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In June, Blue Note Jazz Festival will hold special engagements at Sony Hall, with performances from Bilal and Rakim featuring Ravi Colrane.
Rakim featuring Ravi Coltrane
The lineup for the annual Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York is here, with headlining spots from Herbie Hancock, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic and Robert Glasper.
But there are two shows in particular, both produced by Jill Newman Productions, that we want to highlight. The first is headlining show from Rakim with special guest Ravi Coltrane that is happening at Sony Hall on June 8th. The second is a special performance from Bilal, going down on June 13th — also at the Sony Hall. You can cop tickets for the Rakim show here and tickets for the Bilal show here.
“This year’s Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York presents an exceptional range and depth of artistry. We’re excited and proud to present a diverse lineup within different settings and at venues featuring the most established, iconic and influential artists as well as the next generation of cutting edge progressive artists at venues ranging from Washington Square Park, Central Park to the Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village and more,” said Alex Kurland, Director of Programming, “We are grateful again to bring a tasteful city-wide music festival to the culture of New York City.”
Blue Note Jazz Festival will kick-off on June 1st in Washington Square Park. For more info, head here.
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Watch Freddie Gibbs And Madlib play "Education"
, "Gat Damn"
, "Soul Right"
"Freestyle S***" at the Tiny Desk.
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Dec. 6, 2019 | Abby O'Neill -- This Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Tiny Desk performance was a year in the making, largely because Madlib insisted on playing with El Michels Affair, a vintage funk and soul band based out of New York. But it was worth the wait. When pianist Marco Benevento opened with a delicate, almost jazzy run, it created the perfect opening — and juxtaposition — for hard-hitting emcee, Gibbs to jump in and ride the hell out of that beat.
From the moment they launched into "Education," a cut off the latest MadGibbs project Bandana, it was obvious Gibbs has spent countless hours honing his style. Meanwhile, Madlib, an enigmatic and reclusive producer known for his analog head-nodders, brought along a small thunder tube and vintage electric bongos circa 1960. Just getting a chance to see him ignited excitement in the NPR crowd.
But the conclusive jam in this killer set was "Freestyle S***," a track that drips with the smoothness of satin and swagger of the seventies. It and the rest of the set elevated the room for both longtime purists and new fans alike. But the way Gibbs emphatically showed his love for Madlib was just as beautiful to witness. There's little doubt about their deep admiration and appreciation for each other. It was hands down, for me, the best Tiny Desk of the year.
Freddie Gibbs: vocals; Madlib: percussion; Leon Michels; saxophone; Homer Steinweiss: drums; Nick Movshon: bass; Marco Benevento: piano; Dave Guy: trumpet
Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Bronson Arcuri, Jack Corbett; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR