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Sonya Maddox and Phil Upchurch CD Release Party, Radio and Television interview!

by on Aug.22, 2005, under News



Maddox and Phil Upchurch will be on KMIR TV channel 6 in Palm

Springs. The show will air with Phil and Sonya throughout

the segment, from 6am – 7:30 am Monday, August 22, 2005.

Sonya Maddox & Phil Upchurch
New CD Release!

* Available Now! Not available in stores, proceeds also

help benefit
“The Jimmy Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund”

To purchase

$20.00 to
PO Box

Los Angeles, CA 90038


Friday, August 26th
CD Release

LaVe' Lee
Fine Food &

Live Music
12514 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Showtime: 8:30

& 10:30
Reservations suggested 818-980-8158

Interview with Vivian

KWVE- 94.7 FM

WONDERVISION Entertainment Public Relations

Legendary Guitarist Phil Upchurch and

Vocalist Sonya Maddox

Release New CD “Truly” at La Ve’ Lee

Jazz Club in LA

Proceeds From CD Will Help Benefit

”The Jimmy Smith Memorial Scholarship




(Los Angeles,

CA July 14, 2005) WONDERVISION Entertainment & Music announce the

release of legendary guitarist, Phil Upchurch and vocalist Sonya Maddox New CD

“Truly.”  The refreshing originality of

this duo is sure to satisfy most music lover’s palate.  This performance will take place Friday,

August 26, 2005 at La Ve’ Lee Jazz Club 12514 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

Showtime: 8:30 & 10:30 Reservations suggested 818-980-8158


Jazz enthusiasts love Phil

Upchurch for his music. In developing his own sound, Phil demonstrates no

allegiance to his contemporaries.  He

goes from classical to jazz to contemporary funk as easy as walking from room

to room in your home.  A prolific

guitarist, with over 1,000 recordings, Phil Upchurch is comfortable playing

blues, soul, R&B and jazz.  He has

been a prominent figure in music circles for more than 50 years.  In addition to his work with Jimmy Smith,

this self-taught musician has performed and recorded with some of the music

industry's biggest names.  His talents

have teamed him with musical legends such as Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Ramsey

Lewis, George Benson, Carmen McRae, Marlena Shaw, Jack McDuff, Joe Williams,

Stan Getz, Cannonball Adderly, Herbie Hancock, Grover Washington, Jr., Chaka

Kahn, Donny Hathaway, Wynton Kelly and Eddie Harris, to name a few.  He has performed extensively throughout the United States

and internationally.


His credits also include 23

albums, movie soundtracks and television commercials too numerous to count.

Today, Mr. Upchurch still enjoys a very active performing career.


Sonya Maddox, CEO of

WONDERVISION Music and Entertainment, has the grace and charm of a Southern

belle coupled with the confidence and allure of a Hollywood

diva.  This Atlanta-born, television,

screen, and stage actor/songs tress has become one of the most sought after,

respected performers in the  commercial arena. 

 With over 200 commercials to her credit,

corporate America

loves the essence she brings to their projects. Her most recent commercials

include Listerine, Home Depot, and South Beach Diet.  In addition to her acting, Sonya's musical

career is on the fast track, performing both on screen and to live



Her first starring screen

role was in the award-winning Hanelle Culpepper Film A Single Rose,

which made it to the 12th cut for the 2005 Oscar Awards.  Maddox received national acclaim for her

portrayal of the character Rose.   In

addition, Sonya performed three songs for the film.  Maddox also wrote and starred in Wonder,

an autobiographical one-woman show.  She

wrote and sang all the lyrics for the productions score. Sonya continues to

perform her music with a renewed sense of purpose.  Sonya joined forces with music legends Phil

Upchurch and Howard McCrary.  “Truly, CD”

is produced independently by WONDERVISION Music and Entertainment. All of the

songs are by far, original.



Jimmy Smith memorial Scholarship fund in which Sonya and Phil are founders.

Focus on the awareness and importance of true jazz in today's music. Says

Upchurch, “The Jimmy Smith Memorial Scholarship Foundation was founded as a way

to honor my friend, one of the world’s greatest jazz pioneers.”  Both Upchurch and Maddox (who have teamed on

numerous projects around Los Angeles)

are excited and honored to pay homage to one of the worlds most influential

jazz organists of all time.  The

scholarships provide financial assistance to talented high school-aged

musicians who may not otherwise have the resources to further their musical




will be for sale at the performance and proceeds will help benefit the Jimmy

Smith memorial Scholarship Fund. Your support helps

to keep the memory and musical contributions of such a great jazz legend alive,

and at the same time, provides financial assistance to talented high

school-aged musicians who may not otherwise have the resources to further their

musical studies.


 About Jimmy Smith


Jimmy Smith, who began his

career in the early 1950’s, is known for his clean, volcanic executions, in the

tradition of Charlie Parker.  Smith

single-handedly, in 1956, brought to prominence the Hammond B-3 organ, as a

solo voice in the jazz world.  He

revolutionized the jazz organ, turning what was for the most part, an

overlooked instrument into one of the most inclusive, dynamic jazz instruments

of all time. 

Being credited with

creating the distinctive sound of “soul jazz,” Smith  was also the recipient of

the prestigious Jazz Masters Lifetime Achievement Award from the National

Endowment for the Arts, the nation’s highest honor in jazz.  Smith died at age 79 at his home in Scottsdale, AZ,

in February of this year.  He has over

100 albums to his credit. 


donations are welcome and can be made out to The Jimmy Smith Memorial

Scholarship Foundation, and mailed to P.O.  Box

38821, Los Angeles, CA  90038. 



For more information or to

schedule and interview, please contact a Foundation representative at








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