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2011 Atlanta Jazz Festival Photoblog

Jared Bailey
Contributing Writer
jared_bailey09[at]yahoo.com / @Popular_Strangr

For the past few of days, I’ve been trying to figure out if I wanted to write a “review” of the Atlanta Jazz Festival or not. After deep contemplation, I realized that there aren’t really words to describe what took place there. All I can really tell you is that Sean Jones celebrated his birthday with an absolutely killing set; the Ninety Miles Project (of Stefon Harris, David Sanchez, and Christian Scott) closed the festival with their unofficial listening party, and Gerald Clayton, well, is Gerald Clayton (what more can I say?). I can’t talk about this year’s jazz festival without talking about the great young talent presented by local high school and community jazz bands. There was a middle school cat on tenor sax that could chop off a few heads already. Did I mention Christian McBride was featured with Baltimore’s own Warren Wolf’s group on electric bass?! Yeah, I know, you’re kicking yourself profusely right about now for not going. If I was on the other side of the computer, I’d kick you, too, but since I’m not, I’ll add insult to injury and give you guys a slight taste of what I was able to experience Memorial Day weekend. Maybe next year you’ll wise up.

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Behind the scenes of Gerald Clayton's Bond

seb.
Co-Founder
s.helary [at] nextbop.com

You're probably aware that we're streaming Gerald Clayton's new album, Bond: The Paris Sessions all week. In addition, here's a really cool behind the scenes video that was made by Emarcy. The album was officially released today, so go buy your copy!

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Gerald Clayton’s Bond: The Paris Sessions Streaming This Week

Alexander P. Brown
Staff Writer
alexanderparisbrown[at]gmail.com / @RelaxAndAspire


[Listen to Gerald Clayton in the Nextplayer]

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We here at Nextbop feel your pain. It’s the day after Cinco de Mayo (who put it on a Thursday anyway?) and many of you are deciding how to keep functioning while preparing to keep the party going this weekend. So while you are trying to cover the smell of cheap tequila and limes as you figure out the best way too look busy all day, may we suggest you occupy your time with the full stream of Gerald Clayton’s Bond: The Paris Sessions.

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Gerald Clayton's Bond: The Paris Sessions Preview

seb.
Co-Founder
s.helary [at] nextbop.com

If you follow us on Twitter, you'll know that we received Gerald Clayton's newest album Bond: The Paris Sessions last week. We were told it was coming in May, but Gerald just updated his website with a preview of some of the tracks on the record. Here they are for your listening pleasure and pre-order the album on Amazon.com right now!