Latest release 29 Feb 2008

Hello IndieSoul Stars…
The time for us to shine is very near. You don’t want to miss this year’s Cocktail Party. We have secured a very special live performance by one of the hardest working and well known Indie Artist on the scene…I will reveal in future emails. Also, we are ‘thisclose’ to getting one of Indie Soul’s most influential and successful artists to grace us with his presence and a few inspirational words. I will reveal when confirmed!!
Billie’s Black is excited to host us and they have literally rolled out the “Red Carpet”. Make sure to arrive camera ready if you want your 15 minutes of Indie fame. This Indie Soul Revolution will be televised!!! Complete with some one-on-one interviews for a new Indie Soul Entertainment Show….We love Indie Soul and we won’t stop until the world loves it as much as we do….
Please feel free to send me an mp3 of your best or favorite original song for the IndieSoul compilation that will play all night….We want to play YOUR music!!!! Come eat, drink, network, be heard and show us your best Grown & Sexy Indie Soul. Feel free to tell or bring along any Indie Artists, Industry Professionals or Soul fans that want to help keep Indie Soul music alive!!!! However RSVP is highly recommended if you want the royal treatment (:

Saturday, March 15 @8pm
Billies Black NYC

271 West 119th Street
Harlem, NYC 10026
(212) 280-2248
A,B,D Trains to 125 th Street

Dexter Myers

Jesse Saunders’ New Book and Single

Jesse Saunders will be promoting his new book “House Music…The Real Story” with a special DJ set at Strictly Social, Feb 27th (
Please find below the press release regarding his book and new single. Let me know if you can post this.
Jesse Saunders Presents “House Music… The Real Story” And New Single “Luv 2 Luv U”

Jesse Saunders’ story is one of the most important in the history of popular culture. From his hometown of Chicago, Saunders wrote, produced, performed and mixed the first original House music record, “ON and ON” in 1984, fore-fronting one of the most significant music revolutions in history. His brand of music would come to sell millions, dictating the sounds and styles of every dance floor across the globe over the past two decades. As it cemented itself into the popular consciousness, its roots would come to be largely contested and eventually forgotten. Written with author James Cummins, this autobiography tells the story of how it all unfolded.
The stage is set early on as Saunders recalls the impact his own influential family had on his life, as well as the rich musical landscape of America and Chicago that came to inspire him. As he retraces the development of House music from the streets of Chicago to the city’s iconic nightclub, the Warehouse, to the biggest music labels in Los Angeles, and to eventual the adoption of House as the staple sound of English and European hot-spots, Jesse Saunders sets the record straight once and for all. Touching on celebrity and drug culture, he does not shy away from addressing the names and events that came to harm his beloved music. Jesse Saunders is an artist whose influence on modern music will never be forgotten.
Jesse Saunders is the originator of House music. A two-time Grammy selectee, he is also a long-time member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In addition to his own acclaimed and influential releases, Saunders’ has written produced and music for some of the biggest names in the music business.
Coming off the critically acclaimed 20th anniversary tour in 2004, which hit every hemisphere of the world, Jesse continues to stay at the forefront and set trends with his current release “LUV 2 LUV U” on Broken Records.
Take a Listen to the single “Luv 2 Luv U”:
Trish Williamson:
Shawn at Publish America:

Jazz Warriors Afropeans: amended release date

Courtney Pine’s
Jazz Warriors Afropeans
releases its live album,
recorded on 6 October 2007 at The Barbican,
on Destin-E Records (cat. no:777 25 3 1807)
Monday 28 April 2008

Afropeans (definition): to be part of African descent and to exist in Europe, culturally, spiritually or, in this case, musically

Robert Fordjour:
Darren Taylor: double bass
Alex Wilson: acoustic piano
Femi Temowo: acoustic/electric guitar
Omar Puente: electric violin
Ayanna Witter Johnson: cello/voice
Samuel Dubois: alto/bass steel pans
Chris Storr/Byron Wallen/Jay Phelps: trumpets/flugelhorns
Harry Brown: trombone
Nathanial Facey/Shabaka Hutchings/Jason Yarde/Courtney Pine: woodwind

The original Jazz Warriors were a hugely influential black British big band initiated by Courtney Pine in the mid-1980s. Their mission was to celebrate black British musicianship and shake up the cliquey world of British jazz. Twenty years on, this one-off gig’s ‘Afropeans’ were assembled to play new compositions celebrating Black History Month and the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade. The rhythm section was top-notch, paring grooves down to their essential details, shifting gear with panache. There were barnstorming solos… the three-hour concert never lost interest… nice touches abounded – delicate bowed strings, a skanking reggae backing tailgate trombone, foot-stamping chains. Hugely entertaining…
Mike Hobart, The Times

On 6 October 2007, at The Barbican in London, UK saxophone legend Courtney Pine led the freshly-minted 15-piece Jazz Warriors Afropeans in a vibrant three hour musical celebration of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act bicentenary. This new ensemble, taking its lead from the positive spirit of seminal 1980s big band the Jazz Warriors, brings established names such as Byron Wallen, and Alex Wilson together with key newcomers such as Shabaka Hutchings, Samuel Dubois, and Ayanna Witter Johnson. As a result, this live album documents an extraordinary meeting of some of the UK’s most exciting musicians, and serves as a spellbinding memento of an evening commemorating a landmark historical event.

Courtney Pine is considered the key UK jazz musician of his generation. It all began when, as a young saxophonist backing many of the travelling reggae stars, he noticed he was not the only hornsman with a deep desire to play jazz. In 1984, he founded The Abibi Jazz Arts with a view to harnessing the collective strength among African-Caribbean jazz artists. A big band, christened The Jazz Warriors by Courtney’s wife, was created and, after a very short time, it began to play its own music. The band grew in size and strength – gaining positive reactions from both audience and media – and the likes of Steve Williamson, Mamadi Kamara, Claude Deppa, Cheryl Alleyne and others contributed to its vibrancy. The Jazz Warriors’ main aim was to unite different generations of musicians, and Courtney always intended up and coming players to have a place in the band; when interference from some members meant this was questioned, the band broke up under somewhat acrimonious circumstances with only one album, Out of Many One People (released in 1987 on Island Records), under its belt.

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2.29.08 Leap Year Gig @ Sugar Bar, NYC

‘Till leap year give you one day more…

Feb 29th @ the Sugar Bar.
On this very special extra day of the year, I’ll be doing a stripped-down set at the legendary Sugar Bar. Why legendary, you ask? It’s owned by Ashford and Simpson! Can’t top that, eh?

Also, apparently there is more than one Sugar Bar in the NYC, so just a side note – it’s the one on the Upper West Side.

I’ll be singing solo, so if the spirit moves you, please swing on by. It’s my first show of 2008, so it would be great to see you in the crowd!

love & laughter,
Heather P

WHEN: Friday, February 29th 2008
WHERE: Sugar Bar, NYC
254 West 72nd Street (btwn Broadway & West End)
TIME: Show Starts at 7:30pm, we hit the stage at 8:30pm!
COVER: $10