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Vocalist Laurin Talese takes a leisurely stroll through the idyllic streets of London and Paris in the official video for “Tick Tock.” The clip directed keep reading »

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.

We sat down with John Raymond ahead of his one-night only concert with his group the John Raymond Project tonight 11/16/12. Check out below as he takes us through the band, his set list, and why it feels great to be playing the late set at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club. Be sure to make it out to the show for a very special concert!

Beginning in the church and adhering to the concept of a higher calling as a defining principle of his musicianship, Ulysses Owens Jr. has made his life as much an exercise in nurturing great musicians as it is an effort to find and claim his own place as a drummer. Between drum fills, stages, and studio takes, Owens works to uplift the youth of his hometown in Florida, and imbue the same sense of community that raised him into a slightly splintered jazz scene in New York City. Recognizing his own genius in the company of mavericks and wunderkinds is not enough for Owens, who feels that they should all recognize and celebrate those qualities in one another.