José James, hailed as “The New Jazz Man” by Interview Magazine, performs “Trouble” on Jay Leno.
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A special Birthday Creative Feature for Nina Simone aka “High Priestess of Soul,” illustrations, paintings, murals, t-shirt designs, and more.
We get to see Grammy award-winning jazz musician Esperanza Spalding and all of her aesthetic glory in Spain’s S Moda Magazine, where she talks about her music, growing up in Portland, Oregon’s ghetto, her powerful image, loving eco-friendly fashion and much more.
How do you like it? Your barbecue, that is. Do you like it dry rubbed, hickory-smoked or wet with vinegar? You may want to look in Lockhart, Texas, Kansas City, Missouri, Lexington, North Carolina, or Memphis, Tennessee!
American jazz legend Miles Davis remains the essence of cool, as depicted by cartoonist and freelance illustrator Dustin Harbin aka DHARBIN in “Miles by Bicycle.” A minimalist fine print, the North Carolina-based artist describes the piece as “an icon of American music, culture, and composing, relaxing on a bicycle. The trumpet doubles as air intake for increased cardiovascular efficiency.”
Nas and his father, jazz musician Olu Dara, are featured in Gap’s 2012 Holiday Campaign entitled “Love Comes In Every Shade.” While there is no official date, the campaign can be expected to be released soon, and will be displayed in Gap stores worldwide.
As outrage swirls around the casting of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone in the first film about her life, author Aaron Overfield called out every inaccurate facet of the biopic, from the casting of Zoe who has been photographed in dark makeup and prosthetics, to the “artistic license” taken with the script by the film’s director
?uesto drums up some 3D color in ADCOLOR’s new PSA for its 2012 ADCOLOR® Awards and Industry Conference. The TBWA/Chiat/Day NY-created and Mark Zibert-directed spot features The Roots drummer picking out his signature ‘fro and going immediately into a percussion session that evokes color into the black and white clip, while he talks about his beginning influence: his father.
Grammy-nominated soul singer-songwriter and bassist Me’Shell Ndegéocello will soon release her tenth studio album, a tribute to icon, singer and activist Nina Simone, entitled Pour une Âme Souveraine (For a Sovereign Soul). The album features musical heavyweights such as Sinead O’Connor, Lizz Wright, Valerie June, Toshi Reagon, Tracy Wannomae, and Cody ChesnuTT.
We love getting our hands on new tunes from overseas, this time from British soul songstress Cherri Prince who has just released her new EP entitled Loves Leftovers. The album incorporates a soulful blend of jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul — yet each of the 8 tracks come off with an even smoother, unique sound.
For Black Music Month, we’ll be showcasing artwork and designs inspired by some of the most prolific musicians from around the world, starting with Billie Holiday.
On June 12th, the United States and France postal services will issue stamps honoring two esteemed legends: jazz musician Miles Davis and French singer Édith Piaf.
Ari Lennox drops her gripping jazzy vocal on Aaliyah’s “I Care 4 U,” one of the best songs from the late singer’s critically-acclaimed final album. Enjoy!
Let the voice of British singer-songwriter Szjerdene completely capture you through her new release ‘Patchwork: The EP,’ which carefully blends soulful vocals over experimental electro.
Bogota, Colombia’s Monsieur Periné is making their NYC debut at S.O.B’s tonight for the latest installment of #FUTUREROOTS. The 7-member band blends a French adaptation of ’30s American swing with popular Latin American music to make “Suin a la Colombiana” (“Swing a la Colombiana”).
Favorite February 2012 Albums: ‘Black Radio,’ ‘WZRD,’ ‘All Of Me,’ Jon B’s ‘Comfortable Swagg’ & More
February was a hectic month for us, as some fun vacation-time has turned into several very sick, whiney team members, but what better way to regroup than with some TLC and good music? We’ve become fond of KiD CuDi’s new Alternative band WZRD, Robert Glasper’s Black Radio, some mardi-gras/carnavale funk from Galactic, a surprising treat from R&B legend Jon B and more!
Smooth combinations of soul, jazz and hip-hop are driving the buzz around UK musician Himal whose been dubbed the “British John Legend.” He recently dropped the title track to his upcoming release ‘Makin Moves’ — a chill, original, good-feeling soul album that will have us wanting more from this refreshing new artist.
DJ collective Soulphonetics recently brought some house, hip-hop, jazz, Afro-Latin and electronic rhythms to Chicago’s Crimson Lounge for Commonwealth Wednesday, a communal weekly industry night.
Maybe singer/songwriter Ari Lennox is just a tad too soulful. Perhaps it’s her jazzy tones, far mature for a 20-year-old, that wrap themselves delicately around a melody…
Capital Jazz Productions presents The Capital Jazz Fest in Washington, D.C. this June. Each year, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul — The Capital Jazz Fest.