The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ Logic, whom with jazz as his foundation has become a wax innovator by crossing genres and sprinkling his sound across the map. As one of the world’s most accomplished turntablist’s, DJ Logic is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip-hop realms and is considered by most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader.
Since his emergence in the early nineties amidst the Bronx hip-hop scene, the New York City based deejay has been amassing a veritable mountain of collaborations ranging from the likes of: Medeski, Martin & Wood, Christian McBride, Vernon Reid, Charlie Hunter, Jack DeJohnette, John Mayer, Ben Harper, Mos Def and The Rroots.
These days, DJ Logic is focusing on studio endeavors, producing notable projects such as: Re-imagination with jazz piano phenomenon Eldar, collaborating with Vernon Reid on a project he co-founded called the Yohimbe Brothers, touring with Christian McBride in support of Live at Tonic, participating in a side project called Soleside (featuring Kyle Hollingsworth from String Cheese Incident and Speech from Arrested Development), and co-anchoring a rock band with John Popper (The John Popper …
We are happy to announce the daily lineup for the 38th Telluride Jazz Festival set to take place August 1-3, 2014 in Town Park Telluride, Colorado!
Day 1 features Grammy winners Grupo Fantasma and Monty Alexander & Harlem-Kingston Express with support from Telluride favorite Nigel Hall Band and exciting newcomer Michael Bellar & The AS-IS Ensemble.
Day 2 brings our Guest of Honor Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band to the main stage along with buzzing funk group Lettuce. Recent Grammy winners Snarky Puppy will bring jazz fusion along with our great student bands Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Superband, Telluride All-Stars 20th Reunion Group, and Telluride Student All-Stars Jazz Ensemble.
Day 3 takes us on a trip to New Orleans with Dragon Smoke featuring Stanton Moore, Ivan Neville, Rob Mercurio, and Eric Lindell. Big Easy great Jon Cleary will swap stage spots with DVS featuring Mike Dillon, Johnny Vidacovich, and James Singleton with special guest Carly Meyers. Epic brass bands will be represented by Red Baraat, and the Young Razzcals Jazz Project round out our student band experience.
Stay tuned for more details on wine tastings, spirit tastings, New Orleans Day, Main Street parade, Jazz After Dark, and the detailed …
Telluride Jazz Festival veteran Stanton Moore steps outside of his roll as the king of the percussion for Galactic by offering up solo project Conversations today. The Royal Potato Family label release is what Moore calls his first straight head jazz trio record. Excited yet? With David Torkanowsky on keys, and long time collaborator James Singleton holding down bass duty, the album plays out as a return to Moore’s roots of wanting to just swing and improvise. An approach that will overtly translate well in intimate live settings.
The sonic dialogue between Moore, Singleton and Torkanowsky throughout the progression of Conversations is just that; tight instrumentation that leaves room for solos before falling back into harmonious grooves. As technical as it is free slowing, moments of well executed pausing on “Carnival” are as important as the full organ slides on “Driftin’.”
As if he could do anything else, New Orleans tones drip from every track, but the familiar drum bounce on “Magnolia Triangle” pays proper tribute to James Black, while the Big Easy standard “Paul Barbarin’s Second Lind” touches on accents in a way only Moore could. Attention paid to his hometown sound is a solid indictor of what to …
“I’m a Jamaican. I’m an American. I’m a proud Jamaican. Identity crisis? No… identities embraced!”
These words are the first thing you see when opening the booklet accompanying the physical CD of Monty Alexander’s newest album Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On released today. The liner notes are a great reflection on a collection of songs recorded in New York City, yet still contain a common thread reflecting Alexander’s roots in Kingston, Jamaica. His formative years there included ditching school to jump on sessions with Celement “Coxsone” Dodd, Duke Reid, and Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records. These personified catalysts for the sound systems in Jamaican dance halls were directly responsible for Alexander’s pursuit of music.
While the first volume of this series came as a result of a live set recording of his trio with an added rhythm section at the Lincoln Center, which went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album, the second installment is Alexander’s attempt to take the music closer to his rhythm and roots heritage. He even went as far as to offer two original vocal presentations with “Love Notes” and “The River Rolls On.”
Each song contains a …
Equal parts jazz-punk visionary, vibraphone extraordinaire, percussion prodigy, and hyper active band leader, Telluride Jazz Festival veteran Mike Dillon released his first studio effort since releasing Urn in 2012 today. Band of Outsiders is a truly eclectic mix of road tested fan favorites like “Hero The Burro,” “Carly Hates the Dubstep,” and “Great Lakes Tuna,” as well as fresh new tracks like “Head,” “Missing,” and “All Walks of Life” that will be welcomed additions to the live rotation.
Dillon’s long history of unhinged genre blending and collaborations shows now signs of slowing down. The audible eccentricities of Les Claypool, breakneck jazz with Garage a Trois, and sonic experimentation of The Dead Kenny G’s and Hairy Apes BMX all have rubbed off on Dillon in the right ways to result in a New Orleaster storm of a record.
Yet Band of Outsiders also sees a newly found level of refinement and cohesion that can be attributed to gigging hundreds of shows with recording and touring lineup Carley Meyers (trombone), Adam Gertner (drums), and Patrick McDevitt (bass). The young bandmates of Dillon can claim past Telluride Student Jazz All-Stars Ensemble affiliation, but their true education has been on the road for the …
Today Lettuce released a brand new set of set of songs that come to us as a result of studio sessions during their week long run at the Brooklyn Bowl this past December. Featured on vocals for “Don’t Be Afraid To Try” is R&B goddess Alecia Chakour, who has also joined them on stage to do the tunes live. “Yakatori” is a pure instrumental onslaught much like we have come to expect from the funk powerhouse, being sure to incorporate thumping bass, strong horns, pumping organ, standout drumming and endless guitar licks.
The two new tracks are available for free download on Soundcloud, and will also be offered as a limited edition 7″ vinyl. Today also marks the first night of their Spring Tour, kicking off at the Roxy in LA and will segue into an annual live performance at the Royal Family Ball during New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. We can not wait to have these guys headlining our Main Stage in August. Enjoy the new tunes!…
This year’s Telluride Jazz Festival offers a diverse line up of artists representing a unique assortment of Jazz music via geographical association. On the international level, our Guest of Honor Poncho Sanchez and the eclectic ensemble Grupo Fantasma both stand on top of the modern Latin genre.
Heralded pianist Monty Alexander has deep roots in Jamaican sound textures that are reflected through the filter of New York Jazz via his Harlem-Kingston Express projects. Claudia Villela’s five octave vocal delivery is laced with the beauty and minimalist rhythms of traditional Brazilian beats.
The spirit of New Orleans will be alive with Big Easy super group Dragon Smoke, soulful singer/songwriter Jon Cleary, organ master Nigel Hall, and the sonically eccentric trio DVS featuring Mike Dillon, Johnny Vidacovich, and James Singleton joined by trombone prodigy Carly Meyers.
The peaking Brooklyn funk scene will be represented by the groove powerhouse Lettuce, rapidly rising fusion stars Snarky Puppy, and the high energy, Eastern Indian influenced outfit Red Baraat.
As always we will also have a deep pool of national student bands represented by the Crescent Super Band, Telluride Student Jazz All-Stars, The Young Razzcals Jazz Project, and a very special performance by the Telluride All-Stars …