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The 48th Montreux Jazz Festival

 

  • The 48th annual Montreux Jazz Festival will be July 4-19 in Switzerland. The line-up was just announced and includes Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Jamie Cullum, Chris Rea, Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter, Van Morrison, Robin Thicke,Tedeschi Trucks Band, and many more!  The Montreux Jazz Festival is continuing its theme of exploring all the generations of living music.


 


 

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    Harvey Mason's new album Chameleon on sale April 29

     

    • Harvey Mason is among the most recorded and in-demand drummers of all-time. A legendary, multi-GRAMMY® nominated session drummer, producer, composer & recording artist, he has worked with a pantheon of musical giants, including Barbra Streisand, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Bjork, Carlos Santana, Michael Jackson, John Legend, Seal, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has composed and written songs recorded by artists ranging from Nancy Wilson and Mary J. Blige to The Notorious B.I.G., Lupe Fiasco, Nelly/P. Diddy and T.I.

      Chameleon, Mason’s April 29, 2014 solo debut for Concord Records and 10th solo project overall, adds one more remarkable chapter to his legacy. A blend of R&B, urban and cutting-edge jazz, Chameleon takes its inspiration from the title track, which Mason co-wrote with Herbie Hancock, and is a knowing nod to Mason himself, aptly dubbed the “Chameleon” for his uncanny ability to perform so many styles of music.

George Benson Announces Summer UK Tour Dates

Grammy Award winning guitarist, singer George Benson will be headed to the UK for a set of shows this summer.  Benson plans to kick off the tour at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on June 19, 2014, followed by Manchester Bridgewater Hall on June 20, Birmingham Symphony Hall on June 22, the Hampton Court Palace Festival on June 23, London Royal Albert Hall on June 25 and Bournemouth International Centre on June 26.  A NEA Jazz Master, Benson's most recent release entitled Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, features guest performances from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and singer Idina Menzel.  The album graced the year-end Top Albums of 2013 list by music critic Elysa Gardner from USA Today.

Pre-order the new album by Nick Colionne now



Nick Colionne is exploring his Influences on his new album, available now for per-order on Amazon.com. Well into his third decade of making the strings sing with his very own sweet Chicago soul, guitarist Nick Colionne digs deep as he takes musical stock of the people and things that helped propel his career.


Influences is a musical journey of self re-discovery, offering a palate of moods and flavors born of life experiences, challenges and the effect of the people past and present that have helped shape and mold his sound.

For a complete list of Nick's upcoming tour dates, visit his website at http://www.nickcolionne.com/