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The Atlanta Jazz Festival Celebrates 40 years: Memorial Day Weekend


It is cause for a Celebration because the Atlanta Jazz Festival is going into it’s 40th year of operation.  This is no small feat considering it is one of the top free Jazz Festivals in the country.  It all happens Memorial Day Weekend (May 26-28) at historic Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA.  Three days filled with great music from Jazz legends and new artists on the rise.  We are talking about The Robert Glasper Experiment, Macy Gray, Regina Carter, and Freddy Cole just to name a few.  So if you are in Atlanta or the surrounding areas make your way to Piedmont park.  Get there early with your blanket, picnic basket and enjoy some great performances courtesy of the City of Atlanta.

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Joi performs new Music at Atlanta Jazz Festival (Video)

The 39th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival kicked off during Memorial Day weekend (May 27th-29th) at historic Piedmont Park.  Three days of great music, food and fun in the sun in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.  The headliner for Friday night was Joi Gilliam who got the festival off to a great start.  Entering the stage with a sequence red dress with one leg out accompanied by beautiful headgear and feathered wings.  You immediately knew that you were in for a show.  Thanking the crowd for supporting her music career that now spans over 20 years.  She did songs from her previous albums like Sunshine & the Rain, Fatal Lovesick Journey all the while backed by drummer Lil John Roberts and a full live band.

Towards the end of her set Joi gave the crowd a treat by performing a new song off the upcoming “Rebekkah Holylove is her name” album.  The track is called “On my way to Berlin” and it got a great response from the huge crowd gathered that night.  Enjoy footage from her performance including the unreleased “On my way to Berlin” track.  Connect with Joi CLICK HERE TO VISIT HER WEBSITE

Thanks again to the great folks over at the Atlanta Jazz Festival for once again having us on site.

Photos taken by Itoro Umontuen

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The 39th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival: Memorial Day Weekend

It’s that time of year again where the grills are out, sun is shining and people looking forward to having Monday off from the 9-5.  What is it I am speaking of? That would be Memorial Day, which also means it’s time for the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival.  Celebrating it’s 39th year providing amazing lineups for a free event held in beautiful Piedmont Park in the heart of Atlanta, GA. Three days of nonstop music from artists all over the world will invade midtown Atlanta.  A few of the standout artists are Gregory Porter, Joi, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Headhunters and many many more.  Once again the team will be on official media coverage for the festival.  So make sure you follow the sites Instagram & Twitter accounts for live updates, exclusive footage and interviews.  So if you are in Atlanta or the surrounding area come on out and enjoy this city sponsored event!

Celebrating 39 years of musical mastery, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spend Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29) with family and friends. Set in the heart of midtown Atlanta’s beautiful Piedmont Park, visitors can stroll through booths of unique art, clothing and jewelry and savor delicious treats ranging from BBQ and soul food, to classic burgers. World-class musicians will perform traditional,contemporary, Latin, and hip-hop inspired jazz. Artists performing this year include: Benny Golson, Eliane Elias, and Jamison Ross. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Admission is FREE. For more information:
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Mad Satta – “Simpler Times” (Live At Daryl’s House) [Video]

The eight piece band Mad Satta with lead singer Joanna Teters just premiered the audio for the song Simpler Times.  This will be on their upcoming EP “Break Me Free” releasing June 30th.  Known for their great mixture of Jazz, Soul, R&B and Roots Reggae consistenly put out quality music.  They were recently at the Atlanta Jazz Fest (click here for video recap & interview) for their first ATL show.  Along with the soundcloud link here is video footage of lead singer Joanna Teters & Ted Morcaldi perform the song live at their NY resident gig at Daryl’s House.  Check out the new single and be on the lookout for the new EP coming out later this month.

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Joanna Teters Speaks On Her Band ‘Mad Satta’ & Their Performance During The Atlanta Jazz Festival (Video)

The 38th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival went down Memorial Day Weekend 2015 from historical Piedmont Park.  3 days of great music with talented artists from all over the US and the World performing for thousands of Jazz fans here in Atlanta, GA.  The opening night had only two acts the headliner Thundercat and the opening act Mad Satta.  If you are not familiar with Mad Satta they are a group out of NYC that have horns, keyboard, and bass players and a front lady named Joanna Teters on vocals.  They made their Atlanta debut and immediately had the crowd’s attention with their soulful original music.  They also did a classic Curtis Mayfield cover of “The Makings of You” that had the crowd asking to know more about them.  Well if you didn’t make their performance no worries the video below has live footage from their show along with an interview by ArtByOdell with Joanna Teters.

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The 38th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival: Memorial Day Weekend

If you are in Atlanta or close to the city and want something to do this upcoming Memorial Day weekend the 38th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is a great choice.  The festival takes place May 22-24 at legendary Piedmont Park with an incredible roster of entertainers.  Just to name a few here goes Thundercat, Derrick Hodge, The Wolfpack ATL, Julie Dexter and many many more.  If you are not able to make the event don’t worry we will have a full report because JAYFORCE.COM will be onsite covering the event as official Festival media.  With that said if you are in Atlanta you really have no excuse because it’s one of the best Jazz Festivals in the nation and it is FREE!

Celebrating 38 years of musical mastery, the Atlant
a Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spend
Memorial Day Weekend (May 22-24). Set in the heart
of midtown Atlanta’s beautiful Piedmont
Park, visitors can stroll through booths of unique
art, clothing and jewelry and savor delicious
treats ranging from BBQ and soul food, to classic b
urgers. This year’s lineup includes Pharoah
Sanders, Diane Schuur, and The Rad Trads. Admission
to the festival is FREE.
The Atlanta Jazz
Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Mayor’
s Office of Cultural Affairs.
Check the web site
for details:
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DJ Kemit – “Soul Makossa” (September 2014) [Promo Mixtape]

Held every First Friday of the month, our homie & superior sound selector DJ Kemit’s event – Soul Makossa – is where the cool & sexy music lovers are. Simple. If you are there every month, congrats. If not, get over to Sound Table over on Edgewood (downtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA) for the next one… your friends will already be there (old and new)! Oh, we got Kemit’s latest hour-strong promo mix on that below. HOT! We’re sure the Dominican portion of Jayforce’s DNA is definitely digging this joint right here!


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Oddisee – “Lonely Planet”

artworks-000055787547-xbl739-originalThis is the first single “Lonely Planet” off Oddisee’s forthcoming instrumental album – “The Beauty In All” (due out on October 1, 2013). Stream the single FREE below.


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donald-byrd-160Donald Byrd – “Places And Spaces”Donald Byrd & The BlackByrds – “Walking In Rhythm”Donald Byrd & The BlackByrds – “Rock Creek Park”


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TenDJiz – “CommoNasm” (Common x Nas Meet Soviet Soul/Jazz)

Mash up Common and Nas and mix in some Soviet soul to get “CommoNasm”…Clever…VERY clever! The liner notes at the Bandcamp or Soundcloud site for this gem should draw you in (like it did me):

“CommoNasm (Common and Nas Meet Soviet Soul/Jazz) is an album created by Miami-based producer/sound engineer TenDJiz by blending the acapellas of Common and Nas with instrumentals based on Soviet soul and jazz samples.”

Enjoy this TenDJiz mash-up, y’all. Looks like mash-ups are the in thing, huh?


R&B/Soul: DJ Kemit – “Funky 8Ball” feat. Frank McComb

One of my favorite DJs in Atlanta & souful producer DJ Kemit continues to amaze me with his work. The homie just celebrated his birthday not too long ago with a big party here in Atlanta, but how did I miss this new joint called “Funky 8-Ball” featuring Frank McComb on the keys that he recently released?  Apparently the track will serve as a teaser of what’s to come from his upcoming album “Everlasting” due July 17th.  The title to Kemit’s upcoming album couldn’t be anymore appropriate because the brotha has been doing it all from touring, producing, & working with damn near every R&B artist with soul in some capacity for almost two decades. I’m gonna have to hit the homie up on his twitter to give him props for keeping the soul going….

A Yellow Man – “3000 Miles Of Youth” (Video)

I was put up on this group called “A Yellow Man” by producer Tall Black Guy’s manager Chaka. It’s always dope when good people put you up on new music you never heard before. After peeping this new video I started to do more research of this group with the native tongues type of vibe, jazzy production, & cool message that flows in tandem with their distinctly european dialects. Check out more from this group under the hood…
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R&B/Soul: Freddie Joachim — “Keep Lovin’ feat. Carlitta Durand

Hip Hop, Soul, & Jazz producer Freddie Joachim does it again with another quality soulful R&B banger. I’m lovin’ this new track featuring North Carolina songstress Carlitta Durand called “Keep Lovin'” that will appear on Freddie Joachim’s new project “Fiberglass Kisses” dropping later this month.  There’s also a cool remix to this joint produced by Eric Lau that just hit on itunes as well.  Based off of this dope single & the soulful Eric Lau remix I heard I know I’ll be in line for when the album drops.

De La Soul – “Stakes Is High” (Blue Buttonz Remix)

Spotted this pretty dope remix of De La Soul’s “Stakes Is High” produced by Blue Buttonz over at OKP. This jazzy remix utilizing plucks from a Kalimba is just flat out dope.  Check out more from producer Blue Buttonz via his bandcamp page where there several other creative remixes with his instruments of choice.

Little Dragon Performing at UCLA JazzReggae Festival (Video)

Check out this footage for Sweden’s Little Dragon performing at the UCLA Jazz Reggae festival from last year. The festival is set to kick off again in Cali during Memorial Day weekend for two days May 27th & 28th. Perfect timing for organizers to push this new video of Little Dragon performing from last year so that way fans on the west coast can check out this years lineup of The Roots, Bobby Womack, Shaggy, Don Carlos, Collie Budz, & more….


The Re:Generation Music Project is a documentary funded by Hyundai in association with the Grammys as they follow a team of selected DJs, Producers, & artists such as DJ Premier, Skrillex, The Crystal Method, Pretty Lights & Mark Ronson as they is all pair up with musical genres that are unfamiliar to them and are assigned the mission of creating something original & unique for the project. We had no idea the documentary was already online but thanks to Soulbounce on the heads up. The documentary is available for free viewing on Hulu as their “Documentary of the Month” for March & April so you best take advantage & sit back for an hour & watch it now.

14KT – “Width” feat. Tony Ozier (Video)

“2011. This is a personal piece I wanted to share with you all. I made it from compiled videos I recorded on my phone. I made the song dedicated to God, but it’s also a dedication to my family and some of the friends He’s blessed me with. As an artist, you can easily get caught up in an endless menu of distractions in life. Having to please people, facing criticism on your creativity, pressures of living up to your potential, pleasing others, image, all the things that can create fear in our lives. However, when you put your thoughts on the things/people you truly love, LOVE will conquer fear. R.I.P. My father, Paul Tucker Jr.” – 14KT


Lupe Fiasco & Bilal Join The ‘Robert Glasper Experiment’ on The David Letterman Show (Video)

While promoting his dope new album “Black Radio”, Robert Glasper brought along Philly soul singer Bilal & Chicago emcee Lupe Fiasco with him on the David Letterman show to perform “Always Shine”.

Elle Varner – Conversational Lush (Mixtape)

Following the success of her critically popular record “Only Want To Give It To You” with J.Cole, R&B songstress Elle Varner delivers her first mixtape “Conversational Lush” which features some key tracks that I found to be pretty dope on here like “WTF”, “Do You Want To”, “Feel Like A Woman”, & the Bill Withers inspired joint called “Runaway”. The beauty in an artist like Elle Varner is her vocal talent & her songwriting which feels very personal to who she is.  Her music conspicuously stands out from the crowded market of R&B chicks trying to make a mark in recent years. Elle Varner’s official album “Perfectly Imperfect” is due to be released later this year, but for now you can listen and/or download the “Conversation Lush” mixtape below…

Conversational Lush by OMGElleVarner

Mark Ronson – “A La Modeliste” feat. Erykah Badu & Yasiin Bey

Mark Ronson assembles his crew of musicians including Erykah Badu & Mos Def Yasiin Bey for their contribution to the RE:GENERATION Project. RE:GENERATION is a documentary film that follows DJ Premier, Pretty Lights, The Crystal Method, Mark Ronson, and Skrillex as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. I’m diggin’ this joint right here, but who’s idea was it for this hook? Probably Erykah’s….Now that’s funky. hahaa!