Louis Van Taylor

Live Performances of Louis Van Taylor, returning from summer tour in the South of France as featured soloist with the illustrious, Kool and Gang Band, Louis Van Taylor will perform with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra at Los Angeles, Central Avenue Jazz Festival, on July 25, 2015, 4 p.m.

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Sir Gant & IVF

Dean Gant,known professionally as “Sir Gant,” has been recognized for decades as a top industry Producer, Arranger, Keyboardist, and Composer. Now,with expanded horizons, it’s a new dawn for Sir Gant, the solo artist. With the release of his debut project on his own label, ELEGANT MEDIAWORKS. (more…)

Street Corner Renaissance

Not just another singing group, Street Corner Renaissance breathes new life into classic doo-wop music. The quintet performs a stirring tribute to the legendary Sam Cooke, a rousing gospel celebration (more…)

Bennie Maupin

The Bennie Maupin Quartet European Winter Tour 2014

Bennie Maupin (bs clar, ten sax), Vidal Montgomery (bs), Carl Orr (gtr), Rod Youngs (drs).Bennie Maupin is best-known for his association with Herbie Hancock and his atmospheric bass clarinet playing on Miles Davis’ classic Bitches Brew album.  (more…)

Stephanie Spruill and Friends

Los Angeles native Stephanie Spruill is a dynamic international entertainer extraordinaire, actress, author of “17 Points To Longevity In Show Business”, background singer, percussionist, celebrity vocal coach, (more…)

Zuri the Defiant One

Zuri: A Chicago Native

Her rhythm goes on.

After years of fine tuning her craft in music, television, commercials and plays, she’s written poetry, spoken word, a novel, screenplay and a series of short children’s stories. (more…)

Abshalom Ben Shlomo

Abshalom Ben Shlomo has been bringing the gift of music to people both in America and in Israel, Northeast Africa, for over a quarter of a century. (more…)

“Voices” a Legacy To Remember

Monica McSwain (Baby Girl)
Clinton Byrd – Executive Producer
Maurice Kitchen – Writer/Director/Producer
TC Campbell – Music Director
Karen McDonald – Choreographer/Associate Director
Windy Barnes Choral Director
Photography by Malcolm Ali

All is not pleasant when sixteen year old Kai , a would be writer, embarks upon a magical venture back in time in pursuit of inspiration for the stories she is yet to tell. Intrigued by the tales her parents and grandparents told as she was growing up, Kai demonstrates a passion and commitment to writing. At this time her grand father reveals to her that she is from a long line of fore ordained story tellers. Learning of her willingness to ply the family trade, he introduces her to “The Ancestral Choir. “In doing so, a chorus of historic personalities magically spring forth and escorts her on an enlightening journey through time where passionate tales of her people are recreated through song, dance and drama. In this journey young Kai is able to experience history first hand but with a modern day sensibility. After being auctioned off into slavery and saved by Harriet Tubman, she is able to interact with the likes of, Paul Robeson, Billie Holiday, Malcolm X, Marian Anderson and other historic figures. (For better or worse)
What unfold are the twice told stories passed on from one generation to another within a single family as she undergoes her own rites of passage

 

Kaissa

Kaïssa is a Cameroon born world musician. She moved to Paris with her family at thirteen and to New York City in 1996. Kaïssa worked on stage and/or in studio with Salif Keita, Manu Dibango, Kofi Olomide, Papa Wemba, Cesária Évora, Martha Wash, Diana Ross, Paul Simon and others. (more…)

Asava Dance

Asava Dance ensemble presents works for the concert stage and site specific dances.Asavalogo.jpg  The troupe of world class dance artists and musicians are committed to bringing the highest quality dance and music to their community in Pasadena, Los Angeles and abroad. We not only hold dance and music performances for the stage, but are also committed to creating avenues for discussion and community collaborations. Based on the concept of crime prevention through the arts, we work at home alongside Plaza de la Raza, LA Unified School District and the Pasadena Unified School District to provide the youth of Los Angeles County a drug and gang free safe environment. Youth develop discipline, vision, confidence and artistic skills through a collaborative effort that involves the family and community.

Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer:Choreographer, Founding Artistic Director

Dr. Seónagh Odhiambo defines dance as a point of contact through which ideas, inspiration, movement, and meaning travel. Dr. Odhiambo brings technical dance movement and pedestrian gestures into contact with one another, calling for audience reflection on one’s own agency in social and environmental justice issues. Having lived in West Africa, she also brings a focus on an African aesthetic, which honors the individual dancer as part of a community and a belief in dance as a way to bring people together around important ideas. In this way, dancers’ and community members’ highly creative functions can be made central to the production of her choreography. She has developed numerous choreography projects as an award recipient, presenting at venues throughout the United States and Canada. She has been honored with a Canada Council Grant in Dance and is a Fisher Center Fellow. She also received her PhD in Dance from Temple University (2009) where she focused on the Luo tradition and history. Odhiambo’s research examines theories of the body through dance processes, and she is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at CSULA, and Director of the Graduate Program in Theatre Arts.

Music Director and Composer:

Bennie Maupin’s highly personal bass clarinet sound helped define such classic jazz recordings as Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, Big Fun and On the Corner, as well as recordings by Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band, and the Headhunters. ComposerThe multi-woodwind player has also recorded with Marion Brown, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Eddie Henderson and Woody Shaw, to name only a few. The instrumentation of Maupin’s current group, The Bennie Maupin Ensemble, harkens back to the tradition of great saxophone-bass-drum trios, such as the group led by Sonny Rollins with Wilbur Ware and Elvin Jones. Maupin’s approach to his music is intentional and profound, yet alive in the interpretation of the moment.

A Dance that Defines Inner Strength and Struggle

Local theater welcomes new dance company into their Home

 

Dale Williams

In January 2013, William’s album ” Heaven’s Got The Blues” , a blues and rock CD; which contains 11 new songs will be available on BlueBoy Records. The recording features Dale Williams’ stylistic guitar, accompanied by musicians Glen Fisher, Yuko Tamura, Richard Sellers, and Terry Scott.  (more…)

Natalia Johnson

Songstress / Pianist / Actress / Dancer / Writer are just a few of her capable attributes. She’s Hot. She’s Classy. You can’t help but fall in love with Natalia’s flavor of music. That’s because Natalia is absolutely Flavorlicious! (more…)

Videri String Quartet

Videri (latin): be seen.

Plaza Noir is happy to have The Videri String Quartet as part of the PNN family! There most recent success was raising the funds re: “Kick Start” to record there very first CD. (more…)

Amy Hanaiali’i

Returning to Evita- An Interview with Amy Hanaiali’i

In theater, you never get a second chance to watch a shooting star, or so I thought. While movies and books can be shared an infinite number of times amongst fans, great performances on stage

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Marabina Jaimes

Marabina Jaimes & Friends performs the Ray Barretto composition, “Adelante Siempre Voy” for a large audience at Music for Peace Concert in Santa Monica, California.

Her latest project, “TE EXTRANO”, now available on iTunes was written, arranged, and produced by  Cubano Trumpeteer,  Luis Eric Gonzalez.

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Michael Stephans

Open Spaces is a new CD project produced by Michael Stephans.
A unique and evocative offering from a group of master jazz musicians, (more…)

Kenny Sara

Drummer Time!

This a New Release from KKaremusic Co

Los Angeles Magazine describes Kenny’s playing as “Steady but unobtrusive percussion.”

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Michael Danso

Scottish-born and Toronto-based, MICHAEL DANSO comes from a Show Business family. His mother, PINKIE MACKENZIE, sang with all the top musical organizations such as The Leslie Hutchinson Orchestra and The Billy George Trio when they toured Great Britain, and Michael first sang onstage with her at the age of 5, with The BERTIE KING BAND. By age 9, Michael was touring with his own group of girls, under the name WEE MAXIE AND HIS LASSIES.

At 10, he was spotted by ELLA FITZGERALD, who was performing across the street and wanted to know which local group was drawing large line-ups. Fitzgerald was impressed and offered to take Michael to the U.S. his grandmother vetoed the idea.

Michael finally reached North America. He was 19 and performing in the Venus Company production of HAIR. A photo session with Richard Avedon put Michael’s face on many record albums and brought on the attention of the public. He became a Broadway Gypsy and along the way has appeared in “PIPPIN” (MAGICIAN/MAGIC-MAN) and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (JUDAS), and ANNA LUCASTA (RUDOLPH) in Los Angeles, California.  He fell in love with Los Angeles spending 3 years making a living singing jingles with his own highly successful company, “LIPS”. Then spent 3 years touring the Far East and set up an Agency booking U.S artists into Japan, Korea, and Thailand & Guam.

His continuing Nightclub career which he manages to maintain between Concerts, is extensive covering all countries from the Far East to Italy ( where his “Give Me That Jazz” CD album reached #4 on the Anima – Jazz Charts ) Germany, England, Canada and the U.S.A.

Upon settling in Canada, Michael immediately became a favorite of audiences and media alike, a status he continues to enjoy. He’s performed regularly in all the top Festivals and Nightclubs acted and performed in such musicals as THE THREEPENNY OPERA (MACHEATH), THE BOYFRIEND (BOBBY VAN HEUSEN), and made his Dramatic debut starring in THE AFRICAN ROSCIUS, (ALDREDGE) a Play based on the life of 19th Century Black Shakespearean actor IRA ALDRIDGE to Critical acclaim. It is said that Michael is the first Black Man in Canada to Host and Perform on his own Regular Series Television Show (JUST JAZZ-CHCH T.V.). A recent incarnation on the Broadway and World Stage has been with RIVERDANCE- THE MUSICAL (FREEDOM SINGER, etc,)His latest incarnation on the World Stage was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Sir Richard DeMarco’s Rocket Venture Theatre’s Production of ROB ROY – THE MUSICAL, in which he starred as THE BARD to critical acclaim.

Michael always has time for charitable events, particularly for VARIETY CLUB INTERNATIONAL. He has Hosted Telethons world-wide and Co-hosted on Television in Toronto with Monty Hall.  Buffalo, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Des Moines, Iowa and  St. Louis have all benefited from Michaels prodigious talents as a performer and Host, and he has personally helped to raise over 50 million dollars for those he calls “Tomorrow’s Generation.” In October (’04 ) Michael was brought to London, England to perform for the highly regarded Ratling Society’s Ball. Michael, the only Single Act on the Bill, as well as the entire West End Cast of Chicago, performed to and entertained a multi-faceted Star-filled audience of London’s West End and British Television and  Show-business to benefit many Charitable Organizations across the Sceptered Isle. Rave reviews ensued. H.R.H Princess Anne the Princess Royal is Companion Ratling and Patron.

Michael has performed, appeared and done projects with  many people of his same world-wide reputation.

A random listing includes: Marty Allen, Denice Williams, Diahnne Carroll,  Jack Jones,  Maureen Forrester,  Martin Short,  Anne Murray , Rich Little, Al Waxman, Meatloaf,  Lola Falana,  Emma Samms, Sammy Davis, Maureen Arthur, Carmen MacRae, Stan Shaw, Mark Murphy, Eartha Kitt, Don Harron, Don Shirley, Nick Nolte, Martin Shore,Wayne Fleming, Joan Collins, Jim Carey, Blake Emmons, June Lockhart, Dan Blocker, Leonard Nimoy, Allan Thicke, Dakota Staton,Don Harron and Katherine McKinnon, Dame Vera Lynn, Nichelle Nichols( Lt.Uhura-“Star Trek” ), Jackie Trent, Mesach Taylor, Goldie Hawn, Ella Fitzgerald, Soupy Sales, Amada Ambrose, Jackie Vernon, Cynthia Dale, Mimi Kuzyk, Ben Vereen, Marilyn May,  Juliette, LesterWilliams as well as  some of the best Jazz musicians in the world, including, at random, Grady Tate, Joe Sealey, Don Shirley, Bernie Piltch, Jaymz Bee,Russ Little, Guido Basso,  Hank Haney, Ed Bickert,  David Pommeranz (  Kathy Lee Gifford’s”Under the Bridge” – New York ), Peter Appleyard, Norman Amadio, Mark Murphy,Mo Koffman, Don Shirley, Reggie Moore, Harold Ousley, Phil Dwyer, Leslie Hutchinson, Don Abney, Charles Cozens, Carol Britto, Archie Alleyne, Dave Young, Randy Kohrs, Tony Hatch and many others we regret are too numerous to mention in this short summation. .

Michael Danso’s Symphonic Jazz Concerts have been presented in top Concert Halls across Canada, Europe, and The United States of America, and Conducted by some of the world’s finest: John Barnum, Dwight Bennett, Boris Brott, Howard Cable, Charles Cozens, Robert Hansen, Brian Jackson, Norman Leyden, Peter McCoppin, and Walter Noona, to name a few. A MICHAEL DANSO concert is a fast-paced evening of music featuring lithe, smooth-moving footwork and a voice that is highly dynamic and fully – controlled over an astonishing 4½ octave range.

The latest evolvement of Michael’s Symphonic Jazz presentations is much in demand on the Symphonic Circuit.  He has single-handedly created his own category in music called Symphonic Jazz.  The first Symphonic Jazz series called “White Tie and Tails,” Orchestrated by the team of Victor Davies and Arthur Phillips consists of two segments made up of the music of George and Ira Gershwin and Mr. Duke Ellington, respectively. The second in the series is called “From Harlem to Hollywood” and was Orchestrated and Arranged by Mr. Charles T. Cozens. The two segments here are made up of the music of Harold Arlen and Cole Porter, respectively.

Reviews and Press Commentary are available upon request. Michael Dansos’ Jazz CD “GIVE ME THAT JAZZ” reached #3 in Italy’s AnimaJazz Jazz poll

Michael performed HARLEM TO HOLLYWOOD with THE CANADA POPS ORCHESTRA at THE NORTH YORK’S FORD CENTER FOR THE ARTS in GEORGE WESTON HALL, and with THE HAMILTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA at THE GREAT HALL in HAMILTON PLACE with Mr. CHARLES T COZENS, Musical Director and Conductor to glowing Reviews in the local media. His recent recording of LOVE FOR SALE, excerpted from the “Harlem to Hollywood,” Symphonic Jazz show was recorded in Moscow with The Moscow Strings Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow, Russia with Mr. Charles T. Cozens, Michaels’ Musical Director, conducting. His new CD entiltled Haiku is  smooth jazz based material with lyrics heavily influenced by Japanese Haiku.

The Ikeda Kings Orchestra

Music for Peace Concert, Santa Monica, California, April 2013 & February 2011 featuring Conductor & Musical Director- Bennie Maupin

“Butterfly” featuring Bennie Maupin on soprano saxophone, written by Herbie Hancock and Bennie Maupin and arranged by Joe Wright. (more…)

Frank Strother

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Henry Young – Guitar, Ian Hood – Drums, Dale Yamauchi – Piano, Gary Wright – Bass

A Tribute to

My Friend Frank, I met Frank Strother in the mid 70s in Vancouver B.C. Canada. At the time I was working in the music business as a singer, in a group called Kiba. One night someone asked me if I wanted to go to an after-hours spot (Sister Libra’s) I think it was called, they just happened to mention that the singer in the group was remarkable. “Yeah, Yeah, Right, he can’t be all that good if I haven’t heard of him”. Well, I have to say I was blown away when I first heard the voice of Frank and became a fan. Later in that year I was asked to put together a vocal group, So, another friend Aaron Smith and myself put together “Moments Notice” and asked Frank to join the group, Frank and I soon became fast friends, and worked many gigs together in and around Vancouver. I wanted to share a little of Frank Strother with you, Enjoy

Charles

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Frank H. Strother, 64, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, of a sudden illness.

He was born Nov. 28, 1946, in Williamson, W.Va., the son of the Rev. Robert and Naomi Strother.

Mr. Strother worked as an entertainer, singing with the Platters, Little Richard and many many others before retiring.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Gale W. Strother; a son, Dorre Strother of Vancouver, Canada; two daughters, Patrice Strother of Tucson, Ariz., and Crystal Strother of Las Vegas; three brothers, the Rev. Earl L. Strother of Riverside, Calif., William Strother of Warren and Ronald Strother of Columbus; two sisters, Sallye S. Strother of Riverside, Calif., and Stephanie Strother-Jones of Warren; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Jennifer Noble

“I like to write about the deep stuff, the real stuff – in the natural world it’s rock, trees, water, the awe of that moment where we realize what we take for granted – and in the realm of the human condition – which is not an easy thing to deal with on a daily basis, I look for those experiences that keep us looking at our same selves from a different angle, at the same relationships from a different kind of love – so I like to celebrate those exact seconds when we break through into WOW – But I also like to be irreverent, because what’s one side of a coin without the other!”

Jennifer Noble writes clever, powerful pop songs in many flavours.  From power ballads to R & B, country, jazz and gospel, her effervescent, heartfelt writing leaps back onto the tongue after just a listen or two.

As a recording artist, she has co-produced and released original music including “For As Long As We Both Shall Live”.  She wrote pop-dance music with and fronted the Foxrun Band (Timothy Chipman and Jennifer Noble) and Three Stand Out “This Game of Life” (T. Chipman, Greg Hambleton, J. Noble), which charted on A/C stations across Canada.  She was a vocalist with Feast of Friends, sang backup vocals with Liberty Silver, Coconut Groove and many others.

Her work has been performed by Toronto artists and has been on hold for international country, gospel, and pop stars in the States and Europe.   Eight of her songs are under consideration for by Florida baritone singer Daniel Melvin, “The most romantic voice in Southeast Florida”, for his upcoming independent release.

For television, “Question Marks” was placed in Doe-Eye Media Productions’ soon to be broadcast “Made in Canada”, a documentary about the film and Television business in Canada.  She and Bryant Didier co-wrote the music for the Doe Eye Media/Inner City Films’ television pilot “Foodlore”, and incidental music for Being Human Productions’ “Skin Deep”.

“The whole process of writing to performing is exciting.  Right from facing the empty page, turning away from the dishes and the rest of life to concentrate on what it is I truly have to say – decadent, almost – to pull on the strands of nuance, capture the instant a relationship ends – or begins – and then take it into the studio, mold it – let it find the richness of its voice with other participants, producer, players.   Everyone brings something fresh to it.  And finally to stand and sing, nothing in between but a microphone air.  Very fun.”

Jennifer’s songs have won several awards in international songwriting competitions. Some of the recent ones include “Question Marks” (Noble/Uglow), which was semi-finalist in ISC Inspirational Music Category and a finalist in the 2010 Song of the Year contest; “Paint” (Noble/Nelson/Moscovitch) was a Semi-finalist in the 2008 Pop Category of the UK Songwriting Contest, won Honourable Mention in the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest – Pop Category and Honourable Mention in the Pop Category Song of the Year Contest.   “Midnight Prayer” (Noble/Nelson/Moscovitch) was a Finalist in the 2006/2007 Song of the Year – Pop Ballad Category and won a Certificate of Achievement in the Pop category of the Unisong  Contest.

Jennifer travels to Nashville, Tennessee every now and then, which is always an inspiration.  “My first night in Nashville I was exhausted by inspiration.  I put a pad of paper and a pencil on my pillow and after a while I just wrote – didn’t open my eyes or anything – the next morning was rather interesting!”  Recent writing partners include Howie Moscovitch, Kevin Nelson, Victor Fuke, Bryant Didier and Spynn as well as Nashville writers Phil Barton, Annette Barkley, Lisa Aschmann and Billy Dawson.

“performing original music is my favourite – covers can be great, but why not sing about what ‘s in my own heart?”



Alexander Boynton Jr.

Watch the new A-Train EPK.

Soulful. Smooth. And he gives good vibes Availible on CD BABY American/Canadian artist Alexander Boynton Jr. is a smooth jazz triple-threat when it comes to creating sinfully sexy songs. (more…)

NDUYANYU

NDUYANYU – Artist/Producer

I was born in the late forties and a few months after my birth my family moved from Memphis, TN, to Long Beach, CA, then eventually Pasadena.  I was the eldest of ten children.  My father worked for the railroad as a porter and my mother was a vocational nurse.  (more…)

Solomon’s Song

At a time when rock and roll was in its infancy and R&B was just starting to get its groove on, Solomon Burke burst onto the scene, shattered the cultural barriers of the time, scored a massive hit with “Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)” and quickly redefined the way the world would think about music. Conquering hearts, moving hips and electrifying fans in ways no one thought possible, the Philadelphia born legend’s soul-stirring smashes and charismatic presence captured the imagination of young people like no one else of his era. Dubbed by legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler as “the best soul singer of all time,” Burke, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer since 2001, is more than simply a pioneering American legend from another time and place–he is an innovator whose timeless music spans generations and has inspired millions of fans and hundreds of recording artists across the decades.

As the world gears up for Burke’s 70th birthday in March, 2010, the millions of fans that to this day clamor for his live appearances and the brilliant showmanship should know where this explosive fusion of grace and music began: in an upper room at the United Praying Band The House of God for All People in West Philly, where he was born March 21, 1940 to the sounds of horns and bass drums from the sanctuary. Many artists claim to have their roots in the church, but few go back this far and run this deep. From day one, literally God and gospel were the driving forces behind the man and his music.

“The only thing I don’t know is what key I was crying in when I came into this world,” says Burke, who complements his diverse musical endeavors with his role as preacher and spiritual leader of the global church, House of God For All People. “But there I was, born in grace, and it was always easy for me to understand the goodness of God. I strived never to be too overwhelmed or overbearing with it and do what the Lord said to do.”

While teaching him to clearly enunciate the words to such songs as Gene Autry’s “Back In The Saddle Again,” Burke’s grandmother Eleanor Moore was a powerful spiritual medium who kept him in a futurist world as a child with her spiritual vision and projections of what his life would become. So perhaps it was all fore-ordained—the 17 million record sales; a soul standard (“Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”) that was covered by everyone from The Rolling Stones to Wilson Pickett and The Blues Brothers; a career resurrecting 2002 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album (Don’t Give Up On Me) that introduced his genius to a whole new generation; one of his best known hits “Cry To Me” being used in the dance and seduction scene in “Dirty Dancing”; a performance for one of his biggest fans, Pope John Paul II, at the Vatican in 2000, and subsequent invitations to the Vatican’s Christmas celebration by John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI;  and the achievement the singer calls his greatest, his astounding family of 21 children (14 daughters, 7 sons), 90 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Very soon after the demise of his grandmother, Burke found himself recording at age 14 for the independent Apollo label, where he turned his first song ever, “Christmas Presents From Heaven,” into a million selling gospel hit. Sensing a powerhouse sensation in the making, R&B tastemakers Jerry Wexler and Ahmet Ertegun, with the help of Burke’s manager Babe Shivan, brought him to Atlantic in 1960, where Burke would spend the next decade defining and redefining the essence of American soul music where gospel merged with pop and secular R&B. The singer broke through in 1961 with a cover of the country standard “Just Out Of Reach Of My Two Empty Arms” that was a quick smash on the R&B and pop charts; many credit Burke’s unique blend of R&B and country as opening the door for Ray Charles subsequent emergence.

Over the next seven years, Burke released 32 singles on Atlantic, many of which cracked both the R&B and pop charts, including six Top Ten R&B hits, four of which crossed over to the Top 40 — “Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms),” “Cry To Me,” “Got To Get You Off Of My Mind,” “You’re Good For Me,” (penned by Don Covay), “Tonight’s The Night” and “If You Need Me” (written by Wilson Pickett). Burke has also been credited with helping keep Atlantic Records solvent from 1961 to 1964 with his steady stream of hits.

Burke has long been championed by peers, music critics and celebrity fans from across the generations. The late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun called him “a great soul singer – probably the greatest.” Tom Waits says he’s “one of the architects of American Music.” Mick Jagger openly admitted trying to imitate the phrasing of Burke’s truly inimitable voice; “Cry To Me” was another Burke song covered by the Stones on Out of Our Heads. Everybody from contemporaries like Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett to Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty have performed Burke’s songs in concert.

The list of celeb fans, friends and admiring colleagues is endless: Travis Barker, Johnny Depp, Jerry Lee Lewis, Norah Jones, Anthony Hamilton, Ben Harper, Kid Rock, Dolly Parton, Elvis Costello, John Mayer, Buddy Miller, Dr. John, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Chubby Checker, Fats Domino and Little Richard. Others include those singer/songwriters whose previously unrecorded songs Burke graced on Don’t Give Up On Me: Waits, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Van Morrison and Elvis Costello. Burke’s 2006 release Nashville featured duets with Parton and Emmylou Harris. 2007’s Make Do With What You Got included songs by Dr. John, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, to name a few, while Like A Fire (2008) had Burke’s brilliant interpretations of songs by Harper, Keb’ Mo’, Eric Clapton and Jesse Harris.

The singer says of his songwriting influences: “Gospel was part of my total career, not just something I started with, but something I live with, as my foundation and rock. I grew up a normal black kid in the ghetto, exposed to all kinds of music that influenced me as a songwriter and recording artist. I loved country, big band, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Perry Como, Doris Day, Gene Autry, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Roy Rogers—all of whom in some way inspired me to reach my goal of doing something extraordinary with my life that would connect with people. Every song I write has a different meaning, and each one is special because it depends on the situation of the moment in time when I wrote it. I am always flattered by the way other artists interpret my songs, but in the end it doesn’t matter how they do it. It’s more important that the message of the song reaches people. A simple example is ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’ which is true for everyone. We all need somebody! If the message is meaningful in the beginning, it will reach across the waters and come back across time. If only one person is reached and touched by our songs, then the message through me is being heard, received and believed.”

Burke eventually left Atlantic and his great 60s soul heyday behind, but continued recording vigorously throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, amassing a total of 22 soul and gospel albums during these years while taking time to raise his large brood. His recordings during this period include Electrophonic Magnetism, King Heavy, I Have a Dream, Back to My Roots, Music To Make Love By, Lord We Need A Miracle, Take Me, Shake Me, Soul Alive!, Soul Of The Blues, Live At The House of Blues and Definition Of Soul. In the 70s, he also worked behind the scenes for MGM, producing records and scoring films and TV. In 1987, the year “Cry To Me” was featured in Dirty Dancing, he appeared in the hit movie “The Big Easy” as “Daddy Mention.” Since his 2001 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and first Grammy win a year later introduced him to a whole new generation, Burke has enjoyed an exciting new phase of his career which has included various collaborative recordings, late night talk show appearances, studio collaborations and, all in 2004, performances with the hipster likes of Junkie XL and Italian rock blues icon Zucchero (including a show at the Royal Albert Hall) and an appearance in the blues documentary “Lightning In A Bottle.”

In 2006, Burke was among the rock, soul and country legends who sang with Jerry Lee Lewis at the live “Last Man Standing” concert at Sony Music Studio in New York. He also honored Ahmet Ertegun by co-hosting the March 2007 celebration of the Atlantic founder’s life at Lincoln Center, participating in the American Master’s documentary “Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built” and in December of that year, performing at the private after-party of the Led Zeppelin reunion concert along with Ben E. King, Percy Sledge and Sam Moore.

Earlier in 2009, Burke joined famed R&B producer Willie Mitchell at Mitchell’s Royal Studio in Memphis to work together on a new recording, marking the first time the two have worked together in their careers. Burke’s record label, The One Entertainment Systems, recently released Stepping Up & Stepping Out by former Blind Boys of Alabama members Clarence Fountain and Sam Butler; Burke served as its executive producer.

Burke is busier on the road than ever these days, amassing over 130,000 frequent flier miles this past year performing in the U.S., across Europe and “driving down muddy and snowy roads in countries we can’t even mention.” In addition to his 2008 summer European tour, which included concerts in Portugal, England, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Austria, France, Switzerland, Norway, Slovakia and Sweden.

“The thing I most enjoy is the people, the audience, just the thrill of being out there making personal contact and having the deeply spiritual experience of sharing music with so many grateful fans,” says Burke. “The band truly feeds off the vibrations of the people, and we use no set list, playing whatever comes to people’s minds or songs that people have emailed us and requested we play. Every show is a request show, and each audience in each city has different personal favorites. It’s like turning back the hands of time instantly. We can be in the middle of singing something from my recent Like A Fire album, and they’ll call out ‘Stupidity’ from 1957 and we’re back 50 years!

“What’s fun is that the audiences in both Europe and America range in age from five years old to my age and older, and the kids know these songs,” he adds. “They think I’m a big black Santa Claus, and I love them and always make sure to play what they want to hear. Still, no matter how much joy I’m having and sharing on the road, the best part of traveling is always coming home. You don’t realize the value of what you’ve done in your life until you leave castles with cooks and waiters and stages where you’re playing before thousands of people. You come home and your grandchild says, ‘Can you make me a hamburger?’ and suddenly everything seems so real.”

Rahmlee Michael Davis

Rahmlee Michael Davis, trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer, Chicago native, recorded early in his career as a studio musician with such labels as Brunswick, Chess, Dakar, Curtom, Columbia and Capitol Records just to name a few.

Rahmlee has recorded with such noble artists as: Earth, Wind & Fire, (more…)

Michel Petrucciani

Michel Petrucciani was born to Italian parents in Montpellier, France. His family was musical, and as a child he played the drums in a band with his father, Tony, a guitarist, and his brother Louis, a bassist. (more…)

Stoneman

Songwriter: As a songwriter Stoneman has written over 500 songs in 12 musical genres. He has won a multitude of international contests including Unisong, (2006, 2005, 2003 & 2000 see posted results at www.unisong.com) (more…)

HYIM

HYIM

 “HYIM is a formidable talent…spellbinding.”San Francisco Chronicle
“An emerging talent worthy of the designation of world musician”
–Village Voice Media, New York City

HYIM’s pop/rock-world-fusion music is the vehicle for his message – peace, joy, evolve, be sexy, be kind and celebrate life!  HYIM’s father, who started teaching HYIM piano at the age of three, was shot and killed when HYIM was only ten years old.  It is this tragic moment that inspired HYIM to create such powerful, visionary music.  Oakland California raised, HYIM’s diverse musical influences include Bob Marley, Peter Gabriel, Chopin, Bob Dylan, Eddie Palmieri, Chris Martin/Coldplay and of course, his Dad. When you see him perform, this world-traveled singer-songwriter makes mind-blowinglive loops on percussion instruments, voice, keyboard and guitar.  

Without a doubt, it is the piano, his original passion and for which Yamaha sponsored HYIM, that is the foundation of this artist’s gift.   With a look compared to a Harry Connick Jr., a voice compared to Sting and a sound akin to a new-school Peter Gabriel, Beck, Manu Chao, and Michael Franti, HYIM clearly brings the uplifting vibes to the masses through his epic live shows and through his recordings, as heard on his three self-produced albums (Let Out A Little Peace, HYIM & The Fat Foakland Orchestra, and his most recent Sex In The Morning).  The three versions of HYIM’s digital release, Ten Thousand Words, (Radio Edit, Acoustic and Dubfire Remix) are available on iTunes and other online stores, and its music video is joyful, inspiring and vibrant.  “Go where the love is….”  HYIM’s new album, “Love Songs in Times of War 1,” comes out in April 2014.

HYIM (who was named after his grandpa and means “Life” in Hebrew) is a healer through and through, as he holds both a Masters in Psychology doing work with youth in numerous settings (juvenile hall, foster care, addiction, etc) and is certified as a Reiki practitioner doing body and energy work on those in need.  When not healing others behind the scenes or during a live show, HYIM is a producer and activist and continues to write and record his music to share with the world.  www.hyimvibe.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark de Clive-Lowe

MdCL

MdCL is one of the most innovative producers and live performers you will find anywhere.

Whether you call him artist, producer, composer, pianist, performer, DJ, or selecta, titles are impartial to the marvel of Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL). (more…)

Harold T. Johnson

Harold T. Johnson Sr. is an accomplished Producer, Writer and Arranger. Harold is a California State University Dominguez Hills Graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education. He is a Gold Album recipient for Thelma Houston’s “Anyway You Like It” Album and the 5th Dimension “Star Dancing” Album. He is a Platinum Album recipient for the Temptations Christmas Classic “Give Love At Christmas.”

Music Career started in 1955

Harold was five years old when he began singing and playing piano in church. At five years old, he began formal piano and theory lessons with jazz pianist and public school educator Ms. Irma Lawrence. He also studied string instruments in elementary school, guitar and acoustic bass in middle school.

In 1966:  Harold was in High School when he signed with (H.M.E.) an Independent Record Label in Los Angeles. The Harold Johnson Sextet group recorded their first single entitled “Sorry About That” and first album entitled “House On Elm Street.” In 1967, “House On Elm Street was picked up by MCA Universal’s Jazz Label “Revue.” With a new album cover, “House On Elm Street” was released international. Harold recorded two additional albums entitled: “Everybody Loves A Winner” and “Wide Open.” Musical icons David Crawford, Ndugu Chancelor and Larry Nash were original members of The Harold Johnson Sextet.

In 1968: Harold sang lead and tenor with the “Young Saints Performing Arts Group.” The Young Saints were the opening act for Movie Legend Danny Kaye at the newly opened Las Vegas Hilton Hotel.

Artist Career continues…1970-1980

In 1970, Harold signed an exclusive Producer, Writer and Artist agreement with Berry Gordy’s Motown Record Company/Jobete Publishing Company. As a member of the Motown Singing Group “The Devastating Affair” he traveled with Diana Ross as an opening act in the United States, Europe, Australia and the Far East. The Devastating Affair appeared with Diana Ross at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and Harrahs Hotel & Casino in Tahoe, Nevada from 1971 to 1975.

In 1978: Harold appeared with the Temptations on the popular Flip Wilson Television Show as a feature keyboardist.

In 1980: Harold was a Keyboardist and, Arranger for The Temptations International Tour.

1980-1985 Harold signed an exclusive Staff Writer’s Agreement with The Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss A&M Record’s Almo/Irving Music Publishing Company.

Producer, Writer and Arranger:  Over forty of Harold’s songs have been recorded by Artists such as Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stanley Turrentine, Devastating Affair, Smokey Robinson, Sylvester, Nate Dogg, Harold Johnson II, Natalia Johnson, Stephanie Mills, Olivia Reese, Liz Mc Comb, Jerry Butler, 21st Creation, Three Ounces Of Love, Dennis Edwards, Z.Z. Hill, Thelma Houston, Tata Vega, Michael Wycoff, Atlantic Starr, Rockie Robbins, Gloria Gaynor, LTD and Jeffrey Osbourne, The OJAYS, The Temptations and more.

Movie Soundtracks

Writer and Arranger:  Harold has written for several Movie Sound Tracks which includes, “Hang over Blues” in the Scott Joplin Story, starring Billy Dee Williams and Clifton Davis, and “Quality of Mercy” with Michelle Shocked for the Oscar Winning Movie “Dead Man Walking.” Harold’s song “Let’s Get Closer” originally recorded by Atlantic Starr was also sampled by Artist Nate Dogg   – “Nobody Does It Better”, the title track for the Movie entitled “Woo”, starring Jada Pinkett Smith. Harold also composed for the Classic Movie “Crossroads.”

1973 Studio Musician * Keyboards Hammond B3

Organist on Eddie Kendricks Billboard No.1 Single

“Keep On Trucking”

1985-2002 Music Teacher for LAUSD.

1996 – Present Harold continues to tour with Gospel Artist

Liz McComb of Paris, France.

Play Writer 2005

NAACP Theatre Image Awards Nominee… 2005

“At The Lincoln Theatre” A Musical Drama Stage Production with a cast of 21, depicting Central Avenue of Los Angeles, California during 1948.

2006 – Present

Chairman of The Board for JQ*MEG Inc.

(Just Quality Music Entertainment Group Inc.)

Starzon Filmworks

JQ Records *Just Quality Musiqué

Downsound Music Publishing House Inc.

 

Joani Taylor

Joani is Canada’s “First Lady of the Jazz Ballad.” She has legendary status in Canadian music circles and has sung on thousands of film scores, commercials and recordings….. (more…)