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A fusion of jazz, fashion and art, THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine is the premiere source for the jazz industry. and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry. THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective through dynamic cover stories, trendy blogs, festival/cruise insights, and “Jazz Watch” music reviews on past and present artists.

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Contents Editor’s Notes of Jazz

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Flutist Kim Scott

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Najee Delivers

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Mariam John

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Houston Spotlight

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TNT World Wind Productions

He Plays for Keeps

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COVER STORY

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photo by Mikey Cohen

LA Meet & Greet Rite of Passage

The Morning After THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. LA MEET & GREET

Dizzy Girl

Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Melody Warren Contributing Writers Carolyn Beverly Peter Böhi Monica Murphy Eaves Cay Fatima

Alvin Keels Sharon Rae North Bronson Rockwell

Contributing Photographers Peter Böhi Sharon Merkerson Mikey Cohen Michael Nelson Jack Cohen Peter Tung Maureen Godber Carol Johnson Woodhouse Tom Keller Narrio Wright Cover Image Tom Keller Design & Layout Tonya D. Wright Jereme Brown Copy Editor Valerie McCarley THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. P.O. Box 683184 Houston, Texas 77268 281-260-8469 info@thejazzinmee.com www.thejazzinmee.com

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Second Chances

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Kim Waters My Loves

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Swag M.E.E.

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M.E.E. Art Gallery

Sandra L. Bridges

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Jazz Watch

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Dianne Reeves

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In the Jazzy Limelight

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Remembering Ricky Lawson

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Tip Jar: Showmanship

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Under the Sign with M.E.E.

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2014 NAMM Show

Beautiful Life

Capital Jazz Super Cruise VII

Drummer to the Stars

Recommendations From a Promoter All rights reserved by Multifaceted Exquisite Events Inc. & THE JAZZ IN M.E.E.

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The Debut of Jelando Johnson and THE MOVEMENT

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Editor’s Notes of Jazz

LA Meet & Greet

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What a welcome party!

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THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine’s Los Angeles meet and greet was remarkable. It was a jazz studded event that was hosted at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Jazz Grill, one of Los Angeles’ most exciting restaurants and the city’s premiere jazz space. It’s warm and elegant interior embraces guests with stunning visuals, world-class music and sound design, and the absolute best in contemporary American cuisine. Conceived by seven time GRAMMY-winning music icon Herb Alpert, Vibrato brings these elements together in sumptuous harmony for an experience that’s a delight to all the senses. We were entertained with unforgettable performances by Aysha and Friends: Blake Aaron, Tony Exum Jr., Monty Seward, Keith Eaddy and Tony Moore. They really know how to celebrate and jam to the occasion. Our trip to California was incredible and I'm still in awe of the experience. THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. would like to thank everyone so much for supporting our publication, our cause to advocate for jazz and the journey in our efforts. We are truly grateful to have such an amazing global support system and we value it immensely.

Special acknowledgements go out to Kyna Hubbard, Aysha Webb, Dion Julian Lattimore, Pat Senatore, Carol Johnston Woodhouse, Rozy Uziel, Cynthia Petersen, Jack Cohen, Mikey Cohen, Rocco Ventrella, Art Sherrod Jr., Rodney Taylor, Will Donato, Ron Scott, Gianni Vancini, Tamara Yates, DeonYates, JJ Sansaverino, Marcus Anderson, Terry Wollman, Jay Gore, Fran Manzano, Kimberly Kook, Q at Spags, Darryl Williams, Rick Scott, Darryl Evans, Ilaria De Robertis, Vandell Andrew, Chase Huna, Curtis Brooks and so many more for making our experience memorable. We enjoyed meeting everyone and look forward to coming back next year. next year. — Musically Yours

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