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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 17:50

MATT FLYNN - CONFIDENCE MAN

Drummer Matt Flynn is backstage at The Tonight Show with his Maroon 5 bandmates, preparing to perform a song from their second album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, which is scheduled for release the following day.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 17:43

BEN KWELLER - PIANO STORIES

There's a story behind Ben Kweller's 2006 self-titled third album. "It's a good piano story, actually," he says. "When I was growing up in Greenville, Texas, my parents had this old upright from the 1800s. It was slightly out of tune, and it had broken keys, but I really got into writing songs on it. At some point my parents decided they should get a nicer piano and give me some lessons. So they gave the upright to a friend and got me a fancy baby grand. Then two years ago my mom called and said, 'Hey, I've got a surprise for you at the lake house.' What is it, I wondered? Maybe a boat? But when I arrived, they had my old upright piano on the porch! I wrote five of the key tracks on my new album that weekend. It really reaffirmed for me that instruments have a life of their own."

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:28

JEFF LYNEE-40 years of strange music

Had Jeff Lynne been merely a great bandleader, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, or producer, his place in the pop pantheon would be secure. But Lynne has excelled in all those areas, crafting four decades of great rock music distinguished by irrepressible hooks, manic energy, and glorious production.

Lynne grew up in Birmingham, England, where he made a splash as guitarist/vocalist and producer/songwriter for the Idle Race in the late sixties. In 1970 he joined the great British cult band the Move, where he co-produced, wrote songs, sang, played guitar and keyboards. The same year, he co-founded the Electric Light Orchestra with Move bandleader Roy Wood. When Wood left to form a new group, Lynne assumed control of E.L.O., writing, producing, and singing hit after hit throughout the decade. Even today it's hard not to be bowled over by the impact and innovation of "Evil Woman," "Mr. Blue Sky," or "Strange Magic," a song whose title perfectly summarizes the Lynne mystique.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 22:47

Nathan East

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Chances are, you've spent your whole life listening to Nathan East. You just never knew it. Until now.

A founding member of the chart-topping contemporary jazz group Fourplay, East was 16 years old when he got his first break and found himself on the road with Barry White. The next time the phone rang, Quincy Jones was on the line. The calls kept coming and for the last 40 years, East has been churning out hit songs with artists as legendary as Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Loggins, Anita Baker, Lionel Richie, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder and Babyface.


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2.              ENTRY.   The Sweepstakes begins September 30, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. (CST), and ends on January 31, 2013 at 11:59:59 p.m. (CST) (“Sweepstakes Period”). During the Sweepstakes Period, all Entrants must submit a completed online entry form available at http://www.YamahaEntertainmentGroup.com. Online entry forms are also available by scanning a QR Code where advertised. Entrants must be the registered subscriber of the email account from which the entry is made. All designated information on the online entry form must be submitted to be an eligible entry. Entries must be received by Yamaha’s servers no later than 11:59:59 p.m. (CST) on January 31, 2013. No automated entries accepted; incorrect, incomplete, untimely, lost, misaddressed, misdirected or unverifiable entries are void. An alternate entry is to hand-print your name, street address, phone number, and email address on a piece of paper and mail it in an envelope with first-class postage to Yamaha Corporation of America, c/o Yamaha Entertainment Group of America, 98 4th Avenue North, Franklin, Tennessee 37064, Attention: GIGMAKER & LEOGUN Sweepstakes. All mail-in requests must be postmarked by January 31, 2013 and received by February 2, 2013. All entries become the property of Yamaha. Limit up to one entry per person.

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Monday, 02 July 2012 02:17

Pull Start Rockets

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The fresh faces that make up Pull Start Rockets are in some ways the characteristic makings of a pop/rock group. Four handsome guys. Guitars, drums, bass, and killer vocals and harmonies. Loads of musical talent. Inspired by love and girls. But typical rock group they are not. 


Saturday, 29 September 2012 15:11

Wanna Play Like a Rockstar?! Want Free Music!?

 
 
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Thursday, 12 June 2014 21:34

natestintlrelease

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Tuesday, Sept 9, 2014               



Yamaha Artist Nathan East Touring Internationally

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 9, 2014 – Nathan East, whose self-titled debut solo album on Yamaha Entertainment Group debuted at No.1 and featured the No. 1 hit jazz single “Daft Funk,” is in the midst of an international tour which features his first-ever shows as a solo artist.


East, a renowned bassist who has performed on more than 2,000 records for artists including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Kenny Loggins and many others, will visit Korea, Japan, Russia, England, Denmark and Germany through September.

East played his debut shows as a solo artist in Seoul, Korea supported by his “Daft Funk” co-writer Michael Thompson, his brother James East, Jack Lee, Lewis Pragasam, Norihito Sumitomo and Philip Woo. While in Seoul, East performed on EBS Television, led a bass master class at Kyung Hee University and recorded with singer Woong San. View the photo gallery at http://4wrd.it/BBDHI

In Japan last week, East met up with the other three members of Fourplay (Bob James, Chuck Loeb and Harvey Mason) to perform at the Sapporo City Jazz Festival, then for two nights of shows at the Blue Note in Nagoya. Next stop was the Osaka Jazz Festival on Sept. 3. The group completed their tour of Japan with four nights (Sept. 5–8) at the legendary Tokyo Blue Note.

In Russia, East will perform and lead master clinics for the bass and music community there.

 “I’m blessed to have this opportunity to meet some of my fellow bassists from around the world and share some of what I’ve learned over the years and also learn about them,” East said. “It’s always a pleasure to witness the international language of music bringing us all closer together.”

East will lead bass guitar master class sessions Sept. 13 and 14 during the (National Association of Music Merchants) NAMM Musikmesse in Moscow at the Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Center. East will also perform in an all-star band featuring Yamaha Russia musicians.

In England, Denmark and Germany, East will perform and participate in Q&As and bass guitar clinics at music stores, in association with TC Electronic and Yamaha. East will discuss and demonstrate the TC Electronic bass amps, loopers and fx pedals he uses with his Signature Series Yamaha BBNE-2 5-string bass and Yamaha TRB 6-string bass and SLB-200 silent bass guitars. East has been a Yamaha musician for nearly his entire career and will talk about the bass guitars he uses and has helped create throughout the last three decades. Each free show begins locally at 7 p.m. (19:00) with limited space so musicians are asked to please book their attendance directly with each dealer below.

Monday, Sept. 15    Birmingham, England – PMT: Professional Music Technology store
136 Lawley Middleway, phone: 0121 359 5056
http://www.pmtonline.co.uk/blog/2014/08/12/an-evening-with-nathan-east-pmt-birmingham/

Tuesday, Sept. 16   Brighton, England GAK store in East Sussex
66 & 76-81 North Road, phone: 01273 665400
http://www.gak.co.uk/en/nathan-east-clinic


Thursday, Sept. 18  Copenhagen, Denmark – 4Sound store Copenhagen, Denmark
Landemaerket 27-29 Åbenrå 1-3, phone: 33 18 1900
http://www.4sound.dk/shop/article/?id=1454

Friday, Sept. 19      Berlin, Germany Just Music store
Oranienstr, phone: 030 88 77 55 11
http://blog.justmusic.de/event/berlin-nathan-east-bass-clinic/


In addition to the four workshops listed above, East will also perform at Thomann’s Bass Day. The clinic, which begins at 1 p.m. (13:00) is part of an entire day of bass guitar on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Thomann store in Ortsteil Treppendorf, Germany (Treppendorf 30 D-96138 Burgebrach, phone: 49 9546 922355). http://www.thomann.de/de/compino_route.html; https://www.facebook.com/events/709345345804815

“Through various bass guitar clinics and his online school, Nathan has been a mentor to many musicians for many years,” said Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group Founder & VP. “Yamaha is proud to support him in these endeavors.” www.NathanEastBass.com

Nathan East, produced by Gero and East, features collaborations with Eric Clapton (“Can’t Find My Way Home”), Stevie Wonder ("Overjoyed"), Michael McDonald ("Moondance"), Sara Bareilles ("I Can Let Go Now"), Ray Parker Jr. ("Daft Funk"), Bob James and Chuck Loeb of Fourplay, David Paich of Toto and more. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and went to No. 1 on the iTunes, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Jazz album charts. Nathan East, which is No. 1 at SmoothJazz.com for an unprecedented 30 weeks, features second single, “101 Eastbound,” currently at No. 11 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart.

East, who picked up the bass in high school and went on the road with Barry White at the age of 16, is one of the most recorded musicians in history and has played on songs recorded by Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Justin Timberlake, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, David Foster, Anita Baker and many more. www.NathanEast.com

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ABOUT YAMAHA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Yamaha Entertainment Group of America is a boutique, one-stop shop, record label developed to be the champion of the musician with the backing power of the largest music manufacturer in the world. Yamaha Entertainment Group is branding, promotion, concert production, content development, product placement, tour support, piano logistics and artist relations, all rolled into one. Home to more than 3,600 talented artists, Yamaha Entertainment Group is responsible for the development and advancement of the Yamaha brand name through numerous artist related activities worldwide.
 

ABOUT YAMAHA
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets.

 

For more information on NATHAN EAST, please contact

Yamaha Entertainment Group                      
Athena Patterson                                             
apatterson@yamaha.com                                 
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photo caption: Nathan East plays his debut shows as a solo artist in Seoul, Korea Aug. 2629, supported by his band (l-r) his brother James East, Jack Lee, Nathan East, his “Daft Funk” co-writer Michael Thompson, Philip Woo, Lewis Pragasam and Norihito Sumitomo.
Thursday, 12 June 2014 21:34

muppets release

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Monday, July 28, 2014


Own a Piece of Muppets History: Yamaha Entertainment Group to Auction Off An Amazing Kermit-Green, Celebrity Autographed Piano to Benefit VH1 Save The Music

The Unique Yamaha Piano Was Created In Celebration of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” and is Signed by Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Josh Groban and 15 Other Cast Members

Auction Begins Monday, July 28 at 9:00 AM EST via Charitybuzz.com


NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 28, 2014 — In celebration of the upcoming home entertainment release of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” on Aug. 12, Yamaha Entertainment Group is auctioning off an incredible Yamaha Disklavier grand piano that has been signed by 18 cast members including Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Josh Groban and is valued at almost $74,000.

Bidding begins Monday, July 28 at 9:00 AM EST and is open through Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST through leading charity site Charitybuzz.com. Proceeds will benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation, devoted to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education.

Beginning Monday, July 28, consumers can bid on the chance to own the Yamaha Disklavier E3 piano, which combines technology with tradition. A modern day “player piano,” it can accurately record piano performances and play back piano performances with all of the expression and nuance of the original performance. As an added bonus, this Muppet-inspired bright green piano comes with the seven songs from the “Muppets Most Wanted” soundtrack.

“We are always thrilled to work with Disney and the Muppets, and the fact that we can come together and donate such a magnificent instrument for music education is a true gift,” said Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group Founder and VP. “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has contributed their time and talents to make this a reality. The winning bid of this grand piano supports the gift of music, an indispensable part of a child’s education.”

The piano features signatures from a diverse group of the cast and crew, including:  Co Stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell; Cameos Josh Groban, Danny Trejo, Ray Liota and Chloe Moretz; Director James Bobin; Musicians Bret McKenzie, Christophe Beck and Chris Caswell; as well as Muppet Performers Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson, Bill Barretta, Matt Vogel, David Rudman and Peter Linz.

"This is a very special piano both in color and sound,” said Josh Groban. “The only downside to owning it is my seething life-long jealousy associated with that responsibility. It's not easy being green (with envy).”

Spread the word and join the conversation: #YamahaMuppets


ABOUT “MUPPETS MOST WANTED” HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is releasing on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD, Disney Movies Anywhere and On-Demand Aug. 12th, 2014. This must-own family film extras include THREE versions of the film (The Original Theatrical Cut, the Statler and Waldorf Cut, and The Unnecessarily Extended Cut), hilarious bonus content, including Statler and Waldorf’s version of the movie, and the laugh-out-loud gag reel, “The Longer, Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History,” and a music video “I Can Give You What You Want,” performed by Bret McKenzie, to name a few.

“Muppets Most Wanted” stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Animal, Ricky Gervais (“The Office”) as Dominic Badguy, Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) as Jean Pierre Napoleon and Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) as Nadya the Prison Guard. “Muppets Most Wanted” also features very special guest appearances by Tony Bennett, Sean Combs, Rob Corddry, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Ray Liotta, Ross Lynch, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christoph Waltz and more!

“Muppets Most Wanted” was directed by James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Flight of the Conchords”), written by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller (“The Muppets,” “Get Him To The Greek”) and produced by David Hoberman (“The Muppets,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”) and Todd Lieberman (“The Muppets,” “The Fighter”).

To learn more, please visit www.disney.com/muppets.

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ABOUT YAMAHA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

Yamaha Entertainment Group of America is a boutique, one-stop shop, record label developed to be the champion of the musician with the backing power of the largest music manufacturer in the world. Yamaha Entertainment Group is branding, promotion, concert production, content development, product placement, tour support, piano logistics and artist relations, all rolled into one. Home to more than 3,600 talented artists, Yamaha Entertainment Group is responsible for the development and advancement of the Yamaha brand name through numerous artist related activities worldwide.

 

ABOUT VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC

VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $51 million in new musical instruments to 1,900 public schools in more than 192 school districts around the country, impacting the lives of more than 2.3 million children.

 

ABOUT CHARITYBUZZ

Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits around the globe through online auctions with the world’s most recognizable celebrities and brands. Featuring access to acclaimed actors and musicians, business and political leaders, sports stars, luxury travel, couture fashion, rare memorabilia and more, Charitybuzz brings its online community of bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference. Since launching, Charitybuzz has raised more than $100 million for charity. Visit www.Charitybuzz.com, like us on www.Facebook.com/Charitybuzz or follow us at @Charitybuzz.

 

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Thursday, 12 June 2014 21:34

smoothjazzrelease

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

 

Nathan East Breaks SmoothJazz.com Record with 25 Weeks at No. 1


NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 31, 2014 – Nathan East made history this week as his eponymous debut solo album held the No. 1 position on the SmoothJazz.com Top 50 Album Chart for an unprecedented 25 weeks.

“I’m very proud Smooth Jazz radio stations have helped break the Nathan East project and hopefully our format is influencing other genres to pay attention to an artist that defies gravity and labels,” said Sandy Shore, SmoothJazz.com President & Founder. “Nathan East embodies the new paradigm of music on a global level and truly appeals to all popular music enthusiasts, which makes him highly playable on the air, and hugely successful to a wide audience.”

Released March 25 on Yamaha Entertainment Group, Nathan East features contributions from Eric Clapton ("Can't Find My Way Home"), Stevie Wonder ("Overjoyed"), Michael McDonald ("Moondance"), Sara Bareilles ("I Can Let Go Now"), Ray Parker Jr. ("Daft Funk"), Bob James, Chuck Loeb, David Paich and more.

“I’m thrilled by the global embrace of my first solo album,” East said. “It is very much a reflection of the joy I feel when playing music with my friends. This collection of performances is a celebration of the many diverse musical relationships I have developed over the years. I’m extremely happy with the way it turned out!”  

SmoothJazz.com Radio launched in 2000 as the first Internet-only jazz radio station in the world. It features the Top 50 Album Chart, sanctioned by The Gavin Report in 2001. When Gavin closed its doors in 2002, the chart was recognized as the industry’s leading Contemporary Jazz airplay chart.

“Everything good that is happening to this exceptional human being, including his residency at the top of our weekly Top 50 Chart, is the universe paying out in full for talent, creativity and integrity,” said Shore.

Hailed as “a striking debut … blinding brilliance” (Bass Player), “bonafide jazz personified” (Smooth Jazz Ride) and “substance over flash” (Premier Guitar), Nathan East was co-produced by East and Yamaha Entertainment Group Founder & VP Chris Gero and hailed at No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

“I’m ecstatic there’s so much excitement around the Nathan East album,” Gero said.  “It’s been a privilege to work with Nathan and I couldn’t be more proud of him and his record-breaking accomplishment.”

Nathan East features the first single, “Daft Funk,” East’s ode to the GRAMMY-winning album he helped record with Daft Punk. The song features legendary session guitarist Ray Parker Jr., and uses a talk box to channel the French funk auteurs. 

When I heard ‘Daft Funk’ for the first time, my world spun off its axis for a moment,” Shore said.  “I knew that Nathan had managed to capture something extraordinarily relevant and fun with depth in this song.”

The “Daft Funk” (radio version) official video can be seen exclusively until Aug. 11 on the homepage of SmoothJazz.com. The video was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by Asher Levin of The Dot Content.

The current single, “101 Eastbound,” was just shipped to radio and is an infectious and funky new take on a song originally released more than 20 years ago by the world-renowned jazz quartet Fourplay on their self-titled Platinum-selling debut album. (East is a founding member). The song, written by East and his brother Marcel East, features Nathan East on vocals and on his signature Yamaha BBNE-2 five-string bass and Michael Thompson on guitar.

Additional musicians on “101 Eastbound” include Ray Parker, Jr. (guitar), Rafael Padilla (percussion), Chuck Findley (trumpet), Andy Martin (trombone), Tom Scott (saxophone), Jeff Babko (piano, keyboard), Joel Peskin (tenor and baritone saxophone) and the late Ricky Lawson on drums.

Nathan East includes four songs co-written by East, a mix of instrumental and vocal compositions and imaginative rearrangements of standards including “Sir Duke” and “Overjoyed” (the latter featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica), “Moondance,” “Yesterday” (accompanied on piano by East’s 13-year-old son Noah East) and “America the Beautiful.”

East is one of the most recorded musicians in history and has played on songs recorded by Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, George Harrison, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Babyface, Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, Anita Baker, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.


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ABOUT SMOOTHJAZZ.COM

Founded in 1995 by California Radio Personality & Concert Promoter Sandy Shore and Music Industry Graphic Artist & Designer Donna K. Phillips. The radio station stream launched in 2000 and has an average of 40 million monthly tune-ins around the world, with a popular mobile radio app (iTunes & GooglePlay), while the Web site enjoys more than 250,000 unique visitors per month. Home of the largest on-line community of jazz enthusiasts in the world, offering new music releases, festival & event listings, weekly published charts, artist interviews, exclusive world premiere video features and more.  

ABOUT YAMAHA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Yamaha Entertainment Group of America is a boutique, one-stop shop, record label developed to be the champion of the musician with the backing power of the largest music manufacturer in the world. Yamaha Entertainment Group is branding, promotion, concert production, content development, product placement, tour support, piano logistics and artist relations, all rolled into one. Home to more than 3,600 talented artists, Yamaha Entertainment Group is responsible for the development and advancement of the Yamaha brand name through numerous artist related activities worldwide.

 

For more information on NATHAN EAST, please contact

Yamaha Entertainment Group                                 Shore Fire Media
Athena Patterson                                         718.522.7171
apatterson@yamaha.com                             Elizabeth Lutz elutz@shorefire.com ,
615.599.0800 ext 3317 OFFICE                    Dani Frank dfrank@shorefire.com or  
615.414.7637 CELL                                     Rebecca Shapiro rshapiro@shorefire.com