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Nassau-born recording artist Lady E releases new single “Live for Da Road” remix and announces the launch of “Let’s All Dance”, an online invitation to fans worldwide to dance to the rhythms of the Bahamas

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NASSAU, Bahamas, April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Bahamian Lady E, Sony Music recording artist, is excited to announce the release of her new single “Live for Da Road” remix, a hit produced and remixed by Latin Grammy® winner, DJ Buddha. “Live for Da Road” evokes the feelings of marching a road fever parade of music, dance and spectacular costumes through the neighborhoods of Nassau. Now available on all platforms, you can listen to it clicking here.

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“As the song says, ‘I live for this’. I am proud of our Junkanoo, our dance, our spirit, and our contagious happiness. You can’t listen to this song and stay quiet. “Live for Da Road” and Junkanoo are for dancing and we will prove it. Let’s All Dance!” said Lady E.  “The song is filled with energy so even if you have two left feet, it’s going to make you dance!” she added.

To celebrate the launch of her single, “Live for Da Road” remix, which dropped on Friday, March 31st, Lady E will show fans around the world how her music makes everyone in the Bahamas dance. Every time someone visits her website and plays the song, someone in the Bahamas will dance. Lady E invites music lovers everywhere to join in the fun and post videos on their own social media platforms showcasing their best moves to the Junkanoo beat of “Live for Da Road.”

About Lady E
Lady E is an acclaimed Bahamian recording artist, known as The Road Fever Queen. Lead vocalist of popular bands such as Visage and Ting um Dem, before she formed her own band “High Tide”, Lady E jumped at the opportunity to return to the music scene as a solo artist at the introduction of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival organized by the Bahamas National Festival Commission. She landed a recording contract with Sony Music Latin for her single “Live for Da Road” after winning the Music Masters Competition during the 2016 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. She travels extensively representing The Bahamas at multiple carnivals and festivals around the world. For more information, please visit www.ladyeofficial.com.

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Jamaican Singer Jack Radics Kicking Off His 2017 ‘Watershed’ Tour In South Florida

ATLANTA, Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Platinum selling Jamaican recording artist Jack Radics will take his Watershed Tour to South Florida for four performances only next month, on January 20, 21, 22 and 23,  2017.

The tour will kick off on Friday January 20 at Da Real Ting Café in Jacksonville, Saturday January 21 at the Ginger Bay Café in Hollywood before moving on to the Wynwood Yard Cultural Center in Miami Dade County on Sunday January 22. It will conclude on Monday January 23 at Boston’s on The Beach in Delray Beach.

The Tour will continue up the East Coast of the United States

Thursday February 9 at Club Euphoria in Richmond, VA , Friday February 10 at Milk River Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, Saturday February 11 at Off Key Tikki in Patchogue, NY, Sunday February 12 at The Shrine Music World in NY, NY and Thursday February 16 at  The Island Club in Athens, GA

The Watershed Tour is to promote the star’s latest album, The Watershed, which was released last month and which has already spawned its first hit single, Love Is.

The single has already landed in the Top 25 on the DRT ( Digital Radio Tracking) Independent Chart, within weeks of its release.

The Watershed Tour dates will mark Radics’ first live performances in Florida in nearly thirty years. Joining him on tour is the renowned Blak Diamond Band as well as acclaimed Jamaican solo artist Rica Newell, who has performed with many members of the world famous  Marley family for several years.

The Watershed album and the single Love Is have come in for high praise from critics and audiences across the United States and Europe, with many citing the album as Radics’ finest achievement to date in a career that has spanned nearly three decades.

At the Atlanta launch of the album held in November,  Guest of  Honor  Jewel Scott, Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Georgia , heralded Radics as a “National treasure- one of Jamaica’s finest sons and one of our most distinguished cultural ambassadors, who has always created  music he can be proud of.”

Additional dates on The Watershed Tour will be released shortly.

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Grammy Nominated Legendary Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander Returns To NYC’s Jazz Standard

Grammy Nominated Legendary Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander.

Grammy Nominated Legendary Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Jan. 10, 2017: Grammy-nominated, award-winning Jamaican jazz pianist and band leader, Monty Alexander, will begin the New Year in fine style as he returns to the Jazz Standard, one of NYC’s renowned jazz clubs, from Jan. 31st to Feb. 4, 2017 for ten shows under the theme: “Looking Back.”

Alexander kicks off a five-night series of shows on January 31st by looking back on his career of pure jazz performances as he remembers and revisits his musical journey in jazz and jazz collaborations with some of the greatest giants of the genre between 1959 and 1977.

On Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st, Alexander, along with special guests Warren Wolf, (vibraphone), and Ron Blake, (tenor sax), will reprise songs from the Impulse! LP: ‘That’s The Way It Is,’ an outstanding album by the Milt Jackson Quintet – featuring Alexander, Ray Brown and Teddy Edwards that was recorded live in 1969 at Shelly Manne’s Manne–Hole in Los Angeles.

On Feb. 2, 2017, the jazz maestro, whose “right-hand lines ring out with the power of a great vocalist” according to NPR, will remember legends Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson and Norman Granz and Jazz at the Philharmonic/Montreux 1977.

The show wraps up on Friday, Feb. 3rd and Saturday, Feb. 4th with a special Jamaican fusion spotlight as Alexander, Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction, and his band, the Harlem-Kingston Express, bring the vibes of his beloved homeland to their fans, while remembering Clement Seymour “Sir Coxsone” Dodd, CD and Studio One, one of Jamaica’s most influential record producer whose record label and recording studio has been described as the ‘Motown of Jamaica.’

Show times are 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. nightly. Caribbean and other jazz fans who call New York City home can secure their tickets for the shows here or by logging on to the Jazz Standard website. Tickets are $35 for per show from Jan. 31st to Feb. 2nd and $40 per show from Feb. 3rd – 4th.

For over a decade, the Jazz Standard, at 116 E 27th St, New York, NY, has been setting the standard for world-class jazz, warm hospitality, pitch-perfect sound and award-winning Southern cuisine and barbecue in an intimate and comfortable environment.

Alexander is an American classic. His performances have been called pure magic by many journalists and jazz fans around the world and his sets are undoubtedly “a refined concept of groove.” This extraordinary musician continues to tour the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His energetic pieces, documented on more than 70 CDs, draws upon the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition “to build up the heat and kick up a storm,” as Alexander puts it.

In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to a repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expression – the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. Like his “eternal inspiration” – Erroll Garner -  Alexander is cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing) and mentioned in Robert Doerschuk’s ‘88: The Giants of Jazz Piano.’

Alexander’s voluminous discography includes albums for many labels including MPS, Concord Music, Island Jazz, Telarc and Studio One. Two of his most fondly remembered professional associations was with legendary jazz entrepreneur and producer Norman Granz, who conceived of Jazz at the Philharmonic back in the late 40’s/50’s and “Sir Coxsone Dodd.” The pianist recorded “Monty and the Cyclones” between 1959-1961 for Studio One and released three LPs on Granz’s Pablo label in the 70’s – Jamento (1978), In Tokyo (1979), and Soul Fusion (1978) by Milt Jackson & The Monty Alexander Trio.

For more on Monty Alexander and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616

felicia@caribpr.com

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Jamaica’s Legendary Jazz Great Monty Alexander & The Harlem Kingston Express For NYC Performance

Legendary Piano Master And Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

Legendary Piano Master And Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Aug. 24, 2016: Legendary Grammy-nominated piano master and Jamaica’s Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander, along with the magnificent Harlem Kingston Express (HKE) band, are set to lead fans across a musical bridge of Jamaican ‘riddims’ and American classical jazz in New York City this weekend.

Inspired by the amazing triple gold medal wins in Rio of Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt and on the heels of the conclusion of the Summer Games of the 31st Olympiad, Alexander and the HKE  will host a celebration of both musical genres at the popular Blue Note Jazz Club at 131 W. 3rd Street in Manhattan, NY on Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th from 8 and 10:30 p.m., respectively, each night.

The two-night, four concert series is sure to get fans of Alexander’s blend of infectious jazz rhythms up and on their feet. Tickets for this Jamaican musical celebration in the Big Apple are $30 per person for the bar and $45 per person for a table booking. For reservations book here or log on to http://www.bluenote.net/newyork/schedule/moreinfo.cgi?id=14353 or call (212) 475-8592.

ABOUT ALEXANDER

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, among others.

Alexander today remains an American classic. Born on D-Day (June 6, 1944) and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, he took his first piano lessons at age six, although he is largely self-taught. At 71, he tours the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His spirited conception, documented on more than 70 CDs, draws upon the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition “to build up the heat and kick up a storm,” as Alexander puts it.

In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expression – the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. Like his “eternal inspiration” – Erroll Garner –  Alexander is cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing) and mentioned in Robert Doerschuk’s ‘88: The Giants of Jazz Piano.’ He gives the hardcore-jazz-obsessed much to dig into while also communicating the message to the squarest “civilian.

For more on the Monty Alexander and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616 (phone)

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Legendary Piano Master Monty Alexander To Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month At Dizzy’s Jazz Club Coca Cola

Legendary piano master and Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

Legendary piano master and Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander. CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 1, 2016: Legendary piano master and Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander, along with the magnificent and expanded version of the Harlem Kingston Express (HKE) band, will lead a celebration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month from tonight, June 1st at a premier New York City jazz location.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 1, 2016: Legendary piano master and Jamaica’s Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander, along with the magnificent and expanded version of the Harlem Kingston Express (HKE) band, will lead a celebration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month from tonight, June 1st at a premier New York City jazz location.

Alexander and the HKE band will return to Dizzy’s Jazz Club Coca Cola @ Jazz at Lincoln Center from tonight, Wednesday, June 1st through Sunday, June 5th in what is being billed as an energetic show that will blend the musical genre of classical jazz and the rhythms of the Caribbean seamlessly.

The Jamaican-born musician, whose performances the Wall Street Journal describes as ‘an outrageously good time,’ “will be telling stories of his own and Jamaica’s musical history, with special guests throughout the week.”

Alexander will be joined by top musicians and guests throughout the week including:

Hassan Shakur – the acoustic bassist who learned to play bass at age four through the guidance of his father, pianist Gerald Wiggins, Sr. and still plays for the Duke Ellington Orchestra which the joined at age 18.

Dan Wilson – the jazz guitarist who has toured with three-time Grammy nominated jazz organ legend, Joey DeFrancesco and released his debut album, ‘To Whom It May Concern’ in 2012.

Obed Calvaire – the Haitian-roots drummer who has performed and recorded with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Seal, Eddie Palmeri, Vanessa Williams and Mary J. Bilge among others.

Andrae Murchison – one of the most versatile and talented trombonist of his generation who has performed on The Letterman Show and at numerous festivals, concert halls, and venues worldwide.

Clark Gayton – a composer, trombone and tuba player and band leader who has played with some of the finest jazz musicians in the world, such as Charles Tolliver, Lionel Hampton, McCoy Tyner, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, Ted Nash and Odeon, Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra Nancy Wilson, and Ray Charles and who is also the founder of the Ritual, Ltd. label and Lautir Publishing.

Popular Jamaican drummer and percussionist Karl Wright

Electric bass player Joshua Thomas

Electric keyboard player Earl Appleton

Award-winning Guitarist Andy Bassford

Wendel Ferraro – the Montego-Bay, Jamaica born jazz singer who also goes by the name. ‘Jr. Jazz,’ and singer of ‘Love Is Waiting There,’ which was heavily promoted through black music video channels and who recently released recordings with Ikronik, now available on iTunes.

And Duane Stephenson –  the Kingston-born Jamaican reggae singer whose album ‘From August Town,’ released in 2007, was included in Billboard’s “Six Essential Albums Heralding Roots Rock’s Resurgence and whose song “Rasta For I” became a favorite. Stephenson, whose third album ‘Dangerously Roots: Journey from August Town,’ was released in September 2014, will perform on June 4th and 5th.

Show times nightly at Dizzy’s Jazz Club Coca Cola  are 7:30 P.M. and 9:30 P.M. EST. To make reservations log on here or directly to http://www.jazz.org/dizzys/events/168391/monty_alexander/ or reserve by phone

at: 212-258-9595.

Born on D-Day, June 6, 1944, Alexander was playing Christmas carols by ear at 4, entertaining neighbors and relatives by 5 and taking his first piano lessons at 6. Fifty-five years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, home town pianist Alexander is an American classic, touring the world relentlessly with various projects and delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message.

2016 will mark the seventh edition of the namesake ‘Monty Alexander Jazz Festival’ in Easton, Maryland, for which he has served as Artistic Director and perennial performer every Labor Day weekend since 2010.

Alexander’s spirited conception is one informed by the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition, as Alexander accurately states, “to build up the heat and kick up a storm.”

In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expression – the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. Like his “eternal inspiration,” Erroll Garner, Alexander—cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing) and mentioned in Robert Doerschuk’s 88: The Giants of Jazz Piano—gives the hardcore-jazz-obsessed much to dig into while also communicating the message to the squarest “civilian.”

With more than 70 recordings under his belt, Alexander has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Bobby McFerrin, and many more.

In August 2000, the Jamaican government designated Alexander Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. In 2015, the great modern pianist Donald Vega released With Respect To Monty, which included his interpretations of seven Alexander compositions.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616 (phone)

felicia@caribpr.com(email)

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Erin Hackney, founder of Julian Marley’s Brand, JUJU Royal Brand files federal lawsuit for breach of contract early this week.

In partnership with Kingsley Brand, LLC, DropLeaf, LLC launched Julian Marley JUJU Royal Premium Marijuana in 2014.

CaribPR Wire, LAS VEGAS, March 25, 2016: The JUJU Royal Brand, founded by DropLeaf, LLC in partnership with JULIAN MARLEY, SON OF LEGENDARY REGGAE ARTIST BOB MARLEY, has already come under fire for breach of contract on payment to one of its original investors. DropLeaf, LLC is being sued by Erin Hackney, whose family trust, Hackney Family Trust, is an owner of the company.

The intent in building the Julian Marley Brand, JUJU Royal was to bridge reggae music, Rastafarian culture and the cannabis industry. The business has already been weakened with a lawsuit that was filed against the brand early this week for not paying a loan that was made to help launch the brand.

The suit filed on Monday March 21, 2016 states that on or about September 26, 2015, Plaintiff and Defendant entered into the Promissory Note dated September 16, 2015 in the amount of $74,262.00. Pursuant to the Note, Defendant agreed to repay the principal amount due, with interest, under the Note by the maturity date of January 1, 2016. Accordingly, $74,262.00 plus interest and costs was due on January 1, 2016. To date this has not been paid or attempts to do so by DropLeaf, LLC to the plaintiff, Erin Hackney.

Kingsley Brand, LLC, licensor of Julian Marley’s likeness and trademark name, exclusively partnered with DropLeaf, LLC to promote the movement to decriminalize marijuana and promote its healing benefits with the launch of the premium marijuana product line - Julian Marley JUJU Royal Premium Marijuana.

As the question continues of whether or not to legalize marijuana, son of the legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, Julian has continued to speak out in favor of decriminalizing marijuana and promote its healing benefits, Erin Hackney points out.

Julian at the launch of the product stated, “I am happy to speak out in favor of decriminalization and I salute DropLeaf as a proud participant in the movement and struggle to make this natural super plant available for all who need it and its healing properties.”  Nov. 12, 2014

About Erin Hackney

Erin Hackney, the co-founder of the Julian Marley JUJU Royal Brand, has 20+ years of successful Fortune 200 business development and management experience with Fidelity Information Systems, Manpower Group, and Ranstad Professional Group.

About DropLeaf, LLC

DropLeaf LLC, was seen as a pioneer of Branding within the Cannabis Industry. Their flagship brand has been Julian Marley JUJU Royal Premium Marijuana, a collection of dry product, edibles, and beverages. The DropLeaf team supported a legally controlled market for Marijuana where consumers and patients could purchase Cannabis for medicinal and personal use from a safe and legal source.

About Julian Marley
Born in London, England on June 4, 1975, Julian Marley is the son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Barbados-born Lucy Pounder. Growing up as a youth in a musical atmosphere, the Grammy Award Nominated roots-reggae musician, singer-songwriter, producer and humanitarian quickly adopted a musical lifestyle, and at an early age became a skillful, self-taught musician mastering the bass, drums, guitar and keyboards.

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Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival Moves To Greenfield Stadium, Trelawny

CARIBPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Dec. 18, 2009:   The Caribbean’s best music festival, Jamaica Jazz & Blues, has moved its main stage acts for the January 2010 festival to the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny,   just19 km east of its former home in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Turnkey Productions, producers of the annual festival, explained that for the past three years the festival has been housed temporarily at the Aqueduct at Rose Hall, which requires putting in major infrastructure for each staging, at significant cost to the festival.   With the deterioration in the economic climate coupled with inflation of costs, it became unfeasible to host the event at the Rose Hall venue, officials say.  

Additionally, with the loss of a significant parking facility, great inconvenience would have been caused to the Festival’s loyal patrons as they would have been forced to park at much farther distances from the event.  

“With these realities, we had to weigh our options on whether to risk not being able to effectively stage the festival, as well as forego the comfort and ease of movement of our patrons, or find a new venue that would solve our major problems,” said Walter Elmore President of Turnkey Productions. “The Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny which is only 12 miles or 12 minutes away from the old venue became the most ideal option when all needs were considered.”

But organizers insist the experience will continue to be above par, especially with top performances coming from Empress Of Soul, multiple Grammy award-winning singer and former Motown icon, Gladys Knight, Billy Ocean, The Whispers, Maxi Priest, Machel Montano, Joe Roy Jackson, Joss Stone, Hall and Oats, Jon Secada, Robin Banks, Monty Alexander, Roy Ayers, Third World and the Max Klezmer Band.

Additionally, in order to take the elite event to as many music fans as possible, the event will become a travelling experience, starting on Sunday, January 24th in Kingston before moving on to Ocho Rios and Montego Bay for three days before settling into its new main stage home for the Thursday, January 28 to Saturday, January 30 th finale.

Jamaica Jazz festival officials are urging all music fans in the U.S., U.K. and Canada to give themselves an early Christmas gift now by booking a package to the festival to experience the sights, sounds and magic of sunny Jamaica, West Indies.

Hotel rates are available from as low as US$46 per person or US$92 for single occupancy and most hotels will offer shuttle service to the venue. Tickets and packages are available at www.jamaicajazzandblues.com or by calling your favorite travel agent.  

Jamaica Jazz since its introduction in 1996 was known as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. It has attracted thousands of patrons from the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and Jamaica.   International artistes that have performed at the festival include Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, Kenny Rogers, Kool & the Gang, Brian McKnight, Erykah Badu and Michael Bolton among others.  

This year the festival is again being presented by key title sponsor, the Jamaica Tourist Board. Other sponsors include Air Jamaica, Iberostar, Rose Hall Resort, CVM TV and The Gleaner Company among others.

 

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