The young generation of artists in the Sun Valley are soaring at all levels, songwriting, instruments, deejaying, and hosting multi-talent events. Tha Sound of Arizona Music series presented by the Enlightened Society at the Onyx Art Events Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona
The love and the music vibrated the entire park. People young and old dancing, people sung along to every song! It really amazes me to see children who really know the words, ha. Hundreds of look-alikes of all versions of MJ were there in Full Effect!
Have you ever took a ride in a yellow taxi through New York City and the cab driver happened to have it at the right station? Most times I'd ask the driver to put it on 88.3 FM - Jazz. If you've caught a cab in Philadelphia, you might have been riding with a royal prince of jazz and blues by the name of T.C. III. This crooning Philadelphian is the son and heir of the Legendary Jazz greats, Dr. Trudy Pitts and Mr. C. I recently learned about this brother from an interview on my "What Is Hip-Hop?" radio show where I featured an artist out of Los Angeles by the name of Robert D Bassett Jr aka M.C. Class. We discussed his music project entitled, Hip Hop's Damage Control. The emcee, the crooner and along with another emcee named Black Joe collaborated on a project called "The Soul Repair Kit, Hip Hop's Damage Control. The album created a growing buzz in the Los Angeles' underground music scene.
"In our modern age, music has moved to a whole new level" says Class (Lead Rapper and producer ). "But the question is, has the depth and content of today's music evolved at the same pace? For many of our conscious listeners, the answer is a resounding... NO!
Delanor Baychester Productions in association with Infusion Music Group put together a positive message to the music industry and the world. "The Soul Repair Kit" is Hip Hop grown up. This new CD speaks to the hearts and ears of every early Hip Hop fan with Jazz and Be-bop fused together to create the beats and sounds that we come to expect from Hip Hop in its 40's. Along with positive messages that uplift the mind body and spirit.
T.C. III was unavailable on the day of our phone interview, but I was fortunate enough to meet him in Brooklyn for a night of Jazz. Since finding his musical roots, he now lives in New York performing regularly with some of yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows leading blues and jazz artists. His recent album release - "Mega Jazz Explosion", TC III co-produced with Norman Connors while adding his Jazz Vocals to a 14-Piece Band including Gary Bartz, Joey DeFrancesco, Trudy Pitts & "MR.C.", Don Braden, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Orrin Evans, Elmer Gibson, Byran Landham, Clifford Adams, Daryl Hall, and David Ephross.
"I sang in the mirror but I never thought I would be a Jazz singer" says William T. Carney the Third. He spent many of his young years sitting in sound booths as his parents performed in the most renowned music venues around the world. Settling in Philadelphia, his connection to Jazz and Blues reached another level while driving in his car listening to WRTI 90.1 radio and Eddie Jefferson's remake of Miles Davis's instrumental - "So What" came on. "There Are Words to So What?!?! I didn't know!" TC III amazed at the thought of adding a verbal melody to Jazz instruments can sound so good. That is when he decided to follow in his parent’s footsteps but in his own unique way. I got to watch him do his magic live, not in one but two shows that night.
First stop was a smooth artsy venue named the Williamsburg Music Center were T.C. sat in with guitarist extraordinaire Jerry Eastonand and T. Alexander, son of the late and great Saxophonist, Roland Alexander. After that performance, we breezed over the Williamsburg Bridge and across midtown Manhattan to the Westside highway up to the Smoke Jazz and Supper Club up in Harlem. There T.C. shared the stage with the Sugar Hill Quartet - Patience Higgins, Big Dave Gibson, Marcus Persiani and Alex Hernandez. It was a night to remember.
Music can soothe the soul. So the next time you're feeling, go out and hear some live music, take a ride and pop in your Mega Jazz Explosive cd and mellow out.
Brooklyn got a strong dose of Soul during the amazing live performance by music artist, Bilal, al the BAM Rhythm and Blues Concert Series.
On 28 June, Brooklyn’s CariBBeing held it’s 2015 Caribbean-American Heritage Film Series at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City. CaribBEING proudly presented the final screenings of Closer Encounters: The Caribpolitan Experience. Select film features were “Doubles With Slight Pepper”
by director Ian Harnarine, and “PAN! Our Music Odyssey” by director Jérôme Guiot. This day was formally chosen by President of Borough Eric Adams as Steelpan Day.
What do you get when you combined the melodies of two harps, a piano and the musical brilliance of harpist and composer Brandee Younger with a touch of Jazz and Brooklyn flavor? You get pure harmony. On March 12th, Brandee Younger held a performance piece at the Greenwich House Music School, part of the Uncharted Concert Series. The magical performance included newly-composed music featuring second harpist Mia Theodoratus and pianist Courtney Bryan. Ms. Young also performed her special musical tribute to Travon Martin and his entitled "He Has A Name."
Performance at the Town Hall theater featuring Mexican-American conductor Alondra De La Parra and her Philharmonic Orchestra of the American. The concert was an repertoire honoring late Mexican composers, as featured on the Orchestra's platinum albums Alma Mexicana and Travieso Carmesi. De la Parra's skillful execution embraced a warmth of ranchero music with hints of bolero. Mexican classics such as "Amaneci otra Vez," "Cielito Lindo," and "Solamente una Vez" were vernacular songs performed with both elegance and seduction under de la Parra's direction. De la Parra was joined onstage by latin pop sensation Natalia Lafourcade.
1977 seems like ages ago. 37 years of relevancy in Hip Hop culture is definitely something to celebrate. This past Sunday, New York City’s Summer Stage presented Rock Steady Crew’s 37th Anniversary concert in Central Park. The Rock Steady Crew is a household name in Hip Hop. Culture connoisseurs of varying generations came together this past Sunday to pay homage and witness “Real Hip Hop.” While many debate what “real” Hip Hop is, every guest that hit the stage proudly boasted, “This is Real Hip Hop.”
For the sake of the culture, let us not forget the four elements. The b-boy has been a staple since the culture came into fruition. B-boys, Crazy Leg and Lenny Len, were put onto Rock Steady through Jimmy D as a way to preserve the art form of breakdance. Their mission was to take it to the next level while keeping the culture alive. By the early 1980s, the Rock Steady Crew was making a lot of noise in the Manhattan scene. Battling their rivals, the Dynamic Rockers, was a crucial point in the history of breakdancing and Hip Hop. Today, Rock Steady Crew has expanded and become a fusion of the old and new school.
On Sunday, July 27th, Rock Steady Crew added another chapter to its legacy.
As the show began, I looked out into the sea of faces and noticed the blend of races, genders and ages in the crowd. The crowd was proof of how far Hip Hop has come in truly reaching the masses while breaking through racial barriers, age gaps and gender roles. Hosting the anniversary event was the End of the Weak emcees. EOW, as many know it as, is NYC’s longest running Hip Hop open mic showcase and it was only fitting to let them host the monumental event. Being in the photo pit, I was able to witness not just the levels of greatness that touched the stage, but also see so many people still supporting “real Hip Hop.” It was a reassuring sign that Hip Hop will be well preserved throughout the years to come.
The first half of the event was led by notable pioneers of the culture. Large Professor, Cormega and Das EFX all touched the stage and the crowd loved every minute of it. Considering that the majority of the crowd was made up of people in their 30′s, they grew up to these artists’ music and they were rapping along to every word to every song. Cormega took some time out in his set to address the crowd and see which age group was reaping the heaviest. “If you’re over 30 years old, make some noise,” he shouted and the crowd went berserk. There were kids looking at their parents with surprised faces, not being able to fathom at the fact that their parents grew up on Hip Hop as well.
I ran into Onyx before they got on stage to perform, as well as Spliff Star, who was there to support his fellow Hip Hop veterans. The energy backstage was great as well. I saw the old school mingling with the new school and artists mingling with the people as they talked about “back in the day Hip Hop” and took photos. When Onyx came out, it felt like we were teleported back into the 90s. The grit and rawness that embodies both Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz was beyond apparent. Onyx never lost their street edge and their age never showed as the duo sustained a high-energy performance that was all a Hip Hop fan could ask for.
The show was full of surprise guests as well. Beatbox legend Rahzel came out and proved to us, once again, why he is so great at what he does. Keith Murray also took it back with “Fatty Girl” and brought a big surprise guest of his own, the Ruler himself, Slick Rick. Decked out in chains, of course, Slick Rick had the crowd mesmerized.
As the day winded down, DJ Tony Touch made an appearance before the final performance of the night took place. Rightfully introducing the crew, Rock Steady Crew originator Crazy Legs took to the mic and said a few words. Crazy Legs first thanked the crowd for the many years of support for the culture and keeping the Rock Steady name relevant after so many years. He also made a special announcement by presenting the newest Vice President of RSC: Y-Not. Adding to his own legacy, Crazy Legs also shared the news about his contribution to Cornell University. The prestigious school will be keeping all of Crazy Legs’ Hip Hop archives in their Hip Hop Collection. “We’re here to preserve Hip Hop and I’m glad to be able to donate everything I’ve collected over the years to Cornell University,” said Crazy Legs.
After bearing the good news to the packed out Summer Stage audience, the newest members of Rock Steady Crew literally swept the floor clean with their mind-blowing foot work, leg swipes, flare kicks, chair freezes, pop locking and more. Y-NOT, Bonita, Bail Rok and more all took turns wowing the crowd with their skills. It was a refreshing sight to see, to be able to witness a new generation of b-boys and b-girls who will continue to carry the torch that Rock Steady Crew initially carried over 30 years ago.
Hip Hop isn’t dead. And this year’s Rock Steady Crew Anniversary was a friendly reminder of why it isn’t.
*** Article credited to @Maria "My-My" F. Yap of KevinNottingham.com - The Underground Hip Hop Authority
For the Hip-Hop Heads who missed the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 2014 - Check the Photo Recap Here
When @IAAFestival said Four Days of Live Music, Dance and Family Fun, Rain or Shine! They meant it. Reggae Ambassadors Third World, known for international hit singles such as Now That We Found Love and Try Jah Love, came to Brooklyn, New York to headline the 43rd International African Arts Festival (IAAF). The concert doubled as a tribute to Bunny Rugs, the Jamaican native, Brooklyn-based beloved lead vocalist of the band who died of cancer earlier this year.
The International African Arts Festival began in 1971 as the African Street Carnival, a PTA’s block party fundraiser for an independent school in Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn with local entertainers, about 20 arts and crafts vendors, along with food prepared by the parents. Almost 2,000 people came to the event and it was a success. The International African Arts Festival (IAAF) has been part of the Brooklyn’s cultural landscape for 40 years. Each year a committed team of Board members, consultants, part-time seasonal staff and volunteers, work together to transform a city park into an outdoor African cultural oasis that celebrates traditional and contemporary expression of various African cultural art forms. Find out more --> The International African Arts Festival
I couldn't pass up on the chance to meet one of my idols - Mr. Melvin Van Peebles. I heard he and his son, Mario Van Peebles were both visiting JustFilms at AtriumFlix, Lincoln Center. They opened the event with a live musical performance by Melvin Van Peebles wid Laxative band, featuring Burnt Sugar Arkestra members. After the performance there was Q & A with Melvin and Mario Van Peebles by moderator Greg Tate. The evening was topped off with a Free screening of Mario Van Peebles' film and tribute to his father - Baadasssss! A revealing documentary about the making of his father’s groundbreaking 1971 independent film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. It was a honor to shake your hand, Mr. Peebles.
If you haven't seen this Baadasssss movie yet, go get it!
Very seldom you get an opportunity to be a part of an awesome concert which is also raising awareness for something important, and I consider myself to be lucky in this regard. It was a Wednesday night, 20th of January, 2010 to be exact, when New York came to life with Hip Hop music.
The old Knitting Factory, which was once a Bastian of the Hip Hop movement in New York, experienced a reincarnation via this memorable event which was aptly named –Mind Body Soul. The night was vibrant as legends and rising stars of Hip Hop music poured their heart out in support of the cause.