More jazz than you know what to do with!

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But don’t worry, we are here to help: Seems like the jazz community is flooding Providence with plenty of good vibes lately. So far I’ve heard about two new regular jazz events coming soon, we just help restart the jazz jam over at Aurora, and we have AS220 booked through April. With all this happening and so much more to come, how can you possibly decide who and what to go see?! Well, in case you needed a hand, here are a few things coming up that I’m sure you all will love.
 

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Finally, on September 27th at Aurora in downtown Providence - after almost a year of refining and waiting - Milkbread is ready to release our collaboration album with local MC Zumo Kollie. This album is a culmination of the efforts of several talented local musicians, producers, visual artists who wanted to make the most killin hip-hop EP possible. It was recorded at Studio Mustard in Providence over the course of an October weekend last year and has since been mixed by Nick Sollecito and Andrew Brown into what has become our proudest project to date. We in Milkbread composed and performed the beats while Zumo wrote and delivered his brilliant lyrics. For our September 27th show at Aurora (276 Westminster St.) we will have a limited run of physical CDs that were created by local designer Shelley Kornatz and feature photographs by Payam Fahr and Tyler Haft. Only 100 will be produced at this time so be sure to pick yours up when you can. Doors open at 6pm and admission is only $5. We will be performing the entire five track album, along with a couple choice originals from Milkbread and Zumo Kollie’s latest recordings. This is hip-hop done right and live music at its finest. Join us to celebrate and enjoy the fruits of the labor and creativity inspired by our city, and the collaboration that it made possible.

milkbreadmusic:

Finally, on September 27th at Aurora in downtown Providence - after almost a year of refining and waiting - Milkbread is ready to release our collaboration album with local MC Zumo Kollie. This album is a culmination of the efforts of several talented local musicians, producers, visual artists who wanted to make the most killin hip-hop EP possible. It was recorded at Studio Mustard in Providence over the course of an October weekend last year and has since been mixed by Nick Sollecito and Andrew Brown into what has become our proudest project to date. We in Milkbread composed and performed the beats while Zumo wrote and delivered his brilliant lyrics. 

For our September 27th show at Aurora (276 Westminster St.) we will have a limited run of physical CDs that were created by local designer Shelley Kornatz and feature photographs by Payam Fahr and Tyler Haft. Only 100 will be produced at this time so be sure to pick yours up when you can. 

Doors open at 6pm and admission is only $5. We will be performing the entire five track album, along with a couple choice originals from Milkbread and Zumo Kollie’s latest recordings. 

This is hip-hop done right and live music at its finest. Join us to celebrate and enjoy the fruits of the labor and creativity inspired by our city, and the collaboration that it made possible.

On September 20th we will be bringing the good jazz to The Spot Underground all night long, including a slick jam session at the end. Joining me as “loose ends” will be my pals Paul DiMartino, Sam Kurzontowski, and Tom White.
Going to be a killin’ night so please come on by and support live, local, original jazz!

On September 20th we will be bringing the good jazz to The Spot Underground all night long, including a slick jam session at the end. Joining me as “loose ends” will be my pals Paul DiMartino, Sam Kurzontowski, and Tom White.

Going to be a killin’ night so please come on by and support live, local, original jazz!

isthisjazz:

Starting on September 10th, there will be a brand new monthly jazz jam taking place at Aurora in Providence. This event will be held on the second Wednesday of every month and will feature a house band made up of great local talent, and will be hosted by your’s truly. Here is the official press release:
“Providence—Jazz fans and musicians of all ages are invited to an inaugural jazz jam on September 10th from 8 pm to 11 pm.  The jam will be hosted by Aurora, at 276 Westminster St in downtown Providence, on the second Wednesday of each month.
Leading off as the house band will be Leland Baker on tenor sax, Clay Nordhill on guitar, Sam Kurzontkowski on bass, and Jungho Kang on drums.  Well known for their compelling original compositions, they are versed as well in the standards.  ’Standards are a integral part of the jazz tradition. A lot of the jazz master first perfected the “language” over tunes from the American song book before creating original compositions.’, said Baker.
Ben Shaw, who hosts the bimonthly series Is this Jazz? at AS220, will MC to ensure a smooth exchange of musicians with the house band.  ’It’s an honor to support this effort to fill the void after the great Roots Cafe closed’, said Shaw.
Aurora has all three music licenses so all jazz standards can be played with full due to their composers.  The house band will rotate monthly to accommodate an array of jazz styles, and to showcase different musicians.  A $5 donation will support the house musicians and MC.”
I am truly blessed and excited to be a part of this exciting new thing happening in our city. However, know that while this will go on as long as it possibly can, that it is 100% dependant on having you all attend and show this town how much we long for a thriving jazz scene. Please come down to join and jam with us, we need your support to make this a success!

isthisjazz:

Starting on September 10th, there will be a brand new monthly jazz jam taking place at Aurora in Providence. This event will be held on the second Wednesday of every month and will feature a house band made up of great local talent, and will be hosted by your’s truly. Here is the official press release:

Providence—Jazz fans and musicians of all ages are invited to an inaugural jazz jam on September 10th from 8 pm to 11 pm.  The jam will be hosted by Aurora, at 276 Westminster St in downtown Providence, on the second Wednesday of each month.

Leading off as the house band will be Leland Baker on tenor sax, Clay Nordhill on guitar, Sam Kurzontkowski on bass, and Jungho Kang on drums.  Well known for their compelling original compositions, they are versed as well in the standards.  ’Standards are a integral part of the jazz tradition. A lot of the jazz master first perfected the “language” over tunes from the American song book before creating original compositions.’, said Baker.

Ben Shaw, who hosts the bimonthly series Is this Jazz? at AS220, will MC to ensure a smooth exchange of musicians with the house band.  ’It’s an honor to support this effort to fill the void after the great Roots Cafe closed’, said Shaw.

Aurora has all three music licenses so all jazz standards can be played with full due to their composers.  The house band will rotate monthly to accommodate an array of jazz styles, and to showcase different musicians.  A $5 donation will support the house musicians and MC.”

I am truly blessed and excited to be a part of this exciting new thing happening in our city. However, know that while this will go on as long as it possibly can, that it is 100% dependant on having you all attend and show this town how much we long for a thriving jazz scene. Please come down to join and jam with us, we need your support to make this a success!

milkbreadmusic:

Our session at Q Division Studios in Boston this past Thursday was perfect. We spent the day hanging out with some killer guys in an insane studio making music that we couldn’t be more proud to call ours. We had the chance to play with some crazy gear (a real Neve console!), worked with some top notch pros, and came away with what could possibly be our best track that we have ever produced. Many thanks to Converse and Rubber Tracks for having us and for allowing us the opportunity to make this thing with them. Go grab some ballin’ new kicks from them today and please support everything these guys do because they are going way out of their way to make sure that independent music gets the support it needs. 
We are truly blessed guys right now.
We are giving it a listen to see if there is anything we want to mess with on the recording, but when it’s finalized and ready we will get it out to you all immediately. You will dig this track.

milkbreadmusic:

Our session at Q Division Studios in Boston this past Thursday was perfect. We spent the day hanging out with some killer guys in an insane studio making music that we couldn’t be more proud to call ours. We had the chance to play with some crazy gear (a real Neve console!), worked with some top notch pros, and came away with what could possibly be our best track that we have ever produced. Many thanks to Converse and Rubber Tracks for having us and for allowing us the opportunity to make this thing with them. Go grab some ballin’ new kicks from them today and please support everything these guys do because they are going way out of their way to make sure that independent music gets the support it needs. 

We are truly blessed guys right now.

We are giving it a listen to see if there is anything we want to mess with on the recording, but when it’s finalized and ready we will get it out to you all immediately. You will dig this track.

Summertime…and it’s hot as hell!

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Yep, pretty much sums it up: but lest we forget how cold the winter was, so really this isn’t too shabby! Hope you all are doing well. This far I’ve had a fairly busy couple months so I apologize that my correspondences haven’t been timely. However, we do have some great music coming up over the next several months so strap in and get your date books out!

First of all I need to say that our last show was astoundingly attended. We had a lot of people come through, check out the sounds happening on stage, and at the end of the night the musicians got to go home with some decent bread for their efforts. So a sincere thank you to all who came and helped make last show by far one of our most successful nights. If you weren’t there, you missed your chance to see People Of The Way play a killer debut set that showed us all that no matter how long you’ve been doing it or playing together as long as you remain authentic to your sound you can craft beauty. Kamchatka was also outstanding with their own twist on the wide spectrum of jazz they covered. For a group whose members are constantly shifting, they pulled off a superb block of tunes and made it sound as if this band was on their 25th anniversary tour. A great night all around. Now, let’s keep the good train rolling!

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Independence is a human right regardless of station, gender, or ethnicity. The freedom to decide who you will be, to stake your own claim, to stand tall for you beliefs, and to help others maintain those freedoms. We live in a country with an at times ugly past but with the potential for a more beautiful future than could possibly be imagined. America has it’s share of the good and the bad, but damn do I love this country.

Bring On The Jazz

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The weather is once again on our side: No more cold or snow, it’s all sunshine and good times from here on out. And what better way to celebrate than going out to see some excellent , local jazz. We’ve got some really interesting groups scheduled to perform in the coming months but first let’s talk about when last we met.

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Tools Of The Trade

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There are many days where I envy vocalists. Singers who are born with their instruments to carry with them wherever they go and who can summon forth soul defining music at the slightest whim. Those jaw dropping MCs who have such a talent with words they can weave their way through language crafting all manner of poetry out of thin air. Vocalists turning words, even primal sounds, into melodious ballads of heartache or triumph that span generations and touch the deepest parts of what it means to be human. Unfortunately for myself, though I have learned to methodically craft my lyrics and have worked a little on improving my singing voice, I have not been so blessed with such innate talents as some around me. Instead, I turned towards being an instrumentalist and have learned to manipulate these tools in order to create music.

Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams together is always a winning combination. The horns fill up so much space for only two people. And swingin’ as hell!