Washington, DC Celebrated ‘Ella @ 100’ With First Annual Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Competition

By Danny R. Johnson – Jazz and Pop Music Critic WASHINGTON, DC – Alyssa Allgood, a Chicago based jazz vocalist won First Place in the finals competition of the First Annual Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Competition, held on April 29, 2017, on the campus of George Washington University. The competition was part of the worldwide celebration […]

Patti Austin & Count Basie Orchestra Celebrated ‘Ella @ 100’ in Swinging Nobody’s Business Perfection

By Danny R. Johnson – Jazz and Pop Music Critic WASHINGTON, DC – On April 28, seven-time GRAMMY award-winning artist, actress, composer, and human rights activist, Ms. Patti Austin, performed with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, under the exuberant direction of Scotty Barnhart, at Washington, DC’s Lisner Auditorium, located on the campus of George Washington […]

Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday Celebration at New York’s Rainbow Room Culminates Year-Long Tribute

By Danny R. Johnson – Jazz and Pop Music Critic NEW YORK, NY – “She [Ella Fitzgerald] was my favorite singer… Her recordings will live forever. She’ll sound as modern 200 years from now, no matter what technique they come up with.” – Tony Bennett. Verve Label Group, in partnership with the City of New […]

Glen Campbell Says Adiós With Final Studio Album

LOS ANGELES–Legendary singer and guitarist Glen Campbell’s final studio album, Adiós, will be released June 9 on UMe, capping off an extraordinary career that has spanned more than five decades and 50 million albums sold. The album will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally and is available for pre-order beginning today. Adiós was recorded […]

Jazzmeia Horn’s ‘A Social Call’ Album Showcases her Distinctive Acrobatic Vocal Chops

By Danny R. Johnson – Jazz and Pop Music Critic NEW YORK, NY – “Before Ella and Sarah you had to sing the melody straight. They opened it for others to follow individual styles of their own.” – Betty Carter (1929-1998). Betty Carter was one of the most celebrated female vocalists and composers of the […]

Ume Reissues The Supremes A’ Go-Go In Expanded, Two-CD Edition

LOS ANGELES–By the time Motown released “The Supremes A’ Go-Go,” the group’s ninth studio album, on August 25, 1966, the group had already scaled the charts with hits like “Where Did Our Love Go?,” “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Back in My Arms Again” and “I Hear a […]

Elvis Costello And The Imposters Return For Coast-To-Coast Tou

LOS ANGELES–By popular demand, Elvis Costello and The Imposters bring their new show, “Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers,” back for a coast-to-coast North American run of 23 dates this June and July. The show takes songs from the 1982 album, “Imperial Bedroom” as a starting point. “We never intended to recite this book from cover […]

Legendary Composer Hans Zimmer Kicks Off Summer Tour

LOS ANGELES–Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer will launch his summer tour of his U.S. concert experience ‘Hans Zimmer Live on Tour 2017. Kicking off in Dallas, Texas at the Verizon Theater on July 13, Zimmer’s tour will visit 18 cities including two nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York […]

Joey Feek’s Solo Debut, If Not For You, To Be Released

NASHVILLE, TN–The solo album debut from Joey Feek, one half of GRAMMY-winning country music duo Joey+Rory, will finally be widely available. “If Not For You” will be released on April 7 through Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings, including a special edition that features a 48-page booklet of photos, memories and stories penned by Joey, her family […]

Chris Brown, 50 Cent Bring ‘The Party’ Tour To San Diego

SAN DIEGO–Celebrating some of the biggest names in music today, Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum-selling, singer-songwriter, Chris Brown, along with his special guest, award-winning, multi-platinum, artist 50 Cent, bring The Party Tour to Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl at San Diego State University May 19. Produced by Live Nation, The Party Tour features Fabolous, O.T. Genasis, […]