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When Jaimeo Brown says his exploration of early American spirituals met his growing passion for Indian Tablas, jazz, and hip-hop he most certainly is not talking about any of it in a general sense. Beginning with a college thesis paper and evolving into a full album featuring his close friends JD Allen and Chris Sholar, Brown has delved into the musical, social, cultural, and intellectual factors that create the music he loves. Better yet, now he is ready to share that with the world. We sat down with Jaimeo Brown to discuss ‘Transcendence,’ his influence, and what he looks forward to accomplishing with his music.

With an intriguing amalgam of modern jazz, Southern black spiritual music, East Indian Carnatic music, blues, and hip-hop/electronica production tactics, Transcendence introduces Brown as a fearless renegade – an artist who seeks new pathways for personal musical expression through honoring a deep and broad lineage of musical and cultural traditions.

For bassist and composer Ben Wolfe, the core of all music lies within his relationships to his fellow musicians. This family of musicians has led him to be prominently featured on projects with Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Orrin Evans, Diana Krall, Benny Green, and many more. With his latest record, ‘From Here I See,’ Wolfe and crew took it deep into the realm of ballads featuring the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Macus Strickland, and Russell Malone accompanied by the core rhythm section of Orrin Evans and Donald Edwards. Ben Wolfe will also be at Dizzy’s 3/28-3/31 with Nicholas Payton for the record release and a celebration of new music.

David Weiss is one of those unsung musicians on the scene in New York who has an eye for talented musicians and a penchant for fostering that talent. You can find him any number of nights frequenting jam sessions at Smalls, gigs at Le Poisson Rouge, and rehearsals in Midtown. A quick peek at his discography unveils names like Robert Glasper, Jeremy Pelt, and Marcus Strickland (all of whom he’s produced), Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, and the Cookers (whom he’s performed with), as well as the New Jazz Composers Octet and Point of Departure (both of which he leads). Point of Departure, his current focus, will be releasing their record and performing at DROM on Wednesday 3/6/13. Check out the concept behind Point of Departure and more!

In collaboration with our Okayplayer brethren, we’re giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Best of Blue Note Jazz Festival on November 16th as well as a prize pack of CDs from Blue Note artists whose work is being featured: McCoy Tyner (The Real McCoy), Joe Henderson (Mode For Joe), Wayne Shorter (Speak No Evil), Sonny Clark (Cool Strettin’), Kenny Dorham (Uno Mas), Lee Morgan (Cornbread), Lou Donaldson (Blues Walk), Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (Free For All), Herbie Hancock (Inventions And Dimensions), and Horace Silver (6 Pieces Of Silver).

The Revivalist met up with rising tenor saxophonist JD Allen ahead of the release of his upcoming album VICTORY! to discuss what makes him a powerful force both emotionally and musically as he conveys his message to audiences worldwide. It was evident through his quiet confidence that Allen had no doubts about generally anything he set his mind to whether that be composing for his trio or living by his acronym, P.O.W.E.R.

This week we take a look at the evolution of the low end of the saxes, the baritone and tenors. These players have defined recordings, performances, sounds, and styles with their rhythmic sensibilities, tonal innovations, and harmonic compositions. Take a look as we go down the line.

he historic Minton’s Playhouse, arguable the venue that gave birth to bebop, is reopening its doors for a one night only event brought to you by the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival in conjunction with Revive Music Group. Bringing together legendary, emerging and established musicians to reinvigorate the spirit of jazz tradition that forged Minton’s legacy, the Revive Da Live: Late Night Jam at Minton’s Playhouse led by Greg Osby with special guests will be a historic evening. The Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival is a combined effort by the Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage, and Jazzmobile to reinvigorate Harlem’s jazz tradition by sparking the energy that enlightened the world for much of the early 20th Century.

The JD Allen Trio comprised of Allen on tenor sax, Gregg August on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums, will be performing the music of their upcoming album VICTORY! on May 18th at Le Poisson Rouge. VICTORY! will drop May 17th on Sunnyside Records. Additionally, the performance will include an exclusive first look at Mario Lathan’s short film documenting Allen and his process.

The Revive showcase wasn’t the only show that brought amazing musicians together at the Winter JazzFest this past weekend. We bounced around the festival’s countless shows to bring you the other highlights of the amazing weekend. Read our writers takes on the shows below!