"Numbers" by Trumpet Player & Multi-Instrumentalist Nicholas Payton

Cool out to the Jazz-Funk of "Numbers" by American trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton who touches upon an excellent vibe of relaxation whch resonates dreamy and soulful grooves throughout. In an interview for the release of this 2014 album, Nicholas catches up with the Music Snobs who discuss a variety of topics including whether the Roots still legendary and the greatness of Jazz legend Donald Byrd.

"Numbers" by Nicholas Payton available now at Amazon on CD or digital.

Brit-Funk Band Smith and The Honey Badgers Give Fair Warning On "The Honey Badger Strut"

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Moral of the story, don't mess around with the 7-piece band from East London known as Smith and The Honey Badgers! This 7" features an energetic dancefloor A-side in "The Honey Badger Strut" with a mellow summer groove on the flipside in the love-based songwriting of "Let's Pretend". A powerful introduction of an emerging band who can flip from heavy and dangerous Funk to pleasant sounds of Soul effortlessly.

Purchase their limited hand-stamped 7" on Lunch Money Records here at Juno.

Video: Black Milk - Live Beat Set For Boiler Room London, August 2014

Nod your head as Detroit's own Black Milk makes his first Boiler Room appearance with a truly flaming live beat set. Enjoy the new music as Black snaps necks by combining the traditional boom-bap with progressive electronic approaches of production in 2014 and beyond. Download of the 1 hour set available here.

Word To The Motherland: Nigerian Disco and Boogie Mixed by Voodoo Funk

Purveyor of funky music from The Motherland, Voodoo Funk presents a couple mixes in 2014 to get you on the floor to American-inspired Afro grooves of the 70's. The mixes start with his various Funk & Disco favorites, followed by some seriously heavy Edo Funk Benin City style before wrapping things up with a few unknown and deep, deep Afrobeat tunes.

For a heavy collection of Afro groove which Voodoo spins, check out record dealer Nadaplus at CDandLP.

"Evander Holyfield's Ear" by Henry Canyons (prod. Boom Baptist)

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Taking a bite like Mike Tyson, Henry Canyons hits the mic like a show off to spit competitive bars as if he was in the ring to compete like a boxer. The defining and arrogant verse of "Evander Holyfield's Ear" flows on with no chorus against sinister sounds of production for you to marvel at the lyrical art of this West Coast MC.

Miggs The Artist Kicks Flows To Make The Speakers Blow On "Not A Rapper"

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Ain't nothin funny as MiggsTheArtist merges Blues guitar with boom-bap to spit sharp flows which demonstrates both modesty and arrogance for "Not A Rapper".  With an impressive approach to the mic, this emerging artist proves being an MC is more preferred than a rapper as he defines his passion for the craft of moving the crowd.

Check for the music of the producer of "Not A Rapper" Freak Tha Monsta below who gets busy in his own right on "Spanish Fly".

Produced by Freak Tha Monsta
Bass by Jeff DeRosa
Vocals by Miggs

Benson: The Autobiography by George Benson + 2014 Interview On Ronnie Scott's Radio Show

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"Over the span of his illustrious five-decade career, George Benson has sold millions of records, performed for hundreds of millions of fans, and cut some of the most beloved jazz and soul tunes in music history. But the guitarist/vocalist is much more than “This Masquerade,” “On Broadway,” “Turn Your Love Around,” and “Give Me the Night.” Benson is a flat-out inspiration, a multi-talented artist who survived an impoverished childhood and molded himself into the first true—and truly successful—jazz/soul crossover artist. And now, on the heels of receiving the prestigious NEA Jazz Masters award, George has finally decided to tell his story. And what a story it is.

Benson: The Autobiography will follow George’s remarkable rise from the ghettos of Pittsburgh to the stages of South Africa, and everywhere in between. Benson is an unparalleled storyteller, and his tales of scuffling on the Chitlin Circuit with jazz legend Brother Jack McDuff, navigating his way through the recording studio with Miles Davis, and performing with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Count Basie, and Lou Rawls will enthrall devotees of both music history and pop culture.

A treat for serious listeners, hardcore guitar aficionados, and casual music followers alike, George’s long-awaited book will allow readers to meet the man who is one of the most beloved, prolific, and best-selling musicians of his or any other era."

On a July 2014 episode of Ronnie Scott's radio, the legendary George Benson is the special guest who talks with host Ian Shaw about music, friends and falsetto. Classic recordings come from Benson, festival news from Nikki Yanofsky, new music from Hiromi, Al Jarreau and Keelan Jones, and a live Ronnie Scott's recording from Sonny Rollins, plus lots more music and international news.

Preview "Go Hard: The True Untold Story of West Coast Hip-Hop" Documentary

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Watch trailers from a film which documents the nearly 40 years of contributions to the Hip-Hop culture from people the West Coast. Interviews include Cold 187 of Above The Law, Glasses Malone, Jayo Felony, KAM, YoYo, Kurupt, Mellow Man Ace, Too Short, Money B of Digital Underground and more.

More images fro mthe movie can be found here at the Go Hard official Facebook page and watch additional trailers/teasers featuring West Coast Hip Hop legends here at Vimeo.

Soul School TV Interviews Lead & Sidemen Of Legendary Jazz & Funk Bands

On Soul School, host Calvin Lincoln sits down for memories of legendary careers and thoughts of music in the new millennium with a who's who of American Jazz and Funk. Interviews include band members of Bar-Kays, Parliament Funkadelic, WAR, Sly Stone, Rick James and Cameo along with lead artists such as Ronnie Laws, Tom Scott, James Gadson, Tito Jackson and Tom Brown.

The interview set concludes with the youngest of the artists on Soul School TV, singer Dominque Toney who is the daughter of Kevin Toney from The Blackbyrds. Listen to her music below and check for her album "A Love Like Ours" out now.

Calvin Lincoln's Soul School is a Television program that comes on VCAT channel 27 in Vallejo California. Show times are 10:00 pm Fridays & Saturdays, and Saturday at 11:00 am.

The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy Let The Good Times Roll On Their Self-Titled LP

Within a variety of upbeat stylistic approaches to Jazz which range from Funk, Big Band, Latin and more, drummer, bandleader and "Groove Essentials" author Tommy Igoe forms the Groove Conspiracy for good times in music.

Tommy Igoe is one of the world’s most prominent drummers and bandleaders. He began drumming at the age of 2 and has gone on to craft a unique and diverse career, traveling the world with Art Garfunkel, Blood Sweat and Tears, Dave Grusin, Stanley Jordan, and the New York Voices amongst many others others.

For the last six years, his Birdland Big Band has been the most popular weekly music event in New York City, maintaining it’s Friday residency at the iconic Birdland Jazz Club. In 1997, he created the drumset book for “The Lion King” on Broadway also serving as principal drummer and conductor. Igoe is dedicated to world-class music education, writing a series of the world’s best-selling books and DVD’s and is a globally in-demand clinician. His acoustic drum studio, Deep Rhythm Music, serves both as a world-class recording facility and education site for online and private sessions.

Preview "In The Red Room" by UK Vocalist Shaun Escoffery

"UK vocalist Shaun Escoffery, whose classic hits “Space Rider” and “Days Like This” are enjoyed by club goers worldwide, is back with a stunning new album “In The Red Room” which combines sheer gospel-tinged power – as on the single “Nature’s Call” – with soulful subtlety on ballads such as “Nobody Knows” and “Do U Remember”.

From his first recording with D-Influence at the tender age of 17, Shaun Escoffery has been one of the UK’s finest vocal talents – a singer with a glorious Isleys/Curtis Mayfield falsetto. Along the way he has enjoyed support from Elton John – who has hailed Shaun as one of his favourite new artists – and actor Idris Elba, one of his oldest friends, who has contributed a remix of lead single “Nature’s Call”.

With an impressive career in musical theatre – from The Lion King to Tommy and Les Miserables – Shaun has won many critical accolades, including an Olivier Award

nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2002 he was asked by boxer Lennox Lewis to sing the National Anthem at his title bout with Mike Tyson in Memphis – the star-studded crowd included Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Clint Eastwood and Halle Berry.

But he now returns to his own solo recording career with what many critics consider to be his finest album, recorded “In The Red Room” with producer Gil Cang, whose past credits include writing “Whatever Happens”, recorded by Michael Jackson on his “Invincible” album.

Among the stand-out tracks picking up airplay are “Perfect Love Affair” – so evocative of Seventies Marvin Gaye - the hooky “People” and beautiful ballad “Do U Remember”." - Dome Records

Preview: DJ Muro vs. DJ Paul Nice - "The Golden Era Of Break Beats" Mixtape

Enjoy the show as Muro and Paul Nice each unload an arsenal of breaks in this 2014 battle, putting it down in traditional fashion of the Hip Hop DJ with scratching and juggling of rare drums from the crates. 

Listen to more volumes from Muro's WKOD "The Golden Era" series here at Juno and check for them to drop in fall of 2014, a celebration which includes tributes to Hip Hop, Disco and more!

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