Ray Charles News

GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles to Open at The Venetian this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

The Venetian Las Vegas and GOMM Productions, LLC have partnered to bring a special engagement - GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles - to The Venetian Theatre this fall. This groundbreaking new show will feature a host of esteemed stars including Emmy award-winner Clint Holmes, 10-time Grammy award-winning vocal group TAKE 6, six-time Grammy nominee and DownBeat Vocalist of the Year Nnenna Freelon, and Stella Gospel Award and Grammy award-winning saxophone star Kirk Whalum. The show also introduces the Las Vegas Mass Choir, under the direction of James R. Smith and Edie Aikels, and features the Las Vegas All-Star Big Band, under the direction of pianist and conductor, David Loeb. This dynamic ensemble of all-star performers will celebrate the genius of American music, Mr. Ray Charles, through GEORGIA ON MY MIND, in the Venetian Theatre September 18 through October 29, 2014. (more...)

Amazon Expands Prime Music Selection: Hundreds of Thousands of Songs and Hundreds of Prime Playlists Added
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

"The response we've had to Prime Music has far exceeded our expectations and we're excited to make Prime Music even more valuable for Prime members," said Steve Boom, VP of Digital Music for Amazon. "Prime Music was introduced just over a month ago and we've already significantly expanded the Prime Music catalog. Prime members have been telling us how much they love Prime Playlists, so we're also pleased to offer hundreds of great new playlists to make it easier to enjoy the best of Prime Music." (more...)

Cheryl Barnes and Johnny Britt Set for HOT NIGHT OF COOL JAZZ, 8/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

A fresh and powerful new voice on the contemporary jazz scene, Cheryl Barnes (www.cheryldbarnes.com) - whose new full-length album Listen To This is scoring airplay everywhere from KCRW in Los Angeles to WNVW (The Wave) in Cleveland - will be sharing a 'Hot Night of Cool Jazz" with renowned R&B/Jazz singer Johnny Britt on Saturday, August 16 in Port Hueneme, Calif. (more...)

Blake Mills' 'Heigh Ho' To Be Released 9/16 On Verve Records
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Renowned guitarist, songwriter, and producer Blake Mills will release his highly anticipated second album, Heigh Ho, on September 16th via Verve Records / Record Collection. (more...)

Charles Aznavour to Play Farewell Concert at Theater at MSG, 9/20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

MSG Entertainment announced today that legendary French singer Charles Aznavour will make his only area appearance performing a farewell concert at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, September 20. (more...)

CATS, Starring Elizabeth Stanley, Ken T. Prymus and More, Opens Tonight at Pittsburgh CLO
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Jellicle cats come one, come all! Join the Jellicle Ball, today, July 18 through July 27 with Pittsburgh CLO's production of CATS! A talented company of felines will bring Andrew Lloyd Webber's mysterious masterpiece to life on the Benedum Center stage. (more...)

N'Kenge Joins Indianapolis Symphony for CLASSIC FM: RADIO HITS FROM THE DECADES Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

N'Kenge (Motown: The Musical, Sondheim on Sondheim), reunites with Pops Conductor Jack Everly to perform as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony in a new concert CLASSIC FM: RADIO HITS FROM THE DECADES. The Orchestra will take audiences on a musical journey through four decades of hits up and down the FM dial - from Elton John and Billy Joel to Aretha Franklin, Chicago and more! The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presents its 33rd annual Marsh Symphony on the Prairie summer season at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. (more...)

Advertising and Marketing Industry Veteran Joins Keek Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - Keek Inc. (TSX VENTURE: KEK) (OTCQX: KEEKF) announced today that Matt Scheckner has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Scheckner is President and CEO of Stillwell Partners, a boutique consultancy. Stillwell is best known as the producer of Advertising Week, the world's largest advertising, marketing and media industry summit. The Week is conducted in New York City and London home of Advertising Week Europe. Under Scheckner's leadership, which dates back to 2004, the B-to-B event has evolved into a vibrant, vital platform that advances the industry. The event is supported and attended by the world's premier players in creative, marketing, media and technology.  (more...)

Stax Records Musical in the Works from Producer Stuart Benjamin; Eyeing 2016 Broadway Premiere?
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

Billboard reports that Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin, along with Concord Music Group, is developing a new musical based on the Stax Records music label, with book by Matthew Benjamin and sights on a 2016 Broadway bow. (more...)

Lance Lipinsky & the Lovers to Perform at the Spencer Theatre, 7/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

"Million Dollar Quartet" Chicago theatre star Lance Lipinsky, a 28-year-old Texas native, carries on the tradition of Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles and Fats Domino in a crusade that is the "retro revival." The head-turning music star shares explosive stage energy with his rockabilly band The Lovers, a Chicago-based quintet with John Perrin on drums, Zach Lentino on bass, Wyatt Maxwell on guitar, and Jess Lyons and Darcy Jo Wood with backup vocals. (more...)

TJ Doyle Set to Release Sophomore Album ON THE HORIZON, 7/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Fans of Rock's favorite environmentalist, TJ Doyle have a new reason to celebrate! After a string of live performances on LA's famous Sunset Strip, the talented artist is set to debut his sophomore album, On The Horizon, on Monday, July 7, 2014, through iTunes, Amazon and other retail outlets, courtesy of Indie label Totem Artists, Inc.! (more...)

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RICK JAMES Now Available
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

In his own words, the late hit-making funk rocker reveals all in an honest chronicle of his life of sex, drugs, and masterful music (more...)

Nona Hendryx, Kamara Thomas, Audra Isadora/Boyfriend and More Set for Joe's Pub This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its upcoming performances this week, July 2-13, 2014. Details below! (more...)

Carl Verheyen Releases New CD MUSTANG RED, feat. Simon Phillips, Chad Wackerman, Jerry Goodman, and Bill Evans
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Much to the excitement of guitar players and Supertramp fans worldwide, guitarist Carl Verheyen has released his new CD 'Mustang Run'. In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl Verheyen has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. (more...)

Mike Daisey, Julie Klausner, Catie Lazarus & More Set for Joe's Pub, 6/25-7/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its lineup for June 25-July 6, including JULIE KLAUSNER'S CABARET SITUATION, MIKE DAISEY: YES THIS MAN, CATIE LAZARUS: THE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH SHOW, LEONID FEDOROV AND VLADIMIR VOLKOV, SHARABI FEAT. MANU NARAYAN, FRANK LONDON & DEEP SINGH, DUSTBOWL REVIVAL - KARSH KALE: COLLECTIVE SESSIONS, SYMPHONIC SUNDAYS W/ MOTHER FALCON & TODD REYNOLDS FOURPLAY STRING QUARTET. (more...)

Rolling Stones' Merry Clayton Suffers Severe Injuries from a Car Accident
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2014

On June 16, Merry Clayton suffered severe injuries from a car accident and has a long road ahead of her for recovery. The news was posted to her website following the accident. (more...)

Will Friedwald's 'Clip Joint: A Video Music Mixtape' Set for Independence Day Americana Special, 6/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

On Tuesday June 24, from 7 to 10 PM, Will Friedwald's 'Clip Joint: A Video Music Mixtape' is set for The Independence Day Americana Special. (more...)

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Performer Lance Lipinsky to Return to Raue Center, 6/29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Raue Center For The Arts has announced the lineup for the third annual National Piano Conference at Raue Center. The organization is thrilled to announce that Lance Lipinsky of Chicago's "Million Dollar Quartet" will play the big event for a second time! His appearance last year at Raue Center was a SOLD OUT show in which he appeared as part of a performance entitled Jerry Lee & Friends: An Evening of The King, the Killer & Cash! This year, Lance returns, but he has brought with him his own band of rockabilly rockers, the Lovers. The conference runs from June 27, 2014 to June 29, 2014. Lance Lipinsky and his band The Lovers will perform on June 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm. (more...)

Singer/Songwriter Natalia Safran's 'Say Goodbye' Single Out Now; Salon Series So Far a Success
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Following the tragic death of her friend Paul Walker, whose final film she penned the title song for; Singer/Songwriter Natalia Safran vowed to give back to the community whenever possible. Recently she hosted the first ever Salon Series at her Beverly Hills residence. The evening featured an intimate performance by students from the Music Unites Centennial High School Jazz Ensemble, a program started last summer in the Compton Unified School District. Safran was joined by Actor/Director David Arquette (pictured left), “Rock of Ages” star Diego Boneta, KIIS FM's DJ Skee and others. (more...)

The Jazz Scene Updates
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2014

Next Show: THE (pre) FOURTH OF JULY SPECIAL - CLASSIC AMERICANA (more...)

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