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Keyboardist Alan Hewitt will be performing with The Moody Blues on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, October 13, 2011 in support of the band’s Precious Cargo Tour throughout Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The band will be playing one of their many hits on the show.

Alan is the keyboardist for the iconic band and has a long list of credentials of his own. According to Guy Arnston from the Illinois Entertainer in a review of Hewitt’s “Retroactive” CD, “Hewitt has crafted an award-winning L.A.-based career playing for and with bands like Earth Wind and Fire, Warrant and currently The Moody Blues.”

A first call composer for a long list of major film and television productions, Hewitt’s credits include “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder,” “Bridget Jones,” “Survivor,” “MTV,” “Access Hollywood,” “Entertainment Tonight” and has served as a favored composer for the “Oprah Winfrey Show” (including “Oprah’s Big Give”). The list of accolades from the industry includes “The Golden Planet Award,” “ESPY Award for Excellence” Platinum hits with Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” and Earth Wind & Fire’s “Greatest Hits Mega Mix.”

His latest solo release “Retroactive” is available via major retail outlets. For more info, please logon to

Source:    Cheryl Hughey Promotions

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) are pleased to announce that bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding, in response to the Diversity and Innovation Fund Request for Proposals, has been asked to host Find The Beat, a progressive new television show on PBS.

Find The Beat, a new program that promotes diversity, features Spalding joining with a group, a band or solo musician to explore the roots of their music. Their journeys take them to see authentic performers, explore cultural connections and investigate musical history.

PBS and the CPB issued a request for proposals for a new television show to be sponsored by their Diversity and Innovation Fund. The DI Fund, “seeks to diversify the National Program Service by attracting younger and more racially and ethnically diverse viewers and visitors.” More than 200 submissions were received in response to the request for proposals, from which only 16 were chosen by their editorial staff to advance to panel review.

Esperanza Spalding combines the imaginative flights of a serious improviser with the musical accessibility of a pop star and within two years of her solo debut has beguiled success at nearly unimaginable heights. Esperanza, her 2008 release, spent over 70 weeks on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and was the most successful internationally selling debut that year.

Spalding’s most recent release, Chamber Music Society, is a brilliant marriage of string and jazz trio, and a showcase for her eclectic sensibilities along with her vocal and compositional talents. Other career highlights include two televised performances at the White House, a Banana Republic ad campaign, features in Oprah Magazine and The New Yorker, numerous awards and high profile tour dates, capped by an invitation to perform at the 2010 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

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PBS is inviting public comment and wants to hear from you now. Support diverse and innovative programming on public television by telling PBS to fund Find The Beat with Esperanza Spalding:

A delicacy meticulously and creatively prepared by composer Craig Marks certain to please and satiate the discriminating musical palettes of The Chairman, culinary commentator Alton Brown and Iron Chef fans worldwide, the original soundtrack from the hit Food Network series Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef will be released on CD November 30th by the CMS Media record label. For those who can’t wait to feast upon the engaging and dramatic collection of musical morsels of gustatory delight composed and produced by Marks for the shows, the soundtrack is available now exclusively as a digital release at iTunes, Amazon and various digital retail outlets.

Marks curated forty-five minutes of music from the scores he created for nine seasons of Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef, the latter of which is currently airing its third season on Sunday nights at 9 PM ET/PT. For years, fans of the shows from all walks of life, including from culinary schools and colleges, contacted Marks to request that he release the shows’ music to be used as the backdrop for their own Iron Chef competitions and events as well as for those who enjoy the cascading kaleidoscopes of orchestral cinematic sound, sprawling sonicscapes sumptuously seasoned with cultured World Music nuances, entrancing New Age dreaminess, bombastic beats and mellifluous melodies of monstrous tension, delicate emotion and pensive reflection.

To put it simply, the music is big. Assembled as a soundtrack, it’s an entertaining listen independent of the shows. “The music encapsulates the two moods of the shows: the competition portion and the tasting and judging segments,” explained Marks. “The tasting and judging cues are gastro-meditative textures. For the competition, the music goes beyond reality. It’s a powerful force in producing heightened drama that’s a bit over the top at times.”