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Esperanza Spalding’s “Chamber Music Society” debuts at #1

On August 17, the bassist/vocalist/composer/bandleader Esperanza Spalding released Chamber Music Society.

Esperanza was on NPR’s All Things Considered last Friday. Hear it here.

Chamber Music Society was recently reviewed in the New York Times and USA Today.

Chamber Music Society debut as the #1 Jazz Album on iTunes and has remained at #1 for 7 days since release, #65 iTunes Top 200 (Peak #46).

The album also debut on Amazon as the #1 Jazz Album, #25 in Top 100 Music (Peak #23), #29 Pop.
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NEW SKOOL RULES: THE BIGGEST INTERNATIONAL HIP HOP AND R&B CONFERENCE RETURNS IN 2011 FROM APRIL 1ST TILL APRIL 3RD IN HOLLAND

The international urban music industry will yet again be making major breakthroughs in 2011. New Skool Rules, the biggest international Hip Hop and R&B conference in the world will be back in April  next year.  The global scene will yet again be represented on April 1st through 3rd, and once more make way for music professionals seeking to “network and exchange” in an absolutely unique setting and format.

The first edition of the New Skool Rules conference in 2009 had proven to be the ultimate international breeding ground for music professionals around the globe, reaching over 900 delegates from over 20 countries. Major as well as underground and indie contributors to the “urban” scene were represented, with delegates from; Def Jam, Universal, BET, VIBE, MTV (USA), Konvikt, Interscope, AllHipHop.com, WEA, Sony ATV, EMI Publishing, Warner Music and Talpa Music Publishing present. The 2009 event had proven to be a networking haven for established and upcoming professionals in the music industry where new business relationships were founded, talents scouted, and knowledge exchanged.

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Jimmy Crockett Rolls in as the “Cadillac Man” with Debut CD Release

Recording Artist
Jimmy Crockett
Rolls in as the
“Cadillac Man”
with Debut CD Release
Jimmy Crockett "Cadillac Man"

Sacramento, CA – When Jimmy Crockett strolls in the room and starts to strummin’ keys and slanging grooves, it’s like he’s taking us on  a ride in a vintage automobile and we are cruising ’round the highway bend.  We can’t help but catch the vibe and just ride right along with him.  Serving up an eclectic collection of silky vocals over tracks that deliciously blend jazz, rock and funk infused R&B, his debut release, “Cadillac Man” is a trunk full of gems, hearkening seventies sensibilities. He pleasures our old school memories with rhythms that recall Average White Band meets Steely Dan. 

“Cadillac Man” is cool. It’s funky. And it’s groovin’!  

 
Just who is this Jimmy Crockett, penning songs that melt hearts and stir souls with the sound of his voice and  his laid back storytelling abilities? Simply put, Jimmy Crockett is a burgeoning lyrical “magician” and keyboardist with a voice as soothing as hot chocolate on an ice cold winter’s night. Recently nominated by the Northern California Chapter of the Black Music Association & Academy of America for  an 8th Annual Sacramento “Sounds Of Soul Music” Award in the categories Best Male R&B Performer, Best New Artist, and Entertainer of the Year, it becomes apparent this Cadillac Man is just getting started!

Crockett began honing his vocal and songwriting skills in his youth, and wrote his “first real song” in high school. “I was always making up little melodies since I can remember. I started to add some words to my jingles when I was about 10,” reveals Crockett.
 
Attributing his musical interests to his mother, Crockett stated, “My mother always had music in our house; Nat King Cole, The Mills Brothers and Mahalia Jackson.” At just 12 years old, Crockett was compelled to take piano lessons being heavily influenced by his favorite musical wonder, Ramsey Lewis.

A compelling and authentic artist with a reputation for “telling it like it is,” Crockett’s inspiration for writing “Cadillac Man” came about during his brief stint as a gambler a few years ago. Captivated by gambler’s lives, Crockett (who has since retired from the profession) began writing about experiences that were close to home and his heart.  His “Tie with Me,” “Bartender Lady,” “Policeman,” and “Betty’s Song,” are musical reflections of his past. With authentic lyrics and enchanting rhythms, Crockett’s incomparable musical perfection is further realized on the blues tinged track “She’s Still Comin’ Back,” the rockin’ “Cadillac Man” and the breezy “Fly Away.”  

While Crockett writes all the songs, sings, and plays keys, he is joined by his band members  Jerry Jennings on guitar,  Nick Eble on bass, Jimmy Bagshaw on drums and  Marcelled Maldonado serving up additional vocals.

Crockett hopes to continue to create music that will inspire and have a positive impact on his steadily rising global fan base. His core message is, “Do the right thing and be a good person.”  Not bad advice coming from a “Cadillac Man” who’s been there and knows!

For more information about Jimmy Crockett and his upcoming performances, visit his MySpace page at http://www.Myspace.com/JimmyCrockettBand.

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URBAN SUPERMODEL ESTHER BAXTER SUPPORTS WOOD HARRIS OF THE WIRE IN IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT FILM RELEASE “JUST ANOTHER DAY”

Urban model turned actress ESTHER BAXTER co-stars in “Just Another Day,” the Image Entertainment distributed film released July 20th on DVD. Set in Miami, FL it brings a compelling, true-to-life look at the brutal ups and downs of the cutthroat hip-hop business. In her second film this summer, ESTHER plays an eager young professional hoping to climb the corporate entertainment business ladder by landing a new client. Jamie Hector (The Wire, Heroes) is cast as “Young Eastie,” a struggling rapper who dreams of getting a record deal through the legendary “A-Maze” played by Wood Harris (The Wire, Remember the Titans). Academy Award-nominated director Peter Spirer, known for his insightful and authentic documentaries on Tupac Shakur, Notorious BIG, and the Beef series, produces with Inny Clemons known for the recent box office success “Next Day Air.” The film also features rappers Trick Daddy, Lil Scrappy, Ja Rule and Petey Pablo.

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FOKIS STEPS BACK INTO THE SPOTLIGHT WITH A JAM PACKED SUMMER

FOKIS GEARS UP FOR A BUSY SUMMER

Having stepped out of the limelight as the revered MC he established himself as, Fokis is gearing up for a summer of unbridled success with an abundance of top quality music and visuals to his credit. With a number of different projects in the works, the man who has worked along side the likes of Joell Ortiz, Ty Fyffe, Focus (Aftermath Ent.) and Olu Dara is now dedicating time to taking his brand to the next level. Continue reading

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Endyra Denim Kick Rocks

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A mature and artistically evolved sentiment is the force behind the new Kick Rocks collection from Endyra Denim. This new, screen printed collection differs from past collections which had mostly hand-painted items. This makes the new pieces available at a lower price point and to a broader audience. Don’t think that this means sacrifices were made in regards to image. Though the medium is slightly different, the message remains the same. “Endyra Denim has a signature look, elaborate bold colors and contoured abstract edges. We would like to continue with our collection being as fashion forward as we can, without losing our sense of identity” says Ava,co- founder of Endyra Denim. The new collection seems to do exactly that.

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These statement making pieces hold to Endyra Denim’s refined street-wear aesthetic. And the Kick Rocks message is a bold statement, in and of itself. Ava says that “The concept behind the design of this collection reflects people dealing with the peer pressure within their life; for example: teens dealing with everyday pressure of using drugs, alcohol and participating in sexual behavior. This phrase gives them a sense of empowerment, this is why we choose the Kick Rocks design”. The phrase is a street slang that evokes a ‘get with it or get lost’ attitude. The signature stick figure design symbolizes this mind-set perfectly.

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So look out for this collection and other good things from Endyra Denim. And if you’re not down with it – you can Kick Rocks.

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