Wilbur “Bad” Bascomb left his mark during ’70s in what can be described as a career conglomeration of jazz, funk, and soul. Bascomb is known for laying down thick lines for everyone from Lou Donaldson and Roy Ayers to Chuck Berry and Jeff Beck. Gasface’s “Talkin’ All That Jazz” recently caught up with “Bad” for a discussion on how electronic music would change the game for musicians.
You may know Lance Ferguson from his funk/soul band The Bamboos, but there is a deeply rooted jazz side to Ferguson that is getting featured on his brand new project entitled Menagerie. With an forthcoming album entitled ‘They Shall Inherit’ on the horizon, we got Lance to make us a Spiritual Jazz Mix to preview his style.
Roy Ayers is inarguably one of the most influential living legends of music that still performs today. In a new-meets-old sort of vibe Ginny’s Supper Club, the up-and-coming venue underneath Red Rooster, is presenting its “debut” performance with Ayers in a one-night only experience this coming Saturday 12/8/12 that should not be missed! Luckily for all of you fans out there, we’re giving away a set of tickets for the show.
1962 was a pivotal year in jazz. The music was adapting and changing with the times, joining with other styles, switching instrumentations, and more. This showed both in the musicians of the time and the recordings that were made from the era. As we look back 50 years later and some of the masterpieces from 1962, we can’t help but highlight some amazing duos and collaborations that defined the era. Check out just a few of our favorites:
Check out a special feature from DJ Raydar Ellis on a few of his favorite jazz vocal samples in hip-hop and where they came from. Including Roy Ayers, Quincy Jones, Billie Holiday, Kanye West, De La Soul, and more!
Since this Issue is a major focus of our site, we decided to re-launch Issue No. 2 The Hip Hop and Jazz Debate, which came out in Jan. of 2011. If you didn’t get a chance to read through all of our great features, now is your chance to go through them one by one, including a lengthy list of album reviews. Top Features from this Issue include Weldon Irvine, Respect the Architect: DJs Are Musicians, Word on Rap: The Vocal Instrument, Jazz Poetry, Rap: Cause and Effect of the Black Arts Movement, Insane in the Left Brain and DJ with Live Band vs DJ with Emcee.
Afrobeat is by definition a combination of many different styles of music that have come together into a hybrid form. It was most notably brought into prominence by the man who coined the term, Fela Kuti, along with his band members which included the likes of Tony Allen among others. Kuti took his political messages to the people through a mixture of the contemporary forms of music at the time – jazz, rock, funk – along with his African roots in highlife, Yoruba, and various other harmonic and percussive styles.
t is first and foremost a documentary, produced by digital media professionals, telling the life, music, and philosophy of the great Roy Ayers. It is also art, talented artists who use their gifts to express themselves through canvas, murals, and other mediums capturing the spirit of Roy Ayers. It is also performance, bring together Roy Ayers himself with talent musicians to perform live at venues across the country.
There’s no mistaken that hip-hop helped to introduce jazz to a new generation. In some ways, hip-hop was able to make jazz relatable and accessible. While it’s almost certain that many jazz purists shunned or turned their noses up at hip-hop, artists like vibraphonist Roy Ayers, a man who is no stranger to innovation, switching things up, or offending jazz purists, embraced it. Ayers has worked with the likes of Erykah Badu, Guru, Talib Kweli and others to name just a few. Ayers’ influence can also be heard in the form of samples used in a number of hip-hop tracks over the years. Ayers has said that, “the true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.” Perhaps the beauty in his music and his message is what has led to a career that spans decades and music that transcends genres. At the vibrant age of 70, Roy Ayers proves that age really is nothing but a number as he continues to make albums, tour, and remain as relevant today as ever.
Pianist Harry Whitaker, a staple of the downtown NYC jazz scene passed away on Wednesday 11/17/10 from what appears to have been a heart attack. Although his health had been declining over the last couple of years, Mr. Whitaker performed frequently at Fat Cat Billiards and Smalls, both religious institutions in the West Village jazz scene.