Frankie Knuckles Memorial Pays Tribute to the Late Great House Pioneer

Bundles of supporters gathered at the Liberty Theater in NYC last night for a touching Frankie Knuckles memorial. Fans and the who’s who of dance music, including Francois K, Danny Krivit, David Morales, Louie Vega, Kenny Gonzales, Tedd Paterson, all joined together to pay tribute.

View Ann Nesby‘s (Sounds of Blackness) grand finale performance of “The Pressure” above and a couple pieces from the program below.

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Video: Mara Hruby & Van Hunt – “Respect” (Aretha Franklin Cover)

Mara Hruby and Van Hunt come together for a spine-tingling rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” in this video. Careful not to faint.

The video comes as a prelude to their upcoming collaborative project, Adventures From Paradise: A Tribute To Minnie Riperton. Can’t. Wait.

James Tillman & His Excellent Brazilian Infused Soul

Hailing from DC, residing in NYC, and having recorded his upcoming project in Brazil, New School vocal jazz student James Tillman is quickly proving himself to be a force.

Citing classic soul greats like Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers as influences, his sound also touches on modern talents like Jose James and Michael Kiwanuka, while still holding an irrefutable air of the tropical and tranquil Brazilian charm.

His debut EP, Shangri-La, is just around the corner with an April 29 release; lucky for you, we’ve been able to dig up three out of the four tracks for you to cozy up with.

Watch the video for “And Then” above and listen to “Shangri-LA” and “Love Within” below!