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Never-Before-Released Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Album "Just Coolin’" Due Out August 7
Never-Before-Released Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Album "Just Coolin’" Due Out August 7

New York, New York -On August 7, Blue Note Records will release Just Coolin’, a never-before-released studio album by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers that was recorded on March 8, 1959 in Rudy Van Gelder’s living room studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. …

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Announces Launch of Asian Pacific America Series
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Announces Launch of Asian Pacific America Series

Washington, District of Columbia -Smithsonian Folkways has announced the launch of the Asian Pacific America Series , a new collection of albums dedicated to the experiences of multiple generations of Asian Pacific Americans. The series will include a bro …

Trumpeter Rachel Therrien’s VENA Due Out March 27th, 2020
Trumpeter Rachel Therrien’s VENA Due Out March 27th, 2020

Montréal, Quebec, Canada -Critically acclaimed trumpeter Rachel Therrien is thrilled to announce the March 27th release of her fifth album as a leader VENA. On her debut release for French label Bonsai Music, Therrien makes a major statement over the course of fi …

Vocalist, Composer Thana Alexa Unleashes the Universal Wild Woman in ONA, Available March 27, 2020
Vocalist, Composer Thana Alexa Unleashes the Universal Wild Woman in ONA, Available March 27, 2020

New York, New York -Vocalist and composer Thana Alexa is proud to announce the March 27th, 2020 release of her latest album, ONA. Throughout ONA, which is the word for “she” in her family’s native Croatian language, Alexa explores through eight unique origi …

Saxophonist-Composer Benjamin Boone Collaborates with Accra-Based Ghana Jazz Collective on "Joy," Due March 20
Saxophonist-Composer Benjamin Boone Collaborates with Accra-Based Ghana Jazz Collective on "Joy," Due March 20

Richmond, California -Saxophonist-composer Benjamin Boone’s "The Poetry of Jazz," a visionary collaboration with U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, was praised in leading musical and literary publications, featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and voted the …

Lakecia Benjamin’s PURSUANCE: THE COLTRANES out on Ropeadope on March 27th, 2020
Lakecia Benjamin’s PURSUANCE: THE COLTRANES out on Ropeadope on March 27th, 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -On March 27, 2020, the dynamic young saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin delivers her masterwork, Pursuance: The Coltranes. A cohesive walk through the lineage of the jazz artform, Benjamin’s third full-length release as a leader pays homage to …

UCLA Herb Alpert School Of Music Receives $3 Million From Herb Alpert Foundation To Renovate Performance Hall
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UCLA Herb Alpert School Of Music Receives $3 Million From Herb Alpert Foundation To Renovate Performance Hall

Santa Monica, California -The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music has renovated the 133-seat theater in the Schoenberg Music Building thanks to a $3 million gift from the Herb Alpert Foundation. The theater was renamed Lani Hall, in honor of Alpert’s wife, the singe …

Gibson Announces Release Of First-Ever, Limited-Edition 'Chuck Berry 1955 ES-350T' Available Worldwide Starting October 18, In Honor Of Chuck Berry's Birthday
Gibson Announces Release Of First-Ever, Limited-Edition 'Chuck Berry 1955 ES-350T' Available Worldwide Starting October 18, In Honor Of Chuck Berry's Birthday

Nashville, Tennessee -Gibson, the iconic American instrument brand, has announced the worldwide release of the new, limited-edition Chuck Berry 1955 ES-350T. The leading guitar brand joined forces with the Chuck Berry family to create a perfect replica of Chu …

One O'Clock Lab Band Marks Its 53rd Yearly Recording with "Lab 2019," Set for November 22 Release by North Texas Jazz
One O'Clock Lab Band Marks Its 53rd Yearly Recording with "Lab 2019," Set for November 22 Release by North Texas Jazz

Denton, Texas -The University of North Texas's renowned One O'Clock Lab Band maintains its uncanny aptitude for both timeliness and timelessness with the November 22 release of Lab 2019 (North Texas Jazz). The latest installment in an annual series tha …

Macarthur Foundation "Genius" Grant Awarded To Mary Halvorson, The New School's School of Jazz and Contemporary Music Faculty Member
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Macarthur Foundation "Genius" Grant Awarded To Mary Halvorson, The New School's School of Jazz and Contemporary Music Faculty Member

New York, New York -Mary Halvorson, a faculty member in The New School's School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, was named a 2019 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. The annual grant is a $625,000, no-strings-attached award to extraordinarily talented and creative …

'Motown Unreleased: 1969' Celebrates 60 Years Of Motown With 60 Previously Unreleased Songs Recorded By The Legendary Label In 1969
'Motown Unreleased: 1969' Celebrates 60 Years Of Motown With 60 Previously Unreleased Songs Recorded By The Legendary Label In 1969

Los Angeles, California -To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the celebrated label, Motown/UMe today released MOTOWN UNRELEASED: 1969, a digital only collection that contains 60 previously unreleased studio recordings made during 1969 including songs by Diana Ro …

Grace Kelly
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Grace Kelly

New York, New York -“Grace Kelly has an electric charisma onstage that instantly ignites the room,” says Stay Human bandleader Jon Batiste. Featured in the 2017 Emmy-winning Yamaha production “The Right Note”, singer, saxophonist, and songwriter/co …