Robert Glasper Announces Month-Long Residency At The Blue Note Jazz Club

Robert Glasper will embark on a month-long residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York for all of October. Several colleagues and friends including Bilal, Terrace Martin, Chris Dave, Nicholas More »

Lando Chill: Peso Feat. Quelle Chris & REY

Lando Chill’s unconcerned rhyme flow matches well with The Lasso’s hazy production, Quelle Chris and REY on his new single “Peso.” The song will be on his upcoming third album Black Ego. More »

Marcus Machado Releases I Can’t Lose Featuring Jermaine Holmes

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Throwback: Graham Central Station-The Jam

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Robert Glasper Announces Month-Long Residency At The Blue Note Jazz Club

Robert Glasper will embark on a month-long residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York for all of October. Several colleagues and friends including Bilal, Terrace Martin, Chris Dave, Nicholas Payton and more are performing with Glasper. He is scheduled for 48 shows over 24 nights and there will be tributes to Miles Davis and jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller who passed in 2013. The residency represents each era of Glasper’s career, the various parts of his community and the influence of his collaborators on his creative spirit. Tickets are on sale now. See the full schedule below. 

                                              Robert Glasper Blue Note Residency Lineup 

                               Showtimes 8 PM & 10:30 PM ET 

October 2-7: Robert Glasper with Chris Dave & Derrick Hodge
October 9-10: Robert Glasper: Houston Nights featuring Kendrick Scott, Michael Moreno, Burniss Travis & Walter Smith
October 11-14: TO BE ANNOUNCED
October 16-17: Robert Glasper with Christian McBride & Nicholas Payton
October 18-21: Robert Glasper: Miles Davis Tribute “Everything’s Beautiful” with Bilal
October 23-24: Robert Glasper: Mulgrew Miller Tribute featuring Derrick Hodge & Rodney Green
October 25-28: Robert Glasper: R+R=NOW featuring Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin & Justin Tyson 
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Lando Chill: Peso Feat. Quelle Chris & REY

Lando Chill’s unconcerned rhyme flow matches well with The Lasso’s hazy production, Quelle Chris and REY on his new single “Peso.” The song will be on his upcoming third album Black Ego. The Chicago native who currently resides in Los Angeles explained the intentions behind the sound of “Peso” in a press release:

Lasso and I set out to create a soundscape that could be the canvas for both our southwest border influence & midwest origins, nestled between the experience of living as a person of color in a police state & the caution one must inherit in order to feel safe in a country that has yet to fully accept nor understand equality. The hood is as much the “frontline” as the border & reservations, as they all have been militarized against & oppressed by our government; through legislation, perception, & abhorrent action. Quelle Chris & Rey from Ojalá Systems round out the narrative; creating a kaleidoscope of wisdom & wariness that precedes what it means to be a person of color battered by the wage gap within the police state in which we reside.” 

Lando Chill’s Black Ego comes out October 12th. 

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Marcus Machado Releases I Can’t Lose Featuring Jermaine Holmes

Brooklyn-based guitarist, songwriter and producer Marcus Machado delivers his new single “I Can’t Lose” featuring Jermaine Holmes. His guitar carves out blues and soul to match the lyrics about struggle and then triumph. He is constantly compared to Jimi Hendrix and the influence is easily heard in his ability to make his instrument mimic human emotion. “I Can’t Lose” is leading up to the release of the Blue Diamonds film soundtrack in the fall that he scored. Machado released his debut EP in 2015 and is mostly known for playing with D’Angelo’s Vanguard band. Earlier this year, he was heard on the song “Goin’ Goin’ Gone” with Robert Glasper and Ro James from the Johnny Cash: Forever Words tribute album. This weekend he will perform at the Wimbash Music Festival in New Haven, CT. 

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Throwback: Graham Central Station-The Jam

Graham Central Station’s Ain’t No ‘Bout-A-Doubt was their third album and it went gold and produced their number one soul hit “Your Love.” Funk connoisseurs usually remember this album for “The Jam.” The almost 10-minute session of the band’s searing organ leading into everyone’s individual solos created one of the Graham Central Station’s perennial party records. Larry Graham’s childhood in a musical family and his previous life as a member of Sly & The Family Stone more than prepared him for the leadership of his own band. The slap-bass pioneer formed Graham Central Station in 1973 from the members of the band Azteca led by Neal Schon before he left to start the band Journey. Graham recorded 10 studio albums and three live recordings with them and still had a solo career in the ’80s most remembered for his song “One In A Million.” Larry Graham performed “The Jam” for Prince’s Rave Un2 The Joy 2000 concert and Graham Central Station opened for Prince on his 2011 Welcome 2 America Tour. Graham and his band still tour regularly and some millennials have come to know him because he is Drake’s uncle. 

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Why are international distributors refusing to take Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You because “Black movies” don’t do well internationally? 

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Will Denzel Washington take on any role for Antoine Fuqua’s Scarface remake? 

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