Photo Recap: SVEDKA Vodka Sessions; A Special Performance By José James – August 3

After giving an amazing performance last week in Boston at the beautiful Woodward at Ames, José James zipped back to New York City to make an appearance later that week at the Lincoln Center. Along with Robert Glasper and Bilal on the bill these gentlemen thrilled the audience and made very clear, just how unclear the line between jazz and soul can be. Check out what the New York Times had to say about him, and about the re-emergence of jazz in the mainstream.

Daptone Records’ Budos III

Our friends at Daptone Records have a new release out this week: the third album from Budos Band, titled Budos Band III. Produced by Bosco Mann and TNT at “House of Soul Studios” in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the band’s third full-length studio effort was conceived during weekly, beer-fueled Staten Island writing sessions – as well as more than 150 live gigs over the last two years – and recorded during a 48 hour period in January 2010.

If the menacing album art, which features a cobra primed for the attack, is any indication of the music itself, we can expect an all out assault of the senses, with a tendency towards the venomous and psychedelic.

The Budos Band: “Unbroken, Unshaven” [MP3]
 

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Get the album directly from Daptone for vinyl with exclusive non-album tracks and more.

Obama’s Favorite Standup Bassist/Singer/Composer Esperanza Spalding to Release New Album

With her sophomore effort Chamber Music Society on the way, check out the preview for Esperanza Spalding’s album and see why Barack says, “I love listening to Esperanza, she is wonderful.”

The innovative album that combines jazz, folk, and world music with the enduring foundations of classical music will hit shelves August 17th via Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. Chamber Music Society features the legendary Milton Nascimento, pianist Leo Genovese, and vocalist Gretchen Parlato, among others.

“It’s clear Esperanza’s definitely got game – and has no hang-ups about showing it.” —Vibe Magazine

“Whether exploding into vocalese or making her bass solo sound like a horn, she’s a spark plug who dances as she grooves through a funked-up and rocked-out repertoire.” Billboard “Faces to Watch”

“Esperanza has got a lot: accomplished jazz improvisation, funk, scat singing, Brazilian vernacular rhythm and vocals in English, Portuguese and Spanish. At its center is a female bassist, singer and bandleader, one whose talent is beyond question.” New York Times

SVEDKA Vodka Sessions with José James and DJ Anastasie – August 3

If you are in the Boston area tomorrow, August 3rd, then join us for this next installment of the SVEDKA Vodka Sessions with a special performance by José James and guest DJ, Anastasie. Doors open at 8pm at the beautiful Woodward at Ames. Entrance is FREE, but strictly RSVP only.

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