The many worlds of leo sidran

We're thoroughly enjoying the diverse talents of Leo Sidran, from his latest release (Mucho Leo) to his in depth podcasted interviews with the greats (Third Story). Yesterday he dusted off this gem that he recorded with Andre De Shields and Ben Sidran. If you are looking for context on Baltimore, in a swinging, profound musical setting then get on the loop de loop. 


Tonight Someone Is Me

Ropeadope X Brooklyn Bowl

Tonight is the night in BK as 3XDope rolls through with MK Groove Orchestra, Kuf Knotz, and Sly 5th Ave's Club Casa Chamber Orchestra. A diverse and exciting lineup from some of the hardest working cats in the business, with DJYN spinning some Ropeadope classics to keep the groove all night.  RSVP and grab tickets right here. Get your playlist set up with selections from MK, Kuf, and Sly. Make it a bad*ss Monday.    

Rising Soul

Next week marks the US release of some sweet soul from the land of the rising sun. Nagashima Tomoko is NIA - her self titled debut was recorded in NY with the great Takuya Kuroda on trumpet, Kris Bowers on piano, Jeremy Most on guitar, Adam Jackson on drums, and Corey King on trombone. It's got that cool vibe with Nia's strikingly fresh vocal throughout. Drop in right here for some visuals of the making of the record, and stop in over here to preorder your copy from Atlanta Records. 

Parade of One

We dig what this cat does. Traveling the world with just a saxophone, Jeremy Danneman is on a one man mission to unite people through music. Just check the faces on the kids (and Adults) right here and you can see the healing of harmonious exchange. Jeremy is cueing up his next project and needs support to make it happen - drop in right here and get with the new way. Check Jeremy's first record right over here.

Juju Fest

Ropeadope all star Raja Kassis has teamed up with Luke Quaranta of Toubab Krewe to assemble a tour of historic depth and proportion. Starting in New Orleans, Juju Fest joins a cast of heavy hitters - Eric Benny Bloom (lettuce), Kris Royal (Rebulution, Dark Matter), Morgan Price (FELA!), and Weedie Braimah (Nth Power) - and brings in renowned West African musicians to be announced. Featuring Pirates Choice and Raja Kassis' HumanBEING,  Jujufest is a celebration of West African music in a city that defines diversity and music. It all starts tomorrow folks, so slip this into your jazzfest schedule and be amazed. Start right here for info.     

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This Just In

Atlanta Records is getting ready to drop a new one on us, this time its straight out of Japan with some sweet soul from NIA. The album was recorded in New York City with Takuya Kuroda at the helm and features Kris Bowers, Jeremy Most, Adam Jackson, and Corey King. A fresh take from the intersection of soul and jazz - dig in right here for a taste. Available via bandcamp only. 


Ajoyo is coming

Tuesday marks the release of Ajoyo's self titled debut album, and it's the genre-blender of genre-benders. The early singles featuring Sarah Elizabeth Charles have become faves of music lovers and tastemakers worldwide, and there is plenty more to dig into on this groundbreaking record from the mind of Yacine Boulares. Check the full band live in New York on Tuesday night, and dig in right here to listen and preorder the full album. If Itunes is your jawn, head over here and add it to your collection. 

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