Last night I was doing my routine YouTube check to see if there are any new videos of my favorite Nextbop artists. I found a cool Thundercat solo clip, as well as a few short clips of Ambrose Akinmusire. Those were great, but still kind of short (I have this thing where I don’t really like a clip unless it’s the entire thing) and the quality was, well, typical YouTube quality. I did, however, hit the jackpot when doing a search for new stuff from Christian Scott. I found a full set of the Christian Scott Quintet at the North Sea Jazz Club recorded a couple weeks ago on November 10th. Not only was it six songs, but the quality was awesome. So for all you out there who don’t have a way to go hear Christian’s prowess and versatility, here it is. Enjoy.
I’ve been a fan of up-and-coming trumpet player John Raymond for a while now, pretty much ever since he became a Nextbop artist. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Raymond and ask him some questions I’ve been wondering concerning his life and career. Though Raymond can easily be given the title “up-and -coming”, he is by no means an amatuer. Not only was he a finalist of the 2009 National Trumpet Competition, but his debut album, Strength and Song, was produced by legendary trumpeter Jon Faddis. If you haven’t checked out John Raymond yet, then you will after reading this interview.
Last year, I was privileged enough to not only attend Kenneth Whalum’s first performance at DC’s legendary Bohemian Caverns, but to meet with him as well. Since then, Whalum has been a great mentor and friend to me, so when I found out he was coming back to Bohemian this year, obviously there was no other option but to be in there for both nights. To no surprise, Whalum delivered even harder than last year, with an even bigger response from the jazz community. For those who wish they could’ve been there, I was able to get a few moments of the performance as well as speak with Kenneth in between sets. And I definitely couldn’t go and not get some pictures. Hope you enjoy!
A couple weeks ago, I watched an interview with Roy Hargrove with iRockJazz.com. In this interview, Hargrove spoke on a couple of interesting topics. What really stuck out to me, though, was when Roy spoke on how he gives back to the jazz community. Hargrove explained that he goes out to the jam sessions whenever he can. I personally saw Roy at one at Bohemian Caverns last year after he played at the Kennedy Center.