Jazz bass legend Stanley Clarke has earned two Grammy® Nominations last evening in a nomination concert held in Los Angeles. Clarke received nominations in two categories: The first came in Category 9, Best Pop Instrumental Performance for solo, duo, group or collaborative performances without vocals for the song No Mystery, a track from The Stanley Clarke Band album. The second was in Category 44, Best Contemporary Jazz Album (for albums containing predominately instrumental tracks) was the full-length The Stanley Clarke Band on the Heads Up International label. CBS will broadcast the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards from Los Angeles February 13, 2011.
Two young Southern California high school students took home $12,000 scholarships from the Stanley Clarke Foundation in a live play-off Saturday night at the Musicians Institute Concert Hall in Hollywood. Five finalists competed before a voting panel of celebrity and industry judges: Zech Hogan of Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley on drums; Stanley Jeong from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, CA, also on drums; Ashley McCabe from Oaks Christian in Thousand Oaks, CA on guitar; home-schooled Kenny Strickland from Simi Valley, CA on bass; and guitarist Jon Williams from Vista Murietta High School in Murietta. Toward the end of the night, after five blistering solos and five outstanding ensemble performances, the judges declared Zech Hogan and Jon Williams the winners.
Jazz bass legend Stanley Clarke, whose 40 albums and 60 film scores have made him on of the most recognized names in the annals of contemporary music, has announced the releases of the very first two artists on his Roxboro Entertainment Group label, from Lloyd Gregory and Kennard Ramsey. The guitarist Gregory’s eponymous album and multi-instrumentalist Ramsey’s album Somos are available today on iTunes and Amazon.com. The albums will be made available on CD later in December. “When you are starting a record company, diversity plays a major role,” says Clarke. All of Roxboro’s artists come from different locations in the world and offer remarkable cultural differences.”
The launch party and private live performance event for the launch of Stanley Clarke’s Roxboro Entertainment Group label, named for his Philadelphia high school, will be held:
WHEN: Friday, January 8th, 8:00pm-Midnight
WHERE: The Federal / 5303 North Lankershim Bl., North Hollywood, CA 91601
WHO: Stanley Clarke, Lloyd Gregory, Sunnie Paxson, Ruslan Sirota and other surprise guests.