Afrolicious has established itself as both one of the most legendary weekly parties in San Francisco, and of the top live/electronic bands on the scene. Started as a weekly dance party featuring DJ's and brothers Pleasuremaker and Señor Oz alongside percussionists, MC's and horn players, and an amazing crowd from day one. Over the years it has evolved as founding DJ/Producer Pleausremaker (Joe McGuire) alongside brother Señor Oz (Oz McGuire) hooked up with some of the most exciting personalities in the Bay Area music scene and started writing original music under the alias Afrolicious.
Around 2010 the live Pleasuremaker band started including some of this new 'Afrolicious' material and added more of the percussionists and vocalists from the weekly party to form what is now the Afrolicious band. Between their weekly party and sound system shows that involve the brothers DJing alongside live percussion, they also have a 8-12 piece live band that emphasizes the organic elements, instrumentation, and energy of a live ensemble combined with club heavy beats and textures the weekly party has come to be known for. Afrolicious band and sound system have performed at such legendary venues as Red Rocks, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Electric Forest Festival, Snow Globe, Burningman, Sea of Dreams, The Independent, Great American Music Hall, Elbo Room in San Francsico (5 plus years weekly residency), Cielo, Nublu, Bembe, Zanzibar, Silent Frisco.
Afrolicious has played alongside such artists as Thievery Corporation, Jimmy Cliff, Fishbone, Balkan Beat Box, Rob Garza, Novalima, The Pimps of Joytime, Nickodemus, Johnny Osbourne, See-I, Ghostland Observatory, Beats Antique, J.Boogie, and DJ Smash.
Afrolicious remixes and original productions can be found on labels such as ESL Music, Six Degrees Records, Akwaaba Music, Bagpak Music and more.
Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.
The trio hails from diverse musical backgrounds, races and creeds. Female powerhouse Nikki Glaspie was Beyonce's world-touring drummer for five years before she joined Ivan Nevilles New Orleans funk outfit, Dumpstaphunk. Bassist Nate Edgar of Groovechild and John Browns Body perfectly compliments singer and guitarist Nick Cassarino who came from the Jennifer Hartswick Band and toured with Big Daddy Kane.
The Nth Power's 2013 independent EP, Basic Minimum Skills Test, showcases a first glimpse of the spark shared among the group, delivering gospel-style vocals with soul, jazz, funk and world-beat riffs in nearly mathematical fashion. They have followed up that release with a studio album in 2015 "Abundance" produced by Ira Schickman and live release "To Be Free" in 2016 recorded and mixed by Paul Diaz.
"It's my dream team," said Glaspie, "each one of us is a songwriter, so when we get together, everything becomes that much stronger." Beyond raw skill, however, Glaspie cites a deep spiritual connection as the glue that binds them together. "Music is what brought us together, but its the spiritual bond that makes us play so in touch with each other," she explained. And at the core of their vibe is a deviously simple concept the healing power of love.
The Nth Power's inspirational sets have floored audiences at music festivals like Electric Forest, Bear Creek, Catskill Chill and North Coast Music Festival. The band has been relentlessly touring and writing for the past 4 years since their inception and continue to grow in their mission as they spread love and healing through music across the land.
Although the band members are based across the East Coast, they maintain New Orleans as their spiritual home, and the celebratory essence of that city's music culture is audible in each performance.
Simply put, there is something pretty magical happening in this band, and they're only just getting started. "Were going as far as you can go on the planet Earth and playing music," explains Glaspie, "I don't know how many times we've said it we are so blessed."
Together, The Nth Power wants to change lives through a message of musical love and understanding.
A highly respected pianist and composer, Dan Siegel has 21 solo albums, and hundreds of other producing, arranging, composing and performing credits in his extensive recording career. Born in Seattle, Washington, and raised in Eugene, Oregon, Dan began piano lessons at age eight, and started performing professionally as lead singer and guitarist in a rock band at the age of 12. He holds a BS in Music Composition and a MM in Jazz Studies, and studied piano in Boston with the legendary Madam Chaloff.
After graduating from the University of Oregon, Dan began recording his own compositions with his band. In 1979 he was signed to Inner City Records, a New York based independent jazz label. His second album, The Hot Shot (1981), reached No.1 on the Radio & Records Jazz Chart and remained in Billboard's Top 10 selling Jazz albums for 10 weeks. In 1983 he moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and television work as well as a more active recording career. Since then, he has traveled and performed around the world in support of his numerous Top 10 recordings, and maintains a global audience.
Over the years, Dan's albums have provided an abundance of diverse material, from the electronic oriented Another Time, Another Place (1984), (with Patrick O'Hearn and Alex Acuna) which Keyboard Magazine called the best keyboard oriented fusion LP of the year, to the exotic world music direction of Hemispheres (1995), which features an ensemble of eclectic musicians including; Bela Fleck, Ottmar Liebert, Andy Narell, Osamu Kitajima, and Dori Caymmi, playing in unique and unlikely combinations. He has produced several other projects, one of which is the group Birds of a Feather, a gathering of world-renown musicians that has included Larry Carlton, Boney James and Ernie Watts. Dan is a frequent traveler to Asia and in 1995 went to Beijing, to record and produce China's first jazz band, Tien Square.
"One thing you can't dispute is Dan Siegel's serious dedication to the art of music. This is his life we're talking about. Composition, technique and performance are all equally important for different reasons to Siegel."
"Throughout the years, album after album, Siegel's musical expressions have sustained his audience and continue to draw more into the fold."
L.A. Jazz Scene
"A creator, an innovator, not a duplicator, Dan Siegel proves himself a master of multi-keyboard moods along with a sophisticated composition of rich, intricate jazz melodies."
"A quiet giant in the music industry, Siegel is one of the most respected and accomplished artists in contemporary jazz."
RAG Magazine Florida
"But every now and again, there comes an artist who has a magic formula that hits on all the cylinders of conveyance and interpretation."
"Dan could be one of the few remaining artists of his generation who has chosen not to compromise his approach to jazz for the sake of commercialization."
"Departure has all the characteristics of jazz that is not often heard in these days of what not to expect."
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Grammy-winning producer, drummer, and composer Barrett Martin returns with his future jazz ensemble and their 6th studio album, "Transcendence", to be released February 23rd, 2018 on Sunyata Records, Think Indie Distribution, and Sony/Orchard Digital Services. Produced by Barrett Martin and mixed by his production partner Jack Endino, the album features 15 songs that focus on the theme of spiritual evolution, while simultaneously fusing musical elements from around the world. The BMG ensemble makes music that often defies description, blending Jazz, African, Brazilian, and Cuban music, Ambient and Classical music, and a mixture of exotic percussion that ranges from Indonesian gongs and gamelans, to vibraphone, marimba, and even handmade instruments. As Barrett describes it, "Our music is a kind of sonic-painting for the mind, and that's really the best term I can use to describe it. It's rooted in Jazz, but it also has this sonic-sculpture-painting quality and it seems to resonate with people around the world, so I think we're on to something. Our live show is where it really comes to life."
The wide variety of musicians who play on the "Transcendence" album are some of the best from the American West Coast Jazz scene:
Paula Byrne's voice is like chilled champagne on a hot summer day. She moves easily between songs that are lush and beautiful to highly rhythmic, wild rides. Her sense of humor, revival of obscure songs and new twists on old standards keeps the audience engaged and enraptured.
Paula is eclectic in her choice of musicians with whom to perform, including many of Portland's best: Randy Porter, Gordon Lee, George Mitchell, Craig Bidondo, Joe Millward, Ron Steen, Dennis Caiazza, Rich Turnoy, Glenn Holstrom, Andrea Niemiec, Kevin Dietz, Christopher Woitach and Darin Clendenin, Matt Tabor, Craig Snazelle, Dave Captein, Vince Frates, Dan Gaynor, John Gilmore, Mike Horsfall, Greg Goebel, Dan Presley, Carlton Jackson, Gordon Lee, Todd Marston.
Born to a jazz drummer (father) and figure skater (mother), she has been a lover of music and movement since birth. Paula teaches dance locally and internationally, and has been a moving force in the dance scene in Portland since 1996. She is the creator of the Wild Grace™ and DanceQuest™ movement meditations, and is Founder of SomaSpace ~ Studio of Movement Arts in NE PDX.
Paula was an Oracle software developer in the corporate high-tech field for 20 years. She left that career in 2005 to devote herself full-time to her soul-work in assisting people to remember and reconnect to the body as a source of wisdom, pleasure and joy in the present moment.
Tezeta Band is the sound of nostalgia and soulful dance music. It is part jazz, part soul and part ancient Ethiopian melodies blended with the R & B music of the 1960's and 1970'sTezeta Band is the sound of nostalgia and soulful dance music. It is part jazz, part soul and part ancient Ethiopian melodies blended with the R & B music of the 1960's and 1970's. It comes from a period when the influential sounds of James Brown, Jackie Mittoo and John Coltrane melted together with Ethiopian tradition in the hot clubs and lounges of Addis Ababa.. It comes from a period when the influential sounds of James Brown, Jackie Mittoo and John Coltrane melted together with Ethiopian tradition in the hot clubs and lounges of Addis Ababa.
Trio Subtonic is a groove heavy power trio out of Portland, Oregon that blends genre bending funk with slow burning underground soul jazz. Led by keyboardist Galen Clark, Subtonic explores a coalescence of rock, soul, funk, hip hop and jazz that simultaneously draws in listeners and pushes boundaries. Creating a sonic footprint reserved for more than just three people, Subtonic delivers soulful grooves, expansive improvisations and a deep pocket that compels audiences to try dance moves they didn't know they had. Trio Subtonic consists of Galen Clark on keyboards, Bill Athens on bass and Russ Kleiner on drums. The group has performed with Dan Balmer, A Love Electric, JFJO, Scott Pemberton, D'Vonne Lewis, Michal Angela and more. Touring extensively on the West Coast, East Coast and in Mexico, Subtonic brings dynamic energy to festivals, jazz clubs and watering holes alike and has garnered admiration from a wide variety of fans and critics.
Prezident Brown is a Jamaican roots reggae artist who carries a universal message of love, consciousness and righteousness. Prez is a gifted vocalist who has been focusing on his calling as a singer from an early age. He has never wavered in his focus. Prez has been touring the US consistently for the last decade with his own band. He has headlined many festivals. Co-billing this tour is the artist Chezidek who is a roots singer from St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica
Prezident Brown is an influential musical spokesman and grassroots leader. His popularity is steadily on the rise as he continues to carry the musical torch in North America, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and beyond. Prezident Brown is a substantial musical messenger who has knowledge to share in his music. Prez is consistently a hard working artist, who keeps performing live and putting out new CD's that bring strength and encouragement to his listeners. Prezident Brown is a champion of the new roots and reality consciousness reggae movement that entertains, informs and inspires. Prez's releases are called To Jah Only, Generation Next and Prezident Brown - Showcase Volume One, Two, Three, 4 Health and Strength, Common Prosperity and I Sound is from Creation.
Chezidek is a roots and culture singer from St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica. Chezidek emerged on the scene in 2002 with his first album "Harvest Time" (Vp records), produced by Phillip "Fattis" Burrell (Exterminator Label). Chezidek's unique voice and melodies with cultural, spiritual and sometimes political topics earned him a place in the heart of Reggae fans worldwide. In 2004 Chezidek got his first hit song "Leave De Trees" a song he recorded for Hugh Miller (Our Promotion Labe). "Leave De Trees" topped the Reggae Charts and made him a house-hold name in the Reggae arena. In 2007 Chezidek released his 3rd album "Inna de Road" (Green Sleeves Records) produced by Bobby Konders of Massive B Records, with hits like "Inna De Road, Dem A Fight We and Call Pon Dem". This is one of the most loved albums in roots and culture music.
International Canadian artist Zahira and Northwest's premier Roots & Reggae band "Rising Buffalo Tribe" deliver a captivating performance combining elements of Reggae, Pop & Dub. Driven by soulful vocals, deep bass and dynamic guitar solos their original sound enchants the hearts and minds of listeners. Through their musical movement they support the awakening of humanity and unify the masses. Zahira has collaborated with several globally renowned artists including Luciano, Sly & Robbie, Don One, KRS-One, Bibi McGill (Music Director/Lead Guitar @ Beyonce), Yami Bolo, Red Fox, Indubious, Rocker-T, Jah Levi, Shimshai and Sol Seed.
Kenney Polson has steadily developed as an accomplished saxophonist/composer since the age of 13. His fluent musical styles include jazz, Latin, classical, new age, rhythm & blues, funk, and gospel. He attended Fresno City College in Fresno, California and earned an Associate of Arts Degree (Music). He studied at California State University- Fresno earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Music Education). Kenney has earned a Masters of Music Degree (Jazz Composition/Arranging) at Howard University in Washington, DC. He has also earned an Education Specialist degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Kenney has been involved as an educator during his musical career and has been sought as a clinician and also as an adjudicator for concert band and jazz band competitions. He has taught both public and private school in Fresno, California; Bogota, Colombia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Portland, Oregon. He has given clinics, performances, and lectures on jazz in Beijing, China. Kenney has recorded with some of the most famous jazz musicians of Brazil, of which many are represented at its release, "Paradise," that contains many of his compositions and arrangements.
Kenney's recording, "Paradise" Volume 1, is available worldwide right now. Go to iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Music, or any other major digital store to get your copy. You can also download it to your phone or go to online radio such as Spotify, iHeart Radio, Emusic, Rhapsody, Gracenote, #7 Digital, Target Music Radio, Yandex Music and listen there! Check out his videos on YouTube and other online video websites that feature smooth jazz. Look for his show at a location near you!
Seattle area native Mark Lewis is a well-traveled saxophonist and flutist who has created a large body of jazz music over the past four decades. He's been a part of jazz scenes from Seattle and San Francisco to Rotterdam and Paris. His new album, The New York Session, features piano legend George Cables, veteran bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis.
Born in Tacoma and raised on a farm outside of nearby Gig Harbor, Mark Lewis absorbed music from both sides of his family. His paternal grandmother was a concert pianist, and his maternal grandfather played saxophone (a C melody horn that Lewis started playing at age nine). Despite profound visual impairment, he had free run of the family hi-fi system and soaked up Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Art Tatum while investigating his parents' record collection. Lewis's waking hours were filled with music through his school years, and he went on to study composition, flute, electronic music, and piano at Western Washington University and the Cornish Institute of Allied Arts.
Settling in Seattle, Lewis started performing regularly at Norm Bobrow's Jazz at the Cirque showcase, and quickly found invaluable colleagues and mentors amongst resident masters like Art Foxall, Bea Smith, Dee Daniels, and Buddy Catlett. Drum master Otis "Candy" Finch, who moved to Seattle after a sterling New York career recording with heavyweights like Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie, recognized Lewis's budding talent and took him under his wing. He also encouraged him to get out of town, and in 1978 the 20-year-old saxophonist flew to Europe with a one-way ticket and his alto sax, $500 in his pocket, and virtually no contacts.
He ended up making Rotterdam his homebase for the next 14 years, and established himself as a vital force on the international jazz scene as a player, label owner, and producer. Building an extensive network of musical peers amongst Dutch players and American ex-pats ("Johnny Griffin got me my first gig in Europe," Lewis recalls), he maintained three working Dutch groups, including an organ trio with Carlo de Wijs; an experimental-minded quartet with Willem Kühne, James Long, and Frans van Grinsve; and a world-jazz quintet featuring musicians from India, Holland, West Africa, and South America.
Matador! Soul Sounds is a band loosely based on the concept of Spanish bullfighting. A common misconception in America is that bullfighting is a feat of one man versus one bull--in reality, bullfighting is largely a team effort by a matador and his cuadrilla.
Born from the vision of Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds) and Alan Evans (Soulive) their fierce cuadrilla consists of keyboardist Chris Spies and bassist Kevin Scott (Jimmy Herring) as the band's "banderilleros". Adding a feminine energy to the band are Adryon de León and Kimberly Dawson (Pimps of Joytime) on vocals. Combining the dynamism of each band leader, the music they have created is brand new, hard hitting and drenched with their shared musical passions - jazz, funk & soul.
The band made their official World Debut at Live for Live Music's Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 and will be touring in the spring of 2018 behind their first full length EP.
Hammond organist Joe Doria brings together some of the best of the NW music scene to create a powerful and jaw-dropping funk and jazz sound like you've never heard, exhibiting a mix of stellar musicianship, seasoned songwriting and deep groove where no musical stone gets unturned. McTuff is a movin' and groovin' adventure that you will not soon forget, featuring the impeccable Andy Coe on guitar and the incredible Tarik Abouzied on drums.