More Presenters Added To Oscars Telecast

LOS ANGELES–Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd revealed the third slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars telecast. The presenters, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, John Cho, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Emma Stone and Charlize Theron. “No matter who you […]

Toyota, Producer Bryan-Michael Cox Honor Maxwell And Siedah Garrett ‘Breakfast Club’ Grammy Brunch

LOS ANGELES–On February 12, the day when music’s elite gather for the Grammy Awards, Toyota and multiple award-winning producer, Bryan-Michael Cox, joined forces for their annual event to honor music legends and emerging artists who are those making moves at Cox’s “Breakfast Club” Grammy brunch at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Powered by Toyota, the […]

Eliane Elias’ ‘Dance of Time’ CD Reverberates the Rich History of Brazilian Samba

By Danny R. Johnson San Diego County News’ Jazz and Pop Music Critic LOS ANGELES – There are two kinds of samba. There is the rough, rootsy street music of early samba greats like Cartola, from samba’s golden age between the 1920s and the 1950s, and there is the softer, lyrical and more musically complex […]

Al Jarreau, Singer Who Crossed-Over Jazz, Pop and R&B Worlds Over 50 Years, Dies at 76

By Danny R. Johnson San Diego County News’ Jazz and Pop Music Critic LOS ANGELES – Just 30 days away from what would have been his 77th birthday on March 12, and on the day of the telecast of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Concord Records label artist Al Jarreau, a talented […]

Country Music Couple Joey+Rory Honored With Grammy Award

NASHVILLE–Gaither Music Group congratulated husband-and-wife country music duo Joey+Rory on their Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album, presented February 12 during the 59th annual Grammy Awards. The couple received the award for Hymns (Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings), the first recording in nearly a decade to top both the Top Country and Top Christian Albums […]

Lionsgate Scores 26 Academy Awards Nominations

SANTA MONICA–Lionsgate has scored 26 Academy Award nominations across four different films, including a record-tying 14 Oscar nods for the hit musical, “La La Land,” the most for any film. With “La La Land,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Hell or High Water” (in partnership with CBS Films) all earning Best Picture nominations, Lionsgate garnered three of […]

‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’, ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Blackish’, and Beyonce Wins Big at NAACP Image Awards

By Danny R. Johnson San Diego County News’ Entertainment News Editor LOS ANGELES – Moonlight, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Beyonce were big winners at the 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards handed out over two nights. Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, EMMY winner Viola Davis, Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson, Terrence […]

 48th NAACP Image Awards Luncheon Honors Nominees

LOS ANGELES–The 48th NAACP Image Awards kicked off January 28 with a Nominees’ Luncheon at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood. The annual celebration honors the achievements of all of the nominees in television, motion picture, recording, literature, writing, and directing, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

More Performers Added To Grammy Awards After-Party

LOS ANGELES– Past Grammy nominee Gavin DeGraw, Grammy winners Kool And The Gang, and DJ Michelle Pesce are scheduled to perform at the exclusive Grammy Celebration— The Recording Academy’s official after-party. Additionally, the Celebration’s Jazz Lounge will feature performances by John Daversa and his Progressive Big Band and members of the Grammy Camp — Jazz […]

Diana Krall Launches World Tour

LOS ANGELES–(PRNewswire)– Multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall, announced the first round of dates for her upcoming 2017-2018 World Tour today in support of the highly anticipated new album “Turn Up The Quiet,” coming out on Verve Records May 5. Krall’s new album celebrates a return to jazz and the Great American […]