Time bears on stance on the voice
of a true gospel historian
VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG
Captures hearts in EMI Gospel's
"Walking Miracle"    Debut
The epic songstress has
returned front and center
stage with her ultramodern
awe-inspiring "Walking
Miracle" CD with a blends
of traditional and
contemporary up-tempos.
The title song is smooth and sleek with
Armstrong's clear and catchy vocals. It is a
relatable song for everyone that knows the
healing power of God. "They were praying for
my son (who was recently diagnosed with the
debilitating disease MS) one Sunday night and
the song just came to me", describes,
Armstrong. "He's a walking miracle."
Jazz favorite Cassandra Wilson
bewitches with "Loverly", a
tantalizing, rhythmically driven
collection of jazz standards. She
is joined by Marvin Sewell on
"I decided to dig back into standards
I love them that's how I honed my
craft",
CASSANDRA WILSON says -
"Loverly" set for Release June 10th
guitar; Jason Moran on piano; Herlin Riley on
drums, Lekan Babalola on percussion and
Lonnie Plaxico on bass, in stores June 10th.

"Jason is my favorite piano player. It always
seems like he plays as if he's falling off a cliff.
Babalola is from Lagos, Nigeria, his job was to
find that West African drumming pattern under-
pining tunes that weren't straight ahead or
ballads", adds
Wilson, who rented a house
and turned it in to a recording studio in her
hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, and then
set up shop with her band from noon to
midnight for six days to capture the relaxed
nature for each session.  When
Wilson was
mixing the album in
New Orleans, the
phenomenally talented trumpeter
Nicholas
Payton dropped by and improvised over a
section. Bassist Reginald Veal accompanies
Wilson on her molasses-slow delivery of "The
Very Thought of You', on Blue Note Records.
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New York Tenor Saxophonist
JD Allen Steps Up to the Plate  
With Significant Purpose and
Intent in Jazz CD "I AM I AM"
JD Allen, tenor saxophonist
left his native Detroit in 1993
and moved to New York at the
invitation of famed singer
Betty
Carter.  He's also worked with
Ron Carter and Wallace Roney to name a
few.  Allen’s mature sax sound is character-
ized by idiosyncrasy and charm.
The New
York Times
wrote "A tenor saxophonist with
an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style".

Allen’s superb new trio album "I Am I Am"  is
the work of a driven 35-year-old determined
to keep his career on the right track.  
John
Coltrane and Wayne Shorter are obvious
influences, but
Allen builds upon each icon’s
recognized elegance by using clever accents
culled from throughout the jazz diaspora and
making seductive use of space, with his
bandmates bassist Gregg August and
drummer Rudy Royston, on Sunnyside
Records, released April 22, 2008.
www.myspace.com/jdallen11
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A thrilling glimpse into the
singer's personality and creative
genius as a song stylist
VESTA - "Distant Lover"
Now Available on DVD
Most of the tracks recorded
on "Distant Lover" are
classics made famous by
men like 'Whip Appeal',
'Knock Me Off My Feet',
'Ooh Baby Baby' and "Could
It Be I'm Falling In Love', but in her Shanachie
debut VESTA will delight and surprise old
fans and garner new ones with refreshing
takes on timeless classics.
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Jazz Trumpet Legend   
FREDDIE HUBBARD
CD  "On The Real Side"
Set for Release June 24th
To herald Freddie
Hubbard's
triumphant return to
the  scene, at age 70,
Times Square  
Records will  release
on June 24th
"On The Real Side", his first outing as a
leader in seven years. Again backed by
The New Jazz Composers Octet, which
accompanied the iconic trumpeter on
his 2001 release New Colors,
Hubbard
revisits some of his own classic tunes
from yesteryear, ambitiously re-arranged
by trumpeter
David Weiss, trombonist
Steve Davis and bassist Dwayne Burno
of the NJCO.
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INCOGNITO Rides The Wave of
Human Emotion on its Heads UP
International CD Debut Set for
Release June 24, 2008
Since the late 1970's, the
UK unit known as
INCOGNITO has taken
elements of American
R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco
and other high-energy
sounds and merged
them with the multicultural sensibilities of
founder and frontman Jean-Paul Maunick,
the Mauritius-born guitarist/producer better
known to fans worldwide as "Bluey".

INCOGNITO consistently captures the most
infectious dance-oriented beats from around
the globe and distills them into an upbeat
high octane blend.
 INCOGNITO will debut on
Dave Love's Heads Up International
premiere jazz label with their worldwide
release  of "Tales From the Beach" 15-tracks
of refreshing and uplifting songs capturing
driving rhythms, high-impact horns and
stirring lyrics delivered by an array of
expressive vocalist (including Maysa Leak)
on June 24th.  The album is the best in their
30 year career, it was recorded in Italy,
Germany, Indonesia and London.  It was
mixed in Jakarta.      www.headsup.com
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Sax Virtuoso
GERALD ALBRIGHT Pays Homage to
STAX Records With 11-Track Soul
Inspired Album Titled "Sax For Stax"
Available June 24th From
Concord
Music Group
July 7, 2008 - Consisting of
eight passionately rendered
covers of
STAX classics and
three originals written by
Gerald Albright with Memphis
in mind, "Sax For Stax" pays tribute to the
legendary
Memphis based record label that
defined Southern soul from the 1950's to the
mid 1970's coinciding with Concord Music
Group's re-launching of the
STAX label, and
also
STAX 50th anniversary.

A native Californian,
Gerald Albright grew up
in South Central Los Angeles but received
his B.S. degree in Business Administration
from the University of Redlands, minoring in
Music. After college he worked in the studio
with greats like
Patrice Rushen, Anita Baker
and Maurice White. He later toured with
notables like
Les McCann, Marlena Shaw,
Quincy Jones and Whitney Houston.

For years, Albright has been a part of the
popular Jazz Explosion tours  teaming up
with contemporary jazz stars like
Will
Downing, Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela,
Chaka Khan, and Rachelle Ferrell, to name
a few.

Marking his eleventh solo project with the
release of "Sax For Stax"   Albright manages
to put his signature twist on each song
further solidifying his position as one of the
most respected and sought after saxophon-
ist to straddle the fence of
jazz and R&B.

Co-produced by
Rex Rideout, Albright
seasons throughout "Sax For Stax" playing
tenor, baritone and alto saxs; flutes;
percussion programming and bass guitar.

Immediate recognizable song titles like
'Knock On Wood'; 'Never Can Say Goodbye';
'Respect Yourself'; 'I Stand Accused';
"Cheaper to Keep Her'; 'What You See Is
What  You Get'; and 'Who's Making Love' are
sure to make this album a favorite.

Albright pleasantly features vocal guests like
Phillip Bailey,
Will Downing and Ledisi, and
invited
Kirk Whalum on his self-penned
'Walkin' Down Beale Street'.  Check out his
own daughter Selina Albright doing
background vocals on the
Jerry Butler
penned hit 'I Stand Accused'.
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Mack Avenue Records Announces
the Signing of Saxophonist
Composer Kenny Garrett  ----
Recorded Live at the Iridium in
NYC  "Sketches of MD" Will Be
Released In Stores September 23
Kenny Garrett,
saxophonist/composer
July 7, 2008 - Mack
Avenue Records
announced the
signing of saxo-
phone sensation
and Detroit native
Kenny Garrett, the
highly renowned
composer and multiple GRAMMY-nominee to
their unique roster of artists. Garrett will release
on September 23
"Sketches of MD", a
capricious excursion into open-ended melodies
over grooves that reflect the artistry of key
sidemen from
Miles Davis' many groups - from
John Coltrane to Kenny himself. Consisting of
five compositions, Sketches of MD is a relaxed
yet live record of some music Kenny performed
at the
Iridium Jazz Club in New York City with his
band (Benito Gonzales on piano, Nat Reeves on
bass, and Jamire Williams on drums) and
special guest, tenor saxophone legend Pharoah
Sanders.  "Kenny Garrett's prominence as a
leading voice of his generation stems not only
from his exceptional skill as a player, but from
his respect and love of jazz from its earliest
traditions to its most contemporary aspects of
performance," states
Mack Avenue Records
Executive VP of A&R, Al Pryor.
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Joshua Allen Wins Season Four
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
Competition Earns $250K and a
Role in Step Up 3D
Joshua Allen
August 8, 2008 -
Joshua Allen, who
exhibited
remarkable grace
and agility during
the dance
competition, could
not have been
more humble about
the whole affair.

Winning  prize
money of
$250,000 as well
as a role in the
film Step Up 3D,
a tearful Allen
remarked, ‘Don’t let anyone tell you that
you can’t do something.’

But as many of the judges kept saying,
Joshua showed the most heart and that’s
what inspired America to vote.

Really, even if he wasn’t your first choice,
how could you not be happy for the guy?
Talent aside, he appears to be a genuine
sweetheart, someone you could really root
for.

So You Think You Can Dance is an
American dance reality show and
competition that is broadcast on the Fox
Network in the U.S. and Japan. The series
premiered on July 20, 2005 and has a
similar premise to the American Idol series
of singing competitions, with nationwide
auditions leading to the discovery of the
next big star. The show was created by
Idol's Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and
is produced by 19 Entertainment and
Dick
Clark Productions.
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Combo Nuvo pictured l to r Brad Shepik,  guitar,
John Hadfield, percussion;  Dr. Dave Schroeder,
saxophone, clarinet, flute, harmonica, penny
whistle, composition; Lenny Pickett, saxophone;
Rich Shemaria, composer, arranger, pianist; Mike
Richmond, cello, bass violin, electric bass   
Great Compositions & Arrangements
COMBO NUVO "Nouveau Sketches"
A Tasteful Assortment of Colorful
Jazz Flavorings For Consumption
August 1, 2008 - Combo Nuvo, an eclectic
improvisational ensemble is comprised of
some of New York City's leading jazz artists.
The group combines influences ranging from
jazz and classical to blues and world music.
Individually, these artists have performed with
such music legends as
Miles Davis, Ravi
Shankar,
Elton John, Yo Yo Ma, Paul Simon,
Natalie Cole, Dave Douglas, Oscar Castro
Neves,
Randy Brecker and Tower of Power.
Standout tracks on the 11 song compilation
include #4 'Vivian and Her Sister' written by
Schroeder; #6 'Open Sky' & #8 'For Both Are
Infinite', written by Rich Shemaria; and #11
'Prayer For Peace' written by Mike Richmond.  
The album cover artwork is by world renowned
Ellen Colcord.   www.combonuvo.com
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Award-Winning
Platinum-Selling R&B Hitmaker
Bunny Sigler Delivers First
Gospel CD August 19, 2008
September 16, 2008,
FORT WASHINGTON, MD
 
Walter "Bunny" Sigler is a
legend in his own time.
The history of R&B and
urban music is peppered
with hits from the
The Lord's Prayer is the icon's first official
full-length foray into sacred music. The
12-track project was released on Bun-Z
Music & Records, LLC, a joint venture with
long-time friend and entertainment attorney,
Lloyd Zane Remick, and distributed by
Edmondson Communications, Inc., on
August 19, 2008.

Although this is the artist's initial inspirational
release, Sigler joined with gospel artist and
harpist Jeff Majors on "Psalm 99" found on
Majors' Sacred Chapter 6. Majors returns the
favor on the single, "Swing Low, Sweet
Chariot", which contains the unique stylings
of the harpist. Taking one of the most
memorable songs in church music, Sigler
provides a riveting interpretation of "The
Lord's Prayer", the CD's title tune.

Sigler sees this new album as a return to the
music that he's always loved. But for him, it's
about much more than the music. The project
is an outward expression of his relationship
with Jesus Christ. "I'm in this for real," says
Sigler. "Although I've sung urban music, I
never stopped singing gospel music. For me,
it's all about ministry. It's such a joy for me to
sing gospel music and to sing in church. I
know it was God who instructed me to do this
project now."

Sigler will be supporting the new release with
upcoming tour dates. For more information
on Bunny Sigler, go to
http://www.MySpace.com/BunnySigler.
or Tehillah Enterprises, LLC
Andrea R. Williams  1-888-844-7701
info@tehillahenterprisespr.com
ground-breaking pioneer. A songwriter,
performer and producer, Sigler is the force
behind mainstream songs like Instant Funk's
"I Got My Mind Made Up", Patti Labelle's
"Somebody Loves You Baby", The Whispers'
"Bingo", Jackie Moore's "Sweet Charlie Babe"
and The O'Jays "Sunshine".  
Sigler, who has
worked with other legends such as Kenny
Gamble & Leon Huff, Curtis Mayfield,
Phyllis Hyman, Lou Rawls, Harold Melvin
& The Blue Notes, and Chaka Khan and
countless others, has amassed recordings
sales (as an artist, producer and
songwriter) of over 35 million units.

But for Bunny, his incredible achievements
are just a comma as he delivers one of his
most anticipated recordings, his first
gospel album.        
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Award-Winning Platinum-Selling R&B
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