1. Let’s Stay Together – Dayve Stewart
2. Shine – brik.liam
3. Happy Mentality (dj100proof afroblend) – Fela x Pharrell
4. New Recruit – Rafael Rosa
5. Counting The Ways – Teotima
6. No Woman No Cry – Monty Alexander
7. Another Lie – TRAEDONYA!
8. Feel It – Stay Classy
Monty Alexander at Ronnie Scotts Jazz venue, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We are less than one full month from the 31 days of Jazz in May and The 37th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival taking place Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25. The last pieces of the concert puzzle has been put in place by having crowned a winner from the youth Jazz competitionn and revealing the lineup for The 37th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival at the preview party. Congratulation to the winners from the Bank of America Youth Jazz Band Competition. 1st place goes to the North Atlanta Center for the Arts Jazz Band , 2nd Place goes to the Tri-Cities High School Jazz Band and 3rd Place goes to the Milton High School Jazz Ensemble. All three will grace the main stage along with national, international, and local headliners such as the Roy Hargrove Quintet, Russell Gunn’s Krunk Jazz Orkestra, Christian Scott, the Brian Hogans Quartet, Somi, the Freddy Cole Quartet, Ahmad Jamal, Ali Amr, the Kemba Cofield Quartet and more. A stellar lineup indeed, not a day to be missed. Go to http://atlantafestivals.com/ for a full lineup and more event information.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and the official 2014 JAM poster is one done by American painter and print-maker Joseph Holston featuring an image of John Coltrane. I was so pleased when this years poster was revealed because this image has a special meaning to me. This poster is the same image as the very first piece of art that I ever bought. I bought this print while in college and I still have and treasure it to this very day. To me this is just one cool ass image, if fact all three of my infant girls at one time or another through it was a picture of me. Now how cool is that!
Wednesday WindDown Schedule
Yes, yes one of the most wonderful things about this time of year is the return of Wednesday Wind Down at Centennial Park . You will always find a quality lineup of live jazz, funk, soul and blues, and your often will find me there. You can find the schedule on this site and will be posted as a link on my site.
Mausiki Scales & The Common Ground CollectiveThe Infinite Sound Family
Gritz n Jelly Butter
Emdee BrownAlvin Garret
Tim Williams ProjectFrank Barham’s Brazilian FusionJames Robertson
So we are coming up on my favorite time of year. Spring has sprung and I couldn’t be happier. I’m looking forward to the Sunshine and the Sun Rays to shine down on two kinds of Flowers(z) so that they will Bloom real pretty. Then I’m going to catch some more Sunshine and act Refined so I can enjoy my Good Wine in the Springtime. All that She Wants is to meet me at the Corner. I’m Lovin’ the spring smells and I Want You ‘Til the Summertime, meanwhile I’m chillin’ with a drink listening to A King’s Speech. Now that’s how I like to start the spring!
1. Sunshine – Sleeping Giant
2. Sun Rays – Amin Payne
3. Flowers - Moderator
4. Flowerz – Ben Jamin
5. Bloom – Brenda Nicole Moorer
6. Sunshine/Refined – The Stuyvesants
7. Good Wine – IAMNOBODI
8. Springtime – L.A.M.P
9. ATSW – Basecamp
10. Corner – Sidewalk Chalk
11. Lovin – SmokedBeat
12. I Want You ‘Til The Summertime (Album Instrumental) - Yasiin Gaye
13. A King’s Speech Part I – SmokedBeat
1. Mono-Via-Chrome – Chris Doyle Sextet
2. Giant Swing – Indigo Jam Unit
3. Arquitectura – Fran Cossavella
4. Living On Both Sides – Ross McHenry
5. Thats How I Feel – Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo
6. Dreaming – Moses Boyd Exodus
7. Triple T Medley - Sugarcane
8. Now I Know feat. Jesse Boykins III & Robert Glasper – Brandon Williams
9.Twice - Marie Dahlstrom
Cover of Robert Glasper
Jesse Boykins III (Photo credit: Tblogosphere (Tarik Mousselmal))
The classic sounds of Motown remixed, re-imaged and redone nicely. We have Yasiin Bey (Formerly Mos Def) and Marvin Gaye mashed up which works together nicely. The Accolades drops some new tracks over some old classics from the Velvelettes, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and the result is nice to my ears. Check it out and enjoy.
A screenshot of a 1967 performance by Gaye and Terrell during taping of the Today Show. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)