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“Soul To Soul,” a passionate new song cycle from vocalist, songwriter, producer and musician Carmen Lundy is Lundy’s 14th album, and the next chapter in her critically-acclaimed career as both a musical artist and a visual artist; a return to her roots but also an exploration of these roots -- and the journey that those roots can take you on. The release of “Soul To Soul” will be accompanied by tour dates both in the U.S. and overseas.
Featuring the stellar talents of guest artists Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Randy Brecker, Mayra Casales, Simphiwe Dana, Bennie Maupin, Carol Robbins, Ada Rovatti, and Warren Wolf along with Carmen’s core rhythm section members Darryl Hall and Jamison Ross, “Soul To Soul” invites the listener on an intriguing journey. The moods and moments of “Soul To Soul” are genre-bending and traverse many borders, both literally and figuratively.
Contemporary jazz vocalist, Victor Fields, joins forces with smooth jazz guitarist, Chris Camozzi, for a head-bobbing and soulful rendition of a Lou Rawls classic! The Lou Rawls Project is a sultry, bluesy and easy swinging set featuring lush, sophisticated re-imaginings of ten Rawls classics. Victor's rich gauzy tenor and his ability to move seamlessly between the blues, jazz, R&B and Pop prompted the legendary Lou Rawls to call him “the man with the golden voice” and the Los Angeles Times to describe him as "a stylistically accomplished singer who deserves much more attention."
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Sharon Marie is quickly becoming a favorite in LA's jazz club scene and performs with the finest jazz musicians and in the most exclusive rooms on the west coast.
Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, Sharon Marie is an extraordinary vocalist who brings a unique & distinguished sense of jazz history to her song stylings. Her approach to standards, show tunes and classic jazz is charming and refreshing… she often employs rhythmic and tempo variations that breathe enjoyable new life into familiar standards. Her brilliant interpretations and her smooth mellifluous sound leave a lasting impression on her listeners that is truly unforgettable!
She is exciting, sexy, fun and mesmerizing. Her style is reminiscent of a time gone by, yet is distinctively contemporary. Sit back, enjoy your meal and listen to the romantic melodies of Sharon Marie Cline and The Bad Boyz of Jazz.
Blessed with an irresistible and soulful voice, Mycah’s music is in a class all her own. She has shared the stage with noted artists such as The Whispers, Patti Labelle, Luther Vandross, JaRule, Arturo Sandoval, Ski Johnson, Ray Gaskins & Maysa Leak to name a few. In addition to her debut solo project Roux’s Fantasy, she is lead female vocalist for the group guiltypleasures, who’s debut single "Anticipation (The Remix)" has been in steady rotation on WHUR 96.3FM’s Original Quiet Storm since April 2010, and was deemed a “New Classic” by many.
Mycah just released new hit single “In The Groove” with friend & fellow artist Brian Christopher. Within days of its release its received multiple plays on stations around the globe, and has hit #3 on the UK Soul Chart Top 30 three weeks in a row!
On her sixth album So Good, So Right: Nicole Henry LIVE, Henry demonstrates her gift for sublime interpretation as well as her love for the emotionally tinged soul, pop and rock songs that were staples of the 1970s. The 13-track live album, which was recorded at Henry’s sold-out performances at Feinstein’s in NYC in May 2012, showcases her soulful, inspired interpretations of some of her favorite classic hits of the decade from iconic artists including Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, The Commodores and Gladys Knight. We can't wait to talk to Ms. Henry about her Jazz Brunch Series this month at the Blue Note
October 15 - Jazz Vocalist/composer/actress/painter - Carmen Lundy
With a career spanning three decades, internationally acclaimed songstress, Carmen Lundy, older sister of bassist, Curtis Lundy, has affectionately been compared to Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzerald, and Sarah Vaughn. A woman of many hats, Ms. Lundy has composed and published over forty songs. She is celebrated throughout the world for her vocal artistry and is highly regarded for her jazz innovation. As a painter, Lundy's oil on canvas paintings have been exhibited in New York at The Jazz Gallery (Soho) and The Jazz Bakery, and in Los Angeles at the Madrid Theater. Her art also appears in the booklets that accompany her CDs
Carmen has just released her 14th album, "Soul to Soul". Almost two years in the making, Soul to Soul consists of new original songs by Lundy, and a few very special collaborations. The album features legendary artists - specialists on their respective instruments - including Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Randy Brecker, Ada Rovatti, Warren Wolf, Bennie Maupin, harpist Carol Robbins, and Simphiwe Dana, a stunning South African vocalist and composer, among others.
Sharon Marie is a favorite in LA's jazz club scene and performs with the finest jazz musicians and in the most exclusive rooms on the west coast. Sharon Marie is an extraordinary vocalist. Her approach to standards, show tunes and classic jazz is charming and refreshing.
Eugenie is an award-winning jazz vocalist. Her debut CD, Black Lace Blue Tears, received the honor of being favorably reviewed in Down Beat magazine, was nominated for the NPR Top CD Release and Best Vocal release and was awarded Earshot Jazz NW Recording of the Year.
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One of the pivotal days in Alicia Olatuja's life happened just last year. She had a memorable moment, singing at one of the BIG Inauguration events for the re-elected Barack Obama. So stunning was her classically trained mezzo soprano voice that the buzz began IMMEDIATELY. No less than Elizabeth Hasselbeck (formerly of "The View") praised her on the show as if she had never heard anyone sing before that day :)
Well, the buzz has never STOPPED - and that's no exaggeration! This beautiful St. Louis native - now based in New York - is writing her own ticket to stardom. A vocal performance graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Alicia gave her recital at Carnegie Hall. And she debuted professionally as Sacagawea in a world premiere operetta.
Musical Theater and Opera have been great passions in our guest's life - but so has Jazz. She and her husband, the fantastic bassist, Michael Olatuja, have their own band. When you hear "The Olatuja Project", your receive the bliss of Alicia singing in a Yoruba or Shona dialect. Please check out "The Promise" on CD.
And the reason for Glorious Alicia's visit? Her OTHER CD, "Timeless." :-D When the most industrious promoter, Kari Gaffney, sent the album to yours truly, there was a lengthy ZONING during that day. Little else got accomplished but listening to Alicia's voice. If you've HEARD her, you know! Michael is with her on this project - as well as another bassist that you might know: Christian McBride :) And other noteworthy artists.
But it's the world class Alicia Olatuja who is our focus on 12/2. With the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir since 2007, voice teacher, vocal producer, teaching artist at the neighborhood Arts Council - OH - and a composer, too! So very impressive. Please: hear for yourself!
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Were excited to welcome vocalist, songwriter and musician Stephanie Spruill to the CoffeeTalk JAZZ platform.
Over the years, Spruill has been credited on hundreds of gold and platinum records, she has contributed to numerous movies and has performed all over the world including appearances before royalty in England and Spain and three different U.S. Presidents.
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Paula Atherton – Ear Candy
Here she is once again dancing the funk right off everyone’s dancing shoes: saxtress Paula Atherton. The lady has a new label (Maurice White’s Kalimba Music), some slammin’ contributions from one of the coolest guitarist around, Nick Colionne, lovely trumpeter Cindy Bradley, and the wonderfully talented, equally lovely keyboardist Gail Jhonson. Couple that with that same seductive, crystal clear vocal style that has brought her this far and an album of all new, all original material – Ear Candy — and I think we can look for a chart topper here.
Kicking it off with the funky “Pocket Full of Funk,” this party wastes no time getting into full swing. Others follow like “Bee to A Flower” (truly one to get those feet excited and certainly one of my faves) and “Breakdown.” Of course, this wouldn’t be a Paula Atherton CD without some of that saucy, seductive, R&Bish slow jam groove found here on tracks like “Without You” and “Someone’s Gonna Break My Heart” (the latter has a little pop flavor to it, as well). She also tosses in a little touch of Brazil and some great flute work on the rhythmic, up-tempo “Carnivale.”
This release marks her fourth, and each just seems to take the listener a little bit farther into the fascinating sound-rich world of this now so well-defined saxtress. That her fortunes are blossoming so well (new label, notable luminaries signing on to contribute) only further proves her to be more than ready to share the upper rungs of that wonderful C-jazz ladder. It is also evident that her style and material are irresistibly charming. Ear Candy …mmm, mmm good. –Ronald Jackson