Keyboardist David Garfield is joined by George Benson and David Sanborn on the next single previewing his “Jammin’ Outside the Box” album

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“Jammin’” with legends 

Keyboardist David Garfield is joined by George Benson and David Sanborn on the next single previewing his “Jammin’ Outside the Box” album. “Stay” features the Rufus hit’s co-writer, Moon Calhoun, on lead vocals.

LOS ANGELES (23 May 2018): When asked how he got Grammy-winning legends George Benson and David Sanborn to perform on his new single, “Stay,” keyboardist David Garfield responds dryly with a gleeful grin, “You ask them.” The third single from Garfield’s forthcoming “Jammin’ Outside the Box” album is a remake of the Rufus classic featuring the vintage R&B-funk band’s former drummer Moon Calhoun singing lead on the song he wrote with Chaka Khan. “Stay” goes for radio adds on June 11 and drops digitally from Creatchy Records on June 15.

As Garfield was gathering material for his multi-disc, multi-genre “Outside the Box” series, he decided to give his long-time friend, Calhoun, the chance to sing the first song he ever wrote, which appeared on Rufus’s “Street Player” (1978). Calhoun was paralyzed in a bike accident 25 years ago and although he can no longer play drums, he can still sing. After inviting Benson and Sanborn to participate, Garfield let Calhoun cast the rest of the track’s musicians, which includes original Rufus guitarist Tony Maiden, along with Maiden’s daughter, Amanda Maiden, on backing vocals. Among the prominent players is a powerhouse sax section comprised of Sanborn on alto, Eric Marienthal on tenor and Tower of Power’s Doc Kupka on baritone; Paul Jackson Jr. (rhythm guitar), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Freddie Washington (bass) and Lenny Castro (percussion). Sanborn and Benson take turns in the spotlight soloing.

“Both George and David were very gracious. It was great to put them together. They compliment each other,” said Garfield, who is Benson’s long-serving music director and has collaborated with Sanborn on numerous occasions. “Initially George was only going to play the solo, but when he heard the guitar tracks, he added some rhythm guitar as well. This track really embodies the idea of musical community, where everyone works hand in hand, gifting each other with their talents. All I think about when I hear the finished song now is, ‘Moon finally got to sing his song!’”

Scheduled to street on July 20, “Jammin’ Outside the Box” is the second volume of the star-studded “Outside the Box” collection. Released in late March, Garfield’s first ever straight-ahead jazz date, “Jazz Outside the Box,” continues to gather radio spins and receive accolades. “Jammin’ Outside the Box” mixes it up in the smooth/contemporary jazz sandbox showcasing luminaries Benson, Sanborn, Smokey Robinson, Michael McDonald, Ray Parker Jr., Oleta Adams, Phil Perry, Marcus Miller, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun and many more. The outing’s first single, “Go Home,” hit No. 2 on the Billboard chart, while the follow up, “Jamming,” rose to No. 8.

Garfield will perform music from “Outside the Box” on May 31at Cleveland’s Night Town and celebrate “Jazz Outside the Box” on June 12 in Hollywood at the Catalina Jazz Club featuring special guests.

For more information, please visit www.DavidGarfield.com.

2016 She Rocks Awards Honor Women in Music During NAMM Show

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(Photo by Kevin Graft)

January 28, 2016, Anaheim, Calif. — A who’s who of music industry execs, celebrities, luminaries and supporters of women in music gathered on Fri., Jan. 22 in the Anaheim Hilton hotel’s Pacific Ballroom to celebrate the 2016 She Rocks Awards, an event paying tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry.

The She Rocks Awards were held by parent organization the Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), and were co-hosted by WiMN Founder Laura B. Whitmore and guitarist Nita Strauss.

Honorees included Jennifer Batten, Chaka Khan, Amy Heidemann, Becky Gebhardt and Mona Tavakoli (Rock Camp for Girls L.A. and Raining Jane), Chalise Zolezzi (Taylor Guitars), Mary Luehrsen (NAMM), Crystal Morris (Gator Cases), Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom Magazine), Cathy Carter Duncan (Seymour Duncan), Leigh Maples and Pamela Cole (Fanny’s House of Music), Leslie Ann Jones (Skywalker Sound), Sujata Murthy (Universal Music), and surprise honoree Tom Gilbert, the Creative and Marketing Manager for Mad Sun Marketing and co-producer of the She Rocks Awards.

“Wow!! What an evening of special moments. I am blown away by the amazing support from the industry and from NAMM. I know this evening was inspirational for many people in the industry, and am so proud of my team for helping create this very special event,” said Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the Women’s International Music Network and co-host for the evening.
 

The event featured electrifying performances by singer-songwriter, Jenna Paone; guitarists Nita Strauss, Malina Moye, and Jennifer Batten; Jason Mraz touring band, Raining Jane; pop sensations, Karmin; The Command Sisters; and the incredible house band Rock Sugah featuring Divinity Roxx on bass, Kudison Kai on vocals, Kat Dyson on guitar, Benita Lewis on drums and Lynette Williams on keys.
Highlights of the event include a stellar performance by Karmin of songs from their upcoming release, Leo Rising; killer guitar acts by Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss and Malina Moye (a 2014 She Rocks Award winner); a rousing speech by percussionist Mona Tavakoli of Raining Jane and the Rock N’ Roll Camp for Girls of L.A.;  and a grand finale closing performance by The Command Sisters, Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss and Rock Sugah as they joined together in a tribute to Chaka Khan ending with power anthem, “I’m Every Woman,”  that got the crowd of 700 attendees on their feet and dancing.The 2016 She Rocks Awards were sponsored by Martin Guitar, Seymour Duncan, Roland, Boss, Gretsch, Avid, Taylor Guitars, Zildjian, Guitar Center, D’Addario, Fishman, Berklee College of Music, Tech 21, PRS Guitars, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Korg USA, Volume & Tone, Casio, Ear Trumpet Labs, Merch Cat, John Page Classic Guitars, West Coast Pedalboards, and Recording King, with additional support from these media partners: Tom Tom Magazine, Guitar Girl Magazine, Music-News.com, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Keyboard, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Music Inc., Making Music, International Musician, Premier Guitar, LAWIM, Rock N Roll Industries, and more.For more information, visit www.thewimn.com.

 

“THE MOSAIC PROJECT: LOVE AND SOUL”…TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON IS STELLAR

Terri Lyne Carrington granted the wishes of her fans around the world.  On August 7th, 2015, she released the follow-up to the GRAMMY award winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album “The Mosaic Project,” “THE MOSAIC PROJECT: LOVE AND SOUL.” The stellar all-female ensemble consists of extraordinary vocalists and astounding musicians. Adding intrigue by his own request is the undeniable voice of Billy Dee Williams, garnishing the project with spoken word. “THE MOSAIC PROJECT: LOVE AND SOUL” is Terri’s expression of the language between men and women. In creating so, she also added a voice message from her dear friend, the late George Duke. The list of exceptional artists featured include: Natalie Cole, Oleta Adams, Lizz Wright, Chaka Khan, Chante Moore, Valerie Simpson, Nancy Wilson, Paula Cole, Jaguar Wright, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Rachel Z, Patrice Rushen, keyboardist Geri Allen, saxophonist Tia Fuller, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, and bassists Linda Oh and Meshell Ndegoecello. To say that is a lot of powerful talent on one project is an understatement. Terri as drummer, composer, producer, and singer created a project that was reflective of her love of R&B and Jazz. The twelve song album consists of six covers and six originals. She paid homage to great classics and singers of all time such as Frank Sinatra, Bill Withers, Ashford and Simpson, Patrice Rushen, and Duke Ellington. I asked her what she couldn’t do after learning that she also plays guitar, bass, and keyboards on some of the songs.

I am in awe of her talent. Listen, and you will be too:

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THE INNOVATIVE NAJEE

Najee once again very poignantly delivers a collection of songs that we can all connect with on his latest album, “The Morning After.” It encompasses stories of love and journeys well traveled, and it debuted #1 Contemporary Jazz album on the Billboard charts. With a career that spans over several years, Najee continues to captivate audiences without fail. Over the years, he has collaborated with everyone from George Duke to Jeff Lorber to Phil Perry. Najee has the ability to create songs that everyone loves and that reach across multiple genres. As is displayed with the release of the single titled “In The Mood To Take It Slow,” featuring his long time friend Meli’sa Morgan, he does this by making music that is accessible and relevant. She was the perfect person for this sensual slow groove. Smooth Jazz radio stations as well as R & B stations have been giving the single a lot of airplay, and fans are starting to request it more. Najee will be on tour throughout the upcoming year, promoting “The Morning After” and continuing to share his new music.

Najee and I discuss it all via Skype.

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DEQN SUE

It’s not such a far fetched notion that the artist known as Deqn (pronounced Deacon) Sue was destined to make music a major part of her life. In fact, music is the platform she skillfully uses to create songs that provoke and awaken our social conscious. Deqn’s first album was titled “Idiosyncratic.” Since we all have our own idiosyncrasies, she chose to write about a few of them. She’s an artist that is very true to herself and her artistic style. She’s always known who she is, and most assuredly doesn’t apologize for it. As a strong, confident, comfortable, and unwavering singer, Deqn Sue will always exhibit honesty in her music. She joined forces with producer Kelvin Wooten, and together, they created “Zeitgeist.” It’s her second album and is set to be released in February 2014. Again, in the essence of who she really is, Deqn captures the spirit of the time we’re living in. She describes her music as “eccentric alternative pop.”

It was so much fun talking to Deqn Sue. She definitely has a fan in me.

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Update with an Introspective View of Rob Bacon

When I last mentioned Rob Bacon, I told you about the exciting news of his upcoming album set to be released in the Fall. Now, I have the privilege of sharing the news about his upcoming tour dates and giving you a look into the incredible musician and man behind the music.

Rob will be on tour with Chaka Khan on May 10, 2013 at Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham, AL. If you’re in the area, be sure to check out the show. He’ll also be appearing with her on May 18, 2013 in Chicago.

He will also be on tour with Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio from May 22-26, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. He’ll return and continue on “The Beat” tour. 

I could tell you all about Rob and his career thus far, but i’m gonna let you see him for yourself. Who is Rob Bacon??? Click the links below to find out. Get comfortable and enjoy the introduction. I promise you will be astounded by the man given the name “Fonksta.”

http://www.robbaconofficial.com/about/

http://wcn.altervista.org/bacon-interview.htm

http://www.soulmusic.com/index.asp?S=1&T=38&ART=1591

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Rob and Chaka