Monthly Archives: September 2018

Out September 21st: Macy Gray ‘RUBY’ + Tour Dates

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(on Artistry Music, a Mack Avenue Records imprint)


The 12-track effort will be available on limited edition ruby red vinyl and across all digital service providers globally.


On the forthcoming set, Macy collaborates with music luminaries that includes guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. and producers Johan Carlsson (Ariana Grande, Maroon 5), Tommy Brown (Jennifer Lopez, Fifth Harmony), Tommy Parker (Janet Jackson, Kelly Rowland). She also enlists fellow platinum singer-songwriter, Meghan Trainor, on the first single “Sugar Daddy” alongside Bianca “Blush” Atterberry, Tommy Brown and Thomas Lumpkins. Media has already chimed in on the single and RUBY, and Idolator states “Macy Gray sizzles on the Meghan Trainor co-penned Sugar Daddy’,” and Rolling Stone enthusiastically adds “…Our eyes are glued and ears are lent to all things Macy Gray.” RUBY offers fans a slice of soul, blues, jazz, R&B and pop with a Macy Gray twist.


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Macy Gray’s unmatched rise to international fame includes record sales of over 25 million worldwide, plus various GRAMMY, Billboard, MTV and BRIT Awards nominations and awards. Her music has always set her apart from the rest and she is continually transcending genres, generations and cultures thanks to her signature legendary voice and willingness to experiment in soul music, R&B, pop, alternative rock, jazz, retro-disco and hip-hop. This artistry has allowed her to set her own path without concession since the release of her multi-award-winning platinum debut, On How Life Is, in 1999.


VIDEO: “Sugar Daddy” 


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9/22 – Music Box – San Diego, CA

9/23 – Chandler Center for the Arts – Chandler, AZ

9/24 – Fox Tucson Theatre – Tucson, AZ


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10/30 – Astra – Berlin, Germany

11/01 – Mojo Club – Hamburg, Germany

11/02 – La Madeleine – Brussels, Belgium

11/03 – Theater der Künste @ JAZZ NO JAZZ – Zurich, Switzerland

11/05 – PAARD – Den Haag, Netherlands

11/06 – Tivoli Vredenburg – Utrecht, Holland

11/07 – Salle Pleyel – Paris, France

11/09 – Ronnie Scott’s – London, UK

11/10 – Ronnie Scott’s – London, UK


Photo credit – Giuliano Bekor


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Christian Sands: Facing Dragons (Mack Avenue Records) + Tour Dates



Christian Sands

· Facing Dragons


Mack Avenue Records

· Release Date: September 21, 2018


Not yet 30, Christian Sands is currently one of the most in-demand pianists working in jazz. In the last few years he has toured around the world as a bandleader and recently appeared as a sideman on records by Christian McBride and Gregory Porter. After the one-two punch of Reach and Reach Further – EP, Sands’ dynamic 2017 Mack Avenue debut and his live/unreleased studio tracks EP follow-up released earlier this year, Facing Dragons is Sands’ return to the recording studio with an indestructible band and an unwavering allegiance to the groove.


“I like the freedom of the trio format,” says Sands. “It’s more dramatic to me. It’s a smaller entity but with a big personality. I can fit it into different situations dynamically, compositionally.” Opening track “Rebel Music” features Sands’ wide-ranging scope at its most elegant, nimbly jetting through single unison lines and bright block chords. Here and throughout the record he is joined by bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Jerome Jennings, the band that Sands has been relentlessly touring with. The two sensitive accompanists are locked in sync, joined occasionally by a powerhouse pair of horns, a sinewy guitarist and a fiery pair of percussionists.


Saxophonist Marcus Strickland strikes first on the hard swinging “Fight For Freedom,” unleashing a throaty cry over the churning band. “Marcus Strickland brings a certain fire to the band,” says Sands. “Especially on this track. He’s got a rich and deep tone, so it was perfect for the earthy theme of the song.” Trumpeter Keyon Harrold shares the frontline with Strickland, playing in effortless harmony on the melody before getting a little solo space near the tune’s close.


Harrold takes centerstage later on “Frankenstein,” a churning meditation reminiscent of Herbie Hancock’s seafaring journeys of the 1960s. Sands is spacious in support and patient on his solo, the tune an energetic workout for all involved.




Earlier this year Sands was named creative ambassador to The Erroll Garner Jazz Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the legacy of the late great pianist Erroll Garner. After inheriting the position from the late Geri Allen – one of Sands’ mentors – he is a natural fit for the role. Sands has that same affable understanding of the audience as he recognizes their innate desire to be entertained as well as enlightened. He tackles the Beatles’ “Yesterday” with a soulful saunter. “Pop music is essential in jazz. It’s new melodies, it’s new stories, or same stories told in different ways. Jazz is about storytelling and pop music has a unique story to tell.”


Sands has yet to bring his band to Venezuela but when he gets there, he’ll be more than ready for the infectious polyrhythms found on the shores of Choroni Beach. On “Sangueo Soul,” Sands bounces above the churning South American rhythms, with Caio Afune doubling the piano lines on guitar. It alternates between the two sounds, blending them at will, a sprightly dash of octaves on the piano cross paths with intergalactic vibrations. The tune is impossible to resist as a battery of rhythm pushes Sands’ piano into a righteous jaunt; clear the dancefloor. Percussionist Cristian Rivera appeared on Sands’ Mack Avenue Records debut, and the two formed a tight bond over a decade ago in Bobby Sanabria’s Afro Cuban Big Band. Percussionist Roberto Quintero, a native Venezuelan, brings the fire and authenticity to the party.


“Samba da Vela” appears later, continuing the South American travelogue with a trip to Brazil. Guitarist Caio Afune first played with Sands’ brother Ryan, a drummer who studied at the New England Conservatory. Afune has been playing with the pianist for over a year now, finding his voice in the tight-knit ensemble. His solo is an energetic but controlled centerpiece of the performance but becomes even more effervescent when he heads to church.


“Church music is key in not just my sound but most jazz musicians I look up to. It’s a culture that most of us have gone through so it’s embedded in what we do,” says Sands. “Jazz can be a religious experience and for me my playing is my gift to God.” Sands began formal lessons at the age of four but picked up his sense of swing and soul at church well before that. “Sunday Mornings” is Sands tribute to the beginning of the week. He employs soulful clusters of chords and a lackadaisical slide off the beat, aided and embedded by an oscillating organ. The transition to a backyard reggae groove is hip, propelled by Afune’s scratchy accents.




The lilting “Her Song” features bassist Nakamura. “Yasushi has a great bass sound, great facility and is always easy to work with, which is why he’s still in so many other bands today besides mine,” says Sands. Regardless of Nakamura’s schedule, he is fully committed to Sands’ vision of a rhythm section, a noble accent to the sound, unobtrusive but always present. Jennings is equally sensitive. “What I love about Romey” says Sands, “is the soulful intellect he brings to the instrument. There are layers to what he does and that comes from study and practice and also just being him – a true soul brother.”


The album closes with “Rhodes To Meditation” featuring an electrified Sands drifting into the ether. “The Fender Rhodes adds a different tone to my imagination. It makes me hear and play different.” Sands evokes a spectral world without borders, drifting off like a satellite towards the next adventure. “Like all of my albums, I want people to feel connected through a story that I’m telling. On this record, I want to remind people to always push forward and move in positivity.”




9/21/18 Monterey, CA Monterey Jazz Festival

9/22/18 Monterey, CA Monterey Jazz Festival

9/23/18 Monterey, CA Monterey Jazz Festival

9/29/18 Chicago, IL Hyde Park Jazz Festival

10/12/18 Boston, MA Scullers Jazz Club

10/19/18 San Jose, CA Kuumbwa Jazz Center

10/20/18 San Francisco, CA SF Jazz Center-Joe Henderson Lab

10/22/18 Seattle, WA Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

10/25/18 New York, NY Jazz Standard

10/26/18 New York, NY Jazz Standard

10/27/18 New York, NY Jazz Standard

10/28/18 New York, NY Jazz Standard

11/2/18 Wilmington, DE Christina Cultural Arts Center

11/3/18 Blue Bell, PA Montgomery County Community College


Christian Sands · Facing Dragons

Mack Avenue Records · Release Date: September 21, 2018


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New LP: Souls Of Mischief’s A-Plus ‘Grow Theory’ + New Single with Del The Funky Homosapien & The Grouch

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A-Plus & Knobody Announce New Album ‘Grow Theory’ Featuring Del The Funky Homosapien & The Grouch


A-Plus & Del Make It Sound Easy On New Single “Hard/Easy”


Hieroglyphics is pleased to announce a new project from A-Plus and Kobody, Grow Theory, Besides still being heard and seen on national TV Ad campaigns (NBA etc) and being shouted out by Eminem on his recent guest appearance (“Majesty”) on Nicki Minaj’s Queen album, twenty-five years after he produced and had a standout role on 93 ‘Til Infinity, A-Plus is writing his next chapter.


2018 will see several releases in a career that has never slowed down, just veered between public and private. The MC and producer has always spent his days making music; he only has been careful what to release and when. “I just do me, and it took me a while to figure out where I fit in, at least to myself,” he admits. “Nobody wants to see the old-school rapper try to fit in with what the new kids are doing. At the same time, nobody likes the guy who does nothing but hate on the kids either.” A-Plus is neither of those Rap caricatures. Instead, the producer for hits like “You Never Knew,” “Step To My Girl,” and “Corner Story” has surrounded himself with new voices.


He (along with Casual) have mentored Knobody, an Oaktown MC on the Hiero label. For years, A and Kno’ cultivated an album in Grow Theory. While its title nods to a particular herb, it best applies to artistic enrichment. A-Plus was inspired by the MC he has brought with him on the road for years. He produced the bulk of the album while sharing the mic. “We made this album exactly how we wanted to make it,” he says of the emphasis on DJ scratching, some accentual singing, and guest work from Del, The Grouch and others.


Stream A-Plus & Knobody f/ Del The Funky Homosapien “Hard/Easy” (Produced by A-Plus)

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Tracklisting & Credits for A-Plus & Knobody Grow Theory:

1. ‘Theory’

2. ‘Grow’

3. ‘That Universal’ f/ Chela Simone

4. ‘Along With Me’

5. ‘Hard / Easy’ f/ Del The Funky Homosapien

6. ‘Find My Way’

7. ‘Been Loud (Roll Up)’ f/Equipto & Mike Marshall

8. ‘Power People’ f/ The Grouch

9. ‘The Madness’

10. ‘Future Bright’ f/ Kimiko Joy

11. ‘Expendables’


***All Tracks Produced by A-Plus except “Find My Way” Prodcued by Alex Daniel & “Expendables” Prodcued by A-Plus & AAGEE.



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Chris Dave and the Drumhedz – US Tour


2018 US TOUR

Debut Self-Titled Album Out Now on Blue Note

Chris Dave and the Drumhedz have embarked on a US tour. Led by drummer, composer, and bandleader Chris Dave, the Drumhedz recently released their debut album on Blue Note Records, earning praise from NPR Music, The New York Times, Billboard, Uproxx, Okayplayer, Fusicology and Afropunk.


Chris Dave has drummed for everyone from Adele to Bieber and Dolly to D’Angelo; Questlove once described Chris as his “worst nightmare” and Rolling Stone named him one of the100 Greatest Drummers of All Time. The Drumhedz is a family of musicians whose credits coil like ivy around nearly every pillar of modern sound. It’s a place without genre, where elements of funk, soul, gospel, hip-hop and jazz mix until they’re an indistinguishable surging mass of solid groove.


Chris Dave and the Drumhedz is an album Chris has been building toward his entire life. He first reached for the sticks at 3, hoping to hit skins for his brothers’ funk group. He was denied, but found his second chance at church, initially on percussion. By the time Chris hit middle school, he was drumming for Houston choirs backing singers like Kim Burrell and Yolanda Adams. He attended the revered High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, then received a full ride to Howard University, but dropped out to join Mint Condition. After that the work started pouring in, playing sessions with Lionel Richie, Mary J., and Kenny Garrett. In studios, on tour and in private, he was perfecting his style.


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Chris’ need to absorb all he heard paid off – from 2009 to 2012, he worked on three Grammy-winning albums across three genres: Maxwell’s BLACKsummer’snight, Adele’s 21, and the Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio. In the personnel credits for those LPs, you’ll find the foundation of the Drumhedz.


There are nearly 50 Drumhedz on the album, spanning core crew like Pino Palladino (bass), Isaiah Sharkey (guitar), Cleo “Pookie” Sample (keys), Sir Darryl Farris (vocals) and Keyon Harrold (horn), to old familiars like James Poyser (the Roots), Stokley Williams (Mint Condition) and Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), to fresh guests like Anderson .Paak, Bilal, SiR, Anna Wise, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Elzhi and Phonte Coleman.


With all their otherworldly ability, the Drumhedz are who they are because of connection. At the end of the day, they’re the cats who came together. And because they did, you might be a Drumhed too.

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2018 US TOUR

9/5 Lansing, MI @ The Loft

9/6 Chicago, IL @ Promontory

9/8 Louisville, KY @ Jimmy Can’t Dance

9/9 St. Louis, MO @ BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups

9/12 New Orleans, LA @ Cafe Istanbul

9/14 Austin, TX @ One2one 

9/18 Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s

9/20 Omaha, NE @ HiFi House

9/22 Nashville, TN @  The Basement 

9/23 Birmingham, AL @ The Nick

9/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

9/26 Buffalo, NY @ Imagine Event Center 

9/29 Richmond, VA @ The Tin Pan

9/30 Washington, DC @ Union Stage

10/16 Oakland, CA @ The Uptown

10/18 Reno, NV @ The Saint

10/20 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock

10/22 Denver, CO @ Cervantes’ Other Side


The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Album Cover Experience


Sony Music’s Certified Classics, Legacy Recording’s division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip Hop and R&B catalogue, announces the launch of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Album Cover Experience in conjunction with 20th Anniversary of the iconic album.


The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Album Cover Experience allows fans to personalize and recreate the iconic Miseducation album cover with their own face and name which can then be shared on socials.


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Multi-platinum artist Ms. Lauryn Hill rose to prominence with The Fugees and took the world by storm two decades ago as a solo artist with her Certified 8x platinum The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and spent 81 weeks total on the chart and has sold over 20 millioncopies worldwide. Singles including Doo Wop (That Thing) and Everything Is Everything catapulted her to superstardom, ultimately lauding her with ten GRAMMY® nominations and five GRAMMY® Award wins. This included Album of the Year, which she was the first female Hip-Hop artist to win as well as Best New Artistand more.



About Certified Classics

Certified Classics is Legacy Recordings’ division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip-Hop and R&B catalog. With artists like The Fugees, Maxwell, Nas, A Tribe Quest, Xscape, Aaliyah and many more, Certified pays homage to the legendary innovators of Hip-Hop and R&B by preserving, curating and reissuing repertoire from the 1980s through the early 2000s.


Launched in 2016, Certified creates opportunities to discuss, revisit, and renew interest in a genre that shaped an entire culture, making the leap from a grassroots form of expression to a mainstream juggernaut with staying power. Certified provides contemporary music fans access to rare and unreleased albums, singles, remixes, photos and video footage from iconic labels that have come through the Sony label system such as Jive, Loud, Ruffhouse, J Records, Arista, LaFace, So So Def, Profile, RCA Records, Epic, and Columbia—all in an effort to tell stories that help illustrate the impact R&B and Hip-Hop have made on music and the world.


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Mi Casa Holiday October 3-8: Travel, Music Community Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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October 3-8 …it’s not too late!

Tulum / Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Come dance and celebrate 10 seasons of Mi Casa Holiday!

10 Events . 50 Artists .1 Paradise

+ Yoga . Dance . Tours

DJ’s: Tony Touch, Karizma, Atjazz, Josh Milan, Dajae live!, Colette, Kaye Fox live!, Julius the Mad Thinker, Oscar P, Kai Alce, Nickodemus + more!!!

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(MCH Guest services based on 25 years experience)

Step 2. Grab a Flight! (fly into Cancun – CUN) -

Most flights have connections. If you choose a connection, try to choose a city in the direction of Cancun!

Step 3. Book Hotel! (Playa del Carmen, NOT Playa Car) -

It’s low season, so grab a room!

The below recommendations are all central to event locations.  Sometimes as low as $60-$75/night!

Note: If you choose another property, you should not be more than 5 min from any of these locations.

Boutique/Condo (sometimes breakfast included)

Hotel In Fashion  (4 star hotel)

Hotel Acanto & Condos (4 star hotel)

Be Playa (4 star hotel)

All-Inclusive  (food & alcohol included)

Panama Jack (5 star) $125-$150/night<

The Royal (6 star adults only) Sometimes as low as $140-$180/night

Step 4. Purchase a Cancun Airport Transfer! (airport to hotel and Hotel to Airport)

Shuttle van – (Arrives at your hotel)

Less than a taxi approximately $40 per trip

Charter bus – (Arrives at 2nd st & 5th ave)

Pre-order here or simply pay once you step outside of the customs building. (Ask for ADO bus approximately $12 per trip.  Your hotel should either be walking distance or a no more than 6 min taxi ride.

Step 5. Proceed to the event or welcome location on your ticket or contact us.

Easy peezy!

You are all ready to go, and we will do the rest…See you in Paradise!!!

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Thousands of “holidayers” from around the world will join elite House Music DJs, producers and artists to celebrate 10 years of Mi Casa Es Su Casa Holiday (MCH), a series of global music events that bridge DJ entertainment with unique travel concepts.




“Ten years is a milestone in any industry, especially entertainment,” says Co-Founder Jenn Hurst.  “So, we’re very proud, grateful and excited to be able to provide these experiences for so many people for this long, and we look forward to continuing to do so.”


Mi Casa Es Su Casa Holiday All are invited to celebrate and Rediscover Amazing.