Over the weekend, The Neo Soul Cafe, celebrated the birthday of the one and only DJ Frances Jaye. The party was held on Saturday 1.21.12 at the beautiful Dallas Contemporary Museum… The Party was hosted by the legendary Spinderella, with performances by Choklate, Slakah The Beatchild and Yahzarah. There was four DJ’s spinning, DJ M*Knight, DJ Ant D, DJ Jay Clipp, and DJ Viz The night was magical. So many of Frances friends were unable to celebrate with her. Here are a few birthday greetings we’d like to share with you….Read More
Hey Everyone, Indaba music is sponsoring a remix context. Remix Robert Glasper’s song “Move Love” to win $500 and a royalty-free one of a kind piano sample from Robert himself. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $500, a recorded piano sample by Robert Glasper to use royalty-free in an original composition and an autographed copy of Black Radio. There will also be 10 Honorable Mention prizes. The winners will receive an autographed copy of Black Radio.
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Legendary singer Etta James lost her battle with leukemia today at the age of 73. Etta’s health began to decline last year when she was was diagnosed with leukemia and a blood infection. She also reportedly suffered from dementia and kidney failure.
Born Jamesetta Hawkins, Etta began singing in church at age 5. During her teens she was the lead singer for a doo wop group Peaches, and recorded her first #1 song, “The Wallflower (Dance with Me Henry).” Shortly after this she attracted the attention of Little Richard who invited James to go on tour with him. This led to Etta’s legendary career as a soul singer. Ms James had a number of R&B hits however the most notable of all was “At Last” Rest In Peace Ms James…
New York-born, Funk legend, Jimmy Castor succumbed to cancer January 16, 2012 in Henderson Nevada. Jimmy Castor was 64. He got his start in New York as a street performer. He formed his own group as a teenager. Castor wrote the song “I Promise to Remember” and recorded it with his first group, the Juniors. It was later made famous by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers. He sang briefly with Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers and enjoyed his greatest success in the 1970’s with his group Jimmy Castor Bunch. He was the genius behind hits like “Bertha Butt Boogie” & “Troglodyte” their biggest hit, “Troglodyte (Cave Man),” was a million-seller in the summer of 1972 and had a half-spoken lyric that helped paved the way for rap. Jimmy’s records have been sampled by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Eric B and Rakim, N.W.A., Big Daddy Kane, Jungle Bros. (the piano riff in “J Beez Comin’ Through”), Beastie Boys (“Hold It, Now Hit It” features a sample of Castor screaming, “Yo, Leroy!”). Castor’s “The Bertha Butt Boogie,” makes an appearance in Ice Cube’s track “Friday.” And Kanye West understood Castor’s allure, using the Jimmy Castor Bunch’s version of “I Just Wanna Stop” to build his early track “We Don’t Care.”
The list goes on, Check out Jimmy during his hey day….Read More
Grammy-winning bassist Esperanza Spalding. has just announced a tour to accompany her sophomore CD Radio Music Society due to be released this spring. Esperanza‘s 1st CD Chamber Music Society was the #1 biggest selling Contemporary Jazz Album of 2011. It is rumored that each of the songs on the new CD will be accompanied by a video. We look forward to seeing the concept and artistry created by Esperanza the brightest new star on the horizon. The following dates have been announced. Don’t miss her when she comes to your city.
April 18 – Buffalo, NY – Center for the Arts
April 19 – Cleveland, OH – Metro Campus Auditorium
April 21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
April 22 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
April 24 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
April 25 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
April 27 – Hollywood, CA – The Music Box
April 28 – Phoenix, AZ – JW Desert Ridge Jazz Festival
May 1 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
May 2 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
May 3 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
May 5 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
June 30 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts CenterRead More