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ROCKWIRED.COM’S LATEST EDiTiON OF JAZZED AND BLUE
FEATURES BLUES LEGEND TRACY NELSON
THE ViVACiOUS KELLYLEE EVANS
AND SCi-Fi iCON JANE BADLER
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(June 15, 2011) The latest edition of Jazzed and Blue: Profiles in Blues and Jazz will be available on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 12pm (EST) exclusively at Rockwired.com. The two-hour show will be hosted by Rockwired founder Brian Lush and will be available for both streaming and download. "Personally, I am truly excited to be getting this show off the ground!" confesses Lush "Along with all of the excitement is a great deal of anxiousness as well. Jazz and Blues are nothing new to me but to build a show around these sounds is something else."

The latest edition of Jazzed and Blue will feature music and interviews from Blues legend Tracy Nelson, the vivacious Kellylee Evans and her riveting tribute to Nina Simone and the devilishly playful sound of sci-fi icon and Jane Badler.

http://www.rockwired.com/tracy.jpgTracy Nelson has one of the signature voices of her generation. That natural gift has always guided Tracy Nelson's soul; indeed allowed her to both write and seek out the deeper songs regardless of niche or genre. A fierce singer of truth, a fountain of the deepest heartache, she is an ultimate communicator and has regularly destroyed audiences across decades of performing. She is one of the few female singers who has had hit records in both blues and country genres, performing with everyone from Muddy Waters to Willie Nelson to Marcia Ball and Irma Thomas, with Grammy® nominations for both her country and blues efforts. John Swenson, writing in Rolling Stone, asserted, "Tracy Nelson proves that the human voice is the most expressive instrument in creation." With Victim of the Blues (Delta Groove), her 26th album in just over five decades, she has circled fully, back to the original music from South Side Chicago that mesmerized her teenaged mind in the mid-1960s.

http://www.rockwired.com/kellylee.jpgIt is always curious when a performer with serviceable songwriting chops decides to break with what they do best in order to do a cover album. Canadian chanteuse Kellylee Evans is a formidable talent whose story was one I was a witness to from the very beginning. In 2006 she released her self-penned debut CD Fight Or Flight and the process of making it was truly a baptism by fire. EVANS learned the craft of songwriting as she went and financed the entire project with a line of credit that she hopes to pay back one day. Evans is now three years into a career marked by exceptional live performance and critical acclaim. For her third release, she puts the pen down and focuses her attention on a most fascinating subject - the High Priestess of Soul NINA SIMONE. Avoiding the trap of note-for-note reinterpretation, Evans sets Simone's catalog on fire with spirited rearrangements that pay homage to that oh-so misunderstood legend while reminding listeners that Kellylee Evans is just as genuine in voice as she is in craft.

http://www.rockwired.com/jane.jpegJane Badler first graced Rockwired with her presence in 2008 with her debut album ‘The Devil has My Double'. In 2010 she returned with her latest release 'Tears Again' and became Rockwired.Com's first ever Artist of the Month. Jane Badler will no doubt go down in television history for providing the medium with one of its most bizarre moments - the swallowing of a whole guinea pig. As DIANA - the leader of an alien regime that has taken over the world with the aim of harvesting its human inhabitants for food - Badler created one of Sci-Fi's most memorable villians in the mini-series V. Years after the cancellation of V: The Series, Jane stayed afloat with numerous television roles (Falcon Crest, The New Mission Impossible) before setting her sights on marriage and life down under (she's even got an accent now!). When I first became acquainted with Jane Badler, it was 2008 and she had just released her debut CD The Devil has My Double with the help of the Australian cult band SIR (fronted by Jesse Jackson Shepherd). Two years later, Jane and SIR are back with Tears Again - a spunky, delectable romp through that disaster area that we call romantic relationships. BADLER's forked tongue is permanently planted in cheek with such playful gems as Wrong People and Four Corners.

To listen to the premiere edition of Jazzed and Blue: Profiles in Blues and Jazz featuring Diane Schuur, Veronneau and Randell K., click here.

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ROCKWIRED.COM’S NEW ONLINE RADIO SHOW ‘JAZZED AND BLUE’ PREMIERES JUNE 12TH FEATURING
DIANE SCHUUR, VERONNEAU AND RANDELL K.
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(June 7, 2011) Rockwired.com has been keeping itself busy with the daily online radio show Rockwired Radio Profiles and its weekly two-hour program Aboriginal Sounds. Now, the music website is on the eve of launching its latest weekly show Jazzed and Blue: Profiles in Blues and Jazz on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 12pm (EST). The two-hour show will be hosted by Rockwired founder Brian Lush and will be available for both streaming and download at Rockwired.com. “Personally, I am truly excited to be getting this show off the ground!” confesses Lush “Along with all of the excitement is a great deal of anxiousness as well. Jazz and Blues are nothing new to me but to build a show around these sounds is something else. Adding to the pressure is having a legend like Diane Schuur on the premiere show”

The premiere edition of Jazzed and Blue will feature music and interviews from Grammy winner Diane Schuur, the versatile acoustic jazz sounds of the Washington D.C.- based band Veronneau and the earnest musicality of jazz pianist Randell K.

Diane Schuur (nicknamed ‘Deedles’) is the winner of two Grammy Awards and has headlined many of the world’s most prestigious music venues including Carnegie Hall and the The White House and has toured the world performing with such greats as Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. She has just released her latest CD The Gathering through Vanguard Records. This new release features guest appearances by Alison Krause, Vince Gill, Mark Knopfler, Larry Carlton and Kirk Whalum.

Véronneau is an acoustic, song-based group playing Latin Jazz, Gypsy Swing and much more. Equally at home in an intimate jazz club, world music or folk festival, Véronneau are audience favorites performing in English, French and Spanish. Lynn Véronneau lights up the stage, engaging the audience with her vocal interpretations. The acoustic guitars of Ken Avis and David Rosenblatt and percussion of Pete Walby provide the rhythm, harmony and energy to propel the music from Brazilian samba, to French chanson to standards of The American Songbook. Together they bring fluidity and playfulness to the tunes. The multi-national band performs music inspired by jazz from around the world. Pieces such as "Blue Skies," "La Mer," and "Like the Gentle Rain” reflect their distinctive original sound, authentic but never conventional. Véronneau's first album release Joie de Vivre (Joy of Living) is sure to thrill.

Randell  K. is a jazz performer on the rise. He has been nominated for the Los Angeles Music award for Jazz Artist of the Year of 2011. Simple categorization often seems futile. But this diversification has enabled him to collaborate with an array of musical talents. In conceiving his CD he was privileged to be produced by people with different but very extensive musical backgrounds. Keg Johnson and William Zimmerman are both pioneering producers who’ve collectively worked with the likes of Will Smith, Levert, L.L. Cool J, The Spinners, The Whispers, Gladys Knight. All three have put their distinctive marks on Randell K’s tracks.

The decision to bring this Jazzed and Blue to life wasn’t made simply to do another show. The decision was inspired by friendship. "Back in 2005, when Rockwired.com was a fledgling website and I was doing weekly radio show in Anaheim, California, I had all of these ideas for the kind of music and artists that I would feature."  says Brian Lush of Rockwired Media LLC "However, some of the first people that reached out to Rockwired introduced me to jazz music and because of this, I always view the early years of Rockwired as my education in jazz. The websites’ evolution from online magazine to online radio station and the direction that our two shows have taken, it has been difficult to fit jazz music into our programming. With Jazzed and Blue, we can highlight this vibrant music once again and I get a chance to work with dear old friends again!"

Rockwired.com is no stranger to covering jazz music. Its extensive musical reportage has featured exclusive interviews with Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Bad Plus, Bethany Yarrow, Kellylee Evans, China Forbes of Pink Martini, Earl R. Johnson, Jr., Alyssa Graham, Luba Mason, Luciana Souza, Lisa Hilton, Margo Reymundo, Melody Gardot, Marilyn Scott, Susan Krebs and Simone (daughter of Nina Simone).

"In a way, jazz music kind of got Rockwired its start and I would love to continue the journey that this music has brought us on.” says Lush. “I think that Jazzed and Blue will be an exciting addition to Rockwired.com and that we will be able to continue with our tradition of diversity in music."

Rockwired Media LLC will be continuously accepting submissions for Jazzed and Blue. While the show promises to showcase established jazz and/or blues recording artists, it will also be a platform for new talent. Any talent wishing to be considered for this future show may submit mp3s and/or WAV files and any additional promotional materials to jazzedandblue@rockwired.com.

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ROCKWIRED MEDIA LLC is the owner and publisher of ROCKWIRED.COM. The New Mexico-based firm also produces the online radio shows ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES and ABORIGINAL SOUNDS out of its studio ROCKWIRED SOUND. The firm was established in Southern California under the name BRIAN LUSH PRODUCTIONS back in 2004 until it had moved its base of operations to New Mexico in 2009. ROCKWIRED MEDIA is an American Indian owned business.



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ROCKWIRED.COM ANNOUNCES NEW WEEKLY ONLINE RADIO SHOW ENTITLED ‘JAZZED AND BLUE: PROFILES IN BLUES AND JAZZ
 IN THE SUMMER OF 2011

http://www.rockwired.com/jazzedandblue.gif(May 11, 2011) With the daily online radio show Rockwired Radio Profiles continuing to shine a light on indie music from throughout the U.S. and abroad and the weekly show Aboriginal Sounds’ coverage of contemporary Native music, Rockwired.com has been keeping busy. Now, the online radio station will be launching a new weekly online radio series entitled Jazzed and Blue: Profiles in Blues and Jazz. This new show is tentatively scheduled for June/July 2011, every Sunday at exclusively at Rockwired.com.

The decision to bring this show to life wasn’t made simply to do another show. The decision was inspired by friendship. "Back in 2005, when Rockwired.com was a fledgling website and I was doing weekly radio show in Anaheim, California, I had all of these ideas for the kind of music and artists that I would feature."  says Brian Lush of Rockwired Media LLC "However, some of the first people that reached out to Rockwired introduced me to jazz music and because of this, I always view the early years of Rockwired as my education in jazz. The websites’ evolution from online magazine to online radio station and the direction that our two shows have taken, it has been difficult to fit jazz music into our programming. With Jazzed and Blue, we can highlight this vibrant music once again and I get a chance to work with dear old friends again!"

Rockwired.com is no stranger to covering jazz music. Its extensive musical reportage has featured exclusive interviews with Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Bad Plus, Bethany Yarrow, Kellylee Evans, China Forbes of Pink Martini, Earl R. Johnson, Jr., Alyssa Graham, Luba Mason, Luciana Souza, Lisa Hilton, Margo Reymundo, Melody Gardot, Marilyn Scott, Susan Krebs and Simone (daughter of Nina Simone).

"In a way, jazz music kind of got Rockwired its start and I would love to continue the journey that this music has brought us on.” says Lush. “I think that Jazzed and Blue will be an exciting addition to Rockwired.com and that we will be able to continue with our tradition of diversity in music."

Rockwired Media LLC will be continuously accepting submissions for Jazzed and Blue. While the show promises to showcase established jazz and/or blues recording artists, it will also be a platform for new talent. Any talent wishing to be considered for this future show may submit mp3s and/or WAV files and any additional promotional materials to jazzedandblue@rockwired.com.

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ROCKWIRED MEDIA LLC is the owner and publisher of ROCKWIRED.COM. The New Mexico-based firm also produces the online radio shows ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES and ABORIGINAL SOUNDS out of its studio ROCKWIRED SOUND. The firm was established in Southern California under the name BRIAN LUSH PRODUCTIONS back in 2004 until it had moved its base of operations to New Mexico in 2009. ROCKWIRED MEDIA is an American Indian owned business.

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