Roy Hargrove: The Spirit Of Jazz Shaped Me

Photo of Roy Hargrove by John Whiting Jazz legend Sonny Rollins once said, “Improvisation is the ability to create something very spiritual, something of one’s own,” and Roy Hargrove has taken those words to heart.  In an exclusive interview with iRockJazz, multiple Grammy winner, bandleader and jazz trumpeter extraordinaire, Roy …

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Who is Grammy Award winner Casey Benjamin

 Casey Benjamin is a Grammy Award winning saxophonist, vocoderist, keyboardist, producer and songwriter from South Jamaica, Queens, New York City. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and the The Zoloft online Music in Manhattan. He is one half of the funk pop …

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Frederic Yonnet: My “Freed-losophy” on Music

The diatonic harmonica has long been associated with the Blues styles of artists such as Sonny Terry and Sonny Boy Williamson. However, Frederic Yonnet defies expectations and brings the harmonic into new roles and settings within diverse styles of urban jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. His philosophy is one of challenging …

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Jason Orr: FunkJazz Kafe ‘Authentic Alternatives’

Talk to any Atlantan of a certain age and they inevitably wax nostalgic about the mid-to-late 1990s – with good reason.  The city was simmering with soulful possibilities, creative verve overflowed and iconoclasts seemed to dwell on every block.   Jason Orr tapped into this energy and created the preeminent showcase …

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iRock Jazz LIVE! with R&B Singer KEM

Music saw singer/songwriter/producer, KEM, through the darkest moments in his life as a child, which is where his love of music began. After high school, his life took a downward turn, and he eventually found himself in and out of drug rehabilitation centers and homeless shelters. Music was his solace …

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iRock Jazz LIVE! with Saxophonist Tia Fuller

Jazz musicians are blessed with the desire and ability to play a genre that has a history as rich as its sound. All the greats, past and present know that it’s not enough to simply play the notes, one has to live the music and feel it with every breath. …

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Maysa: Ten Albums and Still Going Strong

Maysa Leak, simply known as Maysa is celebrating the release of her 10th solo album, Blue Velvet Soul. Maysa has received much acclaim as a solo artist as well as her work with Incognito for many years. She has consistently given her audiences and fans the music and performances they …

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Prince

Violets in Bloom – LIVE from the United Center – Prince’s “Welcome 2 Chicago” Tour

  “I may be little, but I take up a lot of space,” Prince told concert goers at his third and final performance of his “Welcome 2 Chicago” tour at the United Center. After such a long and illustrious career, it was only fitting that Prince would remind his audience …

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Ledisi and Eric Benet Wow Fans at Country Club Hills Concert

  The mesmerizing and talented singer, Eric Benet, who is on tour with Ledisi, started the show giving us a perfect vibe with perfect weather at the beautiful Country Club Hills–a large outside venue, where some of the fans were on the grass, in bleachers or in chairs. Benet’s presence …

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