The second “Journey Through The Legacy of Black Culture” Revive Big Band Performance was held earlier this month on August 7. Special guests included Nicholas keep reading »
On Sunday, August 7th, Igmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band present the second installment of A Journey Through The Legacy of Black Culture – a keep reading »
For those of you who are still bumping Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society album in your cars or on your iPods, prepare for great news! keep reading »
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“We are America, in my America we take a stand for this,” Esperanza sings in one of the most pointed protest songs of the past keep reading »
MJ was just as beloved among musicians as he was to his billions of adoring fans, however, no matter how universally appealing his music was/is, his songs are damn near impossible to reinterpret on wax. Jackson’s songs were so tailored to his voice (he had 3 ½ octave range) and personality that many who’ve re-corded his songs end up with flat, sometimes campy, results. One of the ways musicians found ways around this was to cover songs that Jackson didn’t write, such as Miles Davis’ cover of “Human Nature,” and Stanley Jordan’s remake of “The Lady in My Life,” and several other examples. But there’s one specific song that continues to get redone: “I Can’t Help It.”
The historic Newport Jazz Festival announced some very exciting additional acts for what is sure to be another great year for the festival. Featuring Wayne Shorter’s 80th Birthday Celebration: Wayne Shorter Quartet with special guests Herbie Hancock ,Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, & Brian Blade; for starters makes this a must-attend event.
After a triumphant two night run at the world famous Apollo Theater, Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding returns to New York City armed with her bass, and a message. The prodigy from Portland will headline “A Night of Freedom,” an intimate concert at City Winery on December 4, with featured vocalists Bobby McFerrin and Gretchen Parlato, to benefit the Free The Slaves organization.
Radio Music Society is Spalding’s companion LP to 2010’s Chamber Music Society, in which she explored a lush, expressive hybrid of contemporary jazz and classical chamber music. The two dates at the Apollo were the last in an American run, before beginning a leg in Europe. As her showcase for Chamber Music Society was, a singular set piece that included music only from that album, the Radio Music show was geared with the same premise. Gone was the elaborate string orchestra, and in its place was a 12 piece band with a seven player horn section.
Esperanza Spalding will be hosting a new weekly feature, “Groundbreaking Music,” which will premiere Friday, October 5 at 8:00 pm, with “Earth Wind and Fire Live.” Reported other specials will include “Beyond the Steps: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater” and “Dorothy Dandridge Singing at Her Best.”