Well, it's finally an idea whose time has come. We have just structered a deal to create a new marketing team for our music and other products. The all new Smooth Groove Collective will use both traditional and non-traditional efforts to promote worldwide. SGC is a Joint Venture combining the talents of AdTex Adveretising, Xprotege music, Nichelson Entertainment, and The Vibe Refinery. The first effort will be a June 17 digital release of The Hot Summer Groove vol.1 Mixtape. This is a free product to allow access to some of the finest emerging artist on the planet. Music lovers will be able to check out new and remixed music from artist like Shelley Carrol, Fingerprints, Toni Redd, Marchel Ivery, Kyle Turner and others. The new venture will also introduce unique apps for iphone and Android users as well as targeted social media specials. Stay tuned as we roll out more details for the Mixtape release set for Sunday June 17 at 5 pm cst.  

Congrats on Shelley Carrol as he is featured in the band in the movie Joyful Noise. The movie is packed with stars including Queen Latifa, Kirk Franklin, Dolly Pardon, and Keke Palmer. The movie was released last week and is already in the top box office rankings. Be sure and check it out and look for Carrol in the horn section. 

We are proud to announce the Summer tour for the Brad Leali Quartet. The UNT faculty member is bringing his swinging group to several cities in August. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sat Aug 13 Cactus Theater in Lubbock Sun Aug 14 Sweetwater Tavern in Denton Mon Aug 15 Amsterdam bar in South Dallas Tue Aug 16 Scat Lounge in Fort Worth Thu Aug 18 Blue Room in Kansas City, Mo Sat Aug 20 Denver, CO venue-TBD Please support as Brad is one of the foremost jazz educators/performers in our region. see www.bradleali.com for more details
Here is the official info for his homecoming. Funeral Arrangement Information for Barrie Please share this with others in the band... Thank you so much! On February 4, 2011 Friday @ 12 noon Barry will be ready for the first goodbye At McCoy Harrison Funeral Home 4918 MLK Blvd. Houston, Texas 77021 713-659-7618 Flowers could be sent to the funeral home… February 4, 2011 at 7:30pm a memorial jam session with the Conrad Johnson Orchestra “The Big Blue Sound” directed by James William Jr. and Feb 5, 2011 Saturday at 9am-11am “Last Chance to Say Goodbye Barrie” celebration begins at 11am February 5, 2011. Place: Sheepfold Church of God in Christ, Pastor Larry C. Baker Jr. Address: 518 West Rittenhouse Exit West Littleyork, make u-turn heading towards downtown 1st street is West Rittenhouse turn right and the church is on the right. 713-697-9087 see you there! Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers… Lula E. Baker-Hall Barrie Lee Hall’s Wife
We are so proud to announce that our latest CD from Fingerprints is doing very well with airplay in over 30 states and on several web radio stations. The first single, "Dream Life" is currently #16 on the smoothjazz.com indie chart and has now entered the top 50 among all jazz releases in the country. Thanks to all our loyal fans and big ups to our new fans. Peace FINGERPRINTS BAND'S DREAM LIFE RELEASE CLIMBS JAZZ CHARTS Dallas, Texas, October 23, 2010 — Fingerprints' recent release, Dream Life, reached number 16 on the SmoothJazz Indie charts for the the week of October 4th and debuted at #48 on the National Jazz Chart. Fingerprint's producer/bassist Frederick Nichelson cites the band's longevity and growing national fan base as catalysts for the rise. Nichelson said "We're excited about the increased national exposure for Dream Life. It's a great CD and more airplay means more music lovers can discover that." Nichelson added "We're looking forward to more fans discovering our music. They can find it on iTunes, CDBaby and our website, Fingerprintband.com. Our live performances are listed on our website and we always have CDs for sale." Fingerprints is a Denton, Texas-based band that features smooth, instrumental jazz and R&B-driven vocals. The band was formed in 1986 and plays over 100 annual shows. Fingerprints records on the Pacific Coast Jazz label and past releases include the self-titled Fingerprints, Reunion Live, Summertime Music and DNA. Nichelson Entertainment 1402 N. Corinth Street suite 115 Corinth, Texas 76208 phone 214-295-6115
This is a crazy business. Shelley Carrol is now on tour with multi-platinum, Grammy award winner Sheryl Crow. The band is gearing up for a huge summer tour in support of her latest CD. In the meanwhile, Shelley is still completing dates in the US and Japan with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. It will be a busy summer for all at Nichelson Entertainment. More news to follow. You can also check www.sherylcrow.com for upcoming events and concerts.
Thanks to all who made it out to Brooklyn Jazz cafe for the Dallas release of the Mark Harper Project. The place was full of Dallas musicians and some very supportive family from out of state. The crowd seemed really into the music and we are elated to help bring Mark's debut CD to the public. Look for more appearances in the coming weeks including Ft Worth, Denton and other premium shows. If you missed it, take a listen to more on the site.
Congrats to South Memphis Music on getting a regional Emmy for the title song from the documentary-I am a man. The song was penned by Deanie Parker, Fred Nichelson, and Vernando Parker. It is now available on itunes, amazon, and other selected digital sites. Search by title or Memphis guys featuring Devin Crutcher. The film also won three other regional Emmys in Nashville last month. Look for a screening in your area or visit www.iamamanthemovie.com. It truly is a great short film and should be seen by everyone interested in a better world.
For all our big band lovers. Shelley and brad are now performing two steady gigs every month. You can catch the Big band every last wed on the month at Sandaga Market on Levee street and the last Sunday on the month at Watel's on lower Greenville. This is the premier Jazz orchestra in North Texas and features the great vocals of Sandra Kaye.
We recently had the distinct pleasure of performing at a Motown 50th Anniversary Celebration in Detroit. This event was put on by the Museum of African American History and included a STAX versus Motown battle. The lively crowd got to experience the best of both worlds. It was truly an honor for us and we thank all parties involved.
My family would like to thank all of you for your kind words and prayers during our time of sorrow following the passing of my mother, Ruby Nichelson. You cannot know how this helped us along. We will always be greatful and eager to do the same for any of you. It was a beautiful homecoming for my mother in Memphis and we got to see hundreds of friends and family that we miss too much. Peace and love to all!
Big thanks to Cal Lewiston and the great folks at Weatherford College for having Shelley Carrol featured at the 2009 Coyote Jazz festival. It was a great time amd more folks need to know about the fine work going on at WC. This school has been turning out lots of great young players who have gone on to do big things. We hope to to get to do more with them in the future.
Yesterday was a great day for Shelley Carrol and his quest to further Jazz education in Dallas. He had the distinct honor of doing a master class and clinic for some great kids in the inner city. Band director Dean Hill was great in getting this event to happen. The band boosters also really helped to make it happen. Other musicians involved were Mark Gulley, Ardina Lockhart, Carl Hillman, Scott Buclin, Rodney Engelbosch, and Frederick Nichelson. The kids really seemed to be inspired but I think the clinicians and staff were equally as fulfilled. Shelley will also be featured with the Townview Band on Mar 25 at a concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Please suport this worthy event.
We happy to announce that we have struck a deal to release our future projects on The all new South Memphis Music label. This new venture will allow Fingerprints and others many more opportunities to promote their music. The first single from the label will be "I am a Man" from the documentary of the same name. Look for the song online in late April. Fingerprints new CD entitled "Dream Life" will also be out in April 2009.
Look for the song "I am a Man" featured in the Memphis documentary of the same name. This is a new classic penned by our own Deanie Parker. It showcases some great home grown talent.
The Dallas music scene lost a pillar today in Claude Johnson. He had been suffering health issues for the last few years. He was currently on dialysis treatment. Johnson studied at UNT in the late 60s and went on to play with players like Marchel Ivery, James Clay, Worm, Shelley Carrol, Martha Burks, James Lynn Marsh and other Texas greats. Although he did not record much as a leader, he was a mainstay in arranging for many jazz players. He will be missed by so many. Rest in Peace.
Jazz great Freddie Hubbard dead at 70 Dec. 29, 2008, 4:19 PM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Freddie Hubbard, the Grammy-winning jazz musician whose style influenced a generation of trumpet players and who collaborated with such greats as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, died Monday, a month after suffering a heart attack. He was 70. Freddie Hubbard. (AP) Hubbard died at Sherman Oaks Hospital, said his manager, fellow trumpeter David Weiss of the New Jazz Composers Octet. He had been hospitalized since suffering the heart attack a day before Thanksgiving. A towering figure in jazz circles, Hubbard played on hundreds of recordings in a career dating to 1958, the year he arrived in New York from his hometown Indianapolis, where he had studied at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music and with the Indianapolis Symphony. Soon he had hooked up with such jazz legends as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley and Coltrane. "I met Trane at a jam session at Count Basie's in Harlem in 1958," he told the jazz magazine Down Beat in 1995. "He said, `Why don't you come over and let's try and practice a little bit together.' I almost went crazy. I mean, here is a 20-year-old kid practicing with John Coltrane. He helped me out a lot, and we worked several jobs together." In his earliest recordings, which included "Open Sesame" and "Goin' Up" for Blue Note in 1960, the influence of Davis and others on Hubbard is obvious, Weiss said. But within a couple years he would develop a style all his own, one that would influence generations of musicians, including Wynton Marsalis. "He influenced all the trumpet players that came after him," Marsalis told The Associated Press earlier this year. "Certainly I listened to him a lot. ... We all listened to him. He has a big sound and a great sense of rhythm and time and really the hallmark of his playing is an exuberance. His playing is exuberant." Hubbard played on more than 300 recordings, including his own albums and those of scores of other artists. He won his Grammy in 1972 for best jazz performance by a group for the album "First Light." As a young musician, Hubbard became revered among his peers for a fiery, blazing style that allowed him to hit notes higher and faster than just about anyone else with a horn. As age and infirmity began to slow that style, he switched to a softer, melodic style and played a flugelhorn. His fellow musicians were still impressed. "The sound he gets on just one note. I know he does all the flashy stuff and the high stuff and it's all great but ... he'd play `Body and Soul' on the flugelhorn and it was just that much better again than everyone around him," trumpeter Chris Botti said in an interview earlier this year.
I must say that I am not usually at a loss for words but a lot of friends and fans surprised me at Brooklyn Jazz cafe last night. Many of you may know that my family and business base is relocating to Los Angeles in early 2009. I really thought this was going to be a typical Wednesday show with Ardina Lockhart but it turned out to be a very special gathering of many of my friends and fellow musicians. Some I have known since my 80s days at UNT; others I met just last night. I must say that I have been richly blessed with some irreplaceable friendships here in the Dallas area. I will name only a few here, but there is always one more. Ardina, you helped make it all possible. Thanks. Shelley, what can I say? TJ, Johnny, LD, Melba, Gordon (The Rev), Big Sexy, Jamil, Garfield, Brad Mezei, Scott, Lorna and Robin. And even thanks to those who were gigging and/or missed it. We will celebrate again in the future. Peace! Yours sincerely, Frederick A. Nichelson/aka/Nick
NE would like to announce our latest retail partership with Georgia based IndieRhytm.com. This company specializes in online music retail and radio airplay. We look forward to getting our music to more people and making new fans around the planet. We should be up and running with our new stores by September 08.
The latest CD from Shelley Carrol is finally here. You can listen to tracks on this site and purchase it from CDbaby.com and other fine retailers. NE has also aquired the rights to distribute Shelley's debut Leaning House Records CD. This one is an instant classic with Sebastain Whittaker on drums along with several Ellington Orchestra members.
SA, you did it again. We love playing for you and you give it right back to us. Thanks to "The MAN", David Munoz for putting us on. It was hot but we felt cool. We also got a chance to hang with the headliner, Nils and his band. Very cool cats.
Look for Kyle out on tour this summer with Pendulum Recording artist, Regina Belle. kyle has been a part of her group for several years and will continue working on her live show. Also look for Kyle on the upcoming Bobby Lyle release.
NE will be opening a west coast office in the 4th Quarter of 2008. We will still continue operations in Texas but will soon become a mainstay in the fertile California scene. Look for more details soon.
Thanks to Rainbow Ent for hiring us to play the afterparty at Hotel Polamar for the new movie Expelled starring Ben Stien. The event was really nice and brought a taste of Hollywood to North Dallas! Much success in the future.
NE has just completed a landmark CD for the Denton Festival Foundation. The project was produced by Union President, Ray Hair. It features tracks form some of the most popular artist who have appeared at the Annual festival. They include Fingerprints, Brave Combo, John Adams, Eric Scortia, and more. The Sampler CD will be sold at this years 3 day festival event and on the website. see dentonjazzfest.com for more details.
Memphis Soul Live made its debut at one of TX most traesured venues. We performed at One World Theater in Austin. This place should be visited by all who like music in an intimate setting. Loved it!
Tim Jones and Fingerprints are now being featured at the Mansion Hotel Bar in Dallas. This is a very upscale venue in the Turtle creek section of Dallas. The band is there several time a month so check our calendar for details.
If you had not heard, our own Kyle Turner was recently included in the 2008 Edition of Who's Who in Black Houston. This is a tremendous honor for one of the city's many great entertainers. Kyle has been not only performing for years in Houston, but he has given back countless hours to up and coming musicians. For that, Kyle is a rare talent! The ceremony was at the Hotel Intercontinental and also included gospel artist Yolanda Adams.
Well, it's official. After a year long run, we are no longer performing at Sambuca. The venue changed its format in January and no longer features jazz artists. We are disappointed in the change but vow to find a more suitable place to perform. We wish them the best. Peace.
NE has a deal in place to create a Joint venture with Allen, Texas based TVR (The Vibe Refinery). The newly formed "Refined Riffs" LLC will focus on branding opportunities and product parterships. The first campaign is a CD compilation and pairing with a prominent wine producer. Stay tuned for more details.
Here is a link to some real cool words from some who knew Marchel! Hear Eric Scortia, Shelley Carrol, and John Murphy. http://www.kntu.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1708&Itemid=1
MARCHEL IVERY: 1938-2007 12:00 AM CDT on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 By MATT WEITZ / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News guidelive@dallasnews.com Another member of a great regional jazz dynasty has left the world too soon. Dallasite Marchel Ivery was a staunch proponent of what has become known as the "Texas tenor" saxophone sound – a ribald, full-throated approach that married roadhouse ebullience to technical chops. Mr. Ivery died Tuesday at age 69 at Presbyterian Hospital after a brief and unexpected illness. Other Texas tenors included giants like Arnett Cobb, David "Fathead" Newman and Illinois Jacquet, and Mr. Ivery was certainly of their ilk. Art Blakey, with whom he served in the '80s, called him "fire personified." Even though he made a decision to stay in Dallas for family reasons, he still cut a wide swath in the jazz world. "As a bandleader, he was so great – he let you make your own mistakes and he corrected you by his own example, not directly," recalls local drummer Andrew Griffith, who played with Mr. Ivery since the early '90s. "Every night he played something that you hadn't heard before, but there was still a sense that he was holding something back. The guy could play 10 choruses, and there'd still be that sense of more to come. "He was a wonderful musician and person. He came up playing that Texas tenors stuff, and he definitely had that down-home blues approach – after all, he'd played with Lightning Hopkins, and playing that stuff sticks with you." "For me, coming up to Dallas in 1985 from Houston, he was a guy we all looked up to," says Shelley Carrol, another great and underappreciated local sax man. "He never had a mean word to say. He might be tough, but he always put it with an encouraging word. We played together two Mondays ago, and we just played and laughed. "We were playing a Thelonious Monk song, and we were messin' it up, and he just looked at us like he was looking over his glasses, and he said, 'I need for you to go to the source' – to go to Monk's world to learn this. I feel so lucky to have known him." In addition to forming the backbone of now-defunct local jazz label Leaning House, Mr. Ivery was a mainstay of the Sammons Jazz program, which took a refurbished waterworks pump house and turned it into a musical nexus. "He was a big part of Sammons since the beginning, in 1989," says executive director Joanna St. Angelo. "And he's been with us ever since. His joy in playing was matched only in the joy he inspired in the audience." Matt Weitz is a Dallas freelance writer.
We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Texas music legend Marchel Ivery. NE had the pleasure of recording a project in 2007 with this diminutive giant of the saxophone. Plans are still pending on a release date. Ivery was a mentor to virtually all jazz musicians in the DFW area. He will be missed by so many musicians and fans alike.
Inner City Allstars debut CD is finally done and is currently set for release on Nov 13. This fun, high energy band is really headed for BIG things in 08. They already have a college tour and several other prime shows on the books. The new CD was recorded in their hometown of Denton and has guests appearances from Jeff Barnes (Brave combo), Shelley Carrol (Ellington orchestra), and many others.
We had a great time at Pappas Homestyle restuarant last weekend. This is a really nice place with great home cooking in Hickory Creek. Whenever you are near Denton it is well worth the visit. We look forward to playing there again. PS. Michael and his daughter Makayla Cheadle wowed the crowd with some great vocals. They really did it up big.
NE will be releasing a State of the Texas Tenor CD this fall. it will be led by icon, Marchel Ivery and Shelley Carrol. This has been a lifelong dream project for Carrol and the time has come. The recording will be done at Dallas Sould lab in mid-July. We look forward to this landmark recording and it's promotion.
Dick's pastel works are currently on display at The Plaza of the Americas Downtown Gallery located at: 700 N. Pearl, Suite G207 Dallas, Texas 75201 972-951-7879 Hours are 10 am to 4 pm This fantastic showing is sponsored by Texas Visual Arts Assn. and runs thru the month of June.
Fingerprints was once again selected to perform for the annual Frito-Lay supplier awards ceremony. Here, top brass pay tribute to vendors for outstanding achievements. We are always honored to be a part of this great event.
Last night, Kyle celebrated the Collection CD release at The Red Cat Jazz cafe in his hometown of Houston. Many fans and special guests were in attendance to enjoy the evening. The band was hot and legendary pianist, Joe Sample even joined the band on 2 numbers. Sample performed the Crusaders Put it where you want it and jazz standard Autumn leaves. Also in attendance was TV news anchor Deborah Duncan, and others. The night was hosted by smooth jazz radio The Wave FM 95.7. Thanks to all who came out and special thanks to those who bought CDs. Kyle was very busy signing and he appreciates every one of you. Peace
Well folks, it is here. After a few months of coordination, we have finally put the finishing touch on the latest Kyle Turner release. We worked hard to make a CD for both his loyal fans and new ones. Our biggest goal is to spread the music everywhere. If any fans know of a venue or festival we should be playing, let us know. We wanna bring it to the people! Peace.
We are proud to inform that Barrie's CD has gained some high praise from the Jazz Journalists Assn. The CD has been nominated in three categories. They include Jazz Album of the Year, Small Ensemble Group of the Year, and Hall as Trumpeter of the Year. We are so pleased for this recognition as Barrie has been a player among legends for nearly 40 years. This is his first CD as a leader and he is well deserved. Thanks for all the past and future support.
The track Summer Days by Darcell is getting some attention on airwaves and satellite music channels. It can be heard on DMX and various stations in CA and beyond. The song is a joyous smooth groove with inviting lyrics. Frederick Nichelson produced the music in Dallas last year.
Just a note to say thanks for calling in to request music from the Barrie Lee Hall, Jr.CD. We have gotten great response from KTSU (Houston), Doodlin' Lounge in CA, and WEMU in Michigan. Special thanks to the internet shows that gave us a shot also.
Keyboard Magazine Unsigned Artist of the Month From the first chords of its punchy, rock-infused opening track, Hiro Morozumi’s jazz album Back with the Cats proves itself a great listen. Hiro created his piano parts on a 9-foot Baldwin concert grand and, with his energetically tonal approach to the keyboard, brings to mind comparisons with such players as Russell Ferrante and Jacky Terrasson. The Japanese pianist’s compositions are as likable as his playing style: “Don’t Worry ’Bout a Minor Thing” is playful, rhythmically creative, and engaging from intro to outro, while “My Grandfather’s Clock” lets Hiro showcase bittersweet, gospel-flavored ballad chops. Inventive and accessible, Back with the Cats makes it clear that jazz is alive and well. In fact, thanks to folks like Hiro, it’s gone truly global. How cool is that? (www.hiromorozumi.com) -Michael Gallant, KB magazine
We are putting the finishing touches on the forthcoming Kyle Turner Collection CD. There will be something for everyone on this disc. Kyle has hand picked both his and fan favorites for this special treat. You will hear Fingerprints, violinist Michael Ward, SRO, and players from his current band. Look for a late December street date. We will let you know when it is ready!
Thanks to all that supported the release in Dallas. The band had a great time. NE did a media release in November and response has been great. Already getting airplay in Texas, California, and TN. Thanks and tell a friend about this exciting debut from Hall.
Looking for that perfectly unique gift for someone. Please take time to visit George's Frame Shop at 7130 Campbell Rd in far north Dallas to see the works of our own Dick Hendricks. These fine works are available in most any size as prints. The quality is high and prices are right. Check it out From Nov 7 thru Dec 3rd.
Ardina will be featured in an upcoming short film by Nimrod Shabazz. This DVD will be a companion to his novel of the same name. Parts will be shot at Dallas own Brooklyn Jazz cafe on Monday Oct 30. Lockhart will have 4 songs featured in the film.
If you haven't heard, the Metroplex newest and most exciting venue is the Glass Cactus at the Gaylord Texan. We played there last night for the first time. This large joint has live music every nite and a lot of space to mix and mingle. The dance floor is huge and they even have dancers there to keep the party hyped. It is open to the public and the cover is normally just $10. Check their music calendar but I highly reccomend this place. It is just off Hwy 26 in Grapevive. (minutes from DFW airport)
NE was featured in the Denton Record Chronicle's Meet the People publication. This 60 page supplement focuses in on local businesses and gives area consumers a look at goods and services available in Denton. Grab a copy!
We are happy to announce that our long time friend and associate Kyle Turner will be joining NE as an artist and client. We will be handling his musical career and producing several future projects with him. Kyle has recently toured with Soul legend Regina Belle and many others. More to follow.
We are proud to announce that customers are now able to purchase the fine art of Dick Hendricks online. Dallas based Skylightartists has a great website that shows previews of many fine artists and photographers. We hope you will browse the site and learn more about some of these unique works.
Hiro Morozumi (Japan) gets the 3rd price. Native of Japan, Hiro Morozumi studied on scholarship for eight years at the prestigious University of North Texas, and got a Master's degree in jazz studies. He studied extensively with the jazz education pioneer Dan Haerle. Hiro is a rising composer who has won the Henry Mancini Institute Scholarship in 2002. He is also a highly demanded performer in both jazz and popular music scenes. Hiro plans to spend the upcoming year in Paris, where he will be concentrating on classical studies. The artist receives CHF 2000 and will get the opportunity to attend a Master class presented by a famous pianist and will take part in the 34th IAJE conference in January 2007.
We are proud to announce that our own Shelley Carrol is featured in the July issue of Buddy Magazine. This is a great honor and we look forward to the exposure all over the Lone Star state. Peace.
What a night! Fingerprints just left a great time in Wichita, KS. It was our first time to perform at the Summer Music series and it was a lot of fun. We especially want to thank B98 FM and the Wichita Eagle for all the support. Also, to our new best friend in KS, Karen James, You are the real deal professional. All was top shelf. Thanks and bring us back next year.
We are happy to announce that the Ellington Small band CD is complete and nw just has to be mastered and replicated. NE currently has distribution secured thru CDbaby.com and The Orchard. We look forward to getting the product out to the public. Thanks to Paul Ellington and Ace at Ideal for all the support. Look for a late July release date.
Well, we got most of the Ellington sessions done less a few solos and parts. This Small Band project was a recorded at Reeltime Audio in Denton, Texas. Barrie Lee Hall worked tirelessly to make the arrangements fit this impressive octet. The CD will be in stores by early summer. Also, thanks to all who supported the big band and chorus on saturday at the Eismann Center for the Sacred Concert performance. It was really a night to remember.
NE along with Singleton Enterprises has just agreed to executive produce a new CD from Barrie Lee Hall and members of the current Duke Ellington Orchestra. Barry is one of the few remaining musicians who played in the orchestra with Duke. He has spent over 40 years in jazz and sacred music and now steps out to lead on this pioneering project. Our own Shelly Carrol played a decisive role in getting the ball rollling and will co-produce the record in late February. Look for an early summer release from NE.
Hey, Just wanted to mention a well done documentary by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. called African American Lives. It's new and features stories on some popular folks. Gates has produced several informative works and this one is fantastic. I think it is a must see for ALL people. You can even order it online at PBS.org. Anyway, have a good day today, a better day tomorrow and a most prosperous and productive year ahead. Peace.
Shelley Carrol just recorded a live date led by drummer, Sebastian Whittaker. The CD was done at Houston C.C. last week. It features Carrol, Whittaker, along with bassist Lynn Seaton, and pianist Stefan Carlson. Look for a mid 2006 release. NE will be releasing a new CD from Denton based Inner City All stars Brass band in mid 2006.
Talk about big time, Memphis own South Soul Rhythm has been invited to perform at the 2006 Porretta Soul Festival in Italy. This is one of Europe's most prestigious music events and has featured artists such as the Bar-kays, Isaac Hayes, The Reddings, Neville Brothers and many others. Stay tuned for details as we make plans for this international affair. Contact Tony Nichelson at 901-336-2399 for more info.
Hey, Drummer, Kennan Wylie is featured on the cover of School Band and Orchestra magazine November issue. It has a great article focusing on his program at Flower Mound Marcus HS. If you did not know, Kennan's percussion groups have been top notch since the early 90s and continue to rack up awards and regonition both locally and nationally. His class method book is one of the fastest growing in the nation. Thanks for a job well done in education.
We have great news for all the techies out there. You can now find all our releases on popular download services such as Apple itunes, MSN music, and lots of others. So if you really just want a particular song, you got it like that. Peace.
Memphis Soul Live had a great time performing at the annual Super Supper and Auction. This school was decorated like none I've seen and the people really came to donate and party. Special thanks to Pro Audio Sound Systems for making our job easier.
Hiro's CD is back from manufacturing and really looks and sounds great. These guys did a fine job and we hope to have it available on line by Thanksgiving. It will be going to jazz and college radio very soon.
Thanks again to all the sponsors and volunteers who put on the Awards show at Gilley's Dallas. This was our third year providing entertainment and we hope the people enjoyed it as much as we did. Food was excellent and although Gilleys is still under some cunstruction, the rooms used were fantastic. This venue should certainly be everyones must see list for Downtown Dallas. Hope to be back again.
NE has just agreed to executive produce a new CD from saxophonist Kyle Turner. This Houston based sax man has performed and recorded with the likes of Joe Sample, Bobby Lyle, Johnnie Taylor, and Luther Vandross. Kyle is currently in the touring band for Peak Records artist Regina Belle. The new CD will be a hand picked selection of tunes from Turner's 3 releases along with some brand new recordings. We look forward to being a part of Kyle's emerging success. Look for a February release date. Visit www.kyleturneronline.com for more artist info.
Man, What a time we had at the finale party for the National Minority Supplier Development Corp convention in Dallas. These folks really got us going and know how to throw a GREAT party. The convention will be in San Diego next year so get ready!!! Big ups to Suzette Eaddy and all the folks that made it happen for us.
Now is the time to book one of our acts for that special Holiday party. We have all sizes and styles still available for some dates. Be sure and call today before it's too late.
The former New Amsterdam Coffee Haus has a new name and a new title. It is now known as New Amsterdam Bar and has recently been voted Best Jazz Club by the Dallas Observer readers poll. This is no doubt the result of the Monday Nite Jam Session led by Shelley Carrol. This is Dallas' only weekly straight ahead spot and has featured players such as Mark Gulley, Gary Grainger, Hiro Morozumi, and many others. Special thanks to all the players who support this essential movement in the Jazz scene. We hope this is only the beginning of a real revival for jazz music in Dallas.
We are proud to announce that NE will be the sole US distributor for a Hiro Morozumi's "Back with the Cats" CD. Pianist/composer, Hiro is a 2004 graduate of UNT and will launch the CD on a January 2006 tour of his native Japan. This acoustic jazz set also features Shelley Carrol, Lumark Gulley, and LA bassist, Ryan McGilicutty. Look for this release in stores and online in early November.
South Memphis Music will have a song in the upcoming movie Black Snake Moan starring Samuel l. Jackson and Justin Timberlake. The movie has a blues setting and will feature the Little Milton version of Walking the Back Streets that was written by Sandy Jones. Look for a 2006 release.

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