Killiam Shakespeare X DJ Jazzy Jeff

We love surprises over here at Ropeadope, and this one just hits the spot. Steve Mckie and Corey Bernhard are the minds behind Killiam Shakespeare, and they embody the spirit of constant creativity as they make music ALL the time in their home spot of Pine Studios in Philly. Killiam Season 1 is what happens when you take a mixtape over to Jazzy Jeff's house - spontaneous collaborative creation that transcends. Corey refelects on the visit: “Working with Jeff is like being next to a wizard…someone who connects with music on a deep level is rare and nothing to be taken for granted...”. We agree, and so at a moment's notice we introduce KILLIAM SEASON 1 - THE MIXTAPE SERIES - featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff, Freeway, Aaaron Camper and more - Due out tomorrow everywhere good music can be found. Grab it now and get a couple of tracks in advance.     

make moves with john

Ropeadope CEO Louis Marks is featured on the first episode of MAKE MOVES WITH JOHN, a progressive new podcast that delves into the minds of creative DOERS. Hosted by John Hammond, the program leans back in an unscripted way, leaning in for the key points as John looks to understand and humanize those that are out there putting ideas into action - Making Moves. John's style is compelling, friendly, and creative, as he finds himself in the category of creative doer as well. The lineup is unfolding with Richard Ross, Peter Harris, Charlie Hunter, and more. Dig in right here, and support this evolving narrative that is so needed in our changing world. 

Spanky Drums

We are honored to announce that world renowned drummer and producer George 'Spanky' McCurdy is joining the Ropeadope family. Spanky is seasoned on the wolrd circuit - touring with Lady Gaga, Kanye, Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett, and more. Straight from the Olney section of Philly, Spanky was immersed in gospel music and credits playing in the church as his source of courage and musical fire. His love for Philly is true...'So I love my city, man. It’s like we have soul here. We have soul. We have character.'. We AGREE. Drop in here to stay connected as we roll out news of a full length release very soon.   

The Checkout

WBGO's Simon Rentner stretches out with Terrace Martin in a sometimes deep, sometimes funny, all the time off the rails interview from Montreal. Terrace talks about his 2016 release Velvet Portraits, his life in LA, working with Herbie Hanock, and most importantly how A Tribe Called Quest changed his life. Dig in right here, drop by here to pick up Velvet Portraits, and get your ass to Brooklyn on August 11 as Herbie Hancock brings out his new band. Robert Glasper and Bad Bad Not Good are also on the bill. Yep. 

The Art Of Circus

Future Prospect

RVA All Day

Next up from our friends at Jellowstone Records in Richmond VA - FUTURE PROSPECT - a new septet of RVA's finest young jazz musicians. The band is Trey Sorrells, Jackson Shurlds, Ryan Moses, Jacob Ungerleider, Morgan Burrs, Brandon Lane, and Cleandre Foster. The sound? Funky, expansive and dreamlike - reminiscent of the seventies fusion sound but with a fresh feel. The band's ability to take their time speaks of maturity beyond their years. Their full length debut, The Climb, drops on July 29 - step over here to preorder.

Winston Byrd

We met Winston Byrd when he was back in Philly recording with Jimmy Stephens, and we picked up his positive, life embracing energy right away. We'd seen the who's who of people he has played with, and it wasn't long before he brought up the idea of a solo project. Our response - let's do it! A handshake and a beer later it was set, and Winston disappeared into LA studio land with a remarkable cast of young musicians. And now it's here - ONCE UPON A TIME CALLED RIGHT NOW describes Winston's approach to life and music - challenging, energetic, charging in to the fray with the trumpet as his weapon of choice. There are some rather interesting, timeless selections on the record - Byrd has a way of making the old sound new, and the new sound classic. Dig in right here, it all happens this Friday.

Tyrone hendrix

Tyrone Hendrix began in the church in his home town of Oakland, performing with the renowned Castlemont Castleers. Moving to Portland, he honed his sound with a deep sense of timing and well, GROOVE. A sought after drummer who performs with Mike Phillips and Liv Warfield, among others, Tyrone has recorded his debut album with some solid help from the Portland scene - Jarrod Lawson, Tony Ozier, Farnell Newton, Saeeda Wright, and Kyle Molitor. The result is a purposely funky and oh so tight album with instrumental and vocal selections that always keep the beat. FNBeatsGalore brings the full array of the Portland sound on this one. Enough said, drop in right here and get the body and soul moving. Our fave? Hard to say, but we'll start with GAME OF THORNS.  

coast to coast

We've got the most. Thrilled to drop two East Coast gems today from SouthwesTerminal in ATL (via Atlanta Records), and Jason Fraticelli in PHL - some funk, some jazz, lots of divine inspiration. Next week we head West with Tyrone Hendrix in PDX (via FNBeats Galore) and Winston Byrd in LAX. You see, it's all different, and it's all the same, and it's neatly arranged to come at you quadraphonically. Take some time today to listen , and support these hard working, hard playing American originals.

Spring & 3rd (SouthwesTerminal)

Wet Those Fingertips

DREAM DIARIES has been described as 'the kind of rock record that only a jazz musician could write'. Premiered by Magnet and Songwriting Magazine UK, Dream Diaries is an excursion through a universe of composition and style. You can hear all the influences clearly - Ween, Zappa, King Crimson and more, with Jason's bass chops matched by the band and guests, including Cyro Baptista. All of the tracks shine in their own light, but we go back again and again for PAPER PRODUCT ABUSER, a statement on overconsumption that sounds like Mingus and Weird Al getting stoned and ridiculous at Frank Zappa's house. Feel good about it, care about it, and make sure you're spare about it.