KIWANIS NIEUWPOORT POLDER EN DUIN VIERT OP 22 JUNI ZIJN 50STE VERJAARDAG MET DE WERELDBEFAAMDE EROS RAMAZZOTTI TRIBUE BAND DOVE C’È MUSICA

Van links naar rechts: Laurenzo Moerman, Peter Devisch (voorzitter), Luc Neuville (penningmeester), Elmer Keleman
foto:  PADI

 

Op zaterdag 22 juni 2024 kan iedereen vanaf 19u30 terecht in het Nieuwpoortse Centrum Ysara, waar de VZW Kiwanis Nieuwpoort Polder en Duin zijn 50ste verjaardag viert, ondergedompeld in een Italiaanse sfeer. Het hoogtepunt wordt het optreden van de wereldvermaarde Italiaanse Eros Ramazzotti tribute band Dove c’è Musica. 

“Na vijf mooie decennia mogen we al eens groots uitpakken met aangepaste foodtrucks met pizza, pasta en varianten, gecombineerd met Italiaanse toets. Onze top DJ en Dove c’è Musica zijn dé ingrediënten voor een heuse feestavond. Net zoals de voorbije jaren schenkt onze populaire serviceclub opnieuw de opbrengsten aan lokale goede doelen, waarmee in het verleden de kinderarmoede werd bestreden.

Het enthousiasme bij onze leden en sympathisanten is groot, waardoor we iedereen aanraden om snel tickets te bestellen. Vanaf vrijdag 1 maart 2024 kan dat, via de QR-code op onze affiches of via mail aan tickets@kiwanisnieuwpoort.be,” zegt penningmeester Luc Neuville namens de jubilerende organisatie.

 

Goede doelen

Met de 1112ste vergadering in het vooruitzicht, 16 kernleden en een massa steunende sympathisanten, organiseerde de populaire VZW Kiwanis Nieuwpoort Polder en Duin de afgelopen 50 jaar heel wat activiteiten en evenementen. Met die centen kon de serviceclub ondertussen heel wat lokale goede doelen ondersteunen. “We koesteren tradities. Elke euro die we besteden aan sociale projecten wordt dubbel gecheckt, maar als we erin geloven kunnen ze altijd op onze steun rekenen. We hebben het exacte bedrag niet bijgehouden, maar de geldsom die we de voorbije vijf decennia hebben weggeschonken is aanzienlijk. Ook de komende jaren wordt die lijn doorgetrokken, omdat het broodnodig is en we merken dat we met onze bijdragen ook effectief mee het verschil kunnen maken. Vanuit die positieve ingesteldheid blijven we organiseren en daar doen we met onze ‘Italiaanse avond’, tijdens ons feestjaar, nog een schepje bovenop,”zegt Luc Neuville.

Eros Ramazzotti

Na o.a. ‘Enjoy Cuba’ (2018), ‘Cuba-Licious’ (2019) en post-corona ‘J’aime la vie’ (2022), zet Kiwanis Nieuwpoort Polder en Duin nu voluit zijn schouders onder de Italiaanse avond die op zaterdag 22 juni 2024 plaatsvindt in Centrum Yasara. 

Vanaf 19u30 kan je aanschuiven bij diverse foodtrucks met een extra focus op de bekende Italiaanse specialiteiten, terwijl een top DJ in de achtergrond en tijdens de avond voor de zwoele sfeer zorgt. Het gaat crescendo, met als hoogtepunt het optreden van de wereldvermaarde Eros Ramazzotti tribute band Dove c’è Musica van zanger-frontman Gero Carlino. Dankzij de goede contacten die Nathalie Brys van het Nieuwpoortse boekingskantoor ‘The Music Office’ heeft, kon de organisatie deze Internationale topband strikken. Met z’n zessen brengen ze on stage de grootste hits van de Italiaanse wereldster Eros Ramazzotti, de man die in 1984 doorbrak als winnaar van het Festival van San Remo met zijn hitsingle ‘Terra Promessa’. Zijn eerste internationale hit was ‘Se bastasse una canzone’, maar hij scoorde ook hits met o.a. ‘Adesso tu’, ‘Musica è’ en ‘Cose della vita’, dat hij in 1998 in duetvorm uitbracht met Tina Turner. Ramazzotti werkte ook samen met o.a. Cher, Joe Cocker en Andrea Bocelli. Doorheen zijn carrière verkocht hij wereldwijd meer dan 55 miljoen albums. “Vorig jaar gaf hij nog twee uitverkochte concerten in Vorst Nationaal. Dit jaar heeft hij geen concertplannen, dus zijn we blij, fier en trots dat we met Dove c’è Musica die leegte invullen met een sterk alternatief voor de talrijke fans van Ramazzotti en het Italiaanse repertoire. Onze Italiaanse avond kan je trouwens ook ideaal combineren met een overnachting aan zee, want we werken hiervoor nauw samen met enkele lokale B&B’s en hotels die speciale voorwaarden aanbieden. Op onze website vind je hierover alle informatie”, klinkt het bij de organisatie.

 

Dove c’é Musica

Je mag Dove c’è Musica omschrijven als ‘de beste Eros Ramazzotti tribute band’, want die status hebben ze inmiddels verworven op basis van hun reputatie en de talrijke optredens. “Als grap ben ik begonnen met imitaties van Eros, maar dat sloeg meteen enorm aan. Vrij snel volgde mijn solocarrière en kwam ik terecht bij diverse bands. Begin 2000 werd ik uitgenodigd voor ‘Stella Gemella’, één van dé shows op de Italiaanse televisie. Later was ik ook nog te zien in o.a. ‘Tali e Quali Show’ en werd ik uitgenodigd voor ‘Michelle Impossible’, een programma dat Eros Ramazzotti zijn eerste vrouw Michelle Hunziker presenteerde. Onze verstandhouding met Eros is uitstekend. Eén van onze muzikanten speelde mee in één van zijn videoclips en we zagen hem ook life op Facebook tijdens één van onze optredens,” zegt frontman Gero Carlino. Samen met zijn 5 collega’s reist hij op zaterdag 22 juni 2024 af naar België voor het eerste optreden dat Dove c’è Musica geeft in ons land. “Meer dan anderhalf uur spelen we de grootste hits en bekendste nummers van Eros Ramazzotti. Na o.a. Frankrijk, Zwitserland, Oostenrijk, de Verenigde Staten en  optredens voor meer dan 100.000den Italianen komen we nu jullie kant uit. Naast een sterk vertegenwoordigde Italiaanse gemeenschap, zijn er bij jullie ook heel wat landgenoten die houden van de Italiaanse sfeer, het land, de cultuur en de muziek. Als je België zegt, denken wij spontaan aan bier, wafels en frieten (lacht), maar we weten dat er gelukkig nog veel meer is,” glimlacht Gero.

 

Vanaf vrijdag 1 maart 2024 kan je via de QR-code op de affiche of via mail tickets@kiwanisnieuwpoort.be tickets bestellen voor de Italiaanse feestavond van Kiwanis Nieuwpoort Polder en Duin. Meer info over de 50-jarige Nieuwpoortse serviceclub en deze activiteit vind je ook op www.kiwanisnieuwpoort.be

LASHAWN D. GARY FT. PENNY WELLS – ‘ EVERYTHING YOU’RE LOOKING FOR’

LaShawn D. Gary is an Emmy Award Winning Producer, Composer, Smooth Jazz Artist and Pianist. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Southern University A&M College, and earned a Masters of Music Education Degree from the University of Louisville. LaShawn has released seven Smooth Jazz singles: “Now is the Time (2019) '', “Love, Peace & Praise (2020)”, “Inception, featuring Mark Whitfield (2021)”, “Line Brothers (2021)”, “On the Yard” (2022), “Transitions” (2022) and "For Your Love (feat. Willie Bradley)" (2023).

 

Gary's newest single “Everything You're Looking For" ft. Penny Wells is from his upcoming album Evolution, scheduled for release on March 1, 2024. LaShawn is also the featured artist and co-writer of Jeff Canady’s “Light Within.” He has also performed as a session musician on several Smooth Jazz and R&B projects. 

 

LaShawn has worked as a composer/arranger in commercial advertisements with Burrell Communications, Global Hue and Yessian Music. His musical talents were displayed on television in the production of the Toyota Avalon “Son-in-Law” commercial, the introductory advertisement of the Ford Fiesta, Xfinity “Unplug” Commercial and the Happy’s Pizza Jingle featuring the Four Tops. LaShawn was the Choir Director for the McDonald’s 365 Black Awards directing the Southern University Gospel Choir with Erica Campbell and the Louisiana Leadership Institute Drum-line performance with American Idol winner, singer, and actress Jordan Sparks. In March 2015, LaShawn worked with Grammy Award winning singer Patti Austin, Greg Phillinganes, and Sanchez Harley as the Assistant Choir Director for the Charles H. Wright Museum 50th Anniversary Celebration “Oh Freedom.” In 2015, LaShawn also released his debut album, “Love, Peace, and Praise.” The decade ended as the Emmy Award winning producer and fellow producing partners, Bill Bowen and Mike Ellison released “Detroit: One Nation Under A Groove”, a YouTube video featuring the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Choir which received over a million views in the first month. The team was also awarded two Detroit Music Awards for “Outstanding Music Video” and “Outstanding Urban Recording”. LaShawn is a music educator with Southfield Public Schools and serves as the Director of Music at Oak Grove AME Church. He is currently the Executive Director for the Michigan Fine Arts Institute. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

"Everything You're Looking For" ft. Penny Wells is a mid-tempo Smooth Jazz groove with beautiful lyrics, which will inspire people to look within themselves to discover the greatness that exists.

MO LOUIS FT. JEFF LORBER – ‘TO THE MAX’

We are excited to announce to announce the release of saxman Mo Louis new single, “To The Maxx” ft. Jeff Lorber! It’s the follow-up to Mo’s #1 Billboard hit, “Static”.

 

"To The Maxx"

 

Produced by Jeff Carruthers

Written by Jeff Carruthers and Mo Louis

Mixed by Jeff Carruthers

Mastered by Euge Groove

 

Mo Louis: Saxophone

Jeff Lorber: Piano

Gary Novak: Drums

Corney Mims: Bass

Jeff Carruthers: Guitar & Keys

Lenny Castro: Percussion

RYAN MONTANO DREAMS OF ‘ENCHANTED LANDS’

Ryan Montano is a nationally celebrated trumpeter, songwriter, bandleader and recording artist. His beautiful tone, sophisticated and memorable compositions, impactful live performances and precise technique have garnered him global radio airplay and festival performances across the United States.

 

A 5-time Billboard-charting recording artist, Montano’s debut contemporary jazz single "I'd Like That" found nationwide popularity and acclaim by reaching the 14th position on the Billboard National Jazz Airplay chart. His follow up single "Honey Girl" peaked at #13 on Billboard after 20 consecutive weeks on the the chart.

 

In addition to his musical artistry, Montano is a talented and truthful actor having appeared in several commercials and Hollywood films with speaking roles in "GoodKill" starring Ethan Hawke, Disney's "Lemonade Mouth" and "Love N' Dancing" starring Amy Smart, Rachel Dratch and Betty White. He has been a featured performer on “CSI Miami” and “Wildfire” and has several runway modeling shows and print campaigns to his modeling credits. Montano has also appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” playing the trumpet for pop stars “Hanson” as part of the “Cleto & The Cletones” horn section.

 

He is also a professional filmmaker, director, videographer, photographer, editor and graphic artist. His video work has been featured on national television networks including ESPN, CBS, NBC and FOX.

 

Specializing in music-based visual media, Montano has filmed and/or directed award-winning music videos for “Dustin Lynch”, “Kane Brown”, “Runaway June”, & “Ozomatli”. He has created video content for major global brands including Ford, Dr. Pepper & T-Mobile.

 

While his talents encapsulate many different passions, it is music and the trumpet that truly define Montano as an artist. With a truthful artistic vision and emotive songwriting, delivered through a graceful and soft tone, Ryan Montano is an artist creating and evolving along a path and sound all his own.

SEXY LATIN VIBES VAN NEVILLE OP ‘COMO PABLO’ DOEN DROMEN VAN DE ZOMER

Uitstekend nieuws voor al wie het gehad heeft met onze natte Belgische winterdagen: Neville debuteert met 'Como Pablo' en luidt zo, op zijn minst alvast in je hoofd, officieel de zomer in! Een debuutsingle, en dan ook weer niet, want de Geelse rapper-zanger timmert intussen al 20 jaar muzikaal aan de weg.

Je kan gerust stellen dat Neville voorbestemd was voor muziek. Als zoon van een predikant ging hij begin jaren 2000 wekelijks naar de kerk en ondervond er aan den lijve hoe begeesterend muziek kon werken. Als kind leerde hij zichzelf drummen en vanaf zijn negende (!) werd hij in tal van Afrikaanse kerken uitgenodigd om er te komen spelen. Vervolgens leerde hij zichzelf stapsgewijs ook piano spelen, want hij was vastbesloten om muzikant worden.

Oudere neven met een eigen muziekstudio (tot de dag van vandaag bekende artiesten in Duitsland) brachten hem in contact met rap en hiphop. Meer bepaald 50 Cent’s 'In Da Club' in de legendarische productie van Dr. Dre was een ware eyeopener en veranderde zijn leven. Dit moest en wou hij ook kunnen. Neville focuste zich vanaf nu op het schrijven van rhymes en produceren van beats. Het notitieboekje en pen weken niet meer van zijn zijde. Op zijn 25e besloot Neville zijn ambities naar een nieuw level te brengen en kocht hij zijn eerste materiaal voor de inrichting van een eigen muziekstudio. De microfoon werd zijn beste vriend. 

Tussen 2015 tot 2020 produceerde hij intensief rapmuziek en richtte in het jeugdhuis van Geel een studioruimte in waar hij met andere artiesten samenwerkte en kleine optredens organiseerde. Zo kwam de Mechelse Pita op zijn pad, met wie hij het nummer 'Pijn in mijn hart' uitbracht, en zijn eerste optreden deed, op het voetbalterrein van Racing Club Mechelen. 

Na 20 jaar timmeren aan de weg, kwam producer Wekho, oprichter van platenlabel ‘Sancover’, op zijn pad en sloegen ze de handen in elkaar om Neville’s eigen geluid op punt te stellen, met een mix van gospel, country, en hiphop. De eerste officiële single gaat nog een stapje verder: 'Como Pablo' is een onweerstaanbaar zomerse latin vibes track, waarop Neville laidback rapt in het Nederlands en zo het beste van de verschillende werelden combineert!

'Como Pablo', de nieuwe single van Neville, komt uit op Sancover en kan je vanaf 1 maart beluisteren op alle grote streamingplatformen.

ALEX FANJUL & TY JUAN – NEW TRACK RELEASE

It's difficult to explain what it feels like when you write a song that you love and that you know will be a great song, but as time goes by you never end up finding the voice that the song needs, and you make the decision to put it in a drawer. ...and you forget about it.
A few weeks ago, by true chance, I FOUND THAT VOICE, and suddenly what was a great song became a wonderful song. That voice belongs to TY JUAN.

He has not only sung the song, but has written the verses, the choruses, the backing vocals and everything that concerns the lyrics of Whatever You Want.

This is the first collaboration between the famous Asturian guitarist, musician, composer and producer from Gijón (Spain) of numerous international neo soul, funk and house bands. Singles and remixes... ALEX FANJUL (Alejandro Fanjul) And the illustrious singer, composer of international R&B soul and number one on the charts of many countries, from U.S.A and GRAMMY NOMINATED as songwriter TY JUAN.

The Production Credits comprises an ensemble of accomplished musicians, distinguished technicians & lauded lyricist who've all collectively achieved this impressive optimal result.

Here, we proudly present to you all of them as follows:

  • Alex Fanjul on Lead Guitar, Drums, Programming & Original Production.
  • Ty Juan on Lead  & Background Vocals
  • Baltasar G. Casanovas AKA @bassbarcelona on Bass.
  • DJ Ale Rossi Additional Production, Arrangement,  Programming, Engineering, Mixing &  Mastering.

Original Music Concept, Pre-Production, Lead Guitar & Drum Programming all by Alejandro Fanjul (Alex Fanjul) at Mr. Right Studio, Gijón (Asturias), North-western Spain.

https://alexfanjul.com/

MAYSA – ‘SPIRIT 222’

Fueled by inspiration from the Legendary George Benson’s 2009 sonic masterpiece, Living in High Definition, Maysa and her longtime producer, Chris “ Big Dog” Davis, created a musical story titled, “Spirit 222”, expressing the idea that we are all connected by THE SOURCE: LOVE and if we all truly led with love, our world could be a heaven on earth..

When the time came to decide who would be featured on Spirit 222, Maysa instantly knew that master musicians, guitarist Chieli Minucci ( Special EFX) and percussionist Thomas Dyani Akuru( Incognito, Shakira, The Lion King ), would be perfect to carry the song to the highest of heights.

The musical arrangement of "Spirit 222" perfectly complements the introspective nature of the lyrics. The smooth jazz instrumentation, including gentle piano chords, soulful guitar solos, and powerful percussion, creates a soothing and contemplative ambiance. The interplay between Maysa's vocals and the instrumental sections adds depth and dimension to the song, creating a lush sonic landscape.

The essence of Maysa's 8th track "Spirit 222" ,from her highly acclaimed 19 song double album, MUSIC FOR YOUR SOUL, captures the quintessential vibe that Smooth Jazz Lovers cherish, prompting a nostalgic reminder of the genre's core appeal.

SANTANA RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘LET THE GUITAR PLAY’ FEATURING DARRYL “DMC” MCDANIELS

Out Now on Candid Records

 

January 12, 2024: Today, legendary guitarist Carlos Santana released "Let The Guitar Play," a reimagination of his 2021 song "Song for Cindy." Teaming up with producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey), and remix producer Lino Nicolosi, “Let The Guitar Play” brings the original song to new heights  —  Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels delivers a poetic rap over an EDM-style drum beat, serving as a dynamic catalyst for Santana to intricately weave his signature guitar magic.

 

“Now, more than ever, it is essential that we heal life, people, and the planet,” says Carlos Santana. “This music is assigned and designed to touch your heart, take you out of your misery, and to remind you that you are significant, meaningful, and can make a difference in the world. It is a joy to collaborate with brother Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, producers Narada Michael Walden and Lino Nicolosi, Cindy Blackman Santana, and with our partners at Candid. Our collective vision is to heal and to bring light and peace. Please join us!”

 

The release features three distinct remixes—The Radio Version, The Soul Radio Version, and The 70's Version—each showcasing Santana's commitment to pushing musical boundaries and extending his legacy to captivate a fresh generation of listeners. As reflected in the music, Santana's work continues to be a beacon of positivity. His mission of healing the planet and touching people's hearts through art reinforces Santana's legacy as an artist committed to spreading positive messages and making a lasting impact on the world.

 

“Let The Guitar Play” is out now via Candid Records.

 

About Carlos Santana:

For more than five decades — from Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco — Carlos Santana has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural, and geographical boundaries. To date, Santana has won ten GRAMMY Awards and three Latin GRAMMY Awards, with a record-tying nine GRAMMY Awards for a single project for 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”). He has received the Billboard Century Award (1996), was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998), received the Billboard Latin Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement honor (2009), and was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award (2013). Among many other distinctions, Carlos Santana has been cited by Rolling Stone as #11 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time;” and has joined The Rolling Stones as one of only two bands to have an album reach the Top 10 in every decade since the 1960s. In 2018, he released his first MasterClass, and recently celebrated three epic milestones — the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking album Supernatural, the 50th anniversary of his legendary performance at Woodstock, and the 50th anniversary of his masterpiece Abraxas. His most recent album, the powerful, energy-infused Blessings and Miracles (2021) features collaborations with Rob Thomas, Chris Stapleton, Steve Winwood, and many others. Santana continues his residency at the House of Blues Las Vegas where he recently celebrated his 10th anniversary of performing in the intimate venue.

 

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R&B/JAZZ KEYBOARDIST JEFF LOGAN’S TRANSFORMATIONAL ‘INDIGO’ SET FOR APRIL 12

Two-time Grammy winner Paul Brown produced the vulnerable album chronicling the process of growth.

 

BOWIE, MD (28 FEBRUARY 2024): Indigo is a natural plant-based hue produced through a transformational process that unfolds over time. R&B/jazz keyboardist Jeff Logan has been going through his own transformative process that inspired the title of his long-germinating second album “Indigo,” which will drop on April 12 via the Fire and Ice Network label. Two-time Grammy winner Paul Brown (Boney James, Norman Brown, Al Jarreau, Bob James) produced the ten-song set written by Logan who opened his heart to reveal intimate moments, introspective reflections and personal stories of love, heartbreak and hope culled from the process of real life.  

 

Logan has always been a prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, constantly composing and recording new material in his home studio, playing all the instruments himself. As a composer, he has an innate way with melody. However, he hasn’t shared any of his recordings publicly since his 2011 debut album, “Black Tie Affair.” Since that project, he went through a painful divorce, was distanced from his daughters, and logged innumerable high-stress hours serving as the Chief of Population Management for Prince George's County, Maryland Department of Corrections.

 

Daily, Logan found solace sitting at his keyboard, strumming his guitar, and thumping his bass to create new music, amassing a catalogue of over four hundred songs. The creative outlet enabled him to remain hopeful and optimistic while his spirituality kept a bright smile on his face through the tumult. But to grow as an artist, Logan had to take a leap of faith: surrender production duties to someone else and bring in additional musicians. 

 

“Anyone who knows me, knows I try to do everything myself. I can be a control freak and will always try to figure out things for myself first before asking for help. Artistically speaking, I learned how to play multiple instruments and to self-produce. However, I was encouraged to consider collaborations, including working with a producer. I didn't think Paul (Brown) would oblige me, but he graciously agreed to work with me, initially for one song. One song became a few songs, and a few songs evolved into an entire album. Paul helped to craft the songs, production-wise, into masterpieces that I believe will stand the test of time,” said Logan.

With Brown in the producer’s chair while adding guitars and percussion to the “Indigo” tracks, he brought in his A-team of veteran session players to elevate Logan’s vibrant piano and keyboard harmonies. Shane Theriot is virtually a one-man band who played bass, drums, guitar and keyboards on the album. The rhythm section consisted of drummer Gorden Campbell and bassist Roberto Vally. Multi-horn man Ron King and saxophonist Greg Vail completed the lineup.

Recalling hot days spent with family and friends, Logan opens the album by serving up thirst-quenching “Lemonade.” Sweet piano melodies stir the drink of a chill R&B groove poured over horns aplenty as a refreshing chaser.

“During an unusually sweltering day last spring, I heard a rhythm and melody (in my head) begging me to get to my piano. The lead melody came first and then the bassline quickly followed. As I sat at the piano, memories of summers gone by, and summers I hope to be blessed to spend with family and friends, flooded my emotional space, and the song wrote itself,” recalled Logan.

 

“Chill Factor,” which will be released as a single in April, began when Logan heard in his head a guitar riff playing in unison with his piano.

“It's hard to get good melodies out of my head once the creative process starts. So, I picked up my guitar and worked on the riff until I thought I had perfected it, and then I played the piano part against the guitar part. However, Paul Brown is not only a top-shelf producer, but he is a top-tier guitarist thus I was really stoked when he added his signature style by playing the lead guitar riff. The collaboration of his guitar against my piano riff is magical to me. The perfectly titled song creates an atmosphere of being able to relax from the troubles of my life by sitting back and being moved to a simple place of tranquility via music,” Logan shared.

 

The elegant jazz sounds heard on “Tears of Hope” belie the intense introspective feelings Logan delves into on the track that evokes the influence of the late great contemporary jazz keyboardist Joe Sample.

 

"I wrote ‘Tears of Hope’ several years ago during a period when I questioned if I would ever reconnect with my daughters in a way where they would still love me and want to spend time with me after their mom and I divorced. I wanted them to live with me for an equal amount of time as with their mom, but the court said no. As I sat at the piano working on the song, it took on a greater meaning. There have been instances throughout my life when I've experienced not only sad tears of hope but exhilarating tears of hope at seeing situations in my life turn out for the better. It's definitely a reflective piece of music on which I made myself totally vulnerable,” revealed Logan.

 

Varying the lead instrumental voice, Logan adds warm flute sounds atop his keyboard hooks and melodies on “Let It Go,” the album’s preview single that was soft launched in January. It’s another track that King and Vail filled with muscular horn section parts under Brown’s skillful direction.

 

Logan said, “I was trying to create a song that would beckon me to let go of anything and anyone that was and/or is bogging me down. Life is short, so the message in this song is that we have to let go of things impeding us from being a better us. I wanted to write something that would have a subtle flute as a lead, creating an echo effect in my mind that I wouldn't be able to escape, much like a loop. It's not often that a song comes out the way you hear it in your mind, but ‘Let It Go’ is one of those songs for me.”

 

“Bread and Wine” exudes a calming sense of joy, which Logan said emanates from nurturing his spirit via cherished time spent with family and friends.

 

“It's my life's blood and sustenance to be connected to my family and friends. It means everything to me, so I spend a considerable amount of time trying to match my creative side to music themes that embody the spirit of being connected to family and friends. When we get together, we break proverbial and literal bread and wine together,” shared Logan.

 

On “I Love You,” another melody rich expression of affection spoken through his keyboards and flute, Logan ties together the themes underlying the entire album into one song.

 

"‘I Love You’ is a simple, poignant and honest expression of affection and appreciation for my family, friends and listeners. There are several themes that are interwoven throughout this album: family, friends, hope, communing with one another; loving those we call family, letting go of some people and things keeping you down so you can have more of your time to spend meaningfully with those who truthfully matter to you. Moreover, if you love someone, show them. And one of the best ways I can show my love for those I profess to love is to make myself vulnerable by sharing my music,” said Logan.

 

Not only does Logan share his music, but he also shares his emotional journey and the difficult inner work he did to heal and learn to love again on the gentle “Fall In Love.” His sensitive keyboard seems to gain reassurance from Vail’s soothing sax.  

 

“It’s a song that I wrote for me, to me, about me, on which I give myself permission to love again. The track is supposed to feel like a crisp breath of fresh air that I am breathing in, filling my spirit. I spent years doubting whether or not I had the capacity to love again at the level I had once committed myself to loving my then wife. I gave everything I had, but unfortunately it still wasn't enough. But I did the work on myself, and I continue to work through the hurt, the pain, the regret and the self-loathing. I've worked through all the stages of matrimonial grief that accompany the severing of a marital relationship. Going through that process, I've realized I still do have the capacity to love at that level and perhaps even deeper,” Logan disclosed.

 

In the process of creating the album, Logan did what he calls “a heart audit.” He set his soul-searching to music on the gorgeous mellifluous piano reflection titled “If Only.”

 

"‘If Only’ embodies me taking an inventory of my life. I am reflecting on some opportunities missed, loves lost, and family members who are no longer with me on this journey of life. I challenged myself not to waste God's time. I am determined to minimize procrastination and spend my time creating, loving, and being there for those in my life who matter the most.”

 

The foundation of the uplifting title track is a funky R&B groove, bouncy, hopeful and feel-good, cleansing and purifying after the intense feelings, emotions and revelations Logan examined and stirred up.     

 

“I wrote ‘Indigo’ while reflecting on the process, how most things go through a time continuum in order to become aesthetically pleasing to the heart, the mind, the body, and the soul. I came up with the concept of writing songs for this album several years ago that I knew was going to be titled ‘Indigo.’ The indigo plant is used to create a deep blue-violet color that is so beautiful, but there is a process involved that takes time to create that unique color. The indigo color is a metaphor for my life and the process that I go through to reveal my musical art,” said Logan.

 

The album closes with the contemplative “A Soul’s River,” an existential rumination on which Logan ponders his impact.

 

"Our time on this earth is fleeting and none of us truly know how much time we have to make an impact. Who did I touch? How did I touch them? How did we flow? I want to flow beautifully into as many people as God had intended for me to do, and in such a way as that I added to their life in a positive way before I evaporate and return to the source that created me.”

 

Logan’s growth – artistically and professionally as well as personally and emotionally - in the nearly thirteen years since his last album is nothing short of remarkable. No doubt it took a lot of challenging work and nurturing self-care. The time-honored processes that he’s been through over the years served to develop and hone his craft. “Indigo” is the product of a composer-keyboardist who has evolved into a uniquely gifted and expressive instrumental voice capable of communicating powerfully via distinctively colored musical hues.  

 

Logan’s “Indigo” album contains the following songs:

 

“Lemonade”

“Chill Factor”

“Tears of Hope”

“Let It Go”

“Bread and Wine”

“I Love You”

“Fall In Love”

“If Only”

“Indigo”

“A Soul’s River”

 

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

BICKLEY RIVERA’S NEW SINGLE ‘SO DEEP’

The American reggae, soca and calypso artist Bickley Rivera releases her new chill Deep House single featuring her epic steel pan treasures and velvet vocal touches in this "trip to the outer limits of imagination".

SO DEEP

Deep House Chill Music

​Release Date: February 23, 2024

Label: Tropic Heat Music 

Publisher: Caribbean Xpress (BMI)

"Love the deep vibes from the moment the music starts; You are drawn into a world of rich, immersive soundscapes. The whispers in the background add a layer of intrigue, creating an alluring atmosphere that keeps you hooked from start to finish. Love it!"
Danny Lynn
Owner and Radio Host at Tiki Man Radio

"Good to see Bickley Rivera back on the scene, with a new super-hot jam. This is one to get you moving and bobbing your head, whether you're cruising down the Boulevard or jamming on the floor. I just love the high energy that she is bringing to the mix this time for music lovers!"

 

https://www.bickleyrivera.com/

MATTEI & OMICH, RE-TIDE FEAT. KATY ALEX ‘GIVE ME YOUR LOVE EP’

Italian powerhouse Mattei & Omich, alongside their Re-Tide guise member Andrea Prezioso, return to Fool’s Paradise armed with a double helping of funky discofied dance-floor fever on their ‘Give Me Your Love EP’, featuring Liverpool’s shining vocal star, Katy Alex. Powered by Katy’s irresistibly seductive vocals, ‘Give Me Your Love’, is a catchy funk fueled affair with a little nod to the 80’s. Also on the package is the peak-time Disco House groover, ‘Work It Out’, peppered with sweeping strings, a funky bass and garnished with Katy’s candied tones.

Re-Tide formed in 2009 and is comprised of Italian producers and DJs Patrizio Mattei, Danny Omich and Andrea Prezioso. Melding their love of underground music of the 70’s and 80’s, their sound infuses elements of disco, funk and modern house, establishing them as one of the top House, NuDisco artists on the scene.

Katy Alex has risen up the ranks in the Dance scene over the last couple of years with her sought-after collaborations with the likes of Piero Pirupa, Roger Sanchez, Laidback Luke, PS1 and Martin Trevy going on to amass more than 15 million streams on Spotify alone, with countless BBC Radio 1 plays and playlist adds to Capital and Kiss FM.

Track Listing
1 Give Me Your Love
2 Work It Out
3 Give Me Your Love (Extended)
4 Work It Out (Extended)

‘Give Me Your Love EP’ will be released on March 1st 2024 on Fool’s Paradise.

Mattei & Omich, Re-Tide feat. Katy Alex
‘Give Me Your Love EP’
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CHRISTOPHE GOZE’S NEW SINGLE ‘REVERSED EMOTION’

His latest release, ‘Reversed Emotion’ isn't a Smooth Jazz or Jazzy Lounge single. Instead, it's an attempt of blending lounge orchestral elements with chill vibes, aiming to evoke feelings of tranquility and sophistication. Lately, Christophe’s been delving into orchestral compositions, and this marks his initial endeavor to seamlessly integrate it with his lounge influences in a more cinematic approach.

 

Released on all platforms on 5th Mars 2024

Genre: Lounge / Chillout

Written, performed & produced by Christophe Goze
Guitar, Piano & Orchestration by Christophe Goze
Recorded & mixed by Christophe Goze at Earth Studio

FERGE X FISHERMAN - 'WHAT HAVE WE BECOME (FEAT. MICK JENKINS)' – NEW SINGLE BY GERMAN HIP-HOP & RAP DUO OUT 23.02.24

FERGE X FISHERMAN | photo by Steffen Metzger

 

new single
out 23.02.24
(Ferge X Fisherman/Membran)

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included on
GOOD MOTHER
new album
LP | digital
out 22.03.24
includes features from
MICK JENKINS  |  TAKUYA KURODA  |  JEROME THOMAS  |  CEEOPATRA

German hip-hop/rap duo Ferge X Fisherman have previously released three well received jazz-infused albums. Their forthcoming fourth full-length record, ‘Good Mother’, is a concept work about facing and embracing various life stages and sees them deploy gospel choirs, vintage strings, soulful Rhodes chords and wah-wah guitar pedals to give the entire record a distinctly ‘70s film soundtrack vibe.

The album song ‘What Have We Become’ has been released today as a single. Featuring the Chicago-based rapper Mick Jenkins, it orbits around the topic of growing up as he and FXF rapper Fritz Fisherman reminisce about specific moments, experiences and impressions of their past and paint a detailed picture of what it means to leave youth behind and progress into adulthood. The search for love, the realisation of social responsibilities and acceptance of change are all part of the song.

Coming across like a last late night drive through your hometown on a warm summer night, knowing you might not be returning for a while, a warm and soulful production with just the right amount of melancholy make ‘What Have We Become’ a track to think, sing and vibe to all at once. An artful drum groove meets vintage warm strings, a complex bass line and warm but melancholy Rhodes make it a must listen for all alternative hip-hop fans.

'What Have We Become’ follows ‘Lace Up’ VIDEO, ‘Adults’ VIDEO and ‘Racing’ VIDEO in being issued as singles ahead of the full album.

GOOD MOTHER
TRACKLISTING
1 Good Mother
2 Lace Up
3 Supposed (feat. Ceeopatra)
4 Summer
5 Fall
6 Caterpillar / Butterfly
7 Adults (feat. Jerome Thomas & Takuya Kuroda)
8 Cost
9 Racing
10 What Have We Become (feat. Mick Jenkins)

FERGE X FISHERMAN
 short biography
Vocalist Fritz and musician Ferge originally met as teenagers while skateboarding in their home city of Nuremberg. An immediate chemistry between the two swiftly extended to involve crack jazz quartet Nujakasha, who have become an integral part of the FXF set-up both live and in the studio. It is a partnership that has already seen the release of ‘Gone Fishing’ (2018), ‘Blinded By The Neon’ (2020) and ‘Duality’ (2022), on which the likes of Noah Slee, Black Milk, Takuya Kuroda and Hunter Rose have also guested.

‘Good Mother’ kicks things up to another level, boasting a reappearance from Kuroda plus features from Mick Jenkins, Jerome Thomas and Ceeopatra on a multi-dimensional coming-of-age album that explores the complexities involved in the process of growing-up; formative experiences, evaluation of past decisions, sexual insecurity, financial and emotional concerns, as well as the acknowledgement of universal fears as time ticks by.

 

FERGE X FISHERMAN
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THE MUSICAL ACADEMY BRENGT LITTLE LIARS CLUB VAN AUTEUR JONAS BOETS NAAR DE MUSICALPLANKEN

Helle Vanderheyden regisseert jong talent

Little Liars Club: 'Het Fopidool - Een Echte Musical'

Vanaf 7 september 2024 - Deep Bridge THEATERke - Wilrijk

 

Vanaf 7 september 2024 presenteren Deep Bridge en The Musical Academy met 'Het Fopidool - Een Echte Musical' de eerste musical van het zeer succesvolle, multimediale concept Little Liars Club van auteur Jonas Boets (o.a. boekenreeks 'Sam Smith' en sinds 2023 'Aspe'). Dat het wel degelijk om 'Een Echte Musical' gaat rond de club die kinderen en jongeren helpt om kleine, onschadelijke leugentjes te verzinnen en/of verdoezelen, blijkt niet enkel uit het feit dat Jonas er een gloednieuw Little Liars Club-verhaal voor schrijft. Ook Helle Vanderheyden zal als regisseur het jonge talent (vanaf 8 jaar) dat mag schitteren in de productie bijstaan én er wordt in een echt THEATERke - waarvoor de repetitiezalen van Deep Bridge worden omgetoverd - in Wilrijk gespeeld. Tickets & info Little Liars Club: 'Het Fopidool - Een Echte Musical' via deepbridge.be 

 

Na 'Ridders van de Ronde Keukentafel' (2017) en 'Het Geheim van Te Veel Torens' (2021), geeft productiehuis Deep Bridge hun jonge talenten van The Musical Academy in september 2024 opnieuw de kans om te schitteren in een volwaardige musicalproductie. Deze keer werd er gekozen om het heerlijke universum van Little Liars Club voor het eerst naar de musicalplanken te brengen in de gloednieuwe productie Little Liars Club: 'Het Fopidool - Een Echte Musical'.

 

Jonas Boets - Little Liars Club 

Little Liars Club is ontsproten uit het creatieve brein van succesvol auteur Jonas Boets (42, Wilrijk). Jonas, zoon van bekend Vlaams acteur Herman Boets, verdiende als kinder- en jeugdauteur zijn strepen en kreeg na de dood van Pieter Aspe van diens familie de toestemming om de boekenreeks 'Aspe' verder te zetten. In 2023 verscheen met 'Reünie' het eerste 'Aspe'-boek van de hand van Jonas Boets.

 

In 2019 zag zijn Little Liars Club het levenslicht met als eerste boek 'De Vloggende Aap'. Little Liars Club is de club die kinderen helpt wanneer ze in de problemen komen door een leugentje. Heb je gelogen dat je je witloof hebt opgegeten, maar zit die eigenlijk nog in je mouw verstopt? Heb je stiekem alle snoep opgegeten? Ben je gaan voetballen, maar heb je gezegd dat je bij een vriend ging studeren? Of heb je weer tot een stuk in de nacht gegamed? Heb je tegen je vriendjes opgeschept dat je een olifant hebt thuis? Op het moment dat je leugen dreigt uit te komen, komt de Little Liars Club van Wally en zijn liegleraars  je te hulp!

Er zijn al de boeken (6), de filmpjes/sketches op alle sociale media, de website met extra verhalen, er is een game in ontwikkeling en nu volgt er met 'Het Fopidool- Een Echte Musical' ook de eerste musical van Little Liars Club. Een natuurlijk gevolg zo zegt creator/schrijver Jonas Boets zelf:

"Dat we de Little Liars Club naar de planken kunnen brengen is een fantastisch gevoel. Het verhaal zit vol unieke, uitbundige figuren en die zullen zich helemaal kunnen uitleven in een musical. Ook het feit dat we hiermee getalenteerde kinderen de kans kunnen geven om in een echte musical op te treden, past helemaal bij de Club: kinderen centraal zetten is waar het voor de Little Liars Club allemaal om draait. En dankzij de musical en de liedjes, kan de fun zich alleen maar verder verspreiden"

Ook regisseur Helle Vanderheyden kijkt enorm uit naar dit nieuwe avontuur:

"Dit wordt zo leuk! Jongeren iets bijleren, hen sturen en hen dan zien groeien, geeft erg veel voldoening. Bovendien brengt zo'n jonge bende heel veel energie en enthousiasme in gans het proces. De wil om er iets van te maken zal enorm zijn en dat is heerlijk om mee aan de slag te gaan. We gaan proberen onze kleine sterren van morgen groots te laten schitteren!"

 

Het verhaal

In het nieuwe Little Liars Club-verhaal 'Het Fopidool - Een Echte Musical' 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 lakeien 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 gedaan.

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?

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

UB40 ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ‘UB45’

OUT 19 APRIL 2024


1 APRIL @ ANCIENNE BELGIQUE, BRUSSELS
1 DECEMBER @ LOTTO ARENA, ANTWERP

UB40 have released “Gimme Some Kinda Sign”, the first single from their forthcoming new album UB45 out via SRG Records (Universal/Virgin) on 19 April. The album celebrates 45 years of the world’s biggest selling reggae band and is available for pre-order now. Listen to the new single from today on all major streaming platforms, and watch the music video on the UB40 YouTube channel.  

“Gimme Some Kinda Sign” breathes new life into a 1968 classic UK Top 10 hit. It’s a cover of Brenton Wood’s soul staple “Gimme Little Sign”, given a fresh UB40 twist. Combining the band’s insouciant grooves, a breezy melody and trademark effervescence, “Gimme Some Kinda Sign” is a bona fide triumph. The song was chosen by lead vocalist Matt Doyle, who suggested it to Robin Campbell, unaware that it had been sitting on his wish list since the Labour of Love (1983) album days four decades ago. The music video was shot at Capture Studios, a state-of-the-art facility in Birmingham.  

Robin Campbell said: “I was delighted when Matt suggested “Gimme” as a song he’d like to cover as it had been on my to do list for 40 years and I still have the 7” 45 vinyl. It says something about his musical knowledge that he picked a song recorded more than 20 years before he was born.” 

Matt Doyle added: “”Gimme Some Kinda Sign” is easily one of my favourite tunes on the new record and is incredible fun to play live. Recording was an absolute blast and I love what we’ve done with this song by an incredible old soul singer, who’s 83 now, and if he hears it, I think Brenton Wood would be happy with it for sure!”  

“Gimme Some Kinda Sign” is the first single from UB40’s forthcoming studio album, UB45. The album features seven brand new songs plus seven fresh recordings of some of the band’s best loved tracks. It opens with “Home”, a song that’s complete with trademark UB40 beats and the powerful themes of inequality and bigotry. Other new recordings include a beautiful rendition of Bill Withers’ “Hope She’ll Be Happier” (1971), “Trouble”, “Say Nothing”, “Fool Me Once”, and the single “Champion” which was the official anthem of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.  

UB40’s iconic tunes “Food For Thought”, ”King”, “Tyler”, “Red Red Wine”, Cherry Oh Baby”, “Sing Our Own Song” and “Kingston Town” have all been given a fresh recorded treatment while retaining the spirit, timbre and melodies that fans know and love.  

 Over the course of 45 years, UB40 have garnered over 100 million album sales, 50 UK Top 40 singles and 10 UK Top 10 albums. The band has stood the test of time, touring the world together and recording music shot through with an unbreakable bond, fostered by their long-standing friendships and shared Birmingham roots. The line-up proudly boasts all but one of the surviving founding members, now bolstered by the reinvigorating presence of vocalist Matt Doyle.  

The 45-year celebrations will continue well into 2024, with the guys heading out on the road later this year for a headline UK arena tour with special guests Soul II Soul. Kicking off in London on 1 November, they will visit Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Nottingham, before finishing in Belfast on 23 November.  

Listen to “Gimme Some Kinda Sign”, the new single from UB40 now on all major streaming platforms and watch the music video on the UB40 YouTube channel. UB45, the brand-new studio album, is out on 19 April and can be pre-ordered now. A special UB45 Record Store Day vinyl will also be available.
 

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Facebook: @ub40official 
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Tik Tok: @ub40official 

 

About UB40:  
UB40 is Robin Campbell (vocals & guitar), James Brown (drums), Earl Falconer (vocals & bass), Norman Hassan (vocals & percussion), Martin Meredith (keyboards & saxophone), Laurence Parry (trumpet & trombone), Jahred Gordon (keyboards), Ian Thompson (saxophone), Gilly G (MC vocals) Matt Doyle (lead vocals & guitar) and Matt Campbell (backing vocals).  

PAUL MICHIELS DRAAIDE EEN OPVALLENDE VIDEOCLIP VOOR ‘THE GAME’

Met 'The Game' uit zijn recente EP 'I Welcome You' brengt Paul Michiels deze week een nieuwe single uit waarvoor hij samenwerkte met de 31-jarige Lierse regisseur Yannick Van den Bergh. Deze laatste is erg goed bevriend met Gestapo Knallmuzik, een band waarvoor hij de videoclips regisseert. “De vader van een vriend van mij is al lang bevriend met Paul. Hij had de nummers van Pauls EP gehoord en hem voorgesteld dat daar beelden bij gemaakt moesten worden. Hij heeft ons met elkaar in contact gebracht. We zijn dan eentje gaan drinken in het Lierse café 't Goed Voorbeeld, waar ik Paul wat van mijn werk heb laten zien. Vrij snel was het beklonken om op één dag lyric-video’s te filmen bij alle nummers van zijn EP, met vooral de focus op zijn nieuwste single 'The Game',” zegt Yannick Van den Bergh. “Na al die jaren ga ik nog steeds af op mijn gevoel,” vult Paul Michiels aan. “Tijdens het gesprek met Yannick voelde ik dat hij de juiste kerel was waarmee we dit konden realiseren. Vijf video’s op één dag draaien is pittig, zeker als je al wat ouder bent (lacht),” – Paul Michiels is inmiddels 75 – “maar het was een fantastische ervaring met een heel mooi eindresultaat.”

 

Triumph TR6

Naast de samenwerking met Paul Michiels was ook de locatie voor regisseur Yannick Van den Bergh bijzonder: “Mijn overgrootvader was vroeger buschauffeur. Voor de Tweede Wereldoorlog reed hij op zelfstandige basis tussen Lier en Herentals. Hij had dus een grote garage nodig naast hun huis om zijn bus te kunnen onderhouden. Na zijn overlijden is het huis een tijd verhuurd geweest en in 1998 hebben mijn ouders dit huis gerenoveerd en zijn we daar ingetrokken. Deze garage is voor mij al vaak van pas gekomen als repetitieruimte, feestzaal of filmstudio. Paul zingt onder andere ‘The Game’ voor een Triumph TR6. Een 2500cc 6 cilinder uit 1970, het model waar mijn vader momenteel aan sleutelt. Hij is een grote oldtimerfanaat, dus bij het herstellen van motors en auto’s kwam deze garage ook altijd goed van pas voor hem.”

Thunderbirds

Als kind had Yannick al een fascinatie voor technische films. Van zijn vader mocht hij al op jonge leeftijd meekijken naar de films ‘Alien’ en 'Predator' en de 'Thunderbirds' uit de jaren 60 waren zijn favoriete films en tv-serie. Vandaar zijn voorliefde voor ouderwetse filmlooks. “Als middelbare school student heb ik de meeste technieken geleerd via YouTube-tutorials. Tijdens mijn studies als industrieel ingenieur in Leuven raakte ik goed bevriend met de mannen van Gestapo Knallmuzik. Dankzij hen heb ik enorm veel ervaring kunnen opdoen door hun muziek te voorzien van de nodige videoclips, bijbehorende content en zelfs een documentaire. Video’s maken bleef altijd een droom, dus na mijn studies heb ik uiteindelijk toch nog gekozen voor een filmstudie aan het RITCS in Brussel waar ik naast het technische wat meer ben kunnen ingaan op het theoretische aspect van het filmmaken. Momenteel ben ik fulltime aan de slag als 3D-artiest bij Uncanny, een postproductie studio in Herentals waar we aan allerlei soorten content werken. Mijn vrije tijd vul ik met clips maken voor Gestapo Knallmuzik of Paul Michiels, waar ik mij ook mee amuseer.”

 

Vocale uithaal

Samen met de single brengt Paul Michiels ‘The Game’ uit, een song die ontstond na een vocale uithaal toen hij routineus musiceerde in zijn muziekkamer. “Lukraak sloeg ik de beginakkoorden aan op mijn piano. Vervolgens ben ik erop beginnen zingen: 'There's No Game. There's No Game Of Love The Same', en we waren vertrokken (lacht). Met al die muzikale bagage die ik in mijn heb, en die ik uit mijn denkbeeldige valies kan toveren, kom ik regelmatig muziekstijlen tegen die mij regelrecht naar de Rock-‘n-roll leiden. Na mijn ingeving ging ‘The Game’ verder met de woorden die de Amerikaanse rockzangeres en vriendin BJ Scott bedacht. De single is een prima opwarmer voor de 'His Body and Soul'-tournee die we begin volgende maand hervatten,” zegt Paul Michiels. Meer informatie over de videoclip, de muziek en de tournee vind je op www.paulmichiels.be.

ANTOINE KNIGHT – ‘STEP 2 ME BABY’

After coming off his hit single in 2023, "The Drive on 285," Antoine Knight has done it again with his latest release, "Step 2 Me Baby." This hot new track is filled with a soulful groove that will get you moving out on the dance floor.

 

Antoine is a highly recognized recording artist who's climbing his way up the Smooth Jazz charts. "Step 2 Me Baby" will not disappoint you. The song is co-written by Antoine Knight and produced by multi-award-winning Smooth Jazz guitarist Adam Hawley.

 

If you like to party, "Step 2 Me Baby" is that tune for all you steppers.

TERRY WOLLMAN FT. NAJEE – ‘HIPSTER’

Terry Wollman is a Billboard charting American Jazz/Pop musician. He is a music director, guitarist, producer, arranger, and composer currently living in Los Angeles. Wollman has released nine albums including Bimini (1988), Say Yes (1998), Baila (2000), Sleep Suite (2004), Buddha's Ear (2011), A Joyful Noise (2012), Silver Collection (2014), Cassini's Last Dance (2020), and Surface (2023). His radio hit "What Is Hip?" (2022) debuted #1 Most Added on Billboard and spent four months on the charts.

 

"'Hipster' was inspired by a conversation I had with my friend Najee. We first performed together on TV in the early 90's and years later reunited on stage to perform my song 'Mandela,' leading us to decide to record together.

 

During the pandemic, I invited Najee to record remotely and play on my Surface album. To my surprise, he asked to play flute. Seizing the inspiration, I wrote "Hipster," which became one of my favorite cuts.

 

Fun fact: There are no drums on the song! Instead, we feature legendary percussionist Luis Conte." - Terry Wollman

BYRON MILLER – ‘STRIDE (GRANBY HILLS)’

In 1966, Jazz legend Julian “Cannonball” Adderley famously stated, “Sometimes we are not prepared for adversity – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” In 2002, Gospel great Donnie McClurkin added, “We Fall Down (But We Get Up).” Within that world class trajectory, modern electric bass master Byron Miller delivers the single “Stride (Granby Hills),” literally taking the trials of life into his phenomenal fingers, administering all the healing his music can bring then giving the rest to God so He can work The Master Plan.  

 

“Stride (Granby Hills),” co-composed and co-produced by Miller and his current ace collaborator Chris “Big Dog” Davis, is the third single leading to the fourth chapter of Byron’s acclaimed PsychoBass series, PsychoBass 4: Motor City Love, slated for a summer of 2024 release.  

 

“Stride (Granby Hills)” is a feel-good song with a breezy swing that is perfect for radio, created to bring a lift to people’s spirits when they hear it. Davis sent an early version if the song to Miller, expressing that he wrote it to inspire himself as he was battling cancer…an illness he triumphantly beat. Miller added his signature electric bass sound to the piece creating yet another winning instrumental from the duo for the world of Contemporary Jazz. Simplicity and space – via the elements of ambient flute and keyboard textures - are the keys to the song’s healing power of refreshed reviviscence in a state of divine gratitude. Miller’s bass adds the sanctified Hallelujah vibration. The parenthetical title, Granby Hills, alludes to the place in Connecticut where Davis lives and rehabilitated his health. 

 

Miller already whetted the appetites of the masses with two earlier teaser singles: the lowdown low-end theory jam, “Say it Ain’t Good to Ya,” and the sun-kissed “To The Floor” - both collaborations with multi-instrumentalist Chris “Big Dog” Davis. The next courses will include a surprise cover of a female Soul-Pop icon’s super sexy song from the `90s as well as the title track, “Motor City Love,” showing unwavering support for Detroit as only PsychoBass can bring it. 

  

Even more exciting: Byron ‘PsychoBass’ Miller – alumnus of George Duke, Roy Ayers, Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye - returns to solo performing in 2024. Fans have waited decades for Byron to bring his spaceship and MTB line of electric basses to intimate club stages, Jazz AND Funk festivals, and cruise ships around the planet. Let the healin’ feelin’ begin…PLAY!

JAZZ GUITARIST BLAKE AARON INDULGES HIS LOVE OF RHYTHM

The diverse “Love and Rhythm” album, dropping April 19, has already produced two Billboard No. 1 hits.

 

LOS ANGELES (22 FEBRUARY 2024): The heartbeat of jazz guitarist Blake Aaron’s forthcoming Innervision Records album, “Love and Rhythm,” is his passion for creating music from a wide array of sounds and styles. The expansive scope of music he explores and experiments with on the ten-tracker he wrote and produced with Billboard hitmakers Adam Hawley and Greg Manning spans his winning blend of contemporary jazz, R&B, funk and pop music along with a couple of audacious departures that venture into fusion and Brazilian jazz. The album releasing April 19 has already notched two Billboard No. 1 singles, “Dreamland” and “Feels So Right,” and the top three hit “Crush.” Aaron’s current single, the R&B romancer “She’s the One,” is already in the Billboard top 5.

 

“‘Love and Rhythm’ is all about my musical journey and my love for all kinds of rhythm and music. I have spent my life in pursuit of exploring the beauty of every genre of music there is. I will probably never be bored and because of my vast experience in so many different genres, I will likely always be in demand as a musician. Even if I never retire and spend my entire life in music, I will not even scratch the surface of the depth and beauty of the performance, composition and production of all genres of music,” said Aaron, a five-time Billboard chart-topping musician, songwriter, producer and popular concert performer.

 

“Love and Rhythm” is Aaron’s first outing since his 2020 disc, “Color and Passion,” which earned him three Billboard No. 1 singles and Radiowave’s Song of the Year, “Drive.” In the intervening years between albums, Aaron wrote and recorded new music, releasing singles along the way, maintaining his presence on the national charts, radio and Spotify playlists. The singles released since “Color and Passion” are now available on “Love and Rhythm.”  

 

As he always does, Aaron’s seventh album highlights the first-call guitarist keeping company with the cream of the crop session musicians. He uses plenty of horns and horn section décor to underscore his guitar-driven melodies and harmonies. David Mann, Trevor Neumann, Donald Hayes, Michael Stever, Bob Mintzer, Jimmy Reid, Andrew Neu and Nick Lane provide the firepower saxophones, trombones and trumpets. The rhythms are deftly constructed by drummers Eric Valentine, Tony Moore and Will Kennedy; anchored by bassists Mel Brown, Alex Al and Hussain Jiffry; and enhanced by percussionist Ramon Yslas. Manning plays keyboards and piano along with Tateng Katindig and Carnell Harrell. Adding to the lush backdrops are strings crafted by Tyries Rolfe. 

 

“Love and Rhythm” opens with the energizing “Dreamland,” which Aaron said, “captures the imagination, excitement, fun and unbridled curiosity of a dream come true.” He wrote it with Hawley who produced it. It’s one of the tunes that resulted from one of their in-person writing and recording dates.

 

“Working with another Billboard No. 1 producer inspired ideas and concepts that I may not have thought of on my own. Having a writing and production partner whom I respect but has a different style than mine opens up new musical and creative doors through different approaches and compromises. Utilizing a producer challenges an artist to go to another level with an idea they may have thought was already ‘making the cut’ or conversely, encourages the artist to run with an idea they were ready to throw out, and that can take the song in a whole new direction. In the internet age when most artists are collaborating online, Adam (Hawley) and I have found a certain magic of writing ‘old-school’ by actually meeting in the studio, locking the door, and not leaving until we have a fully recorded rough mix of a hit single,” said Aaron, who has concert dates booked in the coming months to support the album release throughout the U.S., United Kingdom and the Netherlands.  

 

The sunny and smiley “Feels So Right” is an overtly happy Aaron-Manning collab that shines via the bright vocal touch of Ken Turner. Aaron said that when Manning first presented the concept for the song, with the luminous vocalizations, he was inspired to “compose a melody

that would capture the innocence of a woman dancing outside in the sun ‘like nobody is watching.’”   

 

Writing the melody and remaining sections of the song from a chorus, groove and rhythm track constructed by Hawley and Carnell, Aaron said “‘She’s the One’ captures the feeling of the moment when you realize that the special person you have been with is ‘the one.’ I wanted to create a song that has the perfect combination of romance, elegance, passion, and uninhibited groove.”

 

Aaron explained that “Crush,” another song that he wrote with Hawley who produced the track, “captures the feelings of summer and driving to the beach with the top down while celebrating a major accomplishment, knowing that you ‘crushed’ it. It’s about adding color to an otherwise black-and-white day.”

 

Katindig’s piano adds grace and elegance to the sensual groove that is “Irresistible.” Aaron’s guitar play takes on sultry qualities.

 

“Most of the songs I write are largely up-tempo, made to hopefully be a bright spot in

what could otherwise be a dull day, but ‘Irresistible’ is all about sexy. Sexy groove,

sexy melodies, sexy production and sounds. ‘Irresistible’ captures that feeling of a magnetic, chemical attraction to someone you just can't stay away from. Sometimes that can be incredibly good, and sometimes that can be…well…not so much,” said Aaron with a smile.

 

Tipping the cap to high-energy, horn-powered acts like Tower of Power; Earth, Wind & Fire, and David Sanborn, “Big Bounce” features Hayes on sax on this danceable joint. The horns stay hot on “The Way You Sway,” a retro 70s R&B/soul groove.

 

Shining brightly with a motivational message, “Diamond in the Sun” reflects the wisdom and encouragement that Aaron provides to his children.

 

“Sometimes we all lose confidence in our talents and abilities to shine in a challenging situation. I tell my kids that not everyone can recognize or appreciate the beauty of a

diamond all the time, but when the dawn comes, your talent, abilities, and inner and

outer beauty will shine like a diamond in the sun. ‘Diamond in the Sun’ captures the feeling of when it's finally your turn to shine,” said Aaron, a father of two.  

 

The deep cuts “Rise” and “Alter Ego” reveal seldom-heard sides of Aaron’s artistry, both of which feature a rhythm section comprised of Grammy winner Jiffry (Herb Albert) and Kennedy (Yellowjackets). Along with a gauzy electric guitar, Aaron plays acoustic guitar and mandolin on “Rise.” The brisk Brazilian jazz cadence blends with a spacey fusion excursion into the abyss, braised with an elegant piano solo from Manning.      

 

“Both “Rise” and “Alter Ego” are an exciting adventure and somewhat of a departure for me into other musical influences that I love,” shared Aaron, who went on to explain the meaning of “Rise.”

 

“Actually, the ‘Rise’ in my career as a solo artist wasn't due to a direct pursuit on my part of having such a career at all, but rather a love for teaching music. Years ago, one of my students, who was an Olympic gold medal winner, heard one of my first demo EP’s because he was looking for unique musical gifts to give out during his popular motivational speaking seminars. He decided to invest in my career to help me go from being a sideman to being a solo artist, which is how my first full CD, "With Every Touch," was born. Six albums and five Billboard No. 1 hits later, plus three No. 1 hits as a producer, here I am with ‘Love and Rhythm.’”  

 

“Alter Ego” ventures deep into the fusion stratosphere with a hint of a spirited South African cadence. Amidst Aaron’s fast and feverish fusion guitar play comes a storming sax solo from Mintzer, best known for his work in the Grammy-winning fusion outfit Yellowjackets. Aaron has a long history of collaborating with urban-jazz icon Najee and the two musicians have discussed one day forming a jazz fusion band together, an “alter ego” that would allow them the freedom to make records like Yellowjackets and Brecker Brothers.

 

“I wrote ‘Alter Ego’ in dedication and with inspiration from Najee’s vision of a jazz fusion band. With our busy schedules, we have yet to form that band together, but ‘Alter Ego’ is a tribute to what will hopefully be another wonderful musical experience in my life. I knew the song ‘Alter Ego’ had to be an important part of the musical journey I am calling ‘Love and Rhythm,’" Aaron said about the album closer. 

 

In addition to summiting the Billboard chart a handful of times as a solo artist and three times as a producer, Aaron was a featured soloist on two No. 1 singles, including 2022’s Billboard Song of the Year by flutist Kim Scott (“Shine”). As an in-demand guitarist, he’s recorded and/or performed with such diverse R&B, jazz and rock headliners as Philip Bailey (EWF), Sheila E., The Alan Parson Project, The Gap Band, Lakeside, Ronnie Laws, Keiko Matsui, Warren Hill, and Bobby Womack and Carlos Santana. Aaron has film and television music credits that include “MAD TV,” “Super Dave Osborne” and “The Ben Stiller Show.” For more information, please visit https://www.blakeaaron.com.

“Love and Rhythm” contains the following songs:

 

“Dreamland”

“Feels So Right”

“She’s the One”

“Crush”

“Irresistible”

“Big Bounce”

“The Way You Sway”

“Diamond in the Sun”

“Rise”

“Alter Ego”

GUITARIST JOE TAYLOR RETURNS TO JAZZ ON ‘WESTSIDE CHILL’

His NYC and Lowcountry environs seep into the music on his newly released album.

 

BENNETTS POINT, SC (21 FEBRUARY 2024): Like his sound and style, guitarist Joe Taylor’s inspiration balances big city grit and hustle with gentle and slow downhome charm. His sixth album, “Westside Chill,” captures his ardor and appreciation for both primary influences in his musical muse as well as in his lifestyle. Taylor wrote all ten songs on the new Moonwatcher Music release produced by four-time Grammy winner Steve Rosenthal and the collection marks the guitar slinger’s first contemporary jazz outing in seventeen years. The haunting nocturnal title track is collecting Spotify playlist adds and is moving up the radio singles chart.

 

For decades, Taylor split his time between living in New York City and escaping to the coast in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Now he spends most of his time nestled in by the water in the Lowcountry, his rural coastal surroundings informing the material he wrote for “Westside Chill.” Equally present is the New York City metropolis’s influence on the setlist. Taylor is joined 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.

    

Opening the record with the title cut that he wrote with Franzel, Taylor said, “This melody came to me on a quiet late-night walk home up Broadway on the Westside of New York City, feeling that chill wind blowing off the Hudson, seeing the streetlights in the snow.”

 

Decades ago, Taylor used to see the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius playing hoops in a Big Apple playground. Written with Lingle, who is featured prominently on “Jaco’s Court,” the track evokes those vivid memories and concludes with the sounds of a present-day basketball game played on that court.

 

“Back in the day, I would pass by this court, and there would be Jaco (Pastorius), in the twilight, playing a pickup game, perhaps before his gig at Seventh Ave. South or some other Village haunt. I go by there occasionally these days, and it feels like something of him still lingers,” recalled Taylor.

 

Taylor remembers another late icon, Glen Campbell, on “Mr. Campbell,” a soothing melodic and congenial tribute befitting the singer-songwriter country-pop crossover star.

 

“Menemsha Fog” showcases Taylor in a jazz trio configuration flanked by Holley and Stanley, playing his cool electric guitar in a dark, misty, tension-riddled soundscape.

 

“I used to run my old wooden trawler up Long Island Sound, from Greenport to Menemsha Harbor in Martha’s Vineyard every summer. Often, upon approaching the Menemsha Bight, the fog would roll in, making everything quiet and spooky, ‘til I heard that always welcome sound of bell buoy No. 1 at the mouth of the Bight,” Taylor said in his colorful Southern drawl.

 

Taylor lets his imagination loose on “Twenty-Two Rivers,” a vocal tune featuring Jordan Trotter as the female protagonist on this unnerving straight-ahead jazz prowl.

 

“In the grand old tradition of murder ballads, this tune is a story about a girl in New York City. Weary of being abused, she does away with her abuser, taking all his money and his vintage convertible, and makes her escape. It’s said that there are twenty-two major river systems across the continental U.S., and she must cross them all as she journeys west,” said Taylor who penned the song with Franzel.

 

“She’s The Moon” is an ode capturing the radiantly glowing spirit of Taylor’s wife, Stacey. Taylor played a McGill Resonator guitar, a rare instrument that was made for the late guitar great Chet Atkins. 

 

“I was a member of Chet’s Saturday morning breakfast club in Nashville a few years before he passed, and the guitar came to me from its builder, Paul McGill. It is my single favorite and most cherished instrument,” said Taylor.

 

“Available Light” moves at a relaxing pace, written about a photographer friend who “is always seeking that magic, elusive available light.” Referencing the intro to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Shining Star” is how Taylor opens the vibey “The Cooper and the Thief.” 

 

“A wine cooper is the fellow that makes the cask. A wine thief is the tool used to ‘steal’ wine from the barrel to test the wine throughout the winemaking process. This song is my unabashed attempt to curry favor with my favorite vintner: Cooper & Thief,” Taylor admitted with a sly smile.

 

Taylor’s instrumental storytelling tells the tale of seeing a bobcat in the wild from his boat on “The Cut.”

 

“Stacey and I were aboard the boat one evening heading home through the Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff when we spied, up ahead, a rather large bobcat, casually swimming across the cut, stepping out on the other side and giving us a nonchalant stare as we passed. Cool,” shared Taylor.

 

Dedicated to his friend, Captain Baldwin, the album closes with “The Waterman,” a soulful, bluesy rhythmic cruise. Taylor explains, “There is a long tradition of shrimpers, oystermen and others who pull a living from the saltwater down here in the Lowcountry where I now live. They’re up before dawn and out on the salt all day.”

 

“Westside Chill” is Taylor’s first album since 2015’s “Sugardust in the Devil Wind” and his first contemporary jazz project since 2007’s “Accidental Sugar.” In the interim, he’s played, written, produced, recorded and performed in a variety of settings spanning rock, pop, blues, country, classical and Celtic music along with signing and developing artists for his Moonwatcher Music label.

 

Taylor debuted as a solo artist in 1988 with the ProJazz label release “Mystery Walk,” eventually signing with RCA/Victor to release “Spellbound” in 1995. His contemporary jazz recordings maintained a consistent presence on the Billboard charts. As a session player and producer, Taylor has collaborated with an eclectic list of artists – from Dave Koz and Donna Summer to Nile Rodgers, Al B. Sure! and Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Crafting music for television and film, his credits include “Stephen King's Golden Years,” Discovery Channel's “SpyTek” with Roger Moore, ABC Television's “Turning Point” and A&E's “Spies.”

 

Taylor’s “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.

GERO & ÉVI FT. STEX – ‘SAN FRANCISCO STREET’ (PEET REMIX)

LEGENDARISCH TYPETJE KAMIEL SPIESSENS DUIKT THEATERS IN MET FONKELNIEUWE THEATERSHOW

Kamiel Spiessens gaat vanaf oktober opnieuw op theatertour door het hele land met zijn nagelnieuwe voorstelling "Spiessens Spartelt". Wat doen de veranderende tijden met een mens? Wat doen ze met Kamiel? De meest geliefde moestuinier van het land neemt het publiek bij de hand en bewandelt een pad vol vragen in het hoofd van Kamiel. Stuntelig, al sukkelend en spartelend, maar immer sympathiek. Spiessens op zijn best.

 

Kamiel Spiessens gaat dit najaar terug op tournee, dat kondigde hij gisteren zelf aan in Capitole Gent. Het succes van de vorige tour, Spiessens Spijbelt, zindert na en de lokroep om met nieuw materiaal te komen is dan ook groot. In deze voorstelling vraagt Kamiel zich af wat hij tegenwoordig mag of kan, en wat niet. Hij graaft in zijn eigen hoofd naar de wortels van zijn bestaan. Hoe kan Kamiel omgaan met de veranderende tijden en technologie? Wie kunnen we nog vertrouwen? Zelfs de VAR lijkt niet meer te vertrouwen… Uiteraard doorspekt Spiessens elk antwoord met de nodige humor. Want Spiessens spartelt zelf ook, en geeft ook graag de belangrijke vragen ook graag lik op stuk. Kamiel gaat niet alleen op tour, hij heeft vrienden bij. Bovendien wist hij in primeur te vertellen dat er ook een bijzonder gastoptreden zal zijn. “Wie kan ik nog niet zeggen, ik moet het hem nog vragen” grapt Spiessens.

 

Kamiel Spiessens breit dus een verlengstuk aan zijn comeback. In 2022 kwam hij terug met een eerste theatervoorstelling en wegens succes komt er nu een tweede: Spiessens Spartelt. Vanaf oktober 2024 op tournee door Vlaanderen. Tickets en info via: www.comedyshows.be

 

Levende legende

Chris Van den Durpel kan gerust gezien worden als een van ’s lands grootste komieken uit de jaren ’90 en ’00. Met zijn typetje Kamiel Spiessens maakte hij verschillende muzikale evergreens, waaronder de nummer één hit: “Het isj nie moeilijk, het isj gemakkelijk!”. Al de Spiessens-singles samen zijn goed voor maar liefst 70 weken aan Ultratop-50 noteringen. De film rond Kamiel Spiessens die uitkwam in 1997, Oesje, staat eveneens nog steeds in de top tien van kassuccessen in de Belgische bioscopen. Inmiddels is Kamiel aan zijn tweede avondvullende theatershow toe: Spiessens Spartelt.

Tickets en info via www.COMEDYSHOWS.be.

DIGITALE SINGLE ‘CHAN CHAN’ DOOR KENN COLT

Kenn Colt neemt je mee op reis naar Latijns-Amerika met het zomerse “Chan Chan”

De succesvolle Limburgse dj en producer Kenn Colt (‘Sun Goes Down’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Be Alright’) woont al enkele jaren als Hasselaar in Spanje en is vastbesloten de winter te verdrijven met zijn zonovergoten dance remake van het iconische “Chan Chan”. Het wereldberoemde nummer van de Cubaanse muzikant Compay Segundo, onsterfelijk gemaakt door de Buena Vista Social Club, blijkt een perfecte match voor de warme deephouse beats van Kenn Colt. Het resultaat? Instant happiness en zomerse partyvibes!

Met meer dan 40 miljoen streams ), duizenden volgers op social media, gesmaakte passages op Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Ultra Music Festival, ...  en de hits ‘Sun Goes Down’, ‘Be Alright’ plus het gouden ‘Come Back to Me’, alle terug te vinden op het eerder verschenen album ‘BALANCE’, is de Hasseltse dj en producer Kenn Colt al jaren een vaste waarde in de internationale muziekwereld. In volle coronatijd verkaste de resident-dj van Club Versuz naar het Spaanse Valencia, een gouden move om de zon nog meer te laten doorstralen in zijn muzikale producties. 

Geïnspireerd door zijn Latijns-Amerikaanse reizen - de hoesfoto laat Kenn Colt zien op de zoutvlakten van Uyuni in Bolivia - en de onweerstaanbare sfeer van Buena Vista Social Club’s klassieker ‘Chan Chan’, wilde Kenn Colt een oprecht eerbetoon brengen in zijn gekende eigen stijl. Zijn versie is opgedragen aan de magie van reizen, de inspiratie die het met zich meebrengt en de pure beats, recht uit het hart.  

‘Chan Chan’ is Kenn Colts muzikale uitnodiging om de warmte te voelen en mee te reizen, zowel op de dansvloer als op de radio, ‘de alto Cedro voy para Marcané’!

De nieuwe single ‘Chan Chan’ van Kenn Colt verschijnt op zijn FEELS LIKE HOME label en is nu overal digitaal beschikbaar.

BILLBOARD CHART-TOPPING GUITARIST JIMMY B FONDLY REMEMBERS ‘MY OLD STREET’

The follow up to his first Billboard No. 1 single is one of the most added new releases.

 

HOUSTON (20 February 2024): Mixing nostalgic memories from childhood when he discovered his passion for music and honoring his siblings’ strength and his mother’s courage are the inspiration for R&B/jazz guitarist Jimmy B’s newly released single, “My Old Street.” The follow-up to his first Billboard No. 1 single, “It’s Personal” featuring 9-time Grammy nominee Gerald Albright, “My Old Street” was written and produced by Kerry Wilkins. The WKM Records single was one of the most added new singles on the Billboard/Mediabase chart in its debut week of release.

 

Jimmy B is an instrumental storyteller, using his lyrically expressive guitar-play to tell tales chronicling his youth, family life and seminal moments. “My Old Street” pays tribute to formative lessons he learned from his siblings. His 2018 album, “I’m Still Standing,” reflects the tenacity and persistence that his family exemplified. The new track, which features Wilkins on rhythm guitar and a piano solo by Ted Wenglinski that illuminates the soulful midtempo groove, is an uplifting lesson about the strength and courage instilled in all of his siblings.

 

“My mother had towering strength and courage. Whenever she faced adversity, she did so head on. She stood up and made a change for our family,” explained Jimmy B, recalling when his older siblings orchestrated his mother to move them into a much better neighborhood in Canton, Ohio when the guitarist was ten.

 

“On the particular street she moved us to is where I first embraced my love of music, making me who I am today,” said Jimmy B, who now resides in Houston.

 

Jimmy B debuted in 2010 with “Just The Way I Feel.” He collaborated with Grammy nominated saxophonist/flutist Najee and Emmy nominated urban-jazz pianist Bobby Lyle. On stage, Jimmy B has shared the spotlight with R&B/soul singer Glenn Jones, sophisticated soul singer Phil Perry, and R&B crooner Eddie Levert of The O’Jays. “My Old Street” will appear on “Jimmy B & Friends Two,” his fifth album, which he expects to release in April.

 

Many of the people in Jimmy B’s life try to guess what street “My Old Street” is about. He is amused about the intrigue and speculation, but he declines to reveal the exact street name in order to keep the focus on the song’s broader message.

 

“Many people from my hometown think they know which street I’m referring to, but let it be known, it is still a mystery and I’m going to keep it that way because which street is not really important. Everyone can relate to ‘My Old Street’ because everyone has a past and a journey to get to the street that they are on now.” 

 

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

DAVID MARGAM FT. ROBERTO VAZQUEZ – ‘SERENITY’

Welcome to a journey of musical serenity! We are thrilled to present our new single, «Serenity» a delicate piece that seamlessly blends David Margam's masterful guitar skills with the emotive piano performance by Roberto Vazquez. Immerse yourself in the gentle notes that will transport you to a state of calm and tranquility. The collaboration between these talented artists has given birth to a melody designed to caress your senses and provide a moment of peace amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Mark your calendars for March 1st, as this enchanting composition will be released on all digital platforms, offering you a unique opportunity to experience the serenity of this musical journey. Don't miss the chance to be captivated by the harmonious collaboration of David Margam and Roberto Vazquez. Let yourself be embraced by the soothing melodies on this special release date!

 

DAVID MARGAM AND HIS ALBUM IMMUNE AT THE TOP OF WORLD SMOOTH JAZZ

«Immune» includes the hit single of the same name, which became an instant classic. Margam's fusion of haunting melodies, smooth arrangements, and instrumental prowess contributed significantly to the album's appeal. Her ability to combine jazz with accessible elements appealed to a wide audience and cemented its status as one of Smooth Jazz's most listened to albums.

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LOTTE STEVENS WORDT ICONISCHE JEANNE D’ARC IN GROOTS MUSICALSPEKTAKEL

Schrijversduo Jelle Cleymans en Jef Hoogmartens onthult eerste namen cast 'Jeanne d'Arc': Lotte Stevens wordt iconische Jeanne d'Arc in groots musicalspektakel

"Lotte blies ons echt omver tijdens haar auditie. Zij was gewoon de Jeanne die Jef en ik voor ogen hadden, we hebben dan ook geen moment getwijfeld."
- Jelle Cleymans - 

Vanaf 14 augustus 2024 - Kasteel de Merode - Westerlo 

Lotte Stevens als Jeanne d'Arc (c: Photography Seppe)

 

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. Het schrijversduo Jelle Cleymans (liedteksten) en Jef Hoogmartens (script) moest de knoop nog doorhakken over wie in de huid mag kruipen van de iconische Franse oorlogsheldin en na intense audities, waarin deze kandidate Jelle en Jef bijna letterlijk omverblies, viel hun keuze op zangeres en actrice Lotte Stevens.

Met de in Geel geboren en getogen Lotte, die naast een mooi musicalpalmares (o.a. Evita, Rubens, Rocky Horror Show, 40-45, Red Star Line) natuurlijk als 'Mega Mindy' ook al de nodige ervaring heeft als (super)heldin, letterlijk een keuze 'dicht bij huis' voor deze productie die de stille Kempen ongetwijfeld in vuur en vlam zal zetten. Al zit er ook een wat wreed kantje aan de beslissing van Jelle en Jef, want nu zal regisseur Luc Stevens wel zijn eigen dochter naar de brandstapel moeten begeleiden...

"Voor Jef en mezelf was het eigenlijk meteen duidelijk", zegt Jelle Cleymans. "Lotte kwam binnen, wervelde als een orkaan door haar auditie en liet ons alle aspecten zien van de Jeanne d'Arc zien die wij voor ogen hebben."

"Dat we hiermee onze regisseur verplichten om zijn eigen dochter naar de brandstapel te begeleiden...tja, daar konden wij geen rekening mee houden. Sorry Luc!", besluit Jef Hoogmartens met een brede glimlach.

v.l.n.r.: Luc Stevens (regisseur), Sam Gevers (componist), Jelle Cleymans (liedteksten), Lotte Stevens (Jeanne d'Arc), Jef Hoogmartens (script), Simon de Merode (producent) - c: Photography Seppe

 

Mix van ervaring en jong talent 

Naast hun Jeanne d'Arc losten Jelle en Jef ook nog enkele andere namen die deel zullen uitmaken van de cast en dat wordt een mooie mix van ervaring en jong talent.

Met Pieter Jan de Paepe (28, Lier), die afgelopen zomer nog schitterde als Damiaan in het gelijknamige musicalspektakel van Historalia, krijgt Lotte nog een extreem getalenteerde Kempenaar in de hoofdcast naast zich. Pieter Jan neemt de rol van nobelman Jean de Metz voor zijn rekening. Musicalacteur Floris Devooght (Hulste), assistent-regisseur van 'Marie-Antoinette' in Wijnendale vorig jaar, wordt Dauphin Karel VII. Gentenaar Steven Colombeen injecteert de cast als aartsengel Michaël verder met de nodige musicalkwaliteit en ervaren Antwerps acteur Jos Dom (59, Wilrijk) neemt als vader van Jeanne d'Arc (Jacques) en Filips de Goede maar liefst twee rollen op zich.

Dat de Kempense grond rijk bezaaid ligt met jong musicaltalent, blijkt in de rest van de cast. Zo mag de 23-jarige Neel Hannes uit Olen zich opmaken voor zijn rol als biechtvader van Jeanne d'Arc. Speelt de 13-jarige Lien Crab uit Merksplas afwisselend (wet op kinderarbeid) met Sam De Kerf (12, Hoboken) de rol van Francoise en mag de 10-jarige Lio Cuypers uit Dessel in de huid kruipen van de jonge Jeanne d'Arc. Een rol die Lio deelt met Hebe Hansen (11, Langdorp). De rest van de cast wordt later nog bekendgemaakt.

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

Jeanne d'Arc *

Jeanne d’Arc, bijgenaamd de Maagd van Orléans, is een nationale heldin van Frankrijk en onlosmakelijk verbonden met de Franse geschiedenis. Haar leven vertelt het opvallende verhaal van een Frans boerenmeisje dat op opmerkelijke wijze een cruciale rol speelt tijdens de Honderdjarige Oorlog tussen Engeland en Frankrijk (1337-1453).

Jeanne werd rond 1412 geboren in het Noord-Franse boerenplaatsje Domrémy in de regio Lotharingen. Ze beweerde reeds op jonge leeftijd visioenen te hebben van onder andere de heilige Catharina, Margaretha en de aartsengel Michaël, die haar vertelden dat ze de Dauphin Karel VII moest helpen en Frankrijk van de Engelsen moest bevrijden. Tijdens haar eerste jaren in het leger had ze successen en schopte het zelfs tot legeraanvoerder. Later werd ze gevangen genomen door de vijand. 

Op ongeveer negentienjarige leeftijd werd ze door een partijdige kerkelijke rechtbank tot de doodstraf veroordeeld en stierf ze op de brandstapel in Rouen. Vijfentwintig jaar na haar dood liet paus Calixtus III het proces herzien. Ze werd onschuldig bevonden en kreeg op 7 juli 1456 de titel van martelares. In 1909 werd ze door de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk zalig verklaard en in 1920 volgde de heiligverklaring.

*bron: Wikipedia

IAN ARNEY (TICH VAN DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK & TICH) OVERLEDEN

De Engelse muzikant en zanger Ian Arney is op 15/2 op 79-jarige leeftijd overleden. Arney werd in de tweede helft van de jaren zestig bekend als ‘Tich’ van de Engelse band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. De band werd in 1964 in Salisbury opgericht als Dave Dee & The Bostons. Het vijftal kwam in 1965 onder de aandacht van het componistenduo Ken Howard & Alan Blaikley, die de managers van The Honeycombs waren. Pogingen tot plaatopnamen in de studio van producer Joe Meek mislukten, maar desondanks volgde een platencontract bij Fontana Records. De groepsnaam werd gewijzigd in Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. De groep bestond uit David John ‘Dave Dee’ Harman (leadzang), Trevor Leonard ‘Dozy’ Ward-Davies (basgitaar), John ‘Beaky’ Dymond (ritmegitaar), Michael ‘Mick’ Wilson (drums) en Ian Frederick Stephen ‘Tich’ Amey (leadgitaar). De eerste en tweede single ‘No Time’ en ‘All I Want’ deden niets. De derde single ‘You Make It Move’ bereikte eind 1965 de 26e plaats van de Britse hitlijst en hierna volgde in recordtempo de ene Britse, Australische, Nieuw-Zeelandse en Nederlandse hit na de andere. In 1966 en 1967 stonden D D, D, B, M&T meer weken in de Britse Top 30 dan welke andere act ook. Sterker nog, in de periode 1966 tot en met 1968 stond de groep meer weken in de Britse hitlijst dan The Beatles. Het jaar 1966 was goed voor vier hits: ‘Hold Tight’, ‘Hideaway’, ‘Bend it’ en ‘Save Me’. In 1967 en 1968 volgden respectievelijk drie en twee hits: ‘Touch Me Touch Me’, ‘Okay’ en ‘Zabadak’, ‘The Legend Of Xanadu’ en ‘Last Night In Soho’. In september 1969 verliet Dave Dee de groep voor een solocarrière, die mislukte. In datzelfde jaar scoorden Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (zonder Dave Dee) als DBM&T met ‘Tonight Today’ nog een laatste hit. In 1972 ging de groep uit elkaar. Ian Arney ruste in vrede!

 

Met dank aan Leo Weijers.

VON STUPART – ‘LOVE YOUR SMILE’

"After many years of performing and honing my musical craft, the year 2020 was the jump start of my recording career. In collaboration with guitarist/producer Adam Hawley, I was able to create wonderful tunes to share with the world. I’ve released ten songs so far with more to come!

 

My newest release is "Love Your Smile". It is a song that is dear to my heart. We need more joy and laughter in this world. A smile is contagious and leaves us all in a feel-good place! Try it! I hope this song brings warmth and joy to your heart!

 

I’m forever grateful for all the wonderful support I’m receiving throughout this awesome journey." - Von Stupart

 

"Love Your Smile"

 

Written by Von Stupart and Adam Hawley

Produced by Adam Hawley

 

Saxophones and EWI: Von Stupart 

Bass: Mel Brown

Drums: Eric Valentine

KAY-TA HOLDS HIS ‘DISTANCE’

Osaka, Japan born guitarist Kay-Ta has supported/performed with artists ranging from pop/R&B artists like Grammy Winner Lalah Hathaway, Jenifer Hudson, Jody Watley, Amerie & Chante Moore; Contemporary Jazz artists including Jackiem Joyner, Keiko Matsui, & Michael Lington; to Jazz Fusion artists like Japanese drum prodigy, Senri Kawaguchi.

 

Along with US artists, he worked/toured with top Japanese artists like Chikuzen Satoh, Junko Yagami, Marlene. His classical crossover group Quattrosound was nominated for a 2013 Latin Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category. His solo debut album "ARRIVAL" won the 2016 15th annual Independent Music Award in The Best Jazz Instrumental Album category, and it's single “Synch With Me” ranked up to No.22 on Billboard Top Jazz Songs Chart. 2018 his song “Spring in Lviv” won USA Songwriting Competition in Instrumental Music category. His current project “Kay-Ta Crypto String Society” has performed many shows in US, Austria and Japan and getting great reviews.

GREG MANNING – ‘BROTHER TO BROTHER’

A two-time GRAMMY award nominee with over a dozen Billboard #1 hits to his credit as a primary artist or producer, Greg Manning has had a remarkable career since moving to the USA from Switzerland in 2002.

 

An in-demand producer/composer and a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Greg is a three-time certified platinum Producer for Universal Music Switzerland with several Swiss chart toppers. He is the former keyboardist and Music Director for legendary GRAMMY award nominated artist Jonathan Butler and served as keyboardist for genre nobles Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Brian McKnight and Chante Moore.

 

His own music is a joyful union of jazz, soul, and funk and has been describe as "Soul-Jazz at it's best".

 

"Brother To Brother is my first single for 2024 and I wanted to ring in the new year with an upbeat, energetic tune. I love the combination of piano and saxophone so I called tenor player Jimmy Reid to support the melody. Morris O'Connor who plays with Earth, Wind & Fire is the rhythm guitar player on the song. I hope your listeners enjoy listening to it as much as we did creating it." -Greg Manning

AKUA NARU - 'POETRY – HOW DOES IT FEEL??? (ALL ABOUT LOVE VERSION)' – NEW SINGLE BY US RAPPER OUT 14.02.24

akua naru
POETRY: HOW DOES IT FEEL???
[All About Love Version]
feat. TAKUYA KURODA & EDSON SEAN

new single
out 14.02.24
(OHA! Music/Membran)

stream 

included on
ALL ABOUT LOVE: NEW VISIONS
new album
2xLP | digital
out 05.04.24

UK TOUR | APRIL 2024
22.04.24  BRISTOL Lantern Hall TICKETS
23.04.24  LEEDS Headrow House TICKETS
24.04.24  MANCHESTER The Blues Kitchen TICKETS 
25.04.24  LONDON Jazz Cafe TICKETS

akua naru is a rapper whose distinctive brand of hip-hop incorporates Soul, Jazz and Blues elements. Her new album, ‘All About Love: New Visions’, is both inspired by and an ode to the late Black feminist icon bell hooks and her classic text ‘All About Love’, which examines society and its ideals of love.

To honour and take up hooks' understanding of ‘love as a practice of freedom’, especially in the present day, naru has realised a new vision for her love songs, which have been recorded live by a large band with additional embellishment from Ensemble Resonanz, one of the world’s best known chamber orchestras.

The new All About Love Version of ‘Poetry: How Does It Feel???’ has been made available as a single to coincide with Valentine’s Day and can be heard HERE. Stretching out over 7+ minutes, it features stunning contributions from Japanese trumpeter Takuya Kuroda and US singer/emcee Edson Sean.

The album also sees naru reimagine other fan favourites like ‘Seraphim’, alongside deep cuts such as ‘(Love) Right Now’, ‘Joy’ and ‘Run Away’. An exploration of all the various iterations of love, the record also includes new tracks that among other things celebrate the enduring power of unconditional love through the tenderness of motherhood. An emotional audio experience for those who understand the urgent and fortifying power of love, it is also intended to provide a sonic balm to listeners, especially during these dark and troubled times.

Perhaps best described as a global poet, naru entered the music scene with ‘The Journey Aflame’, her 2011 debut album that revealed a titanic force of Liberation politics with beats, a true wordsmith whose deeply nuanced, poetic and wise music centred the experience of Black women through rhyme via a sonic spectrum from Jazz to Soul. Dubbed the ‘Toni Morrison of Hip-Hop’ by American philosopher Cornel West, who recognised a kinship with the acclaimed novelist, naru’s subsequent journey has indeed been set aflame and she has to date issued two more acclaimed studio albums: ‘The Miner’s Canary’ (2015) and ‘The Blackest Joy’ (2018).

naru has also collaborated with fellow musical luminaries that include Tony Allen, Eric Benét, Angelique Kidjo, Tuneyards, Questlove, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Christian Scott, Rah Digga, Mulatu Astatke, Bernard Purdie and Cody ChesnuTT. Known for her electrifying live shows, she has performed in 50+ countries across five continents with her band. Her lyrical and musical artistry is a testament to the legacy of the powerful and trailblazing Black female artist tradition upon which it builds.

 

ALL ABOUT LOVE: NEW VISIONS
TRACKLISTING
1  Urgency 1:09
2  (Love) Right Now [All About Love Version] 3:44
3  Joy [All About Love Version] 4:24
4  Sugar (Honeyicetea) [All About Love Version] 5:09
5  Falling [All About Love Version] 5:21
6  Run Away [All About Love Version] 3:50
7  Somebody Mama 4:32
8  Surrender (Masi’s Joint) 1:05
9  The Question 3:24
10  Mr. Brownskin [All About Love Version] 3:54
11  Seraphim [All About Love Version] 5:24
12  Poetry: How Does It Feel??? [All About Love Version] 7:29
13  Affirmation 0:55

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DANIEL CHIA – ‘GET UP AND GO’

Saxophonist Daniel Chia burst onto the smooth jazz scene in 2017 with his debut album ‘In The Moment’, finishing the year being named as the Top 25 album of the year by smoothjazz.com. Following this, he went on to perform with 4-time Grammy Award winning guitarist Larry Carlton and embarked on a world tour to Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Korea, Japan and the USA.

 

His new single ‘Get Up and Go’ features an infectious melody and feet-tapping groove. Produced by guitarist extraordinaire Adam Hawley, this tune will get you up on your feet and anticipating his full album, which will arrive in 2024.

 

"Get Up And Go"

 

Written by Daniel Chia and Adam Hawley

Produced and mixed by Adam Hawley

Mastered by Steve Hall

 

Saxes: Daniel Chia

Guitars, keys, key bass, programming: Adam Hawley

Additional Synths: Carnell Harrell

Drums: Eric Valentine

ROBBY KRIEGER SPENDS ‘A DAY IN L.A.’

Robby Krieger and The Soul Savages released their debut studio album via The Players Club / Mascot Label Group on January 19, 2024. Today, they present the lead reveal with the visualizer for “A Day in L.A.”

 

Robby Krieger knows that when you assemble the right bunch of musicians, and trust in the creative process, magic happens. As a founding member of The Doors, the guitarist intuitively understands the beauty of free-flowing collaboration and telepathic group interplay. This is evident on Robby’s self-titled debut release from his new band, Robby Krieger And The Soul Savages.  

 

Robby Krieger And The Soul Savages was recorded old school style with a bunch of friends jamming and recording in a relaxed studio setting. Tracked at Robby’s own Love Street Studios in Glendale, California, it finds Robby stretching out over cinematic groove music inspired by classic soul, 1960s jazz, blues, rock, psychedelic rock, and beyond.  

 

“I’ve had this studio for the last six or seven years, and it’s really made me branch out as a musician,” Robby says. “We wrote together, and soul music became a big part of this album. These guys are world-class players—they’ve worked with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, Lenny Kravitz—they have that great groove pedigree.” 

 

Robby is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and he is listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He wrote or co-wrote many of The Doors’ most enduring compositions, including “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me,” and “Love Her Madly.” Since the 1970s, Robby has emerged a successful jazz-fusion guitarist with a well-received catalog of solo albums, including the Grammy-nominated record, Singularity. Robby has also stayed active jamming with artists such as Gov’t Mule and Alice In Chains. Recently, he released the revealing memoir, Set the Night on Fire: Living, Dying, and Playing Guitar With the Doors. 

 

Fans of the guitarist’s singular style will rejoice that his latest album is filled with Robby-isms. Robby Krieger And The Soul Savages brims with his celebrated fingerstyle fretwork, including Robby’s adventurous jazzy and microtonal slide guitar playing; his slinky, funk-inspired rhythm work; and his silky Wes Montgomery-style octave playing. The 10-song album explores the soul-jazz, dirty blues, and noir-ish roots of The Doors while also furthering Robby’s career as a jazz-fusion guitarist. 

 

“This band inspired a style of playing I hadn’t done in a while, and it also inspired me to do new things. For example, in the past, I reserved my slide playing for more of the bluesy stuff, but I stretched out on the album playing slide over jazz, funk, and soul grooves. I want to keep evolving, and these guys really inspire me.” 

 

Joining Robby on this all-instrumental odyssey of psych-rock soul are top-shelf composers, instrumentalists, and bandmates. Bassist-songwriter Kevin “Brandino” Brandon co-wrote and recorded with Robby on the Singularity album, and he has won over half a dozen Grammy awards as well as three Emmy awards. His extensive resume includes credits with James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and Beyonce. Keyboardist-songwriter Ed Roth is a Grammy-nominee known for his work in jazz, rock, and pop, and a robust resume that includes working with Ringo Starr, Brothers Johnson, Coolio, Shuggie Otis, and Annie Lennox. And drummer-songwriter Franklin Vanderbilt brings savage to the band’s soul with his fatback groove and jazzy nimbleness. Among others, his credits include drumming for legendary Chaka Khan, recording with fusion jazz pioneer Stanley Clarke, and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. 

 

"Once people hear this music, they get really into it,” Robby says. “When the record comes out the connection with the audience will be even stronger.”

TOCO'S NEW SINGLE – ‘CARNAVAL PRIMEIRO’

Schema Records is proud to share singer/songwriter Toco's latest single, 'Carnaval Primeiro,' which serves as a fourth single of his highly anticipated album 'Riviera,' set to be launched in April.

This enchanting samba beautifully captures the intricate emotions of heartbreak within the vibrant carnival season of Brazil, offering a heartfelt remedy for loneliness and pain while inviting listeners to immerse themselves in the exhilarating revelry of the streets and carnival balls.

Drawing inspiration from the rich musical heritage of Brazil, 'Carnaval Primeiro’ showcases Toco's exceptional artistry and evocative songwriting. Noteworthy contributions by renowned musicians elevate the musical landscape, with Ramiro Levy's cavaquinho and Gianluca Petrella's trombone adding soulful brilliance to the composition. Priscila Ribas lends her captivating vocals, while Eduardo Taufic's skillful touch on keyboards, Marquinho Baboo's rhythmic finesse on percussion, Mauro Martins' dynamic drumming, and Edu Hebling's grooving bass work seamlessly complement the ensemble.

Leading the production of 'Carnaval Primeiro' is the experienced Stefano 'S-Tone Inc.' Tirone, known for his expertise in creating immersive musical experiences. Tirone ensures a perfect fusion between Toco's emotional lyrics and the infectious rhythms of the track, resulting in an irresistible sonic journey that captivates and moves the listener.

With 'Carnaval Primeiro,' Toco and Schema Records invite music lovers worldwide to experience the vibrant energy and emotional depth of Brazilian carnival. Prepare to be enthralled as Toco's soul stirring vocals and the ensemble's exceptional musicianship transport you to the heart of the celebration.

  • 'Carnaval Primeiro' is an enchanting samba that captures the intricate emotions of heartbreak within Brazil's vibrant carnival season, offering listeners an immersive experience of the carnival happiness to conquer their loneliness and pain

    • Produced by Stefano “S-Tone Inc.” Tirone and written by Toco

    • Featuring Ramiro Levy, Gianluca Petrella, Priscila Ribas, Eduardo Taufi, Marquinho Baboo, Mauro Martins and Edu Hebling

AMERIKAANSE SOULZANGER HENRY LEE FAMBROUGH (THE (DETROIT) SPINNERS) OVERLEDEN

De Amerikaanse zanger Henry Lee Fambrough is woensdag op 85-jarige leeftijd overleden. Fambrough was van 1954 tot april 2023 lid van het R&B kwintet The (Detroit) Spinners. Hij was het laatste nog levende lid van de originele bezetting van The Spinners (vanaf 2013 tot zijn overlijden). The Spinners werd in 1954 opgericht in Ferndale, Michigan als The Domingoes voordat de naam werd gewijzigd in The Spinners. Fambrough moest in 1961 in militaire dienst en kwam twee jaar later weer terug bij The Spinners. Het gezelschap tekende een contract bij Motown Records, maar scoorde geen echt grote hits in de volgende zes jaren. Fambrough werkte in die tijd ook als privéchauffeur van de moeder van platenbaas Berry Gordy Jr. Tijdens de hoogtijdagen van The Spinners in de jaren zeventig was Henry een van de drie leadzangers van de groep (samen met Philippé Wynne en Bobby Smith) en zijn rijke bariton verzorgde de leadzang op de klassieker ‘I Don't Want To Lose You’. Hij deelde de leadzang met Wynne op de hitsingle ‘Living A Little, Laughing A Little’. Dat deed hij ook op ‘Ghetto Child’, maar dan met Wynne en Smith. Hij was ook prominent te horen op het duet met Dionne Warwick, getiteld ‘Just As Long As We Have Love’ van het album ‘Pick Of The Litter’ (1975) en was de leadzanger op ‘If You Can't Be In Love’ van het album ‘Happiness Is Being With The Spinners’ (1976). Met de release van het meest recente album ‘Round The Block And Back Again’ in 2021 werd Fambrough het enige lid van The Spinners dat op alle albums te horen was. The Spinners scoorden met Henry Fambrough diverse Top 5 hits in de Billboard Hot 100: ‘I’ll Be Around’ (1972), ‘Could It Be I’m Fallin’ In love’ (1972), ‘Then Came You’ (1974), ‘Games People Play’ (1975), ‘The Rubberband Man’ (1976), ‘Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl’ (1979), ‘Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time’ (1980). ‘Then Came You’, met Dionne Warwick, bereikte zelfs de eerste plaats van de Billboard Hot 100. Henry Fambrough ruste in vrede!

 

Met dank aan Leo Weijers.

PATIENT VALENTNE - R&B/JAZZ GUITARIST 2UNES RELEASES ‘LET’S WAIT AWAHILE’, PRODUCED BY TWO-TIME GRAMMY NOMINEE CHRIS “BIG DOG” DAVIS

ATLANTA (2 February 2024): In a world of instant gratification, R&B/jazz guitarist 2unes aka North Woodall invites pausing, patience and peace. Releasing just ahead of Valentine’s Day, his new single, “Let’s Wait Awhile,” encourages listeners to savor the beauty and anticipation of romance with his sensual instrumental remake of Janet Jackson’s Billboard hit. Two-time Grammy nominee Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Will Downing, Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright) produced the single dropping on 2uneswave Records that will begin collecting playlist adds on Monday (February 5).     

 

2unes plays an electric jazz guitar on “Let’s Wait Awhile,” soulfully intertwining with Davis’s swooning keyboard melodies, seductive rhythmic groove, lavish horns and dreamy strings. Releasing in conjunction with the single is an accompanying video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLbrBkxY5YE.  

 

“Recording ‘Let's Wait Awhile’ was a deliberate choice stemming from a desire to encapsulate a moment in music that transcends the fast-paced nature of our world. In a society often rushing from one moment to the next, I felt compelled to create a space for patience and reflection. This recording is my way of inviting listeners to pause, to reflect, and to find joy in the moments of quietude,” said 2unes about his latest collaboration with Davis, following last summer’s “Sensual,” on which he played an intimate acoustic guitar.

 

Jackson penned “Let’s Wait Awhile” with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for her “Control” album. The song topped Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and peaked in the second spot on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart in 1987. The song lyrics are about sexual abstinence, but reimagined as an instrumental by 2tunes, the tune takes on different meaning and undertones that embrace stillness and serenity.

 

"‘Let's Wait Awhile’ is not just a song; it's a musical sanctuary where time slows down, and where the simple act of waiting becomes a celebration in itself. The song, to me, represents more than just musical notes and lyrics; it's a plea to savor the beauty of anticipation, to embrace the power of waiting, and to find solace in the stillness between breaths. In a world that often rushes towards the next big thing, ‘Let's Wait Awhile’ is a reminder that some experiences are worth the patience, and that the journey itself holds a beauty that can only be discovered by allowing time to unfold naturally,” said 2unes, a Dayton, Ohio native who is a longtime Atlanta resident.

 

Woodall has been recording as 2unes for nearly twenty years. He’s released four albums, mixing up an alchemy of R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop. 2unes has shared the concert stage with Brian McKnight, Lakeside, Ohio Players, Roger Troutman and Zapp, Roy Ayers, Millie Jackson, Tom Browne and Will Downing.

 

2unes’s “Let’s Wait Awhile” is available at https://ffm.to/letswaitawhile.

 

For more information, please visit https://2unes.net.

GINO ROSARIA – ‘STRAIGHTEN UP’

Keyboardist Gino Rosaria, born and raised in Curaçao, developed an interest in music at an early age. Growing up on a very culturally diverse island, Gino learned to speak four different languages fluently. The influence of the many cultures allowed him to learn and play many different kinds of music, which became a part of his identity. Later on, he grew to enjoy Jazz, Latin, and Classical music the most. Gino started performing regularly in his early teens.

 

Gino moved to the US in 2003 to study music under the world-renowned Daisy De Luca Jaffe. In 2009, he graduated with a Master’s degree in Classical Music Performance. Gino then started taking private Jazz lessons with Jazz pianist David Shelander, who studied with Bill Evans. During his time in the US. Gino went on to win many competitions and appeared on national TV and radio stations performing solo, chamber, and with orchestra. Today Gino performs and does studio work regularly with some of the best musicians around, including award-winning artists such as violinist Karen Briggs, Jazz clarinet player Tim Laughlin, flutist Kim Scott, jazz guitarist Adam Hawley, and flutist Althea Rene.

 

In 2016, Gino started a new project called Groove Symphony where he released all original music inspired by his newborn Simon. In 2017 Gino’s Groove Symphony project won an award for Best Funk/Fusion EP from the Akademia in Los Angeles. Today Gino travels as an educator teaching master classes, as a producer producing music for clients all over the world, as a sideman/musical director for many national acts, and as a performing artist continuously writing and performing original music. Gino also holds an artist-in-residence position at a mega-church in Pensacola FL.

 

Gino released his first contemporary jazz album in the summer of 2019. On that album, he features several heavy hitters such as Marcus Anderson, Althea Rene, Elan Trotman, Adam Hawley, and more. His radio single “Night Groove” made it onto Billboard within the first week! The single made it onto the top 30 on most of the contemporary jazz charts.

 

“My goals are to continue giving virtuoso piano performances in both Jazz and Classical music,” says Gino. His Curaçao roots are heard all over his music, and Gino is very proud of that.

SHAOLIN-MONNIKKEN BRENGEN WAANZINNIGE JUBILEUMSHOW ‘KUNG FU’ IN GENT EN ANTWERPEN

30 april 2024 - Capitole Gent
1 mei 2024 - Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen

 

In de afgelopen drie decennia bewonderden meer dan vijf miljoen mensen op vijf continenten, tijdens meer dan 6.000 voorstellingen, de mystieke krachten van de ongeëvenaarde Shaolin-monniken. Ter gelegenheid van hun jubileumtour ‘Kung Fu’, komen de beste Shaolin-meesters en shamis (leerlingen) eind april 2024 eindelijk weer naar België. Tijdens een waanzinnig twee uur durend spektakel vertonen de Shaolin Monks hun ongelofelijke Kungfu- en Qi Gong-kunsten. Beleef dit unieke, interactieve spektakel op 30 april in Capitole Gent en op 1 mei in Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen. Tickets & info: ticketkopen.eu . 

De Shaolin-monniken staan wereldwijd bekend om hun toewijding aan het behoud van de traditionele Chinese cultuur en hun indrukwekkende fysieke vaardigheden. Ter ere van het 30-jarig jubileum van hun spectaculaire shows, presenteren 19 van de beste meesters en shamis (leerlingen), onder leiding van hun 75-jarige oppermeester, hun onwaarschijnlijke lichaamskunsten in de gloednieuwe show ‘Kung Fu’.

Voorbij de grenzen van wat fysiek normaal mogelijk is, weten de Shaolin-monniken te verbazen met de uitstekende beheersing van hun Qi, hun lichaamsenergie die ze activeren door middel van doelgerichte ademhalingstechnieken en speciale training. Hierdoor wordt het schijnbaar onmogelijke mogelijk: ze breken stenen platen, houten planken en ijzeren staven op hun lichamen en hoofden, leggen zich op speren, zwaarden en spijkerborden, en werpen zelfs naalden door glasplaten. Deze verbazingwekkende demonstraties tonen niet alleen hun buitengewone fysieke kracht, maar benadrukken ook de legendarische controle over hun eigen lichamen en de transformerende kracht van Qi, die ze meesterlijk beheersen

Showproducent Herbert Fechter, die sinds 1995 de shows met de originele meesters, leerlingen en monniken uit Shaolin over de hele wereld presenteert, stelde een spectaculaire jubileumshow samen die het publiek zal verbazen. De show biedt een fascinerend inzicht in de mysterieuze wereld van de Shaolin-monniken en het zenboeddhisme. Ze vertelt het verhaal van de Shaolin-tempel en toont meeslepende opnames die werden gemaakt op de heilige berg Song Shan en in de originele tempel. Bovendien biedt ‘Kung Fu’ ook inzicht in de training van de monniken en volgt ze de sporen van de Zen-grondlegger Bodhidharma.

Dit is geen circusvoorstelling, de monniken zijn geen acteurs, de oefeningen zijn geen trucs; de show is een respectvolle poging om een traditie van anderhalf millennium aan mysterieuze kennis over te brengen aan mensen buiten China. De interactieve deelname van het publiek garandeert een geheel nieuw gevoel voor de opwindende wereld van de Chinese monniken en hun mystieke krachten. 

Mis deze unieke ervaring niet en boek je tickets voor de jubileumshow ‘Kung Fu’ van de Shaolin Monks, op 30 april 2024 in Capitole Gent en 1 mei 2024 in Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen, via ticketkopen.eu .

JAZZ GUITARIST KAY-TA MATSUNO EXPLORES THE SOUNDS OF ‘DISTANCE’

The new album’s title track begins collecting playlist adds on February 12.

 

LOS ANGELES (5 FEBRUARY 2024): Nearly four years ago, the word distance took on an entirely new and different meaning when the coronavirus pandemic forced the world to practice social distancing – i.e., maintain a “safe” gap between people. As the pandemic raged,  economic fear and uncertainty, divisive politics, and civil unrest also gripped the U.S., creating more “distance” between people. Contemporary jazz guitarist Kay-Ta Matsuno journaled his feelings, experiences and observations during this unprecedent period of isolation and turmoil into songs, writing and producing his third solo album, “Distance,” which was released by LCR Music. The title track, an exploration of ethereal jazz and melody, is the first single that will begin collecting playlist adds on February 12.

 

Recording in his home studio near Los Angeles, the Osaka, Japan-born Matsuno performed all the music and instrumentation heard on the ten-track “Distance” album with the exception of “Kraken” that includes drummer Channing Holmes. Known for his gifted guitar artistry in jazz, fusion, R&B, pop, classical, new age and Japanese music settings, Matsuno brings elements from his diverse repertoire to the project. The heart of the songs’ subject matters reflect what was happening throughout the world four years ago with a particular focus on what was happening in America at the time.

 

The album opens with “Distance,” which feels like an emotional journey guided by Matsuno’s reassuring acoustic guitar. Melding atmospheric new age nuances and contemporary jazz sensibilities, Matsuno delivers his thesis using riffs and runs etched with dazzling speed and technical brilliance.    

 

“The word distance means something completely different since the pandemic. It used to have a romantic/melancholic tone to it. But during the pandemic, no matter how much you want to come close to someone, you had to maintain six feet of distance from each other. You can see them, but you can’t touch them. The more you maintain that six feet of distance, the more strongly you realize how important we are to each other. Including the title track, the entire album is based on songs I wrote during the pandemic to stay positive, both as a person and as a musician,” said Matsuno.

 

Matsuno’s desire to find positivity through adversity becomes a sonic affirmation on “Hope Within,” offered in the form of the song’s luminous and rousing melody.

 

There were benefits inherent in the stay-at-home order issued at the onset of the pandemic, with the precipitous reduction in pollution and significantly improved air quality being just two. Matsuno noticed the cleansed and purified Los Angeles skylines, capturing the beauty in a jazz fusion meets neo classical composition titled “Smog-Free.”

 

“During the pandemic, the sky in Los Angeles was as clear as ever before because almost no cars were driving around. The contrast between the clear sky and the gloominess inside our hearts was quite interesting,” said Matsuno.

 

Amidst the pandemic, the climate in the U.S. took on another heated dimension after the beating death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. “Elbows & a Knee” musically memorializes that moment with a futuristic electronic contemporary jazz groove tinged with a country guitar twang and hip-hop turntable scratches. 

 

“The season of pandemic changed the meanings and sentiments of a lot of words. ‘Elbows’ became a word symbolizing friendship since we couldn’t shake hands with each other and we were told to bump elbows instead, and Derek Chauvin’s knee on George Floyd’s neck brought a lot of chaos to the entire world. To me, ‘Elbows & a Knee’ is a post-pandemic way of saying ‘love and hate.’ In this song, I mixed slide guitar, which represents country music, and an electronic beat inspired by N.W.A., representing hip-hop, finding a way to seamlessly merge with each other,” Matsuno explained.

 

The uncertainty of the pandemic era felt disjointed, disconnected and dystopian. Matsuno said that his song “‘Uncertainty’ represents the sentiment prevalent during the pandemic. You feel depressed, but when you see your own seven-year-old daughter having a blast communicating with people through a tablet, you start to feel like this world shouldn’t be so bad.” 

 

“Push It Back!” is a fast, frenetic fusion foray that Matsuno said he wrote “to shake off the gloom.”

 

On “Kraken,” the guitarist shifts his sights to the political chaos that inflamed the nation, culminating in the presidential election. The track is a frenzied rock and jazz fusion exposition, ignited by fiery electric guitar solos and licks that include snippets of the American National Anthem.

 

“The 2020 presidential election was a total nightmare. I have never had that many arguments with my colleagues before. In the middle of all the crazy tsunamis of information and news from TV, social media and daily conversations, I just had to write this song to let my thoughts out without using words. This song literally saved my sanity during that time,” shared Matsuno.   

 

Two of the original songs on the “Distance” album were written prior to the pandemic, but Matsuno included them in the setlist because he felt they fit the sound, feel or theme of the collection. The first is “Silky,” a compelling sonic collage of fusion, rock and new age textured by Matsuno’s impassioned electric and acoustic guitars. “Magic Hour” was written for his wedding fourteen years ago and recorded here for the first time.

 

“It would have been so difficult to go through this pandemic without family, so it felt appropriate to include this song (“Magic Hour”),” concluded Matsuno.

 

Near the end of the pandemic, Matsuno’s older sister passed away from heart failure. He remembers her on “Arabesque No. 1,” which closes the album.

 

“She used to play this piece by Debussy often on the piano in the living room. This is my way of commemorating her life.”

 

Matsuno is a first-call session and touring guitarist who has recorded and/or performed with R&B singers Lalah Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Jody Watley, Amerie and Chante Moore;  contemporary jazz artists Keiko Matsui, Jackiem Joyner and Michael Lington; and Japanese artists Senri Kawaguchi, Chikuzen Satoh, Junko Yagami, and Marlene. He released his solo debut in 2016 titled “Arrival,” which won the Best Jazz Instrumental Album statue at the Independent Music Awards and spawned his Billboard top 25 single, “Synch With Me.” Two years later, he won the Best Instrumental award for “Spring in Lviv” at the USA Songwriting Competition. In group settings, Matsuno’s classical crossover band Quattrosound was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category in 2013. His current configuration, Kay-Ta Crypto String Society, performs throughout the US, Austria and Japan, the latter country being where they’ll tour again in July. On Valentine’s Day, Matsuno will join trumpeter/vocalist Ilya Serov for a concert in Mumbi, India. The guitarist will perform aboard the all-star Dave Koz Cruise this spring.

 

Matsuno’s “Distance” album contains the following songs:

 

“Distance”

“Hope Within”

“Smog Free”

“Elbows & a Knee”

“Uncertainty”

“Push It Back!”

“Kraken”

“Silky”

“Magic Hour”

“Arabesque No. 1”

 

For more information, please visit https://www.kay-ta.com.

ANN VAN DEN BROECK EN IVAN PECNIK NAAST JONGEREN IN ‘MAGDALENA’

The Singing Factory brengt geloofde musicalproductie eindelijk terug!

Ann Van den Broeck en Ivan Pecnik naast jongeren in 'Magdalena'

30.000 vrouwen wasten hun zonden weg in kloosters. Dit is hun verhaal.

Vanaf 19 april 2024 - Blikfabriek Antwerpen

 

In 2018 verbaasde The Singing Factory de Vlaamse musicalwereld met hun eerste creatie 'Magdalena'. De voorstelling, die je meeneemt naar het Ierland van de twintigste eeuw, vertelt het schrijnende en waargebeurde verhaal van meer dan 30.000 vrouwen die gedumpt werden in door God vergeten kloosters, waar ze in barre omstandigheden handarbeid moesten verrichten. Het laatste klooster sloot pas de deuren in 1996 en sindsdien werden al verschillende massagraven met honderden babylijkjes ontdekt. Allemaal kinderen die geboren werden in de kloosters. 

Vanaf 19 april 2024 keert 'Magdalena' eindelijk terug en zal te zien zijn in de Blikfabriek in Antwerpen. De karrenvracht aan jong talent in cast en ensemble krijgt met Ann Van den Broeck, die in de huid van de gevreesde Zuster Margaret kruipt, en Ivan Pecnik (pastoor Albert Walsh), twee doorwinterde professionals naast zich in deze meeslepende, vaak hartverscheurende, maar bloedmooie productie.  Tickets & info: singingfactory.be

Magdalena
'Magdalena' was in 2018 de eerste creatie van The Singing Factory, met muziek van Sam Verhoeven (November 89, MUERTO, Lelies,…) en een script van Wanne Synnave (Kamp Delta, June Foster, November 89,…). De voorstelling combineerde een getalenteerde jongerencast met enkele doorwinterde professionals (An Lauwereins en Dieter Troubleyn). Dit bleek een ware succesformule, want intussen volgden nog tal van creaties die hetzelfde stramien volgden.

Dat 'Magdalena' een schot in de roos was, bleek uit de vele lovende recensies van pers én publiek. De cast schopte het zelfs tot in de halve finale van Belgium’s Got Talent.

De voorstelling wordt grondig herwerkt naar een 2.0-versie door het originele creatieve team en zal vanaf 19 april 2024 spelen in de Blikfabriek in Antwerpen.

Het verhaal
In Magdalena maken we kennis met Rose, Emma en Sarah, drie meisjes die elk om een andere reden naar het klooster worden gestuurd. Rose is ongewenst zwanger, Emma heeft een vriendje, wat haar moeder niet kan verkroppen, en Sarah’s vader kan de eindjes nog amper aan elkaar knopen en ziet geen andere optie dan zijn dochter naar het klooster te sturen.

In het klooster zwaait Zuster Margaret de plak. Ze voert er een schrikbewind, en alle meisjes die er terechtkomen, breken vroeg of laat. Tot Emma’s vriendje Aeden aan de kloosterpoort verschijnt…

Hoofdcast
Ook in 'Magdalena' geeft The Singing Factory weer heel wat jong talent de kans om te schitteren en in deze te leren van de ervaren professionals Ann Van De Broeck, die in de huid van de gevreesde Zuster Margaret kruipt en Ivan Pecnik, die als pastoor Albert Walsh, tegen beter weten in, meisjes die in een slechte thuissituatie zitten naar het Magdalena-klooster van Zuster Margaret stuurt. 

Lotte Villays (17, Wilrijk) speelt Rose Clarke. Rose wordt door haar moeder en stiefvader naar het klooster gestuurd omdat ze ongewenst zwanger is. De rol van Emma Hynes is weggelegd voor de 20-jarige Emma Vanthielen uit Nijlen. Emma wordt in het klooster gedropt omdat ze een verboden relatie heeft met Aeden, gespeeld door Mauro Janssens (18, Merksem). Sarah Brady, neergezet door de 18-jarige Mona Theuwissen uit Antwerpen, belandt samen met haar jongere zusje Alice in de klauwen van Zuster Margaret omdat hun vader niet meer de middelen heeft om voor hen te zorgen. De rol van Alice is voor de absolute benjamin van de hoofdcast, de 10-jarige Leonie Gysen uit Schilde. Louis Geldof (15, Oostkamp) mag in de huid kruipen van Daniel Flynn, de jongere broer van Aeden. Musicaldebutante Yinte Verhoeven (20, Heist-op-den-Berg), wist bij haar eerste auditie ooit meteen een hoofdrol weg te kapen als Zuster Stella. Esse Synnave (24, Mechelen/Wilrijk), die in 2018 nog deel uitmaakte van het ensemble, maakt nu de sprong naar de hoofdcast van 'Magdalena' als Zuster Lois.

Kelly Van Hove (36, Mechelen) en Sofie Theunis (25, Lier) vervolledigen de zustergilde van het klooster als Zuster Kathleen en Zuster Anne. Sepp Mertens (Rijkevorsel)  en Timo Hertoghs (Lint), beiden 16 jaar, zijn Ryan en Rowan. Zij zijn de misdienaars van Eerwaarde Walsh, die meer interesse tonen in de meisjes in het klooster en de miswijn, dan in God. De 17-jarige Ruth Boelaert uit Hamme mag zich uitleven als de geniepige Keira en Erik Goyvaerts (Antwerpen), met zijn 60 jaar met voorsprong de ouderdomsdeken van de ganse cast, is Desmond, de stiefvader van Rose die haar misbruikt.

Ensemble
Antwerpen: Bo Elisabeth (16, Mechelen), Emilie Elisabeth (18, Mechelen), Maxine De Baets (18, Rijmenam), Jasmijn Vinck (19, Reet), Saar Adriaensen (20, Vremde), Sin Jonkers (21, Vosselaar), Jasper Van Hees (17, Mol), Liesbeth Houtain (21, Mortsel), Lize Coppens (19, Schoten), Noah Apers (17, Hemiksem), Coumba Thiam (18, Deurne), Renzo Olivier (20, Berchem).

Oost-Vlaanderen: Fien Adank (22, Buggenhout), Hannah Thyssen (21, Beveren), Levi Van Overtveldt (16, Beveren), Julie Leemans (17, Waasmunster), Kato Coppens (19, Sinaai), Roos Brusselmans (17, Dendermonde), Xan Tonnelier (18, Laarne)

West-Vlaanderen: Lucas Geldof (17, Oostkamp), Elise Lagrou (11) uit Wingene. (West-Vlaanderen).
 
Limburg: Pieter-Jan Hoessels (23, Zutendaal)

Creatives
Muziek: Sam Verhoeven
Script & liedteksten: Wanne Synnave
Regie: Jervin Weckx
Choreo: Kylian Campbell

Producent: Diederik Van Durme
Koorleiding: Tinne De Groot & Ronny Plovie
Arrangementen & MD: Thomas Vanhauwaert

Regie-assistentie: Maud Hanssens
Regie-assistentie: Bas Bossaerts
Kostuum: Els De Mot

‘Magdalena’ speelt vanaf 19 april in de Blikfabriek in Antwerpen. Tickets & info: singingfactory.be

De voorstelling wordt afgeraden voor kinderen jonger dan 12, tenzij onder begeleiding van een volwassene.

FAHRENHEIT 702 – ‘CAN’T STEP AWAY’

Fahrenheit 702 brings a sultry, high energy and party vibe to their debut GETTIN' IN THE GAME, Vol. 1! Named for Producer/bassist/group founder Greg Radford’s triumphant return to the music industry after a near-decade hiatus, the colorful Las Vegas centric themes and slick ensemble action make it the perfect soundtrack to a winning streak with a frolicsome night on The Strip.

 

The core members of this Smooth Jazz collective include G Radford, power vocalist Diane 'Dedae' Patrise' Spann (Righteous Brothers, Shirelles) and saxophonist Keith Marlo are complemented by Grammy & Emmy Award-winning singer/trumpeter Skip Martin, keyboardist Mike Clark, bassist Walter Jones, guitarists Michael Hengan, James Davis, vocalists Princetta Saray, Serena Henry, Ines Zak, Tyriq Johnson plus Ronnie Foster (organ) and John Wedemeyer (guitar) infuse blues excitement into the delirious swirl of urban jazz, Prince-like funk and Brazilian coolness. 

2UNES FT. CHRIS ‘BIG DOG’ DAVIS – ‘LET’S WAIT A WHILE’

In his teens, axe-man North '2unes' Woodall studied the playing styles of Ernie Isley, Santana, and Joe Walsh, among other R&B, funk, rock, and pop music styles.

 

Hard work, determination, and a natural gift paid of and as a result of his exceptional proficiency with the guitar, he was quickly established with popular groups in and around Dayton, Ohio, such as The Delvones and Round Trip Ticket.

 

North has since relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and was sought to share the stage with funk masters Lakeside, The Ohio Players, Roger Troutman and Zapp, Roy Ayers, Millie Jackson, Tom Browne and Wil Downing. He regularly sells out venues as the audiences know that

they will be highly entertained and satisfied by tight arrangements and banging guitar solos with great licks.

 

2unes has become a staple on the Atlanta music scene appearing in venues from the Ritz Carlton to Wind-Down Wednesdays at Centennial Park, bridging the generation gap with his unique music blend of jazz, R&B, and hip-hop.

 

"I work for the listener and my music is designed for them. It is important to me that I give them what they want." Woodall went on to say that he defines his musical style as being like a gumbo. "I can't be put into a box musically. I'm not one thing, but many things bringing people together from all sides of the music spectrum."

BILZEN EN HOESELT BLINKEN UIT MET OPVALLEND BLOESEMPROGRAMMA

Foto (van links naar rechts): Hoeselts schepen van toerisme Johan Schoefs, Bilzers jeugdauteur Stijn Moekaars, Bilzers schepen van cultuur Griet Mebis, Bilzers schepen van toerisme Véronique Jans, Brecht Bobbaers coördinator van Fietsfabriek 3740, Patrick Cornelissen, directeur Landcommanderij Alden Biesen, yogalerares Romina Theunis. 
© Stad Bilzen

 

Van maart tot mei 2024 organiseren Bilzen en Hoeselt samen meer dan 30 bloesemactiviteiten. De blikvangers: het Dauwconcert met Gabriel Rios, bloesemfestival Lumineus, een zintuigenwandeling of meditatie tussen de bloesems en belevingswandeling Bloesemmagie. Naast de gekende fiets- en wandeltochten en wondermooie picknickplekken valt er dus heel wat nieuws te ontdekken. Bilzen en Hoeselt werkten voor het eerst een gezamenlijk aanbod uit en pakken het groots aan met een gevarieerd programma voor jong en oud. Zo is er aandacht voor meer beleving, bekende artiesten en een betere toegankelijkheid.  De ticketverkoop start op vrijdag 2 februari om 9 uur. 

 

Toegankelijkheid

Tussen 23 maart en 5 mei kan je zes weken lang genieten van de bloesempracht in de Haspengouwse regio, met Bilzen en Hoeselt als absolute publiekstrekkers. “Dit jaar zetten we extra in op mobiliteit en inclusie. Mensen met een beperking kunnen bij Fietsfabriek 3740 in Bilzen-centrum na reservatie een driewieler of rolstoelplateaufiets huren. In combinatie met een aangepaste fietsroutekaart krijgen ze zo maximale kansen om de bloesems te ontdekken. Ook tandems, duofietsen en e-steps zijn verkrijgbaar, alsook de populaire groene wagentjes”, zegt Bilzers schepen van toerisme Véronique Jans. 

Fiets- en wandeltochten

Wie het idyllische bloesemlandschap graag vanop de fiets verkent, kiest best voor De kapeltocht,  een bewegwijzerde route van 21, 32,5 of 41,4 kilometer langs de Hoeseltse kapelletjes en fruitplantages. Voor fervente stappers is er Expeditie Bloesem, een langeafstandswandeling van ruim 27 kilometer langs unieke vergezichten, bijzondere natuurgebieden en historische bezienswaardigheden als de Kluis van Vrijhern en de Landcommanderij Alden Biesen. Beide activiteiten worden gratis en dagelijks aangeboden. Liever een kindvriendelijke tocht? Op paasmaandag 1 april, woensdag 10 april en elke zondag vanaf 7 april kunnen kinderen t.e.m. zes jaar samen met hun (groot)ouders helemaal opgaan in de speurtocht met Bilzers jeugdauteur Stijn Moekaars. 

Zintuigen- en meditatiewandeling

Voor viervoeters en hun baasjes is er op paasmaandag, dankzij De Bilzerse Viervoeters, een georganiseerde hondenwandeling met verkoelende versnapering. Nieuw dit jaar zijn de zintuigenwandelingen van de Bilzerse gidsen en de meditatiewandelingen onder begeleiding van yogalerares Romina Theunis. “De meditatiewandelingen zijn bedoeld voor volwassenen die even in het hier en nu willen zijn. We focussen op de schoonheid van de bloesems en de natuur via yogaposes, ademhalingsoefeningen en meditatie. We sluiten de sessie af met een lokaal gemaakte bloesemthee”, aldus Romina. 

De zintuigenwandelingen worden begeleid door lokale gidsen en zijn ook toegankelijk voor slechtzienden. De focus ligt immers op wat men onderweg ruikt, voelt en proeft: de prikkels van bloemen- of bloesemgeur, de bodem en de smaak van het eindproduct. 

Deze uitzonderlijke activiteiten worden telkens twee keer georganiseerd: de zintuigenwandeling op zaterdag 13 en 20 april en de meditatiewandeling op zondagochtend 14 en 28 april. 

Picknick

Een streekgebonden- of kaaspicknick haal je af in het Toeristisch Onthaal van Alden Biesen, dé plek waar ook de bloesemwandeling met gids start. Smul van de lekkernijen tussen de adembenemende bloesems en pittoreske hoogstamboomgaarden. Het houten vlonderpad is voor iedereen toegankelijk. Zo kunnen ook rolstoelgebruikers in alle comfort gebruikmaken van de picknicktafels.

Lumineus

Na het succes van de afgelopen edities kan je op zaterdag 6 april al voor de derde keer je ogen uitkijken tijdens Lumineus. Het bijzondere bloesemfestival wordt dit jaar nog spectaculairder met livemuziek, acrobatie, vertellers en veel meer. Patrick Cornelissen, directeur Landcommanderij Alden Biesen: “De prachtige hoogstamboomgaarden van Alden Biesen vormen een uniek decor waarin beleving centraal staat. Dit jaar worden het kasteel en de voorburchten nog meer betrokken. Naast verlichte kunstwerken wordt het opnieuw een totaalbeleving voor jong en oud dankzij o.a. vuurelfen, lichtprojecties en LED-schommels.”

Gabriel Rios

Vroege vogels kunnen op zondagochtend 21 april om 6 uur in Alden Biesen terecht voor een beklijvend Dauwconcert met Gabriel Rios. “Na Absynthe Minded en Jef Neve hebben we dit jaar een tweevoudige MIA-winnaar van internationale allure gestrikt. De zanger-muzikant met Puerto Ricaanse roots  neemt ons op sleeptouw met een openluchtconcert tussen de bloesems. Hij speelt bekende nummers uit zijn rijke repertoire zoals ‘Broad daylight’ en ‘Gold’. Met zijn intimistisch stemgeluid raakt hij mensen tot in het diepst van hun ziel. Wie dit optreden wil bijwonen moet er snel bij zijn, de plaatsen zijn beperkt. Bovendien ontvangen de eerste 250 ticketkopers een slechtweergarantie, waardoor zij het concert sowieso kunnen bijwonen. Voor alle anderen worden de tickets terugbetaald bij slecht weer. Uiteraard gaan we net zoals de voorbije jaren uit van dartel lenteweer”, zegt Bilzers schepen van cultuur Griet Mebis. 

Bloesemmagie

Naast de sfeervolle pop-upbloesembar Bar Bloei in het hart van het Haspengouwse fruitlandschap is het ook uitkijken naar Bloesemmagie op zaterdagavond 4 mei. “Om 20 uur starten we aan het Hoeseltse Ter Kommen voor een laatste bloesemtocht van anderhalf uur. Een belevingswandeling langs de bloesempracht met onderweg heel wat kunstcreaties en verrassende acts. Afsluiten doen we met een drankje op een magisch uitzichtpunt”, zegt Hoeselts schepen van toerisme Johan Schoefs. 

Het uitgebreide bloesemprogramma ‘24 vind je op www.visitbilzen.be/bloesems. Op die website zijn vanaf vrijdag 2 februari om 9 uur tickets verkrijgbaar voor o.a. het Dauwconcert met Gabriel Rios, bloesemfestival Lumineus, de zintuigenwandeling en de meditatie tussen de bloesems. Voor Bloesemmagie kan je vanaf hetzelfde moment tickets reserveren op www.hoeselt.be/bloesem-magie.

ClASSIC ISAAC HAYES ‘HOT BUTTERED SOUL’ ALBUM WILL BE RE-ISSUED

THE SIXTH TITLE IN THE SERIES IS ISAAC HAYES’ SEMINAL 1969 CLASSIC HOT BUTTERED SOUL. SET FOR RELEASE MARCH 1ST AND AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW.

Handpicked from Craft Recordings’ wide catalog, each Small Batch release features lacquers cut from the original tapes (AAA), using a one-step lacquer process as opposed to the standard three-step process. This technique allows for the utmost level of musical detail, clarity, and dynamics while reducing the amount of surface noise on the record.

The limited nature of these pressings guarantees that each record is a true representation of the original lacquer and is as close as the listener can get to the original recording.

“[a] kind of you-are-there intimacy...” – Absolute Sound

“more realistic, full-bodied, natural, and richer” – Analog Planet

Limited to 3,000 copies worldwide

Pressed at RTI using Neotech’s VR900 compound and a one-step lacquer process for optimum sonic clarity and detail

Lacquers cut from original tapes (AAA) by engineer Bernie Grundman

Each pressing individually numbered and encased in foil-stamped, linen-wrapped slipcase with an acrylic inset of the original album artwork

Vinyl disc is housed in a reproduction of the original tip-on jacket from Stax Records and protected by an archival quality inner sleeve

In-depth liner notes are written by music writer and journalist A. Scott Galloway.

 

https://craftrecordings.com/pages/small-batch?utm_source=Stax+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Stax_1_31_24

WEGENS SUCCES – EXTRA SHOW IERSE DANSSENSATIE 'RHYTHM OF THE DANCE' IN ANTWERPEN

25 april 2024 - Capitole Gent
26 en 27 april 2024 - Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen 
28 april 2024 - concertgebouw Brugge

 

De Ierse danssensatie 'Rhythm of the Dance' gaat in 2024 op wereldtournee met hun '25th Anniversary Tour' en wegens groot succes wordt een extra show aan hun Belgische schema toegevoegd. Naast de eerder aangekondigde shows op 25 april in Capitole Gent, 27 april in Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen en 28 april in Concertgebouw Brugge, presenteert het fenomenale gezelschap met trots een extra show op 26 april 2024 in Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen. Tickets & info 'Rhythm of the Dance - 25th Anniversary Tour': ticketkopen.eu  

Het door meer dan 14 miljoen toeschouwers wereldwijd bejubelde 'Rhythm of the Dance', dat traditionele Ierse dans en muziek combineert in een opzwepende liveshow, neemt het publiek al jarenlang mee op een adembenemende en opwindende reis doorheen de geschiedenis van Ierland. Met hun ongelooflijke '25th Anniversary Tour' creëren ze een nieuw tijdperk in Iers entertainment.

Live muzikanten, zangers en dansers van wereldklasse zorgen in een fenomenale productie voor een weergaloze mix van pulserende ritmes en verbazingwekkend snel uitgevoerde choreografieën. Laat je meevoeren op deze bijzondere reis doorheen de boeiende Ierse geschiedenis: van het oude, rijk aan legenden en mythen, tot het moderne, stedelijke Ierland van vandaag.

 

‘Rhythm of the Dance – 25th Anniversary Tour’ op 25 april 2024 in Capitole Gent, 26 en 27 april 2024 in Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen en 28 april 2024 in Concertgebouw Brugge.

Tickets & info: ticketkopen.eu  

ADAM HAWLEY IS ‘UNSTOPPABLE’

Guitarist and producer Adam Hawley has burst on to the scene as a celebrated and innovative artist, composer and band leader. Handpicked by Maurice White (founder of Earth, Wind, & Fire) he first debuted on the legend's label Kalimba Music. In all, Adam’s four albums and work as a producer have spawned an incredible 14 Billboard #1 hits. In it's first week, the 3rd record Escape was the #1 selling album in the nation, outselling every other Contemporary Jazz album as per Nielsen. The debut single went on to become the Billboard and Smooth Jazz Network Song of the Year for 2020.

 

Hawley followed this up with the 4th album Risin' Up; it's title track again reached the top of the Billboard charts in late '21. 2022 was particularly successful including four more #1's, culminating with 2022 song of the year. Coupling this with a robust touring schedule throughout the world, the best is yet to come. 

 

Select Tour Date Highlights: 

  • Seabreeze Jazz Fest
  • Java Jazz 
  • Mallorca Jazz Fest 
  • Berks Jazz Fest
  • Dave Koz Cruise 
  • Newport Beach Jazz Festival 
  • Catalina Jazz Fest 
  • Napa Valley Jazz Getaway 
  • Smooth Jazz Cruise 
  • Cancun Jazz Fest 
  • Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz 
  • Rehoboth Jazz Festival 

 

In addition to touring as a leader, he has also played for Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, The Manhattan Transfer, Brian McKnight, and appeared on American Idol in the house band to name a few. He also is an educator holding a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

 

We think you and your listeners will love Adam's new single, "Unstoppable"!

BOLD PARADE - ‘CORE’ EP

Hot off the heels of his widely acclaimed album, ‘Two Leaves Falling’, Bold Parade, aka Paul McMahon, continues wow us with his unique blend of Soul, Funk, Latin, and Jazz with heartfelt songs with his wondrous new EP, ‘Core’.

Opening with a divine Afro Disco vibe, ‘Foundation’ is an addictive smoking groove laced with upbeat brass hooks, funky guitars and drizzled with a catchy positive vocal from Africa’s Yanmife Ajolore. ‘Proxy 17’ is a snazzy Latin Jazz outing, where sublime vibes and trumpet solos from Antonie Veskovski and Jesse Ibidun glide over a backdrop of upbeat keys and percussive drums. The EP title track, ‘Core’, opens with a profoundly emotive piano intro before jumping into a brassy Trip Hop style affair, baited with an alluringly seductive vocal by Janessa J. Closing out the package, Marti Buchanan lends her stunning ethereal vocal tones to the classy retro-tinged downtempo excursion, ‘The Promise’.

Bold Parade is the latest project from London based, Belfast born producer and multi-instrumentalist Paul McMahon. Paul has been making music for over 20 years under the name Crashdaddy. He has also worked with Mark Bell as part of the group Bellcrash. Together and separately with Mark, Paul has released through Sunshine Recordings, Seventh Sign, Illicit, Island Hopper and Freebooter Lounge, among others. Paul’s signature sound combines cool beats with jazz styled musicians to blend modern production with classic rhythmic jazz overtones. Having made his Bold Parade debut releases with ‘Flowers In The Dirt’ EP, ‘Heat’ EP and his full album, ‘Two Leaves Falling’, last year, so far the project has received great acclaim from the soulful and jazz fraternity. His productions have received lots of airplay on Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show on BBC 6Music where Paul was also invited to do a guest mix for the show.

Track Listing
1 Foundation ft Yanmife Ajolore
2 Proxy 17
3 Core ft Janessa J
4 The Promise ft Marti Buchanan

Bold Parade ‘Core EP’ will be released on February 5th 2024 on Suzume Recordings

 

Bold Parade
‘Core’ EP
Suzume Recordings / SR005
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AMIGO THE DEVIL - 'YOURS UNTIL THE WAR IS OVER' – NEW ALBUM BY ACCLAIMED US SINGER-SONGWRITER

AMIGO THE DEVIL - YOURS UNTIL THE WAR IS OVER

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THE MECHANIC  &  CANNIBAL WITHIN
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AMIGO THE DEVIL | Yours Until The War Is Over artwork : painting by Joan Lalucat

 

The acclaimed singer-songwriter Amigo the Devil (aka Danny Kiranos) will release his third studio album, ‘Yours Until The War Is Over’, on 23rd February 2024. ATD’s most disarming and inspired collection of songs to date, it includes the singles ‘Cannibal Within’ (October 2023) and 'The Mechanic’ (January 2024).

The latter sees hauntingly soft strings and Spanish-style acoustic guitar complement lyrics that reflect on a broken relationship, searching for a happiness lost to the painful reality of time spent together. An accompanying video reveals intimate insights behind the making of the new album. Created in a basement bar-turned-studio in the middle of Tennessee, it depicts the bare-bones of ATD’s recording process, from scribbling lyrics on the pages of a journal, to the natural dynamics with songwriting partner and guitarist David Talley, to experimenting with oddball percussion from his homemade recording den. THE MECHANIC | VIDEO

Its predecessor is a song of honesty without pity and a profound insight into the depths of the human experience, albeit one with ATD’s renowned darkly humorous wordplay in plain sight. Experimental percussion – the repetitive dropping of a pick, tinking of a bottle and clacking of toy teeth – immerse the listener within an internal dialogue of self-doubt and insecurity.

‘Yours Until The War Is Over’ is the first studio album by ATD that was entirely recorded, produced and engineered in-house, with the collaborative nature of the new recording process shining throughout. Kiranos’ songs serve as cinematic vignettes that thread together stories of the human condition, trauma bonding and the method of using relationships for survival, whether by addiction, doubt, death, or narcissism. All heart with no boundaries, it is an album to be experienced from beginning to end in order to recognise the perspective it offers.

The album title is a reference to the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his nurse Agnes von Kurowsky in the closing months of World War I, a (trauma) bond that developed after the future novelist was severely wounded in Italy just after becoming a Red Cross volunteer at the age of 18. She would sometimes end her love letters by writing “Yours until the war is over,” a sign-off that proved prophetic. Her ultimate rejection devastated and scarred him.

The new album coincides with ATD’s latest US tour, his second since a successful summer 2023 European visit (his first with a full band) to promote 2021’s darkly romantic and hauntingly melodic ‘Born Against’ album. Earning acclaim from UK publications such as Classic Rock, Shindig!, Blues Matters, RNR and Louder Than War, Folk Radio UK neatly summed up everyone else’s thoughts in stating that “it reinforces the adage that the devil truly does have all the best tunes.”

A UK and European tour is currently being planned for mid-2024.

https://www.amigothedevil.com/

NAAR HET HEELAL MET NIEUWE BELEVING ‘PLANET HAPPINESS’ VANAF 26 MAART

De immersieve tentoonstelling Planet Happiness maakt de astronaut in iedereen wakker. Terminus? De verre sterrenstelsels. Vanaf 26 maart opent het interstellair avontuur de deuren in Plein Publiek Brussel voor Planet Happiness - Unleash Your Inner Astronaut. Deze nieuwe beleving bouwt verder op de succestentoonstelling Happiness, met als thema de ruimtevaart, een van de ambities van het Belgisch voorzitterschap van de Raad van de EU tijdens de eerste helft van dit jaar. Deze leuke en leerzame ervaring laat jong en oud wegdromen!

 

Congé en Beyond.Culture, in samenwerking met prestigieuze partners zoals ESA, EUMETSAT, Belspo en het creatieve bureau Studio Irma, nodigen jong en oud uit op de belevingsexpo Planet Happiness in Plein Publiek Brussel. Het gebouw werd ter beschikking gesteld door Regie der Gebouwen onder de bevoegdheid van staatssecretaris Mathieu Michel. Met de hulp van experts zoals astrofysica Nancy Vermeulen en emeritus astronoom Conny Aerts, combineert deze unieke tentoonstelling spitstechnologie, wetenschappelijke kennis en een ongebreidelde creativiteit om de bezoeker mee te nemen naar de verste uithoeken van de Melkweg.

"Ik ben verheugd dat ESA, BELSPO en EUMETSAT samenwerken aan deze tentoonstelling, die de Europese en Belgische ruimtevaartsector in de kijker zet. Dit project kadert in het groeiende belang van ruimtevaart in België, een thema dat centraal staat in de ambities van het Belgische voorzitterschap van de Raad van de EU. Grote dank aan NV Congé, die deze tentoonstelling in recordtijd heeft kunnen opzetten, evenals aan BELSPO, ESA en EUMETSAT voor hun onschatbare bijdrage aan dit project," legt Thomas Dermine uit, staatssecretaris voor Herstel en Strategische Investeringen, en verantwoordelijk voor Wetenschapsbeleid.

 

De expo bestaat uit een reeks immersieve ruimtes die, met behulp van kunstmatige intelligentie, augmented reality en 360° projecties, zowel inspelen op het educatieve als esthetische. Zo zijn er ruimtes gewijd aan de oorsprong van de aarde, andere planeten, de maan en de zon. De bezoeker zal zich daarnaast ook kunnen verwonderen over de schoonheid van het heelal, door de spectaculaire kinetische lichtinstallaties.

Verder zijn er ook de interactieve themakamers rond ESA, in het bijzonder gewijd aan het International Space Station (ISS). Deze kamers stellen een waaier aan ruimte-initiatieven voor, waaronder missies voor weer en klimaat van EUMETSAT. De reis besluit zich tot slot met de Dream Room, een ruimte ontworpen om jong en oud volledig te laten wegdromen aan de hand van geleide meditaties in verschillende talen.

De makers van Planet Happiness willen een portaal naar het universum creëren voor zoveel mogelijk mensen door educatie en entertainment met elkaar te verbinden. De ervaring is erop gericht om bezoekers nieuwsgierig te maken naar de wondere wereld van de astronomie, astrofysica en ruimteverkenning, en tegelijkertijd toegankelijk te blijven voor alle doelgroepen.

Door in de ruimtes niet alleen wetenschappelijk gerelateerde onderwerpen te presenteren, maar ze ook als een bron van artistieke inspiratie en filosofische reflectie te zien, wil Planet Happiness de nieuwsgierigheid en de verbeelding prikkelen. Bovendien biedt deze tentoonstelling dankzij de bijdragen van gerenommeerde specialisten en astronauten een authentiek en zeer realistisch perspectief op het leven van mensen die werken in de ruimte.

Planet Happiness is niet zomaar een tentoonstelling, maar een perfect voorbeeld van hoe wetenschap, kunst en technologie samen voor een onvergetelijke ervaring kunnen zorgen. Het is een unieke kans voor jong en oud om het heelal te zien en versteld te staan van diens schoonheid en onmetelijkheid, dankzij tal van interactieve installaties en de bijdragen van experts. Dus neem je innerlijke astronaut mee en klim aan boord. Planet Happiness stijgt op vanaf 26 maart.

 

PRAKTISCHE INFO
Planet Happiness
Vanaf 26 maart
Plein Publiek (Paleis van de Dynastie)
Info en reservaties: www.planethappiness.be

Tarieven
adult €17 (online) €18 (kassa)
16 - 25 years €14 (online) €15 (kassa)
7 - 15 years €12 (online) €13 (kassa)
0 - 6 years €0 (online) €0 (kassa)
65+ years €13 (online) €14 (kassa)
Group (min. 6 persons) €15 (online) €16 (kassa)
Extra voordelige tarieven voor groepen vanaf 10 personen (scholen, bedrijven, verenigingen)

EXTRA KERSTCONCERTEN ANDRÉ RIEU IN MECC MAASTRICHT OP 21 EN  22 DECEMBER 2024

Wegens enorm succes:

Tickets nu verkrijgbaar via andrerieu.com !

 

Nu de tickets voor zijn eerste drie kerstconcerten in het MECC Maastricht al zo goed als uitverkocht zijn, kondigt André Rieu met veel plezier twee extra data aan in deze magische locatie. Naast tijdens de eerder aangekondigde concerten op 13, 14 en 15 december 2024, kan je nu ook op 21 december om 20u en op 22 december 2024 om 15u komen genieten van de Koning van de Wals, de prachtige solisten en natuurlijk het onnavolgbare Johann Strauss Orkest. Tickets zijn vanaf nu verkrijgbaar via andrerieu.com.

Laat je betoveren door sfeervolle kerstmuziek, romantische walsen en talloze verrassingen, met de Walskoning, zijn Johann Strauss Orkest, het koor, honderden dansers, schaatsers en internationale solisten. 

Op de super gezellige kerstmarkt in het MECC kun je heerlijk eten en drinken, vóór het concert, tijdens de pauze en na afloop.

Beleef Kerst met André Rieu live in het magische, middeleeuwse Maastricht. Een romantische en vrolijke kerstbelevenis voor het hele gezin!

Data:
13,14,15 december 2024
21, 22 december 2024 (NIEUW!)

Verzeker je nu al van de beste plaatsen voor André Rieu's spectaculaire kerstconcerten via www.andrerieu.com !

André Rieu – Muziek voor je hart, herinneringen voor je hele leven!

Bekijk HIER de aftermovie van de kerstconcerten 2023!

THE FROST DUO – ‘SATURATE’

The Frost Duo is back and taking on 2024 with their newly instrumentally driven single "Saturate." The song which was produced and co-written with Adam Hawley  and showcases Christian's slick and smooth guitar skills with a slight sprinkle of background vocal. "Saturate" is a bright and uplifting song bound to beat the winter blues and get us all looking forward to the warmer months ahead. 

 

The Frost Duo is comprised of vocalist LeahBeth Evans and multi-instrumentalist Christian Gratz. The group resides in the suburbs of Scranton, Pennsylvania and perform all throughout central and northeast PA, NY,NJ and TN.

NICK STEFANACCI FT. CARNELL HARRELL – ‘THE MASQUERADE’

Pop Fusion Saxophonist, Nick Stefanacci, has toured the world for over two decades. As a sideman, Nick, has shared the stage with legends such as Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Derek Trucks, and Hip-Hop Icons, Ja Rule and DMC (RunDMC) to highlight a few. As a leader, Nick has toured Europe and North America, bringing a new vision and swagger to the music industry. Driven by passion, Sweet Lion Music Group brilliantly takes music to the next level. Whether Nick is the producer, artist or philanthropist, it is clear that his vision is the same.

 

Nick's passion is at the very heart of Sweet Lion Music Group. Producer, Pop Fusion Saxophonist, Festival Developer and Philanthropist, Nick's endless pursuit to balance life and music is the roar behind Sweet Lion Music Group. As a producer, bringing an artist's vision to sound and achieving the highest level of musicianship is what Nick strives to accomplish every time he steps behind the glass.

 

Stefanacci simply tears down musical stereotypes as a saxophonist bringing a new focus to what music can be.

 

Stefanacci illuminates 2024 with his first single, “The Masquerade” featuring Carnell Harrell, in this electrifying dance.

 

"The Masquerade"

 

Written and Produced by Nick Stefanacci

Mixed and Mastered by Nick Stefanacci

 

Nick Stefanacci - Sax and Vocals

Rich Aveo - Vocals - Christmas Eve

Carnell Harrell - Keys/Synths

Mel Brown - Bass

Eric Valentine - Drums

AMERIKAANSE SINGER-SONGWRITER MELANIE OVERLEDEN

De Amerikaanse singer-songwriter Melanie Safka is eergisteren op 76-jarige leeftijd overleden. Dat hebben haar drie kinderen bekendgemaakt. Melanie scoorde in de periode 1969-1973 grote hits, waaronder ‘Beautiful People’, ‘Brand New Key’, ‘Stop! I Don’t Wanna Hear It Anymore’, ‘Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)’, ‘Ruby Tuesday’, ‘Peace Will Come (According To Plan)’ en ‘Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma’. Melanie Safka wordt in 1947 geboren in New York en geeft als kleuter een optreden in een radio-uitzending. In 1969 geeft ze op 22-jarige leeftijd solo een optreden op het Amerikaanse Woodstock Festival. Een van de liedjes die ze zingt is ‘Beautiful People’, dat alleen in Nederland een hit wordt. Het nummer staat steevast in de NPO Radio 2 Top 2000. Eind jaren negentig wordt de hit gecoverd door Mathilde Santing, die er eveneens succes mee heeft. Tijdens haar optreden op Woodstock heeft het publiek kaarsen aangestoken en dat inspireert Melanie tot het schrijven van een andere grote hit: ‘Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)’, een coproductie met The Edwin Hawkins Singers. Korte tijd later volgt het succesvolle ‘Brand New Key’, over een meisje op rolschaatsen dat de aandacht probeert te trekken van een jongen. Melanie was 45 jaar samen met producer en manager Peter Schekeryk. Hij overleed in 2010. Een aantal jaren later verscheen een musical over hun leven samen. Het was lange tijd de gewoonte van Melanie om jaarlijks een album uit te brengen. De laatste jaren werd de zangeres door haar zoon, Beau 'Virtuoso' Jarred Schekeryk, begeleid op gitaar. Melanie Safka ruste in vrede!

 

Met dank aan Leo Weijers.

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."

WINNAAR VAN VTM-SHOW STARSTRUCK GAAT MET QUEEN TRIBUTEBAND OP TOURNEE DOOR VLAANDEREN

Sinds afgelopen vrijdag kent Vlaanderen de winnaar van het VTM-programma Starstruck. In deze talentenshow transformeren mensen in de meest legendarische artiesten om te schitteren en hun wereldhits te brengen. Sonny Vande Putte wist uiteindelijk de beste prestatie neer te zetten met zijn imitatie van Freddie Mercury (Queen). De winnaar van het programma kondigde vandaag een concerttournee aan met zijn Queen tribute band Mother Mercury. De tournee start in februari, de eerste voorstellingen zijn nu al uitverkocht.

 

Sinds vrijdag mag Gentenaar Sonny Vande Putte zich trots winnaar noemen van Starstruck. De VTM-talentenshow ging op zoek naar de beste imitatie van verschillende muzikale wereldsterren. Sonny’s imitatie van Freddie Mercury kwam als beste uit de bus. Dat zijn imitatie zo treffend is, hoeft ook geen wonder te heten. Hij is al jaren zanger en frontman van de Queen tribute band Mother Mercury. Sonny gaat vanaf februari met zijn band op tournee door de culturele centra in Vlaanderen, maar speelt ook in de grootste theaters van het land. Vandaag stelde hij die tournee voor in de Gentse Capitole, niet toevallig in de thuisstad van winnaar Sonny Vande Putte. De eerste voorstelling staat gepland op 17 februari in Kapellen, maar die is ondertussen hopeloos uitverkocht. Ook de volgende show op de tourlijst, op 1 maart in Izegem, is reeds tot de nok gevuld. De eerstvolgende show waar nog tickets voor te vinden zijn is in Capitole Gent op 21 maart 2024. Tickets, speeldata en info voor de tournee via www.show-time.be

 

Dé laureaat van 72 kandidaten

Starstruck liep zeven weken op VTM. In zes voorrondes en één finaleaflevering gingen juryleden Guga, Nathalie Meskens, Nora Gharib en Bart Kaëll op zoek naar de beste imitatie van verschillende wereldsterren. Van de 72 kandidaten werden er uiteindelijk twaalf doorgestuurd naar de grote finale waar ook het publiek mocht mee stemmen en zijn rol spelen in de einduitslag. Eenmaal alle stemmen en punten geteld waren kreeg Sonny Vande Putte dus het verlossende nieuws te horen: hij was de winnaar van Starstruck. De jury gooide met complimenten en lofbetuigingen. “Die moves, die stem,... het is om de vingers van af te likken. Ge moet van heel goeden huize komen om te durven wat Sonny doet. Hier word ik blij van! De max! Mega goe!” aldus Guga. Maar ook Nathalie Meskens gaf een open doekje: “Ik vind het straf. Die movekes, dat theatrale, alles wat Freddie tot Freddie maakt, gebruikt Sonny en voert hij zo ontzettend goed uit”.

 

Tribute tendens zet zich door

De hype rond de tribute acts krijgt ook voet aan de grond in Vlaanderen. In Nederland en Frankrijk is het al jaren een fenomeen en nu lijkt ook Vlaanderen er klaar voor. In de Franse concertzalengroep Zénith, die grote concertarena’s in beheer heeft, bulkt de programmatie van tributes van Queen, Pink Floyd en andere. Er is één grote constante: nostalgie. Fans van dat soort muziek kunnen hun idolen en helden niet langer aan het werk zien. Dan biedt een muzikaal perfecte show met een bijhorende superact een waardig alternatief, zeker met het comfort van een zachte gestoffeerde zetel in de Vlaamse theaters. Daar is Mother Mercury, de band van Starstruck winnaar Sonny, een perfect voorbeeld van. Tickets en info voor Mother Mercury via www.show-time.be

DUITSE PRODUCER FRANK FARIAN OVERLEDEN

Frank Farian, de producent en stem van bands als Milli Vanilli en Boney M., is vandaag op 82-jarige leeftijd in zijn woonplaats Miami overleden. Dat heeft zijn management laten weten aan Duitse media. Farian, die eigenlijk Franz Reuher heette, groeide op in de buurt van Amerikaanse militaire bases waardoor hij een publiek vond voor zijn souloptredens. Farian begon in 1961 zijn carrière met de groep Frank Farian und Die Schatten en bracht zijn eerste plaat, ‘Shouting Ghost’, uit in 1963. Hij coverde wat soul- en rocknummers, maar moest zich – om in zijn levensonderhoud te kunnen voorzien – lanceren als Schlagerzanger. Hij verscheen enkele jaren met wisselend succes in het Duitse televisieprogramma ‘ZDF-Hitparade’ van Dieter Thomas Heck. Daarnaast produceerde Farian in zijn begincarrière ook nummers voor anderen, waaronder een bescheiden succes voor de rockgroep The Falcons. In 1974 ging Farian zijn eigen geluid ontwikkelen. Dat begon met een project, dat hij ‘Exodus’ noemde. Qua geluid was ‘Exodus’ de voorloper van Boney M. Boney M. begon als een studioproject en was meteen succesvol met de internationale hit ‘Do You Wanna Bump’. De mannelijke stem was van Farian zelf. Om aan de groeiende vraag voor optredens te voldoen, rekruteerde Farian de zangeressen Liz Mitchell, Maizie Williams en Marcia Barrett en de danser annex slangenmens Bobby Farrell. De optredens waren een succes en de hits van Boney M. gingen de hele wereld over: ‘Daddy Cool’, ‘Sunny’, ‘Ma Baker’, Belfast’, ‘Rivers Of Babylon/Brown Girl In The Ring’, ‘Rasputin/Painter Man’, ‘Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord’, ‘Hooray! Hooray! It’s A Holi- Holiday’, ‘El Lute/Gotta Go Home’… De ene hit was nog groter dan de ander. In 1976 scoorde Farian zelf ook een nummer 1 hit in Duitsland met de single ‘Rocky’, in Nederland een nummer 1 hit voor Don Mercedes. Voor Boney M. trok Farian gerenommeerde studiomuzikanten aan, zoals Keith Forsey die ook voor Donna Summer werkte. Nogmaals, de mannenstem op de platen van Boney M. was van Farian. Bobby Farrell playbackte de hits. Van de zangeressen kon alleen Liz Mitchell echt zingen, maar ook dat was geen probleem. Dezelfde tactiek veroorzaakte in de jaren negentig wel een groot mediaschandaal toen bekend werd dat de leden van de groep Milli Vanilli niet zelf zongen op hun hits ‘Girl You Know It’s True’, ‘Baby Don’t Forget My Number’, ‘Blame It On The Rain’, ‘Girl I’m Gonna Miss You’, ‘All Or Nothing’ en ‘Keep On Running’. Toen het playbacken tijdens een optreden niet goed ging, gaf Farian toe dat Robert Pilatus en Fabrice Morvan niet zelf zongen. Door de ophef rond dit incident moest het duo zijn Grammy Award uit 1990 teruggeven. Later produceerde Farian nog voor groepen als La Bouche en No Mercy. Met beide bands had hij hits in de jaren negentig. In 2006 werd er een musical gemaakt over Boney M. en andere groepen met wie de producer had gewerkt. Frank Farian ruste in vrede!

 

Met dank aan Leo Weijers.

JUDITH HILL - 'FLAME' – NEW SINGLE BY GRAMMY-WINNING US SINGER & MUSICIAN FUSES FUNK, ROCK, BLUES & SOUL

JUDITH HILL
FLAME

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Grammy-winning vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Judith Hill has today announced that her new album, ‘Letters From A Black Widow’, will be released on 19th April via Regime Music Group. The 12 song record presents a riveting story - from private pain to communal transcendence - and is her most soul-bearing work to date. A single from it entitled ’Flame’ is available from today.

‘Flame’ showcases a powerful vocal and an incendiary musical arrangement, while lyrically the song stares down darkness and pain with a telling revelation about Hill's inner reserves: ‘Give me chaos and give me pain/but you can never kill my flame.’

“I am more resilient than I thought I was,” explains Hill. “After every blow that knocks me to the ground, I discover an inner power that emerges stronger and more defiant than before. Like iron and steel, my core has become impenetrable. On my darkest days, I plug into the amp and hear the throbbing pulse of the guitar like a surge of energy reviving my spirit. I am convinced that I will never be defeated.

‘Letters From A Black Widow’ is the follow-up to ‘Baby, I’m Hollywood!’ (2021), which earned widespread critical acclaim for its mix of funk, rock, blues and soul that was described by Record Collector as ‘breathtakingly kaleidoscopic', while Echoes proclaimed it ‘Album of the Year’ in a 5 star review. However, where that album offered a rowdy coming-of-age tale of a mixed-race child of bohemian California, ‘Letters From A Black Widow’ is a formidable battle cry; a soul/funk/gospel passion play spectacularly written, arranged and performed by Hill.

Although Hill plays many of the instruments herself, the new record is not a strictly solo endeavour. Built on an unshakeable musical foundation she has enjoyed for most of her life, Hill's band includes both her parents, 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.

Hill and co will be touring extensively to promote ‘Letters From A Black Widow’, with a US tour prior to its release followed by a European tour commencing on 7th May that will include a TBC show in London. Confirmed dates in mainland Europe are:

07.05.24  STAVANGER (NO) Jazzfestival
08.05.24  TRONDHEIM (NO) Jazzfestival
09.05.24  HAMAR (NO) Jazzfestival
10.05.24  SANDVIKA (NO) Baerum Kulturhus
11.05.24  STOCKHOLM (SE) Fasching
12.05.24  STOCKHOLM (SE) Fasching
17.05.24  COPENHAGEN (DK) DR Concert Hall
19.05.24  SCHÖPPINGEN (DE) Bluesfestival
21.05.24  ZÜRICH (CH) Kaufleuten
23.05.24  RUBIGEN (CH) Mühle Hunziken
24.05.24  TÜBINGEN (DE) Sudhaus
29.05.24  SINT-NIKLAAS (BE) De Casino Concertzaal
30.05.24  PARIS (FR) New Morning
01.06.24  WEIZ (AT) Jazzfestival
04.06.24  ALMERIA (ES) Clasijazz
06.06.24  ANTALYA (TR) Akra Jazzfestival

 

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

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BLUES ROCK GUITARIST ORIANTHI TEAMS WITH WOODWARD AVENUE RECORDS FOR THE ‘FIRST TIME’

“First Time Blues,” featuring guitarist Joe Bonamassa, drops February 23.

 

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (23 January 2024): Blues rock guitar virtuoso Orianthi wanted to create something special to celebrate her 25th anniversary as a professional musician. The Australian-born, Los Angeles-based Orianthi entered The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger’s Love Street Sound studio where she wrote, produced and recorded her debut single for Woodward Avenue Records. “First Time Blues” will be released on February 23. 

 

Orianthi has been performing “First Time Blues” in concert with her band for the past year and was able to cut it live in the studio in just a few takes. She burns up “First Time Blues” with her impassioned vocals and blazing guitar licks. Joining her on track are Justin Andres (bass, vocals), Carey Frank (keyboards), Nick Maybury (electric and acoustic guitar) and Elias Mallin (drums).

 

“‘First Time Blues’ is about that feeling of when you first feel brokenhearted. It doesn’t change throughout life if you really have the strength to love and be all-in every time. I'm guilty of that…throwing myself into the fire just to get burned, heal, then get burned again…or not. You never know. Love is a gamble!” said Orianthi.

 

To add a second guitar solo to “First Time Blues,” Orianthi invited a friend to record with her: three-time Grammy nominated blues rock guitar prodigy Joe Bonamassa. They had played together many times, but “First Time Blues” is their first recording together.

 

“My good friend and legend Joe Bonamassa put down his fire leads on the second solo section. Joe is such a great musician. We have jammed many times in the past and I’m grateful he came in and added his magic to ‘First Time Blues,’” said Orianthi who also wrote, produced and recorded her second single for Woodward Avenue Records, “Bad For Each Other” (release date TBA), at Love Street Sound.

 

Orianthi (Orianthi Panagaris) looks as much like a rock star as she does a supermodel. But it’s her extraordinary guitar chops that turn the most heads. She began playing professionally when she was thirteen years old before going on to perform and/or tour with Carlos Santana, Steve Vai, Alice Cooper, Richie Sambora and Dave Stewart. She was hired by Michael Jackson for his “This Is It Tour” before his untimely death and was a member of the supergroup Hollywood Vampires (Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and Tommy Henriksen). Orianthi’s debut album, “Violet Journey,” was released in 2005 and she has issued five solo albums to date. She was featured accompanying Carrie Underwood during a Grammy Awards telecast, performed on American Idol, and appears in Jackson’s documentary concert film, “This Is It.” Elle magazine named Orianthi one of the “12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists” and she won the 2010 “Breakthrough Guitarist of the Year” award from Guitar International magazine.   

 

The Florida-based Woodward Avenue Records is a boutique independent label committed to producing and distributing unique, collaborative musical projects that masterfully fuse genres. From jazz, R&B, soul, blues and gospel to rock, pop, country, Americana and Latin music, Woodward Avenue Records supports standout artists releasing exceptional recordings.   

 

Woodward Avenue Records founder and president Mark Nordman said, “As a label, we've always been about supporting great artists in making the kind of music that's in their heart and soul, without commercial or arbitrary requirements to simply ‘fit’ in some preconceived genre box. We believe that if the music is great and created with passion and excellence, it will find its own lane with our help. There is no one who represents those ideals more than Orianthi, and we are absolutely thrilled to be working with her and her team. I promise you, there is some really awesome and memorable music on the way, and we can't wait for people all over the world to hear it!”

 

For more information about Orianthi, visit https://www.orianthi.me.

 

For additional information about Woodward Avenue Records, visit https://woodwardavenuerecords.com.

IGOR GERZINA RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘GEORGY PORGY’

Igor Gerzina and Anya Alu join forces for a sensational cover of Toto's "Georgy Porgy" 
 

Renowned musician Igor Gerzina has once again captured the essence of musical brilliance, teaming up with the talented singer Anya Alu for new single. The duo has crafted a remarkable cover of the iconic Toto hit "Georgy Porgy" infusing it with their own unique style, featuring exceptional saxophone melodies and captivating vocals. 

The inclusion of sensational saxophone elements elevates the single to greater heights, showcasing Igor Gerzina's instrumental virtuosity. The synergy between Gerzina's musical finesse and Anya's soft vocals results in a rendition that pays homage to the original Toto hit while offering a fresh and invigorating experience for contemporary listeners.

 

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Igor Gerzina is a Croatian award-winning saxophonist, composer and Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra producer. He won several Porin awards (Croatian most prestigious discography award), as well as several Status awards for the best instrumentalist of the year, awarded by the Croatian Musicians Union.
Igor performed his song 'Dream For The Future' on the Croatian presidential inauguration.
The last three albums garnered airplay in more than 15 countries on 4 continents.
He took part in more than a hundred and thirty discography editions, composed for film, pop artists and opening songs for TV and radio. He has graduated in saxophone from Zagreb Academy of Music and has studied at Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA).

WORLD JAZZ GUITARIST REZA KHAN EMBARKS ON A “MYSTICAL” JOURNEY THROUGH COLLABORATION

The March 8th album release will be led by the first single, “Language of Love,” featuring legendary keyboardist Bob James.

 

NEW YORK CITY (17 JANUARY 2024): The element of the unknown is inherent when artists come together to collaborate. World jazz guitarist Reza Khan is intrigued by that mystery, seeing magic in the creative process and finding the results to be mystical. Putting his eager  curiosity and desire to experiment into practice, he invited a handful of Grammy-recognized musicians and Billboard hitmakers to join him and producer, songwriter and horn player David Mann on a collaborative recording adventure. The resultant collection, “Mystical,” will arrive on March 8.    

 

Khan has a lengthy history of collaborating with Mann, who as a saxophonist, flutist and woodwinds player has worked with superstars - from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga to Sting, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Madonna, Billy Joel, The Eagles and Tower of Power along with seminal jazzers Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Michael Franks, Dave Koz and The Rippingtons. Mann was Khan’s first call to cowrite and produce the album when he conceived the project. On Khan’s six albums, he had never before turned the producer’s duties completely over to anyone, but he trusted Mann to helm “Mystical” after having had a really positive experience on his previous outing, 2021’s “Imaginary Road.”

 

“David Mann and I have a great musical chemistry and share a vision of creating music that is innovative and eclectic. David played saxophone, flute, keyboards, and percussion on some of the tracks, adding his signature touch of groove and melody to the songs,” said Khan, who will celebrate the album release with a concert date at New York City’s Blue Note Jazz Club on March 23.

 

With Mann aboard, Khan decided to do something else he never did before: begin composing music for the album with specific featured artists in mind – even before asking if they would be willing to guest on the album. Khan’s leap of faith paid off when every single one of them - two-time Grammy winner Bob James, Grammy winner Lorber, three-time Grammy winner Jimmy Haslip, Grammy nominees Keiko Matsui and Philippe Saisse, and Billboard chart-topper Nils Jiptner - eagerly accepted the invitation to collaborate with the guitarist on “Mystical” based on the lofty standards of musicianship, songwriting and production exhibited on Khan’s well-crafted contemporary jazz, fusion, world music and new age albums.

 

“‘Mystical’ is a collection of ten original songs that display musical versatility and creativity. The album is also the result of my collaboration with some of the most talented and renowned musicians in the jazz and world music scene. Each of these musicians has contributed their own style and flair to the songs, creating a musical synergy that is both captivating and inspiring,” said the Bangladesh-born, New York City-based Khan about the album made up of seven new songs and three reimagined tunes culled from his catalogue.

 

Lorber’s fusion-y keyboards and mini-Moog feature on the album opener, “Falcon.” Khan’s nylon and electric guitars soar majestically on the track that gets a power boost from Mann’s horn section.

 

“The song is inspired by the falcon, a symbol of freedom, courage, and vision, setting the tone of the record with a bird’s eye view of the album,” explained Khan.

 

The enchanting title track possesses atmospheric qualities with Mann’s mid-tune soprano saxophone flight adding humanlike emotion to the lush, ethereal arrangement. Wielding his acoustic and electric guitars, Khan pays tribute to the “mystical and spiritual aspects of music, and how it can connect us to a higher reality.”   

 

The first single, “Language of Love,” initially appeared on Khan’s 2011 “Simple Plan” album. His electric guitar and Mann’s tenor sax provide the parlance on the updated version, which is bolstered by James’s ardent piano poetry and bassist Brendan Rothwell’s plunging rhythm pockets.

 

“Bob James adds his signature touch of elegance and sophistication to the song about the universal language of love, and how it can overcome any barriers and differences. In this case, it depicts the foreplay between the piano, guitars and the sax,” said Khan.  

 

“Catalina’s Dream” is a romantic tryst brought into focus by Khan’s exotic nylon guitar riffs and rhythms. Saisse’s storming piano solo erupts fancifully amidst the cascading playground of horns deployed with precision by Mann.    

   

Vocalist Jennifer Grimm sang “Bahia’s Mama” on Khan’s 2009 debut album, “Painted Diaries.” Her voice track remains on the lively remake that pays homage to Khan’s love of Brazilian jazz. He uses his nimble nylon guitar play and the sensual qualities of Grimm’s voice to relish in the joy and romance of Brazilian music and culture.    

 

Mann wrote the initial ideas for “Rising,” a motivational tune about rising above challenges and difficulties while striving for dreams and goals. He asked Khan to write additional passages while incorporating an electric guitar solo that engages Mann’s tenor sax in empowering banter.

 

The positivity continues on “Look at the Bright Side,” which beams energetically via the duet between Jiptner’s electric guitar and Khan’s nylon guitar affirmations. Khan and Jiptner’s previous collaboration, “Drop of Faith,” became Khan’s first Billboard top ten single, which appeared on Khan’s 2019 album, “Next Train Home.”

 

Matsui’s appearance on the album is quite personal to Khan, who has another career, that of a program manager for the United Nations. While getting caught in a dangerous sandstorm on the drive from Kuwait City to the Iraqi border, he listened to the Japanese pianist’s music to soothe his nerves. Matsui lends her distinctive blend of contemporary jazz, world fusion, classical and Asian music to “Strum.”

 

Providing another bolt of optimism, “Positivity” is a rousing, life-affirming tune enriched by a trio of solo voices: Khan’s jubilant electric guitar, Mann’s sunny soprano sax and lyrical basslines etched by Mark Egan (Pat Metheny Group, Gil Evans Orchestra). 

 

Khan plays acoustic guitar to close the collection with a serene stroll amidst swatches of sweeping orchestral strings crafted by Mann on “Whispering Trees.” Khan said, “Whispering trees is a metaphor for the secrets and wisdom of nature, and how they can calm and heal us.”

 

Throughout “Mystical,” Khan’s agile guitarwork shines while collaborating with legends and icons, chart-topping soloists, and esteemed first-call session musicians. Collaborating on the compelling compositions that make up the setlist that are vividly realized through Mann’s production palette bodes to elevate Khan’s stature with his global brand of contemporary jazz meets world music.      

 

“‘Mystical’ is a musical journey taking the listener to various places and exploring a variety of moods and emotions. The album is a testament to my musical vision that plays out in an aural theater. It is an album that will take you on a musical adventure, making you feel and think along the way.”

 

Khan’s “Mystical” album contains the following songs:

 

“Falcon”

“Mystical”

“Catalina’s Dream”

“Language of Love”

“Bahia’s Mama”

“Strum”

“Rising”

“Look at the Bright Side”

“Positivity”

“Whispering Trees”

 

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

SOULZANGERES MARLENA SHAW OVERLEDEN

De jazz- en soulzangeres Marlena Shaw, wier ‘California Soul’ een vast onderdeel is geworden van advertenties en hiphopnummers, is overleden. Ze was 81.

Shaws dochter, Marla Bradshaw, maakte de dood van de legendarische zangeres bekend in een Facebook-video die afgelopen vrijdag werd geplaatst.

“Het is met een heel zwaar hart dat ik voor mijzelf en mijn familie aankondig dat onze geliefde moeder, uw geliefde icoon en kunstenaar, Marlena Shaw, vandaag om 12:03 uur is overleden. Ze was vredig; we hadden vrede”, zei Bradshaw in de video.

“Ik weet dat je net als gisteren berichten over [een] verjaardagsviering hebt gezien. En mijn tweelingzus en ik waren erg dankbaar, en onze familie, dat ze hier was om dat te vieren. Uiteraard ga ik niet te veel in details treden, maar [tegen] haar fans … ze heeft er vrede mee. Ze is in de hemel. Dat weet ik wel.”

Shaw’s ‘California Soul’ uit 1969 zal voor velen vandaag de dag direct herkenbaar zijn vanwege het gebruik ervan in televisiereclame (zoals voor Dockers, KFC en Dodge Ram trucks) en sampling in hiphopnummers. WhoSampled.com somt 35 nummers op die het samplen, waaronder 'Check the Technique' van Gang Starr, 'Sofisticated' van Stereo MC's en Diplo's remix van het nummer.

Hoewel ‘California Soul’ waarschijnlijk het bekendste nummer van Shaw is, is haar ‘Woman of the Ghetto’ nog vaker gesampled, met 54 nummers die er elementen van lenen, aldus WhoSampled.

Shaw's album met de hoogste hitlijsten in de VS was 'Sweet Beginnings' uit 1977, met op memorabele wijze haar chique cover van 'Go Away Little Girl' van Gerry Goffin en Carole King in het nummer 'Yu-Ma/Go Away Little Boy', waarmee ze enkele hits opleverde. Succes in de R&B-hitlijst. Het album piekte op nummer 62.

Ze werd geboren als Marlina Burgess (Shaw, evenals ‘Marlene Bradshaw’ waren artiestennamen) in New Rochelle, N.Y., op 22 september 1942. Haar oom, Jimmy Burgess, was een jazztrompettist die haar had voorgesteld aan “goede muziek” – van Miles Davis en Dizzy Gillespie.

Shaw nam uiteindelijk opnames op voor het Chess-label Cadet Records en jazzgigant Blue Note Records, evenals voor Verve, Concord Jazz en Columbia (ondanks dat ze vele jaren eerder een auditie voor de legendarische John Hammond uit Columbia had verprutst).

Verve Records zei in een Facebook-bericht: “We zijn bedroefd door het overlijden van Marlena Shaw, een geweldige zangeres wiens 'California Soul' vandaag de dag net zo populair is als ooit tevoren en wiens album 'It Is Love: Recorded Live At Vine St.' hielp bij de herlancering van het Verve-label in 1987.”

“Ze ging heel vredig heen en luisterde naar enkele van haar favoriete liedjes”, zei Bradshaw in haar videoboodschap. “Bedankt dat je deel uitmaakte van haar leven, vooral de afgelopen drie jaar, wat haar erg blij maakte, om de Facebook-pagina te hebben en met jullie allemaal te communiceren.

‘Tot het einde was ze Marlena.’

Shaw had vijf kinderen.

UNSTOPPABLE – BILLBOARD CHART-TOPPER ADAM HAWLEY SIGNS NEW R&B/JAZZ ARTISTS TO GROW HIS MBF ENTERTAINMENT LABEL

Jason Jackson, Brandon Marceal and Kat Hawley have new projects on the release schedule.

 

RIVERSIDE, CALIF. (19 January 2024): R&B/Jazz guitarist Adam Hawley’s rocket ride continues as the 14-time Billboard chart-topping artist, songwriter and producer inked three artists to bolster his boutique record label, MBF Entertainment. The title track to his sixth album, “Unstoppable,” launches the imprint’s 2024 release slate that includes forthcoming releases from saxophonist Jason Jackson, flautist Brandon Marceal and vocalist Kat Hawley.  

 

Hawley’s career path and chart successes in the eight years since he released his debut album, “Just the Beginning,” have been nothing short of extraordinary. Prior to releasing the 2016 collection on Maurice White’s Kalimba Records that earned him three Billboard No. 1 hits, Hawley was a first-call touring and session musician, playing guitar on stage and in the studio to accompany Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Cole, Brian McKnight, Backstreet Boys, Lalah Hathaway, Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, and Manhattan Transfer. Three more albums followed as did the No. 1 Billboard hits – for his solo releases as well as for music that he wrote and/or produced for other artists.

 

After White passed and Kalimba Records dismantled, Hawley began releasing his albums via his own label, MBF Entertainment. First, he reissued his first two albums, “Just the Beginning” and “Double Vision,” in 2019. His third album, “Escape,” was the first new album released by MBF Entertainment. It was 2020’s best-selling jazz album in 2020 according to Nielsen, driven by two more Billboard No. 1 hits.

 

Although Hawley initially created MBF Entertainment to release his own records, as he continued to experience success as a producer, he decided to bring everything together under one roof and sign other artists to the label.

 

“I was the last person to get onboard with doing a label,” admitted Hawley with a laugh. “But the more music that I wrote and produced for other artists, I saw the opportunity to combine all these elements of creating music and then releasing it in a way that would build the careers of these artists.”

 

Hawley produced several tracks for Jackson’s 2021 debut EP, “Movin’ On,” and the R&B/jazz saxman’s first full-length album, “All In,” the following year. Jackson’s first single for MBF Entertainment will arrive in April.

 

Hawley produced two singles for Marceal, a soulful contemporary jazz artist who adds urban and gospel nuances to his repertoire. The flutist’s debut single for MBF Entertainment will drop in June.

 

Kat Hawley, Adam’s wife, released her debut single for the label, “Keep On, Keepin’ On,” last June featuring saxophone star Steve Cole. Her sophomore single, “Never Too Busy,” was released earlier this month and offers a second glimpse into what’s to come when her debut album streets in July.      

 

“The thing the first few artists signed to MBF Entertainment have in common is that they put the music first. They’re all fantastic players and good people. They are devoted to learning their craft and each one of them has something to say artistically,” said the Los Angeles-based Hawley, who earned a doctorate in music arts from the University of Southern California.

 

Last month, Hawley toured the U.S. performing a Christmas-themed concert setlist in support of his newly released “What Christmas Means To Me” album. The “Unstoppable” single will be released next month followed by the album of the same name in March. Featured guests on the project include Jackson, Kat Hawley, saxophonist Judah Sealy, and vocalist L. Young.

 

MBF Entertainment releases are distributed by A-Train Entertainment. For more information, please visit https://www.mbfentertainment.com

JACK SAX DAVIES IS ON A ‘LATE NIGHT DRIVE’

Jack Sax Davies is a British Smooth Jazz/R&B saxophonist, composer, producer and recording artist. Having graduated from the prestigious Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, he relocated to continue working on the vibrant UK music scene in his home city of London, England. Showcasing original sounds and authentic instrumentation, Jack draws influence from his many mentors including Jeff Kashiwa, Arturo Tappin, Shannon LeClaire, Lance Van Lenten, George Garzone and Ed Tomassi.

 

Jack's new single "Late Night Drive" has been described as “a throwback to what Smooth Jazz used to be”. The type of funky yet seductive instrumental jam for a long road trip with an open highway ahead.

 

As well as being the composer and producer Jack showcases his tenor saxophone and keyboard skills on this track. Supported by a group of musician friends from across the globe, the track is a fusion of retro nostalgia and modern production which is bound to take you on a memorable journey.

DOC POWELL FT. KIRK WHALUM – ‘SOUTHERN WINDS’

Grammy-nominated guitarist/producer/songwriter and go-to guitarist for some of the biggest names in music, Doc Powell has already carved out a space in music history with chart-topping songs.

 

Powell's latest self-penned single "Southern Winds" features Kirk Whalum on flute and jazz pianist Myron McKinley (Earth Wind & Fire MD), and proves once again his ability to write and produce chart-topping songs.

ELDON T. JONES – ‘RIP CITY’

Side 2 Music is proud to present “Rip City”, the brand new radio single from saxophonist Eldon T Jones. This time out, Jones pulls out all the stops with a bona fide funk-filled hit! It grooves deep and oozes vibe as Eldon pays tribute to “Rip City”, his hometown of Portland, Oregon.

 

The nickname came about many years ago as legendary sports announcer Bill Schonely called a Trailblazer’s game versus the LA Lakers on February 18th, 1971. At a pivotal turnaround moment in the game for the Trailblazers, Schonely exclaimed “Rip City!” That name stuck and has become a part of sports history.

 

The energy and excitement that was present in the arena that day is reflected in this feel-good jam. Get on your feet and enjoy the latest from Eldon T Jones.

 

"RIP CITY" (4:06)

Written by Darren Rahn and Eldon T Jones (Odipantz Music/ASCAP, Eldon T Jones Music/BMI)

 

Produced and mixed by Darren Rahn

Eldon T Jones–Tenor Sax

Allen Hinds–Guitar

Mel Brown–Bass

Darren Rahn-Keys, Synthesizers, Programming

SOUL MUSIC LEGEND JOHN ELLISON’S "SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL" ALBUM SET FOR A GOLDEN DROP ON JANUARY 26

The collection featuring eleven new songs and a remake of his classic hit will be released as a limited-edition gold vinyl disc.

 

TAMPA, FL (16 JANUARY 2024): Singer-songwriter John Ellison wrote one of the most recorded and most played songs in music history, “Some Kind of Wonderful.” On his 82nd birthday last August, Ellison previewed his new album by releasing a newly recorded version of the 1967 smash hit that he originally recorded with his band, Soul Brothers Six. The “Some Kind of Wonderful” album, featuring eleven new songs written by Ellison and produced by Roger Heijster, finally releases on January 26 from PopMi Music.

 

Ellison’s signature song that has earned him multiple lifetime achievement awards from BMI, his native West Virginia, and his second homeland, Canada, “Some Kind of Wonderful” has been recorded by more than seventy artists – from Rod Stewart and Joss Stone to Grand Funk Railroad, Buddy Guy and Huey Lewis & The News.

 

Just prior to New Year’s Eve, Ellison released a second single to preview the coming set. “If I Had Just One Wish” offers feel-good vibes for 2024 via a reggae groove and a luminous horn section. Ellison’s optimistic and hopeful wish calls for more love, peace and harmony in the new year despite rising tensions, wars and unrest. 

 

“If I had just one wish, this is what it would be.

I wish that the whole world could live in peace and harmony.

There be no more wars, there be no more hate.

I’ll make this world a better place, I’ll make this world great.

If I had just one wish!”

 

Ellison recorded the “Some Kind of Wonderful” album at PopMi Music’s studio in the Netherlands. The dozen tunes are a blend of soul, blues, R&B, funk, gospel and reggae music. Armed with an electric guitar, Ellison’s well-worn and expressive vocals tell tales of love, hope, celebration, romance and reflection. Heijster cowrote a couple of songs on the album and provided the majority of the instrumentation (drums, percussion, bass, guitars, keyboards and programming). Bassists Lucien Matheeuwsen and Peter Bergman and drummer Wiktoria Bialic enhance the rhythm tracks, and singers Angela Walls and D’MAR contribute to the vocals. Trumpeter Serge Plume, trombonist Jel Jongen, and baritone and tenor saxophonist Allard Buwalda form the Jay Horns, adding fire power, texture, depth and emotion to the album.

 

Next month during Black History Month, the historic hitmaker Ellison will release the third single from the album. Two days after Valentine’s Day, “Let Me Be the One” delivers a romantic bouquet.

 

The “Some Kind of Wonderful” album is available now for digital preorders and will be released as a CD, in black vinyl and as a limited-edition gold vinyl record for collectors. For more information, please visit https://www.johnellisonmusic.com.

   

The “Some Kind of Wonderful” album contains the following songs:

 

“Some Kind of Wonderful”

“Let’s Get This Party Started”

“If I Had Just One Wish”

“It’s Your Lips”

“Easy to Remember”

“Love Line”

“Let Me Be the One”

“Quitters Never Win”

“Where Do I Go from Here?”

“West Virginia State of Mind”

“He Watches Over Me”

“I Simply Love You”

'PUR SANG BRENGT ODE AAN ROB DE NIJS’ IN CAPITOLE GENT (20/09) EN KONINGIN ELISABETHZAAL ANTWERPEN (14/12)

Originele band van Rob de Nijs brengt zijn hits en vergeten pareltjes

 

20 september 2024 - Capitole Gent 
14 december 2024 - Koningin Elisabethzaal Antwerpen 

Ticketverkoop start woensdag 17 januari 2024 om 9.00 uur via robdenijs.nl  

 

Op 21 juni 2022 nam Rob de Nijs in de Amsterdamse Ziggo Dome definitief afscheid van het publiek. Een ontroerend en emotioneel afscheid van één van de beste en meest geliefde zangers van de Lage Landen. Zijn strijd tegen de ziekte van Parkinson maakte een abrupt einde aan een indrukwekkende 60-jarige muzikale carriere. Iets wat bij de Nederlandse en Vlaamse fans een enorme indruk heeft gemaakt. Dagelijks laten mensen via brieven en sociale media weten dat ze Rob en zijn liedjes missen. Om dat gemis te verzachten, zal de Pur Sang Band die Rob de Nijs meer dan 40 jaar begeleidde, dit jaar met een aantal gastartiesten enkele avondvullende concerten geven waarin het repertoire van Rob centraal staat. Dit allemaal met de zegen en onder toeziend oog van Rob zelf. In Vlaanderen zal je op 20 september in Capitole Gent en op 14 december in de Antwerpse Koningin Elisabethzaal opnieuw kunnen komen genieten van vergeten pareltjes en klassiekers, zoals ‘Malle Babbe’, ‘Ritme van de Regen’, ‘Het werd zomer’ en ‘Banger Hart’. Kortom, een avond vol verrassingen, melancholie en jeugdsentiment. De ticketverkoop voor deze bijzondere concerten start op woensdag 17 januari 2024 om 9.00 uur via www.robdenijs.nl

 

“Het idee voor deze concerten komt deels van Rob en zijn trouwe fans”, aldus Frank Jansen, jarenlang Rob de Nijs zijn vaste pianist en manager. “Bijna dagelijks komen er nog berichten binnen, met de post of via sociale media, van mensen die Rob en zijn muziek missen en die ook met bijzonder veel heimwee en nostalgie terugdenken aan de vele optredens die hij gaf. Inspelend op dat grote gemis, hebben we met Rob overlegd en kregen we meteen de goedkeuring om de ‘Pur Sang brengt ode aan Rob de Nijs’-concerten te gaan organiseren. Deze concerten zijn voor ons ook een mooie gelegenheid om met het publiek herinneringen op te halen aan vroeger, maar ook om unieke en minder bekende stukken te spelen uit Rob zijn indrukwekkende repertoire.

 

Samen met zijn collega-muzikanten van de Pur Sang Band kijkt Frank Jansen uit naar deze ode aan Rob de Nijs:

“De zoektocht naar gastartiesten is al een tijdje opgestart. Ik ga nog geen namen noemen, maar dat zullen mensen zijn die affiniteit hebben met Rob zijn repertoire. In de achtergrond hebben we de steun van Rob, die meekijkt naar de invulling. Met deze concerten vullen we niet alleen een leegte, maar brengen we ook een warm eerbetoon aan een groot artiest die met zijn muziek nog steeds erg geliefd is in Vlaanderen. Omdat het prachtige repertoire van Rob de Nijs niet verloren mag gaan, krijgt zijn uitverkochte afscheidsconcert van november 2021 in het Antwerpse Sportpaleis dit jaar dus een vervolg met twee unieke concerten in Gent en Antwerpen.”

 

Tickets voor de ‘Pur Sang brengt ode aan Rob de Nijs’-concerten op vrijdag 20 september 2024 in Capitole Gent en op zaterdag 14 december 2024 in de Koningin Elisabethzaal Antwerpen, kan je vanaf woensdag 17 januari 2024 bestellen op robdenijs.nl

Deze concerten zijn een organisatie van House of Entertainment i.s.m. Trix Theater & Muziek.

FUNDRAISING SINGLE FOR KATHY BROWN - WH0, MARK KNIGHT, JAMES HURR FEAT. KATHY BROWN – TURN ME DEEPER

Late last year, the internationally celebrated house music vocalist and chart-topping diva Kathy Brown was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, which has now spread to her brain. The news came as a total shock to her family, friends and fans as it resulted in an emergency operation. Kathy is currently undergoing a course of radiotherapy and immunotherapy, and the road ahead is going to be a challenge unlike any she has faced before.

Kathy and her family are now facing the harsh reality of what this means - not only the physical and medical challenges, but also the many financial ones. Like most artists who have devoted their careers to dance music, without being able to perform, there’s little to no chance of Kathy being able to earn an income. Kathy has poured her heart and soul onto stages and dancefloors all over the world for more than thirty years, and is now asking for help.

Kathy’s daughter Chanta Joyner has set up a GoFundMe to help support the family at this extremely difficult time. To aid the fundraising effort, Toolroom have announced a charity single from Wh0, Mark Knight & James Hurr featuring Kathy’s iconic vocals titled, ‘Turn Me Deeper’. The single oozes fun and good times, which is what Kathy’s music has always been about.

All the original writers have allocated all publishing earnings, with the artists and Toolroom also pledging all of their royalties to help get Kathy the best treatment possible.

Originally hailing from South Carolina, Kathy Brown originally found fame as the chart-topping lead singer of the group Praxis before having US dance hits on her own. In 1999 she climbed to #4 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with "Joy" and in 2004 was the credited lead vocalist on the British act Soul Central's "Strings Of Life (Stronger On My Own)", a track that samples Rhythm Is Rhythm's 1989 House classic. Over the years she featured on dozens of house and club singles and has become one of the best-loved voices of house ever to have graced the scene.

To donate to the Kathy’s GoFundMe, head to https://www.gofundme.com/f/kathy-browns-battle-with-cancer

Track Listing
1 Turn Me Deeper
2 Turn Me Deeper (Extended Mix)

Wh0, Mark Knight & James Hurr feat. Kathy Brown ‘Turn Me Deeper’ will be released 19th January 2024 on Toolroom, with all proceeds going to Kathy’s GoFundMe campaign.  

 

ICONIC HOUSE MUSIC VOCALIST KATHY BROWN DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE 4 CANCER – GOFUNDME APPEAL AND FUNDRAISING SINGLE

Wh0, Mark Knight, James Hurr feat. Kathy Brown
‘Turn Me Deeper’
Toolroom / TOOL1235
https://www.gofundme.com/f/kathy-browns-battle-with-cancer
https://www.instagram.com/kathybrowndiva
https://toolroomrecords.com

JOE TAYLOR – ‘WESTSIDE CHILL’

Guitarist Joe Taylor's new album Westside Chill, co-produced with multiple Grammy winner Steve Rosenthal, is a funky collection of original tunes with the big, memorable melodies and deep grooves guitarist Joe Taylor has been known for since his days as a chart-topping RCA Victor recording artist.

 

With radio focus on the title cut, "Westside Chill", Taylor brings the same heat and elegance that drove his RCA and Moonwatcher releases into the Billboard and Gavin top-five. Featuring an all-star group of friends (Steve Holley, Jeff Franzel, Woody Lingle, Brian Stanley, John Ragusa), and dynamic young-blood vocalist Jordan Trotter, this record represents Joe’s “best work since his collaboration with B. Sure! and the late-great Keith Diamond."

D.S. WILSON HAS SOME ‘POCKET CHANGE’

Saxman 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”. The album features a contemporary sound with catchy melodies, along with solid grooves and influences from Wilson’s background in Rock, Pop, and Blues. Buoyed by the Top 20 success of his previous album “Skyline” (produced by Adam Hawley), Metamorphosis represents Wilson’s growth journey from being a part-time musician in the corporate world to leaving the corporate world for full-time music career. The single “Pocket Change” was released on Jan. 5th, 2024 and is the first advance single from the new album.

 

"Pocket Change"

 

Produced by Steve Oliver & Jeff Carruthers

Mastered by Euge Groove

 

D.S. Wilson: Saxophone, Piano, Keys

Jeff Carruthers: Guitars, Keys, Programming

Steve Oliver: Guitars, Programming

Eric Valentine: Drums

Chris Miskel: Drums

Maurice Fitzgerald: Bass

Cornelius Mims: Bass

BIG MIKE HART FT. BONEY JAMES SITS IN A ‘CIGAR LOUNGE’

Michael “BIG MIKE” Hart Jr. is a talented musician, producer and songwriter with a modern sound and classic feel. The Sacramento native developed his love for music at a young age, gravitating to the guitar identifying it as the “Holy Ghost”. Mike has taken a piece from all of his influences and fused them together, creating his own individual style. He has been afforded the opportunity to tour, produce and write for some of the world's favorite artists and TV shows.

 

"Cigar Lounge"

 

Written by Michael B. Hart Jr. & Greg Curtis Jr.

Produced by Bigs & Bangs

Mixed & Mastered by Michael B. Hart Jr

 

Big Mike Hart: Horn Arrangements, Guitars, Rhodes, Programming

Marus Paul: Horn Arrangements, Trumpet

Brandon Harris: Drums

Derek "DOA" Allen: Bass Guitar

Boney James: Saxophone

Greg Curtis Jr.: Organ, Wurley

ANDRÉ RIEU KEERT OP 12 JANUARI 2025 TERUG NAAR SPORTPALEIS ANTWERPEN

Ticketverkoop start vrijdag 19 januari 2024 om 10 uur op www.andrerieu.com

 

Een uitverkocht Antwerps Sportpaleis genoot op zondag 7 januari met volle teugen van  André Rieu zijn ondertussen traditionele en geliefde Nieuwjaarsconcert. Voor de vele fans is er goed nieuws, want op zondag 12 januari 2025 keert André Rieu maar wat graag terug naar Antwerpen voor zijn vertrouwde Sportpaleis-concert bij de start van het nieuwe jaar. De ‘Koning van de wals’ en zijn 60-koppige Johann Strauss Orkest presenteren zoals steeds een avond vol magische muziek, dans, ongeëvenaard spektakel én André’s fijnbesnaarde humor. De kaartverkoop voor dit Nieuwjaarsconcert 2025 in Sportpaleis Antwerpen start op vrijdag 19 januari 2024 om 10 uur op www.andrerieu.com

 

André Rieu, bij miljoenen over de hele wereld bekend als de ‘Koning van de Wals’, is een muzikaal fenomeen als geen ander. Een echte grootmeester van de romantiek, met maar liefst 40 miljoen verkochte cd's en dvd's, 30 nummer 1-posities in hitlijsten over de hele wereld, meer dan 500 platina awards en 3 Classic Brit Awards. Samen met zijn 60-koppige Johann Strauss Orkest (het grootste privé-orkest ter wereld) heeft André een wereldwijde heropleving van de walsmuziek gecreëerd, met spectaculaire acts die ongeëvenaard zijn.

 

De Nieuwjaarsconcerten van de sterviolist creëren een zeer memorabele sfeer en begroeten het nieuwe jaar met traditionele walsen van Johann Strauss en andere componisten, maar ook met populaire melodieën en evergreens. Naast de fenomenale kerstconcerten en de buitengewone openluchtconcerten op het Vrijthof (Maastricht) in de zomer, behoren de Nieuwjaarsconcerten tot de meest geliefde concerten. Dit jaar waren deze drie concerten volledig uitverkocht met zo'n 40.000 geboeide toeschouwers van over de hele wereld.

 

André Rieu en zijn orkest zijn momenteel op tournee in Duitsland en zullen daarna optreden in Frankrijk, Bahrein, Zwitserland, het Verenigd Koninkrijk en Ierland, Polen en Oost-Europa. Bijzondere hoogtepunten in 2024 zijn de eerste concerten in Griekenland en Abu Dhabi en natuurlijk het jaarlijkse openluchtconcert op het historische Vrijthof  in juli.

 

Met veel plezier kondigt André Rieu nu al de nieuwe data aan voor zijn traditionele Nieuwjaarsconcerten in Amsterdam en Antwerpen in januari 2025. De concerten, waarmee zijn wereldtournee 2025 begint, vinden plaats in de Ziggo Dome Amsterdam op 11 januari en in Sportpaleis Antwerpen op 12 januari 2025. 

Deze concerten zijn de perfecte start voor het nieuwe jaar. Fans kunnen wederom een avond vol walsen, opera- en operettemelodieën, musical, romantiek, plezier en heel veel verrassingen verwachten.

 

Verzeker je vanaf 19 januari 2024 van de beste plaatsen en aantrekkelijke reisarrangementen voor André Rieu's traditionele Nieuwjaarsconcerten 2025 via www.andrerieu.com

BELLE PEREZ VIERT ‘25 JAAR HITS’ OP 8 NOVEMBER 2024 IN DE LOTTO ARENA

Ticketverkoop start vrijdag 12 januari 2024 om 10u.

 

Voor dé ultieme fiesta moet je op vrijdag 8 november 2024 in de Antwerpse Lotto Arena zijn. Daar viert Belle Perez haar succesvolle carrière tijdens het vurige jubileumconcert ’25 Jaar Hits’. Dit jaar is het inderdaad precies een kwarteeuw geleden dat de wereld letterlijk met haar kennismaakte dankzij Hello World, de hitgevoelige debuutsingle van de ravissante Spaans-Belgische artieste. Met 5 overwinningen op rij, waaronder met de classics Que Viva La Vida, Enamorada en Ave Maria, is ze nog steeds de absolute recordhoudster van Zomerhit. In de Lage Landen is Belle Perez al jaren een gevestigde waarde met ook nog hits als Honeybee, Me and You, Dime en El Mundo Bailando op haar indrukwekkende palmares. Al haar ervaring, klasse, positieve latin-vibes, energie en 25 jaar aan heerlijke hits, komen nu op vrijdag 8 november 2024 samen op het podium van de Lotto Arena. Verwacht je aan zwoele latin-klassiekers, nieuwe songs, muzikale pareltjes en uiteraard haar fantastische liveband. 

Tickets voor ‘Belle Perez – 25 Jaar Hits’ op vrijdag 8 november 2024 in de Lotto Arena, zijn vanaf vrijdag 12 januari om 10u verkrijgbaar via ticketkopen.eu 

 

Met het nodige tromgeroffel, maar vooral met veel enthousiasme is Belle Perez begonnen aan het nieuwe jaar. Dat wordt bijzonder, want ze viert in 2024 een kwarteeuw carrière. Begin februari start in Nederland haar gloednieuwe theatertournee ‘Diferente’, waarmee ze ook bij ons zal touren, maar de absolute apotheose van dit feestjaar volgt in Vlaanderen met ‘Belle Perez - 25 Jaar Hits’, hét jubileumconcert waarmee ze op vrijdag 8 november 2024 in de Antwerpse Lotto Arena staat. 

 

“Ik ga er nog niet te veel over verklappen, maar het wordt een productief jaar”, zegt ze glimlachend. “In het nieuwe jaar pakken we in de Lage Landen gelijktijdig uit met nieuwe muziek. Met het resultaat van enkele schrijfsessies trokken we de afgelopen maanden naar de studio, waar we nieuwe nummers hebben opgenomen. De komende weken verschijnt de eerste single en dat wordt meteen al iets heel bijzonders”, zegt Belle mysterieus.

 

Nu eens lichtvoetig en opgewekt, dan weer intiem en ontwapenend, of net heel uitbundig en explosief. Belle weet hoe ze die uitersten moet verzoenen. Het typeert haar veelzijdigheid. De Spaanse latino-vibes zijn haar unieke handelsmerk. Haar krachtig, betoverend stemgeluid, verpakt in een ravissante, oprechte, hartverwarmende persoonlijkheid, haar troeven waarmee ze charmeert. Belle is puur, onversneden en vooral nog steeds één van onze absolute topartiesten. Haar jubileumconcert ‘Belle Perez - 25 Jaar Hits’ wordt op vrijdag 8 november 2024 een nieuw hoogtepunt in haar carrière. Het is de afsluiter van een jubileumjaar waarin Belle ook vooruitkijkt naar de toekomst.

 

“Wie mij kent, weet dat ik het fijn vind om af en toe eens buiten de traditionele muzikale lijntjes te kleuren. Wel, die avond gaan we dat zeker doen, met veel hits, veel sfeer en vooral heel veel positieve vibes en energie. Het wordt een avond met mijn bekende nummers, maar ook andere pareltjes. Surprises horen er ook bij, want voor mij is dit concert het ideale moment om mijn talrijke, trouwe fans en het publiek dat mij de afgelopen jaren heeft gesteund nog eens oprecht te bedanken. Daarnaast geef ik een voorsmaakje van wat ze van mij in de toekomst mogen verwachten, met ook nieuwe nummers die we in aanloop naar dit concert uitbrengen. Naar ’25 Jaar Hits’ in de Lotto Arena kijk ik zelf enorm uit, want dit wordt het hoogtepunt en de absolute apotheose van mijn jubileumjaar”, klinkt het enthousiast.

 

Het concert ‘Belle Perez – 25 Jaar Hits’ op vrijdag 8 november 2024 in de Antwerpse Lotto Arena is een organisatie van House of Entertainment en Gracia Live. De ticketverkoop start aanstaande vrijdag 12 januari 2024 om 10u via ticketkopen.eu.

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' MET WEERGALOZE LUCAS VAN DEN EYNDE KEERT IN KROKUSVAKANTIE TERUG NAAR STADSSCHOUWBURG ANTWERPEN

Nadat ze er in november 2023 al eens try-outgewijs mochten warmdraaien, keren cast & crew van de hartverwarmende familiemusical 'A Christmas Carol' van 17 tot en met 25 februari 2024 terug naar Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen. Lucas Van den Eynde, die een werkelijk fenomenale Ebenezer Scrooge neerzet, en zijn ijzersterke, maar ook zeer geestige collega's, mogen dat doen na een uiterst succesvolle eerste run in Capitole Gent en Trixxo Theater Hasselt. Met nu al 40.000 bezoekers, extra shows en lovende reacties van pers en publiek in de tas, zijn ze meer dan klaar om tijdens de krokusvakantie het publiek in Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen opnieuw helemaal in te pakken.

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'A Christmas Carol' in februari? "De vraag voor mij is vooral: waarom niet?", zo zegt schrijver-regisseur Stany Crets:

"'A Christmas Carol' is zoveel meer dan een kerstmusical. Het 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 toevallig 'Christmas' in de titel heeft staan, maar die het ganse jaar gebracht kan worden en relevant is. Dus ja, wij spelen die ook in februari (lacht)."

Geniet van de laatste voorstellingen van ‘A Christmas Carol’, van 17 tot en met 25 februari 2024 in Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen. Tickets & info: www.deepbridge.be.

ELBERT PHILIPS & ANDRE ESPEUT - ‘TEARS’

The original release of 'Tears', released 34 years ago by Satoshi Tomiie, Robert Owens and the Godfather of House Music, Frankie Knuckles has left a lasting impression on all of us. Long-time friend and regular cohort of Frankie Knunckles, Elbert Phillips, has joined forces with London soul brother, Andre Espeut, on a beautiful, fresh 'loving tribute' of this cherished classic. This fabulous revision respectfully brings the 'Tears' into 2023, Andre embodies the spirit of the song with a stunning vocal delivery, as Elbert provides an emotive soundtrack with the help of top quality musicians William Kurk (keys), Tom Laroye (percussion and Prophet 5 Synthesizer), Shamrock Guitor (guitar), and Evans Tate on Soprano Saxophone.

"After hearing him make magic, I knew that my band and I had to go in and create something special to back Andre’s embodied vocals!" - Elbert Phillips

Personally selected by Frankie Knuckles to be the House Godfather's warm-up DJ, Chicagoan native Elbert Phillips is mined from the seam of the Chicago House music scene. Elbert is a producer and remixer who has worked with Josh Milan, Ursula Rucker, Andre Espeut, Shamrock Guitor, and Carla Prather, to name a few. His productions and remixes have landed on labels such as Chillifunk, Soul N Pepa, King Street Sounds, Peppermint Jam, Street King and more. Elbert produces the Monthly Statement show for UK station Soul-Power Radio, and a weekly broadcast for Passion Ibiza Radio.

Track Listing
1 Tears (Loving Tribute Mix)
2 Tears (Acid Dub)
3 Tears (Loving Tribute Instrumental)
4 Tears (Radio Edit)

Elbert Phillips & Andre Espeut 'Tears' will be released on Traxsource promo on January 5th / Full Release January 18th 2024 on Chillifunk Records.

 

Elbert Phillips & Andre Espeut
‘Tears’
Chillifunk Records / 097
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https://chillifunkrecords.bandcamp.com
https://www.mixcloud.com/elbertsp1/stream/

INNERVISION RECORDS CELEBATES ANOTHER SUCCESFUL BILLBOARD CHART YEAR

The No. 3 Smooth Jazz Label of the Year for the fifth consecutive time will showcase its roster at the After NAMM JAMM at Spaghettini on January 28.

 

LOS ANGELES (3 January 2024): Innervision Records’s depth and consistency won the boutique label the honor of being Billboard’s No. 3 Smooth Jazz Label of the Year for the fifth consecutive year, which was made possible by having four different artists land five Billboard top ten singles in 2023.

After scoring Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Song of the Year in 2022 with “SHINE!,” flutist Kim Scott continued her winning ways in 2023 by issuing two Billboard top ten singles: “Magic City Streets” and “Off The Top.” Innervision Records opened the year at No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart courtesy of saxophonist Will Donato’s “Good On You.” A pair of the Southern California-based label’s guitarists went top ten last year with Blake Aaron crushing it with “Crush” and JJ Sansaverino cruising up the chart with “Ride With Me.”

 

“We are so proud of Innervision Records earning the No. 3 Smooth Jazz Label of the Year at Billboard for five consecutive years. Innervision is truly the most artist-friendly record label around with a business model that has stood the test of time. Our artists are like family and our team is dedicated to ensuring the success of each and every one of our artists,” said Innervision Records’ A&R and radio promotions executive Adam Leibovitz.

Aaron, one of the first artists inked to Innervision Records when the label launched 26 years ago, will kick off the 2024 release slate on Friday (January 5) with “She’s the One.” The tune produced by Billboard hitmaker Adam Hawley and written by Aaron, Hawley and Carnell Harrell is the latest single culled from Aaron’s “Love and Rhythm” album, which drops on April 19. It’s a romantic groove buoyed by lush melodies and bodes to become the third Billboard No. 1 single from Aaron’s forthcoming collection.  

“As soon as I heard this beautiful track from Adam Hawley and Carnell Harrell, it immediately inspired me to write a captivating and infectious guitar melody, which I sang into my iPhone and later became the single, ‘She’s the One.’ It’s the second single to come from an old-school recording session that I did with Adam (Hawley) when we locked ourselves in the studio and vowed not to emerge until we finished two new songs,” said Aaron. 

 

For the eleventh year, Innervision Records will proudly highlight their roster at their After NAMM JAMM held at Spaghettini south of Los Angeles on January 28, the closing night of the NAMM Convention. Among the label’s artists scheduled to take the stage to perform are Aaron, Sansaverino, Donato, Erin Stevenson, Tom Braxton, Dean James, Keith Andrew, Rick Habana, Charles A. Kelly, Aysha and Dean Grech.

 

2024 promises to be another dominant year for Innervision Records with new albums coming from Aaron, Scott (“Livin’ It Up”), Stevenson (“UnderCover Girl”) and Cal Harris Jr. (“Bridges”). 

 

Innervision Records’ general manager Steve Belkin said, “At Innervision Records, we are very grateful for the continued growth and success this 'artist family label’ has experienced over the last two-and-a-half decades and look forward to reaching new heights in 2024 with a record number of exciting, new releases and lots of great music from our outstanding and talented roster."

 

For more information, please visit www.innervisionrecords.com

TOMMY DAVIDSON – ‘LAUSANNE’

Tommy Davidson’s exceptional range – from stand-up comedy and acting to versatile music accomplishments – have earned him a reputation as an extraordinary performer. Best known as one of the stars of the hit television show In Living Color, his visibility has allowed him to become a household name known for his innovative talent. Davidson started his career as a standup comedian in Washington DC, earning an ardent following. Spotted by major concert promoters, he was first booked as the opening act for Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Luther Vandross. It wasn’t long before he came to Hollywood and was headlining the biggest rooms and met Robert Townsend. This led to his first national TV appearance and starring role in Partners in Crime, the conduit to Keenan Ivory Wayans, who proved instrumental in Davidson’s career.

 

Tommy’s film debut started opposite Halle Berry in Strictly Business. A range of feature film roles from Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, where he received acclaim and praise for his turn as “Womack/Sleep ‘N Eats,” to Juwanna Mann (Morgan Creek) and the pivotal cameo in Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura II: When Nature Calls, followed. Recently, he starred in the landmark, award-winning documentary, I Am Comic, opposite Tim Allen, Lewis Black and in the feature doc, Dying Laughing, alongside Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman.

 

In addition to his acting accolades, Tommy Davidson is a talented vocalist. You're sure to enjoy his new single, "Lausanne".

ROMAN STREET – ‘IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GROOVE’

Brothers Noah and Josh Thompson put their guitars together to form Roman Street. Since the college years, this brotherly jam session has developed into a Billboard/iTunes charting band who many have dubbed 'the next generation' of Jazz Fusion. Roman Street, named for an old roman street in the Alps where they studied guitar, is an internationally trained instrumental band specializing in improvisational fusion of Classical, Gypsy and Contemporary Jazz, Latin, and Nuevo Flamenco. A departure from the over-produced music that is out there today, they keep it simple—the beautifully organic sound of acoustic instruments played by talented people who love what they are doing. Whether performing as a guitar duo, or with a backing band, Roman Street astounds with music that appeals to fans of many genres.

 

The title for their new single "It's All About The Groove" is something that the group's bass player Jo Jo Morris has always said when talking about what makes people feel music. That saying has always resonated with Roman Street so they decided to use it as the name for their new single. Roman Street will be playing it live in February when they open up for the legendary Gipsy Kings!

KAT HAWLEY IS ‘NEVER TOO BUSY’

Kat Hawley is a Contemporary Jazz and Smooth R&B vocalist from Los Angeles, California. She is married to 12-time Billboard #1 guitarist and producer in the Contemporary Jazz genre, Adam Hawley. Together, they have collaborated on several musical projects, including all four of Adam's critically acclaimed albums. 

 

In 2023, Kat released her debut single, “Keep On, Keepin’ On” feat. Steve Cole. Not only did it get airplay on eleven Billboard and Mediabase stations, it also landed in the top 40 on the Smooth Jazz Network chart at #38.

 

Following up with her second single, "Never Too Busy," Kat showcases her diversity with her vocal sound and delivery. She never fails to uniquely and soulfully express vocals with an intrinsic ability to infuse emotion into her performances.

 

"Never Too Busy"

 

Written by Kat Hawley and Adam Hawley

Produced and mixed by Adam Hawley

Mastered by Steve Hall

 

Kat Hawley: Lead & Background Vocals

Michael Stever: Trumpet

Adam Hawley: Guitars, Rhodes, Keys, Bass & Programming

Carnell Harrell: Additional Synths

Ramon Yslas: Percussion

Eric Valentine: Drums

DARREN RAHN HAS A ‘TABLE FOR TWO’

Side 2 Music is proud to present “Table For Two”, the brand new radio single from veteran saxophonist and hitmaker Darren Rahn. This time out, Rahn presents a deeply meaningful and romantic cut with an infectious foundation and soaring tenor sax melody. It’s time to relax and enjoy with that special someone as you soak up the blissful musical vibes together.

INNOVATIEVE JAZZMUZIKANT LES McCANN OVERLEDEN

Les McCann, een productieve en invloedrijke muzikant en artiest die hielp bij het vinden van het souljazz-genre, en een favoriete bron werd voor sampling door Dr. Dre, A Tribe Called Quest en honderden andere hiphopartiesten, is overleden. Hij was 88.

 

McCann stierf afgelopen vrijdag in Los Angeles, een week nadat hij in het ziekenhuis was opgenomen met een longontsteking, aldus zijn oude manager en producer, Alan Abrahams.

 

McCann, geboren in Lexington, Kentucky, was een zanger en autodidactische pianist wiens carrière teruggaat tot de jaren vijftig, toen hij een zangwedstrijd won toen hij bij de Amerikaanse marine diende en verscheen in ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, het topprogramma. van zijn tijd. Met bewonderaars als Quincy Jones en Miles Davis ging hij wereldwijd op tournee en bracht tientallen albums uit, te beginnen in 1960 met ‘Les McCann Ltd. Plays the Truth’.

 

Hij werd vooral bekend door 'Compared to What', een funky protestlied waarop hij voor het eerst samenwerkte met zijn toekomstige muzikale partner, saxofonist Eddie Harris. 'Compared to What', geschreven door Eugene McDaniels en live opgenomen op het Monteaux Jazz Festival in 1968, mengde jazzy riffs en McCann's gospelachtige zang. Het lied veroordeelde oorlog, hebzucht en onrecht met coupletten als “Nobody gives us rhyme or reason/Have one doubt, they call it treason.”

 

Onder degenen die 'Compared to What' coverden, bevond zich Roberta Flack, een McCann-protegé wiens carrière hij hielp lanceren door een auditie te organiseren bij Atlantic Records. McCann was een pionier in het samenvoegen van jazz met soul en funk. Hij zou opnemen met Flack en toeren met populaire muzikanten als Wilson Pickett, Santana en de Staples Singers.

 

Andere albums van hem waren 'Talk to the People' (1972), 'Layers' (1973) en 'Another Beginning' (1974). Vorige maand bracht Resonance Records “Never A Dull Moment! - Live from Coast to Coast (1966-1967)” uit.