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Keiko Matsui Receiving Award Tonight In Event Shown Live Online

January 27th, 2010 Brian

Keiko MatsuiSmooth jazz pianist Keiko Matsui today (January 27) will be receiving a Universal Music Award at the second annual eWorld Music Awards. Created by Seven Marcus Aurelius in affiliation with the producers of The Spirit Awards, the eWorld Music Awards celebrate cutting-edge artists from around the world. Matsui, well-known for smooth jazz hits such as “Safari,” “Black River” and “Forever Forever,” is a native of Japan.

The eWorld Music Awards, hosted by MTV VJ Susie Castillo, is schedule to air live online from The Conga Room in Los Angeles. Live music performances and celebrity appearances will be included.

For more information, you can go to the eWorld Music Awards website.

Keiko Matsui tour dates

Keiko Matsui & Bob James: An Evening of Four Hand and Solo Piano

February 6: Milliken Auditorium at Dennos Museum Center; Traverse
City, MI
February 9-10: Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant; Minneapolis, MN
February 12-14: Manchester Craftsman’s Guild; Pittsburgh, PA

Keiko Matsui And Band

March 4-7: Blues Alley - Washington, DC
March 12: One World Theatre - Austin,TX
March 13: McCallum Theatre - Palm Desert, CA
March 19: Bennett School - Bennett, CO
March 27: Miller Center for the Arts - Reading, PA (Berks Jazz Fest)

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Boney James Casting Internet Search For Singers For Next CD

January 27th, 2010 Brian

Boney JamesSmooth jazz saxophonist Boney James has announced an online search in 2010 for vocal collaborators to potentially appear on his next album. James has decided to harness the power of the Internet after experiencing good fortune with an unknown vocalist when recording his 2009 album Send One Your Love. It all began when James asked his friends if they knew anyone new he could work with, and a vocalist named Quinn was suggested.

“He really had the voice I was looking for on this track - a real retro/modern soulful voice,” explains James. “As soon as I heard it, I knew he was right and two days later he was flying to Los Angeles.” They subsequently recorded the song “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” and it is now nominated for a Grammy in the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance category. The Grammys will be held this Sunday (January 31).

“It’s a total blast for me to be nominated in this category,” James says about his nomination. Having previously recorded with such artists as Faith Evans, George Benson, Anthony Hamilton and Angie Stone, James says: “I’ve always felt a bit like an R&B singer trapped in a sax player’s body. When I play, it really is in my mind like I’m singing and I’ve often referred to my music as instrumental R&B. So to have this recognition in the genre of music that has always been so inspirational to me is a great honor.”

James is excited to cast the net wide on the Internet for undiscovered vocal collaborators. “I’m always just trying to match a singer with the song,” he says when asked about what kind of singers he’s looking for. “Since I’m still writing it’s hard to say, but so much is just inspiration – I’ll know it when I hear it.”

Boney currently a Top 10 song on the Smooth Jazz Top 20 chart with “Touch.”

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Guitarist Pat Metheny Offers Ambitious Solo Musical Project

January 26th, 2010 Brian

Pat Metheny - OrchestrionGrammy Award-winning guitarist Pat Metheny today (January 26) offers an ambitious new project titled Orchestrion, where he works solo with musical instruments he can control. Orchestrion is a generic name for a machine that plays music and is designed to sound like an orchestra or band. The project, a true solo project, represents a recently developed conceptual direction for Metheny that involves the merging of an idea from the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries with the technologies of today to create a project that will only have the guitarist on it and no one else.

His world tour in support of the recording begins in the U.S. in early April. A full list of shows are listed at, where Metheny also writes extensively about the project.

Metheny has recorded more than 30 albums, picking up 17 Grammy Awards along the way. He records solo and with his renown Pat Metheny Group. Along the way, Metheny has recorded such popular smooth jazz songs as “James,” “Last Train Home,” “Follow Me,” “Chris,” “Facing West” and “Here to Stay.”

(Smooth Jazz Network)

David Sanborn Releasing “Only Everything” Today

January 26th, 2010 Brian

David SanbornSaxophonist David Sanborn today (January 26) returns with a CD titled Only Everything that’s his second collection of songs influenced by the late Ray Charles. It is again produced by the Phil Ramone. The first CD came with 2008’s Here and Gone, which featured the smooth jazz hit single “Brother Ray.”

Only Everything features the trio of Sanborn, Joey Defrancesco on Hammond B-3 organ and Steve Gadd on drums. There are also guest vocal appearances by Joss Stone (“Let the Good Times Roll”) and James Taylor (“Hallelujah I Love Her So”).

Two of the major musicians in Charles’ band, saxophonists Hank Crawford and Fathead Newman, died between the recording of Sanborn’s Here and Gone and Only Everything. Sanborn says the CD’s opening song, “ The Peeper,” is his tribute to Crawford.

David Sanborn tour dates

01/28/10 - S. Orange Performing Arts Center - S. Orange, NJ
01/29/10 - Manchester Craftmen’s Guild - Pittsburgh, PA
01/30/10 - Grove Park Inn - Asheville, NC
01/31/10 - Birchmere Alexandria, VA
02/02/10 - The State Theater - State College, PA
02/03/10 - Seneca Niagara Casino Bear - Niagara Falls, NY
02/04/10 - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
02/05/10 - Scullers Jazz Club - Boston, MA
02/06/10 - Scullers Jazz Club - Boston, MA
02/09/10 - Blue Note - New York, NY
02/10/10 - Blue Note - New York, NY
02/11/10 - Blue Note - New York, NY
02/12/10 - Blue Note - New York, NY
02/13/10 - Blue Note - New York, NY
02/14/10 - Blue Note - New York, NY
02/18/10 - Celebrity Theater - Phoenix, AZ
02/19/10 - Viejas Casino - Alpine, CA
02/20/10 - McCallum Theatre Performing Arts - Palm Desert, CA
02/21/10 - Lancaster Performing Arts Center - Lancaster, CA
02/22/10 - Kuumba Jazz Center - Santa Cruz, CA
02/24/10 - Tower Theatre - Fresno, CA
02/25/10 - Yoshi’s - Oakland, CA
02/26/10 - Yoshi’s - Oakland, CA
02/27/10 - Yoshi’s - Oakland, CA

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Corinne Bailey Rae Offers “The Sea;” TV Appearances Forthcoming

January 26th, 2010 Brian

Corinne Bailey RaeGrammy Award-winner Corinne Bailey Rae today (January 26) offers her sophomore CD, The Sea, which features the Smooth Jazz Top 20 chartbound song “Closer.” The CD was to be released next month but was rescheduled to coincide with several TV dates.

Corrine performed this morning on the Today show. She’ll also appear on Tavis Smiley Wednesday (January 27), Ellen Thursday (January 28) and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Friday (January 29).

She will also perform March 1 on Late Show with David Letterman.

The Sea, whose 11 songs are all written by Bailey Rae, is her follow-up to her 2006 self-titled CD that included the smooth jazz hits “Put Your Records On,” “Like a Star” and “Trouble Sleeping.”

Bailey Rae, 30, has also had smooth jazz singles with two collaborations, the first with “River” from Herbie Hancock’s Grammy-winning River: The Joni Letters. The second was “Free,” a song from an album by bassist Marcus Miller.

The U.K.-based singer has announced one U.S. date for 2010 so far: April 17 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Southern California.

The Sea Track Listing

1. Are You Here
2. I’d Do It All Again
3. Feels Like the First Time
4. The Blackest Lily
5. Closer
6. Love’s on Its
7. I Would Like to Call It
8. Paris Nights/New York Mornings
9. Paper Dolls
10. Diving for Hearts
11. The Sea

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Sade Debuts Making-Of Video For “Soldier Of Love”

January 26th, 2010 Brian

SadeThe website has unveiled an exclusive video about the making of her hit single “Soldier of Love,” the No. 1 song on the Smooth Jazz Top 20. In the video, bandmembers say the song didn’t come easy and admit they had to walk away from it before they finally had the final version.

In the finished video, Sade does everything from ride a horse to doing a tango. Choreographer Fatima Robinson says in the video that Sade has “this undeniable sexiness … that she doesn’t even know she has.” The video was directed by Sophie Muller.

In another exclusive, the Smooth Jazz Network will offer the world premiere of Sade’s Soldier of Love CD on February 6. Allen Kepler, president of Broadcast Architecture and the Smooth Jazz Network, will be the host of the show, and Sade will provide commentary on each of the songs on the new album.

Solider of Love will be released on February 9. “Soldier of Love” the single has been No. 1 for four weeks in a row on the Smooth Jazz Top 20, which is also hosted by Kepler. The songs has the distinction of being the first vocal tune and the first song to debut at the top spot on the countdown.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Happy 52nd Birthday To “The Songstress,” Anita Baker

January 26th, 2010 Brian

Anita BakerToday (January 26th), we’re wishing vocalist Anita Baker a happy birthday as she turns 52. Baker, born in Toledo, Ohio, but raised in Detroit, released her debut album The Songstress in 1983.

In 2004 Anita delivered My Everything on the Blue Note record label, her first album in 10 years. That album featured the Grammy-nominated smooth jazz single “You’re My Everything.”

An eight-time Grammy Award winner and singer of hits including “Sweet Love,” “Giving You All The Best That I Got” and “Caught Up In The Rapture,” Anita has sold more than 13 million records.

In 2005, Anita released her first holiday CD, which she called Christmas Fantasy.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Groundbreaking Starts On Health Center Named After Wayman Tisdale

January 25th, 2010 Brian

Wayman TisdaleCommunity leaders broke ground on the $20 million Oklahoma University Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Center in Tulsa, OK, on Monday (January 25). Plans for the clinic have been in the works for more than four years. The decision to honor Wayman Tisdale came last June, a month after he lost his battle with cancer.

Diagnostic and preventive tests and services will be available, like CT scans, MRIs, mammograms, colonoscopies, chemotherapy, outpatient surgery and even an urgent care center. The health center will carry forward his tradition of caring by bringing specialty medicine to undeserved residents in north, west and east Tulsa. It was Tisdale’s battle with cancer that led him to form the Wayman Tisdale Foundation and to also align himself with the University of Oklahoma OU Cancer Institute.

The Wayman Tisdale center is expected to be complete in about two years.

Tisdale lived in Tulsa, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he was a three-time All-American. After his pro basketball career, Tisdale became a smooth jazz superstar.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

Michael Buble And Vanessa Williams, Among Others, Supporting Haiti Relief

January 25th, 2010 Brian

Michael BubleIn the wake of last week’s Hope for Haiti Now telethon that raised more than $58 million, numerous musicians are stepping up to the plate to lend their assistance to victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Michael Buble is among those who are contributing to American Idol judge Simon Cowell’s charity single for Haiti relief. They will perform on a cover of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” which will also reportedly will feature Mariah Carey, Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Miley Cyrus and Jon Bon Jovi, among others.

The single, expected to be available February 1, will benefit two charities in the U.K. that are assisting Haiti.

In another event, Vanessa Williams and Barry Manilow have teamed up to support an American Red Cross Haiti campaign. The two stars, along with Los Angeles Lakers players Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom, have filmed a public service announcement for the organization to appeal for aid for the earthquake-ravaged country.

And Queen Latifah is scheduled to host a charity event for Haiti on February 5 at American Airlines Arena in Miami with Chris Brown and Justin Bieber reportedly lined up as performers. It will air on BET and MTV.

(Smooth Jazz Network)

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