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THE JAZZ IN MEE MAGAZINE APR 2015

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 digitaland print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry.

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 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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Camille Thurman’s

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Gregory Porter

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The 57th Jazz Grammy Awards Love Affair With Jazz

The Total Musical Package Ann Nesby “Living My Life” Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Melody Warren Contributing Writers Carolyn Beverly Peter Böhi Anthony Cheney Monica Murphy Eaves

Katherine Gilraine Syrone Harvey Sharon Rae North Angela P. Moore-Thorpe

Contributing Photographers Peter Böhi Willie Chu Mikey Cohen Jack Cohen

Christian Nordström Heidi Powell Prera David Spagnolo

Cover Image Christian Nordström Design & Layout Tonya D. Wright Jereme Brown Copy Editor Angela P. Moore-Thorpe THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. P.O. Box 683184 Houston, Texas 77268 281-260-8469 info@thejazzinmee.com www.thejazzinmee.com

Jeff Golub

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Grand Opening

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Universal Groove

Will Donato

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The SuperCruise

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A Tribute

Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge

Tip Jar

The Experienced Jazz Cruiser’s Guide to Jazz Cruising

Under The Sign With M.E.E.

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M.E.E. Art Gallery

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Eric Darius

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Houston Spotlight

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The Melody In M.E.E.

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Guy Sheppard

Retro Forward

Smooth Jazz On My Mind SARDAA

NAMM 2015 Wishing On Love

Melina

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Swag M.E.E

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Jazz Watch

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Gospel In M.E.E.

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The New ESpot Lounge

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Ann Nesby

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Grand Opening

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COVER STORY

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Melody Warren, Editor-In-Chief

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BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO Fingerprints Chick Corea, soloist Track from: Trilogy (Chick Corea Trio) Label: Concord Jazz

BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM Beautiful Life Dianne Reeves Label: Concord Records

BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM Trilogy Chick Corea Trio Label: Concord Jazz

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE Jesus Children Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner Track from: Black Radio 2 Label: Blue Note Records

BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM Life In The Bubble Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Label: Telarc International

BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM

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The Offense Of The Drum Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Label: Motema

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JAZZ FESTIVAL

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OSO VIEJO PARK

MISSION VIEJO, CA

A one-of-a-kind event with more than 30 contemporary jazz all-stars playing together to support Orange County’s community radio station, KSBR 88.5. Event includes the Taste of the Bash showcasing more than 20 of Orange County’s favorite restaurants and wineries. The tastings are included in the price of admission!

Sunday, May 24, 2015 n The Village Green of Oso Viejo Park, Mission Viejo n Taste of the Bash 3:30pm-5pm, concert begins at 5pm n Music, Food & Fun! n

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For tickets: WWW.KSBR.ORG or call (949) 582-4501

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rom neighborhood boutique hotels to luxury five-star hotels, and five diamond retreats, it’s easy to fall in love with Beverly Hills. There is now another unique jewel added to enhance your Beverly Hills musical and dining experience when you visit. Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge formally opened on Monday, January 26, 2015, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Canon Drive with Beverly Hill’s Mayor Lili Bosse

and the Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant and lounge will elevate the fine dining and live music experience, offering guests sophisticated, California food with Italian sensibilities, followed by world-class entertainment in a state-of-the-art music venue. Cary Hardwick and Laurie Sisneros, owners of Spaghettini in Seal Beach, in alliance with esteemed saxophonist Dave Koz, are behind Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge.


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such illustrious and respected musicians, Dave Koz, Matt Goss, Eric Benét, Gerald Albright, Tower of Power, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Marienthal, Terry Steele, Mindi Abair, Michael Lington, and Larry Carlton,with many others on the calendar. When you jet set to Beverly Hills, it’s a must to visit Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge to experience this fantastic new venue. To make reservations call: (310) 424-4600, or on their website: www.spaghettinibh.com.

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To make sure that this venture would be award winning, Dave Koz together with Executive Chef Scott Howard delivered the perfect menu to collaborate with the exquisite musical cast, alongside the talented Executive Pastry Chef Adrian Arandela, Chef de Cuisine Mateo Rogers, and Executive Sous Chef Ben Hall. Executive Chef Scott Howard works with only the finest available local and seasonal ingredients, offering starters, salads, pastas, and entrées from the “ocean” and “land” that rotate to reflect the seasons and improvisations of the chef. Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge is open for dinner nightly, and features live music five days per week, including during Sunday brunch with 94.7 THE WAVE broadcasting live. The new restaurant and lounge has seen performances to date from

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THE NEW E. SPOT LOUNGE GRAND OPENING

Mikey Cohen, Shelia E.

by Melody Warren Shelia E.

The new E Spot Lounge in Studio City is officially open. The Grand Opening was celebrated on Friday, January 30 through February 1, 2015, and is the new venture of Sheila E., the multifaceted drummer, percussionist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, arranger, producer, composer, instrumentalist and humanitarian. Sheila E has performed with such major stars as Prince, Ringo Starr, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, and many others.

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For more information about the upcoming performances at The E Spot, please visit: www.vitellosjazz.com.

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The brand new lounge occupies the space formerly known as Upstairs at Vitello’s in Studio City, CA, and is located at 4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. On Friday and Saturday, Sheila E performed songs from her recent album titled “Icon” as well as hit songs to a sold out star studded crowd. Some of her guests included Justin Chambers, Jack Coleman, Jim Pickens, Angela Bassett, Tasha Smith, Peter Michael Escovedo ,Verdine White, Juanita Escovedo, and Pete Escovedo. Future events will include Gordon Campbell presents “Higher”, Cecilia Noel, Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra, Rodrigo Guzman Salsa Thursdays, Jazz in Pink All-Star Female Band, Poncho Sanchez, Triple Threat among others.

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