Daily Archives: February 1, 2012

Stalley-Blue Sky

“Blue Sky” is a freestyle from Stalley over a No I.D. beat. This is the second song from the Songs By Me, Stalley series.

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Esperanza Spalding Debuts “Black Gold” Featuring Alegebra

Upright bass player Esperanza Spalding debuted “Black Gold,” the first single from her Radio Music Society, album today. You can listen to the song at Soundcloud and purchase it at iTunes. Radio Music Society will come out on March 20th and until that time the fans can see the video for “Black Gold” on BET. Radio Music Society has an impressive range of collaborators. In addition to longtime partners Joe Lovano, keyboard player Leo Genovese and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, the ranks contain jazz legends Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart; guitar heroes Jef Lee Johnson and Lionel Loueke; an array of master vocalists including Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Gretchen Parlato, Leni Stern and Becca Stevens; hip-hop giant Q-Tip (who performs on and co-produced two tracks); and two Portland-based musicians, Janice Scroggins and Dr. Thara Memory, who provided essential mentorship in Spalding’s youth. Spalding will support the album with a tour that starts on the East Coast in April.


Tour Dates:
April 18 – Buffalo, NY – Center For The Arts
April 19 – Cleveland, OH – Metro Campus Auditorium
April 21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
April 22 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
April 24 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
April 25 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
April 27 – Hollywood, CA – The Music Box
April 28 – Phoenix, AZ – JW Desert Ridge Jazz Festival
May 1 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
May 2 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
May 3 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival
May 5 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
May 23 – Paris, France – La Cigale
May 28 – London, UK – KoKo
June 27 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Jazz Festival
June 29 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis Theatre
June 30 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center


‘Soul Train” Theme Producers/Sound Of Phila. Legends Gamble & Huff Statement On The Death Of Don Cornelius

Gamble & Huff wrote and produced the #1 smash hit ‘TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia),” best known as the “Theme from Soul Train.”

“Don Cornelius and his creation of ‘Soul Train’ and its legacy had a great impact on American culture. Don’s vision allowed for African-American artists to be exposed to people all over the world through the power of television. We were glad to help Don Cornelius fulfill his dream and legacy by creating the theme song for his hit show. The ‘Soul Train’ and TSOP brands will forever be inseparable. We thank Don Cornelius for his tremendous contributions to the entertainment world.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to Don’s family and everyone he touched.”


Kenny Garrett Returns To Acoustic Format With “Seeds From The Underground,” Available April 10 On Mack Avenue Record

Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer. With his latest recording (and second for Mack Avenue Records), Seeds From The Underground, Garrett has given notice that these qualities have not only become more impressive, but have provided him with the platform to expand his horizons and communicate his musical vision clearly. Seeds From The Underground is a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic and propulsive quartet format that showcases Garrett’s extraordinary abilities.


NYC Designer Joseph Mbeh Releases Trademark To Blue Ivy NYC

First of all, congratulations to Jay-Z and Beyonce on the birth of their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. So much has been written about our recent trademark application for the mark ‘Blue Ivy Carter NYC’ that I’m here to share what our intention was in applying for a fashion trademark on the name Blue Ivy Carter NYC. But first let me properly introduce you to our firm, Intricate Concepts, which I co-founded in 2001. We are artists, entrepreneurs, and a one-stop creative clearinghouse who has been at the forefront of trending fashion designing lines for brands like DKNY, Sean John, Phat Farm and Timberland to name a few. In fact, much of the clothing that you’ve worn in the last decade reflects our clients’ brand as designed by our firm. We recently launched our own flagship brand, FOURFRONT1602 (FourFront1602.com).