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The GRAMMY Museum® announces Peggy Lee 100th Birthday Celebration in honor of the centennial anniversary of one of the 20th century’s most important musical influences in the world of jazz and popular music. To commemorate the occasion and Lee’s life, music and legacy, the GRAMMY Museum will host a pre-taped panel discussion and birthday toast as well as a virtual exhibit that will display Lee’s career milestones and accomplishments from the 1930s through the early 2000s with a variety of never-before-seen rare artifacts. The Museum has been releasing virtual archival exhibits since its closure in light of COVID-19, but this marks the Museum’s first exhibit opening digitally and later slated to open in the physical Museum at L.A. Live in spring 2021.



Join Stax Records as they kick off a new Instagram Live series, “Gospel Brunch Live Set with DJ Jared ‘Jay B.’ Boyd,” featuring music from The Gospel Truth Records catalog. It debuted on Sunday (5/24) at 2:00 pm PT/4:00 pm CT @staxrecords on Instagram and continuing on the third Sunday of every month through August (2:00 pm PT on 6/21, 7/19, and 8/16), the new series is part of Stax’s tribute campaign to The Gospel Truth Records and leads up to the release of The Gospel Truth singles compilation in September (Gospel Heritage Month). The compilation will be available on vinyl, CD and digitally. In addition to being a DJ and penning the liner notes for the upcoming The Gospel Truth compilation, Jared Boyd is a Memphis-based multimedia journalist with The Daily Memphian, co-host/producer of NPR’s roots music program “Beale St. Caravan,” and DJs at events throughout Memphis, including Memphis Tourism’s Music Hub events at Central Station. Jared has also reported for, It’s A Southern Thing, The Daily Mississippian, Jackson Free Press, and Commercial Appeal. In March, Craft Recordings kicked off their campaign to honor the music of Gospel Truth Records, a subsidiary of Stax Records, with the first-ever digital release of 25 albums from the label’s catalog. Beginning with The Rance Allen Group’s 1972 self-titled debut (digitally reissued on March 13th), one title has been released in chronological order every week and will continue up until September’s Gospel Heritage Month


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TV One celebrates Black Music Month with the debut of its original documentary, THE BEAT DON’T STOP, airing on Sunday, June 21 at 8 P.M. ET/7C, followed by an encore presentation at 10 P.M. ET/9C. The long-awaited documentary was a year in the making and highlights the history and legacy of Go-go music. It features trailblazers, legends and stars who have championed the sound throughout the decades. The film also delves into the evolution of the Go-go culture, celebrating the legacy of the Godfather of Go-go music, Chuck Brown, and the pivotal role Radio One played as the original broadcast platform for the music genre. Additionally, it examines the passion that fueled social movements, including the internationally recognized Don’t Mute DC, which emphasized the music’s power and influence amid a rapidly changing cultural landscape. “I always sought to represent the underrepresented. I always gave voice to the voiceless, and Go-go was very much that,” said Cathy Hughes, Chairwoman and Founder, Urban One who served as Executive Producer for the project. “We are proud to be a part of the Go-go story and grateful to tell the story of the men and women who helped to create and promote this amazing sound.”

THE BEAT DON’T STOP pays homage to the unique contribution of Go-go music to the musical landscape. It features a host of celebrities, artists, music historians, and community leaders including rapper Doug E. Fresh; band members from Junk Yard Band, Trouble Funk, E.U., Backyard Band, TOB, TCB and Maiesha and the Hip Huggers; the dance crew Beat Ya Feet Finest; music historians Dr. Natalie Hopkinson and Kato Hammond; music journalists Ericka Blount and Alona Wartofsky; Don’t Mute DC organizer Ron Moten; talent promoter and former MCA Records executive Bo Sampson; music producer Tone P; Radio One Personality Angie Ange; DJ Flexx; hip hop artist DJ Kool; and many others. Big Brother Konan who hosted the first daily radio show in the country dedicated to Go-go music, on Radio One station, WOL-AM, also lends his account to this comprehensive look at the social power and influence of this unique art form. Go-go music is the indigenous sound of Washington, D.C., which emerged out of underprivileged neighborhoods during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980s. It was largely blamed for the rise in crime and violence that paralyzed D.C. THE BEAT DON’T STOP takes viewers through that history and addresses how the music served as a platform for African Americans to elevate and address issues such as class struggles, gentrification and the music’s impact on black culture. THE BEAT DON’T STOP is executive produced by Urban One Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes. For TV One, Deirdre Leake-Butcher and Tracey Uy served as Executive Producers, with Bo Sampson of Bodacious One Productions serving as Co-Executive Producer. Nile Cone served as senior writer and producer. Susan

Henry is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting, Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production, and Michelle Rice is General Manager. For more information about TV One’s THE BEAT DON’T STOP, visit the network’s TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #THEBEATDONTSTOP.

The Beat Stop Don’t Stop Video Clips

The Beat Don’t Stop | Gogo: The Sound Of DC | Premieres Sunday, June 21 at 8/7C


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MCG Jazz has partnered with the Pittsburgh Jazz Channel, WZUM to produce The MCG Jazz Spotlight Show, a one-hour show that broadcasts weekly featuring MCG Jazz executive producer, Marty Ashby and guest hosts discussing jazz music, the influence of Pittsburgh-born jazz musicians’ contribution to the genre of jazz and playing some fun, inspiring songs. This week the MCG JAZZ Spotlight Show dives into the extensive MCG Jazz Archives to showcase an interview with Chuck Mangione recorded at the MCG Jazz music hall in 1996. Learn about Chuck’s history growing up in Central New York, his time with Art Blakey and how Chuck approaches his compositions. The program will feature music from some of his timeless recordings including Land of Make Believe and Fun & Games as well as his performance with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers from the Live at the Lighthouse record. The original interview was conducted by WZUM’s Tony Mowod and the Spotlight Show is hosted by the Executive Producer at MCG Jazz, Marty Ashby. The MCG Jazz Spotlight show airs on Friday and Sunday at 6pm and Saturday at 1pm on The Pittsburgh Jazz Channel WZUM.

The show can be streamed live here:

The entire interview is also available here:



Guitar legend Kenny Burrell took a fall two years ago. He is still recovering and on sabbatical from UCLA. Essentially, he is still unable to play and/or teach. Help is needed and welcomed. Here’s the link for donations setup by his wife Katherine:



Singer/lyricist/pianist Dave Frishberg is not doing well at all. If you who have enjoyed the gift of Dave’s music, please feel inspired to help him now that he needs it.






Streamed live on May 14, 2020, the Jazz Foundation Musicians’ Emergency Fund Concert featured: Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray, Milton Nascimento, Anjelique Kidjo, Stanley Jordan, Ivan Neville and many more In demanding times, musicians keep us grounded. They call up the strong, beautiful parts of our spirits. But without a single gig taking place during this crisis, there are no clubs to go left thousands of vulnerable artists in a state of financial free fall as they live gig to gig and month to month. The need is unprecedented but reminds us of mission and purpose to provide emergency assistance in time of crisis.

To Make A Donation, Please Visit:

Please Follow Jazz Foundation of America on Social Media Facebook: @JazzFoundationOfAmerica Instagram:@JazzFoundationofAmerica Twitter: @JazzFoundation


The Kat Edmonson

New live shows every Sunday night:


Adam Hawley Back on FB Live: Adam will be back at the same time, same place this Mondays at 7pm PST/10pm EST. He’ll be back with your requests, do another show-and-tell on his studio and recording process, and we’ll definitely see an encore performance from his wife and vocalist extraordinaire Kat Hawley.
Just go to his Facebook page!

Loston Harris

Live shows every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in June

The Creative Summit & Fundraiser will include daily workshops and performances with master musicians, as well as webinars with industry professionals — within music and in other disciplines — designed to help musicians navigate this new environment, all live-streamed from artists’ homes to yours.

Project Spotlight Series
Sundays (starting June 7)

Musicians continue to create and share their gifts with the world. The Project Spotlight Series highlights some of the remarkable work being released during quarantine, featuring live-streamed conversations with the project creators.

Creative Summit & Fundraiser
June 1-14


Ropeadope and 21Soul Present: The Ropeadope Music and Arts Festival, as the world emerges from lockdown, Ropeadope gathers the family for a unique music ‘festival’ on June 4 and 5th. The two day event will feature live appearances, pre-recorded solo sets, Q&A between artists, and an online hangout with dozens of Ropeadope artists on hand for Q&A with fans and general positive presentations for the world.

June 4
3:00 PM
Let Love Rule Remix Contest | Discussion with Dekel Bor & Steve Albini

4:00 PM
News from the Ropeadope Room, exclusive video and audio premieres from upcoming Ropeadope releases

4:30 PM
Greg Spero Live Solo Set

5:00 PM
Piano Bar | Mark de Clive-Lowe and Aaron Parks co-host a discussion and Q&A about music, composition, performance, technique

6:00 PM
Darren Hoffman Live Solo Set

7:00 PM
Ropeadope Mixer – Artists present positive messages, share what they have been working on, and answer questions from fans

8:00 PM
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah in conversation with Sarah Elizabeth Charles

June 5

1:00 PM
News from the Ropeadope Room, exclusive video and audio premieres from upcoming Ropeadope releases

1:15 PM
Johanna Burnheart prerecorded video set

2:00 PM
Improvisation and Spoken Word Discussion with Heroes Are Gang Leaders and Bright Dog Red

3:00 PM
Live set from Berlin
Dekel Bor Trio

4:00 PM
Ropeadope Family Hang
Join dozens of Ropeadope artists as they bring their positive message to the family and the world

5:00 PM
Mike Larry Draw Live Set

+ More Artists TBA
Coinciding with Bandcamp’s Fee Free Friday, special offerings will be unveiled throughout the event – unreleased music and video, limited test pressings from vinyl releases, limited vinyl copies of Terrace Martin’s Velvet Portraits, live music from the label’s archives, signed copies of CDs, and more. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for Renew Music, Ropeadope’s new initiative to support artists and work on creative methods to build a sustainable future.

Ropeadope Festival
June 4-5th



Richmond, Virginia’s The Legendary Ingramettes have embraced their online presence and moved their album release party to a Facebook livestream, in partnership with the US State Department. They will perform at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia, livestreamed on the Legendary Ingramettes Facebook page on June 6th, at 2pm EST. It will be simultaneously broadcast on the US Embassy Facebook pages in Belgrade, Serbia and Sofia, Bulgaria (8pm and 9pm their time respectively).

The Legendary Ingramettes
June 6th
Livestreamed on the Legendary Ingramettes Facebook page


The Mahwah Museum is pleased to present an online concert June 6-9 to celebrate Les Paul’s 105th birthday with Lou Pallo (& guests), Muriel Anderson and Thom Bresh. Lou Pallo played regularly with Les for over 30 years at Fat Tuesdays then at The Iridium. In an interview, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, described Lou as “ an incredible guitar player” and the man “who knows a million chords”. In addition to Les, Lou’s early influences included Tony Mottola. Lou has worked with a wide variety of celebrities from Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald to Mr. Richards himself. Performing June 7, 4:00pm.


Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her CD, Nightlight Daylight, was chosen as one of the top 10 CDs of the decade by Guitar Player Magazine, and she has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten, Tommy Emmanuel and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Performing June 6, 7:00pm.


Thom Bresh was born in Hollywood, California and raised in the middle of guitar royalty. His father, Merle Travis, was one of the most influential American guitarist of the 20th Century. With this sort of heritage and upbringing, what do you have? As Chet Atkins put it, “Thom Bresh is a “World Class” guitarist that deserves to be heard.” Performing June 6; 5:30pm.






Conversation with Gene Paul

Join us for a conversation with the Gene Paul, the son of the legendary musician and guitar innovator, Les Paul. Gene will share stories of his father with moderator Charlie Carreras, Vice President, Mahwah Museum, Professor Emeritus of History, Ramapo College.
June 9, 7:00pm.
Zoom Event: Registration required.

Gene Paul is an audio recording/mixing/mastering engineer, producer, musician and son of Les Paul. He was an engineer at Atlantic Recording Studios during their famed 1960s–80s period and is currently the chief mastering engineer at G&J Audio, a mixing and mastering studio for major and independent labels focused on reissues and new recordings.

Viewers may see the performances on the Les Paul In Mahwah Facebook page or on YouTube

Les Paul at 105: The Virtual Concert Series Feat. Thom Bresh
Les Paul at 105: The Virtual Concert Series Feat. Muriel Anderson
Les Paul at 105: The Virtual Concert Series Feat. Lou Pallo

Les Paul at 105:
A VirtualCelebration
The Mahwah Museum
June 6-9, 2020 and Facebook



The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating effect on the jazz community, leaving countless musicians to face an uncertain future. Visionary vocalist, bassist and songwriter Esperanza Spalding and iconic pianist/ composer Fred Hersch have committed to do their part to help fellow musicians in need with the limited release of Esperanza Spalding & Fred Hersch: Live at the Village Vanguard – Rough Mix EP, a five-song EP captured during the duo’s 2018 run at the iconic New York City nightclub. The EP is a live rough mix with no edits.

The EP will be offered exclusively for download through Bandcamp, with all proceeds benefitting the Jazz Foundation of America and the organization’s efforts to assist members of the jazz community impacted by this ongoing crisis. Released on May 29, the scintillating performance will be available only through the month of June for a minimum of $17, with additional donations encouraged on a pay-what-you-wish basis. Purchase the album here:

Just Jazz Celebrated 2 Years
With additional videos

During the entire quarantine period, Qwest TV also broadcasts a flagship program from its catalog every day at 9pm (CET) / 3pm (EST), available from the platform’s Facebook and YouTube accounts. Among the Qwest TV gems, Internet users will discover next week:

For more information on Qwest TV, visit



“Beyond Symphonic Jazz” explores where the worlds of jazz and classical music meet with interviews with some very special composers and performers. The show also features rare recordings along with new works that continue the great American tradition of symphonic jazz. Where the musical lines start to blur, is where things get Interesting.

Hosted by SJO Music Director Mitch Glickman, “Beyond Symphonic Jazz” radio show features in-depth interviews. The 2-hour radio show on KJazz 88.1 FM airs every Sunday evening from 9 – 11 pm (PST). The broadcasts are archived and can be listened to anytime you’d like. (The archives are available for two weeks following the broadcast.)

The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s CD with commissioned works by George Duke “Dark Wood: Bass Concerto for McBride,” Lee Ritenour “Symphonic Captain’s Journey,” along with George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” can be purchased on the website.

June Special Guests:

June 07 | Clayton Cameron Sextet
June 14 | Otmaro Ruiz
June 21 | SGC – The Swinging Grooving Collective
June 28 | Cross-Hart Jazz Experience
For extra offers and info, go to Facebook!