Luis Resto (TONIGHT @ LPR)
File Under: alternative,improvisation, sci-fi future soul
Luis Resto has performed, written & recorded with Patti Smith (reference: "Don't Smoke In Bed", "My Madrigal" and "Pastime Paradise"); backed Ms. Smith in her American Songbook performance at Lincoln Center and at the Bowery Ballroom concerts in New York commemorating the release of Smith’s Twelve album.
He won an Oscar and a Grammy as co-writer of "Lose Yourself", Eminem's smash worldwide hit and the most successful single of his career, spending 12 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 & is now widely regarded as one of the most important songs of the decade.
Check him out TONIGHT @ LPR (doors at 10PM), to purchase tickets, click here!
Down Here Below: A Tribute Concert for Abbey Lincoln feat. Maya Azucena, Tamar Kali, Morley and others...
File Under: tribute, female vocalist, jazz
"Down here below, the winds of change are blowing through the weary night. I prayed my soul would find me in the morning light." - Abbey Lincoln
A few weeks ago, a great voice and poet fell silent in the passing of Abbey Lincoln. On Monday, September 20th, some of New York City's most celebrated vocalists and songwriters will gather at Le Poisson Rouge to celebrate Ms. Lincoln's life through sound and word while illustrating the diverse musical trajectory that Ms. Lincoln's legacy lends to modern voice and song. Curated and produced by Somi, the evening will feature the voices of Tamar Kali, Gretchen Parlato, Imani Uzuri, Pyeng Threadgill, Charenee Wade, Maya Azucena, Keith Ailer, and Somi. Long time members of Ms. Lincoln's touring band, Marc Carey (piano) Rodney Kendricks (piano), Michael Bowie (bass), and Alvester Garnet (drums), will accompany the vocalists in an evening of music and memory.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Harlem School of the Arts in Abbey Lincoln's memorial. The Harlem School of the Arts offers children and young adults in Harlem and beyond the freedom to find and develop the artist, student, and citizen within themselves in an environment that emphasizes rigorous training, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence, and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives. For more information, please go to The Harlem School of the Arts
Suggested donation is $20, and additional donations can be made at the door.
Join us for Down Here Below: A Tribute for Abbey Lincoln @ LPR on Monday, September 20th! To purchase tickets, click here!
Phonte and the RCDC Experiment
File Under: hip hop
RCDC Experiment is comprised of bassist Derrick Hodge, Alto Saxophonist Casey Benjamin who also plays Vocoder, and Drummer Chris "Daddy" Dave. Each player has a natural musical genius of their own and when performing together, you can be sure to experience an awe-inspiring spectrum of each musicians mastery. RCDC is largely known for exploring fusions of jazz & hip hop but even that basic idea could never describe the manner in which they do it. Purely experimental versions of hip hop's greatest traditions synthesized with their organic post-modern jazz approach.
You can here the latest of The RCDC Experiment on Robert Glasper's latest record off Blue Note Records called DOUBLE BOOKED
The RCDC Experiment will be performing Phonte's lastest works and classic Little Brother records LIVE.
Phonte Coleman, better known as Phonte, is an American rapper who is one-half of North Carolina duo Little Brother and one-half of the duo The Foreign Exchange. He has also recorded R&B-flavoured output as a singer (often under the pseudonym Percy Miracles). His rhymes tend to be no-frills perspectives on working-class life.
Check out Phonte and the RCDC Experiment @ LPR on Tuesday, September 21st. To purchase tickets, click here!
Theo Bleckmann- Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush
File Under: jazz, contemporary classical, pop
After tackling American maverick composer Charles Ives and being rewarded with a Grammy nomination for it, vocalist Theo Bleckmann now takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop recluse Kate Bush. This project goes beyond merely re-creating Kate's Bush music but taking it to even further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him in this venture will be long-time collaborator percussionist John Hollenbeck, bassist Skuli Sverrisson and keyboardist Henry Hey and special guest, mult-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar and back-up vocals.
“Refurbishing Kate Bush’s music can prove as intimidating as deconstructing Thelonious Monk, because there’s so much to wrap heart and head around. Her lyrics lean toward the esoteric and epigrammatic; she writes diaphanous arrangements and luring melodies that require octave leaps and her songs are often specific to their relative song-cycle albums. Vocalist Theo Bleckmann not only exhibits the necessary musicality to give Bush’s material meaningful makeovers, he shows the moxie to pull it off in a manner that doesn’t devolve in hagiography […] rendering songs with unalloyed sound matched with smartness [...] From start to finish, Bleckmann's explorations of his cult hero in the pop world provide the ideal vehicle for him to rise above his own cult status in modern jazz" - John Murph, DOWNBEAT
Check out Theo Bleckmann @ LPR on Wednesday, September 22nd! To purchase tickets, click here!
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