Wednesday, April 09, 2008


Saxophonist Jessy J has just released her debut CD, Tequila Moon. Jessy J's Tequila Moon was produced by guitarist Paul Brown and includes the smooth jazz hit title single.

Popular contemporary jazz bassist Gerald Veasley released his latest CD, Your Move, on the Heads Up International label on Tuesday, March 11th. The project finds Veasley offering up several original tunes, some co-written and produced by veteran guitarist Chuck Loeb. Veasley is the owner of the Jazz Base club in Reading, Pennsylvania, which is the site of the Berks Jazz Festival, kicking off March 28th. He will be conducting his seventh straight Bass Bootcamp for bass players during the festival. For more information about Bass Bootcamp and all things Berks, go to

Bassist Marcus Miller has lined up a series of concert dates in support of his new CD, titled Free. Free features a cover of the Deniece Williams hit "Free" sung by Corinne Bailey Rae. The album also features guest appearances by guitarist Keb’ Mo’, singer Lalah Hathaway, and singer-actress Yaraji P Henson. Marcus Miller has been tapped to host the first Playboy Jazz Cruise, set for January 2009. Upcoming tour dates for Marcus Miller include: April 11 - New York, NY - B.B. King's; April 22 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door; April 24-27 - San Francisco, CA - Yoshi's; and April 28 - Santa Cruz, CA - Kuumbwa Center.

Chris Standring’s brand new single "Love And Paragraphs" is a big hit on the R & R national radio charts – and is currently moving up the charts. As a result of the success of this new single, Chris Standring is set to have a very successful year all around. As a matter of fact, he’s booked for a series of upcoming concerts. Here’s where he’s appearing in the next few months: April 23 – Reno, Nevada; April 24 – Love & Paragraphs Record Release Party, Los Angeles, CA; and July 25 – Walnut Creek @ Broadway Plaza.

Grace Jones is working on a new album, her first in many years. Word is that she’s working in Jamaica with Mikey Chung, Sly and Robbie and Uzziah ‘Sticky" Thompson. The still untitled album is expected t be release via an international label.

Elvis Costello’s next release, Momofuku, will arrive on April 22 on the Lost Highway label. The release will only be available on vinyl, with a digital download included in the package.

Donny Osmond’s newest is From Love With Donny (out on April 22).

The latest from Al Green is due out on May 27 via Blue Note Records. It’s entitled Lay It Down.

Fantasy Records is releasing Freedom Suite by Sonny Rollins on June 3. Also due for release from Fantasy (same date) are Fly With The Wind from McCoy Tyner, Incredible Jazz Guitar from Wes Montgomery, and Work Song by Nat Adderly.

Bassist Wayman Tisdale is putting the finishing touches on his upcoming CD release as country singer Toby Keith joins Wayman Tisdale on a remake of Barry White’s Hit "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up". The duo recently joined forces for a remake of Barry White’s hit "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" on Tisdale’s eighth album ‘Rebound,’ set for release on Rendezvous Entertainment on June 3rd.

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis are collaborating on a new. Two Men With The Blues, out on June 10.

Sergio Mendes' latest album, "Encanto," will feature new collaborations with Juanes, plus Brazilian artists Carlinhos Brown and Vanessa da Mata, Fergie and Natalie Cole, among others. Concord Records and Starbucks Entertainment will release the set June 10 to Starbucks locations and other music retailers. Mendes’ who’s lat album was the Latin Grammy-winning album, "Timeless," released via the companies' Hear/Concord venture in 2006, has recorded four Antonio Carlos Jobim compositions for the new album, including "Agua de Beber," with previous collaborator of the Black Eyed Peas. Other guest artists on the album include Ledisi, Herb Alpert and original Brasil 66 singer Lani Hall, and Italian rapper Jovanotti. Sergio Mendes "Timeless" sold 208,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Amos Lee will release Last Days At The Lodge on June 24.

Tom Jones has a new album in the works that is out on June 24, no title as of yet.

A Isaac Hayes album is in the works for release soon via Fantasy Records. The album is as yet untitled and is expected to hit stores on August 5

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