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BLACKOUT TUESDAY: HOW THE MAJORS RESPONDED
(6/5a)
HARLESTON, HABTEMARIAM LAUNCH UMG TASK FORCE
(6/5a)
SONY MUSIC SETS UP $100M FUND
(6/5a)
10K OPENS FUND TO AID BLACK YOUTH
(6/5a)
BLACK MUSIC MONTH: THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
(6/5a)
WHAT NEXT?
The biz ponders action after some reflection.
GRAMMY SPECULATION
100% guaranteed to be somewhat accurate, probably.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
...continues.
TRUMP'S IN THE BUNKER
Just to inspect it, though.
Critics' Choice
RIP, JIMMY COBB
5/26/20

Drummer Jimmy Cobb, the last surviving member of Miles DavisKind of Blue sextet, died Sunday at his New York City home from lung cancer. He was 91.

Cobb started working in Davis’ band beginning in 1959 with Kind of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time, after recording with that band’s two saxophonists, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane. He would continue his association with Davis on Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain, Someday My Prince Will Come and would tour with the trumpeter as well, appearing on several live albums. Cobb also recorded regularly with Kind of Blue pianist Wynton Kelly and bassist Paul Chambers.

Besides Coltrane and Adderley, Cobb also worked with Wayne Shorter, Wes Montgomery, Art Pepper, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington on recordings and in concert.

In his 70s, Cobb would release albums that paid tribute to Davis as well as Kelly and Chambers. His last album, This I Dig of You (Smoke Sessions Records), recorded when he was 90, was released in August.

YACHTLEY CREW'S L.A. STORY
5/14/20

The self-proclaimed Titans of Yacht Rock, Yachtley Crew, has delivered a video for their faithful rendition of Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are," and it's got us a little wistful.

The members of the nautical cover band are seen (in socially distanced solo shots) at a number of L.A. landmarks, and it's an affectionate reminder of the local treasures we're missing—and can't wait to get back to. We defy any Angelenos (indeed anyone anywhere who lives this town) to watch it without getting the tiniest bit misty.

Just The Way You Are by Billy Joel / Performed By Yachtley Crew from Yachtley Crew on Vimeo.

CAA SIGNS TOMOS ROBERTS
5/8/20

CAA has signed writer, performance artist and filmmaker Tomos Roberts. During his time at the University of Manchester, where he studied English Literature and Drama, the London-based 26-year-old co-founded Odds On Productions while working as a producer on the feature film HILDA, which has since become an official selection for both Moscow Film Festival and London’s Raindance Film Festival.

Roberts has since been writing his own feature film, BLAGGERS, and has launched Probably Tomfoolery as a platform to showcase his poetry online. Picking up on a stint of politically focused poems written during his time at university, Roberts has been performing live around London and creating online content alongside his poetry.  

With the  release his latest poem, “The Great Realisation,” it’s now been viewed 30m+ times across multiple platforms. Roberts is currently managed by Alex Wiseman and repped by his attorney Sebastian Davey at Russells Solicitors.