Photo by Stephen Ewing featured

Leading up to her Glow In The Dark Party concert at Arlene’s Grocery this Thursday, singer Kelly Jones is releasing her latest live video for single “Electric Soul.” Captured at a performance back in August, this video features Kelly’s core group: David Cutler (bass and musical direction), Mark Bell (drums), David Linaburg (guitar), and Junya Yamaguchi (keys).

Showing most recent

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.

After getting some rousing praise from fellow music provocateurs like The Roots and Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote have been able to show the U.S. wait Melbourne has known for some time. With their set at The Knitting Factory—their 2nd in Brooklyn and fourth in New York City overall—it’s arguable that the Big Apple is the place they’ve gotten the most love. They reciprocated those feelings to a sold out crowd at the eclectic Williamsburg venue.

Jamire Williams’ ERIMAJ took crowds on a journey at Harlem Stage this past weekend. They have certainly have taken the reigns for music change today.

The annual Red Bull Music Academy has grown into a hotly anticipated event of seminars, classes and performances, and being held in New York City for the first time has driven the quality and demand up to new heights. In one of the most anticipated events of the month long festival, A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets at Brooklyn Masonic Temple was a magnet of multiple genres and sensibilities, making for an once-in-a-lifetime musical potluck that nourished music lovers of all types. Here’s a recap of every duet:

Now in the 21st century, and a mere six years since Sundiata’s passing, Harris and others are recreating that seminal moment at the world famous Apollo Theater, a place where the writer performed and cemented his revered legacy frequently during his career. Tongues of Fire Choir is just one of many programs that’s a part of Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited, a year-long tribute to Sundiata happening in various venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

When looking at the stage at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom, you can see Chris “Daddy” Dave’s drum kit shining from a distance. There are only two people on Earth that can be identified simply by observing the drum kit and nothing else: one is Neil Peart of Rush, and the other is Dave. His kit was more of a rhythm laboratory, adorned with four snares, a hi-hat with holes covered with a tambourine, spiraled crashes, bongos and a suspended floor tom.

The first surprise of the night came during the first song of the night, “The Backward Step.” Payton sat down at a Fender Rhodes, playing lulling, plaintive chords. The shocking part was not him playing Rhodes in lieu of trumpet, but of his playing Rhodes and trumpet simultaneously! As White played a hi-hat heavy march, Payton held down the horn with his right hand, while continuing to play respite chords on the keyboard with his left. His trumpet solos were reminiscent of the kind of soulful phrasings found throughout the CTI Records catalog.

A dark cocoa skinned ingénue stood on stage, adorned in black leather leggings and a red lace dress, illuminating the dimly lit underground New York haunt, Drom. Somi is her name. Her long locks gently fell on her left side as she read from a handwritten notebook. Her four piece band – drummer Otis Brown III, bassist Michael Olatuja, pianist Toro Dodo and guitarist Liberty Ellman – plaintively played a lilting sheet of melancholy while she read from the pad, telling a tale of a day in a far away land, yet the words placed the crowd, both seated and standing, right where she had been: “This is Lagos,” she stated. “This place might grant me eternal youth.” This spoken word account was the prelude to the dynamic aural transport that Somi was about to take Drom’s audience on. It was a trip she’d already taken.

Every year we have writers comb through the countless shows at Winter JazzFest without much of a prompting to see what they make it to and what new up-and-coming music they can find as well as which of their favorites puts on the best shows. Check out one of our writer’s walk through Winter JazzFest2013!

While each musician brought their own sound to the table, the group as a whole gelled extremely well. Nia Andrews gracefully commanded the melodies of the tracks, and Robinson’s verses were on point. Jaleel Shaw was an absolute freak of nature, ripping over the changes while de Clive-Lowe added filters, delays, and other assorted effects with his samplers. Kelley and Smith locked like a glove, providing a strong backbone to the overlying ethereal layers of synths, percussion, and samples.