l to r:  Clint Eastwood
and Gerald Wilson
MONTEREY MOODS at  the 50th Monterey
Jazz Festival on September 22, 2007.

Mr. Wilson was commissioned by the Festival
to compose, arrange and perform a suite in
honor of MJF's 50th birthday and Mack Avenue
Records is proud to release the studio
recording of this incredible new music --
MONTEREY MOODS. Following the set, Mr.
Eastwood was presented with an honorary
doctorate from Berklee College of Music which
was presented by Berklee alumna Diana Krall.

The two stars were also seen by audiences in
live discussions over the star-studded
anniversary weeked at MJF. Wilson and son,
jazz guitarist Anthony Wilson participated in a
live Down Beat Blindfold Test conducted by
journalist Dan Ouellette. Movie directors
Eastwood and John Sayles discussed with
writer Paul DeBarros the role of jazz in the
soundtracks to their acclaimed films.
Painting and Collage Video
Presentation in Collaboration with
Jazz Meets Classical:
Combo Nuvo
NYU Symphony Orchestra
Performing with
Lenny Pickett,
Fri. Oct. 26, 8:00 P.M.     FREE EVENT
At New York University Frederick
Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street
concept of adding a multi-media presentation
along with the jazz and classical partnership
was obvious.   A multi-media presentation
featuring the artwork of
Ellen Colcord, NYU
Steinhardt, MA in Studio Art.  Ms. Colcord's work
has been associated with the music of
Nuvo in collaboration with the groups CD
original artwork and design. Each musical
composition is matched with single or multiple
images that invoke the feeling of the music.  
Transitioning and morphing these images
make them come to life and thus become a
reaction to the music.  Leaving behind the
classical idiom in favor of a jazz-influenced style,
the 65-piece
NYU Symphony Orchestra,
conducted by Gabriel Alegria, will perform
original work composed by
Combo Nuvo for this
special performance.
Combo Nuvo is led by
David Schroeder, director of jazz studies at NYU,
and features Mike Richmond, Rich Shemaria,
Brad Shepik, John Hadfield and special guest
Lenny Pickett, adjunct faculty member and
long-time leader of the Saturday Night Live
Band. NYU Symphony Orchestra is composed
of music students from the Steinhardt School of
Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Stanley Clarke Releases
"The Toys of Men" on
October 16, 2007
Oct 22, 2007 - Stanley Clarke, one of
the most innovative electric bass
players of the past three decades,
examines the emotional sweep of
war in "THE TOYS OF MEN", his
new CD set for release on Heads
Up International / Roxboro
Entertainment Group on October
16, 2007.

The album takes its title from an
11-minute epic about "the whole
military age we seem to be in right
now," Clarke says. Despite the dark
subject matter, he adds, "Actually, I
think it's possibly the most spiritual
album I've ever done."
Check out
his E-presentation CLICK HERE
30 Top Holiday Songs From
Perennial  Artists Kirk
Franklin, Smokie Norful,
Cece Winans, Donnie
McClurkin, Israel Houghton,
Donald Lawrence & The
Tri-City Singers, Yolanda
Adams And More
New Christian Fiction:
Watercolored Pearls by
Three friends. Three pasts. One
journey to beautiful
ATLANTA, GA - Oct 22,
2007 -
Pearls: A Novel
By Stacy Hawkins Adams
Serena, a career woman
turned stay-at-home mom,
wonders if she has made
the right choice. Erika
struggles to let go of her
abusive past. Tawana, a
new lawyer, is trying to
pull her life together, but her ambitions keep
getting in the way. Three women, each at
different places in their lives, find themselves
at the same crossroads -- looking to God and
to each other for answers on how to find beauty
in themselves and in their journey.

Watercolored Pearls is a page-turning story of
how God can use the tragic, the shameful, and
the less-than-perfect circumstances of life to
create something beautiful.

Stacy Hawkins Adams is a freelance reporter
and inspirational columnist. She is the author
of Speak to My Heart and Nothing but the Right
Thing. She and her husband, Donald, have two
young children and live near Richmond,

For more information about Stacy Hawkins
Adams and to read excerpts of Watercolored
Pearls and Stacy's other titles visit:
Stacy Hawkins Adams
Evelyn Blakey Memorial Nov 4, 2007
at St Peters Church 7PM

NEW YORK Oct  19, 2008 - Evelyn Blakey,the
first child of the late, great Art Blakey, passed on
August 16, 2007.

Come celebrate her tradition, her life and her
spirit on Nov 4, 2007 at St Peters Church,
Lexington & 53 st at 7pm. Evelyn lived in the
love of the music, touching the hearts of
everyone she met with her soulful singing voice
and her inimitable style. She will be sorely
missed and forever remembered. Join Montego
Joe, Ray Mantilla, Celebration Band with
members of Jazzberry Jam, Barry Harris &
Singers, Hattie Gossett, Newman Taylor Baker,
Seiki Yukimoto, Hidaji Tananaka, Nabuko Kiryu,
Abbey Lincoln, Roy Campbell, Valery
Pomaronoff and others.

For more information, please call the Jazz
Foundation of America at 212 245 3999 or
Newman Taylor Baker at 212 614 0781
DAMON WAYANS  Part of the New
York Comedy Festival
at the Beacon Theatre
Next Friday - November 9th
Damon Wayans
NEW YORK Nov 5, 2007
- Iconoclastic Damon
Wayans, known for his
comedic genius, has
enjoyed tremendous
recognition for his
success in stand-up.
Most fondly remembered for his three
unforgettable seasons as a writer and
co-star of the Emmy® Award winning and
landmark show In Living Color, Wayans
has exhibited his free-flowing comedic
style across many stand-up specials, as
well as on his hit sitcoms and in a string of
hilarious feature film roles.

Don't miss Damon Wayans at the Beacon
Theatre on Friday, November 9 - part of
three nights of all-star comedy presented
by the New York Comedy Festival.  This is
your last chance to buy tickets.  
Harlem's Top Businesses Salute
Our Own American Icon "LADY
November  10, 2007        8 PM
NEW YORK Nov 5, 2007 -
Blueprint of a Lady Panel
Discussion Friday,
November 9th   7 pm  at the
Apollo Theater Soundstage
behind The Apollo Theater
253 West 125 Street  
Harlem, NY 10027 This
lecture is FREE and open to
the public.
Billie Holliday
The performance - "BluePrint of a Lady - The
Once And Future Life of Billie Holliday"
interpreted through the vocals of Nnenna
Freelon and the dance styles of Ronald K.
Brown's Evidence Dance Company, Nov. 10,
8PM. Tickets $45-55, available at the Apollo

During this memorable performance, Lady Day’
s legendary blues and jazz songs come to life
through spoken word; dance styles ranging from
ballet to Hip-Hop; and the vocal stylings of
Nnenna Freelon. Also on the program: Ronald
K. Brown’s wildly popular dance piece Grace,
featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Fela Kuti,
and Jennifer Holiday.

And, in celebration of the launch Art & Soul: The
Apollo Performing Arts Series, the Theater will
present a series of events and offerings
between Nov. 1 - 10, 2007, including a panel
where Nneena Freelon, Ronald K. Brown, and
others discuss impact Billie Holiday had on
American culture and the genesis of Blueprint of
a Lady.  For more info tune-in WHCR 90.3FM.
Help Save Coltrane House
November 10  in Dix Hills, Long
Island, New York

NEW YORK Nov 5, 2007 - A great fundraising
event has been planned to help support the
Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, Long Island,
New York.  After being saved from
demolition in 2004, the Coltrane home was
purchas- ed by the Town of Huntington and
is being restored by the Non-profit
Organization, Friends of the Coltrane Home,
headed by Ravi Coltrane, his wife Kathleen
Hennessy and Steve Fulgoni.  The home is
now on the New York State and National
Register of Historic Places.

“Hear Our Song”, a Broadway caliber
production is coming to Huntington
Township the evening of November 10th.  
Featuring five actresses and awe-inspiring
musical support, the presentation tells the
stories of five women at different stages of
their lives, the dilemmas they face and the
manner in which each overcomes and is
transformed.  Life affirming messages of
love and family resonate throughout the
product- ion and the performance of 17
Broadway songs.

The former residence of Jazz great John
Coltrane, “Hear Our Song” will aid in raising
funds for the restoration of the home.  When
complete, The Coltrane Home will help in
preserving and promoting the musical
legacy Coltrane left behind and will be an
inspirational visit for all.   John Coltrane
chose to live in this community and as a
result produced some of the most
noteworthy music of his career there.

Come out on the evening of Nov  10th and
support The Coltrane Home with “Hear Our
Song” at Candlewood Middle School in Dix
Hills - November 10, 7:30 PM
Tickets:  $50, $100 for VIP seats with
special gift (631) 860-9200 or
www.thecoltranehome.org or call
NEW YORK Nov 5, 2007 - A lot
has changed since Cassandra
Wilson last played the Blue
Note.  During this past month,
Wilson went into the studio with
Jason Moran, Herlin Riley,
Cassandra Wilson Will Perform at
New York Blue Note Nov 13- Nov 16
Reginald Veal and Marvin Sewell to record and
produce her upcoming recording for Blue Note
Records, to be released in Spring ’08.    
Additionally, the versatile vocalist has changed
agencies to IMN and is now being managed
by the Blue Note Jazz Club’s management
division.  Thankfully, these new developments
in her career have only strengthened her
commitment to the music.  Blue Note, 131 W.
3rd St., New York City.  
RE:OPENING  Grand Piano Marathon
Monday, January 21, 2008 at 2pm


NEW YORK Oct 22, 2007 - A public reopening
Merkin Hall the “Grand Piano
Marathon”, is a six-hour journey through the
varied landscape of piano music, featur- ing
twelve masterful and inventive pianists from
the worlds of class- ical, contemporary, jazz
and popular music. This mega-concert will
include a world premiere by Pulitzer
Prize/Grammy winner William Bolcom,
performed by long-time Merkin Concert Hall
friend Ursula Oppens as well as
performances by Philip Glass, John Medeski,
Anat Fort and Vijay Iyer.  Throughout the
marathon, there will be three performances of
György Ligeti’s revolutionary and rarely
performed Poème Symphonique for 100
metronomes in the newly rede- signed upper
lobby by students of the Special Music School.
Admission is free to all and entry and exit
during the marathon will be permitted.
Je Caryous Johnson's
Nov 13 - 18, 2007 at Beacon Theatre
Starring Vivica A. Fox
NEW YORK Nov. 5, 2007 - Vivica A. Fox plays
Vivian Wolf, a woman who has suffered one
heartbreak too many and has no room left for
unfulfilling relationships. Now she has come
up with the solution to every woman's problem,
a private club called "Whatever She Wants"
where men have to qualify to get in – no bad
credit, no baby daddies, and no pot bellies.

Vivian's wealthy father, Theodore Wolf,
disagrees with her business ventures and
thinks it is unacceptable that his oldest
daughter, now 40, still does not have a man.
And then Julian Heaven, who is stunning, sexy,
and charming walks into her life to churn
things up...

Witness the power, laughter, strength and
honesty as Vivian searches for the perfect man
who just may not come in the perfect box.
Whatever She Wants is the story about one
woman's determination to rediscover who she
really is.      http://www.beacontheatre.com
MERYL STREEP Will Be Honored By The
NYC  --- 35TH Annual Gala Tribute to
be held at Lincoln Center on Monday,
April 14, 2008
NEW YORK—Sunday, October 21, 2007 - The
Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today
at the closing night festivities of the 45th New
York Film Festival that Academy Award®-winner
Meryl Streep will be honored at the 35th annual
Gala Tribute on Monday, April 14, 2008 .  

Each year since 1972, when the Film Society
first organized the event with a presentation to
Charles Chaplin, it has saluted a major figure
in the film industry with a distinguished body of

“The Film Society of Lincoln Center is thrilled to
pay tribute this year to America’s premiere
actress, Meryl Streep,” says Gala Tribute
Director Wendy Keys.  “While her luminous
onscreen presence is never less than dazzling,
you always feel her keen intelligence and wit,
her extraordinary level of insight.  She truly
embodies every character she plays and what
an extraordinary range of characters.”

Streep’s tribute will be directed and edited by
Ms. Keys, with Gala Tribute Producer Tony

The roster of former honorees mirrors many of
the great talents of the 20th Century, including
Fred Astaire, Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini,
Bob Hope (tribute directed by Woody Allen),
Claudette Colbert,
Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis,
James Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, Clint
Eastwood, Sean Connery, Martin Scorsese,
Michael Caine, Susan Sarandon, Jane Fonda
and Mike Nichols and most recently Diane

Held each spring at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln
Center, the black tie, star-studded evening
features tributes from well known actors,
directors and other industry luminaries, a
program of career highlights projected on the
big screen and a few words from the honoree.

Tickets for the Gala Tribute are $50, $100, $125
and $175, and tickets for the Gala Tribute and
Dinner Dance, immediately following at the
New York State Theater, are $1,500.  For more
information log on to www.filmlinc.com  or call
(212) 875-5630.
Gala Tribute to
Meryl Streep
Mon April 14,
2008 at 7pm
Advance tickets
on sale!
Artist - Illustrator SHANE W.
EVANS Motivates and Educates
at Plaza Public Library In Kansas
City for Friday Night Family Fun
By: Dr. Gatsby Melodi', Ph.D
KANSAS CITY Nov 18, 2007 - World
renowned artist - illustrator, Shane W.
Evans wooed the crowd of about 200
people last Friday evening at the Plaza
Branch Library, in Kansas City, MO.   
Evans had the near capacity crowd sitting
on the edge of their seats listening
attentively as he recalled his years spent
at Rolling Stone Magazine, Hallmark
Cards and working on children's books
with superstars including
Magic Johnson
and Shaquille O'Neal.  For over a decade,
Evans has been among the premier
children's book illustrators. His work has
drawn national attention from
Oprah,   The
Today Show  and Late Night with David
Letterman .  

Evans discussed his career as an artist,
as a photographer, and designer
pro-actively affirming  - "I don't remember
thinking of anything other than being an
artist."  He talked about painting houses
on a 30 foot ladder when he was 17, and
how his college years at Syracuse
University helped to expand his mind.
"There I learned to turn written words in to
a visual".  His sketch books he says
"keeps me practicing and exploring ideas
because it is the tool where i can get
things wrong and it is okay..  His work he
said "is about triumph's and setbacks".
Grammy Award Winner and
Broadway Star Stephanie Mills
Makes a Special Appearance on
BET's 'Sunday Best' On Tuesday,
November 27 at 8:00 PM ET/PT
Grammy Award winner and Broadway star Stephanie
Mills and SUNDAY BEST musical director Ray Chew
are reunited as she performs "Sweepin' Through the
City" and crowd favorite "Home" on the next episode of
BET's gospel singing competition, premiering Tuesday,
November 27th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Photo credit:
Rickey Brown. (PRNewsFoto/BET Networks)
NEW YORK Nov 26, 2007 - The excitement revs
up to full throttle on BET as the top three finalists
Shari Addison (Chicago), Jermaine Sellers
(Joliet, IL.) and Crystal Aikin (Tacoma, WA.) find
out who will be sent home and who will continue
on the road to SUNDAY BEST.

Grammy Award winner and Broadway star
Stephanie Mills will share her wisdom with the
remaining contestants as well as perform some
of her most memorable songs on the next
episode of SUNDAY BEST, premiering Tuesday,
November 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

Hosted by gospel great Kirk Franklin, SUNDAY
BEST is among this year's top BET series,
averaging more than 1 million viewers per week.
Grammy Award- winning gospel superstars
BeBe Winans and dynamic singing siblings
Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary, make
evaluations, gave advice to the hopefuls.
Features the Outspoken Comic in
an Uncensored Stand-up Special  
Debuting DEC. 8  Exclusively on HBO
NEW YORK Nov 19, 2007 - Dave Attell's
take-no-prisoners attitude has brought him
a rabid cult following.  Now, this hot
stand-up comic returns to HBO for his first
solo special on the network in more than a
(10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT).

Taped before a packed house at the historic
Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C., DAVE
uncompromising observations on:  global
warming, pot smokers, female celebrities,
psychedelic mushrooms and his personal
porn collection, among many other topics.

Named one of the "25 Funniest People in
America" by Entertainment Weekly, Attell is
a "comic's comic" who's gained a devoted
following through live performances and his
cable series "Insomniac with Dave Attell."  
After starting his career at open-mic nights
in Manhattan, Attell made his HBO debut on
"The 1995 Young Comedians Show Hosted
by Gary Shandling" and starred in his own
"HBO Comedy Half-Hour" a year later.

HBO Video releases DAVE ATTELL:  
Executive produced by John Irwin, Dave
Attell, Dave Becky and Michael Rotenberg;
directed by Beth McCarthy; produced by
Allen Kelman; co-produced by Allen
Newman and Damian Sullivan; written by
Dave Attell.
One Night Only at BLUE NOTE
8PM & 10:30PM

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31, 2007 - The new drama
series IN TREATMENT will be launched with an
innovative scheduling strategy when it debuts
MONDAY, JAN. 28 on HBO, it was announced
today by David Baldwin, executive vice president,
program planning, HBO.  Debuting new episodes
Monday through Friday at the same time
(9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), the show captures
sessions between a psychotherapist (played by
Gabriel Byrne) and his patients, with the same
patient returning for another session on the same
weekday throughout the series' nine-week run.

"IN TREATMENT is a unique series that requires
a unique scheduling strategy," noted Baldwin.  
"We are maximizing the exposure of this exciting
new show in order to offer our subscribers the
widest possible choice of viewing options, and
the opportunity to stay engaged with the series for
its entirety."  Series stars Gabriel Byrne,   Josh
Charles, Embeth Davidtz, Melissa George, Blair
Underwood, Mia Wasikowska and Dianne Wiest.  
Alicia Keys Tells Tyra Banks
Today That Her New CD "As I
Am" Is A Reflection of Her Life
Discoveries About Herself
Kansas City Nov 26, 2007 -
Alicia Keys (born Alicia J.
Augello-Cook on January
25, 1980 is an American
R&B and soul singer,
songwriter, pianist, record
producer, actress, philanthropist, and  author
who has sold over twenty-five million records
worldwide and has won numerous awards,
including nine Grammy Awards, eleven
Billboard Music Awards, and three American
Music Awards.

Today the Tyra Banks Show devoted the entire
hour to Alicia Keys who stated "I have always
been the kind of person who could never say
no to anyone in the business about this
business.  They'd say Alicia would you? or  
Alicia could you? and of course I'd always says
yes, of course I can.   I found it really hard to
say NO to people in this business.  The title of
this album says take me as I am.  I am no
longer that person now. I have discovered alot
of things about myself.  Beauty and
acceptance that was once external for me has
come full circle -- and I now know that it is
what is inside of me that really counts --take
me as I am is the appropriate title for this CD."
Hezekiah Walker Presents
WLIB Anniversary Concert
at the Beacon Theatre
Friday, December 14 Tickets On Sale
Hezekiah Walker
NEW YORK Nov 1, 2007 -
Brooklyn, New York-based
Pastor Hezekiah Walker has
quickly become one of the
star attractions on the church
circuit. Debuting in 1990 with
Crusade Choir, Walker and
his singers earned their
greatest success to date
when 1994's Live in Atlanta at
Morehouse College scored a
Grammy® Award.
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Featuring performances by John P. Kee
The New Life Community Choir, Myron
Butler and Levi, DeWayne Woods, and the
ensemble Tye Tribbett & Greater Anointing,
Walker brings a full night of musical praise
to the Beacon Theatre on Friday, December
14. This is a show not to be missed.   
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NEW YORK Dec 14, 2007 - RUSSELL SIMMONS' DEF COMEDY JAM, the half-hour stand-up series that launched the careers of many of today's
comedy superstars - including
Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac and Chris Tucker - kicks off its new
ten-edition season SUNDAY, JAN. 6 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.   Hosted by hot comic actor
D.L. Hughley ("Studio 60 on the
Sunset Strip," "The Hughleys"), who recently starred in the
HBO special "D.L. Hughley:  Unapologetic," each show also features the music of
world-renowned deejay Kid Capri, and concludes with an appearance by Simmons.  New editions of RUSSELL SIMMONS' DEF COMEDY JAM
debut immediately following new episodes of "The Wire."

Taped before a live audience at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theatre last September, the new shows will feature such series veterans as Earthquake,
Russell Peters and Patrice O'Neal, as well as an extensive lineup of exciting new comics, including
Damon Wayans, Jr., Wil Sylvince, Vincent
Oshana, Tiffany Haddish, Gilson Lubin, Cory Frenandez and Gina Yashere.

RUSSELL SIMMONS' DEF COMEDY JAM was created by top entertainment mogul Simmons and veteran director-producer Stan Lathan.  The
episodes are directed by Lathan, who along with Simmons was an executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning HBO series "Russell
Simmons Presents Def Poetry," also directed by Lathan.

Beginning Dec. 31 with the season premiere, each weekly edition of RUSSELL SIMMONS' DEF COMEDY JAM will be available on HBO On
Demand the Monday prior to its Sunday debut on the main HBO channel.  The HBO On Demand debuts will continue for the entire season.  
January's shows: Edition #93
Debut date:  SUNDAY, JAN. 6 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT).
NEW YORK Oct 22, 2007 -
For more information call
212.998.5424 or visit

In keeping with the
Department of Music and
Performing Arts Professions'
ongoing efforts to create
interesting collaborations
between departments, the
NEW YORK Oct 22, 2007
Legendary jazz
composer/arranger Gerald
Wilson and long-time
Monterey Jazz Festival board
member Clint Eastwood
celebrate backstage after the
Gerald Wilson Orchestra's
live premiere of his