Prince has to be one of the most mysterious and intriguing people to ever present at the Grammy’s. From his attire to his demeanor he simply captivated the audience with zero small talk or fanfare (save for his cane). As our OKP family aptly stated, “No disrespect to JT, but no one does smooth and sexy like Prince.” What’s more is that with a new track out and a new website selling tracks and remixes, there will also be a Tribute Concert to Prince at Carnegie Hall curated by none other than our favorite Prince-fanatic — Questlove.
2013’s Winter Jazz Festival will be kicking off in exactly one month from today, on 1/11/13. This year Revive Music Group will be presenting two action-packed nights of music at Sullivan Hall filled to the brim with a roster of amazing musicians. For the next month we will be bringing you previews of these incredible artists to give you a taste of what is to come in January. Check out our first preview on the intriguing musicality of rising trumpet extraordinaire John Raymond and look out for more previews in the coming month!
Andy Allo has arrived! With her sophomore release Superconductor dropping 11/20/12 under the tutelage of the one and only Prince, the excitement is amping up more and more each and every day. With the single “People Pleaser” hitting the digital world a couple weeks ago fans have been chomping at the bit for new material and today we’ve got an upgrade. “People Pleaser’s” brand new music video is every bit as explosive and funky as the song and succeeds in bringing that excitement level all the way up to a 10.
Andy Allo may be the new girl on the block with Prince’s New Power Generation, but with a number of breakout performances and a growing fan base, Allo is coming into her own with no hesitation. Her sophomore album, ‘Superconductor,’ (produced by Prince) will be out November 20th of this year and features Maceo Parker and Trombone Shorty among many other great musicians. Ahead of the release, Allo sat down with The Revivalist for an exclusive look into the Andy Allo x Prince connection and how that manifested itself in ‘Superconductor’ along a healthy dose of what makes Allo tick.
Maita is the daughter of a Syrian Muslim father, and a European Jewish mother, and a woman who has navigated the lines of rural farm life and the epicenter of Sao Paolo’s high culture. Her music exudes a love for the many influences throughout her life, including growing up listening to some of the great bossa and samba greats, as well as illustrious jazz vocalists. Maita’s music is reminiscent of the past while simultaneously trailblazing into the future of Brazilian music.
It was in this gray area that The Meters authored a major chapter in the history of modern sound; a gravelly narrative emanating from the guttural intersection of the soul and the second line – that incongruous fork in the road that should bear the permanent marker, birthplace of funk.
This Saturday 6/25, KING will be performing with Lee Fields at Summerstage in a free concert. Fresh off of opening for Prince at the Forum, KING, comprised of Paris and Amber Strother and Anita Bias will continue their momentum with fellow rising soul singer Lee Fields.
Prince Rogers Nelson, otherwise known as Prince, once known as “the artist formerly known as” between the years of 1993-2000, and majestic ruler of all things purple, icon of seduction, and the leader of progressive and boundary-pushing music of the past 3+ decades, is celebrating his 53rd birthday today. We celebrate the work, the tenacity, and the overall creative contributions that the multi-instrumentalist, innovator, and pop deity has brought to our world. Happy Birthday Prince! From The Revivalist.
Esperanza Spalding’s Grammy win on Sunday was a clear sign to a fledgling generation that there is a whole world that exists outside their interests. Many folks may already know this because they had to see it by watching the Grammys in the first place. What’s most galling about the repercussions of the infamous Spalding upset is the constant stream of vitriol that’s heaped on Twitter days after the fact. The internet is now replete with tired, retweeted jokes about Spalding’s high key-low profile, yet if one were to comb through these Justin Bieber maniacs’ poorly spelled reactions, every now and again a convert appears.
Esperanza only began playing the bass when she was 15, was not particularly challenged by school, and through some trials and tribulations arrived at Berklee on a full scholarship. Her hunger, intrinsic musicianship, and authentic artistry are what have allowed her to bring jazz back into the forefront of our minds. There is something profound to be said about a person who can play a jazz version of Stevie Wonder, appeal to the hip-hop generation, and serenade President Obama.