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Gregg Karukas has almost finished his new album Soul Secrets.

Soul Secrets features his long-time friends: Rick Braun, Euge Groove, Ricardo Silveira, Eric Valentine, Nate Phillips, Michael O’Neill, James Harrah, Adam Hawley, vocalists Shelby Flint and Ron Boustead; violinist Charlie Bisharat, Luis Conte and Vincent Ingala!! There is lots of grand piano, and also quite a bit of some classic keyboards that he grew up with: Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Hammond B3 and Minimoog.

If you want to support Gregg’s new project, visit his Pledge Music site.


The keyboard pioneer reportedly passed away last night at St. John’s Hospital in Los Angeles. George Duke has died aged 67, after battling and being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This news comes after a difficult period for the acclaimed keyboardist and composer whose wife Corine passed away just over a year ago. Duke’s record label Concord-Telarc have confirmed he died on 5 August in Los Angeles, his passing coming after he had just launched his latest album, Dreamweaver, which he’d dedicated to his wife’s memory.

The musician, singer, producer and composer leaves behind a stunning legacy that includes collaborations with the likes of Frank Zappa and albums such as the Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. Duke’s music has been sampled by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock and Madlib.

Duke had recently returned to form in the studio and remained a hugely popular live draw at festivals and jazz clubs around the world. He will be sorely missed by his legions of fans from both R&B/soul and jazz-fusion worlds.


GOLF WITH “THE PRODUCERS” – Paul Brown & Darren Rahn
only at the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival 2013

Exclusive supporting programme on Saturday, May 4, 2013 including Green Fee for 18 holes and transport from Biomar Gran Hotel and back. Registration necessary.

Here you can make your reservation:
Hotel package from 2 nights (May 3-5, 2013) incl. half-board & all concerts: from 284,00 Euro per person in a double room
Concert tickets per day (without hotel): 55,00 Euro per person
Golf with “The Producers”: 99,00 Euro per person


For Hurricane Sandy & Typhoon Bopha Victims

TODAY, Tuesday, 2.19.13, Incognito & Kelli Sae release a beautiful, transformative and inspiring musical force into the universe to help those most in need right now.

If you can help us get the word out today via your social media,

internet and terrestrial programming, your websites,

twitter and Facebook feeds….a worthy cause


You can hear the song here:


BUY LINKS for social media postings




100% proceeds go to charity.


My friends, this is your chance to have your voice heard by getting involved in the making of my new CD “Relentless”. I want to make the best music possible. Through your help on my kickstarter project, that’s exactly what I’ll be able to do.

Please get involved and spread the word. Your support will not only be appreciated, but ensure the completion of an incredible CD project. Be a part of something great! No travel. No scheduling.


The new CD, “Relentless”, is unlike anything I’ve done before. I have been on a “Relentless” mission to bring my music to the forefront, a place where listeners are able to see and hear how the flute transcends perceived boundaries. Not only is the background music done with live musicians (instead of programmed keyboards), but there’s a more energentic sound showing my growth as an artist.

Darryl E. Jones

Cutmore Records is offering a service whereby they will give those artists who do not have any sales history at retail the opportunity to try and make it in the business. It’s a known fact that it takes more than a great record to make you a success. Building relationship and recognition at retail is very tough in this day and age and it accomplished over time. Retail is looking for the sure thing with movement history which makes it very tough for a new act trying to break in.

This is where Cutmore Records comes in. With a combined 50 + years in the business, they have the tools, knowledge and relationships in place to give you the best possible chance to break through the clutter and achieve success. They have the facilities in place to take you by the hand and show you the way. It’s about fresh, new and innovative talent. If you think you have what it takes please feel free to submit your project to the new label.

The label is excited to announce the labels first signing, 18 yr old producer/keyboard phenomenon Nicholas Cole. Having first caught to attention of the label a few years ago with the release of his self produced debut, Cole has accumulated a rather large and rabid following of believers who, as the label has, have caught a small glimpse of how great he can be. Cole is one of a number of very young artists that have come to embrace the genre and inject a new excitement and edge to a format that has been stagnant over the last few years.

More information about CutMore Records.

The unveiling of the Miles Davis stamp by Eduardo H. Ruiz Jr., left, L.A. District manager of the USPS, and bassist Marcus Miller, right, with musicians and members and friends of the Davis family during the U.S. Postal Service dedication of the Miles Davis stamp before a concert at the Hollywood Bowl on June 27.

Miller, a two-time GRAMMY winner, returns to composing and exploring new music of his own on “Renaissance” with a new band of curious and like-minded young musicians, and a mission to travel the world to take the message of his musical movement straight to the people. Set for release August 7 on Concord Jazz, “Renaissance” includes eight original compositions with inspired interpretations of songs by WAR, Janelle Monáe, The Jackson 5 and Ivan Lins.

MIndi Abair heading out for Global Warm Tour

 Mindi Abair heading out for Global Warming Tour

Aerosmith, “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band,” has officially invited Mindi Abair to be the featured saxophonist on their “Global Warming Tour,” which kicks off this week. Abair is travelling to Minneapolis to rehearse with the band and then begins the tour.

The saxophonist/vocalist’s upcoming tour dates with Aerosmith cap a string of recent highlights: Over the past several months, Abair has performed with Bruce Springsteen at New York’s famed Beacon Theatre for Comedy Central’s Stand Up For Heroes concert, played with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman, became a featured saxophonist on American Idol and now will participate in one of the major concert tours of the year with Aerosmith.

“I grew up as a rock ‘n’ roll girl,” Abair says. “I wanted to sing like Tina Turner or Steven Tyler. I couldn’t. But with a saxophone I could do anything I wanted.  It’s such an honor to share the stage with Aerosmith for this tour. From the first time I played with Steven Tyler off-the-cuff backstage at American Idol there was this beautiful energy. He’s so inspiring, and he takes melodies where no one else does. And as a saxophonist, that’s a dream. I’m just working off him and loving every second of it.”

On Sunday, August 26, Abair will perform with her band at the Hollywood Bowl for the first time ever. In fact, she’s playing the Hollywood Bowl twice this summer – once as a solo artist and again with Aerosmith.

Abair brings a fearless energy and abandon to the stage as a powerhouse on the saxophone, reminiscent of some of her heroes: Clarence Clemons, Bobby Keys and King Curtis.  Her latest solo recording, In Hi-Fi Stereo, was released in 2010 on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. Her single “Be Beautiful” remained #1 on the Contemporary Jazz Radio charts for seven weeks adding to a solo career that has already produced ten #1 radio singles from five major label solo releases.

Source:  Concord Music Group

On November 29, 2011, the Ocean Shores Jazz Society met and voted not to continue presenting an annual jazz festival. Badge sales, sponsorship and donations have not kept pace with the rising festival costs. While the 2011 festival saw an increase in attendance over the numbers of the past few years, it was not enough to make up for previous losses.

In 1983 the city of Ocean Shores Convention Center had an idea to have a Dixieland Jazz Festival as a way to bring tourists into town during the winter months. The first festival, based on the dream of continuing success, was held October 28, 29 and 30, 1983 with three bands. The event was a success. In 1985 a non-profit group, the Ocean Shores Dixieland Jazz Society, was formed. In 2007, the group became the Ocean Shores Jazz Society, presenting “Jazz at the Beach”, a festival encompassing all jazz music.

This year the Jazz Society held its 29th annual festival with nine bands and a featured guest artist. The attendees included first time festival goers as well as long time participants. The consensus of opinions expressed appreciation for the wide variety of music available for listening and dancing.

Over the years, the Ocean Shores Jazz Society has raised money to support the music program in the North Beach School District. We have sent students to jazz music camps, on educational field trips and helped with equipment and supplies. The monies raised for that purpose will be set up in a fund to continue the support of our youth and their appreciation for jazz music.

Hundreds of hours of volunteer work go into putting on a festival. The Ocean Shores Jazz Society would like to express our gratitude to all of the people over the years who have worked tirelessly to present 29 wonderful festivals. We appreciate the support of the local businesses that have provided sponsorship for the festivals, including local hotels that have provided lodging for band members. Without the generous support of the community, we could not have continued for these 29 years.

Thank you to all, past and present, for creating and sustaining such a fun and fantastic event. It shall be missed like many others in the future.

In a major effort to assist musicians and recording artists with advancing their music careers, Dr. Kenneth Love has recently produced and released a series of instructional business videos that may significantly benefit the careers of professional musicians and recording artists.  The video series, which addresses specific subjects not normally covered in the music industry, can benefit musicians and recording artists regardless of their music genre.  Additionally, the videos are available free of charge and can be viewed on Dr. Love’s YouTube channel at

A recording artist himself, Dr. Love holds degrees in both Music Education and Business Marketing.  He is also a former international radio promoter, video promoter, media publicist, and music journalist who served in these capacities for over twenty years before retiring in 2010.  Since retiring, he has returned to the artistry of his music career while now serving in the capacities of overseeing affordable press release distribution for musicians and consultation.”As always, the music industry continues to exist in a flux of activity, whether for better or worse,” says Dr. Love.

“And as such, artists need to always lean forward, in terms of career progression, as opposed to falling backward as a result of a lack of coherent information,” he says.  “Our first series of videos, which addresses alternative subjects such as the importance of music pools, radio specialty/mix shows, compact disc covers, and shopping malls, are certain to whet the appetites of musical performers.  As such, we are certainly looking forward to their response to the series,” he adds.

For more information regarding Dr. Kenneth Love, visit his websites at and