May 29, 2003

Rocky Gordon's New CD Due by Mid-Summer

A hint of what is to come is only the title so far.

Echoes will be the third release by saxophonist Rocky Gordon. This will be Rocky's third release as a solo artist with the indie jazz label, Misata.

Rocky's been buried in the studio for the last several months working on his latest project and playing for other artists, as well as adding his new wife to his current address. And soon to add even another addition to the household by November. (That's right! Rocky will be a dad for the fourth time.)

The word on the latest release is that it will have a lot of songs reflecting his time as a child in Philadelphia, not to be confused with anothe Philly graduate's latest release. Jeff Lorber is feeling success recently on his memories through his current album, Philly Style.

Also, Rocky has added a selection on alto sax, as well as his signature saxello-soprano saxophone.

Echoes. Catch it in stores and online by late July, early August.

Posted by Peter Böhi at 10:45 PM

May 17, 2003

Nick Colionne signed to Three Keys Music

Nick Colionne, Chicago-based jazz guitarist and vocalist, has signed a multi-album recording contract with Three Keys Music out of Washington, D.C. His first CD for the label, Just Come On In, will be released in late spring. The first single "High Flyin'" will be at radio soon, and Colionne begins touring June 1 with a performance at America's Jazz Festival outside of Washington, D.C., finishing at the Ziegler Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival in West Bend, WI September 6.

Colionne has been lauded as "a master of contemporary jazz guitar" by JazzReview.com. All About Jazz says "Colionne is a descendant of guitar master Wes Montgomery, with more than a dash of soul added." At Three Keys Music, he joins jazz stars Marcus Johnson, Bobby Lyle and Michael Lington. Colionne has released three previous CDs to international airplay and critical acclaim - It's My Turn, Arrival and The Seduction, and was the Malcolm X College alumnus of the year in 1996 for his contributions to music and K-8 music education. He is a jazz guitar endorsee for Epiphone Guitars (a division of Gibson USA) and of Gibson Strings and Accessories.

Three Keys Music, a division of Marimelj Enertainment LLC, is headed up by keyboardist Marcus Johnson who was honored in 2001 as the U.S. Small Business Administration's Young Entrepreneur of the Year. A major investor in Three Keys Music is Robert Johnson, America's first African-American billionaire (BET/Viacom) and the first black NBA franchise owner. Three Keys Music has a dynamic roster of jazz and pop/R&B artists and is one of entertainment's most prestigious new companies.

Posted by Peter Böhi at 7:05 AM

May 12, 2003

DOME SIGNS BRENDA RUSSELL

Dome Records is pleased to announce the worldwide signing of singer-songwriter Brenda Russell.

She will record her debut album for the label in London and Los Angeles. It will be the first time Brenda has recorded in the UK and she plans to collaborate with several UK writer/producers.

The CD will be released in the UK and Europe in the spring of 2004 with a U.S. release planned for late summer. On June 9 of this year, Dome is also issuing a greatest hits album in the UK only entitled So Good, So Right: The Best of Brenda Russell. The compilation includes one new song "It's A Jazz Day," which will be included on Brenda's upcoming solo set as well.

Over the past couple of years Brenda has been co-writing - with Allee Willis and Stephen Bray - the music for a Broadway production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, set to hit the stage in 2004.

London-based Dome - the UK's leading soul and R&B independent - made its first foray into the US market with the album Soul Organic by Hil St Soul, which yielded the most-played vocal track of 2001 at Smooth Jazz radio, "Until You Come Back To Me". More recently the label released neo-soul artist Donna Gardier's album Home.

Dome president Peter Robinson says: "I've been a fan of Brenda's from the very beginning. We have some very special collaborations planned for the new album".

Posted by Peter Böhi at 10:07 AM