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Newcomer ‘Jacnique’ Dubbed Best Neo-Urban & Jazz Artist (Video)

* boasts yet another rare find for Jazzy In July, in the form of Jacnique (pronounced Zsa-nique).

The lovely, sultry siren is already a jazzy, soulful sensation! She is the 2011 winner of 2 Black Music Awards, “Best Neo-Soul Artist” and “Best Urban Soul Artist.”  She’s also the 2011 Los Angeles Music Awards winner, and Producer’s Choice  for “Jazz Album of The Year”. (Previous Producer’s Choice winners include No Doubt, The Black Eyed Peas, System of A Down and Sugar Ray).

It was once said that, “only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.” This is reflected in the mind, body, soul, and music of Jacnique Harris-Love; known to her fans simply as Jacnique.   She is an avid songwriter, pristine vocalist, sensational performer, a runway renaissance woman and a rising star!

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Jazzy in July: ZOE’ (Zo-Ay) Makin’ Jazz Philly Style with a Jersey Twist

*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.

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Jazzy in July: Vivian Male New England’s Jazzy Lady


Boston’s Jazz Diva & Champion for the community

*Vivian Male is a jazz vocalist whose debut recording was on the collaborative CD “Boston Sings Out.”  Next came Vivian’s first solo CD titled “Our Day Will Come.”  

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.

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Jazzy In July: Caesar Jazz Balladeer’s Tribute to Nat ‘King’ Cole

*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

2015 Essence Festival Unveils Night-by-Night Lineup

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2015 Essence Festival ~ The A-list nighttime concerts featuring more than 40 acts will take place across five stages in the Superdome throughout the weekend—on the Festival’s renowned Mainstage and within the intimate Superlounges.

*(New York, NY) – The Essence Festival, now among the largest consumer live events in the nation hosting more than 550,000 annually, is thrilled to announce the all-star, night-by-night lineup of performers from July 2-5 in New Orleans, LA.

In addition, stay tuned next week for a special announcement of a New Orleans fan favorite making a triumphant return to close out Friday night’s tribute to the city with an epic performance on July 3.

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2015 Essence Festival ~ The A-list nighttime concerts featuring more than 40 acts will take place across five stages in the Superdome throughout the weekend—on the Festival’s renowned Mainstage and within the intimate Superlounges.

The A-list nighttime concerts featuring more than 40 acts will take place across five stages in the Superdome throughout the weekend—on the Festival’s renowned Mainstage and within the intimate Superlounges.

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Wendell Pierce discusses the 2015 Essence Festival Itinerary. Scroll down below to view.

The 2015 Essence Festival  night-by-night musical lineup is as follows:

  • Thursday, July 2nd – What now? Tour featuring Kevin Hart. Other Mainstage Performances by: Trey Songz and Lecrae.
  • Friday, July 3rd – Mainstage: Charlie Wilson, India.Arie, Kem, plus a soon-to-be announced return of New Orleans’ finest. Superlounges:Adrian Marcel, Avery*Sunshine, Doug E. Fresh, Goapele, Kelly Price, Kindred The Family Soul, Luenell, Nico & Vinz and Slick Rick.
  •  Saturday, July 4th – Mainstage: Usher, Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu, Common, Beenie Man & The Zagga Zow Band. Superlounges:Bilal, Elle Varner, Esperanza Spalding Presents: Emily’s D+Evolution, Kool Moe Dee, Mali Music, Mystikal, Raheem DeVaughn, Sevyn Streeter, Tank and The Bangas and Tonya Boyd-Cannon.
  •  Sunday, July 5th – Mainstage: Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Floetry. Superlounges: Andra Day, Dee-1, Dumpstaphunk, Eric Roberson, Jeff Bradshaw, Lianne La Havas, Mase, Robert Glasper, SZA, Teedra Moses and Tweet.
  • Nephew Tommy from “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” will return as the Mainstage host, with special DJ appearances by Doug E. Fresh, and more surprise guest performances. In addition, special tribute moments will occur throughout the weekend in recognition of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans Essence Festival Itinerary with Wendell Pierce

Single day tickets go on sale today and are priced starting at $50 per person per night. For more information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the Essence Festival , visit Essence Festival, join the Festival community: follow us on Twitter @essencefest #EssenceFest and become a fan of 2015 Essence Festival on Facebook.

Sponsors of the 2015 Essence Festival include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors Ford, My Black Is Beautiful, StateFarm, and Verizon; and official media partner MSNBC.  Superlounge sponsors include Coca-Cola, Ford and Verizon.

The 2015 Essence Festival is executive produced by Essence Festival LLC, a division of Essence Communications Inc. (ECI), and produced by Solomon Group. GeChar is the executive producer of the 2015 Essence Empowerment Experience and Empower U.





Jacques Lesure Jazzy for All Times (Video: Watch & Groove)

*Jacques Lesure is a man who always has jazz on his mind.

The prolific guitarist hails from Detroit, Michigan and has performed with greats such as Kenny Burrell, Oscar Brown Jr., Stanley Turrentine, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Les McCann, Carmen Lundy, Oliver Lake and many others.  Jacques Lesure offers musical entertainment, enrichment and education through live  performances, individual and group lessons, lectures and music clinics.

Jacques Lesure is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music who presents all over the United States, striving to nurture a love and appreciation for the tradition of jazz as an original American art form that is the root of music today.  Lesure and his wife have formed the Los Angeles based Now Dig This Foundation to give back to the community and expose today’s youth to the rich history of Black American Music, especially Jazz; while keeping the adults grooving to his amazing sound.

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Jazzy in July: Smitty Smith Brings up the Bass!

*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.

Fans can follow Smitty Smith on Facebook. 

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Jazzy In July: Laura Reed Banking on Faith not Fear

*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 AwakeningFaith 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.

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Jazzy In July: Rita Edmond Pays Tribute to Sarah Vaughan

The Contemporary Face of Jazz Royalty

*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

EURweb Jazzy In July fans can VOTE HERE for Rita Edmond in the Sarah Vaughan competition!

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