2010 New York City Winter Jazzfest This Weekend

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Celebrating its 6th anniversary, the NYC Winter Jazzfest is taking over the West Village this weekend, on Friday, Jan. 8th and Saturday, Jan. 9th. Showcasing over 40 of the best jazz and experimental artists, at five of the neighborhood’s most esteemed venues, boomBOOM Presents is bringing jazz fans back to what was once considered the heart of New York City’s jazz scene. In line with the festival’s mission to promote and present the best of the young and current jazz scene, this year’s installment will open with two showcases on Friday, Jan. 8th, curated by special guests Meghan Stabile of Revive Da Live and Adam Schatz of Search and Restore, at Kenny’s Castaways and Zinc Bar, respectively.

The festival will present live music from New York, New Orleans, Chicago, South Africa, Canada, France, and more, by their very best talent, including Nicholas Payton SeXXXtet, Bitches Brew Revisited, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Marco Benevento, Chris Dave, Jason Moran, Jenny Scheinman, Lionel Loueke, Somi, and many more. Grab your passes now and enjoy one the city’s best festivals.

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Somi’s Upcoming Release If the Rains Come First + MP3 Download

somi2Somi‘s third album, If The Rains Come First, is a stunning collection of self-penned story-based songs, a meditation on opening ourselves up to life’s blessings and challenges much in the way that we accept the rain and all that it brings. If The Rains Come First is set for release on October 27th on Obliqsound. “The songs on this album reflect where I am emotionally and spiritually today,” Somi says. “At the end of the day, I still know who I am and where home is before, during, and after the rain – it’s in the music.”

Optimism, conviction and resilience are hallmarks of Somi’s new creations. “Prayer To the Saint of the Brokenhearted,” reflects on the sense of helplessness and hopelessness one often feels after heartache, while serving as a reminder of the possibilities of faith and renewal. “Enganjyani,” which means ‘most beloved’ in Rutooro, refers to, “the memory of whispered prayer and being haunted by a past lover.” The track features the legendary Hugh Masekela, a longtime Somi fan who has become a mentor, guesting on trumpet. “Rising,” a song about faith and navigating life’s challenges, is all forward motion, a flawless juxtaposition of sizzling rhythm, instantly memorable melody and a vocal style that JazzTimes magazine describes as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves.”

Digital exclusive of the album to be released October 13.

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