“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 »
Okayplayer Records and Revive Music have joined forces to release The Middle, the brand new EP from the multi-talented 22-year old bassist Gizmo buoyed by his drastic reworking of Cyndi Lauper‘s 80′s classic keep reading »
Legendary trombonist and composer Ku-umba Frank Lacy has a new record out on the Smalls Live imprint where he is joined by a stellar band keep reading »
Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio 2 is out NOW! has features from Jill Scott, Common, PatrickStimp, Brandy, Dwele, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Bilal, Jazmine Sullivan, and keep reading »
Drawing out the double-edged tenacity of his artistry, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown has hit his stride with Maurice vs. Mobetta, an album encompassing a full view of keep reading »
Wallace Roney is one of those elder statesmen of the trumpet that still gets up on the bandstand week after week and proves to audiences night after night why we pair his name with such respect. Roney takes the idea of innovation in music very seriously and as we prepare for his run at Smalls Jazz Club this week, we’re taking a look at some words of wisdom that Mr. Roney has shared with us in the past.
Tonight we’ve got a few very special performances happening in New York City and lucky for you, we’ve strategically scheduled them at venues within walking distance of each other and in a schedule for you to follow. Follow the schedule below for your ticket to musical bliss!
As the release date for the Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio 2 grows near, Glasper and his team at Blue Note Records have been dropping some exciting pieces of the project for our listening pleasure. While “Calls” featuring Jill Scott was the first single to be released from the record due out on October 29th, we now have an official music video from director Ace Norton featuring both Glasper and Scott.
WHERE THE DREAMS ARE features production from Daru Jones (Rusic Records/Jack White), The Fyre Dept. (Soulive’s Eric Krasno & Beatscience’s Adam Deitch), Karizma (R2/Atjazz/BBE) and Rudy Eckes all exclusively sampling Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.
There are few names that come to mind when you think of female bassists who can bring the funk hard while singing and leading a band—Rhonda Smith, Esperanza Spalding, Nik West, Tal Wilkenfeld. With the the performance we’re about to show you, we can surely add one more name to that list: Alissia Benveniste.
Though Terry Teachout maintains the position of “drama critic” at the Wall Street Journal, Teachout stands out more in our mind as the biographer behind arguably the best book about Louis Armstrong in 2009′s Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong and it looks like he’s tackling another giant of jazz this month with his October 17th release, Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington.