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PHILLY: The Mann Center presents
George Benson and Ledisi, Discounted Tickets
Thursday, August 27 | 8:00 pm


George Benson and Ledisi – one legend, one hot sensation, one night only at The Mann. Enjoy the hits of Ledisi – Alright, In the Morning, Think of You, and Take Time plus singles from her new album Turn Me Loose. George Benson performs his greatest hits – On Broadway, Breezin’, Give Me The Night, This Masquerade and Nature Boy plus singles from his new album Songs and Stories.

Call 215.893.1999 or click here Use promo code GBENSON09 and get 50% off select seats. No Ticket Fees when you buy your tickets at our box office: 52nd and Parkside"

*This offer is good for 6 tickets per order and applies to seating in orchestra b, orchestra circle, and balcony sections only.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Fairmount Park | Philadelphia www.manncenter.org

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PRESS RELEASE: George Benson - Songs And Stories

PRESS RELEASE: George Benson  - Songs And StoriesAnyone else here (besides me) a fan of George Benson???
Tracks from this album are already in the rotation at Nu Soul @ RadioIO,com
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National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master and 10X Grammy-winning, legendary musician George Benson will release his new album on August 25th entitled Songs and Stories, his second for Concord Records / Monster Music. The album is a collection of tunes penned by some of the most prolific and enduring songwriters of the last half-century. Some were written specifically for this new recording, such as Bill Withers' (who came out of retirement to write "A Telephone Call Away" for George), Rod Temperton's "Family Reunion" and Lamont Dozier's "Living in High Definition"; while others, including James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight", Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free" and Tony Joe White's "Rainy Night in Georgia" were hand-picked by Benson for their ability to convey simple but universal truths about the human experience.

Songs and Stories was produced by Concord's Grammy winning, creative head John Burk and renowned bassist /composer / producer Marcus Miller. Benson, Miller, keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, guitarist Jubu and drummer John Robinson make up the core unit for the project. They were joined by special guests: guitarists Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather, Wah Wah Watson and Norman Brown, vocalists Lalah Hathaway and Patti Austin, keyboardist David Paich, saxophonists Tom Scott and Gerald Albright along with several others. "Brother, with that team, you can do just about anything," said Benson. "We recorded in the studio for three days straight, and everything we touched had something on it that made us all glad we were there. It was just the right mix of people and material."

And yet, for all of the high-caliber musicians on hand, the most important guests are the songwriters, says co-producer Miller. "Smokey Robinson doesn't perform on this record, but he's still a guest," he says. "Lamont Dozier is a guest. Bill Withers, Rod Temperton and James Taylor are guests. If you take great songs from writers like these, and you put them in the hands of George Benson and a great band, you'd better just get out of the way and let things happen, because the result is going to be something great."

Indeed, the record captures the somewhat underappreciated essential brilliance of his storied career; the ability to simply touch people through authentic lyrics and beautiful melody. On Songs and Stories, George Benson's musical artistry has perhaps never been on sharper display.

To celebrate the release of Songs And Stories, fans can visit the official Benson website, georgebenson.com and receive a free mp3 download of "Living In High Definition", the new song written by legendary composer Lamont Dozier. Additionally on the website, fans can view "The George Benson Sessions: The Making Of Songs And Stories", a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new record. The series will be updated with a new video each week leading up to and through the August 25 release.

Concord Records is proud to once again partner with Monster MusicR on presenting the newest George Benson album Songs and Stories on High Definition SurroundTM Sound SuperDiscTM. The MonsterR version, also available August 25th, is a specially priced two-disc package that consists of Songs and Stories on compact disc mixed in traditional stereo and a bonus DVD, containing Monster's High Definition Stereo and Surround mixes. In addition, the bonus DVD features behind-the-scenes video footage of the making of the record including an in-depth interview with George Benson. With its innovative High Definition Surround technology Monster Music is revolutionizing the listening experience. Mastered in the highest resolution possible, HDS SuperDiscs are specially engineered to capture the true harmonic depth and tonal richness of the music. THX certified HDS SuperDiscs deliver the music through a 5.1 speaker system just the way the artist heard it in the studio when it was recorded, the way they intended you to hear it.
http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/albums/Songs-and-Stories


--Bob Davis
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George Benson and Ledisi – one legend, one hot sensation, one night only at The Mann. Enjoy the hits of Ledisi – Alright, In the Morning, Think of You, and Take Time plus singles from her new album Turn Me Loose. George Benson performs his greatest hits – On Broadway, Breezin’, Give Me The Night, This Masquerade and Nature Boy plus singles from his new album Songs and Stories.

Call 215.893.1999 or click here Use promo code GBENSON09 and get 50% off select seats. No Ticket Fees when you buy your tickets at our box office: 52nd and Parkside"

*This offer is good for 6 tickets per order and applies to seating in orchestra b, orchestra circle, and balcony sections only.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Fairmount Park | Philadelphia www.manncenter.org

PRESS RELEASE: Ledisi

PRESS RELEASE: LedisiI don't think that prior to Ledisi's new release "Turn Me Loose" that we have ever had a member of Soul-Patrol.com ever receive such a stellar review from a mainstream publication like People Magazine. Obviously we wish Ledisi all of the best on this album and of course we will be in the house to cheer her on in Philly…

Ledisi wanted to make a few bold artistic changes this time out. But just before she started work on her sophomore Verve release, Turn Me Loose, she hit a wall. The singer-songwriter had a bad case of writer's block that stretched for six months. Ledisi was petrified as she tried to figure out how to follow up her 2007 Verve debut, Lost & Found.

The album garnered strong reviews and two Grammy® nominations, including one for best new artist. "It was the pressure of coming back after all the success with Lost & Found and trying to figure out, 'Who am I? Who is Ledisi now?'" says the New Orleans native. "Before, I wondered do people get me. Now it's like, 'Ok, we know you. What are you gonna do now?'" A friend gave Ledisi an album to check out, hoping the music would start the creative juices flowing again.

It was Buddy Miles' 1970 soul-rock classic, Them Changes. "I had never heard it before," Ledisi says. "Once I heard it, I wanted to be able to be free on the new album. On my previous album, I was contained a little bit. But I said on my next project that I was going to be off the chain vocally. I promised to be more honest and talk about stuff that people don't like to talk about. I've always done that. But on this album, I went for everything. "Inspired by the freewheeling music of Buddy Miles, Ledisi now had a direction. But she decided to push herself even further by reaching out to different collaborators, something she hadn't done before.

"Usually, I just come in, like 'I want this. Take that out,'" Ledisi says. "This time, I laid back a little more and that was new for me. I wanted to go for the ride. It was frustrating, because everybody had different energies and I had to adjust. They weren't crazy. I felt crazy," she says, laughing. "But I made myself go through the different changes." Acclaim from Lost & Found boosted Ledisi's profile in the industry. So she was able to secure some of urban music's most
respected producers, including Grammy® winners Raphael Saadiq and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

She also reunited with producer Rex Rideout, who contributed greatly to the sound of Lost & Found. But for Turn Me Loose, Ledisi didn't want to play it safe. With help from the four other producers (Ivan & Carvin, Chief Xcel, Chucky Thompson & Fyre Dept), the artist braided brilliant strains of the different sounds she loved while growing up in Oakland, Calif. Rock, blues, classic soul, funk and hip-hop are all fused together throughout Turn Me Loose. Ledisi often merges the old
with the new. The funky title track, for instance, updates the sassy grooves of vintage Stax. As a tribute to Buddy Miles, Ledisi does a cover of "Them Changes" as a bonus track on the new album. The artist flirts with different genres throughout, but her elastic, Chaka Khan-influenced vocals still anchor everything. The approach comes close to matching the let-it-all-go energy of her stage shows.

The process of working with different collaborators was challenging initially but ultimately rewarding. "Every step I made, I fought it," Ledisi says, shaking her head. "But I still made the step. I never wrote songs with different people. But what I found is that it's nice. Where I left off, somebody else took over."

On working with Chucky Thompson, perhaps best known for his productions with Mary J. Blige, on the edgy "Everything Changes": "Chucky is like a music box. You can just open him up and all kinds of styles pop out. It was like working in somebody's basement. I love his whole connection with streets and what folks are listening to in the clubs."

On working with the legendary Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on the passion-drenched "Higher Than This": "When you work with them, the song is custom-made to your body and spirit. I feel like I went through college of music and graduated." Lost & Found may have been Ledisi's well-received introduction to the mainstream, and Turn Me Loose is sure to break even more ground. But she is far from an overnight sensation.

Born in New Orleans, Ledisi Young (her given name meaning "to bring forth" in Nigerian) has been singing professionally for much of her life. She started at age 8, fronting the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. Her mother, also a singer who performed in local bands, was an early inspiration. Ledisi's family relocated to Oakland, California, and it was there that she seriously pursued a career in music.

The artist later formed her own band, Anibade, whose sound mixed classic soul and hard-hitting funk with jazzy overtones. She eventually released two indie albums: 2001's Soulsinger and 2003's Feeling Orange But Sometimes Blue. Both became underground sensations and led to opening dates for the likes of Chaka Khan.

Although Ledisi was a seasoned artist before joining Verve, she says she is still finding herself musically. Turn Me Loose is a turning point in her artistic evolution. "During the making of this record, I was asking myself, 'How do I maintain the listeners I have now and be myself as I today? That was the struggle. But I knew I needed to stretch myself and be more open to different people."

After Turn Me Loose was completed, Ledisi had a personal epiphany. "You know, I realized that I'm never gonna fit into a box and it's OK, "the artist says. "All I need to do is focus on my music and just go
with it. Go with that freedom voice, the voice that goes, 'Ahhhh.'"



George Benson and Ledisi – one legend, one hot sensation, one night only at The Mann. Enjoy the hits of Ledisi – Alright, In the Morning, Think of You, and Take Time plus singles from her new album Turn Me Loose. George Benson performs his greatest hits – On Broadway, Breezin’, Give Me The Night, This Masquerade and Nature Boy plus singles from his new album Songs and Stories.

Call 215.893.1999 or click here Use promo code GBENSON09 and get 50% off select seats. No Ticket Fees when you buy your tickets at our box office: 52nd and Parkside"

*This offer is good for 6 tickets per order and applies to seating in orchestra b, orchestra circle, and balcony sections only.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Fairmount Park | Philadelphia www.manncenter.org

 

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