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Sonically Superior: Maestro Damien Sneed Marvels In Marrying Music Genres

Posted June 2, 2016 by jmurray

He’s church-reared and classically-trained; young maestro Damien Sneed gets to marry the best of both worlds on “The Abyssinian Mass,” a musical opus recorded with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra that features Sneed alongside his mentor Wynton Marsalis and his acclaimed choir, Chorale Le Chateau. Combining elements of gospel music, classical and jazz, this […]

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Jeremiah Abiah

His Harmony: Singer ABIAH Talks “American Idol,” Jussie Smollett, Mariah Carey & New CD “Bottles”

Posted March 29, 2016 by jmurray

One named-crooner ABIAH doesn’t just sing for his supper, he also teaches other vocalists how to master the craft of singing for there’s. The Rochester, New York-bred singer boats a five-and-a-half octave range, which gives his enchanting tenor tone the ability to hit notes that Mariah Carey could only dream about at this point in […]

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Maysa Leak

Maysa Leak: Talks Giving Fans Their Money’s Worth

Posted December 10, 2014 by jmurray

Grammy nominee Maysa Leak is a soulful jazz chanteuse doing music on her own terms. This former lead singer for the UK acid jazz band Incognito and background vocalist for Stevie Wonder has released 12 solo albums.  Her latest offering, “A Very Maysa Christmas,” is her first holiday record. “It was important to me, especially […]

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Lil John Roberts: Remembering George Duke, Co-Parenting With Jill Scott & Making Music On His Own Terms

Posted September 5, 2014 by jmurray

He’s one of the industry’s most sought-after drummers, having worked with the likes of Janet Jackson, Elton John, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg to name a few.  Now, after 20-years of supporting the who’s who of music’s finest, Lil John Roberts is ready step out on his own. This Philadelphia-bred preacher’s kid has released […]

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Jose James

Up All Night: Details On José James’ New CD

Posted April 14, 2014 by jmurray

Singer José James has announced a June 10 release date for his new album, “While You Were Sleeping.” This will be the young jazz artist’s fifth studio album and his second album for Blue Note Records. “While You Were Sleeping” is the follow-up to his widely acclaimed jazz/soul CD, “No Beginning No End.” James, a […]

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Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis: Hitting The Road With Gospel Celebration

Posted September 25, 2013 by jmurray

Jazz great Wynton Marsalis is hitting the road with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Damien Sneed, and the 70-piece Chorale Le Chateau for the “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour.” The historic hand–clappin’, tambourine-slappin’ celebration scheduled to take place in performing arts centers and churches in the U.S. The tour will include songs from Marsalis’ composition […]

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Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller: Jazz Bassist Injured In Swiss Bus Crash

Posted November 26, 2012 by jmurray

Grammy Award-winning bassist Marcus Miller and several members of his band were injured after their tour bus overturned Sunday on a busy highway in Switzerland. Authorities there confirm that the driver of the bus was killed in the accident. The German-registered private bus tipped over as it drove into a bend on the A2 highway […]

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