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BRIC JazzFest Marathon October 16, 2015 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn 

Recently, BRIC Art and Media House here in Forth Greene had the first-ever Jazzfest Marathon: Two nights with 18 bands on three stages. Think small version of the Winter Jazz Fest. From the second night we bring you a taste of two of the bands which we thought were especially amazing, Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life and Nate Smith + KINFOLK.

Twi-Life's line up was as follows:
Marcus Strickland (Sax)
Keyon Harrold (Trumpet)
Mitch Henry (B3 organ/keyboards)
Big Yuki Hirano (Keyboards)
Kyle Miles (Bass)
Charles Haynes (Drums)

Look for Strickland's solo starting at 5:06.




Nate Smith + KINFOLK are:
Nate Smith (Drums)
Kevin Hays (keys)
Jeremy Most (guitar)
Fima Ephron (bass)
Jaleel Shaw (sax)

Check out Kevin Hays' keyboard solo starting at 2:22:



Levon Henry, Alan Hampton & Meshell Ndegeocello @ Winter Jazzfest NYC, 01.10.15 

Here's the first of our videos from this year's Winter Jazzfest. As always, it was amazing, almost overwhelming: More than 100 groups played in ten venues in just two nights!

This concert took place at Minetta Lane Theatre in NYC. The video is a bit dark, but that's how it looked after Meshell Ndegeocello asked for the lights to be turned down, a setting that was much more suited to the song's minimalistic soulfulness.

The lineup included

Levon Henry - tenor sax, vocals (check out his album "Music for Trains")

Alan Hampton - bass , guitar & vocals (New record: "Origami for the Fire")

Meshell Ndegeocello - bass, vocals (Her new album is called "Comet, Come to Me." Check our her music video of a song from the album, "Shopping For Jazz"

Jon Cowherd -Wurlitzer (Check out his album "Mercy")



Werkha live @ Worldwide Festival, Sète, France, 07.01.2014 

Happy Holidays to you all! To celebrate them, here is an excerpt from Werkha's show in Sète earlier this year at the Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain in Sète, France, as part of Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival. If you like this, make sure you also check out his hilarious "Lapwing" video.



Shigeto live @ Worldwide Festival, Sète, France, 07.01.2014

This year, we made our dream come true: Go to Sète for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide festival! 2014 was the 9th edition, and it didn't disappoint. Finally got around to post some videos from there. First off: A part of Shigeto's set. Looks like he got quite a workout from playing the drums that day! Check out more from him at his web site and on Soundcloud.



NYC Winter Jazzfest 2014

We finally got around to post our videos from this year's Winter Jazzfest in NYC. As usual, it was a blast, actually bigger than ever this year with over 90 groups that played.

So it was clear that we had to make some decisions. On the first day, we went with someone we already knew: Takuya Kuroda on trumpet, whom we had seen before when he played with singer José James. Kuroda played songs from his debut album (highly recommended!) on Blue Note called Rising Son. On the video, they play a song called Mala. Check out Samora Pinderhughes' great keyboard solo starting at about 7:30!

Takuya Kuroda – trumpet
Corey King – trombone
Samora Pinderhughes – keys
Rashaan Carter – bass
Adam Jackson – drums





On the second day, we first went to see the amazing German sax player Angelika Niescier at The Bitter End. We were not at all disappointed!

Angelika Niescier – Sax
Chris Tordini – Bass
Tyshawn Sorey – Drums




Then we checked out singer Gretchen Parlato at (Le) Poisson Rouge, who was accompanied by the always amazing Mark Guiliana on drums. 

Gretchen Parlato – Vocals
Taylor Eigsti – Piano and Keys
Alan Hampton – Bass and Guitar
Mark Guiliana – Drums




Next on our list was NEXT Collective at the Blue Note, featuring 3-time Grammy nominated pianist Gerald Clayton. Really liked Matthew Stevens on guitar (check out his solo, which starts at about 3:55).

Gerald Clayton – Piano
Logan Richardson – Sax
Jamire Williams – Drums
Matthew Stevens – Guitar
Burniss Earl Travis – Bass



We stayed at the Blue Note, because the next group to play was an old favorite: Jason Lindner's Now vs. Now, who played songs from their new album called Earth Analog. It's just hard to find a label for what they do, and that's a good thing: It's somewhere in between electronica, rock and jazz. But whatever it is, even people who aren't into Jazz will likely love their stuff!

Jason Lindner – keyboards, musical director
Panagiotis Andreou – bass, vocals
Justin Tyson – drums