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Tito Jackson 2017

Tito Jackson (The Jacksons) (2017)

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson’s poetic lyrics, irrepressible vocals, and evocative musicianship are a faint reflection of the remarkable gifts that characterize Gary, Indiana’s native son. Born Toriano Adaryll Jackson, Tito has spent his entire life enchanting music lovers with soulful harmonies interwoven with curvaceous rhythms as […]

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Leela James 2017

Leela James (2017)

Don’t let Leela James’ size fool you.  The diminutive woman with the high-pitched speaking voice is a dynamic, deep-voiced, old fashioned Soul singer.  A former track star and business student at Cal State University, James set her sights on a professional singing career in the late 90s.  She was signed […]

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BB King – A Blues For America

By the time this piece goes to press, B.B. King will have been buried after a celebration worthy of, well, a King (I had already committed to avoiding such cheap tricks involving variations on “The Thrill Is Gone” or “The Thrill Ain’t Gone” or “The Thrill Remains” or other such […]

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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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Syleena Johnson 2015

Syleena Johnson (2015)

Grammy nominated vocalist and writer Syleena Johnson is one of the greatest singers and performers of her generation. She has scored major R&B hits and been invited to collaborate with the likes of Kanye West, R. Kelly and Musiq Soulchild. Having fought the major label system to allow her true […]

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George Duke 2012

George Duke – Part 2 (2012)

George Duke: His Music Is His Legacy By Deardra Shuler Sometimes the heavens reward us with divinely inspired artists. One such individual was Grammy winner George Duke. Keyboardist, composer, singer, producer, arranger, director, writer, and professor of music, Duke went boldly into the recesses of music, performing and experimenting in […]

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George Duke 2012

George Duke – Part 1 (2012)

George Duke: His Music Is His Legacy By Deardra Shuler Sometimes the heavens reward us with divinely inspired artists. One such individual was Grammy winner George Duke. Keyboardist, composer, singer, producer, arranger, director, writer, and professor of music, Duke went boldly into the recesses of music, performing and experimenting in […]

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