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J. Staton

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Matthew Whitaker “Artist Spotlight”


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Professional Saxophonist, Writer, National Recording Artist, and Producer, J Staton is taking the world by storm. His unique sound has left audiences all over the United States awe-struck. J’s Jazz sound is captivating and provides a listening pleasure that is hard to escape. He creates tasteful, masterful, powerful, smooth, and rhythmic sounds that resonate with the soul. He has been on several stages including The Apollo Theater and has performed alongside the true greats of the industry – Gerald Albright, Norman Connors, Jennette Harris, and Peter White, to mention but a few. His single project “IT’S ALL GOOD” made Billboard and The Smooth Jazz National Charts and remained on there for 17 weeks. His latest single, “KICKIN IT” produced by Grammy Award-winning Jeff Lorber and Featuring Jeff Lorber and bassist Jimmy Haslip from the Yellowjackets, was released May 31st. He is currently working on his third CD Album which will be release in late 2022.

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Q A &

With J. Staton

Qn. Who inspired you to make music? My

four taking private lessons. My sister and

encourage me, they were both singers. I

teased So, I tried drums, guitar, and trom-

Mom and Dad were the first to inspire and started playing piano at the tender age of


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I quit around age twelve because were

bone. I did not like any of those instruments.

My dad took me to my first jazz concert to

Qn. Walk us through a day in your life as an

American jazz tenor saxophonist and record

to prepare dinner. There are times I will get

see Stanley William Tarentine. He was an

producer. He began his career playing R&B for Earl Bostic and later soul jazz recording

for the Blue Note label from 1960, touched on jazz fusion during a stint on CTI in the 1970s. One day my dad came home with a sax-

ophone. and found my passion for music

began taking private lessons from my mentor Mr. Carl W. Clark, my band director and Reginald Walker. They both inspired and

artist? I work a full-time job. I came home in my studio to practice, create, and pray

for guidance. I will share a glass of wine with my wife, and I am off to bed.

Qn. What advice do you have for anyone

striving in business? Cultivate your gift, be the best you can be, do not give up, surround yourself with positive people and pray.

pushed me.

Qn. Do you remember your first recital? Yes,

Qn.What musical team of producers would

in Junior High.

you most like to collaborate with? Adam

Hawley, Kirk Whalum, Marcus Anderson, Jeff Lorber, Gerald Albright, and Brian Simpson.

Qn. What is your favorite song to perform?

my first audition for the ALL-Regional Band

Qn. While writing music, where does your

inspiration come from? My life experience and listening to other music.

Everything Must Change.

Qn. What’s the most important aspect of

Qn. What Famous musicians do you ad-

beat? Melody that is what you remember,

mire? Prince, Michael Jackson, Kirk Whalum. Qn. What’s the best music advice you have

a song, is it the melody, the groove, or the then the beat and the groove that is what keeps you.

been given? Make music for the people and not for the musicians.

Qn. If you could change anything about the music industry what would it be and why? The way independent artists are paid, the

music industry has a long history founded

on inequality. We carry the weight and challenges of disrespect that can come with the territory, it is not a revelation. “It has been going on in the music business for years

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Caelan Cardello, Isaiah J. Thompson and Esteban Castro, 2023 American Pianist Award Finalists One of the most coveted prizes in the music world and the largest for American pianists, the American Pianists Awards are held every two years alternating classical and jazz, to discover the best aspiring young American pianists. The unique and innovative competitions span 13 months and provide a platform to deeply engage musical artists in a variety of creative formats and settings. As grand prize winner, Thompson will receive career support valued at more than $200,000 including a cash prize; two years of career assistance; a media and performance tour; a recording contract; an artist residency and more. Hosted by Bill Charlap, Saturday’s competition finale culminated with Cardello, Castro and Thompson, and pianists, Paul Cornish of Los Angeles and Thomas Linger of New York City performing on the Hilbert Circle Theatre stage in Indianapolis in breathtaking duets with vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and with the Buselli-Wallrab Jazz Orchestra.

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As finalists of the Cole Porter Fellowship cho-

students and earned a seat in the award-win-

sen from more than 1,200 nominations across

ning JAZZ HOUSE Big Band, then went on to pres-

the nation, Castro, Cardello and the other two

tigious music schools and early recognition on

finalists received cash prizes of $25,000, along

the music scene.

with exceptional performance opportunities and global visibility. Many former winners in the

Alumni have found that the JAZZ HOUSE has a

APA competition have gone on to great success

life-long community. Many have come back as

include Sullivan Fortner, Emmet Cohen (a former

TAs for the JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop, join


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mances and gigs. Several graduates have come

Aaron Parks.

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Early Training at the JAZZ HOUSE

The legacy of the JAZZ HOUSE continues with

Thompson, Cardello and Castro all overlapped

each new student finding their path through jazz.

at the JAZZ HOUSE, starting as early as early as

According to Melissa Walker, the organization

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supportive community, inspiring curriculum,

impact of its working with more than 52,000+

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“We like to say the JAZZ HOUSE is an instrument for change, and that really holds true with our students whether they go into music, or become leaders in their communities or careers. We are so proud of our alumni that have come through the program, and are making their mark on and off the stage. I was beyond thrilled to attend the APA finals in Indianapolis along with our VP of Jazz Education, Ted Chubb and represent the entire community of the JAZZ HOUSE. Bravo Esteban and Caelan for your exciting journey. And I am so proud of Isaiah, and the man and the musician he has become!” MELISSA WALKER, Founder + President, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS

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Artist Spotlight

Guitarist Tee Dee Young “Blues A Way of Life” Tee Dee Young, a blues legend in his own time. He

he was 20, he was performing in prestigious venues

has definitely got the blues and he loves “firing down

such as The Cotton Club, Albert King’s Club, King-

on that guitar”. While playing his own unique style

ton Mines, and Club Zero. Later on down the road he

of the Blues, his dynamic stage presence, exciting

would make special appearances at B.B. King’s Club

harmony and energy will put you in the mood for

and even Issac Hayes’ Club.


Tee Dee is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He has

Tee Dee would later find himself opening up and

been performing and playing for audiences for 54

even performing with legendary and acclaimed

years. He got his start playing the guitar sitting by

Blues and R&B musicians such as Johnny Rawls,

the railroad tracks at the early age of 13. He was ex-

Guitar Shorty, Big Bill Morgan, Albert King, Lil “Howl-

posed to the life of Blues learning the basics men-

ing” Wolf, Sir “Mack” Rice, Eddie Floyd, Malina Moye,

tored by an elderly gentleman, the late Mr. Harrison

Al Green, Denise Lasailes, Aretha Franklin, Cameo,

Coleman. He would pick up singing from his late

Lakeside, James Brown, Alexander O’Neal, Vesta Wil-

father, gospel singer Leonard Young and he would

liams, Miki Howard, and many others. What makes

later be influenced by his late brother George Young,

Tee Dee unique is the style in which he plays the

who would constantly remind him to never change

Blues. Tee Dee’s playing and singing are authentic to

his style in which he plays the Blues.

the genre but oblivious to current industry trends. His

guitar is a weapon, wielded with total authority, as-

At the age of 14 he formed his own band and

sailing the listener with his sheer virtuosity!! He writes

throughout the rest of his teens, Tee Dee would

and perform his own music, while still being able to

perform every chance he could get. Locations would

maintain his originality covering music written by

include basements, private parties, talent shows,

other artist and his love for pleasing his audience,

and entering through back club doors. By the time

while he’s “firing down on that guitar!”

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many years!Kentucky’s best kept secret, Tee Dee Young, a blues legend in his own time, has definitely got the blues and he loves “firing down on that guitar.” While playing his own unique style of the blues, his dynamic stage presence, exciting harmony and energy will put you in the mood for dancing! What makes Tee Dee Young unique is the style in which he plays the Blues. Tee Dee Young Greatest Hits LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Every type of music is rooted in one genre, the blues. There is one Lexington blues artist and business owner who embodies the blues, and always used his music to bring people together. That’s why Lexington native, Tee Dee Young, has just been inducted into Kentucky’s Music Hall of Fame. Young may be the “Best kept secret in Lexington.”

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It all started for Young back in the 60s, when he was 13 years old and picked up his first guitar. “I was playing on a railroad track with a bunch of old men,” Young said. “I can play by ear. I just listen and watch, and I play it on the guitar. Once I did that, my brother decides let’s put a band together.”

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Q A &

With Tee Dee Young

Qn. Is there another musician you’ve mentored or trained? Describe what you’ve done to help

I’m only open on Monday nights, I do the first part jazz as well as let other entertainers come up

them. There are may that I’ve mentored in which

and play or sing with me, I’m open to young and

I feel I do every Monday night at my club, where

old to come play with me.


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Qn. Have you ever taught anyone how to play

an instrument? Describe this experience. Yes,

competitions? Did you win any prizes? Yes, and yes I’ve won many.

the experience was and has been great to see someone progress and have the passion for music is always great.

Qn. As an artist how would you describe your

music? Fun, energetic, my own unique style of the blues from the heart.

Qn. What’s the best piece of advice another

musician ever gave you? Be myself and play the way I feel it. Qn. What’s your process for dealing with per-

Qn. If you could have steamed hot Coffee with any musician past or present, who would it

be and why? Prince, he was taught by an older musician because I picked up on the style and I

formance anxiety if any? I really never have,

understood where he was coming from. Also my

once I start playing it’s a feeling that makes me

brother George, he had an unique style playing

feel good.

the saxophone.

Qn. When performing LIVE do you know when

Qn. What book have you read that has most in-

when I see them patting there hands, feet pat-

a lot of books, I mainly talk to different musicians

ting and a smile on there face.

older in which you can learn more and history by

Qn. How would you handle traveling and being

listening to the blues tells a story.

riod while you were on tour? I’m focused on the

Qn. You’re playing style is very distinct, you re-

you have connected with your audience? Yes,

away from your home for an extended time pejob I have to do, not what’s going on at home, my mind goes with my music. Qn. What would you do if your audience looked tired or bored during your performance? I’ve

fluenced your music life? I really have not read

ally stand out carving out a niche and playing style that is very unusual. Where did your in-

spiration come from? By listening to my brother play saxophone and my dad singing gospel, also by listening to organists play.

never really experienced that. Qn. Tell me what your first music teacher was

like. What lessons did you learn from them that you still use today? I didn’t really have a music

Qn. Do you have a life, Motto? If so, what is it? “Is Everything Alright” Qn. How important is it to pass the music ba-

teacher, I learned by watching an elderly man,

ton on to the next generation? It’s very import-

the late Mr. Harrison, an old group of men would

ant, because if we don’t pass it the blues will die

play on the railroad tracks and I learned from

away, like our history if we don’t teach our kids

listening to them play and remembered the

and tell them about our ancestors they will never

notes, so I learned by ear and feeling what they

know and it will go to the grave with us, so music

were playing, and I wanted to play like that. I

is the same way.

learned to feel the music and play the way I feel from the heart. Qn. Have you ever participated in any music


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Artist Spotlight

Lorraina Marro Jazz Living Legend

Lorraina Marro released a brand new single “Alone Together” on March 5, 2023. A swingin’ tune written by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz. Musicians on this track include Steve Rawlins/piano, Jennifer Leitham/bass, Rickey Woodard/tenor sax, and Kevin Winard/drums. She is scheduled to release 3 more singles this year: Abrazame, All My Tomorrows, and Voy a Apagar la Luz. Lorraina Marro’s 3rd album, Love is For All Time, was released on July 15, 2021. This release remained in the Top 10 Contemporary Jazz Albums on the weekly Roots Music Reports for over 52 weeks; and is #13 on the Roots Music Reports Best Jazz Albums for 2022. Musicians include: Steve Rawlins/piano, Jennifer Leitham/bass, Grant Geissman/guitar, Steve Pemberton/drums, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez/trumpet, and Rickey Woodard/tenor sax. She has two other cds: You Must Believe in Spring (released in 2004) and Mixed Emotions (released in 2015). Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Lorraina Marro has made her mark as a classy, sophisticated and talented jazz vocalist, who is passionate about her music and committed to interpreting songs in her own style. Her early influences include Nancy Wilson, Della Reese, Dinah Washington. Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand. Lorraina Marro has a powerful voice; her vocals are warm, smooth and sultry. Her live performances display her joy in singing, her charm, warm sense of humor and

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genuine connection with her audience. She breathes life into the lyrics she sings, whether it be an emotional ballad that tears at the heartstrings or a lively up tempo number that makes you smile and want to tap your feet on the floor. She blends together jazz, Latin music, Broadway and R&B in a very expressive style that is all her own.

In 2015, she was honored as a Los Angeles “Jazz Living Legend.” Easily recognized on the Los Angeles nighttime singing stage for her classy, passionate and sophisticated renditions of the American Songbook, Lorraina has performed in New York at the Metropolitan Room and Danny’s Skylight Room; and extensively on the West Coast at the Catalina Jazz Club, Feinstein’s at Vitello’s, House of Blues, Cinegrill, and The Gardenia Supper Club. Her warm yet sultry interpretations of classic standards as well as original tunes have also invited multiple appearances on the Las Vegas stage including The Four Seasons, Aladdin and Las Vegas Hilton hotels.


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Jazz Living Legend Lorraina Marro honored as Jazz Living Legend on July 31, 2015 at LACMA ~ Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts. Jazz Legend Lorraina Marro Brought to you by Linda Morgan Jazz LivingLegend; Video by Leticia Owens. ENJOY: “I’d Rather Talk About You.”

March 23, 2022 Vocalist Lorraina Marro recently released a new album, LOVE IS FOR ALL TIME, which has been warmly received. (“She raised the bar and the A plus musicians followed suit,” said one critic). Marro, who was born and raised in L.A., is bi-lingual thanks to her Ecuadorian mother; on LOVE she sings twice in Spanish, with impeccable diction and heart-felt emotion.


The same goes for her vocalizing in general. Believing that “love is not for sometimes, it’s for all time through all the seasons of our lives,” Marro throws herself into such standards as “Stairway to the Stars” and “I Wished on the Moon,” showing the power and intensity that calls to mind Nancy Wilson and Barbra Streisand. But her interpretation of “People” is entirely her own: impassioned, beautifully-shaped and memorably-delivered. Backing her are Steve Rawlins (piano), Jennifer Leitham (bass) and Steve Pemberton (drums), joined by three guest musicians: Grant Geissman (guitar), Dr Bobby Rodriguez (trumpet) and Rickey Woodard (tenor sax). Together they help make LOVE one of the year’s most compelling jazz albums. Willard Manus, Lively-Arts.com

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Music Review Lorraina’s voice is an instrument. This in-

credible jazz vocalist does it again with her

newly released single “All My Tomorrows”. I love the way she weaves in that old speak easy kind of jazz styling in every note.

Her approach is brave, bold, and sophis-

ticated. Bravo and hats off to this, boundary-pushing song stylist. Marro’s has a

large vocal range of and a variety of vocal textures, she is simply superb. This dy-

namic, immersive release is an experience of what real singing sounds like. Music Review

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W i t h Lorraina Marro

Qn.If you could have steaming hot Cof-

classes with Karen Morrow and Peisha

would it be and why? Nancy Wilson. She

I experimented with stretching my range,

fee with any musician past or present who definitely was my inspiration to sing in the

McPhee and tried to develop my own style. improvising, and developing my own phras-

first place. As a young girl, I was alone much ing. Through the years, I have taken other of the time when my mom was at work. I

used to listen to my Nancy Wilson albums

all the time. I paid attention to her phras-

singing workshops with various teachers to perfect my own style.

ing, the emotion she put into each song, her

Qn. What’s the most important aspect of

a sense of confidence I found takes many,

beat? For me, the lyrics of the song have to

style and her confidence; although having many years. I would ask her if she always followed her own heart in choosing and

a song? Is it the melody, the groove or the grab me; then the melody. Sometimes, it’s

vice versa, but mostly the lyrics have to be

singing songs she performed and/or record- about situations or feelings I can relate to ed. Also, I would like to know how she man-

either now or in my past. As far as the beat

ules. Would she do anything different in her

and see what fits my voice and vibe best.

Wilson, I did feel at a young age that singing

Qn. There are many incredible jazz vocalist

something that brought me a great deal of

How do you separate yourself making sure

aged the travelling and busy concert sched- – I like to play around with different tempos career? By listening to vocalists like Nancy struck a nerve in me and that I had found joy.

Qn. There are many female jazz vocalist

on the scene today. How did you find your unique style and voice? As a young girl, I

listened to a lot of Nancy Wilson while I was

home alone when my mother worked. When I first started singing in my teens, I sang a

working in the contemporary jazz arena.

your sound is distinct and you stand out?

For the most part, I’m an emotional singer,

so I really get into a lyric. I love experimenting with my range, dynamics, riffs and runs.

Also, I think every stage of life brings new experiences, highs and lows, joys and sadness. I have been through many situations in life that enable me to sing with truth and con-

lot of cover songs recorded by Aretha Frank- viction. Its much more authentic when you lin, Linda Ronstadt, The 5th Dimention and

try to tell a story through music when you’ve

mezmerized by the sounds of Nancy Wil-

about. Of course, this does not apply to ev-

Captain & Tennille. Later on, I found myself son, Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion. One day someone told me I had a great voice,

but that I should try not to sing like some-

one else; that I should put my heart and soul

lived it and understand what you are singing ery song, but I find usually when I choose my repertoire, I can relate to the songs in some way.

into singing my own way. Didn’t really un-

Qn.What impresses you most about a mu-

eventually I landed up taking performance

chemistry together on stage and their abil-

derstand what that meant at the time, but


sician? Their passion for their craft; our

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ity to blend with the other musicians in

together for about 8 years. He is an accom-

chance to shine. Humbleness, mutual re-

director and author. He produced my latest

the band and yet let everyone have their

spect and admiration for their fellow artists

is a big plus in my book. In addition, I love it when they look happy on stage doing what they do best.

Qn. With an array of music producers to choose from, how did you decide what

flavor and direction your new single would take? I chose pianist Steve Rawlins to produce my single because we have worked


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plished pianist, composer, arranger, musical cd “Love is For All Time,” which reached No. 13 of the Best Jazz Albums for 2022 on the Roots Music Reports. I was so impressed

with his knowledge, his professionalism, his keen sense of putting together all the mu-

sicians for each song and designating their solos, and his eagerness to produce a first class body of work. Plus, we have perfect

harmony and he is such a joy to collaborate with. Although he guides me, he allows me

to sing a song the way I feel it and allows me to be as creative as possible.

Qn. Which instrument do you think best

expresses or compliments your voice on stage? Either acoustic piano or guitar.

Qn. Do you have a life, Motto? If so, what

is it? Yes, this quote by Maya Angelou has always struck a chord with me.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what

you said, people will forget what you did, but

people will never forget how you made them feel.” It always makes me happy to make

people smile, laugh and feel good, or if I can move them emotionally. I try to communicate positive energy when I sing and also when I’m around people in general. I love

doing nice things for people, either to uplift their spirits or make them feel good about themselves.

Qn. What’s the key to developing strong

business relationships in the complicated

arts and entertainment space? Bottom line

is mutual respect. Never hesitate to compliment another artist on a job well done. Try

to support your fellow artists and be happy for them when good fortune comes their way. Do your best to reciprocate.

Qn. You are multifaceted artist Which do

you enjoy most. Singing to a LIVE audience

writing a song or performing in the studio? I love performing for a live audience if I’m

on stage with an outstanding sound system and a good mic. It makes singing effortless. Also, getting that energy from a live audience is such an amazing high.


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The need for sustainable funding for the arts The pandemic had a complex effect on

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funding for arts and culture: While char-

of Music Foundation for Children and its

itable giving to the arts dropped consid-

nonprofit partners.

erably in 2020, many arts organizations were initially bolstered by pandemic relief

To continue to support innovative work,

programs that have since expired. This

creative director Carol Sarber Kessler

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expansively about where there might be new resources available, such as through estate planning/planned to give. or marketing budgets at corporations. I’d greatly encourage anyone in a funding position to support the performing arts and contribute to a more models for the arts. “We would not have been able to survive, let alone take risks, if it were not for supporters who got behind our work ,” she says. “My hope is that as the arts ecosystem recovers, there will be more opportunities for foundations, government entities, individuals and corporations to invest more in the performing

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arts. I encourage organizations to think COFFEETALK JAZZ MAGAZINE

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Artist Spotlight

Adrian “Egg” Norton Bass Guitarist

My musical journey began by playing the

sical journey at Suitland Sr. High School and

In the seventh grade I made the transition

also one of the founding fathers of the pop-

trumpet in Elementary and Jr. High School. over to the Tuba. The fact was that everyone else played the trumpet too and there was

a great need for someone to play the Tuba. That is where I started and fell in love with

the foundation of the bass and how very important it was to the overall sound of music

in general. I started playing the electric bass when I was 14 years old and my first instruc-

tor was Mr. Dan Bowens. I continued my mu-


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at Prince Georges Community College. I am ular 1980’s Go-Go band named Ayre Rayde. We played in and around the Washington, DC area for about 10 years. That is where I truly learned the essence of funk and the importance of locking in the groove

with the drummer. I am also a managing

partner and the bass guitarist for Phaze II. Phaze II is a six-piece contemporary jazz

band that has been performing together


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ing with such great artist as; Regina Belle,

Kenny Lattimore, I DeBarge, Frank McComb, The Softones, The Intruders, CeCe Peniston, MeL’isa Morgan, Paul Taylor, Club Nouveau, Matthew Whitaker, Conya Doss, Bob Bald-

win, Tim Bowman, Tony Exum Jr., Dee Lucas, Keith Killgo, Ricky Wellman, Lori Jenaire,

Marcus Anderson, BK Jackson, Althea Rene, Gail Jhonson, Oli Silk, Lynn Fiddmont, Kevin Whalum, Cindy Bradley, Jackiem Joyner,

Lin Roundtree, Special Occasions, NexXzit,

Youthful Spirits, The Men for Christ, and the late Sam Smith along with countless other in and around the Washington, DC area for close to 20 years. Phaze II was chosen the

winners of the 2005 Capital Jazz Challenge Competition. This competition was held at

the 13th Annual Capital Jazz Festival in Co-

lumbia, MD. We were the house band for the Catch a Rising Star Showcase at the Capi-

tal Jazz Festival where I served as the Music Director.

artist. I would like to thank my loving par-

ents Elbert & Mary Norton for all of your love

and support. A very special thank you to my queen Ramona for being my number one

fan! To the Parker family & my VTMBC family thanks for always being there for me! Most of all I want to thank my Lord and Savior

Jesus Christ for blessing me with the ability

and having the privilege to make the beautiflu sound of music.

Iam also the bassist at Victory Temple Mis-

sionary Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA, Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Arlington, VA and St.

Matthews Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, MD. In 2008, I had the honor of playing for

Pope Benedict in front of about 60,000 peo-

ple at Nationals Stadium in Washington, DC. In 2010, I had the opportunity to travel to

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for three months and perform with Hajji & the Jump Street Band.

I also served as MD for the legendary Regina Belle and in 2016 had the opportunity to travel to South Africa with Regina and legendary The Manhattans. These were three life changing experiences that I will never

forget. I have also had the privilege of work-


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QA &

W i t h Adrian Egg Norton

Qn. Who or what inspired you to make mu-

Qn.If you could change anything about the

me but started playing music in elementary

should stop trying to put everything in a box.

sic? Can’t really say who or what inspired school.

Qn. What is your creative process like?

I create music in different ways. I like to

start with a drum beat or some chords with a guitar or keys and go from there.

Qn. What musical team of producers would you most like to collaborate with? I never

thought much about doing that. I have been working with my guys Michael Brown, Herb

industry, what would it be? The industry

It kills the creativity. Also dump streaming

music becuse it is not benificial to us indie artist.

Qn. When you’re performing LIVE do you

know when you connect with your audience? What does that feel like? I can tell

by the response and the energy we receive

from them. It is a great feeling when the audience is feeling the vibe!

White, Reggie Hardy for years now.

Qn. What’s one of the most common mis-

Qn.What is your favorite song to perform?

standing the business side of music? Make

That’s a hard queston to answer. There are too many great songs to choose just one. Qn.Which famous musicians do you ad-

mire? Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock, Kirk Whalum and many more.

Qn. What is the best advice you’ve been

given? Always stay humble and never stop growing.


take artist making when it comes to undersure you get your music copywritten and

don’t sign anything without getting leagal advice first.

Qn. What period of music speaks to you and why? It is the 1970’s hands down and 1980’s

pre computerized inrtumentation era. It had

more meaning in the lyrics and more feeling in the musical content.

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As one of the world’s leading luxury womenswear brands, ESCADA stands for modern elegance, cool glamour, and sensual femininity. The brand, founded in 1978 by Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley, provides a distinct sense of refined quality, workmanship, and excellent fit and is characterized by color, print, and the love for detail. Under the two product lines, ESCADA and ESCADA SPORT, the brand offers its customers a lifestyle concept for dressing, filled with everything from must-have daywear for business and leisure to glamorous evening wear. Apart from ready-to-wear, shoes and bags, the product range offers ESCADA fragrances, eyewear, watches and jewelry. The ESCADA Group operates in 24 countries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. With around 1,100 points of sale, ESCADA is present in 80 countries worldwide.


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HISTORY HOW IT ALL BEGAN In 1978, Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley presented their first collection under the name “ESCADA & Sporty Elegance“. This event laid the foundation for a new business idea that was as simple as it was successful: the „democratization“ of elite haute couture. ESCADA offered: top quality in fabrics, fit and workmanship at affordable prices; sophisticated, imaginative design and extremely comfortable wear; a coordinate system with individual components that were perfectly color-coordinated to allow mixing & matching through several seasons. Margaretha Ley, a former Swedish model, had a solid education in tailoring and ample experience with demanding customers. But she also had an exquisite feel for colors, a devotion to detail, and a sure sense for what many women desired - feminine elegance that doesn’t shy away from bright contrasts and striking elements. Bold color combinations, opulent embroideries, combinations of patterns, and leopard prints endowed ESCADA’s early creations with a touch of irrepressible joie de vivre. This fashion style was exactly in tune with the extroverted spirit of the 1980s.



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DESIGN COMPETENCE ESCADA first created spectacular knitwear designs that featured exquisite inlays and appliqués on pullovers and jackets. These earned Margaretha Ley the renowned international Mohair Council for Excellence in Design award and were soon followed by cleverly elaborate leather prints that became all the rage with both merchants and customers. The collections kept getting larger, and the designer team grew with them. Twelve different fashion themes per season, each based on a wide range of different fabrics, were designed to ensure a diversity of styles for individual markets. By this point, the most sought-after Italian and French textiles manufacturers and silk printing companies were working for ESCADA. And weaving and spinning mills as well as Europe’s most innovative printers were developing proprietary threads, fabrics and ESCADA colors for the company. With her very feminine, breathtakingly glamorous cocktail and evening fashions, ESCADA created the distinctive look that has shaped the brand image. The ESCADA collection soon included not only a very exclusive couture line but also an extensive range of accessories such as shoes, bags, small leather accessories and costume jewelry.

THE 90’s The most beautiful supermodels, such as Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Karen Mulder, Paulina Porizkova, Nadja Auermann and Rachel Zimmermann, presented the world of ESCADA in elaborately designed catalogs and ad campaigns, and film stars and other celebrities were frequently seen wearing ESCADA. After Margaretha Ley’s death in 1992, Brian Rennie was appointed as creative director in 1994. Rennie managed the rejuvenation of the brand and its adaptation to the more low-key look of the 1990s, also by launching the ESCADA SPORT line. The brand regained its power with a colorful and sensual „New Elegance“ feel as a playful expression of joie de vivre. In 1998, Hollywood Star Kim Basinger accepted her Oscar in a pistachio-colored satin gown by ESCADA Couture, reconfirming the brand’s international high-class image. By this point, the most sought-after Italian and French


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textiles manufacturers and silk printing companies were working for ESCADA. And weaving and spinning mills as well as Europe’s most innovative printers were developing proprietary threads, fabrics and ESCADA colors for the company. With her very feminine, breathtakingly glamorous cocktail and evening fashions, ESCADA created the distinctive look that has shaped the brand image. The ESCADA collection soon included not only a very exclusive couture line but also an extensive range of accessories such as shoes, bags, small leather accessories and costume jewelry.

ESCADA TODAY Today ESCADA has interpreted its brand values in a new, updated way: cool glamour, sensual femininity and modern elegance are the hallmarks of the ESCADA brand line. ESCADA stands for fashion dressing women appropriately for every occasion. The brand offers a lifestyle concept filled with everything from must-have everyday items for business and leisure to red carpet occasions. The ESCADA woman is naturally drawn to the limelight and loves a feminine and glamorous yet fresh, modern style. The ESCADA SPORT line today represents creative casual wear for sexy, dynamic women with a youthful spirit who love an easy, uncomplicated and relaxed chic. The collection focuses on knitwear, jersey, outerwear and denim and offers items that can be mixed and matched. Exclusive, enchanting color palettes highlight seasonal trends and prints in every collection. Innovative fabrics, high quality detailing and embroideries as well as excellent fit and exclusive workmanship reinforce the high-end level of all ESCADA collections.


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Warner Bros. Studio Store The all-new Studio Store is open to the public and full of your soon-to-be favorite memorabilia and a great place to find exclusive gifts for TV and movie lovers. With themed departments like animation, DC, and Hollywood classics, there’s something for everyone.



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LOONEY TUNES ICONIC MASHUPS A new collection featuring the Looney Tunes,

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Explore where Hollywood is made.

Go behind the lens and discover the secrets of movie making magic. Our Studio Tour brings you closer than ever to the entertainment you love. You’ll explore one of the busiest working studios in Los Angeles with one of our expert Tour Guides, who will take you behin the scenes of the studio that has been entertaining the world for nearly 100 years. Tour Duration: ABOUT 1 HOUR GUIDED + 2 HOURS UNGUIDED, SHOPPING AND DINING

Experience the Golden Age of Hollywood Explore the tour

The Classics Tour focuses on Warner Bros.’ golden age of Film and TV. This classics-themed tour focuses on Warner Bros. Golden Age of Film and TV, featuring award-winning titles that shot on the iconic backlot from the early days of the Studio through the 1970s. Starting with a tribute to the Classics, your specially trained Tour Guide, with a love of the Warner Bros. classic film and TV collection, will guide you through the Studio Tour themed to iconic classic movies and TV shows. The Classics Made Here tour is offered every day the tour is open.



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The Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard gets packed with tourists pretty often, since its home to the Academy Awards, as well as other popular award ceremonies. Prebook this Dolby Theatre tour and guarantee your visit with an included admission ticket. Your guide takes you to secret celebrity hot spots inside the theatre, and you can also step on stage if there’s no scheduled show that day 1 Hollywood Boulevard , Los Angeles, California 90028 One of the world’s premier entertainment venues, Dolby Theatre is home to Hollywood’s biggest night, the Oscars® and has hosted a myriad of prestigious artists, concerts and events including AFI Tributes to George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks, Tyler Perry theatrical plays, Los Angeles Ballet, Celine Dion, Prince, CNN Heroes, Cirque du Soleil IRIS, Andrea Bocelli, America’s Got Talent, American Idol, PaleyFest Television Festival, and World Premieres for Black Panther, Mary Poppins Returns, and Star Wars–The Force Awakens. The Dolby Theatre experience begins on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame and leads to Awards Walk which features Best Picture Oscar® plaques for every film to win the honor. The Theatre was designed by the legendary David Rockwell and the lobbies feature sweeping stairways, cherrywood balustrades, and are crowned with a beautifully lit silver dome. These well-appointed lobbies also feature one-of-a-kind photography from the golden age of Hollywood to today’s iconic stars, all mounted on classic silver screens. Onsite food and beverage are provided by the renowned Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events. 84

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Dolby Theatre is located within Hollywood & Highland, and features unique dining and shopping, nightclubs, a six-screen cinema-plex, and convenient parking with 3,000 spaces. Located adjacent to the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre and Loews Hollywood Hotel, the Theatre is in the heart of Hollywood. Enjoy these rarely known facts about our Historic Venue Managed by Pantages’ own sons Rodney and Lloyd Pantages, the movie palace opened on June 4, 1930, with great fanfare, a celebrity crowd, and searchlights sweeping the skies. Writing in the Theatre Historical Society of America’s 1973 Annual, former vaudeville pianist Terry Helgesen described an opening night audience of “practically every movie star in Hollywood,” one after another stepping from limousines onto a red velvet carpet sidewalk. After several touch-ups over the years, the Hollywood Boulevard showplace was renovated at the turn of the 21st century to recapture its 1930 look and luxury. When the theatre reopened in September 2000, virtually every visible square inch of the venue had been restored through the tireless work of some 300 artisans who devoted hours upon hours of painstaking work to prepare this landmark for the new century. ​ t a cost of $1.25 million, the new Pantages Theatre was clearly state of the art when it A opened in 1930. The hydraulic lift that raised and lowered the orchestra pit and musicians was so powerful, it could do the same with an average bungalow. The stage, at 10.000 square feet could practically accommodate a baseball game. And the lights that illuminated the stage were said to be enough to illuminate “the entire length of Hollywood Boulevard.”


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The Getty Center in Los Angeles is an astounding place to spend a day marveling at world-class art and relaxing in beautifully manicured gardens. Take the tram up to this lavish postmodern complex, which houses a sprawling museum featuring masterpieces by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne. You can also enjoy superb views of the city from the Cactus Garden and savor a delicious contemporary menu at the center’s restaurant. You can visit the complex for free, though there is a parking fee. To skip the lines, book a museum tour to delve deeper into the art with the help of a knowledgeable guide. Need help? Contact us! • •

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Lifestyle and Travel Enchanting Destination

WELCOME TO NEW YORK New York, also known as the Big Apple, is a city which offers infinite things to do and places to see. The city of skyscrapers has starred in films and novels that have made it a dream destination for many. A trip to New York is a unique experience, what are you waiting for?

Why Visit New York? New York has become in recent years, and due to its own excellence, the world’s most important economic and cultural capital. The city’s atmosphere and style of life are unique, difficult to explain in a guide, and they are best discovered by visiting and enjoying it in person. Going to a Musical in Broadway, spending an evening in Times Square, walking over Brooklyn Bridge, enjoying some shopping in Fifth Avenue or feeling like a broker in Wall Street are some of the things that can only be done in New York City. Over the past few years, tourism in New York has increased dramatically. The price of flights and the value of the dollar have been decisive factors in New York’s becoming on of the world’s most visited places as a tourist destination. Today over 50 million tourists visit this place each year. If you want to find out more about NYC, you can read more about its history, discover its five boroughs, find out about Manhattan’s main neighborhoods, its museums and top places to visit in this guide. If you want to save money, you can follow our advice in this guide on how to save in New York to get the most out of your vacation.

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Take in the outdoor theater at Shakespeare in the Park “Seeing a Broadway show is great, but if you’re in New York in the summertime, nothing beats Shakespeare in the Park. It’s a free series put on by the Public Theater in an openair venue in Central Park, and combines astonishing performances from incredible talent with a night under the stars for an unbeatable theatrical experience.” —Adam Rathe, Senior Editor (Arts and Culture) COFFEETALK JAZZ MAGAZINE

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15 Central Park West is comprised of two limestone towers and features 202, one- to four-bedroom residences. Units offer multi-directional views and fullfloor, duplex penthouses are extremely spacious, with some ranging between 5,000 and 6,000 square feet. Kitchens have top-of-the-line appliances and bathrooms are equipped with deluxe fixtures and finishes. Amenities at 15 Central Park West include a 24-hour doorman, a private dining room and library, a screening room and a health club and pool. Many units also have individual wine cellars. It is near the restaurants and shops of Columbus Circle as well as Central Park and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Ultimate Luxury Living at Sky Offering the ultimate in luxury apartments in Midtown West, NYC, Sky is a 71-story high-rise building designed by Rockwell Group. Starting at the mid $3000s, Sky ranges from pet-friendly studios to 3 bedrooms, including the Vue Penthouse Collection, there’s a space to fit every lifestyle. Located in Hell’s Kitchen at the heart of Midtown West, residents are just blocks from the Hudson Yards district, the High Line, Hudson.


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RecipesYou’ll love Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs Ingredients to make •

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Peanut butter: For the best results, choose a creamy, natural (only ingredients are peanuts and maybe salt) unsweetened peanut butter with a runny consistency that is not too oily. Unsalted butter: Unsalted butter works best here and puts you in more control of the overall levels of salt in the recipe. Puffed rice cereal: Adds a crisp crunch to the peanut butter filling. Powdered sugar: Powdered sugar is used to sweeten the peanut butter filling and help it hold its shape by soaking up some of the natural oils. Vanilla extract + salt: Vanilla and salt are added for flavor, and the vanilla also adds a delicious aroma that complements the peanut butter. Dark chocolate chips + Coconut oil: The chocolate and oil are melted together to create a smooth consistency for coating the peanut butter eggs.

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Heat peanut butter and butter until melted and runny, and then whisk in the vanilla extract. Add puffed rice, powdered sugar, and salt to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine. Scoop the mixture into small balls and place on a lined baking sheet. Use your hands to shape the peanut butter crisp balls into egg shapes before chilling them in the freezer until firm. After melting the chocolate and coconut oil, work with one egg at a time and dip in the chocolate mixture. Remove with a fork and allow the excess chocolate to drip off into the

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bowl. Set on the baking sheet and repeat until all eggs have been coated in chocolate. Place them back in the freezer until the chocolate is set. Decorate with chocolate drizzle if you like.

Add sprinkles! Want to add some festive flair? Sprinkle some seasonal sprinkles on top of the chocolate before it sets. Your chocolate pb eggs will look as good as they taste!

Use white chocolate. Swap the dark chips for white chocolate chips to add more color to your dessert. You can alternate dipping the eggs in either chocolate and vary the drizzle on top for a fun twist.

Add finely chopped nuts. Mix in ¼ to ½ cup of finely crushed or chopped nuts when preparing the peanut butter and puffed rice mixture for added crunch. Alternatively, sprinkle the nuts on top before the chocolate sets to add texture and flavor.

Pork Chops Recipe Pork Chops are such a classic dish to serve as an entree. They are quick to make and ready to be baked in no time. The Best Seasoning for Pork Chops For the seasoning rub, we just used our favorite combination of ingredients: salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning. This Pork Chops Recipe is so easy to prepare. The boneless pork chops are pan-seared until crispy then baked in garlic butter until juicy and tender. I love this combination but the pork chops work great with just about any seasoning.Pan-seared chops in a skillet then baked in garlic butter until tender and juicy! Such a simple yet great recipe and approved by kids and adults alike. How to make baked pork chops Ingredients • 1 lb boneless pork chops, or 3 pieces, 1/2-inch thick • 1 Tbsp olive oil • 1/2 tsp salt • 1 tsp paprika • 1 tsp garlic powder • 1 tsp onion powder • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper • ½ tsp Italian seasoning 1.

Combine ingredients for the garlic butter spread. 2. Lightly beat and season the chops. 3. Pan-sear the chops until golden brown on both sides. 4. Generously spread garlic butter over chops. 5. Bake until the meat tender.


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Fashion Forward Red Carpet To Reality Let’s be real: When it comes to red carpet looks, they might completely wow us, but they don’t always translate well into real life.

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About The Hollywood Sign Perched atop Mount Lee, this global symbol of Hollywood glamour measures 450 feet in length with mammoth white letters, each standing 45 feet high, spelling out the name of the city. There is no access to The Hollywood Sign as it sits on restricted property however; there are several scenic view points which provide great photo opportunities . 1) Hollywood and Highland. Farther away but easy , especially if you are already in Hollywood. 2) The Griffith Observatory. Take the Metro Red Line at Hollywood and Highland to the Griffith Observatory stop. From here board the DASH Observatory shuttle operating 7 days a week ( beginning 3/21/17) to the front lawn of The Griffith Observatory for views of The Hollywood Sign. 3) The Sign is best viewed from the interior of Griffith Park. Trail signs will guide you to these sites. Please stay on the designated trails and enjoy the great views of The Hollywood Sign!


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What to expect : Itinerary •

Pass By: Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, CA 90068 Views of the Hollywood sign.

Pass By: Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Blvd at Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Pass By: Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Blvd at Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028. See the celebs stars on the walk of fame.

Pass By: TCL Chinese Theatres, 6925 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028-6103.

Pass By: Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028-6136. See the Dolby Theatre.

Stop At: Beverly Hills Sign, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA. 10 minute stop at the Beverley Hills Sign for a photo, and restroom break.

Pass By: The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa, 9641 Sunset Blvd The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA 90210-2938. See the Beverley Hills hotel!

Pass By: Laugh Factory, 8001 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046-2401. See the Laugh Factory.

Pass By: Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Blvd at Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. See the highend shopping district Rodeo Drive where they filmed the movie Pretty Woman + top designer brands.

Pass By: West Hollywood, West Hollywood, California. West Hollywood is where they film a lot of Celebrity Reality TV shows like Keeping up with the Kardashians, Sur and Pump restaurants, etc.

Pass By: Whiskey-a-Go-Go, 8901 Sunset Blvd. at San Vicente, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Pass By: Sunset Strip, 9040 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069-1851. See the Sunset Strip!


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Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California’s most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin. The Observatory is the best vantage point for observing the world-famous Hollywood Sign. Since opening in 1935, the Observatory has welcomed over 85 million visitors. Open late nearly every evening, Griffith Observatory’s audience is “the general public,” and it is one of the rare places where you will see people from every part of the region and from all parts of the world. The Observatory is a free-admission, public facility owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks in the middle of an urban metropolis of ten million people. The 67,000 square-foot building is one of the most popular informal education facilities in the United States and the most-visited public observatory in the world (with 1.6 million visitors a year). Griffith Observatory is a unique hybrid of public observatory, planetarium, and exhibition space. It was constructed with funds from the bequest of Griffith J. Griffith (who donated the land for Griffith Park in 1896), who specified the purpose, features, and location of the building in his


1919 will. Upon completion of construction in 1935, the Observatory was given to the City of Los Angeles with the provision that it be operated for the public with no admission charge. When it opened in 1935, it was one of the first institutions in the U.S. dedicated to public science and possessed the third planetarium in the U.S. Fulfilling the Observatory’s goal of “visitor as observer,” free public telescope viewing is available each evening skies are clear and the building is open. More people (8 million) have looked through the Observatory’s Zeiss 12-inch refracting telescope than through any other on Earth. More than 18 million have seen a live program in the Observatory’s Samuel Oschin Planetarium. The building operated continuously from 1935 until January 6, 2002, when it closed for a comprehensive renovation and expansion. This ambitious $93-million project renewed the Observatory’s world-class standing and restored and enhanced the Observatory’s ability to pursue its public astronomy mission, all driven by a commitment to excellence and enabled by a successful public-private partnership between the City of Los Angeles and Friends Of The Observatory. The renewed building reopened to the public on November 2, 2006. It has operated since then with steadily increasing attendance and cultural visibility.

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To my two assistants Kathryn and Corry. You have been my voice when I couldn’t answer all the over-flow telephone calls and emails. I appreciate you both. To the CoffeeTalk Lifestyle team Leah Kimibli, Timothy, Laim, Gebel, and Grace you all are simply the best. To my photographers: Dylan, Stoll, and Lordsi, your laser sharp eye and keen focus always capture artists and events in the best light. To my open-minded and creative story telling editors Sandi and Chloe always here for us. Eloise and Dr. Taylor, part of our fabulous marketing and legal team your enthusiasm, experience and tell-it-like it-personalities fit right in. To the fabulous artist, and musicians, who boldly share their talent and artistry where we would be without. To our graphic design team Andrew, Marsol and Jacob putting together each colorful part of CoffeeTalk Jazz Magazine is always a celebration. To our advertisers who help to keep our readers informed. Thank you!



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Who We Are ​ CoffeeTalk Media ® is an award-winning music network focusing on public relations for artists with one major focus: results. Since our founding in 2009, we have continued to deliver on our promise that every artist is represented by the CoffeeTalk team. This collaborative approach benefits our clients now more than ever, as they look to gain additional exposure getting booked for jazz festivals while building their music careers and their brands across multiple disciplines and platforms. With a global network and reach strategic partners in North America, Europe, Asia, and beyond, CoffeeTalk taps its unequaled internal and external ecosystem of experts, tapping into relationships we built access multiple-industries helping to ensure that the artist we service achieve their goals while leveraging our entire toolbox, and suite of services using radio, movies, magazine, and television.

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EDITOR’S NOTE article cover image
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LifeStyle article cover image
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About Berklee article cover image
About Berklee
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Spotlight Artist Matthew Whitaker Jazz Piano Virtuoso article cover image
Spotlight Artist Matthew Whitaker Jazz Piano Virtuoso
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The world is full of beauty, article cover image
The world is full of beauty,
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OUR PHILOSOPHY article cover image
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LA’s Original Artisan Coffee –Sharing Knowledge & Fine Taste Since 2006 article cover image
LA’s Original Artisan Coffee –Sharing Knowledge & Fine Taste Since 2006
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Fun. Games. Entertainment. Pechanga Resort Casino
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Guitarist Tee Dee Young Spotlight Artist article cover image
Guitarist Tee Dee Young Spotlight Artist
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QA & With Tee Dee Young
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Spotlight Artist Lorraina Marro article cover image
Spotlight Artist Lorraina Marro
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Best Restaurants in Los Angeles THE LITTLE DOOR article cover image
Best Restaurants in Los Angeles THE LITTLE DOOR
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RecipesYou’ll love Classic Devil Egg Recipe article cover image
RecipesYou’ll love Classic Devil Egg Recipe
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Air Fryer French Fries Recipe article cover image
Air Fryer French Fries Recipe
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Change Up the Scent
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The need for sustainable funding for the arts article cover image
The need for sustainable funding for the arts
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Adrian Egg Norton QA & With article cover image
Adrian Egg Norton QA & With
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COSTA COFFEE article cover image
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EleganceShades of article cover image
EleganceShades of
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DESIGN COMPETENCE article cover image
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Things to do in Los Angeles – THE EXPERIENCE –Warner Bros. Studio Store article cover image
Things to do in Los Angeles – THE EXPERIENCE –Warner Bros. Studio Store
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DOLBY THEATRE article cover image
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J. Paul Getty article cover image
J. Paul Getty
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Arrangements that make a Sstatement Happy Mother’s Day article cover image
Arrangements that make a Sstatement Happy Mother’s Day
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Lifestyle and Travel
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15 Central Park West
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RecipesYou’ll love Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs article cover image
RecipesYou’ll love Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs
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Pork Chops Recipe article cover image
Pork Chops Recipe
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About The Hollywood Sign article cover image
About The Hollywood Sign
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Thank You
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