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AZANIA AT THE APOLLO MUSIC CAFÉ – AFRICA NOW!

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We were recently introduced to an extraordinary talent, the globally successful Azania from Sierre Leone, West Africa who now lives right here in our beloved Harlem.  If you want to experience a truly gifted vocalist, you can come to see Azania in the flesh at the APOLLO this Saturday, April 5th at 10 pm.  She will be performing at the Apollo Music Café a variety of soulful originals (visit her website and iTunes link below) along with music from her new album to be released this year.  The Opening Acts: Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew will begin the show.

Tickets are still on sale but going fast.  For ticket information and to read more about Azania please see her Press Release below.  See you this Saturday night at the show!

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PRESS RELEASE: AZANIA

INTERNATIONAL SOUL SONGSTRESS AZANIA LIGHTS UP THE APOLLO MUSIC CAFE!

Date: 03.20.2014
New York, NY

Tickets are now on sale for Azania’s highly anticipated concert at the Apollo Music Cafe on Saturday, April 5th at 10:00pm at 253 West 125th St. in New York City. She’s headlining in the Apollo’s Africa Now! festival. Azania’s award-winning and powerful voice has been described as a mixture of Whitney Houston, Adele and Rachelle Ferrell, that moves her audiences to tears and brings them to their feet uplifted by her energy and joyful spirit. Her rich music is a blend of soul, jazz and funk interlaced with beautiful ballads, and her meaningful lyrics carry insightful messages.

Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, Azania has been lighting up stages in Europe, the U.S., Africa and Asia for over 15 years. She has been invited to sing in legendary venues, such as the Blue Note jazz club in New York, as well as in world-renown music festivals such as Montreux Jazz, and has entertained the Presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Malawi.

This concert will feature songs from her highly-acclaimed album, “Rising”, as well as new songs to be released this year on her next album. She will be accompanied by: Shawn Whitley (bass), Justin Mathews (guitar), Lucianna Padmore (drums), Yeissonn Villamar (keyboards), and Gbianka Kotee & Staren Soanes (vocals).

The Apollo Music Cafe is located at: 253 West 125th Street in New York City. Tickets can be purchased online here: www.apollotheater.org/apollo-music-cafe, or for $20 at the door.

For live videos, music, photos, concert dates and more info about Azania, please visit: www.azania.com

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TICKETS

AFRICA NOW! FESTIVAL

APOLLO – LONG LIVE THE MUSIC – Azania Info/tickets

AZANIA IN ESSENCE 

A sample of Azania on iTunes “Looking Ahead

SOUL (two) MIX – New Podcast

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Everything’s better with a little soul on it!  A follow up podcast to SOUL (one), comes SOUL (two) with more r&b, soul, some hip hop and classics.  As with the first one, we never work up to a house beat with this mix either.  But the downbeat grooves blended with the old school tracks will keep you satisfied from start to finish.

On this mix you can expect to hear Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Sade, Tribe Called Quest, Mary J Blige, Wyclef Jean, Fantasia, Missy Elliott, Faith Evans, John Legend, Caron Wheeler, Common, Aretha Franklin, Notorious B.I.G., Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Angie Stone and more.

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Playlist:

1) Too High
2) You Got Me (Remix)
3) Umm Hmm
4) Free (Mashup Mix)
5) Lovers Rock (Original)
6) Word Play (Special Extended Vocal/Beats Mix)
7) Land of the Kings (Instrumental Dub)
8) King & Queen (feat. Wyclef Jean)
9) Without Me (feat. Kelly Rowland)
10) Can’t Stay Away (feat. Keyshia Cole)
11) The Impossible
12) Soul
13) Angel (Interlude) [feat. Stacy Barthe]
14) Another Star (Remix feat. Caron Wheeler)
15) Let It Go
16) 8 Minutes to Sunrise
17) Real Love (Remix) [feat. The Notorious B.I.G.)
18) Wonderful (Original Extended Mix)
19) They Said You Needed Me
20) Move Me No Mountain
21) I Want You (With Michael McDonald)
22) I Ain’t Hearin’ U (Vocal Edit Mix)

Sunday Jazz Corner with Jimmie Lunceford

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James Melvin “Jimmie” Lunceford (June 6, 1902 – July 12, 1947) was an American Jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader in the swing era.

Jimmie Lunceford is the odd man out in jazz history. This bandleader made no waves with his musicianship – his preferred instrument was the conductor’s baton – and he possessed neither the elegance of Ellington nor the hipster hauteur of Calloway. But Lunceford knew how to entertain an audience, and he led one of the finest jazz bands of the 1930s. When Lunceford’s ensemble took a booking at the Cotton Club, following in the footsteps of Cab and the Duke, dancers would hardly have missed a beat. “Harlem Shout” demonstrates the core virtues of this orchestra: its swinging riff-based charts, its hot and polished section work, and (another calling card of Lunceford’s bands) high-note trumpet theatrics, provided here by Paul Webster. Like a hearty band of soldiers, this ensemble always maintained discipline under fire, and there was inevitably plenty of hot stuff around when folks like Sy Oliver and Eddie Durham were handing out the parts. Perhaps if Lunceford had lived longer – he died, reportedly of a heart attack (although under suspicious circumstances), at age 45 – he might have been fêted as elder statesman of jazz. But, as it stands, he is little more than a half-remembered name for most younger jazz fans. Tis pity, ’cause this band was sublime.  Reviewer Credit: Ted Gioia

Read Wikipedia on Jimmie Lunceford stating rumors about his death (suspicious circumstances) that he was actually poisoned in Seaside, Oregon by a restaurant owner.

Tain’t What You Do – Jimmie Lunceford

Jimmie Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra 1936 (LIVE)

Harlem Shout – Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra

SOUL (one) Podcast

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In honor of Black History Month and Valentine’s Day for the month of February “SOUL (one)” celebrates a compilation of soul, soul and more soul!  Nothing fancy, no tricks or DJ effects just raw talent.  The mix flows pretty smoothly throughout with back to back downtempo grooves ending with a couple ballads including “A Song For You” by Donny Hathaway.  Check out the playlist below and hopefully “your song” is somewhere in the mix.  If not I definitely have enough material for a SOUL (two) & (three) mix.  Hopefully in March & April.

Celebrate Black History Month… and have a soulful, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Playlist –
1) Worth It – Faith Evans
2) I’m Not Perfect – Missy Elliott ft. the Clark Sisters
3) Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away – Stevie Wonder
4) Fall In Love (Your Funeral) – Erykah Badu
5) Got 2 Be Down – Robin Thicke ft. Faith Evans
6) Nothing Can Come Between Us – Sade
7) Good Woman Down (special edit) – Mary J. Blige
8) I’m Still In Love With You – Al Green
9) Fool For You – Alice Smith
10) Georgy Porgy (original mix) – Eric Benet
11) Heard It All Before (extended) – Sunshine Anderson
12) Changes I’ve Been Going Through (original) – Mary J. Blige
13) Better and Better – Eric Benet
14) Do Your Time – Faith Evans
15) Moon Blue (Special Edit Mix) – Stevie Wonder
16) You And I – Vesta (RIP Vesta)
17) Heartbreak Hotel – Whitney Houston w/ Kelly Price & Faith (RIP Whitney)
18) A Song For You – Donny Hathaway