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The Line-Up for 8 December 2017

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

As the Season of Lists bears down upon us, I decided to spend this week playing my favorite jazz songs of 2017. We'll have more to say about the year as the month creeps on, but I wanted to start things off right and have a really fun time in the on air booth making this show.

The Line-Up for 8 December 2017

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Ryan Keberle & Frank Woeste (feat. Jeff Ballard & Vincent Courtois) - 'Reverso: Suite Ravel'

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

In 1928 French classical composer Maurice Ravel said: “You Americans take jazz too lightly. You seem to see it as a music of little value, vulgar and ephemeral. In my point of view, it is jazz that will give rise to the national music of the United States.” Fittingly, almost 90 years later, American trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle and French pianist and composer Frank Woeste, both well-respected jazz musicians, have teamed up with French cellist Vincent Courtois and drummer and percussionist Jeff Ballard to bring us Reverso: Suite Ravel, an opus inspired by Ravel’s “Le tombeau de Couperin”, bridging the gap between modern jazz music and classical chamber music.

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (Featuring Vic Mensa) - "Freedom is a Word"

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

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is constantly treading the line between innovative and revolutionary. Whether you like him or not, aTunde Adjuah is one of the only neojazzmen going where no one has gone before. Exhibit A, 2017 gave birth to the trumpeter’s Centennial Trilogy, a triple album, which brought him attention not only from all the usual suspects but also from Rolling Stone and GQ. Exhibit B, the New Orleanian was also featured in the Gap commercial “Skate Meet Horn”. Exhibit C, he partnered up with 1800® Tequila and Billboard to make “Refined Players”, a five-part digital documentary series showcasing how five musical talents from all over the country, namely Joe Dyson, Weedie Braimah, Joe Harley, Elena Pinderhughes and Derrick Hodge, were brought together in three days to record a new, refined sound, a genre-bending exploration of hip-hop and jazz. Check out the collective’s first single “Freedom is a Word” below which features hip-hop artist Vic Mensa as well as Chapter 1 of “Refined Players”.

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Chase Jackson - "Vocabularies"

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

Vibraphonist Chase Jackson studied jazz composition and performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under Robin Eubanks, Jay Ashby, Paul Samuels, Dan Wall, Billy Hart, Jamey Haddad, Wendell Logan and many others. He now resides in LA working on a range of projects from modern jazz to film music by way of genre blending classical/jazz fusion and live electronic music. In addition to the vibraphone, Jackson regularly performs on marimba, bass, guitar and keyboards in a variety of groups including KNMDK, Wake The Wild and his own varied ensembles. His latest endeavor, an ambitious opus entitled Lay Of The Land: Part I, features 18 performers and a varied ensemble that includes 4 horns, 2 drummers, a string quartet, vibraphone, guitar, and rhythm section.

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Delfeayo Marsalis - "If I Were A Bell"

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

We’ve had our well-documented feuds with the Marsalis clan and we would like to, at last, bury the hatchet. Although our visions differ on some points, we, at Nextbop, believe the Marsalis classicist philosophy to be an integral and important part of the jazz community’s current discourse. We are all just trying to do what we think is best for the music and, in all honesty, a little swing never hurt anyone. On this note, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, at the helm of a knockout quartet featuring bassist Reginald Veal, drummer Ralph Peterson, and pianist and patriarch, Ellis Marsalis recently dropped his first ever live album entitled Kalamazoo.