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June 3, 2016

Muhammad Ali... Sociologically Significant... Great Man, Hero and Legend! RIP

For decades he was considered the most well known and most famous person on the planet... He was a celebrities celebrity, an Olympic gold medal winner, a world champion, an outspoken leader in the civil rights movement, a role model to tens of millions, a poet, a rapper before rap was an art form, devoutly spiritual and so much more that is decent, selfless, loving and good, but most importantly, Muhammad Ali was a humanitarian--a true lover of people, in particular, those less fortunate, oppressed, voiceless and suffering.

I was blessed to meet, talk to and joke with Muhammad Ali. Over the years we've chatted at various functions. For me personally, he was and will always be a huge source of inspiration, motivation and ethnic pride.

Never in my life have I seen people respond towards another human being the way masses do with Ali. It's surreal and almost eerie--the profound love, deep expressed affection, reverence, respect, admiration, etc., and almost everyone is reduced to tears when near him, and I'm talking about well before he was stricken with parkinson's.

In many ways he will always be The Greatest.

Thank you Muhammad Ali for your many sacrifices and for your lifetime of contributions towards the betterment of humanity.

RIP

June 03, 2016

RIP Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali Tribute - Muhammad Ali Highlights - Play To Win--Music Written by Jeff Durand.

Prince Insights From Revolution Band Member Mark Brown

In this video Jeff Durand friend and former client Mark Brown is interviewed on BET.

As an early Prince band member, my friend and former client Mark Brown made his debut with Prince on the Controversy tour. He soon became known for his funky bass playing. Prince stated in a Rolling Stone article that without Mark on bass he would take bass out of the music.

Brown, a talented and ambitious writer, producer, business mind and creative spirit himself, worked with many name artist including Mazarati--one of his creations, Chico DeBarge, Troop, Georgio, Stacy Lattisaw, Teen Dream, Sheila E., and LakeSide, to name a few.

Added to his list of accomplishments, Mark received two Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards for his contributions to the Purple Rain movie soundtrack. He also performed with Stevie Wonder and Stevie Ray Vaughn, along with Salt n Pepa and Jodie Watley in an MTV special. He again had the honor of performing with Stevie Wonder at his Character Party. Mark has also shared the stage with Sting, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Q-Tip, and Doug E. Fresh.

After leaving Prince, Mark was signed to Motown as a solo act where he released two albums and was entrusted with the production of some Motown acts. On a personal note, Mark and I hung out a lot. He regularly invited and included me in much of what he was doing musically and socially, whether with Prince, the local bands he was involved with, Motown and other artist he was producing, concerts in MN and on the road, recording sessions in his home studio, (my ears are still ringing), and much more. I was always impressed with his creative gifts, ambition, drive and work-ethic, but more so with his generosity and simply being a truly nice person and thoughtful and good friend to me.

Prince featuring Boni Boyer - Chain Of Fools

In this video Jeff Durand friend and client Boni Boyer (RIP) is featured singing Chain Of Fools with Prince. In his band she played keyboards, did backing vocals and vocal arrangement. Durand was later able to sign this amazing vocalist to a solo deal via WEA Warner Electra Atlantic. They visited and had offers from most every major label at the time. Another Durand friend and client is briefly seen in this footage as well--the shirtless and amazing guitar player Miko Weaver.

Boni was a brilliantly gifted singer, a multi instrumentalist, writer, producer, arranger, visionary, non-stop have you on the floor laughing joke teller who was loved and respected by the music industry.

Prince with Boni Boyer

In this video footage Jeff Durand friend and client Boni Boyer (RIP) blesses the audience with her amazing voice.

April 21, 2016

Prince - The Soundtrack To Some Of The Favorite Times In My Life

My friend and then client Miko Weaver is pictured here with Prince. Miko was in Prince's New Power Generation

I found the news of the passing of Prince certainly unexpected, sad and disappointing. It instantly took me on a long and heartfelt trip down memory lane.

Having grown up in Minneapolis, I'm intimately versed in Prince's musical genius, his rise to the highest entertainment industry heights, the resulting vibrant and fun-filled music and club scene that the Twin Cities enjoyed for many years, and so much more. I feel blessed to have been privileged to see up-close and participate in a lot of it.

Via my three pictured Prince band member friend/clients Mark Brown, Boni Boyer and Miko Weaver, others not pictured, one of his recording engineers who was my client and others, I was privy to rehearsals, private band member social events, parties and other events at the rehearsal facility prior to Paisley Park and then later at Paisley Park, front row seats at concerts around the USA and a few abroad, lots of Prince stories and more.

The people I saw and met at Prince concerts and other Prince events were a veritable whose-who list. He absolutely was a celebrities celebrity. In particular, I recall a post Madison Square Garden concert performance at Radio City Music Hall, where I met then MTV's biggest star Downtown Julie Brown, who became my friend and client. Also in attendance was Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Madonna, Jodi Foster, Brooke Shields, Nile Rogers, etc., etc. The room was packed with A-List celebrities and record label, television and radio executives.

Personally, I was and remain an admirer of Prince's gift of music, his devotion to it, his songs, his amazing live performances and the fact that he un-apologetically and uncompromisingly did things his way.

People often ask me if I knew Prince. Well, we certainly were aware of each other. I've got stories... One crazy, funny, yet very irritating to Prince and Co happening occurred while on tour in Chicago, when one of my clients threatened to not perform and wanted a pay increase, etc. I was the reluctant go between. The underlying true discord had to do with an attractive tour stylist that my client and Prince both liked... I can't say that I really knew Prince. He'd sometimes acknowledge me, other times look past me, yet often times give me a playfully great photo opp--noticing me front and center at a concert with my camera focused on him, and on some occasions he'd say a few words. He did call one time, thanking me for informing his office of the passing of my client--his former band member. He was sincerely moved by the event. He later called her mother, who then called me telling me of Prince's very warm conversation and kind sentiments.

RIP Prince. Thank you for your enormous contributions to music, popular culture and cool..

December 31, 2014

New Years Eve 2014 on Ocean Drive in South Beach

I brought in 2015 roof-top on South Beach's famed Ocean Drive, sipping champagne, laughing with friends and enjoying the music that my friend and business associate Radamas spun for over 50,000 enthusiastic people on the street and beach below.

December 1, 2014

Lewis Martinee - Multi Platinum Selling Songwriter & Producer

Jeff Durand client Lewis Martinee aka DJ Martinee, is a multi-platinum selling songwriter and producer, who won the distinct honor of Billboard and BMI songwriter of the year, out-ranking the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Prince, Sting, Cindy Lauper, Elton John, 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.

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.

News

February 15, 2016

Jeff Durand's song UNDENIABLE IS UNDENIABLY Growing in global popularity

Undeniable's positive and uplifting sound has inspired many, and at every level of accomplishment, to use it in their performances, workouts, videos, commercials, advertisements, events and various other productions.

Enjoy the video below and be sure to buy your copy of Undeniable today at Buy Undeniable.

UNDENIABLE - written by Jeff Durand and Tommy Barbarella

December 30, 2015

Jeff Durand's song Undeniable is widely utilized by world-class and amateur athletes

The world-class Russian figure skater featured in the video below uses Jeff Durand's song Undeniable in her practice, competition and marketing promotions.

UNDENIABLE - written by Jeff Durand and Tommy Barbarella

May 27, 2015

NFL All-Pro Henry Thomas Enters Sports Broadcast Arena

Jeff Durand client, former Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots standout Henry Thomas, along with his broadcast partner Fred Davis, debut their sports radio talk show, The HD Show, June 1 at 7 PM on Houston's ESPN 97.5.

March 25, 2015

Over 40,000,000 YouTube Views and Growing

I'm proud of the fact that the first song I ever wrote, produced and published, Could This Be Love, has over 40,000,000 YouTube views. These views are the result of hundreds of individuals, world-wide, using my song as background music in their homemade videos. I'm also informed that there are many millions of views on several other video channels.

Could This Be Love has connected with and continues to connect with many.

Victoria Acosta is the girl, now young lady, who performed my song. At the time she was 12 or 13.

December 2014

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.

May 2010

Necessary Details: Fundamentals That Every Female Needs In Order To Have A Better Relationship With Her Male by Jeff Durand - Available at Amazon.com

Jeff Durand's "Necessary Details" - (Fundamentals That Every Female Needs In Order To Have A Better Relationship With Her Male) is a concise, informative, easy read which addresses many of the very important, yet grossly under taught, basics that every female teenage and above, in or desirous of being in a relationship, should know about males..

April 2010

Necessary Details: Fundamentals That Every Male Needs In Order To Have A Better Relationship With His Female by Jeff Durand - Available at Amazon.com

Jeff Durand's "Necessary Details" - (Fundamentals That Every Male Needs In Order To Have A Better Relationship With His Female) is a concise, informative, easy read which addresses many of the very important, yet grossly under taught, basics that every male teenage and above, in or desirous of being in a relationship, should know about females.

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