Alicia Olatuja came to national prominence with her solo for President Obama’s most recent inauguration with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, but with Olatuja the music goes a whole lot deeper than simply that performance. Between gigs with her husband, Michael Olatuja, as the Olatuja Project and backing up artists like Chaka Khan, Somi, and Christian McBride on vocals, Olatuja has crafted a unique space for her own music which she will releasing this Spring. Be sure to check out her process behind recording the album, working with incredible musicians, and more as we discuss her music.
On harmonica, for a brief, yet memorable moment was Gregoire Maret. What I did not know was that you can really play the harmonica. We’re not talking about the technical element of the instrument (which he does brilliantly, I might add). We’re talking about what Little Richard did on the keys, what Chuck Berry did on the guitar. We’re talking about the difference between someone who was “singing” and someone who was “sangin,’” as they might say in the black church. With every other note, Maret dipped and swayed as his bended knees supported a man unbridled. To watch this seemingly mild-mannered individual take off his metaphorical cool was perhaps the most amusingly captivating moment of the night. It was showmanship at its finest and most unexpected.
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music hits the the Highline Ballroom Tuesday 9/18/12 to present three generations of alumni in their NuSkuMu concert.The alum-filled lineup includes Moon Hooch and Corey King and TAFFY, as well as world-renowned guitarist Peter Bernstein performing new music commissioned for this evening’s concert, presented by a band assembled exclusively for this performance which will include fellow alums Sam Yahel and Grégoire Maret, along with Dwayne Burno, and Greg Hutchinson.
This January will mark the 7th year of the Winter JazzFest produced by Brice Rosenbloom of Boom Collective. The event will be held on January 6th and 7th, and will be held at various venues throughout the city, and span the genre of jazz in all of it’s permutations, old and new. Tickets will be made available this Friday, 10/28th on the Winter JazzFest website.