Archive for June 28, 2010

Last night Esperanza Spalding performed as a featured artist at the 10th annual BET Music Awards hosted by Queen Latifah at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Esperanza paid tribute to Prince who received a lifetime achievement award. She accompanied herself on standup bass for “If I Was Your Girlfriend” and also sang with Janelle Monae, Patti LaBelle and Alicia keys.

The BET AWARDS’10 recognized the achievements of artists, entertainers and athletes in 19 different categories. Look for Esperanza’s new release, Chamber Music Society, August 17, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group.

Next Level Jazz is for the artist desiring a new sound, a new look, and a new level of success.

The song, the players, the feel, the mood, the groove, and the pocket. When all of those come together, then you have something special. But what if you don’t live near a music center, and for years have been struggling to get a good clean jazz sound. Your jazz sound, but played and mixed by people who know what they are doing.

Musicians and engineers of Next Level Jazz have been winning Grammys in every music format for years working with names such as Vanessa Williams, Michael McDonald, Chaka Kahn, Take Six, Yolanda Adams, Brian McKnight, Luther Vandross, Kenny Loggins, Gladys Knight, Jonathan Butler, Jim Brickman, and many more.

Darkhorse recording is a retreat for the creative soul. The artists love the fact that it’s remote and minutes away from Nashville. Darkhorse has been the studio home for names such as Larry Carlton, Victor Wooten, Michael McDonald, Kirk Whalum, Bela Fleck, and of course many more in all genres including country, pop, and rock. It’s long on vibe, and short on distraction with plenty of windows so your jazz can breathe and not be stifled by four concrete walls.

It’s kind of a lost art anymore. But they specialize in meeting with and helping artists develop a career, making the right steps from the ground up. Their goal is to completely change the way people think of your music, from the casual listener, to the hardened gatekeeper. Next Level Jazz specializes in a radical turnaround in every phase of your artistry, leading to a new level of success, and more opportunities.

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