Richard Street, Ex-Temptations Singer, Dead at 70

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LAS VEGAS— Former Motown vocalist Richard Allen Street (born October 5, 1942) a member of the Temptations from 1971 to 1993, has died. He was 70. Street’s wife, Cindy, says her husband died early Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas after a short illness.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Street was the first member of the Temptations to actually be a native of the city which served as Motown’s namesake and hometown; all of the previous members were born and at least partially raised in the southern United States.

Richard Street sang as a young man with Temptations members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, but didn’t join the famed Motown group until the early 1970s. He later made the move from his native Detroit to Los Angeles with other Motown acts and stayed with the group until the mid-1990s.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but Cindy Street expects services to be held sometime next week in Cypress, Calif.

She says her husband “was a really good person” who should be remembered for his work with the Temptations.

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As New Owl Studios CD Featuring Snoop Dogg, George Clinton & Others Is Readied, The Legendary Headhunters Announce U.S. Tour

“A true fusion of Hip Hop, Jazz, Rap, Salsa, Rock, New Orleans, African rhythm and its classical forms”

Jazz/funk/fusion legends THE HEADHUNTERS have announced a U.S. tour for November, with stops in NY, VT, MA, PA, ME, VA and NC. The seminal band is currently finalizing tracks for a compelling new CD, ‘Platinum’, which will be released early next year by Owl Studios, featuring guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, Killah Priest, Del the Funky Homosapien and others.

Legendary Headhunters percussionist Bill Summers unabashedly previews the album in his own words: “2011 will mark the beginning of a new movement in music and jazz. The true fusion of Hip Hop, Jazz, Rap, Salsa, Rock, New Orleans, African rhythm and its classical forms. The Headhunters are steeped in the funk and jazz traditions. The groove is undeniable and the layers of rhythm, melody and spoken word in this release will raise the bar and set a benchmark for the world to follow. (more…)

Katherine Davis and the Dirty Aces UK dates featuring Giles Robson on Harp

Katherine Davis, a kingpin of Chicago’s Southside blues community. She played to a great reception at Thelma’s last year and due to massive demand has been re-booked. She will be backed by Giles Robson and The Dirty Aces. The band will include Filip Kozlowski on guitar, British blues veteran Mike Hellier on the drums and Tom Jones, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton’s regular bass player Ian Jennings. (more…)

Mi-FUNK Concert Event Tickets on Sale Now @ Arts Tickets 517-372-0945

The producers of the Lansing Jazzfest & Old Town Bluesfest announce the first annual Mi-FUNK fund-raising concert event. Proceeds will help support the growing programming of the 501(c)3 non-profit Old Town Business & Art Development Association (OTBADA) and Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) as they strive to provide quality arts programming and act as a catalyst for community development in the Capitol Region.

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Published in: on May 19, 2010 at 10:07 AM  Leave a Comment  

Joseph Patrick Moore’s To Africa With Love W/SPG Funky Blues Man Charlie Wood Available from Blue Canoe Records

Composer, producer and performer Joseph Patrick Moore weaves tribal rhythms into funk, pop and jazz melodies on his eighth solo release, “To Africa With Love”. Mr. Moore connects with some old friends and new ones in this dedication to the Land of the Sahara. The work itself contains 13 songs that range in genre from Contemporary Jazz to Funk to Rock to Contemporary.

Moore and company utilize funky blues man Charlie Wood to spark a contemporary version of the Meters classic “Fire on the Bayou” that requires the listener to get out of their seat and move. The opening track wastes no time showing off Mr. Moore’s unmatched talent on the bass as the opening bass riff socks the listener between the eyes. It’s off to the races as the blistering take on the Meters’ standard blends rock and urban rhythms while never losing touch with that classic southern funky feel.

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Bootsy Collins Announces the World’s First “Funk University”

Guest professors to include a who’s-who of bass legends

On July 1, 2010, classes will commence at the Funk University, the online bass guitar school created and curated by Bootsy Collins, the iconic bassist whose otherworldly work with James Brown and Parliament/Funkadelic cemented him as one of the greatest bass players to walk this or any other planet.

As F.U.’s lead professor, Bootsy has designed an intense curriculum tailored for intermediate to advanced bass players as well as anyone interested in a deeper understanding of funk, and has enlisted a dream team of bass legends to serve as guest professors. Every school day, the virtual campus at will offer new lectures, lessons and exercises to its students, who will learn from the finest assembly of bassists the world has ever seen, teaching the techniques that made them immortal.

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Published in: on May 11, 2010 at 1:25 PM  Leave a Comment  
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New Orleans ‘Supafunkrock’ Phenom Trombone Shorty Bursts Onto National Scene With ‘Backatown’

Produced By Galactic’s Ben Ellman, Featuring Guest Appearances By Lenny Kravitz, Allen Toussaint And Marc Broussard, Album Caps Deluge Of Honors, TV And Festival Appearances + More For Trombone Shorty

In 2010 alone, 24-year-old New Orleans singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist and all-around musical powerhouse Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has signed with Verve Forecast Records and performed on Good Morning America and ESPN’s SportsCenter in the run-up to the Super Bowl. He has seen recordings he contributed to earn a Grammy® award (Buckwheat Zydeco’s “Lay Your Burden Down”) and an Oscar® nomination (Dr. John’s “Down In New Orleans” from the hit Disney film ‘The Princess and the Frog’). He has taped two appearances – as himself – for the upcoming HBO series ‘Treme’ from ‘The Wire’ creator David Simon, and played with his band Orleans Avenue as honored guests on Saints owner Tom Benson’s float in a victorious post-Super Bowl Mardi Gras parade.

He’s just getting started.

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