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New Music From Somi!

From Stereogum Somi – Petite Afrique (OKeh, 3/31) By: Phil Freeman Vocalist Somi was born in Illinois to immigrants from Uganda and Rwanda. Petite Afrique is her sixth album, her second for Sony’s revived OKeh label. The music blends subtle, Sade-ish R&B with swing, harder funk, and West African pop, and the lyrics address issues of immigration, assimilation, and gentrification. “The Gentry,” a duet with Aloe Blacc, addresses the way African immigrants in Harlem are being pushed out by new, richer residents. “Alien,” meanwhile, flips Sting’s “Englishman In New York” in a witty and perceptive way. Somi’s voice is smooth and supple, gliding across the arrangements laid down by a very impressive band: Liberty Ellman on guitar, Toru Dodo on piano, Michael Olatuja on bass, and Nate Smith on drums, with occasional contributions from tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, and trumpeter Etienne Charles. A few tracks also... Read The Full Article

Posted Mar 28th, 2017 in News


The Bad Plus brings jazz reimaginings of pop, rock hits...

From The Roanoke Times The Bad Plus brings jazz reimaginings of pop, rock hits to Jefferson Center By: Tad Dickens Sometimes, the best creative partnerships are born out of simple curiosity. The Bad Plus, which hits Jefferson Center on Thursday,... Read The Full Article

Posted Mar 27th, 2017 in News


New Music From Regina Carter!

From JazzTimes JT Track Premiere: “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” On April 21, OKeh Records/Sony Music Masterworks will release Ella: Accentuate the Positive, jazz violinist Regina Carter’s new album celebrating the music of Ella Fitzgerald, and marking the 100th centennial of Fitzgerald’s... Read The Full Article

Posted Mar 24th, 2017 in News


Kathy Mattea brings her living room to the Holland Center

From Omaha World-Herald Singer Kathy Mattea brings her living room to the Holland Center By: Betsie Freeman Not long after singer Kathy Mattea took the stage at the Holland Center on Saturday night, the folding chairs started to feel like... Read The Full Article

Posted Mar 23rd, 2017 in News


Jazz 100: "provocative tribute to jazz giants"

From The Chicago Tribune Review: Danilo Perez leads provocative tribute to jazz giants at Orchestra Hall By: Howard Reich Not all celebrations are loud, raucous and overbearing. Some are subtle, sophisticated and sublime, such as the one Panamanian pianist Danilo... Read The Full Article

Posted Mar 20th, 2017 in News


’tis the ancestors breath

From Sweet Honey In The Rock “Can’t no one know at sunrise how this day is going to end / Can’t no one know at sunset if the next day will begin” (SPIRITUAL, words and music by Ysaye Maria Barnwell)... Read The Full Article

Posted Mar 20th, 2017 in News


Bach celebrated in glorious baroque concerts

From The San Diego Union-Tribune Review: Bach celebrated in glorious baroque concerts By: Christian Hertzog It’s been a great week for local early music fans. They’re enjoying an unprecedented four-concert festival, “Sounds of the Baroque,” involving three San Diego organizations.... Read The Full Article

Posted Mar 14th, 2017 in News


Monsieur Perine on Touring

From Billboard Monsieur Perine on Touring: ‘We Try to Meet Other Artists We Want to Collaborate or Write Songs With’ By: Griselda Flores Touring isn’t just about the exposure for Monsieur Periné; it’s also an opportunity to connect with artists... Read The Full Article

Posted Mar 10th, 2017 in News


Deva Mahal in Carnegie Tribute to Aretha Franklin

From Billboard The Queen of Soul Receives a Multi-Artist Tribute at Carnegie Hall With ‘The Music of Aretha Franklin’ By: Frank Scheck The Queen of Soul wasn’t in attendance, but Aretha Franklin would have certainly been thrilled by the musical tribute... Read The Full Article

Posted Mar 7th, 2017 in News


NPR First Listen: 'Cubafonia'

From NPR First Listen: Daymé Arocena, ‘Cubafonía’ By: Felix Contreras There is something going on in Cuba that is, quite simply, raising the bar on music of all kinds. An incredibly talented and visionary group of Cuban millennials are reimagining... Read The Full Article

Posted Mar 3rd, 2017 in News


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