Daily Archives: April 11, 2018

Andy Stokes Shares New Single Best Day Ever

Andy Stokes has been representing R&B as an underground artist in the northwest for more than three decades. Through the years he has toured with George Clinton, Michael Bolton, The Temptations and more. “Best Day Ever” is from his forthcoming EP Now. Snoop Dogg and DJ Battlecat are among the artists who appear on Now. “Best Day” is undiluted R&B that will build eagerness for the EP’s release. 


Adrian Younge Uncovers Video For Stranger By The Sea

 Adrian Younge’s singers Brooke DeRosa and Rebecca Englehart are the focal point of the “Strangers By The Sea” video. The two women stare up into the sky while lying down and imagining a kiss from an unknown person. Younge’s Voices Of Gemma is out now. If you are in the Los Angeles area you can see Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad’s DJ set for a party honoring the late Luther Vandross April 19th at Lodge Room. 


Vocalist Sandra Booker Tributes Sarah Vaughan At Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Jazz Grill


Los Angeles – When jazz vocalist Sandra Booker first burst onto the Los Angeles music scene in the 90’s, the comparisons to the legendary Sarah Vaughan came fast and furious. Her stirring, soulful renditions didn’t just mimic the melodious icon, they seemed to channel her. On Sunday, April 22, Booker will pay a unique homage to her muse with “Forever Sassy: The Divine Music of Sarah Vaughan” at the popular performance venue, the Vibrato Jazz Grill.  Described as a love letter to one of the great ladies of swing, scat, and song, Booker now sadly shares more in common with Vaughan than she had initially dreamed.
Vaughan passed away from lung cancer in April of 1990. Booker is currently in her own battle with the deadly disease. Her loving tribute is slated to benefit Jazz Musicians Against Cancer. A premier jazz and dining space, Vibrato Jazz Grill, owned by music industry icon Herb Alpert, is located at 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Los Angeles. The show will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets to the show are available at  www.vibratogrilljazz.com or by calling (310) 474-9400.
Booker will pay reverence to Vaughan, known as the “Queen of Bebop,” with royal treatment. The high-octane musical celebration will honor the magnificent voice, style and career of Vaughan with feature selections spanning the diva’s 40 plus year career, covering the familiar to more obscure numbers. Joining Booker is her “5tet” featuring Andy Langham on piano, Edwin Livingston on electric and acoustic bass, Tony Pulizzi playing guitar, and Thomas White on drums. 

Third Man Records To Release Jazz Dispensary’s First Private Stock Installment For 4/20

Cannabis industry partner SPARC and the Jazz Dispensary label will celebrate 4/20 with the first installment in their Private Stock series. The record will be available exclusively at SPARC’s four dispensary outlets in California. Third Man Records will press 500 limited copies of the disc that has “Mary Jane” by Bobby Rush on side A and “Fire Eater” by Rusty Bryant on side B. 

The record will retail for $15 on April 20th and those who spend $125 on cannabis goods will get a $5 discount and customers spending $200 or more will get it for free. 

For more information about SPARC check out their site and go to Jazz Dispensary.com to learn more about the label. 


Kid Koala Shares Floor Kids Megamix

Kid Koala shares an 18-minute megamix of music from his Floor Kids Original Video Game Soundtrack. The hip-hop DJ and producer created the mix after he received test pressings of the soundtrack on vinyl, he says, 

“This is a live mix that will give you a taste of some of the grooves and battle tracks on the record. I labeled the 12 o’clock point on each record with some stickers and just hit record, needle dropping, quick cueing, and back spinning loops as you would do when deejaying at a break battle. There are also a few spoken word elements from the games story cutscenes scratched in there, which reveal some of the in-game philosophy that will help you become a better player/dancer/human!”

The Floor Kids album will be released on April 27th and Kid Koala’s Vinyl Vaudeville: Floor Kids Edition tour begins April 26th in Canada. 

                                        Kid Koala Tour Dates 

4/26: Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre

4/27: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club Theatre

4/28: Detroit, MI @ El Club

4/29: Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom

4/30: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar Cultural Center

5/3: Seattle, WA @ Neumos

5/4: Vancouver, BC @ Venue

5/5: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

5/7: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

5/8: Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater

5/10: Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

5/12: Austin, TX @ 3TEN ACL

5/13: Dallas, TX @ AT&T Performing Arts Center

5/15: Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

5/16: Washington, DC @ Union Stage

5/17: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

5/18: Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere Hall

5/19: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair