September 18, 2006

Second Smooth Jazz Tribute To Luther Vandross Planned

This time it will be released by Rendezvous Entertainment.

A second Luther Vandross tribute CD titled Forever, For Always, For Luther, Volume 2 will be released Nov. 20 by Rendezvous Entertainment, the smooth jazz label co-founded by saxophonist Dave Koz. The CD follows a 2004 compilation released by the GRP label one year before the singer's death on July 1, 2005 after never fully recovering from a diabetes-caused stroke.

The upcoming tribute will once again be produced by Rex Rideout and Bud Harner. The lineup will include Patti Austin, Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Lorber, Wayman Tisdale, Gerald Albright, Maysa, Kirk Whalum and Will Downing. A portion of the CD's proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. It is rumored that a U.S. tour, featuring the recording's participants, is being planned for the spring of 2007.

The first tribute CD boasted a No. 1 smooth jazz hit, "Your Secret Love" by saxophonist Richard Elliot.

Posted by Brian Soergel at September 18, 2006 5:27 PM