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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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Born Again: “The Color Purple” On Broadway Is Nostalgically New

Posted April 19, 2016 by jmurray

“The Color Purple” is back on Broadway and this revival is a refashioned, minimalized interpretation of its predecessor. Starring British import Cynthia Erivo (Celie), Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (Shug Avery), “Orange is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks (Sofia), Isaiah Johnson (Mister), Kyle Scatliffe (Harpo) and Joaquina Kalukango (Nettie); the John Doyle-directed reimagined musical comes to Broadway after making […]

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Regina Belle: Talks Going Gray, George Duke, Jidenna & 1st R&B Album In 15 Years

Posted January 27, 2016 by jmurray

Celebrated songstress Regina Belle is back with a new album, “The Day Life Began” (Shanachie Entertainment). After a 15-year hiatus from recording R&B music, the Grammy-winning vocalist felt inspired to make an album that expanded on her core sound with a hybrid of other genres. “This project is special because it combines four genres of […]

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Sounding Off: Maysa Says The Music Business “Is Not Dying”

Posted January 12, 2016 by jmurray

Soulful jazz chanteuse Maysa Leak said she’s tired of the talk that the music business is dead. “It’s not dying. We have to reconfigure it. We have to rework it,” the vocalist explained to AlwaysAList.com. Maysa believes that because of the troubles consumers face daily and the tragedies happening all over the world; folks need […]

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Splitsville: “Law & Order” Star Getting A Divorce

Posted February 3, 2015 by jmurray

“Law & Order SVU” star Tamara Tunie is getting a divorce. The Tony Award winner is planning to end her marriage of 23 years according to TMZ. While Tunie has not filed the divorce documents yet, she’s made it clear that her union to musician Gregory Generet is over and they plan to go their […]

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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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Bright Balance: Avery Sunshine Mirrors Aretha Franklin Model For Marrying Soul & Gospel

Posted August 25, 2014 by jmurray

Aretha Franklin did it! So did Al Green! Candi Staton did and Ann Nesby, Dave Hollister and Kelly Price continue to as well! Now, Avery Sunshine is the latest song stylist to bridge the gap between the sacred and secular worlds by recording music that has cultivated her a fan base in both mainstream music […]

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