Butcher Brown’s Triple Trey Is Out Now

Butcher Brown’s big band jazz-themed album Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey Featuring Tennishu And R4ndzzo Big4nd has landed. The group’s rapper Tennishu had initially planned a straightforward hip-hop album but the direction changed and they made a collection inspired by both genres. Their cover of the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Unbelievable” combines both styles effortlessly.  The late Brooklyn MC’s song is the most accessible song on the album but the whole thing is an easy blend of rhyming with the band using the sound of a jazz orchestra to recreate electronic beats. Triple Trey has a visual component that embodies the spirit of jazz eclectism with artwork from Lou Beach who designed the cover for Weather Report’s 1977 fusion classic Heavy Weather and Butcher Brown’s previous #KingButch album. The vinyl version of Triple Trey will be released on November 11th in black and a limited edition blue which will have a 7″ with the 12″ containing two bonus songs, “Guitarmy” and “Peace.” This weekend they will perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival and next month they are part of the lineup at the Indy Jazz Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. They have also shared a video for “Breevin.'”


Ron Carter Documentary To Air On PBS

Ron Carter

Ron Carter: Finding The Right Notes will premiere on PBS in October. The documentary about one of jazz music’s most intriguing musicians will look at his life and 60-year career. Carter’s upright bass has traveled some of the most interesting spaces in music including the Miles Davis Quintet and being famously sampled by A Tribe Called Quest. He has recorded with Eric Dolphy, Wes Montgomery, B.B. King, Lena Horne and countless others. Jon Batiste, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, George Benson, Lenny White, Stanley Clarke, Buster Williams and Bill Frisell talk about their work with Carter in the film. 

Batiste says, [Mr. Ron Carter] is a man whose legacy reflects not only the challenges and successes he has faced over the past sixty years as an African-American artist, but the spirit of the African-American experience as a whole, in the trying, turbulent, and transformative times in which we live.” 

Ron Carter has been recognized for his work with six honorary doctorates, three Grammys and a Guinness World Record for being The Most Recorded Jazz Bassist. The legend explained his purpose in a press statement:

“I’m trying to find what the top of the mountain looks like, and the only way to get there is by playing every night like it’s my last chance to get this right. It’s getting to that place. It’s seeing the music still fight for survival, and I am still part of that. I mean how long do I want to continue to be fighting for the survival of music? Or be part of the struggle of people who are trying to make the music remain vital to someone else’s life. I’m not sure what I want to do, other than keep looking for the right notes.”

Ron Carter: Finding The Right Notes will debut on PBS October 21st at 9 PM ET. The documentary will be available for streaming on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO.

The Inaugural Jazz Music Awards Announces Its Nominees

The inaugural Jazz Music Awards will take place this year and creator and executive producer Wendy F. Williams has announced the recipients of six honorary awards and nominees for eight categories.  The Awards are divided into three categories; Innovator, Composer and Educator. Saxophonist and bandleader Wayne Shorter will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Dr. Lenora Helms Hammond will receive the Jazz Educator Award. 

Jean & Marcus Baylor, also known as The Baylor Project received three nominations for their release, Generations; along with Orrin Evans with two nominations for The Magic of Now and EEE (Eubanks-Evans-Experience) with well-known TV personality Kevin Eubanks; 2023 NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett with two nominations for Sounds From The Ancestors; eight-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Christian McBride with two nominations with his band Inside Straight for Live at the Village Vanguard; acclaimed jazz harpist Brandee Younger with two nominations for Somewhere Different; and contemporary jazz keyboardist Brian Culbertson with two nominations for The Trilogy Red. Contemporary flutist Ragan Whiteside, jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, and multi-instrumentalist and producer Ben Tankard are also among the nominees.

“We are honored to recognize and present a wide range of dynamic and innovative artists including our six award honorees and our thirty-three nominees. I am still amazed that in 2022, a dedicated global Jazz award show in North America has never been done at this level. I am thrilled that we can step into this space to honor and recognize musicians and the entire genre in this way. We are making history and we are just getting started,” says Wendy F. Williams, creator and executive producer of the Jazz Music Awards, as well as the General Manager of NPR-affiliate Jazz 91.9 WCLK. “Jazz music has been an essential part of the legacy of Jazz 91.9 WCLK, which will be celebrating fifty years on the air in 2024, from its home on the campus of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. By recognizing our honorees and nominees, we are giving thanks for their incredible artistry that furthers the richness of the Jazz tradition, which is integral to American music and culture.”

Ledisi, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ledisi, Lizz Wright and Jazzmeia Horn will perform under Terri Lyne Carrington’s musical direction. The ceremony will take place on October 22nd at the Cobb Energy Performance Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA. Tickets are on sale now and more information about the awards can be found at jazzmusicawards.com



The Baylor Project

Butcher Brown Rework A B.I.G. Classic For Their Upcoming Big Band Album

Butcher Brown takes on the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Unbelievable” for their upcoming big band album. The late Brooklyn rapper and producer DJ Premier crafted “Unbelievable” for B.I.G.’s 1994 Ready To Die debut album. Marcus “Tennishu” Tenney who raps B.I.G.’s verses had this to say about the song:

“This is one of my favorites from B.I.G.‘s catalog. This record to me is an example of what makes rap music special. This beat by DJ Premier is one of the greatest beats of all time and the way that the lyrics lay inside of the sections of the beat made it lock into a classic as soon as I heard it.”

Butcher Brown has been performing jazz and hip-hop-inspired music since they came along in 2014 with All Purpose Music. Their new project Butcher Brown Presents Trey featuring Tennishu And R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND started out as a hip-hop album but morphed into a tribute to big band jazz. The artwork was created by designer Lou Beach who designed the cover for Weather Report’s fusion classic Heavy Weather. The official release date is September 16th and vinyl copies will be available on November 11th.  The 12-inch vinyl comes with a 7-inch which has two additional songs, “Guitarmy” and “Peace.” 

The band will perform at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn on September 11th.