*Contemporary jazz artist Rita Edmond is a sultry delight and one of the entries in the Sarah Vaughan Competition held by Indaba Music. Just one listen reveals why Ms. Edmond is more than a serious contender. Click here for a dazzling burst of vocal majesty at the Indaba Music profile page.
The International Sarah Vaughan Competition is also presented by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Jazz Roots, and public radio station WBGO in Newark, New Jersey in honor of the illustrious Ms. Sarah Vaughan, a native of Newark who rose to become an international jazz icon. A win for Rita Edmond means claiming a $5,000 prize and a performance as the opening act at the February 2013 Jazz Roots concert in NJPAC’s Prudential Hall. The judges include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jon Hendricks, Melissa Walker, Michael Bourne, and Larry Rosen. The entry deadline is August 15, 2012.
Rita’s submissions are ”Here’s to Life,” “This Can’t Be Love,” and “It Might As Well Be Spring.” Rita is a native of Ohio, who has performed in Las Vegas, Paris, Monte Carlo, Italy and locally in Los Angeles. For more on Rita Edmond visit www.RitaEdmond.com.
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*Caesar Jazz Balladeer delivers exquisite renditions in four languages that have left audiences around the world in a trance. He has often been compared to the great Nat “King” Cole.
Last month Caesar completed his anticipated debut album, A Tribute to Nat “King” Cole at Capitol Studios in Studio A, using the same microphone and Steinway piano that Nat “King” Cole and Frank Sinatra used in the 1950′s.
Caesar recorded with two of the best engineers in the world, 30 year Capitol vet and 3 time Grammy winner Charlie Paakkari, and Al Schmitt who has won 21 Grammy Awards, and has served as Producer/Engineer on over 150 Gold and Platinum albums including Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable album featuring Nat “King” Cole. Yes, Caesar is in good company!
Currently Caesar is seeking the public’s support to help complete the mastering of the project in time for Grammy consideration. Fans can donate via Kickstarter and assist Caesar in adding his spin on the legacy of the late Mr. Cole, whose widow (Maria Cole) has now also passed away as of July 11, 2012. Caesar extends love to the entire Nat Cole family and wishes to honor his memory and make history of his own with a classic, all star album featuring Peter White, Eric Bloom, John Anter and more. Caesar’s deadline is August 5th.
Click to make a pledge, read Caesar’s story, listen to his music and see pictures of his recording session at Capitol Studios in Studio A http://kck.st/KYRwis
*Laura Reed’s chain of life events gave birth to a new phase in her career as she sat at her piano one night a year ago.
What seemed like disarray, was actually the seeds that helped her to conceive the first single from her upcoming album, The Awakening. ‘Faith Not Fear‘ offers a vibrant message about overcoming the test and trials that all of humanity faces.
Laura defines it as “a kind of marching band anthem with a beat box tempo.” The debut song and upcoming album was co-written and produced by the two-time Grammy-award winning songwriter/producer SHANNON SANDERS (India.Arie/John Legend/Pink).
From her native South Africa, to her current city Nashville, Laura Reed’s travels have taught her that faith is an action word. As an artist that has been captivating audiences for many years with her “slow-cooked soul music recipe”, Laura Reed’s sound and style is reminiscent of iconic music trendsetters like Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and the late Amy Winehouse.
For more information on Laura Reed and her upcoming tour dates, visit www.laurareed.com. Itunes link to ‘Faith not Fear” here
Her exhilarating renditions demonstrate a musical versatility that appeals to audiences of all ages. Over the years Vivian has had the delightful pleasure of working with Walter Beasley, Bill Pierce, Andre Ward and producer/composer Rollins Ross.
New England Patriot fans may recognize Vivian as the frequent chanteuse of the National Anthem at local games.
Vivian’s favorite venue is Sculler’s Jazz Club in Boston. When away from the mic, Ms. Male is a highly recognized governmental official whose specialty is public policy.
Among her numerous affiliations are: the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues, the Middlesex County Chapter of Links, Inc., the Coalition of 100 Black Women of Boston, the Museum of African American History’s Legacy Society and the Berklee College of Music (Vice Chair Emerita), where she co-founded the Sarah Vaughan Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Vivian is the proud mother of a 15-year-old son and a glowing ray of sunshine in the world of jazz.
*Writer, producer Dwayne “Smitty” Smith hails from Washington, D.C. where he traded baseball for an electric bass at age twelve. Smitty later spent a melodious tour of duty with the U. S. Air Force, then returned to D.C. as bassist for the popular Larry Seals Quartet.
Next Smitty was off to tinsel town landing a spot on Anita Baker’s “Rapture” tour. He has laid prolific bass lines for Natalie Cole, Boney James, Jeff Lorber, George Howard, Everette Harp, Gerald Albright, Teena Marie, Will Downing, Wayne Henderson, Euge Groove, Ron Brown, Kirk Whalum, Lee Ritenaur, Rachelle Ferrell, Peabo Bryson, Doc Powell, Brenda Russell, Deniece Williams, Phillip Bailey, Jeffrey Osborne, Norman Brown, Boney James, Ron Brown and that’s the short list.
Smitty’s Debut CD “This Is Me” is another chapter in his amazing career. Influenced by Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius and Larry Graham, “This Is Me” is evidence of why this humble side man is also a star in his own right.
The album is available through all music outlets. Smitty is currently in the studio working a new project which is due in the fall.
*ZOE’ (Zo-Ay) is a hot Smooth Jazz band from the South Jersey/Philadelphia area.
The group is comprised of five talented musicians whose melodic compositions produce extraordinary and compelling music.
Currently members of ZOE’ include sax man Reggie Harris, keyboardist Cleveland Belin Jr., drummer David Ferebee, bassist H. Marice Fonville and percussionist/trumpeter Boliver “Chico” Guadalupe. ZOE’s recent project “Let’s Fly” features the late Ron Segers, a gifted guitarist and guiding force for the jazzy quintet.
ZOÉ has performed with or opened for Mindi Abair, Keb Mo, Phil Perry, Jeff Kashiwa, jazz flautist Sherry Winston and numerous notable, inspirational speakers.
ZOÉ has captivated audiences beyond the Philadephia/South Jersey area with their infectious rhythms that roll from smokin’ funk to supremely sensual.