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    Internationally renowned jazz musician, Kenny Carr

    - Who is one of the world’s premier soulful jazz trombonist and shout band recording artists. His phenomenal ability to play multiple instruments such as the sousaphone, bass horn, trombone, baritone, drums, trumpet and the piano exemplifies his incredible skill and passion for the art of music. -

     jazz musician, Kenny Carr

    Kenny's career has afforded him the opportunity to grace the stage with some of the industries influential musical artists such as Cheryl Crow, Ramsey Lewis, Wycliffe Gordon, Jonathan Butler, Al Green, Gladys Knight, and the late Ray Charles. His talents extend across genres, allowing Kenny to share his talents with gospel greats Vickie Winans, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Bishop Ronald Brown, and John P Kee. Kenny has been featured on or in the following distinguished shows and publications: NPR’s All Things Considered, The Brass Journal of News of Switzerland, ITEC International Brass Journal of Budapest, Hungary, TBN, BET and Tribune Broadcasting.

    Introducing Kenneth Carr, renowned jazz musician who continues to rewrite the rules of the music industry with a unique sound and talent. Carr’s skills go beyond one instrument – he can play the sousaphone, bass horn, trombone, baritone, drums, trumpet, and piano. Since the age of three, Kenneth Carr has found his passion and drive lies within the music he creates. You can hear his influences and inspirational upbringing with every piece that is aesthetically pleasing to the ear. Carr has appeared on Grammy nominated recordings, Dove award-winning projects, and named the Best of North Carolina Music Artist.

     jazz musician, Kenny Carr

    Carr’s signature sound pulls from his inspirational up bringing. He’s been blessed to share the stage with some of today’s greats as Ramsey Lewis, Sheryl Crow, Jonathan Butler, Al Green, Gladys Knight and the late Ray Charles. His projects, including “Heaven”,” “Sound the Alarm”, “Make A Joyful Noise and “Amazing Love”. Kenneth is internationally recognized as “Mr. Brass Voice” Trombonist, by international news and press as well as inspirational and Jazz enthusiast.

    As a North Carolina native, Carr is inspired by his hometown and implements homegrown, specific sounds and beats into his music. Kenneth brings raw emotion and feeling into his pieces rooted by personal experience and musical expression developed from a young age.

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    - Legendary Jazz Artist Born May 26, 1926
    Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 2 Hits #3 on Billboard Jazz Charts
    New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Honoring Miles Davis
    at Medallion Ceremony at Davis' Upper West Side Brownstone on May 16 at 3pm -

    Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, celebrates the genius of Miles Davis, honoring the 20th century jazz avatar as the label's Artist of the Month for May 2013.

    On May 16, at 3pm, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission will honor Miles Davis at a Medallion Ceremony at 312 West 77th Street, the brownstone townhouse, purchased by Davis in 1958, that served as both home and working environment for the artist for 25 years.

    Born Miles Dewey Davis III on May 26, 1926 in Alton, Illinois, Miles grew up in East St. Louis, first learning trumpet at age 13. Graduating high school, he moved to New York in 1944 to study at the Juilliard School of Music, developing chops in technique and music theory before leaving to become a full-time player on the New York jazz circuit, cutting his first records in 1945.

    One of the most revolutionary and influential musicians and recording artists of the 20th century, Miles Davis was in the vanguard of virtually every phase of the evolution of post-WWII American jazz, from be-bop to cool jazz to hard-bop to modal jazz to the rock-jazz-funk-fusion that got him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Miles Davis died on September 28, 1991, leaving an extensive catalog of unprecedented music that remains both timeless and groundbreaking.

    Trumpeter, bandleader and composer, Miles Davis fronted some of the most formidable and adroit ensembles in jazz history. Miles was that rarest of artists: an uncompromising avant-garde visionary who achieved both critical and commercial success. In 2008, Davis's 1959 masterpiece, Kind of Blue, was certified 4x platinum, solidifying its stature as the top-selling jazz album of all-time. In December 2009, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution on Kind of Blue's 50th anniversary "honoring the masterpiece and reaffirming jazz as a national treasure." On the Legacy Recordings site, fans and collectors will find access to a variety of comprehensive Miles Davis titles including: Setlist: The Very Best of Miles Davis and Setlist: The Very Best of Miles Davis (Live) as well as Volumes 1 and 2 of the acclaimed Miles Davis Bootleg Series, a selection of rare and previously unreleased recordings to be drawn from all phases of Davis's career, housed in deluxe CD + DVD boxes (with a "Best of" compilation available for The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1).

    The first two titles in the series -- Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol.1 (2011) and Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 (2013) -- showcased Miles as bandleader, working with a different quintet, creating very different music on each release. Each collection peaked at #3 on the Billboard Jazz charts.

    Live In Europe 1967 was 2011's most acclaimed historic jazz box set, receiving a “5-star” review from Down Beat magazine and voted Historical Album of the Year in the Down Beat Readers and Critics Poll; it ranked as the #1 reissue in both the Critics and Readers polls of JazzTimes magazine, and the Jazz Journalists Association voted it Best Historical or Boxed Set. The package received an “A” from Entertainment Weekly, and said “At its heart, jazz thrives on bold, sensitive interaction in the moment, and Live In Europe 1967 represents the pinnacle of that practice.” Rave reviews appeared in a wide array of publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Slate, and many others.

    In his Sunday “Arts & Leisure” rave review of Live In Europe 1967, New York Times critic Nate Chinen concluded: “It’s humbling to think that a release like Live in Europe 1967 might help illuminate jazz’s present as well as its past, but that’s what great archival work can do. So congratulations, Columbia/Legacy. Now, what’s next?”

    Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol.2 showcased a short-lived legendary Miles Davis ensemble, a "third great quintet" recorded live featuring Wayne Shorter on soprano and tenor saxophones, Chick Corea on electric (and occasionally acoustic) piano, Dave Holland on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums.

    "The scope of these concerts is remarkable," wrote Pitchfork in its (9 out of 10 rated) review of Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol.2 , "(The Miles Davis Quintet) makes for a deadly team, equally at home with low-down groove, in-the-pocket swing and feverish abstraction."

    "It's wild, fitful, ripping good stuff," raved NPR's All Things Considered while the New York Daily News noted that "This set snaps Miles with a quintet that danced brilliantly between the relative formality of the mid '60s and the great madness to come."

    "(Miles) plays with power, range and passion, goading the rhythm section into epic battles," observed BBC Music while The Guardian gave it 4 stars marveling that "...this is newly emerging and influential music still in the furnace and Davis' timing can make even a season fan whoop."

    Seasoned and future fans of Miles Davis are invited to check out the man and his music as Legacy Recording's May Artist of the Month.


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    Drummer EC3 Releases New CD: It’s All About The Rhythm

    - Exciting News For Lovers Of Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz and Straight Ahead Swing! -

    Las Vegas, NV --- “Music and life are really all about the groove,” says drummer and bandleader EC3. “You find harmony and it’s good, you get off the beat and it’s challenging. When I was recording the new CD, the foundation was rhythm heavy and we built on that. I was blessed to play with some of the best cats on the east coast. We chose some of the most incredible songs ever written and I arranged them in musical styles from Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz to straight-ahead swing. It’s All About The Rhythm describes the CD and my philosophy about life.”

    EC3’s fresh approach to timeless classics and newly discovered gems infuses them with a vibrancy and new life that will appeal to veteran jazz lovers, swing fans and new audiences. Here’s a little taste of four of the ten tracks you’ll discover on It’s All About The Rhythm.

    “Mambo Inn” beautifully embodies Afro-Cuban rhythms. Sensual and inviting, this lively tune by Mario Bauza, Bobby Woodlen and Grace Sampson defies listeners to sit still. “We tried this song out on a sophisticated audience in Reston, Virginia just to see what the reaction would be,” explains EC3. “They were on their feet in seconds. Afterwards an 84-year old lady came up to tell me that she had not danced like that in years!”

    The timeless Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic, “Close To You,” goes beyond the expected to redefine this beautiful melody. “I had been toying with the arrangement for some time, but could not get the exact sound that I wanted,” says EC3. “I was on a plane and all of a sudden I had the idea to get Melvin Jones to play it on muted trumpet with a Miles Davis attitude. It was just what I wanted. At the end of the day, it’s my homage to Bacharach. I’d love to play it for him.”

    The drum and piano intro sets the exuberant mood of “Overjoyed.” Originally a wistful ballad by Stevie Wonder, in EC3’s hands it’s a defiant declaration of love. “I knew I was taking a chance doing it in a dramatically different way,” he says. “I played a sungo pattern on the drums because I liked the way it fit the melody. Now you can salsa to it.”

    “Estate” features smoldering vocals by Laura Sosa. The song by Italian composers Bruno Brighetti and Bruno Martino is a tribute to EC3’s heritage. He was born in Naples, Italy and lived there until he was in his teens. “I asked Laura to sing with us because I was just knocked out by her voice,” he enthuses. “What I didn’t know until we got into the studio was that she speaks several languages including Italian. I asked her to sing the second part of the song in Italian and it sounds fabulous.”

    To celebrate the release of It’s All About The Rhythm, audiences will get a chance to hear the new material live when EC3 and his ensemble hit the stage at the famed jazz supper club, Blues Alley in Washington, DC for two shows on March 6. From the very first note, you’ll know you are in for a high-octane good time. Even the most casual jazz listener will be swaying in their seat. In the tradition of Tito Puente and Max Roach, EC3 leaves it all on the stage. Advance tickets are available at

    Drummer and bandleader EC3 is a second generation musician whose father, a noted jazz saxophonist, taught him an appreciation for music and life-long learning. He studied at the Naval Conservatory of Music. A stint in Los Angeles playing in the orchestra for classic musicals like A Chorus Line and Ain’t Misbehavin’ led to a gig with singer Loretta Holloway in her hit Las Vegas revue, opening for acts like Jay Leno, Bill Cosby and Whoopi Goldberg. For 12 years he served as drummer and musical director for Holloway, playing Vegas as well as touring exotic locales like Brazil, Russia, and Japan. Next he joined renowned bassist Al McKibbon’s band in the famed “Bourbon Street Review” at Caesars Palace for five years. Other gigs include working with legends Diahann Carroll and Joe Williams, as well as playing with Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Orchestra and the Las Vegas Symphony. For the last four years he’s toured with his own ensemble. A favorite at festivals, he has graced the stage at The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, the Reston Concert Series and the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

    EC3’s previous two CDs, My Romance With Rhythms and Her Eyes At Sunset, received critical acclaim and have been played on stations around the globe. “He moves the notes forward with tasty, soulful, bluesy jazz standards,” said Afrikahn Jamah Dayvs of KKUP-FM 91.5, KPFA-FM 94.1 and KRML-FM 94.7 in San Jose. And Carl Anthony of Jazz 91.9 WCLK in Atlanta had this to say, “EC3 finds a carefully crafted playlist to delight the ear.”

    Check out EC3’s new column “The Jazz Slant” beginning this spring in the national publication, Slantress Magazine! It’s All About The Rhythm is available NOW on iTunes and CD Baby. For more information about EC3 visit his web site at:


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    Cheryl Lynne Skinner Flutist/Producer at Elinez Music Announces Free Download of New Flute Dance Track Heartbeats!

    New York, NY---Composer-Musician Cheryl Lynne Skinner composer/producer at Elinez Music is happy to announce the relocation to the New York area. In celebration and introduction to new audiences we are offering a free download of Heartbeats. Skinner is excited to become a part of the rhythm and heartbeat of the New York music scene.

    Cheryl's current CD project features tracks from The Love Chronicles Collection exploring the stages and phases of love. The first flute instrumental dance track Heartbeats explores feelings of infatuation, attraction, love at first sight and new love that wants to dance. The MP3 is featured on Jango Radio and can be heard and downloaded free @ Just click on SHOP, Click Next until you reach The Love Chronicles Cover with the heart, download and enjoy! Or you can visit the Nimbit music store at

    Cheryl Lynne Skinner
    Skinner, a triple threat performing on keyboard, flute and vocals presents an inspirational program of what she calls contemporary M.U.S.E. (music unleashed from soul experience). Skinner's compositions defy classification as she combines a myriad of styles, including Jazz, R&B, Latin-American, African and classical to achieve her unique smooth inspirational contemporary sound.

    Skinner celebrates three CD releases under the Elinez Music brand, Sunday Afternoon taped Live at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Shades of Blue, a celebration of the blues form and its tone color and I Wonder As I Wander, the 2011 Christmas CD release.

    Skinner's music has been featured in media by WUKY 91.3 FM radio in Lexington, KY interviewed by host John Rose, radio documentary by Chicago WBEZ's Jodi Becker, and Chicago NPR's award winning journalist & broadcaster Mara Tapp, The Sunday Afternoon Concert was filmed for the Kentucky Education Television network (KET) documentary, Go For Baroque was adopted as first theme song for KET program, Mixed Media. and recently Sunday Afternoon CD was included on the play list on WPFW's Spirit of Jazz show hosted by Lona Alias featuring an eclectic mixture of inspirational tracks including notables Chaka Khan, Martina McBride, Celine Dionne, Josh Groban, Nina Simone, India Arie, Stevie Wonder. To hear more of Cheryl's music visit:


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  1. Alien Chatter ...
    Official website for Indo-Jazztronica band Alien Chatter. A unique blend of Indian music and jazz piano, featuring Tabla and electronica. Indo-jazz fusion in outer space.

  2. All About Jazz ...
    Jazz, characterized by its thrilling improvisation and soulful attitude, continues to grow with the times. These Internet resources are great for learning, seeing, and hearing more about this incredible genre and its harmonies and heroes.

  3. All About Jazz ...
    Informative and timely yet entertaining and fun, it offers all fans the opportunity to express their opinion on a variety of Black jazz and jazz-related subjects.

  4. A Passion for Jazz! Music History and Education ...
    History of Jazz music origins, styles and musicians.

  5. Birka Jazz ...
    Rare and second hand jazz vinyl records - LP EP Books.

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    Official website for smooth jazz guitarist artist Bruce McKenzie.

  8. BS - Jazz, A Film By Ken Burns ...
    The companion Web site to the latest production by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, JAZZ celebrates America's greatest original art form.

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    One of the largest showcases of contemporary jazz.

  10. Club Kaycee ...
    Archive, Kansas City, University of Missouri.

  11. Cool Singers ...
    Information about jazz singers.

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    Official website of jazz guitarists Eric Johnson. Music samples, tour schedule.

  13. Gallery 41 ...
    With a focus on Jazz, featuring some of the greatest artists of our generation.

  14. Gerard Gibbs and ORGANized Crime ...
    Official website of Detroit based Jazz group Gerard Gibbs and Organized Crime.

  15. Henry Grimes ...
    Master jazz musician acoustic bass, violin Henry Grimes has played more than 3OO concerts in 23 countries including many festivals.

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    The Internet Jazz Plaza - live broadcasts, news, and websites services aspiring Black jazz musicians.

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    The new sounds of Smooth African Jazz, coming from West Africa.

  18. Jazz and Blues Station ...
    KKJZ 88.1 FM offers the full spectrum of jazz music, from bop to cool, Latin to straight-ahead, swing to big band, and most everything in between.

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  20. Jazz At Lincoln Center ...
    A performing arts organization dedicated to the presentation of jazz.

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    The inernet is full of all kinds of music but, Good Jazz is not always easy to find. Now you can find it here. If you feel that time spent listening to Jazz is time well spent, make your next break a JAZZ BREAK!

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  23. Jazz, Hot and Cold ...
    Atlantic Monthly Article, June, 1955, by the well known Opera and Stage writer, Arnold Sundgaard, is an essay and brief history of Black jazz music.

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    Early Jazz History on JASS.COM.

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    Read about your favorite jazz and gospel artists in Jazzspel journal magazine.

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    Internationally renowned jazz musician, Kenny Carr - who is one of the world’s premier soulful jazz trombonist and shout band recording artists.

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    American poet, musician, composer and the creator and lead vocalist of Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock.

  28. Miles Davis ...
    Trumpeter, composer, innovator, This African American jazz musician left us a wealth of musical images guaranteed to survive the ages.

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    This is a brief historical essay on the history of Creoles in New Orleans, and their influence on Jazz.

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    A very unique blend of Contemporary Jazz, fused with Urban and Brazil flavors.

  31. Nighttown ...
    Nighttown is one of the best jazz clubs in Cleveland. It is also a fine-dining restaurant open 7 nights a week, as well as the home of The Press Club of Cleveland and the Press Club's Hall of Fame.

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    Official website of soulful crooner Norah Jones.

  33. Real Godfathers of Punk ...
    E-zine article by Billy Bob Hargus connecting African American jazz music artists auch as Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman with the roots of punk music, links, photographs.

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    History, jazz, RealAudio, biographies, discographies, filmography, Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Bennie Moten and Jack Teagarden.

  35. Rodney Lee ...
    Rodney has made a name for himself in L.A. circles as a remarkably versatile player. He is equally at home in jazz, R&B, funk, pop, and electronica.

  36. Sabrina Tutstone ...
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  37. Scullers Jazz Club ...
    Scullers Jazz Club in Boston presents world class jazz artists and has recently been voted Best Live Music Venue and Best First Date Spot.

  38. Shemekia Copeland ...
    The official website of blues singer Shemekia Copeland.

  39. Smithsonian Jazz ...
    African American jazz music portal offering audio, video and text relating to giants such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, and Louis Armstrong.

  40. Smooth Jazz Vibes ...
    The place to go for contemporary jazz or smooth jazz with lots of infos, reviews, links and more. Now with an internet smooth jazz radio channel.

  41. Sonny Rollins ...
    Official Website for the Saxophone Colossus. Sonny Rollin's official website features all his music and lots of cool videos.

  42. Stefon Harris ...
    Jazz vibraphonist's official website features recordings, press kit, bio, photo gallery, recordings, reviews.

  43. St. Nick's Jazz Pub ...
    50 plus years and counting. Jazz fans and musicians alike consider St. Nick's Pub in Harlem 's Sugar Hill section their place to cut loose and rub elbows with jazz history.

  44. The Bebop Shop ...
    Bebop, hardbop & modern Jazz.

  45. The House of Jazz ...
    A great environment and the hottest jazz from local and national performers. Charlotte, NC

  46. The Lost Sessions ...
    This site is designed for R & B music lovers. It covers over twenty- five years of great music.

  47. The Red Hot Jazz Archive ...
    A history of Jazz before 1930. This site contains over 2000 songs from this era in Real Audio 3 format, as well as hundreds of biographies and discographies of Jazz musicians.

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    Tracy Mothershed is a vocalist whose style is reminiscent of romance, nostalgia, passion, and art. She collaborates musically using diversified musicians, styles, and instrumentation. Tracy’s vocals can be heard on Rap/Hip-Hop collaborations, Garage - Jazz Fusion, as well as Traditional Jazz.

  49. What is Jazz? ...
    Four lectures on African American jazz music history by Dr. Billy Taylor.

  50. Wynton Marsalis ...
    Dedicated to the life and times of African American jazz music legend Wynton Marsalis.

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