A FAN'S PERSPECTIVE (During the Pandemic) 

      NOVEMBER 10, 2024
Tickets available starting June 14 at noon.

The Birchmere,Alexandria,VA

Jonathan Butler is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who leads a life few can imagine. Born in South Africa under the shadow of apartheid and raised in poverty, Butler was the first non-white artist to be played on South African radio and appear on national television. Though his musical abilities would take him away from the world he grew up in, Jonathan would neither forget the plight of his fellow South Africans, nor the man that led them to freedom. It is for this reason Nelson Mandela credits Butler's music as having inspired him during his imprisonment. In more ways than one, Jonathan Butler is representative of South Africa.

Jonathan's story begins at a very young age when his father presented him with a homemade one-string guitar. Little did his father realize that he was giving way to a musical phenomenon. From then on, Jonathan's musical gifts grew by leaps and bounds. In his early teens Butler won a local talent contest, affording him the opportunity to perform with a touring musical company throughout South Africa. On occasion he would perform at lavish concert halls for whites only, where he would not be allowed to use the bathroom, and the very next night he would perform in a dilapidated local township. Ultimately, his ticket to a new life was music.

At thirteen, Jonathan's talents caught the eyes and ears of the British record producer Clive Caulder. He was signed to Caulder's Jive Records and the rest is history. Jonathan's first single broke down racial barriers becoming the first song by a black artist played by white radio stations in South Africa and won the South African equivalent to a GRAMMY®.

His commitment to his craft came to fruition with his self-titled debut album, which received a GRAMMY® nomination for the pop hit "Lies." An instrumental "Going Home" earned him another GRAMMY® nomination and the mid-tempo ballad "Sarah, Sarah" confirmed Butler's place in popular music.

However, to Jonathan Butler, success is measured on a higher plane. A religious and spiritual man, Butler dedicates his life to being a devoted father and grandfather, and a caring citizen to his homeland, South Africa. And in spite of all the hardships, Jonathan Butler has an air of playfulness and quiet resilience that is easily visible in his passionate performances.

🏆🏆2025 GRAMMYS🏆🏆 To Take Place Sunday, Feb. 2, Live In Los Angeles; GRAMMY Award Nominations To Be Announced Friday, Nov. 8, 2024

The 2025 GRAMMYs return to Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 2. Nominations for the 2025 GRAMMYs will be announced Friday, Nov. 8. Learn more about the key dates and deadlines ahead of Music's Biggest Night.

Music's Biggest Night is back! The 2025 GRAMMYs will take place Sunday, Feb. 2, live at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, the Recording Academy announced May 21st.  The 2025 GRAMMYs will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on demand on Paramount+. As well, nominations for the 2025 GRAMMYs will be announced Friday, Nov. 8, 2024. See the full list of key dates and deadlines for the 2025 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 67th Annual GRAMMY Awards, below.

Key dates for the 2025 GRAMMY Awards season are as follows:

Sept. 16, 2023 – Aug. 30, 2024
Product Eligibility Period
The period by which recordings are submitted for GRAMMY consideration. All releases must be available for sale, via general distribution, to the public by this date and through at least the date of the current year’s voting deadline (final ballot) to be eligible for the 2025 GRAMMY Awards.

July 8, 2024 – Aug. 23, 2024
Media Company Registration Period
Media companies must apply for registration with the Recording Academy to submit recordings.

July 17, 2024 – Aug. 30, 2024
Online Entry Period
All eligible recordings must be entered prior to the close of the Online Entry Period, regardless of the public release date.

Oct. 4, 2024 – Oct. 15, 2024
First Round Voting
First Round Voting determines all the GRAMMY nominees for each GRAMMY Awards year.

Nov. 8, 2024
Nominees Announced for the 2025 GRAMMY Awards
Announcing the official nominees list for the 2025 GRAMMYs.

Dec. 12, 2024 – Jan. 3, 2025
Final Round Voting
Determines the GRAMMY winners across all categories revealed on GRAMMY night.

Feb. 2, 2025
2025 GRAMMY Awards
Music's Biggest Night, recognizing excellence in the recording arts and sciences.




Saxophone icon Kirk Whalum blasts off with his highly-anticipated new album Epic Cool, an electrifying collection of original grooves. Teaming up with producer Greg Manning (Keb’ Mo’, Herb Alpert, 2x GRAMMY® nominee, composer/collaborator on 10 #1 Billboard hits), Whalum focuses on his songwriting to craft an album that’s passionate and spirited on a monumental scale, but with his trademark soul. From danceable hits like “Bah-De-Yah!” to melodic, sultry jams (Whalum calls “Pillow Talk” the strongest song he’s written in 20 years), Epic Cool weaves a musical story that has wide, cross-genre appeal. Get ready to groove, because Epic Cool is anything but ordinary.
PLUS read this sweet post on  Instagram from his taleted bass guitar player son, KYLE WHALUM (plays on Kelly Clarkson show, on the Voice and for Katy Perry).




“Thank you for taking the time to visit with me. I appreciate the love and support I continue to receive from you, my loyal fans.” Gerald
Get these high energy tunes to complement his new release:

❤️🎷G-Stream and G-Stream 2 - Turn It Up❤️🎷 May 17th EP get G-Stream 3 - Full Throttle ❤️🎷

 Keep It Real a new single  https://www.andrewneu.com/




MICHAEL LINGTON❤️ (sax) 🎷🎷🎷 on Stageit stageit.com/MichaelLington or www.michaellington.com on many Sundays. Check his website.
Pay what you can.

Latest album LOOKING AHEAD! Here is a YouTube video he recently posted of a SAX TO SOUL show at Spaghettini on April 22, SOUTH BAY from the album:  

BRIAN CULBERTSON ❤️ (piano)🎹The Hang on YouTube on many Friday Nights www.brianculbertson.com.  

PLUS see more under OBITUARIES.

Please tip Brian for The Hang shows through CashApp, Venmo or PayPal or Join his Hang Club and hear him Monday and Wednesdays too!

Checkout their websites for more info because they frequently go on tour.


      ❤️ADAM HAWLEY🎸              ANNOUNCEMENT

Your home for fresh new sounds:

MBF Entertainment Records

Adam is excited to announce the expansion of his label MBF Entertainment (https://www.mbfentertainment.com/ Along with being the home of all of Adam's releases, MBF also will be promoting artists such as Brandon Marceal (Flute), Fabian Chavez (Sax) & Kat Hawley (Vocals). Its most recent release by Jason Jackson (Sax) is a captivating new single entitled "Daybreak" feat. Chieli Minucci. Jason's single (produced, mixed and cowritten by Hawley) was #2 most added and is off to a hot start thanks to Gorov Music Marketing, and is distributed by A Train Entertainment. Be sure to look for more captivating music in the coming months!!
Check his website for 2024 tour dates. HE WILL BE AT KEYSTONE KORNER on July 28 @ 5 pm In person and streaming.



   Live and Streaming www.keystonekornerbaltimore.com

We are very proud and happy to be celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Keystone Korner Baltimore on International Jazz Day, April 30th. Our May 2024 Keystone lineup is one of the most extraordinary artistic programs we have presented in the last half-century, highlighted by Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, TAKE 6, The Stanley Clarke Band, Walter Beasley, Navasha Daya, The Sun Ra Arkestra Celebrating Marshall Allen's 100th Birthday, Carmen Lundy, and John Pizzarelli's Trio with Mike Karn & Isaiah J. Thompson.

❤️ADAM HAWLEY 🎸 July 28 in person and streaming 

❤️NAJEE 🎷 and flutist - September 27 and 28 in person and streaming 
This is a wonderful venue, and they have been streaming great jazz for years. Stream for only $15 + a small fee! 

Past shows included: STANLEY CLARKE❤️(guitar)  BRIAN SIMPSON❤️(piano), WALTER BEASLEY ❤️(sax), MARCUS JOHNSON❤️(piano), ARTURO SANDOVAL❤️(trumpet), YELLOWJACKETS❤️, TAKE 6❤️, HOUSTON PEARSON ❤️(sax), GREGG KARUKAS❤️ (piano) & PAUL BROWN❤️ (guitar) 


Alexandria, VA

If you live in the Northern Virginia area, this is a great venue! (no streaming, in person only)
 ❤️ Jonathan Butler 🎸 November 10




If you live in the Richmond Virginia area, this is another great venue!

(dinner and show) 


How much do you actually
know about AI in music?
In the ever-evolving landscape of music, the rise of generative artificial intelligence (AI) brings with it an exciting frontier — not as a replacement for human creativity, but as a partner enhancing the musical experience.
Together, human ingenuity and AI can create symphonies that were previously unimaginable, transcending traditional boundaries and introducing a new era of expression.
To ensure this future benefits all creators, adequate legislation must be implemented to foster a thriving ecosystem where technology amplifies, and does not replace, creativity and artists.
Join us in shaping a future where humanity and technology play in concert. There are no safeguards in place at the federal level to protect an artist's voice, image, name, or likeness from AI exploitation.
2. Over 170 million AI-generated tracks have been created so far, totaling over 970 years of constant listening.
3. The generative AI music market is expected to be valued at $2.6 billion by 2032.
4. AI music generators have used copyrighted songs and lyrics without authorization from artists, songwriters, music publishers, or record labels to train their data models.
5. The Recording Academy spearheaded a collective effort to combat AI fraud in Tennessee with the passing of the ELVIS Act, the first law to protect human creativity at the state level.
6. Federal legislation, like the No AI FRAUD Act, is imperative to protect human music makers.
7. Used responsibly, AI can contribute to amazing creative opportunities and enhance human artistry.
Can An AI-Generated Song Receive
Harvey Mason jr.,
Recording Academy CEO

"The Recording Academy is in the business of celebrating human excellence and human creativity...We understand that AI is a part of our industry and here to stay, but our awards guidelines stay true to our mission to honor the people behind the music we love so much. Only human creators are eligible to be submitted for consideration for, nominated for, or win a GRAMMY Award." This week at GRAMMYs on the Hill, the Recording Academy will share AI concerns with lawmakers on Capitol Hill during Advocacy Day and at the inaugural Future Forum where panel discussions will explore the impacts of artificial intelligence on our community.
We'll be advocating for music makers on Capitol Hill, but we need your support from home or wherever you are! Get Ready To Protect Human Artistry On Advocacy Day, May 1!
You can support the cause by contacting your local representatives, amplifying our efforts on social media, exploring our AI resource hub to deepen your understanding of the issues, and more.Forward
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applaud the Recording Academy* (Grammys) for doing what is right for the humans behind the music industry. In the ever evolving AI world, clarification is needed. Today I wrote to my Virginia Senators and Congressman supporting their efforts in the No AI Fraud Act. It was easy to do. Simply hit "Take Action", then you can support the cause by contacting your local representatives.
*The mission of the Recording Academy is to recognize excellence in the recording arts and sciences, cultivate the well-being of the music community, and ensure that music remains an indelible part of our culture.



🏆FEBRUARY 4, 2024🏆
EVEN THOUGH THEY DID NOT WIN BOB JAMES❤️🎹WAS AT THE PRE-GRAMMY SHOW WHICH WAS LIVE ON YOUTUBE AND IT WAS STATED: "the performance was undeniably anchored by a pair of distinguished veterans, founding members of the band Fourplay: pianist ❤️Bob James and drummer ❤️Harvey Mason, Sr. (If that name sounds familiar for more than discographical reasons, it might be because his son, producer Harvey Mason, Jr., is the current CEO of the Recording Academy.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album



Dream Box
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album 


Jazz Hands 

Jazz Hands was Released September 15, 2023
An eclectic, fantastic album!

Featuring CeeLo Green, Dave Koz, DJ Jazzy Jeff and many more.
Check out his website and album.


  Hear this candid, intelligent conversation in an  interview with Sandy at smoothjazz.com on September 13, 2023.  It includes Bob's insight into each song.  

Plus maybe a reunion of some sort with FOURPLAY, Harvey Mason and Nathan East in discussions with Bob (maybe even Lee Ritinour and Larry Carlton). As a big fan of FOURPLAY I have the original on cassette tape and the vinyl white album.  Fingers crossed!
Bob James is a great disc jockey too!


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Through the Menu, you will find a list of contemporary jazz musicians and their websites that will take you to their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites.  You can find more about their music and upcoming tours.


As a contemporary jazz fan for over 30 years, never did I think that a pandemic would have me appreciating my world of this music genre even more. In the late 1980s early 1990s, many of us were working at a garden center in Northern Virginia, and listened to a contemporary jazz radio station to calm our nerves and lessen our stress during the busy seasons. I started to collect cassette tapes. We even had a few trips to catch musicians in Washington D.C., and the suburbs. Since then, I had also attended many in person concerts and bought many CDs. In March 2020 little did I know that an online venue with human being extraordinaire Dave Koz would set in motion many live stream events over the next year. Dave talked about Rick's Cafe Live (RCL) from Los Angeles every Saturday night at 6:30 PT. So I tuned in, and my world opened up not only to musicians I knew and followed over the years, but up-and-coming ones as well. There was a steady stream of amazing musicians on his YouTube channel, and even though it was free to join, donations (in my opinion, if you could afford it, they should be made to all musicians) were encouraged, and very much appreciated. This has been true with most of the venues. The pace was lively on RCL. Fans checked in on the site, chatted, and gave emojis of encouragement to the musicians. It was a party every Saturday night.  Super-talented sax player Boney James, came to us live from his backyard studio every other Friday afternoon for Solid Fridays; Entertainer/Mr. Fun/Multi-Talented, piano, keyboard and trombone player Brian Culbertson did and is still doing a show called The Hang every Friday evening from his Chicago Studio; Michael Lington as well brings his sax super-talent to Stageit from his studio on Sunday evenings, and won their first Stagies award for innovator of the year/most creative. There also have been the impromptu virtual visits, too many to list, from extraordinarily talented sax player Dave Koz and his many concerts, through Looped and throughout the year. Dave also promotes, as mentioned earlier, many of his fellow musicians. He and many others do with up-and-coming musicians as well. Again too many to list. Gerald Albright also did his first incredible live show recently at the Lone Tree Arts Center in Colorado. It was also streamed live. There are so many more you could attend, but these are the ones I can speak directly about.
Recently I heard an interview with Grammy award-winning producer Ian Brennan by Scott Simon of NPR. He stated "Music is social work. I would argue that when you talk about an artist like Bruce Springsteen at certain stages of his career or James Brown or Nina Simone, they've probably done more healing than any psychiatrist or social worker could hope to do in a lifetime. And that's not to belittle at all the work of social workers and psychologists, but it's a powerful, powerful medium. It's a drug. Music is medicine." I couldn't agree with him more. These contemporary jazz musicians are healers with their own style of medicine music. Many of these musicians have no idea how much they have helped their fans get through the dark days of this pandemic. I for one am one of those fans. Forever grateful for the Solid Friday afternoons with Boney James, hanging (The Hang) Friday evening with Brian Culbertson, partying and dancing with Rick Braun of Rick's Cafe Live (RCL) every Saturday night, then rounding out the weekend on Sunday tuning into Stageit and grooving with Michael Lington. Dave Koz can pop in any time.

So even though I have been a contemporary jazz fan for over 30 years, this past year has brought me a renewed sense of love for this music genre, but more importantly, what beautiful, genuine people there are behind the music. Like many fans, I felt I have gotten to know them personally through these virtual visits. As Rick Braun has said at the end of each show, "We can't spread the germs, but we can spread the love. " This is something we have needed now more than ever. Love that is, not the germs! Even though live venues are opening up, cannot wait to attend Berks 30th Jazz Festival in Reading, PA in August, I am seeing musicians realize that in person and live stream can coexist. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done and continue to do.