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Golden Globe Nominated Jennifer Love Hewitt Returns to Lifetime to Star In, Direct and Executive Produce Holiday Film

(New York, NY) - Golden Globe nominated actress Jennifer Love Hewitt returns to Lifetime to star, direct and executive produce The Holiday Junkie (wt) as part of the network's 2024 It's a Wonderful Lifetime holiday slate. Hewitt's husband, Brian Hallisay will co-star and their children will also appear in the film. Inspired by her personal relationship with the holiday and the loss of her mother, the project reunites her with Lifetime, having starred in the movie and the series, The Client List. Hewitt currently stars in the ABC hit show 911.

The Holiday Junkie follows the decorating and planning service company run by Andie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and her mother Mimi. After Mimi passes away, Andie is forced to face her first Christmas without her mother and carry The Holiday Junkie torch on her own. Despite the challenges, Andie may also find some love at Christmas along the way!

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(Source: AE Network)

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Joe Taylor To Release 'Westside Chill' on Vinyl September 21, 2024

(South Carolina) - Guitarist Joe Taylor successfully reentered the contemporary jazz space earlier this year after a seventeen-year absence with the release of his "Westside Chill" album, showcasing his rootsy blend of instrumental jazz, Americana twang and earthy blues. Now the ten-song set that he wrote and was produced by four-time Grammy winner Steve Rosenthal will be released by Moonwatcher Music on vinyl on National Vinyl Record Day, which is August 12, 2024.

Taylor who is flanked on the album by jazz pianist Jeff Franzel, bassists Woody Lingle and Brian Stanley (Bryan Adams), drummer Steve Holley (Paul McCartney & Wings), percussionist Blair Shotts, and flutist John Ragusa.


Taylor spent decades splitting his time between New York City and the South Carolina Lowcountry with both cultures informing his recordings, including "Westside Chill." In the mid-80s, he used to walk past the basketball court that bass legend Jaco Pastorius played ball on. That memory inspired the tribute tune "Jaco's Court," which drops as a single on September 21, the anniversary of the prodigious Pastorious's passing.

Taylor now spends all his time living in the placid Lowcountry along South Carolina's rural coast. Active in the local community, the guitar player will perform a benefit concert at Sunny Side on Edisto on August 2 accompanied by Franzel, Paul Adamy (bass) and Ray Marchica (drums). The show supports the restoration of the historic Hutchinson House, one of the only Black-owned, Reconstruction era plantations in the South. The following night, the quartet will play at Fox Music in N. Charleston, SC.

"Westside Chill" and its positive reception have Taylor reinspired and encouraged to build on the momentum. It's his first album since 2015's "Sugardust in the Devil Wind" and his first contemporary jazz project since 2007's "Accidental Sugar." The New York City-based Franzel, Adamy and Marchica will trek to the Lowcountry ahead of the two South Carolina concert dates to begin recording Taylor's next collection. Taylor is eager to further explore modern jazz while remaining true to his Southern roots.

 

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(Source: Great Scott PR)

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Multi-Cultural Guitarist Pascal Bokar Brings AfroBlueGrazz with New Release 'I Can Tell'
 
(New York, NY ) - An award-winning Jazz composer, guitarist and vocalist, Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam presents a global musical banquet from his native France to his Senegalese and Malian roots. Anchored in bebop, he has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Byrd, Donald Bailey and Donald Brown. Bokar to releases "I Can Tell" July 15, 2024.

Pascal is the "father" of the funky, jazzy, bluesy, bluegrass-y, joyous and thoroughly infectious music performed by his AfroBlueGrazz band. He has performed at more than a dozen jazz festivals around the country, including the 2024 Elk Grove Music Fest, Strawberry Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the Kansas City Jazz & Blues Festival, the Houston International Jazz Festival and the Nashville Rocking by the River Festival.

Pascal is featured in Scott Yanow's book, The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide. An alumnus of the famed Berklee College of Music, he is the 1983 recipient of the College's Jim Hall Jazz Master Award for guitarists, and the Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award presented by Dizzy Gillespie and James Moody.

He earned a Master's Degree from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Doctorate Degree in Education with honors from the University of San Francisco, where he is currently a member of the faculty.

The pinnacle of versatility, talent, and musicianship, Bokar impresses everyone with his innovative combination of musical styles culminating into the unique blend he calls AfroBlueGrazz. The name derives from combining Afro-Funk, Blues, Bluegrass and Jazz to form a completely new sound blending the familiarity heard across a multi-genre performance. Pascal Bokar, as a music composer, vocalist, and guitarist, proudly expresses the musical textures of his Senegalese and Malian roots by including fiddle, balafon, and banjo with his AfroBlueGrazz Band. This award-winning musician has made a name for himself in both the national and international music industry. His previous CD entitled "Guitar Balafonics" received the "One of the Best CDs of the Year" award in 2015 from Downbeat Magazine and a 4 Star review. He is also a celebrated author of books describing the cultural connections between west African traditional music and the sounds of the Mississippi Delta "The Banjo is from West Africa" with a foreword by NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston. His latest book entitled Jazz, Culture & Social Justice; Soundtrack of America's Art Form, received very good reviews from the NYC Jazz Record magazine in March of 2024.

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(Source: Scott Thompson PR) 

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Chart-Topping Saxman Vincent Imgala Releases New Album July 12, 2024
 
(Los Angeles, CA) - Jazz saxophonist Vincent Ingala to release his 8th recording, "Escape With Me," (Shanachie Entertainment) on July 12, 2024. Ingala has amassed nine #1 hits and 22 Top Ten singles. He impressive accolades also include the titles as Billboard Magazine's "Smooth Jazz Artist Of the Year" and SiriusXM's "Watercolors Breakthrough Artist Of The Year."

The humble Prospect, CT native is one of the most in-demand touring artists on the Contemporary Jazz circuit. Ingala is lauded for his ability to wow his audiences with his energized sets, fun-loving and inviting stage presence and consummate musicianship. His mission, passion and purpose are clear.

"Escape With Me" is the perfect summer soundtrack showcasing eight captivating originals and two surprising reinventions. A one-man band, Vincent Ingala skillfully plays all the instruments featured on the recording and even sings and wears the hat of producer and engineer.

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(Source: Shanachie Entertainment)

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