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April 17, 2017 -------------------------------------------------------------

Two Time Grammy Award winner (and four time nominee) Diane “Deedles” Schuur has several theater shows on her schedule for April through June. She appears at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on April 28 and then joins the Coachella Valley Symphony as Special Guest at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert on May 5. Deedles returns with her quartet to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas (June 16 & 17) and The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix on June 18.

Ernie Watts travels to Austin on May 4 & 5 for a big band performance and workshop at the Westlake Performing Arts Center. A trip to Turkey is on the horizon for Watts, reuniting him with jazz and classical pianist Kerem Gorsev for concerts May 16 – 26. The tour includes concerts in Istanbul, Izmir and Bandirma as well as Ankara where the two will join the Presidential Symphony Orchestra at the CSO Concert Hall. After Turkey, Ernie makes a stop at the Jazz-Rally Music Festival in Duesseldorf on June 3, before heading back to California.

Pianist Kenny Wayne joins forces with the Southern California Blues Society for three shows in the Los Angeles area April 29 – May 1. Wayne will also be conducting a “Meet The Blues” Workshop for the Open Sky Music Foundation on Wed. May 3 at Big Bear Lake Elementary and the same evening performs for a foundation fundraiser at the Black Diamond Tavern in Big Bear, in support of the Open Sky “Blues in The Schools” program. He then headlines Blues On the Bow in Bow Island, Alberta on May 6, followed by concerts in Russia, Spain and Israel May 16 through June 17.

The Memphis Slim recording and composition of "Frisco Bay Blues" was recently licensed for a placement in the NBC network series “This Is Us.” Slim’s piano-swing blues is heard in a club scene during a 1976 flashback road trip to Memphis.

The Sam Pollard documentary “Two Trains Runnin’” is set for a theatrical run in selected cities in May. Bates Meyer handled the music research, clearance and licensing for this music-driven story about the exploration of lost historic blues figures alongside the civil rights struggle of the 1960s.

January 9, 2017 -------------------------------------------------------------

Diane “Deedles” Schuur recently signed on with Catherine Mayer of Just Jazz International for European booking. Mayer represents a cross section of respected artists including Ramsey Lewis, Ivan Lins, Manhattan Transfer and Patti Austin. Deedles will be in Italy February 22-26 for big band concerts with conductor Gerardo Di Lella at Teatro ABC in Catania, Teatro Golden in Palermo and Teatro Olimpico in Rome.

The T-Bone Walker classic “They Call It Stormy Monday” appears in a recent episode of “Unsung” featuring Bobby Bland. This NAACP Image Award winning documentary series on TV One takes an in-depth look at R&B and soul artists deserving wider recognition.

Pianist Kenny Wayne is off to perform on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise January 22-29, departing Fort Lauderdale for the Dominican Republic, the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Maarten. Wayne’s latest release “Jumpin’ and Boppin’” on Canada’s respected label Stony Plain Records made the best top 10 Blues records of 2016 on Classicalite, the classical source for performing, visual and literary arts.

The Open Sky Music Foundation, Inc. is proud to be appointed administrator for the Steve Schour Memorial Fund providing educational grants to students attending Big Bear High School. Schour was a beloved educator in the Bear Valley Unified School District for close to forty years, twenty of which he spent as Principal of Chautauqua High School. He sought to extend education to everyone, regardless of students’ obstacles. The Steve Schour Memorial Fund honors this purpose and aims to keep his memory and mission alive.

October 20, 2016 -------------------------------------------------------------

Rockers Steve Miller and Jimmie Vaughan pay tribute to T-Bone Walker for two nights at the Rose Theater in New York, December 9 & 10. The Jazz At Lincoln Center shows, billed as “A Bridge From Blues to Jazz” will honor the late artist’s music and include a pre-concert conversation for the audience featuring Walker’s daughter Bernita Walker. T-Bone’s track “She’s A Hit” was recently licensed for the Amazon Original series “Good Girls Revolt.” The program’s storyline follows women in a 1960s newsroom who stand up for equal treatment as the Cultural Revolution takes center stage.

Diane “Deedles” Schuur sets sail with the Capital Jazz SuperCruise, October 23-30 out of Miami featuring an all-star lineup. This 10-year anniversary cruise, with stops in the Bahamas, St. Kitts and Puerto Rico includes two Schuur performances along with shows by Lee Ritenour, Ledisi, Patti Austin, Jill Scott, The Dance Theater of Harlem, comedian Wanda Sykes and many more. After docking back in Miami, Schuur will sing at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 4 in “To Larry With Love” a tribute to GRP Records founder Larry Rosen with appearances by Dave Grusin, New York Voices, Arturo Sandoval, Will Downing and others. And a third return to Miami has Deedles headlining the South Beach Jazz Festival on December 11, appearing with 2015 Latin Grammy winner Ed Calle’s Mamblue big band.

Two Time Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts joins bandleader Doc Severinsen as featured soloist for a big band show on November 17 at Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, plus three concerts at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore on November 25, 26 & 27. Watts, who is also a respected educator has upcoming performances at Long Beach City College on December 9, along with a concert at the University of Minnesota Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival in Duluth on March 18 and participates in the Columbia College Jazz Series in Sonora, California on March 24.

“Spare Keys” is the new CD from Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers with 12 new Thackery-penned compositions, developed while working in his Caribbean demo studio. This music is rooted in classic blues, spanning out to tropical instrumentals, showcasing what the guitarist does best, rock those six strings.

The Open Sky Music Foundation, Inc. will host a house concert fundraiser on October 23 with Bonne Musique Zydeco. The band has been performing together for 25 years and draws on the Cajun and Creole traditions of Louisiana and East Texas, honoring the popular artists of post-war New Orleans. Donations support the foundation’s “Blues In The Schools” program.

July 6, 2016 -------------------------------------------------------------

Vocalist Diane Schuur will be headlining the Richmond Jazz Festival on August 13 in Virginia and then heads back home to California for Jazz In The Pines Festival in Idyllwild on August 20. In September she will join Steve Tyrell as Special Guest for three shows in Johannesburg, South Africa (Sep. 9-11).

Lurrie Bell’s Chicago Blues Band is currently on tour in Europe through July 18 with festival dates in Italy and Spain. He will be appearing at the Grass Roots Music Festival in Trumansburg, New York on July 23 & 24, followed by three days at the Lowell Folk Festival in Massachusetts on July 29-31. Bell stays on the move with shows in Brazil August 18-20 and three concerts at the American Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine August 26-28. Bell’s new CD “Can’t Shake This Feeling” is due out in August on Delmark Records.

Saxophonist Ernie Watts will be featuring music from his new release “Wheel Of Time” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on August 19. George W. Harris from Jazz Weekly writes about the disc, “He’s got a strong and confident tone, warm delivery, and can flex his muscles with the best. Adaptable to go modal/hard bop as on ‘Letter From Home,’ he roars like a lion that’s chasing its prey on ‘You and You.’ Tender moments are also delivered, as Rudi Engel’s bass creates a quietude for Watt’s rich vibrato on ‘Wheel Of Time.’ Solid as the Rock of Gibraltar.”

After a successful performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival on June 30, pianist Kenny Wayne embarks on a tour in Europe with shows in France and Germany (July 6-11). He returns to Canada for shows at the Mont Tremblant Blues Festival in Quebec on July 14, 15, & 17 plus the Ottawa Blues Festival on July 16 and the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver on July 31. His latest CD “Jumpin’ and Boppin’ with Joy” is finding a home at blues radio entering #3 on Living Blues Magazine’s radio chart.

February 26, 2016 -------------------------------------------------------------

Vocalist Diane Schuur recently signed with Monterey International for representation. Responsible agent is Paul Goldman. Ms. Schuur will be performing at a fundraiser for the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra on March 6 at a private home in Brentwood, California (Los Angeles).

Two documentary film projects for which Bates Meyer is handling music clearances have been selected as official entries at the Full Frame Film Festival in early April. The Sam Pollard film “Two Trains Runnin’” and the PBS short “Frank Wong’s Chinatown” will be screening at the prestigious event, recognizing excellence in documentary filmmaking.

“Wheel Of Time” is the latest recording project by Ernie Watts, due out April 15 on Flying Dolphin Records, distributed by City Hall. The title track written by Watts is a lyrical piece honoring Watts’ close friend and musical visionary, the late Charlie Haden. Watts leads his quartet on a European tour (April 21 – May 16) in support of the CD with concerts in France, Germany and Spain including a performance at the Bonn Jazz Festival on May 4.

Lurrie Bell finished tracks for his next Delmark release, picking music that emulates the southside Chicago sounds that echoed on Maxwell Street. Bell is off to South America for a tour March 7 – April 2 with shows in Brazil and Argentina.

“Get A Move On” the dance single that samples T-Bone Walker and the Shifty Henry title “Hypin Women Blues” was recently licensed for the Disney IMAX documentary “A Beautiful Planet,” narrated by Jennifer Lawrence. Scheduled for an April 29 release, the project was filmed on the International Space Station and presents a breathtaking visualization of planet Earth and a hopeful look into the future of humanity

Pianist Kenny Wayne has also been in the recording studio finishing up music for his new Stony Plain recording “Jumpin’ And Boppin’ With Joy,” featuring Duke Robillard on guitar. Expect the CD to hit the streets in late spring. Wayne also has dates across the ocean in May with stops planned in Spain, Russia and Israel.

December 3, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------

Bates Meyer is pleased to announce that we are the new management team for two-time Grammy Award winner, vocalist and pianist Ms. Diane Schuur. Her long successful career includes many critically acclaimed recording projects with talent such as The Basie Orchestra, BB King, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Barry Manilow. Upcoming shows include The Kennedy Center on New Year’s Eve with a 20 piece string orchestra, and two nights at Lincoln Center performing the Ray Charles Songbook in May 2016. Concerts in January and February include the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Washington, the Erie Meyer Civic Center in Alabama and the Trinity Jazz Festival in Texas.

Music clearance and licensing for two new film projects are also underway. Bates Meyer is managing the clearances for the new Sam Pollard film “Two Trains Runnin.’” This documentary explores the simultaneous journeys in June 1964 of two historical subjects, the activism of Freedom Summer and the search for two forgotten blues singers (Son House and Skip James), both carried out in Mississippi during one of the most violent periods of the civil rights movement. The second project is “Frank Wong’s China Town,” slated for a PBS broadcast in 2016. This film explores the story of 81-year old San Francisco artist Frank Wong, who has spent the past four decades recreating his fading memories by building extraordinarily detailed miniature models of his Chinatown community. Mr. Wong’s art, seven three-dimensional dioramas serve as portals to the past while at the same time providing an “insider’s guide” through a history-laden section of this diverse American city.

Grammy winning saxophonist Ernie Watts takes part in the Jazz Journey Concert Series on January 15 at Dillard University in New Orleans for the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Foundation. He will join singer Mary Stallings as special guest for the event entitled Jazz And the Civil Rights Movement. Watts was just in the studio in Darmstadt, Germany recording his next quartet release “Wheel Of Time” due out in April on Flying Dolphin Records.

Lurrie Bell’s Chicago Blues Band takes the stage at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, Alberta (near Edmonton) on January 7. He then heads to Arts Commons in Calgary for two acoustic performances on January 8 and 9.

T-Bone Walker’s composition and recording “Mean Old World” was recently cleared for the soundtrack of Ken Burn’s next 10-part documentary series on the Vietnam War. The project sheds new light on the political and human dimensions of a war that polarized American society as nothing has since the Civil War.

September 10, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------

“They Call It Stormy Monday” appears on the DVD companion disc on the new release by Gregg Allman. The project “Gregg Allman Live: Back To Macon, GA” captures many Allman Bros. classics plus a few choice covers, including this T-Bone Walker composition.

Otis Rush “Live in Cambridge 1973” was just released by Rockbeat Records with the artist’s permission. This set finds Rush in fine form during a date at Joe’s Place in Cambridge, with a version of Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” opening the evening.

Shifty Henry’s composition “Hypin’ Women Blues” which is sampled in the successful tune “Get A Move On” as recorded by London DJ Mr. Scruff was recently licensed for a TV commercial in the UK by DIY store B&Q Kitchens. T-Bone Walker’s recording of “Hypin’ Women Blues” was sampled in Mr. Scruff’s mix and also makes the 42 second advertisement.

Marian’s Jazz Room in Bern, Switzerland is hosting a run by Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne September 13 – 19. Wayne returns to the European continent later this fall for concerts throughout Russia October 20 – November 9.

The late great pianist Peter Chatman who was professionally known as Memphis Slim will be a 2015 inductee into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame on October 17. The ceremony will also honor Alberta Hunter, Scotty Moore, Al Jackson, Jr. and Sam and Dave at a celebration to be held at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts with an accompanying exhibit at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Museum.

The major motion picture “About Ray” featuring Susan Sarandon, Elle Fanning and Naomi Watts due out September 18 includes a poster of Grammy winning saxophonist Ernie Watts in the set design. The film premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival.

July 6, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne will be tinkling the ivories in Europe this July with concerts in France and Spain July 8 -18 including shows at the Festival Jazz En Val de Cher in Saint Aignan (July 11), San Javier Jazz Festival (July 12) and 5 nights at the Festival de Jazz de Vitoria Gasteiz (July 14-18). He’s back in Canada on August 1 at the Kaslo Jazz Festival before going to South America for three concerts in Sao Paolo, August 20-22.

Guitarist Lurrie Bell has a busy summer with concerts featuring his Chicago Blues Band. They will be performing at the Ottawa Blues Festival (July 16) and the Vancouver Folk Festival (July 19). On July 24, Bell is performing at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in Scotland and then returns to the USA for a double bill with African artist Bassekou Kouyate for the World Music Series “A Journey of The Blues” at Artown in Reno on July 29. Bell is also set for a series of shows in Ecuador, (August 4-7) including two nights at the Quito Blues Festival. Bell and Kouyate will join up again on August 16 for Central Park Sessions in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Ernie Watts Quartet headlines Swing In The Wind jazz festival in Estavayer-Le-Lac, Switzerland on July 17. The saxophonist then joins the Sligo Jazz Project and Festival in Ireland for a week of master classes and a concert with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra (July 21-26). Watts is the featured guest artist this year at the Telluride Jazz Festival (July 31 & Aug 1) where he has two performances with his quartet and a workshop. August 7 & 8, he’ll join the Brad Goode Quartet as special guest for shows at Chicago’s famed Green Mill Jazz Club.

April 13 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------

We are all saddened by the sudden passing of longtime friend and client, trumpet legend Lew Soloff. He left us on March 8, suddenly and unexpectedly, and we will miss him greatly. This gentleman of jazz had many friends and musical associates who will be coming together on June 8 in New York to celebrate Lew’s life and music. The event will take place at the John C. Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music and is free to the public. Master of Ceremonies will be Soloff’s longtime friend Paul Shaffer.

The vintage recording of Lonnie Johnson performing his composition “Blackbird Blues” has been licensed by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for their new Jacob Lawrence exhibit “One Way Ticket: Migration and Other Visions of the Great Movement North” an extensive collection of the collage artist’s works depicting African Americans’ journey from the Jim Crow South.

Ernie Watts starts a European tour with his quartet on April 25 at the Hemingway Lounge in Karlsruhe Germany. He will be playing Germany, Austria, France and Spain including a concert at the Seville Jazz Festival on May 9. Watts is also the featured artist at “Saxophone Day” in Budapest on May 16 with a workshop at the Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music and evening concert at the Budapest Jazz Club. He then goes on to Turkey to meet up with classical pianist Kerem Gorsev for shows (May 19-27) in Istanbul, Izmir, Kusadasi and a performance at the Ankara Jazz Festival.

On April 20, the Open Sky Music Foundation presents a workshop with The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers at the Big Bear High School. This group of young musicians who perform traditional-style spirituals with multi-part harmonies, will play for the students and discuss career goals and challenges of a working band. These talented songwriters/performers just signed with the respected booking agency The Billions Corporation.

T-Bone Walker’s perennial hit “They Call It Stormy Monday” made the new season of The Voice, performed by the popular Mia Z.

February 6, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------

The Shifty Henry composition “Let Me Go Home Whiskey” is in the soundtrack of the major motion picture “Focus” starring Will Smith. Used in the film, is the Snooks Eaglin version of this well-known song, originally recorded by Amos Milburn and made famous by Asleep At The Wheel.

Bates Meyer is handling the music clearances for “Off The Menu,” set to air on PBS. The film examines the culture of Asian cuisine and how it has been transformed by the American palate. From the sushi king of Houston to an 800 year old Hawaiian fish pond, the stories explore the fusion of Asian and American tastes through innovation, community and ancient practices which foster sustainability.

Respected slide guitarist Roy Rogers has hired Bates Meyer to clear the music for his concert project from the PBS series “Music Gone Public.” Rogers covers Robert Johnson and Willie Dixon for this DVD release, with guests Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Charlie Musselwhite.

Several pieces from the Bates Meyer archives will be on display at the new Memphis Blues Foundation Museum. In addition to photos and rare Lonnie Johnson and T-Bone Walker artifacts, company client Otis Rush is contributing a cowboy hat from his personal wardrobe.

Two-Time Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts will be appearing at the 25th Annual Temple College Jazz Festival on March 29 in Temple, Texas. In mid-February, the artist joins old friend Lee Ritenour in the studio for a new recording project.

In March Chicago Blues guitarist Lurrie Bell will be headlining the Bonita Springs Blues Festival as well as returning to the Bern International Jazz Festival with Billy Branch’s Sons of Blues and special guest Jimmy Johnson. In April Bell will journey to France for a two week acoustic duo tour with Russ Green on harmonica. Bell is now represented in North America by the prestigious Folk Lore International Agency. FLI has a long track record dating back into the 1950’s representing renowned folk, blues and world music artists.

The Otis Rush composition “Ain’t Enough Coming In,” has been licensed for an online music education course “Worlds Of Music,” created by Cengage Learning.

December 19, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------

Nancy Meyer is writing a Fair Use Analysis for the documentary “Hula Is My Language,” (Inclusion Films). The short film explores unnecessary and invalid labels placed upon those with developmental disabilities. Hawaiian Music and dance is the film’s foundation, exhibiting how the spiritual culture of the islands is both healing and disavows long held stereotypes.

The television program “Red Band Society,” with Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer licensed the Paul Oscher composition “Bedstuy Parade And Funeral March” for a recent episode. Bates Meyer handles licensing for Oscher's Velma Jean Music (BMI). The composition is performed and co-written by Mos Def.

Otis Rush’s composition and recording “Right Place, Wrong Time” (Shout! Factory) will be heard on the soundtrack of the ABC television series “Forever.” The episode is set to air on January 6, 2015.

Ted Hawkins’ widow Elizabeth Hawkins and daughter Tina recorded a version of the Hawkins’ composition “Baby” in Austin last week for the Ted Hawkins Tribute CD “Cold & Bitter Tears: The Songs Of Ted Hawkins.” Elizabeth can be heard singing background on many of the recordings Ted made over the years. “Baby” was the artist’s first single released in 1966.

Ernie Watts heads to New York next month for a concert celebrating the music of Charlie Haden at Town Hall on January 13. Those performing at the event include Carla Bley, Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Pat Metheny, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Joshua Redman, the Haden Triplets and many others.

Bates Meyer worked with the nonprofit Killer Blues Headstone Project to create and finance a new gravestone for the legendary Lonnie Johnson, being placed just before Christmas. The slant marker will display Johnson’s lyrics from his first single “Mr. Johnson’s Blues” released in 1925, “I want all you people to listen to my song, remember me after the days I’m gone.”

September 30, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------

The Open Sky Music Foundation, Inc. will be presenting another “Blues In The Schools” workshop at Big Bear Lake’s North Shore Elementary on November 7 with Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton. Born in 1989, this young bard is a purveyor of American vernacular music. The multi-instrumentalist who is proficient on piano, violin, guitar, banjo and harmonica will showcase the storytelling nature of the 5-string banjo in the folk, blues and bluegrass genres. Paxton participated in the award winning documentary “Playing For Change,” which brought street musicians from around the world together to demonstrate that music is an international language which supersedes, cultures, language and geography.

T-Bone Walker's music never goes out of style. His composition and master “It’s A Low Down Dirty Deal” was licensed for the TV show “Manhattan,” about the scientists whose mission it was to create the first atomic bomb, airing October 5. Walker’s 1950 recording of “The Sun Went Down” appears in the new biopic on Jimi Hendrix “All By My Side,” featuring OutKast's André Benjamin now in theaters.

Lonnie Johnson’s “Too Late To Cry” appears in the French documentary “Until Tomorrow.” On the road across California, in the steps of Jack Kerouac, these new beatniks focus on the energy and thrills of action sports. Beautifully filmed landscapes are the setting for these mountain BMX riders and boarders.

Chicago guitarist Lurrie Bell is currently on tour in France through October 11 including shows in Paris, Nancy and Grand Synthe, then off to South America, October 17 – November 21 for concerts in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay with a headline appearance at the Mississippi Delta Blues Festival in Caxias do Sul, Brazil.

Grammy winning saxophonist Ernie Watts starts his next European tour at the JazzInitiative Wuerzburg Jazz Festival on October 25 in Germany. He then leads his quartet for debut headline shows at Le Duc Des Lombards in Paris, October 31 and November 1.

In November, Kenny Wayne takes part in the San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival at the Jazz Center (Nov. 9). He heads off to the Englert Theater in Iowa City for the 5th Annual Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp on Nov. 14.

Bates Meyer is handling the music clearance and licensing for the concert documentary “Rose Of No-Man’s Land,” working with singer/songwriter and activist Nell Robinson. The film set for PBS broadcast, is part concert performance and part memoir, with vintage photographs and the spoken text of archival letters. Filmed at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, this is a non-partisan review that explores the events of men and women on the frontlines, and those back home. Joining Robinson on stage are Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, John Doe, guitarist Jim Nunally and Keith Little on mandolin, fiddle and banjo.

June 30, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------

A tribute recording project is in the works to celebrate the music of the late singer-songwriter Ted Hawkins. New versions of compositions from the Hawkins’ catalog will be recorded under the direction of Kevin Russell (The Gourds, Shinyribs), Brian T. Atkinson (author of “I’ll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt) and Americana marketing wiz Jenni Finlay (James McMurtry, Randy Weeks, Ben Kweller).

Ernie Watts will join Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin at the Festival da Jazz in Switzerland for two nights August 10 in St. Moritz and August 11 in Zurich. The group will be celebrating Grusin’s birthday as he turns 80 years young. The Ernie Watts Quartet will be the featured performer for San Diego’s premier jazz station, KSDS at a special “house concert” promotion taking place at Hoehn Mercedes in Carlsbad on August 7.

The T-Bone Walker Blues Festival returns for its 9th year on Sep 13 & 14 at a new location, the Cobb Convention Center in Longview, Texas. Walker, who hailed from East Texas will be honored at this annual event, by those scheduled to appear including; Jimmie Vaughan with Lou Ann Barton, Tony Joe White, Rick Derringer, Eddie Clearwater and Bates Meyer artists, Lurrie Bell and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.

The Open Sky Music Foundation will again be programming the music for the 5th Annual Blues For the Zoo concert set for September 27 on the shore of Big Bear Lake. The afternoon of music, local artisan booths and craft brews will feature The Otis Taylor Band, Janiva Magness and Bonne Musique Zydeco.

Guitarist Jimmy Thackery just released his latest CD “Wide Open,” containing 12 new tunes, all written by Thackery. “Wide Open” is the artist’s homage to life on the wide open road as he starts a busy summer tour schedule with dates across the Midwest and eastern seaboard, including shows at the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine and the Great American Blues Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne's new CD “Rollin’ with the Blues Boss” is off to a good start and is currently #8 on the Living Blues Radio Charts. Kenny will be touring South America in August with dates in Chile, Argentina and Brazil (August 14 – 29).

Lurrie Bell has a very busy July with appearances at the Montana Folk Festival (July 11-13) and a European Tour with the Chicago Blues Living History Band (July 19-26).

March 26, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------

Chicago guitarist Lurrie Bell has signed with respected talent agency Folklore International for special bookings at performing arts centers and festivals. The agency will be soliciting offers for “Devil Ain’t Got No Music,” a program featuring acoustic blues and gospel music from Bell's highly acclaimed CD of the same name. Bell leaves home for an extensive tour of Europe at the end of March, beginning in Bern with fellow bluesman Carl Weathersby, April 1-5. Bell then goes on to join the Dave Spector Band as special guest with concerts in Sweden, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, Italy and Germany (April 11-27). He heads back overseas for performances in Scandinavia with Copenhagen Slim (May 15 – 24) and finishes up that trip with the Chicago Living Blues History Band May 31 – June 7.

“A Simple Truth” is the new CD due out in May from the Ernie Watts Quartet. The recording contains music by Keith Jarrett, Dizzy Gillespie and several Watts’ originals. Watts label Flying Dolphin Records is distributed by City Hall in the U.S. and by Laika Records in Germany. Watts will be performing music from “A Simple Truth” on his upcoming European tour (April 26-May 11) with concerts in Germany, Ireland and Switzerland.

The biography of Lonnie Johnson will be published by the University of North Texas Press this coming spring. “Lonnie Johnson: Music and Civil Rights,” written by Dr. Dean Alger explores the ebb and flow of Johnson’s career and why he is called the original guitar hero.

Kenny Wayne’s new CD will be released April 22 by Stony Plain Records. “Rollin’ with the Blues Boss” was co-produced with Tom Lavin of the Powder Blues Band and again shows Wayne’s strength as a songwriter, singer and master of those 88 keys.

Bates Meyer has filed Copyright Terminations for Chicago blues legend Otis Rush, ensuring that his family publishing company will recapture rights to some of his best known songs, including “All Your Love (I Miss Loving), “Double Trouble” and “Keep On Loving Me Baby.”

January 13, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------

Bates Meyer is pleased to announce that two time Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Frankfurt Music Prize, to be awarded on March 14. The artist is being honoured “for his strikingly melodic saxophone style and his original tone language, with which he has already enriched several generations of musicians.” The Frankfurt Music Prize was founded in 1980 and is presented annually at the international Musik Messe in Frankfurt by the Trustees of the Frankfurt Music Prize Foundation. This prestigious award is bestowed to personalities from the world of music for special achievements in the fields of interpretation, composition, musicology, teaching or services to music making. Past honourees have included Chick Corea, Sir George Solti, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel and Keith Emerson.

Lurrie Bell is also in the spotlight with FIVE Blues Music Award nominations generated by his latest Delmark release “Blues In My Soul.” The Blues Foundation announced that Bell is up for “Album of the Year,” “Song of the Year – Blues In My Soul” (written by Bell), “Instrumentalist - Guitar,” “Traditional Blues Album,” and “Traditional Male Blues Artist.” The award ceremony is scheduled for May 8, 2014 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis.

T-Bone Walker’s classic “Mean Old World” was recently licensed for a scene in the NBC network program “Parenthood.” The show used Walker’s 1959 recording of the composition.

Gospel pioneers The Holmes Brothers recorded a new version of the Ted Hawkins’ composition “Gave Up All I Had” which appears on their latest release “Feed My Soul.”

Kenny Wayne leads his trio for a week at Marian’s Jazz Room in Bern later this month. His run at the famed jazz and blues club, January 28 – February 1 is a precursor to an extended tour of France and Switzerland March 7 – 29.

November 15, 2013 -------------------------------------------------------------

Ted Hawkins’ composition “Sorry You’re Sick” was just covered by the alt country group Miss Tess and The Talkbacks on their new CD “The Love I Have For You” on Signature Sounds. The Hawkins’ track is the album’s first single and Miss Tess is currently on tour in support of the new release.

British Columbia based pianist Kenny Wayne will be performing at a fundraiser later this month (Nov. 20) for the Gordon And Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists. The event takes place at the Gordon Smith Gallery for Canadian Art in North Vancouver. The Smith Patrons Gala includes a multi-course gourmet dinner, live auction of a Gordon Smith masterwork art piece followed by Wayne’s performance.

Bates Meyer is moving its 8 managed publishing catalogs to Wixen Music Publishing for administration as of January 1. The collection includes compositions by T-Bone Walker, Lonnie Johnson, Otis Rush and Ted Hawkins among others. Wixen is an established administration company which also handles the music of artists such as Neil Young, George Harrison, Carlos Santana, John Lee Hooker and Robert Cray.

Ernie Watts is currently on tour with his quartet in Europe. The group will take a few days off in Cologne (Nov. 25 & 26) to record their next CD for the artist’s Flying Dolphin Records. Watts is scheduled to be the celebrity judge and performer at the Buffet Group’s saxophone competition at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on December 18. The international competition is sponsored by Julius Keilwerth Saxophones. The Ernie Watts Quartet is also scheduled to perform at the Saville Theater in San Diego on January 14 for KSDS radio.

Lew Soloff will be participating in a “Meet and Greet” appearance at J. Landress Brass in New York City on the afternoon of December 13, sponsored by Blessing Trumpets. In January, the Lew Soloff Quartet takes off for Russian for a series of three concerts. This includes Soloff’s debut at the famed Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow on January 30.

Lurrie Bell has a coveted spot opening for Buddy Guy, during Guy’s annual run at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. Bell will take the stage at Legend’s in an acoustic set on January 30, to warm up the standing room only crowd. Bell headlines the club with his electric band, the following Saturday, February 1.

September 9, 2013 -------------------------------------------------------------

Saxophonist Ernie Watts will be the featured soloist with the Doc Severinsen Big Band, touring performing arts center in the Midwest (Sept. 16-30) and on the east coast (Oct 17-24. Watts then takes part in the all-star Pitt Jazz Seminar on November 2 at the University of Pittsburgh, led by the new university jazz director Geri Allen. The Ernie Watts Quartet takes off for a European tour November 10-30 with concerts in Russia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Croatia. The schedule includes jazz festivals in Vilnius and Saransk.

Lurrie Bell takes his Chicago blues to the Richmond Folk Festival for a weekend of concerts sponsored by the National Council for the Traditional Arts. The guitarist will perform acoustic and electric sets during his 4 shows October 11-13. The Bell band then heads for Europe November 13-23 for a French concert tour including a residency at the acclaimed Blues sur Seine Festival.

Kenny Wayne is set to record another album for Canada’s Stony Plain Records in October. The project will include a guest appearance by singer-songwriter Eric Bibb and Texas Blues singer Diunna Greenleaf. Wayne is then off to Argentina November 14-16 on his first trip to South America for concerts with Eddie Clearwater. Wayne then returns to France in December for a series of concerts paying homage to Wayne’s idol, New Orleans giant Fats Domino. A studio recording of the Domino celebration will also be made at the end of the tour with a longer French tour in the works for the spring of 2014.

The Estate of Aaron “T-Bone” Walker just finished up a license for a T-Bone Walker live version of “Stormy Monday” at the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival for a CD release of various artists from that historic concert event. The project is to be released by Jack White’s label, Third Man Records, anticipated for a spring 2014 street date.

Bates Meyer has been assisting Otis Rush in exercising his termination rights for his classic compositions such as “Double Trouble,” “All Your Love (I Miss Loving)” and “Keep On Loving Me Baby.” As provided for by copyright law, rights to those important songs will be claimed for the Rush family publishing company Otis Rush Publishing (BMI).

July 1, 2013 -------------------------------------------------------------

Bates Meyer is pleased to announce that Rick Bates has been promoted to Music Director at KBHR 93.3 FM, the local commercial station in Big Bear Lake, CA. In addition to driving the direction of the station’s playlist he will continue his weekly blues program “Friday Night Blues On The Bear.”

The Ernie Watts Quartet will be headlining the Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz and Mas on July 19 & 20 in Las Palmas and Tenerife, in the Canary Islands (Spain). He will also be appearing at Bumbershoot in Seattle on August 31 with respected Seattle jazz trio New Stories.

Lurrie Bell returns to South America later this month for concerts with Eddie Taylor, Jr. in Argentina and Brazil (July 27 – August 11). Bell’s latest studio recording “Blues In My Soul” came out last month on Chicago’s deep roots blues label Delmark Records. He’ll take part in the Delmark 60th Anniversary celebration at SPACE in Evanston on August 23.

Piano man Kenny Wayne will be appearing at the Hep Cats Holiday Festival in the U.K. on July 6, before hitting several music festivals in Canada and Europe, including the Victoriaville Blues Festival in Quebec (July 26). In early August he performs throughout France at Laroquebrou Boogie Woogie Festival (Aug 8-10), La Baule Jazz Festival (Aug 12), Marciac Jazz Festival (Aug 14-15) and the Dieppe Jazz Festival (Aug. 17).

T-Bone Walker’s name and image was recently licensed by The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, for a special collection of inductee T-shirts. The high-end acid-washed apparel will be available in August through the museum’s gift shop and website.

On a tour stop in Sweden, trumpeter Lew Soloff will take part in a recording session for the Stockholm Brass Exploitation Orchestra. Soloff joins the orchestra as guest soloist for the project.

March 7, 2013 -------------------------------------------------------------

The T-Bone Walker recording “Ponytail” was licensed for use in the HBO series “Tremé.” That early 1950s session was produced by New Orleans legend Dave Bartholomew.

Boogie Woogie pianist Kenny Wayne is racking up a lot of frequent flyer miles this Spring with festival and theater dates in France (Swing a Mirepoix / March 31 and the famed Paris Caveau de le Huchette / March 26-29), Switzerland (International Boogie Woogie Festival in Lugano / April 12-14 and The Dixie-Jazz & Blues Festival in Zurich / April 25) plus Quebec (Blues de Saugenay / April 19, Cabaret-Théatre du Vieux St-Jean / April 18 and Eglise Sacre Coeur Sainte Therese / April 20.)

Bates Meyer, Inc. just finished up music licensing for the Turner network documentary “Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball,” with an initial airdate of March 17. “Bluegrass Kingdom” is the story of how this college program, located in America’s cradle of thoroughbred racing, became one of the iconic names in sports. The team’s players and coaches have been associated with some of college basketball’s greatest moments as well as some of its ugliest chapters, including institutional racism. This is not just a film about college basketball, but it is also chronicles the struggles of integrating the sport.

Ernie Watts is touring Turkey with concerts in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir (March 2-10). The saxophonist is appearing with the local philharmonic orchestra in each city along with respected Turkish pianist Kerem Gorsev. Alan Broadbent conducts. In early April, Watts joins an allstar group of jazz musicans at the Wroclaw Jazz Festival in Poland, April 10 and 11. He appears with Billy Childs, Harvey Mason and Darek Oles. April 23-26, Watts will the featured performer and clinician at the Big Band Jam! in Washington, DC, including performances on the National Mall and at the Blues Alley jazz club.

The Santa Cruz Jazz Festival is hosting Lew Soloff at their annual festival on March 15 and 16. Soloff’s appearance, sponsored by Blessing Trumpets includes two shows at the Crocker Theater and two student workshops.

January 21, 2013 --------------------------------------------------------------

“Take My Blues,” written and performed by Jimmy Thackery was licensed for inclusion in the season premier of the FX Network popular TV show “Justified,” which aired on January 8. The show’s soundtrack has a strong following and the song can be accessed from the show’s website.

The Blues Foundation in Memphis honored Lurrie Bell’s track “The Devil Ain’t Got No Music” (written by Matthew Skoller) from his CD of the same name with a Song of the Year nomination. Bell also received the Prix du Blues award from the prestigious French L’Academie du Jazz for the Best Blues Recording of 2012 and Bell is also featured on the cover of the current issue of French Blues magazine ABS.

Trumpeter Lew Soloff travels to Texas next month where he will be taking part in the University of Houston Jazz Festival on February 23, appearing as Guest Soloist and clinician.

The Ernie Watts Quartet is slated for a special performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on February 15. The evening is tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, also featuring TS Monk, Nneenna Freelon and Kevin Mahogany. The Peaks Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, Utah has invited Ernie Watts to participate as featured guest and clinician. Watts’ appearance at the event on February 22 is sponsored by Rico Reeds and The Buffet Group USA.

November 6, 2012 --------------------------------------------------------------

T-Bone Walker’s “They Call It Stormy Monday,” a track from the Allman Bros. “At Fillmore East” recording has been licensed for a phone app which allows users to play along on their own instruments to this classic concert. The album ranks Number 49 among Rolling Stone’s 500 Grestest Albums of All Time and remains a top seller in the band’s extensive catalogue.

Chicago guitarist Lurrie Bell enters the recording studio with newly written material in late February for the Delmark label.

Ernie Watts is currently the featured soloist on a tour of Russia for 6 concerts and 2 workshops with the Jazz Province Festivals. Dates on the tour include Moscow, Kursk, Orel, Belgorod and Voronezh (Nov 3 – 10). The saxophonist embarks on a tour with his quartet November 21 with concerts in Germany, Turkey, Slovakia and Austria. Watts ends his 2012 tour schedule in Chicago on December 29 with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, performing a night of Frank Zappa music at the Harris Theater.

Kenny Wayne takes off on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, departing Miami on January 20-27 bringing a little boogie-woogie to the ship’s Caribbean itinerary.

September 10, 2012 --------------------------------------------------------------

Nancy Meyer will is a Juror this year for the Big Bear International Film Festival September 14-16. Entries include; features, animation, shorts, documentaries and student films. Meyer will also conduct a seminar on Music Clearance Essentials for attendees.

Lurrie Bell and Kenny Wayne received respectful nods in this year’s Living Blues Magazine Critics Poll. Lurrie Bell was named the Blues Artist of the Year (Male) and Wayne was honored as Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) and his latest CD “An Old Rock On a Roll” was named the Best New Contemporary Blues Recording. Both Bell and Wayne will be appearing at the Blast Furnace Blues Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Sep 14 & 15). Bell’s appearance includes an electric set and an acoustic set featuring music from his latest Blues Gospel CD “The Devil Ain’t Got No Music.” See the October issue of Downbeat Magazine for a feature on Bell.

Guitarist Bell goes on to New York on September 15th and 16th for special promotional shows at the famed 55 Bar in Greenwich Village for “The Devil Ain’t Got No Music.” TIME OUT NEW YORK gives the concert a pick.

Saxophonist Ernie Watts heads up to Seattle for a performance at the Earshot Jazz Festival on October 20. He kicks off his European fall tour on November 15 with three nights at Le Duc Des Lombards in Paris.

Lew Soloff will be the featured soloist at the Constella Jazz Festival in Cincinnati on October 18, performing two classic Gil Evans arrangements “Porgy And Bess” and “Sketches of Spain.” The trumpeter also takes part in the Kirkwood College fall Jazz program with a clinic and concert at the Iowa college on November 10.

The Open Sky Music Foundation will be presenting a Guitar Master Class at Big Bear High School with noted songwriter and raconteur Doug MacLeod, Monday, November 5. The high school music program has developed a guitar student course, which will host MacLeod, known for his expertise on the National Steel Guitar.

July 8, 2012 --------------------------------------------------------------

The office of Texas Tourism just licensed the image and name of favorite son T-Bone Walker for a TV commercial campaign promoting the state of Texas, and its long line of musical legends.

Ernie Watts travels to Costa Rica July 18-22 for performances as guest soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra. The following month, the Ernie Watts Quartet headlines the Summertime Fest in Jurmala, Latvia (August 13) and Jazz At The Old Town Square in Warsaw, Poland (August 25).

Lurrie Bell recently performed live on the radio program "Wood Songs" featuring music from his new CD "The Devil Ain't Got No Music." The broadcast will be going out to their large network of stations in July. “Wood Songs” is a multi-media event that tapes at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington, hosted by folksinger Michael Johnathon. The show is broadcast on close to 500 radio stations via live webcast, on-line streaming, video/audio podcast and public TV stations airing in 90 million households. Bell will also be debuting his "The Devil Ain't Got No Music” acoustic gospel blues show in New York City on September 15th and 16th with shows at the famed Greenwich Village nightclub, The 55 Bar. As for overseas trips he will be performing at the Japan Blues Festival in Aomori on July 19-21 and will be traveling to South America in August for shows in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Piano man Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne will be touring in France later this year with dates from September 26 through October 14th.

April 9, 2012 --------------------------------------------------------------

“Blues In G” and “Got The Blues For the West End,” two Lonnie Johnson pieces are included in a French documentary “Bulletin De Santé Communal” (Local Health Bulletin).” The film explores the story of a rural river village and how the aging population in France and available health care in the country’s national system is becoming a political, economic and human problem.

The Memphis Slim tune “John Henry” was performed by actor/musician Hugh Laurie (“HOUSE”) in a recent concert performance “Hugh Laurie” Let Them Talk – A Celebration of New Orleans Blues” broadcast nationally on PBS. The program is also available on DVD.

Saxophonist Ernie Watts heads off to Europe for a three week tour with the Ernie Watts Quartet April 22 to May 12 with dates in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, England, Austria and the Czech Republic. Watts then travels to South East Asia May 19 to June 3 for concerts in Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, and Bangkok including a performance at the Kuala Lumpur Jazz Festival. The Ernie Watts Quartet will also be headlining the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington, Delaware on June 21.

Lew Soloff will take part in the April 12 “Highlights In Jazz” series at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in tribute to Sonny Fortune, along with George Cables, Billy Hart and Jeremy Pelt. The trumpeter then travels to Fargo to perform as featured soloist with Big Band Incorporated on April 15.

Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers just released “As Live As it Gets,” featuring JP Soars, (slide and cigar box guitar hero) and the Hydraulic Horns. Recorded live on last fall’s Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, the CD contains songs by Muddy Waters, Johnny Guitar Watson and JB Lenoir along with a number of Thackery originals.

Lurrie Bell celebrates the release of his new CD “The Devil Ain’t Got No Music,” with two special shows in Chicago. On April 21, Bell will be performing at Congressman Bobby Rush’s Beloved Community Christian Church with the full church choir backing his group. On April 25, he will be at S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston. CD drops on April 17 on Aria BG Records via City Hall Distribution. Bell will once again be touring in Europe this summer with The Chicago Blues Living History Band. On July 8, the group will be performing at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival co-billed with Bob Dylan.

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne is nominated for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year and will be performing at National Blues Awards in Memphis on May 10. Wayne’s latest CD “An Old Rock On a Roll” has been well received in France and Wayne has three trips to France coming up in the next few months including a three-night stand in Paris at the famed left bank nightclub the Caveau de la Huchette.

November 30, 2011 --------------------------------------------------------------

Next month, Lew Soloff will participate in the documentary “55 GRAND” about the heyday of the renowned New York jazz spot from the 1980s. The trumpeter shares his recollections about the music room, which was home to the healthy local jazz scene at the time.

Saxophonist Ernie Watts travels to the Jazz Education Network Conference in Louisville, January 6 and 7 for a concert and clinic at the event. Watts appears courtesy of Buffet Crampon USA.

Aria BG Records joins the City Hall Records distribution family for release of Lurrie Bell’s gospel blues CD “The Devil Ain’t Got No Music,” the Chicago guitarist’s newest project due out in April.

Lurrie Bell and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne were both nominated for National Blues Awards by the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Bell was nominated for Gibson Guitar Award (Best Blues Guitarist) and Best Blues Album for his participation on the Chicago Blues A Living History The (Revolution Continues) CD. Wayne was nominated for the Pinetop Perkins Best Piano Player Award.

A new Lonnie Johnson biography “Way Down That Lonesome Road: Lonnie Johnson in Toronto 1965-1970” has just been published. Penned by noted Jazz critic Mark Miller, the book documents the warm welcome that Johnson received in Toronto in the later years of his life.

Universal Music Publishing will be soliciting a sampler of Reverend Cleavant Derricks’ music in mid-January with samples of covers from The Derricks Legacy (BMI) catalog as recorded by Bill Monroe, The Zion Travelers, Jo-el Sonnier and others.

August 22, 2011 --------------------------------------------------------------

Saxophonist Ernie Watts joins his longtime collaborator Charlie Haden and Quartet West for a fall concert tour in Europe with dates in France, Germany, Poland and Sweden including a performance at the prestigious Salzberg Jazz Festival in Austria (October 19 to November 2). Watts then leads his own Ernie Watts Quartet for additional European dates in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic November 18 – December 10. These shows support his newest CD release “Oasis” which comes out November 15.

The Lew Soloff Quartet featuring pianist Jean-Michel Pilc headlines the JVL Jazz Festival in Sevastopol,Ukraine on Saturday, September 3. The trumpeter will also be appearing in a collaboration with Russian musicians during the festival.

Lurrie Bell just finished a successful two and a half week tour of Italy on August 1st with his band. Lurrie will be joining the Delta Guitar Slingers (Michael Burks and Sherman Robertson) for festival dates in late August and September. After, he is heading to Argentina in late September and back to France in November with Billy Branch, Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer and others for a theatre tour to support the new CD “Chicago Blues A Living History (The Revolution Continues.) Bell just completed work on his gospel blues CD tentatively titled “The Devil Ain’t Got No Music” with plans for an early 2012 release.

Kenny Wayne’s latest CD “An Old Rock on A Roll” reached a milestone in France recently as the record hit #1 on the national French Blues airplay charts in early August. The disc, produced by guitarist Duke Robillard is receiving solid reviews and entered the Living Blues Radio Airplay Charts at #7 in the United States. Kenny has a busy schedule with upcoming shows in Trois Rivieres and Montreal in the Quebec province as well as more French dates in the works for 2012.

May 1, 2011 --------------------------------------------------------------

Ted Hawkins’ emotional song “Sorry You’re Sick” appeared in the Ira Glass syndicated radio show This American Life last month as punctuation for the weekly program’s subject “Know When To Fold ‘Em.” This American Life is is a public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 1.7 million listeners

Nancy Meyer is off to the South of France in May for two weeks, working as a mentor with film students for The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival.

Saxophonist Ernie Watts joins Charlie Haden’s Quartet West for a three week tour in Europe this May with dates in Spain, Norway, Poland, Germany, Italy, including two nights at Barbican Hall in London. Watts then heads off for concerts in Bangkok and Hong Kong June 14 – 23.

Kenny Wayne’s new Duke Robillard produced CD “An Old Rock on a Roll” is set for release June 21st on Stony Plain Records in North America and Dixie Frog in Europe. Pianist Wayne will be at the famed Lionel Hampton Room at Le Meridien Hotel in Paris May 24-28 to promote the CD and has a slate of summer festival and club dates set in North America including the Toronto Waterfront Blues Fest, The Kitchener Blues Fest and the Mt. Tremblant International Blues Fest.

Lurrie Bell will be joining the Delta Guitar Slingers (Michael Burks and Sherman Robertson) for select dates this summer. The guitarist will also be touring with his own band in Italy in July and will be returning to Argentina and Brazil in September. He will also join a fall tour with the Chicago Blues Living History Band throughout Europe in support of the group’s follow up to their Grammy Nominated debut. The new CD "The (R)evolution Continues" comes out in June and features Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Magic Slim and Ronnie Baker Brooks among others.

March 6, 2011 --------------------------------------------------------------

The Open Sky Music Foundation, Inc. will once again be programming Blues For The Zoo in Big Bear Lake, a benefit concert for the local wildlife sanctuary. The day (August 6, 2011) will feature world class blues along with local artisan craft booths and a selection of freshly prepared food and beverages along the lakeshore.

Ernie Watts’ Flying Dolphin Records has finished up a new distribution deal with City Hall Records for North America. Watts heads into the studio in Cologne, Germany on April 18 and 19 to work on his next recording with the Ernie Watts Quartet. He returns to the USA for a concert with Kurt Elling at UC Berkeley on April 23.

Lew Soloff will be a featured soloist and clinician at this year’s International Trumpet Guild conference in Minneapolis on May 24 and 25. His appearance is sponsored by Blessing Trumpets.

Warner Music Group is releasing “Legends of the Blues Vol 1” featuring 10 Memphis Slim tracks.

Jimmy Thackery's latest CD “Feel The Heat” is due out later this month with 10 new Thackery compositions lighting up the disc.

Lonnie Johnson’s composition “Haunted House” was added as a bonus track to the B.B. King release “One Kind Favor” for a special download edition of this Grammy winning CD.

December 8, 2010 --------------------------------------------------------------

Bates Meyer managed catalogs Jordimax Music (Jimmy Thackery), Urban Renewal Music (Ernie Watts), Henry Heritage Music (The Estate of John Shifty Henry) and Ted Hawkins Music have all moved to Cherry Lane Music for publishing administration.

Ernie Watts is scheduled to produce and film “Masterclass For Saxophone: A Melodic Approach to Improvisation” on December 20 at Big City Recording Studios with a follow up shoot at the Long Beach Museum of Art on January 11. The project is set for worldwide release by the Quantum Leap Group, LTD.

Lurrie Bell will be going into the studio in January to record his next CD, a study of blues-based Gospel material. Guitarist Bell will be exploring some classic spirituals in a stripped down, acoustic setting for this release. Funding for the project comes from a grant by 3Arts, a philanthropic organization based in Chicago known for supporting local artists working in the fields of music, theater, and visual arts.

Kenny Wayne has just signed a deal with the respected Canadian label Stony Plain Records. Wayne will be working with acclaimed blues guitarist Duke Robillard, who will produce. The project will feature a number of the pianist’s new songs in a boogie woogie groove. Sessions are set for early January 2011.

Lew Soloff will the a featured guest at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, taking place February 25 & 26 at the University of Alabama. Activies include two concerts and a workshop, sponsored by Blessing Trumpets.

October 29, 2010 --------------------------------------------------------------

Ted Hawkins’ poignant song “Big Things” has just been cleared for use in the new fall series “Hellcats” from executive producer/director Allan Arkush on the CW. Hawkins himself is also referenced as an inspiration in the script, for his unusual life journey and “perfect” music.

Saxophonist Ernie Watts has been invited to perform with the WDR Big Band for concerts in Essen and at Philharmonic Hall in Cologne on December 3 & 4. The music will be in tribute to Charles Mingus with arrangements by Michael Abene. Watts then travels on to Ljubliana for a concert with the National Jazz Orchestra of Slovenia on December 8.

Lew Soloff will be the featured guest vocalist with Phil Wilson’s Rainbow Band at the Berklee College of Music on December 8. The trumpeter will also be conducting a masterclass at the renowned music school.

August 31, 2010 --------------------------------------------------------------

Bates Meyer has been engaged by the Center for Asian American Media in San Francisco to work on a documentary about musician virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Born in Hawaii, Jake is of Japanese descent and is recognized for his classical stylings on the traditional Hawaiian Ukulele. Collaborations have included work with Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffet and Jack Johnson. The film tells Jake’s story, his rise in the music world (he’s playing the Monterey Jazz Festival in September) and demonstrates how his passion for or his own heritage flows as does his abilities on his instrument. Bates Meyer will be doing music research along with clearance and licensing for the project.

The Ernie Watts Quartet will be a featured group at the Ocean Beach Music and Arts Festival in San Diego on September 11. Saxophonist Watts will also make his headline debut at Ronnie Scott’s in London on October 19 & 20 after a concert at the Bydgoszcz Jazz Festival in Poland (also with his quartet). He then joins Charlie Haden’s Quartet West for concerts in Germany, Italy, Yugoslavia, Portugal and Ireland.

Lurrie Bell takes his guitar to Europe in November to join the CHICAGO BLUES: A Living History band for a two week tour. The group recently was in the studio working on a follow up to their Grammy nominated debut CD. The new disc features Chicago’s own Buddy Guy on a track.

Legendary blues and jazz guitarist Lonnie Johnson will be celebrated by the Starr-Gennett Foundation in Indiana on September 10 and 11. Along with Charley Patton, Johnson will be inducted into the foundation’s Walk of Fame. The Starr-Gennett Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of Gennett Records and its parent organization, the Starr Piano Company. In the early days of jazz, the Gennett studios hosted some of America’s greatest musicians including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Thomas A. Dorsey, in addition to Patton and Johnson.

June 28, 2010 --------------------------------------------------------------

Lew Soloff And The Afro-Cuban Ensemble will headline the Iridium Jazz Club in New York on July 14. In addition to trumpet, the group features timbales, congas, electric bass and keyboard. Stepping into the Gillespie tradition of melding American jazz and infectious African-based Cuban rhythms, Soloff adds his own musical signature to this exciting ensemble.

Chicago guitarist Lurrie Bell is busy this summer with headline dates at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival on July 2 in Davenport, Iowa and the Atlantic Jazz Festival in Halifax on July 10. He will also be appearing with the Chicago Blues Living History Band at the Zouk Mikael Festival in Beirut on July 28. Bell heads off to South America for shows in Argentina and Brazil, August 7 through 21.

Saxophonist Ernie Watts headlined the Red Clay Jazz Festival in Kauai on June 26 and heads off to the far east in July and August for dates with famed Indian violinist L. Subramaniam in Singapore, Malaysia and India.

Rhino Records recently featured T-Bone Walkers “T-Bone’s Blues,” originally out on Atlantic Records, as album of the week for a special download price. The recording was first released in 1959 and contains the classics, “They Call It Stormy Monday,” “Mean Old World” and “T-Bone Shuffle.”

Kenny Wayne will take the stage (and the piano) with his quartet at the Filberg Arts Festival on August 2 in Comox, British Columbia. The annual four-day festival features more than 120 artisans and live music at the beautiful 9-acre waterfront Filberg Heritage Park.

April 12, 2010 --------------------------------------------------------------

“Get A Move On,” which samples the Shifty Henry song (and the T-Bone Walker master) “Hyping Women Blues” was just licensed for use by Nike for use in a retrospective film featuring historic Nike footage for in-house promotion.

Bates Meyer is pleased to announce that we will start working with respected jazz guitarist and composer Anthony Wilson. A longtime member of the Diana Krall group as well as leader of his own nonette and trio, Wilson is looking to expand his career as an educator, with a book of original charts and a few of his father’s (the great west coast bandleader Gerald Wilson) arrangements.

Saxophonist Ernie Watt will join his friend Kurt Elling on stage at this year’s Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on June 12. Earlier this month, Watts finished up a European tour with Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, which included concerts in Spain, France, Turkey, Switzerland and Holland. Quartet West is celebrating their 25th year together and will be going into Capitol Studio A in May for a new recording, set to feature several vocalists including Norah Jone and Diana Krall.

Lew Soloff will take the trumpet lead in a group led by famed Norwegian singer Sigvart Dagsland for several theater concerts in Norway, May 2 – 6. British blues guitarist Snowy White also joins the band for an eclectic musical mix.

Lurrie Bell will headline the Grant Park Band shell Mainstage at the Chicago Blues Festival on Saturday, June 12 as a member of the award winning all-star group CHICAGO BLUES: A LIVING HISTORY. Guitarist Bell joins Billy Branch, Billy Boy Arnold and John Primer in this tribute to classic Chicago-style blues, performing music that traces the Windy City’s history, from the 1940’s to the present.

February 15, 2010 --------------------------------------------------------------

Congratulations to Bates Meyer royalty client Ramblin’ Jack Elliott who won the Best Traditional Blues Grammy Award for his release “A Stranger Here,” produced by Joe Henry available from the Anti label.

T-Bone Walker’s “They Call It Stormy Monday” will be featured on the Eric Clapton’s concert DVD “A Concert By The Lake” due out from Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, a Vancouver resident since the 1980s, is one of the main headliners at the Vancouver Blues Festival 2010, a 24-day extravaganza held in conjunction with the Vancouver Winter Olympics, February 5-28.

Lew Soloff will be the featured soloist and clinician at the South Central Regional Music Conference in Monroe, Louisiana on February 26 & 27. The event grew out of the Katrina disaster with district schools and colleges subsequently deciding to put a focus on music education for the area. Sonaré Winds Trumpets is the sponsor of this appearance. Soloff will also be spotlighting his new Afro-Cuban Ensemble at the 55 Bar on Saturday, February 22

In March, saxophonist Ernie Watts joins pianist extraordinaire Patrice Rushen, percussionist Babatunde Lea and vocalist Dwight Tribble for concerts in tribute to Leon Thomas at Catalina Bar And Grill in Los Angeles (March 10 & 11) and at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on March 18. The shows are in celebration of the CD release “Umbo Weti” out now on Motema Music.

The Open Sky Music Foundation, Inc. has been engaged to produce the musical program for “Blues for the Zoo,” a charity event benefiting the Big Bear Lake Moonridge Zoo. Proceeds from the summer concert will assist the zoo in their rehabilitation program now celebrating 50 years of sanctuary for its wild animal rescue park. The Open Sky Music Foundation is a non-profit 501(C)3 corporation formed by Nancy Meyer and Rick Bates.

December 7, 2009 --------------------------------------------------------------

Bates Meyer is pleased to congratulate two of its artists who were just nominated for Grammy Awards. Guitarist Lurrie Bell was nominated in the Best Traditional Blues category for his participation in “Chicago Blues: A Living History.” Royalty management client Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is up for a Grammy in the same category for his Anti release “A Stranger Here,” produced by Joe Henry.

Lurrie Bell was also honored with a Blues Music Award nomination for Best Guitar Player by the Memphis Blues Foundation. “Chicago Blues: A Living History” also received Blues Music Award nominations for Best Album and Best Traditional Album. The Academy of Jazz of France has voted Chicago Blues: A Living History, “Best Blues Album of the Year.” The award will be presented in Paris on January 12th.

Trumpeter Lew Soloff joins Byron Stripling and Lou Marini for concerts with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra in Ohio, January 22-23, 2010.

T-Bone Walker’s classic “They Call It Stormy Monday” has been selected to be part of the “Epicenters” exhibit at the Los Angeles Grammy Museum. The interactive display will explore the times, places and sounds of American music. Visitors will learn about the nation's rich and varied musical legacies with artifacts and storied imagery.

A new project for the Bates Meyer royalty management division is with the family of Reverend Cleavant Derricks. Reverend Derricks left behind a catalog of over 400 compositions including the often-recorded “Just A Little Talk With Jesus.” This Gospel gem is out on over 100 releases, having been recorded by Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley. Charlie Daniels, George Jones, The Jordanaires, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, Carl Perkins, Jo-El Sonnier and many others.

October 29, 2009 --------------------------------------------------------------

Earlier this month, Bates Meyer artist Lurrie Bell, received a grant from the prestigious 3 Arts Organization. 3 Arts supports Chicago artists working in the fields of music, theater, and visual arts. In addition to the guitarist, the 2009 award recipients include a conductor, a playwright, a painter and a theatrical director. The funds will be spent to record Bell’s next project, a collection of acoustic Gospel blues.

Kenny Wayne will be hitting the ivories down under November 13-15 at the Blues at Bridgetown Festival in western Australia.

The Shifty Henry song “Get A Move On” which samples Henry’s “Hyping Women Blues” (as recorded by T-Bone Walker) was just licensed for the network TV series “90210.”

Saxophonist Ernie Watts will take part in the opening gala of the London Jazz Festival on November 13 at Barbican Hall, in tribute to American song with a 48-piece orchestra and 9 featured vocalists including Natalie Merchant and Brazilian singer Cibelle. Watts will also be appearing with Kurt Elling at the Winter Jazz Festival in Orvieto, Italy Dec. 30 – Jan. 3. Immediately after, Watts heads off to India for a series of concerts with acclaimed violinist L. Subramaniam, January 7-14.

Lew Soloff continues his commitment to education with an appearance at the upcoming Midwest Band and Orchestral Conference on December 16-17 in Chicago. The Midwest Clinic is the world's largest instrumental music education convention, annually drawing approximately 15,000 attendees from all 50 states and as many as forty countries. Soloff will be a featured trumpet soloist with a group of students along with a Sonare Winds Showcase night at Andy’s Jazz Club.

September 28, 2009 --------------------------------------------------------------

Trumpeter Lew Soloff joins an all-star group for the 2009 Jazz At Pitt concert on November 7 at the University of Pittsburgh. Soloff will be performing that evening with Jimmy Owens, Donald Harrison, Benny Golson, George Cables, Leon Lee Dorsey, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Chicago blues guitarist Lurrie Bell is taking his band to Europe in November. Dates include; the Lucerne Blues Festival featuring special guest Eddie Shaw, with other shows in Sweden, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. Check out www.lurrie.com for more details.

Ernie Watts heads to Mira Costa College in Southern California for a clinic and concert on December 12. The program will include music written by the saxophonist.

Blues scribe Mighty Mo Rodgers has just finished his latest CD “Dispatches From The Moon.” The disc, with more politically poignant Rodgers-penned material is due out on Dixie Frog Records in France this fall.

Guitar ringer Jimmy Thackery is recording a live CD and accompanying DVD on November 19 at Callahan’s Music Hall in Detroit.

Kenny Wayne has a new live piano project brewing for Electro-Fi Records. Kenny Wayne’s Pianorama will feature fellow ivory ticklers Curly Bridges, Julian Fauth and Bobby Dean Blackburn. Recording is set to take place at the historic Gladstone Hotel Ballroom in Toronto on October 29. Look for special “Pianorama” shows in 2010.

Wayne will also be showcasing his boogie woogie piano skills for cruisers on the upcoming Pacific Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. The blues party departs San Diego for points south of the border on October 17 for a week-long sail of sunshine and music. Fellow artists include Mavis Staples, Susan Tedeschi, Buckwheat Zydeco and more. Look for possible collaborations with the other Kenny Wayne on the Cruise; Kenny Wayne Shepherd

August 31, 2009 --------------------------------------------------------------

The classic T-Bone Walker composition “They Call It Stormy Monday” has been licensed for the documentary film “Delta Rising,” a story about the people, music and history of the Mississippi Delta. The homage to this great American genre features performances and interviews with Blues and country legends such as Willie Nelson, John Lee Hooker and Pinetop Perkins.

“Tomorrow Night” the 1947 hit by singer and guitar virtuoso Lonnie Johnson appears in the film and soundtrack to the new Martin Scorsese film “Shutter Island” starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Saxophonist Ernie Watts joins Kurt Elling for several concert dates in Europe this October and November, with dates in Cork, Milan, London, Athens, Belgrade, Sarajevo and Vienna. Watts then hooks up with his own quartet for dates in Germany and Turkey.

Lew Soloff will take part in Billy Cobham And Friends at Yoshi’s in Oakland, October 23-25. The trumpeter joins the allstar group which also features Patrice Rushen, Donald Harrison and Essiet Okon Essiet. Soloff then heads to Los Angeles for shows at jazzclub Charlie O’s as he reunites with his New York friends (and Conan O’Brien musicians) Jerry Vivino, James Wormworth & Mike Merritt, plus Larry Goldings on piano (October 29 & 31).

Nancy Meyer will be heading a seminar for the Big Bear International Film Festival on Finding and Licensing Great Affordable Music: MUSIC CLEARANCE ESSENTIALS, scheduled for Friday, September 18. This is the festival’s 10-Year anniversary!

June 30, 2009 --------------------------------------------------------------

Bates Meyer partner Rick Bates is now bringing Blues to the airwaves in Big Bear Lake. His new radio show “Blues on the Bear” can be heard every Friday at 6:00pm (Pacific Standard Time) on the commercial station KBHR-FM. Listen on-line at www.kbhr933.com

Ace Records, LTD. recently released a new Jimmy Witherspoon compilation “I’ll Be Right On Down.” The compilation contains 24 classic Witherspoon sides from his Modern Records archive, recorded between 1947 and 1953.

A new Ted Hawkins CD is now out on Rounder Records. From the “Perfect 10 Series” (the Best of Rounder Records) comes “Essential Recordings: Cold And Bitter Tears.” Tracks are taken from his critically acclaimed records “Watch Your Step” and “Happy Hour.”

Saxophonist Ernie Watts is back in the studio in August to finish up tracks for his new CD “Double Quartet.” Recorded both in Germany with his European quartet and in the U.S. with his longtime Los Angeles group, the release will contain new Watts compositions and the fine performances of the rhythm sections he has been touring with for many years. Watts also heads to the Incheon Jazz Festival in Seoul on September 6 for a performance with Charlie Haden’s Quartet West. Dates in Japan follow.

Lew Soloff will be a featured soloist with the Lionel Hampton Celebration for two summer festivals in August. The trumpeter will appear on August 12 at the Marciac Jazz Festival in Toulouse, France and on August 14 at Sildajazz in Haugesund, Norway.

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The Fourth Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Festival is set for June 19-20 in Linden, Texas where Walker was born. Patron sponsor this year is Don Henley (also from Linden) and headliners include Jimmy Vaughan and Honeyboy Edwards.

The Lonnie Johnson song “Rambler’s Blues” appears on the new release from Ramblin’ Jack Elliott “A Stranger Here.” The collection of depression-era blues was produced by Joe Henry, out on Anti- Records.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has released a collection of historic recordings entitled “American Roots Music” in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State. The Memphis Slim track “Boogie Woogie Piano Styles” is included along with music by Woody Guthrie, Lucinda Williams, Honeyboy Edwards and Tracy Chapman.

Lurrie Bell appeared as one of the headliners at the Metro Fountain Blues Festival in San Jose on May 9. The festival, in its 29th year was established by Bates Meyer partner Rick Bates while he ran the program board at San Jose State University. Bell is also set to appear at this year’s Chicago Blues Festival on June 13 and at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Toronto on June 14.

Ernie Watts participated in two big band concerts this month on the West Coast. May 13 the saxophonist performed in the Columbia Jazz Series at Columbia College in Sonora. On May 14 Watts was part of the Left Coast Festival with the West Valley College jazz orchestra at the Theater On San Pedro Square in San Jose.

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Otis Rush’s performance at the 2001 Chicago Blues Festival has just been released on CD in Japan on P-Vine Records. The performance, which was also filmed as part of Martin Scorsese’s blues documentary, features Otis in fine form with a full horn section.

The Lurrie Bell Blues Band with special guest Eddie Shaw has been set as one of the featured headliners at the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland in November.

Kenny Wayne has been invited downunder to the Blues in Bridgetown Festival in Western Australia in November. He will be performing at the event backed by the popular Aussie blues group The Nervous Investors. Kenny will also be at the Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival this summer on July 5th with his band opening a main stage concert for bluesman Johnny Winter.

Lew Soloff will be a guest soloist at the MENC Convention in Washington, DC this coming June. Trumpeter Soloff will perform and also conduct a workshop at the educators’ gathering, all on June 18. MENC is the world's largest arts education organization and the only association that addresses all aspects of music education.

The Singapore Arts Festival has been added to the schedule for saxophonist Ernie Watts. Watts will appear with Randy Brecker, Jeremy Monteiro and the T’ang Quartet on May 29-30 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Immediately following, Watts joins Monteiro for dates in Perth, June 2-4. In early July, Ernie Watts will celebrate the music of Johnny Harman & John Coltrane with Kurt Elling at festivals in Canada. The dates are JazzFest International in Victoria (July 2), Vancouver International Jazz Festival (July 3) and Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival (July. 4).

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Saxophonist Ernie Watts has a busy April. After a concert at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (April 16) with Kurt Elling he heads off to Australia for concerts with Charlie Haden’s Quartet West at the Melbourne Jazz Festival and the Sydney Opera House.

Lew Soloff will be headlining the Newport at Newcastle Jazz Gala in Bellevue, Washington on April 23-24. The trumpeter’s workshops and concert are sponsored by Sonaré Winds.

Bates Meyer is sending Blues scribe Mighty Mo Rodgers to the Bern International Jazz Festival for concerts March 17-21, with a special media performance on March 16.

Guitarist Lurrie Bell is the featured guest artist on Nick Moss and The Flip Tops new CD “Live at Chan’s” and will be working a few special dates this spring and summer with Nick starting with a CD release party at Buddy Guy’s Legends on Saturday April 4. Lurrie will be touring the Europe festival circuit for 5 weeks this summer with fellow Chicagoans Billy Branch, John Primer and Billy Boy Arnold as part of the Chicago Blues Living History Tour.

Vancouver-based Kenny Wayne takes his piano Blues on tour in the US in April with dates in Chicago (Buddy Guy’s Legends), Norfolk (Attucks Theatre), St. Louis (BB’s Blues and Soup), Kansas City (Knuckleheads), Des Moines (Blues On Grand) and Omaha (Holland Performing Arts Center). Kenny is also one of the headliners at the BC Music Scene event that takes place the first weekend in May across the country in Ottawa.

Matt “Guitar” Murphy has two songs on James Cotton’s classic 1974 recording “100% Cotton” being reissued by the Sony Legacy label. Besides handling guitar chores on the album, Matt contributed “Burner” and “Boogie Thing” to the session.

The Blues Foundation has announced the inductees for the Blues Hall of Fame in 2009, including “T-Bone Blues” by T-Bone Walker (originally released in 1959 on Atlantic Records) in the “Classics of Blues Recording: Albums” category. The Hall of Fame committee consists of scholars, record producers, radio programmers and historians. The Blues Hall of Fame is a program of The Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization established to preserve Blues history, celebrate Blues excellence, support Blues education and to ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.

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Bates Meyer, Inc. has spent the last few months getting settled in our new location in Big Bear Lake, California. We are now situated in this scenic mountain community, about two hours from the greater Los Angeles area, at a 7000 ft. elevation. Yes we have snow in California! Our new mailing address and numbers can be found in the contact section of this website.

Current projects include music licensing for the documentary film “Closer To The Dream” about the grassroots movement that helped elect Barack Obama. The unrelenting roar of the campaign resonated all the way to Paris, where African-American expatriate filmmaker, Guetty Felin has been living for the last 20 years. She embarks with French husband, Hervé Cohen and their two young sons on a journey to witness the historical movement that united Americans across party and racial lines As the media and political pundits spend airtime dissecting the American electorate, the family journeys across the country, unearthing the compelling stories of an array of charismatic individuals, a mosaic of American faces.

Bates Meyer has also been assisting the family of the late Sean Costello, organizing the intellectual property rights created by the guitarist. Also a noted singer/songwriter, Costello created a respected body of work. Costello is a nominee in the upcoming Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary Blues Artist and Best Contemporary Blues Album for his final CD “Can We Get Together” on Delta Groove Music.

Ernie Watts will be recording live with Kurt Elling and string quartet ETHEL at Lincoln Center in New York on January 21 for the Concord Label. The project, “Dedicated to You – a Tribute to Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane” will also be appearing at the Crystal Ballroom as part of the Portland PDX Jazz Festival on February 22.

Trumpeter Lew Soloff has entered into a new endorsement with Sonaré Winds. The company is known for its superior quality instruments including Powell Flutes, Keilwerth Saxophones and Blackburn Trumpets.

Chicago guitarist Lurrie Bell has been nominated for two 2009 Blues Music Awards; Best Guitarist and Best Traditional Male Blues Artist. The 30th Annual Blues Music Awards take place in Memphis on May 7th.

Pianist Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne will join musicians Corey Harris, John Cephas and Alvin ‘Youngblood” Hart on the faculty for the 2009 Port Townsend Country Blues Festival and Workshops July 26 – August 2nd.

October 29, 2008 --------------------------------------------------------------

Guitarist Lurrie Bell continues to spread the Chicago Blues gospel to international audiences. He will headline the Festival Aulnay ALL BLUES on November 20 & 22 in Aulnay-Sous-Bois, (outside Paris). Bell brings it all home for his 50th birthday celebration at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago on Saturday, December 13th.

Bates Meyer artists have recently received some good reviews

The Sputnikmusic.com blog opines about Ernie Watts’ latest live recording “To The Point.” “Defining self is an ageless philosophical conundrum; 63-year-old Watts succeeds brilliantly. A dark room, a hushed crowd, and an eternity elapses – a spotlight shines on the solitary source of sound, a gleaming Keilwerth SX 90R (get past the horn, tenor players, pay attention to who’s behind it). A cacophonic cadenza – dissonant arpeggios, off-balance blasts, and supersonic swing melt into the major-tonal melody of “Hot House,” a Tad Dameron standard. Setting the perfect foundation for a Watts Quartet experience, the escalating tension is finally released with a Witham-Watts transitional duet. The Hot House ignites. Watts isn’t just the sum of his influences; he’s carved his own name into the bark of the maturing jazz-family tree.”

About pianist Kenny Wayne and his new CD "Can't Stop Now," Living Blues Magazine writes, “In the hands of an artist, eighty-eight keys can deliver a range of sounds that both inspire and entertain. In the hands of a master, eighty-eight keys can become a mesmerizing blend of power and sound. Welcome to the world of boogie woogie piano master Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.”

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The ERNIE WATTS QUARTET returns to the Jazz Bakery October 8 – 11 to celebrate the release of “To The Point” which was recorded live at the Bakery in 2007. The artist will also be recording live at Yoshi’s in Oakland later this month (Oct. 14-15) with Patrice Rushen , Babatunde Lea and vocalist Dwight Tribble in a tribute project to Leon Thomas. A tour of Canada has been organized for Watts this coming February 6 – 10 with two days at Vancouver Island University along with concerts in Vancouver and Edmonton.

T-Bone Walker’s standard “They Call It Stormy Monday” has just been honored by the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Recordings chosen for the Registry are considered to have cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. The list of recordings showcases the diversity, humanity and creativity of the nation’s sound heritage spanning the years 1925-1982. Among this year’s selections are Harry S. Truman’s legendary address to the Democratic National Convention in 1948, the first trans-Atlantic radio broadcast in 1925 and the “Sounds of Earth” disc that traveled with Voyager through space. In addition to “Stormy Monday” other musical selections include works by Roy Orbison, Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and Smokey Robinson.

Trumpeter LEW SOLOFF will join the Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble for four concerts February 4-7, 2009.

LURRIE BELL was just named Living Blues Magazine’s 2008 Blues Artist of The Year in both Readers’ and Critics’ Polls. Lurrie was also named Most Outstanding Musician (guitar) on their Critics’ Poll. Bell will fire things up for the Legendary Blues Cruise as a featured artist for the Bon Voyage Party on October 4. Bell is also part of the Pacific cruise line-up (Oct. 5 – 12) that includes Los Lobos, Etta James, Dr. John, Koko Taylor, Marcia Ball and others.

KENNY WAYNE’S performance at the Detroit International Boogie Woogie Festival has been released on DVD. It will also be screened on various local PBS stations throughout the fall.

August 27, 2008 --------------------------------------------------------------

Trumpeter Lew Soloff has been booked as a featured artist at the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival in Birmingham on September 27. His appearance is sponsored by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Soloff will also take part in an all-star Tribute to Lionel Hampton at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York October 29 – November 2. Joining Soloff on stage will be Abbey Lincoln, Clark Terry, Curtis Fuller, Jason Marsalis, Grady Tate, Red Holloway, Frank Vignola and others.

Ernie Watts is heading to New York in early September for sessions with the legendary Billy Cobham. After dates in Europe with his own quartet October 29-November 8, the saxophonist heads to Bangkok for a two-week run November 18-30.

Guitarist Lurrie Bell has just had his tour of Brazil (Aug. 21-31) extended for an additional week with concerts in Sao Paulo and Bauru.

Real Folk Blues Sessions shows with Lurrie Bell, Kenny Wayne and Paul Oscher have been set for October 15th at The Triple Door in Seattle and October 16th in Victoria, BC at the DaVinci Centre. The musicians will be performing solo acoustic sets as well as a collaborative trio set for the concerts.

July 28, 2008 --------------------------------------------------------------

The new BB King CD “One Kind Favor,” produced by T-Bone Burnett features several songs from Bates Meyer artists. King reaches back to his roots for this recording, (due out August 26) and includes the titles “Get These Blues Off Me” by T-Bone Walker, “Tomorrow Night” and “My Love Is Down” by Lonnie Johnson, plus “Midnight Blues” which was written by Shifty Henry.

Saxophonist Ernie Watts makes a very personal statement about his place in life and music on his new CD. The two-time Grammy Award winner continues to demonstrate his commitment to acoustic jazz with the release of “To The Point," which comes out September 16 on his own Flying Dolphin label (distributed by Burnside Dist. Corp). Recording live at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, Watts guides his longtime quartet through a fire-of-the-moment journey in a set of original music (plus a cover of Tad Dameron’s classic “Hot House).”

Another date has been added to the Kurt Elling/Ernie Watts tribute to Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane (with string quartet) on January 21, 2009 in New York as part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center series. Recent concerts added to the tour schedule include USC in Los Angeles on September 11 and The Eastman Theater in Rochester on October 19.

Lurrie Bell was named the 2008 Chicago Blues Artist of the Year in the Chicago Reader Critics Poll. Quotes the Reader, “His guitar work melds raw emotion and fiery technique in a majestic meld of tonal aggression, linear sureness, and exploratory drive, with an undercurrent of hard-won tranquility that reminds us that the blues, for all its stereotypes about pain and suffering, is ultimately about overcoming.”

Bates Meyer is coordinating the 2008 Chicago Blues Festival tour of Europe, assembling a unique group of artists for a 5 week European tour staring this November. Included in the bill are DC Bellamy, Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones, and up and coming singer Shakura S’Aida. The band will appear at festivals and performing arts centers in France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

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Bates Meyer has been hired by Movement Revolution Productions to license music for the documentary film “Nora” about contemporary African choreographer and performance artist Nora Chipaumire. Shot in Mozambique, the film creates a portrait of the artist and her country, - its landscape and people, as well as its history and politics. Licensed tracks include classical pieces “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens and an operatic version of “Ave Maria.”

Guitarist Lurrie Bell has just been booked for a series of concerts in Brazil. Bell will bring his traditional Chicago Blues to São José do Rio Preto, Ribeirão Preto and São Paulo August 22-24. Bell will also be a special guest guitarist with the Queen of The Blues, Koko Taylor on the Legendary Blues Cruise Pacific which sails this October 5-12 from San Diego to Baja Mexico.

Kenny Wayne's Piano Summit featuring Wayne, Deanna Bogart and Julian Fauth will be presented on the mainstage at Festival International du Blues de Tremblant in Quebec on July 11.

A New York Times review of the JVC Jazz Festival (dated June 20, 2008) begins with a muse on Ernie Watts. “Charlie Haden’s Quartet West opened its late set at the new club Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday with Charlie Parker’s ‘Passport’ and got right into it. The saxophonist Ernie Watts began as if he were in the middle of things, with a controlled medium projection, playing fast and smoothly and using language from Parker and Coltrane, devices that coolly showed how much he knew.”

Watts will be joining Kurt Elling as special guest on November 5 at the renowned Salzburg Jazz Festival in Austria.

Jimmy Witherspoon “Live From The Monterey Jazz Festival 1972” featuring guitar great Robben Ford is scheduled for release in August. The live set on Monterey Jazz Festival Records is being marketed and distributed by Concord Records and will benefit the festival’s educational programs.

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Trumpeter Lew Soloff will be the featured soloist with the Harmonie Ensemble for a performance of the classic Miles Davis/Gil Evans work "Sketches of Spain" on May 21 at St. Peters Church in Manhattan. The concert is part of the Midtown Jazz at Midday series. Under the direction of conductor Steven Richman, Soloff and the Harmonie Ensemble will also be moving into the studio later that week to record the piece.

Bates Meyer, Inc. has been hired by the famed Sun Studios in Memphis to license the name and image of several artists who recorded under the now classic brand. Bates Meyer will research, negotiate and consummate licenses for product to be sold in the Sun Studios Museum store.

Mighty Mo Rodgers just completed the voice-over narration for the documentary film "Flood Street" about one man's struggle to bring sanity to the Lower Ninth Ward. Rodgers also wrote and recorded an original song for the film.

Bates Meyer has booked singer/actress Vivian Reed for a rare nightclub appearance at the Lionel Hampton Room in Paris for a run June 17-21. Reed is best known for her performances in the Broadway productions of Bubbling Brown Sugar (for which she received a Drama Desk Award and her first Tony Award nomination) and for The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club for which she received her second Tony Award nomination. Reed has also recorded albums for Epic Records and the United Artists label and has been recently developing her own musical production Three Mo' Divas.

Pianist Kenny Wayne will be staging a theatrical performance of his self-created homage to Fats Domino entitled Ain't That A Shame at the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country, BC on September 6. Wayne acknowledges his own style is hugely influenced by the New Orleans piano giant.

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Charlie Haden's Quartet West, with founding member Ernie Watts on saxophone is set to tour Canada and Europe this June and July, with stops at several major festivals including; Vancouver Coastal Jazz & Blues Fest, Ottawa Jazz Festival and the International Festival Du Jazz in Montreal. The award-winning group will also appear in New York City at the JVC Jazz Festival on June 19 and at The North Sea Jazz Fesival on July 12.

Three Memphis Slim tracks will appear on an upcoming compilation "Classic Piano Blues" for the Smithsonian Folkways label, set for a June 24 street date. The offering will include Memphis Slim's takes of "Key To the Highway," "Wish Me Well" and "Dedication to Pete Johnson," along with music by Champion Jack Dupree, Little Brother Montgomery and others.

Kenny Wayne will be performing special "Pianorama" shows this Summer with fellow piano men D. K. Stewart and David Vest. Dates are set for June 20th at the Triple Door in Seattle, July 19th at the Winthrop Blues Festival and August 24th at the Edmonton Blues Festival.

"Get A Move On," the successful song co-written by the late Shifty Henry has been tapped for the documentary film "Arctic Hip Hop," the story of how Inuit teens retain their cultural identity in the melting pot of globalization. In the remote hamlet of Cambridge Bay, Nanavut, kids are encouraged to blend their rich ancient traditions with a modern beat. T-Bone Walker's "It's A Mean Old World" is set to appear in the documentary "Where I Stand," a film about legendary newspaper publisher Hank Greenspun and his crusade against racial discrimination, McCarthyism, political corruption and organized crime.

Lonnie Johnson was recently featured (March 28) on NPR's "All Things Considered" in conjunction with the newly released tribute CD "Re-Discovering Lonnie Johnson" on Philadelphia-based Range Records. The interview includes audio of Lonnie recalling his life experiences to Moses Asch of Folkway Records from 1967.

Lew Soloff just finished up 10 days in Israel earlier this month, with 4 performances around Tel Aviv, in Hemdat Yamin and a workshop at the Rimon School of Jazz in Ramat HaSharon.

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Ernie Watts has been working at Big City Recording Studios mixing his latest CD "To The Point," set for a spring release. His CD "Ernie Watts Quartet ALIVE" recorded in Germany will be released by Laika Records (Bremen) in April, distributed in Europe by Rough Trade. Ernie will be joining vocalist Kurt Elling for a 4-night run at Jazz Alley in Seattle, June 5-8, 2008.

Lew Soloff will be a featured soloist at the Auburn Invitational Jazz Festival in Auburn, Washington (Seattle-Tacoma area) on March 1, 2008. On February 28, he'll join Steve Tyrell at the Triple Door in Seattle for a charity concert benefiting colon cancer research.

"Can't Stop Now," the latest recording by Kenny Wayne hits the street on May 20, 2008 on Electro-Fi Records. The CD has a distinct New Orleans groove, featuring songs by Fats Domino and Johnny Johnson as well as the track "Ragin' Storm," his tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The recording also features one of the last performances by the late guitar great Jeff Healey.

Lurrie Bell's "Blues In The Blood" group will be featured at this year's Bern International Jazz Festival March 25-29. Greece will be the next international stop at the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens, April 11-17. Lurrie is very much in demand in North America as well. Appearances are set for the North Atlantic Blues Festival, the Poconos Blues Festival, Beale Street Music Festival, Cisco Systems Ottawa Blues Festival and the Chicago Blues Festival with more to be announced shortly.

December 20, 2007 --------------------------------------------------------------

Congratulations to our Award nominees (and winner)!

Guitar legend Otis Rush is up for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Blues category for his recording "Live In San Francisco."

Lurrie Bell, in the same Chicago blues tradition is up for three Blues Music Awards, presented by the Blues Foundation in Memphis; Best Blues Guitarist, Best Traditional Blues Artist, and Best DVD for the project recorded with his late father harpist Carey Bell "Getting' Up: Live."

An Independent Music Award was bestowed earlier this month on Ernie Watts for his recording "Analog Man" in the Best Jazz Album category. Watts' upcoming plans include more dates with Charlie Haden's Quartet West plus a collaboration with Kurt Elling in tribute to Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane with Ethel, the contemporary string quartet. Concerts are planned for 2008 and 2009.

Kenny Wayne is nominated for a Maple Blues Award (Canada's National Blues Awards presented by The Toronto Blues Society) in the category of Best Keyboard/Piano Player.

November 30, 2007 --------------------------------------------------------------

Lurrie Bell's new CD "Let's Talk About Love" is off to a good start and is the #1 record on the November Living Blues Radio Charts. Bell starts 2008 off with trips to Chile and Argentina as well as tour dates in Canada and the Midwest.

Kenny Wayne will be participating in a special piano summit this January with several dates in the Pacific Northwest anchored by a concert at the Triple Door in Seattle on January 10, 2008. Wayne's latest recording tentatively titled "Can't Stop Now" (the follow-up to his Juno Award winning "Let It Loose") is scheduled for release this April on Electro-Fi Records.

"River of Light" written and performed by Ernie Watts was licensed for the documentary short "Juanote." The film, slated to air several times during the month of December on the Independent Film Channel (IFC), explores the story of Monsignor John V. Coffield, a Latino civil rights activist in early California history. Watts was also the recent subject of a 4-hour career retrospective on "Jazz From Studio Four" produced by the NPR flagship station WGBH in Boston.

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The Lurrie Bell "Let's Talk About Love" CD release party is scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2007 at Buddy Guy's Legends. The Chicago Sun Times, Time Out Chicago and The Daily Herald are all preparing advance stories on the event.

Lew Soloff will be headlining the Gene Harris Jazz Festival in Idaho April 4, 2008. Later that month he joins good friend Jon Faddis, and fellow trumpeters Randy Brecker, Terrell Stafford and Tom Harrell for a special performance with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble at the Harris Theater in the windy city, on April 11.

Cherry Lane Music Company is developing an instructional DVD to teach the most famous versions of the T-Bone Walker classic "They Call It Stormy Monday." The video will include tips on solos from the song, as previously performed by not only Walker, but also Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. "Blues Masters By The Bar," a printed folio and audio CD with these transcribed solos is already on the market.

Ernie Watts will be performing at the London Jazz Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall this November 17, the final date of a three-week tour with Charlie Haden's Quartet West. Watts will join Indian violinist L. Subramaniam and Billy Cobham for a concert at the Muscat Festival in Oman on February 15, 2008. This annual event is a global gathering celebrating cultural heritage exchange.

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Lurrie Bell's first studio release in 8 years "Let's Talk About Love," bows in October with a flurry of interest building. Cover articles in Living Blues Magazine and Blues Review magazine are already in the works. The recording follows the recent passing of his longtime companion Susan Greenberg and debuts on the label named after their daughter, Aria (Aria B.G. Records). Karen Leipziger Publicity is handling the media chores and Todd Glazer Promotions is working the disc at radio.

Ernie Watts' label Flying Dolphin Records has entered into a distribution deal with Laika Records for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The first release for those territories will be "Analog Man" set for a November 9, 2007 street date via Rough Trade Distribution. Watts will also be participating in the Steiner Settlement, a class action suit against ABC Television. Seven compositions by the artist were used without authorization.

T-Bone Walker graces the cover of the Starbucks Entertainment / XM Satellite Radio compilation "Bluesville," (manufactured and distributed by Concord Records). In addition to the image use, the collection also features the track "I've Been Treated So Wrong," performed by Walker with friend and musical associate Jimmy Witherspoon on vocals.

The Memphis Slim track "Steppin' Out" appears on the newly released "Vee Jay Definitive Collection" (Box Set). Compiled and released by Shout Factory, this collection features classics from the early Chicago label including tracks by John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, The Staple Singers, Elmore James and the Jay McShann Orchestra among others.

Boogie Woogie piano man Kenny Wayne joins the roster for this year's Rhythm Riot Festival in the U.K. on November 23, 2007. The event features a mix of jump blues and rockabilly on England's southern coast.

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The perennial T-Bone Walker classic "They Call It Stormy Monday" (performed by the Allman Bros) will be in the pilot episode of the anticipated new CBS series "Cane" starring Jimmy Smits, airing this fall.

Bates Meyer, Inc. has been hired by Noisemaker Films to clear and license music for the documentary "Flood Street" directed by award winning graphic designer Greg Samata. Set in the poverty-stricken Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, one man makes a difference by starting a homespun neighborhood boxing ring and teaching at-risk youth sportsmanship, respect and brotherhood.

Saxophonist Ernie Watts reunites with old friend Billy Cobham for a recording session this August with concert dates to follow in Australia set for March 2008. Watts is also scheduled to join Charlie Haden's Quartet West this fall for a European swing that will include dates in Switzerland, France, Spain, Austria and England. After finishing up Haden's concerts in London, he will be staying in the U.K. to conduct several workshops for Keilwerth saxophones.

Lurrie Bell will be touring Europe this November and December with the Chicago Blues Festival 2007 package featuring Lurrie, guitarist Eddie Taylor Jr. and Southside blues shouter Taildragger. The 6 week tour will play dates in France, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland, culminating with a 2-week residency at the famed Meridien Hotel in Paris just before Christmas.

The Shifty Henry song "Hyping Women Blues" sampled by London DJ Mr. Scruff in "Get A Move On" continues to get lots of action in various TV and film projects in England including; "Bed and the Bardsleys," "Children's Ward," "ITV Football," "Accidents Can Happen," "One and Only," "Love Bus," "Really Wild Show," "Masterchef Goes Large" and the "Paul O'Grady Show."

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Three Memphis Slim titles from the Smithsonian Folkways collection are now available via Amazon's new pilot on-demand program. The reissues include; "At The Village Gate with Pete Seeger and Willie Dixon," "The Real Boogie Woogie" and "The Honky Tonk Sound" - street date for all three was June 19, 2007. Also look for "Memphis Slim Live at Ronnie Scott's" on DVD from Image Entertainment.

The Ted Hawkins composition "Happy Days" (aka "How Much I Love You") has been licensed for two episodes of the Canadian documentary "Le Choeur De Gregory." The series follows Gregory Charles, the charismatic musical director of the Vocal College of Laval and the tight-knit bonds of the choral society singers.

Comcast customers can learn to play the guitar lines of T-Bone Walker via the new cable channel RehearsalsTV, produced by CenterStaging Music Productions, (parent of Rehearsals.com). Walker's "They Call It Stormy Monday," has been licensed for Video On Demand viewing via the Comcast channel and for QUICKLICKS Instructional DVD distribution.

Lurrie Bell will headline Buddy Guy's Legends on Saturday July 28. This looks to be a very special evening at the club with Eric Clapton's Crossroads Benefit concert taking place earlier in the day. Guitar heroes such as Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, BB King and many more will be in town and it is anticipated that Buddy's club will be the destination for Clapton and entourage, searching for some authentic Chicago blues.

In a nod that catalog still retains value for the majors, Atlantic Records has just released the compilation "Atlantic Blues" on the Rhino Handmade label. Under the direction of Billy Vera, the package showcases some of the music that served as early cornerstones for the label which went on to become a powerhouse of American music. Tracks include Jimmy Witherspoon's "Ain't Nobody's Business" and "How Long Blues" plus T-Bone Walker's "Call It Stormy Monday" and "T-Bone's Blues."

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The famed Monterey Jazz Festival is releasing a series of live concerts on the newly formed Monterey Jazz Festival Record label (via Concord Records) and will include a 1972 set from Jimmy Witherspoon featuring Robben Ford. A Witherspoon track will be on the inaugural sampler compilation due out later this year.

In July Range Records will be releasing a Lonnie Johnson tribute "Re-Discovering Lonnie Johnson." The 12-song tribute spearheaded by Grammy Award winning producer Aaron Levenson (Spanish Harlem Orchestra, The Philadelphia Experiment) features performances by a variety of Philadelphia based musicians including Geoff Muldaur and Jef Lee Johnson.

Ernie Watts is planning a live recording of his quartet this coming August, capturing 4 nights of music at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles August 22-25. Ernie's quartet will also headline the first annual Smitty's Quarry Jazz Festival on August 3, taking place in the natural surroundings of Opus 40 in Saugerties, New York

Lurrie Bell will be performing a selection of shows during this year's Chicago Blues Festival in tribute to his late father Carey Bell with guests including Billy Boy Arnold, Eddy Clearwater, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Billy Branch, Little Arthur Duncan and Matthew Skoller.

Kenny Wayne makes his second headline appearance at the North Atlantic Blues Festival on July 14th with a boogie-woogie piano summit featuring Henry Butler and Barrelhouse Chuck.

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Bates Meyer, Inc. has been hired to clear music for the documentary "Strange Land," a film about a WWII war bride who leaves behind a family and culture in the Philippines in 1946 to start a new life with an American GI she barely knows.

T-Bone Walker's song "Hard Way" was licensed for use by the house band on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."

Otis Rush will have a marker erected in his honor in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi as part of the historic Mississippi Blues Trail.

Lurrie Bell is now an official endorser for Gibson Guitars. His new axe is a Cherry Red Gibson E-335 built to his specifications by the Gibson custom shop.

Lew Soloff will be a featured soloist on July 17 with the Fribourg Jazz Orchestra at the Festival De Jazz International in Fribourg, Switzerland

The Kauai Concert Association will include both Lew Soloff (September 29) and Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne (November 17) in their music series at the KCC Performing Arts Center in Lihue.

Bates Meyer, Inc. is assisting The Highway 61 Blues Museum in Leland, Mississippi in creating an exhibit which pays tribute to Matt "Guitar" Murphy

March 19, 2007 --------------------------------------------------------------

Lurrie Bell has been set as one of the headliners for the Japan Blues & Soul Carnival in July with performances in Osaka, Tokyo and Nagoya. Bell will also be performing at The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival on July 4th and The Chicago Blues Festival on June 8. More festival dates to be announced.

Mighty Mo Rodgers' first studio CD in eight years, "Redneck Blues" is due out in France on April 26th on the respected roots label DixieFrog Records. On the recording Rodgers continues his provocative observations about contemporary American society.

A concert film clip of Lonnie Johnson performing "Too Late To Cry" from 1963 appears on the next installment (Vol 4) of The American Folk Blues Festival DVD series from Universal, due out this spring.

Ernie Watts will be a featured performer at the Matosinhos Jazz Festival in Porto, Portugal on April 20th and will be touring Europe in June and July with Charlie Haden's Quartet West

Thomas Conrad of Jazz Times Magazine reviewed the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival this past December. "... there was one American band that was fascinating to follow during the festival, as four exceptional players worked through their concepts of brand new material; The Lew Soloff Quartet, with Joe Locke on vibes, Francois Moutin on bass and Billy Hart on drums ... Most jazz fans know Soloff as a featured soloist in large ensembles, from Blood Sweat & Tears in the late '60s, through Gil Evans and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, to presently, Carla Bley. Orvieto provided a rare chance to hear the Soloff trumpet in unrationed quantities. His flair for the dramatic created one adrenalin rush after another as his signature high notes shattered the air.

February 1, 2007 --------------------------------------------------------------

Bates Meyer, Inc. has been engaged by the famous Sun Studios in Memphis, TN to clear name and image rights for a new line of merchandise. The first product to be manufactured is a T-shirt incorporating the well-known Sun logo with a vintage photo of Howlin' Wolf who recorded his first sides at the studio.

Lew Soloff makes a return to Ronnie Scott's in London, February 19-21 with his quartet which features Joe Locke on vibes, Francois Moutin on bass and Louis Moutin on drums. He headlines the Child Of The Sun Jazz Festival in Lakeland Florida on March 23. The program is a reprise of the Gil Evans Porgy And Bess arrangements and will include the great Jimmy Cobb on drums. Soloff also will appear as guest soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and old friend Chuck Mangione May 25 & 26.

T-Bone Walker's perennial standard "They Call It Stormy Monday" was licensed for the new season of American Idol.

Ernie Watts is putting the final touches on his latest studio recording ANALOG MAN. Two catalog pieces "The Long Road Home" and "Spirit Song" are set for release through Burnside Distribution Corporation on March 14. Ernie Watts Quartet is scheduled to appear at the Jazz Center in Istanbul, March 21-24. The venue was recently voted the best jazz club in Turkey. Watts made a recent appearance at the January IAJE convention, performing for the event's opening gala.

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The first ever Lonnie Johnson biography is being written by University of Minnesota media professor and published author Dr. Dean Alger. Dr. Alger has been working on the book for several years and has travelled extensively in his research. Lawrence Cohn who produced the hugely popular Robert Johnson boxset calls it the greatest biography that has never been written.

"The Real Folk Blues Sessions" featuring Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Paul Oscher and Lurrie Bell will appear at the Blues at the Bow concert series in Bow Island, Alberta - March 2-3, 2007. Plans are being made to record the weekend performances for a future release.

The Lew Soloff Quartet will be celebrating the New Year at the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival in Orvieto, Italy. His quartet features Joe Locke on vibes, Francois Mouton on upright bass and Billy Hart on drums. The group plays December 29 - January 1.

Ernie Watts has been invited to perform at the newly reformed JakJazz Festival in Jakarta with performances November 24-26, 2006.

Lurrie Bell's "Blues in The Blood" group will be the featured act at the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland this November 2006 and will perform several shows thoughout the weeklong event including acoustic and electric performances with dad Carey Bell.

Guitarist Bell recorded a concert with his father, harmonica legend Carey Bell at Buddy Guy's Legends (on October 21, 2006) that will be released on DVD and CD in early 2007 by Delmark Records.

Ernie Watts' personal label imprint Flying Dolphin Records has entered a distribution deal with Burnside Distribution Corp. and the first titles are available October 10, 2006. The initial releases in the pipeline are his rare XRCD audiophile recordings originally recorded for JVC Music in the 1990s. "Classic Moods" features Mulgrew Miller, George Mraz and Jimmy Cobb and "Unity" features Jack DeJohnette, Geri Allen, Eddie Gomez and Steve Swallow. These high-fidelity compact discs were recorded, mastered and manufactured using proprietary technology, guaranteeing outstanding accuracy in both sound quality and imaging. The original deluxe packaging is also included.

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Ernie Watts' recording "Look In Your Heart" was sampled by singer/songwriter (and funk master) Amp Fiddler for his new release AFRO STRUT, (Wall Of Sound – August 28, 2006). Fiddler's set to tour this fall with India Arie.

P-Vine Records in Japan has just released "Otis Rush: The Cobra Singles" a limited edition box set of all of his legendary 1950's Cobra Recordings in 7" vinyl format with original label art.

Otis Rush's CD "All Your Love I Miss Loving" recorded live at The Wise Fools Pub in Chicago 1976 was voted the Best Blues Reissue of the Year by Living Blues magazine. The recording came out November 22, 2005 on the venerable Chicago blues label Delmark.

Memphis Slim has two new reissues out on Sunnyside Records both released on July 18, 2006, "The Blue Memphis Suite" and "Memphis Heat" (his collaboration with the blues-rock group Canned Heat). These are a follow-up to "Paris Mississippi Blues" a 2-CD retrospective of his French recordings for Barclay in the 1970s released in 2005. All were part of the "Blues In Paris" series compiled by Universal France.

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Jimmy Thackery has a new label and a new release with "In The Natural State" out on Rykodisc Records (June 27, 2006). "Natural State" was recorded in his home state of Arkansas with fellow statesmen The Cate Brothers and features liner notes by Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

On June 17, 2006, T-Bone Walker's hometown of Linden, Texas presented the first annual T-Bone Walker Festival this year in his honor with a sold-out event featuring performances by Keb' Mo' and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne's CD "Let It Loose" won a Juno Award, presented by Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences on April 1, 2006 (in an award ceremony in Halifax) for Best Canadian Blues Album of 2005. Kenny is currently in the studio working on his follow-up record due in 2007.

The DVD and CD "Otis Rush and Friends: Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 1986" with Eric Clapton and Luther Allison was released March 21, 2006 by Eagle Rock Entertainment (Eagle Records/Experience Hendrix).

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