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America is now working on a live DVD filmed in Sydney

According to Undercover, the band America films til today their concerts in Sydney to release a live DVD: "America Live at the Sydney Opera House" for a worldwide release. Director Peter Ots has captured the event using 8 cameras and record the audio in 5:1 surround sound.
Some tracks on it:
Sisten Golden Hair - A Horse With No Name - Ventura Highway - Don't Cross The River, and more and more...

Great artists for Grammy Awards ceremony telecast

Earth, Wind & Fire, Carlos Santana and Brian McKnight are just a few names of great artists that will play during the 46th Grammy Awards ceremony that will take place February 8 in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS.
In addition, a two-song tribute to Luther Vandross featuring Richard Marx, Alicia Keys and Celine Dion will be in the show too.

Jackson Browne: a new LP and a serie of audio DVDs on the way

According to Billboard, Jackson Browne has just left Elektra Records and is looking for a new label.
His last album entitled "Night Ride Home" has sold 139,000 copies in The States.
Jackson will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March and is now currently writing material for a new album, but he is also focused on a series of audio DVDs that he plans to release through Warner Strategic Marketing this spring.

Melissa Manchester first LP in nine years

Singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester has wrapped work on her first album since 1995's "If My Heart Had Wings." Due March 9 from Koch, "When I Look Down That Road" is led by the single "After All This Time" featuring blues guitarist Keb' Mo'. A North American tour is in the works in support of the set.

After a string of hits in the 1970s and '80s, Melissa Machester stopped recording regularly in favor of appearing on Broadway, writing for film soundtracks and working in film and television. Her last new album of any kind was the 1998 holiday set "Joy."

"When I Look Down That Road" also features the Beth Nielsen Chapman co-write "Lucky Break," "When Paris Was a Woman" and "A Mother's Prayer," inspired by the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.

Little Feat on tour

The legendary band Little Feat is currently on tour in Jamaica, and will begin an US Tour in February.

Jamaica Tour
Fri. 01/30 - Negril, JAM - Little Feat Fan Excursion  
Sat. 01/31 - Negril, JAM - Little Feat Fan Excursion
Sun. 02/01 - Negril, JAM - Little Feat Fan Excursion

US Tour
Sat. - 02/21 - Galveston, TX - Mardi Gras Galveston  
Wed. - 04/14 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door  
Thu. - 04/15 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door  
Sat. - 04/17 - Longview, WA - Columbia Theatre  
Tue. - 04/20 - Idaho Falls, ID - Colonial Theatre  
Sat. - 04/24 - Cedar Rapids, IA - 3rd Street Live  
Tue. - 05/04 - Nags Head, NC - Kelly's  
Wed. - 05/05 - Richmond, VA - Innsbrook Pavilion  
Thu. - 05/06 - Roanoke, VA - Jefferson Center  
Fri. - 05/07 - Spotsylvania, VA - Oakley Farm  
Sat. - 05/08 - Harrisburg, PA - Whitaker Center  
Sat. - 06/19 - Chattanooga, TN - Riverbend Festival  
Mon. - 09/06 - Denver, CO - Taste Of Colorado

Smooth Jazz news: Dan Siegel, Jazz Crusaders, Ronnie Laws, Hubert Laws and Jeff Lorber

Dan Siegel will release his new CD, "Inside Out", March 9.  The first single, "In Your Eyes" is out and features Boney James and Lenny Castro. The CD will also feature Jeff Kashiwa and Brian Bromberg.

The Jazz Crusaders featuring Wayne Henderson has released a new CD on January 27 titled "Soul Axe-s" on True Life Records. Wilton Felder appears, but Joe Sample does not.
The first single "Clima Suave" features Roy Ayers and Ronnie Laws. Other big artists on the disc include Everette Harp, Bobby Lyle, Herman Jackson, Nathan East, Larry Kimpel, Dwight Sills, Phillip Ingram and Tony Moore.

Ronnie Laws new CD, "Everlasting" is due out March 9 on HDH Records.  The title track will be the first single.

Hubert Laws is set to release his new album, "Moondance" on February 24 on Savoy Jazz Records. Playing on the LP includes Herbie Hancock, Chris Botti, Brian Culbertson and Jeff Lorber.

Jeff Lorber has contributed the cover version of the Debarge classic "All This Love" to the upcoming Valentine's Day compilation CD due out from Narada Jazz.

That's all folks ;-)

Brian Culbertson in studio with Maurice White

The multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson is back in the studio working with Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire on his next solo album.
Culbertson enters in Canadian chart this week with a second single in the top 25 which is a cover of the legendary bands "Serpentine Fire."
Culbertson will also appear on Steve Cole and Michael Lington's next projects as well on a special Luther Vandross tribute album featuring some smooth Jazz acts.

Also look for Culbertson on the road in the next few months. The multi-instrumentalist will appear on opening night at the Berks Jazz Festival in Reading, Pennsylvania and the City of Lights Jazz Festival in Vegas in April with BWB (Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown), Mindi Abair, Bobby Lyle among others, and the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in June. Culbertson is also charting with "Say What" from his seventh album, "Come On Up."
Brian Culbertson has just turned 31 on January 12th.

Brian Culbertson's Tour Dates during this semester:
2/13 - Seattle, Washington - Benaroya Symphony Hall w/Najee and more
2/14 - New York City, New York - Beacon Theater w/Dave Koz
2/27 - Sacramento, California - Hyatt Regency w/Norman Brown
3/11 - Annapolis, Maryland - Ramshead On Stage
3/12 - Reading, Pennsylvania - Berks Jazz Festival Sovereign Center for the
3/13 - New Haven, Connecticut - John Lyman Center
3/20 - Long Beach, California - Long Beach Terrace Theatre
4/18 - Lancaster, California - Lancaster City Park
4/24 - Las Vegas, Nevada City of Lights Jazz Festival - Desert Breeze Park
5/13 - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Sunoco Performance Center
6/19 - Hollywood, California - Playboy Jazz Festival - Hollywood Bowl