*Due to popular demand, Bowery Presents has added a second Esperanza Spalding show at the Apollo Theater, set for October 27,2012 at 8pm. Both performances will feature the bassist, vocalist and composer on the Apollo stage performing songs from her latest album, Radio Music Society. This concert will mark Spalding’s debut at the legendary Theater and is a part of her world tour.
Spalding’s prodigious talents as a bassist and singer paved the way for her to become the first jazz musician to win the Grammy Award for best new artist, in 2011. Her latest release, Radio Music Society, is a companion release, rather than a sequel, to the internationally acclaimed Chamber Music Society, the basis of her Best New Artist GRAMMY® Award in 2011. Radio Music Society is her most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet. Each of the 12 songs on the recording is accompanied by conceptual music videos, which further express Spalding’s inspiration and story behind each track.
Tickets to both performances are $40 and $64 and are available at www.apollotheater.org; in person at the Apollo Theater Box Office, 125th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues; over the phone at 212/531-5305 or (800) 745-3000; and on www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for the October 26th show are already on sale.
About Esperanza Spalding
Bassist, vocalist, and composer Esperanza Spalding unveils the brilliant compositions of her new release, Radio Music Society into a dynamic “big band” format. Inspired by her desire to write for a large ensembles, Spalding has crafted her performances to spotlight the talents of her 12‐piece world class band including Spalding on electric bass, double bass and lead vocals; Leo Genovese, piano, Rhodes and keyboards; Chris Turner, backing vocals; Tia Fuller, alto saxophone, backing vocals and music director; Lyndon Rochelle, drums and backing vocals; Jef Lee Johnson, electric guitar and backing vocals; Jeff Galindo, trombone; Corey King, trombone; Igmar Thomas, trumpet; Leala Cyr, trumpet and backing vocals; Dan Blake, tenor and soprano saxophones; and Aaron Burnett, tenor saxophone. Weaving high‐caliber artists into the context of a big band could be a challenge, but not for Spalding. Her ability to combine musical styles makes her writing accessible to audiences across the spectrum.
About The Apollo Theater
The Apollo is a national treasure that has had significant impact on the development of American culture and its popularity around the world. Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in cultivating artists and in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo’s stage. The Apollo Theater’s new artistic vision builds on this legacy. With music as its core, the Apollo’s new programming focuses on large scale and more intimate music, dance and theater presentations. The Apollo will continue to present historically relevant presentations, as well as more forward-looking, contemporary work. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
*The National Congress of Black Women, Inc, Los Angeles Chapter with support from Kaiser Permanente is sponsoring a health event on Saturday, October 20, 2012 for teens age 14-17.
Teens will learn how to be certified ambassadors of healthy lifestyle choices, interesting food facts, leadership tips and more. Also, there will be fun activities, good food, special gifts and great networking.
The health event will be held at Kaiser Permanente, Medical Office Building, 1550 West Manchester Ave, L.A. from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Some of this year’s participates El Nido, Alliance Health Services Academy High School, Delta Sigma Theta (local chapters),Young Black Scholars, NAACP Youth Group, Watts Counseling Center, Concerned Black Men of LA, Ward AME and more.
Make sure you don’t wait and register now, space is limited. Call 323 783-4371 or 310 672-1464. Email [email protected]
*With radio stations being a main focus for music, listeners can get a healthier approach when listening to “Farm Fresh Foods” with radio personality, JR Perry.
A Detroit native and resident in Las Vegas, Perry – with his deep, soothing signature voice – has taken what can be a regular radio show with music but instead he informs people about the importance of agriculture in the community and how he can help with getting them fresh foods in their homes.
“I’m connected with White Hills Ranchettes, which is a greenhouse farm that is assistance with getting people fresh vegetables and fruits delivered to their homes instead of going to stores,” said Perry.
Due to a major food drought in the nation and prices rising and Las Vegas relies on California for food, the utilization of the farm and wanting to inform people, Perry came up with the concept and title of the show.
As he calls “Info-tainment,” Perry talks about topics from:
– How fresh farm foods truly helps heal and comforts the mind and body
– Losing weight naturally without any effort
– How to organically overcome that tired feeling
– Simple and healthy meal preparation for your family
His show has had much success due to his timeliness of speaking the truth on agriculture in Las Vegas as other media outlets in the area speak on the prices and drought of food.
“Overwhelming, I believe that I have the hit show on the station because I am talking about something that is real time and its gotten a lot of community reaction,” said Perry. “People are interested in knowing about farm fresh foods and I believe people are receiving the content that I am delivering.”
To further the help of people in the Las Vegas community, Perry has decided to open up a nightspot entitled, “Cat House” at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in spite of attracting the community with free entertainment functions.
“I will be using this venue as the hub for my show,” said Perry.
With this venue, Perry plans to have Community Support of Agriculture (CSA) signups. Within signing up for CSA individuals and families commit to support local farms in their community by paying a certain amount of funds to get fresh vegetables and fruits of their picking sent to them for 10 weeks for an entire year. Perry wants to use this nightspot to entertain the community. Not just to bring them to someplace and talk them about fresh foods, but use and entertainment functions to attract individuals.
“It is going to be a jamboree of people who love to eat healthy as well as informing people the right way to eat and take care of their bodies.
With the presidential race coming down to the wire, supporters from the entertainment industry like singers, rappers and actors have put their creativity within special campaign slogans and events to bring awareness to this year’s 2012 election.
International hip-hop rapper, TV host, humanitarian and actor, J Xavier is another supporter of the Barack Obama campaign. He recently released a video entitled, “Let’s Stay Together” originally sung by Al Green that President Barack Obama sung at the Apollo in Harlem, NY back in January earlier this year.
J. Xavier used his production team, added a couple of verses and added a sample from the song and created this track. This single is the third installment within the President Barack Obama campaigns that J. Xavier is supporting. The first two singles which were created in 2008 for the elections between President Obama and John McCain, “Go Tell Ya Mama, Vote for Obama” and upon winning the election “So Glad Ya Mama Voted for Obama” J. Xavier hopes for the single to get individuals to stay together for four more years so President Obama can finish what he has started.
For more on these videos, you can go to www.youtube.com. You can checkout the “Let’s Stay Together” video below and for more information on J Xavier, you can go to jxavier.blogspot.com.
*“Music has always held a greater purpose than financial gain, attention and consumption,” declares The Floacist. “Music is older than the music industry. It is an ancient form of communication, healing and unification.”
The strikingly beautiful, eloquent and immensely perceptive slam-champion poet, singer, songwriter and producer took the music world by storm in 2002 when she graced the R&B scene with her brainchild, the Gold-Selling duo Floetry. The group’s unique elixir of sensual soul and poetic justice garnered seven Grammy nominations. Floetry’s soulfully original sound and style yielded such smash hits as “Floetic,” “Say Yes” and “Getting Late.” On October 2, 2012 The Floacist will celebrate the ten year anniversary since her creative vision took flight with the release of her new and sophomore recording, Floetry Re:Birth. Devout Floetry fans will delight in the Renaissance woman’s jazzy reinvention of her classic “Say Yes.” A decade later, the song hits a new sweet note. “These past ten years have been one of self-love and independence. Floetry Re:Birth explores that journey,” shares the London based artist.
Floetry Re:Birth is The Floacist’s gift to her fans who have missed the vibration of Floetry. “I create with intention, not expectation, so there isn’t a set outcome that is anticipated. Ultimately, this album is the confirmation that Floetry has been reborn,” shares The Floacist. “It is produced with real instruments and real musicians ultimately creating a true musical experience.” Inspired by the worlds of jazz, R&B, African music, and beyond, Floetry Re:Birth further delves into the ever-evolving artistic spirit of The Floacist and her diverse musical influences. Much like Robert Glasper’s Black Radio Experience and Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society, Floetry Re: Birth’s is the culmination of many influences uniting to create one powerful musical statement. “I have been listening to a lot of pure instrumentation and taking a step away from the midi world lately,” confides The Floacist. “Lyrically, it’s the poetry that inspires me; the storytelling, the painting of a picture, the capturing of a moment, the exploration of self. All of the artists I love tell a story from Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and Miriam Makeba, to Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.”
Floetry: ReBirth is the first new Floetry album in six years and a follow up to The Floacist’s 2010 recording Floetic Soul. Fans all around the world have wanted The Floacist and singer Marsha Ambrosious to reunite and there has been much speculation as to what caused their departure from one another. While Marsha has tended to be vocal about their departure, The Floacist has chosen to focus on her art and not until now has she commented publicly on the events that led to their separation. Doing what she does best, The Floacist answers these much asked questions in the provocative self-penned “Soul.” “This is the first Floetry album, after a six year split, and Marsha has been doing a lot of excessive talking during that time, all of which has gone unanswered by myself. My silence could have been confusing to the fans, so I wanted to address the split, at the right time, in the correct medium,” she explains. “It was important for me to comment truthfully on the main issue…Marsha left Floetry, after so much joint success and foundation building, to join Aftermath Records, with no assurance of an album release. Ultimately, holding Floetry to ransom, to pursue a possibility of ‘mainstream’ success and all that was gained, was whatever they would’ve put into her pocket, and a mixtape release entitled ‘Neo Soul is Dead’. This to me is the perfect example of someone selling out, or selling their soul.”
The Floacist is joined for the first time on recording by the lovely gold-selling South African singer Thandiswa, from the popular and celebrated South African unit Bongo Maffin. The two met in 2006 at Floetry’s one and only performance in Africa. As fate would have it they would reconnect in London where the two were joined together to pay homage to ‘Mama Africa,’ the great South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba. The Floacist recalls, “’Ingoma,’ was the first song of Thandiswa’s that made it to my ear, and it stayed on repeat…literally! Thandiswa is an artist that I would love to create an entire album with and tour the world! She is dynamic, engaging, spiritually aware and awake. Politically and socially she is a responsible artist, who cares about what she creates and the purpose of creativity. In other words…she is my kind of people!!” The connection between The Floacist and Thandiswa are apparent on the epic and spiritually grounded “Roots of Love” as the duo deliver one of the album’s most powerful performances. This track is a reminder of The Floacist’s incredible ability to ignite the cerebral and emotional aspects of the music and create a totally transcendent experience. The Floacist shares, “This is by far the most experimental track on the album. It is completely Floetic in the delivery of poetry and song. Thandiswa sings beautifully in her mother tongue language, Xhosa and assists me in calling on us all to ‘remember’ that our roots are set in love.’” The vivid imagery conjured by The Floacist and Thandiswa’s vocal interplay parallel the kind of spiritually driven images brought to life in films like Julia Dash’s unforgettable film “Daughters of the Dust.” The Floacist invites talented young singer Demi Mseleku to join her on “Children of the Sun,” another highlight on Floetry: ReBirth. Demi is the granddaughter of legendary musician and activist Pinki Mseleku and the grand niece of celebrated jazz musician Bheki Mseleku. Demi’s pure and angelically rich vocals shine on “Children of the Sun” and perfectly complement The Floacist’s smooth, earthy and velvety vocals. The Floacist shares, “It is an honor to feature the Zulu language on this song. Far too often in life, the children of the sun are requested to soften their glow or dim their light. This song bares a message that is a calling for those who can hear it!”
Blessed with the gift of communication and ability to enrapture the crowd in her spellbinding flow and magnetic aura, The Floacist spins stories of love, lessons learned, conflict and resolution, anthems of personal growth and affirmations of positivity into a tapestry of soulful hymns. Devout Floetry fans will delight in The Floacist jazzy remake of her chart-topping classic “Say Yes.” The Floacist declares that this reincarnation of the song “is definitely for the grown folks!” It is only apropos that The CD opens with the abundantly soulful and affirming “Start Again” featuring Grammy winning vocalist Raheem DeVaughn, who appeared on The Floacist’s “Keep It Going” from her last CD . The two also recorded the song “Marathon” together back in 2007. “Raheem is a joy to work with,” shares The Floacist. “He is a master of his craft and technique when approaching vocal arrangements and recordings. I believe deeply in the ethos of this song. One must know how to ‘Start Again’ and find the peace in it, as change is the only thing promised in life!” The Floacist also offers food for thought on the songs “Step Out” and “Slow Down” and she explores the many sides of love with “Speechless,” “This Love” and the cosmic “Could it Be?”
“I truly believe that love is a spiritual study,” explains the multi-faceted artist. “It is a course of elevation that requires many graduations. The song ‘This Love,’ represents my graduation from control to acceptance. From thinking one knows how to love, to becoming love.”
Floetry Re:Birth is the first recording project that The Floacist has created and brought to life at her home base in London utilizing her own production outfit, FREE SUM Music Company, which is headed her creative partner Nolan Weekes and comprised of international musicians, based in London. She says, “The recording process was intimate, intense and I absolutely loved it. In the past, my creativity was on other people’s time, so songs were often recorded in the moment and that was that! I really lived with this music, developing my own craft and delivery along the way.” The fruits of The Floacist’s labor are evident as she delivers a solid showing of her artistry as a composer, singer, poet, lyricist, and producer. Her willingness and freedom to express herself in various musical contexts is refreshing, courageous and not heard often enough in today’s music.
The Floacist created Floetry in the 90s in London on the open mike/performance poetry scene as a forum to combine the strengths of three platforms close to her heart – music, voice and spoken word. In her attempt to create a new genre she coined the word Floetry by combining the words flow and poetry. Born in Germany to Jamaican born and British raised parents, The Floacist is a natural. The trained actress and slam champion poet made her stage debut at age three. “My relationship with word is at the core of my being,” affirms The Floacist. “I just absolutely adore words! In fact, the first `career’ that I ever claimed was that of an author. That was my earliest dream, so much so, that at 8 years old I was selling stories in school! A graduate of Richard Branson’s BRIT Performing Arts and Technology College where she earned the title of ‘Student of The Year.’
The growth and evolution of one of R&B and spoken words most innovative artists comes to life on this honest, revealing and spiritually driven project. Floetry fans have waited a long time and the wait is over – The Floacist’s manifesto of poetic delivery with musical intent continues on Floetry Re:Birth.
Checkout the video for the new rendition of “Say Yes:”
*Today, August 28, singer, composer and trumpeter, Johnny Britt releases his solo debut Feels So Good on GMUSIC.
Feels So Good, is a collective of 12 songs combining a variety of musical genres, including R&B, Jazz, Pop, Soul, Reggae and Groove. Johnny Britt wrote, produced, performed and arranged the entire album.
Also tonight, GMUSIC will celebrate the release of Johnny Britt’s Feels So Good with a star-studded album release event at Club Robertson in West Hollywood, hosted by 94.7 The Wave Los Angeles’ radio personality Pat Prescott. GMUSIC expects a packed house with music industry hitmakers, tastemakers and ‘movers and shakers’ coming out in support of Johnny solo effort and in celebration of Johnny’s long career in music.
Although best known as a contemporary jazz performer, trumpet player and composer, J. Britt made his initial splash on MoJazz/Motown Records as the lead singer of the duo Impromp2. Impromp2 featured funky jazz-infused tracks, the soulful vocals of Johnny Britt, and the hip hop rhymes of rapper Sean Thomas.
The artistry of Johnny Britt is compared to that of Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye simply because Johnny sings like Marvin and plays trumpet like Miles. Johnny is a rare combination of cool and sophistication displaying his art as a singer, songwriter, trumpeter and producer. On Feels So Good, Johnny called on the skills of a few of his legendary friends to add their talent to this recording…Ray Parker Jr., Wah Wah Watson and Ready Freddie Washington.
The Album opens with the title track “Feels So Good,” with string arrangements a la The Love Unlimited Orchestra, Johnny is at his best. Playing his flugelhorn and adding his Marvin-like vocals to the choruses testifies to what you’re about to hear on the rest of this classic Album. There are many stand outs, “Beautiful Queen” – a call to men to respect women like the Beautiful Queens they were meant to be, and the track “I Tried,” should garner Johnny a “Best R&B vocal performance” nod for next year’s Grammy Awards.
Feels So Good contains that smooth groove sound, bringing you back to the days of Impromp2 but, on this offering, Johnny steps outside of the box as well. The song, “I Know She Loves Me” is influenced by Al Green but in a”Amy Winehouse” vein. When one listens to the classic ballad “Think About It,” where Johnny shows off his keyboard skills on a grand piano, one thinks of John Legend. Johnny also took a worldwide approach, including his reggae anthem “I Feel Like Dancin’” and his London Club influenced stomper, “On The Dance Floor.” This masterpiece of music is a must-have for real music lovers.
Although this is his solo debut album, you already know his work. From his recent #1 hit song “Contact” that he wrote with Boney James, to producing the music for the hit mini series movie classic “The Temptations,” to lead singer of the critically acclaimed MoJazz/Motown Records’ Impromp2. Born from a lifetime of musical influences from all corners of the world, Johnny has poured his heart and soul into Feels So Good, and this is some of his best work yet.
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