Juno-winning jazz vocalist, Kellylee Evans will give her fifth album an Eminem swing. She gives her interpretation of Lose Yourself and mashes two other Eminem into one. Evans is scheduled to perform in front of a sold out venue at Fourth Stage, National Arts Centre at 7:30Pm.
R&b jazz-funk pianist, singer, songwriter, and producer Don Blackman passed away Thursday after being hospitalized with stage four cancer.
Blackman’s neighbor as a child was Charles McPherson, and while still a teenager he played in McPherson’s ensemble.
In the early 1970s, he played with Parliament/Funkadelic, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Roy Ayers, before becoming a member of Lenny White’s group Twennynine, for whom he penned songs such as “Peanut Butter” and “Morning Sunrise”. He released his self-titled debut solo album in 1982 on Arista Records, including the songs “Holding You, Loving You”, “Heart’s Desire” and “Since You’ve Been Away So Long” that became minor hits in Europe.
Blackman also worked as a session musician, appearing on many albums including, Kurtis Blow (Kingdom Blow), Bernard Wright, Najee,David Sanborn, Lenny White Roy Ayers, Sting (Brand New Day), World Saxophone Quartet, Janet Jackson’s “That’s the Way Love Goes” (Remix) and Wayman Tisdale. He also composed “Live to Kick It”, which appeared on Tupac Shakur’s album R U Still Down? (Remember Me), “Dear Summer” which appeared on Memphis Bleek’s album “534” featuring artist Jay-Z, and “Holding You, Loving You” which appeared on Master P.’s album “I Got The Hook Up”.
Don Blackman Songwriter, Producer and Jazz Pianist Succumbs To His Battle With Cancer
Today would have been pioneering percussionist, composer, band leader, drummer and civil rights activist, Max Roach 89th birthday. Born on this day in 1924 in North Carolina. He worked with dozens of jazz legends, including Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Clifford Brown and many others. He passed away (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) in Manhattan. He survived by five children.
Performing this year are R&B singer Monica, smooth jazz artist Arturo Tappin, Michael Bolton, and legendary Dionne Warwick. There will be some reggae at the festival, Thursday January 24th the iconic reggae band Third World. Friday, Queen of Hip-Hop Mary J. Blige takes the stage. Returning to the festival stage (his last festival performance was in 2001) on Saturday, nine time Grammy award winner John Legend wraps the festival.
Locksley Wellington “Slide” Hampton an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger was hospitalized last night after leaving the stage during a performance at Indiana University. Mr. Hampton is recovering in a Indianapolis area hospital. His performance at the Jazz Kitchen has been rescheduled.
The Detroit Jazz Festival will be start Friday and two organizations MusiCares and Smile Programs will hold a free dental clinic 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Renaissance Center for musicians. The clinic will give free screens, teeth cleaning and x-rays to “uninsured music professionals in need. For complete schedule of events.