iRock Jazz LIVE! with Singer Will Downing

Women love Will Downing. And men love the women who love Will Downing. In his two decade recording career, the Brooklyn native has carved for himself a solid career as one of the leading purveyors of unapologetic, unabashed romantic music. And while this has not translated to crossover success – …


Jon B.: The Prototype for Soulful Crooners

Unless you were living under a rock this past November, surely you heard the buzz surrounding the “Blue Eyed Soul” segment of the Soul Train Awards Show that featured legends such as Bobby Caldwell, Vanilla Ice, Dave Koz and Jon B.  The segment couldn’t have been timed more appropriately with …


CD Review: Black Radio 2

At the outset, let me admit my appreciation for Robert Glasper’s Black Radio 2. Ostensibly, the album serves as a continuation of the artist’s postmodern movement through sound. So, if you liked the first as much as I did, you, too, will certainly enjoy his latest serving. I do believe, …


Alice Russell live at Yoshi’s

It’s easy to take Alice Russell for granted. I realized that about halfway through her recent set at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, California. It was around this time that while fully engaged, I was growing comfortable within this auditory space. I was enjoying myself, of course, but my mind was …


Hear Great Advice from Musicians for Musicians

Hear Roy Hargrove, Terence Blanchard, Poncho Sanchez, Wallace Roney, Gregory Porter and Kenny Barron talk about what it takes to make in the music business.


iRock Jazz LIVE! with Trumpeter Christian Scott

When trumpeter Christian Scott was growing up in New Orleans in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, his grandfather gave him and his brother Kiel extra reading assignments each week as a supplement to their assigned schoolwork. If the young students failed to finish their books within the week, their …


Meshell Ndegeocello: In A League of Her Own

Fresh off the release of her critically acclaimed album Weather, Meshell Ndegeocello is celebrating a new release, Pour une âme souveraine (“For a sovereign soul”). The album, the tenth studio project for Ndegeocello, is a dedication to fellow musician Nina Simone. Guests on the album include Sinead O’Connor, Lizz Wright, …


Darryl Jones: From Miles to the Stones

Most musicians start off small and work their way up to a few big names. However, master bassist Darryl Jones began his career with one of the greatest in jazz and has continued to work with musical giants for over thirty years. After touring with the legendary Miles Davis, Jones …


Robert Glasper’s Formula for Groundbreaking Music

Jazz pianist and composer Robert Glasper is at the head of the class when it comes to breaking rules in his genre. The 2012 Grammy Award winner for “Best R&B Album” and Blue Note label artist thinks outside of the musical box as he fuses Hip-Hop, Soul, Jazz and Rock …

Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello “Pour une âme souveraine”A Dedication to Nina Simone

Meshell Ndegeocello Singer, songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello’s liberation from her birth name and adoption of her current surname that means “free as a bird” in Swahili at the age of 17 foreshadowed her unrestricted views on love, life and the creative spirit we know today. With a sincere and …