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We sat down with Iyer at a very interesting time for the pianist and composer in that he has the rare opportunity to look into the future and already see the tangible success he will be achieving in the next few years. Check out Part 1 of our interview to read about the ‘Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project,’ and below for his insight on this coming weekend’s Open City Big Band performance, and his future teaching with tenure at Harvard.

Vijay Iyer is the type of artist that can speak equally eloquently and intelligently on a musical and academic level about the work he is doing and the goals he sets for both himself and his projects. We sat down with Iyer at a very interesting time for the pianist and composer in that he has the rare opportunity to look into the future and already see the tangible success he will be achieving in the next few years. Read on as we discuss the recent past in ‘Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project,’ his coming weekend’s big band concert, and his future teaching with tenure at Harvard as well as receiving a MacArthur Genius Grant.

At the age of 26, Jon Batiste is only starting to show his potential to shape the development of popular music for generations to come. A true connoisseur of musical communication and tradition, Batiste is truly at his finest up close and personal whether he’s sharing his knowledge at the Jazz Museum in Harlem or starting a love riot in the streets of the Lower East Side. Today we discuss the development of his new genre of music entitled “social music” and his subsequent album of the same title with his Stay Human band that will drop on 10/15/13.

After touring the Middle East sponsored by the US State Department as ambassadors of American music, releasing an initial five-song EP, and crafting an original sound unlike anything else you’ll hear, the four-member future roots crew is getting set to release a new EP entitled ‘Keep You Satisfied’ before returning to Morocco and touring Europe later this fall. We caught up with drummer Nick Falk, bassist Josh Hari, fiddle-maestro Duncan Wickel, and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Eric Robertson to get the story how the band formed, what went into recording their new EP, and what it’s like being a band among an atmosphere of individual artists.

Emily Bear is a wunderkind of sorts—she’s a jazz pianist worthy of any stage this world has to offer, a prodigy of Quincy Jones, and more than any of that she is a young artist on track to change the music with her style and personality. Did I mention she is only 11-years old? We caught up with Emily as she continues an international tour through Korea, Tokyo, and Hiroshima with Quincy at her side. Check out what experience this young artist has had as we discuss her history and where she is headed.

Etienne Charles is a connector of styles, a fusion of cultures, and most importantly an visionary of groove music. Bringing together his own influences on his latest record entitled ‘Creole Soul’ entailed not only digging into his own roots, but also the roots of those artists who inspired the very development of his style. We sat down ahead of the 7/23/13 release of ‘Creole Soul’ to break down the concept behind the record and discuss Etienne’s own path. Check it out below and be sure to head over to LPR on 7/23 for the release show!

Dexter Story’s journey through the music industry is like few others. Seemingly living multiple lifetimes in his 48 years, this renaissance man has had careers spanning from product manager for artists like Snoop Dogg, Musiq Soulchild, & LL Cool J, to booking acts for a busy LA nightclub, being signed as a rap producer by Sony, managing Meshell Ndegeocello, and ultimately finding himself as an artist. We sat down to discuss Story’s debut solo record on Kindred Spirits entitled ‘Seasons,’ but got a lot more story than we paid for. Be sure to read Pt. 1 of our interview before delving into Pt. 2 below!

Dexter Story’s journey through the music industry is like few others. Seemingly living multiple lifetimes in his 48 years, this renaissance man has had careers spanning from product manager for artists like Snoop Dogg, Musiq Soulchild, & LL Cool J, to booking acts for a busy LA nightclub, being signed as a rap producer by Sony, managing Meshell Ndegeocello, and ultimately finding himself as an artist. We sat down to discuss Story’s debut solo record on Kindred Spirits entitled ‘Seasons,’ but got a lot more story than we paid for.

When you ask any drummer about their influences, the list of names is bound to include a one “Greg Errico” no matter what type of music they play. Errico, most famously the drummer for Sly & the Family Stone, baffled a lot of people in the industry—a white drummer in a multi-racial and multi-gendered band that seemed to defy every boundary they met. We sat down with the San Francisco native to discuss what went on behind the scenes in developing some of the most timeless music with one of the most groundbreaking bands of all time.

With Kendrick Scott’s latest Oracle record, ‘Conviction,’ topping the charts and making its way into iPods and computers around the world, we took some time to discuss the implications behind the meaning of the record as well as Kendrick’s entire perception of the drums as an instrument and more. Take a listen to the record, check out some of insight below, and grab yourself a copy today!