Thursday, January 31, 2008


Out March 11 is the Bobby Womack CD called simply, The Best Of Bobby Womack.

Verve Records will release the third CD from Lizz Wright called The Orchard. It’s her first since 2005. Also from Verve is a collection of Billie Holiday classics – The Definitive Collection. Release is set for February 5. Verve is also prepping Definitive Collections from Chick Corea , Return To Forever, and Jimmy Smith (all out on February 5).

Motown will release a 20th Century Masters “Best Of” collection for Brian McKnight (out February 5).

Hidden Beach Records will release Live In Paris + Words, Sights, and Sounds, Volume 1 from Jill Scott (February 5).

Hip-O Records is prepping a DVD title called The Portrait Collection for Louis Armstrong on January 29.

Brian Culbertson’s new album, Bringing Back The Funk, featuring funk classics and original tunes, is being executive produced by Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire fame. It’s set for release on April 8.


Santana will perform the following concerts:
February 15 @ Dubai Festival City, Dubai United Arab Emirates
February 18 @ Indoor Stadium, Singapore
February 21 @ Burswood Dome, Perth Australia
February 26 @ Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Australia
February 28 @ Acer Arena, Sydney Australia
March 2 @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall Australia
March 4 @ Vector Arena, Auckland New Zealand
March 7 @ Asiaworld Arena, Hong Kong
April 4 @ Agganis Arena, Boston MA
April 5 @ Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT
April 6 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
April 8 @ Madison Square Garden, New York NY
April 10 @ Times Union Center, Albany NY
April 11 @ Borgata Hotel, Atlantic City NJ
April 12 @ Borgata Hotel, Atlantic City NJ
April 14 @ Quebec Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City QC
April 15 @ Bell Centre, Montreal QC
April 17 @ Casino Rama, Rama ON
April 18 @ Casino Rama, Rama ON
April 19 @ Allstate Arena, Rosemont IL
April 21 @ Target Center, Minneapolis MN
April 22 @ Qwest Center, Omaha NE
April 23 @ Scottrade Center, St. Louis MO
April 25 @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta GA
April 26 @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta GA
April 27 @ Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa FL
April 29 @ New UCF Arena, Orlando FL
April 30 @ Seminole Casino, Hollywood FL
May 2 @ Verizon Wireless Center, Pelham AL
June 20 @ NEC Arena, Birmingham UK
June 21 @ Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester UK
June 22 @ O2 Arena, London UK
June 24 @ Palais Omnisports, Paris France
June 26 @ Football Stadium, Bratislava Slovakia
June 28 @ City Square, Budapest Hungary
June 30 @ Arena, Verona Italy
July 1 @ Salzburg Arena, Salzburg Austria
July 2 @ Castle of Salem, Salem Germany
July 4 @ Volkerschlacht Denkmal, Leipzig Germany
July 5 @ Schlosshof, Bad Mergentheim Germany
July 6 @ Rennplatz, Iffezheim Germany
July 8 @ Sporting Club, Monte Carlo Monaco
July 9 @ Sporting Club, Monte Carlo Monaco
July 14 @ Philipshalle, Dusseldorf Germany
July 16 @ Christinehof Castle, Malmo Sweden


Pat Metheny will perform the following concerts:
February 19 @ Napa Valley Opera House, Napa CA
February 20 @t Yoshi's, San Francisco CA
February 21 @ Yoshi’s, San Francisco, CA
February 22 @ Yoshi’s, San Francisco, CA
February 23 @ Yoshi’s, San Francisco, CA
February 24 @ The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA
February 26 @ Anthology, San Diego CA
February 27 @ Anthology, San Diego CA
February 29 @ Fox Theatre, Tucson AZ
March 1 @ El Pedregal, Scottsdale AZ
March 2 @ Lensic PAC, Santa Fe NM
March 5 @ Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston TX
March 6 @ Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth TX
March 9 @ Center for the Arts, Boca Raton FL
March 10 @ Tampa Theatre, Tampa FL
March 11 @ Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach FL
March 14 @ State Theatre, Falls Church VA
March 15 @ Keswick Theatre, Glenside PA
March 16 @ Somerville Theatre, Somerville MA
March 17 @ Shubert Theater, New Haven CT
March 18 @ Town Hall, New York NY.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


CBS-owned has announced that it is launching a service to allow anyone to listen to music on the site for free. has become one of the leading places in the world where people can go to listen to music online. Its vast library has attracted a community of more than 20 million unique monthly users in 240 countries around the globe. The heart of is a powerful recommendation engine that guides listeners to music they are likely to enjoy based on prior selections, connecting them with the music they love and with others who share their tastes.

In launching this service, becomes the first music website to offer free, global, on-demand access to the largest licensed catalogue of music built on partnerships with all four major record labels – including Universal Music Group, Sony/BMG, Warner and EMI - as well as CD Baby, IODA, the Orchard, Naxos and more than 150,000 independent labels and artists.'s free-on-demand service will be advertiser supported, allowing clients many unique opportunities to reach a highly targeted and engaged audience. was acquired by the CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) on May 30, 2007.

"It is clear to us that communities built around great content are increasingly driving traffic and revenue online," said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of the CBS Corporation. "We acquired because music is one of the best ways to build communities on the internet. Adding such a tremendous collection of content to will help it grow by leaps and bounds. The skill set that we're learning along the way will be very important as we build additional online communities around our other world-class content as well."

Martin Stiksel, co-founder, said: "We're giving the listener free access to what is basically the best jukebox in the world. The ability to dip into such a uniquely broad catalogue from your laptop, home or office computer, and listen to whatever you want for free represents a new way of consuming music that in turn might change the way you listen to music. In that respect, nobody else can currently offer what is offering right now."

At the same time, is launching an unprecedented "Artist Royalty" arrangement, whereby those artists not signed with a label who choose to upload their music to will receive payment, directly from, every time one of their tracks is played. This means artists without traditional recording or publishing deals will be able to reach millions of music fans, offer their music for free, while generating revenue.

"We're building a platform to help redesign the music economy, enabling artists and labels to earn revenue according to how people listen, rather than how they buy," said's other co-founder, Felix Miller. "Now we can offer the arrangement to unsigned music creators too. For the first time, anyone can upload tracks and get paid when those tracks are played. It's a whole different model -- one that benefits the artists, labels and advertisers - but most of all the listeners."

Launching earlier this month in the US, UK and Germany, is scheduled to roll out the free-on-demand service globally in the coming months. All tracks can be streamed for free up to three times each. At that point, the listener has the option to purchase the song for download via any of's affiliate partners including iTunes, Amazon and 7 Digital.

Founded in 2002 in London, is the online, social music revolution that connects people with music and artists with listeners. By joining the community, music fans can choose to share their music preferences by linking their media player to the database. This database is populated continually with over 600 million monthly track submissions from music fans. As a result, can intelligently recommend songs, artists, local concerts and even other members based on their musical tastes. Thanks to partnerships with EMI, Warner Music Group, Sony BMG, CD Baby, independent aggregators The Orchard and IODA, and more than 100,000 independent musicians and 20,000 labels that upload music directly to the site, can draw recommendations from one of the most extensive online music catalogues. Learn more about at


Grammy-winning soulstress Jill Scott takes fans on a journey to Paris, France with Jill Scott: Live In Paris + DVD releasing February 5th. Available in both Standard & Deluxe editions, the combo coincides with "The Real Thing" US Tour starting Feb. 5th in Seattle. Pulled from the Hidden Beach vault, the awe-inspiring show was recorded at the historic Elysee Montmartre where Jill left the Parisian crowd speechless with songs like "Golden," "He Loves Me(Lyzel in E Flat)" and "Whatever." Additionally, Live In Paris + hits right before Jill attends the Grammy's for her 3 Grammy nods & 2 Image Award nods including her first award nomination in film. Bridging a great 2007 into 2008 the singer/actress will continue the momentum starring in her first lead role with Oscar winning director Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain/The English Patient) in "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" (Weinstein Co./HBO).

Jill Scott: Live In Paris + is the first in a series of Hidden Beach Basement Tapes; un-released gems pulled from the Hidden Beach vault which continues the label's on-going commitment to quality. The DVD Program contains special bonuses including a documentary with her French fans as well as four songs from Jill's concert at The House of Blues where Prince & Stevie Wonder were wowed in amazement by performances of "Hate On Me," "My Love" & "Crown Royal." Filmed with camera crew well-hidden in head to toe black, clearly instructed by Jill not to be seen nor heard; not to intrude in any way on the intimate exchange between audience and artist. Hidden Beach worked hard to capture the raw energy, that musical food that Jill serves on stage every night and serve it on a piping hot DVD. The offering answers fans begging for a concert DVD experience from Jill Scott, and for those who've never seen her live, an opening invitation to do so.

Totaling 12 career Grammy nominations, "The Real Thing" has been nominated for Best R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal performance for "Hate On Me" as well as Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Daydreamin" by Lupe Fiasco off Jill Scott's "Compilations" album. From the NAACP Image Awards come more recognition in the form of two nominations for Outstanding Female Artist & Best Actress in Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?"

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency was written by Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, Cold Mountain) & screenwriter Curtis Martin (Bridget Jones Diary, Notting Hill). Based around the detective, Precious Ramotswe (Scott) the dramady follows her and her assistant Mma Makutsi( Anika Noni Rose -- Dreamgirls) as they take on a cheating husband, insurance fraud, witchcraft and a kidnapped youngster. The film also stars Idris Elba (28 Weeks Later) & was the first major film to be shot in Botswana, South Africa. The film is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Alexander McCall Smith.

Acting has become a new joy for Jill, who made the scene at Sundance earlier in the year in support of her role in the Dakota Fanning movie "Hounddog," in which she plays Big Momma Thornton, the artist who originally sang the Elvis Presley hit. Jill is also currently in talks to star in several upcoming films.

Music continues to be Jill's passion with the release of "The Real Thing," the follow up to 2004's Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Album and won the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy for the single "Cross My Mind." Jill Scott made a huge splash in the music industry when she released the critically acclaimed Who Is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds Vol. 1, which earned
Jill four Grammy nominations, including a Best New Artist nomination. Earlier this year, Jill Scott released the effortlessly cool genre-hopping Collaborations, a compilation of all Jill's best collaborations, including the Grammy-winning "God Bless The Child" with George Benson and Al Jarreau.


Scarlett Johansson will release her debut album, "Anywhere I Lay My Head," on Atco Records, an imprint of Warner Music Group's Rhino Entertainment, on May 20. The inspired album features 10 Tom Waits songs and includes one original track. Collaborating with TV on the Radio producer David Sitek, Johansson is also joined by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zimmer, Sean Antanaitis from Celebration, as well as others. Johansson spent five weeks last spring recording in Louisiana at Dockside Studios.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Aaron Jerome – Time To Rearrange (BBE/UK)
Afromotive – Scare Tactics (Harmonized)
Afro Elements – It Remains To Be Seen (Freestyle/UK)
Black Ivory – Then And Now (Panoramic/France)
Cooly’s Hot Box - Take It (Purpose)
Don Cherry – Tibet (Sonet/Picadilly)
Eumir Deodato – Eumir Deodato Ao Vivo No Rio (Biscoito Fino/Brazil)
Funky Muchachos – Funky Muchados Play Soul Jazz (Tito’s Record/UK)
Incognito Guitars – Bluey & Tony Remy – First Protocol (Dome/UK)
Indigo Jam Unit – 2x2 (Basis/Japan)
Intruders – Save The Children (Gamble/Japan)
Johnny Taylor – She’s Killing Me (Columbia/Japan)
Major Lance – Um Um Um Um Um: The Best Of Major Lance (Okeh/Japan)
Manhattans – Back To Basics (Columbia/Japan)
Meshell Ndegeocello – World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreams (Universal)
Naruyoshi Kikuchi Dub Sextet – Revolution Will Not Be Computerized (East Works/Japan)
Quinn Harris & The Masterminds – All In The Soul (Reynolds/Undercover Brother)
Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends – Full Circle (JVC/Japan)
Seu Jorge – America Brazil O Disco (EMI/Brazil)
Thirdiq – Monologue (Origami/Japan)
Trammps – Trammps (Golden Fleece/CBS/Japan)
Various Artists – Freedom: Quasimode Jazz Collection (Sony/Japan)
Various Arists – Future Sounds Of Jazz Volume 11 (Compost/Germany)
Various Artists – Hammond Street 3: A Funky Selection Of Huge Organ Grooves (Acid Jazz/UK)
Various Artists – Tighten Up: Latin Jazz Lounge (Columbia/Japan)
Vee Allen – Woman Enough (Leland)
Vibrations – New Vibrations (Okeh/Japan)
Viola Wills – Best Of Viola Wills (Harlequin)
Yuji Ohno & Lupintic Five – Lupin The Third Jazz – What’s Going On? (VAP/Japan)


Wayne Shorter will perform the following concerts: January 5 at Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool UK, March 28 at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia PA, May 6 at Kanserthus in Stavanger Norway, May 16 at Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco CA, and June 6 at Symphony Center in Chicago IL.


Ornette Coleman will perform the following concerts:
February 5 @ Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Portland OR
February 17 @ Chan Centre, Vancouver BC
February 22 @ Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington New Zealand
February 28 @ International Arts Festival, Hong Kong China.
February 29 @ International Arts Festival, Hong Kong China


ESL Music has announced the release of Warning Shots -The Digibox. This iTunes-only multimedia release includes all four full-length Thievery Corporation studio albums - Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi, The Mirror Conspiracy, The Richest Man In Babylon and The Cosmic Game, plus a brand new audio interview with Thievery Corporation founders Eric Hilton and Rob Garza. The special-edition Digibox also features a digital booklet containing information and never-seen-before photographs, making it an absolute must for Thievery fans everywhere. The package is priced at $24.99 and is available only at


Marcus Miller’s next CD slated for U.S release will be titled simply Marcus when it is released in the U.S. this February. The project had been previously released in the U.K. and Japan under the title Free. The U.S. version will include four additional songs not on the Japanese version, as Corinne Bailey Rae performs a version of the Deniece Williams hit, “Free.” Also appearing on the CD will be David Sanborn on a version of Tower Of Powers “What Is Hip?.” Lalah Hathaway, Keb’ Mo, and Taraji P. Henson. The new set follows up Miller's 2005 release, Silver Rain, which featured Eric Clapton on the reggae-influenced title track. For more on the artist, go to

Monday, January 28, 2008


Legendary Tower of Power arranger/trumpeter, Greg Adams, and signature singer and composer, Lenny Williams, are collaborating on a new horn-driven soul band – Easy Bay Soul. This powerhouse assembly will start touring this spring and are sure to set the concert music scene ablaze. Stay tuned for additional information soon.


Verve Records is re-releasing a 2006 album from Melody Gardot. The CD was previously released by independent Worrisome Heart. Melody Gardot has been referred to as “…Billie Holiday meets Tom Waits…has moments that recall pieces of Nina Simone, early Rickie Lee Jones, and even the sophistication of Cole Porter.” The 10-track album will be reissued on February 26 with new artwork.


Still on Top, the Greatest Hits collection for Van Morrison, will be expanded to a Limited Edition 3CD Box spanning Morrison’s illustrious career from 1964 to 2005. It will contain 51 tracks in a 3CD Boxed Digipak, which will be available on March 4.


Peak Records is releasing the debut CD from smooth jazz saxophonist in Jessy J, whose new album, Tequila Moon, will debut on March 4. Jessy J has previously worked with artists like Michael Buble, Jessica Simpson, Burt Bacharach, and many others.

Friday, January 25, 2008


Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment, announces the March 18 release of "JUST ME," the first new studio album from R&B legend Keith Sweat since his 2002 "Rebirth" set. The original "new jack" hitmaker, who celebrated 20 years as a chart artist at the end of 2007, produced and cowrote most of the material on his latest project which features guest artists Keyshia Cole, and Athena Cage (Keith's duet partner on the million-selling 1996 hit "Nobody").

The Harlem-born singer/songwriter and producer says he called his new album "JUST ME" "because I'm giving the people what they expect from me. You hear other artists out here who make the mistake of trying to be trendy. They really try to keep up. I know people want to hear Keith Sweat. I'm conscious of the people who have followed me the whole time, since day one. I remember that I have a fan base and I'm very careful to give the people what they expect from me."

The first single from the set is the sexy jam "Suga Suga Suga," featuring Paisley Bettis. Standout cuts include the hypnotic "Somebody," which showcases Sweat singing falsetto for the first time; the future classic "Love You Better," a truly memorable duet between Keith and hitmaker Keyshia Cole; and "Just Wanna Sex You," a hit-the-spot cut that Keith says is on the album "to remind people of what I've done and what I'm about musically."

Sweat, who first broke through as a leader in the "new jack" of the late '80s with the #1 single "I Want Her," reunites with producer Teddy Riley, with whom he worked on his multiplatinum debut album, for the track "The Floor"; former Kut Klose vocalist Athena Cage joins Sweat for a new duet, "Butterscotch." Producers for the album also include The Ambassadorz, and Roy Battle; Sweat executive-produced the CD, his first Atco release.

Since 1988, the multi-faceted artist has sold over 15 million albums worldwide, racking up six #1 R&B hit singles, with close to 30 chart entries, three multiplatinum, three platinum and two gold albums, including Rhino's 2004 "The Best Of Keith Sweat: Make You Sweat." In addition to his solo work, Keith also scored major hits with Johnny Gill and the late Gerald Levert as part of the popular L.S.G. trio in the '90s.

Currently the host of his own "The Keith Sweat Hotel" radio show, which is heard in 21 markets nationwide, Keith, who tours almost every weekend, regards his longevity as a recording artist as "a blessing that I don't take for granted. It's surprising to me that my career has had such a long life span. When you first start out, you hope people will hear the music and you don't expect to still be around 20 years later. It feels good."

"JUST ME" Track Listing:
1. Somebody featuring Chris "F.L.L." Conner
2. The Floor
3. Girl Of My Dreams
4. Sexiest Girl
5. Butterscotch featuring Athena Cage
6. Me And My Girl
7. Suga Suga Suga featuring Paisley Bettis
8. Never Had A Lover
9. Love You Better featuring Keyshia Cole
10. Just Wanna Sex You
11. What's A Man To Do
12. Teach Me


On March 11, Lost Highway will proudly release KEEP IT SIMPLE, the new album from Van Morrison. KEEP IT SIMPLE is Morrison's first album of new material since 2005, and the first in several years in which he penned all 11 songs specifically for one album. In the interim the legendary artist had a year that may be unprecedented for any living artist, having released three separate collections of his hits, with the latest, "Still On Top" entering the UK charts at #2 and selling platinum, proving the ongoing appetite for his unrivaled work.

His music has always incorporated the widely varied influences he heard and absorbed since his childhood days on the streets of Belfast- long before the bands of his youth and his initial breakthrough with Them. On KEEP IT SIMPLE, Morrison honors all those varied influences - jazz, folk, blues, Celtic, country, soul and gospel - at times melding them all together at once in his own signature sound. "I felt I had something to say with these songs ... " explains Morrison. There is a definite theme that recurs throughout the album, especially in the title track.

In keeping with that idea, KEEP IT SIMPLE does not boast the big horns or string arrangements of some of Morrison's previous work. What it does feature are gorgeous songs rich with emotion, depth and beauty. As on the poignant "Soul," where Morrison repeats the chorus, as if to subtly remind us that, "Soul is a feeling, a feeling deep within. Soul is not the color of your skin." Morrison explains his approach with the track, "Entrainment" - "Entrainment is when you connect with the music ... Entrainment is really what I'm getting at in the music ... It's kind of when you're in the present moment - you're here - with no past or future."

Whether it's the easy country gospel of "Song of Home" or the bluesy swing of "How Can A Poor Boy," throughout KEEP IT SIMPLE Morrison exudes a wisdom gained through five decades of making groundbreaking music. Few artists have successfully recorded in as many genres of music as Van Morrison, and even fewer have remained as relevant for as long (only Ray Charles, with whom Van collaborated, comes to mind). Morrison has done so by constantly moving forward and never sitting still. On the heels of a series of "Best Of" releases, this record starts fresh with what could well be a record full of all new classics.


It has been estimated that blues great B.B. King has played more than 10,000 shows in a career spanning nearly 60 years. Whenever the King of the Blues has carried his venerable guitar Lucille onto any stage at any time, the performance has become an unforgettable classic -- and on occasion has been immortalized on some of the greatest live albums ever issued. Yet in 2006, he marked a first when he recorded a live album at two of his own clubs, B.B. King's Blues Club in Nashville, Tennessee on October 26/27 and in Memphis on October 29/30. The best of these memorable concerts are now presented in both the DVD and CD formats as LIVE! (Geffen/UMe), released February 19, 2008.

For the two-hour-plus DVD, the concerts were taped in high definition video and mixed in 5.1 Surround. Bonus material includes a behind-the-scenes "making of" feature and a special message from King to his fans. To fit on a single CD, the audio disc features 12 of the DVD's 18 songs.

On LIVE!, backed by his remarkable touring band, B.B. lays down quintessential performances from his signature tune "The Thrill Is Gone" to "When Love Comes To Town," the song that introduced him to a new generation in the late 1980s, to Big Bill Broonzy's "Key To The Highway," for which he teamed with disciple Eric Clapton in 2000. He also performs a pair of songs he has never before recorded -- the standards "You Are My Sunshine" and "When The Saints Go Marching In."

B.B.'s band opens the show on the DVD sans King with "Manhattan Blues" and "Two I Shoot." During the concert, the musical icon revives his '50s and '60s R&B hits "Rock Me Baby," "Don't Answer The Door" and "Why I Sing The Blues" plus other B.B. gems from that era such as "A Whole Lot Of Lovin'," "Ain't That Just Like A Woman," "Bad Case Of Love," "I Need You So," "Darling, You Know I Love You" and "All Over Again." Along with the early '70s hit "Guess Who" is "Blues Man" from the late '90s.

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, becoming one of the first artists so honored. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked him #3 among the "100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time." In 2006, he was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest honor awarded to a civilian; his 1964 album LIVE AT THE REGAL was voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame; and he won his 14th Grammy Award, for Best Traditional Blues Album for B.B. KING & FRIENDS: 80, which celebrated his 80th birthday the previous year. He has won eight previous Grammys in that category and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. "The Thrill Is Gone" is also in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Whether live at the Regal, San Quentin, the Apollo, or a B.B. King's Blues Club, B.B. King rules over the blues.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


Elvis Costello's sophomore release, his first album with the Attractions, THIS YEAR'S MODEL was voted Album of the Year in 1978 in The Village Voice Jazz & Pop critics poll, was ranked #11 on Rolling Stone's list of the best albums of 1967-1987, and in 2003 was in the Top 100 of Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time." Led by the anthemic "Pump It Up," THIS YEAR'S MODEL, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, remains one of the most important albums of the punk/new wave era.

The two-CD THIS YEAR'S MODEL -- DELUXE EDITION (Hip-O/UMe), to bereleased on March 4, 2008, adds 11 b-sides, demos, live tracks, and alternate takes to the original album plus a second disc comprised of a previously unreleased concert recorded at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC, on February 28, 1978. Taped on the Starfleet mobile studio, this show was originally broadcast on WHFS in Maryland and only "Chemistry Class" has ever been issued before. Along with performances of several songs from THIS YEAR'S MODEL, including "Pump It Up," "Radio, Radio," "The Beat" and "No Action," this concert also features such Costello favorites as "Watching The Detectives," "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes," "Less Than Zero" and "Waiting For The End Of The World."

THIS YEAR'S MODEL, produced by Nick Lowe, was harder and rawer than Costello's debut album, 1977's MY AIM IS TRUE, partly thanks to the singer-songwriter-guitarist's newly recruited band of keyboardist Steve Nieve, bassist Bruce Thomas and drummer Pete Thomas (no relation). The album outcharted its predecessor by reaching #30 in the U.S. and #4 U.K. THIS YEAR'S MODEL -- DELUXE EDITION includes the U.K. album-only album tracks "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea" and "Night Rally" plus the U.S. album-only "Radio, Radio."

The added selections, subsequently issued in a 2001 two-CD package, include the b-sides "Big Tears" and "Tiny Steps"; AMERICATHON soundtrack contribution "Crawling To The USA"; demos for "Running Out Of Angels," "Greenshirt" and "Big Boys"; live "Neat Neat Neat" and "Roadette Song"; and alternate takes of "This Year's Girl" and "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea."

Following THIS YEAR'S MODEL, Costello would crack the Top 10 in America and become a major pop culture figure. He would go on to spread his musical wings by delving into everything from country to sophisticated pop, classical to jazz, and collaborating with everyone from Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Diana Krall to, most recently, R&B great Allen Toussaint. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him among its "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."

1 No Action
2 This Year's Girl
3 The Beat
4 Pump It Up
5 Little Triggers
6 You Belong To Me
7 Hand In Hand
8 (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
9 Lip Service
10 Living In Paradise
11 Lipstick Vogue
12 Night Rally
13 Radio, Radio

Bonus material: b-sides, demos, live tracks, alternates, etc.
14 Big Tears
15 Crawling To The USA
16 Tiny Steps
17 Running Out Of Angels (demo version)
18 Greenshirt (demo version)
19 Big Boys (demo version)
20 Neat Neat Neat (live)
21 Roadette Song (live)
22 This Year's Girl (alternate Eden Studios version)
23 (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (alternate Basing Street Studios

Live At The Warner Theater, Washington, DC, February 28, 1978


1 Pump It Up*
2 Waiting For The End Of The World*
3 No Action*
4 Less Than Zero*
5 The Beat*
6 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes*
7 (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea*
8 Hand In Hand*
9 Little Triggers*
10 Radio, Radio*
11 You Belong To Me*
12 Lipstick Vogue*
13 Watching The Detectives*
14 Mystery Dance*
15 Miracle Man*
16 Blame It On Cain*
17 Chemistry Class

* Previously Unreleased

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Globally recognized and acclaimed rock musician Lenny Kravitz is set to hit the road today on his exclusive "Get on the Bus with the Love Revolution" club tour. Featuring only 9 select markets, the outing will kick off this evening at Santa Monica, California's Civic Center. The tour will culminate at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom and be followed the following week by a slew of high profile television performances and interviews on Good Morning America, The Late Show With David Letterman, Live With Regis and Kelly, MTV's TRL and BET's 106th & Park to kick off the release of his 8th studio album It Is Time For A Love Revolution.

Virgin Records recording artist Lenny Kravitz joined forces with MySpace to launch the tour via an exclusive contest with the world's most popular social network. From November 14th through November 20th, the MySpace community was offered a chance to enter and win the opportunity to
travel on a Kravitz-designed custom 'Love Revolution' tour bus and become part of the artist's tour family on the road with full backstage access to the live concert event. The 10 lucky winners and their guests were selected to join him on the road and will participate in a photo shoot that will appear in the February issue of YRB with Lenny on the cover.

The "Get on the Bus with the Love Revolution Tour" is happening in conjunction with the release of Lenny Kravitz's It Is Time For A Love Revolution. Featuring 14 new songs, including the singles "Bring It On" and "I'll Be Waiting," the album is the artist's first new release in over three years. As the title indicates, the album is a thunderous rock 'n roll call-to-arms featuring Kravitz singing songs of a love revolution backed by a universal blend of soul, funk, and jazz grooves and the undeniable, anthemic lyricism that's been his trademark from day one.

The tour currently has nine scheduled stops in the US and will run from January 17th to February 1st. Sponsored by Champion and Southwest Airlines, the tour will be hitting cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia and New York.

As co-sponsors of the Lenny Kravitz "Love Revolution Tour," Chase and Southwest Airlines will offer a select number of tickets especially for Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa card members for Denver, San Francisco and Philadelphia concerts.

In certain concert venues, Chase and Southwest-sponsored Lounge Areas will be set up as with special access for current Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa cardmembers who show their card and for those who apply for the card at the concert. Capitol Records, Chase and Southwest Airlines will offer 10 special experiences for Rapid Rewards Visa cardmembers as part of the Denver, Philadelphia and San Francisco concerts -- with unique experiences for fans ranging from a private meet-and-greet with Lenny Kravitz to signed memorabilia to concert tickets.

"Champion is excited to be the exclusive apparel sponsor of the Lenny Kravitz Love Revolution Tour," said Claire Edgar, Director Champion Brand Marketing. "Lenny is an iconic star and Champion is an iconic brand. Our tagline 'How You Play' inspires people to enjoy life whether through sport, music or fun, and Champion apparel has the performance and style for
whichever way you want to play."

Tour dates for the "Get on the Bus with the Love Revolution Tour" are as follows:

January 17 - Santa Monica, CA @ Santa Monica Civic
January 19 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
January 22- Denver, CO @ Paramount Theater
January 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
January 26 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera
January 27 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
January 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
January 31- Boston, MA @ The Orpheum
February 1- New York City @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Lenny Kravitz Television Airdates (check local listings for times):
February 7 - MTV's TRL
February 6 - Good Morning America
February 6t - BET's 106th & Park
February 7 - Live With Regis & Kelly
February 8 - The Late Show with David Letterman


Speakerheart™, an online platform for independent artists and bands toupload, promote and sell their own music, has partnered with Sheila E. andher new group C.O.E.D. (Chronicles of Every Diva) to promote their firstsingle, "Waters of Life." To kick off the new year C.O.E.D. andSpeakerheart are co-sponsoring a contest for C.O.E.D.'s debut single"Waters of Life," which is available for download exclusively Sign up at between now andFebruary 12, 2008, to be eligible to win. The grand prize is an 80 gigabyteiPod video player with second and third place winners receiving signedSheila E. Player's Series Congas. No purchase is necessary to win. "WithSpeakerheart, we were able to get our storefront up and running quickly,complete with e-mail marketing support," said famed percussionist Sheila E."Running the promotion and selling our music with Speakerheart has been agreat experience." In her lifetime Sheila E. has taken on the role of writer, philanthropist,producer and much more. Most noted for her tours with Prince, Sheila E. hasalso performed and collaborated with world renowned artists, appeared onseveral award shows and was the first female bandleader on late nighttelevision. In 2006 Sheila E. formed the all-girl group C.O.E.D.,commissioning Rhonda Smith on bass, Kat Dyson on guitar and CassandraO'Neal on keyboards. Individually, they have toured with such greats asStevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams, Justin Timberlake, Macy Gray and Seal.C.O.E.D. launched its career with a successful tour through Europe andJapan in early 2007.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


The mighty B. B. King is unstoppable as he continues on a relentless trek to perform at the following concerts:
January 25 at Uptown Theatre in Kansas City MO
January 26 at Tulsa PAC in Tulsa OK
January 27 at Eureka Springs City Auditorium in Eureka Springs AR
January 29 at Stiefel Theatre in Salina KS
January 31 at Morris PAC in South Bend IN
February 1 at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant MI
February 2 at Murat Centre in Indianapolis IN
February 5 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake MN
February 7 at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City IA
February 8 at Center for the Performing Arts in University Park IL
February 9 at Genesee Theatre in Waukegan IL
February 10 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona IA
February 13 at The Family Arena in St. Charles MO
February 15 at Fox Cities PAC in Appleton WI
February 16 at Fox Theatre in Detroit MI
February 28-29 at Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA
March 1 at House of Blues in Atlantic City NJ
March 3-4 at Music Center in North Bethesda MD
March 7 at Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie NY
March 8 at Palace Theatre in Albany NY
March 9 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ
March 11 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh PA
March 12 at West Virginia Coliseum in Morgantown WV, March 14 at Warner
Theatre in Erie PA
March 15 at Shea's PAC in Buffalo NY
March 28 at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville TN
March 29 at Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville TN
March 30 at Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga TN
March 31 at NC Blumenthal PAC in Charlotte NC
April 3 at House of Blues in New Orleans LA
April 4 at Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City LA
April 5 at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth TX
April 6 at Austin Music Hall in Austin TX
April 9 at Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs CO
April 10 at Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek CO
April 11 at Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre in Denver CO
April 15 at The Depot in Salt Lake City UT
April 29 at Centre for the Performing Arts in Montgomery AL
April 30 at Florida Theatre in Jacksonville FL
May 2 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater FL
May 3 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise FL
May 4 at Barbara B. Mann Hall in Fort Myers FL
May 5 at King Center in Melbourne FL
May 9 at War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro NC
May 10 at House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach SC
May 11 at Landmark Theater in Richmond VA
May 13 at Bergen PAC in Englewood CA
May 14 at Stanley Theatre in Utica NY
May 16 at Hanover Theatre in Worcester MA
May 17 at Capitol Center in Concord NH
May 18 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland ME
June 9 at Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee WI
June 12 at Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg MS

Friday, January 18, 2008


Aaron Jerome – Time To Rearrange (BBE/UK)
Afro Elements – It Remains To Be Seen (Freestyle/UK)
Aretha Franklin – Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs (Arista/Legacy)
Armando Trovajoli – Una Magnum Special Per Tony Saitta (Beat/Italy)
Barry Manilow - Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs (Arista/Legacy)
Benji Jumping – Charme & Shake (Irma/Italy)
Berardi Jazz Connection – Do It (Antibemusic/Italy)
Billie Holiday - Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs (Columbia/Legacy)
Bongolion – Outer Bongolio (Blow Up/UK)
Brownout – Homenaje (Freestyle/UK)
Buddy Collette – Polyhedric (Déjà vu/Italy)
Buku Banton – Inna Heights: 10th Anniversary Edition (CD/DVD, VP)
Cassiano – Apresentamos Nosso Cassiano (EMI/Brazil)
Clara Nunes – Claridade (EMI/Odeon/Brazil)
Dells – The Dells Sing Dionne Warwick’s Greatest Hits (Cadet/Dusty Groove)
Elaine Elias – Something For You: Elaine Elias Sings & Plays Bill Evans (Blue Note)
Ennio Morricone – Trio Infernal (Dagored/Italy)
Fino Coletivo – Fino Coletivo (Dubas/Brazil)
Frank Sinatra - Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs (Columbia/Legacy)
George Duke – Liberated Fantasies (MPS/Japan)
Idea 6 – Idea 6 Remix (Déjà vu/Commodo Depot/Japan)
Joao Donato – New Sound Of Brazil (RCA/BMG/Brazil)
John Klemmer – Solo Saxophone 2 – Life (Elektra/Wounded Bird)
Johnny Bristol – Bristol’s Crème (Atlantic/P-Vine/Japan)
Johnny Bristol – Strangers (Atlantic/P-Vine/Japan)
Joyce – Revendo Amigos (EMI/Brazil)
Kenny Rogers – A Love Song Collection (Capital/EMI)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu (Heads Up)
Marcos Valle – Mustang Cor De Sangue (Odeon/EMI/Brazil)
Maria Bethania – Dentro Do Mar Tem Rio (Biscoito Fino/Brazil)
Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear (Hip-O Select)
Miles Bonny – Smell Smoke (Inmate Sounds)
Million Dollar Orchestra – Better Days (BBE/UK)
Modulo 5 (Paolo Apollo Negri & Dave Masoch) - Soundstation Movements (Irma/Italy)
Nnenna Freelon – Quintessential Nnenna Freelon (Concord)
Norberto Goldberg – Batida Diferent (Come N Drum)
Quintetto Lo Greco – Right Spirit (Schema/Italy)
Pharoah Sanders – Pharoah Sanders’ Finest (Timeless/Dopeness Galore/Netherlands)
Raheem DeVaughn – Love Behind The Melody (Jive)
Rhoda Scott – From C To Shining C (Doodlin)
Salongo – Salongo (Eddie Allen)
Samuel Jon Samuelsson – Fnykur (SJS Music/Iceland)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’88 – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’88 (BMG/Brazil)
Shade & Blu Swing – Jazzyster (Jazzyster/Japan)
Simone – Cigarra (EMI/Odeon/Brazil)
Soul Cycle – Urban Organics (Soul Cycle)
Steve Evans – Two Sets (Kahshohu)
Tamba 4 – Tamba 4 (Orfeon/Mexico)
Thirdiq – Monologue (Origami/Japan)
Timo Lassy – Soul & Jazz Of Timo Lassy (Ricky Tick/Finland)
Toni Tornado – BR3 (EMI/Brazil)
Toninho Horta – Toninho Horta (EMI/Brazil)
Various Artists – Future Sounds Of Jazz Volume II (Compost/Germany)
Various Artists – The Definitive Slow Jams Collection (Capitol)
Various Artists – Lust – Art & Soul: A Personal Collection By Joey Negro (Susu/UK)


The Police will perform the following concerts:
January 17 at WestpacTrust Stadium in Wellington New Zealand
January 19 at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland New Zealand
January 22 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane Australia
January 24 at Telstra Stadium in Sydney Australia
January 26 at Cricket Grounds in Melbourne Australia
January 28-29 at Adelaide Entertainment Centrein Hindsmarsh Australia
February 1-2 at Members Equity Stadium in Perth Australia
February 10 at Kyocera Dome in Osaka Japan
February 13-14 at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo Japan
June 5 at SAP Arena in Mannheim Germany
June 8 at LTU Arena in Dusseldorf Germany
June 17-18 at Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester UK


Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will perform the following concerts:
January 19 @ Bloomington Center, Bloomington IL
January 20 @ Notre Dame University, South Bend IN
January 21 @ Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis MN
January 24 @ Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz CA
January 25 @ Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa CA
January 26 @ University of California, Berkeley CA
January 27 @ Stanford, Palo Alto CA
January 28 @ Humboldt State University, Arcata CA
January 29 @ University of California, Davis CA
January 31 @ Orange County PAC, Costa Mesa CA
February 1 @ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles CA
February 2 @ Smothers Theatre, Malibu CA
February 4 @ Mesa Arts Center, Mesa AZ
February 5 @ Centennial Hall, Tucson AZ
February 6 @ Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque NM
February 8 @ Folly Theater, Kansas City MO
February 9 @ Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis MO
February 10 @ University of Missouri, Columbia MO
February 12 @ University of Iowa, Iowa City IA
May 7 @ Kennedy Center, Washington DC


For fans of dance music and R&B from yesteryear and today, the highly anticipated release of the legendary ASHFORD & SIMPSON's "THE WARNER BROS. YEARS: HITS, REMIXES & RARITIES" is the ultimate compilation. The Rhino Records two-disc set exquisitely represents the great soul and disco era of the '70s including hits and impossible to find remixed gems from their nine albums recorded at Warner Bros. Records from 1973 - 1982. In addition, the package includes a disc of Ashford & Simpson songs from that same era that have been recently remixed by some of dance music's current top remixers including Tom Moulton, Joey Claussell, Joey Negro and Dimitri From Paris.

Ashford & Simpson's timeless talent over four decades as songwriters, producers and performers has shaped the face of music. This stunning collection bears witness to the mighty power of Nick and Val to create glorious records with pristine production, soulful vocals and the most important element -- enduring grooves.

Producer Johnny "D" DeMairo who lovingly assembled the package began creating the compilation as a way to re-introduce the public to the great soul and disco tracks. Until now, much of the music was virtually impossible to find in any existing format. "We put complete faith in Johnny to take care of our babies and the remixers he selected totally came through," said Nick Ashford. "We love the results," he concluded.

Disc One contains six songs originally released as promo-only 12" remixes. The great Jimmy Simpson (brother of Valerie), one of the original pioneers of "intros and breaks" began extending Ashford & Simpson's album tracks for the dance floor back in the '70s. This configuration resulted in additional accessibility for club DJs, which coined the now household term "remix" music. Jimmy Simpson's masterpieces include the duos hits "Send It," "Top of the Stairs" and "Have You Ever Tried It." Some of these are out-of-print masterpieces or available for over $2000 on music sites. Other Ashford & Simpson remixes include their fan favorites "Don't Cost You Nothing," "Nobody Knows," "Tried, Tested And Found True" and "Love Don't Always Make It Right" amongst others.

Featuring more than an hour of remixes, the second disc spotlights eight tracks by some of the world's most respected remixers whose admiration for the accomplishments of Ashford & Simpson's music is obvious. "These remixers did an incredible job breathing new life into our songs while maintaining the integrity of them," noted Valerie Simpson. DJ supreme Tom Moulton unearths parts of the mega-hit "Found A Cure" that were long forgotten including adlibs and an entirely new base line. Joe Claussell takes "Bourgie Bourgie" and brings it to another level, adding synths and precussion to create a rhythmic tour de force. Paul Simpson and John Morales recreate "Over And Over" and "Tried, Tested And Found True," and Dimitri From Paris carefully re-edited Jimmy Simpson's masterful 12" remix of "One More Try" and turns in two versions of "Stay Free" -- one at the song's original tempo and the other a slamming club mix. Joey Negro turns "Love Don't Always Make It Right" into a new house club anthem, while Tommy Musto thins out the mix on "It Seems To Hang On" to create a sexy between the sheets groove. "When Valerie and I listened to the final remixes, we wondered why we hadn't thought of some of these ideas," stated Ashford.

Disc 1: Originals [TT 75:05]

1. OVER AND OVER (12" Disco Mix)
4. ONE MORE TRY (12" Disco Mix)
8. DON'T COST YOU NOTHING (12" Disco Mix)
9. IT SEEMS TO HANG ON (12" Disco Mix)
10. FOUND A CURE (12" Disco Mix)
11. NOBODY KNOWS (12" Disco Mix)
12. LOVE DON'T MAKE IT RIGHT (12" Disco Mix)

Disc 2: Remixes [TT 78:15]

1. FOUND A CURE (A Tom Moulton Mix)
2. IT SEEMS TO HANG ON (Tommy Musto Re-Touch)
3. ONE MORE TRY (Dimitri Re-Edit)
4. BOURGIÉ BOURGIÉ (Joe Claussell's Classic Remix)
5. OVER AND OVER (Simphouse/M&M Mix)
6. STAY FREE (Dim's The Missing Mix)
7. LOVE DON'T MAKE IT RIGHT (Joey Negro Mix)
8. TRIED, TESTED AND FOUND TRUE (Simphouse/M&M Soulful Mix)
9. STAY FREE (Dim's Club Mix)


The Weather Channel has released a smooth jazz CD collection, The Weather Channel Presents: The Best of Smooth Jazz, that has turned out to be a genre hit. The CD, issued in October on Nashville's Midas Records, just recently reached Number Two on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. The 12-track collection features tunes by Jeff Lorber, Dave Koz, Chick Corea, 480 East, Joyce Cooling, Najee, and Pieces Of A Dream. The music has become familiar to viewers who watch the cable channel's "Local on the 8s" weather updates. The new CD also includes three tracks exclusively recorded for the Weather Channel: Mark Krumowski's "Wait a Minute," Ryan Farish's "Holding Hands" and Jeanne Ricks' "Simple Pleasure." Additional releases are being planned.


Koz's At The Movies CD of movie themes will be re-released in February in a special deluxe edition together with a new DVD. Blue Note will issue the Double Feature package on February 5th. Besides the full CD, the At The Movies, Double Feature will include a DVD of concert performances by Koz with the album's special guest artists. These include Chris Botti, Peter White, Barry Manilow, Anita Baker, Johnny Mathis, Vanessa Williams, Donna Summer and India Arie. In the meantime. Koz’s most recent CD release Memories Of A Winter's Night, recently moved to Number One on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. The jump to the top spot was sparked by his first week on the road with the Dave Koz & Friends A Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour, which kicked off on Friday, November 24th. The new CD features newly recorded holiday tunes in addition to selections from Koz's previous holiday sets, 1997's December Makes Me Feel This Way and 2001's A Smooth Jazz Christmas. For more information on the tour and a schedule of tour dates go to


Marvin Gaye's 1978 album "Here, My Dear," was reissued in expanded form Jan. 15 via Disc one of the project includes a remastered version of the original album plus a new mix of "Ain't It Funny (How Things Turn Around)" by Bootsy Collins. The second disc offers a resequencing of "Here, My Dear" comprised of Gaye's demo vocals and unused instrumental tracks from the period. Contributors on the album include Mocean Worker, Easy Mo Bee, Leon Ware and Salaam Remi.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Saxophonist Eric Marienthal has just released Just Around The Corner via Peak Records. This new release pairs teams him with Brian Culbertson, who produced and co-wrote material for Marienthal's 11th solo disk. The first single, "Blue Water," is a Marienthal-Culbertson composition. Other songwriting contributions on the album are from Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown, Stephen Lu. Musicians include drummer Dave Weckl, guitarists Ray Parker Jr., and veteran guitarist Michael O'Neill, among others.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Fourplay members Bob James, Nathan East, Larry Carlton, and Harvey Mason are headed back to the studio in January for a new release. According to the groups website (, they say they are , "… anxiously awaiting our new album for 2008. We start back in the studio in January and will be on schedule for a June '08 release date! A new album brings a new look which we will be showcasing next year as well with another reconstruction of our website." Fourplay's previous CD was 2005's X, at Number One on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz chart upon its release. The set included the single "My Love's Leaving'" featuring Michael McDonald.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


Dave Koz's At The Movies CD of movie themes will be re-released in February in a special deluxe edition together with a new DVD. Blue Note will issue the Double Feature package on February 5th. Besides the full CD, the At The Movies, Double Feature will include a DVD of concert performances by Koz with the album's special guest artists. These include Chris Botti, Peter White, Barry Manilow, Anita Baker, Johnny Mathis, Vanessa Williams, Donna Summer and India Arie. In the meantime. Koz’s most recent CD release Memories Of A Winter's Night, recently moved to Number One on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. The jump to the top spot was sparked by his first week on the road with the Dave Koz & Friends A Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour, which kicked off on Friday, November 24th. The new CD features newly recorded holiday tunes in addition to selections from Koz's previous holiday sets, 1997's December Makes Me Feel This Way and 2001's A Smooth Jazz Christmas. For more information on the tour and a schedule of tour dates go to


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