Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Incognito is a British acid jazz band. Their debut album, Jazz Funk, was released in 1981, with 15 more albums following, the latest of which, Amplified Soul, was released in June 2014.
The band’s frontman, composer, record producer, guitarist and singer is Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick. Other notable band members include or have included the singers Linda Muriel, Jocelyn Brown, Maysa Leak, Tony Momrelle, Imaani, Vanessa Haynes, Mo Brandis, Natalie Williams, Carleen Anderson, Pamela (PY) Anderson Kelli Sae (of Count Basic) and Joy Malcom.
Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Maysa Leak knew early on that she would be a musician. “I was six years old when my mom took me to see Purlie,” she recalls. “When Melba Moore came on stage and sang her heart out, I knew at that moment I wanted to make people feel the way she made me feel.”
Maysa’s journey took her from singing upon graduation with Stevie Wonder for a year to becoming the lead singer for Incognito in the 90s. In 1995 she recorded her first solo album.
This year she celebrates her 25th year as a solo artist, with her new album. BACK 2 LOVE is a tour-de-force that validates her status as the greatest Soul-Jazz singer of her generation-the latest in a distinguished line of singers that stretches back through Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Will Downing, Angela Bofill, Marlena Shaw and more recently, Ledisi and Chrisette Michele.
Bob James is an American two-time Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz keyboardist, arranger and record producer. He is recognized as one of the original founders of smooth jazz, is renowned for the complexity of his arrangements and instrumentals, and his work is frequently sampled.
Bob James is recognized as one of the progenitors of smooth jazz. His music has also been sampled often in hip hop music. Two of James’ songs – “Nautilus” from 1974’s One and “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” from 1975’s Two – are among the most sampled in hip hop history. “Nautilus” has been most famously sampled in Eric B. & Rakim’s “Let The Rhythm Hit ’em”, Run-D.M.C.’s “Beats to the Rhyme”, Ghostface Killah’s “Daytona 500”, Soul II Soul’s “Jazzie’s Groove” and Jeru the Damaja’s “My Mind Spray” amongst many others and the notes of “Nautilus'” bassline were played on a keyboard for Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story”. According to whosampled.com, “Nautilus” and “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” have been sampled in thirty-two and forty-three hip-hop recordings, respectively. “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” (written by Paul Simon) incorporates in its first four measures a bell and drum groove that is one of hip hop’s fundamental breakbeats. Crash Crew’s “Breaking Bells (Take Me To The Mardi Gras)”, Run-D.M.C.’s “Peter Piper”, LL Cool J’s “Rock the Bells”, the Beastie Boys’ “Hold it Now, Hit it”, Missy Elliott’s “Work It”, will.i.am’s “I Got it from my Mama”, “This Is Me (Urban Remix)” by girl group Dream, “I Want You” from Common’s Finding Forever, and most recently “Take It Back” from Wu-Tang Clan’s 8 Diagrams.
Hiroshima is an American jazz fusion/smooth jazz/Asian-American jazz band formed in 1974 by Sansei Japanese American Dan Kuramoto (wind instruments and band leader), Peter Hata (guitar), June Kuramoto (koto), Johnny Mori (percussion and taiko), Dave Iwataki (keyboards) and Danny Yamamoto (drums). Named for the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the band is best known for the fusing of Japanese music and other forms of world music into its playing. Its early jazz-pop R&B Funk sound gave the group a huge following among the African American community and they are regarded as musical pioneers among the Asian American and Japanese American community.
Legacy, a celebration of their 30th year in the recording industry, is the first installment of what is expected to be a series. This initial album in the series is primarily a re-visitation of songs from the band’s first decade. Essentially recorded live at studio Tofuville, it features the six band members along with guest artists.
Its album Little Tõkyõ continues the group’s style of Jazz fused with Asian instruments and synthesizer, which sounds like no one else. In its personal statement the group said, “For us, it’s always about being different. It’s vital to not be the same. We embrace our sound.”
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