Legendary Producers Sign To Savoy Jazz World Wide Release Date April 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pioneering dance music producers Teddy Douglas and Jay Steinhour aka The Basement Boys, have signed with Savoy Jazz' dance imprint Savoy Jazz World Wide and will release a brand new project titled "Mudfoot Jones" in April. A concept album loosely based on a fictional blues drummer from Louisiana, "Mudfoot Jones" allows the producers, backed by a full live band which includes members of the P-Funk Allstars, to explore jazz, gospel, blues and Latin jazz musical traditions within the context of their trademark dance grooves. THE BASEMENT BOYS PRESENT MUDFOOT JONES is in stores April 11.

The Basement Boys have both propelled the careers of dance chart toppers such as Ultra Nate and Crystal Waters as well as masterminded their own projects under pseudonyms such as Those Guys. Now, they've returned under the guise of "Mudfoot Jones," the mastermind of Teddy Douglas, formed a 10-piece band with jazz, blues and funk players (including members of George Clinton's P-Funk Allstars), and have created a jazzy, dance masterpiece.

Says Jay Steinhour, "Mudfoot Jones is the name of a band (like Jethro Tull), not a real person_a fictitious name that seemed to fit the concept behind the music. The Mudfoot project was inspired by St. Germain, Mr. Scruff and John Lee Hooker. The concept was to mesh all of these things we love into a beautiful collage of music that would be respected in the jazz world as well as our own."

Savoy Jazz World Wide is an imprint of the Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American unit of Columbia Music Entertainment (formerly Nippon Columbia), the oldest music company in Japan. Newly reorganized and now headed by Chairman Strauss Zelnick, Columbia Music Entertainment has re-emerged as a significant creative force with a stable of newly-signed platinum-selling artists.

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