Marc Van Wageningen’s Benefit Album Hops On Board!

A Train is proud to be the digital distributor for the Marc Van Wageningen Benefit album with contributions from Dave Koz,  Pete, Sheila E  Peter Michael and Juan Escovedo, Phil Hawkins, John Santos, Leah Lysse, Sy Smith, Larry Braggs, Tony Lindsey. Marc Russo, Ray Obiedo and Peter Horvath,  recorded and released to raise funds for Marc’s medical bills. Look for a May release

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Congrats to this Year’s Grammy Nominees!

A Train would like to congratulate this year’s Grammy Nominees for the following nominations!


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:

When You Wish Upon A Star — Bill Frisell 

Peter Kater & Tina Guo - Inner Passion (2016)

Best New Age Album:

Inner Passion — Peter Kater & Tina Guo (Valley)

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Best Regional Roots Music Album:

It’s A Cree Thing — Northern Cree 

tslc_staro_remixBest Remixed Recording, Non-Classical:

Heavy Star Movin’” (staRo Remix) — staRo, remixer (The Silver Lake Chorus)
(Six Degrees)

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Final Latin Grammy Nominees are In!

Excited to share this year’s Latin Grammy Nominees! Congratulations to Clipper’s Morat and Pablo López for landing in the final nominations:


Mejor Nuevo Artista:



Mejor Álbum Vocal Pop Contemporáneo:

Pablo López

“El Mundo y Los Amantes Inocentes”

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Proud to Announce this Year’s Grammy Nominees!

A Train Entertainment is pleased to be associated with an amazing group of artists and labels whose recordings have been accepted for your consideration in the voting process for the 59th Grammy Awards.

Record of the Year
Royal Jelly Jive, Bad

Album of the Year
Royal Jelly Jive, Stand Up
Secret Sky, Secret Sky 
Zomba Prison Project, I Will Not Stop Singing

Song of the Year
Royal Jelly Jive, Bad
Ann Hampton Callaway, The Hope of Christmas

Best New Artist
Royal Jelly Jive
Secret Sky

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson, Dream In The Blue

Best Pop Vocal Album
Royal Jelly Jive, Stand Up

Dance / Electronic Music
Mexican Institute of Sound + Toy Selectah Present: Compass

Contemporary Instrumental
Gerald Albright, G
Marcus Anderson, And Coffee
Marc Antoine, Laguna Beach
Blktop Project, Concrete Jungle
Jim Brickman, Comfort & Joy: The Sweet Sounds of Christmas
Richard Elliot, Summer Madness
Tommy Guerrero, Perpetual
The Laurence Juber Trio, Holidays & Holly Nights
Quinn Luke, Temporadas
R. Carlos Nakai, What Lies Beyond
Corrado Rustici, Aham
Chris Standring, Ten

Best Rock Performance
Bunbury, Corre Por La Jungla (Run Through The Jungle)

Best Metal Performance
Death Angel, Lost

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Ann Hampton Callaway, I Believe

New Age
Gyuto Monks of Tibet, Kim Cunio & Heather Lee, Beyond Karma 
David Darling, Gratitude
Deuter, Immortelle
Gandalf, All is One – One is All 
The Haiku Project, Glimpses
Chris Haugen, Falling Water, Shimmering Strings
Eamonn Karran, Celtic Skies
Peter Kater & Tina Guo, Inner Passion
Liquid Mind, Liquid Mind X1: Deep Sleep 
David Newman, Acoustic Chant: Ukelele Kirtan Serenades
Sacred Earth, Kutumba
Yoga Meditations, Sayama
Secret Sky, Secret Sky
Rajendra Teredesai, Moksha – The Path To Inner Peace

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Gerald Albright, soloist (Ann Hampton Callaway), I Believe
Richard Elliot, soloist, Ludicrous Speed
Josh Nelson, soloist (Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson), O Pato
Josh Nelson, soloist (Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson), Petit Papillon

Best Jazz Vocal
The David Benoit Trio Featuring Jane Monheit, Believe
Ann Hampton Callaway, The Hope of Christmas

Best Jazz Improvisational
Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith, A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke
Denny Zeitlin, Solo Piano: Early Wayne

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Joyful Jazz

Best Gospel Performance/Song
Stan Jones, Live

Best Latin Pop Album
David de María, Septimo Cielo
Antonio Orozco, Destino

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Enrique Bunbury, El Libro De Las Mutaciones
Loquillo, Viento Del Este
Juan Magan, The King is Back #Latinibizate
Juan Magan, Quiero Que Sepas

Best American Roots Performance
Bob Forrest, Cereal Song

Best American Roots Song
Truth, Chaos & Beauty (Peace In The Valley)
Bob Forrest & Josh Klinghoffer, songwriters (Bob Forrest)

Best Americana Album
Daniel Hutchens, The Beautiful Vicious Cycle of Life

Best Folk Album
Bob Forrest, Survival Songs

Regional Roots Music Album
Lonnie Gonnie, Songs from the Black Cedar Hills
Northern Cree, It’s a Cree Thing
Northern Cree, True North Strong and Cree: Pow Wow Songs Recorded Live at Enoch
Roman Orona, Circling Spirits – Contemporary Apache Songs
Clark Tenakhongva, Su’Vu’Yo’Yungw

World Music
Céu, Tropix
Karsh Kale, UP
ZMEI3, Rough Romanian Soul
Zomba Prison Project, I Will Not Stop Singing
Konono No. 1 & Batida, Konono No. 1 & Batida
Yashila, Reflections

Best Instrumental Composition
Richard Braun, Richard Elliot, Nathaniel Phillips, Back To You
Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith, A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke
Marc Antoine, Laguna Beach

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Laurence Juber, Joy to the World

Best Arrangement, Instrumental & Vocals
Brian Hughes, Caroline Lavelle, Hugh Marsh, Black is the Colour
Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson, Blackbird/Bye, Bye Blackbird
Darmon Meader & Mike Tomaro (Ann Hampton Callaway), The Hope of Christmas
Jay Ashby (Ann Hampton Callaway), I Believe
Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson, Sunny Side of the Street
Jay Ashby, White Christmas (In the Sahara)

Best Engineered Album
Clark Germain | Paul Blakemore | The David Benoit Trio Featuring Jane Monheit, Believe
Rick Braun | Gene Grimaldi, BWB
Al Schmitt | Eric Boulanger | Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson, Dream In The Blue
Jay Ashby & Jay Dudt | Ann Hampton Callaway, The Hope of Christmas
Jay Ashby & Jay Dudt | Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Joyful Jazz
Brian Hughes & Yossi Shakked, Secret Sky
Matt Wright | Judy Kirschner | Royal Jelly Jive, Stand Up
Rick Braun | Gene Grimaldi | Richard Elliot, Summer Madness
Mike Cresswell | Be Hussey | Gustavo Lenza | Diogo Pocas & Rodrigo Sanches | Felipe Tichauer | Céu, Tropix

Producer of the Year, Non Classical
Marty Asby (Ann Hampton Callaway), The Hope of Christmas
Marty Asby (Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra), Joyful Jazz
Ian Brennan (Zomba Prison Project), I Will Not Stop Singing
Ian Brennan (ZMEI3), Rough Romanian Soul
Ian Brennan (Bob Forrest), Survival Songs
Al Schmitt (Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson), Dream in The Blue
Lee Townsend (Carrie Rodriquez), Lola
Lee Townsend (Bill Frisell), When You Wish Upon A Star
Andre Zweers (Royal Jelly Jive), Stand Up

We thank you for your consideration and wish you great success in the voting process.

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Go Gerald! It’s your “G” day! We gonna party…

Happy Release Weekend, Gerald Albright Music and congrats on your feature in iTunes Jazz’ New Music!

AND we want to celebrate Gerald’s raving charts! “G” is currently:

#1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts US!!!
#49 ON AMAZON MP3!!!
#2 on Amazon Jazz MP3
#4 on Amazon Jazz CD
#135 on Amazon CD
#135 iTunes

Go Gerald! It (was) your birthday! We gonna party like it (was) your Release-Day-Weekend!

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A National Treasure: Downbeat Covers Wadada Leo Smith

wadada_dbTo see artist Wadada Leo Smith on the front cover of November’s Downbeat issue brings a huge smile to our faces here at A Train and calls for a congratulations! And to be considered a National Treasure to top it all off? What a way to celebrate the legendary trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist who has not only played across the country and around the globe, but even studied a variety of music cultures from African, Japanese, Indonesian, European to American – maybe the next time we see his face on the cover of a magazine, he will be featured as an
“(Inter)National Treasure”!

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Latin Grammy Nominations Announced!

We are pleased to announce that our clients and friends from Clippers Music Spain for 6 Latin Grammy nominations:

In the Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album category:

5 tracks on the Universal Music release by Pablo Lopez- El Mundo y Los Amantes Inocentes

In the Best New Artist category:

1 track on the album by Morat

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Blktop Project Rolls Thru Japan in New Tour Video

Check out Blktop Project cruise and groove while on their “Concrete Jungle” Tour!

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Congratulations to Wadada Leo Smith for being among the eight jazz artists to receive the fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Awards!

According to a press release from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, artists are “appointed in recognition of their creative vitality and ongoing contributions to the fields of dance, jazz and theater.” Awardees will each receive $275,000 “in flexible, multi-year funding as well as financial and legal counseling, professional development activities and peer-to-peer learning opportunities provided by Creative Capital, DDCF’s primary partner in the awards,”.

Read more about the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation here!

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Sharing Is Caring – Willie Royal Caregiver Fund


Please visit the Willie Royal Caregiver Fund on to help the beautiful and talented Willie Royal raise the funds he needs to receive the proper care; he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over a year ago.

Currently at $4200 of $10K, your gift will certainly touch his life just as his music over the years has touched yours. Please continue to support and share the Willie Royal Caregiver Fund with those whose lives his music has touched as well!

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