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Cobb Energy Centre Foundation presents A World-Class Jazz Series – JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series – TICKETS ON SALE

(1888PressRelease) THREE DAZZLING NIGHTS – EIGHT EXTRAORDINARY JAZZ STARS – TWELVE GRAMMY AWARDS. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation announces its much-anticipated concert series, debuting September 21st

Atlanta, GA – There’s nothing impromptu about the new Atlanta jazz series that will premiere September 21st at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

“Congratulations to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation for its hard work and its success bringing JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series to metro Atlanta,” said Cobb Energy Centre Managing Director Michael S. Taormina, CFE. “This is an exceptional opportunity for Atlanta audiences to enjoy the performances of world-class jazz musicians and-consistent with the Foundation’s educational focus-for all of us to better understand the influences and impact of this uniquely American art form.”

The inaugural concert of JAZZ ROOTS in Atlanta is scheduled 8:30 p.m. Friday, September 21 with a performance called JAZZ & SOUL, featuring two celebrated, multi-Grammy Award winners, Al Jarreau and Ramsey Lewis-artists who have taken jazz and merged it with soul to create their own signature sounds.

“We are thrilled to bring our JAZZ ROOTS series to Cobb Energy Centre and to the music fans of the Atlanta region,” said JAZZ ROOTS producer Larry Rosen. “Our concerts and accompanying education and outreach programs reach out into the community and bring folks together as we celebrate the great artists and the legacy of America’s music.”

Double Time: music and a mission
JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series was created in conjunction with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Established in 2008 and presented in cities throughout the United States, JAZZ ROOTS celebrates the blend of jazz, blues, gospel and R&B that, along with cultural, political and stylistic elements from American history help create the music called jazz.

Music great Quincy Jones has proclaimed JAZZ ROOTS “the most important new concert and educational jazz series in America . . . this series is simply imperative.”

“JAZZ ROOTS is a natural fit for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation, whose mission is to provide quality arts education programs and community outreach initiatives to the region,” said Alice J. Thacker, the Foundation’s Director of Development. “Through the JAZZ ROOTS education opportunities, the Foundation is able to further its mission and support of arts in education.”

The JAZZ ROOTS series will offer a unique opportunity for a host of young music lovers. For each of the three concerts, 100 high school students from metro Atlanta schools will attend the show, as well as, enjoy the privilege of attending pre-concert sound checks and participating in special Q&A sessions with the performers.

The JAZZ & SOUL concert-the first of three scheduled events of the JAZZ ROOTS Atlanta series-will coincide with Cobb Energy Centre’s annual benefit celebration, Overture Gala, this year marking the 5th anniversary of the venue’s opening.

The two other concerts in Atlanta’s JAZZ ROOTS series are LADIES OF JAZZ – Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington, at 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2012; and DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS CHRISTMAS TOUR 2012, at 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2012, both at Cobb Energy Centre. (See attached artists’ bios)

Sponsors for the series currently include: Copeland’s of New Orleans,and media sponsors 91.9 – WCLK-FM, “The Jazz of the City” and Atlanta Tribune – The Magazine.

Tickets for JAZZ ROOTS are as follows: JAZZ & SOUL, $40 – $100; LADIES OF JAZZ, $26 – $77; DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS CHRISTMAS TOUR 2012, $36 – $76 per person, and are available at the Centre’s Bank of North Georgia Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlet locations, or via phone at 800-745-3000. The box office, located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339, is open Monday thru Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., closed on Sundays. The venue is located at 2800 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339.

About Larry Rosen
Larry Rosen, musician, producer, executive producer, and music industry entrepreneur, has had an impact on virtually all areas of the music industry. He is the producer/executive producer of over 350 albums of which 80 have been nominated for GRAMMY Awards, winning 33 GRAMMYS. Mr. Rosen is the creator and producer of JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, Chairman of Larry Rosen Productions, Inc., co-founder, along with GRAMMY and Academy Award winner Dave Grusin of GRP Records, and co-founder and past Chairman of N2K, Inc. (NASDAQ). Mr. Rosen is the creator and producer of the PBS Television series LEGENDS OF JAZZ, and he is the creator and producer of the multi-media TV series RECORDING: the History of Recorded Music, with hosts Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone.

About Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation
The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is charged with securing financial resources for the Foundation’s community and educational outreach activities including its signature, ArtsBridge education program. Additional information about the foundation and ways to contribute is available at

About Cobb Energy Centre
The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, a 2750 seat, state-of-the-art facility, is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in northwest Atlanta, inside the Perimeter. Cobb Energy Centre is metro Atlanta’s premier venue for opera, concerts, Broadway shows, ballet, educational performances, family shows and corporate meetings and events. The Centre hosts four resident companies, the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Ballet, ArtsBridge and the Gas South Broadway Series. Additional information about the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is available at


Al Jarreau pairs a voice that’s recognized as one of the world’s most precious treasures with his unique and innovative musical expressions. This combination has made him one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed performers of our time. Jarreau’s achievements include seven Grammys, scores of international music awards, and numerous hit records.

Ramsey Lewis, NEA Jazz Master, multiple Grammy awardee, and host of LEGENDS OF JAZZ, the acclaimed PBS TV series, is a true legend of jazz. A pianist and composer, Lewis is often referred to as “the great performer,” a title reflecting his performance style rooted in his early gospel roots and classical training. His recording of “The In Crowd” is a jazz and soul classic.

Esperanza Spalding has been called the new face of jazz worldwide. The bassist and vocalist is blessed with uncanny instrumental chops, a multi-lingual voice that is part angel and part siren. With appearances recently on virtually all the late-night shows, not to mention three special performances for President Barak Obama, she seems to have exploded onto the scene. She won the 2011 Grammy for “BEST NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR.”

Terri Lyne Carrington, drummer, composer, record producer, entrepreneur-and 2012 Grammy winner- has crafted an eclectic brand of jazz that incorporates elements of bebop, soul, funk and much more. She has been featured with such jazz greats as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, and Partice Rushin, Her Grammy winning “The Mosaic Project” features some of the world’s most gifted female instrumentalists and vocalists.

Dave Koz is a multi-Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire whose career spans 20 years and a dozen albums, including three classic holiday albums and his most recent GRAMMY-nominated offering, “Hello Tomorrow” featuring the chart-topping hits “Put The Top Down and “Anything’s Possible.” He also hosts the long-running, syndicated Dave Koz Radio Show.


ATRS Arizona Teams Up with NCADD to Support Weldon House through Community Recycling

ATRS Arizona is a source for sustainability solutions for corporations, city governments, school districts and other community organizations looking to make recycling a more integral part of their operations. ATRS Arizona works directly with local, registered 501c3 Non-Profit Organizations as part of their ongoing commitment to community recycling partnerships.

Phoenix, Arizona – ATRS Arizona, a full service recycling company that provides comprehensive GO – Green solutions, teamed up with NCADD in order to establish the Weldon House Community Recycling program to provide additional support to the mothers and children at the Weldon House.

ATRS Arizona began working with NCADD in 2007 to develop a neighborhood recycling program that would benefit the Weldon House, provide an additional source of income and enhance overall living conditions for the moms and children that rely on Weldon House.

ATRS Arizona provides all necessary infrastructure required to convert the recycled donations into desperately needed funding for the families of Weldon House.
As part of their ongoing dedication to support the Weldon House, ATRS Arizona provides donation boxes, labor, trucks, supplies, management, warehousing and the expertise required to effectively convert public donations of clothing, shoes and household articles into cash.

ATRS Arizona works with Weldon House administrators, who provide ATRS Arizona with a monthly list of items needed for the house. ATRS Arizona then collects the items directly from the donation boxes and delivers them to the Weldon House. On a monthly basis, ATRS Arizona delivers a variety of items to the Weldon House including: clothing, cookware, silverware, linens, towels, toys, cookbooks, vacuum cleaners, furniture and more.

With the help of ATRS Arizona and the cash generated from their community recycling program, Weldon House has received assistance in many areas, from paying utility bills and facility maintenance, to day care and after school programs for the children, clothing, GED and career development expenses, YMCA group membership, furniture, dental expenses, and much more.
NCADD and the Weldon House have noted that the ATRS Arizona recycling program has provided all that they had dreamed of and more. ATRS Arizona is proud to work with NCADD and the outstanding group at Weldon House, a program dedicated to supporting women in building a healthy life for themselves and their children.

In addition to helping the program at Weldon House with donations, the ATRS Arizona program also helps the protect the environment by recycling items that might otherwise end up in landfills, thereby saving energy and raw materials.
For those interested in assisting Weldon House by sponsoring a site for an ATRS Arizona donation box at no cost, please contact ATRS Arizona at 1-602-410-3809.

About ATRS Arizona

ATRS Arizona has been one of the fastest growing textile recycling companies in the U.S. ATRS Arizona was founded on the unique concept that recycling could be done in a manner termed as “reuse” and leave an extremely small carbon footprint.

For additional information, contact:
Mike Holt
ATRS Arizona
4645 W. McDowell Road, Suite 104
Phoenix, AZ 85035
mholt ( @ ) atrsonline dot com


Dr. Kenneth Love’s (aka Kenny Love’s) Music Takes A Chance

(1888PressRelease) Dr. Kenneth Love’s music metamorphoses from Jazz to Dance with the high energy single titled “Chance.”

DALLAS, Texas – – Detouring slightly from his normal Jazz element, groove, and on the musical heels of his recent “cAsE sEnSiTiVe” CD release, Dr. Kenneth Love (aka Kenny Love) slams the 2012 dance floor with his new high energy dance single titled “Chance.” The ever pulsating single can be experienced firsthand on Dr. Love’s Jazzman795 YouTube channel. The aforementioned “cAsE sEnSiTiVe” compilation release that featured ten modern Jazz selections garnered a number of respectable compliments from the music industry, deejays, and fans alike, of which can be viewed at his personal website.

Likewise, the compilation spurned an ongoing dance floor hit appropriately titled “Let’s Dance!” which is available for review on his Jazzman795 YouTube channel as well. Airplay Direct member radio station personnel, disc jockeys, and deejays may also download both a radio edit version and a longer dance floor version of “Chance,” as well as download both versions of the “Let’s Dance!” single from the Airplay Direct website.

ABOUT Dr. Kenneth Love

Dr. Kenneth Love began his studio recording career in 1982 after having served four years in the military. He produced and released several singles independently during an eight-year period (1982-1990) before spending the following twenty years (1990-2010) representing other independent musicians and recording artists as an international radio/video promoter and media publicist. He retired from promotion and publicity in 2010 to return to his musical artistry. Dr. Kenneth Love holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, a Master of Business Administration degree in Business Marketing, and a Ph.D./Doctorate degree in Business Marketing. For more details and information, please visit his website at

Contact: Dwayne Michaels, Publicist
dmichaels ( @ ) kennylovejazz dot com
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Lifestyle, News, Dating, Internet

Julie Spira, bestselling author and online dating expert has been nominated as a finalist in the Readers’ Choice Awards on

Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA – After several weeks of voting, has announced the finalists for Best Dating Blog in their 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards.

For the second year in a row, Cyber-Dating Expert, the online dating advice site created by Julie Spira, has been named a finalist in the category of Best Dating Blog.

Spira, an early adopter of online dating has been helping singles with their dating profiles for over 15 years. She’s the bestselling author of “The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online” and has appeared on numerous TV and Radio shows with her online dating advice.

“It’s a great honor to be nominated again by singles who are fans of,” said Spira. “I’m passionate about helping both men and women find love online, feature a variety of dating sites, and coach singles on how to create an irresistible online dating profile.”

As an online dating expert, Spira has been featured in/on ABC, BBC, Boston Globe, CBS, CNET, E! Elle magazine, FOX News, iVillage, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Men’s Health, NBC, New York Times, Redbook, WIRED, and Woman’s Day. Her dating advice has appeared on eHarmony, GenConnect, JDate,, Your Tango, and social dating site Zoosk.

“Julie Spira is a bit of a Renaissance woman when it comes to dating,” said’s Dating Expert, Bonny Albo. “She’s an author, blogger, radio personality, and dating coach. Spira is the only second-time nominee on the best-of dating blog list.”

In addition to, Spira blogs about the marriage of love and technology on Huffington Post. She is an expert on latest mobile dating apps.

Final voting for the Best Dating Blog is now taking place and continues through Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The winners, as determined by user votes, will be announced on Friday, March 30, 2012.

About Julie Spira

Julie Spira was an early adopter of the Internet and created her first online dating profile in 1994. She’s a regular-featured dating expert in the media and coaches singles on the dating scene.


Spirit Cube , A Full Service Tribute Site, Eyes 2012 Launch

Spirit Cube, leading designers of an inspirational tribute websites for free. The celebration of life where you can see and hear people from the past. The digital voice and more that carries through the ages.

Spirit Cube Incorporated, A Florida Corporation, Founded in 2010 for the purpose of a providing a web based tribute service, offering its account members a “free” selection of customized web sites to create a memorial to the deceased, living or terminally ill. Spirit Cube is based on a Social Network theory but it will consist of a cyber-record of recognition of those that have died, going to die or a living tribute memorial to be left behind when they have expired. The company is adding in through Phase 2 operations, a section for chronicling a persons’ life in full animation and a “vault” section for storage of encrypted personal documents to be passed on at the appropriate time. Also the company is working on having a satellite link to a database of gravesites and memorials worldwide, a true cyber immortality and digital afterlife. The infinite number of individuals that have deceased over the centuries, relatives, sports stars, movie stars, world leaders, religious icons and more are all memorialized in some format or another. Trillions are spent to remember people and even animals that have impacted lives at varying levels.

Spirit Cube offers a cyber-platform that gives everlasting immortality to those that we want to remember i.e. the most important people in their lives from anywhere in the world. Spirit Cube is the immortal voice that the Egyptians were searching when they were building the pyramids. Spirit Cubes business model includes multiple revenue streams with an infinite number of users over an unlimited amount of time.

The company has completed phase one of their business plan, offering more than any of the competing sites at no cost to the consumer. Users can sign up and send out a link that will reflect a more robust website that is fully customizable that can reflect a better look and feel than any of the completing web applications that offer anything similar. There has been a fair amount of moderators and field tech feedback as the company hones in on what is deemed to the best solution available. Color schemes, easy of usage and all around better look and feel of the interface dashboard are key issues that have been addressed over the past few months.
The Corporate Advisory board is currently reviewing bids to install 5 major features and a full scale public relations launch.

The selection of a professional firm to enable the newer features in Phase 2 is will be completed in the first quarter of the year and we should see the new immediate additions quite quickly. Bids are ranging from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred thousand when marketing and branding is included. When the final selection process is made an announcement press release will be made and released. The Company is entrenched in Phase 2 funding operations and is ahead of schedule and look to having the campaign closed out in the near future. The Five Million Dollar “Series A round” which is the company’s first significant round of venture funding is to be used for its improvement, expansion and advertising. Look for as it is currently in BETA Version and will be ready for full scale launch in 2012.


Pickerel Lake Recovery Center Says Addiction Recovery And Wellness Is Now A Part Of Muskoka

(1888PressRelease) Without proper information local Muskoka residents are worried that there might be danger in the midst of Pickerel Lake Recovery Center. Sad truth is that Muskoka residents jump to conclusions far too often.

“Addiction becomes stigmatized and its just not right”, says Pickerel Recovery Center Director and Owner, John Haines. Mr Haines heard things like “I heard it was a treatment center for sex offenders”, “We now have our property value go down because of addicts and alcoholics in the community”, “We fear for our safety”, and “They will look for their fix and break into our homes”. “This is just outrageous to be stigmatized like this”, “It really makes me question who is really sick, the clients that seek treatment with us or these residents who judge so harshly”, says Haines.

The fact is that Pickerel Lake Recovery Center is a private and safe retreat for those that once suffered with addiction and now seek a new wellness, and a new life for themselves. Pickerel Lake Recovery Center provides a wellness retreat for those that require more than just a place to dry out and be in an institution or with dangerous drugged out individuals or street level alcoholics that look for a dry warm place to get some food and rest. Pickerel Lake Recovery is more for the elite, the executives and CEO’s or their family members that need a private safe secure facility to get wellness and Recovery as well as being pampered back to a productive and normal life while having reason and purpose to stay clean and sober. Pickerel Lake Recovery Center provides all the amenities found at most upscale resorts around Ontario while providing various therapies and counseling by seasons professionals that really care for clients wellbeing and overall physical and mental wellness. A further fact is that the confidential and private center has at times provided care to celebrities, various professional sports athletes and CEO’s of blue chip stock option companies.

Haines says, “The time has come that addiction is no longer pushed into the dark corners and stigmatized the people that suffer from this disease as Lowlife junkies, or drunks, just to name a few.” And goes on to say, “Today its executives, educated and respected individuals such as CEO’s, doctors, lawyers, business people, housewives and their beloved family members. Pickerel Lake Recovery Center caters to these such people and their families by offering a professional and respectable way to recover with dignity and respect and of course the great Muskoka atmosphere.” Executive Director John Haines decided that coming from the Toronto City center and a location also in the Toronto suburbs that people suffering from addiction could be far removed from the destructive shadow of the big city in which they once practiced their addictive lifestyle to learn how to recover and get back in touch with their true inner self.

The center is not paid for by the government nor by any health care insurance plan but rather a stay starts at $20,000 and up depending on stay length. However Mr. Haines maintains that the clients of Pickerel Lake Recovery Center and the business of recovery in Muskoka bring a much needed economical boost to the local area by purchasing and supporting local businesses and employing many local professional persons. Haines says, “we have found some of the best people for working at our center right here in Muskoka”, “My only wish is that eventually every resident will understand we need not be painted with the same brush as the traditional “Rehab” they may be so inclined to think we may be”, “I am open to discussion with anyone who really wants to know what we provide and who we provide it to”. At the time of this story many of the local residents in the area have come to meet and speak with Haines to satisfy “what the real story is”.