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Brian Owens, Dave Sanborn, Michael McDonald
Digital Series Features Performances & Conversation With Kandace Springs, Michael McDonald, Terrace Martin, Bob James and Others

Dave Sanborn, veteran saxophonist, and six-time Grammy Award winner announced today that he will soon present the first episode of his new music show, Sanborn Sessions. The new series is hosted by Sanborn and features a diverse roster of accomplished artists from a variety of genres and generations. In its initial season, Sanborn welcomes Kandace Springs, Terrace Martin, Michael McDonald, Brian Owens, Bob James, Jonatha Brooke, Charlie Hunter, and Cyriille Aimee.

Bucking conventional presentation, the show lets viewers become voyeurs as world-class musicians come together to discuss, explore and play music. “To me, this show is not just about dialogue,” Sanborn says. “It’s absolutely essential that we keep this authentic. Because then they get the real unfiltered stuff. This show comes out of humor and friendship and just trying to get on the same musical wavelength. It’s intimate, fly-on-the-wall stuff.”

While Sanborn Sessions is inventive in its lack of script, teleprompter, or studio audience, a good part of the impetus for recording the series came from Sanborn’s celebrated NBC music show in the late 1980s. Called Night Music, the show paired Sanborn with such legends as Eric Clapton, Lou Reed, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, to name a few.

With his new show, the holder of eight Gold albums and one Platinum continues to explore the essence of music through candid conversations and free-flowing studio sessions. Full episodes contain deeper conversations, behind-the-scenes lead-ins to the music, and the performances themselves. Original song recordings that come from Sanborn Sessions will also be issued for individual consumption across digital audio platforms.

The series is co-produced and sponsored by music equipment juggernaut Sweetwater. “I’ve been…

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14th Annual Latin American Cultural Week, November 9 through 19, 2019 with Music, Theater, Dance, Literature, & Visual Arts Events throughout New York City
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Pan American Musical Art Research, founded in 1984 by Uruguayan-born pianist Polly Ferman, presents the 14th Annual Latin American Cultural Week (LACW), November 9 through 19, 2019. In support of the #MeToo #YoTambién movement, this years’ LACW will feature women artists of the Americas.

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Make Music Winter Returns Nationwide On Dec. 21
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Guns, car chases, and a thrilling female lead – Gia Skova shows off her many talents in her new independent film “The Serpent”
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Court TV Launches Today On Top-Rated Television Stations
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Court TV, the newly-rebooted, multi-platform television network devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the nation’s most important and compelling trials, is being launched today, Mon. Oct. 28, by the following 19 top-rated, major-market television stations:

New York – WPIX (Channel 11.3)
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Edge, The Western Hemisphere’s Highest Outdoor Sky Deck, To Open March 11, 2020
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Hudson Yards today announced that Edge, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor observation deck, will open to the public on March 11, 2020, offering visitors the opportunity to see and experience New York City like never before. Tickets for visits in March 2020 are now officially available on the

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The Great Wave" was sold for about $1 million at auction in New York in 2017
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The year 2020 will mark the 260th anniversary of Hokusai's birth

SDP, Inc. will release the film “HOKUSAI” depicting the extraordinary life of globally famous Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai in Japan in early summer of 2020. It will also be released worldwide sequentially.

His ukiyo-e artwork influenced western artists, such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. As a result, he played a prominent role in Japonism in the 19th century Europe and had a significant impact on modern western arts. He was named by Life magazine as one of “The 100 most important people of the past 1000 years.” His masterpiece “The Great Wave” was sold for about $1 million at auction in New York in 2017, reflecting his ever-lasting influence in the world.

Surprisingly, Hokusai enjoyed a 90-year life at the times when Japan had an average life expectancy of only 40 years old. He drew his masterpiece, “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” after 70 years of age. Entertainment was considered to degrade the people and artists were severely oppressed by the feudal government, despite such hardship, he is said to have produced more than 30,000 pieces during his long career.

Despite his overwhelming popularity as an artistic genius, his life has…

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Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 30, 2017, in New York City. Credit: Kevin Mazur
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Billy Joel's exclusive SiriusXM channel to run until December 6 on channel 30

SiriusXM announced today that legendary musician Billy Joel will sit down for a special SiriusXM event at the Faena Theater in Miami Beach, on Thursday, December 5. The exclusive event will broadcast live on Joel’s SiriusXM channel, The Billy Joel Channel.

Billy Joel: An Evening of Questions and Answers…and a little music too will feature the legendary musician sitting in front of a piano taking questions from SiriusXM subscribers in the audience. Additionally, SiriusXM subscribers will be able to call-in to the live event at (844)-365-BILLY (2455) and ask Billy Joel a question. Joel will also be sharing stories behind his music as well as performing portions of songs in between conversation.

“It’s an evening of questions and answers….and a little music too. I’m bringing my guitar player, my bass player, and my sax player. They’ll bring some color, which will sound better on the radio. If the opportunity to do a song presents itself, and it’s the right song at the right time, it’s nice to have the colors. I think that format is great, it works well,” said Billy Joel.

“Miami Beach has been the home for some great nights with iconic entertainers, and another one is coming that way…

Acclaimed Janis Joplin Broadway Musical Rocks Cinemas This November
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CineLife Entertainment®, the event cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks and BroadwayHD® announce the theatrical release of the popular Broadway musical, A Night with Janis Joplin, in U.S. theaters beginning November 5th.

Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and instantly became the Queen of Rock & Roll….

Grammy Award®-Winning Superstar Lionel Richie’s Legendary Glastonbury Festival Performance is Coming to Cinemas Worldwide This November
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U2’s Famous 360° Tour Stage Permanently Installed at Utah’s Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
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Ten years since the start of U2’s record-breaking, acclaimed 360° Tour, one of the largest touring stages ever made is getting a permanent home at one of the largest aquariums in the U.S., changing the skyline of the Salt Lake Valley. Final installation for EECO (Ecosystem Exploration Craft &…

Official Trailer Unveiled For ‘Depeche Mode: SPIRITS In The Forest’ Coming To Cinemas Worldwide On November 21
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Sleeping Beauty Dreams 2019 US Tour Dates and Cities
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Michelle Dockery, the actress who plays Lady Mary Crawley. Credit: Rodolfo Martinez
The Exhibition is open at Biltmore now through April 7, 2020
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Just in time for the holiday season, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition opens today at Biltmore and will remain on view through April 7, 2020. The immersive exhibition offers a chance to relive the story of Carnival Films’ beloved television series – complete with set recreations, exclusive multimedia elements, and an up-close look at more than 50 official costumes – while experiencing the real-life story behind the Gilded Age estate at Biltmore.

Showcased across two locations at Biltmore, the exhibition transports guests on an incredible journey through the grand home of Downton Abbey, providing an inside look into the world of the Crawley family and those that served them below stairs. The exhibition also provides a fascinating look at the post-Edwardian era in which the popular TV series was set and insight into the remarkable events that shaped the world, such as World War I.

At Biltmore’s Amherst, guests can walk through some of the television series’ most recognizable sets, including Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen, the family’s glamorous dining room, Carson’s pantry, and the gossip-fueled servants’ quarters. Never-before-seen multimedia elements and artifacts will immerse guests in the social history, culture and memorable moments from the show. Audio guides are also available for purchase to supplement tours through Biltmore’s Amherst.

In a second location, Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village, the exhibition experience continues with a display of more than 50 costumes from the series’ six-season run, as worn by actors such as Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, and Dame Maggie Smith. Guests will also get to view official costumes from…

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