BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick release holiday recordings


By Bill Vaughan

Entertainment Writer

The holidays are approaching and two musical icons are gifting us with something to sing about.

Diana Ross is taking the occasion to release “Wonderful Christmas Time,” a 20-track collection available now on CD and all major digital platforms from Ross Records/UMe. Executive produced by Ross, the set features her surprising renditions of two Stevie Wonder songs “Overjoyed” and “Someday At Christmas,” John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” as well as five seasonal classics accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra.

In grand style, Ross and the Ross Family will make a special, rare appearance together on a float in the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov. 22.

Grammy Award-winning legend Dionne Warwick is also celebrating with the release of the Hawaiian-themed holiday song “Mele Kalikimaka” (Merry Christmas), featuring Fiji and NomaD. Written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson, the song has been covered by numerous artists and featured in the films “L.A. Confidential,” “Catch Me If You Can” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

GOOD SHARE: I loved hearing Marsha Ambrosius’ studio revelations to Karen Hunter of SiriusXM’s that Michael Jackson, for whom she co-wrote “Butterflies,” always talked in a deep voice around her and that he smelled quite nice.

I had the pleasure of meeting the candid and vocally gifted former member of Floetry with her family after a southeast stop of Maxwell’s 50 Intimate Nights Live. It hits the Microsoft Theater on Nov. 10, but be sure to get there early to witness Ambrosius’ soaring opening with fan favorites and songs from her new eOne album “NYLA,” named after her lovely 2-year-old daughter.

PURPLE PRAISE: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience masterpiece “Electric Ladyland,” his estate and Legacy Recordings are releasing the Deluxe Edition box set on Nov. 9. Available as either a 3 CD/1 Blu-ray set or a 6 LP/1 Blu-ray set, both packages include the original double album, now newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes. Extras include “The Early Takes,” a full color 48-page book containing Jimi’s handwritten lyrics, poem and instructions to his record label, as well as never before published photos from the recording sessions.

TASTY QUIP: “Jazz means freedom and openness. It’s a music that, although it developed out of the African-American experience, speaks more about the human experience than the experience of a particular people.” – HERBIE HANCOCK on Twitter

CLIPPETTES: Three-time Grammy Award-winning drummer and composer Terri Lyne Carrington leads an all-star ensemble, including vocalists Lizz Wright and Jazzmeia Horn, paying tribute to living legends Joni Mitchell, Nancy Wilson and Tina Turner on Nov. 10 at UCLA’s Royce Hall

Also that evening, actresses Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead” “Black Panther”) and Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”) will be honored at the Beverly Wilshire by WildAid, the global nonprofit organization leading the fight to end the illegal wildlife trade. The benefit will also include entertainment by David Foster and a vegetarian meal specially curated by celebrity Master Chef Martin Yan …

“The Color Purple” musical is headed to the big screen with the 1985 film’s heavy hitters Stephen Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones calling the shots. Cynthia Erivo, who starred on stage in London and on Broadway as Celie, is expected to be cast

Tyler the Creator presents and headlines the seventh annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival Nov. 10-11 at Dodger Stadium with Lauryn Hill, Raphael Saddiq, SZA, Post Malone, Pusha T, A$AP Rocky, Jaden Smith and more

NBA All-Star Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media and Viola Davis & Julius Tennon‘s JuVee Productions have signed on as executive producers of “Emanuel,” a documentary on the tragic murder of nine African Americans at a historic Charleston, South Carolina church by a 21-year-old white supremacist

The producer of TV One’s “Unsung” is presenting series subjects Dave Hollister, Al B. Sure, Michel’le, Troop, Shanice, Blaque and Christopher Williams in The Next Episode “Concert Series” on Nov. 11 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

Legendary comedian and actor Franklyn Ajaye checked in to confirm that he is indeed a part of the HBO feature film sequel to their landmark western series “Deadwood.” He returns to the role of Samuel Fields (Google him!) as does Cleo King as George Hearst’s cook and restaurant owner

Guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and singer-songwriter Bambaata Marley (eldest grandson of Bob Marley; son of Ziggy) settle in for a four-night stand (Nov. 12-15) at the Fonda Theatre

Gucci Mane has released a new music video for his hit single, “Wake Up In The Sky,” with collaborators Kodak Black and Bruno Mars, who also directed the short

The California African-American Museum presents Radical Self Care Now! featuring Terry Crews in conversation on Nov. 14

Lifetime is about to film a contemporary update of the Jane Austen classic “Pride and Prejudice” with Reginald VelJohnson, Jackee Harry and Keisha Knight Pulliam in Atlanta

If you’re planning to visit the city for sport’s biggest night, tickets go on sale Nov. 9 for the first of three concerts making up the Super Bowl Music Fest (Jan. 31) with Ludacris and Friends, Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, a DJ set from Lil Jon and more at Ticketmaster.

TASTY QUIP: “It’s kinda like, are Russians making us racist? Is that who’s doing it? Oh, thank goodness. I thought it was us.” – DAVE CHAPPELLE to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour

TC ON TV: Nov. 9 – “Westside” (Netflix): This eight-episode reality show looks into the journeys of nine young L.A.-based musicians as they follow their dreams. “Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus” (Cinemax): Rick James, Pt. 1.

Nov. 10 – “Vacations of the Brave” (Amazon): Angela Luna, the humanitarian designer who invented the jacket that turns into a tent when she was just 23, stars in Destination Canada’s new travel docu-series that opens in indigenous British Columbia. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Liev Schreiber, Lil Wayne.

Nov. 11 – “Chandler Christmas Getaway” (UP): Malinda Williams, Victoria Rowell and Greg Alan Williams star in this sequel. “20/20” (ABC): “Becoming Michelle: A First Lady’s Journey With Robin Roberts” airs in advance of Mrs. Obama’s Nov. 15 event at the Forum. “The People’s Choice Awards” (E!): Nicki Minaj will open the show with Rita Ora also performing. “Watch What Happens Live!” (Bravo): Kandi Burress, Keke Palmer.

Nov. 12 – “StarTalk” (NGC): A final interview with Anthony Bourdain kicks off season five of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s gabfest. “Late Night” (NBC): Kerry Washington, Mamoudou Athie.

Nov. 13 – “She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power” (Netflix): Genesis Rodriguez, Lauren Ash, Lorraine Toussaint, Marcus Scribner and Sandra Oh voice this modern take on the ’80s girl power warrior. “black-ish” (ABC): The series celebrates its 100th episode with a tribute to Prince directed by Charles Stone (“Uncle Drew“). The Artist’s Estate has partnered with Legacy Recordings to release rare music videos, covering 1995 to 2010, through Dec. 14. “24/7” (HBO): “The Match: Tiger [Woods] Vs. Phil [Mickelson]” debuts going behind the scenes of their head-to-head live pay-per-view golf event on Nov. 23.

TASTY QUIP: “Life isn’t about thinking about what you should have done. I think everyone should adopt the philosophy that tomorrow is not promised so just go for it today. You might as well do it to your heart’s content.” – IDRIS ELBA to People upon being named their 2018 Sexiest Man Alive

As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment newspaper columns on the West Coast, serving nearly one million weekly readers. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to tastyclips@yahoo.com or via Twitter @tastyclips.

 

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