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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New Quincy Jones Video: “Soul Bossa Nostra” by Ludacris, Naturally 7 and Rudy Currence

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Ludacris and company bring you the 2010 “Soul Bossa Nostra” official video, featuring a cameo by the Godfather himself, Quincy Jones. Check out our post on the evolution of this song here, and don’t forget to check out Quincy’s new album,  Q: Soul Bossa Nostra here.

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Quincy Jones: Soul Bossa Nostra

The latest album from Quincy Jones, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, will be released on November 9th and has Quincy-produced tracks re-done with some of the biggest recording artists.  Billboard was able to sit down with this legendary producer and musician to hear his thoughts about each track and what it was like working with artists like Amy Winehouse, John Legend, B.o.B., Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and many others.

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The Evolution of Quincy Jones’ “Soul Bossa Nova”

Quincy Jones – Soul Bossa Nova (1962)

Everyone knows this Quincy Jones tune from something, depending on what generation they belong to and various other environmental factors. In preparation for the new Quincy album, we’re tracing this song through time in samples and interpolations in jazz, hip-hop, plus film, TV and beyond.

Quincy released the original album Soul Bossa Nova in 1962 and the title track gained a presence in TV programs and films worldwide throughout the 60s and 70s. The signature flute loop was originally recorded by none other than multi-reed-instrument master Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Besides film licensing, the song also became a popular recording for sampling, particularly from the Canadian hip-hop group Dream Warriors (check out the Boombastic video below). That 90′s style hip-hop/jazz hybrid is a quintessential example of the early Giant Step sound.

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The next revival of the song came from Ludacris on his single “Number One Spot,” (2004) which was also the ubiquitous theme of the Austin Powers soundtrack. (According to Wikipedia, Mike Myers grew up watching the Canadian game show which used the “Soul Bossa Nova” flute loop as a theme. But again, Wikipedia also once said that Ghostface Killah is also known as ‘Chunky Mario Delight’). Ludacris, never lacking a sense of humor, embraces the Austin Powers joke in his music video and drags Q into the video, explaining his new flava on the old classic.

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Now Ludacris pays tribute to the living legend again, this time bringing along producer Naturally 7 and Rudy Currence. The instantly-recognizable “Soul Bossa Nostra” continues to find a place in contemporary films and video games, close to 50 years after its release. Check out the new Ludacris version and find more info on the full Quincy Jones album below.

Ludacris, Naturally 7 & Rudy Currence – “Soul Bossa Nostra”
 

Full album Q: Soul Bossa Nostra will available Novemeber 9th.

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