Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ariya performing at The Cupping Room tonight - Free 8pm-Midnight‏


Please come out to The Cupping Room tonight to hear a wonderful group of musicians with their band Ariya.
Take Classical South Indian vocals and the different beats of the streets of New York, mix 'em up in a big bowl, and there emerges Ariya.
The Cupping Room also has a great menu and drinks specials. click on Dinner link to view the wonderful menu.
Here are the details:
Cupping Room Cafe
359 W. Broadway
1 to Canal Street
The show starts at 8 pm and goes to 12 midnight
To check out their music, please click on these links:
Hope 2 C U there.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tomas Doncker on Marko Nobles Rhythm and Soul Radio Tonightt at Midnight

If you get a chance on tuesday 8/26 at midnight, check out Tomas Doncker premier his new CD 'Small World' live on Marko Nobles' Rhythm and Soul Radio Show.
It is a beautiful EP that you will love.
hey ya'll,
i will be premiering our new cd 'SMALL WORLD' on MARKO NOBLES' RHYTHM AND SOUL RADIO SHOW
on tuesday nite(august 26th) at midnite.
the show can be heard at whcr 90.3 fm,,and
tune in for a taste of global soul.
TOMAS Interviews in July/August by Tom Paul


When you get a chance, please check out these interview links from July and August.

I am working on doing interviews with others in the Music Business Sector.

Friday, August 22, 2008

MONET @ SYMPHONY SPACE w/ special guests Maya Azucena and Tarrah Reynolds THIS SAT 23 AUG


Please come out to hear Monet with Special Guests Maya Azucena and Tarrah Reynolds.

Should be a great show with the great band and these talented ladies.

Check out her music on this link



PURPOSE RECORDS recording artist MONET will be performing several songs for the very first time from her upcoming sophomore release" AWAKENING " including her new single " VAIN " . " VAIN " co-written and produced by STEVE WALLACE will be released digitally in September and be available online on itunes , rhaposody and e-music .

MONET - lead vocals , flute
RANDY WILSON - keyboards
JEFF SMITH - tenor sax


Saturday 23 Aug @ 8pm
Monet @ Symphony Space Thalia Theatre w Mustafa Quintet
95st and Broadway
purchase tickets at
or phone
212 864 5400
tues - sun

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tomas Doncker CD Release Party at 8pm The Shrine w/KUKU 7pm and LaSonya Gunter 6:30pm - Thursday Aug.28th in Harlem $5‏


Please come out next Thursday August 28th at 6:30pm for the CD Release of Tomas Donckers new EP 'Small World' at The Shrine in Harlem.
Click on the links to hear these arists wonderful music.
Tomas Doncker at 8pm
KUKU at 7pm Amazing songwriter
LaSonya Gunter at 6:30pm

The Cover is $5 for this wonderful ONUTSS Event.
On the gig with Tomas Doncker guitars/vox will be his amazing band:
Daniel Sadownick on Percussion,
Booker King on Bass,
Brian Dunn on Drums,
Etienne Lytle on Keys
Camelia Qabazard on backing vocals

Below is the info from the ladies at ONUTSS about the show.
The Shrine is located on at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between 133rd and 134th Sts.
Take the 3 train to 135th St stop and walk over one block West.
Looking forward to catching up with you all this incredible show.




What better way to close out a summer filled with unexpected musical moments with a marvelous array of talent like what we have planned for you on Thursday, August 28th!
Bringing together Tomas Doncker, KUKU and LaSonya Gunter under one roof, on one stage for a special evening --
ONUTSS tells you that you need to add it to your calendar with all the reminders necessary because this is one NOT TO MISS!
We will be celebrating the release of Tomas' new cd, 'Small World' --
check out the first single, "Children of Darfur"and share in the experience from his vantage point while jamming to the music.
Tomas mixes his powerful songwriting with delicate vocals and seductive lyrics. His band is a mix of the top session players in town.
Blending Funk, Afro-beat, Pop, Rock and the open soul of his music. His new cd, 'Small World' speaks to his humanistic side.
And unlike any other ONUTSS event, there will be a very small cover charge of $5 for this one.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the efforts being made to curtail the violence in Darfur.
All three artists are gifted, no question and have special talents in their own right --
did you see the beautiful makeup and artwork displayed on Maya Azucena's 'Junkyard Jewel' --
did you know that the lovely LaSonya Gunter was the makeup artist who created that masterpiece?
KuKu is based in DC but has begun to make a name for himself and his special blend of acoustic soul.

Please join us!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Joe's Pub 10th Anniversary Show - Daniel Sadownick with Special Guests - Friday Sept 5th - $15


Get your tickets now, this is going to be a great show Daniel Sadownick with special guests.

Check out the lineup of great session musicians and singers that will be performing on this show.
Hope 2 C U there. Check the eflyer above.


Friday, September 5 at 9:30 PM
SISTA FACTORY presents Percussionist/Composer
Daniel Sadownick with
special guests vocalists: Sophia Ramos, Morley, Gina Breedlove and Carla Duren
South Bronx native Daniel Sadownick is one of NYC's premier percussionists who has been called on to tour and record with artists that can only be described as a who's who in the music business from Al Green, Steely Dan and The Roots to jazz legends Michael Brecker and Nicholas Payton. Now venturing into his own solo project, Daniel's music features all original instrumental and vocal compositions as well as showcasing the utilization of percussion in a variety of contexts - from the most delicate ballad to the fire power of Afro-cuban jazz.
Tonights featured artists:
Daniel Sadownick - percussion
Etienne Stadwijk - Piano
Robin Macatangay - Guitar
Chulo Gatewood - Bass
Michael Karn - Tenor Saxophone
Tobias Ralph - Drums
“Sista Factory has been such an important fixture in New York since they started. Sara Hill’s great taste in music and generous spirit infuses every show that they produce and nowhere has that been more evident than on and off stage at Joe’s Pub. Sista Factory has been bringing the soul of soul music to us since we opened our doors.” Shanta Thake, Director of joe’s pub
Tickets for the 10th Anniversary Shows at Joe's Pub ARE ON SALE NOW
Tickets are available by calling 212.967.7555, visiting, or at the Public Theater Box Office located at 425 Lafayette Street.
For a dinner reservation, call 212.539.8778.
Please note that purchase of a ticket does NOT guarantee seating; seating, as well as standing-room, is available only on a first-come, first-served basis for all shows without a dinner reservation.
Two drink or $12 food minimum per person.
Box Office hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM,
and Sunday - Monday from 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

HOUSE OF ORGANIC Store Opening - Tea Party Sunday Aug 17th 4pm-10pm


If you are in the Lower East Side area tomorrow between 4pm and 10pm, stop by my friend Nana's new Eco-friendly Clothing shop called House of Organic.
They are hosting a Tea Party to open the shop on Sunday.
Hope you can make it out.
Check out the eflyer above with the address info.
If you cannot make the Tea Party, come by sometime to check out the great clothes and footwear they will be selling.
Let other people know who you think would be interested in Organic Clothing.
Peace and One Love,


Dear All,

Friendly reminder for our tea-party this Sunday evening (see attachment above).

Have a great weekend and hope to see you there!--

Ekovaruhuset/House Of OrganicOrganic & Fair Made Clothing

123 Ludlow StreetNYC 10002

Store Hours: Tue-Sun 1pm-8pm (212)673-1753

Friday, August 15, 2008

Celia Chavez at Googie's Lounge upstairs at The Living Room Friday 8/15 9pm - Free


Please come out to hear Celia Chavez on Friday night upstairs at Googie's Lounge at the Living Room. - FREE!!! 9pm

To hear her beautiful sound go to this link

Here is the info below:

Aug 15, 2008 9:30 PM
154 Ludlow (btwn Stanton & Rivington), New York, New York 10002
Cost : $5 tip jar donation suggested, 1 drink minimum

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

April Hill at The Blue Note Late Night Groove Series


Come out this Friday to hear April Hill at The Blue Note Late Night Groove Series 1AM show time.

Cost is $10 at table/bar. Go to this link to read up on more info

Hope 2 C U there. Read up on her bio below.

April always has a great band of session singers and players on the gig with her in NYC.



A funky, soulful groove pumps hard in the studio. From the low-lit vocal booth we hear a sexy, sultry voice weaving tales of love, life, and inner strength. Caressing each note with tenderness, this sistah takes her time to tell her story.

24-year-old singer/songwriter April Hill is breathing new life into the soul scene. Her unique vocal style and gift with pen and paper is sure to have folk talking about this young Atlanta, Georgia-born talent for a long time.

April Hill, a Howard University graduate, came to New York City and began working as a financial analyst at the prestigious Goldman Sachs investment banking firm. The long hours and fast pace of Wall Street did not keep April from following her dream of becoming a recording artist. With the support of her mother and father, April decided to leave Goldman Sachs and focus her attention on developing her craft as a singer/songwriter.

April quickly caught the attention of soul singer/producer Marlon Saunders. Marlon fell in love with April’s soulful jazzy sound and invited her to share the stage as his opening act on tour. After a sold-out performance at the legendary Blue Note club in New York City, Marlon approached April and her parents about working with April.

The next day, Marlon and April were in the studio writing and recording song demos. It was around this time that the musical director for Ne-Yo phoned Marlon in search of background vocalists for the David Letterman Show. Marlon referred April and she was quickly rehearsing and working out background parts with Ne-Yo. April Hill’s dreams were finally coming true.

After a busy summer of touring, April began to hone her songwriting skills. Marlon and April would spend hours working on material, trading melodies and lyrics until they found April’s groove.

And now this beautiful young artist has delivered LOVE 360, a soulful recording filled with beautiful phrasing, simple and poignant lyrics that will have fans feeling a deep intimate connection with April Hill. April’s unique style combined with the hypnotic funky arrangements of co-producer Shawn Lucas will have soul heads of every generation enjoying LOVE 360.

If you don’t mind a little jazz in your funk, a little heartache with your happiness, and a little poetry with your backbeat, then your search is over….April Hill tells a story worth listening to.

The Bloom Effect Presents a Book Release Party - Cherry Bomb at Beauty Bar Tues Aug 19th


This is from Fiona Bloom host this book party at the The Beauty Bar

And I have a book party for CHERRY BOMB

Tuesday, August 19th
Beauty Bar

Stop by if you can.



NU Soul Saturdays at Frank's Lounge w/Big Brooklyn Red CD Release - $10 cover

with some surprise special guests
SATURDAY, AUG 16, 2008 @ 8pm --- $10.00 cover


In 1997, when this native Brooklynite moved to Miami and received his name from Mandrill’s guitarist Tommy Trujillo, the die was cast. He realized at that point, by leaving his familiar NYC to conquer new lands, he was stepping into his destiny.

His resume prior to that point was impressive. As a member of The CityKids Foundation’s repertory company, and later an alumnus, he was able to hone his craft with performances in high schools, prisons, as well as on Broadway and TV with countless celebrities. He performed his first original composition with jazz legends Herbie Hancock and Bra nford Marsalis and then again with the late, great Grover Washington Jr. at age 17.

In 1994 he started his first band "eli &=2 0the bluesound project" and continued sharpening his performance chops while stretching the boundaries of music on the New York scene. After two years, the b and had run its course and Big Brooklyn Red went on to sign a production/management deal. While that particular effort never bore fruit, it gave him the opportunity to work with Ivan Hampden and Paulette McWilliams. Ivan was Luther Vandross’ drummer and Paulette was the linchpin of Luther’s inimitable background vocals. It was a master class. “I was a bad motherfucker before that, but Paulette made me razor sharp.”

Only six months after moving to Miami, Big Brooklyn Red became known as the premier soul singer in South Florida. His trademark freestyles made each performance one of a kind. Born from the difficulty of getting musicians to rehearse, his live performances in Miami were often complete improvisations. “That’s where the magic is for me,” Brooklyn says. “To just open your mouth and listen to what God might have me say. The better I sound, the better the song is, the more humble it makes me.”

“Somewhere along the line somebody with a mind for marketing told me to let the audience in on what was happening,“ Brooklyn adds. “I got tired of people asking where they could20buy the song I had just made up.” At a 1999 gig at the Marlin Hotel on South Beach, he asked the audience for a phrase that they wanted to hear in a song. He flipped that phrase, and possibly a thousand more since then.

Every Friday night home game during the 2001/02 NBA season found “Big Bro oklyn Red and the Miami Funk All Stars” as the house band for the Miami Heat. They performed the National Anthem, a few time-outs, the halftime show, and the post game party. Big Brooklyn Red20was at the top…it was time to leave. Destiny was still calling.

At the end of 2002, with the help of his grandmother, Big Brooklyn Red bought a motor-home; packed up all his worldly possessions, his then girlfriend and his dog Lulu and set out on a grassroots tour of the U.S. He used this opportunity to promote the release of his first album Foreword while also singing the National Anthem for NFL and NBA games, as well as doing open mics and featured performances in cities along the way. Each stop along the road brought him to venues where he belonged, such as the stage of the world famous Black Lily in Philadelphia. He met artists who were doing Soul music with the same passion and work ethic he himself possessed. Heston in Atlanta, Fertile Ground in Baltimore, W. Ellington Felton, Raheem De Vaughn and K’Allyn in DC.

Upon reaching his destination in Los Angeles, Big Brooklyn Red quickly made his mark. At a weekly showcase called Neo-Soul Unplugged, he rose to the top of a group of up-and-comers. His performances there were so legendary that he was often positioned as the=2 0opening act for such headliners as Brian McKnight, Blu Cantrell, Chico DeBarge, Robin Thicke, and Deborah Cox. “At Neo-Soul Unplugged my freestyles would make the headliners change their show…they wanted to be that free.”

Big Brooklyn Red’s time in L.A. was short-lived. Nearly a year after arriving in the City of Angels, he decided to return to Miami Beac h. He felt the need to reconnect with the live music scene he’d had a hand in creating.

In 2003, three tracks from Foreword were licensed to the UK compilation Organic Soul Vol.3. “Time” was also licensed to be used on the compilations NY Soul and Soul Lounge Vol.1. At the same time, his second Soulful House track with producer Patrick Green was remixed by Dennis Ferrer and released. In two days, all 2,500 copies of the vinyl pressing were sold out and 1,300 reorders were requested. The track also got radio play on KCRW before the record company folded - making "I Got Sunshine" a bonafide house music hit, as well as an enigma.

Later that year, Big Brooklyn Red did three dates in England to support Organic Soul Vol.3, and then flew directly to NYC in order to film “Showtime At The Apollo.” His performances ma de the 2004 season of their Best of Amateur Night show.

In 2006, Deep Haven Records released “He Moves,” a Gospel House track Big Brooklyn Red recorded a year earlier as a one-take freestyle. The record label’s debut release was launched with a performance in Minneapolis at the 7th St. Entrance, part of the 1st Avenue club. “I’m in the club where20they shot Purple Rain, in this room that’s packed to the rafters and everybody is singing my lyrics while I’m performing the song! I was worried that I was going to mess it up…I freestyled that song so long ago. It took me weeks to learn the lyrics for that show! It was great,” he laughs.

Big Brooklyn Red is a performance driven artist. Since 2000, he has averaged over 50 shows per year. He continues to connect and build with his fellow soul artists by doing gigs in NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, Philly, New Orleans and D.C. Since the release of Foreword and subsequent recordings, he has balanced the presentation of his recorded material with showcasing his improvisational talent, and the freestyles are easily the most anticipated part of his live show. He won’t repeat a phrase he sang before and he never takes the easy way out.

He explains, “People have an expectation when they spit out a bunch of words for me to sing. I try to make it something they didn’t expect. When it’s pretty good IE2m thinking really fast. When it’s really on I’m not even thinking and sometimes I fall flat on my face. That’s the risk of being an artist and being committed to your craft.”
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Big Brooklyn Red rarely falls on his face.

In 2007 TruSoul Entertainment released Big Brooklyn Red’s mix tape, Unrehearsed Vol.1. It features freestyle one-take recordings over reco gnizable tracks. It is the application of Brooklyn’s organic process to Hip-Hop.

His next album, Answer The Call will be available in stores and on-line in the summer of 2008. Me anwhile he continues to record and perform around the world. He may currently be seen on MTV Italia in DJ Jad’s video for "By My Side"

MIAMI FL, 33133
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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bradd Marquis interview on by Tom Paul


Please check out this my new interview of Bradd Marquis on