‘#Offline’ Weekly Closes with a Bang

 

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Words by RKHTY

#Offline‘s weekly celebration of music bid farewell and played its final note in full style last night. Over the past nine months, the incomparable Q-Tip and 45 vinyl game changer Natasha Diggs have graced the patrons of Output with nostalgic gems after gems. And legends have guest starred at the night as well, including the likes of Grandmaster Flash, DJ Spinna, and Funk Master Flex, to name just a few.

From the booming sound system, to the varying spectrum of partygoers, you would never know it was a Wednesday night. And if you’ve ever been to #Offline before, you know you’ve always left feeling damn good. Wednesday never felt so good.

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New Release: Sandra St. Victor – ‘Oya’s Daughter’

 

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Having lent vocals to Prince, Chaka Khan, Common, Tina Turner, and The Family Stand, Sandra St. Victor has undoubtedly got a few notches on her belt.

Her newest album, Oya’s Daughter, was produced by the extraordinary Mark de Clive-Lowe and dropped today! Blending soul, jazz, and funk, the mood is undeniable and warms you right up. Watch her video for “Coming Around” and get a taste below!

Catch the talented lady in NYC at Joe’s Pub tonight (9/24) at 9.30PM. Ticket info.

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Video: Meshell Ndegecello Speaks on Various Music Icons

 

BET sat down with the uber talented Meshell Ndegeocello recently for her quick thoughts on music icons she’s worked with and met. Meshell quietly, humbly, and honestly answers her brief takes on Chaka Khan, John Singleton, Queen Latifah, Prince, and Madonna.

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NYC: International Jazz Day Sunset Concert @ United Nations General Assembly Hall – April 30

 

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Happy International Jazz Day, friends! The holiday started off with a launch concert at UNESCO HQ in Paris on April 27 (view above) and a sunrise concert today from Congo Square in New Orleans. We are beyond enthused to share that the conclusion of these worldwide events will be held in New York City!

The epic sunset concert will be tonight, April 30, at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in NYC with George Duke serving as Musical Director. The co-hosts of the event will include Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Quincy Jones. The event will be streamed live.

Confirmed are legends upon legends, many with whom we’ve worked with closely: Herbie Hancock, Tony Bennett, Terence Blanchard, Richard Bona, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Candido, Ron Carter, Vinnie Colaiuta, Robert Cray, Eli Degibri, Jack DeJohnette, Sheila E., Jimmy Heath, Hiromi, Zakir Hussain, Chaka Khan, Angelique Kidjo, Lang Lang, Joe Lovano, Romero Lubambo, Shankar Mahadevan, Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela, Christian McBride, Danilo Pérez, Tineke Postma, Dianne Reeves, Troy Roberts, Bobby Sanabria, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Tarek Yamani.

Event Details
International Jazz Day Sunset Concert

Monday, April 30
7:30PM

United Nations General Assembly Hall
New York, NY

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February Next Step Contest Honorary Mentions

 

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As the submissions for our March Next Step contest come to a close tomorrow, we want to share some of our favorite submissions from February in this “honorary mentions” post. Y’all made it rough last month – here’s to another great month!

Our February Next Step Contest Honorary Mentions:

DC based “soul garage” band Black Alley. In the video above, the young group rips covers of Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Nirvana in their poignant dedication to “Club 27.”

Psaul, a collaboration between Swedish singer/songwriter Paul Mac Innes and producer Stray. The sound is pop sensible electro-soul with a retro vibe. Below, you can get down to the sunny “Change” and on Soundcloud catch a super funky cover of Chaka Khan and Rick James’ “Slow Dancin’” featuring the dynamic Karma Stewart.

New York based singer, songwriter, and producer Cilla K. has certainly got something special. With a darling lilting character to her voice that makes you feel at home and a jazzy soul sound that’s playfully offbeat, her vocal style is airy and refreshing like Amel Larrieux, her production hinges on that ever-nostalgic Esthero vibe, and her left-field play with music touches on Sonnymoon. Her most recent release, New World Lullabies, feels just like it sounds. Listen to “You Know Me Better” below and let your worries fall away.

And again, you can still submit to be considered for March!

Don’t miss Backpack Jax and Kimberly Nichole after the jump!