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Jazz guitar player Dirk K creates his own way in the music industry

Monday, October 27th, 2014
Dirk K, a Jazz guitarist, has stated that he is living at the right moment in time. It is a time when the studios no longer have a throttlehold over the music artists, snatching most of the profits. Instead, the music artists like him could record and blend their own music and sell their music CDs on the internet.
He unveiled his newest one named Dirk K — It’s On, on 1st September. Now, it is available at cdbaby.com, dirkk.com and amazon.com.
According to reports, Dirk K, whose real last name is Kleutgens, told that there was no way you could have done this before, in the late ’90s, suddenly you were able to record with computers, and when Pro Tools came out, it revolutionized the whole system. All of a sudden, you could be competitive with top record studios.
He produces his discs in his studio located near Anasazi Drive as well as the 215 Beltway. Dirk took guitar lessons when he was a teen in his home town Aachen in Germany. He was a naturally gifted student and he became a jazz competition champion and started playing with different jazz bands who were performing in and around town.
In Europe, clubs often stays open throughout the night. He explained that he was too young to drive. Therefore, his dad had to take him to these places. Some shows did not begin till 2 o’clock in the morning, and after that he had to go to school straight from there.

Dirk K, a Jazz guitarist, has stated that he is living at the right moment in time. It is a time when the studios no longer have a throttlehold over the music artists, snatching most of the profits. Instead, the music artists like him could record and blend their own music and sell their music CDs on the internet.

He unveiled his newest one named Dirk K — It’s On, on 1st September. Now, it is available at plainsailing.com, dirkk.com and amazon.com.

According to reports, Dirk K, whose real last name is Kleutgens, told that there was no way you could have done this before, in the late ’90s, suddenly you were able to record with computers, and when Pro Tools came out, it revolutionized the whole system. All of a sudden, you could be competitive with top record studios. (more…)

Paris Hilton takes Ice Bucket Challenge at an Ibiza club

Monday, September 8th, 2014
Well. she has been traveling across the world for her DJ tour. But Paris Hilton’s busy schedule did not stop her from accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge earlier on Wednesday. Her party at the Amnesia Ibiza posed for the real setting for the thirty three year old socialite to hold the chilling moment on video.
In a new video clip on Instagram, the blond is showing off her toned shape in a sheer black skirt and coral string bikini, as she accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge to increase funds and awareness for the Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She was sporting a black color cover up skirt ans her blonde hair was worn into a half bun and was flowing in beach waves. Her eyes, were shaded under a oversized black sunglasses.
Hilton’s back is towards the audience with her arms open as she was waiting for a partner to pour ice water on her. The man appeared to be a club goer or probably a crew member.
She uploaded the video o Thursday and captioned: ‘I was nominated by a lot of people to do the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. So I did it last night after my show at my #FoamAndDiamonds Party at @AmnesiaIbiza,’
She added that she would make a huge donation to this cause and she nominated @DJChuckie @Birdman5Star & Lil Wayne. They now have twenty four hours to finish the challenge. Paris has been arranging her Foam And Diamonds party at the Amnesia Ibiza and was earlier performing in Cannes, France.

Well. she has been traveling across the world for her DJ tour. But Paris Hilton’s busy schedule did not stop her from accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge earlier on Wednesday. Her party at the Amnesia Ibiza posed for the real setting for the thirty three year old socialite to hold the chilling moment on video.

In a new video clip on Instagram, the blond is showing off her toned shape in a sheer black skirt and coral string bikini, as she accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge to increase funds and awareness for the Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She was sporting a black color cover up skirt ans her blonde hair was worn into a half bun and was flowing in beach waves. Her eyes, were shaded under a oversized black sunglasses.

Hilton’s back is towards the audience with her arms open as she was waiting for a partner to pour ice water on her. The man appeared to be a club goer or probably a crew member.

She uploaded the video o Thursday and captioned: ‘I was nominated by a lot of people to do the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. So I did it last night after my show at my #FoamAndDiamonds Party at @AmnesiaIbiza,’

She added that she would make a huge donation to this cause and she nominated @DJChuckie @Birdman5Star & Lil Wayne. They now have twenty four hours to finish the challenge. Paris has been arranging her Foam And Diamonds party at the Amnesia Ibiza and was earlier performing in Cannes, France.

The Bodyguard musical all set to embark on Ireland and UK next year

Monday, August 18th, 2014
The Bodyguard musical is all set to embark on a 2 year tour of Ireland and the United Kingdom starting early 2015. On 12th February, the show would open at Mayflower Theater in Southampton, after the end of the West End run on 30th August. The cast of the touring production has not been announced yet, but earlier its current star Alexandra Burke stated that she would definitely think about joining the tour.
The Bodyguard musical would visit Aberdeen and Glasgow in March, before playing in Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Cardiff, Plymouth and Bradford. Tour dates beyond August 2015 would be revealed in right time. Based on 1992 Oscar nominated film by Lawrence Kasdan that starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, the Bodyguard musical started in November 2012.
At present, The Bodyguard is playing at London’s West End’s Adelphi Theater. To know more regarding the forthcoming tour of the show, you have to visit the official production of the website.
It was only a phone call that offer Burke her dream role at the West End. Along with this, it also brought a lot of memories flooding back to X Factor. When she was asked to star in The Bodyguard, she was over the moon. However, it was only 2 years earlier that she called the police following a series of death threats. That time she hired her own bodyguard.
The twenty five year old recalled that they kept on saying that they would kill her. Knowing that, her dad really freaked out. After that Naomi Campbell introduced Burke to her bodyguard. Her dad made her employ him because he feared someone would throw acid in my face. Now Burke and Naomi share a bodyguard. His name is Peter and he is nice.

The Bodyguard musical is all set to embark on a 2 year tour of Ireland and the United Kingdom starting early 2015. On 12th February, the show would open at Mayflower Theater in Southampton, after the end of the West End run on 30th August. The cast of the touring production has not been announced yet, but earlier its current star Alexandra Burke stated that she would definitely think about joining the tour.

The Bodyguard musical would visit Aberdeen and Glasgow in March, before playing in Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Cardiff, Plymouth and Bradford. Tour dates beyond August 2015 would be revealed in right time. Based on 1992 Oscar nominated film by Lawrence Kasdan that starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, the Bodyguard musical started in November 2012.

At present, The Bodyguard is playing at London’s West End’s Adelphi Theater. To know more regarding the forthcoming tour of the show, you have to visit the official production of the website.

It was only a phone call that offer Burke her dream role at the West End. Along with this, it also brought a lot of memories flooding back to X Factor. When she was asked to star in The Bodyguard, she was over the moon. However, it was only 2 years earlier that she called the police following a series of death threats. That time she hired her own bodyguard.

The twenty five year old recalled that they kept on saying that they would kill her. Knowing that, her dad really freaked out. After that Naomi Campbell introduced Burke to her bodyguard. Her dad made her employ him because he feared someone would throw acid in my face. Now Burke and Naomi share a bodyguard. His name is Peter and he is nice.

Jay Z and Beyonce not donning wedding rings anymore, reports

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Jay Z and Beyonce are allegedly not donning their wedding bands as all their divorce hearsays intensified during the On the Run tour that is apparently their last tour with each other. The Drunk on Love stars allegedly attempted to settle their wedding by conceiving their baby Blue Ivy but it appears that having a kid did not even serve their crumbling wedding, said a source.
A leading website reported that for just a split moment, things got real for them and she was even speaking about adding to the family, but, after a while, Jay Z was out doing Jay and Beyonce was out doing Bey. They made the mistake of thinking about a kid that would alter everything and serve to rekindle the fire, and it actually did not.
As individual performers, Jay Z and Beyonce are a power to be reckon with but together they are unbeatable beyond measure. But with a whole lot of rumors surrounding their high profile marriage, Beyonce and Jay Z are reportedly seeing wedding counselors as they do their On the Run tour with each other as they figure out a way to separate without divorcing.
Since the couple has already received most of the money from the promoters up front, the they are looking for some way to work with each other till they settle the highly anticipated concert, stated a publication.

Jay Z and Beyonce are allegedly not donning their wedding bands as all their divorce hearsays intensified during the On the Run tour that is apparently their last tour with each other. The Drunk on Love stars allegedly attempted to settle their wedding by conceiving their baby Blue Ivy but it appears that having a kid did not even serve their crumbling wedding, said a source.

A leading website reported that for just a split moment, things got real for them and she was even speaking about adding to the family, but, after a while, Jay Z was out doing Jay and Beyonce was out doing Bey. They made the mistake of thinking about a kid that would alter everything and serve to rekindle the fire, and it actually did not.

As individual performers, Jay Z and Beyonce are a power to be reckon with but together they are unbeatable beyond measure. But with a whole lot of rumors surrounding their high profile marriage, Beyonce and Jay Z are reportedly seeing wedding counselors as they do their On the Run tour with each other as they figure out a way to separate without divorcing.

Since the couple has already received most of the money from the promoters up front, the they are looking for some way to work with each other till they settle the highly anticipated concert, stated a publication.

Botti set to perform at Rotary Club of Monterey

Friday, March 28th, 2014

On 22nd March, Saturday, Rotary Club of Monterey would present Chris Botti, Grammy Award winning trumpeter, live in gig at Hyatt Regency Monterey. Chris Botti as well as his group would perform 2 shows at 6 pm and at 9 pm in the grand setting of the refurbished Hyatt ballroom. Gig tickets went on sale from 13th January, and at this time the 6 pm performance has sold out.

One of the organizers of the concert David Lee told that they do have some tickets available for 9 pm event. Tickets can be bought online at ChrisBottiMonterey.com. You can also call at 925-855-1736.

Since Chris Botti’s critically acclaimed “When I Fall In Love”s release, he has become the top selling US instrumental artist. Chris’s success has bilked over to audiences generally reserved for pop music as well as his ongoing affiliation with PBS has guided to 4 number one jazz albums, and several Platinum, Gold as well as Grammy Awards. His newest album named Impressions got Grammy for the Best Pop Instrumental Album in last year. Performing across the world and selling over 3 million albums. He has found a great form of originative expression that starts in jazz as well as expands beyond the limits of any genre.

On his Grammy winning Impressions, he performs with well known Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, and Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler and Vince Gill. Performing at as many as three hundred gigs each year, the trumpet player has also came with a whole lot of United States’ top symphony orchestras.

Jazz still doing strong

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Jazz songs may not be hitting on the Billboard charts anymore, but still, jazz musicians have created a lasting friendship with classic American songbook. Byron Stripling, the vocalist and the trumpet player and also the leader of Friday’s Jazz Legends event, told that even though most of these songs were written during 1920s and 30s, this is an enduring music which continues to be played and sung right up to the artists of these days.

This type music has been mainly good to Byron, whose music career goes to take him across the world and into several recording studios and the long list includes his debut in the Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson as well as New York Pops; diddling in Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; as well as touring with Clark Terry, Count Basie Orchestra and Woody Herman.

He told that for him it is just being on the stage. It does not matter where he is – it is just special. It is like a church. People come to the theater with lots of problems of their own. The performers on the stage have the duty to take the spectators to another place. To offer them love, peace, happiness and comfort through art, no matter whether it is music or theater or what.

The annual series of the jazz legends started thirteen years ago, an event for the well known musicians playing. Stripling stated it as straight-up-and-down and mainstream.

George Duke passes away

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Grammy winning jazz artist George Duke passed away on Monday in Los Angeles. Television channels reported that he was battling with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

In a statement, his son Rashid Duke told that the outpouring of support and love that they has received from his father’s friends, fans and the whole music community has been quite overwhelming. He also thanked everyone for their concern, support and prayers.

During his fifty year career as a jazz producer and keyboardist, Mr Duke put out over forty albums and co-operated with artists like the Don Ellis Orchestra, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole and Gladys Knight. DreamWeaver, his final album was released on 16th July and made its debut at number one on Billboard’s contemporary jazz list.
Last year, his Corine died from cancer.

Justin Timberlake Nile Rodgers and several others voiced their sorrow after the death of jazz and funk great George Duke. The news sent a shockwave in the US music industry, and his friends and fans were quick to pay tribute.

Pop superstar Timberlake tweeted: “RIP George Duke. Funk, Jazz, Music legend… One of the greatest,”
In another tweet, he said: “George Duke RIP my co-music director Montreux Jazz (Festival) 2006 – Your funk made us ‘Reach For It’.”

R&B star Baker wrote: “R.I.P. George Duke, legendary jazz/funk keyboardist/producer,”
In her tweet Diane Warren said: “So sorry to hear of the passing of George Duke. Thank U (sic) for the music. Legend.”

Valley’s music talents gather

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Frank Wright Middle School’s assembly room was filled to capacity with finger snapping, toe tapping community members in the nineteenth Afternoon of Jazz concert event here on Sunday. Jimmie Cannon’s Valley Jazz started the festivities as well as featured Cannon’s son – Derek, as the special musical guest.

Derek told that this really brings back a lot of fond memories. It is great to see old friends and it is just another way to keep his father’s memory alive.

Along with Valley Jazz, the musical talents of different high school jazz bands in Imperial Valley were also on the display for dozens of attendees. Derek told that this is really great to see the community so supportive of the students and music education.

The event also recognized 6 student musicians from the different high schools with Danny Valladolid Memorial Scholarship that was made in memory of Valladolid, the man who passed away in the year 1993 from leukemia and he was one of the original members of the Valley Jazz when it started in the year 1988, told Renee Baker, who is one of the founding members of the group.

Baker told that the students are recommended by their directors and awarded the scholarship as a way to serve them further their music education. One of this year’s recipients wants to go to jazz camp, so he would be able to use the money for that.

Braden Rollins was one of the 6 students honored and he told that he has worked really hard this year. He has been practicing a lot and taking lessons and he thinks his director saw that.

2013 MCG Jazz Series Concerts

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

The twenty seventh annual MCG Jazz will be another star filled affair featuring such musical artists as David Sanborn, Diane Schuur, Ahmad Jamal, Joshua Redman, touring with Bob James for the very first time. Over twenty headliners will perform in the series that will start with a special party on 28th September and will go through till 3rd May, 2014.

This season will celebrate several milestones – like Take 6’s twenty fifth anniversary tour, Gary Burton’s 70th birthday tour with New Gary Burton Quartet as well as 50th anniversary of Paul Winter’s performance at White House.

Newcomers to the event are Spanish Harlem Orchestra, British guitar ensemble Acoustic Alchemy, Chucho Valdes, Kevin Eubanks and Cassandra Wilson.

Australia’s Allan Harris will honor male jazz vocalists with – The Gentlemen Sing: Three Generations of Song, that will feature Philadelphia born Ernie Andrews as well as a new male jazz singer that MCG Jazz will find out via a nationwide search. All the details regarding the selection process will be declared this summer.

The season will start pn 28th September with the MCG Jazz Legends Party featuring Pittsburgh man Ahmad Jamal as well as other Pittsburgh Jazz Legends. MCG Jazz will also induct the new group of Pittsburgh Jazz Legends – J. Warren Watson, George “Duke” Spaulding, Joe Dallas, Frank Cunimondo, Charles “Chuck” Austin, Gene Ludwig, John Wilson, Joe Negri, Art Nance, James Johnson Jr, Roger Humphries, Nelson Harrison, Cecil Brooks II, Don Aliquo Sr. and Harold Betters.

Mark Harvey honored by jazz community

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Mark Harvey is a MIT lecturer, but he has another identity; he is a well known jazz trumpeter as well as Aardvark Jazz Orchestra’s founding director. Recently he was honored by elected officials and fellow musicians at the annual event called JazzBoston at the Ryles Jazz Club on 29th January.

JazzBoston is an organization of well known musicians dedicated to preserving and celebrating jazz. They honored Mark for his talents as well as his contributions in the group as educator, minister, composer, band leader and trumpeter. Kenneth E. Reeves, the Cambridge Councillor, presented Mark with a the key to the city. On the other hand Cambridge and Boston officials declared 30th January, 2013 as Mark Sumner Harvey Day

Since the year 1980, Mark has taught different kinds of Jazz subjects in MIT’s Music and Theater Arts Section. He has also performer as a trumpeter in countries like Mexico, United States as well as in many European countries. Mark has performed with several jazz artists such as Kenny Dorham, Joe Carroll, Sam Rivers, Howard McGhee, Claudio Roditi, Gil Evans and many more; he has recorded with Baird Hersey (Arista/Novus Records) and George Russell (Blue Note Records).

Mark Harvey, who is an internationally well known composer, has got several commissions and awards from the MIT Wind Ensemble, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Society of Composers, the Meet-the-Composer/Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Commissioning Program and Authors and Publishers.