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Kenyon Carter’s smooth jazz album, Right By My Side, creates a melodic landscape of rhythm and grooves that relaxes and re-energizes the soul. Shimmering with sounds of multiple saxophones, layered percussion, and a groovin’ rhythm section, it’s the perfect instrumental pop album to play as a background soundtrack both at home and in the workplace.

San Jose, Calif., — Mike Portnoy, considered one of the most powerful players in the world, has garnered his first “Drummer” Of The Year” award in Enter Music Publishing’s 16th Annual Drummies reader’s poll awards. Definitely a dream come true for Portnoy, he also took “Best Metal Drummer” and came in second place in the “Progressive Drummer” category. Addditionally, Stanton Moore won "Best Funk Drummer" for a second straight time.



Miami, FL

On July 20th, jazz artist Paulette Dozier will perform the first of four Wednesday evening concerts as part of the Summer Jazz Series at El Bar - Teatro Para Todos (Theatre for All) in Coral Gables.

A multi-faceted singer/actress renowned for her sultry alto voice and dynamic stage presence, Paulette Dozier infuses every one of her performances with a depth far beyond the usual - her voice has been called ‘deep, steady, and sexy’. Dozier’s repertoire combines the greatest jazz standards with today’s edgy and contemporary sounds.  She will be backed by three of South Florida’s top musicians: Brad Keller (piano), Dave Tomasello (bass) and James Cotmon (drums).

El Bar - Teatro Para Todos, which opened its doors in Coral Gables in 2010 at the initiative of two long time Columbian actors, Marisol Correa and Leandro Fernandez, is a venue designed specifically as a home for local talent, and Dozier is looking forward to taking the stage in this intimate setting.  “There are so few places left in South Florida where jazz artists can perform,” she explains, “and El Bar is great – the perfect size for a casual evening.” In fact, Paulette will be inviting fellow artists to come up and show off their stuff too:  “I’d like to have other singers (and musicians in fact) sit in and jam with us after each of my shows,” she says.  “They will be able to sing a couple of songs, and get a real feel for El Bar.”

Dozier, who has opened for the likes of music greats Roy Ayers and Erykah Badu,  has released two well received jazz albums: With You and Over & Over Again. She will release a third CD in the fall of 2012.

Paulette Dozier
is also a well respected actress, and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Carbonell Award for her stage work.  She originated the role of ‘Paulette’ in the hit musical Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, and recently appeared on stage to sold out audiences along side Broadway’s Melba Moore in Crowns at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

Paulette Dozier
will appear at El Bar on Wednesday, July 20th & 27th and August 3 & 10th, 2011 at 9:30 p.m.

E Bar is located at 3119 Coral Way (2nd floor) in Coral Gables (33145).  
Reservations are available by calling 786-326-6555 or on line at:
Tickets are $15, with a 2 drink minimum.

For more information about Paulette Dozier visit
To schedule an interview, or for any other information, please contact
Carol Kassie (561-445-9244/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


A group of Berklee College of Music students and alumni, and Newton North and Needham, MA, High School students are using the summer break as an educational opportunity. The students will participate in a cultural exchange program in Kenya (June 25—July 15) through local organization Global Youth Groove (GYG), whose mission is to transform the lives of youth through music, where they will teach, perform, study Swahili, learn about traditional Kenyan music, instruments and dance, and be immersed in Kenyan culture. The program is spearheaded by Berklee staff member Sam Lutomia, co-founder of GYG and co-founder of Acacia in Kenya, a fundraising effort that provides support for girls education.

The GYG group will spend two weeks in Kakamega, Western Kenya, teaching music and giving workshops at the Matende Secondary School, founded by Lutomia's father Francis. They plan to bring a full ensemble setup—including donated guitars, bass, violin, alto saxophone, clarinets, drums, and keyboards—on which the students will teach and perform. The students will also give presentations in their fields of expertise. Berklee film scoring major Dave Chapman's demonstration of music production software using desktop gear will give people without access to recording studios the tools to self-produce on computers.

Making technology more accessible, the group will bring eight MacBook Pros, donated by the college's IT department, loaded with GarageBand and ProTools. At the end of the trip, the laptops and instruments will be given to a community center in Kakamega, allowing talented local youth to continue developing their skills. Lutomia explains, “Unfortunately, we can't leave the laptops at Matende School because of security. The school is still struggling to buy windows and doors for their classes, which is the case for most public schools in Kenya."

They also plan to visit other schools and orphanages in the area and will perform at the Kenya Schools and Colleges National Music Festival in Kakamega, June 29-July 2.

GYG includes students from Kenya returning home for the trip, and students from the US making their first trip to Africa. “I am really excited because students from Berklee and local high schools get to come to my country and have a little taste of my culture," says Nairobi native Wambura Mitaru, who studies at Berklee on a full Africa Scholarship. “It allows me to share a part of my life that is close to me—my home. I hope to learn from both worlds and see musicians interacting and having a great time speaking the universal language of music."

The group will also spend time in Nairobi meeting with Berklee alumni and other musicians, giving workshops, and performing in concert. After returning, the students will give a public presentation in Boston where they will perform, speak about their experiences, and show a documentary produced from the trip.

The Midwest School of Voice is proud to announce the grand opening on August 13-14, 2011.  A groundbreaking school focusing on all aspects of vocal performance, their goal is to make individual coaching accessible and beneficial to all styles of music. The forming of The Midwest School of Voice represents a merge of existing voice studios of Blair Clark and Heather Ramsey, which represents 30+ combined years of teaching experience.  The location of The Midwest School of Voice will be in spacious studio space at 336 W. Main Street in Carmel, Indiana.

Louise Clare Marshall Returns to Delight the Stompin' Crowds


Jools Holland singer, Louise Clare Marshall, is making a return visit to Stompin on the Quomps, Christchurch's popular, al fresco, smooth jazz event. Louise will be performing with local band Not Just Sax. The live event takes place on Christchurch Quay on Saturday 6 August from 12 noon until 10pm and has five professional bands performing throughout the day along with other entertainment.

Internationally renowned, Louise Clare Marshall has worked with many of the most famous names in the music business, including: Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry, Ronnie Wood, Lulu, Van Morrison, Madeline Bell, Sheila Ferguson, Ruby Turner, Sam Brown, and many more. Following her Stompin' performance, Louise will dash to join Jools Holland and his Rhythm Orchestra for an evening concert.

Organisers have again been able to keep free entry to this community event, thanks to generous support from local businesses, though donations are sought throughout the day. The music begins at noon and the line up will include Lemon Grove, Dutch band, Bazar Bazaar, The Baddest Blues Band Ever plus Not Just Sax with Louise Clare Marshall As ever, the popular Taverners Big Band will complete the line up. Between acts entertainment will be provided by members of the Swish of the Curtain Theatre School and the Funky Little Choir.

Event organiser, Adrian Dwyer, said: "We know that Louise thoroughly enjoyed performing at Stompin last year and are thrilled that she wants to once again join an impressive line up of professional jazz musicians. Our event offers the best in professional jazz music and we are proud that we can do this without an entry charge, though we do ask for donations on the day. Last year's event was one of the best ever and we estimate that up to 5,000 enjoyed the music and atmosphere. We hope to see as many people as possible, from families to nonagenarian grandparents picnicking, dancing and soaking up the Stompin' atmosphere."

A souvenir programme is being produced and will be available from the Christchurch Information Centre, The Regent Centre, and the Captain's Club Hotel and at the event itself. Details can also be found on the website: or by calling Christchurch Information Centre on 01202 471780. END


Julie Ratcliffe, Julie Ratcliffe Public Relations - 01202 471097 or 07936 554222


There are excellent images of Stompin' available at; however if these are used please acknowledge Andy Cahill. Please contact if higher resolution required.

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Sweet and seductive as chocolate, the music of keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen dazzled the world with his 2010 release of “Diamonds.”  A stellar production with featured guests like Darren Rahn, Jessy J and Koh Mr. Saxman (one of Asia’s most known sax players), the single “Dance with Me” from “Diamonds” was #1 on Billboard for numerous weeks. Brian Soergel of the Jazz Times declared, “Fritzen has arrived . . ."

Filmmaker Ken Burns, whose 10-part documentary "Jazz" was honored with a 2001 Television Critics Association Award, is teaming with travel industry leader Tauck to offer an all-inclusive jazz event in New Orleans.  The event, to be held October 5 – 9, will trace the roots and evolution of jazz, include private performances by Ellis Marsalis and other musicians, and be highlighted by  a keynote address delivered by Burns.

M&H Productions is pleased to welcome Steve Oliver to our roster of amazing performers.With phenomenal capabilities of emulating and incorporating music styles from global genres with a mix of pop/rock/soul and contemporary, Steve has forged the edge on branding a fresh, new, crisp and chart topping sound as an unparalleled guitarist and signature vocalist. His radiating live performances have earned him countless standing ovations throughout the U.S. and world tour invites.

NuGroove 2.0 / SMC proudly presents the United States and Canadian release of Eumir Deodato's “The Crossing” with special guest appearances by contemporary jazz legend Al Jarreau on "Double Face" and "I Want You More."   

With combined sales of over 25 million records as an artist, arranger or producer, the music of Brazil's Deodato has graced the world for nearly five decades. Having built such a solid and long-term reputation, it is not surprising that the list of guest appearances on “The Crossing” reads like a “who’s who” list of the music world. Featured artists include:  Airto Moreira (Miles Davis, Weather Report, Chick Corea and Stanley Clark), John Tropea (Paul Simon, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Dr. John), Billy Cobham (Miles Davis, George Duke, John Scofield and Grateful Dead), Paco Sery (Joe Zawinul), Londonbeat and Novecento.  

Discover the legendary sounds by visiting The official release date for the United States and Canada is July 12, 2011.   The first single to go to radio will be “Double Face” and can be purchased at:

Toronto – The TD Toronto Jazz Festival will kick off its 25th edition this summer at a familiar stomping ground - The Entertainment District - where Metro Square will be the new headquarters for the Main stage Marquee. Honouring the inaugural season that started with just three locations, 2011 will mark a return to the Festival's roots for its silver anniversary. June 24 - July 3, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: REZA KHAN AND PAINTED DIARIES ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THEIR NEW STUDIO RECORDING, A SIMPLE PLAN, AVAILABLE NOW ON THE PAINTED MEDIA LABEL “It’s like a nice walk on the beach with your family,” says Reza Khan, speaking about his latest CD, A Simple Plan (on the Painted Media label). Following the 2009 release of Painted Diaries, a paean to the affecting stories of everyday life that “mostly disappear in peoples’ diaries,” Khan’s restless artistry has turned inward now. A Simple Plan reawakens the special times in the artist’s life, uncomplicated and familiar yet profound and inspirational, which he is happy to sha...
Multidisciplinary Centre of Culture and Arts MCKA “Zatoka Sztuki” in Sopot, Poland announces a call for summer jazz workshop led by the faculty from renown School of Improvisational Music in Brooklyn, New York: Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Ravi Coltrane (sax) Mark Helias (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) The workshop is open to apply for all jazz musicians and students who are willing to learn from one of the best jazz teachers in the world. Classes will be conducted in English. Application deadline June 20th 2011 MCKA Zatoka Sztuki (MCKA Bay of Art) Bay of Art is located on white, beautiful, sandy beach just two minu...
Speechless Productions is pleased to announce the release of Group Therapy, the new studio recording by Dan Wilensky featuring guitarist David Phelps, bassist Dean Johnson, and drummer Tony Moreno. Group Therapy was recorded March 21, 2011 at Charlestown Road Studios in Hampton, New Jersey by Paul Wickcliffe. The CD includes 8 original compositions, a new take on Charlie Chaplins "Smile" and a reconstruction of the pop hit "Downtown" featuring Tony Moreno. “Wilensky's individuality can be heard with his first notes. His sound is bright crisp and completely relaxed in all registers. His lines are direct to the point and completely his own;...
Jazz guitarist Sinan Bakir and his trio will be performing at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in Manhattans East Village on Saturday April 23rd. Since releasing his debut album "On My Way" in 2009 Hartford based guitarist has been receiving rave reviews from All About Jazz Jazz Jazz Courant and many other publications around the world. Sinan originally from Turkey came to US on a scholarship to study jazz almost a decade ago and since then keeping busy making a name for himself playing gigs around CT and NY. The sound that Sinan is striving for described often as fresh clean and lively yet intense and full with emotion. Hi...
Giancarlo Schiaffini and Sebi Tramontana have much in common, in music and not. They are both trombonists and members of the Italian Instabile Orchestra, Tramontana plays in Schiaffini’s Phantabrass and they have often been on stage together on several occasions. They got together in studio, to voice reciprocally their musicality. The Cd Wind & Slap catches them in a moment of dialogue: intense, sincere, and open. The music is a fascinating story they are recounting each other, like a series of tableau one can listen to in a sequence, as movements in a suite. The masterly use of voice as an instrument, similar to a trombone, and th...