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In Memory of Leon Ware

Leon Ware (2012)

Quietly – by choice – Leon Ware has been steadily planting seeds of love and sensuality by way of songs…songs distinguished by the sophistication of jazz chords, soul pulses, dream pop and blue-lit basement hues that alert those who listen that the time has arrived to draw the blinds, pour […]

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Rasheed Ali 2016

Rasheed Ali (2016)

Rasheed Ali is an award winning musician, artist, and educator. He started playing saxophone and flute as a child and quickly mastered the family of reed instruments. He is also an accomplished keyboardist and percussionist. He has performed around the world along side some of the greatest musicians of the […]

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Dionne Warwick 2015

Dionne Warwick (2015)

Over an illustrious career that has spanned four decades, Dionne Warwick has established herself as an international household name. Her reputation as a hitmaker has been firmly etched into public consciousness, thanks to the nearly sixty records that have made the charts since “Don’t Make Me Over” began its climb […]

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Bettye Lavette 2015

Bettye LaVette (2015)

Betty Jo Haskins was born January 29,1946, in Muskegon, Michigan. The family moved to Detroit when she was six years old. Her parents sold corn liquor and her living room was oft-times visited by The Soul Stirrers, The Blind Boys of Mississippi, and many other traveling gospel groups of the day. […]

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Bunny Sigler 2012

Bunny Sigler (2012)

Walter “Bunny” Sigler (born on March 27, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a pop and R&B songwriter and record producer who has done extensive work with the team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and who was instrumental in creating the “Philly Sound” in the early 1970s. He is nicknamed […]

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Chris Jasper 2012

Chris Jasper (2012)

INTRODUCTION If you are familiar with THE ISLEY BROTHERS, then you know Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, CHRIS JASPER, an integral member of THE ISLEY BROTHERS during the 1970s and 1980s—their gold and platinum years—from the 3+3 (1973) to Between the Sheets (1983) albums. These were the years […]

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Melba Moore 2012

Melba Moore (2012)

Melba Moore was destined to be a star! Hailing from a musical family, Ms. Moore graduated from the famed Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey. At the encouragement of her parents, she went on to pursue music education at Montclair State University where she earned her Bachelor of Music […]

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Lenny Williams 2012

Lenny Williams (2012)

Oakland, California native Lenny Williams possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. With his rich, passionate vocal style, he is rightfully regarded as one of R & B’s most influential soul men. Williams began his musical career making records that have subsequently become R & B and […]

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L.J. Reynolds 2012

L.J. Reynolds (2012)

L.J. Reynolds, who previously began to master his craft as the lead singer of the Relations and next with Chocolate Syrup, burst onto the scene in 1972 as the new lead singer of The Dramatics. The group had one album, (Whatcha’ See is Whatcha Get, 1971) and two hit records […]

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David Nathan 2012

David Nathan (2012)

After arriving in the U.S. in the mid-’70s, David Nathan established himself as one of the premier music journalists and historians working in the area of black music and culture. The author of the 1999 Billboard book, “The Soulful Divas,” the London-born soul man comments that, with his latest venture, […]

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