KE: When I first met you Jessie, you were playing Frank Zappa’s “The Black Page” at the Snap-drag drum workshop at the 119 Gallery with Jane Boxall. That was amazing. Then I got to know you more and realized you love hip hop and musical theater as well. Can you …Read More »
“…Rappers got stylist cuz they can’t think for themselves …” -“Rusty” (Tyler the Creator ft. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt ) Ever checked out old school “Howard the Duck”? No, not that horrible 1986 travesty of a movie (sorry, Lea Thompson). The awesome existential Marvel comic, created by the late …Read More »
Give the people what they want: A Voyage through the evolution of Motown and Stax. Where are we now?
“You can tell where black people are, at any given point in history, by (their) music” -Nelson George (The Death of Rhythm and Blues) Last week I tripped over the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s ceremony for the Funk Brothers, a hugely unsung group of incredible musicians who molded and created …Read More »
In my opinion, modern, American Pop music owes it’s essence to the Blues and Frank Sinatra. The Blues informed us of our very souls, the true root of American artistry, including the anger, the sex, the fight for the right to be free, but Frank gave us the template for …Read More »
People always tell me they are looking for something new, but when something new legitimately pops up, they are never ready. Frank Ocean’s stint on the Grammys was a cap off to a pretty remarkable evening winning Best Urban Contemporary album and best Rap/Sung Collaboration for The Throne’s ‘No Church in the Wild’. …Read More »