Jeffrey Osborne kicks off the release of his new album, A Time For Love (due out on SRR Records on January 29, 2013) with a series of high profile promotional appearances that will take him to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington DC. Throughout February and March, Osborne will be seen on Live From The Couch (airing on CBS New York affiliate WNLY), Tavis Smiley (both television and radio), Voice of America, nationally syndicated morning TV show The Daily Buzz, XM/Sirius, WGN-TV’s national show Mid-Day News, and many others. He will also be the subject of an “As Written” special airing on Centric TV (a division on BET) on February 16th. In between promotional stops, Osborne will perform concerts during a national tour that includes Milwaukee, Washington D.C., Dallas, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans and even the high seas when Jeffrey sets sail aboard the inaugural Soul Train Cruise on February 17th. Osborne will also dominate the radio airwaves with an hour-long special on A Time For Love, created exclusively for Premiere Radio Networks and hosted by nationally syndicated radio personality Rich Miller. The program is currently airing on a combination of terrestrial and digital radio stations.
A Time For Love brings Osborne together with legendary producer George Duke again after the pair ruled the charts in the ‘80s with Jeffrey’s first three solo albums. The result is a collection of beloved jazz standards updated with brilliant arrangements and Osborne’s signature baritone. “This album is something I’ve always wanted to do,” he explains. “I was the youngest of 12 kids in my family, so when I was growing up I had to wait my turn to listen to what I wanted to listen to. All of my brothers and sisters were into Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, Gloria Lynne, Della Reese, Joe Williams and Billy Eckstine so I got to hear all of that before I would put on my little doo wop music, Motown and stuff. Plus my father was a great trumpet player and he would listen to Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Clifford Brown and I got a chance to learn about all these great trumpet players back then. So despite my love for Motown and doo wop, I really grew up listening to jazz and standards.”
A Time For Love also features a trio of top jazz musicians Christian McBride on bass, John Roberts on drums and Duke himself on keyboards. Saxophonists Everette Harp, Kamasi Washington, guitarist Paul Jackson, and Rick Braun on trumpet make special guest appearances. And the incomparable Chaka Khan lends her vocals to the album’s sassy rendition of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”