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Thu - June 1, 2017 11:13 am     A+ | a-
Lady of Jazz & Blues Ms. Vinnie Knight
Lady of Jazz & Blues Ms. Vinnie Knight
For this exciting month I wanted to Salute Ms. Vinnie Knight for African-American Music Appreciation Month and also New York Music Month. With her unique voice and captivating style; she is truly a treasured Harlemite and Jazz and Blues legend. Very few singers today have had the opportunity to have met, worked or performed with legends like Duke Ellington, Fred Astaire, Gladys Shelly, Dakota Staton and the list goes on…….. “Vinnie Knights voice is unique, sophisticated and a national treasure”.... Maurice Lynch.
Ms. Vinnie Knight was born in Harlem, New York. Her father was singer and guitarist. She studied dance with the La Rocque Dance theater and music at the Julliard School of Music, and Kings Borough Community College in New York City.
The rich voice of Ms. Vinnie Knight has many interpretations of what a great American Jazz and Blues singer should sound like.  Her smooth, velvety, mysterious angelic voice has the sophistication of the great Sarah Vaughn, the earthiness of Pearl Bailey, and the seductiveness of Billie Holiday. When this lady sings the blues you can feel her connection to even her gospel roots. “There is no mimicking; the sound that is just wonderfully and naturally Vinnie Knight”.
Ms. Knight has recorded, performed and collaborated with the best musicians of the "Jazz World".  She has garnered billboard & rave reviews singing the music of "DUKE ELLINGTON" and "GLADYS SHELLY".  Ms. Knight was muse to Gladys Shelly who was well known for her hit How Did He Look? And for her work with Duke Ellington, Fred Astaire and Nat King Cole. Ms. Knight worked with and styled many of Shelly’s original songs. Gladys Shelly opened the doors of Café Society’s most exclusive venues for Ms. Knight like The Rainbow Room,The Metropolitan Club in New York City and The Monaco Sporting Club on the French Rivera.
Ms. Knight has been signed to several labels on GPRT Records she released "DOIN THINGS FOR HER", an original composition by Gladys Shelley and arranged by Ms. Knight.  Zena Records has produced Collectors Editions of Ms. Knight singing songs from the "Duke Ellington Song Book", a CD called "Sweet & Hot". Collectors Edition Live In Japan. Collectors Edition "Ive Gotta Be Me" and "Lady Blue".
Ms. Knight has exercised her acting and vocal ability which has landed parts on The New Detectives and The FBI Series.
Ms. Knight has a profound love for musical theater, she has written and produced a musical revue called "BLACK PEARLS" (The Speakeasy) songs from the 1920s thru the 40s which had its world premiere at "THE ACTORS THEATER" in Virginia Beach, VA. directed by Joe Sasso and choreographed by Ed Anderson. She performed a dedication and tribute to keeping Duke Ellingtons music immortal; with the Hampton University Jazz Ensemble, in Hampton Virginia.
"BLACK PEARLS" was produced by special arrangements in part by "Hampton University" Dr. Karen Ward, director of the Fine and Performing Arts Department and directed by Lucinda Piro McDermott.  The musical revue was a total success sponsored by the "CROSSROADS THEATER COMPANY" at Armstrong Hall Little Theater, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia. 
Received Award 2003, for Artistic Achievers for Music - Voice, from AFR-AM FEST and is active with the National Jazz Foundation. 

“Ms. Knight is currently working on a book of her memoirs. Lets celebrate and appreciate this great Lady of Jazz & Blues Ms. Vinnie Knight for Americas African-American Music Appreciation Month June 2017”. Maurice Lynch-Producer & Director.
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Sat - April 29, 2017 8:55 pm     A+ | a-
Join Maurice Lynch on Lamons Jazz Break at Eight on WHCR 90.3 FM Radio The Voice Of Harlem
Join Maurice Lynch on Lamons Jazz Break at Eight on WHCR 90.3 FM Radio The Voice Of Harlem
National Jazz Day-Join Maurice Lynch on Lamons Jazz Break at Eight with Lamon Fenner  at WHCR 90.3 FM Radio The Voice Of Harlem on Sunday Evening 4-30-2017 from 8:00-10:00 P.M. as Lamon interviews  New York Singer, Songwriter and Producer Maurice Lynch, as he talks about new upcoming projects and National Jazz Day working with and producing Legendary Super Model Pat Cleveland. Producing and writing for Harlems own Ms. Alyson Williams on her new upcoming Jazz CD with The Christian McBride Trio and Producer Ray Chew. Ms. Vinnie Knight, Dawn Tallman. As well as his group Maurice Lynch & The Harlem Musical Revue. He will also share new music during this exciting hour.‎

Sat - April 15, 2017 12:36 am     A+ | a-
Celebrate National Jazz Day 2017 with Maurice Lynch & Vinnie Kinght
Celebrate National Jazz Day 2017 with Maurice Lynch & Vinnie Kinght
Celebrate National Jazz Day Join Maurice Lynch at the Russian Samovar in New York City. Appearing with Ms. Vinnie Knights previewing Black Pearls and White Diamonds from Harlem U.S.A. Enjoy a Classic Jazz Brunch Sunday April 30th, 2pm - 6pm . Enjoy a Live Jazz Band as New York Jazz and Blues Legend Ms. Vinnie Knight . Maurice Lynch will be performing original compositions from the upcoming show, and classic jazz standards. Come out and preview all the great songs and cast members in this elegant venue in Manhattans Historic Theatre District.

Mon - April 10, 2017 10:56 pm     A+ | a-
 Crucifixion window at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama
Crucifixion window at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama
May the risen Lord bless you abundantly and bring lots of happiness to you and your family.Easter is Gods blessing to the world. It is his way of telling us that, love and hope still exists in the world. Let us pray for world peace throughout the world during Lent and the Easter Holiday 2017.
This Easter, may we always be blessed with love, life and happiness. May our lives be touched by the true meaning of Easter. Exchanging greetings and Easter wishes to celebrate this season.
Enjoy the attached image of the Crucifixion window at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. It was a gift from Christians in Wales after the 1963 civil rights church bombing that left four little girls dead and others injured. 
God Bless,
Maurice Lynch 
Producer & Director


Sat - April 1, 2017 12:38 am     A+ | a-
 Jazzmobile President & CEO Robin Bell-Stevens & Founder Dr. Billy Taylor
Jazzmobile President & CEO Robin Bell-Stevens & Founder Dr. Billy Taylor

Born in 1921 in Greenville, N.C., Billy Taylor moved to Washington, D.C., at age 5. He grew up in a musical family and tried his hand at various musical instruments, including guitar, drums and saxophone, but was most successful at the piano.

Taylor graduated from Virginia State University with a degree in music in 1942,and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He then made a beeline for the bebop scene in New York City. Taylor quickly became entrenched in the city’s hothouse jazz community: Within one week, he was invited to join Ben Webster‘s group, and also played with Oscar PettifordDizzy GillespieMax Roach and the legendary Art Tatum, who became a mentor to the young pianist.

After a brief tour of Europe with the Don Redman Orchestra, the first by a jazz band post-WWII, Taylor was hired as the house pianist at Birdland in New York. The gig afforded him the ultimate jazz education, as he was able to sit in with all of the jazz greats who performed at the legendary venue. He stayed on at Birdland longer than any other pianist in the history of the club. During this time, Taylor also began his long career as a composer and recording artist: He wrote more than 300 songs and recorded as a leader on labels including Savoy, Prestige, Riverside, Impulse! and later his own Taylor-Made label.

Billy Taylor made jazz education a central part of his life. Early on, he began publishing instructional books on jazz, and earned a Ph.D in music education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In the early 1960s, he founded the Jazzmobile, a program which provided arts education via workshops, master classes, lecture demonstrations, arts enrichment programs, outdoor summer mobile concerts and special projects. He produced a Peabody Award-winning special based on the Jazzmobile for NPR in 1981. Taylor also did extensive work in television: He was the music director for NBC’s The Subject Is Jazz, and he led the band on The David Frost Show.

In his lifetime, Taylor received 23 honorary doctorates for his work as a jazz educator and ambassador. He also earned an Emmy, a Grammy, two Peabody Awards, the National Medal of Arts, the Tiffany Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Downbeat magazine, and election to the Hall of Fame for the International Association for Jazz Education. He served as the artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and was one of only three jazz musicians to be appointed to the National Council of the Arts.

Dr. Billy Taylor died after a heart attack on Dec. 28, 2010, at age 89. His life and legacy were honored in a memorial service at Harlem’s Riverside Church on Jan. 11, 2011, which featured performances by his bassist Chip Jackson and drummer Winard Harper, along with trumpeter Jimmy Owens, tenor saxophonist Frank Wess, vocalist Cassandra Wilson and fellow pianists Geri Allen and Christian Sands.

On this episode of Piano Jazz, recorded in front of an audience at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Taylor performs a set of mostly original tunes, including “In Loving Memory” and “If You Really Are Concerned.” Host Marian McPartland performs her “Portrait of Billy Taylor,” and joins him for duets on the standards “Lullaby in Rhythm” and “These Foolish Things.”

Originally recorded March 4, 2007. Originally broadcast Oct. 2, 2007.

Written by Grant Jackson from NPR

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Mon - March 6, 2017 3:51 pm     A+ | a-




Wed - February 1, 2017 4:32 pm     A+ | a-
Legendary Super Model & Singer Pat Cleveland
Legendary Super Model & Singer Pat Cleveland

During Black History Month Producer Maurice Lynch would like to salute Black History Maker Legendary Style Icon & Model Pat Cleveland.

Pat Cleveland was born in New York City on June 23, 1950. Her father, Johnny Johnston, was a saxophonist; her mother, Lady Bird Cleveland, a painter. After her parents separated, Cleveland was raised by her mother in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. She graduated from New York’s High School of Art and Design in 1969.

Cleveland’s career as a fashion model began in 1966 when she was spotted on a New York subway by Carrie Donovan, an assistant editor at Vogue magazine. She first modeled as a live mannequin in Ebony’s Fashion Fair, and then for Vogue magazine. In 1970, Cleveland relocated to Paris, France, where she worked with illustrator Antonio Lopez and became a house model for Karl Lagerfeld’s Chloé. She modeled for designers such as Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler and Christian Dior. In 1973, Cleveland was part of the benefit fashion show at the Palace of Versailles in France.

Cleveland returned to the United States in 1974, and continued modeling into the 1980s. She also established a modeling agency in Milan, Italy, and published a volume of poetry in 2001 entitled In The Spirit Of Grace. In 2003, Cleveland returned to the fashion runway, walking for designers Bill Blass and Stephen Burrows, and at Chanel, with her daughter, Anna van Ravenstein. Cleveland also modeled with her daughter for designer Zac Posen in 2013.

Cleveland has appeared in countless fashion spreads and on the covers of such magazines as Vanity FairEssenceVogueWomen’s Wear DailyL’Officiel, and GQ. In addition, she appeared in advertisement campaigns for Vidal Sasoon and Karl Lagerfeld, and has been photographed by Steven Meisel and Andy Warhol. In 2010, Cleveland appeared as a guest judge in season fourteen of America’s Next Top Model. That same year, she appeared in the documentary Ultrasuede, In Search of Halston. In 2012, Cleveland was featured in two more fashion documentaries, Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution and About Face: Supermodels Then and Now.

Cleveland is married to Paul van Ravenstein. They have two children: Noel and Anna.

Pat Cleveland was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 14, 2014.

Producer Maurice Lynch had the opportunity to produce Ms. Cleveland performing " Tonight Josephine a tribute to Josephine Baker. The duo single is available on ITunes

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Sun - January 1, 2017 4:40 pm     A+ | a-
Dawn Tallman & Friends-THE APOLLO MUSIC CAFE- February 4th, 2017 @ 10 pm
Dawn Tallman & Friends-THE APOLLO MUSIC CAFE- February 4th, 2017 @ 10 pm
LIVE @ THE APOLLO MUSIC CAFE -Dawn Tallman and Friends, Maurice Lynch & Josh Milan February 4th at The World Famous Apollo Theater. Harlem U.S.A.  New York City
Calling all house music lovers& GospeLive Fans . Join me Maurice Lynch with Dawn Tallman & Friends, Josh Milan at The Apollo Theater’s, Apollo Music Café in Harlem U.S.A.   Maurice Lynch will join The Queen of Gospel Energy- Dawn Tallman onstage.  Producer extraordinaire Josh Milan of Honey Comb Music will be enjoying the night with Dawn along with many other great house music singers.  Dawns has garnered many billboard charting hits.  Don’t miss this incredible show on February 4th, 2017 @ 10 pm A-List VIP Tickets will be available…. Tickets are on sale now at and The Apollo Theater Box Office!
Wed - November 2, 2016 2:13 am     A+ | a-
A Tribute to Duke Ellington
A Tribute to Duke Ellington
Enjoy a Celebration of Jazz & Blues with Maurice Lynch & Vinnie Knight!  For a Big Band Tribute to Duke Ellington.
This event is presented by the Jazz Foundation of America. Celebrating the Music of Duke Ellington. The shows Director Ms. Vinnie Knight will also preview her new show "Black Pearls and White Diamonds".

Maurice Lynch stated" It's really exciting to be working with The Jazz Foundation of America and Vinnie Knight, and most of all having my music presented in the show, as they celebrate the legacy of Duke Ellington and music of the Harlem Renaissance."

Enjoy this incredible show and singers as they swing to the sound of a live big band and Maurice Lynch Music.  Come out and celebrate this great event as we bring in the Holiday Season with Renaissance Spirit.    

This event will be held Saturday November 19, 2016 from 2PM - 4PM in the auditorium of the Countee Cullen Library at the location of the Dark Tower 104 W 136th St, New York, NY 10030 Harlem USA.‎

Mon - August 1, 2016 1:14 am     A+ | a-
 Hostess & Vocalist - Ms. Alyson Williams for 10th Annual Great Jazz on the Great Hill
Hostess & Vocalist - Ms. Alyson Williams for 10th Annual Great Jazz on the Great Hill
Join Producer Maurice Lynch and lets enjoy Ms. Alyson Williams for the 10th annual Great Jazz on the Great Hill in NYC’s Central Park.  Presented by Central Park Conservancy & Jazzmobile 
Harlem's First Lady of Jazz  Ms. Alyson Williams will be performing songs,written by Maurice Lynch from her much anticipated upcoming Jazz CD Project, this will be a sneak peek for Alyson Williams Fans and Jazzmobile Fans. Jazz Radio WBGO's  - Shelia Anderson will be hosting for this event along with Alyson Williams.
Lynch stated” I am really excited to give everyone a chance to hear this great project”
 The Great Hill will come alive with the fiery trumpets and smooth saxophones of New York's hottest jazz ensembles – and afternoon of live music, swing dancing, and delicious food! This year's lineup is a mix of jazz, swing, and blues. Great Jazz on the Great Hill is the ultimate summer destination for Central Park music lovers, so bring a picnic and your dancing shoes to this annual event.
Dates: Saturday, August 13
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Central Park's Great Hill, inside the Park on the west side (enter between 103rd to 106th Streets) off Central Park West.
For more information, visit the Great Jazz on the Great Hill webpage.

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