Sunday, July 29, 2012

BOBBI HUMPHREY LIVE At Ginny's Supper Club - Harlem, NYC - Aug 11

Join Wax Poetics as they begin a series of shows at Marcus Samuelsson’s new dinner and music venue, Ginny’s Supper Club in his Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem. They’ll warm things up at the beginning of next month with some great performances by Christian Scott and Janka Nabay, but they really pick up steam on the eleventh with a performance by the one and only “First Lady of the Flute,” Bobbi Humphrey. Still regarded as one of the illest to touch the instrument, Bobbi will be bringing her special charm to two shows at Ginny’s. Tucked away under the restaurant, Ginny’s is the perfect place to see an artist in the most intimate of settings. Join us for the night uptown as we host the woman who put “Harlem River Drive” on the map.

Wax Poetics Presents

“First Lady of the Flute” Bobbi Humphrey

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster Harlem

310 Lenox Ave. at 125th St.

8:00 PM and 10:30 PM


Tickets for the 8:00 PM show available here.

Tickets for the 10:30 PM show available here.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bookwerk :: Stacy Lattisaw - I Am Not The Same Girl: RENEWED

I Am Not The Same Girl: Renewed is the life story of Stacy Lattisaw. As a young R&B singer, she completed a total of 12 albums and toured with Michael Jackson and the Jacksons. She traveled the world as a singer and shared the stage with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills, Johnny Gill, and a host of others. As she began to mature in age and mind, her desires began to change and she cried out to God and asked him to fill the void in her life. Soon after Stacy walked away from the secular music world and dedicated her life to the Lord. Today she is renewed and walking in the destiny that God has set for her life.

In this astonishing book you will receive knowledge of how Stacy tackled her challenges as a childhood star. For Stacy success and fame came at the tender age of 12 years old but it came with a price. Although the events of her life would endure stardom and pain her personality comes through as down to earth, straight forward and sincere. Throughout her memoir Stacy's tone is from the heart rather than polished or sophisticated. It is clear that the woman behind the words is not a professional writer, however her personality comes through as clearly as the story she sets out to tell. This book will inspire all who read it because what she refers to as pain and suffering led her to her purpose! Although I Am Not The Same Girl-RENEWED will not take you long to experience some of what the author endured, the components of her book make for a compelling story and an inspirational read. The R&B music industry demanded more than she could give.

Stacy Lattisaw Official Website

R.E.D. Soul Film Presents .... RELL - A Tribute To Donny Hathaway

Was sent this video from R.E.D. Soul Film over the weekend and I wanted to share it because it literally gave me goose bumps. My insider information tells me that R&B singer RELL, first and former male R&B solo artist signed to Roc-a-Fella Records is on the comeback trail. At the moment it's a very low-key, grass-roots climb but things are bubbling and we may soon see some new available material from an artist who never really got his solo time to shine. Most may remember RELL for a banger called Love For Free featuring Jay-Z and featured in Jay-Z's rap film Streets Is Watching.

Some may already know that most recently RELL has been a writer and singer with the indie blues and soul collective Tre' Williams and the Revelations. But what most don't know is that RELL wrote the Grammy-nominated title song for Usher's 2008 Here I Stand album. Which coincidentally Here I Stand is the only Usher song that I can honestly call a favorite. Now I know why.

So I was sent this video and it's RELL doing his rendition of Donny Hathaway's very poignant and hauntingly beautiful song Giving Up from Donny's 1971 self-titled album. Listening and watching this video took me back to when I would sit in the movie theater for hours watching and re-watching Sparkle (1976) and being moved by the character Sister as she had been through her share of life (drugs and bad men). She sang this song with every bit of breath she had left, hair matted and barely able to sit upright on a stool. She was broken and the song made it even more clear. Then the scene fades to her funeral. That scene always made me cry and has stayed with me for life. Not in a bad way but it was just one of those scenes where you could feel the pain jump off the screen and your heart really went out to the character.

Check out RELL below as he pays tribute to one of the most influential singers of all time Mr. Donny Hathaway. This video was recorded during a recent impromptu jam session with R.E.D. Soul Film in one take. Check it out and you'll understand how RELL was able to take me back to sitting in a movie theater in 1976 watching Sparkle.

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New Music :: DJ Kemit - Everlasting

On July 31st a new and exciting release from Atlanta's own, Grammy-nominated DJ/Producer DJ Kemit, hits stores worldwide. Everlasting hits the mark for those looking for a soulful house excursion with a nice pinch of contemporary soul and cosmic/funk/jazz sprinkled in. It's been quite some time since we've heard a soulful house album that boasts a who's who of contemporary artists that we've come to know and love over the years. DJ Kemit does an excellent job bridging the gap between a range of artists and styles for this album. Kemit's ear for quality and talent is what helps make Everlasting this summer's most anticipated release. It has range but yet it's still very cohesive and dancefloor ready. If you've ever experienced Spread Love, one of DJ Kemit's monthly music/art/dance events in Atlanta, then you understand what I mean by dancefloor ready. Everlasting will burn up the dancefloor but is laid back and soulful enough for the lounge with something a little edgy added for your eclectic side and something groovy for your cosmic/funk/jazz side. Everlasting has been highly anticipated all summer and is here just in time to make your summer playlist! You can expect wonderful contributions from some of our favorites like Lady Alma, Carl McIntosh (Loose Ends), Osunlade, Choklate, Eric Roberson, Jean Baylor (Zhane), Mykel, Frank McComb, Terrance Downs, Kev Choice, N'Dambi, Craig Love and Sepesenahki.

DJ Kemit - Funky 8Ball featuring Frank McComb

DJ Kemit - Funky 8Ball featuring Frank McComb by BamaLoveSoul

Spread the Word about DJ Kemit - Everlasting the album and Spread Love by purchasing DJ Kemit - Everlasting the album. Visit your favorite music retailer on or offline. Atlanta you know Moods Music has you covered!

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Artist, Producer Ahmed Sirour Unleashes "The RE:Mixtape" Compiled and Mixed by DJ Tailwind Turner

It's Summer time and Skoolwerk Apparel teams up with artist, musician, composer, producer, remixer Ahmed Sirour for the perfect music & t-shirt collaboration! Ahmed Sirour is fast making a name for himself worldwide as an accomplished self-taught pianist with the release of his first full length, self-produced LP entitled The After 2AM Sessions LP. Ahmed's full length debut, a love themed collection of original romantic, erotic and spirtual compositions, has garnered rave reviews and continues to take the breath away from new fans and his already existing fans alike. When Ahmed is not composing his own compositions he is busy collaborating and remixing countless recordings of many major as well as legendary artists including The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Bill Summers, John Legend & The Roots, Lalah Hathaway, Little Dragon, Robert Glasper, Eric Roberson, DJ Spinna, DJ Kemit, Yahzarah, Cleveland Jones, Teri Tobin, and Lenora Jaye to name a few. Ahmed's original productions have also been featured on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Bubblers 7 compilation and the new BamaLoveSoul On Deck compilation.

As part of the Skoolwerk Apparel music and t-shirt collaboration Ahmed Sirour released The Ahmed Sirour RE:Mixtape, a continuous mix compiled from his catalog of remixes, productions and co-productions over the last two years. The RE:Mixtape is over an hour of continous music and is FREE with the purchase of his special edition After 2AM Sessions LP T-Shirt by Skoolwerk Apparel. As a special treat The Ahmed Sirour RE:Mixtape is compiled and mixed by DJ Tailwind Turner. For those who don't know, DJ Tailwind Turner is also film and television actor Dorian Missick, who since 1990, has acted in over 40 film and television projects. On the big screen Dorian Missick's film credits include Two Weeks Notice, Lucky Number Slevin, Manchurian Candidate, Bounty Hunter, Rachel Getting Married and most recently Mooz-lum as Professor Jamal, just to name a few. On the small screen Dorian can be seen most recently on the TNT network TV series Southland as Det. Ruben Robinson, the partner of Det. Lydia Adams played by actress Regina King.

With the purchase of The After 2AM Sessions LP Special Edition T-Shirt you'll receive an immediate download code for the FREE DJ Tailwind Turner compiled and mixed Ahmed Sirour - The RE-Mixtape featuring virtually every remix Ahmed Sirour has released over the last 2 years!

Check out the 5 minute preview of The Ahmed Sirour RE:Mixtape compiled & mixed by DJ Tailwind Turner below:

Visit Skoolwerk Apparel to order your Ahmed Sirour After 2AM Sessions LP Special Edition T-Shirt today!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Digital Under:Ground :: Alexis Davis Project (Replife, Mecca:83, Spinnerty , Simon S) - 3

Just a few weeks ago we introduced the single The Lift by a fresh new hip hop collective, the Alexis Davis Project, comprised of DJ/Producers Mecca:83, Simon S, Spinnerty, and MC Replife. This weekend Alexis Davis Project released their much anticipated EP entitled 3.

Two countries. Two time zones. Three DJ/producers. One MC. The group Alexis Davis is not all about simple mathematics. It is a collaboration of four fans of one another’s music that decided to come together at a time when coming together is of the essence.

But the group is about more than it’s members. Musically, Alexis Davis is about break beats, scratches, cuts, and samples; and all of these elements are served with a fresh jazz sensibility and an aperitif of what has been labeled future music.

The 6 track EP is available digitally and as a limited edition CD. Alexis Davis Project is history in the making and this is only the beginning....Purchase your preferred format using the bandcamp link below.

3 | Alexis Davis Project Bandcamp

Tall Black Guy Presents...Tempo Dreams Vol. 1

From humble origins in Detroit, raised on a healthy diet of Motown, Jazz, and Early Hip-Hop – Terrel Wallace (aka Tall Black Guy) has been steadily building a massive online following through a steady stream of productions filled with incredibly clever sample flips and deft production chops - being championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson (who included him on the latest Brownswood Bubblers album), Lefto, Anthony Valadez, and countless others - as well as recently being named the winner of the Robert Glasper Remix competition.

After making a connection and releasing a series of sold-out Tall Black Guy 7-inches through their BSTRD Boots sublabel, Brooklyn’s Bastard Jazz Recordings set their sights on a proper full-length release with Tall Black Guy. It became evident that Terrel was not only an incredible producer and collector of sounds past – but was also a connoisseur of a whole new generation of beatmakers. This group of international producers remain mostly unknown to a larger audience, and continue to bubble and simmer just under the surface. With a gentle nod towards the groundbreaking Headz compilations on Mo’ Wax that inspired the label’s beginnings 10 years ago, Bastard Jazz founder DJ DRM asked TBG to compile an album with 11 of his favorite joints from this tidepool of contemporaries. Countless nights of rapid ear movements later, and with an added touch from the tall one himself, the set is primed for release as: Tempo Dreams Vol. 1.

Things kick off appropriately enough with French producer Teru’s “Time to Reinvent” – a summer-y joint filled with lazy keys, stuttering drums and delayed effects. Chicago duo and recent Plug Research signing Tensei make an appearance with the tropical cosmic vibes of “Space Colony”, while Australia’s Jeriko Jackson delivers the incredibly smooth “Only Just” with its ghostly vocals and flowing keys. Things move a little towards the uptempo side as Brussels based beatmakers Monkeyrobot deliver “Basement Infusion”, a deep slithering piece of bass-quaking of future-House, while Pittsburgh’s Buscrates adds a shimmering edge with “Horizons”. Ta-Ku (Project Mooncircle, Brownswood) comes with the nostalgic vibe-out styling of “Smile”, while Tall Black Guy himself gives us the drum-centric journey that is “Sparkling Adventure”. Atlanta-based producer Applejac makes an appearance under his Shecky’s Jazzy Tofu pseudonym covering Roy Ayer’s “Butterfly” in a beautiful New School meets the Old kind of way, perfectly rounding off the album. Other artists included on the album include Switzerland’s Chief, Hong Kong’s FloydCheung, Detroit’s Doc Illingsworth, and Evil Needle from France – a collection of the finest beatmakers you’ve never heard!

Preview the album on this exclusive Youtube trailer below and purchase your CD, Vinyl or Digi version HERE

Tall Black Guy presents...Tempo Dreams Vol. 1 by bastardjazz

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Filmwerk :: FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade - (The Story Of A Movement)

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade - (The Story Of A Movement) is a crucial documentary that chronicles the evolution of Atlanta's FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival, a music and artistic renaissance movement born out of Atlanta’s diverse musical and cultural arts heritage. FunkJazz Kafé was officially established in 1994 and ran until 2004 with a special JFK finale in 2007. The documentary celebrates a 10 year legacy of Atlanta's premier multimedia music and arts festival. The film covers the decade when Atlanta’s underground music scene became established on the world stage and a new generation of soul singers and musicians emerged.

Jason Orr, the creator and founder of FunkJazz Kafé and the producer and director of the documentary has been screening the film across the country since it's screening debut at the Atlanta National Black Arts Festival in 2011. Upcoming 2012 screenings include Detroit July 28 and Philly August 4.

The film is narrated by hip hop icon Chuck D and includes appearances and perspectives from such cultural icons as Cornel West, Dick Gregory, N'Dea Davenport, Kevin Powell, Erykah Badu, Cee Lo Green, Eric Roberson, Sticman of Dead Prez, Larry Mizell, Dallas Austin, Roy Ayers, Talib Kweli and many more.

Visit the FunkJazz Kafé website for screening cities near you.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Digital Under:Ground :: Amma Whatt - MAYBE

It's a beautiful thing when you discover an artist via another project that you're checking out. I was checking out the new album by Jarrard Anthony entitled Ready To Live when a new name and a sweet voice jumped out at me. But it wasn't until a week later that I was made aware, by my good friend DJ Conscience, that Amma Whatt had her own material available via her bandcamp page.

Fusing sounds of R&B, hip-hop, acoustic-alternative, and world music, MAYBE is a collection of songs expressing where we often find ourselves in the cycles of love, relationships, and new beginnings. Amma Whatt also takes this opportunity to let you in on her writing process and collaborative sessions.

Guests on this project include Monet, VINX, Akil Dasan, Nicholas Ryan Gant, and Shawn Lucas. MAYBE also includes co-writes by Tubby Love and VINX, production by H2o Productions, and beat-box production by Akil Dasan.

This mainly acoustic EP, is just a preview of what's to come from Amma Whatt. She plans to release her full LP in 2013. For now you can support her efforts by purchasing this amazing EP and letting your music loving friends know about Amma Whatt. CLICK HERE to purchase the 6 song EP MAYBE. We know you'll love it as much as we do so SPREAD THE WORD!

Never Forgotten: Phyllis Hyman - The Goddess by Detrel Howell

On July 6, 2012 the world will be taking some time to remember the late, great Phyllis Hyman as she would have turned 63 years-old. OTV is proud to share The Inner Soul thoughts of music tastemaker, publicist and 'SoulMusiqLuva' Detrel Trelly Howell as she remembers "The Goddess" in her own deeply personal, heartfelt words. Phyllis Hyman was and still is loved and adored by so many fans worldwide. We appreciate Detrel for sharing her thoughts and feelings about one of our favorite Iconic Soul Ladies.

CLICK HERE to read Never Forgotten: Phyllis Hyman - The Goddess by Detrel Howell for The Inner Soul