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Host Deardra Shuler talks with writer/producer/director Roz Nixon about "SS Nirvana: A Story of Love & Jazz on the High Seas." Dinner theater, presented at Minton's Playhouse, located at 206 West 118th Street, NYC, beginning October 20th. Through Roz Nixon Entertainment, Nixon produces events, serves as a casting agent booking for such films as Unfaithful, The Devil Wears Prada, Music and Lyrics, and casts for Heineken, Verizon and NY Knicks commercials.
SS Nirvana, a musical, runs every Tuesday and Wednesday featuring songs of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole, and Sarah Vaughn.
Charles Bartlett (Louis Armstrong) and Lil Phillips (Dinah Washington), talk about taking on the looks and vocals of the artists they emulate. Leader of The Charles Bartlett Jazz Ensemble, Charles is a seasoned trumpeter, who has performed at events hosted by notables such as Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee and Essence Communications.He has performed with such jazz giants as,Stanley Turrentine and Dizzy Gillespie.
Lil Phillips has performed from NY to Istanbul, at Birdland and for JVC Jazz Festival. Known for her jazz style, Lil paid Tribute to Dinah Washington in 2008. Lil is a song stylist in her own right. Her bell-toned voice is a.perfect complement to her rendition of jazz and pop standards.
"SS Nirvana" wlil run Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m., until the second week of November, 2015. For info see http://www.roznixonentertainment.com/ and/or call 646-373-3690
Kelli Richards is the CEO of The All Access Group and the host of All Access Radio. As a highly sought-after consultant, super-connector, trusted advisor, celebrity wrangler and thought leader, she connects innovators and influencers from Silicon Valley to Hollywood to Madison Avenue. As a trusted advisor, she transforms the quality of people’s lives. She's also the author of the bestselling e-book, “The Magic & Moxie of Apple – An Insider’s View.”
Peter Dekom is a Los Angeles-based lawyer, consultant, and entrepreneur in the fields of entertainment, Internet, and telecommunications. Peter’s clients have included such Hollywood notables as George Lucas, Paul Haggis, Keenen Ivory Wayans, John Travolta, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Andy Davis, Robert Towne and Larry Gordon among many others, as well as corporate clients such as Sears, Roebuck and Co., Pacific Telesis and Japan Victor Corporation (JVC). He has been listed in Forbes among the top 100 lawyers in the United States and in Premiere Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful people in Hollywood. He is also the author of the recent book, “Next: Reinventing Media, Marketing and Entertainment
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Lin Rountree, the Soul-Jazz/R&B Trumpeter, is the latest artist to emerge from the ‘new’ Detroit music factory. His playing has been described as soulful, funky, and sensual. Be it R&B/Soul or Groove Jazz, he has an innate ability to connect his music to his listener’s soul.
SERENDIPITOUS, Lin Rountree's fourth project to date and debut album on CutMore Records is available NOW! Produced and co-written by Grammy Nominated producer Nate Harasim, this auspicious project establishes the Soul-Trumpeter as a bona-fide leader in the new sound of Soul-Jazz.
For 14 years (1982-1996), guitarist Chieli Minucci was half of the popular World Fusion band Special EFX, forming a musical partnership with percussionist George Jinda and creating accessible yet slightly unusual music. Minucci attended Ithica College, playing guitar in a variety of rock and pop groups, and had developed his own approach to the guitar when he met up with Jinda in 1982. Their band recorded extensively with GRP (1984-1992) and also made three CDs for JVC (1993-1995) before finally breaking up. Minucci in the 1980s and '90s also worked as a producer and writer for other musicians including Deborah Henson-Conant and Kim Pensyl, plus he worked in the studios. Minucci appeared on a variety of R&B dates by the likes of Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Noel Pointer, and Angela Bofill and began his solo career in 1995, cutting three CDs as a leader without Jinda for JVC during 1995-1997. Since that time, Minucci has continued to release albums, some of which include Sweet on You in 2000, Night Grooves in 2003, and Sweet Surrender in 2007.
Lisa Bell, who has a B.A. in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has performed as the opening act for the JVC Winter Park Jazz Festival, on the same bill as Christopher Cross and Boney James. She also played as the opening act twice for guitar great Stanley Jordan, as well as for Oleta Adams and has been featured in “Jazz On The Tracks” performances aboard scenic trains touring through the Rocky Mountains. She performs across the country at venues large and small, and has toured Italy with her original music.
Since September 2010, Brett Pemberton's persona has been cast hugely, illuminated by the magnitude of his debut feature film, "BECK." BECK shot straight to #1 at Box Offices on it's opening weekend in Japan, beating out Inception, and many other great films! Produced by one of the world's highly recognized film-companies, Toho Studios (Godzilla), Pemberton coincided with renowned director, Yukihiko Tsutsumi (20th Century Boys, 2008) as well as Tokyo's super-talents, young-stars Hiro Mizushima & Takeru Satoh. (Both respective television, film, and pop-culture super-fixtures). Packing a punch into a multi-media career in the arts, Pemberton, as a musician opened for &/or toured alongside: Bad Religion, MxPx, Good Charlotte, Dredg, The Apex Theory, The Distillers, Vendetta Red, Janet Robin (The Lindsey Buckingham Band), and many more. Pemberton is a well versed multi-instrumentalist. Playing drums, bass, guitar, piano, and singing on all of his records, as well as producing most of the tracks. Collaborating with songwriter & producer Mark Mangold in 2009, the album "Tokyo Twilight" was birthed. "Don't wake me up," a single spawned while searching the depths of two kindred souls, hits the heart strings of many. Brett & Parker Lundgren (Guitarist of renowned band, Queensryche) discovered a common ground, co-writing this melancholy, albeit transcendent rock symphony for the weary of heart. (Lundgren on Guitar, Pemberton on Vocals & Production). Brett Pemberton has had the honor of modeling for some of the largest & most respected fashion Designers in the world including Gucci, Hermes, Armani, Jill Sander, Ralph Lauren, Dress 33, GQ Magazine, Flaunt Magazine, Arena Magazine, Sony (Worldwide campaign), JVC (Worldwide campaign), and an extensive list more.
Forged in the hyperborean beauty of a remote Alaskan island, Halie Loren’s gift for capturing the playfulness, pizazz, vulnerability, and sensuality inherent in a classic lyric appeared early on. In 2000, Loren earned first place in the Austin Songwriters' Contest for three of her songs in the country, singer/songwriter, and jazz categories. She took songwriting awards in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and Billboard World Song Contest. Her debut jazz CD, 2008's They Oughta Write a Song, won the JPF award for Best Vocal Jazz Album, and by 2010 the world had opened up to her — with distribution in Asia by JVC/Victor Entertainment, it became Japan's No. 2-selling jazz CD of the year. She followed with Stages, her first live CD, and mere months later, After Dark, which Wildy's World Music Blog selected as one of 2010's top three independent albums and named her Artist of the Year. "Thirsty," a Loren original on After Dark, won the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop poll for best jazz song of 2011. Loren's newest CD, Heart First, was released in Asia in late 2011, and almost immediately the first single from the album, Fly Me to the Moon, reached No. 1 on the iTunes Japan jazz chart and stayed there for several weeks. To date, more than 50 of her songs have entered Japan's iTunes jazz top 100. Loren’s performances in the past year include sellout crowds in Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, South Korea, as well as Hawaii and other U.S. locales. 'Heart First' has received much critical acclaim already, including Japan's Jazz Critique magazine’s #1 rank in the Vocal Jazz Album category for all of 2011.Having recently signed with Wild West Artist Management and Music Marketing Management, Loren is looking ahead to an ever expanding music career. For more information, visit www.halieloren.com.
Larry Brown Jr. has been paving his way to success as a musician, performer, educator, and philanthropist. A native of Venice, Illinois, he’s been plucking guitar strings since the age of 5. His debut album “There Can Only Be One” was released Labor Day, 2011. Composing music that is fresh, innovative and captures the hearts of all music lovers, Brown’s mission is to present world-class performances that entertain and inspire.
Brown earned a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University in 2009. He has studied with jazz legends such as Pat Martino, Victor Goines, Bucky & John Pizzarelli. He’s played in many of the worlds greatest jazz festivals and venues including the St. Louis Jazz festival, JVC Jazz Festival New York, and South America’s Lima Jazz festival. He has performed with greats such as Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, and many others. He is also a 2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency finalist that performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Known for his musical versatility, Brown worked as guitar chair for the plays “Color Struck” and “High School Musical”. He’s recorded albums with Willerm Delisfort, Milton Suggs and the NIU Liberace Jazztet. As an educator, he founded the Black Church Music Piano Camp in 2010. This annual event, held in his hometown was created to educate and uplift young musicians through the exploration of gospel music.
As a Philanthropist, Brown is currently organizing a non-profit organization called “Music for the Heart” geared to raise awareness about heart disease in communities throughout the world. His ultimate goal is for Larry Brown Worldwide to become a global leader by effectuating change through the power of music.
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