The Foreign Exchange Ignite Brooklyn with Flying Colors

Photos by Eddie Pearson | Words by Korby Benoit

The Foreign Exchange brought their Love in Flying Colors world tour to Brooklyn this Monday. Together with their live band, Phonte and Nicolay provided an evening of good music and energetic showmanship.

Phonte’s voice was rich, clear and very true to his recordings. He’s an engaging singer who manages to seize his audience with his singing ability combined with his playful wit and humor. Phonte was also very committed to his performance as he delivered an extremely lively set. Nicolay, along with the band also appeared to be in high spirits as they delivered their tunes.  The group’s camaraderie is apparent in their performance.

The Music Hall of Willamsburg was a filled with loyal fans who weren’t shy about expressing their fondness for the group. It was hard to spot a fan who wasn’t singing along. It’s clear The Foreign Exchange have successfully grown their audience since their 2004 debut Connected.

There are still several dates ahead on this tour and I recommend this show to anyone who appreciates good live music. The Foreign Exchange offer a show where people can simply kick back and have a good time.

Photo: Art of Cool Festival in Durham – April 25 & 26

Photos by Jen Diaz

Coming straight from Bull City after a two-day live music binge is a must. If you haven’t already enjoyed that type of adventure, start planning for next year. The Art of Cool Festival made its debut this past weekend taking over Durham, North Carolina and inviting a city to enjoy the sounds of Jazz, Hip Hop, and R&B with a world-class lineup. A few artists on the bill were Maceo Parker, The Foreign Exchange, Amel Larrieux, Hubert Laws, Kneebody, KING, Thundercat and Cody ChestnuTT, just to name a few. Venues were filled across town and the streets were packed with music-lovers navigating their way through the performances. Be sure to support this tremendous effort to highlight Jazz and all of its influences by donating to the Art of Cool Project.

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New Release: The Hot at Nights – ‘Nice Talk’ + Exclusive “CisforKaddafi” MP3


Foreign Exchange guitarist Chris Boerner has just released a new project with his own group, The Hot at Nights. The debut album is called Nice Talk and features Boerner playing an 8-string guitar with Matt Douglas on woodwinds and Nick Baglio on drums. Recorded throughout the course of “many sweltering evenings” in Raleigh, North Carolina, The Hot at Nights blend classic jazz improvisation with funk, pop, rock, and of course, your healthy dose of soul. Ready yourself for some groovy instrumental jazz sounds that traverse the globe.

Exclusively at Giant Step, download one of our favorite tracks, “CisforKaddafi,” for free!

The Hot at Nights – “CisforKaddafi” [MP3]

Purchase Nice Talk at Chris Boerner Store


New Release: The Foreign Exchange – ‘Dear Friends’ CD+DVD + Tour Dates


In early June, we posted a lovely track from The Foreign Exchange’s Dear Friends CD+DVD featuring Paris and Amber of KING. Dear Friends captures the live recording of a very special intimate evening that went down in Durham earlier this year.

For folks not already up on game, the project released a few weeks ago and it’s is chockfull of jazzy, lounge-worthy renditions that will have you doing your swanky most at your next dinner party.

Sway to classics like “I Wanna Know,” “House Of Cards,” and “Daykeeper” as well as new tracks such as “Steal Away” featuring Jeanne Jolly and the aforementioned track with Paris and Amber.

Foreign Exchange has also just started out on a handful of tour dates. Really go check out their live show, folks – it’s entertainment for days.

Purchase Dear Friends on iTunes | Amazon | TFE Store

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The Foreign Exchange – “The Last Fall” Video

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The latest video off their third album, Authenticity, from The Foreign Exchange has left a few fans disturbed, with a much darker story than usual. It might be menacing but it’s still in the style of The Foreign Exchange and it’s just as genuine.

Buy Authenticity on iTunes | Amazon | +FE Store