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December 10, 2014

Radamas is a world class dj

Jeff Durand client Radamas finds himself rocking all genres of music from House, Trap, EDM, Reggae to Latin and is considered by many to be the one of the top Open Format DJs in the country. He has been described by many in the industry to have a unique ability and talent to rock crowds for marathon sets of 6 to 10 hours. This has translated to him being the DJ for some of Miami’s most famous parties and longest running residencies in the nation. He currently holds a 14 year residency at the one of the top 10 clubs in the country, the world famous club Sace. This is one of the longest running residencies in the country. He has also played for many famous artist such as, Madonna, Aerosmith, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and Puffy to name a few. His hottest spots may be in Miami and New York, but Radamas has toured Chicago, New Orleans, Haiti, St. Bart, Mexico and Switzerland. Among one of Radamas' greatest accomplishments is the recognition he received from the hip-hop industry when in 1997 Sean "Puffy" Combs discovered the magic of Radamas spinning in the situation room of "Liquid". Radamas quickly became one of Bad Boy Entertainment's elite DJs, spinning many Miami based events for the company, as well as traveling overseas to personally perform for Diddy.

December 1, 2014

Lewis Martinee Is A miami Music Legend

Jeff Durand client Lewis Martineé is a Miami based producer, songwriter and disc jockey. He won the distinct honor of Billboard and BMI songwriter of the year, out-selling the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Prince, Sting, Cindy Lauper, etc. In addition to founding the multi-platinum selling girl group Exposé, he also wrote and produced all of the songs on its first two albums, Exposure and What You Don't Know. He also contributed to the group's third album, Exposé.

Lewis Martinee routinely works with super-star artists, whether producing, writing and or remixing tracks. Clients have included Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion, Company B, Arika Kane, Jermaine Jackson, Sequel, the Cover Girls, Debbie Gibson, Vanessa Williams, Pet Shop Boys, Son by Four, Elvis Crespo, Jermaine Jackson, Tatiana and many more.

His contributions to the nascent freestyle music movement in the mid 1980s contributed to its popularity, which continues to this day.

As a DJ, Martinee has currently been contributing to a dance music radio show that is programmed in markets around the world.

September 4, 2014

Universe Miami's Artist Premier

As Director of Operations at Universe Miami, one of my responsibilities is the co-hosting and co-managing of our weekly event Artist Premier. I also book the acts.

Universe Miami host' a weekly event called Artist Premier. It is streamed online. Miami Artist, are welcome, invited and encouraged to join us as often as possible.

Universe Miami's Artist Premier provides a comfortable atmosphere to perform, socialize, network, self-promote, idea-share, entertain, be entertained, hear great music, dance, watch cool videos, unwind, relax, eat, drink, have fun and more.

We welcome and invite quality local artist of all genres, to perform. These are not paid performances. These are OPPORTUNITIES to be seen and heard, to have that all-important stage and audience.

So, whether you sing, dance, draw, rap, juggle, tell jokes, play an instrument, recite poetry, paint, are a fan of the arts, want to network, want a relaxing drink, like good food, or are simply looking for something fun and cool to do, Thursdays at Will Call Miami for Universe Miami's Artist Premier, is where you should be!!

***For Artist Premier Booking Consideration, contact me at ArtistPremierMiamiSubmissions@gmail.com.

December 31, 2013 - January 1, 2014

NEW YEARS EVE 2013 AT SEAN "DIDDY" COMBS MIAMI ESTATE

I brought in 2014 on Miami Beach's palatial Star Island at the estate of Sean "Diddy" Combs. Having arrived early, I was privy to seeing the grounds during set-up for the private party.

Combs was very hands-on, in sweats, working along with a large staff, meticulously arranging furniture, checking and double checking details, and did so until nearly 10:30. He then went inside and shortly returned dressed in a tux.

Celebrities at the very exclusive event included Beyonce, Jay Z, Drake, T.I., Kelly Rowland, Fat Joe, Scott Storch, Damon Dash, Rick Ross and Robin Thicke, to name a few.

I had a great time celebrating and socializing until the sun came up.

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Something very cool is happening and I'm excited to be a part of it. It's called Universe Network Television.

For most, seeing is believing, so please have a look Universe Network Television.

Darrin Nelson Inducted Into College Hall of Fame

Jeff Durand client Darrin Nelson, pictured on the cover of the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Class Magazine, will be inducted into the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame

"Darrin was probably the most popular player at Stanford in the time I’ve been around the school," said Paul Wiggin, one of Nelson’s head coaches at Stanford and a Hall of Fame player from his days with the Cardinal. "He was not only a great player, but had that magnetic personality and was such an impressive guy to be around.

"As a player, he was exceptional. Passing the ball was much different at that time than it is now and he was able to be such a well-rounded back, running the ball and catching it. He was truly Mr. Stanford at that time. He was loved by the students, faculty, alumni and most of all very well respected by his teammates."

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program is a hallowed tradition that began with the inaugural class in 1951, and to this day the salutes remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers.

Nelson was the first player in NCAA history to rush for more than 1,000 yards and catch more than 50 passes in one season. He wound up accomplishing that feat three times during his standout career at Stanford from 1977-78 and 1980-81.

"A dual threat as a rusher and receiver, Darrin Nelson was one of the most impressive running backs of his era," said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. "A model student-athlete, he excelled just as well in the classroom as he did on the field. We are thrilled to honor him in front of the Stanford faithful at Stanford Stadium."

A 1981 First-Team All-American, Nelson ended his career as Stanford’s all-time leader in rushing yards (4,033), receptions (214), scoring (242) and touchdowns (40), and he finished his career as the NCAA leader for all-purpose yards, which remains a school record at 6,885. The only four-time First-Team All-Pac-10 selection in Stanford history, he became the first freshman running back in conference history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.

A finalist for the 1981 Heisman Trophy, Nelson held nine of the top 12 single-game rushing performances in school history at the end of his career, and he led Stanford to wins in the 1977 Sun Bowl and 1978 Bluebonnet Bowl. Honored for his all-around achievements as an NFF National Scholar-Athlete in 1981, Nelson was also a First-Team Academic All-America and academic all-conference selection.

Selected in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, Nelson played 11 seasons with the Vikings and San Diego Chargers. The Los Angeles native finished his professional career with 4,442 rushing yards, 2,559 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns, and he led the league with 4.9 yards per carry in 1987.

A member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame, Nelson was coached by Bill Walsh and Wiggin (a College Football Hall of Fame player from Stanford), and he played alongside Hall of Famers John Elway and Ken Margerum.

As a Standford professional, Darrin Nelson served 15 years as a Senior Associate Athletics Director, as well as a community relations liaison between Stanford Athletics and various governmental agencies in the Palo Alto area.

November 27, 2014

Former Miami Hurricane All-American and NFL All-Pro Bennie Blades at Thanksgiving Lions vs. Bears game

Jeff Durand client Bennie Blades doing a pre-game interview on Thanksgiving for the Lions vs.Bears game at Ford Field. Coincidentally, on a previous Thanksgiving Lions vs.Bears game, Bennie Blades was the games MVP and was Named to the All Madden Team.

November 23, 2014

Former MTV Star Downtown Julie Brown Featured on Oprah Winfrey's Where Are They Now

Jeff Durand friend and former client Downtown Julie Brown, best known as MTV's globally popular VJ, is interviewed on November 23rds episode of Oprah Winfrey's Where Are They Now.

November 21, 2014

DetroitLionsPro.com Interview with NFL all-Pro Henry Thomas

Jeff Durand client, retired NFL All-pro Henry Thomas is interviewed by DetroitLionsPro.com

Henry Thomas, a nose tackle, played in the NFL for 14 years for the Vikings, Patriots and the Lions. In his time in the NFL he recorded 93.5 sacks, over 800 tackles, and was twice elected to the Pro Bowl. Here is our interview with Henry Thomas, also known as “Hardware Hank”:

Two Teams You Played For (Detroit Lions and New England Patriots) Face Off This Weekend, Who Do You Expect To Win?

“Detroit, I think that Detroit is going to find a way to pressure Tom Brady. That’s the key, pressure Tom Brady and shut down the run. I mean the Lions have a very talented defensive line that can play both pass and run, and I think we’re gonna come up with the solution to stop the run and also Tom Brady to give Detroit a chance to win the game. Detroit and Arizona are my two dark horses to be in the playoffs.”

Did You Ever Meet William Clay Ford? What Can You Tell Me About Him?

“Yes I have, he was the nicest man. He was very loyal to his players. I mean he genuinely cared for his players. When I went to Detroit, I felt like the owner cared for his players. He cared about our well-being, about our comfort so we could perform at a high level. Because before when I was in Minnesota, there were ten to twelve owners, and I wouldn’t have know who they were even if I had hit them with my car. He made decisions based on caring for his players.”

What Your Greatest NFL Memory?

“My whole career was my greatest memory. The whole experience all together was a great experience for me. It would be very, very hard to break that down into one specific memory. There are so many subcategories.”

Do You Have Any Specific Games That Have Stood Out To You When You Look Back At Your Career?

“The game against Tampa when I was with Detroit my first year, was the first time I had more than ten sacks in a season.”

You Played In New England During Bill Belichick’s First Season With The Patriots, What Can You Tell Me About Him?

“He is a phenomenal coach, you know when he came to New England, I was in my twelfth season. Everyone talked about how he was a defensive-minded guru, and me being in my twelfth season being an undersized nose tackle all twelve years, that’s how I play the game. I knew a lot about the offense and defense, but I had so much more to learn under him.”

The Lions’ Offense Has Been Struggling, Do You Think They’ll Improve?

“Yes I think they will, Calvin is even more healthier than he was before and the Lions are going to find a way to run the ball. If you look at the successful teams this year, running the ball is crucial.”

You Were An Intern Coach At Indianapolis and Minnesota, Would You Ever Go Into Coaching In The Future?

“Yes of course, I want to do it so bad, I think I have so much to offer technique wise for any defensive line and player. I think I have some skill sets to be able to train guys in pass rushing as well as playing the run. I was an every down player, we never switched out. I played the run and the pass.

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