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Sade’s ‘Soldier Of Love’ CD To Premiere On Radio This Weekend

February 5th, 2010 Brian

Sade - Soldier of LoveThe Smooth Jazz Network will air the Sade Soldier of Love world premiere on Saturday (February 6). The nationally broadcast world premiere is being produced and distributed by the Smooth Jazz Network and will be hosted by Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown creator and host Allen Kepler. There will be behind-the-scenes commentary from Sade throughout the one-hour special, where she will share insight as to her process in creating an album, the theme of the release and personal feelings about her musical journey and dealing with fame.

More than 40 radio stations worldwide have already signed on to carry the world premiere throughout the weekend. Radio listeners and fans will have the rare opportunity to hear the CD in its entirety, along with Sade’s commentary, prior to the release date of this Tuesday (February 9). Soldier of Love is the first CD to be released by Sade since Lovers Rock in 2000.

The first single released from Soldier Of Love, the title track, has been historic in that it is the first song to ever debut at No. 1 in monitored airplay and also the first vocal track to hit No. 1 on any monitored smooth jazz radio chart. “Soldier Of Love” debuted at No. 1 the first weekend in January on the Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown, which is heard in 40 markets around the world and based on audience reach figures from Mediabase.

In addition to the No. 1 song, Sade’s 10-song CD features titles such as “The Moon and the Sky,” “Morning Bird,” “Long Hard Road,” “Bring Me Home” and “In Another Time.”

Sade will be making a number of TV appearances to promote Solider of Love. She will be on the Today show on Tuesday, in addition to 106 & Park on BET and The Late Show With David Letterman. She will perform Wednesday (February 10) on The View, February 15 on Ellen, February 16 on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and February 20 on The Wanda Sykes Show.

Soldier of Love track list

The Moon and the Sky - 4:27
Soldier of Love - 5:57
Morning Bird - 3:54
Babyfather - 4:39
Long Hard Road - 3:00
Be That Easy - 3:39
Bring Me Home - 4:06
In Another Time - 5:04
Skin - 4:14
The Safest Place - 2:43

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Queen Latifah Hosting Haiti Benefit; Performers Include Robin Thicke

February 5th, 2010 Brian

Queen LatifahQueen Latifah, Sean ”Diddy” Combs and Pharrell tonight (February 5) are hosting a two-hour concert and telethon to benefit victims of the devastating January 12 earthquake in Haiti.

Performing at SOS Saving OurSelves – Help for Haiti will be Robin Thicke, Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Drake, Justin Bieber, Keri Hilson and Monica. The event will be held at American Airlines Arena in Miami and air live on BET, MTV, VH1 and Centric at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT.

Proceeds will aid organizations including Yele Haiti, CARE, Project Medishare and Children’s Safe Drinking Water.

To donate, you can go to soshelpforhaiti.org.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ To Get High-Profile Super Bowl Exposure

February 5th, 2010 Brian

Bill WithersSoul legend Bill Withers will get worldwide exposure this Sunday (February 7) during the Super Bowl game between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts.

Everyone knows, of course, that this is when the high-profile, popular ads – reportedly costing up to $3 million for 30 seconds this year – are aired with the hope of making a buzz.

More than 100 million people in the U.S. alone are expected to tune in on Sunday, and they will hear Withers’ well-known song “Ain’t No Sunshine” in an ad for the Dante’s Inferno video game.

“Ain’t No Sunshine” was featured on Withers’ 1971 album Just As I Am. The Grammy Award-winning song went to No. 3 on the pop charts that year.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Philippe Saisse Celebrating Birthday, Happy To Have Been Nominated For A Grammy

February 4th, 2010 Brian

Philippe SaisseToday (February 4), keyboardist, composer and producer Philippe Saisse is celebrating his 53rd birthday. The French native, born in Marseilles and raised in Paris, studied piano, music theory and composition at the Paris National Conservatory and at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Saisse currently lives in Southern California with his wife Laura and 9-year old son Dorian after many years in New York

In 1988, Saisse delivered his first solo album with the release of Valerian. His 2006 The Body & Soul Sessions delivered a No. 1 smooth jazz smash with “Do It Again,” his cover of the Steely Dan classic.

Saisse’s latest solo CD, At World’s Edge, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. “I’m still elated and grateful to have received a Grammy nomination for At World’s Edge,” he says. “Even if I did not win.” The CD reunited Saisse with long-time friends Simon Phillips and Pino Palladino, who have since joined forces to launch a new rock/jazz fusion trio ensemble, PSP (Phillips/Saisse/Palladino). PSP’s debut CD, PSP LIVE (recorded in Tokyo in February) was recently released in Europe by C.A.R.E Music Group of Munich, Germany.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Dave Koz Performing At High-Profile Benefit For Haiti

February 4th, 2010 Brian

Dave KozSmooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz today (February 4) is joining Wyclef Jean, Brenda Russell, James Ingram, Deepak Chopra, Lou Gossett, Jr., Kanye West, Forest Whitaker, Deniece Williams, Siedah Garrett and others in a benefit for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

The Haiti Benefit Concert will raise critical funds for sustainable food programs for the victims and survivors of the earthquake.

The event is sponsored by Mazon, A Jewish Response to Hunger. Founded in 1985, it’s a national nonprofit organization that allocates donations from the Jewish community to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Tonight’s benefit will be held at the American Jewish University, formerly The University of Judaism, in Bel Air, Calif.

For tickets, donations, VIP sponsorships, volunteering and information, go to haitifoodproject.org, or call 310-442-0020.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Alicia Keys Performing At NBA All-Star Game On Sunday

February 3rd, 2010 Brian

Alicia KeysVocalist Alicia Keys is scheduled to perform a quick Valentine’s Day show for the whole nation to see. She will be perform new and old hits during the NBA All-Star game’s halftime this Sunday (Feb. 14). Her current Smooth Jazz Top 20 single is titled “Doesn’t Mean Anything” and is from her new The Element of Freedom CD.

The game will air live at 8 p.m. EST/PT on TNT. Also performing will be Usher and Shakira. The game will take place at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will go on before the largest crowd ever to attend a basketball game, according to a statement from the NBA.

The leading vote-getters for the game, as selected by fans, are Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 58th All-Star game will be broadcast live on TNT.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Tony Bennett Produces Official Poster For New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Fest

February 3rd, 2010 Brian

Tony Bennett poster of Louis PrimaGrammy-winning vocalist Tony Bennett will not be performing at his year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but his presence will be felt. Bennett, 83, painted a portrait of his late friend and jazz artist Louis Prima that is being produced as this year’s official jazz festival poster.

The festival’s official poster dates to 1975, when the first one was produced as a fifth anniversary fundraiser for the nonprofit New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Recent posters have included those featuring Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Jerry Lee Lewis, Harry Connick Jr., Pete Fountain and Wynton Marsalis.

From the jazz festival’s website, where you can pre-order a poster through an external website: “Bennett paints under his family name of Benedetto. He lives out his visual passions through this alter ego: As Tony Bennett tours the world, Anthony Benedetto paints and sketches a rarified daily scene, from intimate musical gatherings to international cityscapes. The United Nations twice commissioned his artwork, including their 50th anniversary Peace and Brotherhood (purchased by Oprah Winfrey). Three Bennett originals are part of the Permanent Collection of the Smithsonian, including his portrait of Duke Ellington, which was recently accepted into the National Portrait Gallery. Bennett’s work is also on permanent display at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio and is part of the collection at the National Arts Club in New York.”

Bennett’s poster will be sold during festival which runs April 23-25 and April 29-May 2. It will feature a large numbers of perfomers, including Anita Baker and Sax for Stax with Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum and Jeff Lorber.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Multi-Talented Marion Meadows Designs Steve Oliver’s New CD

February 3rd, 2010 Brian

Steve Oliver CD cover designed by Marion MeadowsWe know that smooth jazz star Marion Meadows is a very talented saxophonist player. You may also know that he’s a competitive bicycle racer. Now, get ready to see another side of this creative guy – he designed and created the cover for smooth jazz guitarist Steve Oliver’s upcoming CD, Global Kiss, which is due March 30.

Meadows is a more-than-proficient artist as he’s taken graphic design and website-building course online at Tempe, Ariz.-based Rio Salado College and in classes at The Art Institute of Phoenix. He recently re-designed his marionmeadows.com website and is looking for more websites to oversee.

“I’ve been doing Photoshop for years, and all the guys in the band wanted business cards,” Meadows says. “I decided I wanted to get really, really good at graphic design and do it on the side.”

(Smooth Jazz Notes)

Melody Gardot Is 25 Today; EXTRA Track Coming To Smooth Jazz Top 20

February 2nd, 2010 Brian

Melody GardotHappy birthday wishes go out today (February 2) to vocalist Melody Gardot, who is turning 25. Born in New Jersey, Gardot began music lessons at age 9 and was playing piano in Philadelphia bars by age 16. In 2003, while attending college, she was riding her bike one day and was struck by a Jeep whose driver had ignored a red traffic light. The near-fatal accident fractured her pelvis, damaged her spine, and inflicted a traumatic brain injury that affected her memory and speech, and left her hypersensitive to light and sound.

Gardot’s amazing story of rehabilitation and determination has made her an inspiration to many, and she’s now also one of the today’s top young vocalists with fans all over the world. While recuperating, Gardot taught herself to play guitar and soon was writing songs as a form of therapy. She released her debut full-length CD, Worrisome Heart, in 2006.

Gardot’s second CD, 2009’s My One and Only Thrill, featured the former Smooth Jazz Top 20 single “Who Will Comfort Me?” Another song from that CD, “Baby I’m a Fool,” will be featured as an EXTRA track on the February 13th edition of Smooth Jazz Top 20 hosted by Allen Kepler.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Groundhog Day Is Never The Same For Trumpeter Greg Adams

February 2nd, 2010 Brian

Greg AdamsToday (February 2nd) is Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means a prediction of six more weeks of winter. Since 1887, that has happened the vast majority of times, while only frequently does Phil not see his shadow, which is a sign of an early spring.

It was seventeen years ago that Bill Murray starred in a movie called Groundhog Day, in which he is forced to relive every day as if it’s February 2. Trumpeter Greg Adams, born on this day in 1952, can certainly say that his life has not been the same each day. Greg – who is celebrating his 58th birthday, is an original member of Tower of Power and released his solo album, Hidden Agenda, in 1995. In 2002, he followed that with Midnight Morning, which featured the hit smooth jazz single of the same name. In 2006, Greg released Cool to the Touch, and just last year he offered East Bay Soul.

“Yeah, every day’s different,” says Adams, who has also had smooth jazz hits with songs like “Firefly,” “Burma Road” and “Smooth Operator.” “It’s kind of funny. I always get kind of ribbed on that. But you know, it’s a easy way for someone not to forget my birthday, because it is Groundhog Day.”

(Smooth Jazz News)

Mick Hucknall Confirmed For Faces Reunion

February 1st, 2010 Brian

Mick Hucknall of Simply RedThe U.K.-based news service ITN has confirmed what was just a rumor late last year. In an interview with Ron Wood, the co-founder of the British rock group the Faces confirms that the band will reunite this year. Although original member Rod Stewart is not with the group, Wood said that Mick Hucknall, founder and leader of Simply Red, will be one of several vocalists joining the reformed band.

“We’re reforming the Faces this year with different upfront men,” Wood said. “We’ve got Mick Hucknall and lots of interesting people that love the Faces.” Wood said that rehearsals begin in March.

Faces, featuring original members Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones, reunited last October 25 in London for a benefit show and featured three guest vocalists, including Hucknall. The band is best-known for songs such as “Stay With Me,” “Ooh La La,” “Debris” and “Cindy Incidentally.”

Hucknall does have other duties planned for 2010. He and Simply Red will be performing worldwide in what Hucknall says are the final performances of the band. He plans to concentrate on his solo career.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Earl Klugh Goes To Bat For Prostate Cancer Research, Screening

February 1st, 2010 Brian

Earl KlughToday (February 1), smooth jazz guitarist Earl Klugh be performing at an event called Bat for the Cure, with proceeds going toward prostate cancer research and screening. Joining Klugh will be former New York Yankees star and guitarist Bernie Williams, as well as guitarist, vocalist and bandleader John Pizzarelli.

For nine years, Bat for the Cure has been raising prostate cancer awareness, promoting early PSA testing, and raising research funds to fight the disease. The charity has held free prostate cancer screenings at Yankee Stadium with the New York Yankees, Tropicana Field with the Tampa Bay Rays and U.S. Cellular Field with the Chicago White Sox. In 2009, Bat for the Cure also conducted more than 130 Prostate Cancer Awareness Nights in its Minor League Baseball road trip program, and is an official charity partner of Minor League Baseball.

Radio personality Ed Randall founded his Bat for the Cure organization in 2002 after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After treatment at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, his cancer went into, and remains, in remission.

The performance will take place at 8 p.m. at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency at 540 Park Avenue in New York. Tickets range from $60-$75 and can be purchased through the Feinstein’s at Loews Regency box office or website.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Dave Koz Cruise Visiting Alaska For The First Time

February 1st, 2010 Brian

Dave Koz and David Benoit at seaIn 2005, smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz debuted his Dave Koz and Friends Cruise, departing from San Diego and visiting ports of call in Mexico. After two years on that cruise, Dave then departed from Florida to visit sites in the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Now, Koz has announced a new destination for his next cruise: Alaska. On board the RCCL Rhapsody of The Seas, participants will depart from Seattle on August 26, 2011 and return on September 2. Ports of call include Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord and Victoria, B.C. Artists include Chris Botti, Mindi Abair, David Benoit, Jeffrey Osborne and Peter White.

“I invite you to join me in August 2011 for truly, a once in a lifetime experience,” Koz says. “It will be my great joy and pleasure to give you the very best life has to offer on this week at sea: unforgettable musical experiences, gourmet food, the very best wines – all in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. That is the essence of this Dave Koz and Friends at sea cruise… and I would love for you to be a part of it as we sail to Alaska.

“Over the years, I’ve been so blessed to have traveled the world, met many wonderful people and experienced so much of what life has to offer. I’ve also been fortunate to host cruises over the last 5 years. I’ve learned so much and now I feel truly ready to do something spectacular and different – to redefine the cruise experience for these times we live in.

“I will be personally running this cruise – it’s my name on this ship, so my team and I are making every effort and thinking of everything possible to insure that you have the very best week of your life. This one is our baby.”

For more information on the cruise, go to DaveKozCruise.com.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

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