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Introducing Zach Rhea

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

Drummer/composer Zach Rhea is from Lafayette, Louisiana. He's an affable guy with an epic beard, an amusing penchant for naming songs, and fantastic musical sensibilities. At a recent San Antonio show which rounded out a short tour through Texas for him with tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Byron Asher and bassist Trey Boudreaux (you may have heard them recently with the group Nutria), Rhea showed the small gathering at Ventura this past Sunday that Lafayette ain't nothin' to sleep on, and neither is he.

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The Line-Up for 13 April 2018

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

THe KRTU membership drive has ended for yet another season, this show fell on Friday the 13th, and I got a some new music in that I'm hyped to share. It's yet another Line-Up.

The Line-Up for 13 April 2018

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Saxophonist Kamasi Washington Announces New Album 'Heaven and Earth' With Two Teaser Videos

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington has received, over the past three years, more praise and adoration than any other in the realm of jazz and of its orbiting offsprings. The mainstream media darling is now subject to a true cult following in response to his critically-acclaimed Brainfeeder debut The Epic. But if we don’t count last year’s six-track, thirty minute EP Harmony of Difference, Washington has been on a three-year album release hiatus, most likely because the renegade saxophonist likes to do things on a grander and more grandiose scale than most. But as all good things must come to an end, Washington has reemerged this week on social media to announce a new studio album entitled Heaven and Earth slated for a June 22nd release on UK label Young Turks.

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Kassa Overall - 'Drake It Till You Make It' EP (Stream)

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

The multi-talented Kassa Overall keeps busy and keeps finding ways to meld all those various talents in his works. His latest effort, the four-song EP Drake It Till You Make It, combines Kass' love of hip hop and jazz (and continuously reminding folks in the jazz world that yes, Kass is still drumming and he's still putting in work); providing his take on Snoop, Kanye, and, of course, Drake; and bringing in compatriots trumpeter Theo Croker, bassist Dominic Missana, pianist Julius Rodriguez, pianist Aaron Parks, and saxophonist Anthony Ware. It's a rather cool project definitely worth checking out, and very much a Kassa Overall production. Stream "Sensual Seduction" featuring Theo Croker after the jump before the whole thing is available tomorrow at Kassa's SoundCloud for the EP release show at NYC's Nublu 151 (151 Avenue C in the East Village).

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Saxophonist Sharel Cassity Premieres New Single "Be The Change"

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Composer and saxophonist Sharel Cassity released her fourth album as a leader last week on Relsha Music. Evolve sees the introduction of Cassity’s new band Elektra comprised of trumpeters Ingrid Jensen, Marcus Printup and Freddie Hendrix, bassist Linda Oh, guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianists Miki Hayama and Richard Johnson, vocalist Christie Dashiell, drummers Jonathan Barber and Lucianna Padmore and harpist Riza Printup. “Armed with information from our elders, paired with our own creativity, musicians have a responsibility to create music that reflects and reaches listeners in the current world we live in,” says Cassity, adding, “I want to put out music that encourages the world to fight against that; to encourage people to dream for better, because there is always better.” This is the energy and the hopefulness that emanates from Cassity’s newest single, “Be The Change”, a soothing and uplifting effort sure to brighten up the gloomiest of days. We are proud to premiere the track below.