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Jim Leyritz: World Champion, Humanitarian, Podcaster



World Sequence Champion Jim Leyritz is a real champion off and on the sphere.

Jim’s old flame used to be basketball. He sought after to play on the subsequent degree, however his father “had a chat with him,” letting his son know he would possibly have a possibility to play baseball professionally. 

In reality, Jim went directly to set himself up as the #1 select within the baseball draft. However then, he fractured his foot whilst taking part in tennis, which led to the Atlanta Braves to go on him. Jim didn’t get drafted till he modified his place to catcher. Then, he instantly signed with the New York Yankees, regardless of having by no means been a private fan of the crew, as a result of they assured to pay his faculty tuition. 

All through his profession, Jim has discovered from the most productive. He shared this comic story about George Steinbrenner: 

Whilst attending a basketball sport on the College of Florida, Jim approached George to mention “hi,” including, “I will not wait to play for you at some point. I’m one among your minor leaguers.” In 1990, he had a pinch-hit stroll off of Roger Clemens. After the sport, Jim discovered champagne in his locker with a word from George that learn, “Congrats on getting a base hit, child. You stated you had been going to make it.”

Jim used to be probably the most first of items of the Yankees’ dynasty.

When George used to be suspended, the Yankees’ Common Supervisor Gene Michael let Jim know that the door for minor leaguers to sign up for the crew used to be open. 

“Gene had unfastened rein to do what he sought after to do. However I discovered what I had to know to be a New York Yankee—what it intended to be part of the group—from the executive, Greenback Showalter. 

“I have in mind taking the 4 educate to the ballpark and strolling proper within the again front. I noticed the statues of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.”

It used to be there that he additionally were given recommendation from a legend of the sport… Pete Rose. 

“He advised me when I used to be a 14-year-old child how vital it’s to paintings so exhausting. He stated, ‘I’d make the similar effort in spring coaching batting follow as I’d within the playoffs.’”

Jim shared two of his favourite moments taking part in for the Yankees:

First, his 15th inning playoff walk-off homerun, and 2d, his homerun off of Mark Wolhers within the 1996 World Sequence, which they went directly to win (this helped start the Yankees’ new dynasty). 

Lifestyles after baseball used to be no longer a hard transition for Jim. He started operating for Web radio station from his area with Billy Pattern as his co-host. He used to be an excessively a success ESPN analyst. 

Alternatively, issues took a flip for the more serious when he used to be curious about a sad automotive coincidence. Alcohol used to be concerned at the portions of each drivers, and the girl who hit Jim misplaced her existence. 

Jim then continued a three-year struggle to be vindicated on all fees but even so the DUI.

This used to be a turning level, and Jim turned into a spokesperson for charity occasions. 

He additionally continues to make private appearances for the Yankees to signal autographs for fanatics.

When somebody approached Jim with the theory of his web hosting a sports activities podcast, he had a greater thought: 

“I need to take former athletes, celebrities, and marketers who’ve possibly fallen from Grace or left their profession to do superb such things as charity paintings and repair,” he stated. 

And so he does, with the Catching Warmth with Jim Leyritz podcast.

Jim issues to his interview with Mariano Rivera for instance of a tale that blew him away. “Nobody is aware of his tale,” he defined. “He’s development church buildings and making a gift of backpacks.”

Those are the kinds of tales Jim needs to inform… the true ones that may’t be discovered within the newspaper or on tv. Up to now, he has interviewed the likes of Daryl Strawberry, Nick Totero, and Sid Rosenberg to take action.

Even if Jim hopes to have a studio of his personal at some point, he lately information out of his house the usage of Zoom Video and a digicam. He has launched 22 episodes as of the time of this writing. 

Regarding podcasting as “a possibility to satisfy nice other people,” Jim’s purpose is to easily achieve other people.

 “If I achieve that one one that wishes a kick that can assist him in existence, it’ll be price it,” he stated.

Jim is devoted to serving to and motivating others and is obviously undertaking his venture to pay it ahead. 


June 2021 Factor

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Universal Music Group Gets $240M Minority Stake in Chord Music Partners




The company will now handle distribution and publishing administration for Chord’s catalog, which includes works released by Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5 and Beyoncé. 

Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s largest music company, has acquired a 25.8% interest in Chord Music Partners for $240 million. As part of the deal, UMG will now handle distribution and publishing administration for Chord’s existing catalog, provided by UMG’s Virgin Music Group and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), respectively.

Formed in 2021 by KKR and Dundee Partners, the investment office of the Hendel family, Chord owns over 60,000 copyrights. This includes stakes in top songs like “Dreams” and “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, “La Grange” by ZZ Top, “Counting Stars” and “Apologize” by OneRepublic, “Redbone” by Childish Gambino, “I Like Me Better” by Lauv, “Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi, “All Of Me” by John Legend, “Girls Like You” and “Sugar” by Maroon 5, “Halo” by Beyonce and “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.

Following the completion of the transaction, KKR will exit Chord. Previously, it was the majority stakeholder in the catalog firm. Now, Dundee is increasing its share to 74.2% and UMG will hold the remaining minority share.

UMG was advised by Goldman Sachs, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Freshfields. DLA Piper and Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP served as legal advisors to Dundee. Fifth Third Bank, National Association served as financial advisor and provided committed financing to Dundee and UMG. The Raine Group served as the exclusive financial advisor and Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP served as legal advisor to Chord Music Partners. Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel to KKR.

Lucian Grainge, chairman/CEO of UMG, said in a statement: “Finding partners who share our passion for identifying iconic songs and recordings that will stand the test of time and deliver long-term growth is essential, which is why we’re so pleased to be working with Stephen and Sam Hendel and Dundee Partners. With the leadership of Jody Gerson at UMPG, Nat Pastor and JT Myers at Virgin, and the support of our experienced creative executives around the world, no one can do more with music rights than our teams. We look forward to creating maximum commercial and creative value for the songwriters and artists in Chord and building for the future.”

Boyd Muir, UMG executive vp/CFO/president of operations added: “We’re excited to partner with the Hendel family in Chord for a number of reasons. First, KKR and Dundee have built a very high-quality catalog that will benefit from our first-rate management and global capabilities. Second, this new structure provides us with an efficient vehicle for future catalog acquisitions, without significant capital allocation through a combination of leverage and partner equity capital. And finally, it offers us the perfect partner to approach future growth opportunistically and flexibly, one who is equally bullish on the long-term prospects for music.”

Sam Hendel, Dundee Partners’ managing principal/co-founder of Chord, added: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Universal Music Group and embarking on this next exciting chapter for Chord. By combining a best-in-class financial acquisition vehicle with the world’s leading music company, we are creating both a premier platform for music investment as well as a permanent home for premier artists’ legacies and their iconic cultural works. We’d like to thank the team at KKR for their partnership and creating a strong foundation for Chord and its future success.”

“We are grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with many leading artists and to create significant value for our investors by building Chord into a differentiated and scaled portfolio,” said Jenny Box, partner at KKR. “We believe that Dundee and UMG will drive further value creation for artists and that they share our commitment to being respectful stewards of artists’ music.”

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Bobby Weir and Sun Ra Arkestra to headline A Great Night in Harlem fundraiser for the Jazz Foundation of America




The March 28 event will take place at Harlem’s Apollo.

Bobby Weir and Sun Ra Arkestra will headline A Great Night in Harlem fundraiser for the Jazz Foundation of America.

The annual benefit will take place March 28 at The Apollo in Harlem. Its name plays off of A Great Day in Harlem, the classic 1958 Art Kane black-and-white photograph for Esquire that featured more than 50 jazz musicians seated on and surrounding a brownstone stoop.

The event, with Steve Jordan as musical director, will also feature a tribute to drummer Max Roach, who would have turned 100 in January, with Charles Tolliver, Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Cables, Billy Harper and Rufus Reid, as well as the Titans of Jazz Drums with Al Foster, Billy Hart and Louis Hayes.

The evening will honor Richard Parsons with JFA’s Dr. Billy Taylor Humanitarian Award. Parsons is the former chairman of Citigroup and former chairman/CEO of Time Warner.

Parsons is stepping down after 15 years as JFA chairman and will be succeeded by JFA president Jarrett Lilien. Board member Dr. Daveed D. Frazier will become president of the JFA board of directors. Last year’s event honored Clarence Avant, Dave Grusin and Charles Lloyd at Los Angeles’ Vibrato Grill Jazz.

Proceeds from the benefit fund JFA programs that provide housing assistance, pro-bono healthcare, disaster relief and direct financial support to musicians and their families. For the past 35 years, JFA has been assisting not only jazz musicians, but artists in blues, roots and R&B genres.

For more information on tickets for the March 28 event, go to For individual concert tickets, go to 

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‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Is Currently Amongst the Top-Grossing Music Biopics: Here’s the Leading 25




The 25 biopics on this list cover a wide range of genres, including rap, classical, country, Latin and contemporary Christian.

After less than a week, Bob Marley: One Love is already one of the top-grossing biopics of a musician in domestic box-office history. The film, which stars Kingsley Ben-Adir as reggae legend Bob Marley, has grossed $52 million in the U.S. and Canada.

Here are the 25 top-grossing biopics of musicians in terms of domestic box office. These films cover a remarkably wide range of genres. Pop/rock artists are the focus of seven of the 25 films, followed by R&B (five); rap and traditional pop (three each); country and classical (two each); and Latin, contemporary Christian and reggae (one each).

Biopics of four of the 10 artists who comprised the inaugural induction class at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dot this list. In addition to Elvis Presley, there are biopics here of James Brown, Ray Charles and Buddy Holly

If you want to dig deeper into Marley, we have a story about how the film brought the 1976 Smile Jamaica Concert and Exodus recording sessions to the big screen.

Methodology: maintains lists of top-grossing films searchable by dozens of “genre keywords.” Under ” music,” we extracted biopics, which we define as films in which actors portray the musicians. Five of the biopics listed here aren’t listed under music on the site, so we manually inserted them, using box-office figures found elsewhere on the site.

We didn’t include some high-grossing films about real-life music personalities because they’re not biopics in the traditional sense. These include The Sound of Music (which tells the story of Maria von Trapp and the Trapp Family Singers); Green Book (pianist and composer Don Shirley); Florence Foster Jenkins (heiress and amateur soprano by that name); and Music of the Heart (violinist and music educator Roberta Guaspari).

Here are the 25 biopics of music stars with the highest domestic (defined as U.S. and Canada) grosses:

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