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Zo!, Carmen Rodgers, and Sy Smith Show Us Some California Love

Zo!, Carmen Rodgers, and Sy Smith Show Us Some California Love

Neo Soul Cafe is blessed and honored to share with you a video/short film (Directed by Shawn Carter Peterson) that showcases a few of our favorite artists, Zo! Sy Smith and Carmen Rodgers rocking out to their individual songs as a collective.

“California Love – A Triptych” – Zo!, Carmen Rodgers, Sy Smith
Director: Shawn Carter Peterson

In the spring of 2015, Zo!, Carmen Rodgers and Sy Smith came together as an underground soul power trio, playing live shows on the west coast for a stint they called the “California Love Tour”. Director Shawn Carter Peterson filmed the Los Angeles performance and created a beautiful long play video/short film, capturing the trio’s musical mastery and camaraderie in this presentation of three captivating singles from the show. Sy playfully flaunts her quick-paced scatting chops on “Personal Paradise”, Carmen drips with honey-coated cooing on “It’s Me”, and Zo! shows off his piano virtuosity with “Flight Of The Blackbyrd”. The acoustic set exhibits a beautiful simplicity of instrumentation; just piano (Zo!), upright bass (Maurice Ellis) and drums (Stacey Lamont Sydnor) which makes plenty of sonic room to experience the tunes stripped all the way down. And just like the human form, these tunes are even better naked. Check out the video below …. Enjoy!

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Sy Smith Does Carnegie Hall

Sy Smith Does Carnegie Hall

syatcarnegie1It’s a performer’s dream to grace the stage of the World renowned Carnegie Hall. Something about your performance there screams to the World that you have made it! Many greats have performed on that stage. We can add to that list the incomparable Sy Smith. Sy performed with The New York Pops under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke and guest artists Montego Glover and Capathian Jenkins.

The orchestra paid homage to Billie Holiday during this centennial year of her birth and other groundbreaking icons of American popular song, from Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughan to Dinah Washington.

Sy Smith stated, “I can’t even begin to explain how it felt to be on stage with Steven Reineke, The New York Pops, Montego Glover and Capathian Jenkins in NYC tonight at Carnegie Hall. I’m overwhelmed, humbled, high and possibly hallucinating… But this is an all-natural feeling that can only come from the magic of the stage. What a blessing! What a monumental performance! My heart is so full of love right now.”

sysyatcarnegieNeedless to say the soul community is more than proud of Sy Smith. Check out how our sister let the world have it in The New York Pops Sophisticated Ladies Performance…. Check out the snippet from the performance below. Enjoy!

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