Blue Note Jazz Benefit For Japan – 4/18 & 4/19

For the last 23 years, the Blue Note New York has maintained Blue Note clubs in multiple Japanese cities, with current establishments in Tokyo and Nagoya. In light of the recent earthquake and tsunami, the Blue Note New York will host a jazz benefit concert at the Highline Ballroom tonight — April 18th — and tomorrow with 100% of the ticket proceeds to be donated to the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund spearheaded by Direct Relief.

The event will feature an impressive roster of internationally known jazz musicians including: Madeleine Peyroux, Ron Carter, John Scofield, René Fleming, Michel Camilo, Kenny Barron, Paquito D’Rivera, Robert Glasper, Roy Hargrove, Dave Valentin, Roberta Gambarini, Richard Bona, Lionel Loueke, Gretchen Parlato, Gregoire Maret, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jose James, Christian Scott, Alex Brown, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabackin and many, many more.

Doors open at 6pm, and show starts at 7pm both nights. An after-hours party will be held both nights starting at 11pm with performances by Robert Glasper, Sarah Hayes, Eldar, and many more.

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New Album by Angelique Kidjo + MP3 Download

Deemed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time, Angelique Kidjo follows up her Grammy-winning Djin Djin with Oyo. On the album, Kidjo collaborates with Bono – one of the continent’s most ardent supporters – joined with John Legend on a version of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move on Up.” The focus on Oyo is the music that shaped Kidjo’s artistic formation, including “Lakutshn Llanga,” a lullaby made famous by Kidjo’s hero, Miriam Makeba; Yoruban interpretations of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” and Santana’s “Samba Pa Ti;” a collaboration with Diane Reeves on “Monfe Ran E,” an homage to the Aretha Franklin hit, “Baby I Love You;” and a take on James Brown’s “Cold Sweat.”

Recorded and mixed by Russell Elevado (D’Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu) and produced by Kidjo and longtime collaborator Jean Hebrail, Oyo features a band of highly accomplished musicians, including guitarist Lionel Loueke, Christian McBride on upright bass, Kendrick Scott on drums and Thiokho Diagne on percussion. Trumpeter Roy Hargove makes a memorable appearance on “Samba Pa Ti.”

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Angelique Kidjo – “Kelele” [mp3]
 

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