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Sharp Notes November 14 2001

Where the studio at? R&B stars Jagged Edge, whose third album has gone platinum on the strength of their "Where the Party At?" single, opened their new JOI recording studio with a party Sat., Nov. 10. Besides the studio (whose name stands for Jagged's Other Interests), the group also has formed a music publishing company (Them Damn Twins Publishing), a BWBK Clothing line and 581 Entertainment management company.

Toni's Angels. Pop/R&B thrush and clotheshorse Toni Braxton hosted the Angels in Action Awards, sponsored by locally produced toilet paper brand Angel Soft. The program honored five Atlanta children who have given back to their neighborhood by volunteering or participating in community service. Braxton found time for the deed between the release of her Christmas album, Snowflakes, and the birth of her first child, due next month.

Discover this. Alastor has licensed the song "East of Suez," from their 1999 CD Nothing for Anyone, to the Discovery Channel. The song will be used on the show "Outward Bound." In other band news, Mickey Hendrix, formerly of Radiant City, has joined the band on drums. The new lineup debuts in town Nov. 29 at the Star Bar.

No pain, gains. Atlanta ambient-metalers Novocaine have added second guitarist Andy Wall to their lineup. Kevin Cotter is now the drummer. The new band debuts Fri., Nov. 16, at the 9 Lives Saloon.

Chamber expansion. Local woodwind chamber group the Pandean Players will augment its core oboe/clarinet/ bassoon ensemble with guest artists for its 2001-02 season. Flutists Jeanne Carere and Tony Watson, and French horn player Julie Burckel, join the group at selected performances.