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Music

22 Jan. 2015

Monterey Jazz Fest takes top honors


The Monterey Jazz Festival was voted as the #1 Festival in the 2014 JazzTimes Readers Poll in the “Best of the Jazz Industry” category for the second year in a row, and the fifth time since 2006. The 57th Monterey Jazz Festival took top honors over the Newport, New Orleans, and Montreal jazz festivals respectively. […]

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09 Jan. 2015

Remembering Andrae Crouch…gone up yonder


According to wire reports from Associated Press (AP), Andrae Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and movies such as “The Lion King,” has died. He was 72. Crouch died Thursday (1-8-2015) afternoon at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he had been admitted Saturday […]

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12 Dec. 2014

KINKY BOOTS, high stepping til Dec. 28 SF’s Orpheum Theatre


My first introduction to KINKY BOOTS–the acclaimed musical production–was via the 2005 film starring Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), who delivered a most memorable portrayal as Lola. KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical, winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, an inspirational story that follows a struggling shoe factory owner […]

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12 Dec. 2014

79 ORIGINAL SONGS VIE FOR 2014 OSCAR®


The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title: “It’s On Again” from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Opportunity” from “Annie,” “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights,” “Big Eyes” from “Big Eyes,” “Immortals” from “Big […]

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12 Dec. 2014

Gospel great Smokie Norful featured on MOTOWN CHRISTMAS


MOTOWN CHRISTMAS IS #1 GOSPEL ALBUM  THIS WEEK!  First Release of Holiday Music from the Motown Brand in Over 40 Years! Motown Christmas, is a collaborative release from Motown Gospel and Motown Records, featuring soulful, inspired interpretations of seasonal classics. To date, Motown Christmas is the top-selling album on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, with more […]

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14 Nov. 2014

BEYOND THE LIGHTS, see it because…


Reasons: It’s entertaining with a compelling story bed and sexy romantic arc; you can feel the passion Beautifully shot, the scenes pull you into the setting; I actually felt I attended a concert Convincing cast; never did I think Gugu Mbatha-Raw could transpose her character vault from the innocent “Belle” to “Noni” as a Tina […]

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02 Oct. 2014

Gospel sensation Tasha Cobbs, new album


Tasha Cobbs is arguably among the most successful Gospel artists in recent years. Her universal chart-topper, “Break Every Chain” broke records. The multiple award winning vocalist–a Grammy, three Stellar Awards and three Dove Awards–has only recorded one nationally released project! On October 13, Cobbs releases a new body of work at the live recording for her […]

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19 Sep. 2014

Broadway’s PIPPIN tours San Francisco opens September 23


PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including “Magic To Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Glory,” “No […]

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17 Sep. 2014

September: Bay Area welcomes The Price Is Right and Patti LaBelle


San Francisco, Come On Down for your chance to win an appearance on THE PRICE IS RIGHT, CBS Entertainment’s Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show.  Rated at the network’s #1 daytime series and the longest-running game show, its annual nationwide contestant search is Sunday, Sept. 21, details to follow. Those chosen will appear as contestants during […]

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17 Sep. 2014

Herbie Hancock, 57th Monterey Jazz Festival


The internationally regaled musical extravaganza runs September 19-21, 2014, special pre-event on September 18. “Concert for Kids” Kicks off 57th Monterey Jazz Festival Weekend September 18th Monterey Jazz Festival kicks off the weekend’s activities this Thursday with another edition of the “Concert for Kids” at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, with Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation […]

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