/

 

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SMOOTH SOUL SONGSTRESS ERIN STEVENSON SOARS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT ‘UNCOVERED’

The singer who flanks A-listers reveals her own muse on “Cover Girl Uncovered,” her second album dropping on June 28.

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (10 JUNE 2024): When you’re singing hit songs twenty feet from stardom, it’s easy to feel like a cover artist even if you are on stage with Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Duran Duran, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Ciara, Rihanna or Camila Cabello. And since your role is to add light to someone else’s songbook, you keep your own artistic muse to yourself. Those are the circumstances that inspired Erin Stevenson’s “Cover Girl Uncovered,” her second album arriving June 28 from Innervision Records. Stevenson had a hand in writing all seven of the original songs and produced three tracks for the twelve-song set that uncovers some of her own musical influences via five cover songs that she selected to reimagine in her own inimitable style. 

 

A dynamic, high-energy performer blessed with a powerful voice, Stevenson bills herself as the “Smooth Soul Songstress.” The songs on “Cover Girl Uncovered” are an alchemistic style of R&B beats, jazz improvisation, neo soul grooves and pop melodies. She capitalizes on her freedom as a frontperson to share her own thoughts, insights and stories about love, relationships, and hope through life’s journey.

 

“The goal of ‘Cover Girl Uncovered’ is to let the world hear what I have to say about life and love. It’s about stepping out boldly into my own lane and spotlight. The album contains several of my favorite cover songs but done my way. I wrote the other half of the songs on the album, which are my uncovered thoughts and melodies,” said the Los Angeles-based Stevenson, who will celebrate the album release with a hometown concert at the Eldorado Ballroom in Houston on June 29.

 

Among the noteworthy contributors who helped flesh out Stevenson’s vision for “Cover Girl Uncovered” are two-time Grammy-winning producer Paul Brown, soul-jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows, producer-guitarist David P. Stevens, urban-jazz keyboardist Nathan Mitchell, and Grammy-winning guitarist Shane Theriot. Stevenson brought members of her own band – guitarist Kay-Ta Matsuno and bassist Keith Eaddy – into the studio to track the album, fostering continuity between what you hear on record and live in concert. 

 

“Cover Girl Uncovered” opens with the vintage R&B sounds of Teena Marie’s “I Need Your Lovin.”

 

“I stand on every word written in this song as if I wrote it myself. I don't mind singing about love over money in 2024, which seems to be the unpopular opinion these days,” said Stevenson who calls Marie as one of her favorite singers.  

 

Another one of Stevenson’s favorites is Chaka Khan, celebrated on the album with a fresh rendition of “Everlasting Love.”

“The vocal melody and infectious guitar melody scream summer breeze, top down on your car, pure soul. It’s definitely my kind of vibe,” said Stevenson.

The summer heat continues with a sultry Brazilian jazz version of Phil Perry’s “Perfect Island Night.” Stevenson said, “It’s the chords and the passionate lyrics that get me. It's easy to over sing this song, but anything more would take away from a perfectly produced and well-written song. Sometimes you just have to deliver the song.”

Stevenson gets jazzy on an elegant reading of Nancy Wilson’s “Save Your Love For Me.”

“I've always admired her (Wilson’s) class, her tone, and her brand of jazz. And every girl has had that one guy who they know is no good for them, but…” Stevenson said about the song that adds the sheen of Mitchell’s piano.

Stevenson revisits Alicia Meyer’s R&B prayer “I Want To Thank You” and grants Matsuno the freedom to riff freely throughout the upbeat track.

“This song has always resonated with me spiritually and artistically. It's really a gratitude prayer to God in an R&B setting. I want to sing and write songs that mean something, yet you have no idea that I'm inspiring you while you're swaying and singing along,” revealed Stevenson.

The section of original songs opens with the simmering “Playing with Fire,” which was produced by Billboard top 20 saxophonist Justin Young. Stevenson paints the scene.

“We sat across the table, staring into each other's eyes as he told me that he didn't want anything serious or to fall in love. I told him ‘I am love...and not me, but love is a powerful thing thus you're playing with fire.’”

Released as a single last February, “Almost” plays out on a sensual mid-tempo groove. Stevenson explains the song’s meaning.

“An ex- called to tell me that he should've married me, but he married the woman he met after me. So, I put in all the work, she reaps the benefits, but he's miserable, and I'm over it.”

Stevenson shares her wedding vows, which she set to music on “Yes.”

“I was engaged in five months, some would say too soon, but we've been happily married now for nine years and together for ten years. The lyrics are vulnerable, honest, and were my actual wedding vows that I sung to him at our wedding.”

“Cover Girl Uncovered” has already spawned a Billboard top 15 single with “Smooth Soul,” which features Meadows’s soprano sax (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxRBwozEjxM). Stevenson wrote and coproduced the steamy track with Stevens.

“I'm a red-headed tamed wild child, and I'm often initially misread as an artist and by men. But I like my music just like I like my men: smooth and soulful. If there’s a song that best describes me as an artist, this is the one.”

Illumined by Keith Mitchell McKelley’s expressive saxophone, “Everything To Me” was also released as a radio single and accompanied by a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kf4ObH6hl7M).

Stevenson stated, “I believe there’s strength in being vulnerable. No matter how amazing we are, we all need someone. We should never be too proud to say thank you and I love you.”

An enchanted Stevenson shares her real-life inspiration for “Here With You.”

“It was our third date. A beautiful sun arose just as we arose from a magical night. He called out of work, and I canceled the studio session I had planned and neither of us cared about the repercussions. We were right where we wanted to be, and the outside world didn't matter.”

Brown produced and played acoustic guitar on “Believe,” which closes the collection on a note of positivity, thanks to Stevenson’s empowering lyrics.

“Believing is one of the easiest things to say and one of the most difficult things to do, but its believing that’s gotten me to where I am today,” Stevenson said about the Billboard top 20 single (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa5WoJpyW7w&list=PLnUqWc-s422D6vnB8ToCnu60jlRb7hXop&index=3).

Recording “Cover Girl Uncovered” was more than a two-year journey for Stevenson. As she wrote and recorded, she teased the project by dropping singles along the way, beginning with “Everything To Me,” in early 2022. “Believe” followed in August that year while “Smooth Soul” hit in March last year. When “Almost” streeted around this Valentine’s Day, Stevenson was caught up in the whirlwind promotional tour for Timberlake’s new album. Now she can fully focus on sharing, promoting and performing her own music. 

 

“Cover Girl Uncovered” contains the following songs:

“I Need Your Lovin’”

“Everlasting Love”

“Perfect Island Night”

“Save Your Love For Me”

“I Want To Thank You”

“Playing With Fire”

“Almost”

“Yes”

“Smooth Soul” featuring Marion Meadows

“Everything To Me”

“Here With You”

“Believe” featuring Paul Brown

 

For more information, visit https://www.erinstevensonmusic.com.

RON KING – ‘MOSAIC’

As Ron King has now become a familiar artist in the Smooth Jazz world, he's continuing to create new music for that genre. To that end, Ron has just completed a new single for the beginning of his 3rd Smooth Jazz album, produced by Paul Brown. The song is entitled "Mosaic". The collaboration between Ron King and Paul Brown has proved to be a winning combination. Ron's last album Cascade featured nine spectacular songs that the Smooth Jazz audience embraced wholeheartedly.

 

"Mosaic" is an uplifting song showcasing Ron's dazzling flugelhorn playing. "Mosaic" is light and introspective, heartfelt and moving. It is a perfect song to usher-in the original tunes that will follow on this same-titled album.

THE RAHN BROTHERS – ‘BLAST’

BLAST into summer with THE RAHN BROTHERS! Side 2 Music is proud to bring you the latest from twin horn duo Darren & Jason Rahn (saxophone/trumpet). On the heels of their debut single “Double Down,” which captured audiences and reached#2 on the coveted Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart last year, the twins now bring you “BLAST,” a fresh, horn-centric hit that exudes good vibes and will leave you wanting more. It nods to the notable horn bands of the past while bringing an updated, modern sound for today’s listener.

 

Get ready to jam with THE RAHN BROTHERS and their brand new single “BLAST” which goes for adds at radio worldwide on June 10, 2024

BLACK TIE AFFAIR FT. DENNIS VAN AARSSEN – SCENES FROM A ROOFTOP

"Zij volgen een simpele maar diepgaande ethiek: het oude eren door het nieuwe te omarmen."

 

The Black Tie Affair is al vijf jaar een speeltuin voor creatieve verkenning. Met een onwankelbare toewijding om grenzen te verleggen, gaan ze op een sonische reis die ongeëvenaard is. Aan het roer van deze muzikale odyssee staat niemand minder dan Dennis van Aarssen. In samenwerking met de buitengewone Nederlandse crooner combineren ze moeiteloos de tijdloze charme van zijn jazzwortels met de energie van een modern elektronisch geluid. Het is een fusie die de conventies tart en de luisteraars uitnodigt om muziek op een geheel nieuwe manier te ervaren.

Ze volgen een simpele maar diepgaande ethiek: het oude eren door het nieuwe te omarmen. Door hun muziek nodigt The Black Tie Affair het publiek uit om te genieten van de eenvoudige geneugten des levens, van de bedwelmende roes van liefde tot de euforie van het leven in het moment. Het is een viering van het leven in al zijn levendige kleuren, tot leven gebracht door aanstekelijke melodieën en ontroerende teksten. Het aankomende album is een verzameling van al hun uitgebrachte werk, samen met het gloednieuwe nummer "Scenes From A Rooftop".

 

Maar wat The Black Tie Affair misschien wel echt onderscheidt, is hun weigering om zich te laten beperken door genre of conventie. In een wereld waar labels de dienst uitmaken, trotseren ze categorisatie en omarmen ze muzikale diversiteit met open armen. Van pop en jazz tot soul en Latijnse invloeden, hun muziek overstijgt grenzen en nodigt luisteraars uit op een avontuur vol genrevervaging dat ongeëvenaard is.

 

Dennis van Aarssen

"Ik ben een Nederlandse crooner, winnaar van The Voice of Holland in 2019, met een Edison Jazz Award en de GOUDEN status voor mijn debuutalbum 'Forever You'. Hoewel ik een grote liefde heb voor het Great American Songbook, richt ik me bij het opnemen en uitbrengen van muziek voornamelijk op mijn eigen originele composities als onafhankelijke songwriter."

URBANUS KONDIGT LAATSTE TOURNEE AAN

Met een rode bes in de hand kondigt Urbanus zijn nieuwe theatershow aan: De Bes Tof. Tijdens een persmoment in “zijn” Galmaarden vertelde de comedian, die morgen 75 wordt, op geheel eigen wijze over zijn toekomstige voorstelling. Het wordt een best-of voorstelling waarin hij zijn beste grappen, sketches en liedjes verzamelt.

Tickets en info voor Urbanus De Bes Tof zijn nu verkrijgbaar via www.COMEDYSHOWS.be

 

Urbanus is een levende legende in ons land. Een komische carrière doorheen alle theaters in Vlaanderen en Nederland, hitsingles als "Bakske vol met stro" en "Poesje Stoei", vier stripreeksen, hoofdrollen in twee van de grootste Vlaamse kaskrakers: Urbanus is de meest gevarieerde artiest die ons land rijk is. Momenteel is hij nog tot eind deze maand op tour met zijn voorstelling Bis Bis Bis. “Veel mensen dachten dat dat mijn laatste tournee zou zijn, maar ik doe er dus nog ééntje. Ik ga voor de eerste keer in mijn carrière  op zoek naar mijn leukste sketches en stunts uit mijn eigen shows van de jaren ’70 tot nu. Maar uiteraard zal ik daar ook wel nieuwe grappen tussen steken, ik wil mijn publiek altijd blijven verrassen.”

 

Het is een echt feestjaar voor Urbanus. Hij wordt morgen (7 juni) 75 jaar en daar staat van alles rond gepland. Zo verscheen er onlangs een verzamel album met Urbanus’ favorietjes, Favoliedjes. Verder gaat hij deze zomer op tour langs de festivals met De Fanfaar. Vandaag kondigde hij dan ook nog eens z’n afscheidstournee aan, De Bes Tof. “Als ik te lang zou wachten met een nieuwe show aan te kondigen, dan kan ik enkel spelen in wachtzalen van tandartsen, want dan zijn alle zalen volboekt” grapt Urbanus. In januari 2025 plant hij allerhande try-outs, om vanaf februari 2025 op tournee te gaan door Vlaanderen. Info, speeldata en tickets via www.COMEDYSHOWS.be

2FOX ‘ELEVATION’ EP (FT LAVILLE, NANDI, SOPHIA THAKUR & AFRONAUT ZU)

London’s soulful dance music duo, 2fox (aka Max Sinàl, and Ivor Novello Award winning Renell Shaw), unleash their new 3 tracker ‘Elevation’ EP on Soul Clap Records. Kicking things off with the irresistible party vibes of ‘Elevation’, 2fox join forces with Brit-Soul talent Laville, who’s catchy silky-smooth vocal glides over a warm, percussive Soulful House soundtrack. ‘Elevation’ comes with a video filmed at Notting Hill Carnival, directed by Lance Penez, which beautifully captures the uplifting vibe of the song and London’s vibrant soulful music culture.

‘Just Be’, is a slice of deep dance floor soul featuring the candied vocals of Nandi (The Voice), a sublime spoken word from performance poet, Sophia Thakur, and a powerful affirmation from Afronaut Zu (Rudimental). Rounding off this eclectic soulful package is ‘Mare Street State Of Mind’, a snappy, jazz-fuelled broken beat groover that’s powered by Sophia Thakur’s captivating story-telling and a heartfelt duet with Laville on the chorus.

“We wanted to write an EP that reflected the soulful culture that lives deep in the heart of a city like London. Selecting a mixture of artists that could resonate with our vision, helped us to achieve this. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome.” – 2fox

The high-energy sonics and introspective concepts, found in the pairing of DJ Mag’s “July 2023 Best Emerging Artist”, Max Sinàl, and Renell Shaw, create a blend of eclectic soulful house under the name of 2fox. With over 10 million streams and 350,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, 2fox continue to connect their global audience with some of the UK’s most exciting artists such as: House Gospel Choir, Nandi, Afronaut Zu, Rudimental, Hamzaa, Sophia Thakur, Rosey Chan and Laville. 2fox are rooted in the energy of club culture, and are inspired by the diversity, stories, and spectrum of rhythms that can only be gathered together in a cosmopolitan city such as London.

Laville is a multi-album releasing Neo Soul artist discovered by Acid Jazz’s Eddie Pillar. He has supported John Legend, through to performing at sell out live shows of his own and has worked with The Brand New Heavies, The Stone Foundation and more. Zimbabwean born, UK based songbird, Nandi, has won many fans with her releases and live performances at The Royal Albert Hall and The Roundhouse, among others. The UK’s Sophia Thakur is an award winning author and boundary breaking performance poet. She has collaborated with Calvin Klein, The Olympics and international chart topping musicians. Afronaut Zu is a talented artist who has also worked extensively with Rudimental, as well as appearing on releases from Dizzee Rascal, Yousef, Netsky, Balimaya Project, Steamdown and more.

Track Listing
1 2fox ft Laville - Elevation (Radio Edit)
2 2fox ft Laville - Elevation (Extended Mix)
3 2fox ft Laville - Elevation (Extended Instrumental)
4 2fox ft Nandi, Sophia Thakur & Afronaut Zu - Just Be (Radio Edit)
5 2fox ft Nandi, Sophia Thakur & Afronaut Zu - Just Be
6 2fox ft Nandi, Sophia Thakur & Afronaut Zu - Just Be (Instrumental)
7 2fox ft Sophia Thakur, Laville - Mare Street State Of Mind
8 2fox ft Sophia Thakur, Laville - Mare Street State Of Mind (Instrumental)

Support from Louie Vega, Crystal Waters and many more!

2fox
‘Elevation’ EP (Ft Laville, Nandi, Sophia Thakur and Afronaut Zu)
Soul Clap Records / SCR 081
https://www.instagram.com/2foxlondon
https://www.instagram.com/laville_music
https://www.instagram.com/thisisnandi/
https://www.instagram.com/sophiathakur
https://www.instagram.com/afronautzu
http://instagram.com/soulclaprecords

BLEACHERS - 'PRISONERS OF PARADISE' : FIRST SINGLE FROM 'SILVER PATRON SAINTS: THE SONGS OF JESSE MALIN’

JESSE MALIN | photo by Vivian Wang

 

BLEACHERS
PRISONERS OF PARADISE

new single
out 05.06.24
(Glassnote Records)

stream  

included on
VARIOUS ARTISTS
SILVER PATRON SAINTS
THE SONGS OF JESSE MALIN

star-studded tribute and benefit album
out 20.09.24
3xLP | digital

pre-order

“As always in my songs, the themes are all there - transcendence, positivity and global unity through music,” says American rock musician Jesse Malin, who suffered a rare spinal stroke in May 2023 that left him paralysed from the waist down. “This is what I love to do, and I’m going to do everything I can to keep doing it.” ‘Silver Patron Saints: The Songs of Jesse Malin’ is both a tribute and benefit album, with all proceeds going to to Malin’s Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

“This record is also a dynamite and long-overdue awareness project, non-stop star time in vigorously personal twists on behalf of a great rock & roll songbook,” states Rolling Stone magazine editor David Fricke, a longtime fan.

Often a contributor to other people’s causes, Malin is grateful to all the musicians who have rallied around him, including Bruce Springsteen, Billie Joe Armstrong, Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello, The Hold Steady, Tommy Stinson, Alison Mosshart (with the late Wayne Kramer), Tom Morello, Counting Crows, Dinosaur Jr., The Wallflowers, Spoon, Susanna Hoffs, Frank Turner, Rancid and many more.

The first single from the album is ‘Prisoners of Paradise’ by Bleachers (aka writer/prducer Jack Antonoff), who have recently enjoyed Top 5 chart success in the UK with a self-titled album. Originally included on Malin’s 2007 album ‘Glitter in the Gutter’, Antonoff takes the song “through tunnel-of-love reverb like Suicide's ‘Dream Baby Dream’ cut after hours at Sun Records in Memphis,” writes Fricke in the liner notes of the 3xLP package, which is available for pre-order HERE.

“There’s a feeling of liberation that comes with this, but I don’t want to keep repeating myself either,” explains Malin. “My whole process since I started making music at 13 has been to progress, evolve and challenge myself on each record. I really hope people in all parts of the world can relate to these songs, just the spectrum of emotions, overcoming by celebrating life through music and art.”

Malin revealed to Rolling Stone in late 2023 that “I have a lot of anxiety and insomnia. Your mind goes into some dark places. But I just have to keep a positive outlook and believe.” He is now undergoing a strict daily regimen with physical therapy and stem-cell treatments. "I am getting some strength back in my legs, but it moves a lot slower than I would like. I don’t want to portray it like I'm ready to do the James Brown splits onstage. I definitely have a long way to go, but I'm blessed and so grateful for the amazing fans and friends that I have.”

Fricke adds: “Jesse Malin knows about scars, from his youth, observation and more. They all carry tales, and he's not done telling them. ‘Silver Patron Saints’ is the gang back at the bar, coming to the stage to toast the composer and his story so far.”

The full tracklisting for ‘Silver Patron Saints: The Songs Of Jesse Malin’ will be announced in late July.

JESSE MALIN - 2024 biography

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MARC ANTOINE’S NEW SINGLE ‘LEVANTE’

The title of Marc Antoine’s infectious, melodic and high-spirited new single “Levante” has a twofold meaning. It’s perfectly in sync with its joyful, grooving energy and feeling of a refreshing 2020s rebirth of the classic Contemporary Jazz style prevalent in the 80s and 90s.

 

Having brought his hip, cosmopolitan vibe to the urban jazz realm for three decades, Antoine reflects the beauty and peaceful, laid-back flow of his life there with his breezy acoustic melody, which rides atop a dynamic production driven by the multiple keyboards (including Steinway piano, marimba and vibraphone) of the track’s composer and producer, Philippe Saisse.

 

“Very much conveying the magic of a sunrise and morning breeze, I immediately felt the song’s beautiful sense of peace and joy, and was drawn to its overall grooviness. There was a lot of light in the music, and I loved its stress-free vibe. It’s not a typical Smooth Jazz R&B sound, but I can see fans of that style enjoying the groove. Add to that a bit of Latin influence and Philippe’s killer hook, and you can really feel the spirit of the ‘Levante' that I experience and enjoy every morning.” - Marc Antoine

FEELING GROOVY - R&B/JAZZ GUITARIST GREGORY GOODLOE HOOKS UP WITH GRAMMY-WINNING PRODUCER MICHAEL BROENING FOR A ‘GROOVIN’’ NEW SINGLE

DENVER, CO (4 June 2024): Ever since R&B/jazz guitarist Gregory Goodloe scored his first Billboard No. 1 hit five years ago, he’s maintained a consistent presence on the national singles charts and on playlists everywhere. He released a half-dozen singles since, each of which was a collaboration with a chart-topping producer such as Adam Hawley, Darren Rahn, Jeff Canady and Bob Baldwin. For Goodloe’s new Hip Jazz Records single, “Groovin’ On,” he tapped Grammy winner Michael Broening to co-write and produce the effervescent track that recently began collecting radio and Spotify playlist adds.

 

Goodloe has openly acknowledged the impact that legendary guitarist and vocalist George Benson has on his music. Broening won a Grammy for producing Benson’s and Al Jarreau’s 2007 duet, “Mornin’,” thus teaming up with the producer who has more than twenty No. 1 hits was a goal high up on Goodloe’s wish list. The guitarist respects the keyboardist-producer-songwriter’s catalogue that boasts more than sixty contemporary jazz hits from a star-studded assemblage of hitmakers including Nick Colionne, Cindy Bradley, Michael Lington, Steve Oliver, Tim Bowman, Lin Rountree, Althea Rene, Kim Scott and Kayla Waters. 

 

“I have always admired Michael’s amazing ability to tell a story through his music. We had talked about collaborating for more than a year. It was the vibe of ‘Groovin’ On’ that Michael decided would fit my personality. Putting the song together was a dream come true. I wanted to create a song that was easy on the ear, but true to the groove,” said Goodloe, who was accompanied on the invigorating track by Broening’s keyboards, Grammy-winning bassist Mel Brown, and rhythm guitarist Freddie Fox, the latter who also played on “Mornin’.” 

 

The song title fits the tune perfectly as “Groovin’ On” surfs towering waves of energizing, dance and funk grooves while Goodloe’s commanding electric jazz guitar splashes around in a frothy ocean of melodies. The single will serve as the title track of Goodloe’s forthcoming album that he anticipates releasing this summer.

 

The Denver-based Goodloe served in the U.S. Army prior to launching his music career. Stylistically, the guitarist has explored both secular and nonsecular music as well as instrumental and vocal music. Among Goodloe’s noteworthy endeavors in jazz, R&B and gospel are outings with Grammy winner Ben Tankard, R&B vocal trio Surface, soul singer Howard Hewett, boy band B2K, R&B singer-songwriter Tank, and The First Lady of Gospel Music Shirley Caesar. Of his own recordings, Goodloe’s single “Stylin’” went all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard chart in June 2019. More recently, “In This Love” was a top 25 single last year. Goodloe hosts the weekly Mile High Smooth Jazz radio show, which airs on Worldwide Jazz Radio.

 

Catch Goodloe on stage performing “Groovin’ On” on the following dates:

                                                                                                   

June 16           Juneteenth Music Festival at the Historic Five Points                        Denver, CO

July 13            Colorado Black Arts Festival Denver City Park                                Denver, CO

July 14            Jazz On The Grotto at The Arizona Center                                      Phoenix, AZ   

 

For more information, visit https://gregorygoodloe.com.

CHRISTOPHE GOZE COVERS THE POLICE

Here is Christophe Goze’s jazz-inspired rendition of "When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around" by The Police.

He has taken the original's rhythmic drive and copied the repetitive guitar chord progression and infused it with smooth, jazzy elements. The result is a version that maintains the essence of the song while introducing a fresh, sophisticated twist.

It will be officially released on platforms on 17th of June and available this week on his web site & store.

Genre: Smooth Jazz / NuJazz / Lounge

Performed & produced by Christophe Goze
Written by Gordon Matthew Sumner

Guitar & all instruments by Christophe Goze
Recorded & mixed by Christophe Goze at Earth Studio

Published by Songs of Universal Inc

2024 Goze Limited

DIRIGENT, COMPONIST & ARRANGEUR HARRY VAN HOOF OVERLEDEN

(Eurovisie Songfestival) dirigent, componist en arrangeur Harry van Hoof is eergisteren op 81-jarige leeftijd overleden. Dat heeft Harry’s ex-vrouw, zangeres Trea Dobbs, gisteren bekendgemaakt op Facebook. Gedurende zijn muzikale loopbaan werkte Harry nauw samen met artiesten als Ramses Shaffy, Rob de Nijs, Willeke Alberti en BZN. Van Hoof was twintig jaar lang vaste gastdirigent bij het Metropole Orkest. Volgens Toon van Hoof (geen familie), die het productiebedrijf van Harry van Hoof in 2008 overnam, kwam het overlijden "als donderslag bij heldere hemel. Hij was niet ziek en stond nog volop in het leven", zegt hij tegen persbureau ANP. Toon van Hoof schrijft in een statement op Facebook: "We herinneren Harry als een hardwerkende en vakbekwame levensgenieter." Harry was als dirigent betrokken bij verschillende Nederlandse deelnames aan het Eurovisie Songfestival. In de begintijd van het liedjesfestival werden alle acts nog begeleid door een live orkest met dirigent. Zo dirigeerde hij de inzending van Ruth Jacott in 1993 en die van Xandra (Sandra Reemer) in 1976 en 1979. Hij was in 1975 ook betrokken bij de overwinning van Teach-In met het liedje ‘Dinge-Dong’. Zijn grootste succes als componist had Harry in 1971 met de megahit ‘How Do You Do' van Mouth & MacNeal. Hans van Hemert herinnert zich Van Hoof als een echte alleskunner. "Hij kon alles aan. Van jazz tot religieuze muziek en alles daartussenin", zegt hij bij NPO Radio 1. De componist en producent vond het geweldig om met hem samen te werken. "Ik maakte thuis mijn demo's en nam dat op een heel krakkemikkige manier op. De drums deed ik op mijn knieën. Harry zei dan: 'Nou, vertel maar wat je wil hebben'. En dat klonk dan helemaal fantastisch." Begin jaren zestig was Van Hoof een van de zes Rockets van de Eindhovense band Peter (Koelewijn) en zijn Rockets. Van Hoof speelde piano, maar stapte later uit de begeleidingsband van de Eindhovense zanger. Hij had zijn eerste succes als arrangeur met de hit ‘Sophietje’ van Johnny Lion. In Nederland werkte hij lang samen met BZN. Toen de band in 1996 zijn eigen 30-jarig jubileum wilde vieren, werd met het Groot Gala Orkest onder leiding van Van Hoof en enkele zangkoren een cd opgenomen, te weten ‘A Symphonic Night’. In 1974 vormde hij met Peter Koelewijn het duo Hal Dorado, dat twee singles uitbracht: ‘The Bull And I’ (1970, toen nog Koelewijn alleen) en ‘240024’ (1974). In 1974 leidde Harry het ‘Grand Gala Du Disque’. Harry van Hoof ruste in vrede!

 

Met dank aan Leo Weijers.

NIEUWE SINGLE ‘MANUELA’ DOOR RENATO FALASCHI & DANIEL DOMENGE

Na bijna 7 jaar gestopt te zijn met het opnemen en componeren van muziek, is Renato Falaschi onlangs weer begonnen met opnemen en componeren. Hij begon ook nieuwe samenwerkingen en muzikale projecten met verschillende artiesten, waaronder een zeer dierbare Italiaanse vriend, een beroemde zanger genaamd Marco Armani. Met hem (samen met andere vrienden en collega's) bereiden ze een tour voor om een ​​muzikaal project te presenteren met jazzarrangementen van de mooiste hits geschreven door Marco Armani en andere liedjes die deel uitmaken van het internationale repertoire. Renato hoopt dat ze een album kunnen opnemen! Renato heeft tijdens zijn afwezigheid veel nummers geschreven en uitgevoerd en hij hoopt ze zo snel mogelijk online te zetten. Momenteel heeft hij zojuist zijn nieuwste lied gepubliceerd, dat hij opdroeg aan zijn dochter Manuela. Toen Renato dit nummer schreef, had hij gitarist Marc Antoine in gedachten, maar helaas had Marc net een nieuw contract getekend bij een platenmaatschappij en konden ze het nummer dus niet samen opnemen. Enige tijd later ontmoette hij de Franse gitarist Daniel Domenge en hij vroeg hem het nummer op te nemen. Renato is blij dat hij het na bijna zeven jaar heeft kunnen afmaken en het eindelijk aan zijn publiek en fans van deze muziekstijl kan presenteren.

WEGENS SUCCES EXTRA VOORSTELLINGEN MUSICALSPEKTAKEL ‘JEANNE D’ARC’

Leuk nieuws voor hoofdcast en creatives op eerste lezing: Wegens succes extra voorstellingen van musicalspektakel 'Jeanne d'Arc'

Vanaf 14 augustus 2024 - Kasteel de Merode - Westerlo 
Extra voorstellingen op 4, 5, 6 en 7 september

 

Vanaf 14 augustus 2024 presenteert Historalia het grootse musicalspektakel ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ op het domein van Kasteel de Merode in Westerlo. Vandaag, op donderdag 30 mei, kwamen hoofdcast en creatives voor het eerst samen in Kasteel de Merode voor de eerste lezing van het script. Lotte Stevens (Jeanne d’Arc), Pieter Jan De Paepe (Jean de Metz), Erik Goris (Bisschop Pierre Cauchon), David Cantens (Robert de Beaudricourt), Helle Vanderheyden (heilige Margaretha), Pauline Joris (heilige Catharina), Floris Devooght (Karel VII), Steven Colombeen (aartsengel Michaël), Neel Hannes (biechtvader Jeanne d'Arc),  Jos Dom (Jacques d'Arc en Filips de Goede), Luc Stevens (regisseur), Sam Gevers (componist) en producent Simon de Merode, tekenden allemaal present om door het script en de liedteksten van de hand van schrijversduo Jef Hoogmartens en Jelle Cleymans te gaan, die natuurlijk zelf ook niet mochten ontbreken.

Naast deze fijne gebeurtenis, was er nog leuk nieuws voor de aanwezigen. Prins Simon de Merode mocht, bij een feestelijk stukje taart en met gepaste trots, aankondigen dat er wegens succes nu al vier extra voorstellingen van ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ in verkoop gezet worden. Ook op 4, 5, 6 en 7 september kan je gaan genieten van het vurige spektakel in Westerlo. 

Ik ben heel blij en trots dat we nu al extra voorstellingen mogen aankondigen. Met zowat 76% van de tot op heden beschikbare tickets verkocht, is dat ook nodig en mogen we gerust stellen dat het enthousiasme rond 'Jeanne d'Arc'  heel groot is bij het publiek. In die mate zelfs dat onze verkoopcijfers terug vergelijkbaar zijn met wat we pre-covid verkochten voor onze spektakels en zelfs een beetje beter. We hebben een schitterende cast en een ijzersterk creatief team. We gaan van 'Jeanne d'Arc' een onvergetelijke ervaring maken voor de mensen."
- Simon de Merode, producent en CEO Historalia -

Beleef de epische reis van Jeanne d’Arc in dit nieuw, adembenemend musicalspektakel van Historalia. Laat je meeslepen door het verhaal van deze legendarische Franse heldin en ontdek de strijd, moed en opoffering die haar tot een icoon maakten. Met indrukwekkende decors en krachtige symfonische muziek, brengt Historalia Jeanne d’Arc tot leven zoals nooit tevoren!

Tickets & info ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ via historalia.be.

JOHNNY BRITT COVERS ‘WALK ON BY’

Smooth R&B vocalist/trumpeter Johnny Britt follows up his number one hit single with the 1964 Dionne Warwick classic “Walk On By.”

 

Britt shines center stage on this one as he delivers an astonishing vocal performance that makes this classic his own. Britt Quotes, “When I began arranging ‘Walk On By,’ it just poured right out of me and I knew right there in the studio that it was a special rendition.” Britt is excited to be releasing this unique arrangement of this timeless song as the follow-up to his No. 1 single, “After We Play” featuring Peter White and hit single “Ocean Waves” featuring Blair Bryant.

GRADY NICHOLS HEARS ‘NIGHT MUSIC’

“Night Music”, produced by St. Paul Peterson and featuring Ricky Peterson, Lenny Castro, and some other amazing musicians proves to be one of saxman Grady Nichols’s funkiest songs yet in his expansive career. The new single and music video is dedicated to David Sanborn and the impact that he had on Grady’s desire to be a saxophonist. He was and is undoubtedly Grady’s biggest influence. Sanborn’s TV show Night Music was ahead of its time and featured an impressive who’s who of musicians getting together and jamming for,on a lot of occasions, the first time. This led Nichols to name the song “Night Music” as the spirit of the song reflects what happened on the TV show every week.

 

Having also been a huge fan of the Peterson brothers–coming to know of Ricky through his extensive touring with Sanborn and discovering his other projects; St. Paul Peterson–Grady knew Paul was at one time a protégé of Prince and fronted the group, The Family, and was a big fan. St. Paul also toured with Kenny Loggins, the Steve Miller Band, Donny Osmond, and countless others including David Sanborn.

 

Flash forward to the late 90(s), Grady was in L.A. hunting for a producer for his next project which is when he first started working with Jeff Lorber. Nichols went to see David Sanborn in concert, and it was the “Songs From The Night Before” tour, which was a record Ricky produced. And lo and behold who was on bass, St. Paul Peterson! Grady got to visit with the brothers backstage after the show and became an even bigger fan! Paul really liked that Grady knew about his work with The Family, and they had a great conversation. Working with both on this song is a full circle moment bringing it all together! 

 

"Night Music" Is dedicated to the late, great David Sanborn.

BRANDON MARCEAL IS AT A ‘SOUTHSIDE PARTY’

In the realm of contemporary music, there exists an artist whose melodies transcend mere notes, weaving intricate tales that resonate with the very essence of human existence. Brandon Marceal, the soul-rockin flautist, stands as a maestro in the world of sound, sculpting emotions with the tender breath of his flute. Each trill, each melancholy hum, each vibrant crescendo bears witness to a mastery that reaches beyond the confines of conventional music.

 

His latest single “Southside Party” is a vibrant fusion of Jazz and Funk, showcasing his unparalleled artistry. Produced by 15-time Billboard #1 guitarist Adam Hawley, and released on Hawley’s upstart record label MBF Entertainment, "Southside Party" exudes energy and groove, inviting listeners to immerse themselves in it’s infectious rhythms.

TWO GIANTS OF SMOOTH JAZZ RELEASE THEIR NEW SINGLE ‘WAKE UP’

The upcoming June 7th will see the world of Smooth Jazz and Funk eagerly welcoming the release of "Wake Up," the new single from two prominent European guitarists: the international artists David Margam (Spain) and Horst Lippitsch (Austria).

"Wake Up" symbolizes a rebirth, an awakening to life after difficult times, offering a message of hope and renewal. This single stands out for its elegant sound that masterfully fuses the genres of Funk, Smooth Jazz, and RnB, reflecting the mastery and distinctive style of both artists.

"Wake Up" is not just a musical composition, but a statement of resilience and positivity. Every note and chord is designed to inspire and motivate those who listen to this masterpiece.

David Margam, renowned for his virtuosity and his ability to convey emotions through his guitar, has been a central figure in the Smooth Jazz scene in Spain. Horst Lippitsch, on the other hand, is acclaimed in Austria and internationally for his impeccable technique and musical versatility. Together, they create a unique synergy that promises to captivate listeners worldwide.

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REVERED MUSICIAN JESSE THOMPSON RELEASES ‘LATE NITE’ FEATURING JUDAH SEALY

Jesse”JTJazz” Thompson, multi-talented composer, pianist and keyboardist, born in “The Land Of Funk” (Dayton, Ohio) attributes his humble beginnings in music to being captivated by a family of musicians: a father who was a professional drummer, Thompson’s mother—a church organist/pianist and his brother Marvyn Wheatley (who recorded and played with Parliament and Slave).  Industry influences were soul/funk legends The Ohio Players, Lakeside and Zapp featuring Roger Troutman. 

 

Driven to continue the legacy of great musicianship, Thompson became a member of the popular Columbus-based, R&B/Jazz group NexLevel for several years. The collectives released two albums, a string of singles, and shared stages with countless notable artists.

In 2021, the impact of the global pandemic deeply inspired Thompson to write and release the up-tempo, feel-good melody, “Weekend Groove,” ft Althea Rene which catapulted the musician into solo-artist status. The well-received track has garnered close to 200K Spotify streams to date.

 

Thompson would go on to release a 7-song EP, in 2022, intriguingly titled The Inauguration of JTJazz (Jesse Thompson-the man behind the keys) marking the commencement of a new pathway, and birthing several singles from the project.

 

Judah Sealy, a rising creative within the contemporary jazz genre, is known for his unique sound that comes from a blend of R&B, jazz, gospel, neo-soul and funk…the common thread between himself and Jesse “JTJAZZ” Thompson.

Sealy’s smooth saxophone style is heavily influenced by Kirk Whalum, George Furlow, Gerald Albright, and Boney James to name a few.

 

With 2024 being a ‘leap’ year which some say is the year of inspiration, Thompson has resolutely followed his passion by keeping his legacy in music alive by teaming with heavyweight Producer/Guitarist Adam Hawley and collaborating with highly sought after Saxophonist Judah Sealy to create an alluring mid-tempo track entitled, “Late Nite,” which is available now on all digital platforms worldwide. 

RAIN PARADE - 'LAST STOP ON THE UNDERGROUND' EP OUT – INCLUDES THE SINGLE 'SURPRISE, SURPRISE'

RAIN PARADE | photo by Billy Douglas

 

RAIN PARADE
LAST STOP ON THE UNDERGROUND

four song EP
12” | CD | digital
out 24.05.24
(Label 51 Recordings)

stream  |  Bandcamp

“Rain Parade at their most soothing, mellow and sweetly pensive, the familiar ingredients (chiming guitars, crystalline melodies, caressing vocals) not weathered but made all the more poignant by time and maturity. ‘Surprise, Surprise’, with its echoes of Felt, is the instant stand-out, a radiant new favourite in the Parade canon ****”
SHINDIG!

includes the single
SURPRISE, SURPRISE

“With its hazy, chiming guitars and beautiful vocal harmonies, 'Surprise, Surprise' is yet a further reminder that Rain Parade are right back where they belong”
GOD IS IN THE TV
“There’s a soft psychedelic breeze running through this jangling song which bodes well for the EP”
AMERICANA UK
“Equal parts hazy and mournful, with 60s inspired strumming, augmented by sad brass, huge harmonies and an occasional Byrds-esque chime. A Lloyd Cole-esque lead vocal adds an easy cool to the downbeat vibes, making this classic Rain Parade even before a huge, retro lead guitar cuts through the woozy wall of sound.”
REAL GONE

 

EUROPEAN TOUR 2024
06.06.24  OSLO (NO) Blå tickets
07.06.24  STOCKHOLM (SE) Kafé Himlavalvet tickets
08.06.24  MALMO (SE) Medley tickets
09.06.24  COPENHAGEN (DK) Loppen tickets
11.06.24  HAMBURG (DE) Nochtspeicher tickets
12.06.24  AMSTERDAM (NL) Paradiso Zonnehuis tickets
13.06.24  ANTWERP (BE) Djingel Djangel tickets
14.06.24  BRISTOL Strange Brew tickets
15.06.24  LEEDS Brudenell Social Club tickets
16.06.24  MANCHESTER Night & Day tickets
18.06.24  NOTTINGHAM Old Cold Store tickets
19.06.24  LONDON 229 tickets
21.06.24  VITORIA-GASTEIZ (ES) Azkena Festival tickets

Rain Parade is a highly acclaimed neo-psychedelic group that gained popularity as a leading light in LA’s fabled ‘Paisley Underground’ scene of the early 1980s. Their signature sound combines hypnotic, melodic songwriting and ‘60s psych-inspired instrumentation (chiming guitars, eastern-inflected motifs, multi-part vocal harmonies) with ‘70s punk influences and a darker lyrical approach.

Their internationally recognised classic 1983 debut LP, ‘Emergency Third Rail Power Trip’, featuring the songwriting talents of founding members Matt Piucci, Steven Roback and David Roback, was swiftly followed by the ‘Explosions in the Glass Palace’ EP (recorded after David's departure) which Sid Griffin of the Long Ryders stated “is and will forever be the BEST recording from a Paisley Underground band, be it us, The Dream Syndicate, The Bangles, The Three O’Clock or whomever.”

These seminal records went on to influence numerous guitar-based UK acts of the 1980s and 1990s, including Stone Roses, The Charlatans and much of the Creation stable, with Teenage Fanclub, My Bloody Valentine and Ride declaring themselves fans. Their reputation has continued to grow, while their songs have been covered by the likes of The Bluetones, Buffalo Tom, This Mortal Coil and The Bangles.

A long-awaited new Rain Parade album entitled ‘Last Rays Of A Dying Sun’ was released in 2023. Their first studio record in 38 years, it sounds like both a lost classic and the groundbreaking work of an unknown new artist as they continue to evolve and surprise. Stellar UK reviews included: “There’s little rain on their new parade ****” MOJO, “Full of what made you love them in the first place ****” SHINDIG!, “Loyal to psychedelic tropes and muscular melodies. An unexpected afterglow” UNCUT and “The most influential and certainly most psychedelic of the paisley underground cohort stunningly reappear *****” RNR.

It was promoted on a US tour with like-minded psychedelicaticians The Third Mind, before the group returned to the studio to record ‘Last Stop On The Underground’, a brand new EP that is out today (24th May), just ahead of a European tour taking in five UK shows and eight on the mainland that culminates at the Azkena Festival in Vitoria, Spain.

Rain Parade will then return to their base near San Francisco to work on a full album that will flesh out the approach of the new EP. Their entire back catalogue is now accessible online, including an archive set entitled ‘Fourth Rail’ also available on a 2xLP/2xCD deluxe reissue of ‘Emergency Third Rail Power Trip’ released for Record Store Day 2024 that again attracted superb press notices: “A jangly soundworld both warm blanket and imagination-feeding ****” MOJO, “Dreamy debut still impresses and proved to be smart, respectful and hugely influential 8/10” UNCUT, “This deluxe reissue is very welcome indeed ****” SHINDIG! and “Chiming guitars and haunting melodies stand up as timelessly hypnotic” CLASSIC ROCK.

Aside from Piucci and Roback, Rain Parade features long-time guitarist John Thoman, guitarist Derek See (The Gentle Cycle, Chocolate Watch Band, Dean & Britta), and drummer/percussionist Stephan Junca (Billy Talbot Band, Jon Anderson, The Hellenes, boatclub).

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CAROL ALBERT FT. PETER WHITE – ‘SUNSHINE YELLOW’

Riding high on the momentum of the three Top 5 Billboard singles from her album Magic Mirror that dominated Contemporary Jazz radio throughout 2022-23, multi-talented pianist/composer Carol Albert sets a purposefully hopeful tone for 2024 with her latest track, soothing all the chaos and anxiety of the world with an infectious burst of "Sunshine Yellow."

 

Co-written, produced and arranged by Carol and bassist Roberto Vally, the vibrant Latin-influenced pop tune–follow-up to her recent bossa-flavored single "Sol Ipanema"–features the exciting interaction of Carol's piano and the snappy trademark acoustic guitar of guest artist Peter White over the exotic, high-spirited grooving of Vally and drummer Lil John Roberts.

 

"This song has a really nice, easy, very melodic flow to it," Carol says. "I wrote it with the vision of a romantic, passionate, flamenco-ish dancing couple on the beach on a sunny day, just having fun and being joyful and free. I didn't start thinking about creating something on the mellower side of Brazilian music but that's how it evolved. To me, 'Sunshine Yellow' represents a warmth, a clear day when all is in focus and everything seems right with the world."

 

Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart: 10*

Mediabase Smooth A/C Chart:  #13

Smooth Jazz Network Top 20 Chart: #7

Radio Wave/Groove Jazz Internet Airplay Chart: #7

SmoothJazz.com Chart: #8

ERIC EVANS – ‘WATER SOUND’

Soundtracks to Life is the music, media arts publishing company of Eric John Evans and David Eugene Ivey. Eric and David have been collaborating in music since 2002 and formed Soundtracks to Life in 2020. 

 

After discovering a mutual love for Jazz, Eric and Dave worked together on the 'Eric Evans Project album, "Waves of Grace", and as new ideas were created and shared over the ensuing few years, E and D became like the workings of the same clock. Locking time through music! This energetic endeavor is the catalyst for what has become Soundtracks to Life.

 

Eric Evans' new single is "Water Sound," going for adds May 27!

STEVE LAURY – ‘CUTTIN’ UP’

Steve Laury, like Wes Montgomery, is a guitar player's guitarist, getting all there is out of his instrument. In a single song, Steve will play octaves, single lines, straight comping, upfront empresario work, and finesse it with a guitar question and answer period.

 

As a composer, producer, and performer, Laury operates in that rarefied air where composition, execution and spontaneity interact to produce truly satisfying music. He also has a rare ability to keep his diverse musical gifts in their proper perspective. Says Laury, “My whole approach to music is that it should be like a painting. The guitar sound and guitar soloing are always the focal point of that painting, but all the other things that go around it–the arrangement, bass line and everything else–must fit into that picture and embellish the focal point.”

PEET PROJECT HOLDS A ‘BEVERLY HILLS PARTY’

The Peet Project is a Hungarian pop-funk-jazz band comprising five twenty-something musicians. Their original music is a seductive and eclectic blend, reflecting influences encompassing Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, George Duke, Earth Wind and Fire and the Rippingtons, among others. The group’s driving force is violinist-composer-vocalist-producer Peter “Peet” Ferencz (27). Peter gives the band its unique sound through his use of violin as a lead instrument in an equivalent role to saxophone or keyboards. His talent was recognized by contemporary jazz icons Brian Culbertson, culminating in Brian lending production guidance to one of the standout tracks off the second album, and Dave Koz who travelled to Hungary to record a single with the Peet Project in the summer of 2016. They play extensively in Hungary and regularly perform in the United States and other European countries like Spain, Slovakia, Romania, Malta and Switzerland.

 

"BEVERLY HILLS PARTY"

Beverly Hills Cop, Eddie Murphy and the music of the 1980s seem to have cast their spell across time, continents and generations. Even though each member of the Peet Project was born in Hungary years after the movie was released in 1984, both the film and the soundtrack became a highly influential favorite for them. So much so that they created a track to capture the feel of what it might have been like to be... at a Beverly Hills Party back in the 1980s...

R&B & JAZZ SAXOPHONIST ISAAC EDWARDS CELEBRATES LOVE ‘WITH YOU’

The new single that he wrote with multi-time Grammy nominee Darren Rahn is now collecting playlist adds.

 

TEMECULA, CA (21 MAY 2024): The seven-year itch, the idea that happiness in relationships declines and divorce rates spike after seven years, certainly does not apply to R&B/jazz saxophonist Isaac Edwards’s marriage. Having recently celebrated his eighth wedding anniversary, Edwards teamed with multiple Grammy nominated hitmaker Darren Rahn (Dave Koz, Blake Aaron, Tim Bowman, Nick Colionne) to write “With You,” a jubilant, high-energy single released last Friday (May 17) that he penned as a bright bouquet to honor his wife, Laura. Edwards produced the Songs in My Pocket Music release that began collecting playlist adds on Monday (May 20).

 

“With You” finds Edwards in the company of frequent collaborator Jacob Webb, bassist and a Billboard chart-topper in his own right. Playing over the sturdy funk groove constructed by Webb and drummer Kevin Marsh, Jordan Love adds guitar to embellish the ebullient melodies created by Edwards’s saxophone, keyboards and synths.

 

With a full and grateful heart, Edwards composed “With You” in an attempt to capture his feelings for his partner.

 

“Life with Laura is very upbeat and magical. When I think of her, the phrase that keeps coming to me is that ‘she literally makes everything better,’ which is totally true. Laura lights up the room when she enters, and she's filled my life with so much joy, hope, and happiness,” said Edwards who resides in Southern California with Laura and their two children.

 

One of Edwards’s previous singles, “On The Town,” hit the Billboard chart. He’s released four albums, including a gospel-jazz outing titled “Here,” which garnered a Shai Award nomination, the Canadian equivalent to a Dove Award. The saxman studied under the tutelage of six-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Eric Marienthal and three-time Grammy nominated sax player Jeff Clayton. His formal training came by earning a bachelor’s degree in music performance (saxophone) and a master’s degree in jazz studies. An overachiever by nature, Edwards also received a law degree from Pepperdine University.

 

Crafting musical collages from jazz, R&B, funk and gospel, Edwards has performed or recorded with Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum, guitarist Adam Hawley, soul/funk band DW3, bassists Darryl Williams and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and ten-time Grammy-winning vocalist Joel Kibble of Take 6. 

 

Catch Edwards perform “With You” live at the Monserate Winery in Fallbrook, CA on June 23.

 

Edwards’ “With You” is now available on Spotify, Apple Music or iTunes by visiting https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/isaacedwards/with-you.

 

For more information, visit https://isaacedwardsmusic.com.

NIEUWE SINGLE ‘YOUR LOVE’ VAN CARO LEE

Caro Lee lanceert nieuwe single ‘Your Love’ als voorbode van haar nieuwe later dit jaar uitkomende album “The Funk City Jam”

Met haar eerste single ‘Heartbeat’ maakte Caroline Clement onder haar alter ego Caro Lee in oktober 2023 haar succesvolle debuut. De ravissante, veelzijdige artieste is sinds de jaren ‘90 al actief en stond als Tamira Jay toen op nr. 8 in de Belgische Ultratop en op nr. 1 in de Spaanse hitlijsten met haar eurodance hit “Get Up”. Ondertussen is ze volop terug muzikaal actief als zangeres en drummer in haar eigen 80’s New Wave-tribute band Echo City Waves, is ze het gezicht van MYDONNA – The Madonna Tribute Show en werd ze in januari 2024 nog publiekswinnaar in het VTM-programma ‘Starstruck’ als Madonna impersonator. Daarnaast is ze in het dagelijks leven ook al meer dan 15 jaar paaldans lerares.

Met haar nieuwe single ‘Your Love’ keert Caro Lee terug naar haar roots. “Als je goed luistert hoor je dat ik in het rijke muziekarchief van de jaren tachtig mijn inspiratie heb gevonden. Denk aan Janet en Michael Jackson, maar ook de songs van Paula Abdul, Prince, Sheila E. Marvin Gaye en Rick James. Dat zijn stuk voor stuk artiesten wiens muziek mij beïnvloed heeft. Met de nieuwe single ‘Your Love’ hebben we opnieuw een eigentijdse track gemaakt onder leiding van Jan Borre. Samen met bassist en songwriter Luc Waegeman, de drijvende krachten achter Caro Lee bevestigen we met de nieuwe single ‘Your Love’ onze muzikale ambities. We zijn ervan overtuigd dat we met deze sound, aparte songteksten en populaire 80’s-klanken een massa mensen een heerlijk nostalgische trip bezorgen, maar wel eentje die zich afspeelt in het heden.”

Met ‘Your Love’ krijgt haar goedgevulde zomer van Caro Lee nog wat meer glans. “Ik kan haast niet wachten om die nieuwe songs te spelen tijdens de optredens. Wie goed luistert en mij een beetje kent weet dat deze song weer helemaal aanleunt bij mijn muzikale roots. De muziek uit de jaren ’80 inspireert mij nog steeds. Waar het naartoe gaat weet ik niet, maar ik merk wel dat meer en meer de mensen in de digitale jungle hun weg vinden naar Spotify en mijn vorige debuutsingle ‘Heartbeat’. Die krijgt met ‘Your Love’ nu een meer dan waardige opvolger. De vibe in deze track zit uitstekend waardoor je er gewoon moet op dansen, keihard door de boxen jagen en de track gewoon snel moet toevoegen aan jouw Spotify-favorietenlijstje.”

De nieuwe Caro Lee-single ‘Your Love’ is digitaal te beschikbaar. Meer info over de artieste vind je op http://www.carolee.be

Mydonna: http://www.mydonna.be

Echo City Waves: http://www.echocitywaves.com

Meer informatie over haarzelf en andere activiteiten, vind je op https://www.carolineclement.be.

 

CARO LEE - "Your Love" (single)

De Belgische pop-funk-souldiva Caro Lee bracht op 17 oktober 2023 haar eerste single "Heartbeat" uit als eerste track van het album "The Funk City Jam". Ook deze song “Your Love” is weer een op-en-top funky pop nummer die zo uit de jaren 80 komt, beïnvloed door artiesten als Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Sheila E., enz... Het getuigt van haar diepgaande liefde voor popmuziek en bevat ook nu een krachtige en emotionele vocale uitvoering van zangeres Caroline Clement begeleid door typische '80's synthpop- grooves, -geluiden en een stuwend funky dansritme.

Tekst en zangmelodieën: Caroline Clement
Muziek: Luc Waegeman
Opnames: Geert Vanbever, Jan Borré
Synths en drumprogrammering: Jan Borré
Bas: Luc Waegeman
Gitaar: Thomas De Schepper
Productie: Jan Borré
Mixing en mastering: Uwe Teichert
Hoes en persfoto: Ioannis Tsouloulis

Invloeden:
Rick James, Prince, The Pointer
Sisters, Marvin Gaye, Michael & Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul,...

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FRANCISCO (#LIKEME), PAULINE, 2FABIOLA, MOTHER MERCURY EN LEEZ DEBUTEREN OP DE 33STE PARKIES-CONCERTEN

Met ruim 20 artiesten, verspreid over 19 locaties en goed voor 137 gratis concerten, is ‘het grootste kleinste festival van België’ klaar voor een nieuwe zomereditie!

Francisco (#LikeMe), Pauline, 2Fabiola, Mother Mercury en LEEZ debuteren op de 33ste Parkies-concerten 

Ook countrygirl Barbara Dex, The Starlings, Günther Neefs, Gene Thomas, ABB4U e.v.a. zijn van de partij

 

Van maandag 1 juli tot vrijdag 23 augustus 2024 kan je weer op 19 locaties in Vlaanderen terecht voor één van de 137 gratis Parkies-concerten, goed voor jaarlijks gemiddeld 300.000 bezoekers. Na de afgelopen kwakkelzomer gaat het ‘grootste kleinste festival van België’ opnieuw voor een topeditie.  Op 8 locaties in West-Vlaanderen (Waregem, Knokke-Heist, Blankenberge, Middelkerke, De Haan, Zonnebeke, Roeselare, Torhout), 3 in Oost-Vlaanderen (Maldegem, Sint-Niklaas en Deinze), 6 locaties in Limburg (Genk, Maasmechelen, Beringen, Maaseik, Sint-Truiden en Hamont-Achel), het Vlaams-Brabantse Vilvoorde en het Antwerpse Edegem, heb je in juli en augustus gedurende 7 weken een vaste wekelijkse afspraak met de gratis Parkies-concerten. In een groene oase, op een unieke locatie, kan je genieten van meer dan 20 verschillende artiesten – een record – die samen met hun livemuzikanten zorgen voor een heerlijke muzikale avond. Francisco (#LikeMe), Pauline Slangen en Michael Schack, maar ook 2Fabiola, de nieuwe meidengroep IIII (Four), Mother Mercury (Queen Tribute), Chérine, Sarah De Koster (Sing Again), LEEZ en L’Adele maken deze zomer hun Parkies-debuut. Gustaph, de 80’s-coverband Top Guns van Sean Dhondt, Tom Dice en Kato van The Starlings, en Garry Hagger draaien net als Günther Neefs hun tweede rondje. Vaste waarden Soulbrothers (light), countrygirl Barbara Dex, Gene Thomas, ABBA4U en Cookies And Cream zijn opnieuw van de partij. “De komende dagen maken we voor elke locatie de complete line-up bekend. Dankzij de steun van de lokale besturen, maar ook onze sponsoren en vaste medewerkers, kunnen we de gratis succesformule al voor de 33ste keer uitrollen. Vanaf 19 uur is iedereen welkom op de Parkies. Tussen 20 en 21 uur start het voorprogramma of het eerste deel van sommige artiesten. Aansluitend is er een korte pauze die wordt gevolgd door de hoofdact. Net als de voorbije jaren, voorzien wij op alle locaties een uitgebreid drankenassortiment. Er staat een foodtruck en we werken opnieuw met herbruikbare bekers, en een eenvoudig cashless betaalsysteem. Als het nodig is, passen we onze programmatie aan, want we willen dat iedereen deze zomer ook kan supporteren voor onze Rode Duivels op het EK”, zegt Jeffrey Vanhaeren namens de organisatie. Op de socials en www.parkies.be vind je alle informatie.

Record

Samenkomen met je gezin, familie, vrienden of buren op groene plekjes in de buurt voor gezellige, onvergetelijke concertavonden, dat is de sterke reputatie die de gratis Parkies-concerten de afgelopen jaren hebben opgebouwd. “Elk jaar is die artistieke puzzel een stevige uitdaging, maar dankzij de mix van gevestigde waarden en nieuwkomers die bij ons hun eerste grote stappen zetten, wordt de 33ste editie bijzonder. Het aantal locaties (19) en optredens (137 concerten, inclusief één seniorennamiddag) bleef hetzelfde. Het aanbod is divers en gevarieerd dankzij de meer dan 20 artiesten die we dit jaar verwelkomen. Zowel met dat aantal, als de Parkies-debutanten, realiseren we nu al een nieuw record. Voor sommigen is dit hun eerste festivalervaring, waarmee ze in de voetsporen treden van Metejoor en MAKSIM die op de Parkies-concerten de afgelopen jaren ook de nodige ervaring hebben opgedaan. Met ons festival geven we graag aan nieuwe artiesten of gevestigde waarden de kans om op onze podia boven zichzelf uit te stijgen. We zijn een inclusief familiefestival voor alle leeftijden”, zegt Jeffrey Vanhaeren. 

 

#LikeMe

Als ‘Yemi’ in de razendpopulaire Ketnet-serie #LikeMe brak de veelzijdige zanger, acteur en danser Francisco (Schuster) in 2019 door bij het grote publiek. Als Francisco scoorde hij ondertussen ook al een paar solohits, zoals ‘Wolken’ en het bekende ‘Alleen’, goed voor bijna 700.000 Spotify-streams. De man met de Haïtiaanse roots maakt dit jaar zijn Parkies-debuut. De Edegemse singer-songwriter Chérine (Mroue), die met haar deelname aan Eurosong en de hitsingle ‘Ça m'ennuie pas’ (Je zal mij niet vervelen) vorig jaar doorbrak, zorgt voor de opwarming. De 29-jarige artieste spreekt en zingt vlot Engels, Nederlands en Frans, waardoor ze in haar repertoire moeiteloos kan omschakelen. 

 

2Fabiola

De Parkies verrassen dit jaar ook met 2Fabiola, de populaire pop-dance formatie van dj Pat Krimson en Loredana. Met monsterhits als ‘Lift U Up’, ‘I’m On Fire’, ‘Magic Flight’, ‘Flashback’, ‘Freak Out’ of de Eurosongknaller ‘She’s After My Piano’, staat er met deze band meer dan 33 jaar muziekgeschiedenis op het podium. “2Fabiola is klaar om deze zomer weer te knallen. Ik kijk echt uit naar onze eerste Parkies-concerten samen met Loredana (vocals) en Thomas (gitaar). Aansluitend kruip ik zelf nog achter de dj-booth om de avond af te sluiten met stomende beats”, zegt Pat Krimson enthousiast.

LEEZ

Vorig jaar stapte Lisa van Rossem als LEEZ uit de schaduw van haar beroemde broer Joris (Metejoor). Met haar debuutsingle ‘Who Will Be There’ scoorde ze de supertip in het VTM-programma ‘Tien om te Zien’. Afgelopen maanden zorgde ze op dinsdagochtend voor een eigen versie van een bekende JOE-hit. Met haar krachtig stemgeluid maakt LEEZ het verschil tijdens haar optredens, die voorafgegaan worden door de nieuwe girlband IIII (uit te spreken als Four). Die bestaat uit de 16-jarige Gloria Vogel uit Berchem, de 15-jarige Lani Lasri uit Drieslinter, de 17-jarige Femke Schaepkens uit Zutendaal en de 15-jarige Marie-Emilie Cahay uit Genval. De vier nieuwe, muzikale zussen werden door Metejoor-ontdekker Hans Francken en z’n echtgenote Ingrid Mank opgevist uit ‘The Voice Kids’. De vier dames met pit dromen van het Sportpaleis, maar starten deze zomer op de Parkies. Songs van Billie Eillish, Tate McRae, Amy Winehouse e.v.a. zijn kanshebbers om aan bod te komen tijdens hun vierstemmige optredens. 

 

Internationaal

Drie jaar geleden werd de 22-jarige Limburgse Pauline (Slangen) als winnares van de Regi Academy opgenomen in de Regi-familie. Hierdoor trad ze ondertussen al een paar keer op tijdens Regi zijn Sportpaleisconcerten en nam ze met hem deel aan het afgelopen seizoen van ‘Liefde voor Muziek’. ‘Duizend Sterren’, haar eerste single met Regi, was meteen goed voor een nummer 1-hit in De Vlaamse Top 50 van Ultratop. Datzelfde gebeurde ook met haar solosingle ‘Uit Mijn Hoofd’ en ‘Lost Without You’, waarmee ze samen met Regi piekte in de top 30 van de Singles top 100 van Ultratop. Aansluitend op Pauline krijgen we een stevige DJDrummer-set van de legendarische Michael Schack (Milk Inc., Kate Ryan, Netsky, Ozark Henry, e.v.a.). Met zijn unieke one-man-show brengt hij de ideale afwisseling tussen dj-sets en live optredens. Doorheen de jaren groeide ‘de drummer van’ uit tot een internationaal gewaardeerde soloartiest. Michael is een vernieuwer die moeiteloos zijn setlist omgooit, waardoor er geen 2 shows hetzelfde zijn. Met zijn single ‘Order’ haalde hij de internationale pers van Ijsland tot Nieuw-Zeeland. Zelfs de New York Times publiceerde een artikel over hem. 

Sarah De Koster

Als 16-jarige won Sarah De Koster de VTM ‘Soundmixshow’ met ‘You Oughta Know’, een cover van Alanis Morissette. Voor de Leuvense was dat het begin van een goed draaiende carrière met enkele albums en succes-singles zoals de hit ‘You Are The Reason’, die ze uitbracht aan de zijde van Koen Wauters. Als backingvocaliste, maar ook bij de fifties coverband De Corsari’s en de Nederlandstalige coverband Straffen Toebak, scoorde Sarah met haar bijzondere stemgeluid. Sinds haar succesvolle deelname aan het VTM-programma ‘Sing Again’ kwam haar carrière weer in een stroomversnelling. Naast optreden op de Parkies, verschijnt er binnenkort ook nieuwe muziek. 

 

Mother Mercury

Op de Parkies-concerten kan je deze zomer ook gaan kijken naar ‘de beste Belgische Queen-tributeband' Mother Mercury, die het repertoire van de legendarische band schitterend vertolken. Meezingen met ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ of ‘We Will Rock You’, dat kan probleemloos als Mother Mercury-zanger Sonny Vande Putte (winnaar ’Starstruck’) en zijn muzikanten hun muzikale Queen-duivels ontbinden. 

 

L’Adele

Zangeres Laura Ramaekers is geen kopie van de echte Adèle, maar ze probeert wel de essentie van de Britse popster in haar optredens te vervatten. Kwaliteit en beleving staan voorop bij L’Adele, de tributeband die verder bestaat uit kleppers als Pedro Gordts (toetsen), Bruno Ravelingien (gitaar), Laurens De Schutter (drum), Stijn Tondeleir (bass) en Kim Buttafuoco (backings). Wie deze zomer geen tickets kon scoren voor de uitverkochte concerten van Adèle in München, krijgt op de Parkies-concerten toch nog de kans om haar wereldhits live mee te pakken.

Vaste waarden

Na hun geslaagde debuut van vorig jaar, zijn Garry Hagger (‘Het Allermooiste’), Günther Neefs met de 3-Band, Eurovisiesongfestival-revelatie Gustaph (‘Because of You’) en de 80’s-coverband Top Guns van Sean Dhondt dit jaar opnieuw van de partij op de Parkies. Ook ABBA4U zorgt met heerlijke ABBA-klassiekers opnieuw voor mooie concertavonden.   

Countrygirl Barbara Dex, vaste waarde Gene Thomas en de partybands Soulbrothers (light) en Cookies And Cream zijn terug op de afspraak, waarbij ze hun bekende repertoire overigens aanvullen met nieuwe songs of meezingmedleys. Ook Tom Dice en Kato van The Starlings staan dit jaar als hoofdact geprogrammeerd nadat ze in het verleden nog het voorprogramma verzorgden op de Parkies. Met de goedkeuring van hun dochtertje Nova, brengen ze o.a. ‘Little Submarine’ en hun Eurosong-hit ‘Rollercoaster’. 

Tussen 1 juli en 23 augustus 2024 kan je op 19 locaties in Vlaanderen terecht voor één van de 137 Parkies-concerten. Vanaf 19 uur ben je welkom op ‘het grootste kleinste festival van België’. Om 20 uurstart het voorprogramma of het eerste deel van de hoofdartiest. Aansluitend is er een korte pauze en volgt het tweede deel. De complete line-up van de 33ste Parkies-concerten vind je op www.parkies.be.

JAMAICAANS-BRITSE ZANGER JIMMY JAMES OVERLEDEN

De Jamaicaans-Britse zanger Jimmy James is op 14 mei op 83-jarige leeftijd overleden. James scoorde in de jaren 1976 en 1977 met zijn begeleidingsgroep The Vagabonds drie stevige discohits: ‘I’ll Go Where Your Music Takes Me’, ‘Now Is The Time’ en ‘Life’. Michael ‘Jimmy’ James groeide op In Kingston, waar hij ook optrad en platen opnam met de producenten Coxsone Dodd, Clancy Eccles en Lyndon Pottinger. Zijn grootste succes was een vroege versie van het nummer ‘Come Softly To Me’, die lokaal een hit werd. The Vagabonds werden officieel geformeerd in 1960. James werkte met hen samen onder de Canadese bandmanager Roger Smith en in april 1964 verkasten ze naar het Verenigd Koninkrijk. Het nummer ‘Ska Time’ werd bij  Decca Records opgenomen onder de naam Jamaica's Own Vagabonds en werd een van de vroegste voorbeelden van ska-muziek. James en The Vagabonds tekenden een contract bij Pye Records en brachten hun bekendste studioalbum ‘The New Religion’ uit in 1966. Hun live-optredens werden vastgelegd op het album ‘London Swings: Live At The Marquee Club’ met The Alan Bown Set. Jimmy James & The Vagabonds waren labelpartners en rivalen van Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band. The Vagabonds werd in 1970 ontbonden, maar James, die eigenaar was van de naam, formeerde de band opnieuw met een nieuwe, blanke bezetting in 1974. Enkele jaren later volgden flinke internationale hits met singles als ‘I'll Go Where Your Music Takes Me’, ‘Now Is The Time’ en ‘Life’. In 1979 werd de nieuwe band Big Business geformeerd door de vroegere Vagabonds Alan Kirk en Andrew Platts. De band toerde met Mick Jackson. Kirk was eigenaar van de Hilltop Studios in Dronfield nabij Chesterfield. Platts was manager-uitgever van de recreatieve krant ‘Mercury Newspaper’ in Sheffield. In 2007 werkte James mee aan het nummer ‘The Other Side Of The Street’ voor het album ‘Northern Soul 2007’ van Ian Levine. James trad regelmatig op in het Verenigd Koninkrijk met Clem Curtis, de vroegere frontman van The Foundations. Het duo, samen met zangeres Earnestine Pearce van The Flirtations, toerde ook met The Soul Explosion. In april 2007 trad James op tijdens het Classic Gold Weekender, samen met The Marmalade, The Love Affair en Showaddywaddy. In 2013 toerde James met zijn vroegere held Ben E. King. Jimmy James ruste in vrede!

 

Met dank aan Leo Weijers.

TINNE OLTMANS EN DANNY DORLAND WORDEN DROOMKOPPEL SANDY & DANNY IN HITMUSICAL ‘GREASE’

Tinne Oltmans en Danny Dorland worden droomkoppel Sandy & Danny in hitmusical Grease!

Ook Lauren De Ruyck (Rizzo), Pieter Casteleyn (Kenickie), Ruth Beeckmans (Miss Lynch) en Thomas Van Goethem (Vince Fontaine) in swingende hoofdcast

Vanaf 12 september 2024 in Antwerpen, Hasselt en Gent

Vlaanderen mag zich opmaken om dit najaar overspoeld te worden door een ware epidemie. Een niet te stuiten opstoot van het Greasevirus kondigt zich namelijk aan. Symptomen: jeukende dansbenen, een zonnig humeur, dromen over zwoele zomernachten, aanstekelijke liedjes die niet uit het hoofd te krijgen zijn en een onstuitbare drang naar strakke jeans, leren jekkers, brylcream en popcorn. Enige remedie tegen deze hardnekkige microbe: een stevige injectie Grease!

Gelukkig kan jong en oud daarvoor vanaf 12 september 2024 terecht in opeenvolgend Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen, Capitole Gent en Trixxo Theater Hasselt. Albert Verlinde brengt daar, ism Senf Theaterpartners, JK Theater en House of Entertainment, een nieuwe, frisse versie van de onverwoestbare hitmusical Grease op de planken. 

Wie in de huid mag kruipen van o.a. Rizzo, Kenickie, Miss Lynch, Vince Fontaine en wie het iconische droomkoppel Sandy & Danny zal vormen, was tot op heden een goed bewaard geheim, maar is nu eindelijk bekend. 

Tinne Oltmans en Danny Dorland gaan voor elkaar als Sandy & Danny

Zangeres en actrice Tinne Oltmans (o.a. jeugdserie Ghost Rockers, finaliste Steracteur Sterartiest, Lisa in de succesvolle telenovelle Lisa) wordt Sandy, het verlegen meisje dat zich transformeert tot een vamp. Na haar rol als Sophie in MAMMA MIA! (2020 – 2022), opnieuw een tot de verbeelding sprekende hoofdrol dus voor Tinne. 

De stoere Danny met peperkoeken hart, waar Sandy hopeloos naar verlangt, wordt gespeeld door…Danny. De sympathieke Danny Dorland, Nederlander maar in de armen gesloten en zowat geadopteerd door Vlaanderen na zijn rol als Scott in de zeer populaire hitreeks  #LikeMe, mag zich opmaken om vol te gaan voor - en wie weet ook wel zwoele zomernachten met - zijn Sandy.

Lauren De Ruyck, Pieter Casteleyn, Ruth Beeckmans en Thomas Van Goethem vervolledigen hoofdcast

De rol van de ruige Rizzo is weggelegd voor Lauren De Ruyck. Lauren liet voor het eerst van zich horen toen ze als helft van het duo Jill & Lauren voor België ‘Get up!’ zong tijdens het Junior Eurovisiesongfestival 2010. Ze kreeg daarop een hoofdrol in de Ketnet-serie Galaxy Park als Femke en stond op het podium in de musicals Fiddler on the Roof en Domino. In 2015 was ze finaliste in het programma K3 zoekt K3, maar werd uiteindelijk net niet gekozen. Hierna legde ze zich toe op haar studie psychologie aan de universiteit van Gent. In het seizoen 2017-2018 speelde Lauren de hoofdrol in de musical Roodkapje en momenteel schittert ze in het programma Sing Again op VTM.

Pieter Casteleyn brengt op zijn beurt Lauren (Rizzo) serieus in de problemen als de coole Kenickie. Tijdens zijn opleiding aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel liep Pieter stage in de producties 14-18, Assepoester, het tamelijk ware verhaal en Ons kent ons.  Na zijn afstuderen trok hij een jaar naar Duitsland, waar hij in Love Never Dies speelde. Terug in België volgden voorstellingen zoals Chaplin, de musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Cinderella, 40-45, Daens en Gaston & Leo. Daarnaast is Pieter als backing vocal actief bij Helmut Lotti en in de Studio 100-reeks Campus 12 speelde hij Frederik.

De rol van Miss Lynch, de lerares die de door hormonen geteisterde jongeren in bedwang probeert te houden, wordt een kolfje naar de hand van de onnavolgbare Ruth Beeckmans. Ruth is vooral bekend als actrice, maar heeft sinds kort ook duidelijk de musicalmicrobe te pakken. Het grote publiek ontdekte haar in de komische en gelauwerde sketchreeks Wat Als? en zeker in het hilarische Safety First, waarin ze schitterde als Ingrid Porrez. Haar presentatietalent toonde ze o.a. in Beste Kijkers, Snackmasters en Cupido ofzo. In juli maakt Ruth Beeckmans haar musicaldebuut in Sneeuwwitje en eind 2024 zal ze ook te zien zijn in Tien om te Zien, de musical.

Nog een verrassing in de hoofdcast is Thomas Van Goethem, die de rol van radiopresentator en juryvoorzitter tijdens de dance-off in Rydell High School, Vince Fontaine, op zich zal nemen. Thomas speelde gedurende zijn musicalcarrière o.a. de kappersknecht in Rapunzel en was meermaals te zien in de rol van prins (Doornroosje, Sneeuwwitje, Assepoester). De veelzijdige acteur, zanger, presentator en CEO van productiehuis Fabric Magic, is ook de bedenker van hitreeks #LikeMe (Ketnet) en keert na 5 jaar voor het eerst zelf terug naar de musicalplanken.

Vlaams talent in cast en ensemble 

Met energiebom Esther Nwanu (presentatrice op radiozender MNM, speelde mee in de musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory en reeks D5R op Streamz) als Jan, danseres/actrice/influencer Megane Moerenhout (Nona in #LikeMe) als Frenchy en Nina Rey, die als Louise Vincke de hoofdrol speelde in de Studio 100-reeks Campus 12, in het jasje van Marty, kunnen de Pink Ladies alvast rekenen op zeer enthousiast, jong Vlaams talent.

Hetzelfde geldt voor hun mannelijke tegenhangers de T-Birds. Daar trekt Nolle De Cock de leren jekker aan van Roger. Nolle speelde jonge Kamiel in de spektakel-musical 14-18 (2014) en in Wickie de Musical (2015) vertolkte hij de hoofdrol Wickie. Daarna speelde hij mee in verschillende professionele musicals zoals Chaplin, de musical (2016) en Ridders van de Ronde Keukentafel (2017). 

In het ensemble maakt (musical)acteur Dorian Liveyns (speelde o.a.Sky in MAMMA MIA!, Tommy in Pippi zet de boelop stelten en maakt deel uit van de vaste cast van tv-programma James De Musical) zijn opwachting en verdedigt ook Melia Loi, studente aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium van Brussel, de Belgische eer.

Met Manon Van Riel (Patty Simcox), Elise Wanner (Cha Cha), Luuk Haze (Eugene), Beau Jones (Sonny), Sem Bach (ensemble), Jente Visser (ensemble), Imahni Tsolakis (ensemble), Sam Rondeel (ensemble) en Esmee De Jong (ensemble), ook aan Nederlandse kwaliteit en branie geen gebrek in deze productie.

Grease staat garant voor een avond topamusement vol humor, sprankelende dans en heerlijke muziek. Het romantische verhaal van Sandy en Danny, en natuurlijk onsterfelijke hitsingles als You’re The One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Summer Nights en Sandy, doen het publiek nog steeds dromen.

Deze meeslepende feelgood klassieker wil je dan ook niet missen, dus let’s go together en bestel nu je tickets via greasemusical.be

Creatives
Producent: Albert Verlinde ism Senf Theaterpartners, JK Theater en House of Entertainment
Regisseur: Servé Hermans
Choreografie: Daan Wijnands
Decor & kostuumontwerp: Joris Van Veldhoven
Ontwerp haar & make-up: Sébastiaan Van Der Ham
Musical supervisor/arrangeur: Ad Van Dijk
Lichtontwerp: Marc Heinz
Geluidsontwerp: Maarten Houdijk
Associate choreografie: Lysanne Van der Sijs
Associate lichtontwerp: Jordy Veenstra
Arrangementen: Marco Braam
Casting Director: Bram Verhaak

INNERVISION RECORDS GLIDES INTO STRIDE WITH A NEW SIGNING AND A BUSY SPRING RELEASE SCHEDULE

INNERVISION RECORDS GLIDES INTO STRIDE WITH A NEW SIGNING AND A BUSY SPRING RELEASE SCHEDULE

 

The label inks drummer Pat Petrillo while dropping new albums by Billboard chart-topper Blake Aaron and keyboardist Cal Harris Jr. A new album from smooth soul vocalist Erin Stevenson will be “Uncovered” next.

 

LOS ANGELES (16 May 2024): Springtime is about new growth, and this season finds Innervision Records in full bloom. Joining Billboard’s No. 3 Smooth Jazz Label of the Year for five consecutive years is drummer Pat Petrillo, who will make his label debut on June 7 with the single “Glide in My Stride.” The Southern California-based imprint also has a prolific release slate of blossoming spring albums and singles.

Petrillo joins Innervision Records on the heels of his critically acclaimed 2023 album, “The Power Station Sessions,” a set that landed him on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine and featured a collaboration with multi-time Grammy winner Nile Rodgers. The new single, “Glide in My Stride,” previews Petrillo’s next album, which will drop next year.

 

“Signing drummer Pat Petrillo is a welcome addition to the Innervision Records family. We are proud to be a part of the development and promotion of his upcoming first release on Innervision Records, ‘Glide in My Stride,’ and have already received glowing feedback from Pat's new music. We are expecting wonderful things from him,” said Innervision Records’ A&R and radio promotions executive Adam Leibovitz.

 

"I'm really excited about signing with Innervision Records and joining their amazing roster of chart-topping artists. They've been leaders in the contemporary jazz genre for years, and the team that's in place is exceptional and experienced. I'm looking forward to releasing more radio singles as well as my new full-length album soon,” said the New York City-based Petrillo.

Innervision Records opened the year with guitarist Blake Aaron’s single, “She’s the One,” which romanced its way into the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart last month. It’s the third Billboard No. 1 single from Aaron’s newly released “Love and Rhythm” album. 

The label also issued four new singles this spring, each of which is making its way up the national charts. Released in March, keyboardist Cal Harris Jr.’s new “Bridges” set spawned the single “Lemon Salt.” Hitmaking flutist Kim Scott is back with the sizzling single “Like Butter.” Guitarist JJ Sansaverino’s is having a spring fling with the single “Love Can’t Wait.” Smooth soul vocalist Erin Stevenson’s single “Almost” offers a glimpse into her forthcoming “Cover Girl Uncovered” album, which will be revealed on June 28.

Also expected to heat up the charts this spring are new singles from bassist Blair Bryant who will release the first cut, “Summit,” on Friday (May 17) from his forthcoming “Amethyst” album, which will arrive in 2025. On May 24, saxophonist Tom Braxton will release “Canyon Dreams,” the second single from his “Flashback” collection. Guitarist Keith Andrew will wrap the month with the release of his latest single, “Sapphire Cove,” on May 31.

 

Twenty-six-year-old Innervision Records has curated a diverse family of recording artists who craft contemporary jazz, R&B and world music that consistently impacts the Billboard, Mediabase, Groove Jazz, Radiowave and multiple smooth jazz charts. The boutique label is energized about what’s to come from their roster this year.

 

“We are thrilled as the year 2024 is shaping up to be one of exponential growth for Innervision Records through new and exciting chart-topping hits from many of our artists who are coming out with long awaited and highly anticipated new releases,” said Innervision Records’ general manager Steve Belkin.

 

For more information, please visit www.innervisionrecords.com

DERRICK RAY CRAVER – ‘REFLECTIONS’

Born in Germany, national recording artist Derrick Ray Craver has gone from corporate America to the entertainment industry as an entrepreneur, producer, musician and artist. While still in corporate America he played the bass guitar in church, later transitioning to the media ministry, recording services in multiple formats and managing the audio streaming for the internet. In his younger days, funk bands like ConFunkShun, Cameo and Parliament-Funkadelic inspired Derrick to start playing the drums, his first love. He later became a bass player as his band’s needs evolved.

 

Derrick always had a desire to write and produce music so he learned to play all of the instruments as he heard Prince did. After spending over 30 years in corporate America, he started his own music company called Blackroom Productions/Blackroom Publishing working with local musicians. As his corporate career came to an end, Derrick decided to release a solo album titled Next Chapter signifying his next phase in life. This album was influenced by modern bass players Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke.

 

Derrick’s new single “Reflections” is an upbeat Smooth Jazz groove that is sure to make your head bob! He also continues to produce music in all genres.

ISAAC EDWARDS WANTS TO BE ‘WITH YOU’

GROOVING WITH FRIENDS – CONTEMPORARY JAZZ BAND GROOVE FREQUENCIES TO RELEASE ‘NIGHT GROOVES’ ON MAY 31

SAN ANTONIO, TX (13 MAY 2024): It’s easy to take simple things for granted like an evening out in the city with friends. During his 21 years of service in the U.S. military, Groove Frequencies’ bassist-producer-songwriter John Stewart treasured the rare opportunities that he got to enjoy such mundane pleasures, which is what inspired the group’s fifth album, “Night Grooves.” Stewart wrote and produced the twelve-song set releasing May 31 on the B2j Music label. Three days later, “Don’t Cha Wanna Go Go,” a funky go-go joint, will drop as the first single.

 

With Stewart and drummer Jay Williams building the foundation of R&B rhythms and funk beats on Groove Frequencies recordings, the groove structures are then illumined by a melodic featured soloist in the form of a jazzy saxophone, keyboard or guitar lead. On the “Night Grooves” album, those players are saxophonists Jimmy Reid and Eddie Baccus Jr., guitarists Clay Benjamin and Tim Perry, and keyboardist Kevin Andre’. Additional contributions on the album come from Billboard hitmaker Greg Manning (keyboards), Parris Spivey (guitar), Vince Wiley (keyboards and organ), Chris Fischer (piano), and Curtis McCain (percussion).  

 

The vibe is set on the album opener, “The Night Life,” as you hear a group of friends gathered for a fun evening out. Reid’s supercharged sax adds to the celebration. The energy of the city creates the ambience on “On The Run,” which spotlights Benajmin’s cool and crafty electric guitar. The title track takes the tempo down a notch and becomes a showcase for Stewart’s sinewy bass leads and elegant piano noodling.  

 

The energy kicks back up on “Up On 6th Street,” which gets a jolt from Baccas Jr.’s horn. Stewart said the song “is inspired by the street I grew up near as a young kid. 6th Street was where all the excitement was. You could hear music from all the different establishments playing in the night air.”

 

The bassist shines on “In The Summer Rain,” which gets a sizzling piano solo from Fischer. Benjamin guides the joyous “Back on the Block,” stirring feelings of familiarity. Stewart explains “‘Back on the Block’ is inspired by the good feeling of being back in a place that you’ve been away from for a long time, but it still feels so familiar to you.”

 

Baccus Jr.’s sax on “Chill Factor” remains impassioned despite the downtempo groove. Stewart wrote the feelgood tune, saying that it “is inspired by the feeling of calmness and being at ease - in life, in work, and in yourself. It’s about feeling good about who you are and where you are in that place and time.”

 

Perry’s acoustic guitar fronts “Acoustic Whispers,” which is a personal triumph in and of itself.

 

“Tim (Perry) inspires me to be thankful for the gift of music. He had an accident a few years ago that affected his ability to play guitar with a pick. He didn’t let the accident deter him or his playing. He just worked hard and learned to play guitar again without a pick. His determination inspired me to write this song and feature his unique playing style,” Stewart revealed.

 

“Just The Way U Like It” features Andre’s astute jazz piano improvs. Stewart invited Andre’ to perform on the track after seeing him play on Instagram and being amazed by his style. He composed the song specifically as a vehicle for Andre’.

 

Stewart tasked Reid’s expressive sax with conveying his love and adoration for his granddaughter on “When Harper Smiles.” Next, Benjamin’s guitar skillfully pilots “Let It Flow.”   

 

“Clay’s guitar technique reminds me of water flowing through a creek, as it rolls effortlessly over the rocks, smoothly as it transitions downstream. That flow is what inspires ‘Let It Flow,’” said Stewart.

 

The album closes with the percussive go-go beats on “Don’t Cha Wanna Go Go.” Playing lyrical lead basslines on the track, Stewart pays homage to the distinctive DC music style that he discovered while stationed in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area years ago.

 

The San Antonio-based Stewart has dreamed of making music professionally since he was a teenager. After his military career, he created Groove Frequencies to realize that dream. His unique vision was to make music featuring musicians that he met during his military travels and via social media. The band debuted in 2017 with the “In The Groove” album. The following year, they scored their first Billboard-charting single, “Imagine This,” from their self-titled sophomore album. Stewart hopes that “Night Grooves” will propel Groove Frequencies to new heights.

 

The “Night Grooves” album contains the following songs:

 

“The Night Life” featuring Jimmy Reid

“On The Run” featuring Clay Benjamin

“Night Grooves”

“Up On 6th Street” featuring Eddie Baccus Jr.

“In The Summer Rain”

“Back on the Block” featuring Clay Benjamin

“Chill Factor” featuring Eddie Baccus Jr.

“Acoustic Whispers” featuring Tim Perry

“Just The Way U Like It” featuring Kevin Andre’

“When Harper Smiles” featuring Jimmy Reid

“Let It Flow” featuring Clay Benjamin

“Don’t Cha Wanna Go Go”

 

Visit https://www.groovefrequencies.com for more information.

LOTTE STEVENS & PIETER JAN DE PAEPE LANCEREN SINGLE UIT MUSICAL ‘JEANNE D’ARC’

Lotte Stevens (c:@FrancisVanhee)  -  Pieter Jan De Paepe

 

Jelle Cleymans schreef tekst meeslepend Nederlandstalig pareltje.

 

Vanaf 14 augustus 2024 staan Lotte Stevens en Pieter Jan De Paepe, twee van Vlaanderens strafste stemmen, samen op de planken in de grootse musicalproductie ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ op het domein van Kasteel de Merode in Westerlo. Lotte zal in de huid kruipen van de iconische Franse oorlogsheldin en Pieter Jan vertolkt nobelman/ridder Jean de Metz. 

Op een prachtige tekst van Jelle Cleymans en muziek van Sam Gevers, brengen Lotte en Pieter Jan nu al het meeslepende Nederlandstalige pareltje ‘We vieren de liefde’ uit, dat ze ook in de musical zullen brengen.

“Jelle (Cleymans) heeft een prachtige tekst geschreven op de muziek van Sam Gevers. Bij het inzingen voelden Pieter Jan en ik meteen dat het goed zat. Ik ben dan ook blij dat het nu als single uitkomt, zodat we mensen alvast kunnen enthousiasmeren voor de voorstellingen van ‘Jeanne d’Arc’.
- Lotte Stevens -

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Lotte Stevens - Pieter Jan De Paepe

Actrice en zangeres Lotte Stevens is naast superheldin Mega Mindy, ook musicalster en schitterde al in grote producties als ‘Evita’, ‘Rubens’, ’40-45’ en ‘Red Star Line'.

De veelzijdige Pieter Jan De Paepe is frontman bij zijn eigen Deep Purple tributeband Made in Purple, zanger/gitarist bij de Spaanstalige rockband Idiomás en blies afgelopen zomer nog iedereen omver als Pater Damiaan in de gelijknamige, gelauwerde musical van Historalia aan de basiliek van Scherpenheuvel. 

Jeanne d'Arc

Na eerdere historische openluchtspektakels als ‘Marie-Antoinette’, 'Albert I’, ‘Rubens' ‘1830’ en ‘Damiaan’, presenteert Historalia vanaf 14 augustus 2024 het grootse musicalspektakel ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ op het domein van Kasteel de Merode in Westerlo, naar een scrip van Jef Hoogmartens en met liedteksten van Jelle Cleymans.

Beleef de epische reis van Jeanne d’Arc in dit nieuw, adembenemend musicalspektakel. Laat je meeslepen door het verhaal van deze legendarische Franse heldin en ontdek de strijd, moed en opoffering die haar tot een icoon maakten. Met indrukwekkende decors en krachtige symfonische muziek, brengt Historalia Jeanne d’Arc tot leven zoals nooit tevoren!

Tickets & info ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ via historalia.be

RISHON ODEL – ‘LOOSING MY RELIGION’

Bassman RiShon Odel is perhaps one of the most creative talents in this era. Having recently enjoyed the title of #1 ON BILLBOARD SMOOTH JAZZ CHART, for his writing on both “XX” (Brian Culbertson) & “You, Me & Forever” (Grammy Award nominee NAJEE).

 

While still pursuing a Music Education degree at a SUNY College, Odel burst onto the music scene in 2006 with an arco bass piece performed at the opening of the JoAnn Faletta International Guitar Competition alongside the Buffalo Select Chorus. Having authored his first instructional Book of Bass Volume 1 (Dorrance Publishing), and conducted his first orchestra in 2009, Odel composed music for the Eastman String Quartet, Buffalo State College Symphonic Band and The Ieda String Ensemble; which he used to score the film Less Than Perfect, produced by film legend Reuben Santiago.

 

When he is not touring or composing, he conducts workshops and clinics throughout the U.S., Canada and other territories. His teaching record consists of vocal and instrumental students that have gone on to Howard University, Berklee College of Music, Buffalo State College, Michigan State, and more.

 

Odel delivers his up-tempo new single "Loosing My Religion," a fresh new composition destined to be every festival goer’s party anthem. "Loosing My Religion" is a fine blend of DC Funk, Jazz & Soul.

MICHAEL FIELDS JR. FT. DONALD HAYES – ‘JUST LIKE WAYMAN’

National/international recording artist/producer/bassist is Michael Fields Jr. is impacting the world with his music gift. Michael burst on the scene in 2016 with his debut Album " Mr. Fields" then in 2018 with "On The Move" with his two hit songs "Lovette Road" & "Let's Ride". His music can be heard on Smooth Jazz stations worldwide with significant recognition on Sirius XM Watercolors, The Smooth Jazz Network & America's Music Charts.

 

In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the passing of the legendary Wayman Tisdale, Michael Fields Jr. has joined forces with saxophonist Donald Hayes to deliver a heartfelt tribute to the late icon.

 

Having shared the stage with legends such as Marcus Miller, Peabo Bryson, Glenn Jones, and Tom Browne, Michael's musical journey has been enriched by collaborations with artists including Ben Tankard, Walter Beasley, Adam Hawley, and Marcus Anderson. Fields is inspired by Wayman Tisdale, Victor Wooten, Bootsy Collins, and Stanley Clarke.

SLIM GAMBILL – ‘TURN THE CORNER’

Nashville-based guitarist Slim Gambill releases his infectious new single “Turn The Corner.” This swagger-drenched tune, saturated in a plush 70’s retro vibe, was co-written by Gambill and Adam Hawley, and produced by Hawley. The new collaboration extends the duo’s run following the 4-week Billboard #1 Smooth Jazz track, "Light This Candle." Plans are underway for an entire album of new material. The new track is a lively, groove-filled fusion of pop, silky R&B and of course guitar-driven jazz.

 

With “Turn The Corner” Gambill elevates the excitement by adding in a funky horn section supporting his contagious melodies, reminiscent of George Benson or Bob James's slickest offerings. Gambill said, “As a writer, you come up with melodies constantly. Some of them are pretty good, a handful are great, most of them REALLY aren't! But when I came up with the hook for "Turn The Corner," I felt like I had something that was undeniable that would get stuck in people’s heads.” He continues, ”Then Adam did what he does and took it to the next level and made such a fun track. I immediately felt that the cut reflected the energy of classic feel good music--like 70'sMichael Jackson and Curtis Mayfield crossed with the CHIPs theme!"

 

The Nebraska-born, Colorado-raised guitarist is likely best known for his 17+ years of working with country hitmakers Lady A, a key adjunct in the trio's rise to multi-platinum, award-winning fame thanks to his hot licks and his trademark two-foot-long braids. The gifted performer and in-demand sideman draws from a deep musical well, and his recent albums and the music that's yet to come, showcase the work of a well-tuned musician with endless musical curiosity and no boundaries on his ambitions or imagination. "I love sideman-land, and it’s been good to me, but at some point it’s great to put your own music out, sort of scratch that creative itch," says Gambill. "Jazz, Blues and Classic Rock are what got me obsessed with guitar in the first place, so this project is circling back around to where I started. It's an amazing outlet I haven't had for a long time, where I can pretty much do whatever comes out."

 

After releasing several of his own singles to acclaim and achieving top spots on the Smooth Jazz Radio charts, Gambill knew it was time to mix things up. As Jimmy Iovine put it (referring to his legendary stint producing Tom Petty), “After three albums, you should fire your producer!” So, as the story goes, for his next project, Gambill decided to relinquish the captain’s chair and put his music in the hands of the hottest producer/writer/artist in Smooth Jazz, Adam Hawley.

 

Upon being connected by mutual friend, the great jazz saxophonist/vocalist Mindi Abair, the two guitar slingers immediately hit it off and decided to make music together. “My last tune I titled "Light This Candle" because I hoped it would "ignite" my career in this format--and it certainly did. With this new cut, I feel as though I'm literally turning a corner in my career.“ Gambill continues, “My main gig for 17 years has been with Lady A. I'm still their guitarist and bandleader, but this happens to be a pretty mellow year for us and that has opened the door for me to really dig in on my own projects. Add to that the fact that my kids have gotten a lot more independent and, well, everything has been changing a lot lately, so I'm kind of turning a corner in my life as well. Not in a bad way, just in the way that life ebbs and flows. Thus, "Turn The Corner." I truly couldn't be more excited to turn this corner and see what's up ahead.” In addition to Gambill on lead and rhythm guitar and Hawley on keys, bass and programming, the crew includes horn arrangements and performance by David Mann, additional synths from Carnell Harrell and Eric Valentine on drums.

HBO ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES STAX: SOULSVILLE U.S.A. DEBUTS MAY 20

Los Angeles, CA (May 2, 2024) — THE MEMPHIS SOUL SOUND THAT ELECTRIFIED THE WORLD TO BE CELEBRATED IN NEW STAX: SOULSVILLE U.S.A. DOCUSERIES

 

The HBO Original four-part documentary series STAX: SOULSVILLE U.S.A., an official selection of the 2024 SXSW Film & TV Festival and winner of the TV Premiere Audience Award, is produced and directed by filmmaker Jamila Wignot. The series, a production of Laylow Pictures and White Horse Pictures in association with Concord Originals, Polygram Entertainment, and Warner Music Entertainment, debuts MONDAY, MAY 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO with two episodes airing back-to-back, followed by the final two episodes airing back-to-back on Tuesday, May 21 at the same time. All four episodes of the series will be available to stream on Max on May 20.

SYNOPSIS

By 1973, Stax Records was one of the recording industry’s most influential producers of soul music, breaking acts such as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Sam & Dave, and many more. In just under two decades, the scrappy outsider had grown from a modest family-owned record store and studio in Memphis, TN to a trailblazing global music STAX: SOULSVILLE U.S.A. chronicles the audacious group of individuals who dared to make music on their own terms, smashing racial barriers and defining an era and leaving an enduring musical legacy in their wake. Driven by a striking collection of restored and remastered archival performance footage and intimate interviews with key players in the label’s remarkable history, STAX: SOULSVILLE U.S.A. details the unlikely origin story of Stax Records and pays tribute to its complex music library and the legendary artists that emerged from the iconic studio.

Founded in 1957 by Jim Stewart and co-owned with his sister, Estelle Axton, the company drew upon a mix of young, local talent – musicians, songwriters, and producers – who would create the unforgettable Stax sound. Against the backdrop of the American south of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, white and Black artists worked together, defying segregation, and producing hits such as “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay,” “Soul Man,” “Green Onions,” and the Oscar®-winning “Theme from Shaft.” At the peak of its success, Stax artists commemorated the Watts Rebellion by playing to over 100,000 African Americans at the 1972 benefit concert Wattstax. During an era of major social turbulence, systemic inequity, and racial tensions, Stax, an integrated company, saw stunning artistic and cultural success, and managed to rebound from repeated business setbacks and tragic losses before the studio ultimately dissolved after fifteen pioneering years.

FEATURED PARTICIPANTS

A wealth of music and archival footage is complemented by insight from: Stax founder Jim Stewart and co-owner Estelle Axton; the legendary Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes, Stax producer and artist; Al Bell, Stax’s former president, owner, and director of promotions; Deanie Parker, Stax’s director of publicity; David Porter, musician and Stax songwriter; Booker T. Jones, Booker T. & The M.G.’s musician and band leader; Booker T. & the M.G.’s guitarist, Steve Cropper; Rufus Thomas, artist and Memphis DJ; Carla Thomas, Stax singer and songwriter; Sam Moore, singer; Bar-Kays bassist, James Alexander; musician and Bar-Kays drummer, Willie Hall; Howard Robertson, Stax publicist; Terry Manning, Stax engineer; Bettye Crutcher, Stax songwriter; Bobby Manuel, Stax guitarist; Wattstax cinematographers Larry Clark and Roderick Young; Bruce Talamon, photographer; James Douglas, marketing and promotions for Stax; and Rob Bowman, historian and author of “Soulsville, U.S.A.”

 

CHAPTER ONE “CAUSE I LOVE YOU”

Debut date: MONDAY, MAY 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

With humble beginnings in Memphis, TN in the late 1950s, Stax Records quickly becomes one of the most influential record labels on the Black music scene, breaking out iconic artists including Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the MG’s, and Otis Redding. With growing popularity in the Black market, Stax executives and musicians were determined to transcend racial divides and bring their music into the American mainstream.

CHAPTER TWO “SOUL MAN”

Debut date: MONDAY, MAY 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Stax Records finally breaks through to the white market, with their crossover hit “Soul Man” and Otis Redding’s performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. But Redding’s untimely death, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., legal obstacles, and ongoing racial tensions in Memphis reveal cracks in the surface at the company.

CHAPTER THREE “RESPECT YOURSELF”

Debut date: TUESDAY, MAY 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

After the tragic death of Otis Redding and the Atlantic Records merger that left Stax in the dust, Stax promotions director Al Bell steps up to save the company, releasing hit records such as “Soul Limbo” and “Who’s Making Love?.” Stax puts their efforts behind Isaac Hayes, who receives GRAMMY® and Oscar® awards for his work composing the music and theme song for the 1971 box office smash hit “Shaft.”

CHAPTER FOUR “NOTHING TAKES THE PLACE OF YOU”

Debut date: TUESDAY, MAY 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

By the 1970s, Stax is in its prime and decides to give back to the Black community in Los Angeles, CA by putting on the Wattstax benefit concert in 1972 and recording the event as a documentary. However, not long after, money troubles plague the company when their bank goes under and drags Stax down with them, forcing the company to shutter its doors.

 

CREDITS:

HBO Documentary Films presents STAX: SOULSVILLE U.S.A., a Laylow Pictures Production and a White Horse Pictures Production in association with Concord Originals, Polygram Entertainment, and Warner Music Entertainment. Directed by Jamila Wignot; produced by Jamila Wignot and Kara Elverson; executive produced by Ezra Edelman, Caroline Waterlow, Nigel Sinclair, Nicholas Ferrall, Scott Pascucci, Sophia Dilley, Michele Smith, Jody Gerson, David Blackman, Charlie Cohen, and Ron Broitman. For HBO: executive producers, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, and Tina Nguyen.

WALTER KITTLE FT. GERALD ALBRIGHT – ‘ABSOLUTE LOVE’

Walter Kittle is delighted to announce his new single, “Absolute Love” scheduled for release on May 10th. It’s the second time that Walter has teamed up with Smooth Jazz artist, guitarist, and producer NILS. “Working with Gerald Albright and Brian Bromberg on this project is a dream come true. These musical giants have been immense influences on me and my music. I’ve always loved Gerald’s iconic sax sound and distinctive style of playing. Brian, on the other hand, is personally responsible for my transition to solo (Piccolo) Bass guitar.”

 

Kittle, who also wrote the song, extends his mastery to a unique sonic palette in urban jazz. He achieves this through a diverse arsenal of instruments, which includes the piccolo bass, five-string bass, fretlessbass, and his own custom eight-string bass. “At the heart of his new single lies his wife Robin Bleier. ‘She is my partner and my muse,’ he explains, ‘I could never reach this level of musicianship without her undying love and support.’”

 

In a move that truly “pulled out all the stops,” Walter and Robin, who also executive produced the single, collaborated with some of Los Angeles finest musicians. “Absolute Love” features GERALD ALBRIGHT on sax, BRIAN BROMBERG on upright bass, CORY MASON on drums, MITCH FORMAN on piano, and Oliver C. Brown on percussion, with NILS layering his signature rhythm fills, which are cleverly woven into the fabric of the song, and ROBIN BLEIER’S enchanting flute harmonies adding the finishing touch.

JOHN KLEMMER – ‘ISLANDS IN THE SUN’

On April 26, the first new album by contemporary jazz saxophone innovator John Klemmer, “Chateau Love,” was released by Touch Records USA/BFD/Orchard. Klemmer composed and produced a dozen new tracks for the intimate and soothing collection that generously clocks in at more than an hour of music.

 

Some consider Klemmer enigmatic, and he has been reclusive from the recording scene in recent years, not having issued an album since 1998’s “Making Love, Vol. 1.” Being ensconced in the quiet fortress of his Los Angeles home away from the limelight influences “Chateau Love,” which features Klemmer playing tenor and soprano saxophone along with synth, piano and vocal contributions. The new album marks a welcome return. Klemmer’s sensual grooves, ambient jazz vibe and subtle melodies were crafted to create a feeling and an experience as well as to share his personal journey.

 

“‘Chateau Love’ is a place. It may be real, imagined or a concept that you can go to. It can be anywhere, or it can be your own invention. It’s your place for seclusion, intimacy, relaxation or romance. Each song/track is an expression and experience of my own personal yet universal journey to ‘Chateau Love,’” said Klemmer, who is known for pioneering the imaginative sonic effects he used on his saxophones.

 

Klemmer recorded “Chateau Love” live in the company of a legendary rhythm section comprised of bassist Abe Laboriel Sr., drummer Harvey Mason Sr. and percussionist Lenny Castro. Adding to the warm and enveloping harmonic backdrop are Ronnie Foster’s soulful keyboards and piano, and John Tropea’s chill electric and gentle acoustic guitars. However, it’s Klemmer’s horn play that stands stridently in the spotlight of each track - expressive and emotional without overplaying or being overwrought, connecting and communicative while maintaining a cool and collected demeanor, and intensely impassioned with a compassionate caress.

 

The first radio single “Islands in the Sun” shines through the grace of Darlene Koldenhoven’s reassuring vocal hook on the tune that Klemmer calls “the zenith journey of the ‘Chateau Love’ concept.”

JULIAN VAUGHN – ‘KISS THE GROOVE’

Hot on the heels of 2022’s album title “SOLO,” Kansas City bassist Julian Vaughn returns with his new single "Kiss the Groove." It’s the first release from his forthcoming album due out mid-summer. "Kiss the Groove" is a song that features Julian Vaughn himself not only as an artist, but as a producer as well.

 

During the winter in early 2024, Julian recorded the new single “Kiss the Groove” at his home studio. An idea that started with a bassline quickly formed into an entire song with a sweet intro, catchy hook and smooth bridge. Like it's predecessor, "Kiss the Groove" demonstrates Julian’s seemingly effortless ability to nail the unique vibes of the single. This album is graced with beautiful guitars, strong horn section, keys that layer the song like icing on a cake, and most importantly a strong bassline that has the potential to become iconic.

 

"Kiss The Groove"

Produced by Julian Vaughn & Greg Manning

Written by Julian Vaughn

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ SAXOPHONIST JOHN KLEMMER SEDUCES WITH ‘CHATEAU LOVE’

The seminal saxman’s first new album in 26 years was released last week.

                      

LOS ANGELES, CA (2 MAY 2024): It’s a big deal when an influential jazzman who launched his recording career in the 1960s records and releases a new record. Last week (April 26), the new album by contemporary jazz saxophone innovator John Klemmer, “Chateau Love,” was released by Touch Records USA/BFD/Orchard. Klemmer composed and produced a dozen new tracks for the intimate and soothing collection that generously clocks in at more than an hour of music.

 

“Chateau Love” marks a welcome return as it is Klemmer’s first new album since 1998’s “Making Love, Vol. 1.” Playing tenor and soprano saxophone along with synth, piano and vocal contributions, Klemmer’s sensual grooves, ambient jazz vibe and subtle melodies were crafted to create a feeling and an experience as well as to share his personal journey.

 

“‘Chateau Love’ is a place. It may be real, imagined or a concept that you can go to. It can be anywhere, or it can be your own invention. It’s your place for seclusion, intimacy, relaxation or romance. Each song/track is an expression and experience of my own personal yet universal journey to ‘Chateau Love,’” said Klemmer, who is known for pioneering the imaginative sonic effects he used on his saxophones.

 

Klemmer recorded “Chateau Love” live in the company of a legendary rhythm section comprised of bassist Abe Laboriel Sr., drummer Harvey Mason Sr. and percussionist Lenny Castro. Adding to the warm and enveloping harmonic backdrop are Ronnie Foster’s soulful keyboards and piano, and John Tropea’s chill electric and gentle acoustic guitars. However, it’s Klemmer’s horn play that stands stridently in the spotlight of each track - expressive and emotional without overplaying or being overwrought, connecting and communicative while maintaining a cool and collected demeanor, and intensely impassioned with a compassionate caress.

 

“Chateau Love” opens with an inviting rhythmic intro that sets the mood before melting into “Love Divine,” illumined by vocalist Katie Christopher’s enticing coos. Klemmer says the song is “the ultimate groove of celebration, of discovery, of mutual attraction.”

 

“Heartbeat” has a nocturnal feel, meditatively entrancing through Klemmer’s tenor and soprano saxes. He offers back-to-back expressions of gratitude on “Smile” and “Beautiful Words.”

 

Interestingly, Klemmer cites Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody” as inspiring “Something More Than You and I.” “Dreams” rushes over the spirit like a cascading wave bringing to life fantasies and desires.

 

“Islands in the Sun” shines through the grace of Darlene Koldenhoven’s reassuring vocal hook on the tune that Klemmer calls “the zenith journey of the ‘Chateau Love’ concept.” The cut will be serviced to radio next month in a shortened playlist-friendly version, edited down from the album’s ten-minute-plus excursion.

 

Romantic closeness swoons on “Bliss Kiss” and “The World is in My Angel’s Arms,” tantalizing, tranquil and trusting constructs of affection. Declaring his devotion outright, Klemmer sings and plays keyboards on “You are the One,” offering a spoken word pledge. The “Love Divine Outro” leaves us with a lasting embrace. 

 

Klemmer began his career in his hometown of Chicago, releasing the first of more than thirty albums, “Involvement,” in 1967. His “Touch” and “Barefoot Ballet” albums were crossover successes in the mid-seventies. Klemmer is currently assembling alternate takes and outtakes from both albums so that fans old and new have the opportunity to discover more hidden gems contained within. His recordings, including solo sax projects, have been called precursors to fusion, smooth jazz and new age music, with Klemmer considered as a pivotal figure in the advent of these music genres. DJs and rappers frequently sample his tracks, introducing new audiences to Klemmer’s sound and songs. He’s shared the stage with George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Tracy Chapman, and he has been featured playing solos on records by Steely Dan, David Arkenstone, Nancy Wilson and John Lee Hooker, among others. In 1997, Klemmer teamed with bossa nova guitar great Oscar Castro-Neves for an album of duets titled “Simpatico.”

 

During the lengthy gap between his own album releases, Klemmer continued to record solo saxophone tracks for future projects. In 2018, he played a feature solo on contemporary jazz keyboardist David Garfield’s version of “Chasing Pavements.” Recording “Chateau Love” has reignited Klemmer’s artistic muse. He’s already at work on “Chateau Love Vol. 2,” which may contain more of his vocal performances.

     

The “Chateau Love” album contains the following songs:

“Chateau Love Intro”

“Love Divine”

“Heartbeat”

“Smile”

“Beautiful Words”

“Something More Than You and I”

“Dreams”

“Islands in the Sun”

“Bliss Kiss”

“The World is in My Angel’s Arms”

“You are the One”

“Love Divine Outro”

 

Fans are invited to interact with Klemmer at https://www.facebook.com/john.klemmersaxophonistfriendpage.

AN ‘OASIS’ OF JOY - R&B-JAZZ VOCALIST-DRUMMER ARTHUR THOMSPON RELEASES A SPIRITED VERSION OF ROBERTA FLACK’S N° 1 HIT

NASHVILLE, TN (30 APRIL 2024): R&B-jazz vocalist-drummer Arthur Thompson wants to have an impact – in and out of music. Launching his solo recording career a year ago after decades of playing drums for contemporary jazz A-listers, he’s releasing recordings with a purpose. His just released third single, “Oasis,” is an uplifting, energizing and assuring affirmation of love. Thompson produced his version of the song that was a number one hit for Roberta Flack.  

 

Thompson’s previous release was “We Can BEAT Cancer,” which features 9-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Dave Koz and soul-jazz vocalist Erin Stevenson. The benefit single and video that dropped last October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month raised money for cancer research and spent four months on the national singles chart. Thompson debuted early last year with the soulful “Smile” featuring hitmaker Mindi Abair with whom he regularly tours. The two singles earned Thompson the Breakout Artist of the Year honors from BEATS Magazine.

 

On the heels of the success of his first two singles that were his original songs, Thompson elected to reimagine the Marcus Miller-Mark Stephens song recorded by Flack in 1988. Vibrantly cheerful and invigorating, the foundation of his version of “Oasis” is a staccato drum groove augmented by his crafty percussion beats. The sunny harmonies and luminous melodies are animated by Jon Gilutin’s keyboards, guitarist David John and bassist Coretz Johnson. Deftly deployed layers of punchy horns from The Monkey Fist Horns fill up the track, adding jubilation and celebration. Melody Dunlap’s warm and glowing backing vocal provides the perfect support to Thompson’s charismatic tenor lead.

 

“‘Oasis’ transports you to a place where you feel safe, encouraged, and loved. It describes a longing for that special someone, a feeling of complete peace when you are apart because of the confidence you have in knowing that they will return to you. I decided to record this particular song because I really enjoy Roberta Flack’s sultry and soulful voice. When she sings a lyric, she makes you feel,” said Thompson, who was also drawn to the track because of the original version’s African beats.

 

“I always thought ‘Oasis’ was a beautiful song, and it has African undertones with the rhythms and drums. If you listen closely, you will hear that influence with my African Djembe, Dundun, Kenkeni, and Sangdon drums.”

 

The Nashville-based Thompson recorded “Oasis” in his hometown, Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was joined in the studio by some the musicians with whom he grew up playing, including his friend Gilutin. As special as that experience was for Thompson, he said that shooting the “Oasis” video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hd_s3nQzKw) with his son was even more meaningful.  

 

“Watching Arthur Jr. grow in his craft of videography and direction made me feel so proud as a parent to see his love for the arts come to fruition. I never thought that we would work together and have that opportunity,” beamed Thompson.

 

Thompson, who is at sea this week performing aboard the Dave Koz & Friends all-star cruise, is a mission-based musician. This fall, he’ll be releasing another new single in conjunction with the launch of a mental health awareness nonprofit called Where Are You Now. Thompson created the Music & Math program designed to aid at-risk youth. The curriculum that has been taught in Oklahoma, Texas and California relates basic mathematical concepts with musical notes and scales, incorporating repetitive auditory memorization skills. Thompson co-founded and served for ten years as the director of the Promises for Families Foundation, which provided summer camps and school programs for children and youth who have an incarcerated parent. He continues to teach his Drums Speak school program across the country, offering music and education to children.

 

“For me, my music career really just gives me a platform to serve and make a difference in the community and to empower kids by providing them with education and tools to grow in the arts. That’s really what’s behind me stepping out from behind the drum kit after all these years. The more success that my records have, the more people I will be able to impact.”

 

For more information, please visit https://arthurthompsondrums.com.

JUDITH HILL - 'LETTERS FROM A BLACK WIDOW' | GRAMMY-WINNING US POWERHOUSE SINGER, SONGWRITER AND MUSICIAN BARES HER SOUL ON NEW ALBUM OUT TODAY

JUDITH HILL | 2024 photo by Ginger Sole Photography

JUDITH HILL
LETTERS FROM A BLACK WIDOW

new album
out 26.04.24
(Regime Music Group)

stream

“Hill unleashes both righteous fury and empowering funk on her most heartfelt, genre-defying set to date”
ECHOES
“A multifaceted approach to storytelling, blending genres with insightful lyricism and innovative arrangements”
BLUES MATTERS!
“Achingly personal lyrics paired with muscular funk, soul and blues, backed by her shredding, soaring guitar”
NEW YORK TIMES

includes
BLACK WIDOW

Grammy Award-winning vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Judith Hill reclaims her strength on a deeply emotive new album, ‘Letters From A Black Widow’, which is out today via Regime Music Group. An accompanying video for one of its key songs, ‘Black Widow’, has also been issued as a theatrical recreation of the jaw-dropping track.

‘Black Widow' finds Hill confronting the malign label that haunted her for years, coined by tabloids and keyboard warriors because she had collaborated with two of pop music’s biggest ever stars - Michael Jackson and Prince - shortly before their deaths. She struggled in the wake of undeserved hatred for years before recently finding the emotional capacity to confront, reflect and write about her experience.

 “For years the Black Widow was such a dark presence in my life that it was too looming and intimidating to even talk about,” explains Hill. However, a break from touring in 2020 provided her with the time and space for a momentous reckoning. “Being forced to stop allowed me to reach a deeper place, to really marinate and figure out what’s at my core, what I really needed to talk about. I found I had the courage and strength to face all this – to be authentic, to dive into the whole experience and turn an ocean of darkness into expressive fire.”

A New York Times interview published on 20th April which sees Hill discussing the ‘Black Widow’ tag in depth can be read HERE | PDF .

The song’s parent album is a formidable battle cry that dives into Hill’s stories of discovery, resistance and redemption, bonded together with the soul, funk and blues foundations that have become her signature sound. Hill provides much of the instrumentation herself, including self-taught electric guitar, but it is not a totally solo endeavour, as her band includes her parents (renowned bassist Robert ‘Peewee’ Hill and keyboardist Michiko Hill), while she is also joined by John Staten (drums and percussion), Daniel Chae (strings) and a group of friends on backing vocals.

The album includes the singles ‘Runaway Train’, ‘Flame’ and ‘Dame de la Lumière’, and is the follow-up to ‘Baby, I’m Hollywood!’ (2021), which garnered widespread critical acclaim and was described by Record Collector as ‘breathtakingly kaleidoscopic’, while Echoes proclaimed it ‘Album of the Year’.

Hill and her band are touring extensively in support of ‘Letters From A Black Widow’, with current North American dates followed by a month of shows in Europe that conclude in London on 8th June: 

07.05.24  STAVANGER (NO) Maijazz Festival
08.05.24  TRONDHEIM (NO) Trondheim Jazz Festival
09.05.24  HAMAR (NO) Hamar Jazz Festival
10.05.24  SANDVIKA (NO) Baerum Kulturhus
11.05.24  STOCKHOLM (SE) Fasching
15.05.24  ÖREBRO (SE) Makieriet
17.05.24  COPENHAGEN (DK) DR Concert Hall
19.05.24  SCHÖPPINGEN (DE) Blues Festival Schöppingen
21.05.24  ZÜRICH (CH) Kaufleuten
22.05.24  INNSBRUCK (AT) Treibhaus
23.05.24  RUBIGEN (CH) Mühle Hunziken
24.05.24  TÜBINGEN (DE) Sudhaus
26.05.24  WEERT (NL) Poppodium Q-Factory 
29.05.24  SINT-NIKLAAS (BE) De Casino Concertzaal
30.05.24  PARIS (FR) New Morning
01.06.24  WEIZ (AT) Jazz Festival Weiz
04.06.24  ALMERIA (ES) Clasijazz
06.06.24  ANTALYA (TR) Akra Jazz Festival
07.06.24  HAMBURG (DE) Elbjazz Festival
08.06.24  LONDON (UK) Bush Hall
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LETTERS FROM A BLACK WIDOW
TRACKLISTING
1  One Of The Bad Ones
2  Flame
3  My Whole Life Is In The Wrong Key
4  We Are The Power
5  Black Widow
6  Touch
7  Dame De La Lumiere
8  Let Me Be Your Mother
9  You Got It Kid
10  Runaway Train
11  Downtown Boogie
12  More Than Love

RASMUS FABER ‘WHERE LIGHT TOUCHES’ [A NIMA STORY] ALBUM

Sweden’s worldwide acclaimed composer, producer, DJ and pianist, Rasmus Faber, reveals his first album of ambient / neo-classical work, ‘Where Light Touches’ [A NIMA Story]. The album is inspired by, and in collaboration with, Los Angeles based illustrator Ross Tran (RossDraws), as an audio interpretation of his highly praised book, ’NIMA’. Crafting a fully immersive listening experience, Rasmus paints stunning audio pictures with delicate melodic hues, abound with atmospheric conversations between emotive pianos, soothing strings and sophisticated electronica that gracefully flow through this enchanting body of work. Composed, arranged and produced entirely by Rasmus, and conceived and mixed using Atmos surround sound, the album was recorded with a full orchestra in Stockholm and fused with contemporary electronic elements from Rasmus’ rich musical heritage.

‘Where Light Touches’ [A NIMA Story] began after Ross contacted Rasmus to make music for one of his projects. They immediately found admiration and kinship in each other's work. Ross sent Rasmus his new illustrations book entitled ’NIMA’, which served as the perfect catalyst for a musical idea Rasmus had - to make an album of subtle beauty and immense production and technical dexterity. Rasmus became absorbed in the characters and worlds in the ’NIMA’ book, encouraging him to match his composing and production skills with Ross’s otherworldly illustrations and boundless talent. The result is something quite extraordinary and beautiful that can be enjoyed accompanying the ’NIMA’ book, or purely as an audio gift for the senses.

Rasmus Faber started his career as a Jazz musician and house DJ, touring the world, performing to fans of the melodic side of electronic music over the last two decades. His success as an artist in Japan, and being fan of Anime and Manga opened the doors to becoming a composer (one of the only non-Japanese) of music for Anime. He’s composed music for the Meta Quest VR platform, AAA games such as Metal Gear Solid and is behind an almost constant stream of music releases under aliases and his on name garnering hundreds of millions of streams.

Track Listing
1 Train To Nimbus
2 Beginnings
3 Opus
4 Some Are Forgotten
5 Lunar Axis
6 New Moon
7 Grim Coin
8 The Heart
9 Healing Rain
10 Dragon's Whisper
11 The Apparition
12 Iris
13 Warden
14 Lament
15 Clutch To Life
16 Where Light Touches
17 Synthesis
18 Futures

Rasmus Faber ‘Where Light Touches’ [A NIMA Story] Album will be release on May 3rd 2024 on Farplane Records.

Rasmus Faber
‘Where Light Touches’ [A NIMA Story] Album
Farplane Records / FP076
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https://www.instagram.com/rasmusfaber/
https://myanimelist.net/people/36680/Rasmus_Faber
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ROB ZINN – ‘UNTIL I MET YOU’

"It's great to be working with double GRAMMY winner Paul Brown again on my latest single, "Until I Met You". Paul has such an intuitive and mature feel for the genre having played or produced more than 80 #1 Billboard songs.

 

We purposely wanted to keep this track less busy; allow the song to breathe and entice the listener with the hypnotic hook and sexy vibe.

 

"Until I Met You" is a feel-good song conjuring up the beautiful feelings when two people have just met and are exploring their relationship. A contrast between one's passion before and after their chance meeting. The tempo of the song represents their relationship moving forward after the day they met." - Rob Zinn

 

"Until I Met You"

Written by Rob Zinn, Paul Brown & Lew Laing Jr.

Produced by Paul Brown

Engineered by Paul Brow

 

Rob Zinn - flugelhorn

Shane Theriot - guitar

Lew Laing Jr. - keys and programming

Paul Brown - percussion

RONNY SMITH – ‘GET UP’

Ronny Smith is a highly acclaimed Jazz guitarist renowned for his infectious sense of groove and eclectic musical style. With a career spanning several decades, Ronny has captivated audiences with his unique blend of urban jazz, funk, blues, gospel, and tropical jazz.

 

He gained recognition with his albums "Got Groove" (2006) and "Just Groovin'" (2009), which showcased his exceptional talent and established him as a prominent figure in the jazz fusion scene. His track "City Groove" from the album "Can't Stop Now" (2013) soared to the top of Billboard's BDS New and Active smooth jazz chart, peaking at #1 and solidifying his position as a chart-topping artist. Additionally, “String of Hearts” from the album “Coastal Sunset” (2021) soared to #2 of Billboard's BDS Smooth Jazz Most ADDED chart.

 

Drawing from his 35 years of experience in U.S. Army bands, Ronny brings a wealth of musical knowledge and expertise to his performances. His dedication to musical exploration and artistic expression shines through in every note, making him a captivating recording artist and an electrifying live performer.

 

Ronny's music is a testament to his passion for pushing boundaries and creating soulful, unforgettable melodies. Whether in the studio or on stage, his infectious grooves and masterful guitar skills continue to inspire and delight audiences worldwide.

KANDANCE SPRINGS IS ‘CHASING SHADOWS’

Sometimes a personal tragedy can be turned into a creative triumph. Such is the case with “Run Your Race“ the new song and album from jazz/soul diva Kandace Springs. She wrote the song as a tribute to her late father Kenneth “Scat” Springs, a great singer in his own right who passed away last year. “My dad was a track star in college. But he spent the last two years of his life in a wheelchair. After he passed away, I was inspired to write this song, to tell him that I know that he is free now, to run like he used to.” The resulting song is the most personal and heartfelt of Springs’ career, and a fitting centerpiece to her new album Run Your Race, which she says is “absolutely the most personal record I’ve ever made, or ever will make “

  

Rewind two years ago, however, and recording this album, or creating music at all, was the furthest thing from Kandace’s mind. The pandemic and lockdown had taken away all of her work as a touring artist, and out of a well-honed sense of survival, she turned to her second passion: cars. “I’ve always made my own way since getting out of high school “, she says. I used to park cars for a living, and then I started buying them, fixing them up, and selling them. When my career took off, I still kept doing it for fun. So when the gigs went away, I just went into flipping cars full time.” She admits that it was a defense mechanism: “It was like music had let me down, I couldn’t depend on it to make a living, so I turned away from it.”

  

What turned things around for Kandace was her father’s passing. “It didn’t hit me at first,” she says, “but about a year later I suddenly thought: I want to make an album to pay tribute to my father. And that’s what got me going again.” To start with, Kandace was sitting on a treasure trove of songs that she had written throughout her career, that somehow had been overlooked through her first 3 albums. “I think maybe I was not confident enough to show them to everybody,” she says now. “A lot of them I wrote when I was really young, and just learning. But they are honest, and they are all me.”

  

Several of the highlights from the album- the lush, string-laden “So Far, So Near“ and the beautiful, pensive “Look” were in fact written by Kandace while she was still a teenager. Her musical journey began when her father brought home an old upright piano that a family friend was throwing out; within weeks she had taught herself to play the theme from “Soul Train”. Suitably impressed, her father arranged for lessons from friend Reggie Wooten, of the famous Wooten Brothers. But mostly Kandace, who was home-schooled, was left on her own to learn her art. She spent her high school years absorbing both jazz and classical standards by ear and intuition. “That’s how I learned, and how I still like to play, “ she says. And at Scat’s insistence, she began singing as well. She started wearing out records by Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and her first musical girl crush, Norah Jones. “When I heard Norah’s first album, that’s when I said, I want to do what she does.”

  

But as the saying goes, easier said than done. Fresh out of high school, Kandace found herself working a job parking cars at a hotel in downtown Nashville; the one perk of the job was that she got to sing and play piano in the lounge upstairs. “Everybody in the music business probably passed by me at one time or another, but nobody ever stopped.” It was during this time that she really developed her mastery of the jazz ballad, as shown on this album by her incredible interpretation of “Wild is The Wind.” “I always loved Nina Simone’s version,” says Kandace. “But then I heard Shirley Horn do it, she’s so amazing. So I took those two influences and used them to make something that’s me.” Her burgeoning talent soon attracted the attention of Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, hitmaking songwriters and producers who had just years before discovered a 15-year-old Rihanna, signed her to their production company and shepherded her rise to stardom. Within days of hearing Kandace’s demo, Evan was in Nashville meeting her and her family, and a partnership was born that continues to this day. Kandace moved to New York City, to let Sturken and Rogers fully mentor and bring out her talent. One of their first writing collaborations was “Chasing Shadows”, which is brought to life on this album with a simmering groove provided by her long-time rhythm section of drummer Camille Gainer-Jones and bassist Caylen Bryant, and with added spice from flutist Elena Pinderhughes (Herbie Hancock).

  

Her career began to move at an accelerating pace, and within a few short years she found herself signed to Blue Note Records by chairman Don Was, and appearing on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”. Her experience and abilities continued to grow as she moved to Los Angeles, and began working with many veterans of the music scene, among them Gregg Wells (Katy Perry), who’s represented on this album by the infectious groove of “Pulse”. Also written at this time was “Broken Keys”, which shows Kandace at her most solitary and personal. “It’s not really jazz, not really R&B..” she says. “All I know for sure is that it’s all Kandace.”

  

Kandace could hardly have imagined the next person who would become part of her musical journey: Prince. He saw a video of Kandace doing her version of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”, and messaged her directly. A week later, incredibly, she found herself performing with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of the album Purple Rain. Thus began a close mentorship between Kandace and the “Purple One,” as she still refers to him. They wrote songs and shared thoughts on all things musical. “He told me that I needed to be more true to myself, don’t listen to anybody else, just my own heart. That really stuck with me, and I’ve followed that advice ever since, especially with this new album.” His influence can be heard most clearly on this album with “Closer To Me,” a classic R&B love ballad that brings to mind such Prince classics as “The Beautiful Ones.”

  

As her music progressed, so did her live performing career; over the next few years, she found herself in front of audiences around the world, in such storied venues as London’s Royal Albert Hall, and at legendary festivals including Newport and Monterey. An appearance with Christian McBride at the Istanbul Jazz Festival led to his appearance on her last album The Women Who Raised Me, which also featured contributions from friends Norah Jones and David Sanborn.

 

That album ended up being released on the very day most of the US went on lockdown. Fast forward to 2022 and Kandace, having lost her father, finally found in that the inspiration to create new music. “All of a sudden I knew what I had to do – write a song for my dad. He was such a huge influence on me, I needed to thank him for it in the only way I could now.” The concept and title for “Run Your Race” came to her one day while she was at home in Nashville, working on one of her classic cars. Words and music came tumbling out, and the song was finished in a day. She went right into the studio with her band, and the finished record was done almost just as quickly. Shortly thereafter, the song got its debut in front of a live audience, and the response was immediate and overwhelming. “Literally after every performance people come up to me with tears in their eyes, and tell me how they relate to what the song’s about; I guess that means they’re feeling what I feel when I sing it”. 

  

True to her ever-growing independence and sense of musical freedom, Kandace sets no boundaries on herself as to her choice of material, even interpreting contemporary pop songs when they inspire her. Such is the case with her gorgeous version of “What Was I Made For”, Billie Eilish’s theme from the movie Barbie. “I was in the theater, and the credits started rolling I heard this amazing song I wasn’t expecting. I knew right away that I wanted to do my own take on it.” For Kandace, that means migrating any song into her own world of jazz and soul, a process she calls “Kandacizing”. “With this song, it was easy. It has its own kind of soul; I just bring my soul to it.” The results are classic Kandace.

  

Finally releasing Run Your Race after a wait of almost four years, Kandace has many feelings: satisfaction, closure, and ”relief!” she laughs. “I feel that this album has been inside of me for a long time, and it’s so great to bring it out into the world for everyone to hear. When they hear it, I feel like they’re finally going to be meeting the real me.”

 

"Chasing Shadows"

Written by Kandace Springs, Evan Rogers, and Carl Sturken 

Kandace Springs – keys vocals

Caylen Bryant – bass

Camille Gainer – drums

WIE IS DE ‘JIJ’ WAAR BELLE PEREZ MET ZINGT IN NIEUWE SINGLE? 

Foto: © Stephanie Smeets

 

Morgen verschijnt ‘Jij en Ik’, de gloednieuwe single van Belle Perez en dat wordt een combinatie van het Nederlands en het Spaans, gekoppeld aan een bijzondere samenwerking. “In afwachting van het mooie weer zorgen wij al voor het zomerse gevoel met een frisse, uptempo popsong die je na één luisterbeurt vanzelf meezingt. Het is een duet, maar met wie?”, vraagt Belle met een brede glimlach. We kunnen best richting onze noorderburen kijken, gezien Belle het nummer opnam in de Rooftop Studio’s van co-writer en producer Edwin van Hoevelaak. Sinds ze de aankondiging van haar nieuwe single deelde op sociale media, wordt er door haar talrijke fans al duchtig gespeculeerd. Jan Smit, André Hazes of misschien Jody Bernal waar Belle al het succesvolle ‘Me & You’ mee uitbracht, zijn namen die vlot over de tongen gaan. Het geheim wordt om middernacht onthuld, want vanaf vrijdag 26 april is de single beschikbaar op alle digitale platformen. ‘Jij en Ik’ is de eerste single in een rij van nieuwe muziekreleases die Belle Perez uitbrengt in het jaar dat ze haar 25steverjaardag als artieste viert. In Nederland doet ze dat met de succesvolle theatertournee ‘Diferente’. In Vlaanderen viert ze op vrijdag 8 november 2024 ’25 Jaar Hits’ met een uniek concert in de Antwerpse Lotto Arena. 

THE DAVE FOSTER BAND - 'DELICATE THINGS' – NEW SINGLE BY PROGRESSIVE POP ACT OUT 25.04.24 VIA ENGLISH ELECTRIC RECORDING

THE DAVE FOSTER BAND
DELICATE THINGS
new single
out 25.04.24
(English Electric Recordings)
included on
MAYBE THEY’LL COME BACK FOR US
new album
CD | LP
out 31.05.24
digital
out 28.06.24

teaser video

pre-order
UK/Europe  |  North America

 

FEATURES CONTRIBUTIONS FROM
STEVE ROTHERY (Marillion) | MARK KING (Level 42)
NEIL FAIRCLOUGH (Queen + Adam Lambert)
CARLY BRYANT (ex BIG BIG TRAIN)

The Anglo-Dutch rock/pop act The Dave Foster Band will release their third album at the end of May. Intriguingly titled and dynamic sounding, ‘Maybe They’ll Come Back For Us’ is helmed by acclaimed guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Dave Foster and vocalist Dinet Poortman, but also features star turns from guitarist Steve Rothery of Marillion, bassist Mark King of Level 42 and singer Carly Bryant (ex Big Big Train), as well as regular collaborators that include bassist Neil Fairclough (Queen + Adam Lambert), drummer Leon Parr (Steve Rothery Band), pianist Anthony Hindley and string arranger Stephen Boyce Buckley.

‘Maybe They’ll Come Back For Us' will initially be available on CD and LP formats (aqua blue vinyl), with download and streaming options to follow on 28th June.

‘Delicate Things’ has been released today as the second single from the album. "I’m a big Muse fan and wanted to have a crashing power chord thing going on,” states Foster, “but it’s Dinet's melody lines that make this song work so well for me. She's great at weaving melodies through my odd chord changes.” Poortman adds that her lyric “is about how precious life is, and that the things that really matter are the small things. We can sometimes get so wrapped up in our own perception of life that we forget that everything worthwhile is actually free.”

A video for ‘Delicate Things' directed by Simon Lowery “represents the preciousness and vulnerability of life,” continues Poortman. “The main character in it has suffered a major loss and is trying to cope with it. He thinks he has been forgotten by everyone else and is wrapped up in his own grief.”

‘Delicate Things’ follows the new album’s initial teaser single, ‘Sleep Spindles’, which was issued in late March : STREAM | VIDEO

Discussing the album as a whole, Foster explains that “we wanted to make sure that the recording process was as relaxed as when we made our last record ['Glimmer'], as it makes a big difference feeling like you have things under control. We split the studio time between The Forge in Oswestry, where we laid down Leon’s drums and Neil’s bass with Al Unsworth on engineering and mixing duties, and my own home set-up, where we recorded Anthony’s piano wizardry, most of my guitar work and Dinet’s vocals, which really sparkle.”

Asked about the additional guests, he reveals that “I had previously asked Steve Rothery if he would perform on a track. Once I had the structure for the new song 'These Tendencies’, I immediately thought that he would enjoy playing over it. We've known each other for so long and know each other's playing so well that these decisions become easy. I adore his solo on it.” As for Mark King, he adds: “we have a mutual friend who I asked to pass on a message enquiring if he might be up for playing on the song ‘Talent To Failure’, and thankfully he said ‘yes’. It was exciting that he wanted to work with us.”

The cover artwork for ‘Maybe They’ll Come Back For Us’ features a distinctive and highly colourful photograph by Japan-based Tsuki Kitsune. “I found him by chance on Instagram and as soon as I looked at his profile I knew I'd found something special. He was great to deal with and I think that the cover is one of the best photographs I've ever seen,” Foster concludes.

MAYBE THEY’LL COME BACK FOR US
TRACKLISTING
1  Sleep Spindles
2  Talent To Failure
3  Pollyanna
4  These Tendencies
5  The Optimist
6  Queen Of Maybe
7  Delicate Things
8  Whirling Of Whales


BIOGRAPHY
Founded in 2017, The Dave Foster Band has its origins in earlier collaborations between Dave Foster and Dinet Poortman. They were initially introduced by mutual friend Steve Rothery of Marillion and had both been members of previous acts who separately supported that group. Foster also plays in the Steve Rothery Band and has recently been a member of leading multinational prog act Big Big Train.

Given that Foster is based in the UK and Poortman the Netherlands, their first tentative steps were an experiment to see if they could work together effectively, but a number of co-written songs that appeared on Foster’s solo albums ‘Gravity’ (2011) and ‘Dreamless’ (2016) proved they had musical chemistry. As The Dave Foster Band, they supported both Rothery and Marillion on European/UK tours while working on their debut album, ‘Nocebo’, which was released in 2019.

 Its follow-up, ‘Glimmer’, was issued in 2023 and was a cornucopia of musical delights appealing not only to fans of guitar-based rock on several songs that balanced dazzling technique with great restraint, but also fans of crossover acts as varied as Air and The Anchoress on other piano-led tracks.

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'HAIRSPRAY'-BESTIES LOTTE DE CLERCK EN JOZEFIEN GROSSEN SAMEN IN ‘PETER PAN

Ook Jervin Weckx vervoegt cast familiemusical.

Onlangs schitterden ze nog zij aan zij als BFF's Penny Pingleton en Tracy Turnblad in de heerlijke feelgood musical 'Hairspray', en nu mogen ook 'real life besties' Lotte De Clerck en Jozefien Grossen zich al meteen opmaken om samen in  een nieuw magisch avontuur te vliegen. Vanaf 7 december 2024 presenteert Deep Bridge een volledig eigen musicalversie van het tijdloze verhaal van Peter Pan in Antwerpen, Gent en Hasselt. Lotte zal hierin gestalte geven aan de dromerige Wendy en Jozefien kruipt in de bijzondere huid/vacht van nanny/hond Nana.

Nog 'Hairspray'-geweld dat samen met Lotte en Jozefien naar Neverland vliegt, en naast droomduo Sophie Janssens (Peter Pan) en Nordin De Moor (Kapitein Haak) de planken op mag, is de immer sympathieke energiebom Jervin Weckx. Na zijn sublieme dubbelrol als Mr. Pinky en Spritcer in 'Hairspray', mag Jervin zich in 'Peter Pan' helemaal smijten als Mr. Smee, eerste stuurman en rechterhand van Kapitein Haak.

Zowel Lotte, Jozefien als Jervin  kijken enorm uit naar hun 'Peter Pan'-avontuur en staan te trappelen om deze tot de verbeelding sprekende reis aan te vatten:

"Ik kan niet wachten om in de magische wereld te stappen waar ik als kind zelf zo door werd betoverd!"
- Lotte De Clerck -

"Een kindermeisje spelen in 'Peter Pan'? Da's van den hond (lacht), maar laat die wondere wereld van elfjes, piraten en sprekende honden maar komen!"
- Jozefien Grossen -
"Het staat al lang op mijn bucketlist om piraat te spelen, en kijk! Soms zit het leven eens Smee!"
- Jervin Weckx -

 

Reis mee met Peter, de jongen die weigert ouder te worden. Van het magische elfenstof tot opwindende avonturen vol zwaardgevechten. Deze productie omarmt de kracht van verbeelding in al zijn glorie. In het magische universum van Peter Pan is alles mogelijk! Prachtige muziek, kleurrijke kostuums en adembenemende decors maken van 'Peter Pan' een onvergetelijke ervaring voor jong en oud.

 

“Sommigen onder ons blijven (gelukkig) altijd een beetje kind, anderen hebben hulp nodig. En daarom maken we theater. Daarom maken we Peter Pan.”
– Stany Crets -

 

Tickets & info: deepbridge.be 

ZANDSCULPTURENFESTVAL IN MIDDELKERKE WORDT HET CENTRUM VAN DE WERELD DEZE ZOMER

MIDDELKERKE – 28 juni tot en met 8 september 2024
Strand ter hoogte van Arthur De Greefplein

 

Het is ondertussen een traditie geworden: het Zandsculpturenfestival Middelkerke. De zomer lonkt, het strand wenkt. De kunstenaars staan te popelen om opnieuw aan de slag te gaan in de bruisende kustgemeente.

 

Toegangspoort naar vele werelden

Het Zandsculpturenfestival Middelkerke ontvouwt zich deze zomer tot de toegangspoort naar niet één maar vele bijzondere werelden. Dit jaar nemen we de bezoekers mee op een imaginaire wereldreis. Je stelt je reis zelf samen. Wil je sfinxen in Egypte of wilde dieren in Afrika zien? Bezoek je liever de Taj Mahal, Japanse tempels of het Paaseiland? Of vlieg je liever over de Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco om via New York City over Londen terug te keren naar Middelkerke? Internationaal wordt je reis in elk geval!

 

Het grootste evenement van de kust

Ook de jaarlijks meer dan 100.000 bezoekers van het festival komen uit alle windstreken: Belgen, Duitsers, Fransen, Engelsen, ... Elke zomer is Middelkerke de place to be.

 

Meer dan een reis!

Ook dit jaar biedt Zandsculpturenfestival Middelkerke meer aan dan louter zandduinen tussen de sculpturen. We gaan opnieuw in zee met de Proefkonijnen voor een nieuwe spannende interactieve voorstelling voor jong en oud. En wie zelf wil proberen om een zandsculptuur te maken, kan terecht bij onze zandexpert tijdens een van de vele zandworkshops.

 

De perfecte zomercocktail

Terwijl de kids zich uitleven op het springkasteel en creatief bezig zijn in een van de speelzones, kan de rest van het gezelschap relaxen in de strandbar bij een hapje en een drankje. Kortom het Zandsculpturenfestival Middelkerke is de perfecte cocktail voor een dag plezier aan zee.

 

Een grote aanwinst voor inwoners en handelaars

Burgemeester Jean-Marie Dedecker: “We doen in Middelkerke heel wat inspanningen om ons zomerse evenementenaanbod te verrijken. Dankzij de steun van enkele waardevolle partners kunnen onze tienduizenden vakantiegangers, maar ook onze eigen inwoners in Middelkerke terecht voor een origineel en uniek aanbod. Het Zandsculpturenfestival is ondertussen zo’n gewaardeerde partner. Dat we dankzij hen het grootste openluchtevent aan de kust mogen ontvangen is een absolute troef. Het Zandsculpturenfestival past trouwens enorm goed bij onze uitstraling als échte familiebadplaats. Het is ook bewonderenswaardig dat de organisatoren telkens verfrissend uit de hoek komen met een nieuw thema, nieuwe randanimatie en een prachtig kransje gerenommeerde zandkunstenaars.”

 

Praktisch

Het Zandsculpturenfestival Middelkerke vindt dit jaar plaats van 28 juni tot en met 8 september. Info en tickets zijn op www.zandsculpturenfestival.be. Ook dit jaar krijgen inwoners van Middelkerke en mensen met een tweede verblijf in Middelkerke 2 euro korting.

CHRIS VAN TONGELEN MAAKT MUSICAL-COMEBACK EN WORDT HARRY IN ‘MAMMA MIA’!

Na bijna 18 jaar terug in hoofdcast musical:

Chris Van Tongelen maakt musical-comeback en wordt Harry in 'MAMMA MIA!'

Vanaf 22 maart 2025 - Antwerpen, Gent, Hasselt

 

Met Nathalie Meskens (Tanya), Els Dottermans (Rosie), Jan Schepens (Sam), Maike Boerdam (Donna), Helle Vanderheyden (Sophie) en Dorian Liveyns (Sky), was er in de hoofdcast van 'MAMMA MIA!' al zeker geen gebrek aan star quality. Voor Regisseur Stany Crets, die ook opnieuw de rol van Bill zal vertolken, kan en mag het zoals algemeen geweten echter altijd nog dat tikkeltje meer zijn. Stany trok dus zijn stoute schoenen aan en wist, naast zijn veters, ook nog een verrassende (musical)ster te strikken voor het 'MAMMA MIA!'-feestje dat vanaf 22 maart 2025 opnieuw losbarst. 

v.l.n.r.: Nathalie Meskens, Maike Boerdam, Jan Schepens, Stany Crets, Chris Van Tongelen, Els Dottermans, Helle Vanderheyden, Dorian Liveyns

 

De rol van bankier Harry is namelijk weggelegd voor niemand minder dan Chris Van Tongelen. Chris, voor velen nu toch vooral bekend als lid van de driekoppige feestorkaan De Romeo's en/of door zijn rol als Bart Van den Bossche in 'Familie' (vtm), behoorde met hoofdrollen in gelauwerde musicals als 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Sneeuwwitje', 'Romeo & Julia', 'Assepoester', 'Gaudi', 'Dracula' en 'West Side Story' ook jarenlang tot de absolute top van de Belgische musicalwereld. Nu, bijna 18 jaar nadat hij Vince Fontaine speelde in 'Grease' (2007), maakt Chris eindelijk zijn comeback in de hoofdcast van een volwaardige musicalproductie.

"Bijna 30 jaar na 'Chess', die andere ABBA-musical, eindelijk 'MAMMA MIA!'. Eindelijk terug thuiskomen!"
- Chris Van Tongelen -

Dompel je vanaf 22 maart 2025 mee onder in het warme Griekse bad van 'MAMMA MIA!' en kom in Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen, Capitole Gent en Trixxo Theater Hasselt luidkeels meezingen met heerlijk ABBA-hits als ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’, ‘Super Trouper’ en uiteraard ‘Mamma Mia’.

Tickets & info: deepbridge.be.

URBAN-JAZZ SAXOPHONIST REGGIE CODRINGTON REMEMBERS HIS LATE FATHER WITH ‘THREE SHADES OF BLUE’

A “Blue” tribute: Urban-Jazz saxophonist Reggie Codrington remembers his late father with “Three Shades of Blue,” the first single from the forthcoming “The Ray Codrington Signature Collection.”

 

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (18 APRIL 2024): There would be no music career for soprano saxophonist Reggie Codrington had it not been for his father, trumpeter Ray Codrington. Born with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy that required nine major surgeries even before the saxman was a teenager, Ray found a small, curved saxophone that made it physically possible for Reggie to play the instrument. After Ray succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease last May, Reggie decided to pay tribute by recording one of his father’s favorite compositions, “Three Shades of Blue,” a song that Ray wrote and performed in his live sets, but never recorded. The urban-jazz single produced by Phil Davis (Boney James, Alex Bugnon, Al Jarreau) is now collecting radio airplay and Spotify spins.

 

Ray Codrington was a professional musician who played with Little Richard, Gladys Knight and Jackie Wilson. His son was ten years-old when the trumpeter composed “Three Shades of Blue.” Reggie remembers seeing his father perform the song with the North Carolina Symphony. A prolific composer, recording “Three Shades of Blue” was one of Ray’s long-held desires, which was unfinished business upon his passing. He left a wealth of original music that he never got around to recording. Reggie has made recording music from his father’s songbook a personal mission, honoring his father’s legacy by creating “The Ray Codrington Signature Series.” “Three Shades of Blue” is the first single from the forthcoming collection.

 

“Seeing the joy on my father’s face when he performed this song provoked the desire for me to record it. My father penned a lot of music, but ‘Three Shades of Blue’ was significant because it was a schematic of his life. After his earthly transition, this song became a signature selection in my heart. He told me that this song explained the various transitions his life encountered. I was able to embody this song by looking at my life and determining from birth to now, that my life has been the epitome of 'Three Shades of Blue,'” said Reggie Codrington, who is based in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

 

Davis crafted the ethereal groove by playing all the instruments surrounding Reggie’s poignant melodic soprano sax phrases and heartfelt solo, the latter to which the producer responds by issuing an elegant piano solo.  

 

After studying music at Howard University, Reggie Codrington debuted in 1990 with “Never Let You Go,” the first of eleven albums released to date. Throughout the years, Ray maintained a regular presence at Reggie’s recording sessions, including during the tracking of last year’s “Light,” Reggie’s single that peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard chart. Although Ray wasn’t physically present during the “Three Shades of Blue” recording date, Reggie felt his father’s presence.  

 

“Feeling Dad's presence in the studio caused me to reflect on when he would be beside me while recording. Recording my part was melodic, smooth, and colorful. As I experienced the presence of my father in the studio booth with me, my solo became a symphonic conversation between my father and me. I could hear him playing his horn licks and making his musical suggestions. After one of my recording takes, my studio engineer, Andy Pow, allowed me to hear the playback. Previously, my father would be the one writing out notes for me to play and providing creative ideas for me to try, in hopes of creating a musical experience for the listener. I took that exchange with Andy and reworked a portion of my solo realizing that my father was still giving me his insight through others in the studio,” shared Reggie, who has performed for President Barak Obama, recorded with Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr. and Nils; and opened for Ramsey Lewis, Charlie Wilson, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Peabo Bryson, Kenny Latimore, Kim Waters and Kevin Toney.

 

There’s a lot of Ray’s music for Reggie to sift through as he curates and records “The Ray Codrington Signature Series” over the next year or two. Reggie Codrington is excited about preserving his father’s works while introducing his father’s music to new audiences, beginning with “Three Shades of Blue.”

 

“Funny to note, I never knew how much blue was in my closet until I recorded this song,” Reggie said ebulliently.

 

For more information, please visit https://www.reggiecodrington.com.

ARTHUR THOMPSON SEEKS AN ‘OASIS’

Arthur Thompson- a Tulsa native who now resides in Nashville, Tennessee- is a drummer, percussionist, singer, songwriter, producer, author, designer, entrepreneur, and teacher. He was the drummer for the late Wayman Tisdale. Singer/songwriter Toby Keith recorded the song “Crying for Me” in honor of Wayman. Arthur recorded and performed this song with Toby Keith, along with Dave Koz and Marcus Miller. It was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011. Arthur currently performs all over the world with Mindi Abair and many other artists, including Dave Koz on the yearly Dave Koz & Friends at Sea Cruise.

 

Deeply moved by the realities faced by at-risk children, as well as the drastic reduction of music and arts education in schools today, Arthur created Math & Music©, a curriculum that relates basic mathematical concepts with musical notes and scales incorporating repetitive auditory memorization skills. This rhythmic approach to learning uses engaging characters created by Arthur. Math & Music© helps make learning addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division fun for all children. This curriculum has been taught in Oklahoma, Texas, and California. Arthur also takes his life-changing curriculum to the children of Uganda, Africa and Nicaragua. As part of a yearly Medical Global Outreach “Power of a Nickel”, Arthur has donated his time and his resources to these children by teaching them his curriculum and training and equipping their teachers. 

 

For over 10 years, he was a co-founder and a director of the Promises for Families© Foundation, which provided summer camps and school programs for children and youth with an incarcerated parent. Arthur has a passion for working with at-risk youth. He has created a way to mix music and education by energizing, engaging, and inspiring children. He uses his gift of music, movement, and storytelling to touch the lives of hundreds of children each and every day. Arthur uses his drums as an instrument for positive change. He has an immense passion for both his music and the children that he works with on a daily basis.

 

Arthur was honored to be named Smooth Jazz Network's "Breakout Artist of the Year" for 2023.

 

"Oasis"

Song by Roberta Flack.

Written by Marcus Miller / Mark Stevens

Arranged by Arthur Thompson Sr.

Engineered by Jung Jacob Song

Mixed by Jon Gilutin

 

Lead Vocal - Arthur Thompson Sr.

Background Vocals - Melody Dunlap

Bass - Cortez Johnson

Guitars - David John

Keyboards - Jon Gilutin

Drums - Arthur Thompson Sr.

Horn section - The Monkey Fist Horns

Percussion - Arthur Thompson Sr.

WILLIE BRADLEY WANTS SOME ‘FOREPLAY’

Willie Bradley is a native of Orangeburg, SC and a graduate of South Carolina State University where he earned his BS Degree in Music Education and Performance. Over the course of his career, he has become a go –to musician for many of soul music’s greats over the years. His music reach spans worldwide and can be heard on Smooth Jazz radio dtations including Sirius XM, Music Choice, Pandora, Spotify, and iHeart Radio. 

 

Willie's 2021 CD It’s My Time contained two #1 Billboard singles – “It’s On Now” featuring Ragan Whiteside and “It’s My Time featuring James Lloyd. The single “It’s My Time” was also featured on the Top 30 Smooth Jazz Network chart for best songs of 2021. 

 

Throughout his music career, Willie’s musical productions have been considered for two Grammy Awards and he was selected as Beats Magazine 2021 Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year by Allen Kepler's Smooth Jazz Network. He was the Distinguished Alumnus Award winner for 2022 at South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC and currently in his second year serving as full time Music Industry Professor/Artist In Residence at the University. 

 

Willie’s stage presence includes performances with jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter. More recently, his live performances and collaborations placed him with world-class artists including Gerald Alston, Ronnie Laws, Marion Meadows, Ragan Whiteside, Selina Albright, George Clinton, Gerald Albright, and James Lloyd and Andre 3000.

 

“Bold, yet simultaneously charming; Edgy, yet at the same time beautiful; these seemingly opposing adjectives might well-describe the music of artist/trumpeter Willie Bradley, but also fittingly tell about the man! Willie Bradley’s music brings together many varied styles, but takes smooth jazz to a whole new level.”

ANDREW NEU ASKS ‘KEEP IT REAL’

Continuing their creative partnership, Andrew Neu and Greg Manning have zeroed in on a signature sound that is undeniably unique and connects with fans and musicians alike. True to its title, the new radio single "Keep It Real" reminds us that real people are behind the music you love!

 

Neu comments "We always go back to those fundamental, universal elements that folks are drawn to. The tune has to have both a compelling groove and a memorable melody. This is the foundation for the music I love and I think it transcends all boundaries and brings people together!"

 

Fresh off three radio hits and a 2024 GRAMMY nomination, Andrew has become the go-to guy for soulful sax and dynamic horn arrangements. He's contributed to countless hits by some of the biggest artists in smooth jazz. He's released five albums and spent years touring with Bobby Caldwell, Smokey Robinson and Diane Schuur.

 

"Keep It Real" is a tune you can't stop listening to! It's yet another step forward for this talented artist.

 

"Keep It Real"

Written by Greg Manning and Andrew Neu

Mixed and Produced by Greg Manning

Horns Arranged by Andrew Neu

Mastered by Steve Hall

 

Sax - Andrew Neu

Keys, Programming, Synth Bass - Greg Manning

Guitar - Carlyle Barriteau

Percussion - Luis Conte

Drums - Marcus Finnie

Trumpet - Mike Stever

Trombone - Nick Lane

ZANGER ARTHUR “POOCH” TAVARES (TAVARES) OVERLEDEN

Vandaag werd bekendgemaakt dat Arthur ‘Pooch’ Tavares op 81-jarige leeftijd is overleden. Hij was een van de zingende broers Tavares die in de tweede helft van de jaren zeventig de wereld veroverde met de discothekenkraker ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’. Tavares werd in 1960 opgericht in New Bedford, Massachusetts als Chubby & The Turnpikes. De zanggroep bestond uit de broers Arthur Paul 'Pooch', Antoine Laurence 'Chubby', Ralph ‘Vierra’, Feliciano 'Butch' en Perry Lee 'Tiny' Tavares. In 1975 had Tavares de eerste hit in ons land met de single ‘It Only Takes A Minute’. Het grote succes, met name in Europa, volgde een jaar later met ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’, geschreven door Freddie Perren en Keni St. Lewis en afkomstig van het album ‘Sky High’. Ook de opvolgers ‘Don’t Take Away The Music’ en ‘Whodunit’ werden Top 10 hits in Nederland. In de Verenigde Staten haalde ‘It Only Takes A Minute’ de tiende plaats van de Billboard Hot 100. Ook de single ‘More Than Woman’, uit de film ‘Saturday Night Fever’, werd een flinke hit in Amerika. ‘Pooch’ Tavares ruste in vrede!

 

Met dank aan Leo Weijers.

SOULFULEDGE & HANNAH CLARE – ‘SWEAT IS ON THE DANCEFLOOR’

Traxsource: 26th April
General Release: 3rd May


As Nyte Music rolls into its landmark 10th release, Soulfuledge & Hannah Clare's collaborative global conquest continues to flourish as they once again bring the heavy-duty, full-throttle feel good vibes courtesy of the sweet & effervescent bubbler, ‘Sweat Is on the Dancefloor’.

With the heady intoxicating days of disco firmly in mind and set against a decadent backdrop of schmoosie chords, organ chops & a guitar-picked riff that’ll have glitterball’s revolving at break-neck speed, Hannah’s unquestionable song writing & performance skills are at full-force levels once again as her playful & intoxicating vocals tease & toil in all the right places.

Effortlessly moving through the soulful gears with impeccable ease & with that delicious soulful swagger Hannah’s most certainly blessed with, yeah, it’s another show-stealing performance from the Australian dynamo that unashamedly & unequivocally brings the heat!

Sweaters are definitely not required.

GLENNIS GRACE BRENGT FENOMENALE WHITNEY HOUSTON-TRIBUTE NAAR STADSSCHOUWBURG ANTWERPEN

De Nederlandse nachtegaal Glennis Grace keert op zaterdag 8 maart 2025 terug naar België met haar onder superlatieven bedolven Whitney Houston-tribute. Nadat de ‘America’s Got Talent’-finaliste (2018) eerder al een uitverkochte Lotto Arena op z'n grondvesten deed daveren met haar fenomenale ‘WHITNEY, a tribute by Glennis Grace’ en vorig jaar datzelfde kunstje nog eens vlotjes overdeed in Play Zuid Antwerpen en Kursaal Oostende, mag Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen zich deze keer opmaken om dit unieke muzikale eerbetoon aan de legendarische Whitney Houston te ontvangen. Glennis Grace neemt het publiek mee naar vervlogen tijden en wisselt swingende uptempo hits als ‘How Will I Know’, ‘I'm Every Woman’, 'Queen Of The Night' en ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ op verbluffende wijze af met gevoelige ballads als ‘Run To You’, ‘One Moment In Time’, 'Greatest Love Of All', ‘When You Believe’ en uiteraard het onsterfelijke 'I Will Always Love You'.

Tickets voor ‘WHITNEY, a tribute by Glennis Grace’ op zaterdag 8 maart 2025 in Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen, zijn nu verkrijgbaar via ticketkopen.eu .  

 

“Whitney Houston heeft een ongekend aantal hits op haar naam staan. Ik wil mensen heel graag meenemen naar vervlogen tijden door haar klassiekers opnieuw te zingen. Er zitten echt zoveel pareltjes tussen die nog een keer gehoord mogen worden.” 
- Glennis Grace -

In 2018 maakte de wereld dankzij ‘America’s Got Talent’ kennis met de grenzeloze zangcapaciteiten van de Nederlandse Glennis Grace. Ze blies er de jury, het publiek en de miljoenen tv-kijkers een eerste keer omver met haar indrukwekkende versie van de Whitney-classic ‘Run To You’. De toon was meteen letterlijk gezet en de ravissante Nederlandse stoomde helemaal door tot in de finale. 

Geruggesteund door deze indrukwekkende prestatie en de lovende commentaren, concerteerde Glennis in oktober 2018 voor het eerst met haar muzikale eerbetoon ‘WHITNEY, a tribute by Glennis Grace’ in een uitverkochte AFAS Live in Amsterdam. Uit de enthousiaste reacties van het publiek en de lovende recensies na afloop, bleek eens te meer dat de muziek van Whitney Houston de mensen nog altijd in vervoering brengt en Glennis Grace werd door pers en publiek geroemd om haar stemgeluid en bezieling.

Door de aanhoudende vraag uit binnen- en buitenland, bracht Glennis Grace de show in 2019 o.a. ook nog in Ahoy Rotterdam en een eveneens uitverkochte Lotto Arena in Antwerpen. Vorig jaar stond de Nederlandse nachtegaal eindelijk terug in ons land met dit fenomenale eerbetoon aan de legendarische Whitney Houston en speelde zowel Play Zuid Antwerpen als Kursaal Oostende helemaal plat.

Op zaterdag 8 maart 2025 neemt Glennis het publiek in Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen mee naar vervlogen tijden en wisselt swingende uptempo hits als ‘How Will I Know’, ‘I'm Every Woman’, 'Queen Of The Night' en ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ af met gevoelige ballads als ‘Run To You’, ‘One Moment In Time’, ‘When You Believe’, 'Greatest Love Of All' en uiteraard het onsterfelijke 'I Will Always Love You'.

Tickets voor ‘WHITNEY, a tribute by Glennis Grace’ op zaterdag 8 maart 2025 in Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen, zijn nu verkrijgbaar via ticketkopen.eu 

 

Bekijk Glennis Grace - 'Run To You' @ America's Got Talent 2018

FRANKIE FLOWERZ - ‘NIGHTRIDE’ ALBUM SAMPLER

Berlin’s acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, recording artist and renowned ‘Electric Monday’ event organizer, Frankie Flowerz, reveals his highly anticipated third artist album, ‘Nightride’, on Funkhausmusic. ‘Nightride’ is a 21 track melting pot of Soul, Funk and contemporary dance fused songs and instrumentals, showcasing Frankie’s exceptional musicianship, impeccable talent for delivering irresistibly funky grooves and distinctive captivating vocals. This album sampler offers a taste of 6 carefully selected tracks, including the smooth and emotive funk-drenched jams; ‘Do You Know’, ‘Spend Some Time’, featuring a haunting vocal performance from Robert Owens; ‘Look What You’ve Done To Me’ and ‘Whatever Happens’. Then flipping the script with a punchy dance floor dynamic are; ‘Gimme Back My Love’ and the soulful groover, ‘Live The Moment’. ‘Nightride’ is an eclectic body of work where Frankie seamlessly joins the dots between genres to deliver his unique flavour of dance floor Soul.

“‘Nightride’ is my 3rd Studio LP, which has been 3 years in the making. It’s a culmination of unearthed and re-imagined treasures found in my archives, alongside a whole host of exciting new material that I’ve written over the past few years, including some collaborations with the legendary Robert Owens. Enjoy!” – Frankie Flowerz

Malaysian born, now Berlin resident, Frankie Flowerz (aka Mohan Das), is a globally renowned DJ, producer, event organizer and label owner, embracing a diverse musical spectrum, and over 7,500 stage appearances worldwide. With a dynamic career spanning 39 years, Frankie Flowerz is one of the masterminds behind Electric Monday, the legendary weekly event at Kitkat Club, Berlin, and has shared stages with artists including Kenny Dixon Jr (Moodymann), Theo Parrish, Trentemoller, Laurent Garnier, and many more. On the production side, Frankie’s musical works have graced esteemed labels such as Hypercolour, Crosstown Rebels, OM Records, Turbo Recordings and Internasojnal. And he has also recorded under various monikers including; Das Deva on Blaou Records, 2Dawgs on Moodmusic and Audio Royal & Hybrid Funk on Funkhausmusic. Frankie has released two full LPs to date - ‘Boyz & Girlz’ (2014) and ‘Tales Form The Living Room’ (2019) on his Funkhausmusic imprint (EST 2001). From Soul, Funk, and Disco to Deep House and Techno, Frankie's eclectic tastes and unwavering dedication to his craft continue to captivate audiences worldwide, ensuring his legacy as a true pioneer in the global electronic music scene.

‘Nightride’ Album Sampler Track Listing
1 Do You Know
2 Gimme Back My Love
3 Live The Moment
4 Spend Some Time feat. Robert Owens
5 Look What You've Done To Me
6 Whatever Happens

‘Nightride’ Album will be released on April 19th 2024 on Funkhausmusic.

 

Frankie Flowerz
‘Nightride’ Album Sampler
Funkhausmusic / CAT 4056813687675
https://www.instagram.com/frankie_flowerz/
https://electric-monday.com

GAGARIN - 'KOMOREBI' – NEW ALBUM BY UK ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN OUT 12.04.24 + ADDITIONAL LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED

GAGARIN | 2024 photos by Brian David Stevens

 

GAGARIN
KOMOREBI

new album
out 12.04.24
(Geo Records)

stream  | buy CD  |  Bandcamp


“Exquisite, nuanced and delicately poised, featuring patiently built layers of breathtaking sonic complexity”
ELECTRONIC SOUND
“Spacious, ambient and rhythmic, these pieces have a fine amount of variation”
VITAL WEEKLY
“An absorbing listen and fits right into the current trend for Hauntology as it moves around moody ambience and melodic optimism, noisier textures and darker distress”
ELECTRICITYCLUB.CO.UK

includes
SAETA


Komorebi is a Japanese word that refers to how sunlight is seen and felt through leaves and branches. The new album by Gagarin&n