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Members of the long-standing and legendary hiphop group The Roots are no strangers to the DJ booth – take for instance drummer Questlove, who frequents Brooklyn keep reading »

Bassist Mark Kelley grew up in a sea of music. Straight out of college, it served him well – he immediately landed a gig playing keep reading »

The Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library launched this week with over 11,000 royalty-free sound clips from a host of acts including REVIVE Jazz Supergroup and keep reading »

There’s always that one dude who claims s/he can play any genre of music. We’ve all met that character who talks in very vague musical keep reading »

The Preservation Jazz Hall Band embodies the very history of music in the great tradition of New Orleans jazz. Since the ’60s the evolving cast of musicians consistently perform at Preservation Hall in the French Quarter and tour at least 150 days out of the year to spread their voice. In the past 50-some-odd years the Preservation Jazz Hall Band namesake has released upwards of 30 albums, but today we are excited to bring you the first album of strictly new original compositions from the band entitled That’s It!

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.

Before the Internet, I can imagine that the art of sampling was much more arcane. I wish I could speak from experience in this case, but I am a child of the Digital Age. My venture into hip-hop began well after global interconnectivity was established. We now live in a world where it is nearly impossible to not know the samples behind one’s favorite hip-hop or R&B record. With sites like and, one can look up a track and immediately find where all the track’s chops came from. This all comes complete with YouTube videos and Spotify links, and the exact time where one can find a sampled portion in an original track.

Just as the dust has begun to settle from the Robert Glasper Experiment’s monumental release, Black Radio, the group has announced yet another game-changer with Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP where producers will be flipping some tracks from the album as well as some unreleased tunes. And when they say producers, this isn’t some standard line-up of producers. Confirmed to be attached to the project are ?uestlove, 9th Wonder, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Pete Rock, with contributions from rappers Black Milk and Phonte, The Roots, and vocalist Solange Knowles.

Five-time Grammy nominee Joe Jackson has brought together a very different group of musicians to help him reinterpret 15 Duke Ellington tracks (compiled into 10 for the album) on his forthcoming tribute album entitled The Duke. “Ellington didn’t consider his own arrangements to be sacred,” Jackson notes. “He constantly reworked them, sometimes quite radically. So I think my approach is in the spirit of the man himself.”

The Revivalist caught up with the enchanting nia andrews during this month’s installment of CHURCH NYC where she was collaborating with Mark de Clive-Lowe on material from his latest release, Renegades. From being a roadie for the the Roots to becoming Common’s assistant and collaborator, andrews has led a long and unconventional road to becoming the vocalist she is today. Check out our interview for insight into her journey, the never-ending process that is vocal artistry, and more!