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Nextbop's Jazz for the Masses VI at SXSW is in Two Weeks

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Jazz for the Masses VI, Nextbop's annual unofficial day party at Austin, Texas' South by SouthWest music festival, is coming soon-- Wednesday, March 14th, to be exact. This year, we have moved to the Lazarus Brewing Co. on 1902 E. 6th St. The party, done in conjunction with Music for Listeners (who have a very impressive following three days at the same location), is probably one of our biggest events of the year and we're always happy to put together such a range of talent and entertainment, still put it under the large umbrella of the genre, place it in the middle of one of the most enveloping music festivals on the globe, invites all ages with no need for RSVPs, wristbands, or badges, and do so in a place where you could still conceivably find parking. We've got soulstress Madison McFerrin, crossover brass act The Urban Renewal Project, deconstructionists/reconstructionists Graham Reynolds and Golden Arm Trio, and more playing. Check out the lineup, poster art, and more below!

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Madison McFerrin - (Brooklyn, New York)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM The Whale - (San Antonio, Texas)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM The Urban Renewal Project - (Los Angeles, California)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Graham Reynolds and Golden Arm Trio - (Austin, Texas)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 16 the Olympus - (San Antonio, Texas)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Vanilla Summit - (Richmond, Virginia)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Slow Cooked - (Austin, Texas)

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Madison McFerrin - (Brooklyn, New York)
Madison McFerrin floats. Her voice, her backing, her sensibility-- it all seems to float throughout the music. She knows where the beat is, she's placing it there, and that's where she wants to play with it, to float about it. It probably runs in the family, the way her brother Taylor or father Bobby always had that same sensibility. But with Madison, there's something even more airy about this sense of floating about the beat that's fascinating to hear.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM The Whale - (San Antonio, Texas)
The Whale could be considered Jazz for the Masses' good luck charm. The combination has always included Kory Cook on drums and Eddie Vasquez on saxophone, creating some different free jazz universe in every performance. They never fail to impress, getting better as time goes by and their travels (most recently to Copenhagen last year) have given additional texture to their ranging musical conversations. Geez, these guys need to make more recordings.

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM The Urban Renewal Project - (Los Angeles, California)
Los Angeles' The Urban Renewal Project is a whole outfit that has been moving crowds for years, melding their big brass sound with hip hop, soul, and jazz. They're the perfect group for a party like this.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Graham Reynolds and Golden Arm Trio - (Austin, Texas)
Graham Reynolds knows his way around a piano (and a keyboard, too, of course, he'll have a keyboard that Wednesday). He knows the century-old genre well and the man can play, and because of that, he blows the whole thing up into something new every time he graces the keys. He's scored for Richard Linklater. He's a sharp dresser with good hair. His compatriots, Utah Hamrick on bass and Jeremy Bruch on drums, ain't half bad themselves.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 16 the Olympus (San Antonio, Texas)
When thinking about San Antonio, Texas, one does not typically think of jazz fusion bands. However, this young group of similar sensibilities have been wowing small venues and house shows throughout San Antonio over the last year or so to the point that perhaps there may just be something going on in the Alamo City worth investigating.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Vanilla Summit - (Richmond, Virginia)
There's something about Virginia that's hard to explain. How does so much wonderfully soulful, funky (but not not hokey), stick to your ribs good music come from this state? Richmond's Vanilla Summit may be the latest new young group aspiring to that same recognition in how this quintet gels so well, so much of the other great music of Virginia.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Slow Cooked - (Austin, Texas)
Austin soul outfit Slow Cooked are just getting started. They're pretty smooth. They sound pretty good together. They've got adeptness at their instruments and they're going places, and those places seem nice. They'll take your ears there, too, if you'll let them.

This information is up now at the Jazz for the Masses VI minisite.

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