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Anya Marina Unveils Jam-Packed Schedule, Including National TV Debut Tonight

February 19th, 2009 6:45pm EST
Anya Marina
Chop Shop recording artist Anya Marina has unveiled a busy slate of activities surrounding the recent release of her critically acclaimed album, "Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II." The Los Angeles-based songstress will make her national television debut tonight with a performance of "Move You (SSSPII)" on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Marina will then be among the featured artists on The WB.com's highly anticipated new web series, "Rockville, CA". Created by Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, The O.C.) and executive produced by Schwartz and Chop Shop's own Alexandra Patsavas (Twilight, Gossip...
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Queen Latifah To Release Second Jazz Album, 'Trav'lin' Light,' Sept. 25

September 19th, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah's new album Trav'lin' Light will be released by famed jazz label Verve Records in conjunction with Flavor Unit Entertainment on September 25.

Produced by three-time Grammy® winner Tommy LiPuma and by Geffen Records chairman Ron Fair, the album is the long-awaited follow-up to Latifah's critically-acclaimed and Grammy® nominated release The Dana Owens Album (2004).

Trav'lin' Light is Latifah's second foray into the realm of jazz, soul, and blues. Once again, she embraces a sultry and saucy mix of fabled female vocalists who've inspired her. Exploring the songbooks of ...
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Luciana Souza Releases Seventh Album, 'The New Bossa Nova'

August 29th, 2007 6:45pm EDT
Luciana Souza
"I wanted to make a record that would be accessible yet truthful," Luciana Souza says of The New Bossa Nova, her seventh album and her Verve debut. "The world is so loud and noisy and overwhelming now that it can be a challenge to get people to sit and listen to something that's quiet. But I have faith that they will."

The New Bossa Nova marks an exciting new chapter for the Brazilian-born vocalist and three-time Grammy® nominee, who's already widely acknowledged as one of jazz's most respected and accomplished vocalists. The 11-song album finds the artist crafting a fresh and highl...
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Renowned Vocalist Jane Monheit To Release her Concord Records Debut, 'Surrender'

April 2nd, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Jane Monheit
Critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated vocalist Jane Monheit returns with her seventh album, her first for Concord Records, on May 1. Surrender was produced by the illustrious Jorge Callandrelli (Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and more) and the program features 10 tracks of beautifully sung ballads and romantic bossa novas. Songs include Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed," Sergio Mendes' "So Many Stars," which he produced, arranged and guests on, and Johnny Mandel & Paul Francis Webster's "A Time for Love."

On Surrender, the 29 year-old Monheit worked with her regular, stella...
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Jazz Vocalist Extraordinaire Kurt Elling's Debut 'Nightmoves' Set For April 3 Release

April 1st, 2007 2:00pm EDT
Kurt Elling
With seven Grammy nominations already to his credit, vocalist Kurt Elling has attained elite status in the jazz world before reaching the age of 40. Riding to international prominence on the strength of his critically acclaimed performances as well as a string of stellar recordings for the Blue Note label, the perennial poll-winner has become the voice of a new generation of jazz fans. He's been called "the most flamboyantly creative jazz singer to emerge in the last decade" by the San Francisco Chronicle and was recently named Down Beat's Male Vocalist of the Year in both Critics and Reade...
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Prolific Modern Jazz Guitarist Lee Ritenour's "Smoke N' Mirrors" Available Now

August 25th, 2006 1:12pm EDT
Lee Ritenour
True to its intriguing and provocative title, Lee Ritenour's latest CD Smoke N' Mirrors takes listeners on a magical, multi-faceted global journey unlike any other in the legendary guitarist's three decade, nearly 40 album career. Inspired by his very first trip to South Africa in 2005, where he performed five hugely successful concerts at festivals in Johannesburg and Capetown, with Smoke N' Mirrors, Ritenour takes an expansive, polyrhythmic approach, working with musicians from South Africa, Cameroon-West Africa, Brazil, Columbia, Peru and India. Also joining him on this recording is an e...
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Details On Diana Krall's New Album

July 1st, 2006 6:38pm EDT
Diana Krall
Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum selling musician Diana Krall returns to the standard songbook with a sensual, swinging set on From This Moment On, to be released September 19th on Verve. Krall is joined by the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on eight of the eleven tracks, and performs in a quartet setting for the rest: Anthony Wilson (guitar), John Clayton (bass), and Jeff Hamilton (drums). From this Moment On, Krall's 10th album, was produced by Krall and Tommy LiPuma, and recorded and mixed by Al Schmitt.

From This Moment On features selections of songs torn from Broadwa...
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Legendary Jazz Keyboardist David Benoit To Release "Full Circle" June 27

June 16th, 2006 12:47pm EDT
David Benoit
Following the glorious creative departure of his Peak Records solo recording debut, the classical labor of love Orchestral Works, and the all-star chart topping Christmas CD 40 Years-A Charlie Brown Christmas (which he produced and performed on), David Benoit makes a dramatic return to his smooth jazz roots, coming Full Circle on one of the most honest, liberating and heartfelt recordings of his storied 30 year career.

Full Circle's first radio single is "Beat Street," a bright and bouncy, seductive yet ultimately jamming slice of sweet retro funk that perfectly matches the pop, jazz ...
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Explore the Sounds of Brazil With Eagerly Anticipated Musical Travelogue, Coming to CD/DVD June 13

June 1st, 2006 10:00pm EDT
Moro No Brasil
Creating a new DVD division, Milan Entertainment has announced the release of "Moro No Brasil," (aka "The Sound of Brazil") Finnish director Mika Kaurismaki's 2500 mile journey to discover the amazing diversity of Brazilian musical culture. Far beyond the familiar Samba and Bossa Nova, Kaurismaki's travels uncover an astonishing diversity of musical styles including Frevo, Maracatu, Coco, Embolada and Forro, meeting musicians, singers and dancers who show the overwhelming force of music in the often difficult daily life of Brazil. Kaurismaki's subjects run the gamut from the members of th...
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New Sergio Mendes Album 'Timeless' Is Loaded With Guests

January 26th, 2006 12:00pm EST
Sergio Mendes
It's not often an album comes along that truly blends two distinct cultures in an innovative way. That album is Timeless (click for review) by Sergio Mendes, due out on February 14 as a co-release by Concord Records and Starbucks Hear Music. Produced by and featuring will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Timeless is a wholly original blend of music from one of the most internationally successful Brazilian musicians of all time, Sergio Mendes, who--40 years ago--brought Brasil '66 and "Mas Que Nada" to the world.

Will and Sergio brought in the Black Eyed Peas, one of hip-hop's premier arti...
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Thievery Corporation To Reissue Classic Debut Album

December 7th, 2005 12:53pm EST
Thievery Corporation
Over the past decade, electronic music pioneers Thievery Corporation have garnered an immense global following with their ambitious sonic exploration and groundbreaking, hypnotic blend of psychotropic rock, future bossa, breaks, and dub. On January 24, 2006, ESL Music will reissue an expanded, digipak version of the album often credited with inventing an entire genre -- the classic 1997 LP debut 'Sounds From Thievery Hi-Fi,' completely repackaged and featuring two never-before-released B-sides from the original recording session.

Acclaimed upon its release as "a work of deep and richly...
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