Reviews are starting to pour in for ‘Storyteller’-– Heston’s long awaited debut release and boy it was certainly worth the wait— The general feedback is pretty much consistent and in agreement saying it’s a brilliant first release with some amazing arrangements, beautiful vocals and stellar songwriting.
You know– i haven’t seen Heston live yet– can’t wait for that day but from I hear from everyone– he’s an amazing live performer. Heston has the full package…
He’s in St. Louis this Thursday, August 28th at Napps Vibe Lounge. He was supposed to do an outdoor concert in Birmingham over the weekend but the place got rained out due to the Hurricane. Oh that thing! Birmingham will be re-scheduled!
Heston’s album is #1 at Soultracks with regards to sales as compiled by CD Baby, Amazon and some other retailers. He’s up for 2 noms…..Best Male Vocalist and Best New Artist. Voting deadline today.
Soultracks Readers Choice Awards take place at Max M Fisher Music Hall on October 3rd in Detroit and yes– I will be there… If you haven’t heard ‘Storyteller’- you need to!
You’ve been hearing her name a lot over the past few months and it’ s just the beginning. No more ‘Who is April Hill’. Her debut album ‘Love 360’ has been receiving accolades from wide and far. ..We congratulate her on the ‘Best New Artist’ nod. She’ll be in Detroit…
Her single ‘Wanna Be Free’ has been floating around the air-waves for a few weeks now and charted on Top 40 on Urban AC. Her gig at The Blue Note last Friday was incredible! She performed to a packed house and her musicians were on fire and she was entertaining, delightful vocally and eased into all the songs like a natural!
She also just performed with Fuzz Band in Norfolk. The reception was tremendous. We have a remix contest coming up and a ring back you’re going to definitely want your hand set to have and a lot of major things in the works so stay tuned…
I got a lot of England in my life right now and this oh so makes me happy…My roots! All the way live from London is the funky soulful dance act- Reel People. Their 2nd album will see the light Stateside- as they ready the release of ‘Seven Ways to Wonder’.
Reel People spearheaded by Oli Lazurus of Papa Records fame… Oli will come over to NY for promo and guest DJ appearances sometime in September.
There are 12 juicy tracks on the latest project and a few guests including Darien and Omar… In fact– I can’t stop listening to this album..
Also- a listening party for the ‘Seven Ways to Wonder’ at Frank’s Lounge- Nu-Soul Series- Sept 20th…
Treat yourself to a relaxing escape with like minds- It’s the 2nd Annual OWN YOUR POWER RETREAT. Sept 26-27th at Miami Botanical Gardens
This retreat promises to be an empowering weekend. You will enjoy personal development, business and natural healing workshops designed to broaden your vision and bring clarity. A total integration of Body, Mind and Spirit.
Don’t miss out…. Tables/booths selling out fast!!!! REGISTER NOW!!! Sadly- I won’t be going down there but Simone Kelly tells me there will be an OWN YOUR POWER – NY next year!!!! So stay tuned!!!
I won’t be down for Soul Summit but will be there in spirit….Strictly Social- Sept 12th at Djangos…. The line up is fierce!
Shouts to Thomas Paul for interviewing me for Soultracks. The interview is live now and it’s juicy and candid….Check it out. Soultracks
I’m speaking at Baltimore Music Conference Sept 20th. Hit me up if you’re headed down there.
Shouts to everyone who’s digging the blog- thanks for your feedback…. Hit me up on all my social media pages….Find me if you can!!
I can’t stop listening to Roy Hargrove’s latest ‘ Earfood’. Especially ‘Strasbourg/ St. Denis’. It’s been in heavy rotation. I think I’ve listened to it 50 times…
I just heard a sneak preview of ‘Get it Together’ – a new Maya Azucena song and it’s so timely and it’s hot! I’m headed to see Eric Rico this week– I’ve heard nuff things about this bad boy!
I’m also super excited about Nicholas Payton and the trio at Jazz Standard featuring Mark Whitfield and Christian McBride. Sept 3-7th. Jazz is back in my life- full circle and I’m happy to have these fine musicians around me.
Lastly- it’s not what you think — It’s what you DO! I’m about to do the DO!
The Bloom Effect
Vortex Outdoors is a free outdoor event on as part of Open Rehearsal and the launch of the UK’s Cultural Olympiad.
Sunday 28th September 2008
1pm – 7pm
Gillett Square, Dalston, London N16
Featuring dynamic artists:
Imaani, Zena Edwards, Tawiah, Abdul Shyllon
plus Andreya Triana, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Baby Sol, Jnay, Sharleen Hector and BSIX 6th Form College Students.
Tel: 020 7993 3643
Cisco – MGR, here to invite you to . . .
Acoustic Guitarist, Soul Singer and Song Writer
NEXT LIVE PERFORMANCE this Sat. Aug. 30th, 9pm/ $10 @ the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30TH
Urbintel, Inc. presents:
“Verses”, a poetry/hip-hop event
hosted by Helena D. Lewis
(the award winning playwright)
music by DJ Buddha LuvJonz
(acclaimed performing artist)
(of El Grito De Petas)
(former Nuyo Slam Master and Slam Finalist)
NUYORICAN POETS CAFE
236 East 3rd Street
b/n Avenues B & C Lower East Side,
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30TH
I hope all is with you. I am back in Brazil just finishing up a few gigs. I also wanted to let you know that the release date for my new CD “Colors” has been delayed until September. However, I have decided that my CD release gig date will be Saturday, October 18 in NY. I now have to choose from one of 2 locations for the event. I will give you all the details soon.
In the meantime if you happen to be in the neighborhood I will be playing at a jazz festival with my quartet in Rio De Janeiro this Friday. (see details below) I hope to see you there.
Friday, August 29
Esch Festival de Jazz
Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ed Jackson Quartet:
Ed Jackson- Alto,Soprano Saxophones and Flute
Octavio Garcia -Drums
Alberto Farah – Piano
Fernando Costa -Bass
Showtime 9:00 pm
Cover : R$ 40,00
For more information call:
(55) (21) 2512-5651
EARLY WARNING OUR SECOND BIRTHDAY PARTY WILL ON SAT 27TH SEPT 2008 @ THE TROY BAR, 10 HOXTON SQUARE, N1 6NG 10PM – 4AM FREE FOR ALL B4 11PM £5 B4 2AM AND THOSE WHO NEED TO MAKE A ENTRANCE ( why bother) £10 after 2AM
We have the pleasure of having Nu Soul / Hip Hop producer Eric Lau doing a guest DJ set, his ground breaking debut LP called New Territories is available at all good record shops (a must have in your collection!). All you regular CRATES attendees will be used to us playing joints from Eric’s LP! We also have Soundspect taking it straight to the dance floor repping the underground.
The night will consist of Nu Soul, Funk, Boogie, Hip Hop, Jazz, Rare Groove and Soulful Broken Beat, it’s free before 11pm, £5 after and £10 after 2am (hope that makes sense lol!).
This will be a night of mature fun, happy faces and good ol funky music! People are still talking about our 1st birthday party last year…..we reckon this one is going to be better…..
Sunday, August 31st, 2008
4460 So. Third Street
Price: No Cover
The Mark IV Social Set will make their annual visit to Memphis, TN.
Their hangout was Mike’s Place and as Mike decided to do his hanging
out with Sweet Angel; their host this year will be Lucille’s at 4460
So. Third Street. DON’T WORRY, Mike and Sweet Angel will be in the
house. As a matter of fact, SWEET ANGEL voted “BEST NEW SOUTHERN
SOUL FEMALE ARTIST FOR 2008″ by Jus’ Blues Music Awards will be
behind the “wheels of steel”. OH YEAH! SWEET ANGEL IS ONE OF THE
HOTTEST DJs SPINNIN’. COME SEE FOR YOURSELF.
Doors Open at 5pm, NO COVER CHARGE, must be 21 years old
For more information call Lucille’s at (901) 789-4194 or Mike
Dobbins at (901) 246-7545