Nick Moss has followed his most critically and commercially successful album to date with the release of Here I Am, a record already drawing raves from peers and mentors, like renowned bluesman Jimmy Thackery, who has praised this new set for “pushing the evolution of his music” with tunes that are “genuine and intense.”
Here I Am is bursting with personal growth and the kind of honesty fans have come to expect from Moss, whose unique approach to traditional Chicago blues on five studio records and two live albums resulted in multiple Blues Music Award nominations from the Blues Foundation. The 10 new original songs on Here I Am combine to create the most diverse album of his career as he pushes his sound, songwriting, and lead guitar work further than ever before.
Catch Nick Moss and The Fliptops, this Friday night, March 9th at the Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling, NY.
More information, including tour dates, can be found at http://www.nickmoss.com.
Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy winning featured musician, and co-founder of the original Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk) puts a unique funked up spin on his new album featuring The Bernie Worrell Orchestra! Including songs from Bernie Worrell: Standards as well as classics from Bernie’s past collaborations.
5 upcoming performances featuring special guests including: Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club and Steve Scales of the Talking Heads (Sunday April 1st performance):
Friday, March 17, 2012 – 8:30 PM
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleeker Street
New York, NY 10012
Friday, March 23, 2012 – 8:00 PM
The Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Friday, March 30, 2012 – 8 PM
The Spot Underground
15 Elbow St
Providence, RI 02903
Sunday, April 1, 2012 – 7:30 PM
70 Stanford Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
Friday, April 13, 2012 – 8PM – (originally scheduled for 3/10)
The Historic Blairstown Theatre
30 Main St.
Blairstown, NJ 07825
How many artists can say they were in on the ground floor of an honest-to-Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame supergroup, while inventing a completely original and uncanny sound and, in the ensuing years, building a legendary reputation as one of the most versatile hired guns in the music business? True funkateers know the history. From the fat Minimoog bass lines of “Flash Light” and “One Nation Under A Groove” to the percussive piano runs of “Chocolate City” and “Give Up the Funk,” Bernie Worrell is synonymous with the legacy of Parliament-Funkadelic; in fact, he’s one of the originators of the psychedelic funk sound, having written and co-produced the lion’s share of the music going back to Funkadelic’s formative years, with an eclectic ear for everything from Chopin to the Chi-Lites.
These days the terms “living legend” or “funk icon” really don’t come close to doing him justice. “Funk iconoclast” is probably more apt, considering the breadth of Worrell’s contributions to seminal albums outside the P-Funk canon—including Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense and Public Image Ltd’s Album, to name two of the more monolithic examples. Keith Richards, Yoko Ono, Bootsy Collins, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Mos Def, Sly & Robbie, Deee-Lite, Bill Laswell and many more have recruited Bernie in the studio and on tour—all for his versatility, vision and feverish creativity whenever he gets his hands on a keyboard.
June, 2011 saw the release of Bernie Worrell: Standards — Bernie’s take on jazz standards — precipitating the decision by Worrell and co-producer, Evan Taylor to “take the show on the road”. The Bernie Worrell Orchestra performs with a nine piece band consisting of two guitarists, two drummers, bass, percussion and a three piece horn section that performs songs from this album along with songs from Bernie’s vast repertoire. The enthusiastic response from fellow musicians means that you just don’t know who will show up to join the BWO on stage.
More information, including tour dates, can be found at http://www.bernieworrell.com
400 Soldiers Field Rd.
Boston, MA 02134
Tickets: $25 show/$67 dinner and show
Award winning vocalist, Allan Harris, known as a singer’s singer and “a protean talent” (NY Times) has not only cultivated a global fan following stretching several continents, but is also the new musical representative of Price Chopper BBQ commercials. Recently Harris became the spotlight artist on U2’s The Edge “Music Rising” site. Harris is also a three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist,” as well as a 2011 Bistro Award winner.
Allan Harris‘s new CD, Open Up Your Mind, is his most compelling release to date. It marks the beginning of a new era for the man known as the singer’s singer and gives him a chance to show off his deep songwriting talent and enormous guitar skills.
As a recent Jazz Times review stated “Harris examines more distinctive sentiments, such as the swirling, mysteriously exotic ‘Shores of Istanbul’ or the sinister, duplicitous ‘Inner Fear,’ the results are impressively fresh and invigorating.” The NY Times’ Stephen Holden recently referred to Allan as “a protean talent.” Harris has also just released a new video to accompany the CD, “Can’t Live My Life Without You.” The effects are a dazzling display of live performance shots and famous locations in Manhattan.
“This music is something I’ve always wanted to record, going back to my roots as a guitar player. I put the guitar down for a while when I started focusing on singing jazz, but I’ve always missed playing. I grew up listening to guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck but the music I was singing was going in a different direction. Then a few years ago I heard Dolly Parton singing a jazz standard, and it inspired me to break down my own musical barriers,” says Harris.
Open Up Your Mind features nine original songs like “Hold You” (recently reaching #3 on Billboard smooth jazz chart) which pays tribute to the great R&B songs of Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass, “Can’t Live My Life Without You” which is an upbeat jazzy tune in the vein of George Benson, “The Color of a Woman is Blue and “Inner Fear” which shows off his unique slide guitar styling. The title track “Open Up Your Mind” and “There She Goes” have a crossover edge that melds roots rhythms with contemporary jazz improvisation. “Autumn” is an original ballad about love changing like the seasons and Allan’s upbeat and highly original rendition of the classic “Fly Me to the Moon” will surprise and delight all listeners. “Shores of Istanbul,” and “I Do Believe,” round out the highly anticipated release. Open Up Your Mind combines unique vocals with a contemporary jazz twist and accomplishes the ability to tell a story all at the same time.
The Cheap Seats with Co-host Barbara Kessler
This Weeks Co-host: Barbara Kessler
Barbara Kessler feels most alive when she’s on stage performing in front of an audience. “Music has always been the single most powerful way for me to express myself,” she says. Her honest, engaging lyrics reflect the human condition, the universal experiences people share but have been socialized not to reveal. “I want my audience to feel like we’re having an intimate conversation in a living room,” she says. “An opportunity to connect in a seamless, heartfelt way.”
Join us live every Sunday evening for 2 hours of bands from all over New England on 101.9fm in South Eastern Mass… or online (link is above)! Plus, we’ll give you information about where to see these great bands, and networking opportunities. Got any ideas to help the local music community? Please feel free to email me if you have questions, ideas or concerns.