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Grammy award winner Terri Lyne Carrington recently brought some talented vocalists and musicians together for an entertaining evening of smooth jazz at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Carrington — a drummer, composer, producer and bandleader — performed with singer and pianist Oleta Adams and legendary Motown artist Valerie Simpson to perform The Mosaic Project.…

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I have seen Lalah Hathaway live at least a dozen times since being a fan of hers for over 25 years. I have been blessed to enjoy her gifts even at an intimate setting like the Village Underground but last night for me was the best of many great performances that I have witnessed. Starting…

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On Friday evening, some of Chicago’s well-known black professionals got a little “blast from the past” and re-lived days of their youth through the tunes provided by Valerie Simpson of the legendary music writing/performing duo Ashford & Simpson. Simpson performed at Little Black Pearl (LBP) in Chicago, a community arts center located in Chicago’s Bronzeville…

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Though music has no race, “black” music is often characterized as being full of emotion – spirited enough to make the listener not only hear it, but also feel it. “Black” music has soul. Last night, Valerie Simpson of the legendary music writing/performing duo Ashford & Simpson, performed at Little Black Pearl (LBP) in Chicago, a…

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Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson met in church in 1963 and spent the next 48 years making beautiful music together. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need To Get By,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” are but a few of the Motown hits written by…

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