I seem to be getting some good exposure with Bob Baldwin's hot release these days... can my freshly minted single Ready When You Are be far behind?
Subject: Dancing With The Stars
Saturday, February 01, 2014
The Federation has now confirmed that after 17 hit seasons with Dancing With The Stars, one of the world's most popular TV programs, the DWTS Big Band has been fired. ABC/Disney says the group, comprised of 28 talented musicians, singers, arrangers and copyists, will be replaced by pre-existing sound recordings and a "small electronic band” to "attract a younger viewer demographic.
We are in contact with ABC/Disney executives in an attempt to stop these unjustifiable and unwarranted actions. You can join with us to push back against this latest attack upon the livelihood and integrity of professional musicians. Please email Candice.A.Ashton@abc.com. Please let her know that you will encourage viewers everywhere to boycott the show, ABC-TV, and The Walt Disney Company if she follows through on her plan to fire the band.
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By Kevin Rutherford | January 14, 2014 9:05 PM EST
Ronny Jordan, a guitarist and leading player in the acid jazz movement of the '80s and '90s, has died. He was 51. Jordan's cause of death is currently unknown.
The guitarist's death was confirmed on Facebook (Jan. 14) after Jordan's siblings set up a page in his honor. "We appreciate that Ronny has got many fans around the world and so we ask that you keep an eye out for further announcements in relation to his funeral arrangements," Jordan's brother and sister, Rickey and Denise, wrote on the page.
Born Nov. 29, 1962, in London, Jordan rose to prominence due to his standing in a subset of jazz known as acid jazz, which blends its parent genre with elements of soul, disco, hip-hop and funk -- though Jordan called his contributions "urban jazz."
The musician's career took off with 1992 solo album "The Antidote," as well as a spot on 1993's "Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1," Mojo writes. His 2000 album "A Brighter Day" hit No. 10 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart, while the song "A Brighter Day," featuring Mos Def, peaked at No. 20 on Rap Songs.
Later in his career, Jordan's claim to fame was his 1993 song "The Jackal," which was lip-synched by actress Allison Janney on the "Six Meetings Before Lunch" episode of "The West Wing" in 2000.
He will be missed and had yet to make his greatest musical statement(s).
Footnote: I had the chance to work on one tune with Ronny, a remake of his 'After Eight' track we called 'Way After 8':
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