We are proud to announce the album release party of The Thought Of You, Otis Brown III‘s debut album via Revive/Blue Note at BB King’s on Monday, October keep reading »
No other blog, magazine, publication, or whatever form of media is as excited as we are about The Thought of You, Otis Brown III’s debut album. Although we keep reading »
Drummer Otis Brown III premiered his rendition of Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One,” the newest single from his forthcoming The Thought Of You LP on Wax Poetics today. Gretchen Parlato blessed the track keep reading »
Okayplayer TV was on the ground during our SummerStage presentation where we celebrated two anniversaries, Blue Note’s 75th and Okayplayer’s 15th. Blue Note Recording artists Gregory Porter and Robert Glasper both took keep reading »
Revive is proud to announce the release of Otis Brown III‘s first single, “The Thought of You, Pt. 1” from his upcoming Revive/Blue Note Records debut album, The keep reading »
We ran a post two years ago asking you to help fund Otis Brown III‘s album. Today, we are proud to announce that Brown’s debut keep reading »
Presented in Association with Revive Music, Somi will be performing a secret show at a venue to be announced this morning—RSVP to email@example.com for location!
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.
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!