TMO Entertainment Proudly Presents, Conjunto Cuboricua....
Soulful Latin Music For All to Enjoy!
The name Cuboricua was inspired by the music of Cuba and Puerto Rico. Cuboricua identifies with the rhythms and melodies of the caribbean; Salsa, Son,Rumba, Bomba, Plena, as well as Merengue. The veteran musicians of this conjunto, to their credit, have performed and recorded with world renown artists such as Celia Cruz, Pete "El Conde" Rodriquez, Eddie Palmieri, Monguito "el unico", los Kimbos, and the New Swing Sextet to name a few. This conjunto creates a traditional/modern energetic sound by placing the interlocking rhythmic figures of percussion and Cuban Tres under a smoothly swinging melody to create a ".... new sound Cuboricua."
TMO Entertainment Proudly Presents, Avery Sharpe...
Sharpe’s credits include sideman stints with many other jazz greats, from Dizzy Gillespie to Pat Metheny, as well as leading his own groups. His first recording as aleader was the 1988 album Unspoken Words on Sunnyside Records, which was praised by critic Jim Roberts as “a diverse, challenging record that rewards repeated listening.” In 1994, he recorded Extended Family, the first CD of a trilogy that includes Extended Family II: Thoughts of My Ancestors (1995) and Extended Family III: Family Values (2001). recording “Dragon Fly” on JKNM Records was released 2005, features Winard Harper and Onaje Allan Gumbs, with special guest Jeri Brown and Chico Freeman. “Legends and Mentors”-the music ofMcCoy Tyner,Archie Shepp and Yusef Lateef , released in 2008, features: John Blake, Joe Ford, Winard Harper and Onaje Allan Gumbs.All of these recordings were released on Sharpe’s own label, JKNM Records. His latest recording “Autumn Moonlight” released April 2009,features Avery’s Trio with Winard Harper and Onaje Allan Gumbs, All of Sharpe’s recordings feature his distinctive original compositions, which draw from the full range of his musical background. “The most important thing is depth,” he says. “You have to seek out what was happening before and try to understand it. He is equally adept at songs and longer compositional forms. In 1989, he wrote and conducted the soundtrack for the movie An Unremarkable Life; a decade later, his six-movement piece America’s Promise debuted in a concert-hall performance that featured Sharpe’s quintet and a gospel choir backed by the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony Orchestra. In the 1990’s Sharpe was commissioned by the Classical group Fideleo to write 3 extended works for them.
Recently composed music for a one actor musical portrait based on the Harlem Renaissance titled “Raisin’ Cane”. He was commissioned by Chamber Music Plus (2004) to write the music for this portrait. This musical portrait will be on tour in 2007-2008 featuring the actress Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio, with Avery on bass, John Blake-violin and Kevin Sharpe-percussion.In 2006 Avery has been commissioned by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Springfield,MA)to write a Jazz Concerto for Jazz Trio and Orchestra.
What the Critics Say
“The key to the thrusting power of Mr. Tyner’s current trio is the bassist, Mr. Sharpe. . . . Alternating between acoustic and electric bass, [he] maintains such a commanding presence on both that he is a center around which everything else rolls.”
TMO Entertainment Proudly Presents, Bernard Purdie...
BERNARD PURDIE at 14 years of age he purchased his first real drum set. Purdie moved to New York in 1960 after finishing high school and played with (among others), Lonnie Youngblood before landing his first hit with King Curtis. This led to his engagement with Aretha Franklin in 1970 - the beginning of an unparalleled career. Since then, Purdie has been a regular guest in the studios of the stars of Jazz, Soul, and Rock, working together with Paul Butterfield as well as Larry Coryell, Miles Davis, Hall & Oates, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren and Cat Stevens, as well asregularly producing his own solo albums under his own name.Liner Notes from Purdie "Soul To Jazz." 3-96. With Brecker Brothers, ACT Music & Vision GMBH.Which musician did Aretha Franklin definitely NOT want missing from the line-up when she recorded her most inspired albums at the beginning of the seventies Who provided the back-beat for Steely Dan's "Aja", and for whom have Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, B.B.King, "Sweet" Lou Donaldson, Joe Cocker and Hank Crawford reserved that stool behind the drum kit? The list is incomplete, it must be,because no other drummer in the last three decades has seen the interior of a recording studio as often as Bernard "Pretty" Purdie. The 57 year-old native of Elkton, Maryland has laid down the beat on over 3000 albums to date. He has anchored sessions with the Rolling Stones, James Brown and Tom Jones.
TMO Entertainment Proudly Presents,"Q" aka E.R. LeBlanc...
In 1979, GQ burst onto the scene, bringing us such hits as "DiscoNights", "Rock Freak", "I Do Love You" and "Sitting in the Park". That year Disco Nights won Mr. Q and American Music Award for Best Disco song of the year, tying with Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy."Mr. Q's promotional tour initially began with numerous Television appearances like American Bandstand, Soul Train, Midnight Special and many more.Touring extensively through out the US and abroad, Q set out to make a name for himself in the performance arena. Needless to say, they accomplished just that. In fact Mr. Q has been one of the most sought after Concert acts in the R&B Classics market ever since. Even today he is unstoppable in terms of Bang for the buck live shows.
Recording for Arista records proved to be a very rewarding experience for Rahiem & Q, yielding Platinum & Gold awards as well as a reputation of great quality and endearing products. GQ went on to record a total of 3 albums for Arista.
GQ can also be heard on the Hollywood movie soundtracks for the films "Baby Boy", 54, and "Skatetown USA". Additionally in 1999 Mr. Q recorded a tribute to Marvin Gaye & Billy Stewart for ITP Records. Mr. Q also provided background vocals for several Keith Sweat songs, including Merry Go Round-Right and a Wrong Way and In The Rain. Today Mr. Q adds record label owner to his name.
TMO Entertainment Proudly Presents, Sekou Bunch...
The producers of Survivor join a long list of collaborators that Sekou has worked with over his distinguished music career including: Quincy Jones, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Roger Daltry, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, the late Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Paul Anka, George Benson, Wayne Shorter, the late George Howard, Tom Browne, the Winans, Lionel Richie, Toni Braxton, Freddie Hubbard, the Isley Brothers, Liza Minneli and the Tonight Show band just to provide a partial list. Sekou has also acted in “Byrd”, “Coming To America” and he has come full circle with ‘Dreamgirls,” … having played bass in the orchestra pit at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway for the original stage production in 1981 and he appears in the new film starring Beyonce and Jamie Foxx. Sekou most recently worked on the Katrina Tribute with Bebe Winans and the Tribute to Luther Vandross CD with Paul Jackson, Jr., and Lalah Hathaway.
He is currently in the studio working on a new CD entitled “The Next Level” on his own label, Ibis Records, with Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Boney James, Angela Winbush, Everette Harp, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Rodney Franklin and several other major artists to be named as they cut their tracks. Sekou’s new CD “The Next Level” could be characterized as a “musical ricochet” or a re-conquest of sorts. Sekou collaborated with producers Angela Winbush and Ronald Isley to record on Stephanie Mills’ hit “Something In The Way You Make Me Feel.” Sekou was later hired as musical director for the Isley Brothers where he served with distinction for 11 years.
TMO Entertainment Proudly Presents, Victor Lesser...
Mr. Lesser has been featured at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Heineken Jazz Festival, and special events in the New York area, Europe, Japan, and the Caribbean - He has been featured with The Sopranos, the house band on the David Letterman TV show and many others. Mr. Lesser led the band on the national television talk show “Attitudes”. He has written and produced award-winning music featured on many records, C.D.s, and television commercials. He is a musician and vocalist who has a great ability to connect with an audience. With diverse influences like Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Louis Prima to Ray Charles and James Brown, he creates a unique, original and personal style of his own. He is also a virtuoso sax player. He does it all authentically excitingly, soulfully and tastefully.
TMO Proudly Presents, Aurra featuring Curt Jones...
Aurra emerged on the R&B
music scene in 1980 as an offspring from the funk group, Slave. Curt Jones and Starleana Young comprised
Aurra with a unique vocal blend that accentuated the funky beats and soft rhythms
that came to be their signature style. The band recorded four
albums and was responsible for the Top 20 Billboard® R&B
charting hits, “Are You Single?” and “Make Up Your Mind”. By mid to late ‘80s, Bedtime
Story, Aurra’s final LP on Next Plateau/Virgin Ten Records, ignited a colossal
British hit, “Like I Like It”.Late ‘80s - Aurra became
Deja, delivering the #1 Billboard® R&B/Top 10 British Pop chart
hit, “You & Me Tonight”. In addition, the album also reached the Top 20
plateau on Billboard®’s R&B album charts. Deja’s final album, Made
To Be Together, produced by Teddy Riley, also scored tremendously in the Top 20
on Billboard®’s R&B charts. Remarkably, Deja registered eight
Top m20 R&B singles from 1985-1990, with significant international success.
Currently Aurra Featuring Curt Jones have
their sights set on touring hereIn the U.S. and abroad.