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Teedra Moses just dropped some free mixtape fire – Luxurious Undergrind. Link and Download:

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When Rick Ross reached out to and signed the overly talented Teedra Moses to his ever expanding Maybach Music Label, I was cautiously excited to see where it went… and how long it was going to take to get some new music out of her. Impressive to say the least, Teedra drops an impressive EP within a few weeks of signing. Great sign of her getting down to work, After downloading and thoroughly investigating said EP/Mixtape, I can basically guarantee that its worth your time. Click here to catch the download, and enjoy.


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July 6, 2011 at 8:00 am

Alice Russell's version of "Crazy" is the only version of the song that matters, Really.

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Random short posts, because this woman is amazing.
Alice Russell is one of the ILLEST in the game right now, and ya’ll arent even paying attention. Just please. Go check out my previous geekery on Alice here, download those links I gave you, and understand that I only pick winners.


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July 3, 2011 at 1:02 am

Video | Photo: The Roots Live @ The Playboy Jazz Festival.

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(Before you do anything… Hit a like button up there for me. Then go leave a comment. Don’t let me have installed Disqus for nothing. lol.)
So remember when I told you about The Roots headlining the Playboy Jazz Festival? Yeah, I made it out. And here is all the awesome proof.

By the way… check out Slidedeck. Its the truth and the future. I know the photos dont fit into the format yet (still working on it), but if you want to see the picture in full, all you have to do is click on it and it will take you to the full photo.
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Also, an interesting interview with Questlove regarding The Roots leading such a prominent jazz festival. I mean, since The Legendary are basically a Jazz Band that do hip hop, I don’t understand what the problem is. Yeah, some of the 60+ got up and left… but they were like, 60. No offense. (And thanks euroweb for featuring my video.)

But really, the YouTubes should give you an ideal of what a fun time it was. Everything I have is up on my YouTube page for you to see.
The best part? The Gil Scott-Heron Cover of “The Bottle” with Terrance Blanchard on the horns. Wow.
Second to that… the lead in from Bob James and Fourplay doing “Westchester Lady,” which led right to The Roots set. Dopeness.

The Roots and Terrance Blanchard: Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Bottle”

….The start of the show… Bob James and Fourplay do “Westchester Lady” before The Roots tear the roof off.

…and here we go.

..and there you go. I didn’t even go to this thing with the intent of recording. I was on my 3rd glass of chardonnay. So its not the greatest stability in the camera. But I hope you semi-enjoy.
Leave a comment in the awesome discuss feature for me, and spread the word.

The Roots to play the Playboy Festival with Buddy Guy and Bob James? I'm on it like white on rice. Links:

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Okay. So Its The Roots Crew, Buddy Guy and Diane Reeves headlining the Playboy Jazz Festival. I had multiple musical orgasms; immediately blew monthly budget to purchase tickets. And when the line up looks like this… and you know how much we LOVE JAZZ? Yeah. I’m there. Possibly with the video camera.

Saturday, June 11, 2011, 3:00P.M.-11:00P.M.
(Artist line-up, subject to change)

*Dianne Reeves
*The Roots with special guest Terrence Blanchard
*FourPlay featuring Bob James, Nathan East, Chuck Loeb and Harvey Mason
*Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra
*SFJAZZ Collective Celebrating the Music of Stevie Wonder featuring Stefon Harris, Avishai Cohen, Greg Osby, David Sanchez, Robin Eubanks, Edward Simon, Matt Penman and Eric Hardland
*A Night In Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans featuring Rebirth Brass Band with special guest Donald Harrison Jr., Kermit Ruffins, Dr. Michael White, and Big Sam Williams
*Cos of Good Music featuring Geri Allen, George Bohanon, Dwayne Burno, Ndugu Chancler, Anat Cohen, and Babatunde Lea Ambrose Akinmusire
*The LAUSD All City High School Big Band under the direction of Tony White and JB Dyas

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 3:00P.M.- 10:30P.M.
(Artist line-up, subject to change)

*Buddy Guy
*Lee Konitz New Quartet
*John Scofield and Robben Ford
*Naturally 7
*Harmony 3 with Ronnie Laws, Stanley Jordan, and Walter Beasley
*Geri Allen and her Timeline Band
*Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute to James Brown featuring Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Vusi Mahlasela
*Bill Cunliffe and The Resonance Big Band with Mariam Petrescu in a Tribute to Oscar Peterson
*Carlos Varela
*Pullum High School Jazz Big Band under the direction of Fernando Pullum

Bill Cosby, returns as Master of Ceremonies. Hugh M. Hefner, Executive Producer, Richard Rosenzweig, President, Playboy Jazz Festival, George Wein, Producer Emeritus, and Darlene Chan and FestivalWest Inc., Producer, Playboy Jazz Festival.

Yes. We will be there.

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June 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

Yay. @MissJillScott announces Tour Dates for "Light Of The Sun." Links and Dates:

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Swipe from SoulCulture:

I'm copying this outfit.

Just two weeks away from the release of her fourth studio album, The Light of the Sun, the beautiful Jill Scott has announced that she will embark on a sixteen date tour, called the Jill Scott Summer Block Party.
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June 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Zoowax = Nine to Five. Link:

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Cute Look.

Made up of the awesomeness that is The Park Jazz Band and the talent of Ms Novena “BabyStone” Carmel…. Zoowax releases their first video for their first single, “Nine to Five.” All about leaving the everyday life for your extraordinary dreams, this video is filmed partially at my favorite Jazz/Kickin It spot, Angel’s out on Wilshire and 26th. Loving it muchly. Zooming right past Retro and headed straight for 20s flapper girl, you know I’m going to love the old school theme behind this cute lil video. Play it for me and let me know what you think.

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May 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Dear Internets. The D’Angelo Album is REAL. Let me attempt to prove it to you (Part Two):

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Remember when I was telling you the D’Angelo Album is Real? Yeah. More Proof.

If you didn’t believe me, the backtracking, general watching, and the fact that a good friend is actually in the middle of mastering this album… then lets go ahead and get the clear and precise Questlove internet statments on top of all of that.

Coming from my friend Andrew and Gedi over at Prefix and Potholes, they went ahead and pointed out some awesomeness at The Urban Daily and on Facebook that I somehow missed out on… and awesome little quip that basically verifies everything I’ve been saying for the last few months, including the people who are involved in it.  Yay for facebook screenshots. Awesome. Click the links if you want more.


Yeah, I should have posted this up ages ago, but Computer Armageddon folks. Still catching up. Still important to post up and update you on, since, you know. I kinda love this dude regardless.

Please let this be good.


The amazing @AdrienneWrites sits down with @IamAnitaBaker for a quick catch-up on The New Album.

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This is a really great short feature you should check out right quick. Ms. Adrienne had a chance to sit with Anita Baker and get some great basic info on what shes been up to, the new album and its features, and much more.

I’ll just go ahead and post up the photo, you can have all the fun. Thanks, For Anita Baker Fans.

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April 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Ummm, That new Sade is pretty Awesome. Listen. "Love Is Found." Link:

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I can work through computer armageddon when its Sade.
Sade is one of the greatest bands of all time.
Note that I said BANDS. Of ALL TIME. Google It.

Continuing her recent streak of win, Sade release a new single (for what, I dont know. Who cares. Its New Sade) for what I’m hoping will be a new album. If it is, I’ll be shocked, as Sade is known for taking 5 year breaks in between her recording awesomes.

With a wonderful jazzified symphonic introduction that leads into a pulsating beat and deep driving bass line that pretty much catches your attention instantly, it becomes very hard for me to hide my total fanboy appreciation for this woman and her musical career.


Anita Baker and Lalah Hathaway Surprise Appearance with Rachelle Ferrell @ The Catalina Jazz Club. Video Clips and Photos:

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